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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Roger Ebert's film festival this year will include 2016 psychological thriller "Elle" and a film delving into the life of TV icon Norman Lear.

A central Illinois movie theater is screening a free series of Alfred Hitchcock classics, each followed by discussions with a film scholar.  It's called the "Six Week Film School" and it gets started next week at the Normal Theater in Normal. 

State officials say television and film production generated nearly a half-billion dollars in spending in Illinois last year.  The Illinois Film Office says the 2016 figure of $499 million represents a 51% increase over 2015. Film office officials say the state worked with 345 television, commercial and film projects which generated nearly 13,400 job hires during 2016.

The U of I Professor Who Made Movies Talk

Oct 5, 2016
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The voice of Al Jolson, from the soundtrack of the 1927 movie, The Jazz Singer, which marked the movies’ transition from a silent medium to one with sound. But the evolution of the technology behind sound movies was more complicated than The Jazz Singer would suggest ... complicated enough to include a University of Illinois professor among its many inventors. Today is the anniversary of his birth. Illinois Public Radio's Jim Meadows has more on Joseph Tykociner, and how a pioneer in the field of talking movies ended up on the sidelines.

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The final slate of six films announced for next month’s Ebertfest in Champaign adds a second silent film to the schedule, and two 2015 movies honored for their performances. The recent releases include ‘Love and Mercy’…..depicting famed Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s battle with mental illness at two periods of his life.   The festival will also show ‘Grandma’ starring Lily Tomlin. 

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee has defended his choice to make a movie about violence in Chicago titled "Chiraq."

A documentary film on heroin abuse in Madison County debuts Sunday with a free screening at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Illinois High School Association says they've discovered some of the earliest high school basketball film footage around.