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Celebrating 10 Of Ireland's Finest Stars


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To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we pay tribute to some of the most significant Irish men and women in Hollywood and beyond, because for such a small country, so many legends have been created there. Here's a look at some of the singers, actors and presenters that make Ireland proud.

10 of Ireland's greatest superstars:

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender is half-Irish, half-German

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U2 Extend Their The Joshua Tree Tour


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U2 have extended their 'The Joshua Tree' tour.

The Irish rock band, which is now comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Junior, have added a second date to the UK leg of their UK and European tour after their performance at London's Twickenham stadium on July 8 sold out when tickets went on sale on Monday (16.01.17).

The group have consequently decided after receiving the ''wave of support'' they have decided to return to the stage and perform on July 9.

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Bono Becomes The First Man To Be Included In Glamour's Women Of The Year List


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U2 frontman and long-time humanitarian campaigner Bono has been given the honour of being the first man to ever make Glamour magazine’s annual list of Women of the Year.

The mag’s prestigious list has always attempted to celebrate women from diverse walks of life and industries, from fashionistas to business leaders and social justice activists, but it’s the first time that a man has been selected.

“I asked did she think I deserved it. She wasn’t sure,” Bono told the publication when he learned the news from his wife, Ali Hewson, on Tuesday (November 1st).

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Soledad Obrien - We are Family Foundation honoring Jimmy Carter at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Hammerstein Ballroom - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 29th April 2016

Jimmy Carter, Soledad Obrien and Bono

Bono Says Amy Schumer's Got The Power To Defeat ISIS


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Bono has decided that the best way to cripple ISIS and counter terrorism is by making them laugh. In his mind, violence doesn't work because it's all they understand, so why not introduce them to a concept they've never heard of before? Which is comedy. Apparently.

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Yeah, we don't think the U2 frontman is going to be running for president any time soon, even if we overlook that's he's not American. It's like showing up to debate class, realising you haven't prepared at all and just rattling off the first idea you can think of. Regardless of how stupid it is. The only problem is, Bono is 'actually serious'.

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Eagles Of Death Metal Join U2 On Stage During Paris Gig


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Eagles of Death Metal have made an emotional return to Paris, appearing as surprise guests during U2’s gig at the AccorHotels Arena on Monday evening. Bringing the band to the stage U2 frontman Bono said: 'They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago and we would like to offer them ours tonight.

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Bono Says Nothing Will Stop U2 From Playing Paris


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Bono has declared that nothing will stand in the way of U2 playing their upcoming concerts in Paris over the weekend, and the frontman hopes that the performance will inspire fans.

U2 and a number of other bands, including Foo Fighters, were forced to cancel gigs in the beleaguered city in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on November 13th. The Irish group’s gigs, the first of which was scheduled for the 14th, was understandably called off and rearranged for December 6th and 7th at the AccorHotels Arena.

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Bono Auctioning Off Bike Ride In Central Park For AIDS Charity


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Almost exactly a year to the day since he seriously injured his arm in a bike accident in New York, U2 singer Bono will be auctioning a bicycle ride as part of a charity campaign for his organisation (RED), which raises money to tackle AIDS.

The campaign launches on Tuesday (December 1st), which honours World AIDS Day, according to the Associated Press. It can be entered by donated at least $10 through the Omaze website, and the winner will get to accompany the iconic frontman on a bike ride through New York’s Central Park, where he injured his arm so badly it required surgery this time last year.

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U2 And Foo Fighters Cancel Gigs Following Paris Attacks


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U2 and Foo Fighters have both announced they’ve canceled scheduled gigs in the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday evening. Foo Fighters will now no longer continue on the rest of their European tour, which was due to stop in the French capital on Monday (November 16th).

Foo FigthersFoo Fighters have cancelled the rest of their European tour in the wake of the attacks in Paris.

A statement on the Foo Fighters’ official website read: "It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour.”

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The Latest ALS Ice Bucket Challengers: Chris Martin, Stella McCartney And Kate Moss


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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been surfing the celebrity world for some time now with famous faces all over the world taking the plunge in order to draw attention to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to its research. The latest stars to succumb to the cold water are Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, fashion designer Stella McCartney and supermodel Kate Moss, with the former two joining up together to complete their nomination.

