Flash: this morning, after much back and forth, the Letterman show got permits for Paul McCartney to go up on their roof. Even as you read this, workmen are bracing the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee and fixing the sound system. Neighbors in the surrounding area of Broadway and West 53rd St. are going to have a treat this afternoon.

Please note: the city is worried about crowds. The fact is, it will probably be better to watch this thing on TV tonight. So, as with Michael Jackson’s memorial last week in Los Angeles, they’re asking people to stay away. I’m just passing this on.

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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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