Frank's Faves: Civil War films set in the South

'Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton. Old times there are not forgotten. Look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land.' — Daniel Decatur Emmett

Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017


This weekend


What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.

Chuck Koplinski: Impressive 'Dunkirk' hampered by gimmick

There's no shortage of ambition on display where Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" is concerned.

'Apes' roars past 'Spider-Man' at box office

NEW YORK — Monkey business still pays. "War for the Planet of the Apes" took down "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales.

Chuck's classics: The Wolf Man

The last of the great Universal Monsters made its debut — a decade after the cycle began — with "The Wolf Man," a film the studio put an A-list budget behind, hoping to revive the genre they helped to create. Lon Chaney Jr. stars as Lawrence Talbot, a European expatriate who returns from the States to reunite with his estranged father, Sir John (Claude Raines).

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Plenty of action at the Post

Bloomington-born pianist John Campbell performs from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at The Iron Post with Richard Drexler on bass and Joel Spencer, drums. After attending Illinois State, Campbell moved to Chicago, then to New York in the '80s. Late that decade, he was pianist for Mel Torme.

Richard J. Leskosky: View 'Gold Rush' and claim some laughs

You can take your mind off July's heat by taking in a classic comedy set in the frozen north when The News-Gazette Film Series screens Charlie Chaplin's 1925 masterpiece "The Gold Rush" at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Who lives here? July 15, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there 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.

#TheMJs, July 14, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a glance at the best Twitter has to offer.

Top of the Morning, July 14, 2017

The University of Illinois was represented at Wednesday night's ESPY Awards as alum and 2017 commencement speaker Nick Offerman appeared on stage to present the Cubs with the Best Moment Award during the three-hour telecast on ABC.