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The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band': 50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know (Photos)

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The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band': 50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know (Photos)
50 ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Facts’ to Celebrate the Beatles’ Landmark Album It was 50 years ago today that the Beatles unleashed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on an unsuspecting world, upping the rock game to a level that most musicians are still trying to match. In honor of the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s,” TheWrap presents 50 facts about the Beatles’ landmark masterpiece. 1. The fictional band name was inspired by salt-and-pepper packets Here’s a spcy detail about “Sgt. Pepper’s.” As Paul McCartney has mentioned, the genesis of the name came during a flight he was on with Beatles road manager Mal.
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Micky Dolenz Remembers 50 Years of Music, Madness and Good Times with the Monkees

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Micky Dolenz Remembers 50 Years of Music, Madness and Good Times with the Monkees
When was the last time you thought about The Iron Horse? Or The Time Tunnel? How about The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.? All are television shows that premiered the second week of September in 1966, and all have effectively faded from memory. Not so with The Monkees, the groundbreaking TV-music-performance project that ran amok across the late '60s pop cultural landscape like Frankenstein's multimedia monster. 50 years later, it's still very much alive. Earlier this year, the three surviving Monkees reunited in the studio with producer Adam Schlesinger - a veteran of the uber-poppy Fountains of Wayne and the tunesmith behind the
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Interview: Spring Directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson

I knew I liked the directing team of Moorhead & Benson even before I talked with them. Their new movie Spring blew me away when I saw it at Fantastic Fest in Austin this past September, but when I saw writer and co-director Justin Benson sitting with a coffee mug bearing the face of my long time celebrity crush Eva Green (something he got as a gift from the director of Cockneys Vs. Zombies), I knew this was going to be a good interview. Now with a full cup of coffee in my own mug that sported a silhouette of the Frankenstein creature, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, and I embarked on a long journey discussing monsters, love, Alan Moore, their upcoming Aleister Crowley film, and riding bikes around Cannes in $25 suits.

Talk about the process of writing, making, and getting Spring released

Justin Benson: Spring was written while we were mixing our first film Resolution.
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Ron Howard Rocks Beatles Concert Tour Doc (Trailers)

Ron Howard Rocks Beatles Concert Tour Doc (Trailers)
The Beatles are ubiquitous these days: their role in the film world only seems to grow with each passing month. Just as Fab Four fans tire of the Beatles Rock Band playbook, the Criterion-Janus restoration / tour of Richard Lester's joyful “A Hard Day’s Night” makes waves across the country. The Beatles-related content available include the Richard Lester sequel "Help!", the doc about their Liverpool secretary (here), "Nowhere Boy," starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John Lennon, Ian Softley's "Backbeat," PBS's "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited," and Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe." (Bring Cheap Trick back to perform Sergeant Pepper at the Hollywood Bowl!) And now Variety reports that Ron Howard, under a partnership between Imagine Entertainment, Apple Corps. Ltd., and White Horse Pictures, will direct an untitled documentary exploring the band’s global tour from 1960 to 1966. (Who's going to...
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Line of Duty: the gripping police drama that makes women a real force

Halfway through its compelling run, BBC2's Line of Duty is smashing gender stereotypes and giving the celebrated Scandi-noir dramas a run for their money

Three police officers murdered in a lethal ambush; a fourth spectacularly defenestrated; a seriously injured individual in witness protection finished off in hospital – and the only survivor of the carnage, Di Lindsay Denton, who may or may not be personally implicated in all or some or none of the above carnage, has her head violently stuck down the lavatory by her colleagues as punishment for dispatching her three colleagues with "no firearms, no backup".

Welcome to the gripping world of BBC2's Line of Duty, halfway through its second series and, without so much as a Nordic woolly jumper or sub-title in sight, possibly on its way to becoming as addictive as The Bridge, The Killing and Borgen. If there is any justice in the world,
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Last Love | Review

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Sleepy Time Love: Nettlebeck Underwhelms with Latest Character Study

German director Sandra Nettlebeck returns with her fourth feature, Last Love, adapted from a novel by writer/actress Francoise Dorner, a co-production effort that is mostly an English language feature, though not likely to reach the heights of acclaim achieved by her successful 2001 debut, Mostly Martha. As usual, Nettlebeck has amassed an interesting cast likely to attract attention, so it’s disheartening that the film is ultimately a rather ungainly and predictable familial drama with narrative dynamics similar to a slew of recent titles dealing with the loss, regret, and estrangement.

