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'Paddington 2' to kick off 2019 Smart Kids International film series at Art Theater

CHAMPAIGN — The 2019 Smart Kids International Children's Film Series will begin with "Paddington 2," it was announced Tuesday.

The film festival, which started in 2016 and aims to provide children with engaging international films and make the films accessible to a wide audience, returns to the Art Theater in downtown Champaign. The films will be shown weekends from July 6 to Aug. 4.

Weekend Box Office | Franchises hit low points

LOS ANGELES — Brand familiarity isn't everything when it comes to attracting audiences to the multiplex, and Hollywood is learning that lesson the hard way this summer with a slew of underperforming sequels and reboots. That so-called franchise fatigue came to a head this weekend with the releases of "Men in Black: International" and "Shaft."

Richard J. Leskosky | Three ways of critiquing movies online

Movie news, gossip, and criticism flood the internet.

Who lives here? June 15, 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 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.

Frank's Faves: Farm movies

"Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow / This land fed a nation, this land made me so proud / And son, I'm just sorry they're just memories for you now." — John Mellencamp

The Screening Room | 'MIB: International' a pointless drag

I was pretty sure the world didn't need another "Men in Black" movie. I'm sad to say that after sitting through the latest installment of the franchise, I now know I was right.

Library events, June 9-16, 2019

Champaign Public Library
Main Library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 7 p.m. Monday at the main library, learn tips and tricks for making travel arrangements, including how to use online resources available free for library cardholders. The program is part of the Get Curious at Your Library Summer Series.

Virginia Theatre's 2019-20 season has options galore

The next season at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign runs the gamut of local, regional and national acts.

Who lives here? June 8, 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 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.

Denzel Washington receives AFI Life Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Denzel Washington was the man of the hour Thursday night with everyone from Julia Roberts to Spike Lee turning out to celebrate him as this year's recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

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