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University to honor Streisand


A leading Israeli university says it will present singer Barbra Streisand with an honorary Ph.D. when she visits Israel next month.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem said Monday it was granting the singer the degree because of her concern for human rights and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people.

Streisand, 71, is expected to perform at a June conference in honor of the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres. It will be the first time the Jewish singer performs in Israel.

The university’s school of Jewish studies, established in 1984, is named after Streisand’s father, Emanuel.

‘Voice’ stars returns

“The Voice” said Friday that Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will return for “The Voice” Season 5, joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Their midseason replacements – Shakira and Usher – will be back for Season 6, which will air in midseason 2014.

Miner cast fills out

Antonio Banderas will play the charismatic miner known as “Super Mario,” who in 2010 became the public face of 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground for 69 days.

Producer Mike Medavoy announced Sunday at Cannes that Banderas will star as Mario Sepulveda in “The 33.”

Sepulveda told the Associated Press on Monday that he’s “thrilled” because he’s a fan of the Spanish actor and hopes the movie will remind people that life is the most valuable gift.

Variety magazine reports production is scheduled to start in the fall in Chile. Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro are also in the cast.

‘Trek’ flies

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Star Trek Into Darkness,” $70.2 million

2. “Iron Man 3,” $35.8 million

3. “The Great Gatsby,” $23.9 million

4. “Pain & Gain,” $3.2 million

5. “The Croods,” $3 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Ron Isley is 72. Actor Richard Hatch is 68. Keyboardist Bill Champlin is 66. Singer Leo Sayer is 65. Comedian-turned-U.S. senator Al Franken is 62. Actor Mr. T is 61. Music producer and drummer Stan Lynch is 58. Actor Judge Reinhold is 56. Actor Brent Briscoe is 52. Actress Lisa Edelstein of 47. Actress Fairuza Balk is 39. Singer-guitarist Mikel Jollet is 39. Actress Ashlie Brillault is 26.