'Furious 7' holds on to top spot at box office

NEW YORK (AP) — "Furious 7" enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth straight week. But the movie that's poised to topple the Universal juggernaut, Marvel's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," revved up overseas with a massive $201.2 million debut.

Chuck's Classics: "Ninotchka" (1939)

Throughout the 1920s and '30s, Greta Garbo cut a distinctive swath across cinema. The Swedish actress was everything a star should be with her ethereal beauty, aloof manner and natural eroticism.

Ask Mimi, April 26, 2015

Are there tickets left for humorist David Sedaris tonight at the Virginia Theatre?

A few. "The main floor is gone; there are couple of seats here and there," said Virginia Director Steven Bentz. "I think by the time he goes on stage, it'll be a packed house."

The Reluctant Townie: The complete guide to summer movies

I don't care what the calendars say, summer begins and ends with the summer movie season. And be it by global warming or money-hungry studio execs, over the last decade summer movie season has been creeping ever earlier into our calendar year.

2015 is shaping up to be a pretty strong summer at the movies. Let's check it out:

'Furious 7' (April 3)

Ebertfest 2015: Some unofficial honors

CHAMPAIGN — After Ebertfest ends each year, I like to confab with friends who were there about the dozen or so films we've seen.

It takes time and conversation to digest the messages and themes of the movies.

Who lives here? April 25, 2015

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

CinemaCon delivers film footage, news

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Pratt left the CinemaCon crowd in stitches with his irreverent, high-energy and slightly racy comments at the annual conference of theater owners Thursday. The actor, there to promote "Jurassic World" along with director Colin Trevorrow, introduced a sizzle reel of new footage from the dinosaur epic.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Adaline' enchants despite lack of chemistry

When "Casablanca" comes to mind, you think of Rick and Ilsa. When "Wuthering Heights" is mentioned, you immediately think of Heathcliff and Cathy. When "The Notebook" is on, you're immediately sucked into the trials and tribulations that surround Noah and Allie.

Film capsules, April 23, 2015

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