Sir Paul Mccartney

21 Jul 19
A Fifth of Brian

It’s a slow day so I thought that instead of putting in effort I’d let my mind wander a bit and see what it locks onto. Didn’t take long. Thought about a post from a few days ago about Beatles music and remembered the 2000 VH1 movie Two of Us. The movie takes place in […]

21 Jul 19
Confused Realities

The Real McCoy was funny. That TV Show was supported by other good domestic and international television humour. It took Different Strokes to rule the world and the British Asian was included in The Black Experience. America knew the African American and we got along… or so it seemed. When even Hollywood changes its vogues, […]

19 Jul 19
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Sir Paul McCartney is only the second richest music millionaire in the UK – Clive Calder, is top. (Who?)

19 Jul 19
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According to Pollstar, seven out of 10 of music’s biggest earners with the highest-grossing tours in 2010 had an average age of over 40. (And the winners are:- 1. Bon Jovi, Gross ticket sales (2010): $201.1m; Average age: 52.8 2. AC/DC, Sales: $177m; Average age: 58.4 3. U2, Sales: $160.9m; Average age: 49.5 4. Lady […]

19 Jul 19
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Sir Paul McCartney, Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal, Frank Turner, Underworld and Emeli Sande were paid a nominal fee of £1 for their performances at the Olympic Opening Ceremony. (They had agreed to play for nothing, but had to be charged token fee to create a contract with the London 2012 organisers.  Ah – contracts and lawyers, they don’t […]

19 Jul 19
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18th June 1429 – French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeated the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay. This turned the tide of the Hundred Years’ War. 1767 – Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sighted Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the […]

18 Jul 19
Closer Weekly
Somehow this just feels right: Paul McCartney has been working on the music for a stage version of It’s A Wonderful Life, Frank Capra‘s 1946 classic movie starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. The story, of course, is about eternal optimist George Bailey (James), who gradually loses his faith and attempts suicide, but instead is given the opportunity to see what the world would have been like without him — and it’s a much worse place. In many ways, it’s tailor made for Sir Paul. The musician is teaming up with writer Lee Hall — who penned the screenplays for Billy Elliot and Rocketman — and producer Bill Kenwright. Said Paul in a statement, “Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me. But Bill and I met up with Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun. It’s A Wonderful Life is a universal story we can all relate to.”   Back in 2016, the stage rights were offered to Bill, who asked Paul if he would be interested. In the statement, Bill comments, “Out of the blue I got an email from Paul asking my thoughts on his first stab at an opening song. He wasn’t sure, but wanted to know what Lee and I thought of it. I played the demo. Lee and I were unanimous: Our hero was a musical theater writer. Working with Paul on It’s a Wonderful Life is a dream realized. To be honest, I was hooked on first hearing him say ‘one/two/three/four’ on the demo of the opening number. But since then it’s been an extraordinary journey. On every song I experience Paul’s unique gift of melody and composition. It’s musical theater, but it’s always McCartney. Paul Lee and I use the word ‘cherish’ when we refer to our source material and that’s what we intend to do. Cherish Frank Capra’s creation.” Adds Lee, “It’s A Wonderful Life is my favorite film. It has absolutely everything: comedy, pathos and a rare humanity which has touched generation after generation. Yet it just couldn’t be more relevant. To give it a life on the stage is an immense privilege in itself, but to do so with Paul McCartney is off the scale. Paul’s wit, emotional honesty and melodic brilliance brings a whole new depth and breadth to the classic tale. I feel as if an angel must be looking after me.” In our exclusive interview with film historian Jeanine Basinger, author of The It’s A Wonderful Life Book, she shared her feelings regarding why the film has been handed down from one generation to another. For anyone who knows Paul’s sentiments about life, it actually does sound like the perfect mix of story and artist. “There are certain things that have a kind of inexplicable truth in them, and the ability to connect somewhere to people at a very human level,” opines Jeanine. “And certain things don’t change. We still look for someone to love and share our lives. We still deal with our fathers and mothers. We still have to worry about money problems. We still have dreams of riches and fame and leaving Bedford Falls and going out into the world. These things get different names, and they up the level of sophistication, possibilities get bigger or smaller, but there’s certain basics that don’t change. And so, in the end, after all, the basics of this film are always in place, no matter how much everything else changes.” “In the end,” Jeanine continues, “when George is made to realize that his life meant something very important to a great many people, and that without him they would not have had the joy or the success or the security in life, it’s brought home to him. He is valuable to people, that his life has meant something. This is something that doesn’t go away. It might become unfashionable. It might get labeled sentiment, whatever, but it doesn’t actually go away, and this film has that, and because it comes wrapped in a lot of great humor, with some really great people playing in every single role, it connects.” The It’s A Wonderful Life musical is scheduled to open on London’s West End in late 2020 and will be followed by a Broadway run.
18 Jul 19
Newsy Today

In old age … musicals. With 77 years of age, Sir Paul McCartney is working on what will be his first musical, an adaptation of the tear-jerking film "¡Qué bello es vivir!", The Frank Capra classic that 73 years ago starred James Stewart. A film that, like the nougat, returns to the screens every Christmas […]

18 Jul 19
Newsy Today

In old age … musicals. With 77 years of age, Sir Paul McCartney is working on what will be his first musical, an adaptation of the tear-jerking film "¡Qué bello es vivir!", The Frank Capra classic that 73 years ago starred James Stewart. A film that, like the nougat, returns to the screens every Christmas […]

18 Jul 19
Friggin' Doo-A!

Over the course of his career, Sir Paul McCartney has written films, oratorios, poetry collections, children’s books and more than 100 hit singles. Now, at the age of 77, he has a new challenge: His first stage musical.

18 Jul 19
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18 July 2019, 13:22 | Updated: 18 July 2019, 13:30 Sir Paul McCartney is writing his debut musical. picture: Getty Frank Capra Christmas classic and we're just a little bit excited. Sir Paul McCartney has announced that he is writing his first ever musical – and it's an adaption of Frank Capra's Christmas fantasy movie, […]