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Police: Man posed as Bieber online to extort nude photos from preteen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Massachusetts man was arrested on suspicion of soliciting nude photos from a 9-year-old California girl while posing online as Justin Bieber, authorities said Tuesday.

'Fantastic Four' co-stars Bell, Mara engaged

NEW YORK (AP) — The news is "Fantastic."

A spokeswoman for Kate Mara confirmed Monday that the actress and her "Fantastic Four" co-star Jamie Bell are engaged.

'Hidden Figures' tops charts while familiar faces struggle

NEW YORK — Labors of love — one from Martin Scorsese, the other from Ben Affleck — proved costly at a casualty-strewn weekend box office where the uplifting NASA drama "Hidden Figures" stayed on top for the second straight week.

Jane Lynch to receive honorary degree from Illinois State

NORMAL (AP) — Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch will receive an honorary doctoral degree from Illinois State University next month.

Lynch is a native of the Chicago suburb of Dolton and a 1982 graduate of Illinois State's theater program.

She is known for her portrayal of cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on the TV show "Glee."

'Rogue One' stars for 4th straight week

LOS ANGELES — "Star Wars" is still dominating the movie universe, with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" leading the box office for a fourth straight week.

The intergalactic adventure edged out the NASA drama "Hidden Figures" for the top spot last weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

'La La Land' cleans up at Golden Globes

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — "La La Land" steamrolled, "Moonlight" swooped in at the last minute and Meryl Streep offered a stirring rebuke to President-elect Donald Trump at a schizophrenic Golden Globes that pivoted between heartfelt moments of protest and a desire to sing and dance.

HBO's Reynolds-Fisher doc becomes unexpected memorial

NEW YORK — HBO thought its documentary "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds" would be perfect for Mother's Day. Instead, it has turned into a television memorial service.

"Life took over and changed the rules," Sheila Nevins, who runs the network's documentary unit, said Friday.

Christian rock's top band coming to C-U

CHAMPAIGN — Grammy winners Casting Crowns will hit the State Farm Center on March 25.

The Christian rock band is on the second leg of “The Very Next Thing” Tour, featuring Danny Gokey and Unspoken.

The tour is presented by Compassion International and Museum of the Bible.

UPDATE: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers coming to State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — The waiting was the hardest part, but now we know: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform at State Farm Center on May 10.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 8, 2016

Nathan Gunn of Champaign already has won a Grammy Award (2010). Still, he about jumped out of his opera tights when informed via Instagram that he was nominated for two more Tuesday.