Paul Dano portraying Brian Wilson
Lions Gate Entertainment
March 23, 2016

‘Love And Mercy’ and ‘Grandma’ On Final Slate Of Films At 18th Ebertfest

The final slate of six films for the festival, running April 13-17 at Champaign's Virginia Theater, include 'Love and Mercy', which depicts Beach Boy Brian Wilson at two stages of his life, Lily Tomlin's honored performance in "Grandma", and "L'Inhumaine", a 1924 silent French sci-film film to be accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra. 


Bernie Sanders in front of  nearly 4,000 supporters at the U of I's Activities and Recreation Center
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 13, 2016

Democrat Bernie Sanders Draws Crowd Of Thousands At U Of I

The Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate cited his improving poll numbers, and believes a large voter turnout in Tuesday's Illinois primary will secure him a win.  About 3,600 filled the U of I's Activities and Recreation Center to hear Sanders, who reiterated a number of campaign pledges, including free tuition for college students and raising the minimum wage to $15.


Outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, hours before the start of the 17th annual Ebertfest.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 22, 2016

Five More Films Added To ‘Ebertfest’ Lineup

Highlights include directors Michael Polish and Paul Cox attending screenings of their films "Northfork" and "Force of Destiny," plus the 1949 classic "The Third Man."


Pens to Lens logo
Champaign-Urbana Film Society
February 04, 2016

Pens To Lens Accepting Screenplay Entries

The annual Pens to Lens screenwriting competition is accepting entries from area K-12 students from now through February 29.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with two members of the C-U Film Society board, AJ Christensen and WILL-TV's Tim Meyers about this year's event.


Director and University of Illinois graduate Ang Lee, left, and Guillermo del Toro
Chris Pizello/Associated Press
January 21, 2016

Filmmaker Del Toro Attending 18th Ebertfest With ‘Crimson Peak’

Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro will be the opening night guest at the 18th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, April 13th at Champaign's Virginia Theater, accompanying his 2015 film "Crimson Peak." Further films will be announced in the coming weeks.


Bruce (middle) discussing protocol with Rob James-Collier (Tomas, left) and Kevin Doyle (Mr. Mosley, right).
Courtesy of Masterpiece
January 04, 2016

Downton Abbey Historical Adviser On Season Six, Filming And More

Downton Abbey season six, the final season, premiered in the U.S. yesterday to great acclaim. It wouldn’t look the way it does or be so historically accurate, however, if it weren’t for Alastair Bruce. The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece’s smash hit about the Crawley family and their servants call Bruce, the show’s historical advisor, “The Oracle” because he knows everything about the customs and protocols of the time period. 


A screen grab from the Star Wars movie.
Walt Disney Studios
December 21, 2015

‘Star Wars’ Awakens A New Generation

University of Illinois students and Roger Ebert Fellows Ashish Valentine, Riane Lenzner-White and Shalayne Pulia reviewed the opening-night screening of The Force Awakens and convened in the studios of Chicago Public Radio to discuss what the Star Wars phenomenon meant (or didn’t mean) to them, going into the film.


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