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Lauren Conrad talks 'The Fame Game'

If you’re shocked that the girl from Laguna Beach grew up to have several books on the New York Times best-seller list, join the club. Lauren Conrad is too.

“We were doing the inside cover of the beauty book I’m working on, and under ‘also by’ it listed all my other books. I was like, ‘When did this happen?’”

Three years after she made her writing debut with the L.A. Candy series, she’s back on shelves with the first book in a new trilogy. The Fame Game, in stores tomorrow, follows a Heidi Montag-like character Madison Parker, an Audrina Patridge-like character, and two other Hollywood hopefuls as they star in a new spin-off series and adjust to life as reality TV celebrities.

There’s a soap opera’s-worth of drama, a fake-it-for-the-cameras relationship, and a whole lot of mascara-tears. How much of it did she pull from real life? Quite a bit, which is fine by me. The entertainment value in Conrad’s page-turners for the YA set isn’t about exceptional writing or unpredictable plot points. In the same way that her reality shows spurred us to endlessly debate how much was scripted, reading the books is about separating the moments based on Conrad’s behind-the-scene anecdotes from pure fiction. That’s the part that the Laguna Beach-native takes the most pleasure in. READ FULL STORY

Rachel Dratch talks her new memoir, '30 Rock,' Amy Poehler, and her new pilot

The number-one question that Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch gets is some variation of, “Why aren’t you on 30 Rock?” After her SNL stint ended, Dratch’s friend Tina Fey offered her the role of Jenna on 30 Rock — until the powers that be decided to de-emphasize sketch comedy on the show and replaced her with Jane Krakowski. In her funny new memoir Girl Walks Into a Bar, Dratch dishes on everything you wanted to know about the highs and lows of her comedy career — for a time, she was only offered parts playing “Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians… I am solely offered the parts which I like to refer to as “The Unf—ables.” But she also focuses on personal stories, like her misadventures in dating and her unexpected pregnancy at age 43. Read on for more Dratch! READ FULL STORY

The book that inspired ABC's 'GCB': Clever or Offensive?

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GCB, ABC’s new dramedy starring Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb, and Annie Potts, premieres tonight at 10 p.m. Earlier this year, GCB‘s executive producer Robert Harling told reporters that the show would remain respectful. “The goal is to watch these people try to be good. What we emphasize is that we will never ever look at this in any other way than the most respectful as possible. We will never ever be disrespectful.”

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'A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel': EW exclusive! First look at brand new pages

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With a couple of months left before the HBO series returns and however many years before George R.R. Martin finishes the next novel, the already expansive Song of Ice and Fire universe is getting even bigger. A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel (March 27) will bind the first six issues of the comic book series by writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson into one hardcover volume. EW has obtained eight pages from the yet-to-be-released issue #6 of the comic book series (Feb. 29). Click through to read!

Vinny Guadagnino of 'Jersey Shore' to 'Control the Crazy' in upcoming book -- EXCLUSIVE

In the most recent episode of Jersey Shore, the usually laid-back Vinny Guadagnino walked out of the shore house after a bout of anxiety. It was a sad night for MVP — or RVP? — fans, but Vinny’s decision to leave partially inspired his upcoming book, Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama and Maintain Your Inner Cool (April 17). Joining the ranks of published authors and cast mates Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, the book will be a “prescriptive memoir” that doles out advice on how to handle anxiety as well as behind-the-scenes stories from Guadagnino’s life. Read on for Vinny’s tips on how to get out of a funk, his explanation for why he left the house, and which of his Jersey Shore cast mates may need to read his book.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What drove you to write Control the Crazy?
VINNY GUADAGNINO: I’ve been writing this book and putting this program together in my head for a while now. I’ve always wanted to help people that have been through the same thing I have or been through anything hard in their lives. It helps me when I help people. I’ve been putting it together for a long time, and making an outline and putting the small pieces together but then it wasn’t until I realized when I was going to have this moment when I left and everyone would actually see what I’m going through. Once it was put in the spotlight I said, “You know what? Now’s a great opportunity.” People get it, they’ll relate to it, and they know if they want to seek help or read a self-help book that they can relate to, then now’s the perfect time to let it out. READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman talks about his new comic, 'Thief of Thieves'

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When Shelf Life points out to Robert Kirkman that he is best known for writing comics about zombies, superheroes, and dinosaurs, the scribe guffaws. Why? “I’m laughing at the absurdity of my life,” says the man responsible for penning Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and, yes, a little post-apocalyptic zombie series called The Walking Dead.

