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Whitney Houston’s Mother to Write Tell-All Book

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Obituaries,

Cissy and Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston's mother is writing a tell-all book about the superstar.

Cissy Houston has signed a multi-million dollar deal to write with "candor, honesty and respect" about her daughter, who died as a result of accidental drowning in her bath and effects of heart disease and cocaine use in February.

"When I lost my daughter Nippy [the nickname Whitney's family gave her], the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman. In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans, and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter's true story," Gospel singer Cissy said.

Whitney famously spiralled into drug addiction alongside her husband Bobby Brown - the father of her 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina - in the 90s and Cissy will talk about the issues which this caused in her book.

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Phoenix Comic Con - People Watching

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Conventions, Editorials, Independent,

People WatchingIn the world of instant digital books, this was bound to happen sooner or later.

Paul Moore went to the Phoenix Comic Con over the Memorial Day weekend, and took a bunch of photos. Then he created a three-volume series of Kindle e-books reproducing those photos. I got the first one from Amazon for free during a promotion (it may still be going on).

People Watching Comic Con Phoenix 2012 - Volume 1 is approximately 75 pages, and 70 of them are photographs from the con. According to Moore’s description, “There is nothing quite as fun as people watching that is not either fattening, illegal, or immoral.”

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Billy Bob Thornton is ‘Proud’ of Angelina

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Features,

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton is "proud" of the way his ex-wife Angelina Jolie handles her life.

The 56-year-old actor - who was married to Angelina from 2000 to 2003 - is impressed with how the actress, who has six children with Brad Pitt, deals with her hectic lifestyle and believes she and Brad are perfect for each other.

"We're great friends and always will be. I'm proud of the way she's handled having a family. She's great for Brad, Brad's great for her. I support them 100 per cent. Angie is a little girl and a woman and a teenager and a ghost all wrapped up in one," he said, writing in his book The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts.

Proving how close they are, Angelina wrote the foreword in the book, describing the director as a funny guy but similar to a "mad mathematician."

"He has an unmatchable wit and can make you laugh until your face hurts. To be with him is like being with a mad mathematician. He is constantly counting and repeating. Some people walk through life able to quiet the voices in their heads. He can't. And I, and everyone else who knows him well, we love him for it," she wrote.

Jennifer Lopez Couldn’t Bond with Twins

Jennifer Lopez with her twinsJennifer Lopez struggled to bond with her children when they were born.

The 42-year-old What To Expect When You're Expecting star realized less than two weeks into becoming a mother that she wasn't naturally connecting to her twins Max and Emmie.

"I remember after the babies were born, about seven to 10 days in, I was like, 'What is going on with me?' I felt sad and depressed and thought the babies didn't love me," she said.

The "On The Floor" singer who is now dating dancer Casper Smart explained that the novel which her latest film is based on helped her get through the rough patch: "I actually remember picking up the book to try to see what was happening to me. And it said how you have this huge hormonal drop about seven to 10 days after you give birth. It's called the 'baby blues.' But I just thought they didn't like me!"

Gary Ross Lined up for Houdini

Gary RossGary Ross is set to direct Houdini.

The filmmaker - who recently directed the first installment of The Hunger Games - is in negotiations to helm the big screen adaptation of The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America's First Superhero, William Kalush and Larry Sloman's biography of escapologist Harry Houdini. The book is famed for insinuating Houdini acted as a spy for Britain, helped the Secret Service and was in cahoots with police organizations.

Summit Entertainment picked up feature-film rights to the book in March 2009 with the aim of launching an action-thriller franchise and Noah Oppenheim wrote the most recent draft of the script.

Ross - who has previously helmed Pleasantville and Seabiscuit - recently pulled out of directing the sequel to The Hunger Games with Francis Lawrence replacing him. Although Ross is yet to sign up, bosses are hoping he will agree to do it, but he is known for being very choosy about his projects.

Kickstarter: A Geek’s Journal 1976

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,

Geek's JournalI’m a geek and I certainly was in high school.

My life was full of comics, television, and all the usual school stuff. Unfortunately, I didn’t write any of my life down at the time. But I know a guy who did: Steven Thompson, the creator of the popular pop-culture blog Booksteve’s Library, wrote it all down in 1976 and kept it up.

He recently discovered his old diary and posted it on the internet, one entry per day along with modern commentary as the author looked back on his teenaged life.

