Has "Life Itself," the documentary about Roger Ebert, received any awards yet?
Yes, and it's on the Academy Awards shortlist for best documentary. Another doc among the 15 shortlisted for the Oscar is "Citizen Koch," directed by Urbana native Carl Deal and his partner, Tia Lessin. The five finalists will be announced Jan. 15; the Oscars ceremony will be Feb. 22.
Party for 'Downton Abbey' fans
Fans of the PBS series "Downton Abbey" will be happy to know that WILL-TV will offer a free Season 5 Preview Party from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.
Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come
UI Symphony will perform
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Though superhero films are doing their best to disprove this notion, it's generally accepted that sequels are usually not as good as the movie that preceded them. I would argue that comedy sequels have an even harder time as so much of the lunacy that seemed fresh and surprising in the first entry of a series often comes off as labored and predictable the second time around.
Chelsea Norton - Champaign Park District 12-2-14: Play now!
Brian Moline talks with the park district's marketing director about tomorrow's prescribed burn in two Champaign parks, plus a great lineup of shows at the Virginia Theatre this month.
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