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Director and producer Steve James and Chaz Ebert tell Kim Masters about the journey of adapting Roger Ebert’s memoir, Life Itself to a documentary. Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz were both on board with the idea of working with James, and filming began in late 2012. But as Roger’s health slipped into a sudden decline, everyone involved had to adapt their plans. Even in very difficult, personal moments, Roger Ebert encouraged James to keep the camera rolling. He passed away just a few months into production.

Banner Image: Chaz Ebert and Steve James, director of Life Itself

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN, 55 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Matt Belloni, Executive Editor of The Hollywood Reporter.

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- Where have all the summer blockbusters gone?
- Dan Harmon’s ‘Community’ will find a new home on Yahoo.

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter (@THRMattBelloni)

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‘Life Itself’ 22 MIN, 10 SEC

Filmmaker Steve James and Chaz Ebert tell Kim Masters about the journey of adapting Roger Ebert’s memoir, ‘Life Itself’ to a documentary. James figured finding funding for such a film would be no problem, but as he puts it, he was “exactly wrong about that.” Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz were both on board with the idea of working with James, and filming began in late 2012. But as Roger’s health slipped into a sudden decline, everyone involved had to adapt their plans. Even in very difficult, personal moments, Roger Ebert encouraged James to keep the camera rolling. He passed away just a few months into production. The film traces Ebert’s life from his childhood in Urbana, Illinois, to his days at the Chicago Sun-Times to his often contentious relationship with Gene Siskel. ‘Life Itself’ doesn’t shy away from portraying Ebert as a flawed man who, early in his career, had an outsized ego and a drinking problem. But it also shows a person transformed by love when he met and married his wife Chaz.

Guests:
Steve James, Director of ‘Life Itself’ (@theinterrupters)
Chaz Ebert, Wife of Roger Ebert and President of RogerEbert.com (@ChazEbert)

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Roger Ebert
"Life Itself"

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