Danny Boyle wrote Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr letters after landing Yesterday directing gig

Danny Boyle wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after signing on to direct the musical comedy Yesterday.The movie focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s …

Danny Boyle wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after signing on to direct the musical comedy Yesterday.

The movie focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Music from the iconic musicians features heavily in the film, and before Boyle began filming he wanted to notify the surviving members of the band – and the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon – about what he intended to do with their musical legacy.

“Once I got involved, I wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the two widows, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, respectfully laying out what I intended to do with the film. There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me,” he told Billboard.

However, there was one moment in the movie that divided fans, and Boyle himself called it a “Marmite moment”.

As the film takes place in an alternate reality in which the foursome never become the iconic Liverpudlian band, Boyle explored the possibility that Lennon would still be alive, as he wouldn’t have become famous and later assassinated by Mark David Chapman in 1980.

Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle plays the musician in the controversial scene, and the Oscar-winning director recognised that audiences would either love it or hate it.

“When we came to test the film, yes, there are some people that don’t like it at all. But other people like it enormously. We call it a ‘Marmite scene’ in Britain. It divides people very clearly,” Boyle told USA Today.

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Drake commemorates beating The Beatles’ record with new tattoo 

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo. Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top…

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo.

Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, with seven tracks from his 2018 album Scorpion.

In October, Drake secured 12 tracks on the Hot 100’s Top 10 in a calendar year, surpassing The Beatles’ record of 11, and this June, he passed the Fab Four to claim the second-most Hot 100 Top 10s ever, following Madonna.

The Canadian star has already marked the record-breaking feat in his music, and it appears he has now also celebrated the achievement in a more permanent way.

New pictures posted of Drake on social media showed him with new body art on his left forearm, and the rapper’s official fan account @WordOnRd shared images with the caption, “Drake has a tattoo of himself in front of The Beatles on his arm.”

The black and white tattoo is inspired by the band’s famous 1969 Abbey Road album cover, which shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr walking in a line at a pedestrian crossing. In the tattoo, Drake has been added as a fifth figure, who is seen standing in front of The Beatles and waving at them.

The tattoo had a mixed response on social media, with some Drake fans finding the new ink funny, and others commenting, “I love Drake but that’s so tacky and cocky lmfao (laughing my f**king a*s off) it’s not that deep,” and “Drake tats are like a college students laptop with stickers all over (sic).”

Drake had previously celebrated beating The Beatles’ record in his rap on Meek Mill’s track Going Bad, which featured the lyrics: “I got more slaps than The Beatles.”

His other tattoos include homages to Aaliyah, Sade, Lil Wayne, and Denzel Washington.

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John Varvatos launches first jewellery range

John Varvatos is adding to his fashion offerings with a new jewellery range.The American designer, who helms his namesake label, is the go-to designer for a host of male celebrities, including Chris Hemsworth, Ringo Starr and Nick Jonas, with whom he r…

John Varvatos is adding to his fashion offerings with a new jewellery range.

The American designer, who helms his namesake label, is the go-to designer for a host of male celebrities, including Chris Hemsworth, Ringo Starr and Nick Jonas, with whom he recently partnered on a six-piece collection.

While Varvatos’ brand already produces accessories as well as menswear, the designer is yet to launch jewellery – until now.

Teaming up with jewellery designer and master goldsmith Gurhan Orhan, Varvatos has created more than 100 pieces, made up of bracelets cufflinks, necklaces and rings.

“Jewellery has always held an important place in our brand DNA. Last fall, while searching for the right partner to further develop and create a more robust collection, I met renowned jeweller Gurhan Orhan,” Varvatos said in a statement. “We immediately connected on so many levels. Together we’ve created a very special and unique signature collection.”

Varvatos’ latest venture is in keeping with his brand’s edgy aesthetic, and he and Orhan utilised a wide range of materials, including black diamonds, sapphires, black onyx, leather, gold and silver. All precious stones were hand-picked from ethical sources.

Prices start at $198 (£148) and the collection is on sale now.

Talking about the partnership, Orhan commented: “It is a dream for me to have found a partner who shares my passion for rock music and the style that goes along with it.

“Every part of creating this jewellery line for John Varvatos has been about sharing the same ideas, mentality and passion. I love working with John as much as I love the line we have created together.”

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