Showing posts with label Films. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Films. Show all posts

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Authorized John Lennon Biopic Nearing Production

A John Lennon film that covers the musician's entire life produced by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, and which will use Lennon's music, is nearing pre-production, Showbiz 411 reports.

Anthony McCarten, who wrote the ginormous hit about Freddie Mercury and Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” has apparently finished the screenplay and it’s set.

...This one will be the whole story. embracing Lennon’s youth. his time with the Beatles, and even his famous 18 month “Lost Weekend” when he left Ono for May Pang, who rescued Lennon from going over the edge before he returned to Ono.

Sources say Pang shouldn’t be worried about being minimized over glossed over in this movie. “She’s really celebrated,” said an insider.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

New documentary will focus on John and Yoko relationship

Yoko Ono and John Lennon
A documentary is in the works detailing John Lennon and Yoko Ono's relationship, the Daily Express reports.
Dudeski, the production company behind the upcoming Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones, will be behind the project. As are the movie’s director Danny Garcia and producer Nick Reynolds. 
Speaking exclusively with, Reynolds said the film is called The Ballad of John and Yoko and “will focus on the events that took place during the first years of their relationship. 
“It’ll explore how they were hounded by the media, targeted by the FBI and how Yoko was unfairly misrepresented and accused of being responsible for the break-up of The Beatles.”

Friday, February 3, 2017

Beatles Bits: Weekly News Roundup

Olivia Harrison has received permission from local authorities to construct a new facility to house George Harrison's private archives on the Friar Park Estate.
Olivia Harrison will remove temporary storage and utility units at Friar Park and erect new buildings after being given consent by South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority.

The development will nclude an archive building for the storage of family papers and objects which are currently stored in “unsuitable conditions” in various places around the estate.

The building would measure 20m by 8m and include accommodation for an archivist.

There's very little info to date, but Variety reports that producer Michael de Luca, the mastermind behind the "50 Shades of Gray" films, is working on a John Lennon and Yoko Ono biopic with Yoko's participation.
“The Theory Of Everything” writer Anthony McCarten will write the script and produce with Ono, De Luca, and Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures.

Don't get excited by the Liverpool Echo's headline: The Sgt. Pepper suits going on display at the city's Beatles Story attraction are replicas, created in 2000. Still it's good to see that there will be a celebration there of the album's 50th anniversary.

The Beatles Story is also displaying a limited edition poster featuring an alternative photo from the album's cover shoot, which was given to 100 EMI executives on the 20th anniversary of Pepper in 1987.


Who was Pablo Fanque? This article looks at the history behind the circus poster that inspired the Beatles' "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite."


Klaus Voormann has teamed with Genesis Publications for a deluxe edition of his recent graphic novel detailing his creation of the Beatles' Revolver cover.
Each of the 500 available copies will include one of Voormann's signed original drawings from his personally curated collection. The box set, which celebrates the artist's 1967 Grammy for Best Album Cover, Graphic Awards, includes a special 12-page booklet, a foreword from Paul McCartney, an introductory letter from Ringo Starr and contributions from former Manfred Mann bandmate Mike d'Abo and Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at Ravensbourne.
To get updates on what will likely be a very nice, but expensive, book go here. BTW: Amazon is listing a paperback "German edition" of Voorman's book for $55. The text in the preview pages is in English. So perhaps the book is printed in Germany but includes German and English text? Not sure, but it looks nice.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ron Howard's Beatles documentary coming to theaters, Hulu

Ron Howard's "Eight Days a Week," a documentary about the Beatle's live-performing years, will air on the streaming service, Hulu, following a premiere run in theaters this fall, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film — which is being produced with cooperation from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison — will debut in theaters and on Hulu this fall, telling the story of The Beatles' early days. It will mark the first time Hulu exclusively premieres a documentary following its theatrical run.

