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Greg 'The Room' Sestero's 'Disaster Artist' memoir -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER

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What do you do when you’ve appeared in one of the worst films ever made? Why, write a book about it, of course!

Okay, so that’s not what usually happens. But there is very little which could be considered “usual” about the infamous, so-bad-it’s-amazing 2003 film The Room, one of whose stars, Greg Sestero (“Oh, hi Mark!”), has now penned a book called The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Published by Simon & Schuster on Oct. 1 and cowritten with noted pop culture scribe Tom Bissell, the tome tracks Sestero’s involvement with The Room and his friendship with the film’s prime creative force-cum-onscreen love machine, the mercurial Tommy Wiseau.

Is it tearing you apart that you have to wait a couple of weeks before getting your hands on a copy? Then feel free to check out the trailer for The Disaster Artist below.
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On the Books: National Book Foundation picks '5 Under 35' honorees; judge rules on Lance Armstrong memoirs

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What’s J.K. Rowling’s next project? Who are the chosen ones for the National Book Foundation’s annual 5 Under 35 awards? Is Lance Armstrong really going to lie in his memoir?

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Treat Yo Self: Aziz Ansari signs reported $3.5 million book deal

Ladies’ man Tom Haverford would approve of Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari’s latest project, a book investigating the modern, tech-obsessed dating scene. To the actor and comedian, today’s singles face a new world of relationship humor and shame.

“You know when you text someone you’re romantically interested in and you don’t hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That’s exactly what I want this book to deal with,” Ansari said in a press release. “These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before and it’s a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be a very interesting book about modern courtship.”

With this first book, Ansari will offer his take on single life, as well as talk to experts and conduct relationship experiments of his own. Ansari inked the deal with The Penguin Press to publish his still untitled book, which is tentatively set for release in September 2015.

Drew Barrymore to release book of heart-shaped photography

Years ago, when Drew Barrymore was filming E.T., she discovered more than just a love of acting. The actress identifies that childhood experience as the start of her lifelong love affair with hearts, a passion she channeled into photography more than 10 years ago.

“I have always loved hearts,” Barrymore said in a press release. “The way that one continuous line accomplishes the most extraordinary thing — it conveys love. Hearts are my beacons. I love them man-made and natural, young and old. Whenever and wherever I see the heart shape, a smile spreads across my face. The heart has an unbeatable romance when you discover one where you least expect it.”

And now, Barrymore is partnering with Little, Brown and Company and compiling all her heart-shaped photographs into a book titled Find It in Everything. The book is a collection of Barrymore’s photos, some of which feature captions written by the actress.

You can pre-order Find It in Everything, which hits shelves on Jan. 14, at Amazon now.

Check out the book’s cover below:
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'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.

'Fifty Shades of Chicken' publishers to release 'Walking Dead' parody cookbook

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The zombie apocalypse may be looming after all: The monster fad is about to invade your kitchen.

From the publishers of Fifty Shades of Chicken comes The Snacking Dead (Oct. 29) a parody-within-a-cookbook featuring recipes and food photography of 50 eerily delicious finger foods. Not only is the recipe book stuffed with snack ideas such as Guac and Load Guacamole, Sticky Ribs, and Cold-Blooded Ice Cream Sandwiches, it also shares tips for cooking in tricky and direful situations and features a zombie story in addition to the photos and snacks.

This exclusive cover art may look more gruesome than appetizing. But if the walking dead do ever plague the world, some snacking secrets may come in handy so you don’t become one yourself.

The Snacking Dead by D.B. Walker (see what they did there?) is on sale this October.

Rainn Wilson to release 'memoir'

Known for his role as bears, beets, and Battlestar Galactica enthusiast Dwight Schrute, Rainn Wilson is ready to tell his own story. The former Office star has sold his memoir rights to Dutton, with a release scheduled for fall 2014.

In addition to his Emmy-nominated performance on the recently wrapped NBC comedy, Wilson is known for his work in indie films such as Super and Juno as well as his popular Twitter feed, which boasts over 3.6 million followers. He’s also the founder of philosophy site SoulPancake and author of a SoulPancake book.

Wilson, reluctant to call his book a “memoir,” remarked, “If I were in my eighties, had cured a disease and survived a war, I would be entitled to write a memoir. No. The guy who is best known for playing a paper salesman with a bad haircut, tweeting fart jokes and starting a quirky spirituality website does not merit a ‘memoir.’ For the time being, let’s call it a Serio-Comic Examination of my Life in Art, Faith and Comedy. And beets.”

'Veronica Mars' books will pick up where the movie leaves off

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She’s been absent for six years, but now Veronica Mars is everywhere: Vintage Books has announced a two-book deal with Rob Thomas and Alloy Entertainment to publish additional adventures of Neptune’s resident detective, with the first book acting as a continuation of the upcoming film version of the television series, which ran from 2004 to 2007.

It is also meant to be a bridge between the 2014 film and a potential sequel. Series creator Rob Thomas told The Hollywood Reporter, “I started my career as a novelist. Veronica Mars was first imagined as a novel. I’m thrilled that I’m going to get the opportunity to continue telling Veronica Mars stories in a form I’ve loved and missed.” Thomas co-created Party Down and the 90210 reboot, and he’s written five original books.

The untitled book is currently slated to go on sale Feb. 4, 2014. The book is available for pre-order on the Random House website for $15.95.

Random House has also released a brief description of the book written by Thomas and Jennifer Graham. Check out the synopsis here:
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Sex sells: Online retailers rake in profits with dirty e-books

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Minds might be in the gutter, but the sales of dirty e-books certainly are not. Book-selling powerhouses such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble are raking in major profits from the sleazier online titles and genres that readers can absorb behind the privacy of tablet screens.

In 2012, romance and erotica topped revenue charts with $1.4 billion in sales. However, the profit tactic has left the book retailers in one of those Fifty Shades of Grey areas. Despite the revenue benefits of the taboo genre, Amazon and B&N appear to be on the fence themselves in regards to the promotion of erotic fiction. A 2010 pedophilia guide sold on Amazon finally got pulled by the online retailer after the illicit subject matter sparked controversy. But in lieu of the book’s eventual removal from the site, Amazon released a statement shortly after defending its decision to offer the item:

Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.

The economics of erotica have never been a real question: sex sells. And maybe 50 Shades of Grey is to blame—the 2011 novel featuring a naive college graduate’s relationship with a BDSM-obsessed business mogul—as it sparked a more recent wildfire-like spread of naughty fiction fascination. But the levels of provocative seem to go way beyond the bondage/dominatrix realm; Amazon keyword searches reach the furthest ends of the sexual spectrum, including pedophilia, bestiality, and incest.

Although successful sales numbers might help disputable titles avoid a ban, they do not overpower the decision-making ultimately determined by retailer representatives. Both Amazon and B&N have appeared to strip their bestseller lists of several erotica books. As an alternative, erotic novels with warranting sales can appear in the top 100 online, a B&N spokeswoman told the New York Post.

'The Night Gwen Stacy Died' author Sarah Bruni talks coyotes and comic book heroes' girlfriends

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Author Sarah Bruni’s debut novel The Night Gwen Stacy Died isn’t a novelization of the 1973 classic Spider-Man comics arc of the same name. It’s not even a Spider-Man story, well, not in a conventional sense. The book is a coming-of-age story that features an off-beat love story between an Iowan girl who dreams of escaping to Paris and a young man who calls himself Peter Parker. Bruni talked to EW about renegotiating the role of Spider-Man’s first love, and those real coyotes taking over Chicago. READ FULL STORY

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