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Lifetime plans Christmas movie with Grumpy Cat

Look for Grumpy Cat on Lifetime to herald in the worst Christmas ever.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Internet sensation with the wobbly walk, big blue eyes and frowny face will play a chronically overlooked pet-store cat. The twist, according to the cable network, is the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her.

The live-action movie is aptly named “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever,” and the human to voice the four-legged star has not yet been cast. It will shoot this summer.

The script will be written by Tim Hill (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jeff Morris, the Reporter said.

With her own agent, Grumpy’s YouTube videos have racked up millions of hits. She has T-shirts, calendars, gift wrap and a best-selling book available in 14 languages.

In real life, Grumpy is named Tardar Sauce and lives in Arizona.

Morrissey cancels tour due to illness

Morrissey has canceled the rest of his U.S. tour to recover from a respiratory infection that has worsened.

His representative said in a statement Tuesday the 55-year-old singer wants to make a full recovery and has to withdraw from the shows.

Morrissey kicked off his tour last month. The English singer played several dates before he contracted a respiratory infection in Miami. He was expected to wrap up the tour June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The statement says the former Smiths frontman thanks his fans “for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes.”

Morrissey canceled a North American tour last year after suffering from double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and a gastrointestinal problem called Barrett’s esophagus.

He will release a new album next month.

‘Mothers and Sons’ to exit Broadway

Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” is the first victim of the Tony Awards: It will close June 22 after missing out on being crowned the season’s best play.

In “Mothers and Sons,” actress Tyne Daly plays a mother who pays a surprise visit to her late son’s ex-partner.

Her son died of AIDS almost 20 years ago, leaving a lot of unresolved feelings – about him, her and the world in general.

A national tour of the play is being discussed.

The play, which had more than 100 performances, is being billed as the first time a legally married gay couple has been portrayed on Broadway. “All The Way,” which stars Bryan Cranston as former President Lyndon B. Johnson, won the best play Tony on Sunday.

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