Champaign's Art Theater to merge with area charity

A change in ownership structure for the Art Theater in Champaign will mean no changes for movie-goers.  But for theater officials, a new focus will be fundraising.

The theater is currently cooperatively-owned.  But 97% of ownership has voted to merge the organization with the Art Film Foundation, a Champaign-based charity that promotes cinema.

With an arched brow, Moore found humor in Bond, life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sir Roger Moore always made sure to laugh at himself before the audience could.

'Alien' takes over top spot at box office

LOS ANGELES — "Alien: Covenant" edged out "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" in a weekend space battle at the box office.

Ridley Scott's latest "Alien" exploit opened with $36 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Guardians" was close behind with just over $35 million in its third week of release.

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

It's story time

Kristin Walters, one of the two women behind Imbibe Urbana, is hosting "Narratively: A Series of Stories" from 4 to 6 p.m. next Sunday at 303 W. Griggs St., U; it's open to the public.

Richard J. Leskosky: Classic continues to influence films, filmmakers

A true film classic keeps revealing previously unrecognized depths and/or taking on new resonances as times change. Take, for example, Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece, "Citizen Kane," which the New-Gazette Film Series will present at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Who lives here? May 20, 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, May 19, 2017

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

Five UI theater grads who are making it big

Nick Offerman, who spoke last week at the University of Illinois commencement, isn't the only UI theater alum who has hit it big.

Entertainment listings, May 18-25, 2017


This weekend


What: All proceeds going to American Cancer Society. Half-price sale and $2 a bag starting at 11 a.m. May 20.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20.

Where: 1505 W. Charles St., C.

More info: Email or call 979-1504.

Chuck Koplinski: Toothless plot maroons 'Alien: Covenant'

What began as a simple haunted-house story set in outer space has become a enigmatic, existential treatise on man's place in the universe and his origins.