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Neil Patrick Harris: 2014 was the year I started a new chapter -- then wrote a book

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The hardest-working man in showbiz? It’s still Neil Patrick Harris, who spent his 2014 wrapping up How I Met Your Mother, starring in a pair of movies, playing eight shows a week on Broadway, releasing a memoir… in fact, just about the one thing he didn’t do was decide to take over for David Letterman. Why? Because he was worried he’d get bored hosting a nightly show.

Here, Harris tells EW about one of his busiest years yet—and prepping for a jam-packed 2015. (Hello, Oscars.)

This last year has been the most glorious of clusterf–ks. I was finishing How I Met Your Mother, in rehearsals to perform Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, and filming back-to-back feature films. I remember one day where, after rehearsal as ladies man Barney Stinson on HIMYM, I quickly drove across town to put on high-heeled boots to rehearse in a totally new physicality for Hedwig, then headed back across town to do some looping for the western A Million Ways to Die in the West, and then went to a table read for the thriller Gone Girl.

With the series ending, and all these overlapping gigs—things I simply couldn’t pass up—as well as a bunch of new things on the horizon, it was a bit like juggling. Juggling a bowling ball, a tennis racket, a kitten, and a
chain saw. READ FULL STORY

'Witches of East End' YA spinoff may resolve TV show's cliffhangers

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Fans of Lifetime’s Witches of East End, based on the book series by Melissa de la Cruz, haven’t given up hope that they’ll see the Beauchamp family again after the network canceled the show Nov. 4. But if the online petitions and multiple hashtags don’t work to resurrect the drama—fans are mobilizing Nov. 6 to trend #RenewWitchesOfEastEnd from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.—de la Cruz might be able to ease the pain of those unresolved cliffhangers.

On July 14, Putnam will publish the first book in the YA spinoff series. Triple Moon: Summer on East End, set 10 years after Winds of Salem, introduces two new teen witches, Mardi and Molly Overbrook, the twin daughters of Troy Overbrook (Thor). They’re sent to live with their “Aunt” Ingrid Beauchamp in North Hampton, after they cause a terrible accident at their old high school. As Ingrid teaches them to control their magical impulses so the White Council won’t exile them to Limbo, the girls meet the younger Gardiner boys and spend the summer learning how to grow up, how to love, and how to be a family. READ FULL STORY

See inside the official 'Sons of Anarchy' book, and read the Tara chapter

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As Sons of Anarchy fans rev up for the start of the final season (premiering Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. ET on FX), creator Kurt Sutter has revealed the cover of the show’s forthcoming companion book, Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition, for which he penned an introduction. It’ll hit shelves Dec. 10, the day after the FX drama’s series finale airs.

EW has an exclusive first look inside at the chapter on Tara (Maggie Siff), a map of SOA charters, the SAMCRO family tree, and more. Click on the images for a fuller size. READ FULL STORY

Damon Lindelof talks series endings and more in excerpts from 'Showrunners'

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Behind every great show is a hardworking showrunner—someone who has a hand in just about everything, from the words the characters say to the look of any given scene. On October 31st, Des Doyle’s documentary Showrunners will tell that behind-the-scenes story in theaters (and VOD).

But before the film is released, viewers can get plenty of scoop in the documentary’s written companion. Tara Bennett’s Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is an insider’s guide to running hit shows, featuring exclusive interviews with Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Shawn Ryan, David Shore, and more. READ FULL STORY

See the cover of 'A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey'

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Season 5 of Downton Abbey doesn’t premiere in the U.S. until Jan. 4, 2015, but on Oct. 28, St. Martin’s Press will whet Americans’ Downton appetites with A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey, the official tie-in book to the PBS Masterpiece series. A Year in the Life is written by Jessica Fellowes—the niece of Julian Fellowes, the show’s writer and creator. READ FULL STORY

Billy Eichner inks deal for first book

But will it be written in ALL CAPS?!?!

Billy Eichner, the deafening dude behind Fuse and Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, is writing a book. Details on the tome’s content are scarce for now, though a posting on Eichner’s official Tumblr says that it will be “an irreverent look at Hollywood and pop culture that you can find literally anywhere else.” (The post also notes that Eichner’s favorite books include “Twitter, Entertainment WeeklyThe Hollywood Reporter, and emails.” You can’t argue with good taste.) READ FULL STORY

Your 'Orange Is the New Black' season 2 reading list

Spoilers Ahead! Do not read if you haven’t finished Season 2 of OITNB. What’s taking you so long?

A friend once joked that if I went to prison, my lifestyle wouldn’t change that much because I spend so much time sitting around reading anyway. Indignities and dangers of incarcerated life aside, that’s kind of spot-on. A natural theme of Orange Is the New Black is how the ladies of Litchfield pass time, and a big part of that is reading books they normally wouldn’t. Sounds blissful, doesn’t it?

