Patton Oswalt cancels Ebertfest appearances

Tied up on a movie set, actor-comedian Patton Oswalt canceled his appearances at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival today.


The standup comic turned successful dramatic actor is working on Ben Stiller’s movie, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," a remake of Danny Kaye’s 1947 film in which a  writer daydreams of being a hero.


Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert told the Ebertfest audience Wednesday night that the "Mitty" set in New York was rained on Wednesday and that scenes had to be shot again today. She said Oswalt promised to come to Ebertfest next year to screen "Kind Hearts and Coronets" for University of Illinois students. He was to have shown that 1949 movie, starring Alec Guiness, tonight at the Foellinger Auditorium on the UI campus.


"He was really, truly sorry," she said.


 Oswalt also was to have appeared at 1 p.m. today at the Virginia Theatre with the movie "Big Fan," in which he stars as a diehard New York Giants fan.  Robert Siegel, who wrote and directed that movie, is to appear on stage for the post-screening discussion.


At his website, Oswalt blogged about his having to cancel his appearances here, prompting Ebert to comment, "What a nice man."

Oswalt's blog: http://bit.ly/JDaeAS

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