U2 Treat Boston Fans To Surprise Show

March 12th, 2009

BOSTON — "It was an unwieldy event," Bono told MTV News' Sway Calloway just seconds after stepping off the tiny club stage at Wednesday's surprise performance. "But that's the way we like 'em."

No strangers to spectacle, U2 wrapped up their 10-day, four-city campaign for Biggest Band in the World — and celebrated No Line on the Horizon's #1 status in 30 countries — with the global broadcast of a jet-fueled performance and Q&A from Boston's Somerville Theatre.

And what a ...

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Shepard Fairey Brings ‘Hope’ To Barack Obama Inauguration

January 21st, 2009

Shepard Fairey's Barack Obama posters were the defining image of the presidential campaign.

The high-contrast red, white and blue portrait went viral overnight, appearing on everything from posters to T-shirts to the cover of Time magazine, and catapulting the Los Angeles-based graphic designer and street artist from subversive propagandist to mainstream icon.

On Saturday, in a gala reception featuring senators, congressmen and governors, the underground artist's iconic portrait was ...

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U2 Talk ‘U2 3D’ Movie, New Album At Sundance

January 21st, 2008

PARK CITY, Utah - The hot ticket at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend wasn't an edgy Hollywood indie. It was a slick, super-saturated 3-D concert flick from Dublin.

Park City's Eccles Center was pulsing with an arena-sized dose of anticipation Saturday night for the premiere of U2's "U2 3D." Fans whooped and hollered at any and all signs of the band. Scalpers drove tickets far above face value. The red carpet was choked with press outlets stacked four deep, while the theater was packed ...

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Bono & The Edge: U2 3D

January 20th, 2008

Benjamin Wagner: What do you notice in yourselves and each other in 3D that you didn't before?

The Edge: I was struck by the separateness really yunno we're up there quite individual and quite separate something about the 3D the depth of field you really feel that

Bono: Are you saying you felt lonely up there, The Edge?

The Edge: Nah, I felt lonely for Larry.

Bono: He likes being by himself.

The Edge: I was moved.

Bono: Did you go and bring him a bottle of water?

The Edge: ...

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Douglas Coupland On ‘Everything’s Gone Green,’ Beaver Dams, Siberia

April 20th, 2007

Making a great playlist is hard to do.

First, you need to nail the music. Pissed off? Try a little Rage Against the Machine. Confounded? Death Cab for Cutie. Crestfallen? Sprinkle in some Laura Veirs.

Next you need to find the perfect lyric. Intense love might call for Dashboard Confessional's "Hands Down," as sung by Chris Carrabba ("Your kiss might kill me/ So won't you kill me"). Soul-crushing heartbreak might find solace in All-American Rejects' "Move Along," as sung by Tyson Ritter ...

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Douglas Coupland: Everything’s Gone Green

April 11th, 2007

I've read all of Douglas Coupland's books. I love his seemless marriage of pop culture currency and left-of-center magical realism. He looks just beneath the curated lawns of suburbia to expose everything from Yuppies adrift ("Generation X") to Boomer grow ops ("Jpod") with a dash of wit, whimsy, and a light sprinkling of symbolic absurdity (plane crashes, meteor showers, the apocalypse). When I heard the author, screenwriter, and visual artist was going to be in New York City to promote his ...

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Challenging Documentaries And Discussions Keep Star-Studded Sundance Grounded

January 27th, 2006

PARK CITY, Utah — The barrage of images beamed and blogged from the Sundance Film Festival of Lance Bass swagging it up with Lucy Liu might lead one to believe otherwise, but for every star-studded party and A-list premiere at the festival, there is a politically charged panel discussion and socially conscious documentary.

Following the logic that troubled times make for great art, filmmakers, actors and activists flooded the festival. Subjects as diverse as global warming, voter ...

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Neil Young’s ‘Heart Of Gold’ Concert Doc Glitters At Sundance

January 26th, 2006

PARK CITY — When rock icon Neil Young was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain aneurysm last spring, the grandfather of grunge and legendary singer/songwriter responded as only he could. In the weeks between the diagnosis and lifesaving surgery, he wrote and recorded Prairie Wind, a plaintive, cohesive song cycle of love, death, family and friends.

When Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") received an advance copy of the album, he was jolted ...

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Neil Young: Heart Of Gold

January 25th, 2006

I interviewed Mr. Young and Mr. Demme at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival on their involvement in the forthcoming film, "Neil Young: Heart Of Gold." The interview occurred at Zoom, a restaurant in the old Union Pacific rail station, on Wedneday, January 25, for an MTV News article, "Neil Young's 'Heart Of Gold' Concert Doc Glitters At Sundance". the interview is reprinted here in its entirety.

BW: Jonathan, catch us up on the circumstances in which you created this extraordinary, amber-hued ...

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Beyond The Red Carpet: Marines, Matzo Balls, Porn Have A Place At Sundance Too

January 23rd, 2006

PARK CITY, Utah — The Sundance Film Festival isn't all about A-list parties, celebrity sightings and flashbulb-frenzied premieres. There are plenty of events that don't involve a red carpet.

Twentysomething Marines Robert Acosta, Paul Reickhoff and Herold Noel are half a world away from their tours of duty in Iraq. The soldiers are in Park City to support Patricia Foulkrod's chilling documentary, "The Ground Truth," an unflinching examination of the war in Iraq and the psychological and ...

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