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Until the Beatles 2.0 form, we'll have to settle for Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo's All Starr Band. (The former a little easier to settle for than the latter.) If you watched the Grammys a couple months ago, you might recall McCartney debuting a new tune called "My Valentine," dedicated to his third wife, Nancy Schevell. That song, as well as "Only Our Hearts," are two new compositions included on McCartney's fifteenth solo joint, Kisses on the Bottom. (Who knew McCartney was such an asskisser?) The album is mostly covers of jazz standards, and features collaborations with Diana Krall and Eric Clapton.
In three new videos for "My Valentine" released last night, we see Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp (who also plays guitar) performing sign language along with the song, because that's just what A-listers do. Said McCartney about his two collaborators, "Well, they're just nice people, some friends from way back, and they were just very kind to do it, I was very pleased to work with them." The three black and white videos were shot on 35 mm film, directed by McCartney, and based on an idea by his designer daughter Stella. Two videos feature Portman and Depp by themselves, and the third features both. And because it's first-class all around, the videos were naturally shot by Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning director of photography, Wally Pfister.
Sure, the videos come a little late for Valentine's Day and deaf Beatles fans, but now everyday can be Valentine's Day with these spare gems from the ever-youthful McCartney. He amusingly reminisced to reporters:
"We thought thirty was like really old. Now I think it's amazingly young. There was a guy at John's art college who was twenty-four and we felt very sorry for him, he looked like a real old guy, he had a five-o'clock shadow, he looked really pathetic to us because we were like, sixteen... I'm really just some kid from Liverpool still."