Is Michael Jackson the King of Papa?

Posted: March 07, 2014

THE BIG nonnews yesterday was about old DNA.

Did it prove that Michael Jackson was the father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard or was it merely a website publicity stunt?

Don't know. Don't care.

But according to TMZ.com and Alki David and his company, FilmOn.com, there's a 99.9 percent chance (for those of you bad at math that's a very good chance) that Brandon is Michael's illegitimate son with singer Miki Howard.

Brandon (a/k/a B. Howard), however, was not at the news conference and says he had nothing to do with it.

Ho, Canada!

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it would hold a public hearing in April to consider whether the company behind AOV Adult Movie Channel, XXX Action Clips and Maleflixxx is showing enough homegrown erotica.

Yes, that is correct. Canada's broadcast regulator isn't concerned that cable is showing too much porn, it's concerned cable is showing too much porn starring non-Canadians.

Broadcast porn in Canada is supposed to be 35 percent Canadian.

Keep it local, eh!

The key to 'Mr. Peabody'

"Mr. Peabody and Sherman" may have traveled through time, and all over the world, but they were born in Valley Forge.

The stars of the animated flick, in theaters today, were created by Ted Key, who moved to the area after leaving the military in 1945. Key created Beware the Dog and Johnny Daydream, the two characters that would evolve into Peabody and Sherman, who became staples of "Rocky and His Friends" and "The Bullwinkle Show."

"In the original storyboard my father came up with, Beware didn't look like Peabody, but he was always snooty. I don't know why my father made him that way," said Peter Key, Ted's son, who lives in Lansdowne.

Key was also known for creating "Hazel," a single-panel comic about a sassy maid that ran throughout the country (including in the Daily News) and was turned into a sitcom starring Shirley Booth.

Our 24/7 colleague Molly Eichel asked Key why Peabody and Sherman have endured?

"The idea of time travel has appealed to people since at least H.G. Wells," he said. "It shows up constantly. The characters are endearingly silly. The whole concept of a dog and his boy - although my father thought of it as a boy and his dog - is something everyone can relate to."

Last year, Key left his job at the Philadelphia Business Journal in order to dedicate more time to marketing his father's intellectual property.

"I just want to make people aware that he had a role in creating Peabody and Sherman and that he was a major creative force from 1945 through the mid-'80s."

(See Gary Thompson's review of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" on Page 25.)

What the Hef

Playboy is in trouble for turning its back on a 56-year-old woman.

And she wasn't Miss March.

TheWrap.com says that the company must pay $6 million to Catherine Zulfer, a former accounting executive who was wrongfully terminated, per a federal jury in California.

According to the suit, Zulfer, a former controller at Playboy, reported to company management "actual and suspected frauds and improprieties" (and we're not talking airbrushing out blemishes and perking up nipples) after refusing to prepare $1 million in bonuses for top execs without proper approvals.

The jury found that Zulfer was unlawfully fired in retaliation for reporting alleged fraud, in violation of federal whistleblower protections provided by the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

The jury also determined that Playboy discriminated against Zulfer on the basis of age, as part of the company's plan to reduce costs by firing older employees. Zulfer was 56 at the time of her termination in 2012.

OMG! Companies try to do that?

The $6 million compensatory damages verdict is thought to be the largest ever under Sarbanes-Oxley.

TATTBITS

Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen will embark on their first U.S. tour in eight years with Adam Lambert as frontman.

The iconic band announced yesterday on "Good Morning America" that the 19-date U.S. tour kicks off June 19 in Chicago. It wraps July 20 in Washington, D.C.

But the important news is that it hits the Wells Fargo Center on July 16. Tickets go on sale today.

* TheWrap.com says Patricia Arquette ("Medium") has been tapped to star in CBS's upcoming "CSI" spin-off dealing with cybercrime.

David Simon, the man behind "The Wire," will lead HBO's Oprah Winfrey-produced miniseries about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a project insider told TheWrap.com.

Simon is expected to write (at least) the first hour of the miniseries, which is based on the book "America: In the King Years," written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch.

Simon will guide the project with his "Treme" co-creator, Eric Overmyer.

(Want to read a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors? "Busted" by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker is out Tuesday.)

* A woman found sleeping in a bedroom of an Atlanta-area home rented by Justin Bieber told officers that she had come to the house for the singer's birthday party and realized she was too late, according to a police report.

Qianying Zhao, 23, was found at the home shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday and charged with criminal trespass. And taking an inopportune nap.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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