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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Lupita Nyong'o has starred in some of the biggest movies, graced the cover of some of the biggest magazines and has even won an Oscar. Still, the actress' next move is an off-Broadway production.

E! News reports Nyong'o is set to star in Eclipsed at New York City's Public Theater The play, written byThe Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, is about captive wives of a rebel officer during the Liberian Civil War.

"Danai Gurira has written a brilliant play, ripped from the headlines, that looks at the terrible conflicts in post-colonial Africa with an eye that is both incisive and deeply compassionate," said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. "A feminist reading of the Liberian Civil War, a war that was ended by women, Eclipsed is both heart-breaking and profoundly life-affirming. We are delighted to welcome the extraordinary Lupita Nyong'o to The Public in this vitally important play."

Eclipsed will begin previews September 29, and will premiere October 14.

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Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- J.K. Rowling's 50th birthday is Friday.

The Harry Potter author was celebrated by Time magazine, which asked the Potter films' stars to say something nice on her big day. Here's what they had to say:

Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the series, said: "The Happiest of Birthdays, Jo. A breeze for the supreme Time-traveler."

Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, said, jokingly, "You don't look a day over 40. ...Perhaps you could celebrate your half century by writing a hilarious film. Perhaps, starring, I don't know, a large Scottish man."

Matthew Lewis, who played Neville in the series, said, "I would like to thank Jo for changing MY life ...That's not even to mention her generosity and loyalty when it has come to supporting everything that I have done in the years since Harry Potter."

Other actors to send Rowling birthday wishes are Oliver and James Phelps, Imelda Staunton, Natalia Tena, David Thewlis, Jason Isaacs, Clemence Poesy, Chris Columbus, Katie Leung, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch, Sean Biggerstaff, Frances de la Tour, Mark Williams and Bonnie Wright.

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Cindy Ord/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Since Caitlyn Jenner debuted her new look on the cover of Vanity Fair in June, her family has been slowly getting used to her new look. Khloe Kardashian even admitted Thursday that she still calls her step-father, Bruce, Jenner's name at birth.

"We don't like to say that Bruce is gone, per se. We, my sisters and I, we will call Caitlyn 'Bruce,' and we've been told that's completely fine," she said on The Projectan Australian TV show. "She has told us we are allowed to call her any name we want to. Because on the phone, when she calls me, it's the same voice as Bruce. And if I'm not physically with her, it's hard to remember in the moment that I'm talking to Caitlyn, if that makes sense."

Kardashian added that the transition has been hard on the family. "There was a hard time for the entire family, that we were all transitioning with her, but in front of an audience," she explained. "That's not really the normal way to go about it."

Continuing, Kardashian said, "There is a lot of raw emotions, that it's hard to do in front of a camera. For us, we were trying to be really open and raw with it, I think. We all got through it and that's completely over, it's all behind us now. So, we are just happy for her. We just want her to be happy. But there was definitely a moment that was really tough for all of us."

Kardashian clarified that just because she still calls Jenner, Bruce, doesn't mean she's not supportive of Jenner's transition. "It's a beautiful thing that she's transitioned," she said, "and that she is strong enough to have her own voice and wanting to make such monumental, beautiful moves and be that crusader."

Meanwhile, E! released a new clip from I Am Cait Friday, showing the former Olympian trying to perfect a more feminine voice. In the clip, Jenner's step-daughter, Kim Kardashian, attempts to help her by having Jenner pretend to order room service at a hotel. When Jenner tries her feminine sound, Kardashian replies, "You sound no different!"

"Sir! What would you like, sir?" Kardashian quipped.

A new episode of I Am Cait airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on E!

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Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar-nominated actor Eddie Redmayne said it took him four months to prepare for his role as physicist and bestselling author Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Redmayne said he reconfigured his body, with a choreographer’s help, to capture Hawking at each specific stage of his decades-long battle with ALS.

“I just needed to train my body, just in order to sustain the positions,” Redmayne told Nightline. “I knew that some of the positions would be specific and contorted and not necessarily comfortable.”

Knowing Hawking’s intimate, complex relationship with his wife, Jane, would form the backbone of the story told in The Theory of Everything. Redmayne said he closely examined key pieces of evidence from Hawking’s life, such as his wedding photo.

“It’s a very beautiful photo, but you see that he’s not only on the stick, his hand was on top of Jane’s and you can see if you look closely that he’s putting a lot of weight into her body weight,” Redmayne said. “It was that sort of investigation that you were starting to analyze the different muscles in his body and work out what his decline was.”

And, Redmayne added, getting Hawking’s facial expressions right required hours of study.

“Weirdly, trying to capture Stephen’s face was perhaps the most difficult,” he said. “I would sort of sit in front of a mirror and there were moments when you’re like, ‘Am I parodying? Is this horrible? Is this verging on, am I going to be offensive?’”

Yet it was only days before shooting for The Theory of Everything was to begin that Redmayne met Hawking for the first time. “Really the fear was, ‘What if I meet him and I realize I’ve got it all wrong?’” Redmayne said.

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ABC/Randy Holmes (NEW YORK) -- Selena Gomez is coming to The Voice. The singer will reportedly appear on season nine of the NBC singing competition series as a mentor to Gwen Stefani’s team.

A source tells Us Weekly Selena has already impressed the cast and crew. “She was surprisingly amazing as a mentor even though she’s so young,” the source says. “She exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

Rapper Missy Elliott will serve as Pharrell Williams’ mentor, rock legend John Fogerty will help out Adam Levine’s team, and country star Brad Paisley will be the mentor for Blake Shelton’s contestants.

The mentors appear on the show during the battle rounds, right after blind auditions. The new season ofThe Voice returns on September 21, at 8 p.m. ET.

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