OASIS' Be Here Now was criticised for a sound that draws heavily - too heavily, some critics complain - from their idols the Beatles. Now Noel Gallagher is planning to emulate them in his movie debut. Gallagher is set to make a brief appearance in the movie Mad Cow, walking across the Abbey Road intersection pictured on the cover of the Beatles' 1969 album of the same name. Noel's bosses at Epic might think he is mad after he made the following announcement on Radio 1 about the forthcoming B-sides album: "Don't buy it. We don't need the money and you don't need the records again." Meanwhile, John Lennon's son is following in his father's footsteps by getting on the soapbox. Sean Lennon is to perform a song in Melrose Place, one of America's Dallas-style soaps which has been showing on Channel 5.
THE MUSIC paper NME has anounced the line-up for the fourth annual NME Film Festival. The following premieres will be at the NFT 1-5 October: Portishead live at New York's Roseland Ballroom; a Patti Smith, Metallica and Neil Young retrospective; the first ever Lou Reed documentary; Embrace at Abbey Road Studios; a documentary on the genesis of Creation Records and Skint Records' videos. Keep an eye on NME for more details.
EARLY ACID house act The Shamen release a new single on 1 September. The group produced a few seminal tracks until going into hiding after the huge crossover hit, "Ebeneezer Goode". However, The Shamen have deliberately disqualified "Universal" from the singles charts. It will only be available in 12-inch format, in response to recent regulations creating a separate chart for 12-inches. The Shamen say this will "penalise independent dance bands".