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Hong Kong, Dec 10: The wax figures of 1960s British band Beatles are set to stroll from London's Abbey Road to Madame Tussauds here.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary release of the band's first album "Please Please Me", which released in March 1963, the figures of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, late George Harrison and John Lennon, are now on a world tour.
Popularly known as the "Fab Four", they went up to Sky Terrace 428 peak tower here for a 360-degree panoramic view across the city before continuing their walk along the classic "Abbey Road" setting at the city's Madame Tussauds.
The setting is similar to their album "Abbey Road" cover, where the group traverse a zebra crossing .
"The Beatles have always. »
- Shiva Prakash
Us director credits Leonardo DiCaprio as source of inspiration but looks to make only a 'couple more' films
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Martin Scorsese has said he expects to retire after making a "couple more" movies.
Speaking over the weekend at the Marrakech film festival, where he was acting as jury president, the Oscar-winning director also revealed he had been reinvigorated by working with Leonardo DiCaprio on their series of five films. The pair's latest collaboration, The Wolf of Wolf Street, has just been completed in time for an awards season run ahead of the Oscars in March.
"I have the desire to make many films, but as of now, I'm 71 and there's only a couple more left if I get to make them," said Scorsese. He added: "I miss the time when I »
- Ben Child
The Beatles broke the mold when it came to songwriting, fashion, hairstyles and making music into an art form, and their influence defined the 1960s music scene across the world. They have gone down in history as the first band to create hysteria globally and were even given a term to describe the fan frenzy by the media who called it “Beatlemania”.
Their style of music started with a rock pop sound and then progressed into a more eclectic sound, by taking influences from Indian music, classical and psychedelic. To have a full understanding of the artistry the Beatles music has you have to go back to their humble beginnings where the greatest songwriting team in modern music first met.
- Emily Costi
During a 45-minute Q&A session he talked about his motivations and the factors underlying his choice of subjects, including that of his upcoming film “Silence”.
He described filming “Last Temptation of Christ,” lensed in Morocco, as a passionate process motivated by his own search for an inner spiritual core, which had once made him to want to become a priest.
“The film was an exploration of the meaning of faith. But during the process of making the film the mystery became even deeper for me and I realized I’d only scratched the surface…I’m obsessed with the search for a spiritual core in life. That’s what my most personal films are about, including ‘Mean Streets »
- Martin Dale
Washington, Nov 23: A former editor has published a book, 'Raising a Beatle Baby', that documents his trip with his wife and daughter to London and Liverpool to visit several Beatles-related sites.
Through a special tour group, the Hester family visited places such as Ringo Starr's old living room, the Barnston Women's Institute, where the group performed in their famous suits for the first time, George Harrison's Friar Park estate.
Hester, based in New York, had connected with his then-girlfriend, Teresa, who later became his wife through the music of. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Monty Python fans everywhere woke up on Tuesday to the exciting news of an official reunion.
Since 1983's The Meaning of Life, the surviving members have yet to embark on a proper, official Monty Python project together. However, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle are to reunite for a special stage production.
As Eddie Izzard wrote on Twitter: "Monty Python reforming to do a gig is as big as The Beatles reforming to do a gig."
To mark this monumental comedy moment, Digital Spy takes a look back at 30 years of near-misses, almosts-but-not-quites and other mini-reunions that have led to today's (November 21) press conference.
