Beatles songs suddenly appear in popular movies and TV after years of overpriced licensing

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Previously, Beatles songs were not allowed in popular movies or on TV shows. The Beatles’ former manager, the late Neil Aspinall, wouldn’t allow their classic tunes to be tainted by passing fancies.

After Aspinall’s death, the approach softened a bit. “Baby You’re a Rich Man” appeared on “The Social Network.” I pointed out that the producers had to pay a million dollars to get it.

But now, all of a sudden, The Beatles are slowly entering the mainstream.

Last night, Monty Python great Eric Idle, an old friend of the band, performed “Love Me Do” on the tasteless game show. Idle was dressed as a hedgehog. (I hope he was paid a fortune.) Idle said he had to get permission from Paul McCartney. McCartney replied, “Just tell me when it’s on so I know when not to watch.” Ha ha.

Today there’s a new trailer for Alejandro Innaritu’s ‘Bardo’, coming from Netflix. The trailer is set to “I Am the Walrus” by the Beatles.

Netflix has deep pockets, and it’s possible they struck a deal for “Walrus” at Sony Music Publishing when they also covered the Beatles’ song “Glass Onion” for the new movie “Knives Out.” Rian Johnson’s entire movie is themed around a Glass Onion, and he’s said in interviews that he came up with the idea for the Beatles song. In the movie, you don’t hear it, however, until the movie has its climactic ending.

So far, these three songs belong to the lower group of Beatles songs. Hopefully we never hear the greatest hits used in this way. But with 251 Lennon-McCartney collaborations, there are plenty more that could pop up. (How about “I’ll Be Back” at the end of a horror movie?)

Here’s Eric Idle on “The Masked Singer” followed by the Innaritu trailer.

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Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years at Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His film reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes and he is a member of the film and television branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years, including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid-90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn’t). not so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. . He is also screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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