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Listen, do you want to know a secret? It's probably not a great sign when you need three directors to finish one movie, but alas, the upcoming Beatles manager movie, Midas Man, has finally reached post-production after a very turbulent production.

Deadline reports that Joe Stephenson “quietly” took over the reins of the film sometime this year and finished the filming aspect of the production. The film is now in post-production and he took over for Sara Sugarman after “creative differences” and “scheduling issues.”

But even Sugarman wasn't the first director in place for this Beatles film. Jonas åkerlund was originally set to direct the film but left during the shoot due to disagreements with the producers.

This particular Beatles film revolves around Brian Epstein (Jacob Fortune-Lloyd), the famous manager of the Fab Four. Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Lukas Gage, and Bill Milner also star in the film. Rosie Day will play Cilla Black and Jey Leno will play legendary talk show host Ed Sullivan.

All four of the Beatles will also be in the film. Jonah Lees plays John Lennon, Blake Richardson plays Paul McCartney, Leo Harvey Elledge plays George Harrison, and Campbell Wallace plays Ringo Starr.

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Some people must practice tirelessly to perfect their abilities, while others are naturally gifted. They have an exceptional talent that they improve upon whenever they use it. That appears true with Ringo Starr, who has played the drums since childhood.

Starr has had several outstanding performances on the drums from his career, and he selected one in a conversation with Modern Drummer. In his response, the former Beatle said he never practices but keeps improving as he gets “more comfortable” with playing.

“‘Drumming Is My Madness’ is one, because it was fun,” Starr shared. “It was Harry Nilsson, Jim Keltner and I. For the Ringorama CD, we specifically made it sort of drum-prominent, and I sort of played some really good stuff. [laughs] Though I never practice, I do feel I’m getting better. It’s just how it is. The more you do it, the more comfortable you are with it.”

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George Harrison's solo career had plenty of peaks: Three No. 1 songs in "My Sweet Lord," "Give Me Love" and "Got My Mind Set on You." A total of eight Top 20 hits, including the No. 2 hit "All Those Years Ago." Nine Top 20 albums, topped by the seven-times-platinum No. 1 smash All Things Must Pass.

That career-defining triple album was quite a post-Beatles introduction, and his 1973 follow-up Living in the Material World became yet another chart-topping success. But Harrison got into the Top 5 on the album chart only one more time, with 1974's Dark Horse. The misses began to arrive more often than the hits, in particular in the late '70s and early '80s.

Harrison mounted an impressive career comeback with 1987's Cloud Nine, and its companion all-star Traveling Wilburys project, only to fall silent until a final posthumous release. The gold-selling Brainwashed returned the late Harrison to the Top 20 in 2002, while also completing a career that finally moved him out of the considerable shadows of bandmates Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

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In 1966, The Beatles were at the peak of their fame, but touring was draining the life out of them. Live performances had been how they built an audience and catapulted to fame. By 1966, though, it not only strained their creativity but put their lives at risk. Paul McCartney was the last Beatle to keep pushing for live performances. After a disastrous tour leg in the United States, though, even he agreed that it was time to take a break.

The Beatles’ 1966 tour saw them face trouble nearly wherever they went. They received death threats, battled nasty weather, and had all of The Philippines turn against them. Even when people were well-intentioned, the sheer number of fans became dangerous.

They arrived in the United States already exhausted, but things only continued to get worse. John Lennon had recently said The Beatles were more popular than Jesus, and many people in the South boycotted the band. They felt their lives were in danger.

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It's a fact: The Beatles paved the way for a generation of stars that followed them.

During their ten year tenure as a group, the Fab Four broke an insurmountable series of records and completely changed the landscape of pop and rock music.

They were the perfect package of charming personalities and songwriting chops that shifted ahead of the times, moulded popular music culture to their whim as they went.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon, together with the talents of George Harrison and Ringo Starr, also wrote an inexplicable number of enduring hits that remain as potent today as ever.

We surely all remember the first time we heard The Beatles and all have our favourite song of theirs - the band have provided the soundtrack to most of our lives.