Kirkman’s new project, Thief of Thieves, is an attempt to make his life a little less absurd. “It’s going to be very grounded in the real world,” he says of the comic, which hits shelves Feb. 8. “No zombies, no space aliens, no superheroes. It’s just going to be real human characters doing somewhat horrible things to each other.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what else can you tell us about Thief of Thieves?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: Well, it’s a fine comic book, if I do say so myself. It’s somewhat of a crime-caper comic about a professional thief named Conrad Paulson. He is one of the greatest thieves who’s ever lived, but he’s gotten to a point in his life where he realizes that he’s chosen his professional life over his family life and greatly regrets that. He’s got an adult son who is kind of following in his footsteps but doing a horrible job, and he has an estranged wife that he is still very much in love with. Our story picks up when he is trying to turn his back on his profession and rekindle his relationship with his wife and trying to fix his son’s horrible predicament. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' author Sara Shepard talks newest book and reveals what's to come in the series

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While fans await the return of Pretty Little Liars‘ second season on ABC Family, they have another PLL book to keep them occupied before the Jan. 2 premiere. Ruthless, book 10 in author Sara Shepard’s best-selling series, hit shelves last week. Shepard called EW to talk about the new book, and give some spoilers on her 2012 releases. The one burning question Shepard can’t answer? She doesn’t know who “A” in the TV series either, but she has her theories. Read on for more with Shepard. We promise “A” isn’t watching.

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'Real Housewife' Taylor Armstrong to write memoir about abuse

On the current season of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — shot before the suicide of star Taylor Armstrong’s husband Russell in August of this year — much of the drama has come from the ladies trying to get Armstrong to be honest about whether she was suffering abuse in her marriage. These days, she’s much more forthcoming: Armstrong is releasing a memoir about her marriage, including addressing domestic violence issues, through Simon & Schuster, E! reports.

Scheduled for a Feb. 7 publication, the memoir is expected to reveal details of the Armstrongs’ marital problems and Taylor’s recent efforts as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. There have been no reports as to whether the proceeds will go to charity.

What’s your take on Armstrong’s upcoming book? Has she finally “found her voice,” as she says in the opening credits of the show, and using it for good? Or is this whole business flat-out sickening?

Which Faulkner novels and stories should HBO adapt?

Earlier this week, HBO re-upped its commitment to work with Deadwood creator David Milch for several more years; more specifically, Milch has the incredibly open-ended task of creating a series and original movies for the cable network based on any of the 19 novels and 125 short stories in William Faulkner’s estate. While Milch hasn’t yet decided on any titles to adapt, several authors have weighed in on the works they would or wouldn’t want to see on television. READ FULL STORY

George Harrison's sister is writing a book about him

If you count all the stars in the sky and all the grains of sand on every beach in the world, the total number will still not compare to the number of books that have been written about the Beatles. Still, if you’re a Beatles fan, there are reasons to be interested in the news that Louise Harrison will be writing a book about her brother George, a.k.a. “The Quiet Beatle,” a.k.a. “The More Famous English Traveling Wilbury.” Harrison tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the book — to be released in 2012 or 2013 — will include some never-before-seen photos, along with her own particular perspective on the band’s rise to fame. She was already living in America in the early ’60s, and claims to have told the Beatles’ manager to book the band on the Ed Sullivan Show; she also claims that the whole “Quiet Beatle” thing got started because George had a bad case of strep throat when they initially arrived in America. Which I’m pretty sure was revealed a couple hundred Beatles memoirs ago, but hey, still a good story.

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Read more:
‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’ doesn’t always penetrate the quiet Beatle
Photo Gallery: The Beatles: 15 Rare Photos

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