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The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ to be launched as a fully immersive cinematic experience

November 3, 2015

QuadropheniaThe movie classic Quadrophenia – based on The Who’s 1973 double-album rock opera – is set to become a fully immersive cinematic and theatrical experience which, the producers claim, will “plunge fans into the sights and sounds of 1964 and capture the spirit of the era”.

Many of the film’s key stars will be taking part in the event which will be staged at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 11 February 2016. Joining Phil Daniels – who played the central role of disaffected Mod teenager Jimmy Cooper – will be Toyah Wilcox, Trevor Laird, Garry Cooper and Daniel Peacock. The stars will add an extra dimension to the event by sharing their memories in a special Q&A.

As well as a screening of the 1979 film and the Q&A session, there will be staged re-enactments throughout the night of scenes from the film to conjure up the feel of the mid-60s era in which it is set. The all-important sounds of the day will be performed live by leading Who tribute act Who’s Who, and there will also be a display of Sixties memorabilia (including original Vespas and their real life Mod owners).

Director Franc Roddam’s film is seen as a classic tale of alienation, disillusionment and escapism, as well as an important document capturing an important part of British youth history and rebellion. Watching the movie has been a rite of passage for millions since its release and the Mod era has been a source of fascination for generations, with its fashions and music continuing to resonate today.

Quadrophenia reflected the real-life situation of the day as partisan teenagers in fish-tails and leathers sought excitement through large scale scuffles when Mods and Rockers clashed at British seaside resorts.

Rolling Stone magazine has ranked the two-hour film as one of the top ten rock and roll movies of all time. The soundtrack featured many of The Who’s songs from the original Quadrophenia album, including tracks such as ‘5.15’.

Tickets for the immersive live performance are available from 9am on Friday 6 November at http://www.eventimapollo.com and http://www.axs.com. Standard ticket prices range from £30 to £43. VIP tickets £69.50.

Here’s The Who’s video for ‘5.15’ …

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GILBERT'S GIFT FRONT COVER - FINAL

Inspired by real events, “Gilbert’s Gift”  tells the story of Gilbert Shilling—a rock star back in the Swinging Sixties—who becomes a living lung donor to save the life of a dying boy he has never met.

“Gilbert’s Gift” is available from Amazon as a US paperback, UK paperback and as an eBook from Amazon’s Kindle Store. It is also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Fiction & Literature/Brian Will Oliver), Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store, and from KoboBooks.

You can read a FREE sample of “Gilbert’s Gift” HERE (USA) or HERE (UK).

Lenny Kravitz to star in Marvin Gaye biopic

February 3, 2013

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Lenny Kravitz is reportedly set to portray Marvin Gaye in a new film about the Motown legend’s final years, focusing on his European period when he lived in London and Ostend, Belgium in the early 1980s.

The movie will be directed by Julien Temple who was responsible for the musical Absolute Beginners and biographical films about The Sex Pistols, Joe Strummer and The Kinks’ Ray Davies.

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Status Quo’s Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt to star in action movie

April 27, 2012

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After 45 years of “rocking all over the world” – and selling 128 million records in the process – Status Quo’s Francis Rossi, 62, and Rick Parfitt, 63, are launching a new career … on the silver screen.

The veteran rockers are currently in Fiji shooting their first feature film: Bula Quo!, named after a traditional Fijian greeting.

Rossi and Parfitt will play themselves in the film which is described as “a 90-minute action caper”. It will be released next year and will include 12 of the band’s songs.

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The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release

April 13, 2012

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The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine is to be re-issued on DVD and Blu-ray on May 28 after experts spent four months digitally restoring the original animation artwork by hand.

The Yellow Submarine Songtrack album, first issued in 1999, will also be re-released on CD on the same day. The album was produced as an alternative to the original 1968 film soundtrack album.

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Elton John wants Justin Timberlake to play him in ‘Rocketman’ film

January 5, 2012

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Sir Elton John, 64, has revealed that he would like singer/actor Justin Timberlake to play him in Rocketman, the forthcoming film about his illustrious life and musical career – and Timberlake is reportedly taking the offer “very seriously”.

