There's a lot to love - and also be frustrated by - in the new Beatles film "Eight Days a Week," the restored Shea Stadium performance and the revamped Hollywood Bowl album. As part of the special section devoted to the new Beatles projects in Beatlefan #222, Allan Kozinn looks at what works, and what doesn't in the releases, while Jeff Slate talks with the filmmakers, including director Ron Howard, about the making of the movie, and Ken Sharp chats with Giles Martin about producing the music. Veteran journalist Larry Kane, who's in the film, shares his diary from his visit to London for the premiere, which Simon Rogers covers with story and photos. Plus, Kathy Urbanic and Al Sussman offer fan-oriented viewpoints.Also in the new issue, Brad Hundt talks with British filmmaker Tony Palmer about his movie "The Beatles and World War II," Fan on the Run Rick Glover reports from Macca's first Desert Trip concert and we have all the latest news plus three and a half pages of reviews.
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Paul McCartney headlined the second night of Desert Trip in Indio, CA, Oct. 8, and was joined onstage by old friend Neil Young, who had performed before Macca. ... Ron Howard's Beatles documentary, "Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years," will be issued Nov. 18 on DVD and Blu-ray and as a 2-disc special collectors edition in either DVD or Blu-ray, Polygram Entertainment and Capitol/UMe announced. Featuring 100 minutes of supplementary material, the deluxe home entertainment editions include a DVD/Blu-ray of the film plus a bonus disc. ... Macca is going back to Capitol Records in a new deal that includes his catalog. The announcement in mid-August said he has signed a worldwide recording agreement with Capitol. Apparently, the recent "Pure McCartney" compilation is his last release for Concord Music. ... Ringo Starr debuted "Now The Time Has Come," an anthem to commemorate the United Nations' International Day of Peace, on Sept. 21. Co-written with producer Bruce Sugar, the tune has verses sung by Ringo, Richard Page, Colin Hay and Billy Valentine, and features backing vocals from a number of social media figures. And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA!" . . . Bill King offers commentary on The Beatles (and much more) at Quick Cuts, the new Internet journal on pop culture. Click here to read it.
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