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French star learning language of Hollywood

LOS ANGELES — If you live in the United States, you probably don't know Omar Sy by name. But chances are, you've seen him.

'Ant-Man' holds off 'Pixels' at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Ant-Man" crept past new opener "Pixels" to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend by an ant-sized margin. The Disney-Marvel superhero film brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, pop icon's daughter, dies at 22

ATLANTA — The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi Kristina Brown was never really her own.

Born and raised in the shadow of fame and litigation, shattered by the loss of her mother, Whitney Houston, Ms. Brown was overwhelmed by the achievements and demons of others before she could begin to figure out who she was.

Her demise was the most awful inheritance of all.

Public divided over display of Cosby's art

WASHINGTON — Dozens of emails and comments left at the Smithsonian Institution show the public appears to be sharply divided over an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby's art collection, which the museum has stood behind since the comedian admitted obtaining drugs to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

Updated: Country star to play Danville; tickets on sale Aug. 14

DANVILLE — Country music star Lee Brice is coming to Danville in late October.

The singer-songwriter, who has had four No. 1 hits on Billboard’s country chart  and has a new album, “I Don’t Dance,” is scheduled to perform on Oct. 23 at the David S. Palmer Arena.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 14, arena General Manager Peter Blackmon said Thursday afternoon.

Gin Blossoms to play Taste of C-U

The Grammy-nominated group Gin Blossoms will headline this year’s Taste of Champaign-Urbana. 

'Ragtime' author E.L. Doctorow dies in New York at 84

HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Few minds were as playful and as serious as E.L. Doctorow's.

'Ant-Man' leads the way at box office

NEW YORK — Marvel's "Ant-Man" punched above its weight at the weekend box office, debuting with an estimated $58 million, while Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck" also opened strongly with $30.2 million.

'The Boss' plays surprise show

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Patrons of a Jersey shore bar had a night to remember when Bruce Springsteen gave a surprise show that lasted for nearly two hours.

It's only rock 'n' roll, but they like it: Area Stones' fans share favorite songs

You can't always get what you want. But with the Rolling Stones, you probably can get what you need somewhere in their 50-year repertoire. They're touring North America this year, and the closest the British old-timers get to Champaign-Urbana is Indianapolis on July 4.