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As Ron Howard completed his turn from actor to director a couple of decades ago, he thought of the greats he would like to emulate, such as Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, and Mike Nichols. To the former child star, those masters had at least two qualities in common: They varied their subject matter, and they didn’t sit still for long between projects.
Howard appears to be living the métier of his heroes, with a packed schedule of eclectic directorial offerings: “Inferno,” the latest of three thrillers drawn from the Dan Brown series of novels, arrives in theaters at the end of the month, while “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” a documentary on the glory days of the Fab Four, is continuing an art-house run that began in September. Meanwhile, Howard has begun work on the kickoff episode of “Genius,” an anthology series for the National Geographic Channel that »
- James Rainey
Beatlemania is alive and well on planet Earth. Director Ron Howard’s documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” has been filling theaters around the world despite Hulu releasing the film on its streaming platform the same weekend as the doc’s U.S. theatrical release.
Watch: ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ Trailer: See the Band on the Run
What was initially planned as a one-week U.S. theatrical run in 85 theaters has expanded to 180 cinemas, with nearly every venue holding the movie over for a second week, according to Richard Abramowitz, president of specialty distributor Abramorama. Appetite for the film is so strong that some Beatles fans have even emailed producer Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures complaining that the movie wasn’t being shown in their town.
According to Sinclair, Abramowitz immediately booked the film in towns that reached out. Since hitting theaters »
- Graham Winfrey
Chicago – They were the greatest show on earth, for what it was worth. But what they also were was one of the most fascinating show business stories in history. Director Ron Howard encapsulates John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr during their initial meteoric rise in the descriptively titled ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years.’
The Beatles history, in ten short years, continues to intrigue and delight rock music scholars and admirers. Ron Howard does a spectacular job of focusing on three crucial years, the years that The Beatles were a traveling road show. Beginning with their conquering of America in February of 1964, through their last organized live concert in San Francisco on August 29th, 1966, the four boys in the band became men, and faced a tsunami of adoration, backlash, surreality and collective joy. This is a love fest by Ron Howard, dedicated »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I must confess, before I go on with this feature, that when I was 12, my girlfriends were obsessed with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison, so much so that when they played Beatles, I was Yoko Ono.
Paul Shaffer and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band member, Steven Van Zandt, hosted the rock 'n' roll New York premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, written by Mark Monroe. Whoopi Goldberg, Julie Taymor, Paul Rudd, Bobby Cannavale, Bob Gruen, Vincent Pastore, Max Weinberg, Tony Sirico, Maureen Van Zandt, and many other guests attended.
Favorite Beatle for Alessandro Nivola: "My »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Madonna hit the red carpet for the world premiere of The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years in London on Thursday. The singer posed for photos in a black and white ensemble before heading inside; the big event also brought out the two surviving Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. Madonna and Paul's children have also collaborated recently; in March, Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon was tapped as one of Stella McCartney's new muses and starred in the designer's Pop fragrance Summer 2016 campaign. Of Lourdes, Stella said, "She's an independent, inspirational, and free-spirited young woman." The apple certainly doesn't fall far from the tree! Madonna headed to London this week ahead of her son Rocco Ritchie's first day of school. The singer and her ex-husband director Guy Ritchie have been embroiled in an eight-month custody battle over the 16-year-old and settled the case earlier this month. »
- Brittney Stephens
Fifty years since The Beatles ruled the world with their deafening global tours and fan hysteria, Beatlemania finally returned to London Thursday night.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr welcomed their screaming fans in Leicester Square, for the world premiere of Ron Howard‘s documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years.”
Missed, but not remotely forgotten, the loved and lost George Harrison and John Lennon were represented by Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, both widows having given access to cherished memories and archive footage for the project.
Howard reminisced on the film’s vast collaboration, “With our group working together, it wasn’t always entirely pleasant, but it was always important to us to get at this story,” he said.
The premiere’s guests trafficked along a faux Abbey Road, crossing over its famous zebra crossing, as fans lined the sides of the vibrant blue carpet. The Beatles »
- Helen Jackson
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, 2016.
