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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"Help" Is On The Way...

The other day, as I procrastinated wildly while facing the looming deadlines that the John Peel Day project imposed (it was wildly successful, by the way) I found myself thinking about the days when Peel first came on the scene. He was in the US, specifically in Texas, and managed to parlay the simple fact that he was British into an on-air gig as a Beatles specialist (because, of course, it was easy to convince an American back then that anyone sporting a British accent just had to know The Beatles intimately.) That led me to muse about The Beatles' two films, and the fact that very few musicians, certainly extremely few rock/indie bands, could pull off the kind of on-sceen presence The Beatles appeared to have in excess. The Beatles, surrounded by a well-oiled British film creation machine that ran on all pistons, just managed to look absolutely right in their films. (With The Magical Mystery Tour, it became clear that it was possible for them to not look so good on screen, but they still managed the trick for two sterling movies.)

And what should fall into my inbox after that bout of musing but the announcement that their second film, "Help", will be heading onto store shelves on November 6. Looks like fun, however politically incorrect (though I think the only people who should be offended are those that are actually in death cults.)

At any rate, there's a trailer for the release, but remember - it's November 6, not October 30 as the trailer would have you believe...


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