#TheMJs, Sept. 1, 2017

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

Top of the Morning, Sept. 1, 2017

I spoke to the Champaign Lions Club on Wednesday at the Windsor of Savoy. It was a friendly group that had all sorts of questions about Lovie Smith's Illinois football team. Thanks to RICH SUCHOMSKI for the invite. I've been there several times and always enjoyed the experience.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Patti Cake$' gets by on strength of its cast

Patricia Dowbrowski knows there’s more to life than just working odd jobs in New Jersey and cleaning up after her alcoholic mother.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017


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What: Presented by Hoopeston Jaycees. National Sweetheart Pageant, midway, beer tent, flea market, display area, car show, 5K, truck and tractor pull, demo derby, contests, entertainment including Jo Dee Messina with Forgotten Highway at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and more.

Frank's Faves: Hurricane movies

"Away out here they've got a name for rain and wind and fire ... "

But who'd a thunk it's Harvey?

Thanks to social media's arguably greatest feature, I am pretty confident that everyone I know within the wet and wind-whipped wake of Hurricane Harvey is safe and accounted for.

Chuck Koplinski: Macdonald, Jasper find voices in 'Patti Cake$'

Director Geremy Jasper may have been concerned about many things while making his debut feature, "Patti Cake$" (opening Wednesday), but actress Danielle Macdonald wasn't one of them.

Who lives here? Aug. 26, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television 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. This week, you get a hint.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 25, 2017

Toward the end of the Big Ten Network's Illinois broadcast on Tuesday, each of the announcers shared his highlight from the stop.

GERRY DiNARDO said "Chayce Crouch"; HOWARD GRIFFITH said "Larry Boyd."

And for host DAVE REVSINE?

Chuck Koplinski: Lapses in logic doom 'Good Time'

Critics and fans alike have been heaping praise on Josh and Benny Safdie's "Good Time" since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

It's easy to see why, as this is a "Hey, look at me!" production, one suffused with style, meant to signal there are brave new visionaries behind the camera.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 24-31, 2017


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