Richard J. Leskosky: Straight truth about poker movies

Sports movies provide natural settings for drama, suspense, and even comedy, but Hollywood has turned out some solid films about competitions where the participants mostly sit or stand around.

Ask 'Mimi' April 13, 2014

Q: Didn't Mickey Rooney, who died last week at age 93, perform here?

More Ebertfest movies sell out

CHAMPAIGN — The list of sold-out movies in the upcoming Roger Ebert's Film Festival keeps growing.

As of Friday morning individual tickets were sold out for "Life Itself," "Young Adult," "Do the Right Thing," "Wadjda," "Goodbye Solo" and "Born on the Fourth of July."

People who want to see any of those are advised to stand in line, starting 30 minutes before curtain time.

Who lives here? April 12, 2014

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email with a person who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.

Entertainment listings, April 10-17, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Film capsules, April 10, 2014

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

Chuck Koplinski: Costner's performance a pick-me-up in 'Draft Day'

It's apparent from the start that director Ivan Reitman wants "Draft Day" to be to the NFL what "Moneyball" was to MLB, and for a while the film succeeds in being just that — a no-nonsense, behind-the-scenes look at how a major sports franchise is run and an examination of the personalities needed to make it a success.

Boneyard Arts Festival around (every) corner

CHAMPAIGN — Get your walking shoes ready. And maybe rev up your car engine — or oil your bicycle.

The four-day Boneyard Arts Festival — presented by 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council — will take place Thursday through Sunday at more than 100 venues in Champaign, Urbana and surrounding towns.

Documentary filmmaker to show work, speak at Spurlock

URBANA — The award-winning documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalist Irv Drasnin will give a talk titled "The Reporter and Revolution" at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Drasnin will talk about the different roles and expectations of the documentary filmmaker in China and in the United States. He first began filming in China in 1973.

Junior League hosts screening of 'Bully'

CHAMPAIGN — The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana will host a screening of the documentary, "Bully," from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Champaign Public Library.

Parents, teachers and community members are invited to attend. "Bully" is a 2011 documentary which follows the lives of five students facing daily bullying.

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