Brian Epstein biopic to be directed by Jonas Akerlund

Jonas Akerlund is set to direct a biopic about the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein.The award-winning music video director-turned-filmmaker will helm new movie Midas Man, which will chronicle the life and career of the music impresario, and put toget…

Jonas Akerlund is set to direct a biopic about the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

The award-winning music video director-turned-filmmaker will helm new movie Midas Man, which will chronicle the life and career of the music impresario, and put together the film’s soundtrack.

“Brian Epstein’s story has everything I’m looking for in a story…,” Akerland said in a statement. “I love that Brian seemed to know every step of the way what no one else knew, he saw things that no one else saw. His vision was astonishing, he created a culture that didn’t exist.

“The film is more like touring Brian’s mind and what it was like to be him than how one thing led to another chronologically. I want to bring him back to life.”

Epstein was dubbed the “fifth Beatle” and lauded as a visionary music manager during his high-profile career. Along with signing the Fab Four, Epstein launched the careers of a string of successful music acts including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, and Billy J. Kramer. During a dazzling career, he was also involved in promoting rising talents such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Pink Floyd, and Cream.

Epstein died in 1967 after suffering an accidental drug overdose at the age of 32.

The biopic is set to be filmed in The Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool, England, as well as London and the U.S. ahead of a release in 2021. The script for Midas Man has been written by Brigit Grant and Jonathan Wakeman.

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Billie Eilish tapped to model Stella McCartney’s Beatles-inspired collection

Billie Eilish has been tapped to model Stella McCartney’s The Beatles-inspired collection. The 17-year-old, who is known for her baggy, androgynous clothing, has been making waves in the fashion world since she burst onto the music scene earlier this …

Billie Eilish has been tapped to model Stella McCartney’s The Beatles-inspired collection.

The 17-year-old, who is known for her baggy, androgynous clothing, has been making waves in the fashion world since she burst onto the music scene earlier this year, scoring collaborations with the likes of Calvin Klein, leather goods brands MCM, and streetwear company Freak City.

She has now been chosen to model McCartney’s All Together Now collection, which features pieces inspired by George Dunning’s 1968 animated musical Beatles film Yellow Submarine.

In an interview with i-D, the fashion designer, the daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney, explained that Eilish was a natural fit because they share similar beliefs.

“Billie, her brother and her whole family have a musical story which completely fits with my own upbringing. We’re all vegetarians, vegans and animal lovers; she’s a big horse lover, for example,” McCartney said. “We spent a lot of time talking about our obsession with horses and how they are completely healing and save our souls… It’s important for me to align myself with people that believe in the same things as I do, so I can have honest and true conversations.”

The 47-year-old also shared that Eilish, a lifelong vegetarian, is a huge fan of the Fab Four and is inspired by their songwriting.

“(She has) a strong message of identity and staying true to yourself, never compromising. That’s something The Beatles did too,” she added.

Their collaboration has been in the works for some time, as the Bad Guy hitmaker wore an outfit from the collection when she made her debut at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury Festival in June. She wore a baggy T-shirt and shorts adorned with cartoons of the Blue Meanies – the main antagonists in Yellow Submarine – and McCartney’s name.

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Ed Sheeran knew he wasn’t first pick for Yesterday

Danny Boyle was teased relentlessly by Ed Sheeran after learning Chris Martin was the director’s first choice to feature in his new Beatles movie Yesterday. The Shape of You hitmaker portrays a version of himself in the film, about the only man alive…

Danny Boyle was teased relentlessly by Ed Sheeran after learning Chris Martin was the director’s first choice to feature in his new Beatles movie Yesterday.

The Shape of You hitmaker portrays a version of himself in the film, about the only man alive who can recall the songs of the Fab Four, but Sheeran was only approached for the part after the Coldplay rocker turned down the gig.

And the popstar made sure to use every opportunity to jokingly give Boyle and his team a hard time about his casting.

“He teased us rotten because he found out we’d asked Chris Martin first, so he never let us forget that,” the director told NME. “And he accused us of asking Harry Styles second, which isn’t true, but we did ask Chris Martin first, so he teases us rotten about that, but he gives as good as he gets.”

Boyle added, “He’s got a good sense of humour, which he needed to have otherwise it could have been quite unpleasant.”

Although Boyle had originally wanted Martin to appear in Yesterday, screenwriter Richard Curtis thought Sheeran was the perfect choice as their lead character’s mentor.

“Ed’s the son I never had,” Curtis recently told WENN. “I had orange hair when I was young, and Ed’s got orange hair. The truth is that in some ways this film was about Ed, insofar as it’s an Ed that hasn’t succeeded, comes from Suffolk (England), and is engaged to a girl he was at school with.

“They’re all sorts of ingredients from Ed’s life that were in my head because we’ve known him for years.”

Yesterday, which stars Himesh Patel alongside Lily James and Kate McKinnon, opens in cinemas this week.

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Richard Curtis thrilled to team with Ed Sheeran on Yesterday

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the …

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.

