The front window of That's Rentertainment in Champaign, in the local businesses' final weeks.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
August 14, 2015

Champaign’s ‘Renter’ Closing Its Doors

For employees and regular customers, the closure of That's Rentertainment means the loss of a social outlet, and something that can't be recreated through online streaming of material, or even a Facebook page.  Champaign-Urbana's last locally owned video store closes Sunday. 


Marilyn Monroe in Bement, 1955
(Illinois Historic Preservation Agency)
August 07, 2015

A Bombshell Dropped (In Bement) 60 Years Ago

As if Abraham Lincoln wasn’t enough, a small central Illinois town can lay claim to a visit from Marilyn Monroe. The actress visited the community of Bement in Piatt County 60 years ago this week.  It's known for being the site where Lincoln and Stephen Douglas met to plan their famous debates.  But on a day in the summer of 1955, it was Marilyn’s town.


Millennium Falcon spread from Ultimate Star Wars
Courtesy of DK
June 05, 2015

New Star Wars Book Sets The Stage For Episode VII

Star Wars fans are waiting anxiously to see what Disney does with Star Wars when Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th. Adam Bray is excited. He’s one of the authors of a forthcoming Star Wars guide: Ultimate Star Wars that sets the stage for Episode VII.


The To Write Love On Her Arms Webpage
May 28, 2015

To Write Love On Her Arms Founder Says Help Is Necessary

Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, which helps people with depression, substance abuse, and self-injury. He has released a new book, If You Feel Too Much, and will be speaking in Chicago on June 8th. He talked with us about his non-profit, the movie based off his original short story, and more. 


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.'


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. 


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