Welcome to the Volume 23 edition of the McCartney Newsletter.
Happy New Year! Well, as usual we have been super busy with clients, projects, partners and all, so we are taking a 2-minute breather to fill you in what happened at the start of the year. I guess, since it's the Year of The Horse, time is flying by and everything is on the move. So are we!
Welcome to 2014
So hopefully you've survived the NFL playoffs, The Superbowl, The First US Blizzard, The Grammies, The Winter Olympics in Sochi, The Second US Blizzard, Valentines Day, The UK Hurricanes and of course let us not forget the 50th anniversary of The Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan show. And they said Al Gore was crazy... do read on dear reader, don your Beatle boots and groove along to this edition.
A very special night at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood
BAFTA and American Cinematheque
presented "Across The Universe" written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais @
the famed Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd.
To commemorate the landing of the Fabs at JFK 50 years earlier, this evening was a must for Beatle fans and the screening was followed by a Q&A with BAFTA LA Director Sandro Monetti, Angie & Ruth, and members of the audience. The girls were decked out in fabulous red carpet jewels courtesy of Jay Parry and the Royal Chain Group. And yes, they gave them back.
"The BAFTA LA Special Events Committee exists to celebrate the finest British entertainment in America and this event, which we co-hosted with our friends at the American Cinematheque, provided a wonderful night's entertainment for all and a fabulous salute to The Beatles on the 50th anniversary of their first US TV appearance. Special guests Angie McCartney and Ruth McCartney played a huge part in the evening's success thanks to their insightful and hugely entertaining stories."
~ Sandro Monetti, BAFTA LA Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Special Events and the evening's host and Q&A moderator.
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Martin has been working hard on the second album of his trilogy "Geist - Book of Shadows"
Since the inception of "GEIST", Martin has believed that to express the depth of his musical talents, one genre of music never seemed to fit the varieties of his styles of music. So, since one could easily characterize his debut record "GEIST Book Of Mirrors" as more of a pop/rock album, the second installment of the triology is much darker and more dramatic in nature.
93,321 tracks later, the concept for the Book Of Shadows is taking shape. Over half of the album is written musically, and new tracks and melodies are forming constantly.
The human condition, the concept of self-reflection (mirrors), the fall into the Abyss of the human psyche (shadows), to the re-awakening of the everlasting spirit (light) is thematic subject of the lyrics to which Ruth McCartney is always lending a helping hand to polish the songs for primetime.
Eventually, the third and last record is the Book Of Light which will mainly feature acoustic tracks.
The image above represents an early cover idea for the album.
An evening of live music, amazing stories and never-before-seen images from the McCartney Family Archives The Magical History Tour stars Angie and Ruth McCartney, who take you down the long and winding road of rock ‘n roll, providing audiences with an insider’s view of Beatlemania. The evening is a 90-minute multimedia spectacular interspersed with Beatles’ songs by the only McCartney-approved Beatles Tribute Band - The Mop Tops.
McCartney NetWork News - (because it's all about YOU)
Cast & Crew
Cast & Crew Entertainment Services announced that it has expanded by creating Cast & Crew Financial Services.
The new expansion will enable Cast & Crew to provide production incentive financing and administration services for films and TV shows.
“We are very excited about this opportunity to broaden our product offering, while maintaining the high level of customer service that our clients have come to expect from Cast & Crew,” company President and CEO Eric Belcher said in a statement.
Cast & Crew has named Deirdre Owens as VP of production incentive financing. Owens facilitates loans for film and TV productions and has worked in finance and media for 14 years.
Owens will work with Joe Bessacini, VP of film and television production incentives. Bessacini has been with Cast & Crew since 2008 and helms the Incentives Program (TIP), which helps clients navigate the details of both domestic and international production incentive programs. Check out the full article on Variety:
AkesoGenX launches new web site.
AkesoGenX Corp.’s strategic vision is to bring to market significant new nano-diagnostic and nano-therapeutic medical products. The primary goal is to move the Kanzius RF field treatment forward to treat patients with highly lethal and resistant forms of cancer.
AkesoGenX Corp. has offices in Colorado and is headquartered in Houston, Texas in order to leverage deep and long-term relationships with the Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Rice University and Texas A&M University. In addition, the many medical institutions in the Texas Medical Center where the science of nanotechnology and of medical nano-therapeutics is underway in significant scale will be of great benefit to our future development.
by Groovy Shelly Goldstein pictured with President Clinton.
"On Feb 11, I wrote the annual Red Dress Awards, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center. It's NYC's biggest gala designed to raise awareness of Heart Disease in Women. Our sensational host was Rita Wilson who also sang two beautiful original songs. Other entertainment was the amazing Sara Bareilles (fresh from her performance at the Grammys with Carole King) and Judith Hill from 20 FEET FROM STARDOM.
The evening's first honoree was President Bill Clinton, who spoke with his characteristic intelligence, humor and charm about his personal history with heart disease, how he's changed his life post-surgery, suggestions on heart health, healthier eating and how he now weighs - in his words - "what I weighed when [he] was 13 years old." He also greeted Rita's husband, Tom Hanks, sitting front row center, saying how good it was to have Captain Phillips in the house. After he spoke, the room stood and cheered for at least 3 minutes.
After his presentation he hung around backstage and spoke to all of the crew. I was wearing two Clinton/Gore buttons from the '92 election and when he saw them, his face broke out into a big smile. He took my hands and said, "I can't believe you still have those." When he left he stopped again at my computer and told me, "You can't imagine how much it means to me that you kept and wore those old campaign buttons."
I replied, "SIr, I had the privilege of voting for you twice. I look forward to doing the same for your wife."
