Roger Ebert’s final blog posting last April ended with his hopeful sign-off: I’ll see you at the movies. The award-winning film critic died two days later.
Visitors to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill., which hosts the annual Ebertfest film festival he started, now may feel as if they saw him at the movies. A life-sized bronze statue of the longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic was unveiled Thursday outside the theater, which is near Urbana, where Ebert, who died from cancer at age 70, grew up.
His wife, Chaz Ebert, described the statue as interactive art, because it shows her late husband giving his famous thumbs up sign and sitting between two empty theater seats where visitors can sit.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Al Pacino is 74. Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman is 70. Bassist Stu Cook is 69. Singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 60. Actor Hank Azaria is 50. Singer Andy Bell is 50. Guitarist Rory Feek is 49. Actress Gina Torres is 45. Actress Renee Zellweger is 45. Actor Jason Lee is 44. Actor Jason Wiles is 44.