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Mary McCartney is set to direct ‘If These Walls Could Sing’, an upcoming documentary about Abbey Road Studios.

The Beatles are synonymous with the iconic recording space in St John’s Wood, London, which was renamed in 1970 from EMI to the same name as the ‘Let It Be’ group’s 1969 album, ‘Abbey Road’, which they recorded there.

And so it’s only fitting that Sir Paul McCartney‘s daughter, a renowned filmmaker and photographer, would helm the upcoming film from Mercury Studios, a new music-first content studio from Universal Music Group, which is set to reveal all of the “untold” secrets of the legendary recording space, which first opened back in 1931.

The feature-length documentary will be produced by Academy Award-winner John Battsek, who has struck a deal with Mercury Studios and his own Ventureland.

It will be executive produced by Universal Music UK’s Marc Robinson and Mercury Studios CEO, Alice Webb.

Mary, 51 – whose mother is the late Linda McCartney, Paul’s first wife – said in a press release: “Some of my earliest memories as a young child come from time spent at Abbey Road. I’ve long wanted to tell the story of this historic place and I couldn’t be collaborating with a better team than John and Mercury Studios to make this creative ambition a reality.”

Alice commented: “Mercury Studios could not be partnering with a more visionary and passionate team than Mary McCartney and John Battsek to tell Abbey Road Studios’ incredible story on film for the first time. We are passionate about showcasing work of pioneering film makers of the highest quality – which is why we are delighted Mary is bringing her creative vision to this project.”

Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road Studios, said: “If these walls could sing. I have lost count how many times I’ve heard that said at Abbey Road Studios over the years. I can’t wait for some of these stories to finally come to life in what will become a timeless documentary.”

‘If These Walls Could Sing’ will be released to mark the 90th anniversary of Abbey Road, then-EMI, opening its doors in November.

As per a press release: “It will tell countless stories featuring an all-star cast of interviews, unparalleled access to the studios and, of course, a spellbinding soundtrack.”

Paul, 78, and his bandmates, Sir Ringo Starr, 80, and the late John Lennon and George Harrison, famously made Studio Two at Abbey Road their home, as The Fab Four recorded much of their back catalogue there between 1962 and 1970.



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Anne-Marie | Anne-Marie’s embarrassing music taste

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‘Mr Blobby’ was Anne-Marie’s first record.

The 29-year-old singer/songwriter admitted the novelty song by the character Mr Blobby was the first record she ever bought for herself, along with Brian Hyland’s ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’.

She told British GQ: “‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ on tape and also ‘Mr Blobby’. That was when I was really young. Then, later, my dad got me ‘Jagged Little Pill’ on CD from a charity shop. That was it. I was in love with Alanis Morissette, in love with music. My dad played music every day. He’d work such long hours, so his freedom would be coming home and banging in the music really loud. Seeing his joy in it made me interested in why it made him so happy. I really concentrated on what Morissette was saying in the lyrics.”

Anne-Marie also admitted she has always suffered with self-doubt.

She explained: “Rudimental discovering me and telling me, while I was in college, that they wanted me to come on tour with them was a really big thing. I’ve always been really anxious about it. I have huge self-doubt. Even when people told me I was good, I wouldn’t believe it. People might think that’s just me being humble, but honestly, it’s been a massive problem. I think if I actually believed in myself I could be one of the biggest pop stars in the world. I really struggle with imposter syndrome and what I’m able to do.

“As I was saying, though, after last year, when I had loads of therapy and tried to figure out that part of me, things are better. I’ve got a show coming up in Dubai and it’s the first time when anxiousness isn’t taking over. Right now I’m just thinking, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky to be able to get on stage and perform in front of all these people.’ It’s the first time my brain has switched into the excitement of doing it. It sounds cliche but 2020 has definitely changed my life.”



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Kimberly Wyatt | Kimberley Wyatt ‘almost’ got kicked out of Pussycat Dolls for acne

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Kimberly Wyatt was “almost” thrown out of Pussycat Dolls for having acne.

The blonde beauty admitted the group were under a lot of pressure to look a certain way and the stress she was under only made her skin flare-ups worse.

Asked if she felt any pressure about her appearance, she told New! magazine: “Massively, massively.

“I had horrible cystic acne when I first became a Doll and it almost cost me my place in the group.

“The pressure to get rid of it was intense, but it also caused more stress, which made me break out.

“As a dancer, finding a good relationship with fitness and food became key.”

But these days, Kimberly is less concerned about how she looks and her exercise regimes are all about building stamina and staying strong and flexible.

She said: “I’ve had to fight my battles with the way that I look but now, instead of focusing on my waistline and my six-pack abs, it’s more about what my body can do.

“I want to be able to get on stage and be the best Pussycat Doll. I want to have stamina and flexibility.”

The 38-year-old star – who has children Willow, six, Maple, three, and Ford, 15 months, with husband Max Rogers – insisted she and the rest of the band didn’t get competitive over how they looked but were a great source of support for one another.

She added: “We were supportive of each other. We were each other’s workout buddies but also there to be a shoulder to cry on when being in a girl band becomes too much.

“We had this pressure to be the winning girl band and were up against women with incredible bodies.

“We were fortunate that the amount of fitness involved with our shows kept us in good shape.

“That’s not to say we didn’t feel the pressure in between and it was very vocal that we had to look a certain way.”



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Leslie Mann | Leslie Mann ‘intimidated’ by filming with Dame Judi Dench

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Leslie Mann was “totally intimidated” by working with Dame Judi Dench on ‘Blithe Spirit’.

The 48-year-old actress plays Elvira Condomine in the comedy movie – which is based upon the 1941 play of the same name by Noel Coward – and admits she was daunted at the prospect of sharing scenes with the screen icon who plays mystic Madame Arcati.

Leslie exclusively told talkRADIO: “It was so much fun, the first day I worked with her was in bed and that was terrifying for me because she’s someone who I have so much respect for and there I was laying in bed with her.”

The ‘Knocked Up’ star also revealed that Judi helped her feel “at ease” as they filmed together.

Leslie recalled: “I think she knew I was nervous, I was probably sweating or something, and she went out of her way to make me feel comfortable and she set me at ease.

“It took me about an hour and a half to calm down. Because it’s too close up, she was right there!”

Leslie revealed that she relished wearing the costumes as filming a period movie was a new experience for her.

She said: “It was exciting to learn something new and a new way of doing things. All the costumes were so much fun, incredible to wear something other than what my characters would normally wear like jeans or t-shirts.

“It was so much fun to wear the beautiful feather capes and the gorgeous high waisted trousers and blouses and just the whole thing. It was like a dream, so much fun!”

Leslie also explained how she had to alter her typical approach when playing Elvira.

She explained: “The way I normally speak is very different to what I did with this character, Elvira, which is very fun.

“The way she dresses, her voice, the way she behaves, it was completely different from anything I’ve ever done. That was very fun to do, it was very free-ing.”



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