Entertainment listings, April 13-20, 2017



What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Register on-site, 7:15 to 8 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 p.m. April 14.

Chuck Koplinski: Franchise has furious fun with 'Fate'

It's a long way from street racing on the mean streets of L.A. to saving the world James Bond-style, but that's the evolution the "Fast and Furious" franchise has taken, one that no one could have expected when the first film in the series debuted in 2001.

Richard J. Leskosky: Marx Brothers return to Champaign

If figuring out your taxes or listening to news (or fake news) stories of government malfunctions has left you stressed out and frustrated, the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup" is just what you need, because it pokes fun at various aspects of government, including taxes.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 9, 2017

Did guitarist Adrian Belew win an Oscar?

I'm not sure whether he received an actual Oscar statuette because I couldn't contact him — he's on tour, heading to Europe. But the uber-guitarist who once lived in Urbana and once played with King Crimson scored the short animated Pixar film "Piper," which took the Oscar this year for best animated short film.

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

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The scoop on Ebertfest

You might not know that the 19th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, or any other of the Ebertfests, wouldn't have happened without Cyberfest.

Cyberfest was a University of Illinois technology and arts festival 20 years ago that celebrated the birthday in Urbana of the fictional artificial intelligence character HAL 9000 in the movie and book "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Who lives here? April 8, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or TV 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.


#TheMJs, April 7, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Chuck Koplinski: 'Ghost in the Shell' a chilling cautionary tale

With last week's announcement that Elon Musk and his team are working on developing implants that will be put in our brains so that we can interface wirelessly with computers, we were brought one step closer toward realizing all that the sci-fi genre promised us was possible.