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While in America's UFO heartland, two sci-fi fans meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that will rock their universe forever in the new comedy-adventure Paul. Double Negative/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Will Swenson is back on Broadway with a starring role in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a new jukebox musical adapted from the 1994 film about three friends who cross the Australian Outback in a tour bus. Joan Marcus/ hide caption

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Two Houses, Both Alike: In a scene that fuses two moments across two centuries, 19th-century math prodigy Thomasina (Bel Powley, left) and her tutor Septimus (Tom Riley) flank the central table of Arcadia's set, joined in the center by the present-day Valentine (Raul Esparza) and Hannah (Lia Williams). Carol Rosegg hide caption

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Chris Rock, Putting On A Blue New 'Hat'

The actor and stand-up comic makes his Broadway debut this month — in a play whose title NPR's Ari Shapiro can't say without benefit of a bleep.

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In this Jan. 13, 2011 photo, cast members of the Broadway play That Championship Season, from left, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Brian Cox, seated, Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric pose for a portrait in New York. Jason DeCrow/Associated Press hide caption

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