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Fans take to Twitter to toast Roger Ebert

Film critic Roger Ebert center watches as sign designating Park Street Champaign Ill. as 'Honorary Roger Ebert Blvd.' is put

Film critic Roger Ebert, center, watches as a sign designating Park Street in Champaign, Ill., as "Honorary Roger Ebert Blvd." is put in place on Wednesday night, April 24, 2002. The presentation was made before the opening night of Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival. This is the fourth year that Ebert, a graduate of the University of Illinois and an Urbana native, has hosted the festival for films he feels deserve a second look. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon)

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A.O. Scott (@aoscott), film critic, New York Times: “For the way you were always the hardest-working person at any film festival, and also the kindest. #ToRogerEbert”

Dana Stevens (@thehighsign), film critic, Slate: “#ToRogerEbert for being so instrumental in creating the community that’s come together on Twitter to mourn you tonight.”

Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe), Oscar-winning film director: “To Roger... who sat down to watch a new movie and just plain rooted for everybody to do their best.”

Steve Prokopy (@CaponeAICN), Chicago editor for Aint It Cool News: “#ToRogerEbert Thanks you for being woven into the fabric of my life, and for the countless words of wisdom and encouragement over the years.”

Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias), film editor, The A.V. Club: ““To the wonder!” #ToRogerEbert”

Mark Harris (@markharrisNYC), critic and editor: “For his generosity, his curiosity, his wisdom, his politics, his taste, and the thrill of his retweet. #ToRogerEbert”

Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz), TV critic, New York magazine, “#ToRogerEbert For understanding that cinema isn’t just a representation of life, but a part of it.”

Matt Singer (@mattsinger), film critic: “For championing Martin Scorsese when he wasn’t “Martin Scorsese.” #ToRogerEbert”

Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams), film critic: “For the Lee Marvin “Bad dog” story. #ToRogerEbert”

Robert Greene (@prewarcinema), filmmaker: “For writing the review that made my grandma finally believe I really AM a filmmaker. #ToRogerEbert”

Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee), writer and host, NPR: “For writing a book that was one of the last things I shared with my uncle. Who, by the way, was also pretty great. #ToRogerEbert”

Alex Ross (@alexrossmusic), music critic, The New Yorker: “For following Beethoven’s mission: “From the heart—may it go to the heart.” #ToRogerEbert”

Robert Levin (@RLevin85), film critic, The Atlantic: “#ToRogerEbert For showing us how to thrive amid hardship. For being a a young movie lover’s hero without knowing it. For changing my life.”

Ellen Gray (@elgray), film critic, Philadelphia Daily News: “For sticking with newspapers and with Sun-Times readers. #ToRogerEbert”

Odie Henderson (@odienator), one of Ebert’s Far Flung Correspondents: “#ToRogerEbert for writing the only movie I’ve ever had thrown at me when I worked in the video store. Roger found that story very amusing.”

Anghus Houvouras (@theanghus), screenwriter: “Because you loved the discussion as much as you loved (or loathed) the film. #ToRogerEbert”

Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC): “#ToRogerEbert. For taking black cinema seriously. For championing so many of us. For your encouragement in print and privately. For Chaz.”

Lynne Jordan (@lynnejordan1): “#ToRogerEbert For calling me your favorite diva & giving me confidence to dream big & be a proud movie lover.”

Robert Falls (@RobertFalls201), director of the Goodman Theater: “For his love of theatre and his vocal support of a generation of Chicago writers, actors and directors. #ToRogerEbert”

Michael Mirasol (@flipcritic), one of Ebert’s Far Flung Correspondents: “To Roger, Father figure to us Far Flung Correspondents. Our guiding force. Our friend who always listened. #ToRogerEbert”

Scott Jordan Harris (@ScottFilmCritic), one of Ebert’s Far Flung Correspondents: “For writing film reviews so well, for so long, that when you died the President of the United States made a statement. #ToRogerEbert”

David Cornelius (@david_cornelius): “For writing so much, you’ll never truly be gone. #ToRogerEbert”

J.J. Hillard (@hillizard): “Thanks #ToRogerEbert for promoting screenwriters who often labor in obscurity & for his great reviews of films like The Player & Adaptation.”

Mark Pfeiffer (@markpfeiffer): “For starting a film festival that fosters community rather than competition. #ToRogerEbert”

Donna Bowman (@donnadb): “For embracing unreservedly cyberspace as writing space, and creating a whole new generation of film criticism readers here. #ToRogerEbert”

Les Chappell (@lesismore9o9): “For being utterly fearless in his writing, loving or hating a film; and for being one of the most human individuals ever. #ToRogerEbert”

Ryan Oliver (@TheRyanOliver): “#ToRogerEbert For always speaking your mind, and never feeling the need to defend your views, be it movies, politics, or otherwise.”

Cam Williams (@popcornjunkies): “#ToRogerEbert thanks for focusing on the films rather than the circus around them & supporting your fellow critics”

Andrew Johnson (@WriterAndrew): “For reminding us that movies can teach us about life and life can teach us about movies. #ToRogerEbert”

Dr. Bronwyn Hemsley (@bronwynhemsley): “#ToRogerEbert for showing the world who loved him the power of communication by people who cannot speak.”

Ernest Duque, III (@edthree): “#ToRogerEbert For being a rare American public intellectual who was immensely popular, progressive, and perspicacious.”



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