Ebertfest passes go on sale this week

CHAMPAIGN — Passes for the 2013 Roger Ebert's Film Festival will go on sale starting Thursday.

The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. Related talks and panel discussions will be at the University of Illinois.

The passes are $145, plus processing; 1,000 passes will be available.

Rock opera hitting the big screen

SAVOY — The newly staged version of the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be presented on the big screen in select movie houses, among them the Savoy 16, at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

Special events listing, Oct. 26-Nov. 3

A listing of special events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Chuck Koplinski: Glorious ambitions of 'Cloud Atlas' exceed its grasp

To be sure, the big screen adaptation of David Mitchell's best-selling novel "Cloud Atlas" is an ambitious undertaking. Its very nature has led some to say it's a property that could not be done justice as a movie, and there may be something to that as it's a sprawling story composed of six different stories that take place in different eras.

Screenings will honor Gene Hackman

CHARLESTON — The Embarras Valley Film Festival starting on Saturday will honor Academy Award-winning actor Gene Hackman, who grew up in Danville.

Richard J. Leskosky: Taking the air out of scare

Halloween's approaching, so now is the traditional time to write about scary movies.

One of the things that scares me about contemporary cinema is the excessive reliance on fake found footage. I've seen too much of it, I'm sick and tired of it and I fear it's only going to proliferate more as some of the films employing it make big profits on slender investments.

Studio Visit: Nina Paley


Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with artist Nina Paley. In the Oct. 21 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Peyton Stewart, winner of the ACE Student Award from 40 North.   

Special events listing, Oct. 19-27

A listing of special events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

This weekend

Chuck Koplinski: Star's cool in unsympathetic role elevates 'Arbitrage'

Hedge fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) has it all — a phenomenally successful business, an expansive Manhattan townhouse, a beautiful, loving wife (Susan Sarandon), an adoring, healthy family and a gorgeous, talented mistress (Laetitia Casta). But like most Wall Street pigs, he wants more and has positioned himself to get just that.

Found Footage Festival coming to Art

CHAMPAIGN — The Found Footage Festival, a touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will make its return to Champaign this week with a new show.