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'Apes' roars past 'Spider-Man' at box office

NEW YORK — Monkey business still pays. "War for the Planet of the Apes" took down "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales.

Director sees Vietnam series as vaccination to war

HANOVER, N.H. — Filmmaker Ken Burns views the Vietnam War as a virus that infected Americans with an array of chronic illnesses — alienation, a lack of civil discourse, mistrust of government and each other. And he hopes his new documentary can be part of a cure.

'Spider-Man' slings to $117 million debut

NEW YORK — "Spider-Man: Homecoming" swung past expectations, opening with an estimated $117 million in North America and giving a Sony Pictures a much needed hit.

Foo Fighters to play SFC

CHAMPAIGN — The State Farm Center will be rockin' on Nov. 8 when the Foo Fighters' latest tour hits town.

The American rock band will be touring in support of its new album, "Concrete and Gold."

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m., go on sale at 10 a.m. July 13.

 

Gaming Bits: Syberia coming to Switch, and more news

Welcome to another edition of Gaming Bits, an infrequent feature by Playing Critic columnist Joel Leizer, where he shares a few of the latest gaming announcements to hit his inbox.

Switching to a new console

French production studio Microids announced Thursday that all of the "Syberia" games to date will be re-released on the Nintendo Switch.

Aldean takes top honor at ACM Awards

Florida Georgia Line may have lost entertainer of the year to Jason Aldean, but the country duo owned the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas, thanks to some help from the Backstreet Boys.

'Hair,' Holdsclaw among headliners of Ebertfest 19

CHAMPAIGN — The 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will open April 19 with the 1979 musical “Hair” directed by Milos Forman, with a 35mm new print on loan from Michael Moore and the UCLA Film Archive.

Forman, now 85, won’t be coming but his assistant director for “Hair” will be here as part of the post-screening discussion on the Virginia Theatre stage.

UI alumna will try to prove she's got 'The Voice'

University of Illinois alumna Micah Tryba is not every woman at all — she's in a good position to advance on "The Voice."

She sang "I'm Every Woman" — a la Whitney Houston, not Chaka Khan's original version — to win a place on Blake Shelton's team for upcoming episodes of the NBC reality show.

'Lego Batman' builds on haul

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Great Wall" was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud.

The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, "The Great Wall" was intended to prove that the world's No. 2 movie marketplace could produce Hollywood-sized blockbusters of its own.

Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

UPDATED AT 2:15 P.M.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, has died.

Moore died Wednesday with her husband and friends nearby, her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said. She was 80.