Opening jitters

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.

Ebertfest Notebook, Day 1: A rush to see 'Life Itself'

CHAMPAIGN — Michelle Bates and her son, Les, read Roger Ebert's memoir "Life Itself" and thought it was fabulous.

Merli's memorable moments from the first 15 Ebertfests

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:


Ebertfest Q&A: Steve James on 'Life Itself'

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?

Actor shares a film favorite with students

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."

Critical test: A quiz about Roger Ebert

The 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival starts Wednesday. How much do you know about the Urbana native? Take our quiz and find out. Then check out the answers.

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Ebert 101

6 panel discussions set for Ebertfest

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.

Answers to Roger Ebert quiz

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Ebert 101

Answer Key to Roger Ebert quiz

Allerton documentary premieres this week

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

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.