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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:

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

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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).

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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'

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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

See the irreverent trailer for Jenny McCarthy's memoir 'Bad Habits' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The road from God-fearing Catholic schoolgirl to Playmate of the Year is always a complicated one, but it can also be quite funny. Jenny McCarthy has already written six best-selling books, but she’s never delved so deeply into her ultra-religious upbringing as she does in Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic (Oct. 2). Growing up, the former Playboy mainstay dreamed of becoming a nun rather than an actress/model, and the book chronicles the many twists along the way that took her life in a very different direction.

Check out the irreverent trailer for Bad Habits, which follows McCarthy as she attends a reading group for nuns. It looks to me like a preview for an actual reality show on Lifetime. READ FULL STORY

Chelsea Handler writing a book called '50 Shades of Chartreuse'

Aside from drunken exploits and her crazy family, late-night host Chelsea Handler’s favorite topic to write about is sex, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the title of her next book — 50 Shades of Chartreuse: This Time It’s Personal — spoofs E L James’ erotica phenomenon. Chartreuse will be released Oct. 2013 under Handler’s own A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing imprint of Grand Central Publishing. While the title seems to promise the new book will have the same raunchy, sarcastic tone as her first three essay collections, its tagline — which it shares with Jaws: The Revenge — might suggest this tome might be a little more serious. Handler has been expressing recently that she wants to take her E! series Chelsea Lately in a slightly weightier direction. In a statement, a rep for Grand Central Publishing said, “The new book is groundbreaking. Bigger stories, smaller type.”

Are you looking forward to 50 Shades of Chartreuse?

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Watch the trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger's memoir 'Total Recall' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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No, we don’t mean the 1990 movie. Or the 2012 remake. This Total Recall is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming memoir — chronicling his rise from Austrian bodybuilder to action hero to governor of California — and we have an exclusive look!

After leaving the governor’s mansion in January 2011, Schwarzenegger announced his plans to return to movie-making. (He did always say he’d be back.) He kicked things off nice and slow with a cameo in last month’s The Expendables 2, but his real big-screen comeback starts with The Last Stand, out this January. Until then, however, Arnold fans have his new autobiography to tide them over. Check out the trailer, which is epic in the way only an Arnold Schwarzenegger book trailer could be: READ FULL STORY

Betty White and zoo animals! -- SEE PHOTOS

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Pretty much across the board, it’s human nature to love animal photos and Betty White. White, a noted animal rights activist, describes herself as a “lifelong card-carrying zoo groupie.” She documents her encounters with giraffes, snakes, elephants, apes, koalas, and more in her new book Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo. (Sept. 4). Click through for pictures of White and her furry, scaly, and feathered buddies.

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Caroline Manzo of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' has a book deal

Books tend to be a huge source of drama on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. In the first season, a dinner party devolved into a shrieking, plate-shattering mess when Danielle Staub slid a copy of Cop without a Badge across the table. When Teresa Giudice made a few passive-aggressive jabs at some of her costars in her cookbook, friend turned against friend and sister turned against sister. Now tough-talking matriarch Caroline Manzo is getting in on the publishing game with Let Me Tell You Something, which will be released by HarperCollins Mar. 26, 2013 — and who knows whether it’ll stir up more drama if the ladies come back for future seasons. The title references Manzo’s most recognizable quote, uttered at the aforementioned table-flipping season one dinner party: “Let me tell you something about my family, we are as thick as thieves and we will protect each other until the end.” In the book, Manzo will impart advice on family, friendship, and happiness.

Will you let Caroline Manzo tell you something come Mar. 26?

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Real Housewife Kelly Bensimon wants to make you ‘Hot’

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