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Beetles destroyed George Harrison's memorial tree, so we rewrote some Beatles songs about it

A tree that someone planted in memory of the Beatles’ George Harrison is no more: It was destroyed by beetles. No, really.

The pine tree, planted in 2004 near Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory, died when it was infested by a swarm of beetles. It will eventually be replanted—but for now, we have some words for those tree-destroying insects. And naturally, those words come in the form of reinvented Beatles songs. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon introduces The Beatles to social media (and selfie Sunday!) -- VIDEO

There are two things we know for sure in this world: We’re in the golden age of social media, and Beatlemania was the height of rabid fandom. So can you imagine if John, Paul, Ringo, and George had participated in #selfiesunday?!

Jimmy Fallon can. On The Tonight Show, Fallon recruited Late Night bandleader Fred Armisen to help him show what 1964 would’ve looked like if Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Vine had existed.

In his sketch, we travel back to the band’s first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, just after they finish singing “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Paul immediately thanks the crowd… and asks everyone to like the band on Facebook. If you want to see more of their bowl cuts, they’re also on Instagram — THE_BEATLES1 — but you’ll have to ignore all the photos of Ringo’s brunch. (Ringo jokes: still funny!) More importantly, be sure to catch their live-tweet of the MTV Video Music Awards.

The best part of all of this? The band’s Twitter handle: @THEREALBEATLESUK. If this is 1964, what jerk stole @TheBeatles?!


Fifty years ago today, the Beatles gave birth to a new world

If you didn’t grow up with the Beatles, the quality of the group that’s most defining — the degree to which they towered over the culture — is almost impossible to communicate in any organic way. I don’t mean to be patronizing to my Gen-X friends (although they’ve never been shy about patronizing me), but if you’re too young to remember the Beatles, you probably won’t get it. You’ll think: Okay, Michael Jackson meets Star Wars — I know, they were that big. But they weren’t. They were bigger. They may not have been bigger than Jesus, but they were as big as Jesus. Depending on how old you were (I was a little kid, which may have been the ideal age to drink in their incandescence), they enveloped you, spoke for you, and, simply by virtue of being in the world, made that world seem the rare and inviting and intoxicating place you always wanted it to be. READ FULL STORY

Beatles concert musical 'Let It Be' coming to Broadway this summer

If Rain didn’t completely fulfill your need to experience all things Beatles on the Great White Way (or on its lengthy road tour), you have another shot to twist and shout: the already-recouped, hit U.K. production of Let It Be — still running strong in London — will have a five-month run on Broadway at the St. James Theatre this summer, beginning July 16 and continuing to the end of 2013.

Let It Be takes the audience on a trip through the Fab Four’s catalog (including “Hey Jude”, “Revolution”, “She Loves You” and, of course, the title track). Look for screaming fans, 3-D effects and the newest in projection technology. Will a flying Yellow Submarine be hurled at us? We certainly hope so.

The creative team and casting are to be announced at a later date and tickets will be available on the show’s official website.

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Olympics closing ceremony could feature the Stones, Elton John... and, of course, the Spice Girls

The music director of Sunday’s Olympics closing ceremony tells the London Telegraph that the event “should be the greatest after-party in the world” — and judging from the details that have leaked so far, we tend to agree. Between Adele crooning “Someone Like You,” members of Pink Floyd performing “Wish You Were Here,” and a “galaxy” of other British stars rumored to include the Rolling Stones, Elton John, George Michael, Queen, Ray Davies of the Kinks, the Who, Muse, and, of course, the Spice Girls, all that’s missing is a cameo from some Tupacian Beatles holograms.

The identities of the event’s performers are officially supposed to remain secret until Sunday — but there are plenty of things we do know for sure about the Ceremony. READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney directs Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp in new music videos -- WATCH

Want Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp to star in your music video? Here’s a handy step-by-step guide to making it happen:

1. Be Paul McCartney. (Note: This one’s pretty important.)

2. Call Natalie Portman.

3. Open with some small talk — possible topics include Brad and Angie’s engagement, the last issue of GOOP, and Game of Thrones. (Even celebrities love Game of Thrones, right?)

4. Ask her to be in your video.

5. Wait for her to say yes.

6. Call Depp; repeat steps three to five.

McCartney himself has mastered this formula. Last Friday, the Beatle premiered three new clips for “My Valentine,” a single off his grade-A album Kisses on the Bottom. One shows the Black Swan actress signing the song’s lyrics. The second features the man behind Jack Sparrow doing the same. And in the third video, both stars appear. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': They kind of met the Beatles

UPDATE: Annie’s recap is live

Love is all you need! J. Lo broke down! Chat about Wednesday night’s American Idol here after the show, then come back later for my most dramatic full episode recap…ever. READ FULL STORY

Larry King's Top 12 Greatest Moments: Marlon Brando, Ross Perot, and Carrie Prejean's non-walkout walkout

Larry-King-Brando-kissImage Credit: Everett CollectionWhen Larry King signed off last night, it marked the end of an era. For the past 25 years, Larry King Live has been CNN’s flagship show, a forum for long-form interviews with the famous by choice — politicians, heads of state, movie stars, television personalities, musicians — and the famous by circumstance, often ordinary folks affected by tragedy. King has been there for many of history’s most significant moments these past 25 years, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to 9/11, not just presenting history to us, but witnessing it with us. The greatest moments of Larry King Live, though, the ones many of us remember most, are generally ones without global significance, the ones that show a flawed, funny human being who above all is interested in…simply having a conversation. Here are our picks for Larry King’s 12 greatest moments. Piers Morgan, you have big shoes, er, suspenders to fill.  READ FULL STORY

It's official: The Beatles are on iTunes

beatles-itunesImage Credit: David Redfern/Redferns/Getty ImagesIt’s official: The Beatles catalog is now finally available on iTunes, as rumored yesterday. “It has been a long and winding road to get here,” Steve Jobs said in a statement. Oh, that Steve Jobs! He’s a hoot.

The Beatles’ 13 studio albums are available individually for $12.99 (and $19.99 for double albums), or in a $149 “box set” that includes Past Masters and the concert film from the Washington Coliseum in 1964. If you just want to watch the movie, though, Apple is streaming it free through the end of the year.

On the one hand, yay! Finally! On the other … er, does this still matter? Haven’t most Beatles fans figured out other ways to get the music in a digital format? I have plenty of Beatles songs on my iPod — because I had Beatles CDs once upon a time.

Is your guitar gently weeping, PopWatchers, or are you thrilled that the Fab Four have finally come to iTunes?

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The Vatican suddenly forgives the Beatles. Rejoice!

Someone just received a digitally remastered “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” for Easter! The Vatican has finally made peace with the Beatles, 40 years after the band’s breakup. A tribute in Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano cited drug use, “dissolute and uninhibited lives,” and John Lennon’s 1966 comment that the group was more famous than Jesus as things which had previously offended the Vatican.

beatlesImage Credit: Popperfoto/Getty ImagesBut now! “Listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless,” L’Osservatore said. “Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels.” Oh, like hidden gems? I’m familiar with those. Still, the Abbey Road cover had a crosswalk on it.

I can’t believe the Vatican relented. God.

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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