'Kung Fu Panda' kicks aside 'Caesar,' 'Zombies'

NEW YORK (AP) — The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind "Kung Fu Panda 3," which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend.

'Kung Fu Panda' back atop pack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Kung Fu Panda 3" kicked its way to the top of the North American box office with a respectable $41 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

The DreamWorks Animation film cost a reported $145 million to make and earned a strong "A" CinemaScore from audiences — 70 percent of whom were families.

Fox's musical chops strong with 'Grease'

NEW YORK — The chills were indeed multiplyin' during the "Grease: Live" telecast on Sunday, a show that survived early rain, some tricky costume changes, a mortifying loss of audio and a cast member's heartbreak.

Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74

BY HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

Bret Michaels to give C-U another shot

CHAMPAIGN — A year-and-a-half after post-kidney surgery complications caused him to miss two concerts here, Bret Michaels has been booked for a Champaign gig next month.

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered slated for release this spring

SEGA confirmed details Monday about its plan to release a remastered version of one of my all-time favorite PlayStation 3 games on the PS4, "Valkyria Chronicles." This re-release, slated for this spring, will include 1080p/60fps gameplay, Japanese and English audio support, all the original DLC, and adds trophy support. Retail price: $29.99.

Who lives here? Jan. 2, 2016

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.


Ask 'Mimi,' Dec. 20, 2015

Has John David Mooney finished the parklet next to Urbana City Hall?

The long-term project is coming to an end. Recently, a beautiful table and four benches were installed in a rounded patio area just south of the fountain.

Brian Regan coming to C-U

CHAMPAIGN — Comedian Brian Regan, called "the best stand-up working today" by one of his peers, will take the stage April 3 at the Virginia Theatre.

Tickets go on sale Friday at or by calling 217-356-9063.

Regan made 28 appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and earlier this year made a cameo in Chris Rock's film "Top Five."

38 Special to make stop in Danville

DANVILLE — Rockers “38 Special” will play David S. Palmer Arena on Feb. 13.