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by Paul, Britscene

The first trailer for the English-language remake of Patrice Leconte's award-winning French film Man on the Train has arrived, and it gives us the first opportunity to see U2′s drummer, Larry Mullen, Jr. making his acting debut.

Directed by Mary McGuckian and also starring the legendary Donald Sutherland, the film revolves around a thief (Mullan) who meets a professor (Sutherland) when he arrives in town to rob a bank. After the professor offers the gangster shelter, a friendship of sorts develops between these two opposites. Each starts to envy the other, and by the week's end, everything will change for both of them.

Take a look at the first trailer below and see what you think of Mullan's first acting gig. Man on the Train will arrive via video-on-demand October 28, with a limited theatrical release to follow.

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A U2 documentary that's not pretentious

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Call it the anti-"Rattle & Hum." In "From the Sky Down," U2 argues and screws up like every other band

By Mike Doherty, Salon

In Davis Guggenheim's documentary "From the Sky Down," you'll see the singer of the world's biggest band glowering and sniping at a cameraman, worrying with his bandmates about persistent screw-ups in shows and swearing about a stage crew's incompetence as a worried-looking stylist helps him dress before an encore.

Guggenheim resurrected this footage from discarded dailies for "Rattle and Hum," Phil Joanou's hagiographic 1989 film about U2's Joshua Tree tour and band members' "discovery" of American soul and blues music. Had such scenes been included in that film, they'd have drawn out the tension within the band and helped to humanize them; instead, U2 members were pilloried in the press for their self-importance. They'd hit a snag on their nonstop road to massive success, and they needed to rethink their music, their image and what kind of band they wanted to be.

Bono also admits band's new doc 'From The Sky Down' is 'excruciating' to watch

NME

Jack White, Depeche Mode, Patti Smith and Damien Rice have been lined up to cover U2 on a 20th anniversary tribute to the Irish band's 1991 LP 'Achtung Baby'.

The quartet have covered 'Love Is Blindness', 'So Cruel', 'Until The End Of The World' and 'One' respectively on the album, which has been commissioned by Q magazine.

Frontman Bono revealed details of the LP during a press conference to promote new U2 documentary From The Sky Down', which is opening the Toronto International Film Festival.

U2 Rocks Toronto, Launches Film Fest

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By Steve Pond, TheWrap

Uno, dos, tres, catorce ... TIFF.

The 36th Toronto International Film Festival officially launched on Thursday night - not with a bang or a whimper, but with the sound of an Irish rock 'n' roll band.

"From the Sky Down," Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim's exploration of the recording of U2's 1991 album "Achtung Baby," served as TIFF's opening-night selection - and if it didn't rock Roy Thomson Hall quite as hard as the Bruce Springsteen documentary "The Promise" did at last year's festival, credit that to the more staid opening-gala crowd.

Also read: It's Only Rock 'N' Roll, but Toronto Likes It

The screening came complete with a red carpet, and with lots of speeches thanking various donors before festival co-director Cameron Bailey brought out Guggenheim, who in turn called U2 singer Bono (left) and guitarist the Edge to the stage.

Bono: U2 won't be back for a while

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Bono decides it's time to take a breather after rigorous world tour leaves him in need of some rock star rest.

Bono says it was heart-wrenching to wave goodbye to U2's 110-date monster tour but says he's done with life on the road... for a while.

In a rare interview with Guilty Pleasures, the singer lifted the lid on the Irish band's two-year 360° Tour during an evening when he was hounded and rounded on by other stars at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Pining for his travels across five continents, the charity campaigner told me: 'They say every tour is ten days too long. Not with this one. We genuinely loved every single night and at the end we were so sad.'

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