Released shortly after The Meaning of Life, this comedy was written by Graham Chapman, alongside Peter Cook and Python collaborator Bernard McKenna. Centred around Chapman's pirate who is imprisoned for tax evasion, it also starred John Cleese and Eric Idle in minor roles. »
Moving bits of paper around (the old way) or painting with billions of pixels (the new) has conjured up some of the greatest films of all time. From The Iron Giant to Persepolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. The Tale of the Fox
A sneaky fox plays a series of underhand tricks on his neighbours in the animal kingdom, among them a timorous hare and a gullible wolf. The king of the beasts, a lion, summons him to face charges but the fox proceeds to outwit everyone, including the king himself. When Ladislas Starevich told this tale in the 1930s it was by no means new – versions of the Reynard story had been circulating around Europe for the best part of a millennium – but the »
As a 17-year-old Freda Kelly was the envy of thousands of teenage girls: she was secretary to the Fab Four and ran their fan club. Now, in a new documentary about her role, she has finally decided to open up
These days, Freda Kelly leads an uncomplicated life. Every morning, she drives from her home in the Wirral to a legal firm in Birkenhead, where she is secretary to one of the senior partners. She starts her working day at 9am, dealing with legal files, setting up appointments, liaising with mental health tribunals and typing up letters at a steady speed of 50wpm. On her desk, the stapler is labelled with her name in case anyone should be tempted to claim it as their own. She has been working here for 21 years.
Of late, Freda, 68, has found herself at the centre of some unexpected attention. She finds this baffling. "I mean, »
- Elizabeth Day
This weekend, our final X Factor seven will be taking on tracks from the Great British Songbook.
Given just the song names, we've made some assumptions about exactly which songs the hopefuls will be taking on, but given the titles we're pretty confident this time around.
The eagle-eyed among you will notice that we've only got six tracks on our playlist.
Do you think The X Factor singers will be able to do these songs justice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below: »
Some fans of The Beatles are angry to this day with Yoko Ono for her possible role in the band's breakup. But Paul McCartney himself, whose feud with John Lennon's widow has played out in the public eye for decades now, is burying the hatchet. In an interview with Rolling Stone's November issue, the 71-year-old musician calls Ono "a badass" and explains why he's moved on. "I thought, 'If John loved her, there's got to be something. He's not stupid,'" McCartney says. "It's like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?" McCartney reasons that if fellow Beatle George Harrison were still alive, he'd encourage »
London, Oct er 16: Paul McCartney has revealed that he once almost left Beatles to work for a factory.
He said that it took his bandmates to convince him not to.
The 71-year-old singer said that for him a hard day's work at the factory seemed to be his future to him. (Ani) »
- Anita Agarwal
A movie is hardly epic, poignant, or heroic if it doesn't star Tom Hanks, an actor we've seen fight in wars, survive on an island, and even journey to space.
This week, in Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips," Hanks stars as the eponymous character who gets taken hostage by Somali pirates. The intense drama is based on the real-life hijacking of the Maersk Alabama ship off the coast of Africa in 2002.
While we've seen many sides of the beloved Oscar-winning actor on screen, there are probably a handful of things you didn't know about the man. From his relation to a famous Us president to his favorite collector's item, check out these facts about Tom Hanks that you may not know.
1. Hanks has hosted "Saturday Night Live" eight times, making hims a member of the Five-Timers Club, a term which was coined in a sketch during Hanks' fifth time hosting. »
- Erin Whitney
You want funny? We got funny! From Airplane to Duck Soup, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' pick of the 10 best rib-ticklers
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Peter Bradshaw on comedy
Notionally, one of the most loved of genres, comedy persistently finds that it is somehow ineligible for greatness. Comedies rarely get Oscars. Charlie Chaplin, the great comic, was one of cinema's first international superstars. Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy produced sublime gems of film-making, arguably cherished more now than at the time. Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot is one of the most loved films of all time, with a miraculously light touch and a glorious romantic chemistry between Curtis, Lemmon and Monroe. In Hollywood, the screwball tradition came to be supplanted in public taste by Woody Allen, whose DNA can be traced through the cerebral creations of Charlie Kaufman.
