As the year comes to a close, it’s time for the inevitable look back on some of the most important people, events, and releases of the year. But what about those people, events, and releases that were a complete waste of our time?
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While Liam Neeson has been a United States citizen for the last five years, he hasn’t forgotten his Irish roots. In fact, he’s apparently been exploring the country’s musical history for a project with fellow Irishman Bono.
Best from backstage at the Golden Globes: Leo on Marty, Bono on Mandela, plus Jennifer Lawrence, more
The best way to interview a celebrity? After they’ve won an award. Backstage at the Golden Globes, the parade of celebs — including A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, and even U2 — were more than happy to greet the press and answer any and all questions.
Read on for some of our favorite quotes from the free-for-all press room:
Leonardo DiCaprio (winner — Best Actor, Drama for The Wolf of Wall Street) on Martin Scorsese and getting obsessed with his Wolf role:
I’m just thankful that Marty Scorsese is still as punk-rock, still as vital at 71 years old.
I stopped this film and it was like a giant adrenaline dump. I haven’t been able to work since, really. It was a phenomenal experience. Making movies is an interesting process. You put your entire life on hold. And these characters really do envelop you, for better or for worse. So, thank God none of the attributes of this character rubbed off on my real life, because I probably wouldn’t be standing here today.
Bono (winner, with U2 for Best Song “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), on understanding Mandela:
There’s a few firsts, but the most powerful was to be with the great man on Robbin Island and hearing his voice crack as he spoke about his experience spending so much time on Robbin Island. And few so stoic and so kind of dismissive of his own pain. The first moment in our entire relationship that I saw him just lose it was on Robbin Island, and I’m not sure if you know this, but Mr. Mandela from cutting rocks on Robbin Island of salt had lost the use of his tear ducts. So this great man through all this historical triumph, was unable to cry. And in 2004 he had an operation to fix his tear ducts. It just so struck us on that occasion. It was very emotional on Robbin Island. And to be on the island with for Edge and myself is something we’ll never forget.
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Dublin’s carolers beat your carolers, hands down. That’s because Dublin’s carolers this week included U2 frontman Bono and Glen Hansard of The Swell Season (Once). The famous Irishmen have been joining together on Christmas week to serenade fans on Grafton Street since 2009 to raise money for Simon Communities, a charity addressing homelessness in Ireland. This year, fans were serenaded to “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Merry Xmas Everybody,” and more favorites.
Check out some clips on YouTube and Instagram from some lucky carol-goers below:
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Bono honored Nelson Mandela in a 1,000-word essay published by TIME following the South African leader’s death.
“As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager,” he writes. “He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort.” READ FULL STORY
Whether they make you laugh or gasp, we’ve all witnessed beloved performers take a tumble onstage. Carrie Underwood was able to instantly recover from her recent fall, like the pro that she is. Take a look at five other celebs who recovered from what could have been really bad spills:
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A fresh rhythm, more big-stage flair and a classic songbook were among the promises that accompanied the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night and it’s hard to imagine a better hook to catch the attention of the Federation – no, not the Star Trek thing, this one is the new celebrity super-group that gathered Sunday near Table No. 18 at Elton John’s annual Oscar viewing party. READ FULL STORY
It’s too bad Ashton Kutcher can’t take credit for this one: Conservative muckraker Jason Mattera attempted to barrage U2’s Bono with a slew of controversial questions last month. Problem was, it wasn’t Bono he was bombarding, but rather Bono impersonator Pavel Sfera.
According to The Washington Post, the onslaught occurred at an L.A. event where Bono was slated to appear. Mattera attended the event, hoping to corner Bono about U2’s decision to move their business from Ireland to the Netherlands purportedly to avoid paying taxes.
“Do you find it hypocritical that you encourage Western countries to give money over to Africa, and then you take your money and put it into a tax haven?” fires Mattera in the video. But the matter is seemingly lost on Sfera, who repeatedly responds with, “I didn’t,” and, “It’s not my company.” Watch the video after the jump: READ FULL STORY
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