Director bringing Oscar winner to festival

Comedian Patton Oswalt also slated to attend

CHAMPAIGN — Oliver Stone is coming to Ebertfest — and the Oscar-winning filmmaker is bringing one of his greatest hits with him.

Officials confirmed Thursday that Stone will be in Champaign-Urbana next month to show "Born on the Fourth of July" — 25 years after Roger Ebert gave the Vietnam War drama a four-star rating.

Film capsules, March 6, 2014

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

Chuck Koplinski: Wit, wisdom make for memorable 'Mr. Peabody'

It was only a matter of time before Jay Ward's beloved characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman would make it to the big screen. Having kicked around Hollywood for a while, certainly not helped by the disaster that was 2000's "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," it finally found a home at Dreamworks Animation in 2007.

Rich Warren: Reader asks me to bark up the subwoofer tree

Home theater confuses people with its nomenclature. Dolby Laboratories established the 5.1 home standard about 30 years ago. Now we also have 6.1 and 7.1.

Entertainment listings, March 6-13, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Film on Title IX to debut on Big Ten Network

URBANA — The Big Ten Network will premiere, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the new documentary, "Title IX: Let 'em Play."

The documentary also will be broadcast at 10 p.m. Friday, airing both before the first game of the Big Ten women's basketball tournament and immediately after the last game in the tournament.

Danville friends relate highlights of Oscar trip

Mimi Myers and Suzy Smalley are back in Danville after a weekend of star-gazing on the Oscars red carpet.

While the People magazine movie fan contest Myers won didn't come with front-row seats — the best friends sat high up in the stands, under a golden arch — they still got a good view of the rich and famous as they stopped to wave to the crowd or chat with ABC's Robin Roberts.

Mitchell's predictions for Oscar winners

News-Gazette reporter Tim Mitchell's Oscar predictions:

BEST PICTURE: "12 Years a Slave"

Richard J. Leskosky: Oscar nominees trending toward real people, events

This year stands out in Oscar history for having the most best picture nominees based on real people and events, both in quantity and percentage — six of the nine 2013 films nominated or 66.67 percent.

Ask 'Mimi' March 2, 2014

1. How are the projection-booth renovations going at the Virginia Theatre? Will they be completed by Ebertfest?

There are actually two projects being done simultaneously, theater director Steven Bentz said. The projection booth has been enlarged and renovated, and a digital projection system is being installed.