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Lady Gaga Channels Marilyn at Clinton Fete

Usher rips his pants, Bono sings opera, the usual

(Newser) - In perhaps a case of history repeating itself, a blonde bombshell serenaded a notoriously libidinous Democratic president last night: But this time it was Lady Gaga sending up Bill Clinton, so things wouldn't have been complete without some extra raunch and an F-bomb. Appearing at last night's "... More »

Stars Unite to 'F*** Famine'

Group aims to raise awareness, not money

(Newser) - Bono, George Clooney, Colin Farrell, and a host of celebrities spout the F-word in a new ad with a simple message: "F*** famine." (Don't worry, it's still SFW, thanks to a lot of censoring.) "Famine is the real obscenity," explains Bono in the... More »

Crazy Things Celebs Blow Money On

Bono has a really special hat

(Newser) - We were about to tell you not to judge these celebrities for their absurd extravagances ... but we won't. The Frisky reminds us how the other half lives with a list of nine of the craziest ways stars have spent their cash:
  • Victoria Beckham’s Birkin bag collection: A Hermes
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Angry Irish to Protest U2 at Music Fest

Glastonbury demonstrators say group avoids taxes at home

(Newser) - Activists say they plan a major protest during U2's performance at England's Glastonbury festival today, accusing the group of dodging tax taxes in Ireland. Bono "is well known for his anti-poverty campaigning," but has avoided paying Irish taxes at a time when the country desperately needs... More »

At 66, Suu Kyi Celebrates 'Triumph of Spirit'

Aung San Suu Kyi celebrates birthday a semi-free woman, gives interview

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her 66th birthday as a relatively free woman today, reports the AP, the first time in nine years the Burma opposition leader hasn't been under house arrest. There was cake at her party's headquarters and a visit from her youngest son, but more... More »

Spidey Musical Finally Opens

Official Broadway opening comes after 183 previews, web of problems

(Newser) - After multiple delays, a record-breaking 183 preview performances, and so many mishaps that "troubled" seemed like part of its name, the Spider-Man musical officially opened on Broadway Tuesday night. True to form, the curtain rose for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark almost an hour later than scheduled, the Wall ... More »

Bono: I Felt 'Impotent' While Making Spider-Man

U2 stars Bono and the Edge discuss firing Julie Taymor

(Newser) - Bono and the Edge aren’t exactly pleased with how Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has worked out. In a blistering interview with the New York Times , the U2 leaders say they’re unhappy with the process and discuss their falling out with Julie Taymor, who was ousted in March.... More »

Mark Kelly Sent Space Shout-Out to Giffords

Endeavour commander surprises during U2 concert

(Newser) - Not content to boast one of the best live shows on planet Earth, U2 went even further for a cameo during a recent concert. Space shuttle Endeavour commander Mark Kelly delivered a message to his wife, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, during the band's concert Saturday night at Seattle's... More »

Driver Picks Up Hitchhicker ... and It's Bono

Now Bono "wants to be Gilbert Brule"

(Newser) - This was one nifty assist by an NHL player. Edmonton Oilers center Gilbert Brule stopped this week to pick up a most unlikely hitchhiker—rock star Bono. The U2 frontman and his assistant were walking in West Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday when they got caught in the rain. Fortunately... More »

Director Julie Taymor Booted From Spider-Man Musical

Official word is she's too busy, but friends say she was forced out

(Newser) - After days of rumors , the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark made the official announcement last night: Director Julie Taymor is out. The problem-plagued musical has also been delayed yet again, this time until “early summer 2011,” according to the show’s blog . Taymor has been replaced... More »

Bono Slammed for 'Shoot the Boer' Song Stand

Controversial lyrics part of political protest, says singer

(Newser) - