Paul McCartney ‘Bruce McMouse’ Film Screening



Paul McCartney’s The Bruce McMouse Show will premiere in select theaters around the world on Jan. 21, it was announced today by Abramorama (which has partnered with MPL/Capitol/UMe). The Bruce McMouse Show is a previously unseen film that tells the story of how Paul McCartney and Wings “came to meet the inimitable impresario Bruce McMouse.”

According to a press release: “Part concert film, part animated feature, The Bruce McMouse Show features footage from Wings’ 1972 European tour, interspersed with animated scenes that introduce a family of mice living under the stage.”

After opening the film with “Big Barn Bed” from Red Rose Speedway, the camera “takes us down through the floorboards into this charming animated world. We see Bruce McMouse regale his children with stories from his past, when son Soily rushes into the room in a whirlwind of excitement announcing that ‘The Wings’ are playing above them. As the concert plays on, Bruce declares to his wife Yvonne that Paul and the band need his help. Bruce then proceeds to venture on stage to offers his services as producer. As the concert progresses, the animated scenes culminate with dozens of animated mice flocking to the venue to see Wings play.” The Bruce McMouse Show has been fully restored in 2018 at Final Frame Post alongside a brand-new audio mix (stereo and 5.1) created at AIR Studios where it was also mastered.

New TV series

…that I fancy these days to keep my sanity. While I don’t campaign, either I plan, or manage to watch some TV shows. December is light on activities, as I planned it, because my daughter is home for a brief vacation, but heavy on finance. Ouch!

New Amsterdam – a must watch

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Freema is beautiful.

No Easy Days – by and large an utter waste of time; the plot sucks and pales in comparison to Designated Survivor’s depth.

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Yoko Ono, 85, and fans pay tribute to John Lennon on the 38th anniversary of the beloved Beatle’s murder in NYC

“…I still remember how it was before. And I am holding back the tears no more…” – Paul McCartney, Here Today

  • Today marks the 38th anniversary of John Lennon’s death at the age of 40 
  • He was shot four times by gunman Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980
  • His widow Yoko Ono, 85, paid tribute to him on Twitter
  • She shared his philosophy saying: ‘Everything you think and do affects our society. So think peace. Start with that’
  • Fans gathered at his memorial Strawberry Fields in Central Park to lay flowers and sing Lennon’s songs 


Yoko Ono and devoted Beatles fans are sharing tributes to music icon John Lennon on the 38th anniversary of his murder. 

The beloved Beatle founder died at the age of 40 on December 8, 1980 when he was gunned down by Mark David Chapman four times in the back at close range in the archway of the singer’s New York home The Dakota. 

Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono, 85, shared a few words on Twitter in his memory.  

Yoko Ono, 85, paid tribute to John Lennon on Saturday, the 38th anniversary of his murder at the age of 40
Yoko Ono, 85, paid tribute to John Lennon on Saturday, the 38th anniversary of his murder at the age of 40
She took to Twitter to share his philosophy writing: 'Everything you think and do affects our society. So think peace. Start with that.'
She took to Twitter to share his philosophy writing: ‘Everything you think and do affects our society. So think peace. Start with that.’

She shared a post from the John Lennon Twitter account urging fans to share their favorite quotes and thoughts by the beloved Beatle on the anniversary of his death 

She retweeted a Twitter page dedicated to John that said: ‘Today as we think of John and all the great works he gave us, please share your favourite songs, lyrics, quotes, philosophies, artworks, doodles and memories of John.’

She followed with his philosophy: ‘Everything you think and do affects our society. So think peace. Start with that.’ 

Fans of the music legend gathered at his memorial Strawberry Fields on the Upper West Side of Central Park to share a moment of silence and sing some of Lennon’s favorite songs. 

Crowds braved the cold to lay flowers and pictures on the floor of the Imagine mosaic – an emblem dedicated to Lennon’s cry for world peace. 

Fans gathered at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, a memorial dedicated to Lennon, on Saturday to share a moment of silence and sing some of his songsFans pictured laying flowers and pictures on the floor of an Imagine mosaic - an emblem of Lennon's cry for peace on Earth

Fans gathered at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, a memorial dedicated to Lennon, on Saturday to share a moment of silence and sing some of his songs 

Fans laid flowers in the shape of a peace sign on the Imagine mosaic at the park's memorial

The memorial was created by Lennon’s widow Ono and landscape architect Bruce Kelly.  

