Ask 'Mimi' Nov. 23, 2014

Mimi, what is Champaign-based rapper Wakefield, whom you wrote about a few months ago, up to?

Wakefield, whose name is Brandon Lehman, took a year off from school to work on his rap, and that's what he's doing. He plans to release a new album, "Wake's World," in January. He told me he spent a nice sum on PR services from a Los Angeles agency to help promote it.

Richard J. Leskosky: Feast on some Thanksgiving movies

Tucked between Halloween and Christmas, two religious holidays that have become excessively commercialized, Thanksgiving is essentially a secular holiday everyone can celebrate, no matter what her or his religious affiliation or lack thereof. It's also a holiday that emphasizes consumption — a perfect fit, you'd think, for our consumer society

Who lives here? Nov. 22, 2014

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

Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83


Film capsules, Nov. 20, 2014

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

Entertainment listings, Nov. 20-27, 2014

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

That's the (holiday movie) ticket

Forget the tinsel on the tree, we're talking Tinseltown!

Holiday movie season is here, and staff writer Paul Wood has the scoop on all the releases coming your way.

Nov. 21

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1"

Chuck Koplinski: Star's conviction saves overlong 'Mockingjay, Pt. 1'

So here we have it, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1," the beginning of the final chapter in the saga of Katniss Everdeen, Suzanne Collin's dynamic archer-turned-rebel who has become a symbol of power for 'tween girls across the country and an object of desire, if not a bit of fear, for adolescent boys everywhere.

Brett Hays - Shatterglass Studios 11-18-14

Brett Hays - Shatterglass Studios 11-18-14: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with Brett Hays of Shatterglass Studios about a film he is co-producing, "Thrill Ride."  You can learn more about this film at



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Who lives here? Nov. 15, 2014

Homes for the holidays

With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's activities approaching, we'll now focus on movies and TV shows with festive connections.

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