Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday, 15th August 2008



***Lead singer for Aerosmith Steven Tyler's memoir, promising coverage of "his early music career and influences, his legendary partnership with Joe Perry,

the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades, their music, his epic romantic life, his relationship with his four children (including actress Liv Tyler),

life on the road and in the spotlight, the economics of the rock star business --

and all the sex, drugs, and rock and roll a reader could ask for," sold to Ecco, at auction,

reportedly for over $2 million (Crain's NY), by Lisa Queen at the Queen Literary Agency (world).

The band as a whole told their story in the 2003 book Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith.

***Author of the bestselling Purpose-Driven Life Rick Warren's THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTMAS, based on a holiday message he delivered to 38,000 Christmas attendees at Saddleback Church,

which he calls "the clearest presentation of the Good News I've ever written,"

also sharing the 50-year-old Warren family tradition of having a Birthday party for Jesus, sold to Denny Boultinghouse at Howard Books, for publication in October 2008.

***Under a new deal with the Gotham Group, Simon & Schuster is seeking projects with multimedia potential.

The idea that appearance is valued more than performance is one of those painful facts of life that people always hate to be reminded of.


***Tom Cruise's producing partner Paula Wagner said Wednesday she will leave her job as chief executive of United Artists to produce projects independently.

Wagner will continue to co-own the studio with Cruise and "be attached to UA's most exciting film properties," UA and its parent company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. added in a joint statement.

Cruise and Wagner were brought in to head UA in November 2006.

***Sid Ganis has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The Academy's Board of Governors voted Ganis a fourth term as topper on Tuesday night.

All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
*** The only fruit with seeds on the outside are strawberries.
*** Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
*** Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman.
*** Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

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