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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.

'Lego Batman' builds on haul

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Great Wall" was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud.

The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, "The Great Wall" was intended to prove that the world's No. 2 movie marketplace could produce Hollywood-sized blockbusters of its own.

Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

UPDATED AT 2:15 P.M.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, has died.

Moore died Wednesday with her husband and friends nearby, her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said. She was 80.

'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.

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.

Florida Georgia Line to play SFC

Florida Georgia Line will play the State Farm Center on Feb. 23. Opening acts will be Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane.

It's the latest big-name draw booked at the renovated home of Illinois basketball.

Tickets ($49.75 to $89) go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 18.

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