(Reuters) – An electric guitar played by George Harrison on British television before the Beatles’ U.S. “invasion” fetched $657,000 at auction on Saturday in New York, topping pre-sale estimates, Julien’s Auctions said. Harrison, who died in 2001 at age 58, played the black-and-white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 electric guitar on 1963 appearances on the British TV shows “Ready Stead Go!” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” with the Beatles. Harrison also played the guitar during the sessions when the Beatles recorded “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “This Boy” in October 1963, months before they brought “Beatlemania” to the United States, launching the British Invasion of rock bands.

He ends up discovering two teenagers blessed with exceptionally strong arms — and the two actors who play the pitchers, Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma, now join an elite squad of mock athletes: actors who have to be convincing as all-star pitchers in a movie. To get a sense of how actors like Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Charlie Sheen, and more pulled it off, we brought in the expert eye of the legendary Charlie Hough, a scout with the Los Angeles Dodgers and a knuckleballer who lasted nearly a quarter century in the big leagues. Actor-Pitcher: Robert Redford in The Natural (1984) Scouting Report: “That leg kick is from the ’60s and ’70s. There’s not a lot of power in his push off the mound. A guy who really exploded on the mound with a big wind-up was [Hall of Famer] Sandy Koufax.” Related Thought: “Actors look like athletes now.

Chris Martin, the frontman of superstar band Coldplay, has always been an intensely personal individual, sharing his intimate feelings not with the press, but with his fans through his emotional though sometimes vague lyrics. There have been particular headline-grabbing moments, of course. Martin married actress Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 and had two children with […]