Film

Chuck Koplinski: Hit-or-miss 'Neighbors' only sporadically hilarious

There's an "almost, not quite" quality to Nicholas Stoller's "Neighbors," a ribald comedy that is at times uproariously effective but at others frustratingly tame.


Tom Kacich: Walker Opera House, from theater to vaudeville to movies

Long before there was the Krannert Center or Assembly Hall, the Virginia Theatre or even the 100-year-old Art Theatre (formerly the Park Theatre), there was the Walker Opera House at the northwest corner of Neil and Park streets in downtown Champaign.


Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Real troupers

After five days at Ebertfest, I really needed Diavolo, the dance troupe that performed Wednesday night at Krannert Center. Explosive, athletic and hip, Diavolo members danced what center director called "physical rock 'n roll." Right on.

History lesson


Melissa Merli: Stone kept his promise

When director Oliver Stone first started working on "Born on the Fourth of July," Al Pacino was slated to play Ron Kovic, the young Marine paralyzed by a bullet during the Vietnam War.

With Pacino on board, the cast and crew rehearsed for two weeks. Then funding for the movie fell apart.

At the time, Pacino was a major star but 37 or 38 years old.


Ask 'Mimi' May 4, 2014

When will the lineup for Ebertfest 2015 be announced?

"We will announce the Ebertfest 2015 in late February or March. Festival passes go on sale Nov. 1, 2014. Get yours early!" Mary Susan Britt, the festival's associate director, said.


Who lives here? May 3, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with a person who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section.


Entertainment listings, May 1-8, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend


Film capsules, May 1, 2014

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


Chuck Koplinski: Manic 'Spider-Man 2' nothing but a blur

One gets the impression that director Marc Webb knew he was going to have a hard time squeezing in everything that was in the script for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

After all, there must be some reason the film starts with an action sequence, progresses directly to another and proceeds to pile one breathless set piece onto another, character development be damned.


AsiaFest 2014 scheduled for Saturday

Also, Balinese Gamelan Concert planned Sunday

URBANA — The Asian American Cultural Center and Japan House will host AsiaFest 2014 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.


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