Tiffany Haddish's viral story nabs her a Groupon gig

    (CNN)Going viral has landed actress Tiffany Haddish a new gig. When Haddish appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in July to promote her film "Girls Trip," she cracked him up with her story about taking the film's costar, Jada Pinkett Smitth, and her husband Will Smith on a Louisiana swamp tour using a Groupon.

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    New tabloid look for the Guardian

    The Guardian has launched its new look as a slimline tabloid newspaper. The reformatting is part of a drive to cut costs at the paper, which last year made a loss of £38m. Previously, the paper was a hybrid between a broadsheet and a tabloid, called a Berliner - a unique format in the UK. The new design means The Guardian can be printed by more printing presses around the UK, which is expected to save the title millions of pounds. The change in format has also brought about the redesign of the newspaper. The paper no longer carries the distinctive blue masthead, opting for a simpler design. It's also created a new font called "Guardian headline", which the paper claims is "easier to read". The

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    Chris Evans launches short story contest

    500 words, the annual short story competition for children aged five to 13, has launched on Chris Evans's BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show. The winners will be revealed on 8 June at the Hampton Court Palace Festival. Their prize will include a ride around the palace in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, plus Tea on the Thames on the Queen's rowbarge, Gloriana. Calling the competition "Chitty Bang-tastic", Evans urged children to "fire up their creative engines". This is the eighth year of the Breakfast Show's initiative to get children writing, which received 131,798 entries in 2017. The closing date is 19:00 GMT on 22 February. The rules simply ask that entries are no more than 500 words long. The Duchess of

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    Bobby Zarin of 'Real Housewives' dead at 71

    "Real Housewives" producer Andy Cohen tweeted: "I always enjoyed Bobby Zarin and admired his cool presence and steady hand." Bravo, which aired the show, offered condolences. In a statement published on its website, the network told the family that "our hearts are with you all." The Zarins rose to fame after Jill Zarin was cast on the series. She appeared for the first four seasons. "Real Housewives" often highlighted their partnership and loving relationship; they ran a designer fabric store called Zarin Fabrics. Zarin thought he had beaten thyroid cancer in 2009, according to People, but the disease returned four years later and settled in his lungs. "The radioactive iodine usually kills off

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    Sound Of 2018 stars to play exclusive gig

    Fans who discovered Norwegian pop star Sigrid when she won the BBC Music Sound of 2018 last week are getting their first chance to see her play in the UK. The 21-year-old will play an intimate, ticketed set for Radio 1 at the BBC's Maida Vale studios on 30 January. She'll be joined by other Sound of 2018 acts including Pale Waves, Not3s, Yxng Bane and runner-up Rex Orange County. Sound of 2015 winners Years & Years will also play the event, marking their comeback after a year in the studio. DJ Annie Mac will broadcast the show, dubbed BBC Music Sound of 2018 Live, on BBC Radio 1. She called it "one of the first opportunities to see and hear some of the most exciting new artists in 2018". Fans

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    Bill Murray debuts his Steve Bannon on 'SNL'

    Steve Bannon is no longer a grim reaper on "Saturday Night Live." Bill Murray surprised audiences on NBC's variety show on Saturday night debuting in the show's opening sketch as former Trump White House chief strategist, Bannon. Saturday's episode was the first of 2018. In the past, a cast member didn't play Bannon, instead having the political figure played by a grim reaper character with a skull face mask. On Saturday night, during an "Morning Joe" segment, Murray came out in a black hood to big cheers from the audience. "The Bannon magic is still out there," Murray as Bannon said. "Magic. Magic. The king maker! The Bannon dynasty is dawning." Kate McKinnon's Mika Brzezinski asked Bannon what

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    Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at age 46

    (CNN)Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, died in London on Monday, according to a statement from her publicist. O'Riordan, who was 46, died "suddenly" according to the statement, but no details were given on the cause of her death. The singer was in London for a short recording session, the statement added. The Cranberries rose to global fame in the mid-1990s with a string of hits, including "Linger," "Zombie" and "Dreams." The group, from Limerick, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. In 2007 O'Riordan launched a solo project with her album "Are you Listening?" before reuniting with the group in 2009. That same year she also teamed up with The Smiths'