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Paul McCartney’s Unreleased Christmas Gift For His Beatles Bandmates Resurfaces On YouTube After 52 Years

52 years after it was first produced, a rare piece of Beatles history is available on YouTube. A Christmas compilation Paul McCartney created for his bandmates has been uploaded online.

The compilation is titled Unforgettable, and it is believed that only three copies of it were ever printed: one each for John, George, and Ringo, who received it on acetate discs as Christmas presents in 1965. On the album, McCartney plays the role of DJ, introducing each of the compiled songs and adding in some improv of his own. "And so in this program, Unforgettable, we hope that you are not gonna forget us and are gonna join in," McCartney riffs in his introduction.

Unforgettable takes its name from the Nat King Cole number that leads it off. Other songs featured in the compilation include "I Get Around" by The Beach Boys and "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

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Jedi Confidential: Inside the Dark New 'Star Wars' Movie

Jedi Confidential: Inside the Dark New 'Star Wars' Movie
A long time ago, a grade-schooler got his hands on a spaceship. He followed the assembly instructions as best he could, snapping on the cannons, the landing gear, the tiny interstellar-chess table. Soon enough, Rian Johnson was holding his very own Millennium Falcon. "The first thing I did," he recalls, "was throw it across the room, to see how it would look flying." He grins. "And it broke."

Johnson grew up, went to film school, made some good stuff, including the entertainingly twisted 2012 sci-fi drama Looper. He's nearly 44 now, though
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Eight Days a Week: The Beatles' Touring History in 8 Concerts

Eight Days a Week: The Beatles' Touring History in 8 Concerts
For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to attend a Beatles concert in the 1960s, Ron Howard’s Eight Days a Week just might be the next best thing. The 2016 documentary traces the band’s rise from a cramped and dank cellar in Liverpool to record breaking television appearances, jam packed stadiums, and—ultimately—rock immortality. Lovingly assembled through rare and often unseen fan home movie footage, Howard’s film also draws on more familiar material—restored to the highest echelons of HD— and new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. All told, it’s a joyous
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Ringo Starr Spreads the Love at New York City’s Beacon Theater—With a Little Help from Radiohead’s Phil Selway

Ringo Starr Spreads the Love at New York City’s Beacon Theater—With a Little Help from Radiohead’s Phil Selway
The holiday season is nearly upon us, and anyone with a yen to perform should seriously consider asking Santa for a fraction of Ringo Starr‘s musicianship, stamina and stage presence. The 77-year-old rock icon commanded the stage at Manhattan’s opulent Beacon Theater Wednesday night, spoiling a sold-out crowd of New Yorkers with over two hours of peace, love and music.

He was flanked by the longest incarnation of his ever-evolving All-Starr Band, featuring luminaries like power-pop wizard Todd Rundgren, Toto guitar great Steve Lukather, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, and Gregg Rolie, who recently reunited with his former colleagues in Santana.
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U.K. Casting: New Play ‘The Incredible Balti Celtic Carpet Ride’ Is Filling Lead + Supporting Roles

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links. “The Incredible Balti Celtic Carpet Ride,” promises to live up to its title. “The date is Sept. 11, 1967, and The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour pulls into the Cornish seaside town of Newquay.” Cornish Theatre Company Gwary Reg is putting on this new play, which is touring in the spring of 2018. In 1967, Beatles mega fan and new Balti House owner Ali Chaudary finds himself intricately caught up with their visit to Newquay. Events lead Ali to meet John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and
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Red Dwarf: creating the pop culture of the future

Andrew Moir Oct 26, 2017

Andrew takes a nerdy dive into the pop culture real and fictional that's made its way into the world of Red Dwarf...

Creating culture within science-fiction can be tricky. It’s potentially alienating, with the audience required to understand allusions without a reference point. Then again, if you throw in too many contemporary references, the future starts to look dated pretty quickly. Red Dwarf has walked that fine line, building its own stars and entertainment but chucking in the familiar, just to keep the world grounded. We take a look at humanity’s future culture as seen through the eyes of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten and Holly.

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Red Dwarf set out its fictional musical world early on with the opening scenes of the first episode
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Ringo Starr’s Birthday Celebration: Peace, Love and Unbearable Heat

Ringo Starr’s Birthday Celebration: Peace, Love and Unbearable Heat
July 7 is an important day, but not just because it’s my birthday. July 7 is also Ringo Starr’s birthday. He turned 77, and I turned 25. Every year for his birthday, Ringo organizes a “peace and love celebration.” The point of it is exactly what its name suggests: to promote peace, love and overall good vibrations. (Oops, I accidentally made a Beach Boys reference when we’re talking about one of the Beatles.) It’s both a live and a virtual event. Ringo makes a personal appearance in one city (usually Los Angeles) while simultaneously extending an invitation to the rest of.
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Ringo Starr Is Spreading a Little Peace and Love for His Birthday—and You’re Invited!

