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ROGER EBERT: Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago film critic Roger Ebert died of cancer Thursday, his employer the Chicago Sun-Times announced.

He was 70.

Ebert wrote on his blog Tuesday night he was again undergoing treatment for cancer after fracturing his hip a second time and planned to scale back on his daily workload.

"The 'painful fracture' that made it difficult for me to walk has recently been revealed to be a cancer. It is being treated with radiation, which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to," he wrote. "I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review."

Ebert began his stint as Chicago Sun-Times' film critic April 3, 1967, and later gained national celebrity status as the host of movie review TV programs such as "Coming Soon to a Theater Near You," "Sneak Previews," "At the Movies," "Siskel & Ebert & The Movies" and "Ebert & Roeper." It was during his television career that he perfected his trademark thumbs up or thumbs down signs to recommend or blast thousands of movies during his programs.

"No good film is too long," he was famously quoted as saying. "No bad movie is short enough."

Ebert slowed down a bit after a battle with thyroid cancer, which began in 2002. Although he had been unable to speak or eat solid foods for the past several years, due to complications from the disease and reconstructive surgeries, he continued to write until shortly before his death.

Ebert is survived by his wife Chaz, a stepdaughter and two stepgrandchildren.


LOURDES LEON: Madonna's 16-year-old daughter Lourdes Leon has been dating 17-year-old "Homeland" actor Timothee Chalamet, the New York Post reported.

The teens met as students at La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

"It's common knowledge at the school that the pair are dating," a source told the newspaper.

No details, including how long they have been a couple, were reported.


DAVID MORRISSEY: British actor David Morrissey will reprise his role of the power-mad Governor on Season 4 of "The Walking Dead," EW.com reported.

This week's Season 3 finale of the Georgia-set zombie drama series saw the Governor ride off in a truck with two cohorts after an ambush set by their rival humans.

EW.com also said Emily Kinney, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green -- who played the recurring roles of Beth, Tyreese and Sasha on Season 3 of the show -- will have bigger parts in Season 4.


'THE GREAT GATSBY:' The soundtrack for the New York-set Jazz Age movie "The Great Gatsby" will include recordings by Beyonce, Gotye, will.i.am and Jack White.

Also to be featured on the Interscope Records soundtrack are Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine, The xx, Fergie, Q Tip and GoonRock and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Warner Bros. announced Thursday.

The big-screen adaptation of F.Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic was written, produced and directed by Baz Luhrmann. Hip-hop mogul Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter is an executive producer on the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.

"F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel is peppered with contemporary music references specific to the story's setting of 1922. While we acknowledge, as Fitzgerald phrased it, 'the Jazz Age,' and this is the period represented on screen, we -- our audience -- are living in the 'Hip-Hop Age' and want our viewers to feel the impact of modern-day music the way Fitzgerald did for the readers of his novel at the time of its publication," Luhrmann said in a statement.

Jay-Z's "No Church in the Wild," which he was recording when he and Luhrmann first came together, is included in the film, along with his original "100$ Bill."

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