'Mission: Impossible' cruises to easy victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stakes may be high for Ethan Hunt and his team in "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," but it was hardly impossible for the Tom Cruise pic to conquer the box office.

The Future Five, Aug. 3, 2015


Invisible women? Hollywood may be confronting its female superhero problem

LOS ANGELES — Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.

Chuck's Classics: "The Usual Suspects" (1995)

Bryan Singer's modern film noir is a brilliant exercise in audience manipulation as the viewer is dropped into the middle of a mystery involving five questionable characters, including Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey, in an Oscar-winning turn), who's been arrested after surviving a mysterious massacre that's left 27 dead.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 2, 2015

How much longer do the Friday Night Live events last this summer?

Four more. Despite this summer's fickle weather, 40 North 88 West has had to cancel only one Friday Night Live, which features local music acts at three outside locations in downtown Champaign.

Freshman jumped at creative opportunity

CHAMPAIGN — Urbana High School freshman Lillian Hall twice entered the Young Authors contest for schoolchildren, winning once.

She enjoyed that experience but finds Pens to Lens, in which scripts written by local students are adapted to film by local movie makers, far more exciting.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

A movie worth watching

Who lives here? Aug. 1, 2015

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Entertainment listings, July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Film capsules, July 30, 2015

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine: