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Knobbly knees, children falling off donkeys, Ringo Starr: The Butlin's Story had it all
After an unhappy holiday being shut out all day by his guesthouse landlady on Barry Island, Billy Butlin came up with an idea: shut the holidaymakers in instead. So he did, in holiday camps he named after himself. Their story is told in The Butlin's Story (ITV1).
It's a good story. Well, a good story needs one of the following: knobbly knees, women in swimsuits, donkeys or Ringo Starr. The Butlin's story has all four. The knobbly knees came in competitions to find the knobbliest – which was what the men did while the women were being judged in swimsuits. The donkeys meanwhile were being ridden by children, who then fell off and were run over by the donkeys behind; it's brilliant and hilarious and makes you realise just how evil health and safety is. And »
- Sam Wollaston
The Beatles lost a priceless treasure when John Lennon's life was stolen from him in a random act of human vs. human gun violence. Now, band member Ringo Starr is speaking out more about the incident. On the 31st anniversary of the musician's death, his pal has dedicated a new statue to him. The Non Violence Project Foundations says, "2010 marked the seventy year commemoration of John Lennon's birth as well as the thirty year commemoration of his tragic death. He was shot and killed outside his home in New York in 1980." Lennon's widow Yoko Ono actually came up with the statue design. Keep reading »
- The Green Goddess
The 71-year-old drummer, who rose to fame as a member of The Beatles, was on hand to speak at an event held by the Non-Violence Project Foundation in London, exactly 31 years after his bandmate was murdered outside his New York apartment block.
Starr unveiled a statue he designed of a pistol with its barrel tied in a knot, emblazoned with the word "Imagine" in tribute to one of Lennon's greatest solo hits.
The musician then told the crowd that. »
- Anita Agarwal
Ten years ago today, George Harrison died in his Hollywood mansion after losing his battle with lung cancer. He was only 58 years old, and his death left Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as the sole surviving Beatles. While his songwriting was perhaps overshadowed by McCartney and John Lennon, his guitarwork and personality was the vital glue between them. And though he may not have been as prolific as his bandmates, the five songs below show that he was every bit as brilliant when he did put pen to paper. The Beatles - 'I Need You'
Even when George was being rationed to a song or two per Beatles album, his tracks were frequently the standouts. After his rocky loner debut 'Don't Bother Me' on Meet The Beatles, Harrison showed his more plaintive side on this cut from Help. The Beatles - 'While (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Ralf Ludemann , Shirley Halperin
George Harrison, acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of one of the world's most famous pop groups, the Beatles, died 10 years ago today at age 58. Harrison lost a years long battle with lung cancer in 2001 but his life was also threatened in 1999 when he was stabbed by an intruder at his home in at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. Story: George Harrison's Life Was Transformed By India, Says Olivia Harrison The former Beatle, who met his fellow band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr where they grew up in Liverpool, was just 27
- Ralf Ludemann , Shirley Halperin
It’s always sad when an actor or filmmaker dies, and in 2011 we have had to mourn the loss of many great stars of past and present. Pete Postlethwaite, John Barry, Maria Schneider, Jane Russell, Michael Gough, Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Lumet, Peter Falk – all great losses, many of them at much too young an age. Only ten days ago John Neville, the delightfully charismatic star of Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, passed away peacefully aged 86.
But perhaps none of these deaths should be mourned more than that of Ken Russell, who died this week in his sleep at the ripe old age of 84. Aside from his short-lived and ill-advised appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, his name will be unfamiliar to the majority of young filmgoers – people who didn’t grow up with his biopics of Elgar and Mahler, people who didn’t spend their twenties listening to Who records, »
- Daniel Mumby
The Associated Press reports that Ken Russell, the controversial British director of such cult films as "The Devils," "Tommy," and "Altered States," died on Sunday after a series of strokes. He was 84. The AP sums it up well:
"Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him. The iconoclastic British director, whose death aged 84 was announced Monday, made films that blended music, sex and violence in a potent brew seemingly drawn straight from his subconscious."
Russell isn't a household name, but amongst cinephiles, his appearance in a film's credits signalled reason for excitement. Russell's movies might not always have been perfect, but during his heyday in the 1960s and '70s, they were always interesting. Scrolling through his IMDb page you »
- Matt Singer
Comic Freddie Starr has told his I'm A Celeb campmates about his friendship with The Beatles. Starr endeared himself to the rest of Snake Rock camp by openly discussing showbiz stories from his youth. The entertainer revealed to Jessica-Jane Clement and McFly's Dougie Poynter that he spent a lot of time with The Beatles during their early career in Germany. "We used to have fun in Hamburg with The Beatles. I was staying with John Lennon. John used to love me. He used to say, 'Freddie you're a rebel'," he said. Starr also claimed that Ringo Starr used to play in a band with him, adding: "Ringo (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Leading outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has announced “Canvas that Cares,” a new program created to raise funds for non-profit organizations through the auction of custom-designed, limited edition Earthkeepers footwear – Timberland’s most eco-minded collection. Rock and roll icon and artist Ringo Starr is helping to drum up support for the initiative by lending his original peace sign artwork to the inaugural boot collection.
Proceeds from the auction, which kicks off December 1 on eBay, will benefit WaterAid, a non-profit dedicated to improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest communities.
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Shoe company Dsw is giving you a chance to bid on the shoes of your favorite celebrity! Dsw has joined forces with iCollector and many A-list stars for an Internet extravaganza called "Shoemania," which will benefit the Orlando Ballet.
