Friday, February 24, 2006

Riverhead Says No

Just when you think you'd have the option of boycotting the sale of another one of author James Frey's penned offerings, Page Six of the New York Post now reports that Riverhead has decided not to go forward with their announced two-book deal, as confirmed by an unnamed "rep" for Frey. No official word from the publisher has been issued, nor have there been any bulletins from Frey, his former agency Brillstein-Grey, or publisher of a Million Little Pieces Doubleday about plans for donating part of the Oprah windfall somewhere useful and noble -- but there's still a little more than a month to go before that seven-figure royalty check is issued.

Page Six also reports that the red-faced producers of a movie based on the short stories of author J.T. Leroy, have now had to add a disclaimer to their press releases, based on the latest revelation that Leroy -- never really existed. Read more about that here along with the fact that top celebrities such as Courtney Love, Rosario Dawson, Tatum O'Neal and Susan Dey -- *all* claimed they were friends of the made-up teen hooker-turned-author.

In the immortal words of Arsenio Hall: Oh, the things that make you go, "Hmmm..."

Make it a great weekend, all. Peace.

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