Paul McCartney once said, "If anyone was The Fifth Beatle, it was Brian."He was referring to Brian Epstein, the legendary manager of The Beatles. Epstein has been credited with their discovery as well as their success.
Broadway Theatre Producer Vivek Tiwary has secured $25 million in financing for his much-anticipated and long-awaited foray into film entitled THE FIFTH BEATLE. A story ripe to be told, the film will be centered on the Fab Four’s manager, a closeted homosexual in the days when being so was illegal in the UK. The film will focus on how Epstein suffered with his outsider status and dealt with his pain all while The Beatles became world famous.
Robert Zemeckis, the director who gave us the Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Cast Away, has spent the last decade directing exclusively through performance capture. Through his motion capture animation studio, ImageMovers, he's directed Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol, as well as producing Monster House and last weekend's Mars Needs Moms. Zemeckis' next film was intended to be a 3D motion capture remake of The Beatles' triptastic 1968 cartoon Yellow Submarine, but an abysmal opening for Mars Needs Moms has led Disney to cancel their plans to ride the eponymous submersible.
If you’ve ever wanted to read the personal letters of Beatles musician John Lennon, written to newspapers, musical associates, friends, and fans, then I know what to get you for Christmas in 2012. Popeater reports that a collection of letters written by the Eggman himself will be published by Orion in October next year.
So today the spark of a rumor hit and pretty much immediately started the flames of wild speculation. That rumor: super-mega-movie-star-and-one-half-of-a-crazy-famous-couple Brad Pitt is looking to play the late music giant John Lennon. The Daily Star reported today that Pitt has been in talks for the role, in a film he would likely produce through his Plan B production company, and that he has already received the blessing of Yoko Ono. This is the part of the story where I do my part to fan the flames of hysterical Internet speculation. I just heard, from a cat who is in a position to actually know such things (unlike myself; I’m eating Cheez-Its and drinking Big K soda right now) that this mysterious Lennon project already has a green-light, as in, it’s going to happen, and it’s going to happen right quick.
Nowhere Boy is one of the most moving and emotional films I’ve seen in a long time. Whether or not you are a Beatles or a John Lennon fan, it is hard not to find a sense of joy and heartbreak in this truly inspiring tale.
Director Sam Taylor-Wood takes a page from musical history that we may not have learned. Way back before John Lennon was making music, before The Quarrymen, we see the rebellious youth side of John, with a terrific performance from Aaron Johnson. Fresh off of Kick-Ass, Aaron takes on this iconic role with fervor and conviction as we see John as a real life teen dealing with very difficult issues. The stability he is offered is through his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his Uncle George (David Threlfall).
Aaron Johnson was out and about on Thursday promoting his latest, Nowhere Boy. Aaron stars as a young John Lennon who must come to terms with the world around him. Aaron is terrific in the role, and iamROGUE.com had the chance to sit and talk with him about music, The Beatles and of course Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall.
On the evening of December 8, 1980, John Lennon was on his way home after a late-night recording session. It was the night when Mark David Chapman murdered the music legend after stalking him for three days.