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International singing star Sarah Brightman has performed in every major concert hall in the world, so we've invited her to play a game called "It's not over 'till Gene Simmons sings." Before Brightman originated the lead role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera, the band Kiss starred in their one and only TV movie, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. Brightman will answer three questions about this 1978 film.

Click the audio link above to see how she does.

Gina Apostol's new novel, Insurrecto, is about two women on a trip to make a film in the Philippines. Except they wind up seeing different films in the same characters.

Chiara Brasi is an American who wants to make a movie about an event during the Philippine-American War. She hires an interpreter named Magsalin, who takes her to the island of Samar — and specifically to the town of Balangiga, where Philippine rebels were massacred in a retaliation for an attack on U.S. forces in 1901. Magsalin reads Chiara's script and writes a different story.

'City Of Ash And Red' Will Pull You Into Its Nightmare

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I enjoy books that live between categories, the platypuses of the bookstore, and City of Ash and Red is that type of book. Classified as a thriller, it could also appeal to literary readers or speculative fiction fans. Whatever shelf you want to put it on, it's an anxious nightmare of a novel.

As a kid, Michelle Obama rode around with her Chicago-precinct-captain father in his Buick during his visits to constituents. She later became friends with Jesse Jackson's daughter.

And it was from these experiences that she learned something important — that she wanted nothing to do with politics.

"Politics felt mean," the former first lady tells All Things Considered host Audie Cornish, "and I could see how disruptive it could be to family life, how all consuming it could be."

Joel and Ethan Coen have an erratic body of work but a remarkably consistent worldview. So it's no surprise that their six-part Western anthology, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, feels like both an entirely coherent vision and something of a mixed bag.

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