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Willie Nelson and Bono Team for Miraculous Movie

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Country icon to star in 'Waiting for the Miracle to Come,' with the U2 legend executive-producing and writing for its soundtrack

by Beville Dunkerley, Rolling Stone

Willie Nelson's "Luck, Texas" -- the Old West film set that sits on a corner of his sprawling Hill Country ranch -- is opening its saloon doors to Hollywood once again. Waiting for the Miracle to Come, a fantasy adventure flick starring the country icon in one of its lead roles, will be filmed in the same Lone Star spot built for 1986's Red Headed Stranger, with production set to begin in March.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about a young girl, played by fellow Aussie Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, Adore), who finds a letter from her late father directing her to a goldmine in a remote area of the California desert. That's where she meets two retired vaudeville stars, played by Nelson and acclaimed British actress Charlotte Rampling (Stardust Memories, The Duchess). In their talks, the couple enlightens the girl, an aspiring trapeze artist, to findings more valuable than gold.

"I wrote this script for Willie Nelson; his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else," says Lunson. "And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me."

Director Aoife McArdle's short film "Every Breaking Wave" premiered online earlier today. U2's songs "The Troubles" and "Every Breaking Wave" are featured in this movie. The production was shot on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland late last year amidst controversy from local residents. Watch the 13 minute film up above (and if you want to read more about the film, check this link.

Filming takes place in Olympia Drive in Village area of south Belfast yesterday for U2 video

by Amanda Ferguson, Belfast Telegraph

It seems Bono is capable of annoying people even when he's not there.

Belfast residents have complained about the disruption caused by filming for a U2 video in the Village area of the city and there have been accusations the Irish rockers are "cashing in" on the Troubles.

A number of people living in Olympia Drive raised concerns about the shoot, which took place over several hours yesterday.

One man claimed cars on set had stopped social care workers parking next to the home of an elderly couple and a business owner said it was stopping people from parking at her premises.

Footage was also shot in the New Lodge area of north Belfast on Wednesday afternoon. None of the band were in Belfast for the shoot and body doubles were used.

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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