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Uma Thurman Added to Small-Screen Smash

US actress Uma Thurman poses on the red carpet before the screening of "Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides" presented out of competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2011 in Cannes.   AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Uma Thurman hasn't had a solid smash since the last installment of Kill Bill, but now she'll take part in one quite literally: NBC announced today that the Oscar-nominated actress will join its highly anticipated midseason musical drama Smash in a five-episode arc. Thurman will play a major movie star who flirts with starring in Marilyn, the fictional Marilyn Monroe Broadway musical of which Smash charts the creation. Thurman herself has never trod the boards on Broadway, but she did star in the 2005 big-screen transfer of the Mel Brooks musical The Producers.

Photo: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/2011 AFP