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Paul McCartney Surprises New York High School Students

During a recent appearance on (and in front of) Jimmy Kimmel Live, Paul McCartney recalled meeting Frank Sinatra at Royal Albert Hall in London. The thrill of that remembered encounter today gives way to one involving some 400 very lucky students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.

Paul McCartney at Frank Sinatra School of Performing Arts

As part of iHeartRadio’s first-ever sponsored high school Q&A and performance, McCartney put on a little show! And per the headline, it was a total surprise. An iHeartRadio rep confirms to FishbowlNY that the students had no idea what they were in for until Sir Paul was publicly announced.

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Radio Host Chris Carter Cuts the John Lennon Birthday Cake

As he normally does, Chris Carter – host of weekly KLOS-FM program Breakfast with the Beatles – cut the cake at Tuesday’s birthday party held posthumously for John Lennon at the Beatle’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nita Lelyveld of the LA Times was there in front of the Capitol Records building to chat with some of the 50 or so attendees.

Carter’s show archives also provide a worthy reference from the band mate who knew Lennon best – Paul McCartney. During a recent phone conversation, McCartney had this to say:

“An interviewer asked me about whether I ever sort think about John when I’m writing songs. I think it came out a little like I was holding seances with him every day, which isn’t true. But obviously having worked with John for so long, if I’m at a point on a song wondering where to go, it’s an obvious thing for me to think, ‘Well if I was working with John, what would he say?’

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Santa Barbara’s Unlikeliest Media Moguls

It’s been a long time coming, but the cat is now completely out of the bag with regards to Lynda.com, a fee-based educational website launched in 1995. The Carpinteria headquartered company was the first ever title sponsor at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival and in May, got a full five minutes of on-air attention from product sampler Howard Stern.

The company’s remarkably savvy evolution from humble website and classroom beginnings in Ojai is wonderfully charted today in the Santa Barbara Independent by D.J. Palladino. Co-founder Lynda Weinman, who oversees the operation with husband Bruce Healin (pictured), went to high school in Sherman Oaks with Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Early on, she tried her hand in LA at a more conventional commercial model:

After college came retail back in Los Angeles, first a museum gift shop and then her own two clothing stores called Vertigo on Sunset and Melrose, founded on a $20,000 loan from her grandfather. “I went out of business,” she said grimly, but added, “I learned what a terrible model retail is.” There’s much less waste, she’d later discover, in cyberspace.

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LA Publicist Throws Book at Heather Mills

The name of Michele Elyzabeth Blanchard‘s Sunset Blvd. PR firm, Parapluie Inc., is French for umbrella. Highly appropriate this week as she has  rained down on former client Heather Mills with a stormy set of allegations.

After meeting Mills at a charity event in Beverly Hills, Blanchard worked for Paul McCartney‘s ex from the spring of 2005 through July 2008. Along with $186,000 in unpaid PR bills, Blanchard claims Mills lied about abusive treatment at the hands of McCartney and was otherwise generally erratic. Per the publicist’s Superior Court complaint:

Blanchard (pictured, with Mills) claims she brought an offer to appear on Donald Trump‘s show Celebrity Apprentice, which Mills blew by insisting she be “guaranteed to make the final cut.” When “Mills’ request to be guaranteed the winner was denied,” she offered to be a judge instead, Blanchard says, concluding, “As usual, Mills thwarted plaintiff’s attempts to close deals due to her unreasonable demands and erratic behavior.”

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Former MTV Newser Gideon Yago on Michael Jackson: ‘The Things That Bring You Out of Retirement’

MichaelLiz.jpgWe bumped into sometime-cohort Gideon Yago of The IFC Media Project this morning on the 6, where talk quickly turned to yesterday’s tragic passing of Michael Jackson. Amid the Jackson-fueled media barrage, we were struck by the sight of former MTV Newsman Yago back on screen discussing pop stars. Evidently, he was too: “The things that’ll bring you back out of retirement,” he cracked, adding that he was en route to Times Square to do additional spots discussing the Jackson story, following his CNN appearance yesterday with Anderson Cooper in which he recalled interviewing the pop legend who may or may not have been sober at the time (“my initial impression was… this guy is on something”) and pointed out Jackson’s tangled finances (“he was $400 million in debt as of last year” and “five months ago he was uninsurable”). Yago’s got a piece over at the Daily Beast about the cognitive dissonance that arises when celebrity news butts up against international conflict (Iran what?): He regales his account of interviewing Jackson four days prior to 9/11, at an event that had the then-junior reporter grateful he’d “experimented with acid in high school.”) More on that, the identity issues surrounding Jackson that may never be understood (but were notably absent from early posthumous coverage of the star), Jackson’s money men and the video Yago “can’t believe no one’s posted yet,” that somehow ties it all together. Suffice it to say, a lot got covered in four stops…

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FBLA Readers Watched the Grammys, Liked It

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This is the first time we’ve done a poll where we’ve been given more answers than we’ve written.

