TubiTV incorporates C-U movies

September 24th, 2020

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When it comes to the major streaming services, I agree with the sentiment shared by other pop culture writers that niche and international films should be better represented. I also realize the media conglomerates have to satisfy the tastes of a general audience in order to make money. So, if one wishes to dive deeper, one has to look past the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus, Vudu, Peacock, Apple TV, Hulu, YouTube Movies, and CBS All Access (about to become Paramount Plus). Criterion Collection launched its own platform to present its library of curated world cinema, while Vimeo on Demand provides an outlet for independent producers to rent their wares that is not swarmed by Hollywood as is Amazon Prime. Other variants exist if one searches a bit and most of them require the viewer to make a purchase. That is expected and all good if the viewer has disposable income.

I emphasize greatly with my fellow citizens whose finances continue to wither because of insufficient employment in the pandemic era. Many of us simply don’t have the cash flow to afford first-run movies and many other amusements. (Conversely, swarms of parents have now dropped $20 to $30 in premium fees on cue for the privilege of streaming TROLLS WORLD TOUR and MULAN with their children.) So, we’ll always have cable television and its insane price tiers, free YouTube interrupted by awkward breaks, free Vimeo filled with shorts and experiments, free Daily Motion for flotsam and jetsam to wade through, and free-with-membership access to collections like Kanopy through our public libraries. The overwhelming effect can be the equivalent of surfing 57,000 streams (and nothin’ on) and this doesn’t even account for movies ripped to one’s devices or a shelving unit stocked with home videos.

Recently I discovered a newer service that is user-friendly, free with ad breaks, and just weird enough to possibly be worth the adventure. Tubi, launched in 2016 and purchased by Fox Corporation earlier this year, is available via numerous platforms as well as the internet and is comparable in feel to brands like Crackle and PlutoTV. After several swims in the pool, I can best describe Tubi as if one ambled into a mom-and-pop store where direct-to-video features, cult movies, moldy oldies, and documentaries outnumbered studio releases by a wide margin. The algorithms bring up titles you have never heard of in every search, but a few surprising gems can be located with a little effort and guess work; it will be worth the extra time to create an account and keep track of goodies that way. Tubi has no organization to speak of that guides you through their offerings by genre but they do hotlink the names of directors and actors, which allows a one-click search method of sorts.

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Being the humble editor of C-U Blogfidential, I had to entertain a hunch or two and my findings can be found below. The first list is of independent films related to downstate Illinois and the second is of features that have played Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. Click on titles to go to the landing pages and play without delay! Video streaming quality is fine with good Wi-Fi, advertising insertions are spaced agreeably, audio options are basic, subtitles are hardcoded, and a suggestion box may partly cover the screen during end credits but you can collapse it and allow your movie to finish out. All these observations stem from browsing Tubi via Mozilla Firefox on both a PC laptop and Apple iMac. The service does not put all its licenses on all platforms; Ma JaPan and I watched Aardman AnimationsEARLY MAN on Tubi using her Roku-loaded flat screen television, but I could not find it on the computer side.

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August and everything NAFFter

September 22nd, 2020

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Fall is a new season, right? I sure as hell hope so, dearest readers, for once again I need a refresher to get past the creeping ennui with a bad habit of stunting my efforts to continue C-U Blogfidential from afar. Unlike the last time I lit a literary fire under my rear, which also happened to picture a group of dusty and metaphoric theater seats, I’m not going to promise any specific actions or tease about what content is in the works and when it might arrive. You’ll simply have to practice due diligence if you are a friend of the site and visit Facebook to see what’s new. Please follow any links of interest right back here and, as always, I hope our posts live up to the standards you expect from CUBlog. With that squared away, here is my latest attempt to resume our unconventional coverage of the film culture du C-U…

Next image you’ll see below is from the inside of the shuttered Art Theater, snapped and shared recently by building owner David Kraft of Kraft Properties in a bid to engineer sales of those seats. Press coverage has confirmed that his broader attempts to attract another renter or unload the property itself for a princely sum has not elicited any serious offers, so he’s clearly ready to depart with what he can; the incoming board of the Lincoln Square Theater in Decatur announced last month they had acquired the Art’s digital projector, sound system, and popcorn machine, for instance. Kraft can’t do much of anything at the location without a money-making tenant (or even the limited money-making of a TENET), so he’s stuck paying bills however he can on an architectural shell designated a landmark by the city of Champaign. It’s his responsibility until further notice, and all the community can do is watch and wonder.

