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Posts Tagged ‘Paul McCartney’

Music, Music, Music/PBS Series, Blue Suede Shoes, Ol’ Blue Eyes and More

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PBS is developing an sure-fire pledge-break money spinning series–On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, an eight-hour series tracing the history of recorded music and its impact on popular culture, (or at least on Baby Boomers, PBS’s target audience.) Series should air in 2010. Legendary Beatles producer George Martin hosts, and Kevin Spacey, who once played Bobby Darrin, is the narrator.

Fastlane Entertainment has signed a deal for the life story of Carl Perkins. Paul McCartney is on-board as well.

Frank Sinatra will be saluted in May via music, movies and the U.S. Postal Service in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his death. Reprise Records releases Nothing But the Best, Turner Classics will air Sinatra’s films, and the Post Office issues a commemorative stamp.

And Sunday’s Grammys line-up includes a number of one of a kind duets and trios including the just announced Cornerstone of Rock performance by John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, as well as Alicia Keys and a holographic Frank Sinatra.

Bonnie Fuller Likes the Laddies

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Bonnie Fuller’s back. We’ll keep this short, but in a piece about men, wonderful men!, she proves to be out of touch with the real world. Proof:

She thinks unlikely-to-work-ever-again actress Rosanna Arquette is a career woman. Paul McCartney is praised for dating her as she’s 48. He’s the 65 year-old most eligible bachelor on earth.

Brad Pitt has been with drab, dull, no-talent Angelina Jolie for three whole years and Fuller finds this astounding.

“Certifiable hunk” Jake Gyllenhaal is dating Reese Witherspoon. He’s 26, she’s 31. She’s got an Oscar; he’s got rumors.

Kevin Federline, like Thackeray’s Becky Sharp, proves he can be good for so much a year.

If Fuller had any wit, she’d infuse these posts with some tongue in cheekiness, but she’s earnest–say what you want, this girl is earnest. If she had any wit, she’d be unemployed. Or rather, she’d have our job and we’d be unemployed.

(Question: Why is she cuddling up to the Donald?)

FBLA 20 Questions: Mark Sarvas

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The fragrant Mark Sarvas hosts the popular and controversial lit. blog The Elegant Variation. His debut novel, Harry, Revised, will be published by Bloomsbury in May 2008. He was able to find time to answer our pointless questions, and we hope that no weak, cowardly review escaped his gaze as a result.

1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning? The New York Times–it’s my home page–and email, to see who I’ve offended now.

2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website? David Lebovitz blogs about Parisian food, with which I am obsessed, and love to torture myself with his pictures in between my own Paris trips.

3. What job do you fantasize about having? Yours.

4. Last movie you saw? The Rape of Europa, a documentary about the looting of Nazi Art. I’ve wanted to see it for ages but it’s been hard to catch up with in guerilla distribution. It finally arrived in LA last week (for a day) but I saw it a week earlier in NY.

5. Last book you read? Hah! You’re kidding right? Books I just finished include Phillip Knightley’s The First Casualty and Kevin Sites’s In The Hot Zone for a review I’m working on. The last book I finished for pleasure was Jane Gardam’s wonderful novel Old Filth from Europa Editions. Other recent remarkable reads include David Leavitt’s new novel The Indian Clerk, and Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Bookshop.

6. Best show legendary biz/movie star encounter. Meeting Paul McCartney when I was sixteen. You can find the whole story here, replete with embarrassing photos.

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If This Story Is True, The World Just Got A Little Better

statlerwaldorf.jpgTVGuide.com is reporting that the Muppet Show might hit the airwaves again, with Paul McCartney appearing in the reunion show.

Never mind that both Jim Henson’s and McCartney’s people deny the production, we need something to believe in.

Mahna mahna!

Paul McCartney: The Surreal Life

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Isn’t Paul McCartney sick of being the cute Beatle? FBLA is sick of seeing his pouting lips every time we want a macchiato. (Our spell checker just suggested psychiatry instead–what does that signify?)

If he thinks playing Amoeba was surreal, we have news for him.

And the whole corporate shill thing? We so understand. We’d do the same.

Leeza Gibbons: Glorious Me!

Leeza Gibbons might have gotten low scores from the Dancing With the Stars judges, but she’s got a positive attitude, thanks to a life coach and The Secret:

I want you to be willing to win and fully take it into your heart; for you to accept the assignment to be a catalyst to awaken the world. Own it. Claim it. Be used by spirit. Live this way, unattached, humbly accepting your role for humanity. And then let it go… nothing to do, nothing to get, nothing to prove, just be you. Glorious You!

She also shares what should be a very private memory of Paul McCartney singing to her belly.

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And Sir Paul’s ex, Heather Mills, the Peg Leg Bates of her generation, gets another week in which to kick up her heels.

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