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The Beatles Triumph in Ownership Fight Over Footage From Famous Concert

The Beatles Triumph in Ownership Fight Over Footage From Famous Concert
On Aug. 15, 1965, The Beatles continued the British Invasion with a sold-out performance at Shea Stadium. In the years since, the concert has become legendary. A movie of the concert was broadcast on ABC in 1967. The concert was then used in the mid-1990s for a documentary series called The Beatles Anthology. And most recently, Ron Howard used footage for his own film, Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years. But who actually owned the tapes?

On Wednesday, a New York federal judge rejected the contention that it was Sid Bernstein's company. A huge promoter in the 1960s who worked with...
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Ron Howard’s Hulu Documentary ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ Is Drawing Crowds at Theaters Around the World

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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
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If You Missed It, Watch PBS' Jimi Hendrix Doc 'Hear My Train A Comin' Now (For A Limited Time)

If you missed it when it aired a week ago, for a limited time, PBS is making available its new two-hour documentary on the life of Jimi Hendrix, titled Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin, which was broadcast on the network last week, Tuesday, November 5, at 9pm, as part of its American Masters series. The documentary is directed by Bob Smeaton whose credits include several other music-themed films like The Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, as well as several Hendrix projects: Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child (2010) and Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock (2012). Regarding this new film, director Smeaton told the New York Times in an interview...
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Watch New Clip From Jimi Hendrix Doc 'Hear My Train A Comin' - Airs Tonight, 9pm On PBS

Maybe just in time for the world premiere of Andre Benjamin's biopic All Is By My Side, at Tiff last month, a new two-hour documentary on the life of Jimi Hendrix, titled Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin, will be broadcast on PBS tonight, Tuesday, November 5, at 9pm, as part of its American Masters series. The DVD package will be accompanied by a CD with a previously-unreleased 1968 concert recording by the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Miami Pop Festival that year. The documentary is directed by Bob Smeaton whose credits include several other music-themed films like The Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, as well as several Hendrix...
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Mystery Man: Bob Smeaton talks about Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’

Trevor Hogg chats with Bob Smeaton about a guitar virtuoso whose chords resonate four decades after his death...

For documentarian Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology) the life and music of a legendary guitarist from Seattle, Washington continues to be a source of fascination. “I did a film a number of years ago which was about the Band of Gypsies and how Jimi Hendrix formed the group. It was a good film and was well received. I won a Grammy which was fantastic. I made a shorter film about his American landing with Hendrix playing at Monterrey. I made those two and Voodoo Child [2010]. Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’[2013] was the first time we’d done a traditional documentary which was from birth to death rather than the Woodstock or Monterrey or Fillmore East concerts. This was the full story and I was working on it for 18 months.
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American Masters Review - Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' (2013)

While attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival I was keen to see All Is By My Sidewhich chronicled an American backup guitarist travelling to the UK where he is transformed into an international rock star. Unfortunately, the Jimi Hendrix biopic was undermined by flat performances and an inability to get music rights. The situation has been rectified by the arrival of the documentary Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ which was able to gain the cooperation of the Hendrix estate.

If you are expecting an exploration of the dark side of the creative talent who died tragically from a drug overdose at the age of 27, then the cinematic experience assembled by filmmaker Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology) will be a disappointment. The substance abuse and womanising is mentioned but the focus is squarely on celebrating the man and his obsessive love for music. With the exception of girlfriend Kathy Etchingham,
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First Trailer For PBS' Jimi Hendrix Documentary 'Hear My Train A Comin'' (Coming In Nov.)

Maybe just in time for the world premiere of Andre Benjamin's biopic All Is By My Side, at Tiff last month, a new two-hour documentary on the life of Jimi Hendrix, titled Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin, will be broadcast on PBS on November 5, at 9pm, as part of its American Masters series on the same day that the DVD version will also be released.  The DVD package will be accompanied by a CD with a previously-unreleased 1968 concert recording by the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Miami Pop Festival that year. The documentary is directed by Bob Smeaton whose credits include several other music-themed films like The Beatles Anthology, Festival...
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Holiday Gifts For Comics and Pop Culture Fans

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I don’t know why they call today Black Friday. It sounds like a superhero version of Gulliver’s Travels, as published by DC or Marvel in the 1970s. And that might be the quickest digression we’ve had on ComicMix to date.

A bunch of the ComicMix columnists contributed a list of gift suggestions, all with snappy convenient links to Amazon for your shopping pleasure. Well, Mindy ran her list in her column last Monday; you’ve probably already read that but if not, click through in awe and wonder. Please note: I asked each contributor to include one item that they were directly involved in, so don’t think they’re pandering. That’s not necessarily the case.

