Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter has announced his memoir, "Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It," is on track for a September 2013 release.
The memoir will highlight Carter's favorite moments from recording and touring with 90s boy-band Backstreet Boys, and will include his own experiences from being on stage and learning to live with fame, Inquisitr reported.
But it was not always fame and fortune for Carter, 33. Carter struggled with drugs and alcohol for some time during his music career and talks about getting his life back to normal after a DUI arrest in 2005.
This is one of the few times he has talked about it, aside from an interview in 2011 on "Dr. Phil." Carter also talks about some of the lowest points in his life, including when his younger sister died after an overdose in 2012.
Carter is the first Backstreet Boy to release a book, and will celebrate its release along with a whirlwind of a year. Carter is engaged to Lauren Kitt and will go on tour with all of the original Backstreet Boys to celebrate the band's 20-year anniversary. The band also releases its eighth album on July 30, called "In A World Like This."
This is the first time all five members of the best-selling boy band in history have gone on tour since 2006.
Steve Forrest, best known for his part as a star of "S.W.A.T." in the 70s, died Saturday. He was 87.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Forrest was in his home when he died.
"S.W.A.T." was a spinoff of "The Rookies" that aired from 1975 to 1976. Forrest's character, "Hondo" Harrelson, was known for his catchphrase "Let's roll." He costarred with Colin Farrell, LL Cool J and Michelle Rodriguez.
Early in Forrest's career, Gregory Peck discovered the young actor on stage in a play. Peck invited Forrest to come in for a screen test at MGM, where the company signed Forrest as an actor. From there, Forrest appeared in several movies and TV shows, particularly westerns.
He won a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1953 for his role in "So Big" and starred opposite Ronald Reagan in 1954 in "Prisoner of War."
His acting legacy spanned 60 years. The cause of death was not stated, but his family said he passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by loved ones.
Japanese automaker Nissan has said it will recall around 841,000 compact cars worldwide over a steering wheel problem.
The recall will include the brand's Micra (also known as March), and Cube models which were produced in Japan and the United Kingdom between 2002 and 2006, Bid Pond News reported.
Though no accidents have been reported thus far, the glitch could prevent the cars from being driven properly.
According to the spokeswoman, the company sold 763,000 units of the Micra and 78,000 of the Cube in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
A study by the National Health and Nutrition Surveyfound that marijuana use is linked to smaller waists, better blood sugar control and insulin resistance.
Researchers based in Boston compared five years' worth of data from 579 marijuana users and thousands of non-users, LA Weekly reported.
The results come from a comparison of insulin and glucose levels in both groups. Participants that had used pot in the last month had much lower levels of fasting insulin and higher levels of so-called "good" cholesterol HDL-C -- which may mean big news for diabetics.
Researchers hypothesize that marijuana could be used to control and manage diabetics' blood sugar levels. But first, the researchers must weigh the risks and benefits to get a definitive answer on whether marijuana use alone will work.
"It's possible that people who choose to smoke marijuana have other characteristics that differ [from nonsmokers], said Murray Mittleman, one of the researchers. Another researcher noted it could also be that marijuana smokers change their habits when they are diagnosed with diabetes.
“After we excluded those subjects with a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, the associations between marijuana use and insulin levels, HOMA-IR, waist circumference, and HDL-C were similar and remained statistically significant,” said Elizabeth Penner, another study researcher, in a press release.
Katherine Webb, former Miss Alabama and general beauty queen, told People that she eats just 1,120 calories per day to keep her figure.
Webb caused a stir in January when an ESPN commentator for the BCS National Championship ogled her on air. Webb was there to cheer on her boyfriend, University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.
Webb told People that she keeps her 5'11" figure lean by keeping a strict diet of 1,120 calories made up of three meals and two snacks. She intersperses cardio and weight training at least three times each week.
"It's all about self control," Webb said. She also avoids bread and sugar. After long modeling shoots, though, Webb allows herself a cheat or two: "I usually go for all-American buffalo wings and French fries."
They say that when one door closes another opens and this is exactly what happened to the teenage boy who asked Kate Upton to be his prom date.
ABC reports that Jake Davidson, the boy who made a YouTube video inviting Upton to prom, won't have to attend the dance alone after she declined. Instead, he'll be taking Danish model Nina Agdal, who was named Sports Illustrated "Rookie of the Year" this year.
It is not clear how Davidson, 17, got in touch with Agdal, 21, but we might get some answers when the duo appears in an episode of "Inside Edition."
