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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - May 23, 2013

Where was Roger Ebert at 25?

The Year 25 series from Illinois Public Radio station, WBEZ shares stories from a milestone age.

By Lauren Chooljian

Roger Ebert

When we started brainstorming for the Year 25 series, Roger Ebert was one of the first names that came to mind. What was the life of a to-be Pulitzer prize-winning film critic like during the intense twenty-something years? We had to find out.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2013

Chaz Ebert:  Festival Will ‘Celebrate Roger’

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 1:18)

Two weeks after losing the man who started it all, the 15th annual Ebertfest goes on in Champaign.  In her first visit since the passing of Roger Ebert, wife and emcee Chaz Ebert got a one-minute standing ovation from a packed Virginia Theatre Wednesday night.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 12, 2013

Historic Virginia Theatre Opens For Public Tours

Chris Berube

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(Duration: 1:02)

The historic Virginia Theatre in Champaign will be open for public tours, Saturday, April 13, from 1 until 5 pm. It’s the first chance many people will have to see the theater's interior since third phase of an expensive renovation project began.

Categories: Cinema, History, Urban Planning



NPR - Illinois Public Media News - March 30, 2013

The ‘Unsinkable’ Debbie Reynolds Looks Back on Life, Love and a Boozy Busby Berkeley

By Scott Simon

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(Duration: 9:12)

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds has been in show business for more than 60 years — beginning as an ingenue chirping a novelty tune called "Aba Daba Honeymoon" in one of her first films, a Jane Powell/Ricardo Montalban vehicle called Two Weeks With Love. That was 1950. Today, she's indisputably a grand dame of show business, working with names like Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.

Categories: Art and Culture, Cinema, Music



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