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April 20, 2007 / * ()
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People: Thumbs up for Ebert
"It's my happening, and it freaks me out!" Chaz Ebert exclaimed on behalf of her husband, Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, on stage Wednesday at opening night of the ninth Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival in Champaign-Urbana. The line (memorably quoted by Mike Meyers in the first "Austin Powers" movie) is from the Ebert-penned screenplay for Russ Meyer's 1970 cult classic "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," which is among the titles in this year's festival.

People: It wouldn't be Ebertfest without Roger
Message from Roger Ebert on the eve of the 9th Overlooked Film Festival (aka Ebertfest): My Ninth Annual Film Festival opens Wednesday night at the University of Illinois at Urbana, and Chaz and I will be in attendance. This year I wonít be speaking, however, as I await another surgery. I have received a lot of advice that I should not attend the Festival. Iím told that paparazzi will take unflattering pictures, people will be unkind, etc. Frankly, my dear, I donít give a damn. As a journalist I can take it as well as dish it out.

Commentary: New from Ebert: "Your Movie Sucks"
From the introduction to Roger Ebert's new book of reviews, "Your Movie Sucks": Some of these reviews were written in joyous zeal. Others with glee. Some in sorrow, some in anger, and a precious few with venom, of which I have a closely guarded supply. When I am asked, all to frequently, if I really sit all the way through these movies, my answer is inevitably: Yes, because I want to write the review. I would guess that I have not mentioned my Pulitzer Prize in a review except once or twice since 1975, but at the moment I read Rob Schneider's extremely unwise open letter to Patrick Goldstein, I knew I was receiving a home-run pitch, right over the plate. Other reviews were written in various spirits, some of them almost benevolently, but of "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo," all I can say is that it is a movie made to inspire the title of a book like this.

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