Shelf Life Book news, reviews, trends, and talk

Tag: Celebrity (61-70 of 237)

Johnny Depp launches his own publishing imprint

johnny-depp

He’s been a tipsy pirate, a crazed milliner, and a blade-fingered freak. Now Johnny Depp is trying out a different kind of role: book publisher.

The actor’s imprint will be a division of HarperCollins and will bear the same weighty-sounding name as his production company, “Infinitum Nihil,” which means “Nothing is forever.” Already slated for Depp’s imprint is The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan by journalist Douglas Brinkley, to be released in 2015. Brinkley and Depp are already co-editing House of Earth, a long-forgotten novel written by the late folk musician Woody Guthrie, which is scheduled for some time next year. READ FULL STORY

Random House buys Lena Dunham's book for more than $3.5 million

Hannah Horvath would be seething with jealousy right now.

Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old star and creator of the hit HBO series Girls, has landed a book deal at Random House for a massive $3.5 million. That’s more than the $2 million Dick Cheney received for his memoir In My Time and short of Amanda Knox’s $4 million and Tina Fey’s $5 million for Bossypants.

Bidding for the debut essay collection — titled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned — started at $1 million and quickly climbed as publishers pursued the hot property. The 66-page book proposal contained “color, illustrations and a humor that publishing executives predicted could produce another bestseller like Tina Fey’s blockbuster memoir,” according to the New York Times. READ FULL STORY

'Girls' star Lena Dunham heading toward a huge, $3.6 million book deal

If Hannah Horvath got a monster book deal as quickly as Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old woman who created and portrays her on Girls, Girls as a TV series would come to a screeching halt. Where would our broke, semi-motivated aspiring essayist have left to go? There would be no need for roommates or crappy jobs.

According to Deadline, the bids for Dunham’s future advice-book-slash-essay-collection — tentatively titled Not That Kind of Girl — have climbed to a whopping $3.6 million and could go even higher as Dunham and literary agent Kim Witherspoon continue to meet with publishers. The negotiations began at $1 million.

To put things in context, if the deal happens, Dunham’s book would rake in more than Dick Cheney did for In My Time, which went for $2 million — and it would fall a bit short of Amanda Knox’s upcoming memoir ($4 million) and more than a million short of Tina Fey’s Bossypants ($5 million), although Fey had well more than a decade of fodder on Dunham.

Do you think Dunham’s writing is worth the big bucks? Will you look at Hannah Horvath differently when you watch season 2 of Girls?

Follow @EWStephanLee on Twitter.

Read more:
Lena Dunham shopping advice book — What do you want to see in it?
Mindy Kaling: An in-depth interview about her book, childhood, shoes, and homemade sashimi
Rita Wilson says no to nudity on ‘Girls’. What other actresses have no-nudity contracts?

Lena Dunham shopping advice book -- What do you want to see in it?

For $1 million you can bid on Lena Dunham’s first book. But hurry, the bids are due by the end of the day tomorrow.

Dunham’s literary agents are currently shopping around an advice book penned by the Girls creator. According to Slate, the actress has written a detailed book proposal outlining the general content of the book, which will reportedly be in the format of essays. Some sample topics include Dunham’s first experience with sex, her attempts to eat healthily (including a diet journal) and her obsession with death. Overall, however, she hopes to help people avoid the mistakes she’s made in her life.

Since I do not readily have $1 million on hand, I’ve made a wish list for what I’d to see in Dunham’s advice book instead.

READ FULL STORY

Hollywood producer Brian Grazer lands book deal

Brian Grazer, a.k.a. the Hollywood mega-producer with the crazy hair, is moving into the publishing business. The New York Post reports that Grazer has landed a six-figure deal with Simon & Schuster for a book that will chronicle Grazer’s 27-year journey to meet a new and interesting person every day. Overall, the book will feature details of the producer’s most intriguing encounters (though surely not one as amazing as this one) and “examine how curiosity and the endless search for knowledge drive creativity.”

Grazer has produced a variety of films, including The Nutty Professor, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon,and Cowboys & Aliens. He has worked in the television industry as well, producing series such as Arrested Development and Friday Night Lights.

While we wait for Grazer’s forthcoming book, I suggest you enjoy this Oscar ad featuring William Fichtner as Grazer. He’s got the hair down to pat.

