Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Nicholas Sparks on failing to finish a novel.

Nicholas Sparks n Miley Cyrus
My favorite mistake is when I start a novel before I’m ready to write the novel. It’s happened a couple of times in my career. After I wrote Message in a Bottle, I started a book called The Best ManI thought I had most of the story in my mind, and I got two thirds of the way through. It was only then that I realized I shouldn’t have started it at all. Last year I had a novel that ended up in the catalog for Grand Central Publishing called Saying Good-Bye. It was never published.
                           Released on October 11, 2011.
The Best Of Me
The Last Song is a film by Julie Ann Robinson
Saying Good-Bye was the story about three people, two women and a man. Years earlier the women had gone to Italy when they were in college, and one of the women had fallen in love with this Italian guy.

Genius of the Cinema

Noted film historian and silent comedy authority, Jeffrey Vance draws on exhaustive research and interviews with those who knew Chaplin to produce this definitive illustrated account describing in lively detail the atmosphere on Chaplin’s film sets and his relationships with the cast and crew, his first attempts at comedy sequences that later became famous, the development of his scenarios and characters, and the main themes and ideas that persist through the major Chaplin films.
Composed with full access to the Chaplin Family archives. Coincides with the DVD release of Chaplin’s Classic film through MK2 and Warner Home video.
Introduction by David Robinson
With an interview by Richard Meryman       
Charlie Chaplin (UK, 1889-Switzerland, 1977) is one of cinema's mythical figures, while the character he played so often has become an icon. After a childhood in Dickensian London and early work on the stage, it was his move to Hollywood that enabled him to express his rich talent to the maximum, becoming the undisputed master of the burlesque genre in its golden age. His best known feature films, including City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940), were made in the 1930s and combine comedy with social and political comment. With the advent of sound, Chaplin put away his baggy trousers, walking stick, broken-down shoes and bowler hat and set about developing ambitious dramas. But during the cold war period his free lifestyle and left-wing political affiliations obliged him to leave the USA. While his last European films, Monsieur Verdoux (1947) and Limelight (1952), did not have the same popular success as his earlier work, they remain major masterpieces.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Allison Pearson reveals agonies in writing her latest book

I Dont Know How She Does It;The Film

        A new trailer has been released for I Don’t Know How She Does It starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan.The film is based on the book by Allison Pearson about a finance executive who is the breadwinner of her household, but can’t handle the basics including baking a pie for her daughter’s school.The comedy will be released in theaters on September 16.
Best-selling author tells of how she was engulfed by 'bad clinical

"I think something I do have in common with [her fiction's teenage protagonist] Petra's life is that, like a lot of little girls, when I was young I wanted to be perfect, and I worked really hard to be good at everything. So I thought I'd be able to put my foot on the accelerator and get myself out of a depression but it doesn't work."

            Allison Pearson, the journalist-turned-bestselling author, yesterday spoke of the depression that engulfed her while writing her second novel and the anger she felt at her book being branded as "superior chick-lit".


             She told the Independent columnist Christina Patterson on the final day of the Woodstock Literary Festival, that she "fell into a bad clinical depression" while writing I Think I Love You, about a teenager's obsessive crush on the 1970s pop star and pin-up, David Cassidy.

Book Title: I Dont Know How She Does It

Allison Pearson's debut novel, I Don't Know How She Does It, is a rare and beautiful hybrid: a devastatingly funny novel that's also a compelling fictional world. You want to climb inside this book and inhabit it. However, you might find it pretty messy once you're in there. Narrator Kate Reddy is the manager of a hedge fund and mother of two small children.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

'Priceless' Nicole Richie's 30th birthday

September 22, 2011 |  2:11 pm                                                                                                            Nicole Richie turned 30 on Wednesday, celebrating a new decade with her better half, friends and family in Beverly Hills.

