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Darn, Melanie Griffith cancels tell all
January 8th, 2007 under Books, Melanie Griffith. [ Comments: none ]

MELANIE Griffith has reneged on a promise to tell her life story, according to the ghostwriter, who says she was supposed to help the four-times-wed Hollywood star pen a tell-all. "Two years ago, she promised to do her autobiography with me when she turned 50, which she will be this coming August. In fact, she shook hands on the deal and gave her solemn word," writer Bonnie Robinson tells us. But when she ran into Griffith, who’s battled painkiller addiction, in Aspen, Colo., over the holidays, "I guess all the ‘mood’ elevators have also destroyed her memory, because she told me that she wouldn’t do the book and that she had no recollection of such a promise. Her mood was very bitchy." Griffith’s rep did not respond.

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Even though she has led an interesting life, I bet the book would’ve been so boring becauase there is just not much depth to her.

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Britney Spears writing a tell-all y’all?
November 23rd, 2006 under Books, Britney Spears/KFed. [ Comments: none ]

BRITNEY Spears has threatened to take the lid off her nightmare marriage to Kevin Federline. The 24-year-old blonde is planning a tell-all book that will blow the saddo out of the water. Her move comes after claims that Kevin, 28, threatened to flog a sensational four-hour sex tape of him and Brit romping. A close friend of the Toxic star said: "Britney has let Kevin know she isn’t taking any s**t and will do whatever it takes to get even. "She is in talks to publish a warts-and-all book about her hell of being married to Kevin if he doesn’t play ball through their bitter divorce. And Britney will not hold back. "She can play him at his own game and the contents of the book would really tear him apart. "As well as detailing the many times he left her looking after their two babies to go partying, there are some really shocking incidents which will make a riveting read. "He has put her through hell and needs to know she will not tolerate it. She has a good team around her and is remaining as upbeat as possible for anyone who is going through a divorce." Tensions over the couple’s two children – Sean, 14 months, and nine-weeks-old Jayden – have fueled the row, Our mole added: "K-Fed has threatened to seek custody of the children and has played silly games. Britney won’t take any more of his bad boy behaviour." The latest twist comes after pornotube.com crashed as millions tried to download a clip of someone looking remarkably like Britney carrying out a sex act. But no mistaking that it was the pop princess at her bubbly best when she turned up looking glam and gorgeous to present a gong at the 2006 American Music Show in Los Angeles. Britney certainly seems to be moving forward. Her smiley image comes days after going wild with party-loving lass Paris Hilton, 24, in Las Vegas. Something tells us Britney is fast becoming a huge comeback queen. Good gal.

Daily Snack 

I hate to say it, but I would so read it!

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Rupert Murdoch kills the OJ special like OJ…
November 20th, 2006 under Books, Fox. [ Comments: none ]

News Corp., the parent company of book publisher HarperCollins and the FOX network, has canceled publication of the O.J. Simpson book and television special "If I Did It." "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman. "We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson." In the book, the one-time football superstar tells how he would have killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman if, in fact, he had done it. A dozen FOX affiliates had already said they would not air the two-part sweeps month special, planned for next week before the book’s publication. One station manager who had said he wasn’t airing the special said he was concerned that whether or not Simpson was guilty, he’d still be profiting from murders. "I have my own moral compass and this was easy," said Bill Lamb, general manager of WDRB in Louisville. Relatives of the victims have lashed out at the now scuttled publication and broadcast plans. "He destroyed my son and took from my family Ron’s future and life. And for that I’ll hate him always and find him despicable," Fred Goldman told ABC last week. The industry trade publication Broadcasting & Cable editorialized against the show Monday, saying "FOX should cancel this evil sweeps stunt." One of the nation’s largest superstore chains, Borders Group Inc., said last week it would donate any profits on the book to charity. Also last week, Judith Regan, would-be publisher of Simpson’s book, said she did not pay Simpson for the rights to publish his book. "What I do know is I didn’t pay him," Regan said in an eight-page statement titled "Why I Did It." "I contracted through a third party who owns the rights, and I was told the money would go to his children. That much I could live with." Regan also said in the statement that she wanted Simpson’s "confession" because she herself was once a victim of abuse. "I made the decision to publish this book, and to sit face to face with the killer, because I wanted him, and the men who broke my heart and your hearts, to tell the truth, to confess their sins, to do penance and to amend their lives." Although Regan has acknowledged that Simpson does not directly say that he killed his ex-wife and her friend, she said she considers the book to be his confession. Regan said Simpson approached her with the idea for the book, which reportedly was sold for $3.5 million. "If I Did It," which was to be published by ReganBooks — an imprint to HarperCollins, was scheduled for release Nov. 30. FOX had planned to air a two-part TV interview of Simpson on Nov. 27 and 29. In the television world, the closest precedent for such an about-face came when CBS yanked a miniseries about Ronald Reagan from its schedule in 2003 when complaints were raised about its accuracy. The Reagan series was seen on its sister premium-cable channel, Showtime, instead. For the publishing industry, the cancellation of "If I Did It" was an astonishing end to a story like no other. Numerous books have been withdrawn over the years because of possible plagiarism, most recently Kaavya Viswanathan’s "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," but a book’s removal simply for objectionable content is virtually unheard of. Pre-order sales had been strong, but not sensational. "If I Did It" cracked the top 20 of Amazon.com last weekend, but by Monday afternoon, at the time its cancellation had been announced, the book had fallen to No. 51.

Fox News (Thanks Alix) 

It is nice to know that Rupert Murdoch had the balls to do what he did during November sweeps

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Did Madonna’s new book bomb because of David’s adoption?
November 17th, 2006 under Books, Madonna. [ Comments: none ]

It may not be true after all that all publicity is good publicity. Take Madonna. Her hellacious month of bad press concerning the adoption, legal or otherwise, of a Malawian child has turned out to be a buzz kill for book sales. "The English Roses: Too Good to Be True" has been an out-and-out bust so far. Madonna’s latest children’s book, released on Oct. 24, has sold just 9,000 copies, according to Nielsen Bookscan. By contrast, the first "English Roses" book has sold 350,000 copies since its release in 1993. But most of those were sold soon after publication. It’s not like Madonna didn’t do anything for this new book. She did interviews with Oprah, Regis, "Dateline," etc. But by the time she did them, the adoption scandal was in full force. Despite some positive feedback, Madonna has mostly been criticized for prying a 1-year-old away from his father. Rarely in pop culture history has a plan so exploded in a celebrity’s face. It probably didn’t help that this column pointed out that Madonna’s children’s books bear a warning that all proceeds go to Philip Berg’s Kabbalah organization. Of course, the irony there is that the proceeds, according to publisher Callaway Editions, go to Madonna, and then she writes the check to Kabbalah. “We have no idea what she does with the money,” says a Callaway source.

Fox411 

Would you buy a book by Madonna for your child?

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Kim Cattrall will do anything to sell books…
November 10th, 2006 under Books, Captioned By Me, Celeb Oops, Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City. [ Comments: none ]

At least she wore underwear, but it is still nasty. Ewwww. Seriously, she needs to remember this is not her Sex and the City days. 
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