Frank's Faves: Marvel Comics-based movies

"Think you're the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet. ... " — Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in "Iron Man" (2008)

Entertainment listings, May 3-10, 2018


This weekend


Frank's Weekend Faves, April 29, 2018

It's always cool to see a hometown artist make a local stop while touring and recording their way to the big time. Such a homecoming is in the works for this Friday when Tuscola High grad Christy Hays returns to her native county in mid-tour for her fifth studio album, "River Swimmer."

Hays will be making a tour stop at Loose Cobra, 113 E. Main St., Tolono, at 8 p.m.

The Reluctant Townie | Cramming for 'Avengers: Infinity War'

The time is nigh. The Marvel Studio cinematic universe, known amongst heavy breathers and basement dwellers as the MCU, is reaching the end of its 10-year, three-phase feature-film plan with the release of "Avengers: Infinity War" (which itself is only Part I of a two-part movie, with the final installment set for release in May 2019).

Who lives here? April 28, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot 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.

Top of the Morning, April 27, 2018

DOUG CARROLL has been participating in Illinois Marathon races for years. This time, he is going to make sure you can read about it.

The Urbana native and Illinois graduate (Class of 1977) is serving as media coordinator for the event, which starts tonight with the 5K.

Frank's Faves: Movie thumbs

"I get the thumbs up like I'm hailing a yellow cab ... " — Nicki Minaj

Forgive me if I'm a bit out of breath. I spent last week covering the 20th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival for The News-Gazette. And before you ask — yes, it was a lot of fun.

And yes, it was exhausting, too.

Chuck Koplinski | After uneven start, 'Infinity War' finishes with a bang

Let's be honest: Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and producer Kevin Feige have painted themselves into a corner where "Avengers: Infinity War" is concerned.

What with an 18-movie run-up to this event and more than 20 superheroes to juggle in a single film, is there really any way this could live up to the lofty expectations they built?

Entertainment listings, April 26-May 3, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


Ebertfest Day 4 | 'Twenty more years!'

CHAMPAIGN — Two issues concerning the future of Roger Ebert's Film Festival were resolved by popular vote Saturday at the Virginia Theatre.

Chaz Ebert raised both questions before the start of the morning's screening of director Ava DuVernay's hard-hitting documentary "13th."

"How much longer can we go on?" she pondered out loud from the podium.