Animated Children’s Series ‘Beat Bugs’ To Feature Beatles … Music That Is

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 10:32am PDT

BeatBugsAussie-U.S. production company GRACE has acquired worldwide rights from Sony/ATV Music Publishing to The Beatles‘ catalog, a rare rights deal for the iconic band’s music that will be used to make the animated children’s series Beat Bugs, which … Read More »

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David Letterman Chats With Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr At Ed Sullivan Theatre On 50th Anniversary Of Beatles’ U.S. Debut: Video

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 2:44pm PST

Letterman BeatlesAmerican popular culture was altered forever 50 years ago this Sunday when four mop-topped lads from England hit the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan. More than 73 million people watched in glorious black and white. A half-century later, the two surviving Beatles returned for a chat with the room’s current occupant. Here’s a clip of David Letterman talking with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr about that landmark night and the landmark theater where it all went down. After the jump, watch McCartney tell a funny story about how a Teamster made him nervous backstage during a later Ed Sullivan Show appearance. The clips are from The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, which CBS is airing Sunday night:

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Peyton Reed Set To Helm ‘The Fifth Beatle,’ On Fab Four Manager Brian Epstein

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 4:43pm PST
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preedEXCLUSIVE: Peyton Reed is set to direct The Fifth Beatle, an adaptation of the bestselling graphic novel about the last years of The Beatles manager Brian Epstein. The film is being produced by Oscar-winner Bruce Cohen and Tony-winner Vivek J. Tiwary. Tiwary, whose credits include Green Day’s American Idiot wrote the graphic novel and the screenplay. Reed, who helmed The Break-Up and Bring It On, finds himself in an enviable position as this is the first film about the Fab Four that has been granted unprecedented access to the John Lennon/Paul McCartney music catalog. Production will begin next year. Now that Reed is aboard, the next step will be securing an actor to play Epstein.

brianepReed previously teamed with Cohen on the comedy Down With Love and he also helmed the Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man.

“From the moment I read Vivek’s graphic novel, I knew I wanted to be the person to bring Brian’s story to the big screen,” Reed said. “I’m a lifelong Beatles fan, obviously, but it’s Brian’s fascinating life that really blew me away and drew me to this project. He’s the ultimate outsider who, against all odds, became the ultimate insider. He was responsible for shepherding the most popular artistic expression of “love” in the history of modern culture, and yet he wasn’t allowed to express his own love during that time.” Read More »

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CBS To Salute The Beatles’ U.S. Debut In Grammy Special

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 9:00am PST

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles will air from 8-10 PM February 9, on CBS –  the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first U.S. TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. No … Read More »

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Producer Boards Brian Epstein Biopic ‘The Fifth Beatle’

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 10:45am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) is set to produce The Fifth Beatle, about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein. The English entrepreneur … Read More »

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