Weekend Box Office | 'First Man' debuts in third place behind 'Venom' and 'A Star is Born'

LOS ANGELES — The Neil Armstrong film "First Man" settled for a third-place landing at the North American box office in its opening weekend in theaters.

Getting Personal: Porshé R. Garner

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Porshé R. Garner, recently chosen for the new position of executive director of the Art Film Foundation, talks with staff writer Paul Wood about her role overseeing fundraising, organizational management and community relations for the foundation, which supports the Art Theater in downtown Champaign. She recently earned a Ph.D.

Chuck Koplinski | For its director and star, 'First Man' all about human element

CHICAGO — The piece of advice that actor Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle must be following is "Make no small plans."

Who lives here? Oct. 13, 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, 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.

Manhattan prosecutor drops part of Weinstein case

NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan's district attorney dropped part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence emerged that cast doubt on the account one of his three accusers provided to the grand jury.

The development was announced in court Thursday with Weinstein looking on.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 11-18, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


The Screening Room | Intimate look at space race propels 'First Man'

I was speaking to a friend the other day about how we take the age we live in for granted. We punch 10 numbers into our cellphones and talk to people thousands of miles away and don't give it a second thought. We have cures for diseases that were once fatal. And space travel? Well, does anyone really think about that at all anymore?

Netflix to bring new production hub to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate leaders announced Monday.

Weekend Box Office | 'Venom' and 'A Star is Born' make best October weekend ever

NEW YORK — In a weekend of perfect counterprogramming for Hollywood, the comic-book movie "Venom" shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" soared to $41.3 million.

Rich Warren | New iPhone is a questionable investment

Why spend $1,100 for a product that lasts three to five years? Or, perhaps months if you drop it. The new Apple iPhone XS Max boggles the mind. More than likely, it costs Apple $300 or less to build. Apple audaciously charges an extra $9 for an adapter to use conventional headphones with the new XS models.