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On the Books: Nikki Finke secures book deal with Simon & Schuster

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Simon & Schuster president Johnathan Karp confirmed to The New York Times that Hollywood gossip reporter Nikki Finke has signed a book deal with the publishing house. Karp said he plans to edit the book himself, but declined to share any specifics about the content or release date of the book. “Whenever we publish, the book will be an event,” he said in an email to the Times.

Finke, founder of the gossip website Deadline Hollywood, has been in the line of fire this week—the site NikkiStink.com published an open letter to her, saying she has “threatened and bullied the Hollywood community into providing you information so that you could use it to ridicule, abuse and destroy people.”

Most of the content has now been removed from the site, but it previously cited instances of her incisive written remarks about celebrities from Kate Hudson to Billy Crystal. If her book is as derisive as her gossip reporting, it “will likely be met with dread in movie and television industry circle,” The Times wrote.

Finke also made headlines this week for her involvement in a reported legal dispute with Penske Media Corporation, which in 2009 bought Deadline, which The Times describes as “[one of] the most influential news sites in the movie business.” [The New York Times]

Several Japanese publishers are taking issue with Amazon’s new tactics in their negotiations with them, which are similar to those recently criticized by writers in the U.S. and Germany. According to the Agence France Presse and the Japanese newspaper Asahi, the publishers claim that Amazon is threatening the Japanese publishing industry by pressing for higher commission rates in contract renegotiations. The companies claim that the higher the commission a publishing house pays, the more Amazon will promote their books.

This directly affects book sales in Japan, where Amazon’s market share continues to grow. “Some smaller publishers are facing demands to accept a surge in commission fees,” an anonymous industry source told the AFP. “If this kind of practice continues, small Japanese publishers who have created a diverse publishing culture here will be forced to go bankrupt.” [Business Insider]

Award-winning author Sherman Alexie and bestselling novelist Jess Walter launched a podcast this week, titled “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment.” Alexie won the U.S. National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2007 for “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” a semi-autobiographical novel. Walter wrote this 2012′s bestselling “Beautiful Ruins. “We’re going to talk about everything,” Alexie told the Los Angeles Times. [L.A. Times]

Actress Lee Grant sells memoir about surviving the Hollywood blacklist -- EXCLUSIVE

Lee Grant, the Oscar-winning actress who starred in Shampoo with Warren Beatty and Voyage of the Damned with Faye Dunaway, will publish a memoir titled I Said Yes to Everything through Blue Rider Press. In it, she’ll write about training under Sanford Meisner and Martha Graham and becoming the Oscar-nominated star of Detective Story at 24 — only to have it all taken away when she was put on the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s. After 12 years on the blacklist, she defied the odds and reclaimed her career.

Grant’s story moves from New York City’s theater scene  in the ’50s to Malibu’s social scene in the ’60s and ’70s, including parties at Brenda Vaccaro and Michael Douglas’ house. In the early ’80s, Grant transitioned from acting to directing. She is the only woman who has won an Academy Award for both Supporting Actress (for Shampoo) and Best Documentary Feature (for Down and Out in America, which she directed and narrated).

I Said Yes to Everything is slated for publication in Nov. 2014.

'Star Trek': Life after Khan begins with IDW's 'After Darkness'

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The “new” mythology of Starfleet began with the brand-reviving J.J. Abrams film Star Trek in 2009 and extended with Star Trek Into Darkness  this summer, but the canon is not limited to those silver screen cornerstones – the events chronicled in the Paramount videogame  also “count as canon” (as Trek producer and writer Roberto Orci has pointed out on many occasions) as do the events in the Star Trek comic books from IDW Publishing, the fourth largest comic book publisher in America (since 2011) and a brand that just posted the best market-share month in its 14-year history.

Issue No. 22 of the IDW Trek series arrives this week at stores and, as the After Darkness title suggests, it takes the story beyond the events depicted in Star Trek Into Darkness and, in doing so, becomes the first official Trek tale in any medium to take the story baton past the most recent film’s Khan story.

And (with Orci’s guidance as the creative consultant on the comics series) it may hint about the priorities for the next cinematic mission. To learn more about the spirit of the IDW series, we mind-melded with writer Mike Johnson (who is teamed with artist Erfan Fajar on story pages and the gifted Tim Bradstreet on select covers) to find out if he’s in Federation space or out of his Vulcan mind.
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Sachi Parker on being Shirley MacLaine's daughter in 'Lucky Me'. UPDATE: Shirley MacLaine responds

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Debra Winger had a famously tumultuous experience playing Shirley MacLaine’s daughter in Terms of Endearment (MacLaine didn’t enjoy the experience either), but imagine growing up with the Hollywood icon in real life. Sachi Parker, daughter of MacLaine and producer Steve Parker, writes about her atypical upbringing and the celebrated and idiosyncratic woman at the center of it in her new memoir Lucky Me: My Life with — and Without — My Mom, Shirley MacLaine (out Thursday). Here are some of the weirdest moments from the book. UPDATE: EW has received a statement from MacLaine in response to allegations from the memoir: “It’s a painful moment for me as a mother and as someone who values the truth. I’m shocked and heartbroken that my daughter would make statements about me that are virtually all fiction. I’ve praised her lovingly and truthfully in my own autobiographies. I’m sorry to see such a dishonest, opportunistic effort from my daughter for whom I’ve only ever wanted the best.” READ FULL STORY

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.

Read more:
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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