THE BEATLES: Story of 'Fifth Beatle' Brian Epstein is coming to TV
The life of the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein is being turned into a scripted TV series.
Bravo is adapting the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story. Its author, Vivek J. Tiwary, is writing the script and co-executive producing the limited-run series. It will center around Epstein's personal drama, as a gay, Jewish man in England at a time when homosexuality was a felony there. It will cover the period from when he first saw The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to his suicide in the summer of 1967.
One big selling point for the show is that Tiwary has gotten access to the Lennon-McCartney song catalog. This makes The Fifth Beatle the first Beatles-related bio-pic to actually have Beatles-penned songs on its soundtrack. (The Hollywood Reporter)
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PAUL McCARTNEY: Discusses his 'Meat Free Monday' campaign
Sir Paul McCartney in National Geographic? Has he discovered a new island?
No, the former Beatle is interviewed in the current issue by the venerable magazine's editor-in-chief, Susan Goldberg, about his Meat Free Monday campaign, which suggests not eating meat one day a week as a way to help the planet. Macca tweeted a quote from the sit-down this morning (Monday): "Nobody’s forcing anyone to do anything; you just try one day meat free, because it’s a good idea."
If you're interested in finding out more about the campaign, check out McCartney's five-minute video, One Day a Week, which he posted last November, on YouTube. You can also watch the National Geographic interview on the magazine's website.
U2: Bono apologizes to ONE staff
Bono has apologized after an investigation into multiple allegations of abuse and harassment at his ONE charity's Johannesburg, South Africa office.
The investigation, which was followed by a lawsuit filed last week by seven former employees, revealed what ONE CEO Gayle Smith admits is "evidence of unprofessional conduct and, in particular, what I would characterize as bullying and belittling of staff between late 2011 and 2015 in our Johannesburg office. The overall evidence from our investigation was sufficient for me to conclude that we needed to own an institutional failure."
The U2 singer tells London's Daily Mail, "We are all deeply sorry. I hate bullying, can’t stand it. The poorest people in the poorest places being bullied by their circumstance is the reason we set up ONE. So to discover last November that there were serious and multiple allegations of bullying in our office in Johannesburg left me and the ONE board reeling and furious."