Entertainment listings, Nov. 9-16, 2017


This weekend


What: Get in the Christmas spirit while enjoying Christmas carols and samples of delicious Christmas goodies.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Where: Main Street, downtown Arcola.

More info:Call 217-268-3576.

Frank's Faves: Veterans Day movies

"I will kneel to God Almighty, praisin' him for all he's done ... (but) I will stand up for my country until my dyin' day, and I'll respect the flag when they play our song; I'll never take a knee." — The Moron Brothers

Chuck Koplinski: Full steam ahead for 'Orient Express' remake

With actor David Suchet's portrayal of Agatha Christie's arrogant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot considered the gold standard where the character is concerned, is it foolhardy for Kenneth Branagh to take on the role as well as direct a new version of his most famous case?

Richard J. Leskosky: Epic 'Ben-Hur' gets epic Virginia screening

An extra thing to be thankful for this November is the chance to see one of Hollywood's greatest epics the way it was intended — on the big screen with a great sound system — when The News-Gazette Film Series presents "Ben-Hur" at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Who lives here? Nov. 4, 2017

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.

Frank's Faves: Movie window jumps

According to superstition, breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. So what does breaking the glass doors in your wife's antique china hutch bring?

Chuck Koplinski: 'Thor: Ragnarok' goes for laughs and falls flat

Where the Marvel Comics movie universe is concerned, the "Thor" films have always been treated like the redheaded stepchild.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 2-9, 2017


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Ebertfest 2018 passes on sale Nov. 1

CHAMPAIGN — Passes go on sale Wednesday for the 20th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, also known as Ebertfest.

The passes allow for admission to all 12 or more screenings during the event, set for April 18-22 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. The event is sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Media.

Chuck Koplinski: Accuracy crucial in 'Thank You for Your Service'

Imagine that you've served nearly three tours of duty in an incredibly dangerous war zone, and when you return home, all that you thought you were sure of — your job, the relationship with your wife and that with your children — is put into question.