Read more:
Brian Grazer talks replacing Brett Ratner, hiring Billy Crystal, and why you should ‘give a s–––’ about the Oscars
Brian Grazer replacing Brett Ratner as new Oscar producer
New Oscar host: Who will Brian Grazer choose?

Uggie the dog to publish a memoir

He may be retired, but that won’t keep him out of showbiz. Uggie, the wonder dog from The Artist, is publishing a memoir, People reports, which chronicles his rise to fame.

The “bark-all,” titled Uggie: My Story, will hit shelves on Oct. 16, with the Jack Russell terrier himself heading on tour that same week. That’s right, readers. You can meet Uggie in person! (Ladies, don’t get too excited, he’s got a girlfriend named Lily.) The book includes stories on his struggle with an eating disorder, “the Binge-Gate episode that led [him] to rehab,” and that time he “French”-ed Reese Witherspoon.

It’s not all fetch and games, however. Uggie has a request for us all: “I may be the first dog to win an Oscar and write a best-seller but my most important work is with animal rescue. Please adopt — and if you must buy, buy my book!”

Check out a trailer for the book below:

READ FULL STORY

The Decemberists' Colin Meloy on his new novel 'Under Wildwood'

Image Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Colin Meloy, best known as the frontman for literate indie rockers The Decemberists, has put his music career on hold to pursue an ancillary passion: literature. He released his debut novel Wildwood last year, a fantasy adventure aimed at readers between the ages of eight and twelve. It told the story of Prue, a precocious youngster from Portland, as she searches for her kidnapped brother in the magical, forested realm of Wildwood. The novel featured illustrations by Meloy’s wife, Carson Ellis, and spent two weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller list.

The sequel to that novel, Under Wildwood, picks up where book one left off: Prue has returned to everyday life as a middle-schooler after rescuing her brother Mac from the clutches of the Dowager Governess. The tranquility is quickly shattered, though, when she is forced to return to Wildwood to help her friend Curtis quell political unrest, all while fending off the attacks of shape-shifting assassins. A parallel storyline introduces two young sisters, Rachel and Elsie, and their plot to escape from an orphanage run by a malevolent industrial conglomerate.

I spoke with Mr. Meloy about his new work. Read the interview below for his thoughts on the book’s weighty themes and his inescapable association with Steam Punk. (Minor SPOILERS ahead).

READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris announces memoir: 'My plan is to reprint Tina Fey's Bossypants'

Neil Patrick Harris has signed a deal to write a memoir.

Crown Archetype — of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group — has acquired the How I Met Your Mother star’s forthcoming book, which is expected to be published in spring 2014.

The book will chronicle Harris’ exciting life in a “nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir.”

“I’m excited to be writing a book of the observations and stories of my life,” Harris said of the news. “I read with great fondness Tina Fey’s Bossypants, so my plan is just to reprint those exact stories but change the names to people that I knew. What editor would take issue with that?” READ FULL STORY

Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals how ex-wife Maria Shriver confronted him about his secret son in 'Total Recall'

TotalRecall.jpg

In the trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming tell-all — which EW debuted exclusively last week — the Governator promised that his fans would learn the story we don’t know about him in Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. That tease brought to mind the scandal that was splashed all over the headlines and led to the end of his marriage last year.

Schwarzenegger comes through on that promise by delivering a detailed account (Via ABC News) of how his now ex-wife Maria Shriver confronted him about the secret lovechild he had with their married housekeeper Mildred Baena. On Jan. 4, 2011, the day after Schwarzenegger’s term as governor of California came to an end, Shriver arranged a couples counseling session in which the therapist asked him if he had fathered a child with Baena. According to the book, he immediately admitted to the infidelity and begged Shriver for forgiveness, calling her “the perfect wife.” READ FULL STORY

'Super 8' actor Joel Courtney enthuses about N.D. Wilson's Ashton Burials #2 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last year, Super 8 actor Joel Courtney starred in the dark, cinematic trailer for N.D. Wilson’s Ashtown Burials novel The Dragon’s Tooth. A huge fan of the series, Courtney talks about the second book, The Drowned Vault, which is available now. Check out a clip of the teen actor sharing his thoughts on making the trailer, the series, and the newest book. He’s already grown up quite a bit since Super 8! READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos in Books

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP