Writer James Patterson has a mystery for you to solve. How does the planet’s top-selling novelist churn out several books, launch a TV series, host a true-crime show and collaborate with former President Bill Clinton on a forthcoming Oval Office thriller — all within the first month of 2018?
Patterson, 70, dropped clues to how he does it all in recent phone call from his Palm Beach, Fla., home, where the “Alex Cross,” “Michael Bennett,” “Women’s Murder Club” mastermind discussed reading, writing and murder.
Let’s start with “The President Is Missing.” You’re collaborating with Bill Clinton on a fictional thriller. Wow.
No novel about a president has ever had more authenticity and a sense of history. There is a speech at the end of it. Wait, I do not want to give that away. I have to save it for the tour.
What was it like working with him on this book, which is
Ricky Martin has a huge 2018 ahead. As he gears up for the second year of his All In Las Vegas residency, the 46-year-old Latin superstar also returns to his role as Antonio D’Amico, the boyfriend of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace, in FX’s true crime anthology series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Ahead of the season two premiere Wednesday (Jan. 17), Martin stopped by The Daily Show Tuesday (Jan. 16)to chat about his role with Trevor Noah.
Martin spoke on his excitement in being included in the show as well as the importance of being a part of the story. “I’m working with Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, people that I love, that I respect,” he said.
Aside from his singing and acting ventures, Martin also spoke about his initiatives in aiding his native island of Puerto Rico after last years’ devastating Hurricane Irma. The “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer stressed the fact that there are still 1.4 million people living
Former figure skater Tonya Harding opened up in a recent interview about her life now, her childhood, and her infamous past in an interview that will air in early January as part of a new two-hour special.
“The media had me convicted of doing something wrong before I had even done anything at all,” Harding tells Robach in a clip from the interview, which is shown above. “I am always the bad person. Is it a challenge from the Lord to see how far I can be pushed until I break and become nothing? You can’t push me that far anymore, because I have been nothing and I have been nothing several times.”
“I’m going to reach that No. 1 on Billboard,” YBN Nahmir confidently claims over the phone when asked of his music goals going forward. The Birmingham, AL native’s smash hit, “Rubbin Off The Paint” is soaring up the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The gritty record currently sits at No. 52 (chart dated Dec. 9) and could continue its climb into top 40 status on the Hot 100 in the coming weeks.
The emerging MC didn’t expect success this quickly in his career explaining, “I’m No. 52 and I didn’t even try on the song. I think all the work I put in from my other songs came in on that. God just made it happen. It’s a blessing, I didn’t expect any of this to happen.” The track has received multiple co-signs after being remixed by the likes of Vince Staples and (more recently) Bryson Tiller.
Nahmir’s life has quickly shifted into something he couldn’t imagine
Cult leader and convicted killer Charles Manson, who died on Sunday (Nov. 19) at the age of 83, built his own perverse mythology upon a foundation of occultism, race war conspiracy theories and, ultimately, murder. Yet in spite of his heinous actions, many of the reports surrounding Manson are inaccurate, the result of grotesque folklore being passed down through generations until it was accepted as fact.
Music journalist Legs McNeil — who co-authored 1996’s groundbreaking Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk with Gillian McCain — hopes to change that. For 20 years, he and McCain have been working on a book that documents the late-‘60s California music scene and Manson’s role in it, tentatively titled 69 — though McNeil grouses, “We might change the title because I think that asshole Quentin Tarantino just stole it.”
There’s no lack of Manson reading material already on the market — Vincent Bugliosi and Curt