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Roger Ebert's Cancer Returns; Says He's Taking "Leave of Presence"

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert says that his cancer has returned, so it's time to slow down and take a "leave of presence."

"The immediate reason for my 'leave of presence' is my health," he writes on his Chicago Sun-Times blog.  "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... What in the world is a leave of presence? It means I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews, but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me."

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Mad Men, Modern Family Win at Writers Guild Awards

Mad Men

Mad Men won the Writers Guild award for best dramatic TV series, and Modern Family for best TV comedy series.

Mad Men also took the prize for dramatic episode ("The Chrysanthemum and the Sword") while 30 Rock took best TV comedy episode honors ("When It Rains, It Pours") at the 2011 Writers Guild of America awards, held Saturday night in New York and Los Angeles.

HBO snagged three awards. The TV movie The Special Relationship was named the... read more

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