Personally, I’m more than tired of thinking about the Art difficulties past and present. I also don’t have the disposable income to spend on Art bric-a-brac or space at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters to store it properly. I would love to see a small amount of ephemera make it to good homes and maybe receive a respectable display to keep its history alive. After that, I’m taking the “que sera, sera” approach to the situation and will pay renewed attention if a positive turn of events were to develop at 126 West Church Street. The forlorn furniture, then, is not meant as a cue to wring more sentiment over the Art’s fate or to fashionably demonize Kraft on top of the predictable social media criticism sent his way. It merely reflects an emptiness I’ve experienced lately, often when contemplating the state of cinema in the C-U.

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Some version of our scene will emerge in full view once the pandemic is corralled. Of course, I see the evidence that operational theaters and headstrong promoters are bringing movies back to our community. I also witness through my personal connections that creators are meeting and workshopping via Zoom while some have already stepped back onto the set for commercials, shorts, and features. Clubs and classes held through the University of Illinois and other school settings are continuing in modified fashion. This is a solid awakening for all involved, just as long as we respect the tactics for keeping the COVID-19 coronavirus at bay, but pretty much all I can do is watch and wonder. A large part of my malaise is due to being away from my central Illinois habitat for so long and detached from my circle.

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Calendar: September 18-24, 2020

September 19th, 2020

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

9/19: Eric Pankoke (webmaster, C-U Blogfidential, Champaign, IL)
9/19: Paul A. Brooks (producer, Into the Night Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA/Normal, IL)
9/21: Lisa Cerezo (designer/webmaster, New Art Film Festival, Champaign, IL)

 

LOCAL FILMS & EVENTS | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ online Zoom
C-U Cinefile virtual meeting (9/18, 9/25, 4 p.m.) Join mailing list

@ online Zoom
Illini Film & Video virtual meeting (9/21, 8 p.m.) Join mailing list

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
INFIDEL, BLACK PANTHER, THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, THE NEW MUTANTS, THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, TENET, UNHINGED, WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS (9/18 on), AKIRA, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, KAJILLIONAIRE (9/24 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BECKY, A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU, EASY DOES IT, WISH UPON A UNICORN, FEAR PHARM, A DARK PATH, OUTLANDER (s5), more! (9/15 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. 42, Illini Union Ballroom, 2nd floor (9/18, 7 p.m.; free w/i-card)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Kids’ vids preserve Pens to Lens

September 17th, 2020

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Film presentation in Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond is taking place through the internet for the foreseeable future with few exceptions, such as the reopening locations of AMC Theaters. We should be thankful the platforms and technology are far along enough to allow for video streaming and virtual interaction without a ton of hurdles or cash outlay. It may not be considered an ideal substitute for what devoted purists and participants associate with a collective screening, but at least the alternative allows easier access to the shows and panels for individuals who might not be able to swing the costs or receive time off to attend in person. As we talked about in a recent Calendar, some locally organized events that had been scheduled prior to the pandemic are being reconfigured for the online space. One by one, we’ll learn through our remote patronage what this will look like and how other event directors can improve on the experience if they go ahead with shows in the winter and spring.

The first midyear “special edition” of an east central Illinois film event took its bow a month ago. Sunny post-derecho weather set the tone on Saturday, August 15, when Pens to Lens premiered their newest collection of shorts as a Facebook video stream at 12 p.m. for all to enjoy. In a switch from the usual format for P2L, a successful program that teaches kids and teenagers how to tell stories through proper screenwriting technique with the potential of their scripts to be turned into films by local filmmakers, the 2020 “digital gala” was given over completely to movies made by Champaign-Urbana students. Twenty-one entries total in three categories ran a compact 43 minutes, much of it colorful animation and skits that involved parents, siblings, pets, and household items given the restrictions on gathering during the pandemic, and they all registered with sweetness and wonder.

