Category: Books

Rick Springfield arrested on suspicion of DUI in Malibu

Rick Springfield arrested on driving under the influence charge Rick Springfield, the guy who sang "Jessie's Girl," was arrested in Malibu on Sunday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sheriff's deputies pulled over the soap actor-turned-crooner in his 1963 Corvette around 8 p.m., making the traffic stop near Pacific Coast Highway and Trancas Canyon Road, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

"He made a maneuver away from the light and it prompted them to stop and pull him over," Whitmore said. It was unknown what Springfield did that caught the deputies' attention.

When they pulled him over, deputies said, they smelled alcohol on Springfield's breath and asked him to breathe into a breathalyzer. The 61-year-old blew a 0.10% on the field sobriety test, according to Whitmore. The legal limit in California is 0.08.

Springfield was arrested and taken into custody at the Malibu/Lost Hills Station. After he sobered up, Whitmore said, the singer was released on $5,000 bond around 2:10 a.m.

That's the same station where Mel Gibson was taken after he was arrested "without incident" on a DUI charge in 2006. Once details of that arrest were leaked, it turned into quite an incident for the actor.

Rick Springfield arrested after appearance at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Earlier on Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Springfield had joked that he would take his pants off to keep one bored audience member interested. Promoting his new memoir "Late, Late at Night," he said he would not be reprising his role as Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital," nor strutting his stuff on "Dancing With the Stars."

Springfield also divulged that he never did get the girl who inspired "Jessie's Girl," according to Jacket Copy.


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Photos: Rick Springfield's mug shot taken after his arrest on suspicion of DUI, right, and the author-actor-singer earlier in the day at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, left, at USC on May 1, 2011, right. Credits: L.A. County sheriff's department/ Reuters, right; David Livingston / Getty Images, left.

Melissa Leo book will include turbulent times with John Heard

Melissa Leo will write a memoir Melissa Leo, fresh off her televised F-bomb after winning at the Academy Awards, is coming to a book store near you.

Leo, who won the supporting actress Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for "The Fighter," will publish a memoir with Simon & Schuster, slated for release in 2013.

The publisher promised a memoir from the "Treme" actress covering "decades working in both television and film, as well as her childhood, and tumultuous relationship with actor John Heard," EW said.

Leo and Heard have a 24-year-old son, Jack. In 1996, the Oscar winner accused Heard of stalking the boy, herself and a new beau following their own split. Heard was formally charged in 1997.


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Photo: Melissa Leo at the New York premiere of HBO's "Treme." Credit: John W. Ferguson / Getty Images.

Kara DioGuardi describes molestation, date rape in her memoir


Kara DioGuardi is getting very personal in her new memoir "A Helluva High Note," revealing stories of molestation, date rape and sexual harassment from her past.

First, there was a family friend's teenage son, who repeatedly molested her when she was just 11. "On one particular day, he took me into the back shed of his house and put his hands all over my breasts and vagina," she describes in the book. "I remember freezing and not knowing what to do."

Years later, with her songwriting career on the rise, the former "American Idol" judge says she was date-raped. DioGuardi describes how a friendly dinner with a "fairly known producer" turned ugly. "[W]ithin a few hours, he was on top of me, pumping, sweating, and speaking to me in Spanish, not a word of which I could understand."

Sexual harassment came next. In her memoir she describes how a "hugely successful artist" took her on a songwriting trip. Rather than working on his music, she says, he spent the trip "watching Russian porn, scavenging around the kitchen for food [and] leering at two strippers ... as they performed sex acts in the living room."

She tried to keep a professional relationship with the artist, but finally quit after an incident where he tried to force her to touch his privates.

Today, DioGuardi is busy with "Platinum Hit," her new Bravo show that premieres May 30, and hopes to start a family with husband Mike McCuddy. That's why she gave up on "Idol" and asked to be let out of her contract, she said.

"I wanted a child and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of 18-hour work days and live TV," she writes. "I had undergone three unsuccessful rounds of IVF during Season 9."

"Leaving was painful and there will always be a part of me that wanted to stay. But my desire to be in control of my destiny was larger than my need to be a household name."


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Photo: Kara DioGuardi. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times.

Ashley Judd shares stories of sexual abuse, drugs and neglect in 'All That Is Bitter and Sweet'


Ashley Judd's new memoir, "All That Is Bitter and Sweet," is the latest bombshell bio to hit bookstore shelves, with shocking details and accusations of drug use, sexual abuse, neglect and lies.

While her mother, Naomi, and sister Wynonna made up the famous country duo the Judds, the actress reveals she felt like an outcast.

