Amid concerns that Harper Lee was not involved in the decision to publish a second novel, HarperCollins issued a statement relayed by her attorney in which the author says she is "happy as hell" about the response to her upcoming book, "Go Set a Watchman."

In the statement given to the publisher by Lee's attorney, Tonja Carter, the author says "she is alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions to 'Watchman.'‚ÄČ" Lee stunned the world this week by agreeing to the release of her first book since the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" came out in 1960. But ecstasy has been tempered by speculation about her condition. Lee, 88, has been in poor health in recent years. The publisher has acknowledged that they haven't dealt directly with Lee on the new book, but communicated with her through Carter and literary agent Andrew Nurnberg. "Watchman," to be published in July, already is No. 1 on

Bruce Jenner's mom 'proud of him'

With speculation flying, Bruce Jenner's mother opened up about his gender journey. Esther Jenner, 88, of Lewiston, Idaho, praised her Olympian son for his courage, stopping short of some details that have been floated by unnamed sources online and in tabloids. Bruce Jenner, 65, who won gold as a decathlete in the 1976 Summer Games, has not publicly spoken about transitioning to a woman. Asked about whether she has spoken to her son about his transition, she said, "It was brief and I said I was proud of him and that I'll always love him. I never thought I could be more proud of Bruce when he reached his goal in 1976, but I'm more proud of him now. It takes a lot of courage to do what he's doing."

I do: Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were married in a secret ceremony at their Los Angeles home, sources told People magazine. Depp, 51, and Heard, 28, got engaged in 2012 after meeting on the set of 2011's "The Rum Diary." A bigger ceremony is reportedly still expected for this weekend at Depp's private island in the Bahamas.

to Broadway: George Takei is next boldly going to Broadway. The "Star Trek" star's personal show about Japanese-Americans imprisoned during World War II has found a spot on the Great White Way this fall with him in a starring role. "It is absolutely thrilling," said Takei, who helped turn his childhood memories of internment into the musical "Allegiance." "I consider this production my legacy project." "Allegiance" is a multigenerational tale that's framed by a Japanese-American war veteran looking back on his family's time in a Wyoming camp.

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