April 4, 2013

Reaction pours in to Roger Ebert's death

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"we lost a thoughtful writer, i remember my first review from him, pi (i got his and siskel's thumbs) it was a career highlight." -- Darren Aronofsky, who directed the 1998 movie "Pi," wrote on Twitter.


"Roger Ebert championed the art of the moving image, and by the courage of his personal example demonstrated how much movies matter." -- American Film Institute President and CEO Bob Gazzale, in a statement.


"He means a lot to the kids at the Daily Illini. He means a lot to every student at this college. He does what everybody wants to do, and that was to provide a story that's engaging and that everybody wants to read. ... He was always a journalist first." -- Jan Slater, dean of the College of Media at the University of Illinois who worked with Ebert on a film festival there named after him.


"We are terribly saddened by the news of the passing of our friend Roger Ebert. More than a friend, Roger was family. He knew us from our humble beginnings, stuck by us, and helped us grow, as only family can do. It is no exaggeration to say that Roger, through his championing, had a large hand in making us who we are today on the world stage. He was a pioneer, a true lover of film. His passing is a huge loss for cinema. He inspired us and will continue to inspire generations. We are taking this opportunity to remember and celebrate our beloved friend, Roger Ebert. Our hearts go out to Chaz and to their family and friends." – The Toronto International Film Festival, in a statement.


"With a knowledge of his subject as deep as his love for his wife Chaz, Roger Ebert will be remembered for the strength of his work, respected for his courage in the face of illness, and revered for his contribution to filmmaking and to our city. The final reel of his life may have run through to the end, but his memory will never fade." -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a statement.


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