- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2006

New Beatles music due

A “new” album of the Beatles’ music mixed by their legendary producer George Martin and described as a new “way of reliving the whole Beatles musical life span,” will be released in November, Reuters news agency reports.

EMI Music and Apple Corps Ltd. said yesterday that Mr. Martin and his son Giles began work on the album, called “Love,” after getting permission from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, plus Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, who represent the late John Lennon and George Harrison.

The music has already been used as the soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil show called “Love” now playing in Las Vegas.

The Martins worked from the original master tapes from the Abbey Road studios to produce a medley of Beatles music by remixing favorite songs, such as Mr. Harrison’s “Within You Without You” being played to the drum-track of “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

EMI Music, part of EMI Group Plc, and Apple Corps Ltd., the English company that administers the Beatles’ interests, said the album would be released worldwide next month.

Showing their Pride

“Hustle & Flow” director Craig Brewer says he and actor Terrence Howard are working on a movie biography of country singer Charley Pride, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Howard received an Oscar nomination for his work in Mr. Brewer’s “Hustle & Flow,” playing a pimp who longs to be a rap artist. The actor will portray Mr. Pride in the new movie, Mr. Brewer told the Commercial Appeal of Memphis. Filming could begin next year, with much of it shot in Memphis, Mr. Brewer says.

Mr. Pride, who was born poor in Sledge, Miss., played baseball for the Memphis Red Socks of the Negro American League before beginning his career as a country singer in Nashville in the 1960s. Many of his numerous No. 1 hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” are considered country music classics.

Mr. Brewer says he’s been discussing the movie project with Mr. Pride for several months. Mr. Howard, a guitar player and country music fan, came up with the idea.

“Everybody’s been speculating as to what my and Terrence’s next project would be, and I’m ecstatic that this came out of Terrence’s passion,” Mr. Brewer says.

Up for sale

The white, cotton T-shirt with the $15,000 price tag has a Hollywood pedigree, having once hugged the torso of actor James Dean during the filming of “Rebel Without a Cause.”

That makes it a valuable collectible to some of the quarter million registered customers who could bid on it during online auctions scheduled for Friday and Saturday. According to AP, the shirt is one of more than 1,800 items up for sale in the latest pop culture offering from Heritage Auction Galleries. The Dallas-based auction house specializes in the trivial — from Fred Astaire’s top hat to Mr. Dean’s undershirt. Also on sale: guitars used by Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and Kurt Cobain; a cane used by Charlie Chaplin; and a nightstand used by Marilyn Monroe.

Mr. Dean, however, is the star attraction at this auction. Doug Norwine, Heritage’s director of music and entertainment memorabilia, said the Dean mystique should help the upcoming auction match or exceed its last sale, which totaled nearly $1.6 million.

The Dean trophies range from the mundane to the macabre. The brown suit he wore in “East of Eden” reveals how slight the actor was — just 5 feet and 8 inches. It could fetch $18,000. On the morbid side is a belt buckle-sized piece of the silver Porsche Spyder Mr. Dean was driving when he collided with a station wagon near rural Cholame, Calif., on Sept. 30, 1955. He died instantly at age 24. The estimated worth of the car fragment is $5,000.

In April, Heritage auctioned off the watch Buddy Holly was wearing when he died on Feb. 3, 1959, for more than $155,000.

Life after Whitney

A Massachusetts judge has issued an arrest warrant for singer Bobby Brown after he failed to show up at a hearing on overdue child support payments for two of his children, Reuters reports.

The singer, who is in the process of divorcing singer-actor Whitney Houston, had been expected to turn up at court in Canton, Mass., on Monday for the hearing on payments to Kim Ward, mother of two of his children, La Princia and Bobby Jr.

Miss Ward says Mr. Brown is overdue on two months of child support.

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

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