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See the trailer for 'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy's autobiography -- EXCLUSIVE

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“What you have in your hands is a very big deal.”

The No. 1 anchorman and flautist in San “Di-ah-go” could soon become a No. 1 “book writer.” Fans of Ron Burgundy, of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues fame, eagerly await the debut of his autobiography Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings on Nov. 19. You’ll have to wait a little while longer before you can delve into the history of this famed television journalist and his dog Baxter, but in the meantime, take a look at this preview to see Burgundy’s world-renowned humility on display: READ FULL STORY

See the brilliant trailer for 'Fosse' by Sam Wasson -- EXCLUSIVE

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We debut a lot of trailers at Shelf Life, but this brilliant clip for Sam Wasson’s upcoming biography of Bob Fosse (out Nov. 5) — appropriately titled Fosse — may be one of the best. Wasson, author of the best-selling Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., spent three and a half years writing this 750-page epic about the epic man responsible for iconic dance numbers in Chicago, Cabaret, and other Oscar- and Tony-winning shows. This hilarious video shows Wasson attempting to emulate his subject’s womanizing, passionate, and perfectionist ways. Wasson may not have succeeded in becoming Fosse, but he succeeded in bringing him to life in his bio. Watch the cameo-packed video below! READ FULL STORY

Iron Man uncovers family secrets in new comic book -- SPOILERS

Tony Stark’s always been a man of many talents for whom surprise is a rare thing.

But the avenging philanthropic billionaire — better known for the high-tech armor he wears as Iron Man — is about to find himself felled by not one, but two, family secrets that has him questioning his place in the world and why the reality of his origin was kept from him.

The big reveal comes in the pages of Iron Man No. 17, out Wednesday in comic shops, written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Carlo Pagulayan and Scott Hanna, lettered by Joe Caramagna and edited by Mark Paniccia.

In it Gillen brings the long-simmering story to its conclusion with Stark finding out that not only is he — again, spoilers — adopted, but that his parents, Howard and Maria, had a son — imbued with alien technology proffered by the rogue android 451 — who has been hidden away from the world, laden with unknown abilities and, perhaps, powers. READ FULL STORY

'Texas Chainsaw' memoir: Gunnar 'Leatherface' Hansen speaks!

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As the masked man-child Leatherface in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Gunnar Hansen let his homicidal character’s infamous power tool do all the talking. But the Iceland-born, Austin, Tx.-bred actor and writer proves an engaging raconteur in his new book, Chain Saw Confidential which details the making of director Tobe Hooper’s horror classic with assistance from both Chainsaw coworkers and famous fans, including director John Landis and Hellraiser star Doug Bradley.

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Marvel at the cover of 'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy's new memoir -- EXCLUSIVE

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It may not be bound in leather, but Ron Burgundy’s memoir Let Me Off at the Top! will certainly look classy on your bookshelf — whether it smells of rich mahogany or not. The book will debut Nov. 19 in the run-up to Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and will contain revealing stories about Burgundy’s childhood, his dog Baxter, and the Action 4 News Team. The classiest man in San Diego said of his own book, “I don’t know if it’s the greatest autobiography ever written. I’m too close to the work.” He added, “I will tell you this much: the first time I sat down and read this thing…I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank!”

Sneak peek at 'Star Wars: Empire & Rebellion: Razor's Edge' starring Princess Leia

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Defeating the Empire is no easy task — even for a whip-smart, blaster-touting princess. Princess Leia takes the spotlight in a new novel set in between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars: Empire & Rebellion: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells follows Leia as she is forced to work with pirates from her home world, Alderaan. On the surface this may seem lucky for the Rebel Alliance leader, but much to her chagrin, the marauders blame the Rebellion for Alderaan’s destruction.

Razor’s Edge debuts a couple weeks ahead of the second annual Star Wars Reads Day, which celebrates the expansive pantheon of books based on a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Reads Day events, which include author and illustrator appearances, take place in bookstores and libraries nationwide on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Watch the official trailer for Razor’s Edge here: READ FULL STORY

A never-before-seen photo of J.D. Salinger from new documentary and biography -- EXCLUSIVE

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If Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger were alive today, he probably wouldn’t be happy with the attention a new movie and book about his life are getting. The famously reclusive author is the subject of Salinger, a documentary (out Sept. 6) that will be released jointly with a biography (out Sept. 3) of the same name. Salinger guarded his public image obsessively after he became famous, but director and screenwriter Shane Salerno managed to find brand new facts and photos after years of research and hundreds of interviews. The Weinstein Company has been keeping the bombshells Salerno uncovered under wraps, but EW has obtained a never-before-seen photo of Salinger from the project. Salerno explains how he found this photo and what it means. READ FULL STORY

'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy to release tell-all memoir

Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy is primed to open up from his glass case of emotion in an upcoming tell-all memoir entitled Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings. In an agreement with Random House’s Crown Archetype, the legendary Action 4 News Team anchor — and EW cover star — is to share never-been-told tales from his sure-to-be classy childhood and early years in the TV journalism business. Also included are well-learned lessons on a variety of topics as well as anecdotes from his pursuits of career, friendship, and women.

The San Diego broadcast journalist and ladies’ man, played by Will Ferrell, is the central character from the Anchorman film series. Released in 2004, Anchorman is to follow-up with a sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, this December, which features Ferrell reprising his role as the jazz flute playing broadcast news man.

In a press release, Burgundy stated, “I don’t know if it’s the greatest autobiography ever written. I’m too close to the work.” He also added, “I will tell you this much: the first time I sat down and read this thing…I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank!”

Let Me Off at the Top! hits physical and digital shelves Nov. 19. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues premieres Dec. 20.

'The Star Wars' trailer: See the original Han Solo... as a lizard?

“Longer ago, in a galaxy even farther away…”

That’s how the trailer for the new comic-book series The Star Wars, an eight-issue series adapted from George Lucas’s original 1974 rough-draft screenplay, begins. The names of the characters might be familiar, but there are a few surprises once you see the art. “For instance, Luke Skywalker is an older general and, uh, Han Solo is a big green lizard,” explained Dark Horse Comics editor Randy Stradley to EW. “Wookiees are the ones that lead the attack in the end on the Imperial Battle Station, which is never called the Death Star. Things are different but there are aspects that are the same as well.”

Check out the book trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' producers nab rights to 'Crazy Rich Asians'

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Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan’s best-selling comedic novel about an American-born Chinese woman who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s billionaire family, is heading to the big screen. Nina Jacobson’s Color Force, which produces The Hunger Games films, landed the book’s feature-film rights. “Crazy Rich Asians is that immersive page turner I am constantly searching for but so rarely find,” said Jacobson, in a statement. “Kevin’s writing took me into a world I’d never seen or imagined and got me so invested in the romance at the heart of it that I could not put the book down until I saw whether or not they made it. This novel represents an enormous opportunity for Color Force to tell a universal story to a global audience.”

In the novel, Nick brings Rachel home to meet his family, a nerve-wracking courtship ritual for any couple, but one that is complicated further when Rachel is confronted by his family’s opulent wealth and their over-the-top behavior. “It’s a story of three families and Nick is really at the nucleus of it,” Kwan told EW in June. “[Rachel] is our guide, our guide being that we are these western readers entering this new world. Even though she is Chinese, she is American. She thinks she knows what it’s all about, and then she goes into this world and discovers that all of her misconceptions and all of her perceived ideas of Asia are challenged.”

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