Art Theater to screen Mahomet-Seymour student's film on inspirational bicyclist

CHAMPAIGN — More than two years after nurse midwife Ray Spooner passed away, a Mahomet-Seymour High School junior has made a documentary about Mr. Spooner's life and inspirational bike ride across the country.

The 25-minute film by Ethan Grinberg will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C.

Uni High alum earns 2nd Academy Award for pioneering work in special effects

CHAMPAIGN — When Paul Debevec was young, his grandfather gave him a Super 8 camera for Christmas.

"He liked to make these little stop-action movies," mom Linda Miller said, recalling one was of a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich being made and a glass of milk being poured. "The sandwich gets eaten, and the milk goes down. But you never see any hands."

Entertainment listings, Feb. 7-14, 2019


This weekend


What: Guest speaker is Dr. James C. Harden and performance by Leadership Development Academy. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Rantoul. Rescheduled from Jan. 19.

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

The Screening Room | 'Cold Pursuit' a bloody misfire

I've spoken of tone before in other reviews — how hard it is to sustain over the course of a film, how difficult it is to maintain a consistent mood on a set over the length of a prolonged shoot, how it can shift and be lost from one scene to the next.

Weekend Box Office | Super Bowl weekend slowest in two decades

LOS ANGELES — With the distraction of the Super Bowl, freezing temperatures affecting large portions of North America and only one big new release in theaters in "Miss Bala," movie going audiences largely took the weekend off from the theaters in what is estimated to be the lowest-earning Super Bowl weekend in nearly two decades.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 3, 2019

If you like music that moves you — literally — look no further than Krannert Center's Foellinger Great Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a unique pairing of the University of Illinois' quartet-in-residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, and the community's resident master in the Chinese martial art of Tai Ji, Chungliang Al Huang.

Richard J. Leskosky | Fred and Ginger to take over the Virginia

If you find the February weather or the current political situation depressing, you might check out "Top Hat," the film that cheered up audiences in the midst of the Great Depression. The News-Gazette Classic Film Series will be screening that 1935 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Who lives here? Feb. 2, 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, Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2019

EVENTSThis weekend


What: The Love For All Poetry Crawl celebrating the poetic talent of Central Illinois residents and students. Poems, prose-poems and song lyrics will be chosen by the committee, printed and spread through participating downtown businesses. Also multiple readings by those interested in performing. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

The Screening Room | For better or worse, 'Serenity' goes its own way

I often complain that movie trailers give away far too much about the films they're promoting, revealing key twists and surprises that not only undercut the work of the director but also ruin the film-going experience for the audience.