Ebertfest Director Nate Kohn, actor Jason Segel, director James Ponsoldt, and film critic Matt Zoller Seitz of Roger Ebert.com.
(Amanda Honigfort/WILL)
April 17, 2015

Actor Segel, Director Ponsoldt Discuss Author’s Influence

The star and director of "The End of the Tour", depicting 1980 Urbana High School graduate David Foster Wallace, say their love for the late author's writing made them want to take on the project.


Outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 16, 2015

Ramis Tribute, 3D French Film, Kick Off 17th Ebertfest

Moviegoers were treated to two firsts for the annual festival's opening night - a tribute to the late filmmaker/actor Harold Ramis, and a 3D screening of Jean-Luc Godard's 'Goodbye to Language.'


Author Michael Perry
Courtesy of Michael Perry
April 10, 2015

The Pull Of The Farm Inspires Wisconsin Writer

Michael Perry is a New York Times Bestselling author, known for his memoirs of growing up in and returning to rural Wisconsin. He is also a humorist, singer/songwriter, radio host, and intermittent pig farmer. Even with all of that he is visiting Champaign-Urbana Saturday as the keynote speaker for the Champaign Library’s Local Author Festival. 


Marvel Creative Director Bill Rosemann
Courtesy of Bill Rosemann
March 27, 2015

Marvel Creative Director: We’re Going to Shock And Amaze

There is something about superhero stories that make them so universal and popular. Bill Rosemann has a theory why. He is the creative director for Marvel, Marvel Games and Legendary comics. Rosemann visited the University of Illinois campus last week and talked with us about that, the creation of Guardians of the Galaxy, what's in development at Marvel, and more. 


President Barack Obama receives His Excellency Andris Razans Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, during an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office
Wikipedia Commons; White House Image/Chuck Kennedy
March 20, 2015

Latvian Ambassador Bullish On EU; Not Worried About Russia, Greece

Ambassador Andris Razāns has served as the Latvian ambassador to the United States and Mexico since July of 2012 and 2013 respectively. He spoke with Illinois Public Media about the challenges facing the European Union, particularly Greece’s debt problems and Russian aggression and about how Latvia gained its independence through song. 


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