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The Beatles’ later years to be adapted in new Michael Winterbottom movie

The Beatles’ later years to be adapted in new Michael Winterbottom movie (photo)

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It looks like a feature film about the career of the Beatles is well on its way to being made. Though they are one of the most popular bands of all time, few movies have dared tackle retelling the story of how they made it big. With the exception of the 2010 TV movie “Lennon Naked” that was based on the life of John Lennon, the closest Hollywood has come to capturing the magic of the Beatles was in the 2009 Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy” and in 2007’s Beatles-inspired “Across the Universe.” But no longer.

The Playlist has learned that “In the Loop” screenwriter Jesse Armstrong has already penned an adaptation of Richard DiLello’s book “The Longest Cocktail Party.” The flick would be directed by “The Killer Inside Me” helmer Michael Winterbottom.

The script documents the major events in the latter half of the Beatles’ career after Apple’s Saville Row recording studio was founded through the recording of the band’s final album, “Let It Be.” Though it’s about The Beatles, “The Longest Cocktail Party” is told from DiLello’s perspective, which makes the film sound a bit like a true version of “Almost Famous.”

There have been rumors floating around that Johnny Depp would be playing the film’s main role, publicist Derek Taylor, but producer Andrew Eaton told The Playlist that he doesn’t think that will actually happen.

“Johnny in a way would be great,” Eaton said. “But the trouble is, Derek Taylor, who’s the main character, who’s the press officer, he’s from Liverpool, and he’s probably 32 or 33 in the story, whereas Johnny Depp is 48 or something, and American, so it’s more than just the age gap. There are other parts he could do, but whether he could be Derek… I don’t know.”

Eaton said that the major hurdles he and Winterbottom will have to cover are getting the music rights to the Beatles’ discography, and casting the right men to play the Beatles. Production on the flick won’t be able to start until the former is completed. “We’re doing a bit of a dance at the moment, we haven’t really found a way to make it work,” Eaton said about getting the rights to the Beatles’ music.

Would you like to see a feature film about the Beatles’ career? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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