An alternative title for this article could be Rihanna Finds Another Way to Distract Us From the Fact That She Hasn’t Released New Music in Three Years.
Kidding. I love Rihanna, I worship the ground she walks on, I’d let her murder my family if it would make her smile, and I’ll follow her all the way into the fiery depths of Hell.
But now I don’t have to go to Hell to find her, I can just go to the bookstore! Rihanna is publishing, what she calls, a visual autobiography!
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Rihanna is like Barbie. There’s no job that she can’t, or won’t, do. The combined income from her music, movies, makeup, and lingerie, has led to Rihanna becoming the world’s richest female musician. And, in classic Rihanna fashion, she wants more.
The superstar’s latest business venture is a book titled, fittingly enough, Rihanna.
The work is a collection of over 1,000 photos of the singer. In a trailer uploaded to her youtube channel, it was revealed that the book will include everything from images of her as a child living in Barbados, to never before seen backstage pictures of her most iconic moments in both the music and fashion industries.
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In addition to this, there will be three versions of the autobiography available for purchase. All versions include the same amount of images, though they have different book covers, and come with different bookstands. The most expensive version, dubbed Rihanna: Ultra Luxury Supreme, includes what is described as a “custom marble pedestal” for display purposes. All bookstands included were designed in collaboration with The Haas Brothers, the twin artists known for their sculpture work.
I’m unsure what this version costs, as it’s already sold out, but I do know that the standard edition of Rihanna goes for a whopping $150.
Rihanna won’t be released until October 24th, so you have some time to start saving up. Maybe you can buy one of those marble pedestals on the black market? Only if it comes down to that, of course (it will).
Back in May, Taron Egerton played Elton John in his biopic Rocketman to great critical acclaim. Now Egerton’s Elton is returning to our ears for the audiobook of Me, the singer’s forthcoming memoir.
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When asked about the opportunity to play the iconic singer once again, Egerton had this to say:
“Elton John is a fascinating man, at times incredibly intimidating and yet very vulnerable, I have never met anyone like him. I was passionate about my role as Elton in the movie Rocketman and this feels like the perfect closing chapter to the whole experience. I am honored to have been asked to narrate Elton’s autobiography and I’m excited to get started.”
The autobiography is said to show the life of Elton John from a perspective that has yet to be seen; his own. Readers will get an inside look at topics like John’s sobriety, and his thirty year strong relationship with husband David Furnish. On top of this, Entertainment Weekly has reported that the audiobook will be thirteen hours long and will feature Elton himself.
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The memoir and the audiobook will both be available on October 15th, just four months after the premiere of Rocketman. Egerton told ABC News that playing this role has not made him and Elton coworkers, but friends as well.
“Having him there as a resource was incredible, because it meant the whole experience for me became intensely personal. The most important thing you do as an actor when people say ‘how do you prepare,’ it’s that regardless of who you’re playing, you fall in love with them because you have to become them. So when I developed this friendship with Elton, that was a very intense feeling.”
As I’m sure all self-deprecating social commentary warriors are aware, Fox’s animated sitcom Family Guy turned twenty this year. The show centers on the Griffin family who live in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island. As South Park‘s younger sibling (by fifty-ish episodes) it has offered us many a politically incorrect glimpse into the mind of its creator, Seth MacFarlane—glimpses outlined by the endearing nature of Saturday morning cartoons. Except the first episode didn’t air on a Saturday…it aired on a Sunday: January 31st, 1999.
Since then, the show’s outlandish success has given Seth MacFarlane the type of creative freedom and voice that is usually only recognizable in the work of Hollywood’s greatest monarchs; people like Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. And yes, I used the word monarch on purpose—for some reason I’ve always associated Hollywood’s hierarchy with that of a Monarchy. Accomplished old men inhabiting the position of king, while Beyonce rules as Queen, naturally.
Not only does MacFarlane serve as the adult cartoon’s creator, but he is also an animator, voice actor, and writer for the series. His ambition and comedic fortitude have led to the creation of various Family Guy-like spin-offs, a sub-par Star Trek parody, and brilliant films such as Ted and Ted 2 (the latter being less brilliant). Despite whatever critical response his work may have received MacFarlane has never lost his sense of mockery, insight, and charm that seems to universally resonate with all of the overworked and underpaid “every man/woman” who retreats to their couch after a long day of not writing for network television. One can’t help but respect a man who has navigated the kingdom of overtly dramatic awards shows, self-obsessed talk shows, and aimless red carpet events with enough humility to lampoon popular culture admirably—and often.
The upcoming book (set to be published on May 14th), Inside Family Guy: An Illustrated History by Frazier Moore maps the development of the show before and after its first fateful Sunday. The book will feature a “full-color visual guide honoring [the show’s reign—from storyboard’s to character sketch to script excerpts to cast and crew interviews.” The product’s most intriguing inclusion (in my opinion) is the forward written by Seth MacFarlane himself. It can be read below, so no need to ever purchase this book—you’re welcome.
If you’re holding this book, I assume you’re in line at the airport gift shop and just realized you forgot to buy something for your nephew with the Adderall thing. Well, luckily for you, Fox figured, “In this digital world, what’s better than a heavy, cumbersome coffee-table book that also destroys our quickly vanishing forests?”
It’s hard to believe Family Guy has been on the air for 20 years. And that’s because it technically hasn’t. The show was cancelled multiple times by different people, all of whom have long since been fired. The last cancellation occurred in 2001, which historians agree was the worst thing to happen that year. Fortunately, Family Guy was revived in response to massive sales of DVDs, which, I assume, stands for “Dick Van Dyke.”
