April 17, 2014

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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star reportedly releasing dating book

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Brandi Glanville isn’t shy about her personal life, and now she is going to use it to try to help other women who are trying to date and deal with break ups.
Glanville will reportedly be releasing a book through Gallery Books that will be about her own dating mishaps and what she learned because of them, states UsMagazine.com. “I absolutely can’t wait to add author to my resume and to share all of my breakup blunders with my faithful supporters, fans, and hopefully the entire world — buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!” Glanville commented about the project.
The book will reportedly partially be a memoir of her own dating and also a how-to book.
Glanville is also asking her fans to help choose the title of her book. The options are:
1. I’d Leave Me Too
2. It’s a Breakup… Not Cancer
3. Don’t Drink and Tweet . . . and Brandi’s Other Breakup Blunders
Which title do you like?
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‘Housewives of NJ’ star scores book deal

HollywoodNews.com: Another ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star has scored a book deal as Caroline Manzo will soon be an author.
Manzo has reportedly landed a deal with It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, to publish a book, states OMG!. The book will reportedly be called ‘Let Me Tell You Something’ and will give advice on family, friendship and overall happiness.
It has also been announced that the book will be released on March 26, 2013.
And the announcement couldn’t come at a better time as Manzo turns 51 next week.
Are you looking forward to her book?
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Cameron Diaz reportedly writing a book

HollywoodNews.com: Cameron Diaz is apparently about to become an author as she is reportedly writing a book for women on health and wellness.
It is reported that HarperCollins just acquired the rights to her book that will allegedly “engage and empower” women, states Hollyscoop. The book reportedly has no title at this time but is set for a Fall 2013 release date.
Her book will allegedly offer advice and inspiration to young women as it addresses fitness, nutrition and well-being.
Diaz has become well-known for her hard work when it comes to exercise as it shows with her body.
Do you think the book will be any good?
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Oprah is pushing a new guru!

I don’t know how she does it: it was only six years ago that Oprah Winfrey was touting new age nut Eckhart Tolle as the all time genius of the world. He was her spiritual mentor. Winfrey actually ran podcasts and internet classes with the guy who has since quietly vanished from the spotlight. Now, maybe because she’s in her own personal crisis with her OWN network, Oprah is pushing a new guru. (She still hawks Marianne Williamson.) This guy is named Michael Singer, author of a book called “The Untethered Soul.”
But Michael Singer is indeed better known in his hometown of Alachua, Florida as Mickey Singer. And in 2005 he was indicted in a massive government fraud case against his company Medical Manager Health Systems, which was an offshoot of WebMD. http://www.gainesville.com/article/20051216/LOCAL/212160339 Singer was accused with nine others of inflating Medical Manager Health Systems profits, and of conspiring to launder money.
Two years after the indictment, Singer donated $100,000 of new computer software to the Alachua Police Department. By the time the case was over in 2010, Singer settled with the government by paying a $2.5 million settlement. The government dropped all charges. Singer acknowledged that the accounting practices of his company were illegal but–according to the agreement hammered out between his powerful Washington DC lawyers from Baker Botts and local Florida prosecutors–didn’t know it was taking place at the time. http://tinyurl.com/c9u3y4m
Later, the people actually convicted by the government had their verdicts overturned based on a lapsed statute of limitations. http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100303/articles/3031013
Now Singer will appear on Oprah’s Sunday Soul show this weekend on OWN. After his long adventure with the government, Singer–who was an early software multi-millionaire in the medical systems field–became a guru. He started something called the Temple of the Universe outside of Gainesville, Florida. He has lots of followers, but I’m not sure you could call it an actual cult. Temple of the Universe is registered with the IRS as a religion and has non profit tax status. But they’ve filed no public papers about their finances. They don’t even come up on Charity Navigator. But Singer is selling books and CDs and conducting new age classes and lectures.
Odds are Oprah will not be asking him about all this other stuff on Sunday’s show.
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(republished from earlier this week)

