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Penn Jillette Reveals The SHOCKING Trick To His 100-Pound Weight Loss In New Book!

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Penn Jillette is such a masterful magician, but even we were surprised at how quickly he made 100 pounds disappear!

After a doctor warned the Penn & Teller star in late 2014 about some serious health problems connected to his weight, the Celebrity Apprentice alum dropped TRIPLE digits in a matter of months.

Photos: Celebs Who Follow Intense Diets!

The 6' 7" celeb was able to go from 330 to 225 pounds… all without magic!

And now, we're learning just how he made that weight go "poof!"

In his new book, Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales, the 61-year-old explained that he owes his new, trim figure to the potato diet!

The Massachusetts native recalled in his book that he ate only potatoes for two weeks straight, before he was able to gradually mix in other foods.

Within the first three months, the entertainer admitted he lost 75 pounds… and didn't exercise at all! Whoa!

The performer went on Good Morning America on Tuesday to explain how the strict regimen helped curb his cravings, saying:

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Maddie Ziegler Dances Her Way Into The World Of Publishing With New Memoir AND Trilogy Of Young Adult Novels!

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Maddie Ziegler has a new deal in the works!

There's no stopping Maddie Ziegler!

The dancing starlet is clearly working on building up her brand as People announced on Monday she has written her own memoir all about her rise to fame.

Yes, at just 13-years old, the Pennsylvania-native has enough experiences to fill up a whole book about her life! Titled The Maddie Diaries, it will focus on life lessons and advice for anyone looking to follow in her footsteps!

Related: Maddie Goes Full On Pink At The TCAs!

A memoir isn't the only thing she has in the works though!

It's also been revealed the So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation judge will also be launching an entire TRILOGY of young adult novels starting this fall! And surprise, surprise, the story will focus on a young girl who dances competitively, but also has to deal with everything that comes with being a pre-teen.

Congrats to Maddie! This is a huge accomplishment!

In a statement about her big announcement, the teen gushed:

"I'm honored to be given the chance to write about my journey. My hope is to inspire others to always keep dreaming and push through the hardships because it's so worth it to find something you are truly passionate about in life. Always be brave enough to live out your dreams."

Aww. We can't wait to see what else she has in store!

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The End Of An Era — J.K. Rowling Says The Harry Potter Franchise Is Now Officially Over!

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It's going to be so sad to watch them go!!

J.K. Rowling was in London last night for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and while she was talking to reporters at the play about the return of the franchise, she dropped a bomb: this is it!

Related: Basically Everyone Thinks Donald Trump Is Voldemort!

Rowling revealed that fans should NOT expect a new set of Harry Potter tales based on her latest work, saying:

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Anna Faris Is Releasing A Memoir — With A Foreword By Hubby Chris Pratt!

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The story of Anna Faris? Sounds like a great read!

As you may know, the Mom star has an AH-Mazing podcast titled Anna Faris Is Unqualified where she where she gives "not so great relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types"!

And as if acting, podcasting, parenting, and of course being half of the most ADORABLE couple of all time wasn't enough, Anna announced on Thursday she's adding writing to her list of jobs with a memoir appropriately titled Unqualified!

Related: Chris Pratt & Anna Faris HIGHlariously FAIL At Flying A Kite!

The book will follow Faris' career from the time she was a teen through her career in Hollywood while dating, all the way up to finding love and making an adorable baby with amazing hubby Chris Pratt — who will also write the foreword!

Anna released a statement regarding her new project, which is in development with Dutton, saying:

"After years of telling people I don't know what I'm talking about concerning a whole host of topics, it is deeply gratifying to learn that Dutton whole-heartedly agrees. I could not be more excited to get my stories – on love, relationships and courtship – to the people who not only buy books, but then actually read those books. Namaste."

Unqualified doesn't have a release date yet, but sign us up for a pre-order anyway!

Will you be picking up a copy of Anna's memoir?!

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Shailene Woodley Had NO IDEA The Final Divergent Would Be A TV Movie — Will She Even Be Back For Ascendant??

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This week, Divergent fans were shocked to learn that the fourth film in the YA action franchise wouldn't be released in theaters — and apparently, so was the lead actress!

Shailene Woodley, who stars as Tris in the dystopian series, told reporters at San Diego Comic-Con that she was just as surprised when Lionsgate announced that Ascendant would debut on the small screen.

Video: Snowden Released An INTENSE New Trailer At Comic-Con!

While promoting her upcoming drama Snowden on Thursday, the actress revealed she was the last to know about the news because she was traveling at the time.

She said:

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Michael Jackson's Former Doctor Conrad Murray Continues To Paint A Wild Picture Of The Singer's Sex Life — New Details On His Tell-All Book HERE

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Conrad Murray is milking his connection to Michael Jackson for all its worth!

As we previously reported, the doctor who was convicted of manslaughter in connection with Michael's death, is writing an explosive tell-all book called This Is It. The scandalized doc has already put out the claim that Jackson tried to delay puberty with hormone injections at age thirteen.

Related: Michael's Son Prince Supports #AllLivesMatter!

Now, Murray is taking the gossip one step further by describing M.J.'s alleged fetishes, like dressing up like a clown for call girls in addition to feigning illnesses to get the attention of women. The claims come just about a month after news surrounding the singer's child molestation case resurfaced.

As for Conrad's salacious allegations, he writes that the entertainer would put on fake accents and pretend to have a stroke just to pick up the ladies. It's kind of a bizarre accusation considering Michael was a MAJOR celebrity at the time — did he really have to go to such lengths to get a date?

Most astonishingly, Conrad alleges that his former patient WANTED him to come clean with these sordid tales.

Wow. We don't even know what to do with this info!

So, do YOU believe Conrad?

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HBO Confirms Game Of Thrones Season 7 Summer Premiere Rumors — Only THIS MANY Episodes!!

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After airing one of the most epic season finales to ever exist, Game Of Thrones fans have been left wanting more than ever — and now we may have to wait the longest we've ever had to!

Video: Samuel L. Jackson's Recaps GoT In The Most HIGHlarious & NSFW Way Possible!!

As you may remember, Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had previously stated that the upcoming seventh season of the show might be shorter and may not arrive until later than we're used to.

Unfortunately, we now know that both of these rumors are true as the president of HBO programming confirmed the news saying:

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