Matthew Morgan (Michael Caine) is a grief stricken American professor living in Paris, unable to get over the death of his wife Joan (Jane Alexander), who passed away in 2007. Life seems to have hit a standstill, with Matthew wallowing in an unkempt existence, refusing to learn the native language of
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See Naya Rivera’s Yeast Infection Ad on Last Night’s Glee

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See Naya Rivera’s Yeast Infection Ad on Last Night’s Glee
Last night's Glee involved a Carrie-inspired prom scene (red Slushie instead of pig's blood), Demi Lovato's first appearance as a sapphic love interest, and the gang in full Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club attire. Not only that, but Naya Rivera's Santana got what just might be her big break, appearing in a hilarious yeast infection commercial. Perhaps a slight reference to Rivera's own adorable (if disturbingly cannibalistic) M&M's ads? 
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Glee, 5.02, “Tina In the Sky with Diamonds” Falls Short of Last Week’s Promising Premiere

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Glee, Season 5, Episode 2, “Tina In the Sky with Diamonds“

Written by Ian Brennan

Directed by Ian Brennan

Airs Thursday 9pm Et on Fox

Glee’s second episode of the season and second half of their Beatles tribute is fun and filled to the brim with well-executed and unique Glee-ifed versions of The Beatles’ best experimental era work. While the musical performances are strong, this episode seems to highlight all the character development issues viewers have been fed up with in the recent past. Likewise, writing for this episode is not as strong as the season opener. On a positive note, the actors are spot on and distract from some of the cheesy dialogue.

Character development-wise, there are some issues that have been ongoing in past seasons and the trend continues into season five. It always feels like the writers are never sure how to utilize the character of Sam Evans
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The 10 Most Mindblowing Things About Entertainment Weekly's Liberace Cover

Finally, here's the first actual preview of Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic for HBO, Behind the Candelabra. EW has an upcoming interview with stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and it apparently includes provocative tidbits about sex scenes and ass-bronzing. Great, great, great. But even greater: this cover. Take a look.

Mesmerizing, right? We previewed it in the meme this morning, but obviously this unthinkably awesome cover deserves further examination. For the unitiated: Behind the Candelabra is based on Scott Thorson's same-named 1988 book about his relationship (and its aftermath) with Liberace. Douglas plays Liberace and Damon plays Thorson, who brought a famous lawsuit against Liberace in 1982 that included a palimony suit. The ex-lovers settled out of court, and they eventually reconciled before Liberace's death from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1987. It's a pretty heavy story. But this magazine cover? Is effing fabulous. 

Here are the 10 most mindblowing things about the cover.
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Adele's '21' becomes fourth biggest-selling album of all time

Adele's 21 has become the fourth biggest-selling album of all time in the UK. Sales data from The Official Charts Company revealed that the singer's record-breaking album has edged ahead of Oasis's (What's The Story) Morning Glory?. The Manchester band's 1995 LP has sold 4,555,000 copies to date, while 21 has notched up 4,562,000 sales. Abba's 1992 Gold - Greatest Hits took the number three slot with 5,046,000 sales, while Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is the second-biggest selling album with 5,059,000 copies. Queen's Greatest Hits from 1981 heads the chart after selling (more)
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Olympics opening ceremony: the theatre review

Technical triumph showed Danny Boyle's great capacity for spectacle but was marred by strange shifts in tone

Watching Danny Boyle's £27m spectacular, I was reminded of an old rhyme about a famous director of Hollywood epics. It ran "Cecil B DeMille rather against his will, Was persuaded to leave Moses out of the Wars of the Roses." In other words, in trying to give us a potted, panoramic vision of Britain past, present and future, Boyle seemed to throw in everything bar the kitchen sink. Logistically, the show was a triumph. Imaginatively, it left something to be desired.

