UPDATE: Author Peter Biskind emails me to say, “The press release explicitly says the book is NOT authorized, and I never told people it was. To me, ‘authorized’ means the subject controls it, reads the ms [manuscript], etc, which I would never do, as I’m sure you of all people understand. I use the word ‘cooperate,’ which he did, to the best of his ability. In the introduction, as you will see, I go over my history with him, providing background on the genesis of the project.”

warren2beattyWarren Beatty is one of Bert Fields’ longtime clients. So the pitbull litigator rode in over the weekend to rescue the actor from a Peter Biskind biography. But why? After all, the Simon & Schuster book, Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, has been getting less than zero publicity in advance of its January 12th publication date. Nevertheless, here is Bert’s statement to The Huffington Post over the weekend: “Mr. Biskind’s tedious and boring book on Mr. Beatty was not authorized by Mr. Beatty and should not be published as an authorized biography. It contains many false assertions and purportedly quotes Mr. Beatty as saying things he never said. Other media should not repeat things from the book on the assumption that they are true or that the book is an authorized biography.”

*Note to Warren: Stop drawing attention to the book. Stop fighting in court for Dick Tracy. Stop hiding in your Mulholland mansion and worrying about your wrinkles. In other words, stop living in the past. Instead, get off your rocker and onto the campaign trail for a political cause you believe in, or get behind the camera and direct something surprising, to make yourself relevant again. Otherwise, assholes like myself are going to keep writing about what a pathetic has-been you are.