Ready your tissues, Sookie Stackhouse fans! Though True Blood is still going strong (hey, Billith!), Charlaine Harris’ long-running book series chronicling the adventures of a mind-reading barmaid and her (many) supernatural lovers is finally coming to an end this May with Dead Ever After. We spoke to Harris about her future plans, saying goodbye to Sookie, and, most importantly (for this reporter anyways), what’s been going on with the Viking Vampire God known as Eric. But before you read our interview, check out an exclusive trailer for Sookie’s 13th and final outing, narrated by Ms. Harris herself! READ FULL STORY »
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Jack Gray on 'Pigeon in a Crosswalk', his boss Anderson Cooper, and downing donuts with Kathy Griffin
Jack Gray went from local news guy to hotshot producer for Anderson Cooper 360. Now he hangs out with the likes of Larry King and Kathy Griffin and has more than a million followers on Twitter. He chronicles all of that and much more in his hilarious and poignant collection of essays Pigeon in a Crosswalk: Tales of Anxiety and Accidental Glamour (out now), which calls to mind other humor essayists like David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley. He took the time to talk to EW about his famous silver-haired boss, his love for the Olive Garden, and his coming out story. READ FULL STORY »
Now Cornwell’s journey is ending with a stop-off at Katie, in an episode that airs tomorrow, for the author’s first TV interview since the lawsuit concluded — and EW was on set.
Read highlights from the sit-down, and see a clip from the interview, below.
Richard Blais is probably a fancier cook than you are, if you don’t know how to use liquid nitrogen and haven’t won a season of Top Chef. But Blais’ first cookbook, Try This At Home, isn’t as fancy as you might think — intentionally so. The culinary guide, which hits shelves today, covers a lot of ground in the kitchen, including chapters on condiments, breakfast foods, and a recipe for black spaghetti. But it’s been packaged as a ready-to-use, ready-to-be-stained manual for the “adventurous home cook.” EW spoke with Blais recently about why he decided now was the time for a cookbook and what went into the book’s bold feel.
Legendary music biz executive Clive Davis opens up about Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, and his own bisexuality in new memoir
It is almost easier to list the artists legendary music business executive Clive Davis hasn’t worked with than the ones he has during his half century-long career. Suffice it to say that the founder of Arista and J Records and the current chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment has overseen releases by everyone from voice-of-his-generation Bob Dylan to Milli Vanilli who, as it turned out, weren’t even the voices of themselves.
Marissa Meyer doesn’t just write about fairytales — she’s living one. Scarlet, the second installment in the Lunar Chronicles following 2012′s Cinder, was published last week and it’s already hit #4 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Even more exciting, a movie could be on the horizon — Meyer says they’re “just wrapping up negotiations” with a studio. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” Meyer told us over the phone. If you’re as obsessed with the cyborg mechanic as we are, then this news is cause for its own royal ball. Check out more from our interview with the author after the jump, including her thoughts on her new fiery-haried protagonist and her favorite scene from Scarlet. READ FULL STORY »
Watch the trailer and listen to the playlist for Robin LaFevers' follow-up to 'Grave Mercy', 'Dark Triumph' -- EXCLUSIVE
A kingdom in jeopardy. A convent of female assassins trained in the deadliest of arts. Three handmaidens of Death who will fight to save their home from enemies on all sides. We heard Ismae’s story in Grave Mercy; next up is the enigmatic Sybella in Dark Triumph, Book 2 of Robin LaFevers’ excellent His Fair Assassins trilogy. Dark Triumph doesn’t come out until April 2, but we’ve got an exclusive trailer and a playlist for the book below that will hopefully make these next two months seem a bit more bearable. READ FULL STORY »
“Maceo, I want you to blow!”
When James Brown first said those words, it transformed Maceo Parker from an anonymous sax player into one of the most famous sidemen in music history. The line became a staple of Brown’s recordings and live shows, bringing the name “Maceo” to households across the country. But the story doesn’t end there. Parker’s full list of collaborators reads like a trans-generational wish list: George Clinton and P-Funk, Bootsy Collins, Keith Richards, Prince, De La Soul, Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band. Not bad for a kid who started out playing soul covers with his brothers in Kinston, North Carolina.
See the cover, excerpt, and Q&A for potential big-deal debut 'The Bone Season' by Samantha Shannon -- EXCLUSIVE
Get ready to question what you’re doing with your life. Samantha Shannon, a 21-year-old student currently pursuing a degree in English literature at Oxford University, has written The Bone Season, the first volume in a seven-book series. It has already been sold in 18 countries, and the film rights have been snapped up by The Imaginarium Studios, led by Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings) and Jonathan Cavendish (producer of Bridget Jones’ Diary). The global publication of The Bone Season doesn’t happen until August of this year, but we have the first-ever look at the cover, plus an interview and exclusive excerpt from the young author the Daily Mail has hailed as the possible “next J.K. Rowling.” READ FULL STORY »
'The Madman's Daughter' author Megan Shepherd on her 'Lost' inspiration and plans for a movie -- EXCLUSIVE
A couple months ago, we shared the trailer for Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter. Inspired by H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, the gothic horror centers on the 16-year-old Juliet, a maid who leaves London behind to search for her disgraced father. The book finally hit shelves today, so we gave the author a call to talk about her debut novel, her love of Lost, and the importance of music in writing. Read on for teasers about Books 2 and 3, as well as an update on the Madman’s Daughter movie!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What made you want to write a re-telling of The Island of Dr. Moreau?
MEGAN SHEPHERD: I’m a huge Lost fan and I’ve just always loved the idea of a mysterious tropical island. When it went off the air, I was just like, there’s not much out there that has that same atmosphere. And I was reading Dracula at the time, so I had classics on the brain. Those two things made me remember The Island of Dr. Moreau. There are no female characters in it, but the ideas are so brilliant and lasting, I just really felt like there was potential to tell an entirely new story.
And this is just the first in a trilogy. What are the other two books inspired by?
The second one is based off of Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and the third one is Frankenstein. It’s the same story, the same characters and everything.
Did you plan on writing three books?
I had written The Madman’s Daughter as a stand-alone title. They always tell new writers not to pitch a trilogy because it’s just much harder to sell. My agent was the one who came up with the idea — he was like, you know it’s kind of a cliffhanger ending, there’s room to expand it, would you be interested in that? I said absolutely. But I had to be creative because The Island of Dr. Moreau story was done. I didn’t want the sequel to be that. So I was thinking this organically flows into Jekyll and Hyde and then thinking of how that book ends, I was like, oh that could flow really well into Frankenstein.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’d say for the last four or five years that has been my passion. I didn’t think about it before then. I haven’t been one of those people who says since the age of 10, I know I want to be a writer. Which is strange because I grew up in a bookstore, so you think I would have had that idea. I actually think that growing up there, I had this kind of reverence for books and authors and I just didn’t think real people could ever do that.
So what made you change your mind and write this book?
Well The Madman’s Daughter was the fourth manuscript that I had written, so I had plenty of failures. [Laughs] But I had decided about five years ago. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in West Africa and one of the projects I did there was a literacy project for school children where another volunteer and I collected local folk tales and had them illustrated by ocal artists and bound them into little books. I just really fell in love with stories and with kids reading them and it totally just got me thinking about producing literature myself.
NEXT: Megan gives us a glimpse of the Madman’s Daughter playlist.