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Emceed by the charming puppet characters “Vlad” and “Wolfgang” from the 2016 P2L entry HORRORS, the stream concluded with our famous felt monsters announcing the awards: “Elementary School Group,” winner: YOU’RE NOT ALONE, D.J. Wang, runner-up: CUTIE AND LYLA, April Yu; “Middle School Group,” winner: UNDEADLY COMBAT, Joseph Warfel, runner-up: THE SOAP MONSTER, Marissa Altaner; and “High School Group,” winner: FISHERMAN, Sofie Skottene, runner-up: ALONE TOGETHER, Elena Sofia. You should hit this hotlink back to FB if you did not catch the original livestream as I’m sure the children, their families, and the event’s organizers at Champaign-Urbana Film Society and Champaign Movie Makers would appreciate it. I’m even more certain the lensing exercises for Pens gave everyone a bit of summertime levity that was sorely needed with all the discernible stress in the world at large and the highly contested hybrid school year that just began.

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Hollywood vet ‘Directing’ at MWP

September 15th, 2020

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“Thrive on the set!” is the goal, film director hopefuls! In the fourth of a series, we turn our attention to Michael Wiese Productions of Studio City, California, a premier publisher since 1976 of trade books that cover various aspects of motion picture development, production, and distribution. The imprint’s founder, Michael Wiese, is a native of Urbana and contributes to the company from his home in Cornwall, England. Over the next few months, we will share with you reviews of choice titles from their catalog to demonstrate the breadth of subject matter.

We are grateful to have guest writers on board to split the reviews with your humble editor. Our next title is the second edition of John Badham on Directing, a brand-new release this month from MWP. “Sharing insightful stories about such experiences as directing Goldie Hawn in BIRD ON A WIRE and working with Kurt Sutter on an episode of THE SHIELD,” explains reviewer Andrew J. Rausch, “Badham more than establishes himself as a knowledgeable expert with more than enough experience.” We’d hope for nothing less from an award-winning film and television director with dozens of credits and a Yale degree! Visit this Wikipedia article for the rundown on Rausch, a Kansas-based pop culture journalist and web editor at Diabolique magazine with more than 30 books and numerous published articles under his belt. Learn exemplary lessons from John Badham on Directing at the MWP website or purchase it through Amazon, while you can enjoy this slightly older interview with the filmmaker from the Los Angeles Times on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of WARGAMES and the first edition of On Directing.

Condensed versions of the set will be collected in a MWP feature that we are planning for an upcoming issue of C-U Confidential. Please keep an eye out for our next entry in the series!

~ Jason Pankoke

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John Badham on Directing: Notes from the Set of ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ ‘War Games’ and More, 2nd edition
By John Badham

Michael Wiese Productions
Paperback, 304 pages, $28.95 SRP

Just as there is no book that can, alone, teach you how to become a great writer, there is no book that can, alone, teach you to become a great filmmaker. That includes this volume. But, if a person were to go out and learn hands-on by actually working and directing some short films, this book would be an invaluable assistance to that.

John Badham, a director known for such high-profile films as SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, WARGAMES, and SHORT CIRCUIT, has been directing professionally since 1971. He is a man who knows what he’s talking about. He’s not some film school teacher who’s merely directed three or four student films no one’s ever seen. When a director of Badham’s caliber who possesses his credentials speaks, a would-be filmmaker would do well to pay attention.