John Ostrander suggests:

GrimJack: Killer Instinct

Star Wars: Agent of the Empire Vol. 1 Iron Eclipse

Timothy and Ben Truman’s Hawken

Max Allan Collins’ Chicago Lightning: The Collected Short
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The Beatles Anthology Box Set Available on iTunes

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The Beatles Anthology Box Set Available on iTunes
The Beatles Anthology Box Set was officially released on iTunes on June 14, The entire box set has fully been remastered by the dedicated team of engineers at Emi Music’s Abbey Road Studios responsible for remastering The Beatles’ original UK studio albums. The Box set includes Anthology volumes 1-3 and and exclusive iTunes LP. There also is an exclusive 23-track ‘Anthology Highlights’ collection of standout tracks from each volume. Originally released in 2-cd volumes in 1995 and 1996, Anthology is a collection of rare and previously unreleased Beatles recordings including studio outtakes and alternate versions. There are also two singles, “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love” from ‘Anthology Vol....
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Jason Mraz Auditions To Be An MTV News Correspondent

I started working for MTV News back in June and got sent on my first travel assignment in August. The charge? Make the cross-country trip to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for the annual Outside Lands Festival to talk to some bands and report on what was going on at the big show. It was a great weekend full of typically bizarre Bay Area weather (I got a nasty sunburn on Friday and had to buy a sweatshirt to keep myself warm on Sunday), great performances (The Dead Weather, Pearl Jam, Black Eyed Peas, the Mars Volta and Tom Jones totally killed it) and some interesting interviews (I talked to Silversun Pickups about how to stay cool during field shows and heard TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe tell a great story about ingesting chemicals and watching "The Beatles Anthology").

One of the more interesting run-ins I had over
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TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe Raves About 'The Beatles Anthology'

We're only a week away from the release of "The Beatles: Rock Band," the latest installment of the game-changing video game franchise that puts you in the position of Liverpool's favorite sons and gives you the opportunity to play over 40 Beatles songs. For many rock bands, the Beatles are a cornerstone group who tend to inspire early songwriting and enthusiasm for experimentation, but that "Beatles moment" happens differently for everybody.

For Tunde Adebimpe, frontman for Brooklyn space-funkers TV on the Radio, it came a little bit later than what is usual. Though his dad played him Beatles tunes as a kid, he didn't really understand what the band was all about until he had an experience in college with a long documentary about the band. "'The Beatles Anthology' documentary was on, and I watched so much of it," he told MTV News backstage at last weekend's Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.
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VH1 And VH1 Classic To Air Beatles Programming In Anticipation Of "The Beatles: Rock Band"

In anticipation of what's sure to be the hottest-selling Rock Band title from arguably the biggest rock band in music history, VH1 will air a series of Beatle-centric programming in anticipation of the release of "The Beatles: Rock Band" on September 9th.

Three installments of "The Beatles Anthology" will begin airing Wednesday, August 26th, with the next installments following Wednesday, September 2nd, and Wednesday, September 9th. "The Beatles Anthology," the documentary compromised of interviews, concert footage, home videos , and more on the Fab Four, will air on both VH1 and VH1 Classic.

VH1 Classic will air "9 Days of the Beatles" beginning September 1st, including Beatles music videos, films, and specials. Among the premieres on VH1 include "The Beatles Retrospective," a special hosted by Mark Goodman which features Beatles videos like "Revolution" and Hey Bulldog" will air September 1st. VH1 Classic will also premiere Beatles films "Help!" on September 1st and
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VH1 And VH1 Classic To Air Beatles Programming In Anticipation Of "The Beatles: Rock Band"

In anticipation of what's sure to be the hottest-selling Rock Band title from arguably the biggest rock band in music history, VH1 will air a series of Beatle-centric programming in anticipation of the release of "The Beatles: Rock Band" on September 9th.

Three installments of "The Beatles Anthology" will begin airing Wednesday, August 26th, with the next installments following Wednesday, September 2nd, and Wednesday, September 9th. "The Beatles Anthology," the documentary compromised of interviews, concert footage, home videos , and more on the Fab Four, will air on both VH1 and VH1 Classic.

VH1 Classic will air "9 Days of the Beatles" beginning September 1st, including Beatles music videos, films, and specials. Among the premieres on VH1 include "The Beatles Retrospective," a special hosted by Mark Goodman which features Beatles videos like "Revolution" and Hey Bulldog" will air September 1st. VH1 Classic will also premiere Beatles films "Help!" on September 1st and
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