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Charlie Sheen to Write Tell-All, Sit Down With ABC News

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 26th 2011 6:13PM
Charlie SheenThe latest chapter in the ongoing Charlie Sheen saga comes in book form: namely, the proposed tell-all that Sheen told TMZ he plans on writing about what went on behind the scenes of 'Two and a Half Men.'

Sheen said he wants to call his book 'When the Laughter Stopped' (which also happens to be the name of a post-'Diff'rent Strokes' TV movie and a Slate article about Bob Hope), and he expects publishers to start a bidding war at $10 million.

TMZ reports that Sheen "plans on naming names -- including co-stars."

UPDATE: According to TV Line, Sheen plans to sit down with ABC News for an exclusive interview tentatively scheduled to air Tuesday night at 10PM. ABC has yet to confirm.

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Deidre Hall Talks About Her New Book and Returning to 'Days of Our Lives.' Plus: Win a 'DOOL' Giveaway!

by Kelly Woo, posted Dec 10th 2010 5:30PM
Deidre HallThe sands of time have carried actress Deidre Hall from daytime drama to a new venture: writing cookbooks.

The former 'Days of Our Lives' star, who appeared on the soap for nearly 30 years before leaving in early 2009, stopped by the AOL TV offices to talk about her new book, 'Deidre Hall's Kitchen Close-Up,' as well as 'Days of Our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos' by 'Days' production executive Greg Meng.

Hall revealed how she got into the cookbook writing business. "The book was actually 35 years in the making," she said.

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Betty White Signs Two-Book Deal

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 19th 2010 2:30PM
Betty White is quickly becoming the most productive octogenarian since Benjamin Franklin.

After a scene-stealing turn in 'The Proposal' and a Super Bowl commercial sparked renewed interest in the 88-year-old actress, she's having one of the busiest years of her career. She's already got an Emmy nomination for her memorable 'SNL' performance, the hit new sitcom 'Hot in Cleveland' and a ubiquitous presence across the Internet. Now she's signed a two-book deal with Penguin's Putnam Books imprint.

The former 'Golden Girl' must have already had a memoir sitting around, because the first book is slated for publication in early 2011. The memoir is titled 'Listen Up!' and relates lessons White has learned about "life, love, sex and celebrity" over her seven decades in entertainment. There will no doubt be some juicy, odd details in the book since White has proven she doesn't blush at lewd material.

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Glenn Beck Made $32 Million in Past Year, But Not Much from Fox

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 8th 2010 3:32PM
Glenn BeckForbes has an interesting article about the sources of Glenn Beck's income. Interestingly, only $2 million of his $32 million annual salary comes from his Fox News show where he gets most of his publicity. The majority of the money comes from his radio and publishing empire. It could be said that Fox News is the platform from which he hawks the rest of his wares.

But as Master Yogurt said, merchandising is where the real money from the movie comes from. Pretty soon I'm sure we'll be seeing the Glenn Beck action figure, the Glenn Beck cookbook, the Glenn Beck barbecue grill and the Glenn Beck video game for the Wii which will come with its own interactive chalkboard.

However, to put things in perspective: no matter how much the man makes from his media empire, Glenn Beck will still make a lot less in annual income than Oprah.

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The (Annotated) 'Lost' Reading List

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 19th 2010 6:00PM
Historically, TV shows don't give their viewers homework. They avoid make any allusion that viewers should be reading more literature than gobbling another 'Jersey Shore' marathon.

However, fans of 'Lost' ('Lostheads,' 'Losters') have become accustomed to jumping on their computers immediately after the Bad Robot production logo finishes. While fan message boards help casual viewers understand some nuances, hardcore Others research references in philosophy, religion, science, and literature. They hope to discover what the hell it all means.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck accused of stealing book ideas

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2009 3:37PM
G Free DietFirst Jerry Seinfeld's wife, now a View host.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck has been sued by another author who accuses her of stealing ideas for her book The G Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide. The plaintiff, Susan Hassett, says she sent a copy of her own book Living with Celiac Disease to Hasselbeck last year. And now this year Hasselbeck comes out with her own book (written with Peter Green) on the topic, and there seems to be a lot of similarities, including chapter titles and certain phrasing of words.

Gawker has some of the similarities and TMZ has the court documents.

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Six books to read in the meantime

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 23rd 2007 11:08AM
Y: The Last ManWith the writers strike pulling a black cloud over our collective television set, have you been feeling super-sad? Do you feel lost, without a sense of direction, now that your favorite show has run out of new episodes? Do empty pints of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia and fresh receipts from the video game store litter your home, serving as a constant reminder that you love TV, you breathe TV, and you need TV to fill your life? I certainly hope not, because that would be kind of pathetic.

What's weird is that before the invention of television, there was this thing called "books". People used their eyes, just as they use them for watching television, to "read" these books. Books are hard to come by these days, but if you visit the library, they might have one or two, hidden in the back room. Please note you may have to slip an Alexander Hamilton or wear a low-cut shirt to gain access to the book room. Anyway, books are a great way to escape reality (TV). If you manage to track a few down, why don't you pick up a book or two while the writers strike is in effect? If the idea of straying so far away from television terrifies you, here are some books that aren't too far off point, so you can join in nice and easy.

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BET wants you to read a %$#ing book

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 26th 2007 7:02PM

BETSatire is a tricky sword to wield, and BET's current efforts to call attention to some of the less-favorable aspects of current black culture are proof of that. First, there was We Got to Do Better (formerly Hot Ghetto Mess), a series whose pilot episode was so schizophrenic I actually developed twelve different personalities while watching it. Never have I seen a TV series struggling so hard to figure out its own identity.

