If you need something to read this summer, celebrity books offer an intimate look into the lives of the stars we love. When everybody from Mario Lopez to Toni Braxton has a book out, it’s no surprise that there are so many to choose from. Many celebrity books have topped the New York Times bestseller list such as “Just Getting Started” by Justin Bieber, “Sweet Little Lies” by Lauren Conrad, and “Si-Cology” by Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson. Who doesn’t love great fitness tips, dieting secrets, Hollywood scandals, and rags to riches stories? And don’t forget the children’s books! While you lounge near the pool and work on that beautiful bronze tan, check out some of these new additions to the writing world!
“Just Between Us” by Mario Lopez is about his life in the entertainment industry and how his family and moral values made him the man he is today. Lopez gets personal with the steamy details of his rocky relationships in the public eye. Readers will see the highs and lows of the “Saved by the Bell” star who found his storybook ending with a gorgeous wife and kids. His book comes out on September 30 from the publisher Celebra.
“Rebels: City of Indra” is a work of fiction by Kendall and Kylie Kardashian about two girls named Lex and Livia. These two characters embark on a journey together in what sounds like a world in the distant future. There will be a “beautiful paradise floating high in the sky and a nightmare world of poverty carved into the tunnels beneath the surface of the earth.” It kinda sounds like the real world when you put it like that! It came out on June 3 from Gallery Books.
“The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness” by Maria Menounos is about getting fit the fast, cheap, and easy way. The cover states, “How I Lost 40 lbs and kept it off – and how you can too!” The small bikini pic of the “Extra” hostess looks stunning compared to Star Trek-inspired workout gear. In the book you’ll find “EveryGirl Rules,” for example:
EveryGirl Rule 1: Being Healthy is More Important Than Being Thin. “Choose good fats and carbs like olive oil and whole grains over unhealthy low-calorie crutches like diet soda.” You can pick it up on June 3 published by Zinc Ink.
Mariah and Nick Cannon are getting into children’s books with the holiday release of “Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas.” Carey and Cannon married in 2008 and Carey gave birth to fraternal twins in 2011. The twins were named Monroe, after Marilyn Monroe, and Moroccan Scott, after the location where Cannon proposed to Carey. Join in the Christmas fun when this book comes out October 28 from Orchard Books.
Bethenny Frankel has penned a cute pink book inspired by her dog, Cookie, and her daughter, Bryn, who she calls “Peanut.” “Cookie Meets Peanut” is about a dog that gets jealous when her owner has a baby girl. Frankel previously went to number five on the New York Times Best-Sellers list for her book “A Place of Yes,” a self-improvement book. “Cookie Meets Peanut” will hit shelves on September 23 from the publisher Little, Brown Books.
“One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” by B.J. Novak is a collection of short stories from the former cast member of “The Office.” Readers will find stories about a boy winning $100,000 in a box of cereal, a woman who seduces a motivational speaker, an artificially intelligent woman, a vengeful bunny, and more. So basically, if you loved Ryan Howard from “The Office,” you’ll love this. It came to stores on February 4 from Knopf Doubleday Publishing.
Chelsea Handler poses in a black gown with an elephant on the cover of “Uganda Be Kidding Me.” This book proves that Handler is a master of comedy even when she is doing humdrum things like walking through airport security. Handler has written five bestsellers, such as “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea” and “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me.” Handler’s book came out on March 11 from Grand Central Publishing.
Learn how to meditate with Russell Simmons in his book “Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple.” Simmons believes that the most fundamental key to success is meditation and guides readers to use stillness “as a powerful tool to access their potential.” In this book, Simmons gives testimonials from other celebrities like Russell Brand, Ellen Degeneres and Deepak Chopra. His previous bestseller “Super Rich” hit the bestseller list and talked about wealth through balance, joy, and conscientious living. Gotham published Simmons’ book on March 4.
Fierce, fashion, and Furstenburg are three words every covergirl should know. Diane Von Furstenburg is a fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, grandmother, and writer as seen in “The Woman I Wanted to Be,” this biography about her amazing life. The designer, formerly known as Princess Diane of Furstenburg because of her marriage to Prince Egon of Germany, is iconic for her creation of the wrap dress and the luxury lifestyle brand named after her. Simon & Schuster publishes her book on November 4.
