A real-life jailbird portrayed by actress Laura Prepon in hit TV drama Orange Is The New Black has landed a deal to publish her memoirs about her time behind bars. Author Piper Kerman's former friend and lover Cleary Wolters will detail her memories of prison life and the events that got her there in a new HarperOne book, titled Out of Orange, which is set to be published in May, 2015.
Kerman's book inspired the hit Netflix show, in which Taylor Schilling portrays lead character Piper Chapman and Prepon plays her ex-lover, drug dealer Alex Vause.
Wolters says, "Alex and Piper (characters) have inspired me to tell my whole story, an unbelievable saga that takes place all over the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. both in prison and out. I think people may be surprised at what happened to me after I turned myself in - and where my life is now."
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The Teen Choice Awards have been throwing surfboards at the most popular things in teen pop culture for over a decade, and last night's ceremony continued the tradition with huge wins for films like The Fault in our Stars and Divergent. While the organization doesn't always lend to the most surprising list of winners, but there have been cases where shockingly good (and shockingly bad) things have walked away with the night's big prizes. Here is our list of the top five best and worst winners of the Teen Choice Awards.
Black SwanWho knew teens loved Darren Aronofsky? The soul-crushing drama Black Swan earned the director the well-deserved Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama, something even the Academy Awards failed to do that year. You can't surf an Oscar, so we'd say Mr. Aronofsky came out ahead.
Toy Story 3The Teen Choice awards rightly heralded Pixar's Toy Story 3 as the best animated film of 2010, presumably because it was impossible to vote for The Vampire Diaries in this category.
Jennifer Hudson for DreamgirlsActress and singer Jennifer Hudson was awarded the hallowed surfboard in 2007 for her theater-shaking performance in Dreamgirls. We're sure the gigantic, sea-worthy trophy enjoys a place of distinction right next to Hudson's Academy Award, which the actress won for the same performance.
The Sixth SenseBack in 2000, when director M. Night Shyamalan was being heralded as the next Spielberg (boy have things changed), the filmmaker netted the Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama for his spooky thriller, The Sixth Sense.
The Hunger Games: Catching FireThe second installment in the Hunger Games franchise winning the award for Choice sci-fi film has always been a foregone conclusion, given the film's audience, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is actually a fantastic science fiction film in its own right, and the best one to be released in 2013. The film would have won the award regardless of its quality, but a broken clock is right twice a day, and this time, it was on the money.
Taylor Lautner for AbductionResidual heat from the Twilight series is the only explanation we can fathom for Taylor Lautner winning anything for Abduction. Despite the fact that hardly anyone actually bothered to see the film (it only managed to gross $28 million domestically) and it was universally panned by critics (currently sitting pretty at a 4 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the actor walked away with the Choice Action Star flotation device in 2011. The film also won the award for Choice Action Film over Mission Impossible: Ghost Protoc0l, but let's not even open up that can of worms.Rihanna for Battleship2012's Battleship didn't do Taylor Kitsch many favors, but it did net Rihanna an award for acting. The R&B mega-star took home the Choice Breakout Star award, even though her performance is almost exclusively made up of one line utterances and exclamations like "What happened?", "Ahhhhhhh!", and "You look like Colonel Sanders, actually." The even bigger crime was that Noomi Rapace was passed over in the same category.
Adam DeVine for Pitch PerfectNow there's nothing particularly awful or even wrong with Adam DeVine's smarmy performance in Pitch Perfect. In fact, we even sort of liked him in the movie. Unfortunately, DeVine earns a spot on this list for the sheer quality of talent he beat out for the Choice Villain award. Acting heavyweights Javier Bardem, Tom Hardy, and Ben Kingsley left the Teen Choice Awards empty handed in favor of DeVine.
Drake Bell for Superhero MovieThankfully, the string of awful spoof movies that ran rampant in the 2000s is finally over, but back in the craze's heyday, Drake Bell won the Choice Breakout Star award for Superhero Movie. Anyone that has seen more than one frame of Superhero Movie knows why that's a travesty.
Ashton Kutcher for KillersRemember that film with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl where Kutcher plays a secret assassin? No? Good.
The upcoming MTV Video Music Awards is fast becoming a ladies' night following the news that Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora will perform their new song Black Widow at the Los Angeles prizegiving on 24 August (14). They will join Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande among the performers at the event.
