MACCA LIVE — Charlie Lightening, director of Liam Gallagher documentary As It Was, is working on a Paul McCartney film.
More than a decade in the making, it will tell the story of Paul McCartney’s six-decade career.
The film, which is yet to receive a release date, will also capture the former Beatle‘s upcoming headline performance at 2020’s Glastonbury Festival in June.
“I’ve worked with Paul McCartney for 12 years and I followed him,” Lightning recently shared with NME. “I am still working with him, it’s not finished. I’ll be with him at Glastonbury.”
“He’s helped me with what I do and I adore him,” he continued. “He’s trusted me and to have someone like that to see up close and work with – that’s inspiring, it makes you better at what you are, it makes you want to be better.”
The film will document Paul McCartney’s time in the Beatles, his work with Wings and his subsequent solo career.
With the Beatle’s life laced with both tragedy – the death of his mother Mary McCartney at age 14, the shocking murder of John Lennon in 1980 and loss of the first wife in Linda McCartney – as well as dizzying highs, Lightening will no doubt weave a compelling story.
Still “in it to win it,” Paul McCartney, who turns 78 this year, shows no sign of letting up.
Currently, Paul is working on the score to a Broadway musical adaption of Christmas film It’s A Wonderful Life,overseeing the creation of a Netflix series based on his children’s book High in the Clouds and will tour Europe this May.
This, with the Peter Jackson refurbished Let It Be; a more light-hearted take on their classic film, Let It Be, it should be a fun-filled Fall with The Beatles.
ELLA FITZGERALD —This Spring, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things, directed by the award-winning Leslie Woodhead along with producer Reggie Nadelson. The film will be screened in select cinemas across the U.S, beginning April 3.
Just One Of Those Things presents, through an intimate lens, Ella Fitzgerald through all of her moments of triumph and joy, delivering a clear picture of the woman Ella was both on and off the stage. Featuring never-before-seen footage, the film includes interviews with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Norma Miller, and a rare conversation with her son, Ray Brown Jr., among others.
Known as The First Lady Of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald’s sublime tone, emotive delivery, and supreme improvisatory scat vocalizations laid the groundwork for generations of vocalists. A pillar of American music history, Ella is an international icon, earning 13 Grammys and selling over 40 million albums in her six-decade spanning career. Additionally, she was awarded the NAACP Equal Justice Award, American Black Achievement Award, and several other honors for her accomplishments in both the jazz world and the civil rights movement. An inspiration for generations to come, Ella used her talent and intelligence to break down seemingly impenetrable barriers.
Just One Of Those Things examines how she developed that tenacity. Losing her mother at the age of 15, Ella endured life in abusive reform schools before escaping to the streets of Harlem, penniless and alone during The Great Depression. In 1934, she won a talent contest at the famed Apollo Theater — a moment that changed the course of her life. Within months, she was a star. Pioneering a prosperous career amidst immense racism, poverty, sexism, and body image criticism, Ella forged ahead as a female bandleader, working with such contemporaries as Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman. However, outside of the spotlight, Ella was a very private person, conflicted with reconciling her public image and hunger for adoring audiences with a longing for domestic life with her husband and son. Throughout the documentary, we follow Ella as she endures these conflicts while carving her revolutionary path in music.
Just One Of Those Things explores the resilient, humorous, and witty woman who spun her rough past into pristine musical gold.
More information available at https://www.ellafitzgeraldmovie.com/.
AMAZING AGAIN — Apple TV+ has released the first trailer for its Amazing Stories, the five-episode reboot/reimagining of Steven Spielberg’s 1980’s anthology series that is now on target to hit the Apple streamer March 6.
Amazing Stories was one of the first original series projects announced for the streaming service. That was before original showrunner/executive producer Bryan Fuller and his fellow EP Hart Hanson exited over creative differences back in February 2018. Eventually, Once Upon a Time creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were tapped to take over and they wrote the series.
The original Spielberg-produced Amazing Stories, which aired for two seasons on NBC from 1985-1987, developed a devoted cult following and won five Emmys during its run, and earned Spielberg a directing nom for the World War II-themed episode “The Mission.”
The new version calls back to that vibe with “The Rift,” starring Austen Stowell along with Kerry Bishé and Edward Burns. Mark Mylod (Game of Thrones) is directing the episode. Helmers in the series include Michael Dinner, Todd Holland, Susanna Fogel, Chris Long and Sylvain White.
Episodes also include “Signs of Life,” with Jacob Latimore and Sasha Lane; “The Heat” starring E’myri Crutchfield, Hailey Kilgore and Shane Paul McGhie; and “The Cellar” starring Dylan O’Brien and Victoria Pedretti.
The other episode in the first season is “Dynoman and The Volt,” which serves as one of the final projects from Robert Forster, who died in October. Apple said it would pay tribute to the veteran Oscar-nominated actor ahead of the episode.
Written by Peter Ackerman and directed by Fogel, the episode is about an awkward tween boy and his grandpa (Forster) who wrestle with feeling powerless. When a superhero ring Grandpa ordered out of the back of a comic book arrives 50 years late, they discover it has the power to turn them into actual superheroes.
Spielberg, Kitsis, Horowitz, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Chris Long, Don Kurt and David H. Goodman are executive producers of the series.
I well recall the original series and it was pretty good. I was excited when Fuller was announced to helm; hisPushing Daises and Hannibal among his major-successes. Check out the trailer.
SHORT TAKES —Ever hear of the 2013 title: Life of a Roadie/The Gypsy In Me, by Ronnie Rush? Good read. Hoping to have an interview with him shortly. Check out the link here https://www.amazon.com/Life-Roadie-Gypsy-Ronnie-Rush/dp/1935689800/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=diary+of+a+roadie+ronnie+rush&qid=1582028353&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmr0 … Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam Friday night at My Father’s Place; and, Sunday (for two shows) Micky Dolenz … Quark’s Curtis Urbina reports on a new album from Cerrone (!!!) called DNA. Check it out: https://open.spotify.com/album/6pTmhOKMTRELehIliFtFbP?si=glOylUF7QBCLU932wotDXQ&fbclid=IwAR2bO6-_IOC7SX03vuEQCjB3G9y-AkCnBBoLxqMrc2xP9uVX5oEI0_kyNs4 …
Buddy Blanch and his Romeo Delight outfit will gift tickets to their June 27 City Winery show (in Philadelphia) to National Police Week: which is an annual event to pay homage to all fallen Law Enforcement Officers throughout the United States. All proceeds raised by the activities/events will be used to assist and support active duty law enforcement officers and their families in the event of a line-of-duty death or serious injury, as well as those who suffer from serious illness or injury while off duty. Classy move. Bravo … and, welcome home Randy Alexander.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Joe Lynch; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Carol Kaye; Monica Lynch; Jeffrey Robey; Glenn Friscia; Vito Bruno; Steven Cohn; Jim Burgess; Alan Kaplan; Robbie Robertson; Alan Rothstein; Eppy; and ZIGGY!