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George Harrison Memorial Tree in L.A. Destroyed by Beetles (Seriously)

22 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Beware of darkness … and also tree beetles. Los Angeles Councilman Tom Labonge told the Los Angeles Times that a pine tree planted near Griffith Park's Observatory in 2004 to honor late Beatle George Harrison has died after an infestation of - wait for it - tree beetles. As the paper notes, "Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony." The Quiet Beatle was an avid fan of both comedy and plant life: He founded film production company HandMade Films just to produce Monty Python's Life of Brian and spent much of his later »

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Actor James Garner Dead at 86

20 July 2014 6:18 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Oscar-nominated actor James Garner has passed away at the age of 86.

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Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. Pdt and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.

Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially with his hit TV series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files. »

- Movie Geeks

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock” as the crusty, goofy »

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

See Also: Elaine Stritch’s Career in Pictures

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role »

- Variety Staff

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Ron Howard To Make Beatles Documentary About Fab Four’s Early Years

16 July 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

2014 has been a year of many anniversaries for The Beatles. Back in February, millions tuned in for The Night That Changed America, CBS’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the band’s arrival in the United States. Earlier this month, A Hard Day’s Night returned for a brief stay in theatres, in honor of that musical’s half-centennial.

Now, as bursts of Beatlemania return to the popular culture, director Ron Howard is in talks to direct a documentary about the Fab Four, focusing on their touring years in the UK, the Us and 13 other countries. Not much is known about the doc just yet, but it is said to make extensive use of concert footage, some shot from fans in the crowd at several of their 166 live concerts.

“[The Beatles'] impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated,” Howard says. “They were so exceptional yet so relatable. »

- Jordan Adler

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Ron Howard to Direct Official Beatles Documentary

16 July 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Like most of America at the time, director Ron Howard was first exposed to The Beatles when he saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. After seeing that appearance, he told his parents he wanted a Beatles wig. Fast-forward a few decades, and Howard is relaying that story to a producer on the set […]

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- Germain Lussier

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Emmy Nominations: CBS' 'Beatles' Special Scores Six Nods

10 July 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, received six Emmy nominations Thursday morning. Complete Coverage THR's Guide to the 2014 Emmy Nominations The special, produced by CBS and Aeg Ehrlich Ventures, is up for outstanding variety special as well as the categories of direction (Gregg Gelfand), music direction (Don Was), writing (Ken Ehrlich, David Wild), lighting design and sound mixing. In the composing world, John Lunn will attempt to win his third consecutive honor for Downton Abbey, and T Bone Burnett will vie for

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CBS News Sets Live Event Marking Civil Rights Act With Jason Collins, Whoopi Goldberg

7 July 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS News is readying its second live event. This time the news division will mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with a multimedia initiative that will be streamed on CBSNews.com and simulcast of the Smithsonian Channel live July 24 at 8 p.m. CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights will follow the format of the network's Beatles event in February, which commemorated the band's first American television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The centerpiece of the Civil Rights Act program will be a live panel discussion moderated by Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer,

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- Marisa Guthrie

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Is this the golden age of TV horror?

6 July 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Hemlock Grove, Penny Dreadful, Hannibal, The Walking Dead & more, Ron suggests this is a golden age in the history of Us TV horror…

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On April 30th 1954, a Finnish-American actress, showgirl and pin-up named Maila Nurmi sashayed down a dark corridor fogged with dry ice, stopped on cue and unleashed a bloodcurdling scream. She was sporting her best faux-Morticia Addams dress, vampy fingernails, long black hair and an imperious expression. After the introductory trance and shriek that began every episode of Kabc TV’s The Vampira Show, the host would recline on a skull-decorated Victorian couch and mockingly introduce one of any number of low-budget and no-budget horror films for her late-night television audience. Vampira was the first horror host in American television, appearing on the air only five short years after the station first signed on in Los Angeles.

“Screaming relaxes me so”

Though Vampira’s reign as »

- louisamellor

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Paul McCartney Returns to Stage After Hospitalization

6 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Paul McCartney returned to a concert stage Saturday in Albany, New York, after being sidelined for two months because of a virus, spinning out songs from the Beatles, Wings and a solo career that has spanned more than 50 years of rock 'n' roll. "It's great to be back," said McCartney, who turned 72 two weeks ago. He looked none the worse for wear, putting on a show of just under three hours with 38 songs before finishing with the three-song medley that ends the Abbey Road album. McCartney was briefly hospitalized in Tokyo in May because of the viral infection. The illness »

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Re-Viewed: A Hard Day's Night, Richard Lester's Beatles brilliance

4 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

You only need look at the opening scene of A Hard Day's Night, Richard Lester's fleet-footed day in the life of The Beatles, to see just how much of an impact the film has had. As the first chord of the title track rings out and the group evade screaming fans to board a train to London, it's clear that this was the moment the music video was born.

A Hard Day's Night pre-dated MTV by almost two decades, but the channel would probably never have existed had it not been for Lester's beautiful synchronisation of music with images here. 50 years on from its original release, and with a new digital restoration heading back to cinemas, this film is still as fun and lively as ever.

