Josh Gad to Play Roger Ebert in Film About the Making of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Today, Roger Ebert is best remembered as half of the famous movie critic team Siskel and Ebert. A new film titled Russ & Roger, however, will have actor Josh Gad playing Ebert during a different period in his life: when he participated in the other end of filmmaking during the production of the 1970 B-movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

Roger Ebert Changed How We See Movies, Says PEOPLE's Film Critic

If it seems like a friend has died, that’s because Roger Ebert made us feel like we knew him. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose columns read like letters from a pal. He sat next to Gene Siskel on Sneak Previews and At the Movies, but it felt like he was just on the other end of our couches.

He democratized film criticism, fought passionately for better movies and showed us what living – and dying – with grace really meant.

Roger Ebert Praised by Filmmakers – and The President

He sometimes may have roundly criticized them, but actors and filmmakers alike gave high thumbs up to the late Roger Ebert, who died Thursday after a lengthy fight with cancer.

Chaz Ebert: Roger Smiled Right Before He Died

Roger Ebert is resting in peace.

“We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away,” Roger’s wife of 20 years, Chaz, said Thursday in a statement, shortly after news broke of his death. “No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.”

Roger Ebert Dies at 70

Roger Ebert, whose sharp comments and strategic position of his thumb came to symbolize movie criticism for more than three decades, died on Thursday in Chicago, his longtime employer the Chicago Sun-Times announced. He was 70.

Roger Ebert Says His Cancer Has Returned

Veteran Chicago Sun-Times and At the Movies critic Roger Ebert says his cancer has returned and that he will take what he calls a “leave of presence” from his popular blog and film reviews, according to his Roger Ebert Journal.

Roger Ebert Fractures His Hip; Wife Blames 'Tricky Disco Dance Moves'

Give this week a big thumb’s down for Roger Ebert.

The veteran Chicago Sun-Times film critic, 70, is in the hospital after fracturing his hip.

His wife Chaz Ebert quips to her Twitter followers that her hubby hurt himself performing “tricky disco dance moves,” but is “doing well, asking for a computer, will probably tweet.”

Sure enough, Ebert later posted a Twitter message confirming the fracture and reporting “no surgery needed.”

Roger Ebert and Chaz Ebert Celebrate 20th Wedding Anniversary

His is one of the most sought-after opinions in the film industry. And he’s seen it all: Oscar hopefuls, romantic comedies and every indie flick in between.

But in honor of his 20th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz plan to watch something very special.

“Of course we’ll watch a movie,” Chaz, who married the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic in 1992, tells PEOPLE. “But this time, we may bust out the old wedding video.”

Roger Ebert: I Tweeted Too Soon About Ryan Dunn's Death

He’s standing by his message, but Roger Ebert admits he may have said it too soon.

Following a Tweet implying that the death of daredevil Ryan Dunn was linked to drunk driving – “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive,” the film critic said – Ebert is offering his apologies to Dunn’s fans, family and friends, including Dunn’s Jackass costar Bam Margera.

Anderson Cooper Reaches Out to Lara Logan

Anderson Cooper, who escaped serious injury while he was covering the unrest in Egypt, has reached out to 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan, who on Feb. 11, it was announced Tuesday, was brutally assaulted by a mob of men in Tahrir Square while she was carrying out her job.

“Sickened and saddened by the attack on Lara Logan,” the CNN anchor, 43, Tweeted. “She is in all of our thoughts and prayers.