A series of outtakes from The Beatles' Abbey Road photoshoot is set to hit the auction block next month (Nov14). Snapper Iain Macmillan had just 10 minutes to complete the photo session and took a total of six pictures of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison crossing the London street back in August, 1969. His work included the iconic cover shot of the Fab Four.
Now the full set of images is expected to sell for at least $80,000 (£50,000) on 21 November (14), when the collection goes under the hammer at the U.K.'s Bloomsbury Auctions.
Sale representative Sarah Wheeler says, "(The photos) are incredibly rare. I've spoken to other music dealers and no one has been able to find a complete set on the market for at least 10 years."
It's not the first time an outtake from the Abbey Road photoshoot has been placed on sale - one snap, featuring the band walking in reverse, sold for $25,600 (£16,000) in 2012. A copy of that shot is among the images in the Bloomsbury Auctions lot.
The Undertakers guitarist Geoff Nugent has died, aged 71. The British rocker passed away on Sunday (12Oct14) after suffering a heart attack.
He grew up in Liverpool, England and learned to play guitar with his childhood friend George Harrison, who later became famous with The Beatles.
Nugent sang and played rhythm guitar with Bob Evans and the Five Shillings when the band started out in the 1950s. They were renamed The Vegas Five, and then The Undertakers in the 1960s. They rose to fame in Liverpool during the same time as the Fab Four and also played at the famous Cavern Club.
The Undertakers split following a tour of the U.S. in 1965. Nugent continued performing over the years and was reportedly due to play a gig on Sunday night. Reports also suggest he was planning to travel to Hamburg, Germany with his surviving bandmates to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the iconic Kaiserkeller nightclub, where acts including The Beatles played in the 1960s.
A new movie about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon has been selected as Spain's official entry for next year's (15) Best Foreign Film Oscar. Director David Trueba's Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed) chronicles an English-language teacher's obsession with the late Beatles star.
The movie's title is a lyric from the Fab Four's Strawberry Fields Forever, which Lennon began writing in Almeria, Spain.
The Trueba family isn't new to Oscars glory - David's brother Fernando won gold in the Best Foreign Film category in 1994 for Belle Epoque.
Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados faces stiff opposition for a nomination in January (15) - Venezuela's Simon Bolivar biopic El Libertador - the most expensive film made in the nation - and Croatia's Cowboys, which won the Audience Award at the country's recent Pula Film Festival, are among the early favourites, alongside Mexico's Cantinflas and Turkey's Winter Sleep.
Part of the backdrop that The Beatles performed in front of when they made their U.S. TV debut on the Ed Sullivan Show is to be auctioned off as part of the upcoming The Fest for Beatles Fans in Los Angeles. A portion of the Sullivan Show's set is expected to go under the hammer for $550,000 (£344,000) next month (Oct14).
Auction highlights also include a rare copy of the Fab Four's Yesterday and Today album featuring the mythical 'Butcher' cover, on which John, Paul, George and Ringo posed with chopped up dolls, and the band's first U.S. contract with Vee Jay Records.
The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February, 1964.
Celebrated British sculptor David Wynne has died, aged 88. The artist, famed for his friendship with The Beatles, passed away on 4 September (14). No more details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
Wynne created a number of famous sculptures which are dotted around London, including a gate dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II at Hyde Park. His royal connection also included sittings with a number famous faces including Charles, Prince of Wales and the Queen herself.
He became close friends with The Beatles after creating a sculpture of the Fab Four in 1964, and he is credited with introducing the band to their guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Wynne's famous works include likenesses of late actor/director Lord Richard Attenborough and Shergar, the famous racehorse which was stolen in 1983 and never found.
Kate Bush has made history in the British charts by becoming the first female artist to score eight albums in the Top 40 in the same week. Bolstered by the reclusive singer/songwriter's comeback tour - her first since 1979 - sales of albums like Hounds of Love and The Kick Inside have swelled, giving the Wuthering Heights star a huge career boost.
Madonna previously held the record with three albums in the Top 40 back in 1987.
