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
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“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.
The music biz memoir has become one of the hottest trends over the past couple of years — and the boys in the (record label) boardroom are not getting left behind. Today, Grand Central is publishing Tommy Mottola’s autobiography, Hitmaker: The Man and his Music, which he co-penned with Cal Fussman. Formerly the Chairman CEO of Sony Music, Mottola developed an amazing array of talent, including Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, and Mariah Carey. Mottola thought Carey was so amazing that in 1993 he married her, despite being both more than two decades older and the songbird’s technical boss.
Hillary Clinton may be stepping down as secretary of state, but she’s stepping up her writing.
In an online “townterview” held yesterday out of Washington, D.C., the former senator and first lady said that she “will” write a memoir, presumably after leaving the State Department this Friday.
“I don’t know what I’ll say in it yet,” Clinton said, but added that it would allow her the chance to “go into greater detail” about the last four years.
There’s plenty of possible material — which Clinton will be able to play up any way she wants. A lengthy exploration of interventionism vs. imperialism? A breakdown of the U.S.’s international image with regards to the evolving, increasingly electronic, global community? A whole chapter about her and Barack laughing on 60 Minutes? Oh, Hils.
No word yet if Simon & Schuster, which published Clinton’s previous two books (It Takes a Village and Living History), has any deal in place for the manuscript, which means at least two things: Clinton hasn’t done much manuscript making, and once she’s finished, it’ll be up for grabs! Get to bidding, world.
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Thanks to Skyfall, the world has contracted James Bond fever again — and even former 007-er Sir Roger Moore isn’t immune. “It’s absolutely marvelous,” says the British actor of the latest Bond adventure, which opens in the U.S. today. “It’s the best Bond film without a doubt.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger promised us his new memoir Total Recall would tell the story we don’t know, but he never counted on people not wanting to know that story in the first place.
The tell-all hit shelves on Oct. 1 and only managed to move 21,000 copies in its first week of publication, according to figures provided by Nielsen Bookscan. The sales were enough to land it on the third spot of Top 10 Adult Non Fiction list, ahead of Stephen Colbert’s America Again and Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace, but behind Mark Owen’s mega-seller No Easy Day.
Total Recall was extensively promoted, with Schwarzenegger starring in a cinematic book trailer (debuted exclusively on EW.com) and making appearances on The Daily Show and 60 Minutes, where he spoke candidly of his affair with Mildred Baena. There’s still time to pump up the sales, however. We are heading into the holiday season after all, and what would make a better gift for your relatives than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s memoir? (Well, at least my relatives.)
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Samantha Geimer, the former teenager who was at the center of the Roman Polanski sex scandal, is writing a memoir.
Polanski was convicted of having sex with Geimer — who was 13 years old at the time of the act — in the late 1970s, causing him to flee to United States for Europe. Geimer, who is now 47, has signed a deal with Atria books to share her side of the story.
“I am more than ‘Sex Victim Girl,’ a tag the media pinned on me,” she said in a statement. “My friends in junior high, scolded by their parents to stay away from that girl, also labeled me. I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose — to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity. I have been dogged by tired thinking and easy tags nearly my entire life. I am not a stick figure. I know what it is like to be a woman and a victim in the realest possible way.”
The book is expected to hit shelves next fall. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Ke$ha has apparently taken the words of her latest hit “Die Young” to heart and decided to make the most of her life while she can — she’s announced plans to publish a memoir at the tender age of 25.
The illustrated memoir will feature the singer’s “thoughts and reflections” as well as a series of pictures ranging from her early years to her most recent tour. (Dang! I had hoped “illustrated” meant literally hand-drawn by Ke$ha.) READ FULL STORY
When Mary Anne Schwalbe was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, she didn’t want to slow down. A tireless advocate for refugees around the world, Mary Anne didn’t stop striving to build a library in Afghanistan — or continuing to discover new literature with her son Will. In his engrossing, deeply moving new memoir The End of Your Life Book Club (EW grade: A), Will Schwalbe writes about his mother’s last days through the prism of the things they read together. He took the time to talk to EW about his mother’s inspiring legacy and the transformative power of books.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your mother Mary Anne was clearly an exceptional person with very impressive accomplishments and passions — but in a way, I felt like she was every great mom, and you were like every child of a great mom who wanted to give her the tribute she deserved.
WILL SCHWALBE: There’s no reaction that could make me happier than that reaction. I’m very proud of my mother. But when she died, there was no obituary in the New York Times. She wasn’t famous. In fact, I don’t think her name was ever in the New York Times, and that’s true of most people’s moms. I like to think of her as an extraordinary, ordinary person. There are so many extraordinary, ordinary people across the country — people who are fantastic mothers and adore their children, and their children adore them, and do incredible things in their communities. I was in publishing for 21 years, and I saw a lot of really wonderful memoirs by people who had very difficult times with their mothers. In fact, it’s almost a kind of genre, yet there are a lot of people who have great mothers. In some ways, I feel like this is a celebration of moms. READ FULL STORY
The “bark-all,” titled Uggie: My Story, will hit shelves on Oct. 16, with the Jack Russell terrier himself heading on tour that same week. That’s right, readers. You can meet Uggie in person! (Ladies, don’t get too excited, he’s got a girlfriend named Lily.) The book includes stories on his struggle with an eating disorder, “the Binge-Gate episode that led [him] to rehab,” and that time he “French”-ed Reese Witherspoon.
It’s not all fetch and games, however. Uggie has a request for us all: “I may be the first dog to win an Oscar and write a best-seller but my most important work is with animal rescue. Please adopt — and if you must buy, buy my book!”
Check out a trailer for the book below:
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