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A Conversation With Anne & Christopher Rice

The TV Guide

Last night I had the extreme pleasure of attending an in-person discussion between authors Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice at a book-signing for her new novel Prince Lestat. I was super excited to learn earlier this year that Anne would be writing about her beloved vampire characters again and when I found out that she would be appearing at a book-singing event here in LA, moderated by her son and my friend Christopher, I knew I had to be there. The authors conversed for about 45 minutes before questions were taken from the audience and then our books were signed. It was a really great night with a pair of really remarkable people. More »

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Yes, If You’re A Human Being, You Probably Need Therapy

#NormalizeIt

I was just getting ready to post another update about Amanda Bynes when it occurred to me that I didn’t really feel like doing that. I feel like talking about therapy, and why you probably need it. And by “you” I mean pretty much any human being who was raised by other human beings (who, probably, also needed therapy). I’ve written plenty about how much I believe we as individuals/people/members of society/members of the world need to make mental health a priority (like HERE, and HERE). Like many others, I honestly believe there would be less violence, less misogyny, less crappy parenting, and fewer crappy people if we mental health became a priority. Here’s why I’ve become so comfortable talking about therapy. Outsourcing is normal. When you need help with something, no one gives you shit for getting it. No one tells you to fix your break light on your own, if you don’t know shit about cars. No one tells you to fix your kids’ pneumonia if you don’t know shit about that. Same goes for problems in your house, clothes you want, plastic surgery you want—when you need help with something you get a professional for it. But we’re not allowed to say, “I need help with my self” because we’re supposed to know ourselves inside and out, and know how to fix ourselves when something’s wrong. Bullshit. We need therapy, and we need to #NormalizeTherapy. Please click inside for more.
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J.K. Rowling’s New ‘Harry Potter’ Hallowe’en Story Is Out!

Meet Dolores Umbridge

A week ago we learned that author JK Rowling would be releasing a new short story on Hallowe’en from the world of Harry Potter which focuses on the villainous Dolores Umbridge (who first appeared in the novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Welp, it’s Hallowe’en and Rowling‘s story is LIVE on her official website Pottermore. This new short story is really more of a biography of the character … and it does include information that may be spoilery if you haven’t read all of the Harry Potter books. Click below to read an excerpt of this new JK Rowling story titled The Story of Dolores Jane Umbridge and get your NEW FIX of new Harry Potter lore. More »

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A Beyoncé Biography Is Coming

The Unauthorized Beyography

Famed celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli has set his sights on Beyoncé as the subject of his next unauthorized “tell-all” book which is due for publication next year. Many of you longtime celeb watchers might recognize Taraborrelli‘s name because he has written successful unauthorized biographies of Michael Jackson and Madonna back in the ’90s and now, it would appear, he is ready to take on Beyoncé‘s life and tell his version of it. Read on for more deets. More »

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Anjelica Huston Opens Up About Abuse In Her New Memoir

"He turned on me..."

I recently saw the new NFL ads, with athletes speaking out against domestic violence. It’s an odd thing to see—on the one hand, I liked seeing these men speak up, but I also know that this is a part of a campaign to renew our faith in the organization. Maybe that doesn’t matter; maybe it just matters that people are speaking out. Now we have actress Anjelica Huston opening up about abuse she suffered at the hands of a boyfriend in the 70s. Click inside for more.

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The Co-Creator Of ‘Twin Peaks’ Is Releasing A Book That Will Fill Us In On The Last 25 Years

'The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks'

Last week we learned the AMAZING news that Twin Peaks is coming back with new episodes on Showtime in 2016 and today we learn even MORE great Twin Peaks news. It’s been a LONG time since Twin Peaks went off the air almost 25 years ago, therefore Peaks co-creator Mark Frost is releasing a book that will fill us in on what our fave Twin Peaks characters have been up to for the last two and half decades which will get us primed for the resumption of Twin Peaks on TV next year. More »

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Movie Review: ‘The Book Of Life’

The TV Guide

Last night I hung out with my good friend Adriana for the first time in far too long and we enjoyed a very fun night together. After we hung out at her place for a bit, we grabbed a delish Mexican dinner and then made our way to the movies. We had planned on seeing The Box Trolls but ended up seeing an early showing of the new animated film The Book of Life. Folks, The Book of Life was sooooo good! If there is one movie that you need to see this Hallowe’en season, it’s The Book of Life. More »

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Warner Bros. Announces A New Trilogy Of Harry Potter Films Is Coming Our Way With MORE Movies Likely To Follow

The 'Fantastic Beasts ...' Trilogy will begin in 2016

Back in September of last year, JK Rowling first announced that she was writing a new Harry Potter spin-off movie based on her Harry Potter spin-off book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In May of this year, we learned that the movie is slated for release in 2016. Today we learn that Fantastic Beasts will be turned into a 3 movie trilogy that will jump start a new on-going franchise of Harry Potter-related movies that will rival the constant release of superhero films that other studios keep putting out. Brace yourselves, Potter fans, there are a slew of new movies coming our way. More »

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Polaroid Photographer Jeremy Kost Is Hosting A Book Signing In LA

'Fractured'

I have very exciting news to share with you guys today. My very good friend Jeremy Kost is hosting a book signing of his new photography book Fractured at Bookmarc in West Hollywood, CA on Friday and you MUST come out and meet him (folks in NYC can attend Jeremy‘s book signing at Bookmarc at 400 Bleecker St. on October 21). I’ve known Jeremy for years but I’ve been a fan of his Polaroid photography for much longer. He is truly one of my favorite photographic artists and I’m so excited for the release of his new book Fractured. Large scale prints of some of Jeremy‘s images are currently on display at the CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION in NYC (654 Madison Avenue) until October 27 where a very limited edition of Fractured is being sold. The large scale prints on display at the Calvin Klein Collection are up for auction HERE to partially benefit ACRIA, in conjunction with Paddle 8, in their fight to help those living with HIV/AIDS. Yes, my friend is amazing. Jeremy is graciously sharing the photos featured in the gallery presented here to give you a taste of his work. If you like what you see, you can come out and buy a copy of Fractured and meet Jeremy Kost at his book signing this Friday:


The images shared here are available in the artist’s edition of Fractured which comes with an actual Polaroid photo of your choice (details HERE). Jeremy gave me a large size Polaroid print as a housewarming gift when I moved to LA all those years ago and it has hung in my various homes ever since. He is a very talented photographer and I hope you can come out and meet the man in person. Hopefully I’ll see you at the book signing on Friday!

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Amy Poehler’s Author Photo For Her New Book Is Incredible

Y'all ain't ready...

As if you needed one more reminder of Amy Poehler‘s excellence, here’s the most awesome picture you’re going to see all day. So, Poehler‘s new book is getting ready to drop, which we learned a while back when saw this sweet cover photo. It’s called Yes Please, and I’m expecting very big things. A few fancy people have received the book ahead of its October 28 release, and have taken to Twitter to give us a sneak peek. Basically? This back cover author photo is the stuff Ron Burgundy dreams are made of. Click inside for more!
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