An icon of acting, Nick Nolte, brings his memoir to the public with “Rich Man, Poor Man: A Memoir.” He has been through divorces, drugs, alcohol, and Oscar noms while still living to tell the tale. Somebody give this man an Oscar already! His starring in the 1976 show “Rich Man, Poor Man” paved the way for his fame. William Morrow published “Rich Man, Poor Man” on March 25.
Lea Michele reveals all in her illustrated memoir/how-to book/style guide. Prety pictures! Michele knows what the public want. Her portrayal of Rachel Berry made a huge impression on the hit show “Glee.” Fox renewed “Glee” for its sixth season (six seasons already-wow!) which will premiere in 2015. For everyone who ever wanted to be a popstar and L’Oreal spokesperson, this book will be your bible. Crown Archetype published “Brunette Ambition” on May 20.
Say you’ll lover her again with Toni Braxton’s new biography “Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir.” Braxton talks about becoming a solo singer and having a son with autism. Sensitive issues like her abortion because of the acne treatment Accutane and her strictly religious upbringing bring readers into the mind of the queen of R&B. As a child, she wasn’t allowed to wear pants or go to the movies! “Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir” came out on May 20 from It Books.
Bob Saget writes about being a butcher’s son, a struggling stand-up comic, Danny Tanner on “Full House,” and the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” in his new book called “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian.” He was such a squeaky clean dad on “Full house” that it makes sense to address his raunchier side like when he played the foul-mouthed celebrity on “Entourage.” It Books published Dirty Daddy on April 8.
Marlo Thomas hit the bigtime with her sitcom “That Girl” in 1996 and has published six books. She is an activist for women’s voices and it shows in her new book “It Ain’t Over…Till it’s Over: Reinventing Your Life and Realizing Your Dreams Anytime, at Any Age.” Maybe it should have been renamed “It Ain’t Over Until This Extremely Long Title is Over.” The book introduces us to sixty amazing women who launched a business, went back to med school, and divorced their cheating husband, among other inspirational adventures. Atria Books published it on April 8.
Rob Lowe makes the news a lot because his dashing good looks never seem to age. His new claim to the spotlight is a book titled “Love Life” recalls how he almost dated Madonna in the 80s, how he faked playing the sax for Bill Clinton, and how Warren Beatty slept with his then-girlfriend. He published his first book in 2011 which was called “Stories I Only Tell My Friends.” Simon & Schuster released the book on April 8.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Victoria Fuller, a Bachelor Contestant, Once Dated Chase Rice
The Bachelor is one of the most popular reality TV shows of today. It has been on the air for more than 20 years and it is safe to say that season 24 is going to deliver once again. There is sure to be plenty of drama with the recent revelation that one of the contestants, Victoria Fuller (who is currently trying to compete for Peter Weber’s heart), was once in a relationship with a popular country music artist. That artist would be Chase Rice. This information already has fans of the popular reality TV show swooning; however, there is another bombshell that everyone should note. Chase Rice is going to be performing on one of the upcoming episodes. How will Victoria Fuller react? What was their relationship like? These are questions that everyone is asking.
First, people should know that Chase Rice, who is now 34 years old, is not exactly new to the scene of reality TV. He actually appeared on the show Survivor when it was located in Nicaragua back in 2010. During that time, he actually finished as the runner-up, an impressive feat. It was after that appearance that he released a six-track EP that put him on the map. This EP was so popular that he went on to land a lucrative music deal, released two subsequent albums, and then even reached the top spot on the country music radio charts with one of his later singles. He actually went on ABC dating services to try to promote his music and didn’t even realize that Victoria Fuller, an ex of his, was on the show. This sets up for some interesting drama.
Since she joined the show, Victoria Fuller has also grabbed everyone’s attention. People seem to be split on their opinion of her. She made waves on the show during the very first night when she joked about how dry her sense of humor was as she got out of the limo. She went on to make an off-color remark in front of Peter Weber which instantly polarized the audience. This quip has people theorizing about what her relationship with Chase Rice, now a veritable star in the world of country music, is like.
