Lauded Filmmaker Peter Jackson To Direct New Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Doc Using Never-Before-Seen Footage

first_imgPeter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has taken on a new film project: A new The Beatles documentary culled from never-before-seen footage shot during the recording of Let It Be. The director will create the new feature-length film from a 55-hour cache of footage from the iconic album’s creation.As Jackson explains in a press release announcing the project, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about—it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”The film will be produced by Jackson’s WingNut Films and Apple Corps in full cooperation with surviving Beatles members and widows Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison. Jackson will reportedly restore the footage using techniques similar to those utilized in his recent World War I documentary, The Shall Not Grow Old.Of course, this will not be the first notable documentary made from the footage of The Beatles’ recording sessions for Let It Be. The album was originally conceived by Paul McCartney as an audiovisual project called Get Back—an album and an accompanying documentary about The Beatles’ road back to performing live, which they had formally given up to focus on honing their studio craft prior to the 1967 release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. However, the sessions for the project were mired in creative miscommunication and mounting animosity between the band members, and rather than highlighting a new chapter in the band’s saga, the resulting documentary seemed to lay bare the reality that the Beatles were beyond repair. By the time Let It Be was released, the Beatles had broken up.Speaking Words Of Wisdom: The Beatles Released Their Final Album “Let It Be” On This Day In 1970George Harrison, the band member most averse to the grind of touring during the “Beatlemania” era, was against the idea of returning to the stage to begin with. John Lennon, previously a creative partner with McCartney, slipped into a more detached role, withdrawing into his soon-to-be marriage with Yoko Ono, whose attendance in the studio during sessions amplified the resentment between the band members. The presence of the documentary cameras also magnified the deepening rifts. At one point, fed up with the constant arguing between Lennon and McCartney, Harrison “quit the band” and stormed out of the studio. He was eventually convinced to return a few days later.All of the bad blood is painfully apparent in the documentary footage, and the eventual Let It Be documentary is now known as a film that was intended to document the making of an album but instead became a front-row seat to the break-up of a band. Even the now-iconic Let It Be cover art underscores the state of the band when it was recorded: The cover features four separate photos of the four Beatles set on a black background, all still forming a cohesive unit yet not quite connecting.However, according to Jackson, “I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth. After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama—but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating—it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate.”Continues Jackson, “This movie will be the ultimate ‘fly-on-the-wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about. … It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”The announcement of Jackson’s new film comes on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final live performance on the roof of Apple HQ, which also serves as the culmination of the original Let It Be documentary. According to the announcement, once the new film is released, a digitally restored version of the 1970 Let It Be film will also be made available.last_img read more

Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina Fights Back Against Mexican Drug Cartels