Like Boyle's National Theatre production of Frankenstein, it began with the sounding of a giant bell. And I liked the opening image of a lost vision of pastoral England: a place of shire horses, sheep and cows, Maypole dancing, home-baking and cricket on the village green. The shattering of that
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Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony: madcap, surreal and moving

Inventive effort to tell a thousand small stories in event expected to be watched by 1 billion people worldwide

From a bucolic green and pleasant land via the belching chimney stacks of the Industrial Revolution to the internet age, Danny Boyle's attempt to define Britishness in the opening hour of his Olympic opening ceremony was a madcap, surreal, moving and often confounding affair.

An "industrial parade" of Jarrow marchers and colliery bands, hundreds of dancing nurses accompanied by Mike Oldfield, the Queen's encounter with James Bond as well as a nightmarish sequence of childhood terrors – they all featured.

When Dizzee Rascal, tiny among the armies of volunteer dancers around him, appeared to sing Bonkers at the climax of a third act that starts as a love story and becomes a riotous celebration of British music through the ages, it felt curiously appropriate.

It was typical that the arrival of the head of state,
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‘Contagion’ Director On Washing Your Hands

‘Contagion’ Director On Washing Your Hands
Everett A scene from “Contagion

About twenty-five years ago there was a famous commercial by Faberge about passing on the details of this great shampoo from one person to another. The copy went something like “And they’ll tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends, and so on and so on and so on.” Wayne and Garth satirized it in “Wayne’s World” but at the end of the day, this was probably one of the earliest and
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New Red Images Online

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Following on from the character banner reveals last week and the second trailer last night, more images have come through from Red courtesy of Coming Soon.net.

I must say, judging from these latest shots, this looks like it has the potential to be a lot of fun. John Malkovich appears to be channeling the gone-to-seed James Bond look and the sight of Dame Helen Mirren welding a huge firearm is worth the admittance price alone (although I’m not sure what’s happening with Morgan Freeman’s Sergeant Pepper-esque costume!).

Directed by Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) from a graphic novel by Warren Ellis, Red is released in the states in October. We’ll keep you posted when we have a confirmed date for the UK.
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Jeff Goldblum Talks Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 9 Premiere

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Jeff Goldblum returns for Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 9 This week marks the ninth season premier of USA's Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the premiere Episode 9.01: Loyalty, Captain Ross (Eric Bogosian) finds himself at the tragic center of an overseas conflict, galvanizing the assistance of Major Case detectives Robert Goren Vincent D'Onofrio, Alexandra Eames Kathryn Erbe, and Nichols Zach Jeff Goldblum. Catch the premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent at its new date and time, Tuesday, March 30 at 10/9C only on USA. We recently caught up with Jeff Goldblum to get his thoughts on this all-new season. Here is what he had to say:

What continues to challenge you about your role?

Jeff Goldblum: Well, let me see, it's very challenging because the writing is wonderful and the people around me are the best in the world. So I'm just trying to live up to that and to
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Alice in Wonderland (1966) - DVD Review

I feel like Sergeant Pepper slipped me some acid. Director Jonathan Miller found an underlying melancholy in the Alice stories by Lewis Carroll. He brought that into a haunting, surreal, dream-like, Victorian adaptation of the story for the BBC. Oh what a curiouser and curiouser trip it.s been. Alice (Anne-Marie Mallik) is spending the day with her sisters in the sunny fields. She appears to nap, but spies a Victorian gentleman White Rabbit (Wilfrid Brambell) and follows him into a tunnel. She finds herself in Wonderland, encountering the Duchess (Leo McKern), growing, shrinking, at a mad tea party with the Mad Hatter (Peter Cook), March Hare (Michael Gough) and Dormouse (Wilfred Lawson), poetry from the Caterpillar (Sir Michael
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Kate Hudson: ‘I Haven’t Figured It All Out Yet’

Kate Hudson: ‘I Haven’t Figured It All Out Yet’
Courtesy Harper’s Bazaar

Despite divorcing after seven years of marriage, Kate Hudson says she harbors no regrets about her relationship with Chris Robinson — for their union produced son Ryder Russell, 5 ½. “Chris is a great dad,” she raves in the January issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “I feel really lucky.”

When the former couple met Kate says there was “no question” that they would go on to have children, but she ultimately found “the routine” of wedded life to be tough.

“That becomes a difficult balance, too, because I feel like my son needs his routine, but for me I
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