Weekend Box Office | 'Alita: Battle Angel' leads slowest Presidents Day weekend in 20 years

LOS ANGELES — The sci-fi fantasy "Alita: Battle Angel" topped the charts and beat out a number of newcomers including the meta romantic comedy "Isn't It Romantic" and the horror sequel "Happy Death Day 2 U" in its first weekend in theaters, but it is a victory with a few caveats.

Richard J. Leskosky | Termites in spotlight at film festival

It may still be too cold to spot insects outdoors, but you can see a veritable indoor menagerie of them at the annual Insect Fear Film Festival sponsored by the University of Illinois Department of Entomology and the Entomology Graduate Students Association (EGSA).

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 17, 2019

The Canopy Club in Urbana is the place to be this week for millennial rock — highlighted by those musical faves of Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, SXSW and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" fame —Young the Giant.

Library events, Feb. 17-24, 2019

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Environmental Almanac | Termites are more than just pests

On Saturday, the 36th annual Insect Fear Film Festival will take place in Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus. As part of the celebration, this week's column is a collaborative piece by two graduate students from the Department of Entomology, Jonathan Tetlie and Scott Clem.

Who lives here? Feb. 16, 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.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 14-21, 2019


This weekend


What: Honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. This year's events inclue a talk on powwows, an educator workshop, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings.

When:4 p.m. Feb. 14; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

The Screening Room | 'Capernaum' an astounding tale of survival, tenacity

Clint Eastwood was once asked about the importance of films in society. He responded, "Well, they're not a cure for cancer."

Frank's Faves: 'Return' movies

"Yeah, we tease him a lot 'cause we got him on the spot, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back ... " — John Sebastian

Hello again, faves fans! Sorry we missed each other last week. I took a few days off for a road trip to celebrate my wife's birthday, and didn't get the chance to write a column in advance of that break as I normally do.

Uni High alum picks up second Academy Award for technical achievement

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Two weeks ahead of Hollywood's biggest night, Paul Debevec was feted at a black-tie ceremony honoring the technological innovators in the film industry.