CHAMPAIGN — Among the big names at this year's Ebertfest, the most recognizable in attendance to the casual fan might be Kate Bosworth, the actress known for roles in "Remember the Titans," "Blue Crush," "Superman Returns" and "21." Bosworth is attending this year's festival in support of her husband, Michael Polish, the director of "Northfork," which was one of the films featured at the Virgin
Film/TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who interviewed writer-director Michael Polish after the "Northfork" screening Thursday during Ebertfest, told the writer-director how a friend of a friend who had worked on Polish's "Twin Falls, Idaho," told Seitz he had to visit the set.
CHAMPAIGN — After Michael Polish's movie "Northfork" premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, the theater went completely silent.
Polish then saw a figure walking toward him.
It was Roger Ebert.
"I haven't seen anything like that before. You want to have breakfast?" the film critic said.
"You bet," Polish replied.
In many ways, Roger Ebert was Ebertfest. But so am I. And so are you.
CHAMPAIGN — Festival organizers contend that a News-Gazette analysis of Ebertfest finances gives an incomplete and misleading picture.
Hosting his first Ebertfest reception at the University of Illinois president's mansion Wednesday, Timothy Killeen cracked jokes from the podium.
He said the red-brick mansion was built in 1929-'30 at the start of the Great Depression.
A visual knockout from the first frame to the last, Jon Favreau's reimagining of "The Jungle Book" owes as much to Rudyard Kipling's original stories as it does to the 1967 Disney animated adaptation.
The latest on Ebertfest from staff writer Melissa Merli, who has covered all 18:
Panel with some punch
Actress Kate Bosworth will be part of the academic panel discussion on women in Hollywood on Friday. "She's coming with her husband, so we took the opportunity to put her on a panel," festival director Nate Kohn said.