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Madonna Movie Gets Distribution Deal With Weinstein Company

Also: Carole King writes a memoir; Henry Rollins hosts exotic animal show

June 14, 2011 5:25 PM ET
Madonna on the set of her film "W.E." in New York City, September 17, 2010.
Madonna on the set of her film "W.E." in New York City, September 17, 2010.
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Madonna's Movie Gets Distributor
The Weinstein Company has picked up the distribution rights to W.E., Madonna's second film as a director. The movie, which features Abbie Cornish and seven other leads in parallel love stories set throughout history, is planned for release sometime in the late autumn. [/Film]

Carole King to Pen Memoir
Carole King has signed a deal with Grand Central Publishing to write a memoir. The book, which will be titled Natural Woman, is scheduled for release in April 2012. [Billboard]

Henry Rollins Hosting National Geographic Show
Punk icon Henry Rollins is set to host Animal Underworld, a new program on the Nat Geo Wild network that will feature the owners – and eaters – of exotic animals. Rollins, a big fan of snakes, had previously hosted a special called Snake Underworld for the network. [Hollywood Reporter]

Bright Eyes Plans Live EP
Bright Eyes will release a new concert EP titled Live Recordings exclusively through HMV shops on July 4th. The six-track disc will include versions of "Firewall," "Shell Games," "Ladder Song," "Arc of time," "Bowl of Oranges" and "Lover I Don't Have to Love" recorded at recent concerts in support of their most recent album The People's Key. [Paste]

Stephen Malkmus Announces Tour Dates
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will promote their fifth album Mirror Traffic with a North American tour in the fall. The jaunt will kick off at the Majestic Theater in Detroit on September 20th and carry on through October 20th at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California. [Matablog]

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