'Kingsman' spy flick dethrones 'It'

NEW YORK — The R-rated spy comedy "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" displaced the horror sensation "It" as the No. 1 film in North America, while the second "Lego Movie" spinoff of the year didn't assemble the expected audience.

Richard J. Leskosky: Movie-related websites worth checking out

Every so often, I dive into the internet and come up with odd cinema-related sites that might be helpful or amusing to the cinephile. This time, I have some that could be both.

Who lives here? Sept. 23, 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, Sept. 22, 2017

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

Top of the Morning, Sept. 22, 2017

Give the good-timing award to the Illini Quarterback Club. For the third year in a row, it's hosting a Punt, Pass & Kick competition for area youths. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.

Last year, it was held at the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility. This year, the event is moving to Champaign's Zahnd Park.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Kingsman: Golden Circle' revels in going over the top

There's a lot to like about "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," Matthew Vaughn's follow-up to his surprise hit from three years ago. There's almost as much not to like as well.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 21-28, 2017


This weekend


'It' stomps 'mother!' with $60 million

NEW YORK — The Stephen King adaptation "It" continues to scare up record ticket sales, taking in an estimated $60 million in its second week and leaving a paltry $7.5 million for Darren Aronofsky's audacious genre-bending psychological thriller "mother!"

McDonaugh's 'Three Billboards' wins audience award

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin McDonaugh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" has won the Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award.

The British playwright's film stars Frances McDormand as a mother who goes to war with police in her town after her daughter's murder.

Richard J. Leskosky: 'Lawrence of Arabia' has made lasting impression

When people talk about epic films, one that is sure to come up in the top five is David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), a masterpiece that could not be made today without a huge CGI component.

The News-Gazette Film Series will present the restored version of this magnificent classic at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.