It’s a funny, fascinating look at one fan’s life, as he tries to get something going with girls, hangs out with friends, goes to concerts, buys records and comics, watches television and masturbates (yep, he goes there).

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Simon Cowell Apologizes Over Book

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Television, Hook-ups, Rumors,

Simon CowellSimon Cowell has apologized to anyone his unauthorized biography has "embarrassed."

The 52-year-old X Factor boss spent last week "hiding under a pillow" as extracts from the sensational book by journalist Tom Bower were published - including claims he had a fling with fellow judge Dannii Minogue and wanted to sleep with third judge Cheryl Cole. The book also tells how he wanted to sack Gary Barlow from the show for being "too scripted," and how he deemed his ill-fated engagement to make-up artist Mezghan Hussainy to be a "big mistake."

Despite co-operating with the author, Simon insists he had no idea what would be included in the final copy, and has expressed his regret for shaming anyone.

Turning up for the launch of the book at the Serpentine Gallery in London, he said, "I wish to publicly apologize to anyone I embarrassed. I do have to apologize to members of my family. Ten years ago if I had read someone would be writing a book about me saying I made loads of money and shagged loads of girls I would have said, 'Great!' I spent the week hiding under a pillow and I couldn't bear to look at The Sun [newspaper]. I knew it was bad because friends were sending me sweet messages saying, 'Are you OK?'"

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Simon Cowell and Biographer ‘Remain Friends’

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Television, Rumors,

Tom Bower's unauthorized Simon Cowell biographySimon Cowell "remains friends" with his unauthorized biographer Tom Bower.

The 52-year-old music mogul granted the journalist hundreds of hours of access during Tom's research for the tell-all book - which sensationally claims Simon had a fling with Dannii Minogue and wanted to sleep with Cheryl Cole. But despite the subsequent fall-out, Tom says he has enough dirt on the X Factor boss for a follow-up, and insists there is no bad blood between them.

"The first call was, 'You are getting a lot of publicity for your book.' He said, 'It's a bit embarrassing, you got things I didn't know you'd got.' But we get on very well. Finally he said to me last night, 'We remain friends.' There will be a sequel. He'll be with us for a long time I think," he said, recalling his conversation with Simon after the book's release.

However, the writer insists that despite Simon's co-operation, he still had to work hard to find out the truth about his many women: "He didn't hand it out to me. He made me go and do what journalists do, which is dig. Then I confronted him with some things - and other things I wouldn't tell him about."

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Britney Spears Inspires an Erotic Novel

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Divorce,

Kevin Federline and Britney SpearsBritney Spears' failed marriage to Kevin Federline has inspired an erotic book written by his aunt. Diane Story has used the pair's two-year union as the basis for her novel Pop Baby Krissy Doucet, which follows the romance between Keenan Fazio and Krissy Doucet.

"The moment Krissy set her sights on Keenan, she knew he was amazing. Choosing him at the club was one of the best decisions of her life. Yet how can she compete with the beautiful Tara Butler? A woman from Keenan's past who understands his sexual desires. Would sharing Keenan in Tara's bed be their only option for love?" the teaser text for the book reads.

Britney and Kevin started dating in 2004, got engaged in July that year and were married in September. When they announced their engagement, the backing dancer's ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson was pregnant with their second child.

Britney and Kevin had two sons, Sean Preston, six, and Jayden James, five, together before splitting in November 2006 and officially divorcing in July 2007.

Ryan O’Neal Blames Himself for Kids’ Problems

Ryan O'NealRyan O'Neal blames himself for his children's problems.

The 71-year-old actor - who is suffering from prostate cancer - admits he has had his own share of difficulties and feels very "guilty" that three of his four kids have ended up in rehab or prison.

Eldest son Griffin, 47, is currently two months into a 16-month sentence for driving under the influence (DUI), while daughter Tatum recently left rehab after suffering a "cocaine relapse." The pair's half-brother Redmond - whose mother was late actress Farrah Fawcett - is currently seeking court-ordered treatment for heroin addiction.

"Look, I don't give myself a break. I had four children. Only sportscaster Patrick's OK. Griffin's in prison. Redmond, who feels terrible guilt, is in rehab. Tatum, rehab. I had my own problems. Is all this my fault? I guess, yes. When his mother was dying I paid sheriffs $800 overtime to bring Redmond in chains. I keep all her mementoes in a safe to give him someday," he said.

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