The main character of a soon-to-be-released e-book is "full of firebrand pluck and red state sex appeal," and the author says she was “inspired by the life of Tea Party leader and Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann.”
Author Tréy Sager's novel "Fires of Siberia" centers on Danielle Powers, who “has the country in a tizzy,” but “on an international tour to beef up her foreign policy experience, disaster ensues -- her plane explodes over Siberia.” Only Powers and “a mysterious stranger named Steadman Bass” survive the crash.
Publisher Badlands Unlimited calls the romance tribute to Bachmann "an old-fashioned bodice-ripper romance that brings the heat for summer beach reading season." Still, Badlands is not a traditional romance publisher.
It's run by New York artist Paul Chan, and offers an eclectic mix of titles, from a collection of Saddam Hussein's early speeches to an ebook that consists entirely of advertisements. "Fires of Siberia" will be released June 1 for $2.99 through Apple iBooks and Amazon Kindle.
Eighteen-year-old Taylor Swift lookalike Xenna Kristian may be too good of a doppelganger.
In April, Kristian was regularly shouted at by One Direction fans while the real Swift was dating member Harry Styles.
“At first, I was a bit taken aback," Kristian told SWNS. "But then I realized they were shouting things like, ‘Leave Harry alone!’, or ‘Harry is mine!'"
But the jealous fans' abuse has gotten physical. On Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported that Kristian was studying when bullies pulled from her chair and kicked her in the face.
The attacker continued until Kristian's friends pulled the two apart. Kristian is now bruised all over and may have a broken jaw.
Kristian started to perform as a professional lookalike this year and has been perfecting her speaking and singing voice to sound more like Taylor's.
Because she now makes money impersonating Swift, she's out of work until the injuries heal. This year, she has performed several times for charity events and private parties.
Police are investigating the report but have not commented on the case.
Before his hair turned gray, and long before he was ever photographed shooting hoops at the White House, the future President Barack Obama went to prom.
Like most American high schoolers, 17-year-old Barry's prom photos show him wearing an outfit and a hairstyle he would probably come to regret, his arms slung casually around his date and a friend.
The photo was given to Time by Kelli Allman (nee McCormack), who appears in the picture with her date, Obama's good friend Greg Orme, and Obama's date Megan Hughes.
"They were like brothers," Allman said, describing Obama's relationship with Orme. The two young couples sipped champagne before heading off to the dance and afterparty.
"It was a really fun, happy time," Allman said. "We were all cracking up, and everyone was smiling."
Allman also handed over a photo of Obama's signature in her yearbook, complete with the beginnings of the distinct "Obama" signature now so familiar.
Kelli Allman's Oahuan 1979 yearbook, and the note written to Allman by "Barry" Obama.
From left to right: Greg Orme, Kelli Allman (nee McCormack), Barack Obama and Megan Hughes. (Kelli Allman/Time/Contact Press Images)
Tim Dog became famous in the 90s for collaborating with Ultramagnetic MCs and starting an all-out rap battle between the East Coast and West Coast. The "[Expletive] Compton" hitmaker's obituary made the rounds in February, and he was thought to be dead and gone at 46.
But Esther Pilgrim, a woman swindled by Tim Dog, has come forward with claims that the rapper, whose real name is Timothy Blair, may not be dead yet.
Blair was convicted of grand larceny and ordered him to pay Pilgrim $19,000 for defrauding her in a scheme to take money from people he met on dating sites. Pilgrim says she has since been contacted by 20 other victims -- and with the faked death, this may be his greatest fraud scheme yet.
Hernando prosecutor Steven Jubera, who initially convicted Blair, said it's time to determine where Blair really is.
"I need proof," Jubera said. "I need a death certificate showing that he's dead, because as far as I'm concerned, he's alive." WREG in Memphis sent reporter Sabrina Hall and a private investigator to confirm Blair's supposed death. Neither was able to find a death certificate or official records showing that he died.
Publications that reported his death had few details on his actual death, and his obituary listed neither a place of death or place of burial. Ced Gee, a rap colleague, skipped the funeral because Blair's family could not provide a death certificate.
A warrant is out for his arrest, but Jubera said he would drop the warrant if Blair's family can show valid proof of his death. If he is alive, they plan to prosecute him.
Just two days after his reported death, collaborator Kool Keith said that he thought the death was a hoax.
“Tonight, I really thought it was a publicity stunt. It still hasn’t [sunk] in my system,” he told Hip Hop DX. “I’m still thinking this is a stunt, 'cause Tim was usually good with stunts. But like you said, it’s real, and I understand his health conditions and stuff like that.”