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Lena Dunham Records Advice Videos to Promote New Book

Actress Lena Dunham has shot a series of “Ask Lena” advice videos in promotion of her forthcoming memoir/advice book. Thus far, twelve videos have been uploaded to YouTube on the “Not That Kind of Girl” channel.

The video embedded above features the “ASK LENA #5: Insecure writer” piece. Random House has scheduled a release date for September 30, 2014. (via Entertainment Weekly)

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Lorde Unveils New Song From ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1 Soundtrack

Lorde has unleashed the lead single from the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. The video embedded above contains the full track, “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

According to Lorde’s Tumblr post, this piece is the Grammy Award winner’s attempt at getting inside Katniss Everdeen’s head. Do you think she succeeds?

Lionsgate has created several promotional videos for this movie including two “Panem Addresses” from the evil President Snow and the recently unveiled trailer. The next installment of The Hunger Games film series will be released on November 21, 2014. (via The Wall Street Journal)

Nathan Lane Teams Up With Life Partner For Picture Book Series

Nathan LaneActor Nathan Lane (pictured, via) and his life partner Devlin Elliott will team up as writers for a picture book series. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will release the first installment, Naughty Mabel, in Fall 2015.

According to the press release, the story follows “a fabulous French bulldog based on Lane and Elliott’s very own naughty (but adorable) pup. Mabel is the queen of the Hamptons and has a penchant for getting her perfectly pedicured paws into trouble.”

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (representing Lane and Elliott) and Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary (representing Krall). Chanda will edit the manuscripts. Animator Dan Krall has been brought on to create the illustrations.

Aidan Gillen Joins ‘The Maze Runner’ Film Cast

Scorch TrialsAidan Gillen has become well-known for playing the evil Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on the Game of Thrones HBO series. The actor has signed on to step into the shoes of another villain for The Maze Runner film franchise.

Gillen will portray Janson (a.k.a. Rat-Man). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gillen’s character “becomes the main antagonist of the Maze Runner books.”

Shooting for The Scorch Trials, the second installment of the series, is set to start in October 2014. A theatrical release date has been scheduled for September 18, 2015.

Journalist Leslie Bennetts Lands Deal For Joan Rivers Biography

Joan RiversVanity Fair entertainment reporter Leslie Bennetts has landed a deal with Little, Brown to pen a biography about the late Joan Rivers. Rivers (pictured, via) died in early September 2014.

Prior to her passing, Bennetts met Rivers several times. According to The New York Times, Bennetts explained in a statement that she was drawn to this story because “Rivers’s career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy…”

To write the book, Bennets plans to conduct interviews with friends, other comedians, and business associates The publishing house has scheduled a release date for 2016.

VIDEO: Neil Patrick Harris Demonstrates How His Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book Works

Tony Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris stars in a trailer for his forthcoming imaginative nonfiction book, Choose Your Own Autobiography.

In the video embedded above, Harris sings his Hedwig & The Angry Inch show warm-up routine, sinks into quicksand, and performs several other outlandish acts—what do you think?

Crown Archetype, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will release this unconventional memoir on October 14, 2014.

Matt Smith Cast in ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ Adaptation

ppzActor Matt Smith has been cast in the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies film adaptation. Smith is best known for playing the Eleventh Doctor on the Dr. Who TV series.

The book was originally envisioned by author Seth Grahame-Smith who transformed Jane Austen’s beloved novel into a mash-up story. Quirk Books released the book back in January 2008.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The long-in-the-works, on-and-off again project is finally going before cameras Sept. 24 with a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth. Burr Steers is behind the camera.”

James Franco’s New Book ‘Hollywood Dreaming’ Arrives This Month

hollywooddreamingActor/director James Franco has a new book coming out from Insight Editions later on this month called Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems.

In his latest work, The Paris American’s “Poet of the Week” from April, tells his story of coming up in Hollywood through poetry, short stories, photos and paintings. USA Today has an excerpt of the new work. Here is a sample:

When I say I’m a clown, it means that I don’t fear embarrassment. That means that my inhibitions are nil; that I know how to take off the restraints and dance; that I can dance, and sing, and write, and perform in such a way that I can make people laugh. I have the power to make people laugh. Yes, I can make them cry too, but it’s the power of laughter that is more valuable.

Chloë Sevigny Inks Book Deal with Rizzoli

Chloë Sevigny BookFashion icon Chloë Sevigny has landed a deal with Rizzoli for the Chloë Book. Kim Gordon, best known as a singer and guitarist for the rock band Sonic Youth, will pen the forward.

This photography book project will include personal pictures from Sevigny’s high school days, polaroids, film stills, and high fashion pieces. A release date has been set for April 07, 2015. (via Fashionista.com)

Forrest Gander Remixes a Beyoncé Interview Into a Poem

Queen BeyPoet Forrest Gander has created a poetry remix piece called “Bey The Light.” The words were sourced from an interview that diva Beyoncé gave to Dominic Teja Sidhu and Christopher Bartley.

The piece is featured in the recently released issue of CR Fashion Book alongside a photo spread. Beyoncé (pictured, via) did not know that her interview responses would be constructed into a poem. Follow this link to read the full poem.

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