Eight Days a Week is being produced by White Horse Picture's Nigel Sinclair and Scott Pascucci and Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Howard. Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde of The Beatles' Apple Corps. are serving as executive producers long with Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and White Horse's Guy East and Nicholas Ferral.
Some additional info from a Hulu press release:
Debuting in theaters and on Hulu this fall, “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week” is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard‘s film will explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.” It will explore their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film will focus on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. 
“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week” marks the first documentary feature to premiere exclusively on Hulu following its theatrical run and comes to Hulu in the company’s first-ever licensing deal with Apple Corps Ltd. The film will be the first to launch under the new Hulu Documentary Films arm, which will serve as a new home for premium original and exclusive documentary film titles coming to Hulu.
And from Variety:
In a recorded video segment, Ron Howard and Paul McCartney presented a preview clip of “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week,” with the former Beatle saying the film brought back great memories of the group’s early days. Hulu closed out the event by playing the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.”

 Interesting tidbit: The Beatles never performed "Eight Days a Week" live - not even on the BBC.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Artifact: Autographed script for unmade Beatles film

After the success of "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!," the Beatles struggled to find a script for a follow-up film.

They optioned "A Talent for Loving," a comic Western by Richard Condon, but dropped the idea of adapting it.

Another, untitled script by Owen Holder, was also considered and a screenplay, autographed by all four Beatles, their manager Brian Epstein, and movie producer Walter Shenson is now up for bid at Heritage Auctions.

Details and pics are below.

Along with this rejected film, dubbed only "The Beatles Script," the group also considered making "Up Against It," from a script by playwright Joe Orton, but declined, along with an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."

Ultimately, the animated "Yellow Submarine," which featured virtually no Beatles involvement apart from the soundtrack, became the group's third feature film.

Film producer Walter Shenson was the man responsible for bringing the Beatles to the big screen. As an American working in London in the early 1960s, he was approached by United Artists to oversee the Beatles' expansion into movies, through a three picture deal that Shenson worked out with Brian Epstein in 1963.

The first two films - A Hard Day's Night and Help! - were completed for release around the Beatles 1964 and 1965 touring schedules.

Upon the group's retirement from touring in 1966, and with their growing desire to be known as more than the loveable pop moptops portrayed in those two films, the Beatles began to entertain ideas for a more serious, artistic effort as their next film endeavor.

The British writer/actor Owen Holder was commissioned to develop a story, and the extremely rare script that is included in this lot is the result of his efforts.

Titled only as The Beatles' Script, the storyline has John, Paul, George and Ringo all playing the same character, named Stanley. Depending on which aspect of Stanley's personality is dominant at any given time, a different Beatle appears on screen. John is Stanley the crafty opportunist, Paul is Stanley the eager achiever, George is Stanley the unabashed ladies man, and Ringo is Stanley the carefree idler. By mid-1967 the working title "Shades of Personality" was being used around the project, and there were talks of having it directed by the Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, whose 1966 film Blow Up had been a critical success. For reasons unknown, however, the film was never made, and the Beatles ultimately fulfilled the commitment to United Artists by delivering Let It Be several years later.

The script offered here is Holder's finished first draft, neatly typed and covering 109 pages. It was the personal possession of Walter Shenson, and the pencil notations which appear on a few pages may be in his hand. This is the only copy of the script known to exist. Typed onto heavy stock white paper and bound in blue cardboard with four brass binding tacks at page left. In overall Very Good condition with some surface wear and folds to the cover.

Provenance: Bonham's Entertainment Memorabilia Sale 16151, Los Angeles, 21 December 2008, Lot 1163.

Accompanying the script is a fabulous set of Beatles autographs which date to 1964, also from Walter Shenson's estate. Inscribed by Paul to Shenson, it reads "To Wal, from the four boys you know as John Paul George and Harold!" It is signed in bold blue ink by all four Beatles (George omitting his last name but including "XXX", and also by Brian Epstein. The inscription refers to a sportswriter from the San Francisco Chronicle who referred to the Beatles as "John, Paul, George, and Harold." On a white index card measuring 3.75" x 2.5", and in Very Fine condition.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Did you see the Beatles in Candlestick Park in 1966? The Beatles want you!

The Beatles are looking to interview attendees of the band's last-ever concert performance as part of director Ron Howard's upcoming film documentary looking at the group's touring years.

The Beatles decided to stop touring following their Aug. 29, 1966, performance at Candlestick Park and spent the remainder of their career as a studio band.

Here's the official message from the Beatles' website:
Did you see The Beatles at Candlestick Park in 1966? Are you going back to see Sir Paul McCartney at Candlestick’s final concert?

