Top of the Morning, Oct. 3, 2014

As basketball announcers go, there are some more excitable (Dick Vitale), some scarier (Bob Knight) and some more fun (Bill Raftery). But there is none smarter than Jay Bilas.

The former Duke standout is a lawyer by trade, working in commercial litigation for more than 20 years. But he became a household name because of his work as an ESPN basketball analyst.

UI law student tried for 'Perfect Match' on MTV show

URBANA — University of Illinois law student John Moustis isn't a big fan of reality TV.

But last year, he and his friends got hooked on MTV's dating reality series, "Are You the One?"

Here's what's happening on the film/TV scene

Public invited to attend Gender Film Series

The Gender Film Series will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 2 to Dec. 4 at the Women's Resources Center on the second floor at 703 S. Wright St., C, in collaboration with the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the University of Illinois chapter of the National Organization for Women.

Fenoli proud of the reality in 'Say Yes to the Dress'

Reality TV star Randy Fenoli of TLC's "Say Yes To The Dress" is leaving New York City this weekend and heading here, his home state, for the first time in over 20 years. A Mount Vernon native who's now fashion director of Kleinfeld's, a high-end Big Apple bridal boutique, will be at the Refinery in Champaign at 1 p.m.

Who lives here? Sept. 27, 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 with a person who resides in the featured home will get a shout-out in next week's section.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 26, 2014

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman and his staff, along with every college team in the country, will wear a special arm patch during Saturday's games to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Unity student to sing on 'The Voice'

TOLONO — A Tolono teenager is hoping to make his dreams come true with an upcoming appearance on the popular NBC show "The Voice."

Doug Wilson is ready to tackle some new challenges

After acting in university and community theater productions here, Broadlands native Doug Wilson moved to New York to break into show business.

To support himself he worked as a handyman. Eventually he built a clientele that included Michael Bloomberg before he became mayor — for seven years Wilson maintained his Upper East Side townhouse.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


Richard J. Leskosky: Funnyman Knotts will kick off N-G film series

The News-Gazette Film Series opens its 2014-2015 series with perhaps its oddest entry, "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken." The 1966 Don Knotts comedy screens at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.