'Capote' director remembers his star, old friend

Bennett Miller says it took Philip Seymour Hoffman a few weeks to get character right

CHAMPAIGN — Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman "was very, very nervous" when his old friend, director Bennett Miller, talked to him about portraying author Truman Capote in Miller's narrative feature debut.

Updated: Spike Lee's C-U March

CHAMPAIGN — Director Spike Lee came in like a lamb and went out like a lion.

His arrival at Willard Airport on Friday was solitary and unsung, but the audience at the 2014 Roger Ebert's Film Festival — no seats empty — cheered when his acting credit appeared in "Do The Right thing" while Rosie Perez danced militantly. Earlier, there was a cheer for "A Spike Lee Joint."

Ebertfest Q&A: Ken Winokur of Alloy Orchestra

Perennial Ebertfest guest Alloy Orchestra, the trio of silent-film music composers from Cambridge, Mass., performs its original score for "He Who Gets Slapped" at 1 p.m. today. Here, a Q&A with member Ken Winokur:

Is your score for "He Who Gets Slapped" Alloy's newest?

Larson, Stanfield charm Eberfest audience

CHAMPAIGN — After hearing that actress Brie Larson was coming to Ebertfest, a movie-industry type in Los Angeles told festival emcee Chaz Ebert she would really like the young actress.

Check out this UI journalism class' social media coverage of Ebertfest here

Ebertfest Notes, Day 2: Want Spike Lee's autograph? Good luck

If you aim to get an autograph on Friday of Ebertfest guest director Spike Lee, you are on your own.

Check out this UI journalism class' social media coverage of Ebertfest here

Ebertfest organizers do not schedule autograph sessions with guests. "We don't do that," festival director Nate Kohn said.

Chuck Koplinski: Pace, plotting nearly undo 'The Other Woman'

I understand the appeal of films like "The Other Woman." They are to women what action flicks are to men — overwrought fantasies meant to provide a cathartic release for the audience.

Entertainment listings, April 24-May1, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Ebertfest Q&A: Jem Cohen on 'Museum Hours'

Director Jem Cohen's "Museum Hours" will resume Ebertfest at 1 p.m. Thursday. Cohen is based in New York:

Do you also paint or draw? Did you study art before you starting making films?

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.