Season 2 features books even more prominently than the first. Some of the most dramatic scenes take place in the Litchfield library, and books serve as plot points, punchlines, insights into character, sexual gratification, and weapons. Here are just some of the most important book-related moments from OITNB and what they may represent. You might want to check a few out, but be careful re-shelving the books once you’re done — you know Poussey is a stickler for the Dewey Decimal System. READ FULL STORY

Carol Leifer talks life in TV sitcoms, from 'Seinfeld' to 'Devious Maids'

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Veteran TV writer Carol Leifer has tapped her storied Hollywood career as fodder for a new memoir, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying. She talks to EW about what it takes to succeed in an industry that’s so tough it isn’t funny. Jennifer Armstrong reports.

Carol Leifer’s career could be a mini-lesson in modern TV history. She started as a stand-up but segued into sitcoms by writing for her buddy Jerry on Seinfeld. From there, she talked her way onto the staff of The Larry Sanders Show, co-created The Ellen Show with future Arrested Development master Mitch Hurwitz, created her own sitcom (Alright Already), and even dabbled in reality in The Celebrity Apprentice‘s third season. READ FULL STORY

On The Books: Alice Walker doc premieres tonight

In honor of black history month, a documentary about the life of Alice Walker, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple, will be premiering tonight on PBS. Along with hearing from Walker, there will be interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire, and the late Howard Zinn. [PBS]

Attention lady poets: watch your back because 2014 does not seem to be your year. Former poet laureate of New Hampshire Maxine Kumin passed away yesterday. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for Up Country: Poems of New England. You can read some of her work at The Academy of American Poets. And former U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan was hit by a car while riding her bike in the Bay Area. What the heck guys?? Luckily, Ryan is out of the hospital this week. To help her recover, take a few minutes to read a few of her poems here. My favorite is “Lime Light.” [SF Gate]

If you haven’t had enough of Bridgegate and all the Chris Christie brouhaha, then maybe you’ll be interested in catching his biography. Threshold Editions announced today that they would be publishing Matt Katz’s book on the controversial governor in Spring 2015.

And in “I Never Thought I’d See The Day” news, Ice T has recorded a Dungeons & Dragon’s audiobook. He discusses how this amazing pairing happened in his podcast Ice T’s Final Level Podcast. “The deep, deep nerd s—,” really threw him for a loop. He notes that “motherf—–s live in places that don’t exist, and it comes with a map.” Not much gets by Ice T! I too have always wondered if there’s a category of topographer that specializes in fantasy fiction maps. [Paste]

And let’s take a moment to wish Charles Dickens a happy 202nd birthday. To celebrate, take the time to revel in Christopher Hitchens’ brilliant analysis of Dickens’ personal character in The Atlantic. And possibly enjoy this quiz.

On The Books: Glee's Chris Colfer drops another book

Chris Colfer (the one who plays sassy Kurt on Glee) writes children’s books. Just to make you feel unproductive this Thursday, he already has two books under his belt and he’s only 23. In between filming Glee episodes, he’s found the time to write a third, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning. In between my heavy coffee-drinking, I found the time to author this post, so we’re all busy. Colfer just announced that the fantasy story will be released on July 8, and USA Today has an excerpt. Don’t all rush over there at once! [USA Today]

You know that feeling that you get when you are swept into a really good book, so lost in what the character is thinking that you can’t hear the subway conductor announce your stop and suddenly you’re in Queens again – and not at your office in Midtown? That’s never happened to me. But if you are this kind of engrossed reader, then imagine how much cooler cracking a book is going to be with a computerized vest that makes you feel like you are the protagonist. MIT developed a vest for readers to wear that can restrict your breathing when the main character is scared or change your body temperature to match a dank basement that the character is trapped in. Wait, that sounds terrible…This should come with a warning label that says: DO NOT use with a Stephen King novel. [NPR]

The script for Red Rising, a new science fiction/fantasy novel that was released last week, is already being tossed around in Hollywood. Deadline is reporting that Marc Forster, the director of World War Z, is attached to the potential film. We liked the book so much that we put it on the Must List last week, so snap up a copy if you’re interested in reading a gripping saga of a young boy trying to break out of the brutal caste system that he has been born into. Vengeance, war, love, and hate — all taking place on Mars. Sounds like a Valentine’s Day read! [Deadline]

Business Insider put together a list of the 18 bookstores every book-lover must visit. Some picks are classics: Book People in Austin, Shakespeare & Company in Paris. And some picks were less known gems: apparently the biggest outdoor bookstore in the world is in Ojai, CA. Then there’s John K. King Used And Rare Books in the industrial wasteland of Detroit, which looks like an episode of CSI waiting to happen. I won’t be rushing out to “get lost” in these book stacks. [Business Insider]

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