• Cult star Jon Heder drops by the suburbs this weekend to introduce showings of his movie "Napoleon Dynamite," for which he was reportedly paid a paltry $1,000. He'll be at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge Friday, Jan. 17, and Sunday, Jan. 19. He'll be at Hollywood Palms in Naperville on Saturday, Jan. 18. Go to atriptothemovies.com for tickets and show schedules.
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• "Life Itself," Steve James' new documentary on the life of late Chicago film critic Roger Ebert, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 19. Go to sundance.org/festival. The movie will be premiered in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Feb. 10 as part of a fundraiser for local Kartemquin Films. Go to kartemquin.com.
• So my wife, Peggy, walked into the Illinois Secretary of State's office in Schaumburg last week to renew her driver's license. An official looked at her license and asked, "Do you know a Dann Gire?"
"Yes," she replied. "He's my husband." The man said, "Well, don't blame me!"
• Daily Herald Film Critic Dann Gire's column runs Fridays in Time out!