Entertainment listings, March 30-April 6, 2017



What: A good, old-fashioned egg hunt. Bring a basket. For ages 1-13.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8. Hunt starts at noon.

Where: Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email or call 819-3973.


Chuck Koplinski: 'Shopper' a thinking person's ghost story

Maureen Cartwright is haunted. Whether it be by the spirit of her dead twin brother, something troubling from her past or mental illness is open to debate. The fact that she's aware that something's amiss may help her come to terms with her belief that she's a medium.

Frank's Faves: Movie grandparents

This week: "Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." — Alex Haley

I received an unusual suggestion for a column recently — from a most unexpected source, yet one I find it impossible to refuse.

'Beauty and the Beast' dances off with top box-office spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not all reboots are created equal.

This weekend at the box office, nostalgia-driven fare was everywhere, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "Power Rangers" and "CHIPS," producing both successful and underwhelming results.

Richard J. Leskosky: A movie's title carries a lot of weight

Most books about contemporary filmmaking will tell you that when you're trying to sell an idea for a movie not based on some pre-existing work, you need a great logline.

A logline is a one- or two-sentence summary that captures both the movie's concept and the reader's interest.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Healing powers of the wilderness

Ask 'Mimi,' March 26, 2017

Did you visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture last week when you were in Washington, D.C.?

Who lives here? March 25, 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.


'Hair,' Holdsclaw among headliners of Ebertfest 19

CHAMPAIGN — The 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will open April 19 with the 1979 musical “Hair” directed by Milos Forman, with a 35mm new print on loan from Michael Moore and the UCLA Film Archive.

Forman, now 85, won’t be coming but his assistant director for “Hair” will be here as part of the post-screening discussion on the Virginia Theatre stage.