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Fight! Roger Ebert takes on Rainn Wilson in a tweet-off moderated by Dan Levy

Fight! Roger Ebert takes on Rainn Wilson in a tweet-off moderated by Dan Levy

Roger Ebert seems to love getting into fights at TIFF. Two years ago, at the Slumdog Millionaire screening, he got whacked in the head with a notebook by New York Post critic Lou Lumenick after he tapped Lumenick on the shoulder to get him to move his head (Ebert’s thyroid cancer prevented him from speaking). Tomorrow, Ebert is participating in another throwdown, this time in a test of opposable thumb speed and 140-character creativity. Ebert will compete with Rainn Wilson, director James Gunn, Movie City News’ David Poland, Onion AV critic Scott Tobias and two other social network fiends in a tweet-off, with the subject being the state of the film industry. The After Show’s Dan Levy is set to moderate the Twitter-style debate.

Our money’s on Ebert. He may not have as many followers as Rainn Wilson, but he microblogs with a vengeance: over 13,000 tweets by our count. Plus, he’s had a lot of experience putting two thumbs up. The winner will be declared at the event at the Hyatt Regency’s Filmmakers’ Lounge tomorrow by the audience’s popular vote, but the fight can be observed anywhere from this link.

Tweet titan Roger Ebert takes on challengers [USA Today]

(Images: Ebert by Araya Diaz/WireImage/Getty Images, Wilson by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images.)

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