"I thought, 'If John loved her, there's got to be something. He's not stupid'... What are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had? George (Harrison) would say to me, 'You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life'." Sir Paul McCartney admits his feelings about Beatles bandmate John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono have mellowed over the years.
British singer/actor Noel Harrison has died at the age of 79. The Windmills of Your Mind hitmaker passed away at his home in Devon, England following a battle with kidney disease.
The son of My Fair Lady star Sir Rex Harrison was best known for his 1969 hit, which won an Academy Award for its use in the soundtrack to classic Steve McQueen movie The Thomas Crown Affair.
He was born in London in 1934 and was a keen skier, becoming British slalom champion in 1953 and representing Great Britain at the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics.
He moved to the U.S. in the mid-1960s before scoring his big hit, and he also enjoyed roles in several TV series including The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible.
Harrison disliked life in the spotlight and returned to his native U.K. in the 1990s, where he continued to perform low-key gigs.
In June this year (13) he revealed doctors had deemed him too old to undergo a lifesaving kidney transplant and he would be "lucky" to survive another two or three years.
Harrison was married three times and had children and grandchildren from his first two marriages.
The next invasion is imminent in a set of glossy new posters for Ender's Game.
In the film, based on the middle school classic written by Orson Scott Card, humanity managed to fend off a looming extraterrestrial threat, but only by the skin of their teeth. Now, in order to prepare for the next invasion, the international fleet selects the most gifted children from across the world to take part in battle school, a training ground for the future commanders of Earth's military. The weight of mankind's survival rests on the tiny shoulders of Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), the most gifted of the battle school students. Joining Asa is an all-star cast featuring Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, and Sir Ben Kingsley.
The new posters are scrawled with a couple of propaganda-style slogans that should stir hearts an enliven the war effort. The first poster features a "Bugger" spacecraft being blasted into pieces along with the rallying call, "It's us or them." The other features a troop of battle school students marching in front of a futuristic military facility with the words "Seeking Leaders" emblazoned on the top. I can almost hear the thumping drums and pomp and circumstance through the pixels.
The film has had its own share of controversy due to the unsavory views of the book's author, but as long as the film culls from what's inside the novel and not the distractions outside of it, Ender's Game should be a great character-driven sci-fi spectacle.
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A piece of wood etched with the original lyrics of John Lennon's Beatles hit Sexy Sadie is set to go under the hammer at an upcoming auction in London. The Imagine icon initially opened the 1968 track with a stinging reference to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi after becoming convinced the Fab Four's spiritual guru was trying to cash in on the band's endorsement.
The lyrics read, "Maharishi, what have you done?/You've made a fool of everyone", but the line was subsequently altered to refer to Sexy Sadie after objections from Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
However, Lennon used the original words for a special wood carving, topped with the inscription "the private mind of John Lennon". It was kept by Ringo Starr's ex-wife Maureen Starkey for years before a collector acquired it.
It is now set to go up for auction at a Fame Bureau sale on 23 September (13), and it's expected to fetch $225,000 (£150,000).
Auction representative Ted Owen says, "It is a piece of wood that nearly broke up the Beatles. John Lennon wanted to release the Maharishi version as a single but George Harrison said, 'No way'. Paul McCartney convinced them to keep the song but change the lyrics."
Audio footage of an old interview with John Lennon, in which he describes the recording of The Beatles' final album as "torture", is set to be auctioned off nearly four decades after it was presumed lost. The Imagine icon conducted the candid chat with Village Voice journalist Howard Smith in Toronto, Canada shortly after the legendary rockers had completed work on their 1969 release Let It Be, and Lennon did not hold back on how torturous the whole experience with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison had been.
In the interview, which also featured his wife Yoko Ono, he said, "We were going through hell. We often do. It's torture every time we produce anything. The Beatles haven't got any magic you haven't got. We suffer like hell anytime we make anything, and we got each other to contend with. Imagine working with The Beatles, it's tough...
"There's just tension. It's tense every time the red (recording) light goes on."
Lennon goes on to admit the Fab Four "didn't really want to" record the album Let It Be, but adds, "Paul was hustling for us to do it."
The tape was recently found buried among the items in Smith's attic at his New York home and it is now set to go under the hammer as part of an upcoming sale by bosses at RR Auction.
The lot will be among more than 100 other Beatles-related items up for grabs at the Marvels of Modern Music auction, which takes place online from 19 to 26 September (13).
The 'lost' interview has a minimum bid of $300 (£200), but is expected to fetch up to $10,000 (£6,670).