Ringo Starr Is Spreading a Little Peace and Love for His Birthday—and You’re Invited!
Heads up, everybody—Ringo Starr‘s birthday is coming up. Want to know what to get him? It’s easy: just spread a little peace and love.

The music icon will celebrate turning 77 on July 7 (talk about a lucky birthday!) by inviting the world to come together in a moment of peace, love and unity. Starr himself will be in front of the famous Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, but don’t feel like you have to make the trip. All he asks is for everyone—everywhere—to think, say, or post “#PeaceandLove” at noon their local time, thus
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Review: It was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond (2017)

A straw poll of the average music fan on what the biggest British albums of all time are is likely to consist of: Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd; (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis; probably 21 by Adele; maybe Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits; Queen’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1, perhaps; but most definitely, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. The latter of these has reached the grand old age of fifty, and so in way of celebration has been remastered and re-released in a sparkly new boxed set, which also includes a plethora of alternative recordings, outtakes and interviews, over four CDs and two DVDs and 100 minutes of extra footage. Imagine the 1995 release of The Beatles era defining anthology series, but focused purely on 1967. The release is also supported by a feature length documentary, directed by long time Beatles fan Alan G. Parker
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Sgt. Pepper at 50: 10 Highlights from the Beatles’ Newly Unearthed Session Outtakes

Sgt. Pepper at 50: 10 Highlights from the Beatles’ Newly Unearthed Session Outtakes
Imagine finding one of van Gogh’s early sketches for “Starry Night,” or a rough draft of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. For anyone who loves music, the mammoth 50th anniversary reissue of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is just as good—if not better. The expanded package includes nearly two hours worth of outtakes from the groundbreaking 1967 sessions, offering not only an alternate-universe look at some of the most beloved tracks in the rock canon, but also a fascinating fly-on-the-wall view of four young artists at the height of their power.

Stripped down, occasionally rough and always electrifying,
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Movie Review – It Was 50 Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper and Beyond (2017)

It Was 50 Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper and Beyond, 2017.

Directed by Alan G. Parker.

Synopsis:

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond examines the twelve months (Aug 1966 – Aug 1967) that would arguably be the most crucial in the band’s career, a year in which they stopped being the world’s number one touring band and instead became the world’s most innovative recording artists, pushing the boundaries of what could be achieved in the studio.

In series three of 30 Rock, Jane Krakowski’s fantastically narcissistic “Jenna” attempts to get a Janis Joplin biopic off the ground. Things go array of course; first the rights of the music are not obtained, then the name. Yet this does little to her conviction so, alongside NBC executive Jack Donaughey, they piece together a biopic of Janet Jopfler, rock star famed for her debauchery and the global
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Ringo Starr Thinks Beatles Are Bigger Than Justin Bieber (Video)

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_2mnluntg"]] No one's bigger than The Beatles, not even Justin Bieber ... according to Ringo Starr himself. The legendary drummer did dinner Tuesday night at Il Segreto in Bel Air with ex-Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who once played in Ringo's All-Starr Band.  So the question ...  if The Beatles and Bieber had both been around at the same time, who'd open for who? Super fun clip. Read more
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Ron Howard Equates His Hulu ‘Beatles’ Documentary To ‘Das Boot’ – Contenders Emmys

Taking on the legacy of The Beatles is a daunting challenge to any filmmaker— even an Academy Award-winner, as Ron Howard confessed to the Hulu panel at Deadline's The Contenders Emmys event Sunday. But despite some initial jitters, the project went smoothly, he recalled, even expressing surprise that the remaining two members of the Fab Four—Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr—were only too happy to trust him with the story of their rise and further rise. "Ringo's only…
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Looking back at the original Beatles films

Mark Allison Apr 13, 2017

From A Hard Day's Night to Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Help!, we revisit the original Beatles films...

Of all the art that the Beatles brought into the world, their cinematic misadventures are probably less fondly remembered than their music. But in addition to 12 studio albums, 13 EPs, and 22 singles, the Fab Four also released five films in their comparatively few years together. These efforts comprised two feature films, a TV movie, a cartoon, and a documentary, all of admittedly inconsistent quality. Looking back now, these films provide a fascinating insight into the phenomenon of Beatlemania.

