Art Beat: There's a lot to be thankful for in C-U

It's the day before Thanksgiving as I write this. So the obligatory list of things for which I am grateful might be in order.

No. 1: Both of my parents, Don and Eleanor, are alive and living at my childhood home. I can go home again, and I often do.

Studio Visit: Steve Drake

Studio Visit is a Q&A with an artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Steve Drake of Urbana, creative specialist at the Beckman Institute in Urbana.

Q: Congratulations on your three consecutive Mid-America Emmy awards. I noticed you've won other awards as well. Which are the most meaningful to you?

Coogan tackles more serious role in 'Philomena'

Like most performers who are labeled as "comics," Steve Coogan eventually grew tired of being pigeonholed and longed to prove that he could do more than make people laugh.

Chuck Koplinski: Restraint, dignity yield engrossing 'Philomena'

When Philomena Lee became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1951, she had very few options. Out of shame, her parents sent her to a convent in Roscrea, where she worked as an indentured laundry lady. She eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Michael, whom she was only allowed to see an hour a day before losing him through adoption when he was 3 years old.

Film capsules, Nov. 28, 2013

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Richard J. Leskosky: 'The Doctor' was briefly a star on the silver screen

For months now, most publications that deal with popular entertainment have been trumpeting the 50th anniversary of Britain's popular "Doctor Who" franchise, primarily its TV series core.

But there are other aspects that even TV fans might not be aware of: novelizations of TV episodes, entirely new stories in other novels, comic books, radio broadcasts and audio dramas on CD.

C-U a premiere site for Ebert documentary

A new documentary about late legendary film critic Roger Ebert will premiere early next year in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles ... and Champaign-Urbana.

"The usual four cities," joked Zak Piper, the film's producer.

The documentary is titled "Life Itself," based on Ebert's 2011 memoir of the same name.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 21-28, 2013

A listing of events, provided by the venues. 

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Film capsules, Nov. 21, 2013

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Chuck Koplinski: Acting makes 'Dallas Buyers Club' among year's best

Very little was known about HIV or AIDS in 1985 when Ron Woodroof was diagnosed as having contracted the virus.