CHAMPAIGN — An official of Carmike Cinemas said he hopes a replacement theater for the Beverly 18 multiplex in Champaign can be open by next spring.
The Columbus, Ga.-based theater chain plans to replace the Beverly with a new multiplex, the Carmike 13, that would feature a screen that's three stories tall.
WESTVILLE — The public is invited to a showing of the video, "Celebrating 100 Years of Westville High School" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school gym, 918 N. State St.
The video was the eight-month project of two graduating seniors, Lacey Reuther and Doug Smith. They interviewed more than 50 Westville High alumni for the video.
CHAMPAIGN — When she taught an introductory film course at Danville Area Community College, Martha Kay started and ended each semester by showing "Citizen Kane." She estimated she saw the movie 40 times.
On Sunday, the closing day of the 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, Kay saw "Kane" again on the Virginia Theatre's big screen, with audio commentary by Roger Ebert.
CHAMPAIGN — Todd Rendleman grew up in the small town of Anna in southern Illinois, loving movies. As a kid, he would check out only one movie at a time at a video store. He'd watch it on a Friday night and then watch it carefully again the next day.
He thought it sacrilegious that his friends would check out a stack of videos and view one after the other without discussing each movie.
CHAMPAIGN — Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert thinks most movies about religion satirize or make fun of faith and the faithful. Not so with "Higher Ground," actress Vera Farmiga's finely wrought debut as a director.
CHAMPAIGN — As president of the respected Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker attends the Academy Awards ceremony every year. He's noticed that the category of best foreign film is highly competitive and the nominees are wary of each other.
CHAMPAIGN — Leading Australia director Paul Cox admitted he used to be self-obsessed. He was married to one woman, for only a year. He fathered his three children by three different women.
Then, several years ago, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He was told he had only six months to live. His only hope was a liver transplant. But he had a rare blood type. And not much hope.
CHAMPAIGN — "Kiryarwanda," a film about the Rwanda genocide, is not just about that subject, writer-director Alrick Brown said after it was screened at the 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival on Thursday.
URBANA — Roger Ebert may have lost his speaking voice, but he certainly hasn't lost his sense of humor.
After Champaign Mayor Don Gerard on Wednesday gave the movie critic the key to the city, Ebert said through his wife, Chaz, "When you get a key to the city, where is the lock?"