Weekend Box Office | 'Hotel Transylvania 3' dominates three-way race

LOS ANGELES — "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust.

Rich Warren | Maximize the life of your devices

This simple reader question warrants a complex answer: "Can you tell me if iPads wear out? Mine is acting up, and friends are telling me it wore out. It's about 6 years old."

I can't diagnose the problems with your iPad. Six years is a good run.

Frank's Weekend Faves, July 15, 2018

Feel like you have at least one great film in you? Or at least 20 minutes or less of a decent one? If so, it's time to break out your movie camera — or smartphone, what have you. This year's New Art Film Festival is accepting entries now through Aug.

Who lives here? July 14, 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.

2018 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival putting spotlight on local music

URBANA — Organizers of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival announced the entertainment lineup Thursday for this year's event, set for Aug. 24-25.

On Friday night, music begins at 5 p.m. with We The Animals, an indie rock group from Champaign featuring Mark Wyman, Mikael Brackett, Joe Funderburk and Kayla Brown.

The Screening Room | Sloppy directing obscures vital message in 'First Purge'

In 2013, James DeMonaco's "The Purge" seemed like another throwaway entry in the horror genre, a slickly made and at-times-effective thriller in the Blumhouse Pictures mold — cheaply but professionally done, with just enough scares to satisfy fans of the genre.

Rosemary Laughlin/review | Station's 'Aliens' entirely down to earth


Do not let the title of the Station Theatre's new play — "Aliens — suggest it to be about outer-space arrivals. It's about 30-year-old American males who never "got on" with their dreams or possibilities beyond working in a small-town Vermont coffee shop.

Frank's Faves: Animated Disney movies

"Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife." — Phil Harris as Baloo in "The Jungle Book" (1967)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again — you just never know what will inspire a list of faves.

Entertainment listings, July 12-19, 2018


This weekend


Nightlife listings, July 12-19, 2018

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



BLACKBIRD URBANA: Mank & Sass (Free Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.