'The Martian' rockets to $55 million weekend

NEW YORK — Opening just days after NASA announced findings showing water on Mars, "The Martian" soaked up moviegoers at the box office.

Nonprofit updates suit to block Lucas museum site

CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit group has filed an updated complaint in federal court as part of its efforts to keep filmmaker George Lucas from building a museum along Lake Michigan in Chicago.

Lady Gaga felt 'like herself'on show

LOS ANGELES — Appearing in the new season of "American Horror Story" was a life boost for Lady Gaga.

The singer raved about her experience on "American Horror Story: Hotel" as she arrived for the star-studded premiere of the FX show Saturday night.

Larry the Cable Guy: 'We will Git-R-Done against Illinois'

He makes them laugh in packed arenas. And kids love him as the voice of “Mater” in the “Cars” series. That’s all well and good for comedy star Larry the Cable Guy. But what really gets him going is Nebraska football. He spent his formative years in the state and is recognized as the school’s No. 1 fan.

'Transylvania 2' sets record for September

LOS ANGELES (AP) — September has a new box-office star in "Hotel Transylvania 2." The PG-rated animated pic earned a robust $47.5 million in its debut weekend, making it the top September opener of all time, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

The previous record holder was "Hotel Transylvania" which opened to $42.5 million in 2012.

'Nashville' a film that stands the test of time

Rarely do you come across a film so transgressive of the Hollywood norms of its time and so praised as Robert Altman's 1975 "Nashville." And rarely do you see a film so much a piece of its time that seems to have aged so little 40 years after its initial release.

Updated: Country star to play Danville; tickets on sale Aug. 14

DANVILLE — Country music star Lee Brice is coming to Danville in late October.

The singer-songwriter, who has had four No. 1 hits on Billboard’s country chart  and has a new album, “I Don’t Dance,” is scheduled to perform on Oct. 23 at the David S. Palmer Arena.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 14, arena General Manager Peter Blackmon said Thursday afternoon.

Gin Blossoms to play Taste of C-U

The Grammy-nominated group Gin Blossoms will headline this year’s Taste of Champaign-Urbana. 

'Ragtime' author E.L. Doctorow dies in New York at 84

HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Few minds were as playful and as serious as E.L. Doctorow's.

It's only rock 'n' roll, but they like it: Area Stones' fans share favorite songs

You can't always get what you want. But with the Rolling Stones, you probably can get what you need somewhere in their 50-year repertoire. They're touring North America this year, and the closest the British old-timers get to Champaign-Urbana is Indianapolis on July 4.