The Shmooze

Twitter Mourns Roger Ebert

By Anne Cohen

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Roger Ebert, America’s most famous film critic, died yesterday at the age of 70. Every celebrity he had ever lauded with praise or declared inapt — cough Rob Schneider —rushed to give his life a thumbs up. Ebert, an avid tweeter himself, would have been proud.

For the first time ever, Joan Rivers wasn’t snarky:

Even President Obama had something to say:

Some even remembered him the old-fashioned way. Steven Spielberg released a statement saying: “Roger loved movies. They were his life. His reviews went far deeper than simply thumbs up or thumbs down. He wrote with passion through a real knowledge of film and film history, and in doing so, helped many movies find their audiences. Along with Gene Shalit, Joel Siegel, and of course Gene Siskel, Roger put television criticism on the map. Roger’s passing is virtually the end of an era and now the balcony is closed forever.”

Ebert, out.


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