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Sachi Parker on being Shirley MacLaine's daughter in 'Lucky Me'. UPDATE: Shirley MacLaine responds

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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

Doubleday to publish Judy Greer's essay collection: 'I Don't Know What You Know Me From'

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

Five things we learned about the Mariah Carey-Tommy Mottola marriage from record exec's new memoir

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.

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Yes, finally! Amy Poehler has a book deal

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:

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'Doctor Who' to be celebrated by LGBTQ fans in new essay anthology 'Queers Dig Time Lords'

The longrunning British science fiction show Doctor Who has repeatedly portrayed gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters in a positive light — even when the character in question happens to be a green lizard-lady. Now the LGBTQ community is reciprocating that affection in book form.

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Bob Saget, aka Danny Tanner, is writing a 'dirty' book

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

Jim Gaffigan's first book coming in 2013

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 on 'The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2' and running around in a cape

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

Hear a clip and read an excerpt from Chris Colfer's 'Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal" -- EXCLUSIVE

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Chris Colfer is a busy man. Between making movies and playing Kurt Hummel on Glee, it’s a wonder he’s found any time at all to pursue a writing career. And yet, the 22-year-old is getting ready to release his second novel of the year next week.

Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal follows Carson Phillips, a high school outcast who blackmails his peers into participating in his literary magazine. It’s already been filmed as a movie starring Christina Hendricks, Rebel Wilson and Colfer himself. Though the film won’t be out until next year, the book hits shelves on Nov. 20. Colfer took the time to talk to EW about his first young adult novel, his own high school experiences and that one time he dabbled in extortion himself. Read the interview below and check out an exclusive print excerpt and audio clip from Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal afterwards!

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Stevie Nicks: 'Twilight' is like 'Jane Eyre'

Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks drew fire for her harsh words about Nicki Minaj in October, and now she might get some heat from classic literature lovers for her glowing praise of Twilight.

The 64-year-old was among the attendees at Monday’s night star-studded premiere for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, where she admitted that the end of the franchise is “bittersweet… I wish it could go on forever. I think that [Stephenie Meyer] is probably… God knows how long it took her to write this. And it’s been five years!”

But the fangirl didn’t stop her gushing there. For Nicks, Twilight is right up there with two classic novels by the Brontë sisters. “It’s a huge love story,” Nicks said. “It’s like Wuthering Heights, it’s that kind of story. It’s like Jane Eyre… It’s a totally timeless kind of story that we can relate to.”

Imagine if Michael Fassbender had played Edward instead of Mr. Rochester… Now there’s a reason to get excited for a Twilight remake. What do you think, readers? Does The Twilight Saga compare to Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre?

Read more:
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