Brady's Bunch

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It makes a great "tear out the front page" story, but just why would Tina Brown have to race up the aisle opening night of "The Producers" to tell them to scrap the cover story on a young actress so they could go with a "Producers" cover? For weeks the world knew it was going to be a smash; it was getting great word of mouth in Trappist monasteries. And her Talk magazine partner Harvey Weinstein had money in it. Tina's as savvy as anyone in media and suddenly, like St. Paul on the Damascus Road, it hits her?

Book party tomorrow at the Century Association in Manhattan for Gail Buckley's "American Patriots," the story of African-Americans in all our wars. Gail, daughter of Sidney Lumet and Lena Horne, is married to Playboy's Kevin Buckley.

Kay Fuston was named executive editor of Coastal Living mag in Birmingham, Ala., a Time Inc. pub.

G&J's Rosie Web site generated 17 million hits and 600,000 views in the four weeks after her mag's release. Is that a lot? Any comparative figures?

Entrepreneur of Irvine, Calif., unveiled a new look, says James D. Kahn. In the PIB listings, it's now 39th in ad pages compared with 63rd last year, for January through April.

Just as the Yale Club, opposite Grand Central (somewhat distressingly), relaxes its sartorial rules (ties and jackets no longer required!), Mike DeBartolo of Fairchild Publications' menswear newsmag DNR informs me that Old Eli Bush has implemented a strict dress code at the White House, with jackets and ties required for the Oval Office. The Clinton dress code, we might recall, was somewhat ... looser.

Randy (Worth mag) Jones and wife Connie host a birthday cocktail for Joan Collins at their Manhattan digs May 23.

Big new PR account for Scott Communications, the 900-room Palace Hotel, a landmark on Madison Ave. Priscilla Hoye and Joe Scott are the principals.

New ad director for Mademoiselle is Kimberly D. Anderson. She replaces Renee Moskowitz.

"Mexico Mike" Nelson, who used to know more back roads than "Viva Zapata," has a new gig, Clutterless Recovery Groups. He's written recovery books for people with too much stuff. Mike was in New York promoting the same this month. CNN, the L.A. Times and Houston Chronicle have, well, chronicled him recently. He also bought out a Mexican cigar factory that went broke. One of the all-time characters.

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