James Corden's recent, instant classic "Carpool Karaoke" with Paul McCartney started with a phone call plea: "Can you please, please help me?"
It's not the first time the key question from "Help!" turned up as a Beatles punchline. In the 1968 animated film "Yellow Submarine," Old Fred warbled those lyrics when seeking Fab Four assistance in saving Pepperland from the Blue Meanies.
The answer then and a half-century later remains the same: yeah, yeah, yeah!
A restored version of "Yellow Submarine" resurfaced this week for a golden anniversary rerelease. The theatrical return bodes to take the Corden sing-along experience from the car to the moviehouse.
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Forty-eight years ago, Paul McCartney announced the breakup of The Beatles, and even though nearly half a century has passed since then, interest in the greatest band of all time remains high.
The 2000 “1” album, a compilation of all of The Beatles' No. 1 singles, itself went to No. 1 – 30 years after the band broke up. Millions of fans, and not just baby boomers, stream Beatles songs on Spotify every month. Dozens of books examine their rise, their influence and their appeal all these years later.
You might think there's nothing left to know about the four working-class lads from Liverpool who became the most famous people in the world. Yet even the most hard-core Beatles fans are still amazed at what they don’t know.
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In the 1960s and ’70s, Pattie Boyd stood at the intersection of fashion, rock ’n’ roll, art, and fame. Widely considered one of the greatest muses of all time, Boyd, who was married first to George Harrison and later to Eric Clapton, inspired the hits “Something” by the Beatles, and “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight” by Clapton. Recently I devoured this intriguing woman’s memoir, Wonderful Tonight. A few weeks later, I had the pleasure of sitting down with her in the kitchen of her beautiful Kensington flat. As the sunlight poured through the windows, her blue eyes lit up as she spoke. There is a playful quality about her and, surprisingly—considering how much she has experienced in her life—a lightness.
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n celebration of its 50th anniversary, a newly restored 4K version of the animated Beatles film “Yellow Submarine” is returning to theaters in select cities this week (with 5.1 surround sound for extra psychedelic effect). And while the film was famously born out of a contractual obligation, some distance shows that it is one of the better examples of the Beatles on film (even if John, Paul, George and Ringo aren’t actually in the film until the last few minutes — more on that later.)
If you can’t catch it in theaters (see the official Yellow Submarine website for information on screenings and tickets), we’ve provided details below on where to stream it from home. But why stop there? The Fab Four’s other major film appearances are streaming, too, along with a few interesting cinematic vehicles for their music that came after they split. Read on to learn where to find them, ranked in order from best to most ridiculous — with the understanding that ridiculous is not necessarily a bad thing.
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Sir Ringo Starr and wife, Lady Barbara Starkey, celebrated the Beatles drummer's 78th birthday July 7 in Nice, France, where he and his All-Starr Band were currently on tour, by joining with fans to say “Peace & Love” at noon all around the world, his representative told Billboard. Also on hand were his brother-in-law Joe Walsh and his wife Marjorie, who is Barbara's sister, plus All-Starr Band members Graham Gouldman, Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham, plus Matt Sorum, added to the group for the day.
Walsh, Sorum and the All-Starrs performed two of Ringo's songs in tribute to him, and Walsh played a bit of his old band the James Gang's "Funk #49" leading up to the noon countdown.
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When the phantasmagorically weird Beatles film Yellow Submarine premiered 50 years ago, its psychedelic colors and peace-and-love sensibility quickly influenced fashion, graphic design, animation and music.
But the 1968 movie also influenced organized religion — a fact lost in the hubbub over the release of a restored and remastered version in American theaters on July 8.
Not long after the British-made film landed in the United States, "submarine churches" attracted urban, young people. They adopted the outline of a yellow submarine with a small cross on its periscope as their symbol and displayed it alongside peace signs, flowers and other popular emblems of the 1960s.
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