'The View's' Sherri Shepherd Opens Up About Diabetes With New Book

July 5th, 2013 12:12pm EDT
Sherri Shepherd
Comedienne, author, co-host of The View - Sherri Shepherd is a woman of many talents. Most recently, she's bringing her sense of humor to the serious subject of living with diabetes in her new book, Plan D: How To Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It). Sherri took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with BFTV about writing her second book, and how she's enjoyed making us laugh for years.

When readers crack open Plan D, "I want them to be able to laugh," said Sherri, who is herself Type 2 diabetic. "I don't want people to be paralyzed by fear when they get the dia...

Novelist Vince Flynn Dies At 47

June 19th, 2013 1:36pm EDT
Vince Flynn
Accomplished novelist Vince Flynn passed away Wednesday at age 47, after a years-long battle with prostate cancer, according to multiple media reports.

Flynn is survived by his wife and three children.

He is best known as the author of the long-running Mitch Rapp series of thriller novels. The latest Mitch Rapp book, The Last Man, was published in November. The next book in the series, The Survivor, is to hit shelves on October 8. also lists an as-yet-untitled debut book for a new series co-written with Brian Haig, which is slated for May 6, 2014.

Flynn's first book, Term Lim...

Billy Idol To Make His Return With New Album And Book Deal

May 31st, 2013 3:42pm EDT
Billy Idol
Punk rock pioneer Billy Idol is set to explode back onto the music scene with his first new album in eight years and a tell-all book charting his rise to fame.

The Rebel Yell singer has revealed he is about to start work on a new record, his first album of original material since 2005's Devil's Playground, and he hopes to release it next year.

The 57 year-old rocker, "We're building up to make a new album in the autumn. I've been gradually putting new songs together... It's as easy and as difficult as it's always been.... I still find it really exciting."

Idol has also b...

Nick Carter To Publish Memoir

May 24th, 2013 12:11pm EDT
Nick Carter
Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has written his first memoir. Publishers at Bird Street Books will be releasing "Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It" on September 24.

The book will feature Carter's life as a teenage heartthrob, his struggles with substance abuse, as well as his family troubles, including the death of his sister, Leslie, who passed away in 2012.

The book's release coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Backstreet Boys. In April, the band was immortalized in Hollywood, landing the 2,485th star on the Walk of Fame.

Singers Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littre...

'Glee' Star Lea Michele To Publish Her Memoir

May 23rd, 2013 7:13pm EDT
Lea Michele
Random House will publish "Glee" star Lea Michele's book about her life. The autobiography, "Brunette Ambition," is described as "part memoir, part how-to and part style-guide."

The book will feature Michele's life growing up in New York City, her stint on Broadway, and her role on the popular FOX series.

The actress said in a statement: "There wasn't a guidebook when I was growing up, that detailed everything I would need to do, and know, to get where I am today. But I believe I can write one of sorts: not a how-to-make-it-in-show-business book, but a guide to harnessing tenacity, passio...

Jessica Alba Honored With Champion For Children Award

May 21st, 2013 7:50pm EDT
Jessica Alba
On Monday, multi-talented actress Jessica Alba was honored in Connecticut in acknowledgment of her philanthropic efforts.

The Machete star, who has two young daughters, was handed the Champion for Children Award by Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, the director of Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center at a luncheon event at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.

Alba was given the honor for helping advance the center's mission through her work, which includes her eco-friendly baby product line Honest and her book, The Honest Life, based on bringing her children up in a non-toxic household.

Jason Segel Writes 'Nightmares!' For Young Readers, Random House Bites

April 24th, 2013 6:02pm EDT
Jason Segel
Jason Segel is now an author. The "How I Met Your Mother" star has inked a book deal with Random House to write a children's series.

The actor is co-writing "Nightmares!" with author Kirsten Miller. The series will center on a group of kids who must save their hometown from fear, which has manifested itself in the form of nightmare creatures that appear in the everyday world.

Segel said in a statement: "Ultimately, it's a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try. These are the types of stories that always inspired me."

The three-book ser...

Alex Pettyfer Films Test Sex Scene For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

April 24th, 2013 4:41pm EDT
Alex Pettyfer
Director Gus Van Sant has recruited Magic Mike actor Alex Pettyfer to film a test sex scene for the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.

The Good Will Hunting filmmaker reportedly shot steamy sample footage to the show's producers in a bid to land the coveted job of adapting E. L. James' erotic novel for the big screen.

According to the website, Van Sant enlisted 23-year-old actor Pettyfer, who bared all to play a rookie stripper in Magic Mike, to tackle the role of sado-masochistic billionaire Christian Grey.

The footage they shot is believed to be a sex scene, but it is n...

Beach Boys Co-Founder Brian Wilson To Pen Autobiography

April 18th, 2013 5:53pm EDT
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is set to open up in an uncensored story of his life in a new memoir, 24 years after the release of his controversial 'autobiography' surprised the music industry.

The Beach Boys legend stunned critics when he teamed up with a magazine journalist for 1991's Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story, in which he apparently revealed a catalogue of childhood abuse at the hands of his father and admitted for the first time he had suffered alcohol and drug addiction and serious mental illness.

The book's validity was questioned because it was released while Wilson was under round-the-cl...

Gwyneth Paltrow Defends New Cookbook Over $300 A Day Meal Claim

April 11th, 2013 5:30pm EDT
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken out over the alleged costly recipes in her new cookbook, "It's All Good," calling her critics sensationalist bloggers who are just looking for some attention.'s Beth Greenfield, who writes for the site's lifestyle blog Shine, estimated that following Paltrow's recipes for a single family for one day would cost over $300.

"That is insane," Gwyneth responded via ABC morning show Good Morning America. "I mean this meal here is like $2 a person so I don't know where they're getting (that figure). I say I like honey, like raw honey, and a jar is $25, but it...