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    Gwyneth Paltrow's making a Go-Go's musical

    Gwyneth Paltrow is go-going to Broadway, as the co-producer of a new musical based on the songs of new wave girl group The Go-Go's. The band, fronted by Belinda Carlisle, had hits including Our Lips Are Sealed and We Got The Beat in the early 1980s. Although they were known as one of the most debauched bands of the time, the musical will not focus on their story. Instead, Head Over Heels pairs their hits with a romance based on Sir Philip Sidney's 16th Century work Arcadia. The story has been adapted for the stage by Jeff Whitty, who wrote the book for Avenue Q - the bawdy, puppet-based show that won a Tony Award for best musical in 2004. The new show tells the tale of Basilius, the Duke of Arcadia,

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    'Star Wars' episode 8 tickets have outsold any other movie on Fandango this year

    Disney's next installment in the "Star Wars" saga has become Fandango's top advance ticket-seller of the year, the online ticket site reported on Tuesday. The film, which doesn't officially open in North America until Friday with previews beginning Thursday night, toppled another Disney production, "Beauty and the Beast," which came out in March, for the top spot. "The Last Jedi" is the biggest ticket pre-seller for Fandango since the series' last film, 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which went on to become the biggest opening in film history. "The Last Jedi" debuts in more than 4,100 theaters domestically and is on track for an opening weekend in the $200 million range. However, some

  • BBC News

    Twilight Zone's spooky stage comeback

    In 1959, a groundbreaking TV series began in the USA. The Twilight Zone came to be regarded as a classic of science fiction for the small screen. Now the Almeida Theatre in London is taking eight episodes to make a Twilight Zone for the stage. Actor Sam Swainsbury envies people who watched the original Twilight Zone when it began on American television at the end of the 1950s. "If I'd watched the series at that time in history I think it would have blown my mind. I don't think there was really anything around like it. "If you watch them now, they have that thing about TV of the time, that it can be quite slow and maybe a bit stilted in the acting. But if you dig deeper the stories are all saying

  • CNN

    What we learned from 'The Bachelor' special

    To possibly combat any confusion over the selection of race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr., who last vied for the heart of Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette" Season 8 in 2012, the audience was treated to plenty of info about him. Without romantic sagas, how could Harrison claim we were in store for "the most dramatic rose ceremony ever"?

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    Wearing a stoma: A fight for acceptance

    Imagine being told that you have a life-threatening illness. Imagine having to relearn how to carry out previously straightforward tasks such as using a public toilet. Imagine not only having to come to terms with all of this but also facing hostility because you have a hidden disability. Natalie Toper from London knows all about this. Three years ago, just before her 32nd birthday, Natalie was diagnosed with late-stage bowel and rectal cancer. She was told she would need an ileostomy, an operation involving the small intestine being diverted through an opening - or stoma - in the abdomen. A bag is then placed over the stoma to collect liquid and waste. The procedure can either be temporary or

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    Jean-Claude Van Damme gets kicks in Amazon series

    (CNN)Amazon wins the weird-TV Olympics with "Jean-Claude Van Johnson," a surreal flight of comic fancy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, which begins with lots of manic energy and pretty quickly runs out of gas. Turning Van Damme into a madcap version of himself -- one who's really a covert operative when not shooting movies -- sounds inspired, but the show gradually makes one want to split more than watch the famously nimble action star do the splits. Van Damme's willingness to spoof his own image plays a central role within the show. When the story begins, he's retired, both from acting (which explains why a guy confuses him with Nicolas Cage) and espionage, having once used his international film work as cover for missions -- like "I Spy," only with brawnier residual payments.

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    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' falls short of sky-high hopes

    (CNN)If expectations for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" were inordinately (and perhaps unfairly) high, thank "The Force Awakens," which had a huge donut hole in the shape of Luke Skywalker at its center. Running more than 2 ½ hours, the eighth "Star Wars" movie built around the Skywalker clan is the longest under that banner and showcases an abundance of action. To be fair, writer-director Rian Johnson delivers some genuine surprises, and has dotted the movie with its share of pleasurable moments, from disarming humor to the first space battle to callbacks to earlier films -- practically flashing a sign to ensure opening-night audiences will have opportunities to whoop and holler. "The Last Jedi" also adds a number of new characters, most of whom feel pretty disposable with the exception of Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), a plucky rebel whose vulnerability seems well calibrated to connect with the fan base.