* In other book news, "Girls" creator Lena Dunham has parlayed her moderately successful HBO series into a seven-figure book deal with Random House.
The 26-year-old Dunham, who received Emmy nominations as producer, director, writer and actor for the HBO comedy, has an agreement for the essay collection Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned.
"In the tradition of Helen Gurley Brown, David Sedaris and Nora Ephron, Dunham's book will offer frank and funny advice on everything from sex to eating to traveling to work," Random House said in a not-too-pretentious announcement. Dunham said in statement that she was eager "to produce the most thoughtful and personal book" she could.
Random House declined to offer financial details, but several competitors have said bidding exceeded $3.5 million.
Too bad there won't be any bookstores to sell it.
* According to People
Rosie O'Donnell loves "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" so much, she wants to buy Mama June, Sugar Bear and Alana a house.
Rosie, they're going to be making $15,000 an episode next season. They can buy their own house.
* Variety reports that "Terra-
nova" co-creator Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay for the S&M-ish mommy porn "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Making her an even more interesting choice, Marcel is working on a script about how the movie "Mary Poppins" came to be.
Hope she doesn't mix up those two writing assignments.
Back when she was a London stage actress, imdb.com says, Marcel did appear in "Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical."
* After 30 years of marriage,
Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are splitting.
Publicist Stan Rosenfield offered no other details.
The couple has three adult children. Together they established the production company Jersey Films, which counts "Pulp Fiction," "Erin Brockovich" and "Out of Sight" among its credits.
DeVito stars in TV's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Perlman is best known for her long-running role on "Cheers."
* Vladimir Umanets, the
Russian who has claimed responsibility for scrawling graffiti on a mural by modern American artist Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern museum, said Monday he never intended to decrease the work's value.
Ah, because defacing a painting usually increases its value?
Umanets identifies himself as the co-founder an artistic movement he calls "Yellowism." According to an online manifesto, Yellowism is an artistic movement run by Umanets and another person, Marcin Lodyga.
So it hasn't quite caught on
yet on a major scale?
Umanets told Britain's Press Association news agency on Monday that he wants to draw attention to his movement, which he describes as "an element of contemporary
Or in lieu of drawing, crap on someone else's drawing.
"The main difference between 'Yellowism' and art," he said, "is that in art you have got freedom of interpretation; in 'Yellowism' you don't have freedom of interpretation - everything is about 'Yellowism,' that's it."
* Take a little "Hunger Games"
and merge it with a little "Man vs. Wild," and NBC and Bear Grylls have a new TV show.
NBC said Monday that "Get Out Alive" is planned for airing next summer. In it, Grylls will guide two teams in adventures. He says competitors will learn survival skills and teamwork but will have to suffer some pain before being rewarded in the end.
Unless NBC can guarantee someone will be eaten by a tiger, we're not watching.
* More bad news for America's
The Indianapolis Symphony is canceling a fifth week of concerts as contract negotiations with the musicians union remain deadlocked.
The orchestra's management locked out about 80 musicians - as if they were hockey players or NFL officials - in early September, after the previous contract expired.
The two sides are split over - what else - a push by management to cut salaries and shorten the symphony's year-round schedule because of shortfalls in private donations and other revenue. The latest proposal would cut base musician pay by about one-third to $53,000 a year.
It's a good thing young people like "Jersey Shore," because by the time they're old, there won't be any books or classical music.
* Academy Awards organizers
have gotten submissions from a record 71 countries for this season's foreign-language prize, including the first entry from Kenya.
No, it's not home movies of President Obama's birth.
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this report.