Chuck Koplinski: 'Legend of Tarzan' a gorgeous, grounded epic

Legendary film producer Darryl Zanuck once said, "The secret to success in Hollywood is giving the public what it wants before it knows it wants it." In the spirit of that statement and in an effort to keep you ahead of the curve, I'm here to let you know that while you might not know it yet, David Yates' "The Legend of Tarzan" is the summer movie you want to see ... believe me.

Entertainment listings, June 30-July 7, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Chuck's Classics: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938)

This Michael Curtiz film is among those movies that never age. As vibrant, energetic and entertaining today as it was when it debuted, this version of the English legend has never been equaled. Warner Bros. spared no expense, shooting it in the then-new process of Technicolor, using each of its 11 cameras, the only ones in existence.

Ask 'Mimi,' June 26, 2016

Someone asked me the other day whether there will be an Ellnora The Guitar Festival this fall at Krannert Center.

No, it's a biennial. The next, in fall 2017, will showcase, as Fretboard Journal says, "the world's most distinctive and influential guitarists."

Free kids movie series set to begin

CHAMPAIGN — The Art Theater Co-op offers broad programming, reaching out to various groups of people.

But a gaping hole at the Art and elsewhere in Champaign-Urbana is programming for families and children. So the Art has come up with "Smart Kids," a "consciously curated collection of films" that starts Saturday.

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

May check out Arts in the Park

Movie car replica draws a crowd

A few hundred people, some admittedly hoping Dick Van Dyke might make an unexpected appearance, stood in line in downtown Danville Friday morning to get their picture taken with the custom-built replica of the car from the 1968 movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

Who lives here? June 25, 2016

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV 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.

Dick Van Dyke: 'I'm 17 again'

DANVILLE — Dressed from head to toe in black and looking the part of a chimney sweep straight out of "Mary Poppins," 15-year-old Carter Mallady couldn't believe it when Dick Van Dyke looked right at him from his seat in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and sang, "Ain't it a glorious day."