The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the songs of the Fab Four, and Curtis has now admitted Ed was the perfect choice to take on the role of the mentor in the narrative because he’s such a down-to-earth guy.

“Ed’s the son I never had,” Curtis, who shares children Scarlett, Jake, Spike and Charlie with partner Emma Freud, told WENN. “I had orange hair when I was young, and Ed’s got orange hair. The truth is that in some ways this film was about Ed, insofar as it’s an Ed that hasn’t succeeded, comes from Suffolk and is engaged to a girl he was at school with.

“They’re all sorts of ingredients from Ed’s life that were in my head because we’ve known him for years.”

But it was a chat over dinner with Ed and director Danny Boyle that made Curtis realise the 28-year-old needed to be in the film.

“We were in Suffolk with Danny when Ed came over for supper and Danny said, ‘You should be in the film. You should be the famous person who finds our not-famous person and helps him on his way’,” he recalled.

“I write in a little room facing out toward the creek at the beach and the sea in Suffolk. There’s a lot of Ed in the story, as he comes from here. We love the accents and the names. This is very much where I wanted to set the film. It’s a little part of England that you wouldn’t expect a massive popstar like Ed to come from, had it not happened to him.”

Yesterday, also featuring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Kate McKinnon, hits cinemas from 26 June.

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Ed Sheeran helped turn soap actor into popstar for Danny Boyle’s new film

Ed Sheeran helped mould British soap actor Himesh Patel into a popstar for Danny Boyle’s new Beatles-inspired musical comedy. In the new film Yesterday, Himesh, who once starred as geeky teenager Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays a singe…

Ed Sheeran helped mould British soap actor Himesh Patel into a popstar for Danny Boyle’s new Beatles-inspired musical comedy.

In the new film Yesterday, Himesh, who once starred as geeky teenager Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays a singer-songwriter living in a world where he’s the only one who remembers that the Fab Four existed. He then borrows their tunes to become one of the biggest acts on the planet.

Ed plays himself in the movie, and he and composer Daniel Pemberton have written music for the score.

Speaking to Cover Media at The Ivors awards nominations on Wednesday (24Apr19), where he was recognised for his work on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Daniel said the Thinking Out Loud hitmaker was a huge help to Himesh, and aided him in crafting his performance.

“We went to see Ed live in Manchester which was insane,” he revealed. “Ed and Himesh had quite a lot of chats, Ed was very supportive of Himesh and it was really good for him to see Ed control this whole stadium on his own.”

Asked about how the two worked together on set, he added: “As I say, Ed was very supportive – and there’s a number of scenes where they’re acting together and they got on really well.”

Discussing the 28-year-old popstar’s contribution to the musical comedy, which is written by Love Actually creator Richard Curtis, Daniel said that his presence added a degree of realism to proceedings, as Ed’s own career shows how an ordinary guy can become a megastar.

“In the film, Ed Sheeran is such a fascinating aspect because you watch this film and go, ‘There’s no way this could ever happen, there’s no way this one guy with a guitar could become the biggest star in the world,'” he explained. “But then you go, ‘Well, there’s Ed Sheeran and this happens, he’s one of the biggest stars in the world.'”

Yesterday debuts in cinemas in June, when fans will get to hear a new song from Ed, which the movie composer confirmed is a “great track”.

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Stella McCartney suffered panic attacks as Chloe head

Stella McCartney struggled with panic attacks when she worked as Chloe’s creative director in the ’90s.The British designer was recruited by the French fashion house in 1997, where she took over the role from Karl Lagerfeld. Stella has now revealed tha…

Stella McCartney struggled with panic attacks when she worked as Chloe’s creative director in the ’90s.

The British designer was recruited by the French fashion house in 1997, where she took over the role from Karl Lagerfeld.

Stella has now revealed that she suffered panic attacks shortly after she accepted the position, as her groundbreaking new job coincided with the death of her mother Linda McCartney, who died from breast cancer in April 1998.

“I had quite a reaction that I didn’t feel in control of,” the 46-year-old recalled in an interview with The Times. “I possibly suppressed my emotions and I started having panic attacks, physical reactions to that loss. I haven’t massively talked about (this). It’s like a dirty word saying you have a panic attack for some reason.”

Stella, who is the daughter of Beatles legend Paul McCartney, received a hostile reception from Lagerfeld when he discovered that she was taking over his position, and he slammed her credentials as a designer.

However, she was hugely successful at the label and managed to multiply the brand’s sales by five times during her four-year tenure.

The mother-of-four went on to say that she was able to manage her “severe” panic attacks by learning transcendental meditation, and proudly explained that the attacks have since subsided.

Paul popularised transcendental meditation along with the rest of the Beatles during the late 1960s, and though his daughter was aware of the method, Stella didn’t decide to engage with the practise until her mother’s death.

“I mean, please! I was drinking alcohol and partying. It wouldn’t have come into my mind to meditate unless something quite dramatic (had happened),” she admitted.

Her husband Alasdhair Willis also meditates, and Stella offers a programme to the employees at her own fashion house.

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