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For Beatles fanatics such as myself, the music alone makes them a joy to watch and re-watch, but as pieces of cinema in their own right there’s plenty to still be enjoyed and appreciated.
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Paul McCartney Recalls Playing Drums at Early Beatles Gigs—and That Time They Backed a Stripper

Paul McCartney Recalls Playing Drums at Early Beatles Gigs—and That Time They Backed a Stripper
Paul McCartney took the term “solo album” to the next level on his first release following the dissolution of the Beatles in 1970. The multi-talented musician played every instrument on the appropriately titled McCartney, drawing on skills he’d honed through years serving as the group’s utility man — mastering guitar, bass, piano, and even drums. (That’s him, not Ringo Starr, behind the kit on “Back in the U.S.S.R,” “Dear Prudence,” and “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”)

The one-man-band approach was temporarily retired after he formed Wings in 1971, but McCartney continued to play a variety of instruments throughout his career.
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Behind the Songs: Paul McCartney Shares Intimate Memories of Recording Flowers in the Dirt

By the late-1980s, Paul McCartney may have been the only artist on the planet uninterested in sounding like the Beatles. But then his new collaborator, fellow British superstar Elvis Costello, reunited him with an old friend: his iconic violin-shaped Hofner bass. The instrument had last seen action during the band’s final live performance on the roof of their London offices almost two decades before, and a faded setlist from their last tour remained affixed to the side with yellowed scotch tape. “He was a big Beatles fan and said, ‘Hey, do you still use your Hofner?’” McCartney tells People exclusively.
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Interview: Scott Freiman on ‘Deconstructing the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper Album’

Chicago – Scott Freiman is an entrepreneur, producer, composer and musicologist, and turned his primary passion – painstakingly delving into the song production techniques of The Beatles – into a series of lectures called “Deconstructing The Beatles.” He has turned those lectures into films, and “Deconstructing The Beatles Sgt. Pepper Album” will screen in Chicago at area Landmark Cinemas on February 6th, 2017.

The 50th anniversary of the release of the album “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” will be June 1st, 1967, and the record marked a crossover of sorts for the Fab Four, from the mop-top image of their early career to the introspective studio musicians in the second half of their collaboration. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had just finished their last live show in August of 1966, and launched Sgt. Pepper amid rumors that they were finished as a band. “Pepper” was universally popular, and was the number one album in the U.
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Baftas 2017: nominees' reactions

Baftas 2017: nominees' reactions
Reactions roll in following this year’s BAFTA nominations.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: full list of nominationsBaftas 2017: ‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominationsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmersLion

Dev Patel (actor): “Thank you so much to the BAFTA’s for your support. Ever since I was a kid growing up outside of London, I’ve watched the Bafta awards with my family. It was a tradition of ours and served as an inspiration to me as I decided to embark on my journey as an actor. Since Lion is a film about identity and finding “home,” this Bafta nomination today truly means so much to me.

“I’m thrilled for Nicole Kidman, Luke Davies, Greig and the composers for their respective nominations. I am beyond grateful to Garth Davis, our fearless and soulful director who brought this film to life in such
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Carrie Fisher, Who Played Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars,’ Dies at 60

Carrie Fisher, Who Played Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars,’ Dies at 60
Carrie Fisher, best known for her iconic role of Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, died on Tuesday, December 27, four days after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.

The family’s spokesman Simon Halls released a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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The actress was flying from London to Los Angeles on December 23 when she went into cardiac arrest. Fellow passengers on board administered CPR and, after an emergency landing, she was taken to a nearby hospital.

Fisher was currently on her book tour for her new memoir,
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Justice League: Ezra Miller Calls The Flash The 'Ringo Starr' Of The Team

  • LRM Online
Moments ago, I shared with you a newly-released promotional still for Justice League that shows off The Flash (Ezra Miller), Batman (Ben Affleck), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), standing around in all of their demigod glory. That photo came courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, which is owned by DC Comics parent company Warner Bros.

Included in an upcoming preview feature for Justice League in EW is this fun little quote from Miller about the role he feels his Flash plays on the Justice League team:

“Flash is Ringo Starr. He annoys everybody, but he doesn’t have any specific beef with anyone. Uncle Fish Curry [Aquaman] is very grumpy. Dad [Batman] gets grumpy too. (He’s had a long life of fighting crime.) ­Wonder Woman is very considerate, so even though she’s annoyed with the Flash, she’s still very compassionate.”

Ringo, of course, has always been joked about as everyone's least
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