The gathering is an annual tradition for fans moved by the Fab Four songwriter’s legacy. 

The John Lennon Twitter page also shared the startling statistic that over 1,400,000 people have been killed by gun violence in the United States since his death. 

Fellow bandmate Paul McCartney spoke out against the gun violence that took the life of his dear friend when he joined the March for Our Lives protest in March. 

‘As you know, one of my best friends was shot not far from here,’ he said. 




Review: A Final Cut for Orson

Just finished watching this. Next, the film – The Other Side of the Wind

By Andrew Parker, November 4, 2018

Before his death in 1985, Orson Welles spent the better part of fifteen years attempting to complete his final feature effort as a director, The Other Side of the Wind, only to have it locked away by French authorities in a vault he was unable to access. This week, a completed version of the film made its way to Netflix, and it has been heralded already as one of Welles best works. A companion documentary, Morgan Neville’s They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, was produced by Netflix and released alongside Welles’ film, detailing the tumultuous, controversial, and set-back laden production history of The Other Side of the Wind, as told by those who survived the project and are still around today to talk about it.

In addition to the film itself and the feature length look back at the production’s rocky history, Netflix and the people driving the restoration and completion effort behind The Other Side of the Wind have produced an insightful forty minute documentary about the difficult nature of reconstructing the bits and pieces of Welles footage on a technical level. Documentarian and frequent behind-the-scenes-look producer Ryan Suffern speaks with the people directly involved with making Welles’ vision a posthumous reality with A Final Cut for Orson. If you’re looking for it, it’s quietly tucked away in the “trailers” section for The Other Side of the Wind on its Netflix menu, and after you’ve watched the feature, it’s definitely worth learning about how much effort, time, and passion were put into completing one of the most notoriously unfinished projects in cinematic history.

The journey to completion in A Final Cut for Orson begins with producers Filip Jan Rymsza and Frank Marshall (who began his illustrious and extremely successful career in Hollywood as Welles’ production manager and accountant on The Other Side of the Wind) talking about everything that happened after they were able to free the film’s negatives and various elements from the French vault they’d been kept in for decades. Welles wasn’t able to retrieve most of his footage (save for some he smuggled out before it could all be taken), and therefore was never able to work on it past 1979, thanks to the production having financial ties to the Shah of Iran in the wake of the country’s revolution. Welles had (very roughly in most cases) assembled some of the footage, but most of the 1,083 film elements that were sent back to Los Angeles in meticulously packed storage crates were barely even catalogued, let alone edited together in any sort of coherent fashion.

A Final Cut for Orson is a must-see for anyone interested in seeing how tremendously difficult it can be to restore or reassemble a motion picture from scratch. Post-production supervisor Ruth Hasty has to carefully go through and catalogue all the footage. From there it goes to one of the last negative cutters still working in Hollywood, Mo Henry, who has to work on the numerous and various forms of film stock and media that Welles used to shoot the backbone of The Other Side of the Wind, which was meant to look like it was being captured not by a single film crew, but by dozens of different journalists, documentarians, and partygoers. Once the wizards at Technicolor do what they can to digitize the footage, the film goes into the hands of editor Bob Murawski, who has the hardest task of all, and was chosen partially because he was a former friend and neighbour of Welles’ cinematographer on The Other Side of the Wind, Gary Graver. The work of these people is immense, and their stories only account for half of Suffern’s documentary.

Even though most of the film was shot by the time it was locked away, there still wasn’t any sound editing done, a musical score hadn’t been composed, and some special effects work still needed to be completed. Each of these facets were completed through a blend of tried and true problem solving methods and a healthy dose of modern technology. While some purists might balk at the fact that The Other Side of the Wind features ADR from people other than the actors appearing on screen (because many of them have passed away) or that one seamlessly integrated sequence is completely fabricated by Industrial Light and Magic, it’s hard not to marvel at the sheer amount of dedication that has gone into such a massive undertaking. It’s both easy to see why Welles had so many difficulties in achieving his goals and how modern technology has caught up to the film he was trying to make. The Other Side of the Wind was truly ahead of its time, and A Final Cut for Orson shows how the people who realized the film’s potential weren’t willing to let it slip through the hourglass of time. This is as much a testament to their work as Neville’s documentary was to Welles.

A Final Cut for Orson is basically the kind of short-form documentary that one might find in the Special Features section of a DVD or Blu-Ray (which is probably why Netflix has tucked it away outside of its feature selections), but when the subject matter is this fascinating and enlightening it’s hard to find anything to fault. If you’re curious about the art of film restoration in the digital age, A Final Cut for Orson is a great starting volume on the subject.