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Singer Chris Martin is the latest in a long line of celebrities to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of ALS

Martin and McCartney were both nominated by the singer’s estranged wife, Gwyneth Paltrow and did not seem too keen to accept their selection at first.

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U2 Defy "Irrelevance" With 'Invisible' Exposure At Super Bowl


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U2 gained maximum visibility at last Sunday's Super Bowl where the rockers debuted new single 'Invisible' to raise money for the charitable Red campaign in association with Bank of America. The track, which appeared on a commercial played during the football game, was launched to encourage viewers to support the charity.

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U2 Are Back After A Triumphant Ad Slot At Sunday's Super Bowl.

For 24 hours after the ad aired, fans could download 'Invisible' for free via iTunes with Bank of America pledging to donate $1 (60p) to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria each time the song is downloaded. During that time window, the bank also agreed to donate up to $2m (£1.2m) even though Fox Sports allegedly charged advertisers around $4m (£2.4) for each 30-second commercial.

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U2 To Launch New Free Track 'Invisible' During Super Bowl Next Weekend


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U2 are gearing up to debut new song 'Invisible' at next weekend's Super Bowl, which will lead into the Irish rock band's 13th studio album. The track will appear on a commercial played during the sports match airing in conjunction with the Bank of America and Bono's charitable Red campaign.

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U2 Are Preparing To Debut 'Invisible' At Next Weekend's Super Bowl.

After the commercial has aired, fans will have 24 hours to download 'Invisible' for free via iTunes with Bank of America pledging to donate $1 (60p) to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria each time the song is downloaded. During that time window, the bank have agreed to donate up to $2m (£1.2m) despite Fox Sports allegedly charging advertisers around $4m (£2.4) for each 30-second commercial.

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Forbes Names Steven Spielberg As Most Influential Celebrity Of The Year


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Steven Spielberg, who has won practically every filmmaking award in existence throughout his career, adds another honor to the list this week. Spielberg has been named as the most influential celebrity of 2014 in Forbes' annual list.

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47% of Americans consider Spielberg influential.

The list was compiled for Forbes by E-Poll Market Research out of a database of 6,600 celebrities. The results factored in 46 different attributes, based on E-Poll’s data of Americans. Factors like celebrities’ likeability and level of public awareness were used as tie breakers.

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Bono Warned To "Watch Your Back" After Amy Poehler Kiss At Golden Globes


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Amy Poehler was awarded the Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy) award at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards for her role as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation this weekend. It was a thoroughly deserved recognition and one that Poehler, who also co-hosted the event with Tina Fey, was overwhelmed with. The win also earned her a congratulator smooch from U2 frontman Bono, an extra that Poehler's boyfriend didn't approve of.

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Poehler had a hectic night on Sunday, 12 Jan.

As Poehler got up to the stage to accept her award, she was congratulated by Bono, who has given a passionate kiss from Poehler, with the singer then receiving a light-hearted threat from Poehler's man Nick Kroll. He posted on his Twitter: "Hey Bono, watch your back," in an attempt to scare the singer into submission. So far, we don't think it worked.

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After Three Years Of "Meh" 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' Musical Is Off Broadway


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Whoever thought doing a Spider-Man musical was a good idea shouldn’t be allowed to write things down, because it wasn’t, and after a huge waste of time, money and effort, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has officially been removed from Broadway and shipped out to Vegas. The whole thing has been a nightmare, with major injuries and huge, high-profile legal cases blighting the musical’s progress.

The thing cost $75m to create (making it the most expensive musical ever), and while the show has grossed $203m, the high - $1m-per-week! - running costs have rendered it a financial disaster. Producer Jeremiah J Harris thinks a reconfigured version of the show will prosper in a different city, according to The New York Times.

"We could run for probably another three to five years being stuck in the middle. We think it will play Las Vegas with a greater bang than it did in New York,” explained Harris. “Economically we have a greater opportunity in the Las Vegas market," added the producer, who said the show would return in 2015.

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'Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark' Coming To An End On Broadway & Moving To Las Vegas


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Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark was a relatively popular stage show throughout its two year run on Broadway, yet despite regular ticket sales and generally positive reviews, the Spiderman musical struggled to meet its huge budget every night and there were regular reports of infighting coming from the set. Producers have decided to cut their loses with the beleaguered stage production, and will relaunch the show in Las Vegas for 2015, a producer for the show told the Wall Street Journal.

