Celebrity Buzz: Ron Howard Beatles doc in works; Adele tour news

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Today's pop-culture roundup includes the Fab Four, projects from Adele, Kardashian stuff, Seth MacFarlane's teddy bear, Grateful Dead at the movies, our mystery music video and much more.

THE BEATLES: And a high-profile documentary, per The Wrap, “Ron Howard is set to direct a new authorized documentary about The Beatles and the iconic band's touring years, it was announced Wednesday by Apple Corps, White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. The film will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

“. . . The Beatles movie will focus on the band's journey from the early days of the Cavern Club in Liverpool and engagements in Hamburg to their last public concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966. The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963, after an extraordinary arrival on the British scene in '61 and '62. However, it was their much-heralded “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance on Feb. 9, 1964 that caused the band's popularity to explode.”

MEANWHILE: Of dancing bears, per Rolling Stone, “The Grateful Dead will march back into theaters across the country on Thursday, July 17th when their annual "Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies" series returns with a special screening of a never-before-seen 1972 performance for Beat Club, Germany's first major rock and roll TV show.

“. . .The Dead filmed this 80-minute set in Bremen, Germany on March 21st, in the midst of their famous 1972 European tour behind their 1971 album Grateful Dead. While an audio version has been available on the Europe '72: The Complete Recordings box set, the filmed performance hitting theaters has never seen an official release.”

‘BLACK-ISH’ CHANNELS COSBY: Just the facts, per the Los Angeles Times, “One of ABC's new shows is a rarity -- a prime-time network comedy revolving solely around an African American family. "black-ish," arriving Sept. 24, features Anthony Anderson ("Law & Order"), Tracee Ellis Ross ("Girlfriends") and "special guest star" Laurence Fishburne in a humorous look at one man's determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family living in a predominantly white, affluent suburb.

“Andre Johnson (Anderson) wonders if the trappings of success have brought too much assimilation to his family. "The world he sees has a much different lens than the one he would like his family to look though," the production notes say. For instance, his son announces that like his schoolmates he would like a bar mitzvah for his 13th birthday, even though his family isn't Jewish. Anderson said the incident grew out of an actual story involving his son.”

JON STEWART: And Hillary, per the New York Times, “When Hillary Rodham Clinton sat down Tuesday night for a “Daily Show” grilling, Jon Stewart was ready with what he called a career-aptitude test. “This can you help you decide if you even want this job”: Do you want to work outside the home, or do you prefer a home office? “I kind of prefer a home office.”

" “Do you have a favorite shape of that home office? Do you want it to have corners? Or do you not want it to have corners? “The world is such a complicated place, the fewer corners the better.” ’’

KARDASHIAN ALERT: Of a wedding blow-off – or not, per People, “When it comes to Brody Jenner's relationship with stepsister Kim Kardashian, there's no bad blood. After The Hills alum skipped the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star's nuptials to Kanye West, rumors swirled that the siblings may be squabbling – but Jenner says that simply isn't true.

“ "Not going to Kim's wedding was not me trying to diss her and Kanye," Jenner told PEOPLE at Monday night's 9th Annual All-Star Celebrity Kick-Off Party, where he later spun tracks as DJ. "I simply had a very last-minute thing. They didn't want to let people know about their wedding early in advance, and I had already booked gigs in Chicago and some other places, so I was already working." ’’

BOX-OFFICE BLUES: Of a bummer summer, per The Hollywood Reporter, “For years, Hollywood studios have catered to young males in building their summer slates. But as the demo takes fewer trips to the multiplex, distributors are scrambling amid a 20 percent decline in summer revenue in North America. It's one of the worst year-over-year drops to date, putting increased pressure on global returns.

“According to the MPAA, frequent moviegoers between the ages of 18 and 25 plunged 17 percent in 2013, the largest drop of any age bracket, while those between 12 and 17 fell by 15 percent.”

FOX REBUFFED BY TIME WARNER: Sorry, Rupert, per Deadline, “Time Warner confirms that it rejected Fox’s acquisition offer saying its board concluded that remaining independent “will create significantly more value for the Company and its stockholders and is superior to any proposal that Twenty-First Century Fox is in a position to offer.” Fox said it would pay $32.42 in cash plus 1.531 of its own non-voting shares for each Time Warner share.”

MOWGLI: Remember him?, per Entertainment Weekly, “The Jungle Book is full of tigers, monkeys, and bears—but its most important element may be the human boy at the heart of it all.

“In a release, Disney announced that 10-year-old New Yorker Neel Sethi will play the part of Mowgli in director Jon Favreau’s upcoming live action-and-animated adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel. Sethi has no professional acting experience, but earned praise from both Favreau and casting director Sarah Finn for his ability to hold an audience—a necessary skill, as Sethi will be the only actor onscreen in this version of the story.”

ADELE: Album and a tour, per the Huffington Post, “Rumor had it Adele's new album, her third, will be titled "25" -- a follow-up to "19" and "21" -- and a recent tweet seems to confirm the speculation. The official World Music Awards Twitter account tweeted to its 136,000 followers on July 15 that not only will Adele's new album be titled "25," but that the award-winning singer will go on tour as early as next year.”

SETH SUED OVER ‘TED’: You stole our idea, per Variety, “Seth MacFarlane, Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital have been sued for alleged copyright infringement for their hit comedy “Ted.” Bengal Mangle Productions filed the suit Tuesday in state court in Los Angeles and alleged that the titular teddy bear is an unlawful copy of its own animated bear, who starred in web series “Charlie The Abusive Teddy” and “Acting School Academy.” MRC and reps for MacFarlane had no comment. Reps for Universal had no immediate response.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood