Show-Biz Buzz for Friday! $57,000 “Want Ad”, Natalie Wood Death Re-Opened!
Early Beatles Letter Seeking Drummer Brings In $55,000
A letter penned by Paul McCartney in the early days of the Beatles sold for $55,000 at auction. The letter, was handwritten by McCartney on August 12, 1960, invited an unnamed drummer to audition for a position in the Beatles before the band played a concert in Hamburg, Germany.
It also indicates that the group was considering potential drummers until the last minute – with Pete Best signing with the group on the same date as the letter was written. The letter’s value is also boosted because it is one of the earliest examples of the band referring to itself as the Beatles. The auction, held at Christie’s in London, also included a handwritten sign scrawled with “Bed Peace,” which was used by John Lennon and Yoko Ono during one of their bed-ins for peace in 1969 and which sold for $153,531. The full lot at auction drew more than $757,000.
Adventures in Remake Land!
NBC has reportedly committed to a pilot of director Bryan Fuller’s reboot of the classic sitcom “The Munsters.” The show will reportedly focus on the family’s origins and will bring a darker and more serious twist on the classic horror-comedy series. The original “Musters” ran on CBS between 1964 and 1966 and was initially canceled due to low ratings. It grew to be more popular in later years as a syndicated series and gave birth to “The Munsters Today” between 1988 and 1991. Fuller is also currently developing a crime series based on the Hannibal Lecter film. NBC is also developing a new “Frankenstein” series.
Detectives Re-Open Natalie Wood Death As Homicide Case!
Homicide detectives have re-opened their investigation of Natalie Wood’s death nearly 30 years after the actress drowned in the waters off Southern California. The renewed look at Wood’s November 29, 1981, death comes after detectives received new information about the case, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said yesterday. No additional details were provided, but a detective planned to hold a news conference today and anyone with information about the case was being asked to contact sheriff’s officials. Wood drowned after a night of partying with husband Robert Wagner and “Brainstorm” co-star Christopher Walken on the couple’s yacht anchored off Santa Catalina Island. Her death was ruled an accident and it was determined that she had been drinking before her death. A dinghy that had been attached to the couple’s yacht, “Splendor,” was found in a Catalina cove.