Sharing insightful stories about such experiences as directing Goldie Hawn in BIRD ON A WIRE and working with Kurt Sutter on an episode of THE SHIELD, Badham more than establishes himself as a knowledgeable expert with more than enough experience. If Badham’s experiences alone aren’t enough for you, he also has shared thoughts and experiences from a score of notable directors such as Jodie Foster, Taylor Hackford, and the late John Frankenheimer and Sydney Pollack. For instance, Oliver Stone observes, “In my experience, actors will give you a good performance only if you force them to look into themselves and get out of their comfort zone.” Then there’s the great William Friedkin discussing the importance of, and the lack of respect given to, action sequences.

Would-be directors will learn everything here, from how to collaborate with actors to help them feel comfortable and give the best performances they can to exploring character motivations and what a director can do to clarify those. The veteran director also discusses important and often overlooked aspects of directing, such as planning for efficiency in a way that keeps costs and man hours down as well as working with a crew to get maximum effort and enthusiasm out of them. Badham touches on how to guide child actors and the importance of maintaining character POV through camerawork, two of the many finer points of a director’s responsibilities. He even spends a good amount of time going over the particular needs of episodic television, a new section added to this second edition.

John Badham on Directing is accessible, too. This is perhaps the single most impressive element of the book. Badham didn’t go for an overly-academic textbook writing style, but instead cuts right to the chase in the clearest way possible. He also does this without assuming what the reader does or does not already know; he provides a little background as well as definitions of each aspect of the director’s job, masterfully doing this in a way that educates the filmmaking novice without boring the more knowledgeable reader. In addition, he also includes a 10-point summary at the end of each chapter.

If you are a would-be filmmaker yourself or simply want to learn more about the craft and the considerations behind a director’s decisions, this book is heartily recommended. John Badham on Directing makes for a valuable addition to any film reference library. It’s not just a quality book on film directing, it’s the essential book on film directing. $28.95 may be a hefty price for a paperback, but it is well worth it to anyone who really wants to learn about the craft.

~ Andrew J. Rausch

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Review © 2020 Andrew J. Rausch. Used with permission.
CUBlog edits © 2020 Jason Pankoke

Graphics: courtesy Michael Wiese Productions
Thank you to Ken Lee of MWP for his assistance and kind words!

 

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Calendar: September 11-17, 2020

September 12th, 2020

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

9/14: Kimberly Conner (writer/director, LIPSTICK, Predestined Arts & Entertainment, Springfield, IL)
9/14: Tim Cain (journalist, The Herald & Review, Decatur, IL)
9/16: Jay Rosenstein (producer, Jay Rosenstein Productions, Champaign-Urbana, IL)
9/16: Skye Lufsey (interactive producer, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO)
9/16: Jason Huls (cohost, B-Movie Mania podcast, Chicago/Bloomington, IL)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Mendota with Love Shrugs

Naturally, this is the week I wanted to claim I’d be resuming Calendar posts on Fridays, given that actual brand-new movies are opening at actual open theaters in the area, but the industry is pushing release dates of the big guns back yet again thanks to what is being learned about the so-so stateside box office numbers of TENET and what Warner Bros. isn’t readily divulging about them. We do have other motivations to get cracking and offer local event dates in a timely fashion, though. Even with a national debate percolating over whether the University of Illinois’ research and application of COVID-19 testing on the Urbana campus is honestly effective, the higher learning life continues and that includes students. If you are enrolled at UIUC or know undergraduates who are interested in media studies and production outside of the virtual classroom, please hit or share these C-U Cinefile, For Art’s Sake, and Illini Film & Video links and sign up for announcements using the contacts immediately below. The groups have reconvened in limited fashion for the semester, because why not? Now is as good a time as any to be inquisitive and remain creative in all pursuits, including the cinema and despite restrictions.