Only Elvis Presley and the Beatles have enjoyed a greater album chart run - Elvis had 12 releases hit the Top 40 following his death in 1977, and the Fab Four landed 11 albums in the top 40 in 2009.
Bush is currently performing 22 shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo venue in total. Tickets for the shows sold out in just 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, duo Royal Blood have scored the fastest-selling rock debut album in three years, rocketing to the top of the Official Charts Company with their eponymous new release, while Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz top the Official UK Singles Chart with their track Prayer In C.
Billy Ray Cyrus and Martina Mcbride are among the artists who will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Hollywood Bowl show in Los Angeles this weekend. The Fab Four performed at the fabled venue on 23 August, 1964, and now a group of famous fans are hoping to recreate the musical magic onstage by performing their renditions of Beatles tunes.
Former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart, Michelle Branch and Mary Lambert will also be among the stars paying tribute to Paul McCartney and his bandmates at the three shows planned for Friday night (22Aug14), Saturday and Sunday (23-24Aug14), while veteran U.S. TV host Bob Eubanks, who produced the Beatles' original appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, will also appear onstage.
The all-star line-up will change every night, but the songs performed will all be from the Beatles' 1964 Hollywood Bowl setlist - beginning with their hit Twist and Shout and ending with a cover of Little Richard's Long Tall Sally.
The second half of each gig will feature songs the band would later release.
Chrissy Teigen, Nicole Richie and Tyra Banks are reportedly heading to daytime TV to host a new talk show. The two models and reality TV star Richie have teamed up to launch The Fab, which will cover celebrity news, current events and lifestyle topics, according to OK! magazine.
Teigen, Richie and Banks shot the pilot for the show last week (ends17Aug14) and they are hoping to premiere it in the near future.
A source tells the publication, "Chrissy, Tyra and Nicole are all very witty and have no trouble expressing themselves. Plus, they're honest and willing to talk about their own real-life problems - and fans can relate to that."
All three have had experience hosting U.S. TV shows - Banks fronted her own talk and lifestyle show, Tyra, and oversees America's Next Top Model; Richie featured on The Simple Life and Fashion Star and currently stars in Candidly Nicole, and John Legend's wife Teigen hosts and judges TV series Snack Off!
Rare photos of the Beatles meeting kids during a break from filming A Hard Day's Night in 1964 have been unearthed in a London charity's archive. Staff at The Children's Society discovered the snaps during a recent housekeeping exercise.
The shots were inside a 50-year-old copy of the charity's newsletter, which featured an article about the Fab Four's visit to kids at the Society's Hambro House home, which is no more.
Reports suggest the group visited the home while they were filming at London's Scala Theatre.
A spokesperson for the charity says, "We no longer run children's homes but our work supporting disadvantaged children is as important now as it was when those photos were taken 50 years ago."
Paul McCartney unveiled another previously unseen shot of the Beatles last week (ends15Aug14) as he performed the final show at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.
The shot, taken by revered snapper Jim Marshall, featured the Beatles at the fabled venue during their last U.S. performance in 1966.
Celebrities including Molly Ringwald, Joe Jonas and Christina Perri headed to the Dodger Stadium on Sunday (10Aug14) to see Sir Paul McCartney's first Los Angeles performance in four years. The former Beatles star graced the stage at the sports ground for the first time since the Fab Four's gig at the venue in 1966.
His hotly-anticipated return was watched by a number of celebrities who shared pictures and videos of the set on social media.
Jonas uploaded a video of McCartney's firework finale display and filmed the crowd going wild while The Breakfast Club actress Ringwald made a commentary about the performance on Twitter.com.
She wrote, "Listening to Paul McCartney sing a love song to John Lennon. Totally got me," later adding, "Sir Paul knows his way around a great singalong. #PaulMcCartney #heyjude"
She also uploaded a picture of the rocker singing his fellow Beatle George Harrison's song Something, while playing Harrison's ukelele.
Perri uploaded a video of the legend singing Let It Be and wrote, "Only paul can make me sob and smile at the same time."
The concert was part of McCartney's Out There tour. He last played a gig in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010.