The balcony is closed. Roger Ebert, a well-respected film critic and advocate, has died at the age of 70 following a long battle with cancer. He wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and critiqued movies on television for more than three decades.
He was initially paired with Gene Siskel until his friend and nemesis died following a battle with brain cancer in 1999. They hosted various incarnations of essentially the same film critique program — Opening Soon at a Theater Near You, Sneak Previews, At the Movies, Siskel & Ebert At the Movies, and finally Siskel & Ebert.