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Inside the Playboy Mansion, the Illustrated Life of Ozzy, and More

In the news this week, a new memoir about the interior life of the Playboy Mansion, Jon Cryer’s memoir is due out shortly, a new illustrated look at the king of metal, and a new biopic explores the unsolved death of Sam Cooke.

Former Playboy Bunny Holly Madison, who appeared on E!’s “The Girls Next Door,”  has written a memoir about her years living at Hugh Hefner’s famous mansion alongside his other Playboy models. Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny is due out this June, making for a good warm-weather read and an enlightening tale: “I think my stories will surprise people and I’m looking forward to lifting the veil of mystique and clearing up the misconceptions so often associated with my life,” Madison noted. [via the Huffington Post]

Actor Jon Cryer’s memoir is coming out in April. In it, his life on-screen, from his iconic “Pretty in Pink” days to his later, more fraught ones in “Two and a Half Men,” in which he starred opposite Charlie Sheen during some of the latter’s more difficult times, ones that ultimately led to the show’s demise. So That Happened will cover thirty years’s of Cryer’s showbiz life in his own words, including his takes on the craft of acting, and dealing with life in Hollywood — with an excerpt by Hollywood Reporter to shorten the wait. [via Stripes.com]

Ozzy Osbourne, king of metal, and father of all-around admirable Kelly Osbourne, now has his life story told in pictures in Ozzy Osbourne: The Metal Madman, a new graphic memoir via Bluewater Productions. The collaboration in words and art between Michael L. Frizell, Jayfri Hashim, Hamim, and renowned horror artist Stefano Cardoselli is made up of “new ways to tell that well-known story,” says Frizell. [via Loudwire.com]

Soul singer Sam Cooke died a mysterious death in 1964, allegedly killed by a hotel manager who was never charged with the crime. Now an upcoming biopic, authorized by Cooke’s family, will take on that evening. The script will be shaped as a murder mystery focused on that fateful night, which the entertainer’s family believes was meant to put an end to Cooke’s involvement in the 1960s’ Civil Rights Movement: “[producer Romeo Antonio] was the first person who sounded like he wanted what we wanted: the truth to come out about my uncle and his death,” explained Cooke’s cousin Eugene Jamison. [via Elmoremagazine.com]