Mamma Mia!

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ABBA Reunited Wednesday Night—Sort of

More importantly, there now exists an ABBA singalong restaurant

(Newser) - The four former members of iconic Swedish pop group ABBA have made a rare joint appearance for the opening of a Stockholm restaurant inspired by the Mamma Mia! musical. Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad showed up Wednesday for the opening night of fellow former band member Bjoern Ulvaeus'... More »

Spice Girls to Get Mamma Mia! Treatment

Creator Judy Craymer back for similar musical

(Newser) - Mamma Mia! creator Judy Craymer has signed a deal to make a Spice Girls musical in the same vein as her ABBA-themed megahit. The new show won’t actually be about the British pop outfit; it’ll just link their greatest hits with an unrelated story, the same way Mamma ... More »

Top Cultural Game-Changers

What will we still be talking about next decade? Britney, for one

(Newser) - The ‘00s were full of important contributions to culture, but which ones will we still be talking about in another decade? Here are some of New York ’s picks:
  • TV: The Sopranos for inventing quality cable, American Idol for changing the music industry, and of course all things
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Forget Oscar—Who Were 2008's Rainmakers?

(Newser) - The Oscars are coming up, but that orgy of self-congratulation doesn’t celebrate what really matters in Hollywood: money. Forbes crunched the numbers for 2008 and selected the winners of a different award: the Rainmaker.
  • Best Actor: Robert Downey Jr. returned $52.60 to Paramount for every dollar it spent
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Nearing 60, Streep Trumps Hollywood's Old Boys

The anti-diva, a character actress at heart, is happy to play strong women

(Newser) - Meryl Streep wasn't surprised when Mamma Mia! took the international box office by storm, and remained equally unfazed at the amazement of execs who hadn't expected the ABBA musical to succeed. The "fellas" who decide what films get made, Streep tells the Independent, "usually make those decisions... More »

Mamma Mia! Drowns Titanic's UK Take

Money, Money, Money at UK box office

(Newser) - The movie version of the fluffy romantic musical Mamma Mia! has become Britain's biggest box office hit of all time, E! Online reports. The Meryl Streep flick, based on the tunes of the '70s Swedish pop group ABBA, earned $107.7 million in 22 weeks in theaters, sailing beyond the... More »

Take a Chance on Mamma Mia!

Golden oldies save cheesy musical adaptation from being a stinker

(Newser) - Mamma Mia! doesn't quite pull off the leap from stage to screen, but ABBA fans will find it worth taking a chance on, critics say. The "jukebox musical that strings together 19 ABBA hits on a narrative thread flimsier than dental floss" had Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer ... More »

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