 

LOCAL FILMS & EVENTS | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ online Zoom
C-U Cinefile virtual meeting for UIUC students (9/11, 9/18, 4 p.m.) Join mailing list

@ online YouTube
For Art’s Sake streaming event, “Introducing the Avant-Garde and UN CHIEN ANDALOU” (9/11, 7 p.m. on) View

@ online Zoom
Illini Film & Video virtual meeting for UIUC students (9/14, 9/21, 8 p.m.) Join mailing list

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BLACK PANTHER, THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, THE NEW MUTANTS, TENET, UNHINGED, WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS (9/11 on), THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (9/11-9/13), INFIDEL (9/17 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, BAD EDUCATION, RETALIATION, THE BIG UGLY, RANGE RUNNERS, MR. MERCEDES (s3), more! (9/8 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. FORREST GUMP, Illini Union Ballroom, 2nd floor (9/11, 7 p.m.; free w/i-card)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: September 4-10, 2020

September 5th, 2020

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

9/5: Anthony Cabral (first assistant director, WORKING MAN, Brainstorm Media, Beverly Hills, CA)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Mendota with Love Chambana-in-mind

Not to be lost alongside the slow wave of new movies opening at theaters to limited capacity audiences, local film programs are hightailing it to virtual space by their respective organizers so as to not miss a beat and possibly attract a captive audience that is still somewhat limited in their daily doings. We already witnessed the first such attempt via Facebook on Saturday, August 15, when the Pens to Lens “digital gala” presented their most kid-central edition to date. I believe we haven’t had a similar offering since the online version of the University of Illinois student showcase Illini Film Fest in May and the Insect Fear Film Festival at the UI Foellinger Auditorium back in February. Others plan to move forward as well with adaptations of events once meant for public consumption before the pandemic set in, starting with this weekend’s Flatlands Dance Film Festival. Choice short subjects from the world over will alternate with Zoom interviews between filmmakers and host Laura Chiaramonte, festival director and dance instructor at UIUC; a curated set live streams on Vimeo later tonight, Friday, September 4, starting at 7 p.m., while the competition section broadcasts from the same Vimeo account tomorrow night, Saturday, September 5, also at 7 p.m., both free of charge with donations accepted. Coming soon to test this new model for presentation further are the Dead in Decatur International Film Festival in October and the Pygmalion cultural extravaganza of Champaign-Urbana at September’s end. Recent publicity for the latter revealed a modest line-up of talent across several disciplines including a handful of audio-visual components that include the WILL-TV special ILLINOIS COUNTRY with discussion on the music business, an awareness raiser for the LGBTQ+ themed documentary JIMMY IN SAIGON with filmmaker Peter McDowell and author Dan Savage, and a retrospect screening of NAPOLEON DYNAMITE featuring actors Jon Heder, Efren Ramírez, and Jon Gries. It will be interesting to learn which offerings connect with internet viewers and who elects to sit out until our communities are safe enough to resume in-person camaraderie in the arts.

 

LOCAL FILMS & EVENTS | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ online streaming
University of Illinois Department of Dance presents 7th annual Flatlands Dance Film Festival, virtual edition (9/4, 7 p.m. on; 9/5, 7 p.m. on) Watch

@ online Zoom
Illini Film & Video virtual meeting for UIUC students (9/8, 8 p.m.) Join mailing list

@ online Zoom
C-U Cinefile virtual meeting for UIUC students (9/11, 4 p.m.) Join mailing list

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
42, TENET, THE EIGHT HUNDRED, THE NEW MUTANTS, THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, UNHINGED, WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS (9/4 on), THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY (9/10 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
IRRESISTIBLE, ROGUE, DREAMLAND, THE HAUNTING OF MARGAM CASTLE, TIME LOOP, BABA YAGA, GUNDALA, more! (9/1 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF, Illini Union Ballroom, 2nd floor (9/4, 7 p.m.; free w/i-card)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2020

August 29th, 2020

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

9/1: Matt Wiley (senior design specialist, University of Illinois Extension, Champaign, IL)
9/2: Matt Harsh (producer, HarsH Pro. Video, Champaign, IL)
9/2: Megan Johns (director/writer, FEATHERS, Tendrile Productions, Eugene, OR)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Cinemas with Love Protocols