Directed by Ron Howard.
Documentary about the Fab Four’s early years performing at sold-out venues around the world.
The only other official documentary that’s ever been made about the Beatles was the superb ‘Anthology‘ in the 90s, but whereas that series covered the entirety of the band’s career, Eight Days a Week focuses on the whirlwind period from 1962 to 1966 when the band toured the world. The title comes from one of their many many pop classics, which was written by John and Paul and inspired by a throwaway comment Ringo made about their hectic schedule. There have been musical phenomena before and since The Beatles (Elvis, Michael Jackson, The Spice Girls, One Direction), although considering that there was no social media »
- Amie Cranswick
No, there's nothing particularly revelatory here. But director Ron Howard, who put together the 2013 Jay-z concert pic Made in America, catches the exhilarating kick of Beatlemania as the band toured 15 countries from 1963 to 1966. Everything is here, from the band's hysteria-making American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show to Lennon's controversial remark that the Beatles "are more popular than Jesus." Paul McCartney provides context: "By the end, it became quite complicated. But at the beginning, things were really simple." True, that.
In fresh interviews, McCartney and Ringo Starr offer comments »
MaryAnn’s quick take…
There’s not a lot new here, but the vintage footage is fab, as is the much-needed reminder that the supposedly innocent past was hardly innocent at all. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Beatles’s music (who doesn’t?)
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The band you know,” goes the tagline for The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, “the story you don’t.” Can that really be true? The Beatles have not authorized a feature-length documentary like this one since they broke up in 1970, but surely everyone knows pretty much everything about the bestsellingest band of all time, the band that kickstarted the cultural revolution of the 1960s and helped create a truly global pop culture. Don’t they? Everyone’s seen A Hard Day’s Night, right? I mean, I »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room »
- Edward Douglas
With its world premiere taking place in Leicester Square tomorrow, StudioCanal has released a new clip from Ron Howard’s documentary The Beastles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, which sees the Fab Four arriving in America. Take a look…
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
After their now-legendary North American debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, The Beatles transfixed the U.S. and the tremors were felt worldwide, transforming music and pop culture forever with their records and television appearances. The Beatles’ extraordinary musicianship and charisma also made them one of the greatest live bands of all time. In The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) explores the history of The Beatles through the lens of the group’s concert performances, from their early days playing »
- Gary Collinson
Ahead of its UK theatrical release next Friday, we’ve got the first clip from Ron Howard’s new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, which sees the Fab Four reflecting on their gig at Shea Stadium; check it out here…
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
After their now-legendary North American debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, The Beatles transfixed the U.S. and the tremors were felt worldwide, transforming music and pop culture forever with their records and television appearances. The Beatles’ extraordinary musicianship and charisma also made them one of the greatest live bands of all time. In The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) explores the history of The Beatles through the lens of the group’s concert performances, from »
- Gary Collinson
The first feature-length documentary authorised by The Beatles since the band’s breakup in 1970, Ron Howard’s new movie traces the history of the band through their concert performances, from early days playing small clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg to world tours in packed auditoriums around the globe. In this clip, the fallout from the 1965 Shea Stadium sell-out is explored. The film includes interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and opens in UK cinemas on 15 September
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- Guardian Staff
Contrary to a National Enquirer report, Ringo Starr has not spent weeks in rehab. A spokeswoman for the former Beatle told TheWrap on Wednesday that the Enquirer’s story, claiming that an “alcoholic” Starr had checked into a residential program, is “totally untrue.” “The story today about Ringo in rehab is totally untrue,” the spokeswoman said. Also Read: Ringo Starr Cancels North Carolina Concert to Protest Anti-lgbt Law She added that the drummer, 76, “is healthy and happy and has been on holiday with his family in Malibu and sends everyone Peace & Love.” Citing “an insider,” the Enquirer reported that Starr “wanted to go. »
- Tim Kenneally
When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.
