Naked Cowboy: stop copying

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City’s famous Naked Cowboy wants a bikini-clad woman who calls herself The Naked Cowgirl to stop ripping off his trademark.

The Times Square cowboy, whose real name is Robert Burck, is known for strumming his guitar wearing only briefs and a cowboy hat. He has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sandy Kane, who wears a red, white and blue cowboy hat and matching bikini, according to the New York Post.

Burck says if Kane’s going to make money by posing for photos, he wants her to sign a “Naked Cowboy Franchise Agreement.’’ Most of his licensed franchisees are required to pay $5,000 a year or $500 a month and go through a screening process. Kane, who is in her 50s, is a former stripper who’s now a fixture of the city comedy scene. Her real name is Sandra Brodsky. She says she doesn’t owe Burck anything.

‘Twilight’ madness hits L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles mini-tent city has bloomed outside the Nokia Theatre downtown to see an eclipse. Hundreds of fans are awaiting Thursday’s red carpet premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the latest in of the three vampire movies. The movie opens in theaters June 30.

Scripts are in the works for more “Twilight” movies.

KTLA-TV says about 9,000 wristbands are being handed out to fans, who began erecting tents Monday on concrete steps outside the theater. Nokia officials, who have issued a list of camping rules, say the wristbands must be worn until the premiere is over. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner play Bella, Edward and Jacob in “Eclipse.”