'The Lorax' controversy is odd but money trumps all

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Daybreak Daily’s afternoon invasion of the pop-culture world finds a quite successful cartoon figure, a stunning death, other things, and the mystery music video.

TREE HUGGER: People, this is a Dr. Seuss book, for crying out loud, per the Los Angeles Times, "I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees." So declares the environmentally minded title character in Dr. Seuss' children's book "The Lorax" — and in Universal Pictures' big-screen adaptation, opening Friday. . . (T)he studio and filmmakers are finding themselves squeezed between two groups of critics: those who complain the animated movie aims to "indoctrinate children and turn them into millions of little eco-warriors," and those who question whether the marketing and promotional tie-ins, including one for an SUV, are sufficiently eco-friendly.”

MEANWHILE: A recommendation for “Greenbacks and Ham,” per the Huffington Post, “Dead since 1991, Dr. Seuss still has the prescription for making money. The three big-screen movies based on his children's books have collected about $515 million in theaters, for a robust average of $171.7 million. "The Lorax," opening Friday, is expected to keep the good fortune going.”

DAVY JONES: His death resonated with some, but for others, not so much, per the L.A. Times, “People far too young to remember the cultural tumult of the 1960s were often left scratching their heads, just as they were when Paul McCartney performed at the Grammys this month.”

ANDREW BREITBART: His sudden death this morning is eerily in line with his shock-value sentiments, per POLITICO, “Breitbart was a pugnacious stalwart who aggressively promoted conservative causes, and recently led the charge to force then-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) resign over naked pictures the congressman sent over Twitter to a half dozen women.”

JUSTIN BEIBER: Just one word, wow, per TMZ, “(He’s) going ALL OUT for his 18th birthday -- parachuting in the afternoon, a fancy dinner followed by a fun party ... and he's gonna buy TWO ultra-expensive mega-mansions ... TMZ has learned.”

MEANWHILE: More Beiber bling, per X17, “While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Biebs was surprised on stage by his manager Scooter Braun. Braun revealed to the pop star that he's the proud owner of a brand new $100,000 Fisker Karma ... a luxury hybrid car.”

CHARACTER ASSASINATION: So says a desperate housewife, per Deadline Hollywood, “Nicollette Sheridan wants the jury to know she is not Edie Britt. “She is a character I play,” the actress said in court this morning on the first day of testimony in her suit against Desperate Housewives creator/executive producer Marc Cherry, ABC Studios and ABC for wrongful termination and battery.”

A FRIEND: And a potential new show, per TV Line, “Matthew Perry has been tapped to headline Go On, a single-camera comedy from the actor’s former Friends colleague Scott Silveri about a sportscaster who, while trying to move on from a loss, finds solace in his mandatory group-therapy sessions.”

A THUMBS-UP WITH WEIGHT: Of Suzanne Collins’ three-book Hunger Games series, per the Hollywood Reporter, “(Fans) are anxiously awaiting the release of Lionsgate’s film adaptation on March 23. Many of them are probably concerned with how closely the film, directed by Gary Ross, will follow the books in creating the dystopian world of Panem and the journey of Katniss Everdeen. (She) gave the film her stamp of approval on Thursday when she posted a letter to readers on the film’s Facebook page.”

WHITNEY HOUSTON: Just the facts, per the AP, “The owner of the Newark, N.J., funeral home that handled services for Whitney Houston says the home had nothing to do with a photograph that surfaced showing the singer's body in an open casket.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)