Here we go, dearest waverers, for the first-run movies are back among us. Even though other locations on this here Calendar have been active for several weeks already, it took the reopening of the AMC Champaign 13 this Thursday, August 27, for audiences of the C-U to have their first public viewing choices within city limits since March. Your individual decision-making processes are now much more complex than a half-year ago when the Hollywood machine rumbled along as usual. What could you see? Does anything look enticing to you? Is the same title catching your eye also playing on premium video-on-demand (PVOD) and giving you second thoughts about watching it a home? Can you afford ticket prices on any platform or at any box office if your finances were ravaged by loss of work due to the pandemic? Even more so, should you risk your personal health just to catch a flick right now? We obviously can’t answer these for anyone else and hope you make the correct calls that you feel comfortable with but can also live by. Industry suits as well as watchdogs in the trades and news media will ask and rephrase the same question repeatedly in the coming weeks – “Will anyone go?” – while scientists and medical professionals cast worried looks due to the continuing potential for infection in a theater auditorium or lobby. AMC has its own “Safe & Clean” policies and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is banking on their “CinemaSafe” initiative to offer guidance for member locations and simultaneously “restore consumer confidence.” As can be expected during this trying time for businesses that rely heavily on customer presence and turnover, nothing is a guarantee; the Springfield Journal-Register reported that AMC has closed down for good the Parkway Pointe 8, one of their three Capital City locations. Veteran reporter Anne Thompson of IndieWire attempts a much broader screed on how exhibition has ultimately been failing itself and the motion picture as a primary form of entertainment, bowing to a 21st-century array of delivery options that mobilized well before the year 2020. We will probably be moving very quickly from an optimistic upswing to a reckoning phase, and a pretty picture it may not be.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

NOW OPEN! @ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE EIGHT HUNDRED, INCEPTION 10th anniversary event, THE NEW MUTANTS, THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, UNHINGED, WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS (8/28 on), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (8/28-8/30), ROCKY marathon: ROCKY (8/28), ROCKY II (8/29), ROCKY III (8/30), ROCKY IV (8/31), ROCKY V (9/1), and ROCKY BALBOA (9/2), TENET (8/31 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND, THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY, YES GOD YES, INFAMOUS, OPEN 24 HOURS, DEEP BLUE SEA 3, G-LOC, INFESTATION, more! (8/25 on)

NEW! @ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, Illini Union Ballroom, 2nd floor (8/28, 7 p.m.; free w/i-card)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: August 21-27, 2020

August 21st, 2020

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

8/23: Luke Boyce (creative director, Shatterglass Studios, Champaign, IL)
8/23: Shannon Beranek (copy editor, Bachelor Pad Magazine, Champaign, IL)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
Reopening August 27.

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE OUTPOST, MILITARY WIVES, GHOSTS OF WAR, PREVENGE, EMPEROR, I AM VENGEANCE: RETALIATION, THE TERROR (s2), BATWOMAN (s1), more! (8/18 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Closed through August 2021.

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: August 14-20, 2020

August 15th, 2020

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

8/18: Jeff Brandt (owner, Exile on Main Street, Champaign, IL)
8/18: Alaina Boyett (film and television costumer, IATSE Local 478, New Orleans, LA)
8/19: Ken Lee (vice president, Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City, CA)
8/20: Daniel Griffith (producer, Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, Atlanta, GA)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Mendota with Love Unimpressed

Things are going to change. I can feel it. This flagging Confidential business will improve in due time, but for the next few months I am going to have to bend around life’s big realities all Christopher Nolan-like if I’m going to wrangle any content for you, dearest readers. That’s just the way it is. More soon.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ online streaming
8th annual Pens to Lens Competition + Gala, “all student filmmaking” virtual edition (8/15, 12 p.m. on) Watch

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

UPDATE! @ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
Reopening August 27.

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE HIGH NOTE, THE WRETCHED, HOW TO BUILD A GIRL, ARCHIVE, MONSTROUS, THE DEEPER YOU DIG, ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? (cs), more! (8/11 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Closed for the week. “Virtual Virginia Theatre” screenings: HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1943), AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945), THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR “House Guest” episode (1962) free on YouTube, BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE for Purchase (8/14 on)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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