"Shoemania" involves bidding on autographed footwear donated by Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Natalie Portman, Russell Brand, Michael J. Fox, Ellen DeGeneres, Ringo Starr, Donatella Versace, U2's Adam Clayton, Shaq, Lamar Odom, Michael Buble, and Kelly Osbourne, »
If you don't know who Greg Proops is, you probably haven't watched television, listened to the radio, been to a stand-up comedy show, or otherwise been exposed to any form of entertainment in the last 30 years. From "Whose Line is it Anyway?" to "The Nightmare Before Christmas" to "Bob the Builder" to "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" to "The Smartest Man in the World," he's worked in comedy clubs all over the world, been on numerous television shows, recorded radio shows and podcasts, and provided the voices of characters in some of the biggest films of all time. And perhaps most miraculously, he's managed to move from one project to the next, for more than three decades, without sacrificing any of his personality, much less his '50s hipster personal style.
Proops got his start as a class clown before venturing out in front of the microphone in San Francisco as a teenager. »
It was long thought that Ringo Starr was "the funny one" in the Beatles, but it appears he may have comic fight on his hands.
In their official wedding photo, Paul McCartney is hamming it up while his bride Nancy Shevell is the serious one. The photo was taken by McCartney's daughter Mary.
The couple wed on Oct. 9 in a small ceremony with family and friends.
Now aren't they the cutest. »
London, Oct 20: Rock legend Sir Paul McCartney has earned a monster 7.4million pounds from 'The Beatles' alone last year.
The cash came from the Fab Four's firm Apple Corps, which made 42 million pounds from the band's back catalogue. (Ani) »
- Machan Kumar
‘I don’t think it is as important to play well or not well – it is important we win this game’ – the words of Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. Indeed, his side didn’t play well in their game against Villarreal, but they did win. They just about sunk the Yellow Submarine at their Etihad Stadium, but their football was about as creative as Ringo Starr’s song writing (a bit harsh actually, he didn’t even write it…) The visitors took the lead early on through Cani, but an own goal from Carlos Marchena and a last gasp tap in for Sergio Aguero secured the victory.
It’s been far from a dream start in the Champion’s League for Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City. They started the day with just one point on the board after two games, with Napoli and Bayern Munich on 4 and 6 respectively. In addition »
- Alex Moore
Dick Clark Prod. Courtesy of Everett Collection
Want to try out for the Beatles? Well, you’re about 50 years late. A letter written by Paul McCartney in 1960 seeking a drummer for the band reportedly was found in a book at a Liverpool yard sale, and now it’s headed to the auction block. The note to an unnamed drummer says “we would like to offer you an audition for the position of drummer in the group” before naming a pay »
- Lyneka Little
An early letter from Paul McCartney, addressed to an anonymous drummer, was recently discovered folded in a book at a yard sale in Liverpool. The letter (pictured above) offers an audition to the mystery drummer in 1960, two years before the Beatles ditched then-drummer Pete Best in exchange for Ringo Starr. The letter, which is expected to sell for nearly $11,000 at Christie's next month, invites the drummer to try out for the Beatles, provided he is available to travel to Hamburg for a two-month gig in the city's red-light district. The ad is apparently addressed to a man who advertised in the Liverpool Echo newspaper a few days earlier as "Drummer Young Free." We don't know yet if the drummer ever made good on McCartney's audition offers — McCartney, who is currently honeymooning with wife Nancy Shevell, has yet to respond to any request for [...] »
Oh what might have been.
Christie's is auctioning off a long-lost invitation for an unknown drummer to audition for the Beatles. The letter, which was found at a Liverpool yard sale, is expected to fetch approximately $11,000.
The handwritten note dated Aug. 12, 1960 comes from Paul McCartney himself. It was written just days before the band left for their famed two-month stint in Hamburg, Germany.
In the letter, McCartney says if the drummer is selected, he will receive "expenses paid 18 pounds per week." McCartney adds, "If interested, ring Jacaranda club...and ask for a member of the 'Beatles.'"
The auction is scheduled for Nov. 15. »
By Gregory Katz, The Associated Press
London — Somewhere, an aging drummer (identity unknown) is probably still kicking himself.
A newly discovered letter found folded in a book at a Liverpool yard sale has shed new light on the Beatles' early days, revealing that Paul McCartney offered an audition to a mystery drummer in 1960, just a few days before the band left for a formative two-month gig in Hamburg, Germany.
The letter, to be auctioned next month by Christie's, has surprised Beatles scholars. It was written two years before the band bounced drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr, who arrived just in time to help the Beatles' conquer first England and then the world, earning untold millions along the way.
The Aug. 12, 1960 letter handwritten by McCartney offers an audition to someone who had advertised their availability in the Liverpool Echo newspaper four days earlier. The unsigned ad said simply: "Drummer_Young_Free. »
- Mallika Rao
"He called her 'My Valentine'," Walters said, saying the ceremony was very special.
Walters said McCartney paid tribute to his former Beatles bandmate, »
The unlikely success of this American cartoon import continues unabated with the release of a Mexican-made feature film
One pleasure available for the modern culture-flaneur is picking out the curios of globalisation: the unlikely cultural friendships struck up. I never knew Top Cat (or Boss Cat, as British viewers may remember him) was big in Mexico until last week, when I saw that a new feature-length animation version had been squatting on top of their box-office charts like a patronising moggie on a trashcan. How, in the age of the ubiquitous remake, had I not heard about this one?
Because it turns out that Tc is even more of a local hero than first intended. Apparently Don Gato, to give him his Spanish name, has been one of the most beloved cartoon imports in Mexico since it was first broadcast there in the 1970s. One former viewer I spoke to said, »
- Phil Hoad
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