Richie and her party took over the Royal Suite at the swanky Beverly Wilshire for a grown-and-sexy fete with no particular theme. 
"To me, this most important thing is that my friends just come and have a good time, nothing too forced," Richie told us while getting ready, husband Joel Madden at her side. 
In sparkly vintage red mini and spiked Louboutins, Richie received pals including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, father Lionel Richie, Mindy Kalling, Samantha Ronson and Quincy Jones.
RichieBday2We pointed out that the Regent was quite an adult venue for someone just crossing the threshhold into her 30s, and she agreed: "I am so classy! Classy with a K, but classy. I'm almost there with the C."
Jokes aside, Richie opened up about her journey from reality-show wild child to married mother of two. 
"If life was about one lesson, we'd all be perfect. But it's not," she said. "I try to learn lessons every day. Life is about waking up and going out there and being the best version of you."
Her morning and afternoon were spent with daughter Harlow, 3, and son Sparrow, who celebrated his second birthday Sept. 9.
"Their life doesn't stop when it's my birthday. They have school and ballet and this and that. I was just a mom, which I'm totally happy being," she said, "My son just had his birthday, and they just don't care. They're birthdayed out! We just had the cake and the song and the whole bit." 
Richie did enjoy some tiny spoils, however, such as a tiered birthday cake with gold detail, a dance-off in the suite led by emcee Ronson and the obligatory playing of her dad's hit "All Night Long."
A video montage was projected starring her kids and close ones, and the Winter Kate designer did land one exclusive gift — the unreleased Samsung Galaxy SII, which she used to snap pics of her guests throughout the evening.
"I'm so excited about this new chapter in my life and so ready for something new," Richie said. "So many of my girlfriends say that your 30s are the best. I couldn't be more ready."
Book Title: Priceless
By: Nicole Richie

Meet Charlotte Williams… Rich, gorgeous, blonde and a talented singer, she has everything going for her. Spoiled and indulged, her life has always revolved around fashion, gossip, partying and men. When Charlotte’s father – her only family since her mother’s tragic death years ago – is arrested on fraud charges, her glittering world shatters around her. Alone and penniless, she must make her own way for the very first time. Harassed by paparazzi and the outraged victims of her father’s crimes, Charlotte flees to New Orleans to escape the scandal. But what happens when a Park Avenue Princess is forced to fend for herself? How will she adapt to the Big Easy’s bohemian lifestyle? And in the face of anonymous death threats, can she keep herself out of danger? From the stylish avenues of Manhattan and dark clubs of the French Quarter to the bright lights of Los Angeles, Nicole Richie’s scintillating tale shows that the very life you run from is the one that won’t let you hide.

Chapter 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         "Hello, Davis, how nice to see a familiar face so soon." She shook his hand."Miss Charlotte, it's a pleasure to have you back in New York. The city has been very quiet without you."She laughed. "I doubt that, Davis, but thanks. Is the car very far? My shoes are killing me. 

Friday, 23 September 2011

Haruki Murakami wins this year’s ‘Premi Internacional Catalunya’

Book Title: Norwegian Wood  
By : Haruki Murakami
Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.
Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
A poignant story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.

        Barcelona (ACN).The Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has won this year’s prestigious international prize, the ‘Premi Internacional Catalunya’. It is awarded annually by the Catalan Government to individuals who have contributed decisively with their work to develop cultural, scientific and human values around the world. Last year, former US President Jimmy Carter received the award. Other winners have been: the leader of Myanmar’s opposition Aung San Suu Kyi, the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, American writer Harold Bloom, French oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau,British philosopher Karl Popper,Indian economist Amartya Sen, former Czech Republic President and writer Václav Havel, or former European Commission President Jacques Delors, among others. Murakami was awarded by the jury because “his work transcends its cultural environment and he has become a reference for the literary world”. The author of ‘Norwegian Wood’,‘Kafka on the Shore’ and ‘After Dark’ has an individual universe, which switches between dreams and reality. According to the prize’s jury, “he has built a literary bridge between East and West”. The Premi Internacional Catalunya includes a prize of  80,000 euros and a sculpture from Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

