Clive Davis’ revealing memoir about his long life and career in the music industry has incited much discussion: first on his bisexuality, and then, much more interestingly, there’s been the back and forth between Davis and Kelly Clarkson about creative differences. But in an exclusive clip from the audio verison of The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis remembers less tumultuous relationships with artists, including with Janis Joplin, Barry Manilow, and Whitney Houston. When reflecting on these artists, he can’t choose which one had the most influence on him. “It’s like really asking a parent which child you’ve had the most special relationship with,” he says. It’s no surprise that he doesn’t mention a certain artist in this clip. READ FULL STORY
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Legendary music biz executive Clive Davis opens up about Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, and his own bisexuality in new memoir
It is almost easier to list the artists legendary music business executive Clive Davis hasn’t worked with than the ones he has during his half century-long career. Suffice it to say that the founder of Arista and J Records and the current chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment has overseen releases by everyone from voice-of-his-generation Bob Dylan to Milli Vanilli who, as it turned out, weren’t even the voices of themselves.
Debra Winger had a famously tumultuous experience playing Shirley MacLaine’s daughter in Terms of Endearment (MacLaine didn’t enjoy the experience either), but imagine growing up with the Hollywood icon in real life. Sachi Parker, daughter of MacLaine and producer Steve Parker, writes about her atypical upbringing and the celebrated and idiosyncratic woman at the center of it in her new memoir Lucky Me: My Life with — and Without — My Mom, Shirley MacLaine (out Thursday). Here are some of the weirdest moments from the book. UPDATE: EW has received a statement from MacLaine in response to allegations from the memoir: “It’s a painful moment for me as a mother and as someone who values the truth. I’m shocked and heartbroken that my daughter would make statements about me that are virtually all fiction. I’ve praised her lovingly and truthfully in my own autobiographies. I’m sorry to see such a dishonest, opportunistic effort from my daughter for whom I’ve only ever wanted the best.” READ FULL STORY
You might know her from FX’s animated show Archer as the voice of Cheryl, or if you’re an Arrested Development fan, she’ll always be Kitty Sanchez, but with the upcoming publication of her first book, Judy Greer is proving that in addition to being a comedic actress, she is also a comedic author. Doubleday has recently acquired the rights to Greer’s humorous essay collection, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star.
Greer’s essays cover a variety of topics, from growing up in the Midwest to her career in film and television (often playing a “best friend”) as well as other predicaments, such as a solo trip she once took to Spain. READ FULL STORY
The music biz memoir has become one of the hottest trends over the past couple of years — and the boys in the (record label) boardroom are not getting left behind. Today, Grand Central is publishing Tommy Mottola’s autobiography, Hitmaker: The Man and his Music, which he co-penned with Cal Fussman. Formerly the Chairman CEO of Sony Music, Mottola developed an amazing array of talent, including Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, and Mariah Carey. Mottola thought Carey was so amazing that in 1993 he married her, despite being both more than two decades older and the songbird’s technical boss.
Amy Poehler continues in her quest to take over your life.
The comedian, actress and aces award show host will write her first book, slated for 2014, according to the Associated Press. The release will be handled by It Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, and is described as an “illustrated, non-linear diary.”
That’s a nice phrase that also tells us basically nothing about what she’s working on. Here are three possibilities:
Bob Saget, father to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (well, in my mind), is writing a book. That’s right, Full House fans, Danny Tanner’s getting into the publishing biz, but be warned — if you only know Saget for his family-friendly fare, then you’ll be in for a nasty surprise.
It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced on Tuesday that the book is planned for 2014 and will showcase “the full monty of [Saget's] crazy self,” complete with his “dirty humor” and “unique personality.” Dirty humor?, you ask. Well, if you’ve seen his stage act, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. If not… You might want to avoid this book altogether and keep your memory of Danny Tanner intact. Here, I’ll help: READ FULL STORY
Comedian Jim Gaffigan (also known as The Palest Man Alive) has made us laugh with his musings on fatherhood, fast food, Hot Pockets, and manatees, among other concerns. Now he’s finally putting his funny observations on parenting five children in a book, Dad Is Fat, coming May 7, 2013. The book will offer Gaffigan’s take on toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four-year-olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Gaffigan said in a press release, “I’m not sure if it’s a memoir, a confession, an apology, or a cry for help, but I’m excited to write about things I just touch on in my stand-up act.”
Are you excited for May 7? Will you read the whole thing in Gaffigan’s high-pitched voice?
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has appeared in four films this past year alone — The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush, Looper, and Lincoln — but the actor’s real passion lies with hitRECord, his online collaborative production company that inspires users across the world to come together and create singular works of art. Last year, he released a compilation of those online collaborations in the form of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1. The first volume was so popular that Gordon-Levitt reunited with collaborator wirrow to produce The Tiny Book of Stories: Volume 2, a brand new collection of moving (and funny!) stories from the hitRECord family and It Books. Gordon-Levitt took the time to talk to EW about this new volume, building a happy online community, and running around in a cape in the privacy of his home. READ FULL STORY
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