Ron Howard to Direct Official Beatles Documentary

The Beatles A Hard Days Night

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 of Rush. Turns out the producer knew about a Beatles documentary in development and Howard immediately became interested in working on it. Now, Howard is set to direct an official documentary on the Beatles.

The film is being made with the full support and cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. It will explore the Beatles’ rise to fame, and what that meant for the culture. The film will feature between 12 and 20 songs, live performance footage sent in from fans, original recordings and more. While still untitled, the hope is to have it completed and in theaters sometime in 2015. Read More »

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Paul McCartney Silver Surfer

Beatles music in a Marvel movie. It sounds like a weird fanboy fantasy. Back in the early 1980s, however, it was actually a possibility. A producer was developing a Silver Surfer film in the early Eighties — as a cosmic rock opera. He sent Sir Paul McCartney some concept art to see if he was interested in writing music for the film. McCartney’s management replied that they were interested but, of course, nothing came of it.

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mashedinplasticlarge

Everyone I know is compiling a list of the best films of the aughts, and 2001′s Mulholland Drive seems to be a lock on most (and if it’s not, 2006′s Inland Empire is the more pretentious substitute). But as the decade closes out, I do wish we had seen more “Lynchian” films from David Lynch, who seems occupied with experimental video, his son’s ambitious documentary projects, the advent of Twitter, and exposing as many people/fans to Transcendental Meditation as possible. So, if it’s a tad disappointing that the chain smoking auteur’s next film won’t hinge on creepy dream logic, it doesn’t qualify as a surprise that it will instead be a doc on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The founder and guru of TM died early last year, and true to form, Lynch adds that his doc on the man will “hold a lot of abstractions.”

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