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U2 and The Joshua Tree at 30: The Gig that Keeps on Giving

This is the tour that would mark an historic occasion. Not only is it the 30th anniversary of U2’s phenomenally successful The Joshua Tree album, but the third time I was to see the band live. Yep, the hat-trick was in sight in London on Sunday, July 9, and as Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby, loomed large, it still wasn’t quite sinking in.

To be honest, I’d only decided late on in April to try and purchase tickets for this landmark tour. On the subject of punctuality, my apologies for only just getting around to writing this review – the traditional U2 withdrawal symptoms have only just left me. The Irish rockers’ previous two albums, 2014’s Songs of Innocence and 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, had left me somewhat underwhelmed. That’s not to say that they weren’t both decent efforts, but when you talk
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55 years ago today, Cruella de Vil made her big-screen debut

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55 years ago today, Cruella de Vil made her big-screen debut
55 years ago today, audiences got to meet Pongo, Perdita, Patch, and 98 more spotted puppies when “101 Dalmatians” opened in theaters. The film is often credited with saving Disney Animation — 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” under-performed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs. Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, even tried to convince Walt to shut down their animation department and shift focus to TV production. Fortunately for Baloo, Ariel, Simba, Elsa and all the animated Disney greats that were yet to come, “101 Dalmatians” was a box office hit — it was the 10th highest grossing film of 1961 in the U.S. and Canada. And the characters of “101 Dalmatians” have made their mark on pop culture in the 55 years since. Cruella de Vil, the movie’s villain who wants to turn the puppies into a dog-skin fur coat, ranked at #39 on AFI’s list of the top 50 movie villains of all time. Glenn Close
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Happy 20th to Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic' video, a.k.a. the Gen X 'Inside Out'

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Happy 20th to Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic' video, a.k.a. the Gen X 'Inside Out'
Alanis Morissette's "Ironic," one of the most memorable music videos of the '90s, debuted 20 years ago today. The artist herself announced its anniversary on her Facebook. Let's rediscover why it's a rad (and yes, feminist) masterpiece.    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); ironic with stephane sednaoui shared publicly 20 years ago today. i lifted not a finger, showed up with clean hair and an open mind. http://smarturl.it/m3o5qp Posted by Alanis Morissette on Friday, January 22, 2016   While Morissette has released plenty of stellar videos including the black-and-white parade dirge "Hand in My Pocket" and the ebullient dance medley "So Pure," her wild performance in the "Ironic" video is arguably her defining MTV moment.
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Penelope Cruz Straddles Bono While Husband Javier Bardem Struts in Feather Boa During U2 Concert: Watch

Penelope Cruz Straddles Bono While Husband Javier Bardem Struts in Feather Boa During U2 Concert: Watch
We’re not entirely sure what’s going on here, but it looks like Penelope Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem, had a grand ol’ time at the U2 concert on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Barcelona. Bardem, dressed in a feather boa and blue sparkly cowboy hat, jumped onstage with the band and showed off his sexiest dance moves, as Bono performed “Mysterious Ways.” The Gunman actor, 36, pretended to attempt to seduce Bono, while grinding against him. Cruz, 41, disguised in a blonde wig with bunny ears, then got [...]
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U2 at Madison Square Garden, 30 July 2015

I finally did it: I saw U2 in concert.

I may have waited too long to catch the band in its prime, but its 37 years of experience -- without a personnel change -- and undiluted passion have made it one of the biggest concert draws for decades now, even if recent albums have been uneven in inspiration.

The current tour, with Thursday night being the next-to-last of eight shows at Madison Square Garden, is promoting last year's Songs of Innocence, which I mostly like. It figured that the annoying album opener, "The Miracle of Joey Ramone" (I wrote that it "panders like a commercial") would also be the concert opener (unless you want to give that honor to Patti Smith's recording "People Have the Power," which at all those shows is the song the quartet has walked on to, coming through the audience and climbing onstage). But then, pandering
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2013 Midseason Pilot Preview

Deception

When and Where: Mondays at 10 on NBC, beginning January 7th

What’s the deal: The mysterious death of a childhood friend, who also happens to be a modern-day wealthy socialite, causes Detective Joanna Locasto, played by Californication’s Meagan Good (Think Like a Man, Saw V) to go back undercover as a guest of the family she grew up with, as a servant’s daughter, to find out the truth. The cast for this includes AliasVictor Garber, The O.C. and DamagesTate Donovan, and Breakout KingsLaz Alonso. This series replaces the apocalyptic drama Revolution on NBC’s schedule during the latter’s extended hiatus and is created by Liz Heldens, who wrote for Friday Night Lights as well as the Us version of Prime Suspect.

1600 Penn

When and Where: Thursdays at 9:30 on NBC, beginning January 10th

What’s the deal: This traditional sitcom follows a dysfunctional family,
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Is U2 the Greatest Musical Act of the Last 25 Years?

Is U2 the Greatest Musical Act of the Last 25 Years?
Getty Left to right, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr, Adam Clayton and The Edge of U2 attend The 2011 Q Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 24, 2011 in London, United Kingdom.

