Ebert to be there for Gothams


Roger Ebert will make only his second public appearance since falling ill when he receives a special tribute next month at the Gotham Awards.

The Gothams are expected to announce today that the veteran Chicago film critic will be given the tribute and that he will attend the ceremony Nov. 27 in New York to accept the honor.

Ebert has been recovering in private from cancer and a burst carotid artery since summer 2006. He continues to review movies for the Chicago Sun-Times and offer commentaries and responses on his Web site, but his only previous public appearance was in April at his own Overlooked Film Festival in Illinois.

Trade group IFP, which organizes the prizes celebrating New York film, also is expected to announce today that set designer Mark Friedberg will be given a tribute. Friedberg boasts a wide range of credits, working with such directors as Ang Lee, Todd Haynes and Wes Anderson.

The new tributes come after an announcement this week that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Javier Bardem, IFC Films chief Jonathan Sehring and producer-director Mira Nair will be honored at the event.