For the most part, I like the lineup for the 2014 Ebertfest, though a couple of my Facebook friends believe it lacks Roger Ebert's touch.
One of my only regrets, if that's the right word, is that Ebert himself won't be on the Virginia Theatre stage interviewing Philip Seymour Hoffman after "Capote" is shown on April 25.
Each week, 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 email@example.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.
CHAMPAIGN — The Ebert sculpture project has received another couple of boosts, this time from the Champaign Park District and its foundation.
The foundation gave $5,000 to the campaign to raise money for the bronze sculpture of the late critic and Urbana native Roger Ebert. The park district agreed to take over ownership of the sculpture and its maintenance and insurance.
CHAMPAIGN — The movie that earned Philip Seymour Hoffman his only Oscar and a groundbreaking film directed by a Saudi Arabian woman will join an already-loaded lineup at Roger Ebert's Film Festival here next month.
"Capote," the critically acclaimed 2005 film starring the late Seymour-Hoffman as author Truman Capote, will be part of the 16th Ebertfest on April 23-27.
Better than "Twilight" but not quite as good as "The Hunger Games," Neil Burger's "Divergent" is the latest foray into the arena of 'tween lit adaptations that's seen far more wannabe franchises vanquished than successful launches.
Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:
CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theatre was built in 1921 as a vaudeville house. It has lots of nooks and crannies, narrow passages and stairways.
Which is why it took a mechanical crane to lift a small digital projector to the top of the theater on Monday afternoon.
Love and death, besides being the title of one of Woody Allen's funniest comedies, make up a lot of what we go to the movies to see. They also provide screenwriters the chance to soar or stumble in their dialogue. From my collection of memorable (to me) movie lines, I've culled a few examples relating to each where humor, intentional or otherwise, trumps both.
A howling good time
If you missed Deke Weaver's "Wolf" last fall at Allerton Park, check out his solo show, with video documentation of his Allerton performances, at 6 or 8 p.m. Monday at the Art Theater Co-op. He's a great performer, and you will learn a lot about an endangered species. For more on the event, check out the article on G-3.