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To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., legendary musician Stevie Wonder has produced a new five-minute video featuring dozens of A-list celebrities, musicians and political figures sharing their dreams for the world and themselves.

The video, titled “Dream Still Lives,” was posted Thursday at 7:05 p.m. CT, the exact time Dr. King was gunned down in Memphis on April 4, 1968.Wonder himself appears at the beginning of the clip, praising MLK’s teachings, stating, “Although Dr. King left us 50 years ago, his dream is still within all of us.”He’s then followed by Barack and Michelle Obama, after which a slew of musicians, actors and other celebrities appear to share their dreams.

Among the notable musicians are Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Dave Matthews, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Bette Midler, Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Kesha, Common, The Chainsmokers, Gloria Estefan, Charlie Puth,Harry Styles, Tony Bennett, Lionel Richie,Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Strahan, James Corden, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Chadwick Boseman, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Kimmel, Jamie Foxx, Howard Stern, Dave Chappelle, Meryl Streep and more.


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The Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine will return to theaters in the U.S. and Canada this summer for the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release. (The original Jan. 15 announcement only mentioned the U.K. and Ireland for a July 8 showing in “glorious surround sound” and “stunningly remastered” 4k.)
The Fab Four today (April 3) announced the film “is surfacing in theaters across North America in July 2018.”

It notes the “big-screen revival will give generations of audiences the golden opportunity to revisit Pepperland.”
Tickets are on sale soon, though no details are given yet on specific theaters, how to purchase, or whether the title will also be screened in other countries.
The film was originally released on July 18, 1968. It had its world premiere in London’s Piccadilly Circus the night before, with all four Beatles in attendance.
The one-day theatrical release will undoubtedly mean that the remastered title will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray.
From the Jan. 15 announcement: “Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC-TV’s animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.
“Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognised as a landmark achievement, revolutionising a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

“Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.”
“I thought from the very beginning that the film should be a series of interconnected shorts” remembers Edelmann. “The style should vary every five minutes or so to keep the interest going until the end.” These styles included melding live-action photography with animation, 3-dimensional sequences and kaleidoscopic “rotoscoping” where film is traced frame by frame into drawings. The entire process took nearly two years, 14 different scripts, 40 animators and 140 technical artists, ultimately producing a groundbreaking triumph of animation.


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Gaumont has made a deal to turn Julian Lennon’s book trilogy Touch The Earth into an animated TV series. The second volume, Heal The Earth, gets published this month by Sky Pony Press.
Julian and his children’s book collaborator Bart Davis will be executive producers and will work on the project with Gaumont President of Animation Nicolas Atlan, and Terry Kalagian, Senior Vice President, Creative Development for Animation & Family. Kimberly Dennison will be the presiding exec.
The adventure preschool series invites readers to board the magical White Feather airplane and aid in the preservation of the planet’s oceans and water supplies, with themes of environmentalism and social issues running through its episodes.
“It is an exciting time as we engage in the process of connecting the right creatives to the project who will share the passion for the show’s messages and themes,” Julian said in a statement. “I am truly enthusiastic about working with Gaumont and appreciate the sensitive energy and insight given the entire Touch the Earth series.” Co-author Davis said the goal is to empower more kids.
Gaumont is separately developing an animated feature based on High in the Clouds, the book by Julian’s longtime Beatles songwriting partner Paul McCartney, who wrote it with Ardagh. Julian has long been interested in environmentalism, founding The White Feather Foundation in 2007 and producing the docu Whaledreamers that played Cannes in 2007.

Julian and Davis are repped by Trident Media Group chairman Robert Gottlieb, along with Alyssa Henkin and Erica Silverman.


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LILL-BABS with the Beatles during their appearance on the Swedish TV-show «Drop In» in 1963.

Barbro “Lill-Babs” Margareta Svensson, (9 March 1938 – 3 April 2018) was a Swedish singer and actress. Lill-Babs was from the 1950s and until her death in 2018 one of Swedens best known singers. She represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 in Cannes, and was also known for the song “Är du kär i mej ännu Klas-Göran?”.

She also sang the Swedish version of 1960s hit ‘Itsty Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini’ and performed with The Beatles, then still relatively unknown in Sweden, during their visit to Stockholm in 1963. Last year she was inducted into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame. The artist passed away on April 3rd after being admitted to hospital due to heart problems just before her 80th birthday.