Brave is an artistically superior picture

HollywoodNews.com: Beset by production troubles and changing schedules, Brave enters theaters as a fable without an author. I don’t know what happened behind-the-scenes with original director Brenda Chapman nor do I know what replacement director Mark Andrews added to and removed from the final product. But Brave is an almost irrelevant entry in the Pixar cannon. While it is visually scrumptious (in 2D, natch) and boasts a terrific lead vocal performance by Kelly MacDonald, the overall story is both painfully slight and lacking any deeper meaning beyond surface-level morals. While it is technically a superior film to Cars 2, that film was arguably a ‘one for me’ project with Pixar founder John Lasseter indulging his love of the Cars universe and his love of old-school spy pictures.
Brave is an artistically superior picture that is still pales in comparison to both the better efforts from both Pixar itself and the various animation rivals (Blue Sky, Dreamworks, Illumination, etc.) nipping at its heels.
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“Twilight” DVD “Breaking Dawn” notches great sales figures

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Breaking Dawn” is coming close to breaking “Twilight” DVD records, hitting – and subsequently flying off of – shelves.
Summit Entertainment announced that the home entertainment release of “Breaking Dawn – Part 1” sold an estimated 3.2 million DVD and Blu-ray units during its first weekend of release.
According to a release, DVD sales for the film are roughly 18% ahead of the opening weekend of the third film in the franchise, “Eclipse.” The film also performed well via digital platforms, notching approximately 50,000 Electronic Sell Through transactions, a 47% increase over its predecessor; and approximately 80,000 Video on Demand transactions, a 142% increase over ECLIPSE.
“The incredible fan support for the characters and story that author Stephenie Meyer has created never ceases to impress,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in a statement. “We thank all of the fans for continuing their journey with us beyond the big screen and look forward to bringing you ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 2’ later this year.”
More from the release:
The home entertainment release plans surrounding THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 continue the franchise’s pattern of building community among fans by once again holding midnight opening weekend launch events at retailers including Target and Walmart. The two nationwide retail chains each offered exclusive versions of the DVD’s contents and packaging. In comparison THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE sold 2.7 million units on DVD and Blu-ray in its first weekend. The price point per unit for this release was higher than in past installments leading to increased revenue dollars related to the franchise.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 has grossed over $700 million worldwide at the box office to date since its theatrical release on November 18, 2011. The next chapter in THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will come to theatres on November 16, 2012. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, was written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.
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“Man on a Ledge”: Did OJ Simpson Confess to the writer?

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: This week’s main offering at the movies is “Man on a Ledge”–described as “ludicrous” by some critics and certainly not an Oscar nominee. (It was a lowly 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is like an F.) It’s January, of course, and if you couldn’t release a movie by December 31st, you know what January means. But “Man on a Ledge” has another reason of interest. Its screenwriter is Pablo Fenjves. Don’t recognize his name? He ghost wrote O.J. Simpson’s infamous confessional book, “If I Did It,” which outlined how O.J. murdered in cold blood his ex wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.
The ironic part of that is that Fenjves, creepily, was a witness in the Simpson murder trial. He was the neighbor who testified he’d heard a dog’s plaintive wail near Nicole Brown’s house in Brentwood. Did OJ do it? Well, a civil jury said he did, and of course OJ is in jail for something else. Is he metaphorically the man on the ledge in the new movie? Deciphering hidden meanings may be the only reason to see this film, which I keep confusing with a mostly unreleased film from last year called “The Ledge.”
Here’s my exclusive 2007 interview with Fenjves:
Pablo Fenjves, author of O.J. Simpson’s controversial book, “If I Did It,” says the book’s original publisher told him it was a confession.
Fenjves writes in a prologue to the book, obtained by this column exclusively, that Judith Regan, then of ReganBooks/HarperCollins, told him:
“He wants to confess, and I’m being assured it’s a confession. But this is the only way he’ll do it.”
The book, which was canceled by HarperCollins and is today being published by Beaufort Books after a court battle, now belongs to the family of Ronald Goldman. A civil jury found Simpson responsible for the 1994 slayings of Goldman and Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. A criminal jury acquitted him of murder charges.
Blood, Pregnancy and Dan Rather: Click Here for More Shocking Details From “If I Did It.”
Ironically, Fenjves, who was hired by the publisher to write the book with Simpson, had been a witness in the murder case. He was one of Nicole’s neighbors, and had heard what he describes as the “plaintive wail” of her dog that night after the murders occurred.
The book, which hit stores Thursday, is approximately 60,000 words long. But readers will be mostly interested in a 10,000-word [...]

