Rob Lowe Does ‘Not Great’ Michael Caine, Paul McCartney Impressions (Video)

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We get it, Rob Lowe, you have famous friends.

On Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the host of new Fox show “Mental Samurai” did a pair of very poor impressions. Don’t worry, Michael Caine and Paul McCartney — you don’t really sound like this.

At least Lowe knows his impersonations are “not great,” in his own words. The “JKL” YouTube page went a bit further, referring to them as “terrible.”

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Lowe’s Caine was OK at first, but then it dipped into Sean Connery territory. His McCartney trended towards a stereotypical Indian accent, which is feedback Lowe says he’s heard during his one-man show.

Perhaps the impression explains McCartney’s expression in the selfie Lowe made the Beatle take.

Watch the video above.

Rob Lowe’s “Mental Samurai” airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Fox. His one-man show is playing in Las Vegas, and hitting the road soon.

LeRoy Bennett Keeps Top Acts Like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande in the Spotlight

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Peter Jackson To Direct Documentary Film On The Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Recording Sessions

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Ringo Starr and Ronnie Wood Join Paul McCartney Onstage in London

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Drake Just Broke The Beatles’ Record for Most Top 10 Songs in One Year

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Drake just broke another Beatles record, this one for the most Top 10 songs in a calendar year.

As the featured act on Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” which debuts at No. 5 on Billboard’s Oct. 27 Hot 100 chart, this counts as Drake’s 12th Top 10 track of 2018. That’s one better than the Beatles pulled off in their legendary 1964, according to Billboard.

Below are Drake’s 12 Top 10 hits (so far) of 2018 and their peak date, per Billboard. You’ll notice that a number of these aren’t technically Drake tracks, but they count toward his total nonetheless.

Drake
Peak Pos., Title, Peak Date
No. 1 (11 weeks), “God’s Plan,” Feb. 3
No. 7, “Diplomatic Immunity,” Feb. 3
No. 5, “Look Alive” (BlocBoy JB feat. Drake), March 3
No. 10, “Walk It Talk It” (Migos feat. Drake), April 14
No. 1 (eight weeks), “Nice for What,” April 21
No. 6, “Yes Indeed” (Lil Baby & Drake), June 2
No. 2, “Nonstop,” July 14
No. 7, “I’m Upset,” July 14
No. 8, “Emotionless,” July 14
No. 9, “Don’t Matter to Me” (Drake feat. Michael Jackson), July 14
No. 1 (10 weeks), “In My Feelings,” July 21
No. 5 (to date), “MIA,” Bad Bunny feat. Drake, Oct. 27

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For comparison, here is what the Beatles’ 1964 run looked like:

The Beatles
Peak Pos., Title, Peak Date
No. 1 (seven weeks), “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” Feb. 1
No. 3, “Please Please Me,” March 14
No. 1 (two weeks), “She Loves You,” March 21
No. 1 (five weeks), “Can’t Buy Me Love,” April 4
No. 2, “Twist and Shout,” April 4
No. 2, “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” May 9
No. 1 (one week), “Love Me Do,” May 30
No. 10, “P.S. I Love You,” June 6
No. 1 (two weeks), “A Hard Day’s Night,” Aug. 1
No. 1 (three weeks), “I Feel Fine,” Dec. 26
No. 4, “She’s a Woman,” Dec. 26

Yeah, those are all just John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison — no cheap piggybacking during the British Invasion.

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It’s worth pointing out here that all dozen of Drake’s songs debuted in calendar 2018 (and did not just hit the Top 10 during the year), the same way the Beatles racked up their iconic 1964. Drake-mania.

In July, Drake smashed another Beatles record. That one was for the most songs in a Top 10 at one time. He claimed seven, topping the Beatles previous record of five. Canadian Invasion.

Don’t fret too much, Beatles fans: The Fab Four’s six No. 1 songs in ’64 still remains a single-year record, as does the band’s 10 Top 5 hits from the year.

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Paul McCartney ‘Shocked and Saddened’ by Death of Beatles Engineer Geoff Emerick

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Paul McCartney paid tribute Wednesday to longtime Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick, who died Tuesday at age 72, saying that he was “shocked and saddened” by Emerick’s death.

