Chaz Ebert indicates nervousness about continuing her late husband's legacy
URBANA — Chaz Ebert seldom feels nervous.
But after leaving her home in Chicago on Tuesday to head to Champaign-Urbana, she felt so nervous she turned around and went home.
CHAMPAIGN — Michelle Bates and her son, Les, read Roger Ebert's memoir "Life Itself" and thought it was fabulous.
News-Gazette arts and entertainment reporter Melissa Merli has staffed Ebertfest since its inception. As it is her favorite event to cover, here are some of her most memorable moments or movies, by year:
Steve James, a Southern Illinois grad, is director of "Life Itself," the new documentary about Roger Ebert that will kick off the late critic's film festival tonight at the Virginia Theatre.
Why did you decide to do a documentary on Roger Ebert?
URBANA — As a 10-year-old, Patton Oswalt would watch "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" on TV — repeatedly.
He remembers it seemed to be on every other Sunday, and seeing it over and over allowed him to "notice little things about it."
URBANA — If you can't get enough of the movies at the 16th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, which starts Wednesday, there will also be six academic panel discussions.
All will be held in the morning; all are free and open to the public; and all but the last one — a workshop for filmmakers — are in the Pine Lounge on the first floor of the Illini Union, 1401 Green St., U.
MONTICELLO — Ebertfest won't be the only place to see movies this week.
The Allerton Park and Retreat Center will premiere, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the documentary "Land of Plenty: Robert Allerton and His Gift to Illinois."
Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come
If a lot of contemporary art leaves you cold check out "Distant Hollerings," the powerful narrative paintings and sculptures by Preston Jackson at Cinema Gallery, 102 W. Main St., U. But hurry: the show ends Saturday. It's open 10-5 Wednesday thru Saturday; or call 367-3711.