Entertainment listings, Feb. 22-March 1, 2018


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What: Sponsored by The STM Art Club and Art Department and Culver's Restaurant to raise funds to support The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Theme is fairytales. In addition to a fine meal and a unique handmade bowl to remind them of their gift to the needy, there will be music, drama, and dance performances.

Chuck Koplinski | Charming visuals can't save flat script in 'Early Man'

What with computer animation dominating the genre over the past two decades, it's a bit refreshing to see Aardman Animation still use the charmingly crude Claymation that is their stock and trade.

Frank's Faves: Actors who have played George Washington

Yeah, I'm griping again. Sorry.

It's only been a couple weeks since I bemoaned the lack of a feature movie about Champaign's own Olympic golden girl, Bonnie Blair.

But Presidents Day earlier this week — and specifically, George Washington's birthday today — presents us with yet another colossal omission amid Hollywood's normally over-the-top obsession with hero worship:

Go figure, Feb. 21, 2018


The advertised salary for one of the highest-paying current openings in town — executive director of the Parkland College Foundation.

Richard J. Leskosky: Ticks in spotlight at Insect Fear Film Festival

Parasites are never fun — unless you're watching them on the big movie screen at the annual Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois. This year's festival (the 35th) will take place Saturday in Foellinger Auditorium and deals with some particularly loathsome parasites — ticks!

Getting Personal: Andrew Hall

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, meet ANDREW HALL of Urbana, the visiting project coordinator for Roger Ebert's Film Festival and a multi-sport athlete, chats with staff writer Paul Wood.

You have a new job with Ebertfest. How are things going for the next season?

Who lives here? Feb. 17, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there 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.

Frank's Faves: Movies set in or about Korea

"Well, I never been to Pyeongchang, but I been to Oklahoma ... " — paraphrase of "Never Been To Spain" (with apologies to Hoyt Axton and Three Dog Night)

As the Winter Olympic Games enter their second week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the whole world seems to be holding its breath.

Chuck Koplinski: Narrative of 'Black Panther' not as groundbreaking as film itself

Much has already been written and will be written about what a game-changer Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther" is, not simply where superhero movies are concerned but also Hollywood films in general.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 15-22, 2018


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