Contract talks are continuing between Nexstar, the parent company of WCIA and WCIX, and DirecTV, which has blacked them out since July 3. 'We are making progress, but we haven't ironed out an agreement yet,' said WCIA General Manager Gary Hackler.

Even having missed the festival, now marking its 50th anniversary, by only a few miles while on a family vacation, I haven’t ever felt like I REALLY missed out on it entirely — thanks to the magic of the films about it.

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Topping our arts-and-entertainment expert’s chart this week: Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Holman and orchestra in concert at the Chapel of St. John the Divine in Champaign.

If your eyes are craving some artistic stimulation this long, hot summer, take them to Crystal Lake Park in Urbana this Saturday for the inaugural Crystal Lake Park Art Fair.

My friend Jim never forgot the ice storm of ’88, when he lived without power for a couple of weeks. He recently installed a natural-gas-powered generator, which is a rather expensive insurance policy.

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, “Who lives here?” Email your guess of a character who resides there to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, and we’ll give a winner a shout-out on next week’s page. Be sure to…

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.

LOS ANGELES — “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but non-franchise fare continues to struggle at the box office. Fresh studio-released counterprograming such as the horror movie “Crawl” and the action-comedy “Stuber” barely made a dent in the web-slinger’s e…

Solve the WCIA versus DirecTV/AT&T dispute in fewer than “60 minutes.” It’s so “Elementary,” you don’t need Holmes and Watson. You needn’t suffer the “Bull” from DirecTV. Buy an antenna. In case you’ve forgotten, broadcast TV is free.