When the show first aired in 1999, Bill Clinton was president, Roseanne had to express her racist thoughts to one person at a time and the quickest way to become a millionaire was to burn your balls with McDonald’s coffee. Yes, a lot has changed since then. But one thing that hasn’t changed are the jokes. We put the same ones in every week.
Few shows are lucky enough to last so long that their writers die of natural causes. As of this printing, Family Guy has aired more than 300 episodes and shows few signs of slowing down, having received a variety of awards printed on surfboards and a handful of positive reviews. Uhp, I’m now being forced to mention the Family Guy mobile game, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. Relive the fun of the show with hilarious in-app purchases. It’s “freakin’ sweet. (TM)
In all seriousness, I am truly grateful to everyone who has made this show possible. What started as the student project of a bespectacled RISD geek grew and flourished thanks to the tireless work and enormous contributions of a hugely talented collection of writers, producers, artists, cast and crew. But most of all, I’d like to thank the devoted fans, who literally brought Family Guy back from the dead and allowed us to continue working on this show we all love.
Complex reports that Cardi B is going to be writing a book! On Sunday, the twenty-six-year-old rapper did an Instagram live and defended herself against those who seek to undermine her due to her Bronx upbringing.
“Let me tell you something,” Cardi said. “I am a rapper. I am a bitch that came from the streets, that came to the industry. I wasn’t a Disney channel star. I wasn’t a nun. I wasn’t a saint.”
She ended the live by stating, “Y’all don’t gotta worry about it, y’all don’t gotta tell my story,” Cardi said. “Want to know why y’all don’t gotta tell my story? Because I’m going to write a book about my life.”
Cardi followed up Live with the following comment on Twitter:
I never claim to be a angel I always been a street bitch Ya be glorifying this street rappers that talk and do that grimmey street shit but they can’t stand a street bitch!
There is no confirmation of her promise to write a book, but I think it would be pretty cool to see one of the biggest rapping superstars writing a book! I would buy it for sure. What kind of stories do you look forward to reading from her, or what would you like to know about her?
As 2019 continues on, we have a lot of book releases to look forward to. Heck, if you want to see the list of the top three books I can’t wait for, check out this list.
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Now you might notice that one of those books, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and The Last Trial of Harper Lee, is non-fiction. That book has not come out yet, but in honor of my anticipation here are five non-fiction books that have come out this year and are, above all, wonderful, eye opening, great reads.
Released on January 22nd, Stephanie Land’s autobiography beautifully describes her life, post-eviction, as she recalls being tossed onto the street, working as a maid in houses she could never afford just to make ends meet and struggling with poverty. With dreams of moving to Montana, attending college, and becoming a full-time writer, Land’s life-long goals are always just out of reach, pushed back by childcare fees, heating bills, and rent. It’s a memoir that takes you through the underbelly of America. Gritty, soul-crushing, this is one for the masses to take heart.
Don’t believe me? Well, look at how the Nation states, “[i]n the end, her life does take a turn that sets her on the path to becoming a published author. But it is not a kind of fairy-tale twist so much as a gradual confluence of good luck.”
Released January 15th, Joshua D. Mezrich’s autobiography describes the tribulations and hardships of being a surgeon. Questions like “How much risk should a healthy person be allowed to take to save someone she loves?” or “Should a patient suffering from alcoholism receive a healthy liver?” are questions he faces on a daily basis, but nonetheless they are life changing.
A transplant surgeon by trade, the book opens with Dr. Mezrich, ferrying organs, getting aboard a small plane that winds up getting caught in a violent thunderstorm. The drama speaks for itself: not only are the passengers on the plane in danger, but the people who desperately wait for those organs are in danger of dying thanks to a storm they are far away from.
What’s going to happen? Read the book, but know that on CSL’s website Kevin Kovaleski, CSL Behring’s Senior Director and Therapeutic Area Strategy Team Lead-Transplant, said, “Mezrich’s book sheds light on a critical area of medicine, one that’s ready for advancements, innovations and breakthroughs”.
Despite its release on November 13, 2018, Michelle Obama’s autobiography is still going strong, and for good reason. The Guardian calls it “frequently funny,” Vanity Fare states, “surprisingly candid, richly emotional, and granularly detailed that it allows readers to feel exactly what Michelle herself felt at various moments in her life,” while theThe New York Times noting that the book is more about motherhood than politics.
But I know what you’re asking: What’s my opinion? It’s great!
The New York Timeswrites that “[i]n Wang’s kaleidoscopic essays, memoir has been shattered into sliding and overlapping pieces. . . . Her multifaceted arguments can be gratifyingly mind-expanding” and this book truly is mind-expanding. Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, this collection of essays has stories that will break your heart, make you cry, and teach you about living with mental illness, as noted by The Paris Review which writes how it “examines schizophrenia from historical, medical, social, and emotional perspectives, and looks at the myriad ways it is misunderstood, including by the psychiatric community and schizophrenics themselves.”
The book shows that living with mental illness isn’t pretty, isn’t horrifying, but at its core is completely human.
Released January 8th, this book details the foiled plot to murder George Washington. George Washington, in case you didn’t know, was this General guy who became President or something.
I kid. It’s actually remarkable.
Back in 1776, the governor of New York and the mayor of New York City conspired to assassinate George Washington. It might have worked too, if it weren’t for that pesky would-be counterfeiter and that iron mill foreman. It’s exciting and is something straight out of a movie. It would be unbelievable, if it wasn’t true. (Here’s the SparkNotes-esque version on History Channel for those who don’t like to read)
Don’t believe me? (Why? I trust you, George) National Public Radio says, “The First Conspiracy is an excellent book, enthralling and beyond fascinating, and it’s sure to delight both fans of thrillers and American history.”
Check it out.
Also check out Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and The Last Trial of Harper Lee when it hits bookshelves May 7th.