The highly unlikely reign of “Crocodile” Dundee began 30 years ago today

Few would have predicted that a low-budget Australian comedy whose star was best-known from tourism commercials would become one of the biggest hits of 1986, alongside Top Gun and Star Trek IV. In fact, several major studios passed on the opportunity to distribute Peter Faiman’s “Crocodile” Dundee, an $8.8 million…

1983’s main event: Siskel & Ebert vs. John Simon in a Star Wars grudge match

With all the Star Wars news coming out now, it’s easy to forget that the movies weren’t always so beloved. Looking back to the late ’70s and early ’80s, it would appear, from a certain point of view, that Han, Leia, and Luke were America’s sweethearts, but there were more than a few detractors. In this 1983 Nightline…

Will Ferrell in talks to play Russ Meyer in upcoming Meyer/Ebert biopic

In a delightful development for fans of Will Ferrell and/or boobs, Deadline reports that Ferrell is in talks to play America’s poet laureate of pneumatic protuberances Russ Meyer. Ol’ Uncle Russ is considered the godfather of nudie movies, having basically invented the genre with 1959’s The Immoral Mr. Teas. He was…

The Life Itself poster was Photoshopped to put a smile on Roger Ebert’s face

Roger Ebert was never afraid of being honest. The influential critic heaped praise on movies and directors that delighted him, regardless of what his peers thought, and was never slow to excoriate something he thought insulted his or his readers’ intelligence—going so far as to publish a collection of his most…

Life Itself pays affecting tribute to Roger Ebert, cinema’s most famous critic

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In the half century he spent writing about movies for the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert gave the field of film criticism some of its most useful principles—arguing, for example, that a picture’s value lay in how, not what, it’s about, and introducing the Law Of Economy Of Characters, an amusing tool for dissecting…

Just the trailer for Roger Ebert’s Life Itself will make you weepy

Here’s the trailer for Magnolia Pictures’ Life Itself, a documentary about the extraordinary life of the late Roger Ebert, ”the definitive film critic in America.” The story follows his career, from his days working at the Chicago Sun-Times and his authorship of Behind The Valley Of The Dolls, through his influential…