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Random House buys Lena Dunham's book for more than $3.5 million

Hannah Horvath would be seething with jealousy right now.

Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old star and creator of the hit HBO series Girls, has landed a book deal at Random House for a massive $3.5 million. That’s more than the $2 million Dick Cheney received for his memoir In My Time and short of Amanda Knox’s $4 million and Tina Fey’s $5 million for Bossypants.

Bidding for the debut essay collection — titled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned — started at $1 million and quickly climbed as publishers pursued the hot property. The 66-page book proposal contained “color, illustrations and a humor that publishing executives predicted could produce another bestseller like Tina Fey’s blockbuster memoir,” according to the New York Times. READ FULL STORY

Will Schwalbe discusses his affecting new memoir 'The End of Your Life Book Club'

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

'Girls' star Lena Dunham heading toward a huge, $3.6 million book deal

If Hannah Horvath got a monster book deal as quickly as Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old woman who created and portrays her on Girls, Girls as a TV series would come to a screeching halt. Where would our broke, semi-motivated aspiring essayist have left to go? There would be no need for roommates or crappy jobs.

According to Deadline, the bids for Dunham’s future advice-book-slash-essay-collection — tentatively titled Not That Kind of Girl — have climbed to a whopping $3.6 million and could go even higher as Dunham and literary agent Kim Witherspoon continue to meet with publishers. The negotiations began at $1 million.

To put things in context, if the deal happens, Dunham’s book would rake in more than Dick Cheney did for In My Time, which went for $2 million — and it would fall a bit short of Amanda Knox’s upcoming memoir ($4 million) and more than a million short of Tina Fey’s Bossypants ($5 million), although Fey had well more than a decade of fodder on Dunham.

Do you think Dunham’s writing is worth the big bucks? Will you look at Hannah Horvath differently when you watch season 2 of Girls?

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Lena Dunham shopping advice book -- What do you want to see in it?

For $1 million you can bid on Lena Dunham’s first book. But hurry, the bids are due by the end of the day tomorrow.

Dunham’s literary agents are currently shopping around an advice book penned by the Girls creator. According to Slate, the actress has written a detailed book proposal outlining the general content of the book, which will reportedly be in the format of essays. Some sample topics include Dunham’s first experience with sex, her attempts to eat healthily (including a diet journal) and her obsession with death. Overall, however, she hopes to help people avoid the mistakes she’s made in her life.

Since I do not readily have $1 million on hand, I’ve made a wish list for what I’d to see in Dunham’s advice book instead.

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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.

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Film critic Richard Crouse talks about the controversial film 'The Devils' in his book 'Raising Hell'

The story of 1971’s The Devils is an unpleasant one. Based on Aldous Huxley’s book The Devils of Loudun and a play by John Whiting, the film details an episode of alleged demonic possessions and exorcisms — and the innocent priest who was executed for heresy — in 17th-century France. And that’s just the plot line.

The real story of The Devils took place behind the camera, in the movie’s production process and its reception among censors, critics, and audiences. The intensity of the shoot cost director Ken Russell his marriage and tested the nerves of its stars, British screen legends Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Later, after facing numerous cuts from the British Board of Film Censors for material deemed inappropriate (or, according to the Catholic Church, blasphemous), The Devils received an abysmal response from critics, was banned in several countries, and basically vanished for three decades.

In recent years, though, the movie’s seen a bit of a resurgence. Fan sites are popping up and bootleg copies with fewer cuts have surfaced (Russell lamented that a fully uncensored version simply doesn’t exist); critics, for their part, have begun to see the film in a different light, hailing it as a provocative masterpiece in league with A Clockwork Orange.

