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'Three Cups of Tea' co-author David Oliver Relin dies at age 49


David Oliver Relin, co-author of the 2006 best-selling inspirational memoir Three Cups of Tea, died on Nov. 14 in Oregon at age 49. Relin had been suffering from depression and committed suicide, according to a family spokesperson.

The book, co-authored with Greg Mortenson, came under fire in 2011 when 60 Minutes and author Jon Krakauer alleged that it misrepresented or fabricated basic facts, particularly passages about Mortenson’s rescue by the citizens of Korphe, Pakistan, and the number of schools built by Mortenson’s charity, the Central Asia Institute. READ FULL STORY

Laters, baby: Woman cites 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in divorce


Fifty Shades of Grey has inspired many things: jewelry, baby onesies, cookbooks, Christmas ornaments, and now… a divorce?

No, you gasp! It cannot be! No other book screams (literally) undying romance quite like E L James’s erotic trilogy. But alas, dear readers, it is (allegedly) true. According to a report in the UK’s Daily Mail, a British woman cited Fifty Shades of Grey as evidence of her husband’s “unreasonable behavior,” claiming that he maintained a “boring attitude” towards sex and refused to recreate scenes from the steamy book.

“She thought their sex life had hit a rut — he never remembered Valentine’s Day and he never complimented her on her appearance,” the wife’s lawyer Amanda McAlister said. “So she bought sexy underwear in an attempt to get her husband more involved. She said, ‘Let’s make things more interesting.'” But her husband could not be swayed. “He went ballistic when he found out the name of the book she was reading and told her, ‘It’s all because you have been reading that bloody book.'”


Co-writer of 'Spider-Man' musical lands tell-all book deal

Glen Berger, co-writer of the disaster-prone Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, is working on a book.

Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, will come out next year, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp said the book would be, “entomologically speaking,” the “ultimate fly-on-the-wall account” of how a musical is made.

The big budget production became notorious for a series of stunt accidents during previews. The show was eventually revamped and the original director, Julie Taymor, was fired. Taymor later sued the producers, who countersued. A tentative settlement was reached over the summer.

Read more:
Spider-Man stuntman readying (another) ‘Turn Off the Dark’ lawsuit
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ breaks Broadway record
Rebooted ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ still climbing the box office despite bad reviews

Film critic Richard Crouse talks about the controversial film 'The Devils' in his book 'Raising Hell'

The story of 1971’s The Devils is an unpleasant one. Based on Aldous Huxley’s book The Devils of Loudun and a play by John Whiting, the film details an episode of alleged demonic possessions and exorcisms — and the innocent priest who was executed for heresy — in 17th-century France. And that’s just the plot line.

The real story of The Devils took place behind the camera, in the movie’s production process and its reception among censors, critics, and audiences. The intensity of the shoot cost director Ken Russell his marriage and tested the nerves of its stars, British screen legends Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Later, after facing numerous cuts from the British Board of Film Censors for material deemed inappropriate (or, according to the Catholic Church, blasphemous), The Devils received an abysmal response from critics, was banned in several countries, and basically vanished for three decades.

In recent years, though, the movie’s seen a bit of a resurgence. Fan sites are popping up and bootleg copies with fewer cuts have surfaced (Russell lamented that a fully uncensored version simply doesn’t exist); critics, for their part, have begun to see the film in a different light, hailing it as a provocative masterpiece in league with A Clockwork Orange.

In light of this renaissance, Canadian film critic Richard Crouse has written a book about The Devils, tracing it from conceptualization to its disastrous wide release to today’s renewed interest. With endorsements from a litany of notable directors — Terry Gilliam, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro — and first-hand testimony from many of the principal players, Raising Hell offers a comprehensive look into the making of this brutally controversial film. In our conversation, Crouse (who has seen The Devils nearly 200 times) talked about Ken Russell’s blistering visual style and his never-ending battle with Warner Brothers, and why this movie could only have been made in 1971. READ FULL STORY

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


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

An ode to some of the most frequently banned books -- VIDEO

As a ramp-up to Banned Books Week (BBW), the American Library Association and other supporters of the event have promoted this video, which celebrates the right to read freely. The clip was produced by Bookmans, an independent bookstore based in Arizona, and in addition to tastefully highlighting frequently banned books, it serves as a call for libraries and other bookstores to participate in BBW’s Virtual Read-Out.

