- - Sunday, September 30, 2012

Talk about product placement: Target is releasing an episodic series of short films starring Kristen Bell and Nia Long and everything on screen is for sale.

The company unveiled the three episodes of “Falling for You” on Thursday at a private event at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles.

Miss Bell plays an advertising exec and Miss Long is her boss in “Falling for You.” Zachary Abel plays Miss Bell’s rival — and potential love interest — in the series, wherein online viewers can click on any item on screen and add it to their shopping carts, from fashion to housewares.

“It’s a very exciting concept,” Miss Bell said. “It felt very fluid. A lot of it is just showing things in their natural habitat. I felt like it was more natural than a product-placement situation [on a film set].”

More than 100 products are featured in the three-episode arc. “Falling for You” will begin airing Tuesday and the products featured will be available until Nov. 1.

Bond movie memorabilia to be auctioned by Christie’s

Posters, set models and Daniel Craig’s swim trunks are among items up for grabs in an auction of memorabilia from the James Bond movies.

Christie’s auction house in London is selling the items to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the spy movie series. The first Bond film, “Dr. No,” was released on Oct. 5, 1962.

The most expensive is an Aston Martin that was driven by Mr. Craig in “Quantum of Solace.” It is valued at $160,000 to $230,000.

Forty lots are being sold in an online auction with bidding open through Oct. 8. Ten more items will go under the hammer at Christie’s on Friday, designated Global James Bond Day by the movies’ producers.

Proceeds will go to several charities, including the U.N. children’s fund, UNICEF.

Site of deadly nightclub fire donated for memorial

The owner of the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people is donating the land for a permanent memorial, bringing an end to a years-long effort to secure the site of the Station fire by families of those killed and survivors of the blaze.

Dan McKiernan, a lawyer for Ray Villanova, transferred ownership of the plot of land in West Warwick, R.I., to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation on Friday, five months before the 10th anniversary of the blaze, which started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam that lined the walls of the club.

A makeshift memorial consisting of homemade crosses, flowers, photos and other personal items cropped up on the site shortly after the fire and has been maintained there by family members of the dead ever since. The site was left open to the public, and a memorial service is held there annually on the anniversary, Feb 20. While the foundation has a design for a permanent memorial and pledges from construction workers to build it, nothing could move forward rights to the land were secured.

“This is a milestone that everyone has been working toward for the past nine years. We’re fully cognizant of the enormity of this responsibility that we carry for so many people,” Victoria Eagan, a fire survivor who serves on the foundation’s board, told The Associated Press.

In 2006, three people were convicted of 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter: club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian and Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele. The hundreds of survivors and relatives of those killed struck a $176 million deal in 2009 with several companies to settle lawsuits brought over the fire.

Royals won’t complain about photos of Harry

Royal officials say they won’t complain to Britain’s press watchdog about naked pictures of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas that appeared in a British tabloid.

The Sun newspaper ran the snapshots last month after they had appeared online and were reproduced around the world.

Harry’s St. James’s Palace office said Friday it had decided not to pursue a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission.

The palace said a complaint would be a distraction from Harry’s deployment in Afghanistan, where he is serving as a helicopter pilot, and it “would not be prudent to pursue the matter further.”

The decision stands in contrast to the lawsuit and criminal complaint the palace has filed in France against a magazine that ran topless pictures of Prince William’s wife, Kate.

‘No Easy Day’ inspiration to be reissued by publisher

A publishing house is reissuing a Navy SEAL novel set in Vietnam that helped inspire author Mark Owen of the best-selling “No Easy Day.”

St. Martin’s Press announced Friday that a new edition of “Men in Green Faces,” by former SEAL Gene Wentz and B. Abell Jurus, will come out in November. The book, based on Mr. Wentz’s experiences in Vietnam, was first released in 1992.

“No Easy Day” is a firsthand account of the SEAL mission in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden last year. Mark Owen is a pseudonym for former SEAL Mark Bissonnette. He praises “Men in Green Faces” as a page-turner that made him wonder if he “could measure up.”

Philip Roth biography planned by Norton

A biography of author Philip Roth written with his cooperation has been acquired by publisher W.W. Norton & Co.

The book is tentatively titled “Philip Roth: The Biography.”

The publisher said Thursday the book will be the “definitive” account of the celebrated author of “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “American Pastoral” and many other novels.

Mr. Roth’s biography will be written by Blake Bailey, the award-winning biographer of John Cheever. No release date has been set. Mr. Bailey already has a memoir planned for 2014.

Norton said Mr. Bailey will have “unrestricted access” to Mr. Roth’s papers and unpublished works and will conduct “extensive interviews” with him.

Mr. Roth turns 80 next year. He has written an autobiography called “The Facts” and a book about his father called “Patrimony.”

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