In light of this renaissance, Canadian film critic Richard Crouse has written a book about The Devils, tracing it from conceptualization to its disastrous wide release to today’s renewed interest. With endorsements from a litany of notable directors — Terry Gilliam, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro — and first-hand testimony from many of the principal players, Raising Hell offers a comprehensive look into the making of this brutally controversial film. In our conversation, Crouse (who has seen The Devils nearly 200 times) talked about Ken Russell’s blistering visual style and his never-ending battle with Warner Brothers, and why this movie could only have been made in 1971. READ FULL STORY

See the irreverent trailer for Jenny McCarthy's memoir 'Bad Habits' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The road from God-fearing Catholic schoolgirl to Playmate of the Year is always a complicated one, but it can also be quite funny. Jenny McCarthy has already written six best-selling books, but she’s never delved so deeply into her ultra-religious upbringing as she does in Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic (Oct. 2). Growing up, the former Playboy mainstay dreamed of becoming a nun rather than an actress/model, and the book chronicles the many twists along the way that took her life in a very different direction.

Check out the irreverent trailer for Bad Habits, which follows McCarthy as she attends a reading group for nuns. It looks to me like a preview for an actual reality show on Lifetime. READ FULL STORY

Mark Owen's 'No Easy Day': read EW's review of the much-discussed new Bin Laden book

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“We just killed the number one terrorist in the world,” writes ex-Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, using the pseudonym Mark Owen, in No Easy Day, his much anticipated first-hand account the May 2011 raid that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death. “The last thing we needed was our names attached to it. We simply wanted to fade back into the shadows.” It’s hard to fathom, then, why he wrote this fascinating book. Within days of No Easy Day’s announcement, Owen’s true identity had been sniffed out, and he found himself in an intense swirl of excitement and controversy. (Key parts of his version differ from the White House’s.) The publisher, Dutton, upped the print run to 575,000 and moved up the release date a week, to Sept. 4. The Pentagon is less enthusiastic; a Defense Department lawyer reportedly sent a letter accusing the author of violating non-disclosure agreements. (Bissonnette’s lawyers deny he violated NDAs.)

But while the military might be unhappy, readers will probably be thrilled. The book is a stomach-twisting close-up look at that historic mission in Abbottabad, told from the point of view of a super-elite member of SEAL Team Six who fired a bullet into bin Laden and helped carry away the corpse. Written in clean, polished prose (with co-author Kevin Maurer), No Easy Day often reads like a gripping novel as the author recounts remarkably vivid details about the weeks of preparation, the agonizing wait as the go-moment grew near, the scary Black Hawk crash that almost ruined everything, and the eerie minutes in bin Laden’s bedroom as the lifeless body of the world’s most wanted man lay bleeding. “It was strange to see such an infamous face up close,” he writes. “Lying in front of me was the reason we had been fighting for the last decade.” No Easy Day puts you right there for every tense moment. A–

 

Navy SEAL writes firsthand account of Bin Laden raid

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A U.S. Navy SEAL who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has written an anonymous first-hand, blow-by-blow account of the operation to be released on Sept. 11.

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden is described by its author, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, as an effort “to set the record straight about one of the most important missions in US military history.”  Penguin, the book’s publisher, added that the work provides a “blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death.”

The project had been top secret within Penguin — word had not even reached Washington before yesterday’s announcement. The US government was said to be surprised by news of the book’s release and admitted to not having had the opportunity to review the book for any potential security breaches.

Should it be deemed that there is classified information in the book, Owen could face criminal charges. READ FULL STORY

'Gangster Squad' book still to be released Aug. 7

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EW reported just last week that Warner Bros, as an act of respect in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting tragedy, had moved quickly to push back the release date of its action-drama Gangster Squad from its original date of Sept. 7 back to Jan. 11, 2013.  The delay was implemented, above all else, to allow director Ruben Fleischer the time to edit out footage in which a group of men shoot up a movie theater from behind the screen (the now certainly insensitive massacre scene was included in the film’s original trailer, and you can catch a quick, fragmented snippet of it by clicking here).

The studio did not, however, act quite swiftly enough to stop the publication of a book by the same name, journalist Paul Lieberman’s Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles.  The nonfiction work, which was used as source material for the film and whose cover features art from the motion picture, is still scheduled to hit shelves on its original release date of August 7th. READ FULL STORY

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