- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 6, 2005

Bad vibrations

Mike Love is suing his cousin and former Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson, but Mr. Love’s lawyer hopes the lawsuit won’t mar their good vibrations.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court, Mr. Love accuses Mr. Wilson of promoting his 2004 album, “Smile,” in a manner that “shamelessly misappropriated Mike Love’s songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark, as well as the ‘Smile’ album itself.”

Mr. Love’s lawyer says it’s nothing personal.

“Mike has a lot of affection for Brian and they have a good relationship and cordial relations,” says Phil Stillman, who has represented Mr. Love since 1992. “There’s obviously some problem with the way Brian’s (associates) have promoted the albums.”

The Beach Boys never completed “Smile,” and it was regarded as a lost classic until Mr. Wilson opted to finish it himself. The album earned international acclaim and marked a dramatic return for the 63-year-old singer-songwriter, who had kept a low profile for years.

Mr. Love objected to a promotion in which 2.6 million copies of a Beach Boys compilation CD were given away to readers of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. The lawsuit said the giveaway undercut the band’s sales.

The lawsuit seeks damages, including “millions of dollars in illicit profits,” and also “seeks at least $1 million for international advertising to correct the effects of… unfair competition and infringing uses.”

A lawyer for Mr. Wilson didn’t return a call from Associated Press for comment.

Mr. Love, who has exclusive legal right to tour under the Beach Boys name, formed the group in Hawthorne, Calif., in 1961 with Mr. Wilson, Mr. Wilson’s brothers Carl and Dennis, and Mr. Wilson’s friend Al Jardine. They went on to record hits such as “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “California Girls.”

Mr. Wilson’s brothers have died, and he split acrimoniously with Mr. Love and Mr. Jardine years ago. In an interview earlier this year with AP, Mr. Wilson refused to discuss them in the present tense, but talked about their early years with apparent fondness.

Bad blood

The hostilities between one-time best buds and former “Simple Life” stars Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie show no sign of ending.

During a Salt ‘N’ Pepa concert Thursday evening at the Hollywood Bowl, the two had separate VIP areas and carefully timed their entrances to avoid running into each other, the New York Post reports.

Life imitates art

Broadway darling Sutton Foster is on the mend after breaking her arm last week while rehearsing a number called “I’m An Accident Waiting to Happen.”

“I wasn’t even dancing,” the Tony-winner says. “I was just stepping backward, and my feet went forward, and I fell backward and caught myself with my hands.”

According to the Reuters news agency, Miss Foster was rehearsing a scene from the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which is scheduled to open Nov. 18 at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. She says the show will go on, although she’ll have to modify her performance until her arm heals. Such planned stunts as a dive roll through a hoop, cartwheels and complicated lifts are being eliminated.

Miss Foster won a Tony in 2002 for the Broadway production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Federline’s faux pas

Dancer Kevin Federline boasts about his life with wife Britney Spears and demands to be called “daddy” in a track from his forthcoming hip-hop debut.

The album has yet to be released, but a track called “Y’All Ain’t Ready” has appeared on the Internet. On it, Mr. Federline, 27, celebrates the lavish lifestyle he shares with Miss Spears and their baby son Sean Preston, but makes an embarrassing slip — confusing the word paparazzi with the surname of opera star Luciano Pavarotti, reports the Internet Movie Database.

He raps: “Back then they called me K-Fed/But you can call me Daddy instead/Go ahead and say whatcha wanna/I’m gonna sell about 2 mil, oh, then I’m a goner/I know you all wish you was in my position/Cause I keep getting’ in situations that you wish you was in, cousin/Steppin’ in this game and y’all ain’t got a clue/Getting anxious? Go take a peep/I’m starrin’ in your magazines now every day and week/But maybe baby you can wait and see/Until then all these Pavarottis followin’ me.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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