"I loved my mother, but at the same time I dreaded the mayhem and uncertainty that followed her everywhere ... I often felt like an outsider observing my mom's life as she followed her own dreams," Ashley Judd writes.

Part of that mayhem came from her mother's love life. Judd explains in the tell-all that Naomi became pregnant with Wynonna, but the father, Charlie Jordan, didn't want anything to do with raising the baby. Instead, Naomi led Ashley's dad, Michael Ciminella, to believe the baby was his.

Unfortunately, Ciminella didn't fit the daddy profile either. According to the "Someone Like You" star, there was always "marijuana inside the house," and he was "prone to taking hallucinogenics." It got even worse when Naomi's next boyfriend turned out to be an "abusive full-blown heroin addict with a criminal record."

Judd also exposes stories of sexual abuse saying, "An old man everyone knew beckoned me into a dark, empty corner of the business and offered me a quarter for the pinball machine at the pizza place if I'd sit on his lap."

With such a rocky childhood, Judd confesses that when her mother and sister are quoted saying "our family put the 'fun' in dysfunction," she's left wondering, "Who, exactly, was having all the fun? What was I missing?"

Of course, Naomi and Wynonna aren't keeping quiet about the memoir either. Wynonna told "Entertainment Tonight," "The veil has been lifted. Secrets keep you sick, and families will heal once you get real."

Naomi put it this way, "I think it's key for us to spend time figuring our own reality. Every unhappiness is tied to a story, and we have to go back and figure out our stories. And then it's our stories that connect us."


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J.K. Rowling could cast her spell with Harry Potter e-books

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— Emily Christianson

Photo: Ashley Judd at the Regency Hotel in Manhattan. Credit: Jennifer Altman / For The Times.

J.K. Rowling could cast her spell with Harry Potter e-books

J.K. Rowling considering Harry Potter e-booksThis post has been updated. See note below for details.

J.K. Rowling could bring Harry Potter back to life (again) in the form of an e-book.

Perhaps that Avada Kedavra killing spell is losing its potency.

The British author noted for her tales of the boy wizard -- and also her doorstop-weighing 800-page books -- is thinking about finally making them available on iPads and Kindles.

"We are currently actively looking at all the various options for Harry Potter in this space, that is e-books," Neil Blair, Rowling's London-based agent at Christopher Little Literary Agency, told the Associated Press in an email.

Blair said Rowling had been watching the developing market and waiting for the right moment to release her books in that format. Um, because the author worth $1 billion needed to make more money?

About 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide. That's a lot of pages that required costly printing, which would be much, much cheaper if produced in the e-format.

It would also be a dream come true for those of us who sometimes pretend our iPad is a real-life version of Harry Potter's Daily Prophet newspaper.

Harrypotterexhibition_re In other Potter news, the magical world comes to life at Harry Potter: The Exhibition at Discovery Times Squre in New York, manifesting the wizarding world and Hogwarts for viewers to experience. The 14,000-square-foot showcase of movie sets, costumes and props, which already apparated in Chicago, Boston, Toronto and Seattle, is scheduled to continue its tour outside North America.

Spoiler alert: At CinemaCon, "Harry Potter" producer David Heyman gave away some secrets about which scenes made the cut in the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part II."

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in the seven-book series, was released in 2007 and the final installment of its big screen adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will hit theaters July 15.

Updated, 2:30 p.m. April 4: This post originally said producer David Heyman was at WonderCon.  Heyman was actually at CinemaCon. The post has been revised to reflect that.


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Photos, from top: "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling; a room in the Harry Potter: The Exhibition traveling attraction in New York. Credits: Ben Stansall / AFP/Getty Images; Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Snooki on 'Letterman': Top 10 reasons to buy her 'Shore Thing'


Gosh, is there anything Snooki can't do? Add "reading from cue cards" to the growing list of accomplishments from Nicole Polizzi, the "Jersey Shore" star who is now an author and the stuffing for a New Year's Eve ball.

Snooki does a top 10 on her book for David Letterman The pint-sized tan one paid a visit David Letterman to deliver his popular "Top 10" list — offering reasons why the world should purchase her novel, "A Shore Thing."

We'll let you watch the countdown above but do offer you our favorite, No. 5: "Includes helpful tips on how to clean Ron-Ron juice out of your Camaro."



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Photo: Snooki makes a book-tour stop at a Borders in New York. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press.

Marilu Henner reveals superior memory of all things Marilu Henner

Marilu Henner Marilu Henner knows what you did last summer -- as long as you spent the summer with Marilu Henner. The "Taxi" sitcom star, seen most recently on "Numb3rs," has a "superior autobiographical memory," she said Monday on "The Early Show."

