Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

The Screening Room | 'Beale Street' a moving take on tragedy of common racism

In a year in which we've had many films dealing with the issue of race in America, Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk" is the most moving of the lot.

Frank's Faves: Years for movies (and movies from those years)

"Best Saturday afternoon!"
"1933, when Brute Holland was out with a bad knee. Best month?"

"April. Best year?"
"Best year? 1944 ... no, '45 ... '46 ... "

— Bradford Dillman and Robert Redford in "The Way We Were" (1973)

I got myself thinking last week.

'Nice guy' Alan Alda will be be honored

NEW YORK (AP) — One of America's sweethearts hands the torch to another when Tom Hanks presents Alan Alda with a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Award ceremony.

The 82-year-old Alda, a Golden Globe- and Emmy-winner, will become the 55th recipient of the annual award given to an actorwho fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession."

Wilco's Tweedy coming to Virginia

 CHAMPAIGN — Jeff Tweedy, the singer and guitarist of the band Wilco, brings his solo sets to the Virginia Theater April 18. Tweedy has Illinois roots in alt-rock Uncle Tupelo and Wilco. On this tour, he performs songs from “Warm,” a solo album of all new material, with help from some of his usual collaborators, Spencer Twe

Travel/Ireland | Presidential connections abound


We were in Ireland this summer for the first time and loved it, especially for the friendly people and relaxed lifestyle. We found that Americans really love going to Ireland, partly because so many have Irish ancestors. This was especially noticeable in Killarney in the southwest of the country, but it's a trend we see all over Ireland.

Chicago gospel group to kick off Danville's annual MLK Day celebration

DANVILLE — A Chicago gospel group will kick off Danville's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 20.

"Peace in the Midst of the Storm" is the theme for the two-day event, which will feature The Douglas Singers. The group will perform during the scholarship banquet, set for 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St.

USS Indianapolis documentary premieres Tuesday night on WILL-TV

URBANA — "USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter" premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on WILL-TV.

The documentary tells the story of ill-fated World War II cruiser as experts reconstruct the ship's dramatic final moments and the discovery of the wreck site 70 years later.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' upsets 'Star Is Born' at Globes

NEW YORK (AP) — Thunder bolt and lightning rocked the 76th Golden Globes where a string of upsets culminated with the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" winning best picture, drama, over another movie about musicians: Bradley Cooper's much more heavily favored "A Star Is Born."

Weekend box office | 'Aquaman' holds reign in its third week

LOS ANGELES — "Aquaman" is still the champ at the box office three weeks in, but the high-concept thriller "Escape Room" also drew some substantial crowds in its debut weekend.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Charade' a blend of comedy, romance, thrills

If any of your New Year's resolutions involved watching better movies in 2019, you won't want to miss "Charade," Stanley Donen's 1963 blend of comedy, romance and thrills, when it screens in The New-Gazette Film Series at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Tickets cost $6.