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■ For­mer FBI Direc­tor James Comey has a book deal. Flat­iron Books said Wed­nes­day that Comey will write about ev­ery­thing, from al­le­ga­tions of ties between Rus­sia and Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign to the bu­reau’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Hil­lary Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server. Ac­cord­ing to Flat­iron,

Comey will cite “ex­am­ples from some of the high­est-stakes sit­u­a­tions in the past two decades of Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment” and “share yet-un­heard anec­dotes from his long and distin­guished ca­reer.” The publisher also said he’ll write about “good, eth­i­cal lead­er­ship” and how it in­flu­ences “sound de­ci­sions.” The book is cur­rently un­ti­tled and sched­uled for pub­li­ca­tion next spring. Comey was ap­pointed as FBI direc­tor by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in 2013. In May, Trump fired him from the post, later telling NBC News that he was an­gered by the FBI’s probe into “this Rus­sia thing with Trump and Rus­sia,” which the pres­i­dent called a fake story. Fi­nan­cial terms of Comey’s book deal were not dis­closed, but sev­eral pub­lish­ers bid for the book and three of­fi­cials with knowl­edge of the ne­go­ti­a­tions said the auc­tion topped $2 mil­lion. The of­fi­cials asked not to be iden­ti­fied be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the book.

■ Carol Bur­nett says that in a new Net­flix se­ries she’ll be play­ing her in­ner self: an 8-year old. On Mon­day, Net­flix an­nounced that the com­edy great will star in an un­scripted com­edy se­ries ti­tled A Lit­tle Help with Carol Bur­nett. The stream­ing ser­vice said the half-hour show will give chil­dren ages 4 to 8 the chance to solve real-life prob­lems sub­mit­ted to them by celebrities and oth­ers. In a state­ment, Bur­nett said she was asked once how old she was in­side and de­cided she was about 8. Bur­nett added that it will be fun play­ing with kids her own age. The star of TV, film and stage is 84. Net­flix said the 12-episode se­ries is to de­but in 2018.

■ Thor star Tom Hiddleston is set to play Hamlet on the Lon­don stage — but fans will need a bit of luck to get a ticket. Hiddleston will play the moody Dan­ish prince for three weeks in Septem­ber at the Royal Academy of Dra­matic Art’s 180-seat theater. The pro­duc­tion, di­rected by Kenneth Branagh, is a fundraiser for the theater school, one of Bri­tain’s best. Branagh and Hiddleston are both academy grad­u­ates. Hiddleston said Tues­day that he hoped money raised would help the school train theater artists from every back­ground, and help “keep the doors open for ev­ery­one.” The pro­duc­tion runs Sept. 1-23. Tick­ets will be sold to peo­ple cho­sen at ran­dom who en­ter­ing a bal­lot be­gin­ning on Tues­day and end­ing Sun­day.




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