A treasure trove of memorabilia documenting the life of Oscar-winning actress Vivien Leigh has been acquired by the curators of a British museum. Bosses of London's Victoria and Albert Museum have become the new owners of an archive which belonged to the Gone With The Wind star's grandchildren.
The items include letters Leigh sent to her husband Sir Laurence Olivier, and other notes addressed to her from stars including Marilyn Monroe, as well as former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and playwright Tennessee Williams.
The collection also includes the visitors' book from Leigh and Olivier's home in Buckinghamshire, England, signed by Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Orson Welles, Judy Garland and Rex Harrison, and the actress' personal diary which she kept for more than 38 years.
Other items include photographs, film and theatre scripts and numerous awards.
Martin Roth, director of the museum, says, "Vivien Leigh is undoubtedly one of the U.K.'s greatest luminaries of stage and screen and along with Laurence Olivier, remains a true star of her time. We are thrilled to acquire her archive intact in this centenary year of her birth and to be able to make it available to the public for the first time."
Leigh died in 1967 at the age of 53.
The estranged wife of paralysed former James Bond stuntman Eddie Kidd has been jailed for five months after she admitted assaulting the wheelchair-bound star. Samantha Kidd, 44, was arrested in 2012 over allegations she attacked her husband, who has doubled for 007 stars including Pierce Brosnan, Sir Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton, and she pleaded guilty to four counts of assault by beating just days before her trial was due to kick off last month (Jul13).
She appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court in England on Thursday (01Aug13) to hear her sentence, and district judge William Ashworth ordered her to spend five months behind bars.
He also refused her bail while appealing against the sentence, and commented on her sickening attacks on her severely disabled husband, saying, "These four assaults on Eddie Kidd represent a pattern of violent behaviour towards your husband... (who) was particularly vulnerable... Whatever you felt about his disability, you didn't shy away from raining six punches on him or slapping, kicking and throttling him so much that you had to be pulled off him."
Former daredevil Kidd was left paralysed and brain damaged following a motorcycle crash in 1996. He also doubled for Michael Caine in Bullseye! and performed a series of famous bike stunts in Harrison Ford's 1979 film Hanover Street.
Studio executives behind Harrison Ford's new sci-fi adventure Ender's Game have promised to hold a special screening of the film in aid of gay rights charities following heavy criticism of the story's controversial author. Activists from Geeks OUT have launched an online campaign asking moviegoers to boycott the film as part of a protest against the man who wrote the original book, Orson Scott Card, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage.
Officials at Lionsgate have now spoken out about the campaign, insisting the movie has nothing to do with Card's personal beliefs, and promising to host a charity premiere to raise money for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organisations.
A statement from the studio reads, "As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from Gods and Monsters to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card...
"However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of Ender's Game. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form... Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for Ender's Game."
Card says of the boycott, "Ender's Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984."
Ender's Game, which also stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Abigail Breslin, is due to hit cinemas in November (13).
Harrison Ford's latest movie Ender's Game has been targeted by gay rights activists who are urging fans to boycott the movie over the controversial views of the author behind the story. The sci-fi thriller, which also stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Abigail Breslin, is based on Orson Scott Card's 1985 book of the same name and the film has been targeted by campaigners over the novelist's opinions on gay marriage.
Card has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex unions for many years and in 2009, he joined the board of America's National Organization for Marriage, which was created to support California's Proposition 8 legislation to ban gay marriage.
Activists from the Geeks OUT campaign group have now launched an online drive called Skip Ender's Game asking moviegoers to boycott the film.
A post on the campaign's website reads, "Do not buy a ticket at the theatre, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys... By pledging to Skip Ender's Game, we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism - whatever he's selling, we're not buying."
This isn't the first time the author's conservative stance on the gay community has sparked controversy - in March (13), illustrator Chris Sprouse reportedly dropped out of work on an upcoming Adventures of Superman comic co-written by Card amid media criticism of the novelist's anti-gay views.
Ender's Game is due to hit cinemas in November (13).
British actor/singer Noel Harrison is facing an uncertain future after doctors deemed him too old to undergo a lifesaving kidney transplant. The eldest son of My Fair Lady star Sir Rex Harrison is suffering the later stages of kidney disease and admits he will be "lucky" to live another two or three years, but he credits daily yoga sessions with giving him a major boost.
The 79 year old tells Britain's Daily Mail, "There is no recovery from this. It's got a wonderful name: end-stage renal failure. I'll be lucky if I live another two or three years. Unfortunately, I am deemed too old for a transplant. I've just restarted doing yoga every morning and that's made a huge difference."
Harrison has even signed up for a gig at an arts centre in Buckinghamshire, England in August (13), adding, "The most important thing about feeling one doesn't have much time left is not to brood on it, because then you waste the time you've got."