'A Separation' a unanimous favorite

CHAMPAIGN — As president of the respected Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker attends the Academy Awards ceremony every year. He's noticed that the category of best foreign film is highly competitive and the nominees are wary of each other.

Savoy to vote on permit for brewing company

By JULIA LEATHERWOOD/For the County Star

SAVOY — The village board is scheduled next week to vote on a special-use permit for a "nanobrewery." Before the Wednesday meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the issue at 7 p.m.

Ebert takes stage for tribute to friend

CHAMPAIGN — Leading Australia director Paul Cox admitted he used to be self-obsessed. He was married to one woman, for only a year. He fathered his three children by three different women.

Then, several years ago, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He was told he had only six months to live. His only hope was a liver transplant. But he had a rare blood type. And not much hope.

Multiple sets of twins, triplets take part in marathon

CHAMPAIGN — Jason and Nathan Landes grew up in Paris.

Both became music teachers, both have young families and both are running the Christie Clinic Illinois Half-Marathon.

They're one of nine sets of twins running the half-marathon today.

Which Landes will come in first?

'Kinyarwanda' a film 'that happens over and over,' writer-director says

CHAMPAIGN — "Kiryarwanda," a film about the Rwanda genocide, is not just about that subject, writer-director Alrick Brown said after it was screened at the 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival on Thursday.

14th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival 2012

Photos from the 14th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, April , 2012.  

DACC to hold rock music camp for youths

DANVILLE — Attention all kids who want to unleash their inner rock star:

Danville Area Community College's corporate and community education office and the David S. Palmer Arena will present "First Gig: Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp" in late June.

Reception kicks off Ebertfest

URBANA — Roger Ebert may have lost his speaking voice, but he certainly hasn't lost his sense of humor.

After Champaign Mayor Don Gerard on Wednesday gave the movie critic the key to the city, Ebert said through his wife, Chaz, "When you get a key to the city, where is the lock?"

Debut screenplay made big impression

CHAMPAIGN — When Kelechi Ezie took her short "The Truth About Beauty and Blogs" to the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, she never imagined who would see it there: Roger Ebert and his wife, Chaz.

2012 Ebertfest coverage

Here's where we will collect links to coverage of Roger Ebert's 2012 Film Festival.

Added April 30, 8 a.m.: Melissa Merli's story about the concluding day of the festival.

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