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J.K. Rowling Reveals The Inspiration For 'Harry Potter' Nemesis Dolores Umbridge

October 31st, 2014 7:31pm EDT
Dolores Umbridge
J.K. Rowling has revealed to "Harry Potter" fans that the character of Dolores Umbridge was inspired by a schoolteacher she had a strong dislike for while growing up.

The author posted on her blog Thursday that Umbridge, played by actress Imelda Staunton and one of the most hated Potter characters in the series, was inspired by one of her teachers as a child -- one whose name she won't tell, though.

Rowling posted that the person in question was one "whom I disliked intensely on sight" on her Pottermore.com website on Friday.

"The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest," R...
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Anjelica Huston Recalls Getting Brutally Beaten Up By Ryan O'Neal

October 25th, 2014 11:01am EDT
Angelica Huston
Anjelica Huston has opened up about her tumultous relationship with Ryan O'Neal in the late 1970s. In her new autobiography, "Watch Me," the actress claims the star headbutted her during a fight and continuted to attack her while they were attending a party in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In an excerpt from the book, released by the National Enquirer, Huston claims O'Neal brutally assaulted her.

"He turned on me, grabbed me by the hair and hit me in the forehead with the top of his skull... I saw stars and reeled back. Half blind, I ran away from him," she confesses.

The actress says she locked...
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Lena Dunham Responds To Book Tour Backlash By Paying Warm-Up Acts

September 30th, 2014 8:44am EDT
Lena Dunham
"Girls" star and creator Lena Dunham has promised to pay the opening acts on her book tour after she was slammed for expecting them to perform without compensation.

Dunham is kicking off her 12-day book tour on Tuesday to promote her autobiography "Not That Kind Of Girl," and planned to have local artists from each city perform prior to her appearances.

Gawker pointed out that Dunham wasn't paying for the warm-up acts even though her book has already generated $300,000 in sales.

In response to the criticism, Dunham wrote on Twitter: "As an artist raised by artists, no one believes more t...
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Springsteen Has A New Passion

August 29th, 2014 8:17am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is the latest celebrity to add author to his resume. The rocker is turning his 2009 track "Outlaw Pete" into a children's book.

The singer and cartoonist Frank Caruso are teaming up to transform the tune into a story book that is expected to be released in November.

Caruso explained: "When Bruce wrote Outlaw Pete he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.

"Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and, for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weav...
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George R.R. Martin Promises More Shocking 'Game Of Thrones' Deaths & Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 24th, 2014 7:12pm EDT
George R.R. Martin
Author George R.R. Martin says that fans should be prepared for him to kill off more of their favorite characters in his hit "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series, which inspired HBO hit "Game of Thrones."

Perhaps the best thing about the saga is that Martin has no problem shocking fans by killing any characters he chooses (and with little warning), so it's no surprise that he's promising even more untimely endings for some of the remaining characters in his next two books, "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring."

Speaking at an event in London's Freemasons' Hall earlier this week, M...
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Alicia Silverstone Chronicles Controversial Parenting Views In New Book, 'The Kind Mama'

April 22nd, 2014 9:01pm EDT
Alicia Silverstone
Just over a week after The View host Jenny McCarthy changed her stance on vaccinations, actress Alicia Silverstone has come under fire for her own parenting beliefs.

Silverstone's new book on motherhood, called "The Kind Mama," gives advice to new moms and parents that many will deem controversial because of the star's views on vaccinations and her son Bear's diet.

The Clueless star is sure to hear that word a lot when it comes to her beliefs, like never giving Bear, 3, any medicine and keeping him on a vegan diet.

"Of course, he's never been sick-sick - just feeling a little off from ti...
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Bryan Cranston To Reveal 'Secrets & Lies' In New Memoir

April 4th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Bryan Cranston To Reveal 'Secrets & Lies' In New Memoir
"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston is writing a book. He will focus on his acting career, including intimate details of the five seasons he worked on the popular AMC series about Walter White, a chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin.

Cranston said in a statement: "Walter White taught me a lot - some of it useful, some of it dangerous. With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad."

Scribner will release the book in autumn 2015.

The actor has also appeared in the TV series "Malcolm in the Middle"...
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Keith Richards Writes Children's Book Inspired By His Grandfather

March 12th, 2014 8:36am EDT
Keith Richards Writes Children's Book Inspired By His Grandfathe
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his daughter Theodora are writing a children's book based on the rocker's life.

"Gus and Me: The Story of Granddad and My First Guitar" will center on Richards' jazz playing grandfather Augustus Dupree, also known as Gus, and how he got his grandson, Keith, interested in music.

Richards, 70, said in a statement: "I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I'm talking about. The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I b...
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Cameron Diaz Opens Up About Acne & Staying Hairy Down Below In New Book

January 4th, 2014 8:01pm EST
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz has just released the holistic guide “The Body Book” in which she doles out intimate advice on several topics, including body hair.

In one chapter, titled "In Praise of Pubes," the actress encourages women to embrace their natural hairy state.

She writes, "I hear that there's a big fad these days of young women undergoing laser hair removal on all of their lady bits…It’s a personal decision, but I’m just putting it out there: Consider leaving your vagina fully dressed, ladies. Let’s be honest: Just like every other part of your body, your labia major is not immune to gravity....
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Lady Gaga's Former Boyfriend Threatens To Sue Over Book

December 30th, 2013 10:51am EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga's ex-boyfriend has threatened a legal battle over his portrayal in a book about the international pop icon.

Lawyers representing heavy-metal drummer Luc Carl, who dated the 27 year-old singer before her music career took off, have sent legal letters to publishing giant HarperCollins and author Brendan Jay Sullivan over his tome Rivington St. Was Ours Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and The Prime of Our Lives.

Sullivan has revealed Carl is threatening legal action as he is not happy with his portrayal in the book, telling New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Gaga told me herse...
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