(Chris Tucker arrives at the 24th Annual Producers Guild (PGA) Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday Jan. 26, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for The Producers Guild/AP Images)
Actor John Cusack and comedian Chris Tucker will be appearing at Thursday's tribute to Roger Ebert. Doors open at 6 p.m. for "Roger Ebert: A Celebration of Life" at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. The event is free open to the public.
Tucker is in town to perform his stand-up show Friday at the Chicago Theatre.
Others expected to speak at the tribute include Ebert's wife of 22 years, Chaz, his stepdaughter Sonia Evans, and granddaughter, Raven Evans, as well as:
Andy Davis, director of "The Fugitive, "The Package," and "Holes"
Michael Barker, President of Sony Pictures Classics
Greg Nava, director of "El Norte," "Selena," and "Mi Familia"
Julie Dash, producer and director of "Daughters of the Dust"
Dick Gregory, comedian and philanthropist
Ava Duvernay, director of "I Will Follow" and "Middle of Nowhere"
Richard Roeper, film critic, columnist and co-host of "Ebert & Roeper At the Movies"
Thea Flaum, creator/producer of the "Siskel & Ebert" TV series
Tom Luddy, co-founder of the Telluride Film Festival
Bill Kurtis, award-winning broadcast journalist and producer and the Voice of Roger on "Ebert Presents at the Movies"
Christie Hefner, former Chair and CEO of Playboy
Milos Stehlik, founder of Facets, largest supplier of independent films
Marlene Iglitzen Siskel, wife of Gene Siskel
Marca Bristo, founder of Access Living and disabilities rights pioneer
Monica and Magan Eng, journalists and longtime friends
Bruce Elliot, author, TV show host
Josh Golden, founder of Table XI Digital and co-founder of Ebert Digital
To reserve a seat send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 773-528-7700. Tickets can be picked up at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., on Wednesday from 12 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are first-come-first-served and required for entry.