I understand the appeal of films like "The Other Woman." They are to women what action flicks are to men — overwrought fantasies meant to provide a cathartic release for the audience.
Director Jem Cohen's "Museum Hours" will resume Ebertfest at 1 p.m. Thursday. Cohen is based in New York:
Do you also paint or draw? Did you study art before you starting making films?
Chaz Ebert indicates nervousness about continuing her late husband's legacy
URBANA — Chaz Ebert seldom feels nervous.
But after leaving her home in Chicago on Tuesday to head to Champaign-Urbana, she felt so nervous she turned around and went home.
CHAMPAIGN — Michelle Bates and her son, Les, read Roger Ebert's memoir "Life Itself" and thought it was fabulous.
Steve James, a Southern Illinois grad, is director of "Life Itself," the new documentary about Roger Ebert that will kick off the late critic's film festival tonight at the Virginia Theatre.
Why did you decide to do a documentary on Roger Ebert?
News-Gazette arts and entertainment reporter Melissa Merli has staffed Ebertfest since its inception. As it is her favorite event to cover, here are some of her most memorable moments or movies, by year:
URBANA — As a 10-year-old, Patton Oswalt would watch "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" on TV — repeatedly.
He remembers it seemed to be on every other Sunday, and seeing it over and over allowed him to "notice little things about it."
URBANA — If you can't get enough of the movies at the 16th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, which starts Wednesday, there will also be six academic panel discussions.
All will be held in the morning; all are free and open to the public; and all but the last one — a workshop for filmmakers — are in the Pine Lounge on the first floor of the Illini Union, 1401 Green St., U.