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.

Weekend Planner: Lions and tigers and pets, oh my!

Curtis Orchard is partnering with the animal-rescue organization Hospice Hearts to present "The Wizard of Paws" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C.

Who lives here? Oct. 28, 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.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Champaign County Home and Community Education (HCE) members will display their handcrafted projects for judging for the State Conference March 2018. Guest speakers are Bonnie Smith, Illinois Homemakers Camp, and Karen Cunningham, motivational speaker. Public invited.

When: 10 a.m. Oct. 26.

Koplinski: 'Thank You for Your Service' a powerful tale of returning to civilian life

"I'm going to name my son after me so I don't forget his name."

This is the sort of coping mechanism the veterans in Jason Hall's impressive debut "Thank You for Your Service" are forced to employ when they return from active duty and take on their biggest challenge — reintegrating to the home front, their real lives, the world.

Frank's Faves: Funny scary movies

"I've seen 'The Exorcist' about 167 times, and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it." — Michael Keaton in "Beetlejuice"

Top of the Morning, Oct. 26, 2017

The News-Gazette, it turns out, played a role in kickstarting PAUL DEBEVEC's career.

"I delivered papers for a few years in the early '80s," he said, "using the money to help save up for a Commodore 64 computer, on which I did my first computer graphics."

Richard J. Leskosky: A full buffet of Hitchcock

It's become something of a tradition for The News-Gazette Film Series to include a Hitchcock retrospective right before Halloween.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Oct. 22, 2017

Where do you go to enjoy fall colors outdoors?

According to's Fall Foliage Prediction Map, this weekend is supposed to be peak time for autumn colors in most of Illinois.