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Chelsea Peretti Hosts Book Signing Without Having Written a Book

Chelsea PerettiCan you hold a book signing without having written a book? Comedienne Chelsea Peretti decided to do just that.

Peretti (pictured, viaannounced on Twitter that she wanted fans to bring whatever books they wanted and meet her after a performance. They came in droves and brought a plethora of different titles.

According to BuzzFeed, Peretti signed and left comments in Bossypants by Tina Fey, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Hedge Funds For Dummies, and more. After the impromptu event ended, she sent out a tweet with this message: “fun book signing last night.”

Whoopi Goldberg to Write a Book On the Pitfalls of Marriage

Whoopi GoldbergLegendary entertainer Whoopi Goldberg (pictured, via) has landed a deal to write a book on the negative attributes and pitfalls of marriage.

Hachette Books will publish the not-yet-titled book in September 2015. Goldberg, who has been married three times, will look back on her own personal experiences for this project.

Goldberg had this statement in the press release: “I get to hear from a lot of different people about relationships and this got me trying to figure out why the divorce rate is SO high. It occurred to me that as one who has done it badly often, I might have some insight into why a person might not put her best foot forward in a relationship. I’ve realized there are certain things you have to come to terms with in life, like managing your own expectations, telling the truth, reconciling true love with other aspects of your life, including wealth or even celebrity. It’s hard to really know the other person’s agenda, but if someone says ‘you complete me’…RUN!!!”

Who Would Usher Recruit For a Book Club?

UsherUsher headlined the “Bigger Than Words” webcast at Scholastic headquarters. The Grammy Award-winning recording artist (pictured, via) took part to support the “Open a World of Possible” literacy initiative.

During the event, one kid in the audience asked Usher who he would recruit for a book club. The entertainer named actor Morgan Freeman, actress Scarlett Johansson, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and cartoon superstar SpongeBob SquarePants.

Usher later sat for an interview with Vulture and confessed that he forgot to mention that he also wants Sean Connery to be a member of his book club. Follow this link to watch a full replay of the webcast.

‘The Hobbit’ Actress Evangeline Lilly Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For First Book

TaurielEvangeline Lilly, a children’s book author and the actress who plays Tauriel in The Hobbit movies, aims to to raise money for First Book. To try to meet this goal, she has launched a crowdfunding campaign on

Lilly (pictured, via) will give away signed copies of her forthcoming book. One lucky donor will accompany her to the world premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which will be held at London’s Leicester Square. Here’s more from the Prizeo page:

“Don’t worry if you’re not in London – roundtrip flights from anywhere in the world and hotel will be covered. This premiere is going to be incredible, and I want you to ride with me to the premiere, walk down the red carpet with me, and watch the film before anyone else gets to see it. I’ll have a groomer and make-up artist on hand to do you up and make you look rockin beforehand, too.”

Jennifer Lopez Stars in Book Trailer

Penguin Random House has unveiled a book trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s memoir. The Hollywood entertainer stars in the video embedded above—what do you think? The publication date for True Love has been scheduled for November 04, 2014. (via Beyond Beautiful JLo)

Channing Tatum to Star as Gambit in the ‘X-Men’ Spinoff Movie

Channing TatumChanning Tatum (pictured, via) will star as Gambit for a X-Men spinoff movie.

Tatum has also signed on to serve as a producer for this film adaptation. Screenwriter Josh Zetumer has been brought on to oversee the script. Chris Claremont, the Marvel Comics writer who created this character with Jim Lee, penned the first draft of the script.

Here’s more from Deadline: “The storyline is being kept under wraps. The character, which also goes by the name Remy LeBeau, has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, causing the object in question to explosively release its charge on impact. The character materialized in a short burst in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

Marvel Reveals a Special Look at ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

A special look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron aired during last night’s episode of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show.

The video embedded above features a scene with all the members of The Avengers and several allies. Follow this link to watch the first teaser trailer.

Marvel Studios recently revealed that 11 adaptation projects will come out starting in 2015 up until 2019. See the complete list of movies and the theatrical release dates below.

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Celebrities Serve as Readers on Amy Poehler’s Audiobook

Yes Please AudioSaturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler has enlisted several celebrity friends to serve as narrators for the audiobook edition of her memoir, Yes Please.

The participating readers include Sir Patrick Stewart, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Kathleen Turner, and Poehler’s parents. It also includes a recording of Poehler’s one night only live performance at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

The Wall Street Journal has posted a SoundCloud clip with Stewart reading Poehler’s haiku about plastic surgery. Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, released the audiobook, the eBook, and the hardcover book yesterday.

John Green Shoots a Behind-The-Scenes Video On the ‘Paper Towns’ Movie Set

John Green has shared a behind-the-scenes video for the Paper Towns film adaptation on the vlogbrothers YouTube channel. The young adult novelist is serving as one of the executive producers for this project.

In the video embedded above, Green introduces executive producer Isaac Klausner, director Jake Schreier, and actors Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair, and Justice Smith. Thus far, it has drawn more than 2,000 “likes” on Facebook.

Green has also posted several photos from the movie set on his Tumblr page. Paper Towns will hit theaters on June 19, 2015.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange

SherlockBenedict Cumberbatch (pictured, via) has been cast to take on the title role for Marvel’s Doctor Strange film adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, other Hollywood stars who were being considered for this part include three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin PhoenixThe Notebook actor Ryan Gosling, and Academy Award winner Jared Leto.

Filmmaker Scott Derrickson will serve as the director for this project. Screenwriter Jon Spaihts will oversee the script; the first draft was a collaborative effort between writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during that Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960′s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.” (via The Verge)