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The iconic Twickenham film studios, which made the Beatles films, Blade Runner and War Horse, has been saved from closure following a celebrity-backed campaign.

Big names in the film industry such as Colin Firth, Steven Spielberg and Sir Paul McCartney signed a petition to save the studios which had gone into administration.

There had been plans to demolish the 99-year-old building and redevelop the site to make way for housing, prompting a fierce campaign from local residents and those involved in the film industry.

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ON the evening of Wednesday, June 6, 1962, a white panel van pulled up outside 3 Abbey Road, London. Four young guys wearing black leather coats removed their guitars, drum kit and sound equipment from the van and entered the building, proceeding to Studio Three. They were the Beatles and they had an appointment with George Martin. He was the artiste and repertoire head of Parlophone Records, a small label within the EMI stable known for producing novelty and comedy recordings by the likes of Peter Sellers and others.

The Beatles were anxious to clinch a recording contract after being turned down by three of the then big labels — Decca, Pye and Philips. Their audition with George Mar details

50 years of Beatle mania - Tuesday, June 12, 2012

 

THE revolution that would change music, fashion and youth culture forever started quietly enough in a London studio on June 6, 1962, when four young Liverpudlians performed Love Me Do. The ground-breaking songs that followed drove fans to hysteria and musical rivals to despair. Beatlemania had begun...

The oldest of the four was 21, the youngest 19. They were in London, unfamiliar territory. Unfriendly, too. Five months earlier, they had travelled on snow-covered roads from Liverpool on the last day of 1961 to audition for Decca records and it hadn't worked out. The group's performance had been jittery, almost comical in its displays of nervousness. The head of Decca, rejec details

 

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live he said "I've been booked," and added that he would be "closing the opening".

A total cast of 15,000 will take part in the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies, to be watched by an estimated four billion people worldwide.

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SIR Paul McCartney brought a star studded concert in tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to a close last night.

The royals all stood as he started off with a Beatles favourite Magical Mystery Tour.

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A behind-the-scenes film on this year's 54th annual Grammy Awards will receive its world premiere June 11 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif., with Dave Grohl,LL Cool J and Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow scheduled to attend.

"A Death in the Family: The Show Must Go On," a 26-minute documentary, is the first behind-the-scenes film on the Grammy Awards the Recording Academy has ever created, according to Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammy Awards telecast.
 
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Sir Paul McCartney has told how his drinking got out of control as he turned to the whisky bottle for comfort while The Beatles were breaking up.

The musician admitted the problem got so bad in 1970 after he retreated to his Mull of Kintyre home in Scotland that he struggled to write songs and was told to cut back by his concerned wife Linda.

Sir Paul - who will today perform in front of The Queen at her Diamond Jubilee concert - confessed that although moving to High Park Farm details

 

 

The city of Los Angeles will be treated to the first notes of The Beatles-based musical Backbeatin January, catching the tunes of the United States premiere of the show in its last stop before Broadway. The show is an adaptation of the 1994 Universal Pictures film of the same name. 

Before The Beatles became the Fab Four as fans know them today–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr&ndas details

 

 

FORMER Beatle Sir Paul McCartney stepped back in time to visit band mate John Lennon’s old art college after it was bought by his fame school.

The Grade II-listed Liverpool College of Art building, on Hope Street, is steeped in Beatles history – it was where Lennon, his future wife Cynthia and The Beatles’ original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe all studied in the 1950s.

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While a slew of celebrities have admitted their battles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder --Howard SternMegan Fox, and Howie Mandel, among them -- the bestselling book BackStage Pass VIP says late Beatle George Harrisonalso had symptoms of the neurological disorder.

“While under extreme personal and professional pressures in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Harrison’s OCD symptoms accelerated," BackStage Pass VIP authorDebra Sharon Davis said. "His need for order, extreme neatness and disciplining his life to be controlled and predictable was stifling -- a burdensome form of self-imprisonment."

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