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The Oscar-winning director has been spotted filming his “Beatles-inspired” movie in Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk over the past couple of weeks.
Broadcaster Emma Freud, partner of Curtis, tweeted to say that 5,000 extras were being sought for a “brilliant concert on Gorleston beach”.

Ed Sheeran, Lily James and Himesh Patel are due to star in the film.
Freud told BBC Radio Suffolk that Curtis had written a scene involving 5,000 people, “in the complete knowledge that CGI exists, that we would only need to have about 150 people and do the rest in digital”.
“When Danny Boyle came onboard he looked at the script and said ‘fantastic, we’ll get 5,000 people to be on Gorleston beach. I’m a real director, I do things properly’.”
Freud confirmed that Sheeran is in the film but has yet to shoot any scenes. However, he will not be involved in the Gorleston beach concert, she said.
Full details, including the title, of the film have yet to be announced, but Sasha Gibson, a spokeswoman for the production company Working Title, said it was “Beatles-inspired and a new comedy”.
The company is also seeking an audience for a “concert scene” in Liverpool on 5 June.
The movie is due for release in September 2019.


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It wasn’t always easy being vegetarian, even for rock stars. Sir Paul McCartney, who ditched meat and fish from his diet back in the mid Seventies, groans at the memory. “You wouldn’t have believed it.”It’s true: we’ve forgotten how alien a meat-free diet seemed to most people in the last millennium. These days, vegetarians have never had it so good.
Even if we aren’t all committing to removing meat from our diets completely, it seems that – call it flexitarianism, reducetarian, or simply cutting back – a significant chunk of the population will willingly go without some of the time.

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The exhibition, opening on May 18, explores the personal and creative chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign.

It celebrates the meeting of two of the world’s most creative artists who expressed their deep and powerful love for one another through their art, music and film ..
They were two dreamers who used their fame and influence to campaign for peace and human rights across the world, transforming not only their own lives, but art, music and activism forever.
Featuring personal objects the exhibition is drawn from Yoko’s own private collection, some of which has never been displayed before.

Proud Yoko says: “I am so happy and grateful that we are having our Double Fantasy – John & Yoko show in Liverpool ..
“This is where John was born and I know John would be very happy too.
“We were a very simple couple just loving each other every day and I just wanted to show the simple truth of us.
“In our personal life we were pretty simple people, and we made all sorts of things with love for each other.
“Everything was made out of love.
“We found that we were both very strongly interested in world peace.
“I feel John and I are still working together.
“I always feel his warmth next to me.”

Taking a chronological journey, the exhibition starts with two unique individuals – a leading figure in the avant-garde art world and a global rock ‘n’ roll star.
From a tender first meeting at Indica Gallery in London, it was 18 months later that the album Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins was issued.What followed was breathtaking in its rapidity and productivity until John’s tragic and untimely death on December 8, 1980.

Through interviews, quotes and lyrics, the story of their personal and creative relationship along with their political activism and peace campaigning, will be told in their own words for the very first time. From the intimate to the iconic, the exhibition brings together unmissable objects and artworks, including ten fab reasons to see John and Yoko’s homecoming exhibition:

Hand-written lyrics by John Lennon, including In My Life, Give Peace a Chance, Happy Christmas (War is Over) and Woman.
Grapefruit – Yoko’s artist book, which she gave to John as a gift in 1966. Published in 1964, the book represents a seminal piece of conceptual art and was a direct influence on the lyrics and ideas behind Imagine.
• Original artwork by both, including Yoko’s Ceiling Painting/Yes Painting, Painting to Hammer a Nail and Apple as well as The Daily Howl, a hand-made book by John from his childhood and numerous examples of his distinctive line drawings.
The exhibition also features conceptual work the couple produced together, such as War is Over, Plastic Ono Band and elements of their first collaboration Acorn Peace.
Many personal items, such as John’s wire-rimmed glasses, Yoko’s large Porsche sunglasses, iconic items of clothing, such as John’s New York City t-shirt, and items from their wedding outfits.
An extremely rare Sardonyx guitar used by John on the album ‘Double Fantasy’, and the acoustic Gibson guitar, illustrated on by John, from their 1969 bed-in.
John’s hard-won Green Card.
Items from the the couple’s famous 1969 Bed-Ins in Amsterdam and Montreal.
A rolling programme of the films that John and Yoko created, and music videos made under Yoko’s supervision. A music room, overlooking the Mersey with the couple’s albums played for visitors will feature album cover art.
A recreation of the Imagine mosaic circle in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York. An intimate and contemplative space, it will also reflect on the global impact of John’s death.


