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Christopher Ecclestone as John Lennon

Posted by LiveFor on January 15, 2010


Here we have former Time Lord Christopher Ecclestone as Lennon.

It is for a BBC drama called Lennon Naked which charts his transition from Beatle John to enduring and enigmatic icon.

It was back in November 2009 that news of this project came out.

The film highlights the years from 1967 to 1971 when the Beatle was ending his first marriage to Cynthia as Yoko Ono entered his life, coping with the death of manager Brian Epstein and the group’s own messy and acrimonious disintegration.

Also featured are Naoko Mori, whose credits include “Torchwood” and “Absolutely Fabulous,” who plays Ono, and Rory Kinnear as Epstein.

Other cast members include Claudie Blakley, who featured in the BBC period drama “Cranford,” as Cynthia Lennon, and Irish actor Andrew Scott as Paul McCartney.

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Yellow Submarine – The Dread Pirate Roberts, Shakespeare, Darth Maul and a bloke from Date Movie cast in Zemeckis’ Beatles remake

Posted by LiveFor on January 12, 2010

Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), Dean Lennox Kelly (FAQ about Time Travel, Shakespeare in Dr Who, Being Human), Peter Serafinowicz (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Couples Retreat, the voice of Darth Maul) and Adam Campbell (Date Movie, Epic Movie) are in negotiations to portray the members of the band in Yellow Submarine, which Robert Zemeckis is remaking for Disney.

The original 1968 animated movie was based on the music by the Beatles and featured a storyline wherein a soldier called Old Fred meets up with the Beatles and travels in a yellow submersible to Pepperland. Among the group’s encounters are the music-hating Blue Meanies.

As with his recently released “A Christmas Carol,” Zemeckis is making the movie using 3D performance-capture technology. Hopefully he will have a chat with James Cameron about the technique so they can get even further away from the dead eyes of The Polar Express.

The Beatles tribute band the Fab Four will be motion-captured as the ensemble for the musical performance sequences though — since actual Beatles music will be utilized (licensed from Sony/ATV and EMI-Capitol Records) — they won’t actually be performing the 16 songs used in the movie.

Kelly, a British actor who is currently on the BBC’s “Robin Hood” series, is portraying John Lennon.

Serafinowicz will voice Paul McCartney. He also does a great impression of Alan Alda.

Elwes, who worked with Zemeckis on “A Christmas Carol” and is in the upcoming “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” will play George Harrison.

Campbell will be Ringo Starr.

I’m still not sure whether we really need to see a remake of the Yellow Submarine. The original was definitely a product of its time. Still some good people involved in the cast. Especially Peter Serafinowicz.

Source: Heat Vision

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Christopher Eccleston to play John Lennon in Beatles break-up film

Posted by LiveFor on November 30, 2009

We’ve had Beatles Rock Band, the original albums reissued and a film about John Lennon’s early years (Nowhere Boy).

Now Variety report that the turbulent and often tragic life of John Lennon is to be the subject of another British film.

In the latest biopic, commissioned by BBC Four, Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Heroes, Our Friends in the North, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) plays the rock star in Naked Lennon.

The film highlights the years from 1967 to 1971 when the Beatle was ending his first marriage to Cynthia as Yoko Ono entered his life, coping with the death of manager Brian Epstein and the group’s own messy and acrimonious disintegration.

Also featured are Naoko Mori, whose credits include “Torchwood” and “Absolutely Fabulous,” who plays Ono, and seasoned British thesp Rory Kinnear as Epstein.

Other cast members include Claudie Blakley, who featured in the BBC period drama “Cranford,” as Cynthia Lennon, and Irish actor Andrew Scott as Paul McCartney.

Could be interesting, but not sure on Eccleston as Lennon? Do you think he will be able to be the Working Class Hero?

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Jason Lee to direct Time travelling love triangle film involving John and Yoko

Posted by LiveFor on November 19, 2009

I’ve always liked Jason Lee. I first saw him in Kevin Smith’s Mallrats and have enjoyed pretty much everything he has done – Almost Famous, My Name is Earl was great. The whole scientology thing sucks as did Alvin and the Chipmunks but I still dig him.

Now it looks as if he is getting behind the camera to direct his first feature. It is called Get Back and it tells the story of two music-obsessed friends who time travel back to 1966 London, where one gets caught in a love triangle with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Sounds pretty cool and could be rather funny.