Recently, Hollywood comedy »
Paul McCartney made a detour from the promotional tour for his latest album to drop in on the lucky kids at Astoria’s Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. The former Beatle played the youngsters songs off the aptly titled New as well as some he’d written with “George Harrison of the Beatles” — according to the New York Times, specification was necessary since the student there are sooo young. Despite the surprise element of McCartney’s drop-in, ten kids were prepared with questions ranging from why his collaborations with John Lennon were so successful (“We didn’t want to do the same thing twice”) to the most important lesson he's learned (people don’t mind if you make mistakes on stage). The 71-year-old also explained how fame affected his musical evolution: “The thing that fame does is it gives you freedom. So you start off doing stuff that you »
- Delia Paunescu
The Fifth Beatle, a biopic about Epstein's rise from shop assistant to manager of the biggest group in the world, will be the first feature film to include Beatles hits
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A new biopic of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be the first feature film about the Fab Four ever to win rights to use the iconic British band's original songs, according to Deadline.
Titled The Fifth Beatle, the film will document the life of Epstein from his discovery of the Liverpudlian group to his death by accidental overdose in 1967 at the age of 32. The biopic's screenplay is by Tony award-winner Vivek J Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot, Mel Brooks' The Producers) and the film will be produced by American Beauty's Oscar-winning Bruce Cohen.
Epstein was the closeted gay Liverpudlian entrepreneur who brought the Fab Four to the public's attention. »
- Ben Child
David Bromberg has collaborated with the likes of Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Emmylou Harris, and there’s no telling how many records Americana fans may have unknowingly fallen in love with his influence. As a collaborator on much of Dylans’ Another Self Portrait and has also been hard at work on his latest solo effort. Only Slightly Mad, the forthcoming release from Bromberg, was recorded in Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, N.Y. and produced by old friend and Grammy-winner Larry Campbell. Listen to “Drivin’ Wheel” from Only Slightly Mad in the player below before the album’s release on Sept. 24. »
Back around 1978 or so the Monty Python lads were hard at work setting up what would be their second (and best, in my opinion) proper feature film, The Life Of Brian. But they had a problem. They're backer had fallen out and the entire project was in danger of coming apart at the scenes. Salvation came in the form of long time fan and former Beatle, George Harrison, who created HandMade Films to see Brian through to completion and in the process launched one of the most successful and iconic British production companies of all time, at least for a time. And now the whole story of what happened is hitting book shelves with Robert Sellers' Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story Of...
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Stars: Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Ralph Richardson, Peter Vaughan, David Warner, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Malcolm Dixon, Mike Edmonds, Jack Purvis, Tiny Ross | Written by Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin | Directed by Terry Gilliam
Time Bandits was first released in 1981. A family adventure film that sported a fantastic and massive cast of names, with the likes of Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm and Michael Palin, among others. It was like a fantastical family film with the cast of Monty Python.
Director and another former Python, Terry Gilliam, who went on to direct such incredible cinematic events as Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas was behind the camera here, much like he was in the Monty Python movies and it feels very similar to his previous work in many ways. Surreal and at times incredibly weird, Time Bandits just feels like a Gilliam film. »
- Chris Cummings
According to a new research, music was blasted in the torturing chambers as part of the psychological suffering that was endured by thousands of Pinochet's political opponents, who were detained after he gained power in 1973, the Independent reported.
Former prisoners insisted that Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' and several songs of the Spanish singer were played for days at a time.
Researcher Dr Katia Chornik, from University. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Jamie Blackley (represented by United Agents) has been cast to star opposite Chloe Moretz, in the film adaptation of Gayle Forman's 2009 Young Adult novel If I Stay, in which he will play her boyfriend Adam.
If I Stay is the story of a 17 year old gifted classical musician Mia (Moretz) and her boyfriend, Adam, an up and coming indie-rock star. Torn between two paths in life, her art or her relationship, Mia is forced to make an even starker choice between life and death when she is caught in a fatal car accident with her family one snowy morning in Oregon.
21 year old Jamie has the musical credentials for the role of Adam. After appearing in the London stage production of Spring Awakening, he played George Harrison in the stage adaptation of Beatles musical Backbeat. Last year he filmed the lead role of Mark, alongside another rising star Toby Regbo, »
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