The death of film critic Roger Ebert last week after a lengthy and public battle with cancer was followed by an endless stream of heartfelt appreciations. Arguably one of the most recognized and influential movie critics in the world, few were aware of Ebert’s generosity, especially when it came to fellow critics and journalists.
David Poland of Movie City News and Anne Thompson of Indiewire join our hosts in discussing a few of the personal memories each has of Ebert from spending time with him over the years. For instance, did you know filmmaker Michael Moore credits Ebert with helping spread the word about the his first movie? Or that Ebert was an early investor in a little web startup named Google?
Meanwhile, late night television dominated the entertainment news last week as NBC officially announced they would not be renewing Jay Leno’s contract as host of the “Tonight Show” in order to bring in the younger Jimmy Fallon. The move has been widely hailed as a boneheaded attempt to win ratings in key demos as competition increases, but in the end Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” might still bring in more viewers.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” sequel, “American Idol’s” declining ratings and why take-down notices issued by movie studios are actually helping pirates, not hindering them.
GI Joe Opens Big Worldwide
GI Joe Has Biggest International Debut Of Year To Date
Jack The Giant Slayer could lose $140 million for Warner Bros, Legendary
Saying Goodbye To Roger Ebert: Episode One
Why Roger Ebert Was Unique
Roger Ebert’s Final Cartoon Captions
TBS Renews Conan Through 2015
Jimmy Fallon Takes over In Spring 2014
Leno’s Ratings Rise But Colbert Wins Quarter
Amazon Acquires GoodReads for Undisclosed Price
American Idol Demos Hit All-Time Low
Voice’s Ratings Music To NBC’s Ears
Amazon, AOL Kick The Tires On Hulu
Olivier Nominations Announced For 2013
Transformers 4 Filming In China
Disney Shuts Down Gaming Division of LucasArts
Disney Planning More Layoffs
Are the French Preparing An Ebook Revolution?
Studios Send Take-Down Notices About Take-Down Notices
Prana Poised To Acquire Rhythm & Hues
Netflix Snaps Up Wachowski SciFi Series
“Finding Nemo” Sequel Titled “Finding Dory,” Due 2015
Aereo’s Court Victory and What It Means For The TV Business
Why Aereo Matters to Retrans Negotiations Immediately: Leverage, Leverage and Leverage
Broadcasters Worry About ‘Zero TV’ Homes
Deluxe To Close Doors On Australian Film Lab As “The Industry Has Moved On”
Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production Lab Set To Close In June
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