White Horse Pictures, who are producing the recently announced film with Ron Howard about the band's touring years, would love to hear your story! Please contact the team at

Paul is to play "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert" August 14th, the last event at the stadium before it closes, and where The Beatles played their final tour performance on August 29th 1966.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ron Howard to direct documentary on Beatles touring years - teaser video

This project - incorporating crowd-sourced vintage footage of the Beatles in concert - was announced quite a while back. Sounds as if it's gathering steam. Here's the official press release from Apple followed by a short video teaser for the project.

Los Angeles, July 16, 2014 – Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have announced they will produce a new authorized documentary for Apple, based on the first part of The Beatles’ career -- the touring years. The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse’s Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award winner and multiple nominee Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will produce with Howard. Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East will serve as executive producers.

Howard said, "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

This film will focus on The Beatles’ journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966.

The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963, after an extraordinary arrival on the British scene in 1961 and ‘62. However, it was their much-heralded Ed Sullivan appearance on February 9, 1964 that caused The Beatles’ popularity to explode. By June, the band had commenced their first world tour, and continued on a relentless schedule for two subsequent years. By the time the band stopped touring in August of 1966, they had performed 166 concerts in 15 countries and 90 cities around the world. The cultural phenomenon their touring helped create, known as "Beatlemania," was something the world had never seen before and laid the foundation for the globalization of culture.

Beatlemania was not just a phenomenon. It was the catalyst for a cultural shift that would alter the way people around the world viewed and consumed popular culture. This film will seek to explain what it was about that particular moment in time that allowed this cultural pivot point to occur. It will examine the social and political context of the time, and reveal the unique conditions that caused technology and mass communication to collide. The film will also explore the incomparable electricity between performer and audience that turned the music into a movement – a common experience into something sublime.

Founded in London in 1968, Apple Corps Ltd. represents The Beatles. Under the direction of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the company administers The Beatles’ business interests, and it also develops new creative projects, making a significant contribution to the staging and safekeeping of The Beatles’ musical and cultural legacies. Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde will act as executive producers for Apple Corps.

Over the course of a near 30-year partnership, Howard and Grazer have produced a long list of successful and critically acclaimed films, including Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind – for which Howard won an Academy Award for Best Director and Grazer and Howard won Best Picture – and, most recently, Rush, and music-driven films like 8 Mile. This will be the second documentary for Howard -- the first being 2013's Made in America.

Sinclair’s long association with documentaries has resulted in a string of award-winning films, including Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World, which won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA, and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, for which Sinclair won a Grammy Award, Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, The Last Play At Shea, 1, and both the Academy Award-winning Undefeated and the Grammy Award-winning Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.

Pascucci, Managing Director of Concord Music Group and former head of Warner’s Rhino Entertainment, was an executive producer on George Harrison, and has recently been associated with Eric Clapton’sCrossroads Guitar Festival: 2013 and Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’.

This project was originally brought to Apple Corps by One Voice One World, which has conducted extensive research around the globe, including inviting Beatles fans to send in clips of home movies and photos that they acquired during this extraordinary period. OVOW’s Matthew White, Stuart Samuels, and Bruce Higham will form part of the production team as co-producers.

Acclaimed and award winning editor Paul Crowder will serve as editor. Crowder directed and edited the Grammy-nominated Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, The Last Play at Shea and the Formula One documentary,1. Crowder’s long-time collaborator, Mark Monroe, will serve as writer. In addition to the aforementioned films, Monroe’s credits include Sound City, Chasing Ice, and the Academy Award-winning, The Cove. Marc Ambrose (Bhutto) will serve as supervising producer.

Nicholas Ferrall will be the executive in charge of production for White Horse Pictures, assisted by executives Jeanne Elfant Festa and Cassidy Hartmann. The Beatles documentary is one of the first projects under Nigel Sinclair’s new White Horse Pictures banner, which he founded in 2014 with long-time business partner Guy East.

Sinclair said, "The way The Beatles burst onto the scene in Britain was an overwhelming social, cultural and musical phenomenon, but was even then eclipsed by that extraordinary explosion on the American scene and then the world. I was lucky enough to see The Beatles perform in Glasgow in 1964, shortly after their Ed Sullivan appearance. It is an honor to work on this project for The Beatles, and to be collaborating again with the extraordinary Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and my good friend Scott Pascucci."