The article over on THR also mentions Lee’s new TV show. Called Delta Blues, from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon, it centers on Dwight Hendricks (Lee), a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.

What do you think of those two projects?

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Nowhere Boy – Trailer for the young John Lennon film

Posted by LiveFor on October 28, 2009

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Nowhere Boy – First look at Aaron Johnson as a young John Lennon

Posted by LiveFor on October 20, 2009

nowhereboy-intposter-medsizeHere are a couple of photos of Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) as a young John Lennon in the film, Nowhere Boy. They are from First Showing who have a couple more pics.

The coolest thing about the photos is the fact that I know where they were shot and some of the places are only a few minutes from where I live.nowhereboy-firstphotos-full-02
John Lennon is an ordinary 15 year old boy on the streets of Liverpool. Funny, smart, naughty, a real edge to him. But life is not simple for John – he grew up in a family of secrets and was raised by his Aunt Mimi from the age of five. When he is suddenly reacquainted with his mother, Julia, they form an unbreakable bond. A bitter war rages between the two sisters for John’s love. But his mother gives him one great gift – music. A wayward boy finds his voice, and walks into The Beatles. Nowhere Boy is directed by Sam Taylor Wood and is being distributed by The Weinstein Company early next year
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I am still not sure whether Johnson is the right fit for a young Lennon but it all sounds very promising.

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The Beatles: Rock Band intro

Posted by LiveFor on September 15, 2009

I just love the whole look and style of this excellent piece of animation.

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A Life in the Day – Brian Epstein biopic

Posted by LiveFor on August 26, 2009

brianProducer David Permut has acquired A Life in the Day, a Tony Gittelson script about the life of Brian Epstein, who discovered and managed the Beatles from 1961 through 1967, when he died of a drug overdose at 32.

The deal comes at a time when the popularity of the Beatles is soaring with album reissues due next month as well as the launch of “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game. Disney and Robert Zemeckis are negotiating to remake “Yellow Submarine” in 3-D performance capture animation.

Permut said he will try to secure certain Beatles songs, but the movie really is about the formation of the band. Epstein, who sold records from his father’s appliance store in Liverpool, heard the Beatles on his lunch break at the Cavern Club and became relentless in his pursuit of a record deal for the quartet.

“Everybody turned down the band, even though Brian promised they would become bigger than Elvis, and he finally got George Martin at EMI to change his mind and give them an audition,” said Permut.

Permut just produced the Sigourney Weaver starrer “Prayers for Bobby” for Lifetime and “Youth in Revolt,” the upcoming Dimension Films comedy that stars Michael Cera.

Source: Variety

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Yellow Submarine to set sail again

Posted by LiveFor on August 20, 2009

Yellow_SubmarineDisney and director Robert Zemeckis are negotiating to remake Yellow Submarine, the 1968 psychedelic animated film based on the music of The Beatles. That’s what Variety are saying. At this point I am going Why oh Why?

The studio has been quietly brokering a complicated rights deal that would give Zemeckis access to 16 original Beatles songs for a movie he will direct in the performance-capture 3-D digital production format he employed for “A Christmas Carol.” Disney opens that film November 6, with Jim Carrey playing Scrooge as well as the three ghosts who haunt him in the Charles Dickens tale.

The hope is to have “Yellow Submarine” ready to premiere around the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begins July 27 in London.

Disney would not comment on the negotiations or the project. Zemeckis’s ImageMovers would produce.

The deal marries cutting-edge 3-D feature technology with a surging reinterest in The Beatles, who appeared only in the film’s closing scene. Actors provided the voices for the animated characters of Beatles Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

The storyline of the original took place in Pepperland, an undersea paradise protected by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. When the band is captured by the music-hating Blue Meanies, a soldier is sent to Liverpool to fetch the Fab Four, who hop in the submarine and save the day.

Key to the deal is Zemeckis’ ability to use a treasure trove of classic Beatles tunes, from the title song to “All Together Now,” “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” “All You Need Is Love,” “When I’m 64,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

September will be a big month for the band with the release of remastered records and the vidgame “The Beatles: Rock Band.”

I really cannot see the point of this remake. The original was a definite product of its time and I can’t quite see this new one working. What are your thoughts on it?

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