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Simon Cowell: It’s Not My Style to Kiss and Tell

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Television, Rumors,

Simon CowellSimon Cowell has hit back at his unauthorized biography, insisting it is not his style to "kiss and tell."

The X-Factor boss is said to be "hardly sleeping" following the publication of journalist Tom Bower's book - which claims he had an affair with fellow judge Dannii Minogue in 2007, and that he believed his engagement to Mezghan Hussainy was a "big mistake."

Former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne is angry at being mentioned and dragged into Simon's "world of debauchery," and present judge Gary Barlow was left smarting by claims Simon wanted to sack him for being "too scripted."

But despite allowing Tom access to his life, the 52-year-old music mogul admits he feels "embarrassed" by the revelations. "It's not my habit to kiss and tell. I've never done it. I've always tried to keep my private life private, and it so unfortunate. So I was feeling very embarrassed and not gentlemanly at all this week because it's just not my style. At the same time, the guy's got the right to write the book he wants, but it has been uncomfortable, to be honest with you," he said.

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Sharon Osbourne’s Anger Over Simon Cowell Book

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

Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell, and Dannii Minogue

Sharon Osbourne is furious with Simon Cowell for including her in his tell-all book. According to new unauthorized biography, Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell, the 59-year-old matriarch "exploded" with rage upon learning that Simon was sleeping with Dannii Minogue when they all worked on the UK X Factor.

Now the matriarch - who eventually quit the show in 2008 because she no longer wanted to work with Dannii - has taken aim at her old boss from involving her in his "world of debauchery."

"I'm not Simon's mother - I don't give a toss who he f***s. That's none of my business. I think Simon thought he'd have complete control over this book. But how dare he bring me into it now? I don't want to be dragged into his little world of debauchery, thank you very much. I get on absolutely fine with Simon - and he will be fine - but I am p***ed off to be brought into it all again," she said.

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Angelina Jolie Praises Billy Bob

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies,

Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie has praised Billy Bob Thornton for "giving her the confidence to succeed in her career and in her personal life."

The 36-year-old actress wrote the foreword for her ex husband's upcoming memoir The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, and friends who have seen a copy of it revealed Angelina thanked her former love for all of his support.

"She praises him for giving her the confidence to succeed in her career and in her personal life. Her words are lovely. She truly speaks from the heart," a source said.

Angelina - who raises six children with partner Brad Pitt - and Billy Bob have remained on good terms since their divorce in 2003 and he has previously spoken of his pride in his former wife after she directed her first movie In The Land Of Blood And Honey: "We talk every now and then, she seems to be doing very well directing her own movie, which I am so proud of her for. I always thought she should do that, writing and directing. She's real smart, and very creative, and I think it's a great job for her."


Vivienne Westwood’s Book Inspiration

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers,

Vivienne WestwoodVivienne Westwood reads to get new ideas.

The eccentric designer - who is famed for creating the punk movement in the UK in the 1970s - was obsessed with Anatole France's The Gods Will Have Blood even though it was difficult to read, and persevered because she has taught herself to continue even when she is unsure.

"I couldn't put this book about the French Revolution down. I've given this book to people and they tell me they can't get through it. Sometimes books are difficult, but you should carry on because the more you read, the more familiar you become with other ideas. It's about being what I call a 'fit reader' - you have to push yourself and eventually you'll come to understand it."

However it is not the only novel she is interested in - she believes J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is an important piece for all teenagers: "The American outlook is very useful and interesting because America's been such an important influence on the way we all think."


Lauren Conrad’s TV ‘Business’

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Drama, Reality, MTV, Features,

Lauren Conrad in Glamour magazineLauren Conrad saw her early reality television career as a "business opportunity."

The 26-year-old beauty rose to fame on Laguna Beach before going on to be a fashion designer, and she does not regret living her life in front of the cameras because it allowed her to have a "voice."

"There were definitely great perks. I got to travel a lot and I got to meet great people as well. But for me, the reality TV platform was always a business opportunity. Also, it gave me a voice, and I think it's really nice if you can turn that into something more."

Lauren admits the best thing about her career now is that she can do things she really enjoys, like writing her new book The Fame Game: "I'm really happy. It worked out well for me, because I am able to do the clothing line and write these books, things that I love, without the cameras around."


Steve Jobs promised to spend his last dying breath destroying Android

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Google,

Steve Jobs Biography

A quick excerpt from the Steve Jobs biography, which is set to be released this Monday, showing just how upset Steve was with Google and its Android platform:

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Yeah, if you love technology, you'll wanna read this book. You can pre-order it from Amazon now.


Bartleby’s Book of Buttons Vol. 2 now available with awesome AirPlay integration

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Books, iPad Apps, $3.99,

Monster Costume, an iOS developer focused on recreating the way children interact with books, has released Bartleby's Book of Buttons Volume 2, and it's got some nice AirPlay surprises packed in. When using an AirPlay mirroring-capable device like the iPad 2, iPhone 4, or iPhone 4S, you can send the story to your Apple TV in high definition, while the device then become a controller for progressing the story. We've been fans of Bartleby since Volume 1, and you can pick up Bartleby Vol. 2 now on the App Store. Full release after the break.

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Steve Jobs: A Biography hits stores November 21, pre-order now

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple,

steve jobs: a biography

This Christmas, get your loved ones a meaty biography on the elusive CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs.

A spokeswoman for publisher Simon & Schuster said the book, which sports a new cover (right), will be available at all retail and electronic outlets on November 21, 2011. The pre-order sale price for the hardcover at Barnes & Noble is $20.40, or 37 percent off the list price of $32.50.

For the first ever authorized biography of Steve Jobs, simply titled "Steve Jobs: A Biography," acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson spent three years conducting "exclusive and unprecedented" interviews with the famously closed-off Apple co-founder.

The book promises interviews with Jobs' ex-girlfriends, foes, family, and fired colleagues. Furthermore, Jobs apparently didn't demand to review the book before it went to print.

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Bleeding Edge TV 386: Nook Simple Touch Reader

We talk to Michelle Warvel, the Barnes and Noble Nook User Experience and Design Lead at GDGT Seattle. Michelle talks to us about the new Nook Simple Touch Reader, the first real mainstream touchscreen e-ink ebook reader to hit the market, shows how it all works, and then tells us about how they settled on the unique shape and design of the Simple Touch Reader product. We will have more videos from the GDGT event.

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Top 10 Surprises @ BEA

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Conventions, Editorials,

Book Expo AmericaI love BEA, better known as Book Expo America. It’s the premiere American book show - a place to mingle with publishers, authors, editors, bookstore owners and see what books will be coming out in the very near future.

Before BEA took up permanent residence in NYC, it used to pop up periodically in Los Angeles, and I always made it a point to drop in.

One time, while I was eavesdropping, I heard two publishing stereotypes - one even wore a brown corduroy sportcoat with leather elbow patches - discussing the future of the industry: “These blogs, they’re just so much nonsense, right?”

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