Beloved Irish rockers U2 completed their hat trick of major media events, appearing onstage at the Oscars to perform their nominated song “Ordinary Love.” The song was written to honor Nelson Mandela, the subject of the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — and an image of the late Mandela appeared onscreen at one point. Around the two-minute mark, Bono got down on his knees and thrust his arms in the air in a pose that vaguely suggested Willem Dafoe in Platoon. Watch the performance below: READ FULL STORY
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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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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
At Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre, Spider-Man takes on the Green Goblin in a gravity-defying battle over Manhattan eight times every week. But that’s nothing compared to the fight that’s still unfolding off-stage between the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and ex-director Julie Taymor. Yesterday, Taymor filed new documents in her $1 million lawsuit — in which she claims she’s owed royalties for the show despite being fired last March — revealing private emails that paint composers Bono and the Edge, co-writer Glen Berger, and other collaborators in a harshly negative light. READ FULL STORY
While Lady Gaga didn’t quite go as far as taking the stage in a stained blue dress while smoking a cigar, she did let the sexual energy fly former President Bill Clinton’s way when she performed for him Sunday night at the star-studded “A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation” at the Hollywood Bowl, making the former president blush while wife Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea laughed on.
“Bill, I’m having my first real Marilyn moment,” Gaga said to Clinton, referring to when Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy. “I always wanted to have one and I was hoping that it didn’t involve an accident with some pills and a strand of pearls, but here we are.” A visibly embarrassed but obviously amused Clinton looked to his wife on his right then to his beaming daughter on his left (a big Gaga fan, we hear), who were both smiling and laughing as Clinton’s face turned red. “Tonight, I’m on the edge with you,” Gaga said to Clinton before launching into “The Edge of Glory.”
Gaga (whom Ellen Degeneres introduced by saying, “This next performer needs no introduction” and then literally walked off the stage with no further introduction) made the Clintons squirm further in their box seats down front when she turned her hit “Bad Romance” into “Bill Romance.” READ FULL STORY
beefed-up presence on the CBS series, The Good Wife. “He’s disappointed,” said Cumming’s rep. “He’s been attached to Spider-Man for a year and he was hopeful that it would make it to the stage and he’d be a part of it.” Alas, when Cumming was made a series regular on Julianna Margulies’ hit CBS show last month, he was forced to give up on Spidey, a big-budget and eagerly awaited musical for which U2 wrote the music and lyrics. The show, which was supposed to open in February, was delayed due to financing troubles, is officially slated to open later this year. The news follows another recent high-profile departure from the cast, after Evan Rachel Wood dropped out last month, also citing scheduling conflicts. (She was to play Mary Jane Watson on stage.) While Cumming will not get the chance to work with Spidey’s director Julie Taymor on this project, he will be starring in her feature film version of The Tempest, which should hit movie theaters by the end of 2010.Broadway veteran and all-around lovable character actor Alan Cumming has decided to pull out of director Julie Taymor’s in-the-works musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The Scottish actor, who was to play the Green Goblin, decided over the weekend after negotiations that he would not be able to juggle the rigors of a Broadway show and his
It’s not every night you get to be serenaded by U2′s Bono before you go to bed (unless, of course, you’re Mrs. Bono, in which case, disregard what I just said). But this week was the exception to the rule. Bono, the Edge, Larry, and Adam played five nights this week on the Late Show With David Letterman to promote their new album, No Line on the Horizon. When I heard about this stunt, even I, as a fan, was apprehensive. Would it be overkill? On the contrary, it made me look forward to staying up until the wee hours and inevitably having a hard time falling asleep after. Between the comedy bits, which included the guys shoveling snow, answering reader mail (you have to admit, the guys are good sports), and getting their own street for a week, it was a fun few days for U2 (and Letterman) fans.
So how did they wrap things up? With the first single off the album, "Get On Your Boots," a song I was iffy on the first few listens but have ultimately warmed up to. The performance was better than their outing at the Grammys (maybe because Bono went sans eyeliner this time), and I couldn’t help but sing along with the line "Let me in the sound!" It wasn’t nearly as good as this week’s "Breathe" but it definitely got my toes tapping more than "I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight." Friday’s performance: B. The week overall: A-
What did you think, PopWatchers? What was your favorite part of U2 week? Did Friday night send U2 out on a high note?
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For their fourth night appearing on Letterman, U2 had a few tricks up their sleeves. Not only did they kill time this week by being the on-hold music for Letterman’s office, they mixed things up by not playing a song off their new album No Line on the Horizon. But, more on that in a minute. The band sat down for an interview with Letterman for the first time this week for a funny, relaxed chat about the Beatles, the early days of the band and an accidental venture to the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. It was a nice segue before the guys took the stage to play…‘Beautiful Day’! I’m not sure why I felt so surprised to hear them play something older, but it certainly was a pleasant surprise. It was a brilliant song choice, a high-energy U2 song that even U2 haters (you know who you are) can’t help but like. It picked up the slack from Wednesday night’s performance with the goosebump-inducing spirit that defines U2 with a nod to Joey Ramone? A beautiful A.
What did you think, PopWatchers? Was this your favorite performance of the week or does Monday night’s "Breathe" still take the cake? Were you ridiculously jealous of everyone in the front row, too? Are you sad tonight’s the last night?
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