Slate's Culture Gabfest on the film critic Roger Ebert, The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO, and ChatRoulette.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss an Esquire profile of film critic Roger Ebert, the new animated HBOincarnation of The Ricky Gervias Show,and ChatRoulette, the international chat room that pairs you and your webcam with a total stranger.

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

Esquire's profile of film critic Roger Ebert.
Roger Ebert's response to the piece on his blog.
Dana Steven's Movie Club in Slate with Roger Ebert.
The IMDB page for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO.
Trailers for The Invention of Lying and Ghost Town.
Slate's review of The Invention of Lying by Dana Stevens.
Writer Sam Anderson's tests out ChatRoulette in New York magazine.
The New York Times goes a few rounds with ChatRoulette.
The New York Times unmasks the site's 17-year-old Russian founder.
ChatRoulette itself.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's picks: Three soundtracks: Crazy Heart, Adventureland, The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Julia's pick: Fentimans botanically brewed ginger beer.
Stephen's picks: An article in The Nation on lobbying and the media; St. Vincent's latest CD, Actor; and actor Peter Capaldi's performance in In the Loop.

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