In a message published Wednesday morning to his social media accounts, McCartney called Emerick “smart, fun-loving and the genius behind many of the great sounds on our records.”

“Woke up this morning to the sad news of Geoff Emerick’s passing. He was a great engineer and friend, and even though @thebeatles had many great engineers over the years Geoff was the ONE,” McCartney wrote.

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“He was smart, fun-loving and the genius behind many of the great sounds on our records. I worked with him after The Beatles and it was always fun and the sounds he managed to conjure up were always special,” McCartney added. “Having seen him earlier this year when he came round to our studio I’m shocked and saddened to have lost such a special friend.”

McCartney concluded, “God bless you Geoffrey – love Paul.”

According to CNN, Emerick, who worked on groundbreaking Beatles albums including “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” died of a heart attack. In an online statement, Emerick’s manager William Zabaleta said he had been on the phone with Emerick when the engineer “had complications” and “dropped the phone.”

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“Today, at around 2 o’clock, I was making my way back from Arizona to Los Angeles to go pick up Geoff so we could transport some gold records and platinum plaques to our show in Tucson,” Zabaleta said.

“While on the phone with Geoff Emerick, he had complications, dropped the phone. At that point, I called 911, but by the time they got there it was too late,” he added. “So Geoff suffered from heart problems for a long time. He had a pacemaker and, you know, when it’s your time, it’s your time. We lost a legend and a best friend to me and a mentor.”

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– Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 3, 2018

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Official Statement

– Geoff Emerick (@GeoffEmerick) October 3, 2018

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Paul McCartney Earns First No. 1 Album in 36 Years, Bumping Eminem to Second

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Paul McCartney just scored his first No. 1 album in more than 36 years with “Egypt Station.” The studio effort bumped Eminem’s “Kamikaze” to second on the Billboard 200.
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Paul McCartney Describes Group Masturbation Session at John Lennon’s House

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Talk about coming together: Paul McCartney provided a master class in TMI-fu in a profile published Tuesday, detailing a group masturbation session that he partook in at the home of Beatles bandmate John Lennon.

As McCartney explained in the GQ story, it was “just a group of us. And instead of just getting roaring drunk and partying — I don’t even know if we were staying over or anything — we were all just in these chairs, and the lights were out, and somebody started masturbating, so we all did.”

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The session was fueled, according to the “Maybe I’m Amazed” musician, by the participants calling out names.

“We were just, ‘Brigitte Bardot!’ ‘Whoo!’” McCartney recalled, “and then everyone would thrash a bit more.”

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Leave it Lennon to throw cold water on the session.

“I think it was John sort of said, ‘Winston Churchill!’” McCartney noted.

McCartney said that the collective self-pleasuring happened just once or twice, and “wasn’t a big thing.”

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“But, you know, it was just the kind of thing you didn’t think much of. It was just a group,” he told GQ. “Yeah, it’s quite raunchy when you think about it. There’s so many things like that from when you’re a kid that you look back on and you’re, ‘Did we do that?’ But it was good harmless fun. It didn’t hurt anyone. Not even Brigitte Bardot.”

You can read the full profile here. But you might want to coat your eyes in Purell first.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon and Paul McCartney Surprise Fans During NBC Studios Tour (Video)

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On Thursday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Paul McCartney surprised fans by showing up unannounced during tours of NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Center. And the results are as predictably screamy as they are kind of adorable.

The gag saw McCartney, on hand to promote his latest album, “Egypt Station,” and perform songs from it, hanging out near the elevators on one of the NBC building’s floors and waiting as various tour groups cycled through when their elevator doors opened on the “wrong” floor. Sadly for the surprisees, Sir Paul didn’t sing any songs for the fans. But he did perform a fake magic trick, read a newspaper, play against Fallon in a game of ping pong, and other yuks that were, at least, better than the jokes in “Give My Regards to Broadstreet.”

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The sketch ended with a troll of sorts, as Paul and Fallon performed The Beatles’ “Drive My Car,” only to see an empty elevator open in front of them. You can watch the whole thing, including Paul McCartney’s dad-cheese “yes way” when someone in an elevator shouts “no way,” above.

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