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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.

 

Native Americans walk out of musical

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is warning audiences about offensive material in a traveling musical after Native American high school students walked out of a performance of "The Fantasticks."

'Cars 3' takes 1st at sluggish box office

LOS ANGELES — "Wonder Woman" fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it's still doing the heavy lifting for the otherwise lackluster summer box office.

Cosby's sex-assault case handed over to jury

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The jury at Bill Cosby's trial began deliberating Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that has already helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian's good-guy image.

'Wonder Woman' in 2nd weekend buries 'Mummy'

NEW YORK — Tom Cruise was no match for Wonder Woman.

Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman" wrapped up Cruise's "The Mummy" at the weekend box office, pulling in an estimated $57.2 million in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal's "The Mummy" looked its age, selling a relatively feeble $32.2 million in tickets in its debut weekend.

'Dear Evan Hansen' wins big at Tonys

NEW YORK (AP) — "Dear Evan Hansen," the touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has won the biggest theater popularity contest — winning the best new musical trophy at the Tony Awards along with five other statuettes, including best score, book and top actor honors for Ben Platt.The show came into the night as the second-leading Tony nominee but ended up on top, with a revival of "He

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.