Frank's Faves: Farewell, Bowie and Rickman (and Frey)

2016 has not been kind so far in terms of untimely celebrity deaths

Two accomplished British entertainers, both actors-come-lately, one known more for his musical genius, the other for his flare for theatrical villainy. David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

Chuck Koplinski: Fountain of 'Youth' infused with veteran talent

Conductor Fred Ballinger knows, though he doesn't want to fully admit, that he's nearing the end of his life. After a successful career that has brought him international fame, a marriage of more than 50 years and the recent news that the Queen of England has offered him a knighthood, he's well aware that there are few horizons left for him to explore. And so things go

Chuck's Classics: "The More the Merrier" (1943)

A concept often forgotten in Hollywood today is that less is sometimes more. With little restraint on what’s shown or said, subtlety has become a causality of convenience and laziness.

Ask 'Mimi,' Jan. 17, 2016

Didn't Alan Rickman appear at Ebertfest one year?

Yes, the versatile British actor was a guest with the German flick "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" in 2007. He went on the Virginia Theatre stage afterward for a discussion with Ebertfest director Nate Kohn and California-based film critic David Poland.

Richard J. Leskosky: How the Western was done

The Western film is seeing something of a minor renaissance with Quentin Tarantino's current release, "The Hateful Eight," and the soon-to-be-released "Jane Got a Gun" (actually made in 2013). And even though "The Revenant" is set too early to qualify as a genuine Western, its locale and themes are consistent with those of the genre.

Who lives here? Jan. 16, 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.


Frank's Faves: The good guys don't always win

This week:

SPOILER ALERT!!! There, now don't say I didn't warn you ...

With the NFL playoffs underway, odds are that your favorite football team has already posted its last "L" of the year and called it a season.

If not, bully for you. Go set your DVR for next weekend's nail-biter.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Carol' a modern take on past repression

In adapting Patricia Highsmith's novel "The Price of Salt," director Todd Haynes takes the refreshing approach of looking at the era of repression that was the 1950s through a modern lens.