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Tabloid reports that Cher will star as Catwoman in a follow-up to "The Dark Knight" are not true.

I got e-mails. Oh, how I get e-mails.

What about? Casting rumors for the follow-up to the $500 million-plus smash hit "The Dark Knight."

C'mon, people. The answers to those e-mails are obvious.

For example, I can state for a fact that Cher is not playing the Catwoman. And Johnny Depp is not playing the Riddler. Nor is Philip Seymour Hoffman playing the Penguin.

One or two of them might be on a studio head's "wish list" — with the exception of Cher. But that hasn't stopped British tabloids from publishing such fictional reports as fact. Unfortunately, they are about as credible and trustworthy as Jon Lovitz's beloved, Pathological Liar character from "Saturday Night Live."

Other news reports have also cited a supposed MTV interview with Michael Caine, who played Batman's faithful butler and assistant Alfred Pennyworth in the film.

But according to Warner Bros. publicists, no script has been written, nor has it even been determined what the plot for the movie will be — much less decisions about which characters will appear.

This situation is nearly as ridiculous as the reports that Will Smith has been offered the role of Marvel Comics superhero Captain America. (There's been some furor about the idea of African-American actor Smith playing a white character, though he's very talented and is a box-office draw.)

Less controversial but no less crazy is the news that Michael Douglas will apparently play the flamboyant musician and entertainer Liberace in a biographical drama that's being developed by director Steven Soderbergh. For some reason, I believe that one.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ...

OK, here's a guilty admission: My favorite operatic experience is the 1957 Looney Tunes cartoon "What's Opera, Doc?"

And I was once given the boot from a music appreciation class for groaning too loudly during a lecture on the subject of opera. (To be fair, the professor was pretty dull.)

But I digress. The New York Metropolitan Opera is coming to movie theaters around the country with "Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD," high-definition broadcasts of performances from its 2008-2009 season.

Six Utah theaters will be showing the telecasts. They are the Cinemark multiplexes in Layton, Ogden, Provo and West Jordan, as well as the Century Sandy and South Salt Lake locations.

The "Live in HD" series kicks off Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., with an Opening Night Gala event. The telecast will feature soprano Renee Fleming performing selections from "Capriccio," "La Traviata," "Manon," among others.

Tickets for "Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD" programs are $22 ($20 for senior citizens, $15 for children). More information is available at either www.cinemark.com, www.fathomevents.com or www.metopera.org/hd.


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