During a more recent episode, Fuller went on to open up about her true personality. She surprised some people when she said that she was actually shy. This actually went against her actions on the show, when she started to make out with Peter Weber in front of a large crowd that was gathered at the Revolve fashion show. During the make-out session, she was actually modeling some skimpy lingerie. She certainly didn’t seem shy during that scene. Even a medical sales representative fired back, saying that he had heard numerous negative stories about Victoria Fuller. Perhaps this is why her relationship with Chase Rice didn’t seem to go anywhere.
For now, much of what people are hearing are just rumors. There are only two people who know what truly happened during the interesting relationship between the current contestant on The Bachelor and the country music star. Now, everyone is waiting for the upcoming episode to see what it is going to be like when Victoria Fuller and Chase Rice lock eyes once again. That will take place in front of a large national audience. What will Victoria’s reaction be? What will Chase’s reaction be? What impact is this going to have on the rest of season 24 of The Bachelor? Drama is sure to ensure, just like in every episode.
Why Very Cavallari’s Kristin and Kelly are No Longer Friends
Current Very Cavallari star and Laguna Beach alum Kristin Cavallari is on top of the world these days. She is the owner of a successful jewelry and lifestyle brand, Uncommon James, with two brick-and-mortar stores in Nashville and Chicago. She’s married to NFL star Jay Cutler and lives in the country with her children, Camden, Jaxon, and Saylor. While it may seem like Cavallari has the perfect life, it has been tarnished by plenty of heartbreak, including a feud with her ex-best friend Kelly Henderson.
Long-time viewers of the show would know that Henderson, a celebrity stylist, was featured prominently on the series. Cavallari was seen going with Henderson to an appointment about Henderson’s fertility in episode two. In another episode, Cavallari was even trying to find her friend a boyfriend. These two were inseparable and Cavallari has said how much she has valued Henderson’s friendship.
Now it is season three of the show and Henderson is no longer a prominent figure. A main plotline is that there is a feud between Henderson and Cavallari. It turns out these two are no longer friends.
Rumors started in Season 2 of Very Cavallari that Kelly Henderson and Cavallari’s husband Cutler were having an affair. The gossip did put a strain on the pair’s friendship. Cavallari explained her side of the story in an interview with People Magazine. She didn’t think the rumors were true and it wasn’t the accusations of them having the affair that caused her to be upset. Instead, it’s what Henderson did after that made her mad.
Henderson continued to speak about Cutler on social media and didn’t even bother to reach out to Cavallari to discuss any of the rumors. This lack of concern on Henderson’s part is what caused Cavallari to be concerned about her friend and think that Henderson was just using her to further her career by being on the reality show. In a Season 3 episode, Cavallari is seen explaining to the cameras and her pal, Justin Anderson, that she thinks her former friend “drank the Kool-Aid” and has just been using her for her own advantage. Henderson has since spoken out about this and told Anderson that she was not interested in the show and if she was, she wouldn’t have been bothering Cavallari about the show. Instead of bothering Cavallari about the show, it seems that Henderson has just stopped responding to messages and texts altogether.
Cavallari’s husband, Cutler, whom she married in 2013, doesn’t have much to stay about the whole situation. He’s known for being pretty reserved and quiet on the show so this isn’t a surprise. When Cavallari did vent to him about the fallout with Henderson during a lunch date, he simply just apologized to his wife.
Cavallari is known for her trust issues. Before she owned her empire, she was a rising star on MTV’s Laguna Beach. On this show, she was battling it out when then-nemesis Lauren Conrad and her ex-boyfriend, Stephen Colletti. This fame at an early age has left her with a guard up, which she explained while talking to Anderson during the episode. She said that she has had people take advantage of her for their own personal gain and when she saw Henderson doing this, it triggered her.
According to a source in the People Magazine article in January, Cavallari and Henderson still haven’t spoken. Cavallari is very hurt about the situation and she thought Henderson was her best friend and doesn’t understand why she wouldn’t reach out and explain why she handled the situation the way she did. So far, Henderson has just disappeared on Cavallari. It sounds like this relationship is over.