One Day Bestseller In Asia

Book Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
‘I can imagine you at forty,’ she said, a hint of malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’
He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go on then.’
15th July 1988. Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.
So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year which follows?
One Day is a funny/sad love story spanning twenty years, a book about growing up – how we change, how we stay the same.
‘One Day is a wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad. It’s also, with its subtly political focus on changing habits and mores, the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe’s What A Carve Up. – John O’Connell, The Times.
‘The funniest, loveliest book I’ve read in ages. Most of all it is horribly, cringingly, absolutely 100% honest and true to life. I lived every page.’ – Jenny Colgan.
‘A brilliant book about the heartbreaking gap between the way we were and the way we are…the best weird love story since The Time Traveller’s Wife’ – Tony Parsons.
One Day - the movie
In June, July and August of 2010 we travelled between London, Paris, Edinburgh and Brittany, making our film version of One Day. Lone Scherfig directed, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess played Emma and Dexter, and a wonderful cast, including Jodie Whittaker, Romola Garai, Rafe Spall, Ken Stott, and Patricia Clarkson, played the other roles.
At time of writing, the movie is still in the final stages of post-production, but will be released in July 2011 in the US, August and September elsewhere . It's not a slavishly faithful adaptation - the eight-hour version of One Day will have to wait - but I hope we've stayed true to the tone and spirit of the book, and I hope you enjoy the movie.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Levi Johnston’s inimitable prose — worthy of a William Shatner reading


        Book Title: Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin' Crosshairs

        Say what you will about Levi Johnston (and I’ve said my bit of it), you can’t deny that he has a — frankly in­cred­ible prose style. Just read one excerpt from hissoon-to-be-classic memoir, “Deer in the Headlights.”
          “I sucked in the smell of her perfume, Viva La Juicy, and was swept away. La Juicy was part of my oxygen supply, even for the year and a half we were apart. ”

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Demi Lovato Celebrates Album Release, Showcases 'Who's That Boy'

Book Title: Demi Lovato 'Here We Go Again'
                       The sophomore release from the adored diva of Disney fame debuted atop the Billboard 200. Our matching folio features all 14 tracks: Every Time You Lie * Here We Go Again * Remember December * So Far So Great * Solo * Stop the World * U Got Nothin' on Me * World of Chances * and more, plus four pages of fantastic full-color   photos!

 September 20, 2011 06:21:08 GMT

 Demi Lovato follows up her first post-rehab concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom on September 17 with the celebration for the release of her new album "Unbroken". She held the pre-release show on "Good Morning America", and performed at least two songs during the Monday gig. 

19-year-old Demi performed her lead single "Skyscraper". The pop singer said, "[It] symbolizes the journey that I was on. I was broken and ... I overcame it all. I'm standing here today, not to sound cheesy, but as a skyscraper." She also showcased another new song called "Who's That Boy" live for the very first time. 

Demi is releasing "Unbroken" across the United States on September 20. She excitedly  "AHHHH!!!! #UNBROKEN IS OUT NOW!!!!!!" The album features Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Dev, Iyaz and Jason Derulo. Hours before the release, at least three fresh tracks from the album leaked on the web. 

Monday, 19 September 2011

Selena Gomez on the cover of Australian magazines Dolly and Girlfriend

Book Description

Follow Selena Gomez throughout her journey to the top from her days on Barney and Friends to selling out concerts all over the US. Learn about her friendship Demi Lavato, her charity efforts and how she stays grounded. This fun-to-read book offers reluctant readers juicy quotes, personal stories, and accessible features such as a timeline and glossary. Selena Gomez fans will enjoy the colorful photos -- a must-have for collectors. 

September 17, 2011

Selena Gomez is appearing on the cover of both Girlfriend and Dolly magazines in Australia. Speaking to Girlfriend she revealed how she loves baking cookies: "I like cookies. I love cookies… and cupcakes… and cakes." However, she is so busy with her showbiz career she admits she has only been able to make cookies once this year. Discussing her relationship with Justin Beiber she admitted to Dolly that they are both under pressure because of their fame, saying: "There's a bit of pressure there, but I don't focus on it. "I try not to read anything or get involved in the 'scandal'. "I don't get as bothered as people think I do."