It was Lester's anarchic short The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (starring Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers) that caught the attention of The Beatles and studio United Artists, »

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'A Hard Day's Night' Reborn: Behind the Beatles Film's New Restoration

3 July 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"If you listen closely...there, right there. Did you hear that?" Ryan Hullings moves his mouse back to the play button and clicks, and the single most recognizable opening chord ever — a modified F chord, played against a Gsus4 and a D bass note (but don't just take our word for it) — rings out loudly from the computer in his office at the Criterion Collection. Faintly in the background of this fanfare, however, something that sounds like crying seagulls can be heard, as well as a slightly crunchy edge to the notes. »

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Review: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ Won’t Just Shut Up and Play the Hits

25 June 2014 7:12 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

To hear it directly from Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza), there were only three choices for the youth of Belleville, New Jersey in the 1950s: join the Army (and get killed), join the Mob (and get killed) or get famous. He and his performing pals embraced that last option and rose to fame as the Four Seasons. Chances are that you know their hits — “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Who Loves You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” — recently given new life by the Tony-winning success of the Broadway show,”Jersey Boys,” and effectively deprived of it by Clint Eastwood’s subsequent screen adaptation. The most famous of the four was Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), whose distinctive falsetto was nurtured by Tommy in between his six-month stints in prison. With fellow ex-con Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) on bass, the group just needed some great songs and got ‘em courtesy of Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen). (Introductions were made by »

- William Goss

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Paul McCartney Is "Ready to Rock" - and Go Shirtless

24 June 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Paul McCartney and his wife, Nancy Shevell, hit the water in Ibiza on Monday, when the couple boarded a private yacht with a group of friends for sailing fun. While Nancy put her bikini body on display during her boat trip, she covered up with a rash guard when the couple took a dip on Tuesday. Paul, meanwhile, went shirtless to splash around in the ocean with his wife. Their trip comes just a month after Paul had a nasty health scare that forced him to postpone a string of tour dates in Asia and the Us. Paul, who was set to launch a huge Summer tour, was hospitalized for a viral infection, but he is apparently on the mend. His Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr said that Paul is "doing good" and that "he's getting ready to rock." Paul is expected to pick up his tour in July and will »

- Maria Mercedes Lara

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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

23 June 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores, told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and that Rossi was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him, »

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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

23 June 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and he was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him," said Flores, »

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Review: "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) Starring The Beatles; Criterion Dual Format Release

16 June 2014 3:53 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

They Bought Us Love

By Raymond Benson 

Released in the summer of 1964, A Hard Day’s Night, starring The Beatles and directed by Richard Lester, is arguably the second most influential British film of that decade (the first being Goldfinger, coincidentally released the same year.). Why? For one thing, it brought The Beatles to a worldwide audience that was just getting to know them through their music. Secondly, it spawned imitations and knock-offs (The Monkees, anyone?) and is arguably the genesis of music videos—where would MTV have been without it? Thirdly, the film itself was innovative, fresh, and surprisingly funny (those long-haired boys from Liverpool could actually act!).

One of the best things about the Criterion Collection’s new deluxe box set of the film (dual Blu-ray and DVD, three discs) is the short extra, On the Road to “A Hard Day’s Night,” an interview with author Mark Lewisohn, »

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NBC Developing the Beatles Event Series

13 June 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John, Paul, George and Ringo might have made their American debut on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show,” but that doesn’t mean they can’t play for the Peacock too.

NBC is in the early stages of developing an eight-part event series based around the Fab Four that is to be written by “The Tudors” creator/exec producer Michael Hirst and exec produced by Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg. All worked with NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt while he was at Showtime.

This deal is in line with NBC’s current focus on event series, such as its recent “Rosemary’s Baby” miniseries and last winter’s “The Sound of Music: Live!” — a strategy Greenblatt touched upon in last month’s Variety cover story.

Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood first broke the news of the event series.

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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 10-1

25 May 2014 9:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The end is here – if someone asked you what the most important movie musical of all time was, it would come from this portion of the list. Obviously, it’s all subjective, but it’s difficult to make a case against the influence of these films on our culture and the industry as a whole. So, cue the orchestra and practice your dance moves, because the closing number is here.

courtesy of rowthree.com

10. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Directed by John Badham

Signature Song: “Stayin’ Alive” (http://youtu.be/Fa9n7GirhsI)

After making a name for himself with TV’s “Welcome Back Kotter,” John Travolta became a star with 1977′s cultural landmark Saturday Night Fever, a dance musical where Travolta plays Tony Manero, a young man who works a dead-end job, but spends his weekends as the king of the dance floor at a Brooklyn disco. The soundtrack, which was »

- Joshua Gaul

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Braves Storm of Policy Battles

30 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tom Wheeler believes that television programming is in the midst of a Golden Age.

When asked what shows he watches, the FCC chairman doesn’t hesitate, reeling off “House of Cards,” “True Detective” and “Sherlock,” and he admits to enjoying the fictional Beltway shenanigans on “Scandal” as a guilty pleasure.

In the coming year, Wheeler may well need a bit of such escapism as he navigates the commission through a storm of telecommunications policy battles that are blowing through the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. That is particularly the case with net neutrality, as he has defended his latest proposal for rules of the road for the Internet as tough and enforceable amid harsh criticism from public interest advocates that they are too weak.

That’s not the only controversy. From pulling off spectrum auctions — so controversial to so many — to being the crucial vote on Comcast’s »

- Ted Johnson

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