Serious. The write-in answer was pretty popular yesterday. We asked what the best part of the show was and here are the responses (the ones that make sense):

-”it was pretty meaningless entertainment”
-”Paul McCartney‘s performance!”
-”the jonas bros/stevie wonder pairing”
-”Thom Yorke fronting the USC marching band”
-”MIA”
-”Al Green can still light up the room!
-”Sugarland– that girl can sing!”
-”U2″

Gee whiz. We really dropped the ball on this one. Here is our editorial conversation on the subject of the Grammys:

TD: Want to do a post about the Grammys?

PY: I have trouble telling the difference between the Grammys and American Idol.

TD: LOL. Mkay. Poll it is.

Coachella Announces Line-Up…Finally

James_Paul_McCartney-small-.jpgPaul McCartney will head the festival – which would explain why he was talking to Stephen Colbert.

Also the The Killers, Morrissey, Amy Winehouse and Leonard Cohen are going to be at the show.

LAT’s Geoff Boucher has a whole thing on why an ex-Beatle headlining Coachella is weird.

We think they were all cool when they couldn’t pay their rent. Now? Sellouts.

Complete list of the line-up after the jump.

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Colbert Takes on The Beatles…One of Them Anyway

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This is Stephen Colbert interviewing Sir Paul McCartney.

“You just accused the Dalai Lama of cannibalism, Sir.” Says Colbert.

Lunch: Musical Chairs With Sir Paul McCartney

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— DIANE CLEHANE

So you think you’ve got problems? Paul McCartney (that’s Sir Paul to you) arrived at Michael’s today shortly before noon to scope out a table for a quiet lunch with Barbara Walters. When he was ushered to Table One, situated in the bay window, he passed on perching at the power spot and asked to check out the room before settling on a primo corner table. Babs arrived shortly thereafter, as did a dark-haired beauty that some thought might be Paul’s gal pal Nancy Shevell (but we think not) and a distinguished mystery gent. But alas, the happy foursome couldn’t enjoy their lunch because the eagle-eyed former Beatle spied a pesky video cameraman taking it all in from the sidewalk, shooting through the window. We’re guessing it was those intrepid folks from TMZ who regularly stake out the joint. Well, Paul wasn’t about to give up on his quest for some privacy, so the gang moved once again to the back of the dining room and finally settled in for some good dish. Whew!

The rest of the room was buzzing, with tables shoehorned in all over the place to deal with the overflow of media A-listers. When I made my rounds, I stopped by my good pal Fern Mallis‘ table to say hello. She was nice enough to introduce me to her charming niece, Brooke Lampley, an assistant vice president at Christie’s, and internationally acclaimed museum designer Stuart Silver. The always-optimistic Fern wanted to talk about how well things are going as she prepares for next month’s Fashion Week. (We can’t wait for the Barbie show!) Contrary to published reports, says Fern, there are plenty of exciting designers and companies that are spending money to show at the tents — some for the first time. “I don’t understand why people want to focus on so much negativity,” says Fern. “Why not write about what new things people are doing to help their businesses?” It’s a good question. Many folks that I’ve talked to in the fashion biz say the reporting in this area is far too much gloom and doom, and it’s becoming something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. So come on, people! How about some industry cheerleading? It certainly couldn’t hurt.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The Imber Gang: Dr. Gerry Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Michael Kramer and Andy Bergman. We’re guessing Jeff Greenfield is a bit busy for lunch this week…

2. John Sykes (who was overheard telling Paul McCartney that he had dinner with Clint Eastwood last night and was singing the praises of his latest film, Gran Torino. ‘It’s great,’ enthused John!) and Frederic Fekkai

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with Glamour editrix Cindi Leive

4. Fox 5′s Rosanna Scotto with her former colleague, newly-minted real estate mogul Penny Crone

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Beatles Videogame Coming Out in 2009

They once said all you need is love. That might be amended now to All You Need Is Videogamesbeatles.jpg — if you’re a fan of the Beatles.

A new Beatles videogame from MTV Games will be in stores in time for the holiday season, according to Variety.

The partnership is the first time Apple Corps., EMI Music, Harrisongs and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have agreed to present the Beatles’ music in a video game presentation. Executives from Apple, MTV and game developer Harmonix announced the game today in London, giving few details beyond the game’s existence, noting further announcements would come in the next few months.

“The game is in development,” said Jeff Jones, CEO, Apple Corps. “We don’t want to talk about how it will turn out a year from now. We’re in the process of creating the game.”

The game will include songs recorded during the Beatles tenure within EMI, 1962 to 1969, and it is possible the entire catalog will be used.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono Lennon have been part of the conversations regarding the design, layout and roll out of the game. Discussions, both creative and financial, between Apple Corps. and MTV began 17 months ago.

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