Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky

Richard J. Leskosky | Boris Karloff: More than just a monster

Friday was the birthday (the 129th) of Boris Karloff. Best known for his association with horror and suspense, he has two stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, one for his films and one for his TV work. He also edited horror anthologies in print, acted on the radio and performed on the stage as well.

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.

Richard J. Leskosky | Director of 'Mr. Smith' didn't skimp on details

Injecting a timely dose of political idealism into the 2018 election period, The News-Gazette Film Series presents "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," Frank Capra's 1939 political satire about a naive young senator battling government corruption in the face of overwhelming opposition. This American classic screens at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Richard J. Leskosky | Gettin' Hitched: Director's TV work to be screened

Late October brings not only chilly weather and the chills associated with Halloween but also the annual Hitchcock retrospective in The News-Gazette Film Series at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

This year's "5 Nights of Hitch" (Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.; tickets $6 or $24 for all showings) presents viewers with some different aspects of Alfred Hitchcock's artistry.

Richard J. Leskosky | Going for the Grant look

Suave, funny, sophisticated Cary Grant glided through thrillers, comedies and action films with equal aplomb — one of the greatest movie stars of all time.

But though he appeared on television only for awards shows or interviews, he nonetheless had an impact on some early television series because of a director's fascination with his screen image.

Richard J. Leskosky | Amazon Prime Video offers some dramas worth revisiting

Recently, I wrote about several British police dramas currently streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, all from the last two decades. But Amazon Prime also streams some intriguing crime dramas from the 1950s with some offbeat film connections. Two of the most interesting — "Peter Gunn" and "Mr.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Mockingbird's' enduring story coming to Virginia

Childhood memories of a 1930s southern town, racial bigotry and a noble father come to life in Universal's film adaptation of Harper Lee's 1960 best-seller, "To Kill a Mockingbird," the next installment in The News-Gazette Film Series at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, screening at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Long, Long Trailer' a fascinating look at life in the '50s

Sometimes a honeymoon can be no honeymoon. At least that's what Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz discover in the 1954 comedy "The Long, Long Trailer," which the News-Gazette Film Series will present at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Tickets are $6.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'African Queen' overcame a jungle of obstacles

You would think that if you were going to shoot a film on location in a remote, dangerous region, the first thing you'd want to have with you — besides a medical kit — would be a finished script. That did not happen when John Huston went to Africa in 1951 to shoot "The African Queen."

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Bringing Up Baby' proved to be a challenging project

If you tried compiling a list of the most memorable and respected titles in different Hollywood genres, a director whose name you would keep encountering is director Howard Hawks.