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By United Press International   |   March 7, 2012 at 4:01 AM

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ROBERT B. SHERMAN: Songwriter, painter and novelist Robert B. Sherman has died in London, his son Jeff said on Facebook. He was 86.

The BBC confirmed his Monday death, but did not specify the cause.

Robert B. Sherman and his brother Richard M. Sherman wrote songs for many film classics, including "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Jungle Book," earning nominations for seven Oscars and winning two.

They also penned the Disney anthem "It's a Small World (After All)" for an installation at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The song ultimately became a popular attraction at Disney theme parks.

Their music and words also appeared in "The Aristocats," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," and "Winnie the Pooh" shorts.

The Sherman brothers were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

Richard M. Sherman is 83.


DAVY JONES: Micky Dolenz says he, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork don't plan to attend the private funeral of their fellow Monkees band member Davy Jones in Florida.

Jones died of a heart attack last week. He was 66.

"My understanding is they want to avoid a media circus and ... the family wants to keep it very, very low-key and very, very private," Dolenz told Billboard.com. "And you can imagine as soon as one or two or any of us were to show up, it would very quickly be degraded into something that I don't think his immediate family would want to deal with. So I'm kind of respecting their wishes, whatever their wishes may be."

In addition to the private funeral Jones' family is planning in Florida, public memorials are being scheduled in New York and Jones' native United Kingdom. No dates for any of the ceremonies have been announced yet.

"He obviously had fans and family and associates on both [U.S.] coasts and two continents," Dolenz told Billboard.com. "It's pretty early days, you know, to be making too many plans. I'm still in shock."

Jones, Dolenz and Tork toured together last year to mark The Monkees' 45th anniversary. The foursome last played together in 1997.


JUSTIN BIEBER: Pattie Mallette, mother of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, is writing a memoir, Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, said Tuesday.

The publisher said it has acquired the world rights to "Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom." Written in collaboration with A.J. Gregory, with a foreword by Bieber, the book is slated for release Sept. 18.

Mallette's book is to include details about the trauma, abuse and addiction that affected her early childhood and young-adult years. She reflects on her search for love and acceptance that led to teenage rebellion and a suicide attempt at 17, and she recounts the way her life turned around when she found herself pregnant and facing an uncertain future as a single mom, a synopsis said.

"Pattie's story is a powerful example of courage and determination that will inspire anyone who has faced struggles in life," Jennifer Leep, editorial director for Revell, said in a statement. "She's living proof that even in the darkest of places, there is always room for hope."

Mallette will support the release of "Nowhere But Up" with media appearances and speaking engagements throughout the United States and Canada. She plans to donate a portion of the book's proceeds to charity, her publisher said, without providing details on the intended recipient.


TIM TEBOW: Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow said via Twitter Tuesday he has no plans to try to find a mate on "The Bachelor."

"Haha rumors can be crazy! Even though I've watched the show before, I'm definitely not gonna be on the Bachelor," Tebow tweeted.

"Bachelor" host Chris Harrison told "Access Hollywood Live" he talked to the devoutly Christian football player about going on the reality dating program.

"They always say yes, but then it never happens," Harrison laughed. "He did say yes, but he would never do it."

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