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Who lives here? May 31, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV 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. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.


Film capsules, May 29, 2014

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


Entertainment listings, May 29-June 5, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend


Chuck Koplinski: MacFarlane shoots blanks in 'Die'

In my mind, I've always thought of Seth MacFarlane as the "Emperor with New Clothes" of comedians.

While millions have embraced his "Family Guy" television show and hailed him as a comic genius, all I see is an overgrown class clown who's somehow survived being beaten up by bullies and made it big in Hollywood.


Top of the Morning, May 28, 2014

The stars are starting to arrive for the movie "Food," a political thriller that began filming Tuesday with scenes shot at the Urbana law firm Beckett & Webber.

First up: Danny Glover of "Lethal Weapon" fame. Not that the veteran actor needed an entourage to stroll safely about town.


From Champaign to Hollywood: Lexi Atkins

There's so much going on in Lexi Atkins' life that it's hard to know what to lead with.

She's Miss Illinois in June 8's Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., and she was first runner-up for Miss Teen USA.

She's in "Zombeaver," a horror comedy getting the same kind of early buzz as "Snakes On A Plane."


Richard J. Leskosky: Zombie Nazi films refuse to go away

The superhero box office smash "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" pits the iconic Captain America against Hydra, a secret organization with roots in Nazi Germany — the same villains he fought 70 years earlier (in both real time and comic book time). The television series "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has its heroes battling Hydra in the same fictional universe.


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

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

Sorry, Roger


Fit for King: Brandon Dirden receiving rave reviews for civil rights play 'All the Way' on Broadway

It's hard to imagine Brandon Dirden landing a bigger role than the one he's playing right now on Broadway.

The University of Illinois theater alum is portraying Martin Luther King Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston, who plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way."


Who lives here? May 24, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV 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 next week. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.


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