Frank's Faves: Super Bowl-ish movies

This week: You'd think a day known as "Super Sunday" would inspire a ton of super movies. You'd be wrong.

Unless your sports loyalties lie well out of the Midwest, this weekend's annual hyperbole bowl between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons probably holds, at best, only marginal interest for all but the most fanatical of football fans.

Chuck Koplinski: Poignant 'Comedian' true to itself

Groucho Marx's third wife once stated, "If he'd only said, 'I love you' once, I would have stayed." No doubt, it must be difficult living with someone who makes their living cracking wise, especially those whose humor has a mean-spirited edge to it.

Richard Leskosky: Real dancing will be on display at the Virginia

While still a film student at Harvard, Damien Chazelle, director of "La La Land," discovered the glories of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals. What he learned from them shows up in the dance numbers in his multi-award-winning film — all except for really good dancing, that is.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Here's what's happening in the area's:


'Says You!' taping in Urbana

Host Barry Nolan and his panelists will visit Urbana on Saturday to conduct a live performance of "Says You!," the popular "game of words" public radio show.

Who lives here? Jan. 28, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a property from a movie or TV 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.


#TheMJs, Jan. 27, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Entertainment listings, Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2017


This weekend


What: For the 44th consecutive year, Champaign-Urbana's annual Gaming Convention will be from noon Jan. 27 to 6 p.m. Jan. 29. Play your favorite board, miniature, card or role-playing game.

When: Starting at noon Jan. 27, 9 a.m. Jan. 28 and 29.

Chuck Koplinski: McConaughey shines in 'Gold'

Stephen Gaghan's "Gold" certainly doesn't tell a new story, but at least it does so in an entertaining manner.

Frank's Faves: Films that Oscar snubbed

This week: Did your favorite movie this year get overlooked by Oscar? You're in good company.