'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' soars with $62.2M opening

LOS ANGELES — "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday.

John Frayne | Lyric Theatre's 'La Boheme' featured enthusiastic performances

Lyric Theatre at Illinois offered Giacomo Puccini's evergreen masterpiece, "La Bohème," during its recent run in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. I went to the Sunday matinee on Oct. 28.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Nov. 18, 2018

Sure, Thanksgiving feasts and get-togethers are on top of most folks' agenda this week, but this is also a good time of year to remember those in our community who don't have as much to feel thankful for. With that in mind, The Iron Post in Urbana is hosting the annual concert to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank on Monday.

Richard J. Leskosky | Gender parity improves at animation festival

Since 2010, there have been at least 104 major animated feature releases — that is, "major" in the sense that they were screened in over 1,000 theaters at the same time.

The Screening Room | Director, novelist behind 'Boy Erased' discuss bullying, recovery

There seems to be a spate of films in theaters this season that deal with troubled youth. "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," "Beautiful Boy" and the upcoming "Ben is Back" are all concerned with teenagers who are at a crossroads where their identity and purpose in life are concerned.

Rich Warren | Black Friday deals may not be worth your time

Black Friday barrels down like a steam locomotive with a smoke stack belching bargains. Or perhaps it's a lot of smoke and not much locomotion.

Every year, retailers garner media photos of crowds eager to barge into a big box store to "steal" a TV or other big ticket electronics.

Who lives here? Nov. 17, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television 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.

Nightlife listings, Nov. 15-22, 2018

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here's your guide to a night on the town:



BLACKBIRD URBANA: The Ghost of Paul Revere and Charlie Parr, 8 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: Truth aka Trouble 'Cornfield Waves' Release Show, 9 p.m.

The Screening Room | McCarthy, Grant shine in impressive 'Forgive'

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

I'm sure we've all said this at one time or another, having come to the realization that what began as an act of good intentions or a white lie has picked up speed and become an entity unto itself, spinning out of control and capable of great damage. You didn't mean to hurt anyone, but ...

Entertainment listings, Nov. 15-22, 2018


This weekend


What: Fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Ticket includes one drink ticket, an appetizer bar, silent auction, live music from Dustin Danger. All proceeds from the event will be for the future development of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16.