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‘Twin Peaks’ Book Coming Soon

The 1990s cult TV show Twin Peaks” is making a comeback — not only onscreen, but also in the form of a paperback.

According to Huffington Post, the hit television series will be rebooted on Showtime in 2016, and along with that will come a new book, updating fans on the lives of the characters and “unresolved plot holes.”

The book is due to be released by Flatiron Books next year and will include details about what’s happened to the characters in the last 25 years between the original and new TV series. It’s also expected to have more details on the mystery “at the heart” of the series.

This is not the first time the show has released accompanying books, and it seems to have worked for them in the past. After all, the close release of the book and the show is a good marketing plan.

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Bryan Cranston To Pen ‘Breaking Bad’ Memoir

Spoiler alert: Walter White is not dead. Actor Bryan Cranston, of Breaking Bad fame, is planning to put his creative energy into another medium: writing.

According to The New York Timeshe’s penning a memoir, which will cover the six years he spent shooting the hit show Breaking Bad. In a statement, Cranston said he plans to “tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad’.”

Scriber, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is publishing the book. It’s due to come out in Fall 2015.

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‘Glee’ Star Gets Three-Book Deal

Most of us who know actor Chris Colfer know him as “Kurt Hummel” on the hit Fox show, Glee, not as an author. But he is — and a bestselling author at that. And now he’s got a few more books on the way.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor-turned-author is working on the third and fourth books in his The Land of Stories series. The two books are expected to be released by Little, Brown’s children’s imprint in 2014 and 2015, continuing the stories that combine fairy tale and reality.

As if that weren’t enough, Colfer is also planning to write his first picture book, The Curvy Tree.

Sounds like a busy couple of years for Colfer, which might be good, considering there are talks there will only be a few more seasons left of Glee. What do you think of the actor’s book deal?


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Judy Greer Essay Collection On the Way

In movies, she’s almost always played the “best friend” (27 Dresses, The Wedding Planner). But finally, comedic actress Judy Greer is a leading lady — in nonfiction writing.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Judy Greer, who currently voices Cheryl on FX’s Archer, recently got a deal to publish her first book. It will be a collection of essays about a number of topics, ranging from her childhood in the Midwest to her career in film and TV.

Called I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, the book is tentatively set to come out sometime next year and left Greer with an advance of almost $1 million.

It’s nice to see her finally in the limelight; though I do wonder how many people will actually read a book about a woman that doesn’t have the largest following.

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Julie Andrews to Direct Musical Based on Her Children’s Book

When you’re known for telling the world “the hills are alive” and that “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” is spelled…well…like that, then it’s obvious you’ve made a huge impact on the musical world. But now, Julie Andrews is creating her own musical.

According to this article by The New York Times, Julie Andrews is set to direct The Great American Mousical, a musical based on the children’s book she co-wrote with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. The book/show tells the story of a mouse who’s a famous actress and gets stuck in a trap just before her Broadway premiere.

The show is set to run from November 8 to December 2 at the Norma Terris Theater in Connecticut. Goodspeed Musicals is developing the show. Goodspeed has worked with Andrews before, when she directed a version of The Boy Friend in 2005, but this will be Andrews’ first time developing a new show.

I have a lot of faith in Julie Andrews — I’ve always been a huge fan — and considering who she’s working with to develop the show, I have no doubt it will do well.

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Get Audrey Hepburn eBook for just $2.99

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman was on the New York Times bestseller list during the summer of 2010, and with good reason.

Though author Sam Wasson did not intend for his biographical book becoming a bestseller, it had every reason to. The book details the making of  Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which won two Oscars and received three other nominations in 1962. It delves into the difficulties of turning Truman Capote’s novel into a Hollywood movie and the massive impact that Audrey Hepburn had on American fashion and feminism after it was released.

You can still get a physical copy of the book for $10, but if you have an e-reader, getting the eBook for just $2.99 is a no-brainer. I bought it and can’t wait to start reading!

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Tiny Book

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is mostly an actor, really an Internet enthusiast, but also kind of an author. Confused yet? Well the Hollywood actor — best known for his work in 500 Days of Summer and Inception — has recently released a book, based on a collection of short stories developed on his web site.

Gordon-Levitt started the online production company hitRECord within the last few years. The company is collection of people’s thoughts and personal works of art meshed together. It’s made up of a movies, stories, art, and music. And now Gordon-Levitt has combined the works of his production company into one tiny book, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1.

Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with Gordon-Levitt to talk about the new book. From the conversation, one can tell Gordon-Levitt is a dreamer, who both loves all forms of art and has a special appreciation for physical books. Go ahead and read the entire interview. I don’t know about you, but it certainly makes me want to grab a copy of this clever, little book.

Get The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories in hardcover for only $9.

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James Franco Adds “Novelist” to Actor, Producer, Student Title

The 34-year-old stud is no longer just an actor, producer, Oscar host, and grad student. Now James Franco is entering “novelist” to the list.

Franco — who has studied creative writing at Columbia and English at Yale — has signed a published deal with Amazon Publishing.

According to this article by the L.A. Times, Franco’s first novel will be semi-autobiographical and titled Actors Anonymous. That might not be the best title as Carolyn Kellogg explains.

Franco has been nominated for one Oscar, two Emmys, three MTV Movie Awards, three SAG awards and a couple of Golden Globes. He’s won one Golden Globe and two Independent Spirit awards. He co-hosted the 2011 Academy Awards, which were watched by millions of people worldwide. Maybe he should consider taking the “anonymous” out of the title.

There are a few things I wonder here: a) is Franco really that smart and creative or does he just enjoy taking classes and acquiring as many degrees as possible? b) how is the novel going to sell under the new Amazon publishing company? and c) when he says it’s “loosely based on his life,” are we talking about Lauren Conrad a la L.A. Candy or are we talking about Jack Kerouac a la On the Road?

What do you guys think? How will it do? Will you read it?

**Note: Franco has already published a collection of short stories, titled Palo Alto, as seen in the photo above.

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Rob Lowe to Pen Second Book

Rob Lowe is an actor, certified “hottie” and now a bestselling author. His memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, debuted in 2011 and quickly became one of the year’s biggest bestsellers.

Now just a few months later, Lowe is setting out to write another book. This one, called Love Life, will focus on “sex, marriage, money, work, fatherhood and sports, drawing upon Mr. Lowe’s own experiences and observations,” according to this New York Times article.

Publishers hope that a second hit book will mark Lowe as a resonating storyteller, rather than some actor whose book was a one-off hit.

As far as I’m concerned, I’ll read anything that Rob Lowe writes about his sex life. What do you guys think? Hit or miss?
Get Stories I Only Tell My Friends in hardcover for 7, down from $26.

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