Film

Melissa Merli: Paxson perfectly sweet in her role

Gay and Randy Moore of Champaign can be proud of their daughter's work in the new movie "Saving Mr. Banks."

Melanie Paxson holds her own as one of Walt Disney's secretaries, acting with and reacting to the likes of Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartzman and others.


Bob Asmussen's choices for People's Choice Awards

The People’s Choice Awards are coming this week, and we wanted someone to break down a few of the 58 categories that will be awarded. Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a person, so here are his choices in 10 areas:

Favorite Movie

Nominees: "Despicable Me 2," "Fast & Furious 6," "Iron Man 3," "Monsters University," "Star Trek Into Darkness"


Who lives here? Jan. 4, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a photo of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with the name of a silver screen character who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.


Entertainment listings, Jan. 3-9, 2014

Special events

This weekend


Chuck Koplinski: Scorsese helms familiar but effective 'Wolf'

Leonardo DiCaprio went out of his way in a recent interview to clarify that his latest film, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," in no way condones the behavior of its main character, crooked stockbroker Jordan Belfort.


Film capsules, Jan. 2, 2014

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


Who lives here?

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with the name of a silver screen character who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.


Entertainment listings, Dec. 27, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend


Chuck Koplinski: 'Mitty' a magical reminder of the possible

While I would hardly call it cutting-edge cinema, Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a rather risky proposition in this day and age.


Koplinski's 10 best film scenes of 2013

Movies are about moments: big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle; quiet scenes that succeed in touching our hearts in a way only possible with a medium that seamlessly combines so many other art forms; and instants that prompt us to consider things in a different light, encourage us to think from a new perspective and empathize with others.


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