Playing Critic: 'Sexy Brutale' is charming but not challenging

It's a Saturday, and the guests at The Sexy Brutale casino-mansion's masked ball are just dying for a good time.

The mansion's staff are more than happy to arrange that — the dying, that is.

Ebertfest: Television titan Norman Lear wows audience

CHAMPAIGN — Shortly after television legend Norman Lear took the Virginia Theatre stage at Ebertfest on Saturday, his cellphone rang.

As he fished it out of his pocket, he informed the audience that he had told his six children that he would never turn off his phone, adding that a year ago, while making a public appearance, his sister had died.

Rich Warren: Comcast says it won't track your browsing

Comcast promises it won't snoop on you while you browse. Although Congress and the president eliminated privacy safeguards that would prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from logging where you go on the internet, Comcast announced it will not look over your shoulder. Some ISPs plan to record your online activities and sell the information to advertisers.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 23, 2017

Did you know that bestselling author Terry McMillan will visit the Champaign Public Library?

Yes. Evelyn Shapiro, the libary's promotions manager, said the "tickets" for the free May 4 event "sold out" in 20 minutes this past Thursday. One hundred tickets were available; 15 people are on a waiting list.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events troughout the area

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Trumpets take center stage

The Champaign-Urbana celebration of the run-up to International Jazz Day, which falls on April 30 this year, will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, with an after-party at the Esquire Lounge.

Ebertfest: 'Variete' brought German filmmakers to Hollywood

CHAMPAIGN — The success of the 1925 German silent film "Variete" was such that Hollywood began to hire German filmmakers, film expert Richard Neupert said after the movie was shown Friday at Ebertfest.

Among those brought to Hollywood was "Variete" cinematographer Karl Freund. His work here included "Key Largo," "Dracula" and the TV series "I Love Lucy," starring Lucille Ball.

Ebertfest: TV icon's filmmaker son impressed by audience

CHAMPAIGN — Standing on the corner of Park and Randolph streets downtown on Friday, Ben Lear sought out a passer-by and asked to have his photo taken sitting alongside the Roger Ebert sculpture in front of the Virginia Theatre.

The son of Norman Lear, one of the most influential television writers and producers of all time, just had to get his photo taken with the Ebert statue.

Who lives here? April 22, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.