Peter Jackson Beatles Documentary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ final live performance together on the roof of the band’s headquarters at Apple Corps at 3 Savile Row in London. So it’s only appropriate that today also brings news that The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is working on a new documentary about The Beatles.

There have been plenty of documentaries about the British rock sensation known as The Fab Four, with Ron Howard most recently tackling the historic band in a documentary called Eight Days a Week. However, this one will be very different because it will focus on the recording of the band’s final album, Let It Be, and it will feature tons of never-before-seen footage cut from 55 hours of the band working in the studio, something that has rarely been seen on film by the public.  Read More »

yellow submarine re-release

It’s The Beatles‘ yellow submarine, we’re all just living in it.

The British rock band’s classic 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine is getting a re-release in theaters across the U.S., in celebration of its 50th anniversary. It’s probably the closest thing we’ll get to a Beatles reunion, so get ready to buy your tickets now.

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Star Wars Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Mash-Up

Even if you’re not a hardcore fan of The Beatles, you probably know their famous album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Personally, I think it’s one of the band’s best albums, but some genius went and made it even better by adding more than a little Star Wars to the mix.

YouTube user Palette-Swap Ninja has taken the entirety of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and rewritten the lyrics to tell the story of Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s an incredible piece of parody work that may even make Weird Al Yankovic a little jealous. Marvel as the titular track from the album is turned into “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans” and Luke Skywalker gets made fun of with lyrics saying “Luke is in the desert and whining” set the tune of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

Listen to the Star Wars Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band mash-up below. Read More »

Eight Days a Week Trailer

In the decades since they became a sensational imported rock band from the United Kingdom, there have been countless documentaries, TV specials, books and more recounting the rise to fame of The Beatles. But believe it or not, there’s still plenty of footage, stories and photos that you haven’t seen which will be unveiled in a new documentary coming this fall.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is a new feature film from director Ron Howard that takes a look at the band’s time spent on tour from 1962 until 1966, as well as their origins, inner-workings and controversies. For even the most hardcore fans of the Fab Four, this looks like it will have something new to learn.

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Eight Days a Week Trailer

Even if you think you know everything there is to know about The Beatles, a new documentary coming to Hulu this fall is bound to have something that you haven’t seen or heard yet. Director Ron Howard has been working on a documentary about the British import known as the Fab Four, focusing on the years the band was touring around the world to screaming audiences and fainting women from 1962 to 1966, and the first teaser trailer gives us a glimpse of the film, complete with talking heads from the surviving members of the band, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

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beatles documentary

There are two pieces of big news here. First: Hulu has acquired The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, a new documentary about the greatest musical group in human history (sorry, everyone else) directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard. Second: this purchase has signaled the launch of Hulu Documentary Films, a new arm for the streaming service that will, as its name implies, will focus on building a library of non-fiction movies.

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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 »

It remains to be seen whether Robert Zemeckis‘ next project after Flight will see him sticking with live-action or returning to animation, but one thing’s for certain: It won’t be Yellow Submarine. The project’s suffered several setbacks over the past few years, and it sounds like Zemeckis has finally given up on it once and for all. Read his comments after the jump.

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A brand-new trailer has hit for Martin Scorsese‘s George Harrison: Living in the Material World, an HBO documentary which will air on the channel later this year. Though Harrison was known as “the quiet Beatle,” as the saying goes, still waters run deep. Pulled together from interviews, performances, and never-before-seen footage, as well as interviews with friends, colleagues and peers including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Phil Spector, Yoko Ono, and Tom Petty, the film will center around the life and career of the iconic musician, producer, philanthropist, and spiritualist. Watch the video after the jump.

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Talk about awkward. The last headline below this one is an endorsement of mocap filmmaking from Steven Spielberg. But the major industry talk today that wasn’t centered on SXSW was all about how the mocap film Mars Needs Moms absolutely tanked in its debut weekend. There is some significant fallout from that failure: Disney has passed on the mocap remake of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, which Robert Zemeckis had planned to make this year. Read More »