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Broadway-Hopeful New Musical About John Lennon and Yoko Ono Seeking Funding - Sunday, August 03, 2014

The team behind a new rock musical about John Lennon and Yoko Ono called Rock & Roll's Greatest Lovers are seeking funding for a concept album, a bigger stage production and a film version. A sold-out condensed version of the show ran at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The show's IndieGoGo page explains: "Many people have asked, 'Dear John, Why Yoko?' This musical answers that question while taking you through their psychedelic, swinging, Romeo and Juliet romance." Rock & Roll's Greatest Lovers was conceived and written by former J-pop star Anzu Lawson, with music by Lawson and Joerg Stoeffel. The score includes "everything from groovy 60s sounds to rock ballads to anthems." Half-finished recording the concept album, the team aims next to cast and produce a short film Rock & Roll's Greatest Lovers was conceived and written by former J-pop star Anzu Lawson, with music by Lawson and Joerg Stoeffel. The score includes "everything from groovy 60s sounds to rock ballads to anthems." Half-finished recording the concept album, the team aims next to cast and produce a short film 

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Beatles Fans Traveled Great Distances to Attend the Museum's Screening of A Hard Day's Night. - Saturday, August 02, 2014

AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND - Beatlemania swept the nation in 1964 after the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Those crazed and hysterical fans - now in their sixties - continue to be as passionate about the Beatles today as they were in their teenage years. Two friends from Virginia recently proved how far they would go to view A Hard Day's Night and meet Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison, when they traveled to Avalon for the Catalina Island Museum’s 50th anniversary screening of the film. For the record, the distance from Yorktown, VA to Catalina Island is approximately 2,357 miles. Linda Rody and her friend Billie spoke with Michael De Marsche, Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum, during the book signing with Pattie Boyd that occurred after the screening of the film. The following is their story. "This past February my high school friend, Billie, reminded me of the fifty-year celebration of the Beatles arrival to the U.S.A. As I searched the Internet for news of the Beatles, I included Pattie Boyd in my search. I thought she might be interviewed somewhere in the media. To my delight, an article appeared announcing her appearance at the Catalina Island Museum on July 6th.

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Luke Skywalker on the Magical Mystery Tour in Liverpool - Saturday, August 02, 2014

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill enjoyed a Magical Mystery Tour while he was in Liverpool as he visited a series of The Beatles' landmarks. The actor, who plays Luke Skywalker, visited the city while he is in the UK and Ireland filming for the new Star Wars film. Sporting a Jedi Knight beard, he was seen in the Cavern Club and the Beatles museum at the Albert Dock, with several surprised fans sharing photos of the star on social media. Bill Irwin, Cavern Club General Manager, said: "Mark arrived at the Cavern Club around 10pm last night and seemed really happy to be in the Cavern , he and his his wife and two children and his friend seemed to really enjoy the atmosphere. "His son took real interest in the Merseybeatles who were playing because I later found out he is a real keen guitarist himself!

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“The Beatles and Me on Tour” British Journalist Ivor Davis speaks Aug 9 in Malibu and Aug 7 at The Grove - Friday, August 01, 2014

“The Beatles and Me on Tour” British Journalist Ivor Davis speak at Malibu Film Society’s 50th Anniversary screening of “A Hard Day’s Night” Saturday, August 9 in Malibu and at The Grove on Thursday, August 7 In the summer of 1964, the Beatles invade America with a 24-city tour and through the release of their first movie “A Hard Day’s Night.” The Malibu Film Society will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movie’s opening with special showings, Friday August 8 at 7:30 and 9:15 PM, and Saturday, August 9 at 7 and 9 PM. They are also hosting a special screening at The Grove in Hollywood at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 7. For both screenings on Saturday and at The Grove Thursday, the Society announces a very special guest: Ivor Davis, the journalist who befriended the Beatles early on, traveling with them across the globe as they developed into international superstars. Ivor’s brand new book,

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Sir Paul McCartney tells LIPA graduates 'go out there and be wonderful - Friday, August 01, 2014

Sir Paul McCartney told students at the performing arts college he co-founded to “go out there and be wonderful” as he attended its annual graduation ceremony. The ex-Beatle spoke of his determination to save his old school building with Mark Featherstone-Witty and his pride at seeing it become a base for the successful Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). And he joked students should ignore what they had learned from tutors and said his advice was to “be yourself.” LIPA, which opened in 1995, is housed in Sir Paul and George Harrison’s old grammar school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys. Around 280 students from 26 countries, including Israel, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA, graduated at the ceremony at the BT Convention Centre. Meanwhile nine leading figures from the entertainment industry – including legendary lyricist Don Black, Island Records President Darcus Beece, actor Sam West and Grammy Award-winning music producer Giles Martin – were made Companions of LIPA, an accolade given for outstanding achievement and practical contribution to students’ learning.