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Recently speaking to Goldmine, John Lennon‘s son Julian Lennon listed the ten albums that changed his life. As he disclosed, one of them brought him closer to his father.

Julian picked his late father’s 1974 album ‘Walls and Bridges’ as one of his favorite records and recalled their relationship at the time:

“Dad’s album. I played snare with one stick on it, yes, if you can call that playing, in any capacity. Dad and I were seeing each other and getting along at that moment in time, so not only was it a special time, but he was doing that, and Elton [John] was there at the same time.”

It is no secret that Julian experienced a strained relationship with his father after his parents ended their marriage in 1968 due to John’s affair with Yoko Ono. Following the divorce, the late Beatle had limited contact with Julian for many years. In a 2020 article published by the Guardian, the singer explained how he had felt after his father left home:

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Paul McCartney: His Best Albums Ranked 06 June, 2023 - 0 Comments

Feeling redundant at the age of 27, post-Beatles Paul McCartney would compare his predicament to that of the astronauts who’d returned from the moon: “What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” he mused. His was to be a bumpy re-entry, characterised by a nagging doubt that was at odds with the apparently super-confident figure the public had seen on the cinema screen in Let It Be.

From the low-key beginning of his first solo album McCartney, via a procession of variously slick or odd records throughout the 1970s, Paul built a band, Wings, as an extension of his travelling family, before they crashed following his still-bizarre weed bust/imprisonment in Japan in 1980. Like most of his ’60s contemporaries, Macca then seemed a bit lost during that glossy decade, before fully relocating his muse in 1997 with Flaming Pie.


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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most experimental album by The Beatles. It was so different from their previous albums that The Beatles weren’t even the same people. They all took on the persona of a fake band led by Sgt. Pepper, with Ringo Starr adopting the name “Billy Shears.” However, Billy Shears has a connection to The Beatles that led to many fan conspiracy theories.

One of the most famous music conspiracy theories ever is the “Paul is Dead” theory. The conspiracy suggests that Paul McCartney died in a car accident in 1966 and The Beatles had replaced him with a look alike. The cover of Abbey Road contains multiple “clues” that supposedly confirm Paul’s death.

One essential part of this theory is who replaced McCartney. The theory suggests manager Brian Epstein held a competition for a Paul look alike. After Paul was killed, Epstein paid the police and journalists to keep things under wraps while introducing the new McCartney, William Campbell Shears, a.k.a Billy Shears.

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Ringo Starr was already a well-known drummer in Liverpool before The Beatles added him to the roster. But the fame he achieved in the Fab Four was a different beast. The notoriety led Ringo’s family to treat him differently, which he said was “quite a blow” to his ego. He ignored his family’s advice to pursue music as a full-time job. When Ringo achieved international superstardom because of it, he felt like an outsider among his relatives.

In the middle of 1962, Ringo was an ace timekeeper and a key member of Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, a well-known Liverpool band. By August of that year, he upgraded when The Beatles added him to the roster. By March 1963, he was the drummer in the hottest group in England.

The Beatles became world famous by the end of 1964. They never wanted for anything. Fans monitored every move they made. Sycophants, groupies, and people-pleasers surrounded the Fab Four hoping to grab a sliver of the spotlight. People treated The Beatles like royalty — superior beings surrounded by mortals.

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In the mid-1960s, Beatlemania swept through the New York home of playwright Adrienne Kennedy. One of her sons, Adam, would sing I Want to Hold Your Hand; his older brother, Joedy, talked of the Fab Four as if they were the centre of his world. It was a tough time: Kennedy had just separated from the boys’ father and they were about to leave their apartment. But for the eldest child, “the Beatles were all that were on his mind,” she remembers. He treasured his copy of John Lennon’s book In His Own Write, a collection of poems and tales, which she read herself.

“Somewhere in those months of turmoil and Joedy’s passion” Kennedy decided to adapt the book as a play. It was a project that would take her to the heart of London’s theatreland and bring Kennedy both joy and pain. And, in a neat case of symmetry, she revisited this period of her life four decades later in her 2008 play Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles? which is presented as a conversation with Adam. “He asked me again and again those questions,” she says. “Finally we decided he would tape my answers.”

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