Author Accuses Film ‘Yesterday’ of Plot Similarities

Author Accuses Film ‘Yesterday’ of Plot Similarities

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Yesterday, the new film from director Danny Boyle, the man behind hits like Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, tells the story of a struggling musician named Jack who wakes up in an alternate version of reality in which The Beatles never existed. Jack uses his knowledge of all Beatles songs to become a superstar, but it comes at a personal cost. The plot of the movie feels very familiar to author Nick Milligan, who wrote a book with nearly the exact same premise. Milligan self-published a speculative fiction novel titled Enormity back in 2013, which is about an astronaut named Jack who finds himself on …

Did You Know John Lennon Wrote Weird Hilarious Books?!

Did You Know John Lennon Wrote Weird Hilarious Books?!

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I’ll go out on a thin limb here and say we are all familiar with John Lennon. If you don’t know him from his star-making career as one of the core members of The Beatles— most of whose songs were written by the Lennon-McCartney (as in Paul McCartney) songwriting duo— you might know him from his stellar post-Beatles career, or from his work with his partner, Yoko Ono. However, there is another creative medium in John Lennon’s repertoire that has not received quite as much attention as his music.    Image Via Gifer   In honor of what would have been Lennon’s …

John Lennon Wanted to Play Gollum in a Beatles’-Led ‘Lord of the Rings’ Film

John Lennon Wanted to Play Gollum in a Beatles’-Led ‘Lord of the Rings’ Film

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Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy made nearly three billion dollars worldwide, but the story could have come to the big screen much sooner: The Beatles wanted to star in it.   Back when Jackson’s movies were coming out, he did an interview for Wellington’s Evening Post in which he spilled the beans.   John Lennon wanted to play Gollum, alongside George Harrison as Gandalf, Paul McCartney as Frodo Baggins, and Ringo Starr as Samwise Gamgee. Lennon wanted Stanley Kubrick to direct —Kubrick reportedly briefly considered the idea before turning it down. Ultimately, said Jackson, J. R. R. Tolkien himself shut the …