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'3 Billboards' posts wins at British Academy Film Awards

LONDON — Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.

'Black Panther' opening blows away box office

NEW YORK — A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed "Black Panther" to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.

Rodney Atkins, Mark Chesnutt to play Mahomet Music Festival

Organizers of the Mahomet Music Festival, formerly called the Sangamon River Music Festival, announced Friday that country stars Rodney Atkins and Mark Chesnutt will headline this summer's event, Aug. 24-25 in downtown Mahomet.

Atkins will perform Friday night, and Chesnutt will take the stage Saturday evening. The free shows are open to all ages.

'Fifty Shades Freed' commands $38.8 million at box office

LOS ANGELES — Newcomers like "Fifty Shades Freed," "Peter Rabbit" and "The 15:17 to Paris" breathed some fresh life into a marketplace that has for weeks been dominated by "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," ''The Greatest Showman" and various Oscar contenders. But it's all just setting the stage for "Black Panther," which opens next week.

Martina McBride: 'It was a special time'

With country star MARTINA McBRIDE in town Thursday night at the Virginia Theatre, staff writer Paul Wood asked her five questions:

What's a favorite song from the Joy of Christmas Tour? Will it end up on your new album?

Notes-Worthy: Brandon Hayes

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with BRANDON HAYES, a seasoned musician in C-U who currently plays with 3 Gun Whiskey, a band from the Bement area.

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.