Film

Film

The Screening Room | Virginia's '2001' screenings offer a film-going odyssey

One of the few modern filmmakers to champion and still use 70 mm film, director Christopher Nolan kept this format alive last year with "Dunkirk," his sprawling tribute to the civilian effort that sprang up to rescue thousands of soldiers stranded on the shores of France.

Who lives here? Aug. 18, 2018

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 wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, 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.

Weekend Top 10, Aug. 17, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

A reunion 130 years in the making

Organizers of Cissna Park's Old Settlers Reunion are marking the 130th celebration by bringing in country party band Dixie Crush for an 8 p.m. concert Saturday on the outdoor stage at the village park.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 17, 2018

Want to know what makes Tuscola tick? WEIU has a show for you.

On Aug. 30, the station is airing "Tuscola: This is Our Story."

Entertainment listings, Aug. 16-23, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

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The Screening Room | 'Crazy Rich Asians' a beautiful, bland affair

In addition to "The Meg," also currently in wide release, "Crazy Rich Asians" is a film co-produced by American and Chinese studios, an effort to appeal not only to viewers in the United States, but also those in the Far East, a market that Hollywood studios are now focusing on.

Frank's Faves: Movies where people lose body parts

"Just a flesh wound." — John Cleese as the Black Knight in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)

It HAD been a pretty good week for Frank's Faves.

Last week's column didn't appear to offend any one unduly or make any glaring factual errors (judging by a general lack of negative feedback). And I came away with a bucket full of new, good suggestions for future faves.

Weekend Box Office | 'The Meg' chomps its way to No. 1 with $44.5M

NEW YORK — Adding to Hollywood's sizzling summer, the shark thriller "The Meg" opened above expectations with an estimated $44.5 million in ticket sales, while Spike Lee had his best debut in a decade.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Long, Long Trailer' a fascinating look at life in the '50s

Sometimes a honeymoon can be no honeymoon. At least that's what Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz discover in the 1954 comedy "The Long, Long Trailer," which the News-Gazette Film Series will present at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Tickets are $6.

Who lives here? Aug. 11, 2018

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 wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, 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.