All of the press that came out before it read that the series would use amateur footage of people acting untoward as a means to show how we need to improve (the clips show people of all races), but the first episode kept jumping back and forth between straight satire and host Charlie Murphy sincerely pleading to the audience to improve themselves. Imagine Stephen Colbert dropping his facade every two minutes to say, "this is a joke" -- that's what watching We Got to Do Better was like.

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Prisoner of Trebekistan: The TV Squad review

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 23rd 2006 10:17AM
prisoner of trebekistanTo me, Jeopardy! is the quintessential game show. At the end of a game, I walk away with a sense of awe that those three people could truly have the brains to retain such an amazing amount of information, then be put in front of millions of people to blurt pieces of it out on demand and faster than two other people -- in the form of a question, to boot. I'd often wonder how one could possibly prepare to be faced with that kind of pressure and what kind of unfathomable studying one would have to do to qualify for that show, never mind actually win. Several times.

Jane Espenson, who as some of you know has been extremely courteous enough to give her insights into her recent writings for Battlestar Galactica, sent me a copy of a book that opened my mind to the world of one very successful contestant on the greatest game show in the world, Bob Harris. That book is Prisoner of Trebekistan.

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Independent Lens profiles author John Fante

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 3rd 2006 10:00PM

john fanteAuthor John Fante grew up in Denver in the early 20th century, the son of immigrant parents. His books were largely ignored at the time, and it wasn't until writer Charles Bukowski helped republish Fante's works that he became recognized as a master writer. While his books, including Ask the Dust, Wait Until Spring and Bandini were all hailed by critics, the public never caught on and most of his books went out of print soon after being published.

Like most writers, Fante had to make ends meet by writing things he didn't especially enjoy, and that meant penning screenplays for many films that never got made.

On December 12 at 10pm, the PBS documentary series Independent Lens will air "A Sad Flower in the Sand," a look at the late author featuring interview with his wife, Joyce Smart, his biographer Stephen Cooper and filmmaker Robert Towne.

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Winnie the Pooh voted favorite animal character

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 10th 2006 5:41PM
pooh bearThe fluff-stuffed bear of very little brain is not only popular here in the United States, having recently received a star on the Walk of Fame, but he also topped a recent poll in the UK of favorite animal characters, beating out other bears like Paddington and Baloo from The Jungle Book. Winnie the Pooh received fifty-one percent of the votes through a poll of 1,191 adults, with the daft but lovable Paddington Bear coming in second with forty-one percent of the vote, and Baloo coming in at  third. Other animals such as Peter Rabbit, Black Beauty, and Toad from The Wind in the Willows also finished in top spots. Rather interesting that all of these were originally literary characters before being re-imagined into TV and movie characters.

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Charlie Rose returns on Monday

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2006 3:04PM
Charlie RoseFor those of you who have missed Rose, he returns to the table on his PBS late night talk show this Monday. Rose has been gone from the show after having emergency heart valve surgery overseas in March. It was his second valve surgery, and he was in the hospital for a month.

It was interesting to see various fill-in hosts over the past few months. Some did really well, while others were noticably uncomfortable in the host chair (*cough* Peter Travers *cough*).

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Jack Bauer makes for good read in 24 prequel novels

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 22nd 2006 2:16PM

24: Operation Hell GateLook at me. I'm gettin' all literary lately. Yesterday I was writing about The Third Policeman, which was featured in an episode of Lost way back in October, and today I'm still talkin' books.

First off, let's be clear: I'm addicted to any and all things 24. So when I was given copies of the new 24 prequel novels last night, I nearly wet myself I was so giddy. Right now there are three of them. First up is Operation Hell Gate, then Veto Power, and last is Trojan Horse. A fourth installment, Cat's Claw, comes out on July 1.

The books are set up just like a season of 24. Each novel is 24 chapters, each one encompassing a full hour. I had a chance to read a few chapters of Operation Hell Gate last night and it's pretty good stuff. What I found cool is that, since they're prequels, characters from the first season play a big role. Remember Walsh and Milo? They're around, with many others. The writing isn't confusing, but it's not light in the sense that "cultured folks" certainly won't find themselves bored. I don't think they will... I didn't, but then again who knows? I may have the brain of an eight year old. An eight year old who wants to grow up and be Jack Bauer.

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Edgar and Ellen are taking over

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 11th 2006 4:21PM

I suppose I'm a bit too old for this to be on my radar, but I only recently learned of the popular Edgar and Ellen series of children's books by Charles Ogden. They apparently focus on a brother and sister who live in the quiet town of Nod's Limb where they lead a macabre, Addams Family-esque existence. The twins have also been animated for a series of shorts on the Nicktoon Network, and you can check out two of them here and here. A feature film based on the books is also in development.

[via Cold Hard Flash]

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Web, television get equal time

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 31st 2006 3:03PM
Internet users are surfing the web as much as they are watching television, according to a study done by JupiterResearch marketing firm. Researchers found that internet users spend about 14 hours a week online, which is the same amount of time they spend watching television. It also found that television, books and newspapers are losing viewers and readers who are opting to spend time online. That's a trend that has become pretty obvious to the bigwigs at television networks, because most of them have brought their content online for all of us geeks.

How much time do you spend on the internet and watching television each week? I'm not sure of the hours, but I know I spend way more time online than I do watching television.

[Via Lost Remote]

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