Are there any stars coming to Ebertfest April 15-19?
As usual, yes. But as usual, festival director Nate Kohn and others are keeping their lips sealed, at least for the time being.
One of filmdom's classic courtroom dramas involves a case of mistaken identity, but not as part of the plot. Many people think of the 1957 "Witness for the Prosecution" as an Alfred Hitchcock film, but it was in fact written and directed by Billy Wilder, improving considerably on the original play by Agatha Christie.
Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was
Compliment for Estabrook
Third annual Pens to Lens
The Champaign-Urbana Film Society's third annual Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting Competition will begin Feb. 1. New this year, the society will host the first Pens to Lens High School Film Festival along with the Pens to Lens screenwriting competition.
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?"
Are you shivering, sniffling and staring at your TV remote right now wondering where the HEAT button is? Well, stop it. There isn't one, but I have the next best thing for those of us already counting the heating-degree days until Easter.
That's right, it's this week's list of faves, which I like to call:
His best and most-assured film since "Invictus," Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" covers many themes the filmmaker has touched on over the course of his career.
Since 2007, staff writer Tim Mitchell has predicted who will get nominated for the Academy Awards. The official announcement is at 7:30 a.m. Thursday; the 87th Academy Awards show is Feb. 22 from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Here is Mitchell's forecast for this year, with projected nominees in alphabetical order: