First, let me say that I loved my days in community theater. It’s where I learned how to do a time-step and workshop different accents — including “British” and “unplaceable European” — and do mic check exclusively with Whitney Houston songs. I loved every production I was in, no matter how stressful or awful, because the biggest truth about community theater is that misery loves company. If I’m miserable in a cat costume during the sixth straight hour of tech, I have to believe everyone else is miserable, too.
If you’ve been involved in less-than-professional theater, you know these harsh truths: productions can be, »
- Marc Snetiker
"It's all about feeling. You can play a thousand notes a minute and it goes straight across the board and there is no feeling, it doesn't mean anything." Narrated by Morgan Freeman, "B.B. King: The Life of Riley" examines the life of blues guitar legend through a sophisticated combination of archive footage and high-profile interviews. Familiar faces include Buddy Guy, one of King's own contemporaries, as well as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Bono. Director Jon Brewer's background as a manager for David Bowie and The Rolling Stones -- two musical acts profoundly influenced by the blues -- contributes to the film's credibility as a measure of cultural impact. As the opening scene seems to suggest, the film does not aspire to objectivity. In fact, the sentimentality expressed for King and his legacy is key to what makes the blues, the blues. Check out the B.B. King »
- Shipra Gupta
“It’s like Barbara f*cking Walters in here,” said Ringo Starr once, in a non-Walters interview, tearing up over discussion over the death of George Harrison. And with Walters officially retiring today (today's episode of The View will be her last), whether you like her oft-deemed "pushy" or "random" questions or not ("If you were a tree, what tree would you be?"), you've got to admit that she can skillfully make her subject tear up in a snap. Babs and Oprah will forever be neck-and-neck in the Make a Celebrity Cry Game, but through the glossy lens of yesteryear, Walters did it first. Let's look over some of her most notable conquests:The teary-eyed: Ellen DeGeneres, in 2007. When does the crying happen? 5:50 What set her off: "When you're a teenager, your mother remarried, and the man she married, your stepfather, sexually abused you." Tear count: Glassy eyes, one sniffle. »
- Lindsey Weber
Tom and Jerry are back! Everyone’s favourite cat and mouse have returned for 26 brand spanking new episodes in The Tom and Jerry Show, which is currently airing on Saturday mornings on Boomerang. Family fun at its best, Tom and Jerry have been making us laugh for a staggering 74 years, but which other TV classics have made a modern comeback?
1) Top Cat
The indisputable leader of the gang, Top Cat originally graced our screens in the 1960s but the gang of alley cats’ exploits have also been entertaining modern audiences with recent re-runs on Boomerang. The 2D feline was given a 3D makeover when he was revived in 2012, with a movie adaptation which saw the gang come up against a tough new chief of police who is less than happy with Officer Dibble’s attempts to control the mischievous cats.
2) Dennis the Menace and Gnasher
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- Phil Wheat
In between the blockbusters and the indies, this summer is going to have a delightful re-release with A Hard Day's Night returning to theaters for its 50th anniversary. The very loose plot is about The Beatles coming to America, but it's really just an excuse to have the group engage in utterly delightful antics and shenanigans. Obviously, the music is excellent, but it's a surprisingly witty and vibrant piece of filmmaking, and I hope people make some time to see this restored version. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. A Hard Day's Night opens July 4th, and stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. And if fans happen to miss out, they can pick up the new Criterion Collection Blu-ray, which will be released on June 24th. Via Janus Films. Here's the synopsis: Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U. »
- Matt Goldberg
A new restoration of the Beatles’ 1964 film “A Hard Day’s Night” has been set to play in more than 50 cities nationwide over July 4 weekend.
Janus Films announced that the music movie has been digitally restored in 4K resolution from the original camera negative by the Criterion Collection’s restoration team and approved by director Richard Lester. The soundtrack has been remixed and remastered by producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.
The film, which premiered in 1964 at London’s Pavillion Theatre, stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr with Wilfrid Brambell portraying McCartney’s grandfather. The story is a light-hearted satirical look at several days in the lives of the group and features eight Beatles songs, »
- Dave McNary
Southend Film Festival | Sci-Fi London | We Heart Miyazaki | Rooftop Film Club
Something of a coup for the festival this year: two "new" Peter Sellers films. Freshly restored, having been discovered in a skip, 1950s shorts Dearth Of A Salesman and Insomnia Is Good For You screen at the opening gala, along with another rare Sellers short Cold Comfort. It's the first time they've screened in 60 years. There are plenty more retro treats in the mixed selection, including Sellers and Ringo Starr in groovy 1960s comedy The Magic Christian; Barbara Stanwyck in Lady Of Burlesque, a tale of strippers strangled by their G-strings; and Bette Davis in the Busby Berkeley-enhanced Fashions Of 1934; not to mention punk casualties John Otway and Bruno Wizard, both accompanying their comical biodocs.
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- Steve Rose
San Francisco – Pop legend Paul McCartney is set to return to Candlestick Park to offer a swan song to the San Francisco 49ers' former stadium. McCartney's website posted a statement on Thursday confirming that the former Beatle will perform on Aug. 14 at what is being billed as the last concert at Candlestick. Video: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Reunite at Grammys for Paul's New Song 'Queenie Eye' His appearance became contentious last month when McCartney's worldwide concert promoter, Barrie Marshall, mentioned he had visited the 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara as part of negotiations about a possible
- The Associated Press
Los Angeles—I have a confession to make. Until Saturday night, I had never seen The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.” What? I know! I felt like this was a major black hole in my cultural education, especially as someone who makes her living writing about music. Like most folks, I was very familiar with the movie's glorious first scene of the lads being chased through the streets by fervent female fans as “A Hard Day’s Night” plays (opened by that instantly recognizable, iconic guitar chord), but I had never seen the entire 1964 film until this past weekend. As part of the TCM Classic Film Festival, Alec Baldwin and music producer Don Was introduced the film that some considered the greatest rock and roll movie ever made. Upon its release, the Village Voice called “A Hard Day’s Night” “the Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals.” There’s a »
Arrow is a fantastic show and is currently my favorite superhero series of all time. I recently looked into the roots of Green Arrow to try and predict villains who could appear in Season 3 of the show. What I found instead were an insane list of idiotic foes that rival even some of the worst Batman and Superman villains. I guess that's what happens when you spend so long as a second tier hero. I hope these characters never appear in any episode of Arrow, but if they did, I envisioned how it would go down.
Titus Flagsmith Aka "The Flag"
Background: It would seem that you just weren't a superhero in the late 40's unless you battled a pirate at one point.. Aquaman battled Black Jack, and Batman managed to find Black Beard and Psycho Pirate living in Gotham, so it likely came as no surprise to Oliver when »
- Mick Joest
London, March 21: The jackets, which were worn by The Beatles legends George Harrison and Ringo Starr in 1965 film 'Help!' has garnered 115,00 pounds at an auction held at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.
Starr's cape fetched 61,000 pounds and Harrison's was sold for 54,000 pounds, beating the pre-sale valuations of 20,000-30,000 pounds, the BBC reported.
- Abhijeet Sen
Remember a few months ago when Ringo Starr went searching for the teenagers he captured in a picture 50 years ago? (And he found them…) Now, Justin Timberlake is looking for a couple that got engaged on the Long Island Railroad to Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing.” The video for the clip is a mini-documentary of producers searching for the couple via radio stations and even walking around with big signs with an artist’s sketch of the couple, recreated from an eye witness's account. Interspersed with the search, which takes on the detail of a Apb search complete with a war room, are interviews with couples, same sex and opposite sex, recalling their engagement stories as the song plays in the background. One day, the fact that same sex couples are included will not even be noteworthy, but it’s worth mentioning for now, plus a shout out that »
By Tom Lisanti
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Gail Gerber passed away on March 2, 2014 due to complications from lung cancer. Gerber was born on October 4, 1937 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began studying ballet at age seven. Extremely talented, at fifteen she became the youngest member of Les Grandes Ballets Canadiennes in Montreal. Quitting the ballet troupe in the late 1950s and abandoning a husband who was a jazz musician, she moved to Toronto to work as an actress. She appeared on stage and in many live CBC television dramas. As part of the act of legendary vaudeville entertainers Smith and Dale (who were the basis for The Sunshine Boys), she appeared on The Wayne and Schuster Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. Moving to Hollywood in 1963, the talented blonde with a flair for comedy quickly snagged the lead role in the play Under the Yum Yum Tree »
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The movie mogul on why he loves the Brits, making films for his children and how giving up M&Ms made him a better person
How are you and what are you doing?
