The Screening Room | A perfect 'Endgame' to a marvelous saga

Expectations couldn't be higher for Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame," arguably the most anticipated movie in film history.

Frank's Faves: Robert De Niro movies

"Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man." — Robert De Niro in "Taxi Driver" (1976)

Champaign council to discuss special-event sponsorship policy

CHAMPAIGN — When Ebertfest organizers recently approached the city about sponsoring the 21-year-old downtown film festival, they were told it wasn't possible.

There were two reasons, according to city documents: a lack of funding and the lack of a formal policy governing sponsorship of special events.

Weekend Box Office | 'La Llorona' conjures $26.5M over quiet Easter weekend

LOS ANGELES — "The Curse of La Llorona" brought good fortune at the box office.

The Warner Bros. horror film based on a Mexican legend about a woman who murdered her children and wanders the world looking for them brought in $26.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday, putting it in the top spot on its opening weekend — the last before "Avengers: Endgame" arrives to dominate.

Frank's Weekend Faves, April 21, 2019

The Iron Post is one of the best jazz venues around, but it's been known to rock from time to time as well. Such will be the case Thursday when it hosts a show featuring the Chicago-based rock duo OHMME, along with Mermaid Heaven and zzo.

Who lives here? April 20, 2019

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.

Frank's Faves: Leading men and women as villains

"Actors endow the villain in fiction with a warmth and quality that makes them memorable. I think we like fictional villains because they're the Mr. Hyde of our own dreams. I've met a few real villains in my time, and they weren't the least bit sympathetic." — John Rhys-Davies

The Screening Room | Powerful 'Giant Little Ones' a movie for our time

I don't know for sure, but I have a feeling that "Giant Little Ones" comes from a very personal place in writer-director Keith Behrman.

Ebertfest 2019 finale | Next year's festival dates announced

CHAMPAIGN — "I've heard some rumors going around town, and on TV, and in print," Chaz Ebert told the Virginia Theatre audience before introducing Ebertfest's final film on Saturday night.

"And I just want to tell you, I want you to join me back here next year, April 15th through 18th, for Ebertfest!"

Ebertfest 2019 finale | Our favorite moments

— A cute touch late in the festival's final day Saturday was Chaz Ebert inviting her daughter, Sonia Evans, and public relations handler Lee Meltzer onstage to have the audience sing not one, but two versions of "Happy Birthday" to them.