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As a boy in Australia in the 1940s, Ron Campbell was awestruck by the Saturday afternoon cartoons in the local movie theatre. Little did he realize that years later he would become a leading animator, director and producer on many of animation’s most popular cartoons, including Popeye, Scooby Doo, The Beatles Cartoon Series and the iconic Beatles’ animated movie, Yellow Submarine.

After a 50-year career, Campbell is retired but continues to paint the characters he worked on, especially the Beatles, and displays them in galleries around the world. Campbell brings his cartoon pop art to St. Petersburg’s Libertine Contemporary Fine Art Gallery through Sunday, where he will be on hand to chat about his work and impressive career.

Like most kids, Campbell loved drawing since an early age. But the animated antics of Tom and Jerry and Heckle and Jeckle were both enchanting and perplexing, as he couldn’t understand what was making them move.He remembers asking his great grandmother what they were. She explained that they were just drawings. “You mean, I can make drawings can come alive?,” Campbell recalled thinking. “It was magical. It was like an epiphany to me.” He later attended the Swinburne Art Institute in Melbourne, but Campbell was largely self-taught. He’d spend his Saturday afternoons in the Melbourne library poring over animation and drawing books, learning about Walt Disney and Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera.Television came to Australia in 1956. After a brief stint animating commercials for Royal Greenhouse Productions, he went into business for himself. Then the American company King Features came to Australia looking for animators, and hired Campbell. He worked on Popeye, Krazy Kat and other shows for American television.

In 1964, King Features head of film and television Al Brodax saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show and got the idea to make an animated series about the Fab Four. When he called Campbell to ask him to direct the series, Campbell misunderstood.”I said, ‘Al, insects make terrible subjects for children’s cartoons,’” Campbell remembered.

The Beatles cartoon series debuted in 1965, and was wildly successful. But the Beatles themselves weren’t involved beyond the use of their songs; the characters were voiced by actors.

The success of the series eventually led to Yellow Submarine, and Brodax once again contacted Campbell, this time to do animation. Campbell, who by this time was living in the U.S., worked on the Sea of Time sequence and the action between Chief Blue Meanie and his sidekick, Max, using the psychedelic art style that defined the era. The film is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Meanwhile, he was busy storyboarding for the first season of Scooby Doo and animating for George of the Jungle. He went on to work on many of the most legendary cartoons ever, including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Smurfs and Rugrats. He even worked on the very last scene of the very last episode on the last hand-drawn cartoon series, Ed, Edd and Eddy. Campbell’s gallery shows include paintings of many of the beloved characters from these series. The Beatles cartoon series remains one of the most popular, which people love to tell Campbell at his art shows. “I meet all the people now who used to watch it as a kid,” Campbell said. “Believe me, they’re nuts about it. I’ve had hundreds of people tell me about the happy memories they’ve had watching it.”

If you go: Ron Campbell will be at the Libertine Contemporary Fine Art from 4-8 p.m. Sunday. Free. 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-6730.


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Members of The Beatles dominate a newly-published list of the UK richest musicians by the UK’s Sunday Times via Business Insider Singapore.

The list of the 1,000 richest people in Britain based on “identifiable wealth,” including land, property, assets such as art and racehorses, and significant shares in public companies; it does not, however, include money in private bank accounts.From the master list, Business Insider has revealed the 36 richest musicians in the country, with members of The Beatles taking three of the top eight spots. Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell lead the musicians list at £820 million, with Olivia and Dhani Harrison – the widow and son of George Harrison – at No. 7 with £230 million, while Ringo Starr sits at No. 8 with £220 million.

Others in the top 10 include Irish rockers U2 at No. 3 with revenue of £569 million, Elton John at No. 4 with £300 million, Rolling Stones rockers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at No.’s 5 and 6 with £260 million and £245 million respectively, and Sting at No. 10 with £190 million.Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Ozzy Osbourne and members of Queen, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd also appear in the top 36 breakdown