Saturday, October 29, 2011

Video: Introduction to the Beach Boys Smile sessions









Paul McCartney to finance restoration of Motown studio piano

Macca saw the piano, featured on a huge number of Motown hits, during a tour of the Motown Museum while in Detroit last summer, reports the Detroit Free Press:

I remembered listening to records as a kid in Liverpool, learning the songs ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’ and ‘Money,’” McCartney said via a museum statement this afternoon. “I said to myself, ‘Wow! This is the Holy Grail!’”
...There’s no word yet on costs. The piano will start its train journey Monday to the New York headquarters of Steinway & Sons, where specialists will assess it and devise a restoration plan.



Photo: Roy Rogers


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spielberg sings praises of Doctor Who producer hired to write Tintin

Turns out Steven Spielberg is a Doctor Who fan, and that led to the hiring of Who producer Steven Moffat to write the script for "The Adventures of Tintin," reports The Sun.

"Steven wrote one of my favourite TV shows, which is Dr Who," Spielberg said.


"Peter [Jackson] and I felt whoever did Dr Who would have a good sensibility for Tintin. And it so happens Steven had read Tintin since he was eight."

The CGI-animated film opens Dec. 21 in the U.S.




See the $412 check DC Comics wrote for Superman

A measly $412, split equally between Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is what DC Comics paid for the rights to Superman. Even by 1938 standards, that's pretty pathetic. Although, who knew the character would last this long (although, one gets the feeling DC had a better notion than the character's creators that the Man of Steel had potential to be pretty big).

Anyway, the infamous check can now be seen, as it's on auction Nov. 14-30 as part of a collection of Siegel's belongings, including his tyepwriter and an original Superman script.

Anyway, take a look at this and remember: Always read the small print and never trust The Man: