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Monticello man's movies to be shown at Champaign festival

CHAMPAIGN – Monticello resident Robin Christian Peters continues to write and produce movies locally, and he's still reinventing the feature films he's already made.

Film lineup announced for 2010 Ebertfest

CHAMPAIGN – The biggest star at Roger Ebert's Film Festival this year promises to be director/screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.

A cult figure, Kaufman will appear after the screening on April 23, a Friday, of "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), Ebert's choice for the best film of the decade.

Uni High grad's lighting technology has many fans in Hollywood

When you see realistic digital human or alien characters like the blue Na'vi in "Avatar," Superman in "Superman Returns" and a reverse-aging Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," you have University High School alumnus Paul Debevec to thank, in large part.

Debevec developed the groundbreaking light-stage technology that helps make digital actors trick viewers into believing they're seeing the real thing. For his contributions, the 1988 Uni grad recently received the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award.

Celebrities get creative for Danville library's Doodle for Literacy

DANVILLE – The fundraising committee of the Danville Library Foundation wanted to create an event that would be a first for the Danville community without reinventing the wheel.

In the process, the committee came up with the Doodle for Literacy Auction Gala event, which will be held April 10 at the Danville Country Club.

Ebert to appear on 'Oprah' on Tuesday with new 'voice'

Urbana native Roger Ebert will appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday, using a new text-to-speech computer-software generated voice based on his own.

Ebert told The News-Gazette on Friday via e-mail that he calls his new voice "Roger Jr."

"I'm writing a blog that will tell all," he added.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic posted last week at Twitter that he had taped an "Oprah" segment and it was to air on Tuesday. Locally, the program airs at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on WCIA Channel 3.

Erlanger home now a comfortable place for visiting artists

URBANA – The last decade of Margaret Erlanger's life must have been serene, particularly when she spent time in her home at 303 W. Indiana across from Carle Park in Urbana.

Designed by architect Jack S. Baker, now an emeritus professor at the University of Illinois, the 1960s modernist yet warm home, with nods to Scandinavian design, features:

– Walls of exposed Chicago common brick, a buff brick of multiple hues.

– A front courtyard, built of the same brick, that provides both privacy and openness.

Central graduate's film on HIV/AIDS 'puts a face on the disease'

CHAMPAIGN – Kimberly Conner knows for a fact that HIV and AIDS are not just a problem for drug users, homosexuals or bisexuals.

She had a cousin who died of AIDS-related complications after having been infected by her husband, who contracted HIV in a heterosexual affair.

Conner's cousin died four years later, and her husband passed a few years after that. Their son, who was not infected, was orphaned at 12.

Former Champaign resident takes center stage at Second City

Former Champaign resident takes stage as part of e.t.c. ensemble

When Mary Sohn walks in to work at The Second City in Chicago, she thinks of those who came before her.

"Every day, I walk through those doors and I think, 'Man, this is where Bill Murray used to sit,'" she said.

She works at the same place where comedy greats like Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Sedaris and countless others once performed.