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The Spidey stage show has remained popular, but not popular enough

With a total cost of $75 million throughout its two plus years on the stage, the production regularly failed to break even, particularly so in more recent weeks. Last week alone, the stage production only managed to gross $742,595 from a potential gross of more than $1.5 million. This kind of disappointing display has been plaguing the production for some time now, and producers seem ready at last to cut their loses in the Big Apple and try out another city.

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Muscle Shoals - International Trailer


When Rick Hall opened up his record studio FAME Studios in the small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, it became something of a rock 'n' roll myth when some of the finest music ever written began to pour out of it. Hits from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding became international, and Hall even managed blur the distinction between white and black a little as his all-white session group, The Swampers, became deeply respected among the funk and soul artists. After the session group separated themselves from Hall, some of them set up their own studio, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and became the Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section. From here, musicians began to shine their brightest as The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan all left that town as legends as if enchanted by the beauty of Muscle Shoals.

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Muscle Shoals Trailer


Muscle Shoals was just a town in Alabama with an extraordinary habit of producing some of the finest music in the world. It started out with Rick Hall and his FAME Studios, producing hits from the likes of Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Etta James. And not only that, even at the heart of racial distinction in America, he found the ability to join both black and white in unity over the love of soul music. Even after Hall's session group split up, some of them went to name themselves The Swampers, later becoming known as the Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section when they opened the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. From here came legendary tunes from The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. So just what was it that made Muscle Shoals the must-be place for artist in the seventies?

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Good Genes Or Good Ops: Which Male Celebrities Don't Show Their Age?


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We've all had that moment; looking at photos of our favourite celebs and then jumping out of our seats screaming, 'He's HOW old?!' Well, we've been doing a lot of that here at ContactMusic. Some stars seem to have crept up the age ladder pretty sneakily, the odd wrinkle and grey hair barely registering on our radar, while others don't seem to have aged at all! English football player David Beckham was in his twenties when he rose to global popularity and, looking at his recent H&M underwear advert, it seems that his iconic hairstyles and tattoos are our only way of working out the old from the newer pictures of him. However, he is only 37 and has plenty of time to catch up yet. It's the over-50s that have really had our mouths agape in recent times as we've been scouring the net for the most youthful looking middle to old aged stars. 

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Another Band Returns! U2 New Album Sessions Started Months Ago


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U2 at the Q Awards back in 2011

They never could keep out of the limelight for very long. With David Bowie announcing a shock return, Irish rockers U2 have opted to steal some of the returning legend's thunder by revealing to The Sun that they themselves are also back in the studio with a new album on the way. The multi-million selling group haven't been away for nearly as long as the Thin White Duke, or even pop stars Destiny's Child and Justin Timberlake, both who revealed their long-awaited comebacks last week. Their last album was 2009's No Line On The Horizon, whilst the group were touring as recently as 2011.

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Grammys Week Tribute For Bruce Springsteen Features Neil Young, Mumford And Sons


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All eyes will be on Bruce Springsteen during Grammy’s week, as the New Jersey rocker will be the recipient of the MusiCares Person of the Year award. To celebrate the honour, a Bruce Springsteen tribute concert will take place in Los Angeles on February 8, 2013, featuring some of the biggest names in rock and pop and hosted by Jon Stewart.

The event, which is already sold out, will feature musical highlights such as Elton John, Kenny Chesney and Mumford And Sons. A whole host of musicians of varying genres and eras have been included in the line-up. Patti Smith, with whom Bruce co-wrote the hit ‘Because The Night’ will be there, as will Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, as well as Alabama Shakes, Eddie Vedder and Neil Young. Proceeds for the concert will go to MusiCares, an organisation set up to provide support for struggling musicians in financial, medical and personal need.

The annual MusiCares Person of the Year award is attributed to a star whose artistic accomplishments are as worthy of merit as their philanthropic work. Previous winners of the award include Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney and Bono.

Video - 'Cute And Cuddly' Chaz Bono Orders A Taco In-between DWTS Practice


Controversial 'Dancing With The Stars' contestant Chaz Bono is seen on his lunch break from DWTS rehearsals. As he's walking to the taco stand, Chaz shakes his head to indicate that he doesn't want to talk to the photographers.

