'Compton' continues to lead the way

NEW YORK — The Christian drama "War Room" made a surprise bid for the box-office lead, Zac Efron's music drama "We Are Your Friends" fell completely flat and the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" keeps chugging along.

Movie horror director Wes Craven dies at 76

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice.

The Future Five, Aug. 31, 2015

Staff Writer TIM MITCHELL's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


Richard J. Leskosky: 'Rebel' kicks off latest N-G Film Series

The first day in a new school can be pretty stressful. But it definitely won't be as traumatic as Jim Stark's (James Dean) first day in his new school in the 1955 classic "Rebel Without a Cause," which screens in the News-Gazette Film Series at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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

Here's what's happening on the ...

Music scene

C4A expanding

The non-profit Community Center for the Arts in downtown Urbana is expanding, taking over the space formerly occupied by Corson's Guitar Store at Main and Race.

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

Checking out 'The Prophet'

Who lives here? Aug. 29, 2015

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

Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home 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.


Film capsules, Aug. 27, 2015

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

Chuck Koplinski: 'American Ultra' comes off half-baked

Nima Nourizadeh's "American Ultra" isn't necessarily a bad movie as much as it's a production made with a script that needed another rewrite.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 27-Sept. 3, 2015

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