Film

Actress from Mahomet gives thanks for Hanks

Champaign County native Melanie Paxson confirms something most of us know: Tom Hanks is one of the nicest guys in Hollywood.

She recently worked with the two-time Oscar winner for the first time, on the movie "Saving Mr. Banks," which opens Friday.

In it she plays Dolly, the secretary to Walt Disney, portrayed by Hanks.


Movies with local ties earn spots at film festival

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival will feature screenings of three documentaries with ties to Champaign-Urbana, among them the world premiere of "Life Itself," the documentary based on Roger Ebert's memoir of the same title.

"Life Itself," directed by Steve James, will be shown Jan. 19 in the premieres category of the festival in Park City, Utah.


Film capsules, Dec. 12, 2013

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


Chuck Koplinski: Human element, dazzling visuals rescue 'Smaug'

It was once said of director Oliver Stone that he was much like Lennie from "Of Mice and Men" — that he could take any good idea and smother it to death just as John Steinbeck's tragic figure does to mice and lonely women who are desperate to be heard.


Entertainment listings, Dec. 12-19, 2013

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Richard J. Leskosky: 85-year-old returns to screen

A popular fictional character that has entertained us on screens and in other media for decades with his adventures among strange-looking creatures — and whose appearance changes every so often — has a special anniversary celebration this year where different versions of himself, along with some of his familiar companions, have an encounter with an old adversary across time and dimensions.


Film shot in Danville home to be shown at Kathryn Randolph Theater

DANVILLE — The local indie film "House of Thaddeus" will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.

The feature film was shot in the historic Virginia Jewell House in the 400 block of Hazel Street just north of downtown Danville.


Donor incentives boosted for Ebert sculpture

Drive is already 20 percent along toward $122,500 goal

CHAMPAIGN — People who give more toward the creation and installation of a lifesize bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert in downtown Champaign will get a little more in return.

The organizers of the fundraising campaign have increased the incentives for donations of $1,000 or more:


New incentives offered for Ebert sculpture donors

The head of the Roger Ebert Sculpture Fundraising Campaign has announced new incentives for donors.

The goal of the project is to place a life size statue of Ebert sitting in theater seats outside of the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.


Entertainment listings, Dec. 5-12, 2013

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