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April 5, 2013

Ebert: Not just a critic, but a part of Hollywood

(Continued)

Ebert continued the show with Sun-Times colleague Richard Roeper after Siskel's death in 1999. In early 2011, Ebert launched a new show, "Ebert Presents At the Movies." It had new hosts, but featured Ebert in his own segment, "Roger's Office." He used a chin prosthesis and enlisted voice-over guests to read his reviews.

While some called Ebert an inspiration, he told The Associated Press in an email in January 2011 that bravery and courage "have little to do with it."

"You play the cards you're dealt," Ebert wrote. "What's your choice? I have no pain. I enjoy life, and why should I complain?"

Spielberg lamented that with Ebert's death, the "balcony is closed forever."

Warner Bros. executive Goldstein prefers to imagine Ebert and Siskel reunited and doing what they loved — reviewing films.

"They're together. They're on seven nights a week, and they start tonight," Goldstein said. "And you can just see them on the balcony now."

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