I'm in New York City, it's snowing, freezing cold and for some unfathomable reason, I'm about to walk down the street to my office. Other than that, I'm fabulous.
Your new film, Escape from Planet Earth, is the Weinstein Company's first animation, right?
The first one we've made from scratch, yeah. Funnily enough, it's about two brothers who squabble all the time. I wouldn't know anything about that, of course [Harvey runs the Weinstein Company with his brother Bob]. One of the brothers is a larger-than-life alien hero who gets sent to Area 51, where he's imprisoned, so the quieter brother has to go and rescue him. Every weekend, my four daughters insist I drive them to the movie theatre and watch the latest animated film. So »
- Michael Hogan
David Lynch knows exactly when he started transcendental meditation: "On July 1st, 1973, at about 11 am." Although Lynch is most famous as a director of delightfully twisted movies from Eraserhead to Inland Empire, he is also a painter, an actor (most recently on Louie), a coffee seller, and the founder of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. The foundation is dedicated to spreading transcendental meditation (the practice developed by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who famously taught it to the Beatles)—particularly to groups at risk, such as the homeless, »
Everyone knows that The Beatles were all about peace and love, but according to “never-before-seen footage” that new “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon unearthed, the British band was all about Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, too. In honor of the recent 50th anniversary of the band’s first performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” Fallon and band leader Fred Armisen dressed up as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, respectively, to re-imagine what the iconic rock band would tell fans if they lived in a world ruled by social media. See video: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Spit Rhymes on ‘History Of Rap 5′ (Video) “You. »
- Greg Gilman
There are two things we know for sure in this world: We’re in the golden age of social media, and Beatlemania was the height of rabid fandom. So can you imagine if John, Paul, Ringo, and George had participated in #selfiesunday?!
In his sketch, we travel back to the band’s first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, just after they finish singing “I Want to Hold Your Hand. »
- Samantha Highfill
Jimmy Fallon asked the age-old question: What if the Beatles used social media? On Monday's Tonight Show, that question was answered, and Fallon recruited Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers' new Late Night bandleader, to help out. In what Fallon said was "never-before-seen footage" of the Fab Four's iconic first television appearance on Feb. 9, 1964, on The Ed Sullivan Show following their performance of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," Fallon (as John Lennon) and Armisen (as Ringo Starr) -- complete with bowl cuts -- showed just why the Beatles "were ahead of their time." Video: Justin Timberlake,
- Philiana Ng
It's been double trouble for Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the FBI on The Following, thanks to the terrifying twins Mark and Luke (both played by Sam Underwood). But despite what we've learned so far about the diabolical duo, viewers shouldn't assume that Luke is the one who's calling all the shots, according to Underwood.
"On the surface, [Luke is the leader], yes," Underwood tells TVGuide.com. "But Mark also has a huge amount of power over Luke. You see that in the first episode when Luke is about to go all crazy on Carlos. Just before he's about to kill him, Mark kind of reins him in. ... He has the ability to be able to do that with Luke because of their relationship. Luke is the front-man of the band. He's the Paul McCartney. But Mark is the Ringo Starr. He's there keeping it all together, even though he's not at the very front. »
- Liz Raftery
Former McCartney Hairstylists Distance Themselves From Pop Star
In a story reported by the New York Daily News, Thomas and his daughter, Janelle Mercadante, claim that they worked for McCartney beginning in 2004, when McCartney’s then-wife Heather Mills contacted them after McCartney attempted to dye his hair with color from a drug store.
“She called the salon in a very agitated way,” Thomas alleged in an interview with Confidenti@al.
According to Thomas and Mercadante, the duo would regularly travel to the Hamptons to do McCartney’s hair over the years, even after McCartney divorced Mills. It wasn’t until 2012 that the partnership fell apart. Thomas claims McCartney was simply too cheap to continue paying their fees.
“He [McCartney] never wanted to pay the money. »