first_img GUATEMALA CITY — When Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina first came to power just over a year ago, he promised to govern the country with a mano dura, an iron fist. After years of Mexican drug cartels muscling their way across the border into Guatemala and Central America, it seemed as though the former army general had inherited a nation on its knees. The word on voters’ lips was “security” and Pérez Molina assured them he would deliver, by empowering the army to fight drug trafficking and secure the country’s borders. About 90 per cent of the cocaine entering North America every year passes through Central America, according to the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board, costing Guatemala billions of dollars and thousands of lives each year. However, it wasn’t always this way. Until fairly recently, most South American-grown drug shipments traveled to the United States by plane or boat. But a crackdown on this route shifted the problem inland, which left Guatemala caught in the crossfire between illegal narcotics-producing countries in the south and illegal narcotic consumers in the north. Col. Mario Mérida, a member of the Guatemalan Democratic Security Network, says three fundamental factors make Guatemala’s coastline ideal for drug traffickers. “The first is its geographical positioning, which doesn’t present any major difficulties for marine navigation,” he said. “The second is the lack of government resources to maintain maritime and aerial control over the sea, and the third is the absence of a continued state presence like the police. Add to this the poverty, which encourages residents and fishermen to become complicit [in drug trafficking].” President no stranger to drug war Thanks to his previous job as head of military intelligence, Pérez Molina has been at the forefront of his country’s drug war for more than 20 years. Now, after a year in power, has his Partido Patriota government has had some success in reducing drug trafficking and fighting back against the Mexican drug cartels. “Otto Pérez Molina has prevented further expansion of [the Mexican drug cartels], yes. He’s halted the effect but not reversed it,” says local security analyst Samuel Logan. “For drug shipment interdiction, 2012 was wholly successful and Pérez Molina allowed an unprecedented level of international access.” Soon after taking office in January 2012, the Guatemalan president approved the creation of two new military bases in the country, upgraded a third and made it a priority to reinstate U.S. military aid to Guatemala — a request which the United States promptly answered. In late August, about 200 U.S. Marines arrived in Guatemala as part of Operation Martillo, an international mission aimed at intercepting illegal narcotics, bulk cash and weapons being transported along Central America’s isthmus. With the full support of Pérez Molina and the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense, the Marines provided local soldiers with essential technology and training aimed at combating organized crime and controlling the flow of narcotics from Central America. “The U.S. Army has the technological resources to help with identifying aircraft, ships and submarines used by the drug cartels, which facilitates aerial and maritime interventions,” said Merida. “Guatemala’s relationship with the U.S. Army is also important for training purposes, and to exchange experiences related to prevention and intervention strategies.” Operation Martillo is a multinational effort As well as sending its Marines, the Pentagon also dispatched Navy and Coast Guard vessels and aircraft to help military and law enforcement units from other nations involved in the mission. Countries from Europe, Latin America and North America are working together as part of Operation Martillo, leading many to consider it one of the most successful coalition efforts ever mounted to tackle this kind of threat. The mission made fighting drug trafficking its top priority and results were soon forthcoming. “Participating nations have interdicted about 127 metric tons of cocaine, which is a huge quantity of cocaine, most of that policed up in the air or on the water before even getting to the land masses of Central America where traffickers create the corruption, crime and gang problems that are associated with illicit trafficking,” Rear Adm. Charles D. Michel, director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), told Diálogo in early January. “In addition, we have been able to take down 56 go-fast boats — typically those go-fast boats carry about a metric ton of cocaine each — six pangas, two motor vessels, two semi-submersible vessels, two sailing vessels, six vehicles, seven fishing vessels and 12 aircraft.” It’s evident that, for drug trafficking control, the three observations made by Col. Mario Mérida are decisive, related to limited presence at state level and insufficient equipment, both marine and aerial; but the subject of poverty affects the entire country, therefore anyone ends up being a candidate to cooperate in drug trafficking. Let’s remember that Guatemala borders 4 countries, and with Mexico we are united to by 968 kilometers of borderline. By Dialogo January 30, 2013last_img read more

UPDATE: Accident on Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard in Roseau claims life.

first_imgLocalNews UPDATE: Accident on Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard in Roseau claims life. by: – May 18, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 50 Views   one comment Share Scene of accident outside of Royal Bank of CanadaInformation reaching Dominica Vibes News indicates that there has been a traffic accident on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard in Roseau, in the vincinity of the Royal Bank of Canada.At about 7:35am a truck and a motor bike collided and has resulted in the death of one man.Although the extent of his injuries has not yet been confirmed, he was transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment and observation however Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Claude Weekes has confirmed that Mr. Kent Pemberton has died.Mr. Kent Pemberton was a teacher at the Grandbay Secondary School and would normally ride to school on his motorbike.We will continue to follow this story and provide you with updates as they become available.Dominica Vibes News Share Accident victim Mr. Kent Pembertonlast_img read more

Real Madrid slump to defeat at Wolfsburg

first_imgWolfsburg beat Real Madrid 2-0 in their Champions League quarterfinal first leg, setting up a challenging return leg in Spain for Zinedine Zidane’s team.Wolfsburg would open the scoring through Ricardo Rodriguez from the penalty spot in the 17th minute. Casemiro fouled Andre Schurrle in plain site of the referee, who awarded the penalty, which the Switzerland international powered past Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Real had been pressing for the first 15 minutes, but the Rodriguez goal seemed to inspire Wolfsburg, who continued to surge forward with confidence.Seven minutes after their first goal, Maximilian Arnold doubled the hosts’ lead, finishing off a nice move with an assist from Bruno Henrique.Despite trailing two goals to start the second half, Madrid were unable to muster many opportunities against their Bundesliga opponents, as Wolfsburg held Los Blancos at arm’s length through good possession and team passing. The two teams will meet again for the second leg on April 12 at the Santiago Bernabeu.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more