Meeting the 42nd President of the United States was truly a thrill. "
Brian Epstein Statue Campaign
info from www.statue4eppy.com
"So, more exciting news about the campaign to erect a statue in Liverpool to Brian Epstein - we are thrilled that the world renowned Parr Street Studios have kindly agreed to let us record the single there and as we speak, Bob and Billy Kingsley are preparing to lay down the backing tracks. Some of the biggest names in show biz have recorded at Parr St Studios, Atomic Kitten, Beautiful South, Barry Manilow, China Crisis, Christians, & Coldplay to name but a few !!!!
We have had further confirmation from the Lord Mayor Gary Millar (@garymillar) of his involvement and his commitment to the project! Tom Murphy who has been responsible for some of the most iconic artwork within the city, is confirmed as the sculptor, and is joining us for the recording of the single.
Andy McCluskey formerly of Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark has been busy contacting his extensive group of friends and has invited Heidi Range, Atomic Kitten, China Crisis and Ian McCulloch to be part of this historic event. Bob has also been busily working his way through his Rolodex and is e-mailing the great talents from Liverpool ’s musical and theatrical heritage. Ian Prowse, Ian McNabb & Tom Murphy have all agreed to join us on the song when we record it in March.
Sending digital backgrounds across the oceans will be scousers Angie & Ruth McCartney.
Speaking of Andy McCluskey and OMD, he is featured in the witty, zany Lennon-esque memoir of his muse Julia Kneale, an old school friend of Ruth's. Moods, Memories and Other Manoeuvres is a must for any baby boomer fan of OMD, the Id and the like.
Another talented Brit writer - Dawn Bowery - is about to be published by showcasing her extraordinary photography talents...
Experience the inspirational stories of Brits who have crossed the pond to live the California Dream. This richly-illustrated coffee table volume features the stories and portraits of an eclectic mixture of British people from all walks of life who have followed their aspirations and hopes to the City of Angels. From actors to acrobats, butlers to boxers, the stories of those who left home for the adventure of Los Angeles will inspire, entertain, and move you.
The subjects of California Dreaming are as diverse and surprising as Los Angeles itself. They include Nigel Lythgoe (producer of American Idol and executive producer/judge for So You Think You Can Dance), Zandra Rhodes (acclaimed fashion designer for Diana, Princess of Wales and Freddie Mercury, amongst others), Lucy Davis (actress in The Office and Ugly Betty), the Atherton twins (Cirque Du Soleil acrobats), Ioan Gruffudd (actor in Titanic, Black Hawk Down, Fantastic Four), Audley Harrison (Olympic boxer), Alan Selka (celebrity butler to producer Robert Evans) and Steve Sidelnyk (drummer for Madonna, Tina Turner, and many others).
And of course - Angie and Ruth! You too can become a part of the California Dream! Contributors will be rewarded for their support from the many offers available: receive a signed copy from this first edition, a featured print, or your very own portrait shoot.
Tableside BBQ, great fresh meat and veggies and an overall unique dining experience drives us back there every time. It is one of our favorite restaurants on the west side.
INTRODUCING WHARO KOREAN BBQ
Wharo refers to an old charcoal stone-pot, which brought together families and friends. We want to continue this symbolism at Wharo so families can sit around to eat and share memories.
Wharo was founded in 2004 with the passion and inspiration to introduce quality and health conscious-friendly Korean food on the Westside of Los Angeles. The owner, Mijin Namgoong, had noticed that her non-Korean friends and colleagues loved Korean food but had no location to embrace it on the Westside. Mijin took that idea and decided to open a Korean restaurant that would complement the active and health conscious community of the Westside.
Recipe of The Month
Ruth's Beatles-Themed Recipes
With all the 50th anniversary hoo-hah, and me being a foodie / wanna be gourmet - I have started work on a Fab Four Flavoured cookbook - all will be revealed soon... in the meantime, with a nod to Sir - I've decided this month to feature a long and winding noodle dish that can be prepared as vegan, vegetarian or just add pancetta for the carnivores.
Long and Winding Pasta ala Funghi Veggie (or Vegan) Mushroom Feast
This recipe is impressive but quick to prepare, so it's great for family dinners and weeknight meals alike. Feel free to add other vegetables to your sauce, such as fresh spinach or steamed broccoli.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: About 4 servings
• 1 lb. long noodle pasta, such as angel hair or linguini
• 1/4 cup olive oil spread margarine, divided
• 2 large cloves garlic, minced
• 16 ounces crimini mushrooms, halved
• 1 T. all-purpose flour
• 1 cup plain soy or almond milk
• 1/4 cup dairy-free sour cream or silken tofu
• 1/4 t. sea salt, plus more to taste
• 1/2 cup frozen peas
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente according to the manufacturer's instructions. Drain the pasta and set aside.
2. In a large sauté pan, heat 2 T. of the olive oil spread/margarine over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are fragrant and soft, about 4 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms and garlic to a large bowl and set aside.
3. In the same sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the remaining 2 T. margarine and the flour, whisking constantly to combine and avoid burning for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Continuing to stir constantly, gradually add the soy/almond milk until the mixture is smooth. Add the dairy-free sour cream or tofu, salt, and pepper, and stir/whisk until well combined. Add the mushrooms and garlic and frozen peas to the sauce, and cook for about 2 minutes more, or until the peas are thawed..
4. Remove the pan from heat. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to coat the noodles. Portion the pasta onto individual plates and add freshly ground pepper to taste. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and serve immediately.
Angie's One Liners
PS ~ For all of you slackers who have not yet bought my book, here are the links to Amazon UK and US. And for those that HAVE, I thank you from the heart of my bottom and ask that you give me a splendid review!
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