Jenny McCarthy: Playboy cover welcome at nearly 40 years old

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon excursion into the pop-culture world finds an always feisty flesh-meister, a funeral, other things, and the mystery music video.

LET’S DO IT AGAIN: So says Jenny McCarthy, who once again will grace the cover of Playboy, per People, “The mom of one, who also will strip down for a nude pictorial, first posed for Playboy in 1993. She later received the Playmate of the Year title. The TV personality's latest photo spread comes just before she turns the big 4-0 in November.”

DONNA SUMMER: Her early sultry music gave her room for pause, per the Los Angeles Times, “The tension between her conservative upbringing and the unbridled sexuality of the disco era echoed the faith vs. secularity conflicts of artists such as Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye. Like them, she straddled the tensions to create a sound and style all her own.”

MEANWHILE: Just the facts, per the AP, “Donna Summer's funeral will be a private one for family and close friends. Publicist Brian Edwards said in a statement Friday that Summer's family is overwhelmed and appreciates the outreach from fans and friends, but that her funeral services will remain private.”

FROM J-LO HERSELF: Jennifer Lopez tweets denial that her musical judgeship days are over, per Rolling Stone, "There is no truth to reports that say I am definitely leaving Idol," the pop singer said. "All I said was I haven't decided what I am doing next year." She added: "When I know for sure what I'm doing I will let the#LOVE!RS know! #FYITweets."

UPFRONTS: In TV Land, the little guys are making some noise, per Deadline Hollywood, “Some of them are among next season’s most buzzed about new shows. It feels like almost all pilots that had recastings — once an ominous sigh for a project’s future — went to series, and those that went through hardship on average fared much better than their non-problematic counterparts.”

OBIT: With respects, per the New York Times, “Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the German baritone whose beautiful voice and mastery of technique made him the 20th century’s pre-eminent interpreter of art songs, died on Friday at his home in Bavaria. He was 86.”

CATCHING FIRE: As many “alt” films do, per indieWIRE, “Natural Selection" swept the jury awards at SXSW 2011, and has been generally hailed especially for Rachael Harris' performance, a dramatic turn from a well-established comedienne.”

THE ROYALS: So tuck in your shirt, per Us Weekly, “Kate Middleton looked right at home mingling with sovereign monarchs and heads of state during Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle Friday. The Duchess of Cambridge, 30, was joined by her husband, Prince William, 29, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, 27; Middleton wore a $2,000 knee-length, rose pink coat dress by Emilia Wickstead.”

THIS IS SPICOLI?: Aloha, Mr. Hand, per E!, “Sean Penn isn't a fan of slacktivists. On Friday in Cannes, the actor-activist slammed the media for abandoning Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January 2010.”

ALL-NIGHTER: Hey, girls just want to have fun, per X17, “Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson and Paris Hilton definitely know how to party ... all night! The three ladies joined Paris' younger brother Barron Hilton and Brandon Davis (Thursday night) at the Hollywood Hills mega-mansion for some late night fun that lasted until 7 a.m. this morning!” { }
KANYE: Mr. West isn’t all about double K, per PerezHilton, “The rapper-turned-filmmaker is debuting a "short art film" inspired by his upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation at Cannes this Wednesday. Cruel Summer, which will also be the name of the record label's first album, is described as "a fusion of short film and art installation."

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

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