Richard J. Leskosky: 85-year-old returns to screen

A popular fictional character that has entertained us on screens and in other media for decades with his adventures among strange-looking creatures — and whose appearance changes every so often — has a special anniversary celebration this year where different versions of himself, along with some of his familiar companions, have an encounter with an old adversary across time and dimensions.

Film shot in Danville home to be shown at Kathryn Randolph Theater

DANVILLE — The local indie film "House of Thaddeus" will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.

The feature film was shot in the historic Virginia Jewell House in the 400 block of Hazel Street just north of downtown Danville.

Donor incentives boosted for Ebert sculpture

Drive is already 20 percent along toward $122,500 goal

CHAMPAIGN — People who give more toward the creation and installation of a lifesize bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert in downtown Champaign will get a little more in return.

The organizers of the fundraising campaign have increased the incentives for donations of $1,000 or more:

New incentives offered for Ebert sculpture donors

The head of the Roger Ebert Sculpture Fundraising Campaign has announced new incentives for donors.

The goal of the project is to place a life size statue of Ebert sitting in theater seats outside of the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Furnace' a gripping, if not original, tale of revenge

While writing his follow-up to 2009's "Crazy Heart," director Scott Cooper had Christian Bale in mind for the lead role in what was to become "Out of the Furnace."

Entertainment listings, Dec. 5-12, 2013

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

Film capsules, Dec. 5, 2013

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Art to present documentary about Indiana town, basketball team

CHAMPAIGN — The Art Theater Co-op will present at 7 p.m. Wednesday a screening of the documentary "Medora."

The film takes a look at life in Medora, Ind., and its high school basketball team, whose players refuse to give up hope despite the odds against them.

Studio Visit: Steve Drake

Studio Visit is a Q&A with an artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Steve Drake of Urbana, creative specialist at the Beckman Institute in Urbana.

Q: Congratulations on your three consecutive Mid-America Emmy awards. I noticed you've won other awards as well. Which are the most meaningful to you?

Coogan tackles more serious role in 'Philomena'

Like most performers who are labeled as "comics," Steve Coogan eventually grew tired of being pigeonholed and longed to prove that he could do more than make people laugh.

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