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Rumors have swirled since 1969 that Yoko Ono caused the Beatles break up. But the former wife of John Lennon may finally be off the hook.

Despite decades of feuding, Sir Paul McCartney has recently come to Ono’s defense to set the record straight.

“She certainly didn’t break the group up. I don’t think you can blame her for anything,” he said in an interview, which first aired on the Al Jazeera English TV channel in November, adding that Lennon was “definitely going to leave.”

McCartney even credited his former band mate’s widow for her creative inspiration, which led to Lennon writing the legendary tune “Imagine.”

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Bobby Cannavale also is in talks to join the film written by Dan Fogelman, who is making his directorial debut.The directorial debut of Dan Fogelman, the writer behind Cars and Crazy, Stupid, Love, once again is looking to be back on.

Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale are in negotiations to board Imagine, Fogelman’s John Lennon-centric story. Meanwhile, Al Pacino, who had been attached, is in the process of closing his deal to star in the movie.

The Fogelman-written script centers on an aging rocker (Pacino) who discovers a letter written to him by the late John Lennon and decides to alter the course of his life.

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SAO PAULO, Brazil – Paul McCartney chose the heavenly Txai Resort, in Itacare, Bahia, to rest after his shows in Brazil. Paul arrived at the hotel last Tuesday (May 7) and went straight to the piano, placed there especially for him on the veranda of his bungalow. The singer also took the opportunity to have a massage with a specialist from the Shamash Healing Space, one of the country’s more renowned spas.

During his stay, the ex-Beatle got to know the resort’s philanthropic projects, among them the “Txaitaruga,” a project for the conservation and monitoring of 10,000 sea turtles that lay their eggs on the shores of Itacare, and along with his band, he was able to take part in the release of the baby turtles into the sea.

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A FORMER nightspot where the Beatles famously once played could be resurrected as a new cafe bar.

The Oxford Building on Duke Street underwent a major overhaul in its centenary year and has been divided to house the Larkin’s restaurant and other small businesses.

Part of the ground floor of the landmark building – which includes the spot where some of The Beatles’ first gigs drew legions of fans – has remained unoccupied.

Now the Star has learned that the section of the venue, which opened as a cinema in 1912 and has had numerous guises – including a ballroom, nightclub and pub – is in line from development by local entrepreneurs.

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Source: St. Helens Star

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The Voice contestant from Henley will be among the 12 bands and 14 musical acts performing at Music on the Meadows on Saturday, June 1 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

The free festival has been organised by the youth of Henley for the youth of Henley. Members of the youth club and the Be There Henley group have been among those involved in the planning.

Henley Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak, chairman of the organising committee, said: “The whole event is for families but we think the first part will be especially enjoyed by a younger audience. Later on, it will become like a proper pop festival for young people.

“I urge people to come along and bring a picnic and help make it a fantastic event for the community.”

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Source: Henley Standard

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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Beatles’ second feature film, 1965’s Help!, is on the way on Blu-ray. On June 24 (June 25 in North America), Help! makes its eagerly awaited Blu-ray debut in a single-disc package pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, and original theatrical trailers and radio spots. An introduction by the film’s director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese are included in the Blu-ray’s booklet.

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Help!’s Blu-ray edition follows the 2012 release of The Beatles’ digitally details

In 1966, John Lennon, in an interview with the London Evening Standard, spoke about his belief that Christianity was dying out, saying of the Beatles, “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” At the time was this true.?

The quote was taken out of context in the US, prompting an enormous backlash that centered — surprise! — in Alabama, where two disc jockeys initiated a boycott of the Beatles that included burning their records.

Some say the statement could have destroyed the career of the most important rock group of all time — details

I wanted to actually start off a little bit by asking you, because, you have such actually have quite a bit of history with rock music with American Idiot and everything like that.  Is there something about rock music that draws you to this, or what was it about the Beatles story that made you want to do this?

Well, I grew up in Manhattan, and virtually since my mother allowed me out of the house on my own, I was going downtown to places like CBGB’s and the old Ritz and it was a great time to grow up in the city.  At that time, it was 16 and up to get in, 21 to drink, so if you didn’t care about drinking (which I almost often didn’t), you could see anything.  And it was New York City, so every band passed through New York City, so it was a really really wonderful time to be exposed to music.

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MUSIC fans are in for a real treat later this month when one of the original members of The Beatles comes to Cumbria. Pete Best was the Fab Four’s original drummer and toured with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as they honed their craft in Liverpool and Hamburg at the start of their rise to become the greatest band in the history of popular music.

He will be in the Lake District on Tuesday, May 28, as part of Carlisle Music City Week and will also appear earlier the same evening at Meet Pete — a question and answer session — 50 years after The Beatles’ last performance in Cumbria.

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Source: The Westmorland Gazette

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The year was 1964, and the Beatles had just become internationally famous, traveling the world doing live performances. What an awful time to find out you have a ‘secret’ sister. John Lennon was informed by his Aunt Harriet that in 1944, when he was four years old, his mother Julia had an affair while his father Alf was at sea, and got pregnant.

The baby was born June 19, 1945 at Elmwood, a Salvation Army Hostel in North Mossley Hill Road in Liverpool. Julia named her Victoria Elizabeth Lennon, giving the baby her own married name, and not mentioning the biological father on the birth certificate. Six weeks later, Victoria was adopted by a friend of Julia’s, Margaret Pedersen, who was married to a Norwegian sailor. Julia had the impression that they took Victoria to Norway,

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