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There's no question that director Peter Jackson can craft an epic vision. His "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is a singular achievement driven by his skill at bringing to life, with meticulous detail, J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, a world of fantasy, beauty and terror that only existed on the page and in the imagination of the ardent fans of the novel.
In the grim short days of deep winter, the stars seem to shine even brighter and brittler.
David Leake, the director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College in Champaign, says cultures have come up with holidays all around the world to find warmth around the shortest day of the year, Dec. 21.
Recently I mocked the new ultra-high-definition televisions, which deliver twice the resolution of existing HDTV, meaning UHDTV is comparable to movie theater quality. My barb concerned the lack of ultra-high-definition videos and movies for UHDTVs.
URBANA — The director of "Khodorkovsky: How the Richest Man in Russia Became its Most Famous Prisoner" will visit the University of Illinois at 4 p.m. Monday to screen the movie.
The screening with Cyril Tuschi, presented by the UI's Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, will be in Lincoln Hall Room 1090, 702 S. Wright St., U. It is free and open to the public.
Bob Zimmerman remembers hearing a lot of Champaign rock bands at Saturday night dances in Tuscola when he was growing up there.
As he got older, Zimmerman would drive to Champaign-Urbana to hear the music. He soon noticed how vibrant the scene was here.
Not a musician himself, he nonetheless became part of the scene, working on road crews for the bands Skater and Starcastle.
While some may shrink at the notion of bringing an oft-adapted classic to the big screen once more, director Joe Wright proves more than up to the challenge in tackling Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," offering up an innovative vision that helps revitalize the story.
CHAMPAIGN — Renovators think visitors to the Virginia Theatre are in for a big surprise when the doors reopen just in time for Ebertfest this spring.
Where to begin? Start from the top: Workers recently uncovered original canvas paintings on the auditorium ceiling depicting Spanish shields and characters, consistent with the overall Spanish design of the theater.
Stark, spare and raw, Andrea Arnold's new adaptation of Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" is a brave rendering of the oft-told tale of doomed love that takes the story back to its roots, examining life and passion on the moors in the most unromantic light possible.