On the first show of the new season, Chaz impressed the judges with his first dance with his partner, Lacey Schwimmer. He scored 17 points out of a possible 30 and earned him the nickname 'Razzmatazz Chaz' from head judge Len Goodman. Flamboyant judge Bruno Tonioli described Chaz as being 'cute and cuddly'

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Video - Bono Holds A Press Conference At TIFF


U2 frontman Bono arrives at the 36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival for a press conference for his new film, 'From the Sky Down', which is set to open the festival. The film is a documentary and shows behind the scenes footage of the production of U2's 'Achtung, Baby', which was released in 1991. The film also shows the relationship between the four members of the Irish rock band as well as the challenges that the production faced.

Bono has become ubiquitous in recent years for his work as a humanitarian. He is perhaps well known for raising awareness, along with the singer Bob Geldof, of the charity 'Live Aid', which helped to raise funds for relief of the Ethiopian famine in 1985

Bono Tuesday 6th September 2011 2011 GQ Men of the Year Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals. London, England

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Video - Bono And The Edge Get Hero's Welcome In New York


Bono and The Edge, of Irish rock-band U2, arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York for a taping of 'The Late Show with David Letterman'. The lead-guitarist was first to step out of the duo's car, wearing a smart leather jacket and usual black hat. He proceeded to greet the hundreds of queuing fans, telling his security staff, "I'm just shaking hands".

Bono was next to step out of the vehicle, donning his traditional sunglasses and dark jacket. The rocker signed autographs for fans and posed for photographs before entering the historic theatre. U2 recently headlined the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England

Bono - Paul David Hewson a.k.a Bono Monday 18th July 2011 arriving at 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater

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Bono - Bono and his wife Ali Hewson Saturday 25th June 2011 at Glastonbury Festival Somerset, England

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Beyonce Knowles, Adam Clayton and Bono Sunday 22nd May 2011 at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena - press room Las Vegas, Nevada

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Baroness Susan Greenfield and Bono - Baroness Susan Greenfield and Edward De Bono (Brain of the Year Winner 2009) London, England - Annual Dinner and Brain of the Year Awards 2009 at Mosimann's Private Club, West Halkin St. Thursday 17th December 2009

Baroness Susan Greenfield and Bono

Bono and U2 - Bono and Ali Hewson London, England - leave Home House Private Members Club after party for U2's Portman Square secret show Saturday 15th August 2009

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Across The Universe Trailer


Across The Universe
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Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson

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U2 Arrive In Australia To Resume Tour


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Irish supergroup U2 arrived in Australia yesterday (31OCT06) to complete the postponed leg of their VERTIGO tour. Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr flew into Sydney from their Dublin base before heading to Australia's Gold Coast via private jet to prepare for the tour. The band's legion of Australian fans have been holding their tour tickets since March (06), when U2 suddenly postponed the concerts to allow The Edge to be with his family as a relative battled a serious illness. The eight-month break from their world tour allowed Bono the opportunity to launch his new initiative RED, which raises funds for women and children suffering from HIV/AIDS in Africa. The band also recorded a cover of punk anthem THE SAINTS ARE COMING with Green Day to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina in the US. Bono is currently in talks to appear as a special guest at the inaugural Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne, Australia on 17 November (06). The band's tour kicks off in Brisbane on Monday night (06NOV06).

Bukowski: Born Into This Review


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Poet and novelist Charles Bukowski was a howling drunk, an unapologetic womanizer, and a smoking, gambling foul-mouthed literary sensation. He haunted barrooms and horse tracks. He brawled and hired prostitutes. He hung out with celebrities and is revered by legions of readers. No doubt his life contains all the stuff of a fascinating documentary -- only Bukowski: Born into This isn't it.

For a movie about a wild man, Born into This is awfully tame. Director John Dullaghan does a commendable job of chronicling his subject's life, using Bukowski's various novels and poems as portals into his life experiences, but Dullaghan never challenges the audience to determine exactly what to make of Bukowski, either as a human or as a writer. Was he a misogynist or a sage? Is it possible to be both? What is his literary legacy? Why don't universities typically teach Bukowski? Do English professors know something the rest of us don't?

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