Check out the video below and tell us your favorite controversial classic: READ FULL STORY

'No Easy Day' dislodges 'Fifty Shades of Grey' from bestseller list

Mark Owen’s No Easy Day has topped E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey on the USA Today bestseller list.

The former Navy SEAL’s firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will be featured atop the list starting on Thursday. This ends Fifty Shades of Grey‘s 20-week reign at No. 1, a record for the list. The record was previously held by Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. READ FULL STORY

This exists: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' the Magazine

There are sex workshops. There is lingerie. There are even baby clothes and beer cozies. But just when you thought the Fifty Shades of Grey craze couldn’t go any further, it did.

There is now an entire magazine dedicated to E L James’ erotic novel. Yes, you read that right. An entire magazine (whose cover looks suspiciously familiar).

Fifty Shades Of American Women Who Love The Book And Live The Life, which was published on Tuesday, boldly proclaims that it features 80 pages of sex secrets. (Apparently, it’s Cosmo on steroids.) It also offers Fifty Shades-based scavenger hunts, Christian Grey-inspired cocktails and even a story about a sex whisperer who says she uses “her body to fix broken men like Christian Grey.”

What looks most interesting to me, however, is the Fifty Shades of Grey quiz that determines exactly which shade of grey you are. I am curious to see if they can actually name fifty shades of grey.

But what I think is perhaps most relevant to us all is the announcement that James is working on a fourth Fifty Shades book. Last I heard, there were no plans to expand the series beyond a trilogy, so this is certainly a turn of events.

So readers, are you planning to purchase Fifty Shades Of American Women Who Love The Book And Live The Life? And, should the news about the fourth book be true, what would you like to see in it? Personally, I’d like it to focus on Christian and Ana’s two children. I’m thinking… Fifty Shades Again? The Fifty Shades LegacyFifty Shades: 2 Fast 2 Furious?

Read more:
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ heats up: Charity orders public burning of the erotic novel
Style & Design: Alexander Skarsgard’s GIFs, 50 years of Bond Girls and more
Barnes & Noble finds its inner goddess with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Release date for Navy SEAL's bin Laden account moved up


Penguin Group is clearly expecting a big response to No Easy Day, a former Navy SEAL’s first-hand account of the raid that successfully killed Osama bin Laden. Plans for the high-profile book have been changing day to day. Dutton, an imprint of Penguin, announced yesterday that the publication date will move from the previously announced Sept. 11 to Sept. 4. The initial print run has risen from 300,000 to 400,000 to now a massive 575,000 copies. Dutton cited “overwhelming excitement” as the reason for the new publication date and the expanded first printing.

No Easy Day has been creating a stir not just for the unprecedented look at the historic mission, but for the potentially sensitive information it may contain. A representative for Dutton tells EW that the account was vetted by a former special operations attorney for “tactical, technical, and procedural information as well as information that could be considered classified” and that it was found “to be without risk to national security.” The account is being published under the pseudonym Mark Owen out of concern for the Navy SEAL’s personal security, although his alleged actual identity has been widely publicized.

Read more:
Navy SEAL writes firsthand account of Bin Laden raid
No conspiracy: New documents explain Pentagon, CIA cooperation on ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ — BREAKING

'Fifty Shades of Grey' heats up: Charity orders public burning of the erotic novel


Fifty Shades of Grey just got a whole lot hotter. (Couldn’t resist the pun.)

A British charity for domestic abuse has announced plans to hold a mass burning of E L James’ erotic novel. Clare Phillipson, director of Wearside Women In Need, described the book as “dangerous” and insisted that it could potentially encourage domestic abuse.

“I do not think I can put into words how vile I think this book is and how dangerous I think the idea is that you get a sophisticated but naive young woman and a much richer, abusive older man who beats her up and does some dreadful things to her sexually,” Phillipson said. READ FULL STORY

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