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Reviewed by Brian Orndorf, June 14, 2016, Blu-ray.com

It was supposed to be just another night on the highly successful "Innocence + Experience" tour, taking the band U2 to Paris for a concert intended for cable and internet broadcast. Unfortunately, plans for entertainment were quickly set aside to deal with the November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks, an event that shocked the world and forced U2 to rethink touring plans. Not wanting to disappoint loyal fans and preserve their reputation as one of most socially and politically-minded bands of all time, U2 returned to Paris three weeks later, refusing to bow down to terror-minded folk and put on a big time rock show to help heal a shattered city. "Innocence + Experience - Live in Paris" isn't a radical reinvention of the U2 live event, keeping to the essentials of stage presence and widescreen sound, but there's a special level of power to the show, a searing emotionality that runs through the whole endeavor, with Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton trying their best to bring joy and catharsis to the world through their exquisite song catalog and a brilliant visual display.

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Interscope/Island have announced that they will release on Blu-ray U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live In Paris. The release will be available for purchase on Friday, June 10.

The concert film captures the Irish band's groundbreaking tour as it returned to the French capital for two very special shows in December last year--one of which was The New York Times' Jon Pareles' #1 concert of 2015--despite the fact that he was not in attendance, marking quite possibly the first time a TV broadcast topped the Times' live shows of the year list.

In addition to uplifting guest spots from Eagles of Death Metal and Patti Smith, U2 - iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE - Live In Paris puts viewers inside the AccorHotels Arena with Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr.: the deluxe versions of the release also include a behind-the-scenes interview with live broadcast director Hamish Hamilton; exclusive tour visuals narrated by the band's lifelong friend Gavin Friday; music videos; additional live tracks filmed during the tour; and much more.

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:

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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.

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