Bronze statue of Roger Ebert to be unveiled

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CHICAGO (AP) — A life-sized bronze statue of esteemed movie critic Roger Ebert will be unveiled outside the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual film festival he started, "Ebertfest."

The statue of Ebert sitting between two empty theater seats where visitors can sit will be unveiled during a ceremony later Thursday. It will remain outside the Virginia Theater in Champaign during this year's festival, which ends Sunday. Those who commissioned it hope to have it permanently installed this summer.

Ebert's wife, Chaz Ebert, says her husband would have felt honored that the statue was built, but embarrassed because he was modest.

The longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic and TV personality died last April after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

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