Earlier this year (11), The West Wing star published his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, and the book went on to win critical acclaim on the New York Times bestseller list.
And now Lowe is looking to capitalise on his new-found success as an author by signing a deal with publisher Simon & Schuster for Love Life, a novel which will focus on his own experiences and observations.
Jonathan Karp, a rep for the company, released a statement which reads, "The first book proved that Rob Lowe is a great storyteller. The second book will prove that he can write about anything and continue to captivate readers."
Love Life is set for a 2013 release.
Last year director Garry Marshall hit upon a devilishly canny approach to the romantic comedy. A more polished refinement of Hal Needham’s experimental Cannonball Run method it called for assembling a gaggle of famous faces from across the demographic spectrum and pairing them with a shallow day-in-the-life narrative packed with gobs of gooey sentiment. A cynical strategy to be sure but one that paid handsome dividends: Valentine’s Day earned over $56 million in its opening weekend surpassing even the rosiest of forecasts. Buoyed by the success Marshall and his screenwriter Katherine Fugate hastily retreated to the bowels of Hades to apply their lucrative formula to another holiday historically steeped in romantic significance and New Year’s Eve was born.
Set in Manhattan on the last day of the year New Year’s Eve crams together a dozen or so canned scenarios into one bloated barely coherent mass of cliches. As before Marshall’s recruited an impressive ensemble of minions to do his unholy bidding including Oscar winners Hilary Swank Halle Berry and Robert De Niro the latter luxuriating in a role that didn’t require him to get out of bed. High School Musical’s Zac Efron is paired up with ‘80s icon Michelle Pfeiffer – giving teenage girls and their fathers something to bond over – while Glee’s Lea Michele meets cute with a pajama-clad Ashton Kutcher. There’s Katherine Heigl in a familiar jilted-fiance role Sarah Jessica Parker as a fretful single mom and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the most laid-back cop in New York. Sofia Vergara and Hector Elizondo mine for cheap laughs with thick accents – his fake and hers real – and Jessica Biel and Josh Duhamel deftly mix beauty with blandness. Fans of awful music will delight in the sounds of Jon Bon Jovi straining against type to play a relevant pop musician.
The task of interweaving the various storylines is too great for Marshall and New Year’s Eve bears the distinct scent and stain of an editing-room bloodbath with plot holes so gaping that not even the brightest of celebrity smiles can obscure them. But that’s not the point – it never was. You should know better than to expect logic from a film that portrays 24-year-old Efron and 46-year-old Parker as brother-and-sister without bothering to explain how such an apparent scientific miracle might have come to pass. Marshall wagers that by the time the ball drops and the film’s last melodramatic sequence has ended prior transgressions will be absolved and moviegoers will be content to bask in New Year's Eve's artificial glow. The gambit worked for Valentine's Day; this time he may not be so fortunate.
Rolling Stone's frontman Mick Jagger is set to release "God Gave Me Everything," a song he co-wrote and produced with funky rocker Lenny Kravitz. The song is the first single from Jagger's fourth solo album Goddess in the Doorway, scheduled for a Nov. 20 release. Jagger is currently filming the video for the single with director Mark Romanek, who's worked with the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson).
"These are all very personal songs...true to my original vision," Jagger told Sonicnet.com. "This is an intimate collection of songs that I could sing to you across the kitchen table." Jagger's new album will also feature appearances by Bono, Wyclef Jean, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, The Who's Pete Townshend and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
Bob Dylan writes autobiography
Storyteller extraordinaire Bob Dylan is writing his own story these days. Chronicles, a multi-volume autobiography, will be printed by Simon & Schuster next year. The singer has previously released a book of lyrics as well as Tarantula, a collection of poems he wrote while touring in the '60s. Although it is not known how many volumes Chronicles will ultimately consist of, Adam Rothberg, a spokesperson for the publishing company, said that it would cover Dylan's life and career. "You'll have to read the rest of it to find out," he said.
Robbie Williams moons Singapore
British pop star Robbie Williams told 17,000 fans in Bankok on Wednesday that he was fined $5,700 for flashing the audience during his concert last weekend. But Singapore police told Reuters they have no record that it ever happened. In his new book Someday Someday, Williams talks about his self-destructive battle with sex, drugs and his struggle with fame.
Bon Jovi, Carey make "McBeal" appearance
Singer and part-time actor Bon Jovi has postponed his scheduled guest appearance on Ally McBeal to play some benefit shows to raise money for the Sept. 11 attacks on America. According to a statement by FOX, he will begin shooting nine episodes of the series in November, which should air January 2002. Although not much has been revealed about his role, some insiders are speculating that his character may be a possible love interest for the nettlesome secretary Elaine Vassal, played by Jane Krakowski.
Mariah Carey has also booked a guest appearance on the show, where she will play a key figure in a lawsuit brought by Jami Gertz's character Kimmy Bishop after she is deemed unmatchable by a matchmaking service and given a refund. Carey also will sing "Lead the Way" from her new album, Glitter.
Timberlake not promoting novel
Justin Timberlake published his first novel, Inside Drive: A Novel of Basketball, Life and Love this fall, but the 'N Sync heartthrob has reportedly canceled the promotional tour because he was too busy with 'N Sync projects. "He had too much going on to be able to give it the kind of time that he wanted to," his publicist Lisa Kasteler told AP on Thursday.
Britney invades your living room
The boys who lose their breath every time Britney Spears shows her midriff will be able to watch her whenever they please when Britney: The Videos is released on DVD and VHS on Nov. 20. The home video will include entire videography, behind-the-scenes footage and her latest performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. A Jive Records spokesperson has confirmed with Sonicnet.com that the video will include her Pepsi commercials as well as a sneak peek at her upcoming motion picture debut, Crossroads, scheduled to hit theatres on Feb.15.
R.E.M. makes surprise show
R.E.M. played a surprise show on Oct. 23 at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife Stephanie Dorgan, Billboard.com reported. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined in for several songs during the show, which benefited the Washington Wilderness Coalition.