Lill-Babs died on 3 April 2018 after suffering from cancer and heart failure.




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A promo copy of “Double Fantasy” signed for KCPX on Dec. 8, 1980, is on the block, with a starting price of $50,000.
In the hours before John Lennon was murdered on Dec. 8, 1980, he and wife Yoko Ono posed for a Rolling Stone photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, sat for a radio interview with RKO’s Dave Sholin, went off to a recording session at the Hit Factory studio, and autographed a couple of copies of their joint album “Double Fantasy,” which featured Lennon’s first new music in five years.
One of those autographs was famously for Mark David Chapman, the man who, a few hours later, would shoot and kill Lennon outside the Dakota apartment building at 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York City.
Another was inscribed to Salt Lake City radio station KCPX.

After 30-ish years of being owned by Utah-based DJ and former KCPX employee Gary “Wooly” Waldron, the album has changed hands a few times. This past Tuesday, it went online for a two-week bidding process being conducted by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.
Opening price: Fifty … thousand … dollars.
And who knows where it goes from there.
“It has this very emotive and poignant history that can take it out of the normal bracket of what it’s worth,” said Giles Moon, Heritage Auctions’ consignment director for entertainment and music. “Because of that, there’s really nothing comparable. It’s really something of an unknown quantity. It could absolutely take off.”
Bert Keane, then the national promotion director for Warner Bros. Records (which oversaw manufacturing, distribution and promotion of Geffen Records), accompanied Sholin to Lennon and Ono’s apartment for the radio interview.
In a “Certificate of Authenticity” dated July 22, 2010, Keane detailed some of the day’s events and some of the history of the notched, promotional copy of the album.
“We arrived before noon and spoke with John and Yoko for approximately 2½ hours. After the interview, I had John autograph the album for Gary Waldron of KCPX radio station which he did on the inner sleeve,” Keane wrote.

The inscription, signed with a blue felt tip, reads: “To KCPX/Love, Yoko Ono/John Lennon/[caricatures of Lennon and Ono]/1980.”
The COA also details Lennon’s subsequent request for him and Ono to catch a ride in Keane’s limo to the Hit Factory. On the brief walk out to the vehicle, they encountered Chapman, and Keane encouraged Lennon to autograph the apparent fan’s own copy of “Double Fantasy.”
Meanwhile, on Dec. 16, Keane mailed his autographed promo copy to Waldron, who had been planning to use it as a call-in giveaway.
Obviously, given what had happened, that plan changed.
“I knew I couldn’t do anything with it. Beatles fans were still reeling,” Waldron told The Tribune in a 2009 interview. “For fans and people in the music business, it was very much like the Kennedy assassination. You knew where you were when you heard the news and remember it today.”
Moon said that, in the 30 years he’s done that job, this album with Utah ties is one of the more unique items he’s come across.

For one thing, obviously, there’s always interest in memorabilia tied to The Beatles: “I hate to use the term ‘iconic,’ but they are icons of the 20th century. There’s never going to be a lack of interest in them,” Moon said. “They’re the very pinnacle. No one really touches them.”
Furthermore, though he acknowledged the album’s personal inscription might deter some potential collectors, Moon is inclined to believe that will instead increase its appeal to others.
“From my point of view, that actually makes it more desirable, because it gives it a great history,” he said. “You can work your way back to the original owner. It’s very important to establish the provenance and history of an item. The history of this one is very powerful. It’s quite well-documented.”

And that history, that specific timeline, is what proved to be the crowning jewel for this album.
It was signed by Lennon just hours before he died. That makes it incredibly special.
“It’s a pretty amazing artifact. It’s one of his very last autographs he ever signed,” Moon noted. “That it was signed on the day he died makes it particularly significant. That makes it stand out.”
Heritage Auctions put the album on its website and opened it to online bidding this past Tuesday. It will stay there until April 15, when it will be transferred to a “live” auction in Dallas, starting at whatever dollar figure it’s worked its way up to in the interim. The “live” auction can still entail live internet bids, but will also include bids placed over the phone, as well as those placed by prospective buyers appearing in-person.
Waldron, now a weekend DJ for local classic rock station 103.5 FM “The Arrow,” declined a request to be interviewed anew about the piece of music history he used to own, writing in an email, “Sorry I can’t help you but I have nothing more or new to say about that.”