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Here's the schedule of events for Roger Ebert's Film Festival
(At past festivals, most of the people who waited in "rush lines" to get into sold-out screenings succeeded. So take your chances or check out the Encore festival at the Art Theater.)
Not too long after announcing the 12-movie lineup for the upcoming Roger Ebert's Film Festival, Ebert added another movie: "Natural Selection."
It will be shown at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, after the festival opener, the silent classic "Metropolis," with live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra, a staple at the festival, now in its 13th year.
Can't get tickets to one of the movies at Roger Ebert's Film Festival?
The Art Theater in downtown Champaign will have the Eberfest-related Encore festival, running from next Friday through May 5.
Sanford Hess, operator of the Art Theater, said he and other moviegoers here had to miss some Ebertfest daytime screenings in the past.
CHAMPAIGN -- In the hit Coen brothers' movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", actor Tim Blake Nelson makes an indelible impression as Delmar O'Donnell, a major doofus and an escapee from a chain gang.
In fact, he's so convincing you might think Nelson is, well, intellectually challenged.
Unlike many documentary filmmakers, Turner and Bill Ross did not use a narrator for "45365," a feature-length documentary (their first) about Sidney, Ohio.
"There are different approaches to documentaries; ours is not to use narration or interviews in any overt way," Turner Ross said last week.
CHAMPAIGN -- Director Norman Jewison was a little shocked when Roger Ebert chose his "Only You," a light romantic comedy, for his film festival in Champaign.
"I didn't know it was that overlooked," Jewison said.
CHAMPAIGN – Sunday afternoon's Virginia Theatre open house brought back pleasant memories for Mary Wood of Champaign, whose son, Steve Wood, worked there as a manager in the 1970s.
CHAMPAIGN – As they work toward a final blueprint, members of the park district board on Monday saw a designer's version of the new marquee to ornament the Virginia Theatre next year.