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Scorsese, Oprah Lead Ebert Tributes

April 5, 2013
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"(Ebert) was the movies. The movies won't be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with (Ebert's wife) Chaz (and) the family." -- President Obama

"(It's) an incalculable loss for movie culture and for film criticism. And it's a loss for me personally. Roger was always supportive, he was always right there for me when I needed it most, when it really counted -- at the very beginning, when every word of encouragement was precious; and then again, when I was at the lowest ebb of my career. ... Really, Roger was my friend. It's that simple." -- Martin Scorsese

"I never thought of Roger solely as a film critic but more as a film historian and lover of the art. I sought out his opinions and thoughts often, and he was always extremely generous with his time." -- Mel Gibson

"Roger and Gene together again. End of an era." -- Oprah Winfrey, tweeting in reference to the death in 1999 of Gene Siskel, Ebert's longtime TV co-host

"Goodbye Mr. Ebert. We had fun. The balcony is closed." -- Actor Steve Martin, tweeting about the faux movie balcony set of Siskel and Ebert's show

"R.I.P. Roger Ebert. It was a privilege to interact with you. Thank you for your support, the criticism, and the true love for the movies." -- Screenwriter Diablo Cody

"A profound loss for anyone who ever loved going to the movies. My heart goes out to Chaz and the city of Chicago. Just heartbroken." -- Director Jason Reitman

"He was this writer just out of the University of Illinois, and I was a drama school student. I progressed as an actor, he progressed as a writer. And then he was writing about the movies I was doing. ... Sometimes there's an adversarial relationship with critics. But because we were from Chicago, it transcended that. ... His career speaks for itself. God bless him, he left a mark." -- Actor Joe Mantegna

"The final reel of his life may have run through to the end, but his memory will never fade." -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Source: Copyright USA TODAY 2013

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