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The 100's Ricky Whittle Joins 'American Gods' Adaption; Author Neil Gaiman Won't Let Them 'White-Wash' It

The 100's Ricky Whittle Joins 'American Gods' Adaption; Author Neil Gaiman Won't Let Them 'White-Wash' It

Ricky Whittle is moving to Starz for American Gods.

The 34-year-old The 100 actor will star as Shadow Moon in the project, from Neil Gaiman‘s book of the same name, Deadline reports.

American Gods centers on a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.

Shadow Moon (Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

Neil took to Twitter to comment on the “white-washing” potential of the project. Read his tweet below:

Singer Simon Curtis Signs Exciting Book Deal!

Singer Simon Curtis Signs Exciting Book Deal!

A congrats is in order for Simon Curtis!

The recording artist and Spectacular! star just announced that his debut novel, “Boy Robot,” has been acquired by Simon Pulse for publication on November 15!

“Boy Robot” is the first in a planned science fiction trilogy that follows a group of synthetic cell human teens with special abilities as they fight against the government organization that created them, and now wants to destroy them.

“I’m excited to finally share this book after starting to tell the story years ago in my first album,” Simon said. “I’ve always made music for people who feel like outsiders, and I’m thrilled to say Boy Robot continues that narrative in a big way.”

Meanwhile, his album Super 8 Bit Heart is available now on iTunes.

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Emma Watson Kicks Off 2016 With Feminist Book Club

Emma Watson Kicks Off 2016 With Feminist Book Club

Emma Watson is going to make the most of 2016 — and her first task? Starting a book club and not just any book club, a feminist book club!

The 25-year-old actress and activist let fans know what she was up and her initiative on Facebook.

“As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too,” she wrote.

Emma added, “The plan is to select and read a book every month, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). I will post some questions/quotes to get things started, but I would love for this to grow into an open discussion with and between you all. Whenever possible I hope to have the author, or another prominent voice on the subject, join the conversation.

“If you fancy it, please join up and participate. Everyone is welcome. I would be honoured!”

TELL JJJ: Will you join Emma’s book club?

The Thundermans' Addison Riecke Teams Up With Write Brain Books & Gifts Patients at CHLA!

The Thundermans' Addison Riecke Teams Up With Write Brain Books & Gifts Patients at CHLA!

Addison Riecke is giving the gift of reading this holiday season!

The 11-year-old Thundermans actress has teamed with Write Brain Gives, the new philanthropic initiative of Write Brain Books that will make it possible to bring the power of the experience to underserved children and underfunded organizations that serve those in need.

“Reading and writing have always been important to me, and I think that in today’s world of rapid-pace technology its important to take a moment to put pen to paper, use your imagination, and improve literacy skills at the same time. I’m so proud to be teaming with Write Brain Gives to offer underserved kids a chance to learn, grown, and tell their own stories,” Addison shared with JJJ.

Just recently, Addison made a visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with Write Brain Books founder Meredith Scott Lynn where they donated Write Brain Books and Authors Kits to children and their families.

Write Brain Books are colorfully illustrated, wordless books that inspire kids of all ages to write, igniting self-expression and inventive storytelling while developing vital skills. 5% of net proceeds from the sale of all Author’s Kits will go to fund Write Brain Gives.

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Beauty Blogger Kristina Bazan Announces New Book 'On The Go' - Out Now!

Beauty Blogger Kristina Bazan Announces New Book 'On The Go' - Out Now!

Kristina Bazan is on a roll!

The 22-year-old not only just covered her first Vogue mag ever and was announced as a L’Oreal ambassador, but now she has a book out too!

“Here it is. On The Go, the book is born. For two years, I have poured my heart and soul into it. Writing has always been one of the most liberating things for me, whether it’s songwriting or writing for Kayture. I decided to call it ‘On The Go’ as it represents this crazy train of life I think we are all on. It’s been written on planes, car rides, in hotel rooms accross the world… It is not a biography and it is not the typical step by step guide,” Kristina shared.

She added, “This book is 240 pages of text, black and white art photography exclusive to the book and especially a deeper conversation starter engaging new questions. It’s an introspective approach to life, questioning everything and aiming to go past the norms to define your own momentums. I could have kept going, I could have kept writing, adding and changing things but it was time to share it with you. And I couldn’t be prouder and happier. It’s my baby.”

“Thank you for your constant support my loves, I have a big surprise for you in it as you guys might find your face at the end of the novel. We’ve taken more than 200 selfies from the hashtag #Kayturettes and #Kaytour and created a collage of our best moments together. This to say how truly, deeply, grateful I am for everything. The book is for now only available in french but we are expecting an english version very soon! Find it in Switzerland now in all libraries Fnac and Payot, you can also purchase it on www.editionsfavre.com and Amazon. The official release in France is planned for January but anyone can purchase their copy online! Cheers ????? Cover shot by @jameschardon #WriteYourOwnStory #KristinaBazanONTHEGO,” Kristina concluded.

Nastia Liukin's New Memoir 'Finding My Shine' Is Out Now!

Nastia Liukin's New Memoir 'Finding My Shine' Is Out Now!

Nastia Liukin can now add author to her impressive resume.

The 26-year-old DWTS alum and Olympic medalist just debuted her memoir, “Finding My Shine”.

“Writing a book has always been a dream of mine. For a while I didn’t know who I was without gymnastics in my life anymore and had lost my confidence and self esteem,” Nastia dished to JJJ about her book.

She added, “I moved to NYC, started school at NYU and slowly began to find my shine again. I thought this was the perfect time to write my memoir as I finished one chapter of my life and am about to start the next.”

In “Finding My Shine”, Nastia shares not only her journey of success, but also her biggest challenges, with the hope of empowering girls and young women to realize that although we all have “faceplant” moments – its how we handle them.

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Watch Alex Pettyfer Reading from New Book 'Blood, Ink, & Fire' (Exclusive)

Watch Alex Pettyfer Reading from New Book 'Blood, Ink, & Fire' (Exclusive)

Alex Pettyfer is getting ready to release the upcoming book “Blood, Ink, & Fire” and to celebrate the launch, he sat down and read an excerpt for this new video, given exclusively to the JJJ Book Club!

The 25-year-old actor is involved with the release via Upturn Publishing, his production company’s publishing wing, and if you pre-order the book right now, he will send you a signed photo.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Alex Pettyfer

“Blood, Ink & Fire,” written by Ashley Mansour, will be released on December 1. The novel is a gripping, evocative tale that asks, who would we be without books?


Alex Pettyfer Reads an Excerpt from ‘Blood, Ink & Fire’

Here's Why Harry Potter Named His Son 'Albus Severus'

Here's Why Harry Potter Named His Son 'Albus Severus'

Have you ever wondered why Harry Potter named his son after Professor Severus Snape despite the character being mean to him throughout the entire series? Well you’re in luck because author J.K. Rowling is revealing why he did it!

Harry’s son is named “Albus Severus” after Dumbledore and of course, Snape.

Here is the question that Jo responded to: “Why did you pick Snape to name Harry’s kid after? I’m genuinely curious as he was nothing but abusive towards everyone.”

“Snape died for Harry out of love for Lily. Harry paid him tribute in forgiveness and gratitude,” she wrote in response. “I’ve got to say this: you lot have been arguing about Snape for years. My timeline just exploded with love & fury yet again. Never change x”

After that tweet, Twitter exploded and Jo returned to discuss the topic for several hours.

Click inside to read the rest of the tweets on the subject… More Here! »

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