A Final Cut for Orson is now available on Netflix. Look for it in the “trailers” section of The Other Side of the Wind.


Why Beatles insiders kept silent for years

Another angle.

An executive of the Beatles’ Apple Corps organization, who was present when the band played its final concert on the roof of Apple Records in 1969, explained why he and others kept silent about their time with the Fab Four for many years afterward.

Ken Mansfield looked after the U.S. part of the operation and was responsible for the decision to release “Hey Jude” as a single, despite its nonstandard length for radio play at the time.

“They were trying to figure out whether to release ‘Revolution’ or ‘Hey Jude’ as their first single under Apple,” he told Billboard. “Paul [McCartney] was a businessman, and he was worried stations wouldn’t play it because it was too long. I said I would take it to America … meet the program directors at radio stations and get their opinion if we should break the rules, if it’s strong enough.” He said the directors “fell on the floor when they heard it. I called Paul and said, ‘We have to go with this.’”

Mansfield can be seen during the Beatles’ 40-minute rooftop show on Jan. 30, 1969; he’s the man in the white coat to the band’s left. “No one knew at the time that was going to be their last performance,” he noted. “It turned out to be the most unique, fascinating thing they could have done and all they had to do was walk up a few flights of stairs. It was very raw, real and simple.”

That event is the subject of The Roof: The Beatles’ Final Concert, Mansfield’s third book about his experiences with the band. “A lot of us who were there never talked about the Beatles much until decades later,” he said. “They never said to us to keep the things we saw to ourselves. But the thing about all of us is that it was such a privilege to have been there that we had to honor them by keeping things to ourselves and not talking about everything.

“There was something about them that the minute you were in their inner circle they treated you like a friend. I never got the impression of, ‘I’m a Beatle and you aren’t.’ You were part of the team, and every day something phenomenal happened. I didn’t realize the importance of it until after about 20 years.”


Stern Pinball Brings The Beatles To Pinball For the First Time Ever

Another milestone in Beatledom.


The Beatles may be one of the most prominent names in rock and roll history, but they don’t have too much of an impact on the gaming scene. In fact, outside of the release of The Beatles Rock Band a few years ago for consoles, there hasn’t been much presence for them in this industry at all. However, it looks like Stern Pinball is going to change that.

Hot on the heels of releasing tables based on bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Kiss, Iron Maiden and Metallica, the company has announced that it’s producing a pinball machine based on The Beatles and everything surrounding Beatlemania.

In conjunction with Ka-Pow Pinball and Bravado Merchandising (the official Beatles licensing group), the machine is a “one-of-a-kind” model celebrating the band’s early days, and will feature the following songs:

  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Ticket to Ride
  • All My Loving
  • Help
  • Drive My Car
  • It Won’t Be Long
  • I Should Have Known Better

“The game also features iconic introductions by Ed Sullivan along with custom speech and callouts by Hall of Fame disk jockey, Cousin Brucie. Cousin Brucie introduced The Beatles at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1964,” the company noted in a press release.

“The game is available in three models named for the recording industry’s sales award levels. The Diamond Edition, the highest level and most difficult to attain, is limited to only 100 units. The Platinum Edition is limited to only 250 units. The Gold Edition is limited to 1614 units.

The Beatles 2

“The retro-themed playfield features four flippers, eleven drop targets, eight stand-up targets, multiple skill shots, two opto-spinners, a ball-catching magnet and a magnetic spinning record disc in the center of the playfield. Players, friends and family will enjoy full screen animations as well as simulated reel scoring on the game’s high definition video screen.

“All models feature unique art packages and custom powder-coated armor. The 100 Diamond Editions are numbered, certified collectible and include a mirrored backglass. The 250 Platinum Editions are numbered and certified collectible.”

You can check out the table when it begins distributing later this year. Stern Pinball’s websiteshould have it available for pre-order soon.

If that’s not your thing, the company has some other great pinballs to offer as well, including licensed fare like Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and, of course, Star Wars.


