Piper Kerman‘s story has become a familiar one over the past few years thanks to first her memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison, and its subsequent, semi-fictionalized Netflix adaptation. But what does that tale sound like from the other side of the marital bed? We’ll find out on Dec. 16, when Kerman’s husband, Larry Smith, will release the audiobook My Life with Piper: From Big House to Small Screen, in which he describes what was like to have his partner be sent to prison—and what it is like to be portrayed by Jason Biggs on the TV show.
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Though vampires are quite literally old as time, the pop-cultural phenomenon of the bloodsucking antihero seems so very… 2014. But Edward Cullen, Damon Salvatore, and Bill Compton have nothing on Lestat de Lioncourt, the glamorous 18th-century French vampire who we first met in 1976 in Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire—the novel that spawned the 1994 film adaptation in which Tom Cruise played Lestat (opposite Brad Pitt’s Louis de Pointe du Lac).
Rice wrote 10 more books in The Vampire Chronicles—and the damned immortal just won’t die: Prince Lestat, the latest installment of the supernatural series, hit shelves this week, and Time posted an exclusive excerpt on Thursday. READ FULL STORY
As Sons of Anarchy fans rev up for the start of the final season (premiering Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. ET on FX), creator Kurt Sutter has revealed the cover of the show’s forthcoming companion book, Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition, for which he penned an introduction. It’ll hit shelves Dec. 10, the day after the FX drama’s series finale airs.
EW has an exclusive first look inside at the chapter on Tara (Maggie Siff), a map of SOA charters, the SAMCRO family tree, and more. Click on the images for a fuller size. READ FULL STORY
Debut author Cristina Moracho’s Althea and Oliver (out Oct. 9) is like Eleanor & Park, but set in the ’90s.
According to the official description, it’s “Spring 1996. Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since first grade, living on the same block in Wilmington, North Carolina. Now they’re juniors, developing romantic feelings for each other—and things go off the rails. Oliver contracts Kleine-Levin Syndrome, also known as ‘Sleeping Beauty syndrome'; he’s in bed for weeks at a time, and remembers nothing, especially not what he might do in the middle of an episode. What happens during one of those episodes shatters their friendship, and before they can talk about it, his mother enrolls him in a sleep study in Manhattan. He leaves without telling Althea. She follows him, and the surprising conclusion to their lifelong story will completely satisfy readers.”
As Moracho herself tells it, “Learning about Kleine-Levin Syndrome was definitely the original catalyst for this book, but it was always meant to tell these two stories—the boy who grapples with this mysterious affliction, and the girl who finds herself dreading his next episode or enduring those lonely days without him.
“Althea and Oliver arrived simultaneously in my imagination, and while the story evolved over time, it has always belonged equally to them both,” she says. READ FULL STORY
Behind every great show is a hardworking showrunner—someone who has a hand in just about everything, from the words the characters say to the look of any given scene. On October 31st, Des Doyle’s documentary Showrunners will tell that behind-the-scenes story in theaters (and VOD).
But before the film is released, viewers can get plenty of scoop in the documentary’s written companion. Tara Bennett’s Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is an insider’s guide to running hit shows, featuring exclusive interviews with Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Shawn Ryan, David Shore, and more. READ FULL STORY
Step 1: Tape up your windows and fire up Twitter.
Step 2: Make sure your chainsaw is in proper working order.
Step 3: Pick up a copy of How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters, a slim survival guide containing everything you need to know about making it through predatory portmanteaus like the dreaded Dinonami, the wicked Whalestrom, the alarming Arachnoquake… and, of course, the titular fake phenomenon, which is scheduled to hit New York City later this month in Syfy’s upcoming trashterpiece Sharknado 2: The Second One. READ FULL STORY
Horror master Stephen King is back — and his tense, jittery new thriller, Mr. Mercedes (out June 3), pits and ex-cop against a sociopath scheming to murder thousands. Below, read an excerpt, which first appeared in the May 16 issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Back in his roomy basement workspace, Brady speaks another word. This one is chaos. On the far side of the control room is a long shelf about three feet about the floor. Ranged along it are seven laptop computers with their darkened screens flipped up. There’s also a chair on casters, so he can roll rapidly from one to another. When Brady speaks the magic word, all seven come to life. The number 20 appears on each screen, then 19, then 18. If he allows this countdown to reach zero, a suicide program will kick in, scrubbing his hard discs clean and overwriting them with gibberish. READ FULL STORY
When Entertainment Weekly first spoke to actor Greg Sestero back in 2008 the cult which surrounded his film The Room was still a small, mostly Los Angeles-based affair. Six years on, director-writer-star Tommy Wiseau’s fantastically awful film has become famous around the world and Sestero’s recent memoir The Disaster Artist – which concerns both the film’s production and his friendship with Wiseau — has been optioned by James Franco. READ FULL STORY
From Facebook to YA book: K.A. Harrington’s Forget Me is a psychological thriller inspired by Facebook’s facial recognition software. Can we “like” that? It sounds creepy! We’ve got an exclusive excerpt from the novel (out Aug. 14) after the jump, but first read the official description:
“Morgan never minded her boyfriend Flynn’s dark and private nature. She found him mysterious and alluring. But now he’s dead, and she can’t move on. She feels much like her dying town, River’s End, with its overgrown amusement park and abandoned houses: once happy…now fading away. To get some closure on the three-month anniversary of Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to her online social media profile, along with a note to say goodbye. She’s shocked when the facial recognition tool suggests she tag him as ‘Evan Murphy’. She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search reveals that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn—same eyes, nose, jawline—only this boy is very much alive.
Digging through layers of secrets and lies, Morgan is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her town, her boyfriend, and even her parents’ involvement in the fall of Stell, the mega-corporation that Evan’s family owns that took down the entire town of River’s End in its collapse.” READ FULL STORY
The Immortal Crown, the second book in Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, hits shelves May 29. But why wait until next month when you can read the first two chapters today? Here’s the official description of Crown, then check out the excerpt after the jump:
“Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.
Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.
Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.” READ FULL STORY
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