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Posts Tagged ‘Ringo Starr’

Ringo Starr Promotes a Very Good Selfie Cause

It’s been added as a word to the dictionary. It’s the subject of endless media debate. But in this case, the selfie angles are all good.

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Per a report by LA Times pop music writer Randy Lewis, Ringo Starr was in front of Hollywood’s Capitol Records building Monday on his 74th birthday, urging fans to join him for a worthy cause. The ex-Beatle’s promotion of fashion designer John Varvatos‘ 2014 “Peace Rocks” fall collection includes a fun social-media component:

For each person who tweets a selfie while flashing the “V” peace symbol using the #peacerocks hashtag, Varvatos’ company will donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, supporting the David Lynch Foundation…

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David Wild Revisits the James Franco-Anne Hathaway Oscar Disaster

This week’s episode of Allison Hope Weiner’s Lip.tv interview program Media Mayhem is fantastically entertaining. The guest is David Wild, who got a job straight out of college with Esquire magazine, moved on from there to a staff position with Rolling Stone before winding up (with a little help from Steven Spielberg) as a go-to guy for the Emmys, Grammys and various other awards show/celebrity tributes.

One of Wild’s Oscar writing brushes was the year that James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted. Weiner asks Wild for his thoughts on why it went so wrong:

“I cannot explain it other than I felt like it was the worst blind date in show business history. It was the homecoming queen or head of drama club trying hard in the sweetest possible to put on a show, and a guy who for whatever reason I don’t think wanted to host the show. In fact he went on Jimmy Kimmel and announced his intention to be the worst host in Oscar history. So on a certain level, the show was a tremendous success, because he achieved that goal.”

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SyFy’s Tiffany v. Debbie Gibson Feature Adds Monkee Micky

album-tiffany.jpgSyFy, the Polish slang for “syphilis,” American slang for “virgin,” has an ’80s teen pop face-off in the works:

Syfy has cast 1980s pop-star rivals Debbie Gibson and Tiffany in one of the network’s signature Saturday night original movies.

The network promises an epic battle between the former teen pop stars, who will co-star in “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.”

Gibson will play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany will play an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators.

In the script, the pair brawl at a party, then take matters outside into the swamp.

Both singers previously have been cast in Syfy originals but never have appeared together.

And now they’ve added Micky Dolenz, the Ringo Starr of the Monkees.

The moral of the story is Justin Beiber should invest his money wisely.

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.

LAT In 90 Seconds

37117651.jpgJohn Hughes Is Not Dead: But Patrick Goldstein’s column feels creepily like an obit.

37108751-24163511.jpgBeatles Former Road Manager Dies: Neil Aspinall dies at the age of 66. His was a short life, but clearly one lived large:

Aspinall also went down in Beatles history as the man who stayed with the group even after manager Brian Epstein fired Aspinall’s closest friend, drummer Pete Best, when Lennon, McCartney and Harrison decided they wanted crosstown rival Ringo Starr on the drums. It was a particularly trying time for Aspinall because he was renting a room at Best’s house and had become romantically involved with Best’s mother, Mona, who was 17 years older than Aspinall. Their long-term affair produced a child, Vincent Roag Best, who was about 3 weeks old when Pete Best was booted from the group.

37116381.jpgAnother L.A. Media Landmark In Peril: The city says the vandalized, abandoned former KFWB news-radio studios will be demolished if its not rehabilitated by April 3.