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U2 to Release 11 Short Films Inspired by New Album

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'Films of Innocence' will combine animation with live-action shorts inspired by band's latest album

by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

U2 have tapped 11 urban artists to create a collection of new short films to accompany their latest album, Songs of Innocence. The aptly named Films of Innocence sees release on December 9th and is available to pre-order now on iTunes.

A 40-second trailer for Films of Innocence is also available to watch on iTunes as well. The clip offers a quick peek at all 11 videos, which comprise an eclectic mix of animation styles -- from pop-art to surreal psychedelia -- and live-action, cinematic grandeur (the two wolves barreling down an alleyway in slow motion is especially arresting).

Films of Innocence was directed by Jefferson Hack, and features contributions from Oliver Jeffers, Robin Rhode, D*Face, Mode 2, Chloe Early, Ganzeer, Vhils, Maser, ROA, DALeast and Todd James. Working only with U2's music in mind, the artists were given complete creative control to explore their personal reactions to the songs. As the iTunes description teases, "Their works scale the globe, play with time and weave between heightened reality and animated dreamscapes."

U2's Bono and the Edge chat to Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy about coming home to Dublin and songwriting. They also perform The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) and Every Breaking Wave.

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The Irish band will be joined by Interpol, Zola Jesus and Sam Smith on the BBC Two programme

by Leonie Cooper, NME

U2 are set to appear on Later... with Jools Holland.

The band will be playing songs from their recently released 13th album, 'Songs Of Innocence', on the BBC Two show later this month, with the show set for broadcast on Tuesday October 21 at 10pm and Friday October 24 at 11.05pm. Sam Smith, Interpol and Zola Jesus will also appear on the long-running live music programme.

Meanwhile, U2's bassist Adam Clayton recently said that the band have finished '70 per cent' of their next album. Speaking to Q, Clayton said that they have already got over half of the material together for the follow-up to 'Songs of Innocence'. Their next album will be their 14th and is set to be titled 'Songs of Experience'.

He commented: "I think we've probably got 70 per cent of the material that we think will go onto it. The 30 per cent that we're missing I think we'll be able to generate relatively easily. But the amount of energy it will take to refine the perspective of those songs is hard to predict."


U2 performed a soulful rendition of "Ordinary Love" at the 86th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. The Hollywood audience gave the band a standing ovation as the song came to a close. Unfortunately, U2 did not win for "best original song", as that award went to "Let it Go" from the Disney film "Frozen". In 2003, U2 was nominated for "The Hands that Built America", an original song from Martin Scorcese's "Gangs of New York", and they also lost. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch executed a fantastic "photo bomb" when the band members of U2, accompanied by their wives and girlfriends, were posing in front of the camera on the red carpet.

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Watch U2 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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U2 performed 2 songs on the debut of Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show on February 17, 2014. The first song was Invisible, taped on the rooftop of NBC's 30 Rock headquarters (Top of the Rock) in Manhattan for a small group of fans. The second song, Ordinary Love, was performed in the studio following a brief discussion with all 4 members of the band. Please check out the video clips below.

by the New York Film Academy

The public has a strange relationship with the children of the rich and famous. Whether through simple curiosity or through poisonous envy, many child starlets reach even greater notoriety than the parents themselves - as a case in point, compare the amount of column inches devoted to the entrepreneurial Kathy and Richard Hilton compared to their relatively talentless daughter, Paris.


Of course, many children with infamous parents revile the celebrity status which is practically handed to them at birth. Others strive to carve out their own niche and make a name for themselves off the back of their own exceptional talents rather than rely on their namesake.


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Bono's youngest daughter, Eve Hewson, is one such rising star.

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Leicester Mercury

Surprise celebrities added their applause to a rapturous standing ovation for the world premiere of Finding Neverland.

Hundreds of people packed out Curve to see the opening night of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's production.

The show premiered on Saturday night and included two unexpected star guests - U2 frontman Bono and guitarist The Edge - who had been invited by Mr Weinstein.

Mr Weinstein said:"We were so honoured that Bono and Edge came to see our first preview of Finding Neverland in Leicester. There was real excitement amongst the cast to meet them backstage after the show. I came to see Bono's show Spiderman in New York during previews, and he was a really good friend to come and see my first show here in Leicester."

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As one of the most ambitious, extravagant and dynamic shows ever to hit Broadway, the $75 million Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical might have been expected to spin nothing but good fortune for songwriter Bono.

By Jacqui Goddard in Miami, The Telegraph

But the latest chapter in a legal dispute over the production's troubled genesis has heaped fresh embarrassment on the U2 rocker, one year after he and the show's producers fired Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor in a disagreement over her creative vision.

Court documents filed by Ms Taymor, 59, in US District Court in New York have unleashed a new wave of venom in the unseemly row over her sacking, alleging that Bono and fellow U2 band member The Edge - who jointly wrote the musical's score - "severely hampered" the show's progress at a time when its future was on the line.

Drawing in part on private emails written by the show's principals, Ms Taymor's court filing alleges that the pair were largely absent from the show's crucial developmental stages, delivered unsuitable music and lyrics, conspired with the producers to oust her and were "frequently distracted" from their duties - on one occasion in Bono's case, by alcohol and supermodels including Christy Turlington.

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