The Future Five, Sept. 28, 2015


Chuck's Classics: "The Big Country" (1958)

Before they teamed up for "Ben-Hur," director William Wyler and actor Charlton Heston collaborated on this film, a long-overlooked Western that has come to be a classic. Gregory Peck stars as James McKay, an easterner who goes west to marry his fiancee, Pat Terrill (Caroll Baker).

'Transylvania 2' sets record for September

LOS ANGELES (AP) — September has a new box-office star in "Hotel Transylvania 2." The PG-rated animated pic earned a robust $47.5 million in its debut weekend, making it the top September opener of all time, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

The previous record holder was "Hotel Transylvania" which opened to $42.5 million in 2012.

Richard J. Leskosky: Highlights from animation festival in Canada

The Ottawa International Animation Festival, which ran Sept. 16-20 in Canada's capital and is the largest animation festival in North America, is 39 years old this year.

Art will feature a frightening lineup next month

CHAMPAIGN — Doesn't it seem as if the end of September just crept up on you? And now Halloween is just around the corner.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Weekend of festivals

Roll out the red carpet

CHAMPAIGN — Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm and Broadlands-born TV star Doug Wilson appear in a movie that will have its red-carpet premiere locally tonight in Champaign.

Who lives here? Sept. 26, 2015

Each week, 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 in the featured home 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.


Film capsules, Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2015

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

Frank's Faves: Laughter on the basepaths

This week: "There's no crying in baseball!" But there can be a whole lot of laughter.