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Who Is Geronimo Stilton??


      Geronimo Stilton is a best-selling children's book series published by Edizioni Piemme of Milan, Italy, since 2000. Scholastic Corporation has published the English version of the series since February 2004. Although the series credits its title character as the author, it was actually created by Elisabetta Dami. The books are intended for readers in the 9-12 year old age range.

Pittacus Lore Preparing For The War That Will Decide Earth’s Fate.

Pittacus Lore is Lorien’s ruling Elder. He has been on Earth for the last twelve years, preparing for the war that will decide Earth’s fate.whereabouts are unknown.

                            About the author:   I am Pittacus Lore. I am from the Planet Lorien, three hundred million miles away. I am one of ten Elders who lived on our planet. I am ten thousand years old. Everyone on Lorien was gifted. We are incredibly strong, incredibly fast, and we are born with powers called legacies. Despite our powers, the Elders, responsible for the defense of our planet, failed.

Lorien has been destroyed. Our entire population was killed, except for nine children and their nine guardians. The Nine fled to earth, where we hoped they would be able to hide and grow, to develop their Legacies and one day avenge the loss of Lorien. Unfortunately, the same race that destroyed Lorien followed them to Earth. They have been hunting the children and have killed three of them. The six that are still alive have started fighting back. Our war has come to your planet, and it will either be won or lost here.
I am telling the story of Lorien, the Nine, and the war at hand so you do not allow the same thing that happened to us happen to you. I am trying to find the Nine and unite them. They may be walking past you right now, or sitting near you, or watching you as you read this. They may be in your city, your town. If they are doing what they are supposed to be doing, they are living anonymously, training, and waiting for the day when they will find each other, and me, and we  will make our last stand together.  

Book Title: The Power Of  Six 
Book Description:

  I Am Number Four was an entertaining bit of young adult sci-fi in theaters last year. It did make money, but it was mostly overlooked even though the book on which the movie was based was a bestseller. The book series continues even if the movie franchise is shelved.

Olivia Wilde "Cowboys & Aliens"

By Radar Staff
She’s sexy. She’s famous.  And she is incredibly witty!

Cowboys & Aliens
 and The Change-Up star Olivia Wilde is featured on the October 2011cover of Allure Magazine, where she dishes about her painful divorce, the rumors surrounding her love life and how she learned how to just ‘be herself’ in Hollywood.

“In order to be dating all the people they think I am, I’d need four vaginas!” the actress joked during her extensive interview about the slew of Hollywood hunks she has been linked to since her divorce from film director and Italian princeTao Ruspoli. “It’s impossible!”

Wilde, who wed at 18, admits that her divorce was “the most difficult thing” she has ever dealt with, and that “she jumped into a stage of adulthood prematurely”.
Around the same time, she began her acting career, and explains that she was instructed that “sex sells” and that she needed to trade in her turtlenecks for skimpy tank tops.

“I went through this kind of A Star is Borntransformation, where they made my hair very blonde, and I got very skinny, and I was like, ‘And now, I fit the mold!’” she exclaims.

“If I could tell young actresses anything, it would be to just be yourself through and through. I mean, really be hardcore about sticking to your identity, because what makes you unusual is what’s going to assure your success.”

After putting on weight during her divorce, she talks about the public scrutiny that surrounded her new look.
“I’m just kind of appalled by that.  I’m like, ‘You know what?  I am not a melted heap of sadness on the ground, so I think I’m doing pretty good.’”

The October 2011 issue of Allure Magazine will hit newsstands on September 20.
Book Title: The Dawn Of Silvia


Captivating . . . Wilde pulls you in, touches your heart, and keeps you wanting more. Ruth Nielson, Arizona