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Ebertfest Unveils Statue Of Film Critic

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:47:13 CDT
By: AP

Ebertfest Unveils Statue Of Film Critic A life-sized bronze statue of esteemed movie critic Roger Ebert will be unveiled outside the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual film festival he started, "Ebertfest." The statue of Ebert sitting between two empty theater seats where visitors can sit will be unveiled during a ceremony later today. It will remain outside the Virginia Theater in Champaign during this year's festival, which ends Sunday. Those who commissioned it hope to have it permanently installed this summer. Ebert's wife, Chaz Ebert, says her husband would have felt honored that the statue was built, but embarrassed because he was modest. The longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic and TV personality died last April after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

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