Timberlake is said to have impressed Sir Elton with his performance as a 1970s Elton in the music video for ‘This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore’ in 2002.

With a script written by Billy Elliott author Lee Hall, Rocketman has been described as a biographical musical fantasy and a “radically different kind of biopic”.

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Cliff Richard celebrates 50th anniversary of The Young Ones

December 10, 2011

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Exactly 50 years ago today (10 December 1961), Cliff Richard’s third film, The Young Ones, received a start-studded premiere in London’s West End.

Directed by Sidney J Furie, and written by Peter Myers and Ronald Cass (who also wrote most of the songs), the film tells the story of how Cliff and his friends try to save their youth club from an unscrupulous millionaire property developer (played by Robert Morley).

The film was originally intended to feature The Shadows in major acting roles alongside Cliff, Robert Morley and Carole Gray. But Richard O’Sullivan ended up taking the role intended for Hank Marvin and Melvyn Hayes played the part written for Jet Harris. The Shadows mainly appeared in the film as musicians.

The Young Ones soundtrack album went on to reach No. 1 on the UK album chart, while the title song – written by Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett – also topped the charts as a single.

Other classic Cliff songs featured in the film included ‘Living Doll’, ‘Lessons In Love’ and ‘When the Girl in Your Arms is the Girl in Your Heart’. The Shadows also performed a couple of instrumentals – ‘Peace Pipe’ and ‘The Savage’ – and wrote the songs ‘Got A Funny Feeling’ and ‘We Say Yeah’ for the soundtrack.

“When I became a ‘film star’ it was a very exciting time,” Sir Cliff remembers. “Suddenly, when The Shadows and I came onto the set, we’d have our own chairs with our names on the back. We’d have our own dressing rooms – no more sharing.

“If you were late filming on location you had a hotel. You didn’t have to go and find your own digs, which is what we’d been used to in the previous year or two when we were on tour and couldn’t afford hotels. So ‘film stardom’ brought a treatment that was absolutely phenomenal.

“When I look back on it now, I’m so glad we took the attitude of saying let’s just have fun together.”

WATCH THE BRITISH PATHE NEWSREEL – “PRINCESS MARGARET MEETS ‘THE YOUNG ONES’ (March 1962)”

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Dennis Lotis profiled by British Pathé in 1958…

November 22, 2011

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Along with Lita Roza, Dickie Valentine and Jimmy Young, Dennis Lotis was one of the UK’s most successful singers and TV performers in the 1950s – having made his name as a vocalist with the Ted Heath Band.

Here’s a rare British Pathé newsreel profile of South African-born Lotis, filmed at the height of his fame in January 1958 …

DENNIS LOTIS – British Pathe.

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Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison film ‘Living in the Material World’ to premiere in Liverpool

September 30, 2011

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Martin Scorsese’s new George Harrison TV documentary, titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World, is set to receive its UK premiere in Liverpool.

It will be launched at Liverpool’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) on 2 October 2011.

The film, made in collaboration with Harrison’s widow Olivia, documents the Beatles guitarist’s rise to fame and his life as a member of the Fab Four. It features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

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Elton John life story to be told as Hollywood film called ‘Rocketman’

September 23, 2011

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Sir Elton John, 64, is teaming up with Billy Elliot author Lee Hall to turn his illustrious life and musical career into a major Hollywood film called Rocketman.

The film is being described as a biographical musical fantasy and a “radically different kind of biopic”. It will be co-produced by Sir Elton’s partner David Furnish and film producer Steve Hamilton Shaw.

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Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s life story to be told in Hollywood film

August 29, 2011

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The colourful life story of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is to be turned into a major Hollywood film.

The producers say the biopic will take an ‘unconventional’ look at Wilson’s musical career and innovative creative processes, as well as his long struggle with mental health problems.

The script will be written by Oren Moverman, who created the screenplay for the unconventional Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There.

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