EW Staff
November 21, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

If the 2004 autobiography Scar Tissue didn’t give fans enough insight into the troubled childhood that led to Anthony Kiedis‘ successful rock career as the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ frontman, maybe a TV series will. HBO has announced that it’s developing a new show about Kiedis’ wild youth as the son of an alleged drug dealer named Spider, all set against the backdrop of L.A.’s seedy rock & roll culture in the ’70s. ”I think it will make for an interesting TV show,” says Kiedis. ”I’ve already shed my tears and yelled. The painful part is all behind me. Now it is fun. It is a project I get to do with my father later in his life — when he is ready to reflect.” Of course, given the risqué subject matter, there was only one place for him to pursue making the project a reality. ”It had to be cable because there are some very adult themes, and there was definitely naked women and profanity.” (The series is tentatively titled Scar Tissue, but is not based on the book. There are also no plans to address Kiedis’ adult life as a rock star.) Since HBO ”wants it sooner rather than later,” Kiedis says his first goal is to find a writer ”who is capable of speaking the truth about life during that time and the nature of the father-son relationship.” Kiedis hopes to narrate the show and also plans to use his connections to recruit fellow musicians for guest-starring gigs. ”Most of the ones involved [in my past] couldn’t play themselves now because so many years have passed. I can’t even play myself. But I guarantee it will have one of the best soundtracks on TV.” — Lynette Rice, with additional reporting by Carrie Bell

Twilight scene-stealer Anna Kendrick (she plays Bella’s boy-crazy friend Jessica) has already earned the notice of more than just the series’ die-hard fans. The 23-year-old actress, who until now was best known for the indie comedy Rocket Science, has caught the eye of writer-director Jason Reitman (Juno) and his next leading man: George Clooney. Kendrick will star opposite Clooney in Up in the Air, which is based on the 2001 novel by Walter Kirn. Clooney plays Ryan, an unapologetic corporate downsizer with an obsession for collecting frequent-flier miles, while Kendrick tackles the role of an up-and-coming employee who threatens to ground Ryan’s quest for airline miles by automating his job. — Nicole Sperling

A new song from Kelly Clarkson, produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, the team behind her 2004 smash ”Since U Been Gone,” is on its way. Luke tells EW that ”My Life Would Suck Without You” may be the first single from her fourth album, and could be out as early as Dec. 8. (A rep for Clarkson had no comment.) And forget speculation that the song is full of country twang — Luke says it packs the Grammy winner’s trademark pop punch: ”Kelly has powerful lungs. She’s like the Lance Armstrong of vocal cords.” With a new team (including manager Narvel Blackstock, husband of Reba McEntire) and the drama of My December behind her, Clarkson exuded nothing but confidence in the studio, he says. Adds McEntire, ”It’s a very diverse album. It’s cute, sassy, emotional.” Yep, sounds like our Kelly! — Shirley Halperin, with additional reporting by Chris Willman

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