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    Bill Gates to guest star on 'The Big Bang Theory'

    (CNN)The tech-loving characters on "The Big Bang Theory" are about to find themselves severely star-struck. The comedy series has booked Microsoft founder Bill Gates to guest star as himself in an upcoming episode, CBS and Warner Bros. tell CNN. In the episode, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) will find herself hosting Gates at work, and her friends go to great lengths in their effort to meet the billionaire innovator. The episode is set to air in late March. "The Big Bang Theory" frequently recruits figures from the science, tech, engineering and math fields to appear as guest stars. Some have included astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Stephen Hawking, Telsa founder Elon Musk and Apple's Steve Wozniak. This, meanwhile,

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    Which Oscars films should I bother seeing?

    This year's Oscars are nearly here, and chances are you haven't had time to watch all the nominated films. Yet. And let's be honest, you won't catch up in the next 10 days. But don't worry - we've spoken to a man who has. Ali Plumb, Radio 1 and 1Xtra's film critic, has given us his tips on what you should spend your time on between now and next Sunday's awards. And his first piece of advice is pretty simple: "Watch Get Out. It was my number one movie of 2017." Jordan Peele's horror, starring recent Bafta winner Daniel Kaluuya, is about a black man who enters a white community which isn't all that it seems. Ali says it was a bit of a surprise entry in the best picture category. "If you've already

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    Jessie Ware: I'm ready to go mainstream

    Jessie Ware says she's finally ready to go "mainstream". The London singer, nominated for British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards, says she hasn't always been comfortable with fame. But now, with three albums under her belt, she tells Newsbeat she's ready to be a star. "I've always fought with the idea of being mainstream, but now I think I just want my music to get to as many people as possible." It's the third time the 33-year-old has been nominated for Best Female, but she says she's prouder of her latest album, Glasshouse, than anything she's done before. "Winning this would really be the icing on the cake of a wild couple of years," she says. Jessie faces fierce competition from Dua

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    'Black Panther: The Album' is a hit - and it could change the music industry

    "Black Panther" is a bonafide box office smash, and its soundtrack is tearing up the charts, too. "Black Panther: The Album" debuted atop the Billboard 200 this weekend after selling 154,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. That number understates the success of the album, a collection of songs curated by Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar. Billboard hasn't yet factored in the additional 61,300 copies sold over the weekend after the film came out. To determine the number of copies sold, the music industry uses a formula that incorporates physical albums, digital albums, digital singles and song streams. The album has been particularly big for streaming: Nielsen's data shows

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    Fergie explains National Anthem performance

    In 1983, R&B singer Marvin Gaye also performed a very different version of the National Anthem at that year's NBA All-Star Game and it's gone down in history as possibly the only sexy rendition of the song ever to be televised.

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    Christopher Eccleston: Northern accent 'held me back'

    Christopher Eccleston, says his Northern accent held him back when trying to secure Shakespearean roles on stage. The actor star says there is a perception in the industry that "people like me can't be classical". Eccleston was born into a working class family on a council estate in Salford in Lancashire in 1964. He will appear as Macbeth in a new production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon, but he had to ask for the role. "I'm never offered Shakespeare," he says. "I went after this. Nobody offered it me. I went after it." He wrote "an old-fashioned letter" to the artistic director of the RSC, Gregory Doran. "I said, since I was 17 I've always wanted to play Macbeth at

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    My brother communicates only by blinking

    Simon Field has been partially paralysed for the past 10 years. On New Year's Eve in 2006 he tripped and fell on a night out in Bournemouth, hitting his head and causing severe brain damage. The 30-year-old from Hampshire has extremely limited movement and can only communicate by blinking.