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McConaughey book based on life-changing adventures

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey didn't want to write an ordinary celebrity book.

"This is not a traditional memoir, or an advice book, but rather a playbook based on adventures in my life," McConaughey, 50, said in a statement about "Greenlights," which comes out Oct. 20. "Adventures that have been significant, enlightening, and funny, sometimes because they were meant to be but mostly because they didn't try to be."

According to Crown, which announced the book Wednesday, the actor known for films "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Magic Mike" will draw upon a diary he has kept for 35 years.

"He found not only stories, questions, truths, and affirmations, but also a reliable theme," Crown announced. "From growing up as an adventurous kid in a tough-love Texas home of rule breakers, to revelatory journeys to Australia, Peru, and Mali, to his early days in Hollywood and meteoric rise to fame, McConaughey shares how his life experiences have instilled in him the importance of competent values, the power of new experiences, and, as he puts it, 'either changing your reality or changing how you see it.'"

Garth Brooks pulls out of CMA entertainer award

Country superstar Garth Brooks says he is pulling himself out of nominations for the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award, saying it's time for someone else to win the top prize.

Brooks, who won the top prize in November, said during an online press conference Wednesday that he doesn't want to be nominated in that category in any upcoming years as well.

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"We feel very lucky with seven," he said.

Brooks said that following his win last year, he read criticism online that said he should step down from the category.

"It made winning entertainer of the year not that fun to tell you the truth," he said, although he repeatedly said he was thankful of the awards he received.

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Leading up to last year's awards show, many people expected and hoped that Carrie Underwood would be the first woman to win entertainer of the year since 2011. But after a show that highlighted women all night, including having three female hosts, Brooks walked away with the top prize.

Brooks said he too was shocked by the win last year and added, "This might be her year," referring to Underwood.

Tracy Morgan, wife to divorce after 5 years

Tracy Morgan and his wife of five years are ending their marriage

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The actor-comedian's representative said in an emailed statement Wednesday that Morgan and Megan Wollover have filed for divorce.

"This is a challenging time for all involved, so I ask that you please respect our privacy," Morgan said in a statement.

Morgan and Wollover married after the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member recovered from a 2014 highway crash. One man was killed in the crash that left Morgan and two friends seriously injured.

The crash happened when a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo Morgan was riding in.

Morgan and Wollover have a 7-year-old daughter. The comedian also has three adult sons from a previous marriage.

Today's birthdays: Actor Don Murray is 91. Actor France Nuyen ("South Pacific") is 81. Actor Michael Biehn ("The Terminator," "Aliens") is 64. "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is 55. Country singer Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band is 42. Actor B.J. Novak ("The Office") is 41. Rapper Lil Uzi Vert is 26. Actor Rico Rodriguez ("Modern Family") is 22.

— The Associated Press


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