The Entertation Index: August 30
Bolton, Michael — Sultry soul singer Michael Bolton has announced that he is in the process of writing his memoirs as a fledgling musician, successful songwriter and award-winning solo artist. Bolton told reporters that the book will detail “the heartfelt emotions and vital forces created in a lifetime spent developing gifts and pursuing passions,” adding that “Like a sculptor working with stone, I want to remove all that is less wise, less noble, less patient, less present, until I become something closer to perfection.” If this is how Michael Bolton actually talks, I look forward to joining the rest of the world in never, ever reading his memoir ever.
Link: Memoir Coming from Michael Bolton (NY Times)
Gaga, Lady — As the “Born This Way” singer works on her upcoming album ARTPOP, sources tell UK’s The Sun that Gaga has decided to take on an unorthodox way of creating the album: she’s recording it completely nude. And if you think that’s unorthodox, you should see Gaga’s method of singing from her diaphragm.
Link: Lady Gaga Records Material Naked (The Sun)
McMurtry, Larry — Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry, writer of Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment and over twenty more ultra-famous novels, recently held an auction in his hometown of Archer, Texas in which he auctioned off the bulk of his massive 450,000 book collection. Before you get too excited though, bear in mind that 300,000 of those books came from several pallets of the autobiography Hooking Up with Tila Tequila which were once delivered to his home by mistake.
Link: Writer Larry McMurtry Auctions off Most of 450,000 Book Collection (Reuters)
Nelson, Jerry — Who’s Jerry Nelson, you may ask? He was none other than the voice and puppeteer of countless Muppets over the years, including Count von Count, Dr. Teeth, Harry Monster and Sherlock Hemlock. And sadly, he passed away earlier this week at 78. A part of all our childhoods goes with him, and our best go out to his family. His work will truly live on.
Link: Muppet Puppeteer Jerry Nelson Dies at 78 (Washington Post)
Rover, Curiosity — Katy TX, On Tuesday, the Mars Rover Curiosity finally succeeded in its most amazing feat to date: it beamed the will.i.am song “Reach for the Stars” to the earth from the surface of the Red Planet. That’s right, everyone. We finally have the world’s most advanced rover on the surface of Mars and we’re using it as the world’s most far away mp3 player. Hooray for America!
Link: Mars Rover Curiosity Beams will.i.am song from Red Planet Surface (LA Times)
Sheen, Charlie — Based on mediocre reviews and a middle-of-the-road ratings since its premiere in June, the network FX has ordered a whopping ninety episodes of Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom Anger Management — which, based on its initial ten-episode seasons, means that we’ll get eight more seasons of the show. This news, as you may surmise, officially means the decision makers of FX are clearly just as insane as Charlie Sheen.
Link: FX Orders 90 More Episodes of “Anger Management” (NY Times)