That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

CHAMPAIGN — C.U. Bands and Fans will celebrate three years of covering live, local music on Saturday and Sunday at City Center at Fat City Bar & Grill, 505 S. Chestnut St., C.

'The Martian' rockets to $55 million weekend

NEW YORK — Opening just days after NASA announced findings showing water on Mars, "The Martian" soaked up moviegoers at the box office.

Nonprofit updates suit to block Lucas museum site

CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit group has filed an updated complaint in federal court as part of its efforts to keep filmmaker George Lucas from building a museum along Lake Michigan in Chicago.

The Future Five, Oct. 5, 2015


Chuck's Classics: "The Fortune Cookie" (1966)

Effectively combining comedy and pathos is no easy task, and few directors were as adept at it as Billy Wilder. One would think after makng "Double Indemnity," "Sunset Boulevard," "Sabrina" and "Some Like it Hot," the filmmaker would be running on empty. But he had many good films left up his sleeve, including this one, the first teaming of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

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

Binging on 'Doc Now!'

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

Parkland exhibition on birds

Ask 'Mimi,' Oct. 4, 2015

How did the Viktor Krauss concert go last Sunday at the Allerton Music Barn?

Who lives here? Oct. 3, 2015

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?'

Chuck Koplinski: What to see when stranded on Mars

The buzz surrounding Ridley Scott's "The Martian" is the sort one associates with Oscar-winning productions and films ultimately referred to as "classics." As I've often told my son, saying something often enough doesn't necessarily make it so. Obviously, 20th Century Fox would have us think this film is one for the ages, but in reality, it is simply a well-told adventure story.