Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Mendes, U2, Eminem top winners at MTV EMAs

LONDON (AP) — Shawn Mendes beat Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to win the best-artist prize Sunday at the MTV EMAs, while U2's members were proclaimed global icons in a show that celebrated London's diverse culture, from pubs to pirate radio.

Comedy debut can't stop thunder at box office

LOS ANGELES — The God of Thunder isn't ready to relinquish his box office throne yet.

Studios estimated Sunday that "Thor: Ragnarok" added $56.6 million from North American theaters in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $211.6 million.

Rich Warren: Comcast boosting internet speeds

Free lunch may be a fantasy, but Comcast promises a fatter sandwich. If you're in one of Comcast's premium tiers, prepare for faster internet. Download speeds for the company's Xfinity Blast tier will jump from 75 mbps to 100 mbps, while Performance tier speeds will more than double from 25 mbps to 60 mbps.

Rosemary Laughlin: Gender switch works better than new setting in 'Much Ado'

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Tit for tat. In Elizabethan theater, talented boys played female roles. In this version of "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College, the male lead, Benedick, is played by a female — as a female — in the U.S. after World War II.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Nov. 12, 2017

Who's your favorite homegrown rock band?

No contest. It has to be REO Speedwagon.

Who lives here? Nov. 11, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, 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.

Nightlife listings, Nov. 9-16, 2017

THURSDAY, Nov. 9

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Kyle Yap, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: The Surreal Deal (Live Music Thursdays), 9:30 p.m.

BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Dueling Guitars (Tommy G and Dave Cooper's acoustic duo), 6 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: Great Good Fine OK, 7 p.m.

Time, gender changes are complementary in Parkland's 'Much Ado'

CHAMPAIGN — At Parkland College's "Much Ado About Nothing," Shakespeare has been updated to World War II and there's been a gender reversal.

Director B.J. Gailey said the changes are organic.

"It lines up with major themes; it's in part about coming back from war and in part about changing roles for women," he said.

Chuck Koplinski: Full steam ahead for 'Orient Express' remake

With actor David Suchet's portrayal of Agatha Christie's arrogant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot considered the gold standard where the character is concerned, is it foolhardy for Kenneth Branagh to take on the role as well as direct a new version of his most famous case?

Notes-Worthy: Susan Williams, Part II

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with singer/bassist/songwriter SUSAN WILLIAMS, a talented blues artist:

Where did your passion for blues come from and when did you decide blues was what you wanted to play?