Re-imagining John’s Imagine

I have a whole collection of outtakes from the Imagine recording sessions, yet this is something to have, own and keep forever

John Lennon’s Imagine album: 2018 reissue campaign, explained
John Lennon's Imagine album: 2018 reissue plans, explained
Six-disc audio box • Imagine film restored for cinema • Three editions of Imagine John Yoko book • Gimme Some Truth doc back on blu-ray/DVD
A reissue of John Lennon‘s 1971 Imagine album has long been rumoured for 2018, but is it actually happening and is there anything else going on? Let SDE explain…

Imagine was Lennon’s second studio album, released in the Autumn of 1971. While many fans prefer the raw primal intensity of 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band there’s no doubting the quality of its follow-up, which like its predecessor was co-produced by Phil Spector. Imagine‘s ten tracks include the title track (indisputably Lennon’s best known song outside The Beatles), How Do You Sleep? (his scathing attack on Paul McCartney, which features George Harrison on guitar) and Jealous Guy, a song Roxy Music took to number one after Lennon was murdered in December 1980.
There have been a number of versions/variations of Imagine over the years. A Quad mix of Imagine was issued around the time of release, it was first put out on CD in 1987 and there have been plenty of vinyl reissues over the years (including EMI100 Centenuary Edition, Mobile Fidelity etc.). Yoko Ono supervised a stereo remix of the album that was issued on CD in 2000 and then ditched that idea in 2010, reverting to a remastered version of ‘John’s Mix’ for when most of Lennon’s back catalogue was reissued for the John at 70 campaign.
A blu-ray audio was issued in 2014 (standard mix, no extras), as was a Japanese SACD with vinyl replica packaging. The nearest we have got to any kind of super deluxe edition was the 2011 Record Store Day box set which included the album on vinyl and a bonus 8-track EP of previously released sessions (originally featured 1998’s John Lennon Anthology).
Phew! So what is happening in 2018? Let’s get straight to the good news, it has now been officially confirmed that there will be an Imagine six-disc audio box set(“The Ultimate Deep Listening Experience”). The news was broken on the John Lennon’s twitter feed (and other social channels) yesterday. This was effectively a tease, since we were offered little detail but promised more on Thursday 23 August. The video below promotes the forthcoming announcement and gives us a preview of a version of Oh My Love.
Although we don’t know anything officially, some details were inadvertently published for a short time yesterday, before being pulled. This new Imagine box set is expected to include 140 tracks (!) and consist of four CDs and two blu-ray audios. Expect raw studio mixes, the Quad mix, outtakes and audio montages that track each song from demo to finished product (sounds not dissimilar to Peter Gabriel’s So DNA demo disc) and more. There should be some separate vinyl too, but no vinyl in the box.
So what else is happening? Well, don’t expect the Imagine audio box to have a great big hardcover book, because as has been previously announced on SDE, a separate book project is running alongside the audio box. Imagine John Yoko is a 320-page hardcover tome which promises the ‘definitive inside story’ of the making of the Lennon’s 1971 album. It will feature 80 percent exclusive, hitherto-unpublished archive photos.
There are THREE editions of this book. A standard edition and two collector’s editions. The Collector’s Edition has 176 extra pages with expanded and additional chapters,
150 extra illustrations and massive gatefold pullout panoramas. It’s boxed, clothbound, comes with a numbered print and is limited to 2,000 worldwide.
A Collector’s Edition SIGNED by Yoko Ono is the third variant. This is limited to a TINY quantity of just 300 copies worldwide (150 for the US and 150 for the UK).
Anything else? Of course! Imagine, the film, has been restored & remixed for cinema audiences and is showing around the world from 17 September 2018. It will have ‘additional cinema-exclusive extras’ and will be shown in Dolby Atmos in selected theatres.
Eagle Rock will then (in October) issue the Imaginefilm and the Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon’s Imagine Album documentary on blu-ray and DVD, restored and enhanced, with 5.1 surround sound.
There are currently no pre-orders available for anything, except the books. The SIGNED Collector’s Edition is going to be mega-rare and despite the fact that they are still taking pre-orders, I think Amazon’s ability to fulfil signed orders will be limited. Even the non-signed Collector’s Edition is limited to just 1000 in the UK and 1000 in the USA.
If you are genuinely interested in a SIGNED edition I can tell you that SDE has been in talks with the UK publishers, Thames & Hudson, and we have secured a VERY small number of signed copies, which will go up on the SDE shop in the near future. Subscribe to the SDE newsletter to stay in touch with the news on this!
More on everything John Lennon and Imagine when we get it. The audio box set is expected to be released in October; maybe the 12th, which is the nearest Friday to John’s birthday (9 October). The books are scheduled for the 9th, although the signed may come later on 30 October 2018.
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