Ebert’s car-crash re­view hits a nerve

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An odd con­tro­versy has sprung up in the af­ter­math of Jack­ass per­former Ryan Dunn’s death in a car crash. The bearded prankster passed away when his Porsche hit a tree in Penn­syl­va­nia.

Un­for­tu­nately, just a few hours be­fore the ac­ci­dent, Dunn had tweeted a pho­to­graph of him­self drink­ing with pals.

Some­what in­sen­si­tively, Roger Ebert, the vet­eran critic, him­self a Twit­ter ad­dict, re­sponded with the fol­low­ing post: “Friends don’t let Jack­asses drink and drive.”

Not sur­pris­ingly, some ob­servers felt Ebert’s con­dem­na­tion was a bit pre­ma­ture. Perez Hil­ton, celebrity gos­sip­mon­ger, was among the first to cry foul, but Ebert was hav­ing none of it.

He tweeted: “Perez Hil­ton’s read­ers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, two peo­ple died.” Tricky. Door, Nicky Phe­lan, hon­oured for the an­i­ma­tion Granny O’Grimm’s Sleep­ing Beauty, and Steph Green, di­rec­tor of New Boy, will all be in at­ten­dance.

To­mor­row evening, Saoirse Ro­nan will be in

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