Disclaimer to be added to popular ‘Primates of Park Avenue’


The publisher of a popular inside take on Park Avenue life called “Primates of Park Avenue” is responding to factual questions raised about it and says an author’s note will be included in the e-book and future print editions saying some details were altered because of privacy concerns.

Simon & Schuster spokesman Cary Goldstein on Monday blamed an “oversight” for the initial absence of such a disclaimer, common in memoirs. The decision follows a New York Post report alleging several inaccuracies, including the number of years author Wednesday Martin lived on Park Avenue.

Martin’s book was released last week. It attracted immediate attention by alleging some spouses received “wife bonuses” from their husbands for household management. Many critics have doubted the bonuses exist, but the Post tracked down an engineer’s wife who confirmed getting annual payments.

B.B. King estate fight looms for family group, longtime aide


A battle over B.B. King’s estate is moving from the headlines to the courthouse in Las Vegas.

Lawyers for the blues legend’s designated executor have filed documents to fend off a family group’s bid for control.

Brent Bryson, an attorney for King’s longtime business manager, LaVerne Toney, says he’ll ask a probate commissioner Friday to make official what King said in his will that he wants: to keep Toney in charge.

King died May 14 at home in Las Vegas at age 89.

Bryson says accounting is in progress to determine the value of King’s estate.

Larissa Drohobyczer says she represents at least five of King’s 11 surviving adult children, including daughters Karen Williams, Patty King and Rita Washington.

They want Toney out of the picture.

George R.R. Martin overseeing ‘Game of Thrones’ coloring book


George R.R. Martin is joining the adult coloring- book game.

Bantam announced Monday that Martin will be overseeing the release of the “Game of Thrones Coloring Book,” featuring 45 new black-and-white illustrations by leading fantasy illustrators that are inspired by his “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels.

The book is scheduled for release this fall and represents another interim project from Martin as his millions of fans await the next installment of his series. Last year, Martin collaborated on “The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones,” an illustrated guide.

Adult coloring books have been one of this year’s hottest genres, led by Johanna Basford’s “Enchanted Forest” and “Secret Garden.”

Showtime online streaming will include Roku, PlayStation


Showtime said Monday its online streaming service will be available through Roku and through Sony’s PlayStation Vue cloud TV service.

The TV network said Wednesday that it will offer an online streaming service for customers who don’t want to pay for cable and already had disclosed that its shows will be available on all Apple devices. Its shows will be available starting July 12 and will cost $10.99 per month.

Showtime is owned by CBS Corp.

Associated Press

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