Doing to the pop industry what Zoolander did to fashion, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a hilarious satire about our celebrity obsessed culture and popular music. Samberg plays Conner4Real, a Bieber-esque man child who finds his world falling apart after his second album tanks. Once part of a fun boy band, Connor went solo and has surrounded himself with wannabes and yes men, all of which leads to a proposal where wolves attack, a hideously bad second album, fan bashing and general stupidity.
- Helen Murdoch
Directing rock documentaries may outwardly seem something of a departure for Ron Howard, but that’s not to say he’s gone entirely off-brand: It’s fitting that one of Hollywood’s preeminent merchants of wholesome mainstream entertainment has made a portrait of the biggest band in music history that ends comfortably before things turned sour. Covering, as the title implies, the very zenith of Beatlemania from 1963 to 1966, the indecisively named “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” does, to its credit, gradually capture the growing sense of fame-induced panic and ennui that prompted the Liverpudlians’ premature retreat from live performance, just as their music began to rock that little bit harder. But it comes as little surprise that Howard — a nimble and proficient storyteller in nonfiction and fiction alike, who previously helmed the Jay-z concert pic “Made in America” — hasn’t a natural documentarian’s drive for information: This diverting, »
- Guy Lodge
Andy Samberg's Conner4Real discusses some of his musical influences in our exclusive deleted scene from the new Lonely Island comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, ahead of its Digital HD release on August 16. This deleted scene, which comes from the Interview Outtakes section of the bonus features, showcases Conner going through his CD collection, claiming he listened to all of the "classic s--t" while he was growing up, "real music" like Bob Marley and Edie Brickell. As he keeps going through his list of "classics," it seems clear that Conner isn't too familiar with what defines a classic artist, with some questionable choices on his playlist.
Andy Samberg stars in this hilarious comedy as a former boy-band member trying desperately to salvage his failing solo career, coming to Digital HD on August 16, 2016, On Demand on August 30, 2016, and Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 13, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. This side-splitting »
“Ever since I was born, I was dope.”
Read Jim Batt’s positive We Are Movie Geeks review of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Here
Andy Samberg stars in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, the hilarious comedy as a former boy-band member trying desperately to salvage his failing solo career, which is coming to Digital HD on August 16, 2016, On Demand onAugust 30, 2016, and Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 13, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. This side-splitting comedy goes behind the scenes as music sensation Conner4Real (Samberg) finds his popularity plummeting after a disastrous album release, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping on Blu-ray and DVD comes with over an hour of outrageous bonus features, including deleted scenes, a gag reel, celebrity interview outtakes and more!
- Tom Stockman
The Beatles, the legendary British boy band composed of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, changed the music industry in 1960 and have since become one of the most influential acts of rock and roll. In the new trailer for Ron Howard’s documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years,” the four members are seen at the height of Beattlemania, grateful – yet overwhelmed with all their success.
“We can’t go on forever as four clean little mop-tops playing ‘She Loves You,’” says Ringo in the clip.
Read More: ‘Eight Days a Week’ Trailer: Ron Howard’s Beatles Doc Follows The Fab Four’s Tour of the World
The trailer shows the band surrounded by crazed fans, performing, being interviewed and so much more.
“There is no switching off, you’re on 24 hours a day,” says McCartney. “We were kids. We were all pretty scared… »
- Liz Calvario
When I tell you I’m a huge, massive fan of The Beatles, know I’m being serious when I say we don’t really need another documentary about the four lads from Liverpool — certainly not one concerning their best-known years, and maybe not one directed by Ron Howard, who’s here making his leap into the form. The funny thing, then, about those low stakes is that this film’s promise of high-definition, never-before-seen footage is good enough, because if you don’t have expectations or, for that matter, great excitement, just about anything worthwhile can sweeten the deal.
You’ll see plenty of that in a full-length trailer for Howard’s documentary, which will be broadcast across England on September 15 with restored footage of their legendary Shea Stadium concert. American audiences will only have to wait until September 17, when it goes to Hulu — exactly the venue to replay »
- Nick Newman
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