The Irish rock band U2 is the greatest musical act of the last 25 years according to Q Magazine. The group responsible for “Mysterious Ways” and “Beautiful Day” was on hand to receive the honor at an event held on Monday in London by Q, Britain’s best-selling music monthly. Singer Adele,
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Catch up TV Guide: from The Dirty South to U2

TV: Rich Hall's The Dirty South

Last chance to watch or download this excellent history of the American south on film. Rich Hall (right) followed up his equally interesting wild west history lesson with this one-off TV essay, picking apart the Southern belles and good ol' boy cliches with clips from A Streetcar Named Desire, Deliverance and, of course, Gone With The Wind.

BBC iPlayer, until Sun 10.29pm

TV: Master Of The Universe

With Prof Stephen Hawking's Brave New World beginning on Monday, here's a chance to bone up on his earlier mind-blowing journey through some of the bigger questions around: is an all-encompassing Theory Of Everything possible? Is there a grand design to the cosmos? Whatever happened to She-Ra? That sort of thing.

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TV: The Walking Dead Webisodes

Six mini-instalments to get you, er, warmed up for the second series, filling in the back-story of "Bicycle
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DC Comics New 52: Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 - review

DC Comics New 52: Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 - review
In the latest of our comprehensive series of reviews of DC Comics' 52 relaunched titles, we take a look at Green Lantern: New Guardians #1. Who's it by?

Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 is written by Tony Bedard (R.E.B.E.L.S.) and drawn by Tyler Kirkham (Mysterious Ways). What's the history?

Green Lantern has a history back to 1940, with the introduction of the magic ring-wielding Alan Scott. The concept was revamped in 1958 into its more familiar and modern form, introducing Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. When Jordan was corrupted, taking up the mantle of Parallax and dismantling the Corps, the one remaining power ring passed to artist Kyle Rayner, who first appeared in Green Lantern (vol 3) #48 in 1994, created by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks. The character was very different from his predecessors (more)
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SciFi Mafia’s Comic Release Watch: 9/21/11

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Here’s what hits stores this week!

DC Comics

Batman #1 (Greg Capullo Regular Cover), $2.99

Batman #1 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover), Ar

Batman #1 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), Ar

Birds Of Prey #1, $2.99

Blue Beetle #1, $2.99

Captain Atom #1, $2.99

Catwoman #1, $2.99

DC Universe Presents #1, $2.99

Dmz #69, $2.99

Fables #109, $2.99

Green Lantern Corps #1, $2.99

Green Lantern Vs Sinestro Mini Statue, $125.00

Hellblazer #283, $2.99

Justice League #1 (Jim Lee 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Justice League #1 (Jim Lee 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Justice League Of America Omega Hc, $24.99

Legion Of Super-Heroes #1, $2.99

New Teen Titans Games Hc (resolicited), $24.99

New York Five Tp, $14.99

Nightwing #1, $2.99

Northlanders #44, $2.99

Red Hood And The Outlaws #1, $2.99

Showcase Presents All-Star Comics Volume 1 Tp, $19.99

Supergirl #1, $2.99

Tiny Titans #44, $2.99

Wonder Woman #1, $2.99

Young Justice #8, $2.99

Marvel Comics

Anita Blake Circus Of The Damned The Scoundrel #1 (Of 5), $3.99

Avengers #17 (Alan Davis Regular Cover), $3.99

Avengers #17 (Stuart Immonen Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), Ar

Avengers #17 (Stuart Immonen Marvel Architects Variant Cover), Ar

Avengers The Children’s Crusade #7 (Of 9), $3.99

Captain America #3 (Steve
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Toronto: The U2 documentary 'From the Sky Down' isn't just good, it's downright transcendent

Toronto: The U2 documentary 'From the Sky Down' isn't just good, it's downright transcendent
As the Toronto Film Festival winds down, I want to tell you about one last movie I saw there — a movie that, for me, turned out to be the most surprising one of the festival. I went to a showing of From the Sky Down, a documentary about U2 directed by Davis Guggen- heim, with more or less one thought in my head: Do I really need to see another U2 documentary? There was U2: Rattle and Hum (1988). There was the concert film U2 3D (2008). There was the edition of VH1′s Classic Albums in which the Edge showed you
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Showtime's U2 Documentary "From The Sky Down" Debuts At The Toronto Film Festival

From Left to Right: David Nevins, Bono, The Edge, director Davis Guggenheim.

The Toronto Film Festival kicked off this past weekend and one of the films to open up the annual festival was Showtime's upcoming documentary, From The Sky Down, which chronicles the making of the timeless U2 classic album, Achtung Baby.

