Roger Ebert is the most famous film critic at work today, probably most famously known as one half of the volatile, jovial, and brutally honest film critic duo, Siskel and Ebert. Together, the rival Chicago Tribune and Sun Times critics proved that film criticism can be wildly entertaining - capturing an audience in the millions through "At the Movies" - their syndicated TV talk show in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
After the death of Gene Siskel in 1999, Roger Ebert continued, eventually with a new host, Richard Roper. That is until 2006, when complications relating to his thyroid cancer treatment left Roger Ebert unable to speak. Today, in addition to his regular column, Roger Ebert has over half a million Twitter followers, a new TV show called, "Ebert Presents: At the Movies"...and just out this past week - a new book titled, "Life Itself: A Memoir".
Jian spoke to Roger Ebert during the Toronto International Film Festival last week. In place of his speaking voice, Roger Ebert now relies on "Alex" - that's the name of the laptop he uses to read his answers using text-to-speech software.