It Books announced this morning that the outgoing star of Live! With Regis and Kelly will chronicle his illustrious showbiz career, which has spanned more than four decades, in a memoir due for release this fall. The currently untitled memoir will include stories about co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Kathie Lee Gifford, as well as celebrities Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, and Jerry Seinfeld. Philbin, 79, says the book will serve as a “personal thank-you” to his fans. Previously, he has written I’m Only One Man and Who Wants to Be Me?
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Diane Farr has a reputation for frank talk (Loveline, The Job, Rescue Me, Californication, AssCastles), and the follow-up to her first book Girl Code — the concept memoir Kissing Outside the Lines, which examines interracial relationships in America, including her own marriage — is no exception. Watch our exclusive first look at the trailer for the book, now on shelves, below. It does a good job of making you want to read it with clever displays of praise from the likes of Tim Robbins (“Smart, funny and insightful — Diane Farr has written a a great book on the challenges facing interracial couples in America”), Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen (“Farr has three kids and she still found time to write a pee-yourself funny examination of interracial love. I hate her”), and Lisa Ling, who also cameos (“As a journalist I found the reach of Diane’s book inspiring and important, but as a wife to someone of a different ethnic background — it was like therapy with laughter”). It also makes you want to see Farr film a documentary on the subject. READ FULL STORY »
Cary Grant earned the title of film icon through a legacy of classic movies, his imitable but not duplicable mid-Atlantic accent, pratfalls honed from years in vaudeville, and the best comedic double take in the business. And like most film icons, he’s been the focus of a variety of posthumous rumors, the most persistent being that the five-time husband was gay. Other Hollywood stars like Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson hid their sexuality from the movie-going public, so the idea that Grant too had a secret life isn’t without precedent. READ FULL STORY »
Shania Twain’s personal struggles are already country music legend: Her poverty-stricken family, her struggle to support her younger relatives after the death of her parents, her recent divorce from Mutt Lange. But the 45-year-old singer’s new autobiography, From This Moment On (on sale today), is packed with intimate details that may surprise even her most dedicated fans. Here are a few of the most shocking: READ FULL STORY »
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has confessed to snorting cocaine as recently as December, 2009, less than a year before it was announced that he was to be a judge on American Idol. The revelation comes in his new autobiography Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?, which is published today by the HarperCollins imprint Ecco.
In the book, Tyler recalls how he put drugs behind him in the mid-’80s, but then, in 2006, started taking prescription medication while being treated for hepatitis C. The singer’s drug usage escalated after he was diagnosed with a painful foot complaint until he was once again ingesting a range of narcotics, including cocaine. By late 2009, Tyler was staying at the New York apartment of his daughter Liv — who was away making a movie — and bingeing on drugs. In his memoir, Tyler writes that “During Thanksgiving I drank, did some blow again, and then Christmas was coming up so I had a guy bring me an eight ball of coke and a bunch of pills. And those deliveries got through Erin [Brady, Tyler's girlfriend]. But by December, the last package arrived and Erin saw it and said, ‘What is this?’ I said, ‘Gimme that!’ I pulled it away from her and the package ripped. Cocaine went all over the place. I went back later that night and snorted it all up, off the counters and everywhere.” Shortly after that incident, Tyler checked himself into the Betty Ford clinic.
Tyler also claims the band’s sobriety during the ’90s was not as complete as they once claimed. “Not everybody cleaned up and that’s the truth,” he writes. Indeed, the singer says that at least one member of the band was “using” when they performed last year: “It was a bit ironic and a thorn in my side, but not worth getting angry over after spending three months in rehab, that I came back to a band where someone was still using. I don’t give a f—. I live for this band, but the world needs to know.”
Simon & Schuster announced today that they are planning to publish a memoir written by Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo. In the book, Leo will cover her decades working in both television and film, as well as her childhood, and tumultuous relationship with actor John Heard. Leo received an Oscar this year for her performance as the late Alice Ward in The Fighter. The memoir is scheduled to come out in 2013.
On the Books Apr. 28: Harper Lee washes hands of upcoming memoir, behind the $24 million book, and more
Reclusive To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee denies involvement with the upcoming memoir The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by former Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills. Penguin announced on Tuesday that Mills had written the book “with direct access to Harper Lee and [her sister] Alice Lee and their friends and family.” Despite Harper Lee’s official statement denying cooperation, Mills’ literary agent says that her client “has the written support of Alice Lee and a lifelong family friend, and prior to Harper Lee’s stroke in 2007, she had the verbal support of Harper Lee.” READ FULL STORY »
Oh God, oh man, oh God, oh man, O’Neal. Ryan O’Neal, known best for his roles in Love Story and Barry Lyndon, as well as his incestuous, funereal flirting techniques, is penning a book that will detail his 30-year relationship with the late Farrah Fawcett. Scheduled for spring 2012, it is tentatively titled Past Imperfect, which, while being a clever pun, is also one of the three most used book titles in the history of publishing. (For the record, the others are “My Life” and “Dictionary.”) O’Neal promises to cover everything from their first meeting in 1979 to Fawcett’s death in 2009, and the turbulent ups and downs in between. He’ll also discuss his relationship with his daughter Tatum, from the “Aww, how cute!” of Paper Moon to the “Oh, how unfortunate” of just about everything else. The two of them will be reuniting on-screen this summer in Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals.
Author-philanthropist Greg Mortenson has a new defender against the accusations that he lied about key passages in his best-selling memoir Three Cups of Tea and has personally benefited from funds raised by his school-building charity, the Central Asia Institute. In a letter to Outside Magazine, Mortenson’s former hiking partner, Scott Darsney, questions the accuracy of allegations made against Mortenson by author Jon Krakauer in the essay Three Cups of Lies and by CBS’ 60 Minutes in an April 17 segment. “If Jon Krakauer and some of Greg’s detractors had taken the time to have three or more cups of tea with Greg and others — instead of one cup of tea with a select few who would discredit him — they would have found some minor problems and transgressions,” Darsney wrote in an email to Outside. “But to the extent to call it all ‘lies’ and ‘fraud’? No way.”
On April 17, 60 Minutes aired a segment investigating Mortenson’s fundraising efforts and several of the stories in Three Cups of Tea, including Mortenson’s claim that he was kidnapped by Taliban fighters. READ FULL STORY »
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