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Plummer's stage presence

It will be hard to miss Christopher Plummer this year.

The Academy Award winner's stage performance in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will be shown in hundreds of movie theaters June 14, even as plans are in the works to have his "Barrymore" join it at the multiplex.

"The Tempest," with Plummer as Prospero and direction by Des McAnuff, was prerecorded live over two days in the summer of 2010 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Then, his "Barrymore" -- a two-person play exploring the life of actor John Barrymore -- will be shown at cinemas in Canada beginning this month and throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries beginning in October. It was filmed at the Elgin Theater in Toronto.


New mother, new clothing line

Brand-new mother Jessica Simpson is launching a line of clothing for moms-to-be.

With it all still fresh in her mind, the 31-year-old singer-actress, who gave birth to daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson on May 1, announced Monday a partnership between Camuto Group, the master licensee behind her label, and retailer Destination Maternity.

The clothes, with a hint of a 1970s vibe, will be in stores in the fall. She said she will aim for clothes "flattering to your baby bump."

Simpson famously tweeted while pregnant that she dreamed she went to the hospital wearing an animal-print kaftan.

This collection builds on her already strong fashion portfolio, with 24 product categories, including clothes, jewelry, shoes and beauty products.

Simpson is a regular on NBC's "Fashion Star" reality competition show.


Hyland has kidney transplant

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland has had a kidney transplant after a lifetime of pain and fatigue.

The 21-year-old actress, who plays big-eyed teenager Haley Dunphy on the hit ABC comedy, told ABC's "Good Morning America" for a report aired Monday that she had the surgery in April.

At age 9, she was diagnosed with abnormal kidney development. The condition often left her exhausted or in pain. But as her health grew worse, she began seeking an organ donor.

Her father, actor Edward James Hyland, was a match.

She says she tells her dad, "It's weird -- I've got your kidney in me."

Hyland plans to spend the show's summer hiatus recovering from her surgery.

Her secret struggle with her health is also reported in the current issue of Seventeen magazine.

-- From News and wire services