The stars of hit prison drama Orange Is The New Black have apologised to Monica Lewinsky over an onscreen joke about the former White House intern. The gag featured a crude reference to her affair with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and Lewinsky, who is a big fan of the show, revealed how it upset her in a new column for Vanity Fair magazine.
She writes, "I did what I usually do in these situations where the culture throws me a shard of my former self. After the cringing embarrassment, the whiff of shame, and the sense that I am no longer an agent running my own life, I shuddered, I got up off the sofa, and I turned it off."
Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling has now said sorry for the jibe, telling E! Online, "I apologise, Monica Lewinsky, for the show - honestly. If you were offended, nobody wants to offend anyone."
Kate Mulgrew, who also appears in the series, adds, "I think if you've been subject to everything that she's been subjected to, you'd be sensitive about that, too."
Actress Taylor Schilling has Katie Holmes to thank for her role on hit prison drama Orange Is The New Black after the Batman Begins star turned down the job due to her busy schedule. Show creator Jenji Kohan reveals she had originally tapped Holmes for the part of bisexual drug smuggler Piper Chapman and had even sat down with the former Dawson's Creek actress to discuss the project.
Kohan tells Eonline.com, "I'm a big fan of hers. You know, I met with her. (But) she had other things to do. And also in the beginning, no one knew what this (show) was."
The Emmy-nominated Netflix programme is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman and launched last year (13).
Actor Sebastian Stan is reportedly dating The Lincoln Lawyer star Margarita Levieva. The Captain America: The Winter Solider actor met the Russia-born beauty when they filmed together for Ashton Kutcher's 2009 movie Spread, and their friendship recently turned romantic, according to Us Weekly.
An insider reveals, "They're having fun together and seeing where it goes. They're both very art-minded and thoughtful people."
Stan and Levieva were spotted at Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling's 30th birthday party in New York City on Saturday (26Jul14), and they spent the whole night "hanging out together on the terrace," according to another source.
Stan previously dated his former Gossip Girl co-star Leighton Meester as well as Once Upon a Time actress Jennifer Morrison.
Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling celebrated her 30th birthday in New York City nightclub Catch Roof over the weekend (26-27Jul14) with Joshua Jackson, Rose Byrne and Byrne's boyfriend Bobby Cannavale. Her TV co-stars, including Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne, also joined the party.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is to receive a special award for his philanthropy. The Bon Jovi star has been named the 2014 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, which recognises artists who make a valuable social contribution, and he will pick up the accolade at a ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November (14).
The prize is named after opera star and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1955.
The Livin' on a Prayer hitmaker, who runs the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, says of the award, "It's a great honour to be recognised by the great city of Philadelphia, in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the 'power of WE,' we can end homelessness and hunger."
The star is slated to accept the prize and a $25,000 (£14,706) charity donation on 18 November (14).
Previous recipients include Mia Farrow, Sidney Poitier, Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Gere.
"You have to try to understand where people are coming from. This has always been an issue in our society. A white person can play Cleopatra, even though Cleopatra was a North African woman, who in reality had coffee skin. But that's not sellable in Hollywood. So you get Elizabeth Taylor with purple eyes. There's always been a lot of tension in the African-American community about Hollywood being a whitewashing machine." Zoe Saldana is trying to understand why her casting as jazz great Nina Simone has been met with so much opposition because she's not black enough.
Actress Laverne Cox is overjoyed after making Emmy Awards history on Thursday (10Jul14) by becoming the first openly transgender person to score a nomination for her role in comedy drama Orange Is The New Black.
The star, who plays transgender prisoner Sophia Burset in the show, will compete for the title of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, while her co-workers Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne will also be in the running for acting accolades when the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards take place in Los Angeles on 25 August (14).
Orange Is the New Black garnered a total of 12 nominations and Cox couldn't be more proud to be recognised for her efforts. She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm on cloud nine. I'm through the roof. We're definitely part of a (cultural) moment."
"What a wonderful, wonderful day for Orange and for black trans-women. People are obsessed (with the show). Would you ever have thought a show about a women's prison would have this moment? It's unbelievable."
Cox's groundbreaking Emmy nod comes just weeks after she became the first transgender star to land the cover of Time magazine.