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Howard Brandy, inspiration for Dudley Do-Right, 79

brandy_howard.jpg From Variety (with some additional info by guest Fishie Dan Cox):

Howard Brandy, a publicist in film and music over a career spanning nearly five decades and known as the model for the cartoon character Dudley Do-Right, died last Monday after a long illness. He was 79.

In the 1950s, Brandy represented teen heartthrobs Fabian and Frankie Avalon before going on to work with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, the Fifth Dimension, Lionel Richie, Captain & Tennille and the Monkees. He also headed publicity for A&M records, Uni Records and Motown.

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37014275-21120309.jpgSerial Novel: Steve Lopez’s experiment in reader participation continues, with Chapter 4 of his reader-written serial novel. The Orange County Register did something like this five or six years ago. It sucked.

35055047-02075821.jpgRabbi Rushfield’s Latest Sermon: Rabbi Richard Rushfield quotes Wms Blake and Gibson before he even mentions the words American Idol. We wonder what he’ll recite during his first weekly Idol chat today at noon at www.chat.latimes.com.

37405706-01162815.jpgNo Joke: Mariah Carey has surpassed Elvis Presley with more No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and is now second only to the Beatles. Check the date, boys, this story was filed April 2. It’s for real.

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37117651.jpgJohn Hughes Is Not Dead: But Patrick Goldstein’s column feels creepily like an obit.

37108751-24163511.jpgBeatles Former Road Manager Dies: Neil Aspinall dies at the age of 66. His was a short life, but clearly one lived large:

Aspinall also went down in Beatles history as the man who stayed with the group even after manager Brian Epstein fired Aspinall’s closest friend, drummer Pete Best, when Lennon, McCartney and Harrison decided they wanted crosstown rival Ringo Starr on the drums. It was a particularly trying time for Aspinall because he was renting a room at Best’s house and had become romantically involved with Best’s mother, Mona, who was 17 years older than Aspinall. Their long-term affair produced a child, Vincent Roag Best, who was about 3 weeks old when Pete Best was booted from the group.

37116381.jpgAnother L.A. Media Landmark In Peril: The city says the vandalized, abandoned former KFWB news-radio studios will be demolished if its not rehabilitated by April 3.

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hiltking.jpgNo Fun: Reporter Scott Collins can be witty when he wants to be. So why, when given the topic of the dreadfully boring Larry King interview of Paris Hilton, did he not want to be?

paulyok.jpgBeatles, Live In Vegas: The remaining Beatles, widows, children and loved ones descended on the Mirage on the anniversary of the Cirque du Soleil Love show, and we have never been more jealous of a Vegas reporter in our lives.

drugpax.jpgWhy L.A. Kindergartens Look Different Than Other Kindergartens: It’s not just the toddler-sized designer jeans. Infants born to women taking antidepressants during the first trimester have an increased risk of serious birth defects. And we’re sure reading that won’t unhinge an already fragile population of LAT readers.

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zellproperty.jpgAbode Issue Doesn’t Bode Well: New Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell calls himself a “vulture investor” who apparently delights in raising the rents of mobile home residents.

fb.jpgSound Check: EMI is ending its copying constraints on songs sold on iTunes for all its artists — except the Beatles. So if you want to hear the Ballad of John and Yoko, you’re still going to have to settle for the cover by Frenchy Burrito.

itch.jpgItching For Better Stories: Every week we read it, and every week we wonder: Didn’t this use to be a health section?

Nikki Finke Explains What’s Wrong With Across the Universe

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Just the other day, David Carr in the NY Times admitted what we already knew: New Yorkers don’t understand show biz all that much. And today, Hollywood’s own Nikki Finke tears into Sharon Waxman’s version of events surrounding art-chick Julie Taymor’s battle with Joe Roth over some musical romance movie called Who Signed Off On This?, Across the Universe.

The musical uses songs by the Beatles, now owned by Michael Jackson and Sony. Sony Pictures is distributing the movie. Waxman didn’t bother to mention this little detail, but does go on about Taymor’s MacArthur grant.

Finke points out that Taymor’s movies haven’t been (a) very good and (b) profitable. Joe Roth, who Finke thinks should have known better with a girl like Julie, cut his own version of the movie, and it’s not all that hot either. And the songs aren’t performed by the Beatles, they’re covered by the actors, including Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess. With puppets. And Eddie Izzard as Mr. Kite. Taymor even cast Selma Hayek. Did we mention the puppets?

Is this Ishtar for the new millenium? Is it Heaven’s Gate for the YouTube set? One of the IMDB commentors says:

an advertisement for LSD

We’re betting Peter Travers uses that line as his blurb.