Ebertfest: 'Pleasantville' director says it still holds up

CHAMPAIGN — Director Gary Ross hadn't seen his movie "Pleasantville" in 15 years when he watched it Saturday at Roger Ebert's Film Festival.

The writer, director and producer had said it was his favorite of the movies he's made.

Ebertfest: Television titan Norman Lear wows audience

CHAMPAIGN — Shortly after television legend Norman Lear took the Virginia Theatre stage at Ebertfest on Saturday, his cellphone rang.

As he fished it out of his pocket, he informed the audience that he had told his six children that he would never turn off his phone, adding that a year ago, while making a public appearance, his sister had died.

Who lives here? April 22, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Top of the Morning, April 21, 2017

For seven years, Derick Fabert's been telling us when we need a coat or an umbrella. But the WCIA chief meteorologist is hanging up his green screen.

Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon coverage will be Fabert's last day on the job.

Entertainment listings, April 20-27, 2017


This weekend

AG DAY 2017

Ebertfest: Townsend says ISU naysayer was 'catalyst for my destiny'

Hear from Chaz Ebert Wednesday at 9 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — If Robert Townsend would have listened to one of his Illinois State University theater professors, he might not be where he is today.

Rich Warren: A few suggestions on device updates

Apple recently rolled out the penultimate upgrade/update of its iOS 10 operating system, 10.3.1. The final iteration will arrive later this spring.

Apple updates iPhones and iPads for all users, regardless of your cellphone service provider or your model.

However, Apple observes a five-year horizon for updates, meaning products older than five years cannot install new updates.

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

This old house is impressive

The Big 10, with Jeff D'Alessio, April 16, 2017

Sadly, the actors who portrayed Norman Lear's most famous sitcom characters — Archie and Edith, George and 'Weezy,' Fred Sanford and Aunt Esther — are no longer with us. So, in anticipation of Lear's trip here for Ebertfest 19, we turned to those who played other familiar characters from that golden age of TV, asking them: Which Lear creation made you laugh the longest and loudest?