Top of the Morning, June 9, 2017

For almost two decades, assistant coach Kerry Rodeffer has been a part of the Champaign Central baseball program. But win or lose this weekend in Joliet, the state tournament will be Rodeffer's last on the Maroons bench.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Mummy' a worthy first foray into Universal's 'Dark Universe'

Universal Pictures has a great deal riding on Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy." Having witnessed the global success of Marvel Films' interconnected superhero movies, the powers that be at the studio have approved a series of crossover films featuring their stable of monster characters, to be known as the "Dark Universe."

Frank's Faves: Movie neighbors

"It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine?" — Fred Rogers

Top of the Morning, June 8, 2017

We didn't just change the look of our weekly weekend preview.

We changed the name of it.

And, as you'll notice by flipping through today's eight-page extra, we changed the feel of it.

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Animation Show of Shows

The 18th annual Animation Show of Shows will be at noon Saturday and next Sunday and at 10 p.m. June 15 at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign.

Who lives here? June 3, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television 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, June 2, 2017

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

Frank's Faves: Fog films

This week: "The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking ... and then moves on." -- Carl Sandburg

Don't it just figure? You write a column about your favorite windy movies, and sure enough, the other weather conditions all demand equal time.

Chuck Koplinski: Latest DC film a 'Wonder' to behold

The wait was long, but it was worth it.

Virginia Theatre's 2017-18 lineup

Classic rockers Kansas and ZZ Top, crowd-pleasers Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt and comic legend Lily Tomlin are highlights of Virginia Theatre's 2017-2018 season, theater director STEVEN BENTZ tells The News-Gazette's PAUL WOOD.