It's a little-known fact that in the 1960s, The Beatles tried to obtain the film rights to The Lord of the Rings. John Lennon wanted to play Gollum, Paul McCartney would have been Frodo, and the band hoped Stanley Kubrick would direct it. But their plan came to an abrupt halt when JRR Tolkien refused to play ball. Now, in a strange twist of fate, a new Beatles film is being directed by Peter Jackson - who finally brought The Lord of the Rings to the big screen in 2001. The Oscar-winning director will bring to life the tense recording sessions for the band's final album, Let It Be, using 55 hours of unseen studio footage that was shot in 1969.
In conjunction with this year's 10th anniversary of the Cirque du Soleil Beatles show "Love" in Las Vegas, the Beatles' Apple Corps and Cirque du Soleil have crafted a music video for the show's rearrangement of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The video, directed by Dandypunk, Andre Kasten and Leah Moyer, focuses on a Cirque dancer interacting with animated images. The visuals morph from a human form to undulating strings that reflect and complement the dancer's fluid body language. Harrison's song is an alternate take of the familiar track from the 1968 double album "The Beatles," a.k.a. The electric guitar, bass and drums on the better-known version are stripped away.
Kenneth Womack is the author of a multivolume study dedicated to the life and work of George Martin. The second volume, Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Later Years, 1966-2016), was published in September. Geoff Emerick grew up as a working-class lad in North London only to make his name as one of the most gifted and innovative sound engineers of his day. Born in London's Crouch End area on Dec. 5, 1945, Emerick joined the staff of EMI Studios at age 16 after his father wrote to the stately studio on Abbey Road inquiring about work for his technically minded son. Having been hired as an assistant engineer, Emerick began working at the studio on Sept. 3, 1962.
Before the fan mania and Yoko Ono, the Beatles were a simply a Liverpool, England, rock band on the cusp of stardom. The band's ascent, and why the Beatles remain relevant today, will now be documented in "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years." The project, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures and Apple Corps Ltd., will explore four years in the life of the band before it stopped touring in 1966. The documentary will see a theatrical release on Sept. 16, followed a day later by an exclusive on-demand streaming deal through Hulu. The film's tight focus promises insight into the Beatles' early years, beginning with the period after they'd returned from an extended stint in Hamburg, Germany.
An inventor and his business partner claim that Apple stole their idea for a music and video sharing service. Scott Sander and Arthur Hair, co-founders of SightSound Technologies, have been locked in a David and Goliath battle with the tech giant since iTunes first launched in 2003. The launch of the billion-dollar service, came a decade after Hair was granted a patent for the electronic sale of digital audio and video recordings in 1993. Sanders, in a lengthy editorial in Medium, claims that Apple ripped off their idea after they pitched it to the company in the late 1990s. Despite attempts to take the computing and tech firm to court, Sander says that he and Hair have been left with almost nothing while Apple have made billions off their idea.