Lionsgate grabs the “Chaos Walking” trilogy

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As studios continue snatching up literary series in hopes of finding the next “Twilight” or “Harry Potter” franchise, Lionsgate announces that it has acquired the YA trilogy “Chaos Walking” for adaptation, and will begin with the opening book, “The Knife of Never Letting Go.”
Much like “The Hunger Games,” Patrick Ness’s story takes place in a dystopian future, only here, an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, which means privacy has vanished.
“In the ensuing chaos, a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race, and only young Todd Hewitt holds the key to stopping planet wide-destruction,” according to a release.
More from Lionsgate, which will develop, produce and distribute all three films:
“Although these stories are set in a critical time in the future, they speak volumes about what is happening all over the world today, and about the power of young people to challenge the status quo and change the course of our future,” said Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate’s President of Motion Picture Production and Development, who will be overseeing the production for the studio, with Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Production Jim Miller. “We feel privileged to be bringing these powerful and exquisite books to cinematic life.”
Critics have hailed the trilogy, which is published by Candlewick Press in the US and Walker Books in the UK, as “one of the outstanding literary achievements of the present century,” (The Irish Times), and described it as “furiously paced, terrifying, exhilarating and heartbreaking,” (The Sunday Telegraph.). The Guardian’s Lucy Mangan recognizes the series’ gripping quality and broad appeal, saying “I would press the Chaos Walking trilogy urgently on anyone, anyone at all.”
But The Wall Street Journal makes the most apt reference given that the series has found a home at Lionsgate, noting that “With its dark tone, violence, and readerly fanaticism, the book belongs firmly beside Suzanne Collins’s work.” Lionsgate is also the studio behind THE HUNGER GAMES, based on Collins’s worldwide bestselling trilogy of the same name.
“A sense of urgency and momentum permeates these stories- it makes the books ones you can’t put down, and will make the movies ones you can’t miss on the big screen,” said Drake of his decision to acquire the adaptation rights. “But apart from the story elements, the world in the stories is so vividly imagined. These are books, [...]

“Game of Thrones” spoiler snafu upsets author, excites fans

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Fans of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, the epic fantasy series which begins with the novel “A Game of Thrones” got more than they bargained for this week when spoilers for the fifth book, “A Dance with Dragons” hit the Internet in full force. Unlike with some other well-awaited book sequels, such as Stephenie Meyer’s “Midnight Sun”, which saw an unauthorized early copy leaked by somebody close to the author, the leak of “A Dance With Dragons” was the fault of Amazon.com Germany, which prematurely shipped 180 copies of the book.
“If we find out who is responsible, we will mount his head on a spike,” said author George R. R. Martin in response to the incident. A devoted group of faithful fans has stuck with the series for nearly fifteen years, since the release of “A Game of Thrones” in 1996. The series was recently popularized (and the books have seen a revival) since HBO produced it beginning this year as a well-received television series, “Game of Thrones”.
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Stephenie Meyer’s “Host” adaptation lands Saoirse Ronan

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Just because “Twilight” fans have to say goodbye to Stephenie Meyer’s werewolves-and-vampires saga doesn’t mean they’re finished with the author altogether.
A planned adaptation of Meyer’s best-selling novel “The Host” is moving forward with a script by Oscar nominee Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”), with the possibility that Niccol himself would direct.
Today, Deadline reports that Saoirse Ronan, the Irish beauty currently burning up screens in Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” will take the lead role in “Host” once it gets underway. Ronan, according to the site, will play Melanie Stryder, “one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person’s consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul called Wanderer, something of a legend because of all of the “hosts” she has attached to on numerous planets.”
The report says Ronan would play both Melanie and Wanderer.
What do you think, Meyer fans? Good choice for the role? Is a “Host” adaptation possible, or will it be too much of a visual challenge for a direct – Niccol or otherwise – to handle? Let us know.
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