Fiona Apple Covers Beatles for "Pleasant" Soundtrack
MTV    Aug 27  '98

Fiona Apple has just recorded a cover of the Beatles' song, "Across the Universe," that will be featured on the soundtrack to "Pleasantville."   The song marks the first new Apple song to be released since her 1996 album, "Tidal."

Though Apple did record an additional cover for the soundtrack, it hasn't been decided whether that song will make the final cut.  Either way, Apple is the only contemporary artist to be included on the soundtrack, as per her label's request, with the remainder of the album featuring classic songs by Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and Etta James.

Apple was brought on board the project by her beau, "Boogie Nights" director Paul Thomas Anderson, who is also a friend of "Pleasantville" director Gary Ross.  Anderson filmed the video for "Across the Universe" in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday, and scenes from "Pleasantville" were recreated for the video.

The film, starring Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon, tells the story of a broken '90s family that somehow gets trapped in the positively pleasant -- and black and white -- past.  As the family and the fictitious town they're living in undergoes various changes, their monochromatic world turns to Technicolor.

"Pleasantville" arrives in theaters on October 23 via New Line Cinema, while the soundtrack hits store shelves on October 6.  fin