Jason Segel coming to Ebertfest with ‘The End of the Tour’
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Jason Segel is headed to Champaign next month to premiere his acclaimed new film at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.
“The End of the Tour” is about “Infinite Jest” author and Urbana High grad David Foster Wallace (Segel) and his heady conversations with a journalist (Jesse Eisenberg) in 1996. Wallace killed himself in 2008.
A hit at Sundance, the movie stirred early Oscar buzz for Segel. Its director, James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”), also is scheduled to attend the April 16 screening at the Virginia Theater.
Also announced Thursday:
• An April 15 tribute to Harold Ramis will featuring clips from the Chicago director’s movies and a conversation with his wife, Erica, and frequent producer Trevor Albert.
• The titles screening earlier on April 16 are Roy Andersson’s Swedish “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” (2014), with producer Johan Carlsson as a guest, and the documentary “Moving Midway” (2007), with director Godfrey Cheshire.
• On April 17 viewers may catch the French drama “Girlhood” (2014) and the silent Rudolph Valentino vehicle “The Son of the Shiek” (1926), accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra.
• The April 18 attractions are Argentina’s “Wild Tales” (2014), attended by casting director Javier Braier and actress Julieta Zylberberg; Poland’s “Ida” (2013), the latest Oscar winner for best foreign language film; the Emile Hirsch-Stephen Dorff drama “The Motel Life,” (2012), attended by director Alan Polsky, and the foreclosure thriller “99 Homes” (2014), with director Ramin Bahrani and star Noah Lomax.
• Closing things out April 19 is “Seymour: An Introduction,” a documentary on a visionary pianist directed by Ethan Hawke.