Henner, 58, was among a handful of similarly skilled people profiled on "60 Minutes" Sunday night. "We have a certain area of our brains that's larger than most people's," she explained. "But, I know that it's also been a muscle that I've exercised."

Henner was quizzed on "60 Minutes," and passed with flying colors. According to a neurologist on the show, folks with this skill are right about 99% of the time.

For example, what was she up to Oct. 26, 1976, asked Leslie Stahl (who'd just been reminded of what Henner ordered when they shared a meal in 1993)? "1976 was a Tuesday," Henner said. "Oh, I went to shoot a ring-around-the-collar commercial in Venice, Italy." 

"That's it," Stahl said.

"And you saw a second-and-a-half mood shot of Venice and then a gondolier singing, 'Of Love I Sing, tra-la-la-la, for you got ring around the coll-la-la.' And I went, 'My powder didn't work.'"

(This revelation does put a new spin on her red carpet appearance at the "How Do You Know" premiere last week. How do you know? Well, duh.)

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PREACH IT! The Situation is taking over our brains. Our brains!

Mike-the-situation-sorrenti We just read an excerpt from the Situation's new how-to book. You know, the one that helps the planet live more like the Situation. And now every times we open our yaps, we speechify like a freakin’ beach gorilla over here.

Here's an excerpt from the Situation's new self-help tome, in which we learn how to scope out the fresh threads:

If you want to bust out a deep-V that's safety-cone orange because you think that's your color, then wear the hell out of that fruity shirt so everybody in the club knows that nobody owns it like you do. ... I wear what makes me feel good because I'm at the tip of the spear — the cutting edge of fashion that's fresh to death. ... When I enter a store, I trust my eye to zero in on what's mint. That's the single most effective system I have for knowing when to pull the trigger on a purchase. If I find myself hemming and hawing, that's a clear indication that the garment in question is not destined to make my rotation. I walk away from the rack because I've failed to make a connection to those threads.

Booyah, man! Own it like you mean it! Block those grenades! Beat up that beat with the blowout that ... I have no idea what I'm saying.

But we sure will buy that safety-cone orange T-shirt if you say so, Sitch.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Photo: Mike "The Situation" knows how to bust out his threads, like he did at an event in West Hollywood on Sept. 12. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images

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Deanna Favre doesn't say much at all about sexting allegations involving husband Brett

Deanna Favre, wife of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, appeared Thursday on "Fox & Friends" to promote her new book, "The Cure for the Chronic Life." It was an engagement made in advance of her husband's recent newsmaking.

"Well, I won't go into anything personal, but faith really is my crutch," said Favre, who wrote the book with HIV-positive pastor Shane Stanford.  "It's always been my crutch.  It gets me through.  It got me through many struggles. ... That's the reason Shane and I wrote this book."

Oh, Deanna, you're killing us! Still, it's all relative. After her brother's death, her husband's struggles with painkillers and alcohol and her own battle with breast cancer, allegations that Brett sent unwanted advances and below-the-belt naked pics to sideline reporter Jenn Sterger when he was with the New York Jets probably might not be enough to move Favre's stress needle.

"I feel awesome.  I feel really good," says the six-year breast cancer survivor, who is now into triathlons.

The book, she and Stanford said, lays out a 40-day spiritual plan for making it through a hopeless or difficult time.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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Russell Brand writes about his Kate Moss courtship

Russell Brand Russell Brand belongs to a California Gurl now, but once upon a time the comedian was enamored with British supermodel Kate Moss.

He opens up about the Moss days in his new book, "Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal," a sequel to his successful first memoir, "My Booky Wook."

"I had a mad infatuation with her. I didn't feel all cool. It didn't feel like a conquest, it felt like I fell down a well," he said, according to the UK Sun.

Brand recalls one of their first encounters years ago at a concert the blond attended with Jude Law ex Sadie Frost.

"I'd only been famous for about half an hour. Then she sort of looked at me and smiled, then she sent me a text message a bit later, saying, 'Do you wanna meet up?'"

Their relationship ensued among paparazzi and personal assistants. Now that he's engaged to pop star Katy Perry, Brand's only concern is Moss' feelings over being written about.

"What I tried to do is some sort of portrait of a contemporary goddess. I hope it [wasn't] too personal because all I wanted to render was what it was like to be in the glow of such a figure, for a brief period. That's all I was trying to get across."

We dare say she likely won't mind.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Russell Brand attends the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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