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Arts & Entertainment

'Furious' stays hot in theaters

LOS ANGELES — "The Fate of the Furious" sped into first place at the box office again, leaving new thriller "Unforgettable" and historical drama "The Promise" in the dust.

Universal Pictures' eighth installment in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise earned $38.7 million over the weekend, down 61 percent from its debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Clinton, Reynolds speak up at Tribeca

NEW YORK (AP) — The premiere of a virtual reality short by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was already a high-profile event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. And then Hillary Clinton walked onstage.

Ebertfest: 'Pleasantville' director says it still holds up

CHAMPAIGN — Director Gary Ross hadn't seen his movie "Pleasantville" in 15 years when he watched it Saturday at Roger Ebert's Film Festival.

The writer, director and producer had said it was his favorite of the movies he's made.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 23, 2017

Did you know that bestselling author Terry McMillan will visit the Champaign Public Library?

Yes. Evelyn Shapiro, the libary's promotions manager, said the "tickets" for the free May 4 event "sold out" in 20 minutes this past Thursday. One hundred tickets were available; 15 people are on a waiting list.

Rich Warren: Comcast says it won't track your browsing

Comcast promises it won't snoop on you while you browse. Although Congress and the president eliminated privacy safeguards that would prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from logging where you go on the internet, Comcast announced it will not look over your shoulder. Some ISPs plan to record your online activities and sell the information to advertisers.

Ebertfest: Television titan Norman Lear wows audience

CHAMPAIGN — Shortly after television legend Norman Lear took the Virginia Theatre stage at Ebertfest on Saturday, his cellphone rang.

As he fished it out of his pocket, he informed the audience that he had told his six children that he would never turn off his phone, adding that a year ago, while making a public appearance, his sister had died.

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Trumpets take center stage

The Champaign-Urbana celebration of the run-up to International Jazz Day, which falls on April 30 this year, will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, with an after-party at the Esquire Lounge.

Playing Critic: 'Sexy Brutale' is charming but not challenging

It's a Saturday, and the guests at The Sexy Brutale casino-mansion's masked ball are just dying for a good time.

The mansion's staff are more than happy to arrange that — the dying, that is.