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COURTNEY LOVE WILL TAKE STAGE IN OPERA

Well, here's something you don't hear every day: Courtney Love is going to star in an opera. Yes, as in widow of Kurt, mother of Frances Bean, Hole founder Courtney Love. Hmph. The opera is a new production called Kansas City Choir Boy by composer Todd Almond. Before you start envisioning Love in elaborate corsets and all manner of dramatic swishy togs, belting out arias in Italian, cool it. Almond's opera is a contemporary marriage of pop and opera, and it's not even clear that it's an opera at all, really. "When I say 'opera,' I don't mean it's in an operatic style," Almond told the New York Times. Whatever the case, Love will carry Kansas City Choir Boy with Almond - there are only two characters. He told the Times he was a big fan of her work with Hole. Well, it seems a fitting role for Love, who is nothing if not dramatic. Kansas City Choir Boy debuts in New York Jan. 8-17. - Washington Post

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Ellen Pompeo welcomes baby girl

Well, now we know whom to invite into our circle of trust: Ellen Pompeo. The Grey's Anatomy star is really good at keeping secrets - to the tune of welcoming a baby last month and revealing it on social media just this Thursday. Pompeo, 44, welcomed daughter Sienna May with music producer husband Chris Ivery, 46. We bet you didn't even know the actor was pregnant - which is probably because she wasn't. "Sienna was born via surrogate & I would like to thank my whole @ShondalandTV family for helping us enjoy these first few weeks privately," Pompeo tweeted, crediting Grey's boss Shonda Rhimes and colleagues for staying mum. The new bundle of joy joins big sister Stella Luna, 5. - Lydia Harvey, Times staff writer

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Lindsay Lohan can act ... 'a bit'

It wasn't a car crash, but there weren't fireworks, either. British critics writing in Friday's papers gave a lukewarm welcome to Lindsay Lohan's professional stage debut, which followed months of hype and speculation about whether the wayward star was up to the job. "Shock news: Lindsay Lohan can act a bit," wrote Dominic Maxwell in The Times after the Thursday opening night of David Mamet's Hollywood satire Speed-the Plow. The Guardian's Michael Billington called Lohan's performance "perfectly creditable." Lohan plays the pivotal role of Karen, an office temp whose naivety throws the plans of two ambitious producers (West Wing star Richard Schiff and British actor Nigel Lindsay) into chaos. - Associated Press

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Swift on 'Voice' Oct. 27

Taylor Swift is queen of publicity these days for new album 1989, from declaring it "officially pop" (yawn! Didn't we know that about her already?) to mentoring other young singers on The Voice starting Oct. 27, the day the album is due out. Rather convenient timing, eh? The NBC show said Friday that she'll mentor competitors for three shows. According to the Associated Press, the Shake It Off singer will advise contestants on vocal technique, stage presence and picking the right songs to fit their strengths - and perhaps faking it till you make it. - Caitlin E. O'Conner, Times staff writer

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