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Tina Fey's foreword to Thom Filicia's 'American Beauty' -- EXCLUSIVE

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If your favorite member of the Queer Eye cast was the dapper, comparatively mellow interior designer Thom Filicia, you’re not alone. Tina Fey has written a foreword to Filicia’s new book, American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat (out today), in a way only Fey can. The book contains more than 300 lush photos of Filicia’s rustic and tasteful rooms and chronicles his renovation of a classic upstate New York fixer-upper. Check out Fey’s ode to the sweetest member of the Fab Five, found in the beginning of American Beauty. READ FULL STORY

License to kill (at telling anecdotes): Sir Roger Moore remembers his time playing 007

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Thanks to Skyfall, the world has contracted James Bond fever again — and even former 007-er Sir Roger Moore isn’t immune. “It’s absolutely marvelous,” says the British actor of the latest Bond adventure, which opens in the U.S. today. “It’s the best Bond film without a doubt.”

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Britney Spears in talks for new novel -- What do you want it to be about?

Oops, she did it again! That’s right, Britney Spears, aka the Queen of Pop and lean, mean, green X Factor judge, is in talks to pen another novel. Another, you ask? Was I the only one who read 2001’s A Mother’s Gift, the gripping pop fiction novel from Brit Brit and her mother Lynne Spears? Don’t lie. I know someone out there had to have been as obsessed with Britney as I was (cough, and maybe still am, cough).

Should a deal be reached, this new project, which would be published by It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, will incorporate “fictionalized versions of [Spears'] own experiences.” A Mother’s Gift also drew on Spears’ real life story; however, that was in 2001. So much has happened since then, a lot of it rather dark. Still, I can’t deny that her life has the potential to make an excellent story. On that note, here are six things I’d like to see in Spears’ new novel, starting with:

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Jon Stewart, J.K. Rowling included in new edition of 'Bartlett's Famous Quotations.' Who else made the cut?

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The 18th edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations just hit stores (and iPhones; check out their new app), and this version adds a slew of pop-culture quotes that haven’t appeared previously. New inclusions range from why-wasn’t-that-in-there-already? entries (Johnny Cash’s “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”) to head-scratchers (the title of The Empire Strikes Back, which doesn’t really seem like a quotation). Here are 10 quotes that are included in Bartlett‘s for the very first time. READ FULL STORY

He won't be back: Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Total Recall' debuts to weak sales

Arnold Schwarzenegger promised us his new memoir Total Recall would tell the story we don’t know, but he never counted on people not wanting to know that story in the first place.

The tell-all hit shelves on Oct. 1 and only managed to move 21,000 copies in its first week of publication, according to figures provided by Nielsen Bookscan. The sales were enough to land it on the third spot of Top 10 Adult Non Fiction list, ahead of Stephen Colbert’s America Again and Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace, but behind Mark Owen’s mega-seller No Easy Day.

Total Recall was extensively promoted, with Schwarzenegger starring in a cinematic book trailer (debuted exclusively on EW.com) and making appearances on The Daily Show and 60 Minutes, where he spoke candidly of his affair with Mildred Baena. There’s still time to pump up the sales, however. We are heading into the holiday season after all, and what would make a better gift for your relatives than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s memoir? (Well, at least my relatives.)

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Johnny Depp launches his own publishing imprint

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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