The mobs of people (or, okay, girls). Camping out in front of hotels. Hectically chasing down tour buses. Tears streaming down faces. Marriage proposals flinging out of mouths without any thought. Mass hysteria. Thousands of shrilling screams causing temporary hearing loss. Or at least a headache. Such is the life of a hardcore boy band fangirl. What emerged in the sixties with the popularity of the Beatles, grew and developed into what’s now commonly referred to as Beatle Mania.

Although the craze died down after the prime of the Beatles, it returned in the 90s with a vengeance when many popular boy bands—like NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys—got their start. Many bands—including the Jonas Brothers and most recently, One Direction—have been labelled “the next Beatles.” Considering the immense popularity, success and, of course, talent of the Beatles, this could be seen as the highest compliment possible. In actuality, being compared to the Beatles, especially on a frequent basis, has a negative impact toward a band as it creates misconceptions about the band, and puts a tremendous amount of pressure on them.

Associating musicians with the Beatles can instill false beliefs about the band within people. Everything about the Beatles was, and still is, distinctive: their style, their behaviour, their sound, their lyrics. It’s part of the reason they became such a success. They sang songs that were relatable to a countless number of young people, and although they’re tame by today’s standard, their lyrics, such as “I want to hold your hand,” were incredibly controversial. Like them or not, (and seriously, who doesn’t like them?) the Beatles have made a lasting impression on the music industry—one that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

So the moment any sort of Beatles comparison is made, a new misconception blossoms as quickly as someone can be converted into a One Direction fan after five minutes on Tumblr. “This band’s like the Beatles? The entirety of their fan base must be batshit crazy.” “This music sounds nothing like the Beatles. It’s sappy and not good.” The possibilities go on. There’s also the tiny, little fact that Beatles fans are protective of the band they love. The moment an artist is compared to the Beatles, there are certain people that will be submerged in a pool of illogical hatred. In their minds, the Beatles are one of a kind, the Wayne Gretzky of the music world. Something everyone aspires to, but never actually secures.

Everyone is good at something. And usually, someone else is the best at that something. By many, the Beatles are considered the best. Their legacy is renowned, their achievements endless. Best selling band in history, most number one albums in the UK, have held the number one spot longer than any other artist in the UK, labelled Billboard’s most successful artist in 2008, the most number one hits—all accomplished by the Beatles. That’s not even everything. It’s easy to see why the Beatles are so loved; why they’re so influential; why they’re considered the best.

Typically, the best remain the best for a long, long time. Others try to exceed that level of talent and success, but it’s hard. Imagine the pressure placed on a band—or anyone—when they’re compared to the best. Now, every performance, interview, appearance, every breath will be tainted by the nagging thought in the back of their minds: someone thinks I can be the best. When bands are compared to the Beatles, maybe they’re suddenly more concerned with living up to that expectation. Maybe they’re suddenly behaving how they think the Beatles would, making music how the Beatles would. Maybe they’re so busy trying to be the Beatles that they forget how to be themselves.

Paul McCartney, a beloved Beatle himself, has said, “[That’s the] kiss of death. So many bands, they all get called the next Beatles. It puts an awful lot of pressure on them to be the next Beatles. Oasis were the next Beatles once, if you remember. It’s pressure because suddenly you have to live up to all the things that we did. It was a different time back then. So let’s just call them the next terrific band,” when asked about One Direction.

If a former Beatle can see the problem with comparing up and coming bands to one of the most influential bands in history, why can’t everyone else? Comparing a band to the Beatles creates false misconceptions and places a tremendous amount of pressure on them. The hard truth is that comparing a band to the Beatles does more harm than good. So next time a talented band attracts plenty of attention and popularity, do the right thing: judge them on their own merit. You can save a band today.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.