- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fab Four get game

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr came together to promote “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game.

The two surviving Beatles, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, appeared Monday at Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center, Associated Press reports. Miss Ono and Mrs. Harrison were briefly introduced but didn’t say anything before Mr. McCartney and Mr. Starr went on stage to banter about the upcoming game.

“Whoever thought we’d end up as androids?” Mr. McCartney joked.

In the music game developed by Harmonix and published by MTV Games, players will be able to follow - and perform as - members of the legendary music group, beginning with their early days in 1963 Liverpool through their final rooftop performance. Unlike its “Rock Band” predecessor, “The Beatles” edition will feature three-part vocal harmonies.

Forty-five Beatles songs will be available on the game’s disc when “The Beatles: Rock Band” is released Sept. 9, AP said. The lineup includes “I Am The Walrus,” “Back In The U.S.S.R.,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Get Back” and “I Feel Fine.”

Microsoft said “All You Need Is Love” will be released for download on the Xbox 360, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

Frozen not shaken

The people have spoken: Daniel Craig is officially the celebrity that people would most like to lick.

According to Denverpost.com, Del Monte has designed a frozen lollipop shaped like the latest 007 star’s torso. The purple “License to Chill” treat was created by Del Monte after more than 1,000 people voted Mr. Craig the celebrity they would most like to lick. Now they can, with his chiseled washboard likeness on a stick.

“Daniel Craig topped our poll of Britain’s coolest celebrities and thanks to our Del Monte lolly replica, he is officially immortalized as super smooth and licensed to chill,” says company spokesman Matt O’Connor.

The limited-edition lollipops of the 41-year-old star are available in blueberry, pomegranate and cranberry, and contain fewer than 100 calories each. They will be available during the first National Ice Cream Week, which runs through Sunday.

Baseball Diamond

Boston’s Fourth of July celebration will include a performance by Neil Diamond, whose “Sweet Caroline” is an anthem of sorts for Red Sox fans, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Diamond will join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the traditional Beantown concert and fireworks spectacular on the Charles River esplanade. That’s not far from Fenway Park, where fans sing along with “Sweet Caroline” during every game and where Mr. Diamond played a concert last summer.

Sponsors say about half a million people attend the free July 4 show each year. The final hour will be televised nationally by CBS (WUSA-9) from 10 to 11 p.m.

Boyle recovering

Susan Boyle is getting better after an anxiety attack caused by the pressures of her overnight fame, and celebrity judge Simon Cowell plans to help her launch a professional career, Mr. Cowell’s agent said Tuesday.

The Scottish songbird who finished second in the “Britain’s Got Talent” competition landed in a London hospital Sunday night after suffering what one of her brothers described as severe anxiety.

Show judge Amanda Holden and Max Clifford, who represents Mr. Cowell, both said Miss Boyle should recover her equilibrium fairly quickly now that she is getting treatment. Miss Holden said Miss Boyle does not have any underlying mental problems.

Mr. Clifford said Mr. Cowell, the mogul who helped create the show, plans to work with Miss Boyle after she is better to make sure her career gets off to a good start.

The cutthroat “Britain’s Got Talent” continued to draw criticism in the British press Tuesday for its cavalier attitude toward the well-being of participants, and Britain’s independent Ofcom agency, which handles complaints about broadcasting, said an investigation is possible. Yet attention shifted to speculation about Miss Boyle’s future, with most predicting commercial success but some saying she would have a hard time attracting a paying audience.

It remains unclear whether Miss Boyle will be well enough to take part in a 17-show “Britain’s Got Talent” concert tour set to begin June 12. Organizers said Tuesday they expect Miss Boyle to perform along with the other nine finalists, but a final decision has not been made.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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