Arnon Milchan has two high-level lives: One as the producer of big-name movies like Love and Other Drugs and Knight and Day, and the other as an intelligence agent for the Israeli government. Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon, a new biography by Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman, is chock-full of hush-hush anecdotes — more from the Tinseltown gig than the foreign government one, but both can be equally top secret. Check out the following excerpts from the upcoming book, including Milchan’s selling-your-Google-stock-in-2004-esque missed opportunity when he passed on the Harry Potter franchise: READ FULL STORY
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++A fan-made video re-imagines a Harry Potter wand fight as a kung-fu battle. Someone’s been paying attention in Defense Against Dark Martial Arts class.
++Following her Diane Sawyer interview, the memoir by Jaycee Dugard—the woman who was kidnapped when she was 11 years old and imprisoned in the backyard of sex offender Phillip Garrido for 18 years—has jumped to No. 1 on Amazon.
++The Guardian reveals the list of submissions for their first book prize.
On the Books June 9: Tea Obreht becomes youngest ever Orange Prize winner, J.K. Rowling builds her own Hagrid's hut?, and more
++ Ever since The New Yorker included 25-year-old Téa Obreht in their “20 under 40″ issue a year ago, the buzz for The Tiger’s Wife author hasn’t died down a bit. Yesterday, she became the youngest ever Orange Prize winner, beating out more seasoned writers like Emma Donaghue and Nicole Krauss. Obreht was the youngest author on the shortlist (which notably excluded Pulitzer-winner Jennifer Egan) by 13 years. READ FULL STORY
On the Books Mar. 29: Perez Hilton's children's book, the secret life of editing 'Harry Potter,' and more
Perez Hilton, the bad boy of celebrity blogging, has written a children’s book, The Boy with the Pink Hair, set for a September 2011 release. Dare we say the protagonist of the story, a boy with a “shock of fabulous hair,” is at least loosely based on the author? The book promises to “celebrate individuality and acceptance.” Hilton has written two previous books for adults, Perez Hilton’s True Bloggywood Stories and Red Carpet Suicide: A Survival Guide on Keeping Up with the Hiltons.
Radiohead is launching The Universal Sigh, an unconventional international newspaper, containing voice-driven pieces and work by writers such as Robert McFarlane and Jay Griffiths. READ FULL STORY
CollegeHumor has posted a hilarious article postulating seven excerpts from follow-ups to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, increasing in hilarity as the author increases her alcohol intake. Honestly, we’d be lying if we said we wouldn’t buy any and all of these, including Larry Potter — A Brand New Novel by J.K. Rowling & 4 Glasses of Cabernet. Seriously, it’s pretty funny, so what are you still doing on our site? Go there now.
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