Well, we can scotch that idea about Paul McCartney playing on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday night.

Word from the New York City Department of Film and Television is that they’ve declined the Letterman show’s application to let McCartney re-create the “Let It Be” movie and perform on top of the theater marquee.

A spokeswoman from the department says that the Letterman show didn’t even apply for permission until Monday after this column reported the plan.

Well, it was a good idea. But the marquee is kinda shaky. So McCartney on Letterman is a coup anyway, and we’ll be watching whether it’s inside or out.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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