Entertainment listings, Feb. 15-22, 2018


This weekend


Chuck Koplinski: Narrative of 'Black Panther' not as groundbreaking as film itself

Much has already been written and will be written about what a game-changer Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther" is, not simply where superhero movies are concerned but also Hollywood films in general.

'Fifty Shades Freed' commands $38.8 million at box office

LOS ANGELES — Newcomers like "Fifty Shades Freed," "Peter Rabbit" and "The 15:17 to Paris" breathed some fresh life into a marketplace that has for weeks been dominated by "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," ''The Greatest Showman" and various Oscar contenders. But it's all just setting the stage for "Black Panther," which opens next week.

Richard J. Leskosky: UI grad returning to campus to show off work

Independent filmmaker David Franklin, a 1992 University of Illinois graduate and the winner of two Emmys, will be appearing with his award-winning first feature film, "As Far as the Eye Can See," at 7 p.m. Tuesday on campus at 124 Burrill Hall. The event is sponsored by the Campus Honors Program in cooperation with the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and is open to the public.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 11, 2018

The Insect Fear Film Festival isn't until later this month, Roger Ebert's Film Festival doesn't arrive until April and even the next showing in The News-Gazette Film Series isn't until next month. What's a cinephile to do?

Check out the 'Science on Screen' film series at 7:30 p.m. Mondays through March 12 at the Art Theater, that's what.

MoviePass' 'Netflix for theaters' approach irks chains, studios

NEW YORK (AP) — MoviePass is trying to bring to movie theaters what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month.

In doing so, MoviePass has struck a chord with moviegoers and a nerve with the movie industry.

Who lives here? Feb. 10, 2018

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?" 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.

Frank's Faves: Movies about the Winter Olympics

"Why? Why? Whyyyy? ... " — Nancy Kerrigan, former Olympic figure skater

The 2018 Winter Olympics, also known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, open this week. In the hometown of Bonnie Blair (the former Champaign speedskater who remains the most decorated American woman in Winter Olympic history, if your memory needs refreshing), this is a big deal.

Chuck Koplinski: Truth more intriguing than fiction in weird 'Winchester'

The story of Sarah Winchester and her family fortune is a fascinating one.

Upon the death of her husband, William Wirt Winchester, she inherited $20 million (over half a billion in 2018 dollars), controlled half of the stock in the famous firearms company and was allotted an allowance of $1,000 per day.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 8-15, 2018


Next week


What:Show off your knowledge of love songs, quotes, and famous couples. Prizes awarded for the winner of each of the six rounds, whoever has the best, library-friendly team name, and a grand prize awarded to the most knowledgeable team. Play in teams of one to four people. For adults.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14.