New novel from ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ writer
NEW YORK — Mitch Albom, one of the country’s most popular authors, has a new publisher and a new novel coming this fall.
The author of the sentimental favorite “Tuesdays with Morrie” has a three-book deal with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Harper told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Albom’s next book is called “The First Phone Call from Heaven,” the story of a small Michigan town where residents start receiving phone calls from those in the afterlife.
Spice Girls musical to be shelved
LONDON — “Viva Forever”? Not as it turns out.
Producers announced Thursday that the Spice Girls musical will close at London’s Piccadilly Theater June 29 after a disappointing six-month run.
Producer Judy Craymer said despite tweaks since the show opened in December, “we just can’t make it work.”
The Spice Girls still have many fans, but, 15 years later they were not enough to sustain a West End show.
Conde Nast launches web series
NEW YORK — Conde Nast is launching a slate of web series inspired by its the fashion magazine Vogue and the technology monthly Wired.
The media company announced the new digital programming in a presentation to advertisers on Wednesday. The Vogue- and Wired-inspired shows follow similar digital video initiatives for Conde Nast’s Glamour and GQ.
Conde Nast said Wednesday it’s adding a total of 30 new lifestyle series based on Vogue, Wired, Glamour and GQ.
YouTube sensation from Philippines invited to DeGeneres’ show
MANILA, Philippines — Fourteen-year-old Aldrich Lloyd Talonding from the southern Philippines can’t believe his luck: talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wants him to fly to the United States to be a guest on her show.
A video of Aldrich’s soulful rendition of Luther Vandross’ “Dance with my Father,” — made for fun and posted on YouTube by a cousin — has had more than 1.1 million hits since April 21.
DeGeneres recently played the video on her show, called the boy “amazing” and asked him to “please come here and sing to me and all of my friends here.”
Aldrich said Thursday he is applying for a U.S. visa after getting a call from the show’s producer last week. A cousin who played the guitar in the video and an elder sister plan to go with him.