Getting Personal: Sanford Hess

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with 42-year-old Champaign resident Sanford Hess. He has just been hired as the information technology director for the city of Urbana, but is better known as the former operator of the Art Theater.

So ... what's new with you?

Richard J. Leskosky: Pesticides play leading role in Insect Fear Film Fest lineup

This year, the 31st annual Insect Fear Film Festival, sponsored by the Entomology Graduate Students Association at the University of Illinois, offers a couple of groundbreaking surprises.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 15, 2014

On Thursday, the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign is paying tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman with a double-feature hosted by News-Gazette film critic Chuck Koplinski: "Capote" at 5 p.m. and "Synecdoche, New York" at 7:30. We asked Austin McCann, the Art's general manager, for the best of Hoffman in a supporting role:

"Boogie Nights"


Who lives here? Feb. 15, 2014

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 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.

Film capsules, Feb. 13, 2014

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

Entertainment listings, Feb. 13-20, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend

Chuck Koplinksi: This is not your father's 'Robocop'

When Paul Verhoeven's "Robocop" burst onto screens in 1987 it caused a sensation, primarily because of its excessive violence but also because of its cutting edge special effects.

Sunday highlights

Stories from Sunday's News-Gazette, in case you missed them.

Richard J. Leskosky: 'Films' becomes a misnomer

When you visit your favorite multiplex, do you tell your friends you're going to see a film? Why would you lie to your friends like that?

Documentary series to open at UI

URBANA — The AsiaLENS Documentary Film Series will open at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Spurlock Museum with the screening of "Mulberry Child."

The series in Spurlock's Knight Auditorium will focus this season on documentary films that address the cultural revolution in China from different, personal perspectives.