Paul McCartney

25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

The Beatles took America by storm during their first visit to the U.S. in 1964. Just one month after their historic television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the band started working on a film that would bring Beatlemania to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night captured the boyish charm of the four lads from Liverpool (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison) who would change the face of popular music the world over. “Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time,” Janus Films writes. Criterion has restored the movie from the original 35mm camera negative for a first-time Blu-ray release that hit last month. In celebration of the release, A Hard Day’s Night is screening in select theaters this weekend. Here are 25 fun facts about the moptopped movie in preparation for your viewing. … Read More

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CBS’s Unwatchable Anniversary Special Illustrates How Not to Celebrate 50 Years of the Beatles

Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America and their initial, ratings-shattering performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. You may have heard about this anniversary. It’s been mentioned a few times! The half-centennial came to a head last night on CBS, which aired The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, a two-and-a-half-hour mixture of documentary tribute and performance footage. The performances were reportedly culled from a four-hour concert the night after this year’s Grammys; one can only imagine what was left on the cutting room floor, considering the depressingly disastrous stuff that aired. … Read More

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Ranking the 2014 Grammy Performances from Best to Worst

And so, the Grammys again. Since half the awards are given out before the ceremony even takes place, the abiding sources of interest these days are a) the outfits and b) the performances. As far as 2014 goes, the relevant points of interest on the former point were Pharrell’s hat (which, inevitably, already has its own Twitter account) and Kacey Musgraves’ curious dress. And the performances… well, as ever, they ranged from the almost sublime to the utterly ridiculous. Here’s our rundown of each any every one, starting with the best and working through to the ones that sent you to the fridge for several more… Read More

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CrossFit 4 Tots, Lady Taco, and ‘Goodnight Dune': The Links You Need to See

The Halloween episode is a sitcom staple, and maybe next year you can dress up as your favorite TV character’s favorite Halloween costume (how’s that for a layered idea?) If you’re worried about all of the discount candy you’ll be buying at the drug store tomorrow, just think of the poor trick-or-treaters who… Read More

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The Stories of Famous Bandmates’ First Meetings

On this day in 1957, two Liverpool teenagers met for the first time and would change the course of music history. John Lennon and Paul McCartney shared a passion for performing. Lennon’s youthful swagger and McCartney’s technical knowledge sparked a mutual respect and healthy competition that would lead them to join forces. Read the full story past the break, where we share the fascinating tales of other famous bandmates’ first meetings. … Read More

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The Best Musician Appearances on ‘The Colbert Report’

Iggy and the Stooges were in cracking form on The Colbert Report last night, making them the latest in a long line of bands who’ve appeared as guests on Stephen Colbert’s long-running satirical chat show. Of all the late-night hosts on TV, Colbert seems to get the most amusing interviews and performances out of musicians; here are a selection of The Colbert Report‘s very best musical moments. You’re more than welcome. … Read More

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Paul McCartney, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nine Inch Nails Headline Outside Lands 2013

Paul McCartney, Phoenix, and Nine Inch Nails are among the headliners at this August’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Over a year later, a new inquest is being held into Amy Winehouse’s death because the assistant deputy coroner who oversaw the original examination lacked proper qualifications. [via ArtsBeat]

2. Odd Future has been accused of brutally attacking a 17-year-old fan who hopped on stage during a show in San Antonio. According to TMZ, the teen “suffered lacerations on his head, scratches, and burns to his body,” as well as two seizures, and now plans to sue the group. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night's 'SNL' With Martin Short

Last night, Saturday Night Live aired their final episode of the year, the traditional Christmas episode, hosted by legendary but not particularly relevant comedian Martin Short, with Paul McCartney as musical guest. The show started with a haunting and restrained tribute to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and then dove right into all their usual shenanigans. To us, this episode seemed very sparse — maybe it was all the Christmas spirit (or Christmas spirits), but it seemed as though they barely cobbled six proper sketches together. All the same, there were some high moments, and as always, some low ones. Watch the best and worst bits of the show after the jump, and let us know if you agree with our choices in the comments. … Read More

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The Best and Worst Bond Themes of All Time

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about Skyfall, the newest installment in the venerable James Bond movie franchise (fifty years and counting): Daniel Craig is back as Bond, Javier Bardem as the new Bond villain, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes bringing it all together with wit and grace. But our first indication that this one might be something special came a few weeks back, when we got a listen to Adele’s moody, smoky theme song for the film. It’s got a big, brassy sound that immediately recalls Shirley Bassey, who became the signature voice of the Bond movie theme songs (and while she only did three of them, that’s two more than anyone else), and digging up Bassey’s tunes sent us down a YouTube rabbit hole of Bond themes. As you might expect, over the course of fifty years there have been some timeless, immortal songs; there have been others that, to put it charitably, haven’t aged quite so well. After the jump, we’ve picked our five best, four worst, and one in between of the Bond themes thus far. Some controversies may erupt, so by all means, throw in your two cents in the comments. … Read More

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