In addition to being an immensely gifted filmmaker and inspired organizer of LACMA Live Reads, Jason Reitman is also a solid entertainment journalist. Check out the concise, clear and very compelling sentence with which he leads off his brief, touching Entertainment Weekly tribute to Roger Ebert:
I spoke with Roger Ebert perhaps a dozen times, but only heard his voice once.
Reitman’s piece, headlined “The Man Who Loved Movies,” is currently only available in the print and tablet editions of EW. It’s scheduled to go online shortly and when it does, the magazine can expect a torrent of appreciative reader comments.
Towards the end of the article, Reitman also very cleverly makes reference to the humanitarian “thumbprint” we all aspire to leave behind. You’ll have to read the article to learn exactly when and where Reitman heard Ebert’s voice, but suffice to say that particular encounter took place long before the Canadian-born artist’s Juno breakthrough.
We’ll be sure to add in the link to the Web version of Reitman’s article once it is live.[Photo of Reitman at 2010 Golden Globes afterparty: s_bukley/Shutterstock.com]
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Patch Editor Remembers His Close Friend, Roger Ebert