Originally released in 1991, Achtung Baby is most known for containing notable U2 tracks such as "Mysterious Ways," "Until The End of the World," and the universally and critically acclaimed "One," which has gone on to be used as a theme song for many causes from AIDS Awareness to social injustice. What most U2 fans, or rather average ones, don't know is the drama that went on behind the scenes during the creation of the album. Achtung Baby also marked the beginning of U2's famous ZooTV tour that lasted for three years and led into the group's follow-up album Zooropa.
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U2's 'Achtung Baby' gets expansive 20th anniversary reissue

U2's 'Achtung Baby' gets expansive 20th anniversary reissue
Hey, how much do you like U2? A lot? Did you help contribute to their historic 360 touring run? Do you hope and pray to hear "One" and "Mysterious Ways" and "Acrobat" in a big way? And, perhaps, do you have about $630 to spare? The Irish rockers are preparing a traditional and expanded reissue on their 1991 album "Achtung Baby" for its 20th anniversary, and by "expanded" I mean death-defyingly excessive. Or Uber Deluxe, if you're their handlers. This six-cd, four-dvd, five-7" boxed kit may not get you out of the woods when and if you get lost, but it...
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U2 on Tour Part Two: Bono Pays Tribute to Clarence Clemons

U2 on Tour Part Two: Bono Pays Tribute to Clarence Clemons
WSJ U2 at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

There was a rumor that Bruce Springsteen would make a special appearance at the latest stop on U2’s 360º tour, New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., but it didn’t happen. No matter. U2 electrified the massive, sold-out venue on its own.

But frontman Bono did thank “The Boss” for loaning them the New Jersey stadium, and during the encore, he paid tribute to Springsteen’s late saxophonist,
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U2 on Tour: Part One

U2 on Tour: Part One
Suchat Pederson / The News Journal Bono at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia

Over the course of two hours at U2′s 360 Tour show last night in Philadelphia, Bono mentioned Burma, the Middle East and AIDS in Africa. He devoted songs to Gabrielle Giffords (her husband Mark Kelly made a taped appearance from space) and Nelson Mandela. Amnesty International members brought lanterns out on the stage and Burmese political prisoner (released last November) Aung San Suu Kyi made a videotaped impassioned plea.
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'Mysterious Ways' teased by Top Cow

'Mysterious Ways' teased by Top Cow
Top Cow Productions has released a teaser for a new project, Mysterious Ways. The image shows pictures of nine infamous murderers - including John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer - with the caption, "Who will be our saviour?" Writer Jason Rubin and artist Tyler Kirkham's title was announced at Comic Con International last year. Its first issue appeared in the First Look trade paperback last October. "Mysterious Ways is a story that follows a brutal yet reluctant serial killer convinced that he is doing God's work by wantonly slaughtering innocent women," said the publisher in its solicitation. (more)
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U2: 360° at the Rose Bowl Blu-ray Review

U2 is the biggest, most successful rock band in the world thus deserving of the biggest concert setup, literally. Hearkening back to the confluence of technology and media that was the early 1990's ZooTV tour, the 360 stage claims the honor of being the largest concert structure yet constructed and possibly most expensive (over $750,000 per day to maintain). Without seeing it in person (which I was lucky to enjoy last fall), it's really hard to appreciate the scope of the "spaceship" theme including four claw-like 160 plus feet tall steel legs (each with its own sound system) lending support to interconnected expanding and contracting Led screens hovering above a center stage open in all directions with bridges to a surrounding circular walkway. To put it in perspective, I've been in smaller clubs that would fit inside this contraption that consumes the center of your local sports arena. Universal's U2360 at the Rose Bowl Bd (filmed Oct 25th,
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U2 confirm DVD release of YouTube gig

U2 confirm DVD release of YouTube gig
U2's 2009 concert at California's Rose Bowl stadium has been confirmed for DVD release. U2360° At The Rose Bowl, which will be the band's first live release available on Blu-ray, is due on June 7. Deluxe editions will also feature special documentary Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360°. The concert, held on October 25, was broadcast live over YouTube to around 7 million fans. The full tracklisting is as follows: 'Get On Your Boots'

'Magnificent'

'Mysterious Ways'

'Beautiful Day'

'I Still Haven’t Found What I'm Looking For'

'Stuck (more)
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U2 Take Over The Rose Bowl And The Internet

Last night (October 25), U2 took the stage at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, for the latest stop on their U2 360 tour (in support of their latest album No Line on the Horizon). But the crowd wasn't limited to the 96,000 or so who filled the home of the University of Southern California football team last night, as they streamed the show live on YouTube. It was an unprecedented event for both the band and the video hosting site, and it allowed millions of people on all seven continents to watch the show live. (The show will also be archived at the site, so if you missed it live you can still experience it.) The band's 24 song set included hits like "Vertigo," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "One" and an absolutely stunning rendition of the Achtung Baby track "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)." During the show, Bono often played directly to the cameras capturing the concert for the Web,
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U2 Honor Bruce Springsteen, Run Through Anthems In New Jersey

There was a ton of buzz surrounding last night's U2 show at Giants Stadium in New Jersey last night. It wasn't so much that it was the first New York-area stop for the band's massive "360" tour (though that was a big part of it), but there was a great deal of speculation about how Bono would celebrate Jersey folk hero Bruce Springsteen's 60th birthday yesterday. After all, it seemed as though it would be impossible for the group to play a show without tipping their collective hat to the Boss.

While Springsteen didn't step on the stage at Giants Stadium during the over two hour show, Bono did wish Bruce a happy birthday and swapped out "she" for "he" during the chorus of "She's the One." MTV News' Rachel Josue was at the show live and snagged a bit of video, so jam on "Mysterious Ways" while you get
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