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U2 + HBO = 2 fall specials

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by Maria Puente, USA TODAY

Get ready for another behind-the-scenes look at what it's like being a world-class rock band on tour, when U2 gets the up-close-and-personal treatment from HBO in November.

Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, announced Thursday the network will air, on Nov. 7, a documentary about the band and the team of creative types who worked with them to conceptualize and create U2's current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour.

The following week, the network will air the band's Nov. 14 performance at Bercy Arena in Paris. Both the documentary and the concert will be available on HBO GO and HBO NOW simultaneous to the programs' world premieres on HBO, the network said.

The documentary will be produced and directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman). He's a sort of Boswell for U2, having made It Might Get Loud, featuring U2's The Edge, and From the Sky Down, the 2011 documentary chronicling the recording and release of U2's 1991 Achtung Baby.

U2 have released a new short film, that premiered on the Sundance channel Thursday night, July 9. The video piece was broadcasted right after the third season premiere of "Rectify".

Woody Harrelson starred as "Aaron Brown", a prisoner who is about to be released to meet his real life daughter, Zoe Harrelson, at the prison gates in a desert location. The U2 song "Song for Someone", from their new album "Songs of Innocence" was played in the background. Vincent Haycock directed this nearly 8 minute film.

Watch it below:


Patrick Stark could wrap six-year journey Friday night

by Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun

If all goes according to plan, Patrick Stark will face his biggest fear Friday night and conquer it.

The 47-year-old filmmaker and father of two is slated to join U2 on stage to complete a six-year-long documentary project that began at the Irish band's last visit in Vancouver in 2009, when he sang at a pre-show event he set up near BC Place, hoping to attract their attention.

His idea was to confront his biggest fear -- singing on stage in public -- in one of the most intimidating settings possible. The end game was to sign with the band itself, on their stage.

Crazy? Yes. Absolutely bonkers.

In fact, Stark has since been told by several U2 associates it would never happen.

Below are all three performances from U2 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The band played "Beautiful Day", an alternate version of "Song for Someone", and "Angel of Harlem" with The Roots. Additionally, U2 performed "California" just for the studio audience at NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in NYC.

By Ed Mazza, The Huffington Post

Travelers through New York City's Grand Central Station were treated to a surprise performance by U2 on Monday as the band recorded a segment for "The Tonight Show."

Members of the band at first wore disguises, including wigs, with drummer Larry Mullen Jr. even beating on upside down buckets instead of drums to complete the effect:

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."

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