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Bono and Lennon stand by Leo's green campaign Kirsty Blake Knox - Thursday, July 31, 2014

The duo performed a rendition of 'Stand By Me' before playing a few riffs. Actors Marion Cotillard, Jared Leto and Joan Collins, model Cara Delevingne and singer Robin Thicke were among VIP guests. Bono donated one of his guitars to the charity auction which saw US businessman Len Blavatnik take home a Damien Hirst sculpture entitled 'Golden Myth' for $6 million (€4m). Walk-on A Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by DiCaprio, movie director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro went for more than $673,000 (€500,000), while another bidder spent $2.4m (€1.8m) for a walk-on role in DiCaprio's next movie. Oscar-nominated actor DiCaprio established the foundation in 1998 to raise awareness for the environment. "We are facing a tipping point of environmental crises unprecedented in human history," DiCaprio said at the event. "Not since the age of the dinosaurs have so many species of plants and animals become extinct in such a short period of time."

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Wings Reissue 'Venus and Mars' and 'At The Speed Of Sound' - Thursday, July 31, 2014

The GRAMMY Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection Announce next release Wings to reissue classic albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound Formats to include previously unreleased material UK Release: 22nd September, US Release: 23rd September MPL and Concord Music Group confirmed plans today to reissue Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound as the next releases in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection on September 22nd (UK), and September 23rd (US), 2014. Both albums will be available in a variety of physical and digital formats: Standard Edition: Starting with a 2-disc (2 CD) Standard Edition, the first CD will feature the original remastered album and the second CD will include bonus audio made up of material including demos and unreleased tracks. Deluxe Edition: The 3-disc (2CD, 1DVD)

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Fab Four continue to inspire youth - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fifty years after The Beatles made their North American debut, their music continues to attract young audiences. “They are one of my favourite bands. They are really inspiring for people to play musical instruments,” said Alex Wyant, 11, of Wasaga Beach. “When I started drumming, I only played Beatles songs. Ringo (Starr) is my favourite Beatle and drummer.” Wyant, who won the Ringo Starr lookalike contest Saturday at the Orillia Beatles Celebration, stayed in the stage area to hear Beatles music being performed by local musician Kayla Elizabeth, followed by The Beagles, a band of four young men who play only Beatles music. Carson Merkley, 15, of Orillia, also loves The Beatles and comes to the city’s Beatles festival annually. “They are timeless. I grew up listening to them,” said Merkley, who also attended to watch The Beagles perform. Beagles band member Tyler Chute, 19, of St. Thomas, grew up surrounded by Beatles music. “I grew up on it. How do you not like it?” said Chute, the George Harrison of The Beagles.

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Mark McGann talks about his ongoing portrayal of John Lennon - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

THE role set him on course for a three-decade acting career and gained him an Olivier Award nomination when he first appeared in the West End. But despite the plaudits from John Lennon’s own family – “it’s always a comfort to know Dad’s words and music are in the hands of an artist such as Mark McGann” says son Julian for one – the actor has, he admits, generally shied away from playing the legendary Beatle. He explains: “When I was chasing acting alone as a career, which was actually until about 2008, I had to be very careful not to be perceived as wanting to do John as often as I really wanted. For the obvious typecasting difficulties that it might put me into.” Almost a decade after Lennon at the Everyman, he appeared in a short run of Imagine, produced by Bill Kenwright, at the Playhouse.

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Sir Peter: Beatles should have made LOTR movie - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Beatles approached director Stanley Kubrick to make a film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings novels back in their heyday, according to moviemaker Peter Jackson. The Fab Four starred in five movies during their career, including A Hard Day's Night and Help! in the 1960s, and when they were considering their third film, the musicians went to Kubrick to discuss adapting JRR Tolkien's books into a movie version, but the author had not yet sold the rights. Tolkien eventually released the book for film adaptation and Jackson brought the franchise to cinemas from 2001. The director tells Deadline.com, "The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do The Lord of the Rings. This was before Tolkien sold the rights. They approached him and he said no. I actually spoke about this with Paul McCartney. He confirmed it. I'd heard rumours that it was going to be their next film after Help!.

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