Chuck Koplinski: 'Blair Witch': Don't go there

For some inexplicable reason, director Adam Wingard has gained the reputation of being some sort of horror craftsman among aficionados of the genre. Based on his previous work ("V/H/S," "You're Next" and others), this can only mean that the standards of modern fright-film fans have fallen very low indeed.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 15-21, 2016

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Frank's Faves: Films the critics got all wrong

This week: Here's a hot news flash: Sometimes the "experts" and I just don't agree.

If you read this column a couple weeks ago (and I thank you for that if you did), you saw my response to a friend's challenge to offer up my all-time seven favorite films, so you may think you have a pretty good handle on my taste in movies.

Chuck's Classics: "Giant" (1956)

It's a rare thing to catch more than one performer at the apex of their career in one film, but that was the case with George Stevens' adaptation of this Edna Ferber novel, a grand soap opera that chronicles how one Texas fortune is made and another nearly squandered.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Arts scene

Works for sale at annual expo

The second annual Urbana Art Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.

Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 11, 2016

Who's behind Imbibe Urbana?

Annie Adams and Kristin Walters, who describe themselves as an "Urbana lady duo promoting Urbana art, business and people." I checked out their First Friday event last week. It had a great vibe.

Richard J. Leskosky: A gem from Hollywood's golden era

War can complicate lives and romance, even in countries not directly involved in them, and there's perhaps no better filmic example of that than the 1942 classic "Casablanca," the first movie in the latest News-Gazette Film Series. The movie will screen at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Who lives here? Sept. 10, 2016

Each week on this page, 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.


Entertainment listings, Sept. 8-14, 2016

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What: Judged games, fun classes and timed events. High-point buckles awarded. Food concessions.

When: Registration, 8 a.m.; show, 9 a.m. Sept. 10.

Where: Piatt County Trailblazers, Interstate 72 Exit 166, 1 mile north on Old Route 47, Monticello.