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.

Actors, homes sought for film to be shot in area

CHAMPAIGN — Actors and area homes are being sought to appear in the independent feature film "Food" to be shot this summer in East Central Illinois.

'Hugely successful' Ebertfest comes to a close

CHAMPAIGN — Ebertfest 2014 couldn't have ended on a better note, emcee Chaz Ebert said Sunday afternoon after Henry Butler performed.

The pianist took the Virginia Theatre stage to play four songs in tribute to New Orleans and the city's late "piano prince" — James Booker, the subject of the last Ebertfest movie, the documentary "Bayou Maharajah."

'Far-Flung Correspondents' made trip to Ebertfest

On April 1 Roger Ebert "Far-Flung Correspondent" Krishna Shenoi posted on YouTube a short video, claiming it was the opening scene that Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron had originally shot for his hit movie "Gravity."

The scene would "have radically changed the film. Too bad the brass at Warner Bros. rejected this version," Shenoi wrote.

Local events put jazz in the spotlight

CHAMPAIGN — The local UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship will host two events to celebrate International Jazz Day, to be celebrated here Tuesday.

Kicking off the evening, from 5 to 6:30 at the Art Theater Co-op, will be the screening of "Jazz Film Fantasy," a presentation of short films featuring Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith.

Richard J. Leskosky: Get insider film info online

One of the many great things about EbertFest is that, with so many film industry people in attendance, you can hear the stories behind the films and the careers. If that whets your appetite for more insider info, there are several websites you might want to check out.

'A Simple Life' an extraordinary film

CHAMPAIGN — During the last seven years of his life, Roger Ebert had caretakers who lived 24/7 in his and his wife's home in Chicago.

Check out the coverage provided by this UI journalism class here

Ebertfest Q&A: Haifaa Al-Mansour and more

Haifaa Al-Mansour is the first woman to make a feature-length film shot ("Wadjda") entirely in Saudi Arabia.

How did you find Waad Mohammed, the girl who plays the title character?

Who lives here? April 26, 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 with 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 in your submission.

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