This week's panel: REO bandmates Bruce Hall and Dave Amato, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Alison Krauss' mom, George Thorogood, Derek Trucks, UI President Tim Killeen and local guitar heroes Carrie Chandler, Holly Rushakoff, Gloria Roubal, Brandon Washington, Kenna Mae Reiss, Mike Ingram and Ricky Bright.

There are times when you see talented performers struggle with material that’s beneath their talent. Such is the case with Lina Roseller’s “Best Sellers,” a well-intentioned dramedy starring Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza, inspired casting that nearly saves this been-there-done-that exercise.

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The Champaign-Urbana Symphony is back, after 554 days since its last pre-COVID-19 concert. That number was mentioned by conductor Stephen Alltop, and I am sure he had been counting, much like the orchestral players and the audience been watching the calendar and waiting for concert life to resume.

Germany, 1945. The war has ended. Concentration camps have been liberated, and Zofia Lederman, just released from Gross-Rosen death camp, is searching for her brother, Abek. She knows the rest of her family — parents, grandmother and aunt — were all sent to the gas chambers when they arrived…

Having created the “Saw” and “Conjuring” franchises and directed entries in the “Fast and Furious” and “Aquaman” series, James Wan has become a genre director of note. His efforts have generated billions for Warner Bros., and as a result, he’s been allowed some latitude where his own films a…

Sharing their stories about Urbana's favorite son: Cameron Crowe, Diablo Cody, Liam Neeson, Susan Sarandon, Rod Lurie, Ramin Bahrani, Kathleen Kennedy, Thora Birch, Joe Mantegna, Guillermo Del Toro, Phil Alden Robinson, Paul Greengrass and Abel Ferrara.

Our award-winning panel: 'Hoosiers' director David Anspaugh, plus Judd Apatow, Joe Pesci, Kathleen Turner, David Anspaugh, Kathleen Quinlan, Ron Shelton, Gary Sinise, Andy Garcia, Kathleen Quinlan, Taylor Hackford, Gina Gershon and Kathleen Kennedy.

Guilt, self-destruction and redemption have been the driving themes in the films of Paul Schrader. His continued exploration of these subjects is a breath of fresh air in this era of overblown cookie cutter entertainment. Uncompromising in his approach, when he’s firing on all pistons, thoug…

How much is a human life worth? One million dollars? Ten million dollars? More? This is the question at the core of Sara Colangelo’s “Worth,” an intriguing true-life story that centers on Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney who specializes in cases where assessing compensation for the deceased is …

Hopefully, our young readers are enjoying the outdoors this summer. They don’t need to go far to find things to spur their sense of wonder. These two new picture books show young people’s encounters with nature, which bring about wonder in simple but profound ways!