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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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!”
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
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‘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.
“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
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.”
Including John Green in our New Hollywood issue was a no-brainer. Although a movie adaptation of his first novel Looking For Alaska never got off the ground, the upcoming big-screen version of his latest best-seller The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, has millions of Green’s fans in anticipation. Green talked to EW about his hopes for the film and his life sinces the publication of TFIOS. READ FULL STORY
It seems like Chuck Palahniuk has broken the first rule of Fight Club. Tyler Durden is back — but not in the way you may think. Fight Club author Palahniuk has announced a graphic novel sequel to the 1996 satirical novel that inspired the cult 1999 David Fincher film starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter. Originally announced when Palahniuk answered a question regarding his upcoming work during the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con panel “Ode to Nerds,” Palahniuk followed up on his official website, confirming his intention to create a graphic novel serialized sequel to Fight Club.
In a statement on his website, Palahniuk describes the series’ premise.
It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.
Palahniuk also states that fellow author Chelsea Cain has introduced him to creators and illustrators from big-name comic book publishers from DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse, but no illustrator has been announced. Also, no publisher has confirmed the release of the graphic novel as Palahniuk aims to work out the sequel’s story before settling on a publisher.
The author is hoping a release date prior to 2015, but due to contractual obligations, fans may have to wait until 2015 before reading the continuing misadventures of Jack and Tyler.
Lee Grant, the Oscar-winning actress who starred in Shampoo with Warren Beatty and Voyage of the Damned with Faye Dunaway, will publish a memoir titled I Said Yes to Everything through Blue Rider Press. In it, she’ll write about training under Sanford Meisner and Martha Graham and becoming the Oscar-nominated star of Detective Story at 24 — only to have it all taken away when she was put on the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s. After 12 years on the blacklist, she defied the odds and reclaimed her career.
Grant’s story moves from New York City’s theater scene in the ’50s to Malibu’s social scene in the ’60s and ’70s, including parties at Brenda Vaccaro and Michael Douglas’ house. In the early ’80s, Grant transitioned from acting to directing. She is the only woman who has won an Academy Award for both Supporting Actress (for Shampoo) and Best Documentary Feature (for Down and Out in America, which she directed and narrated).
I Said Yes to Everything is slated for publication in Nov. 2014.
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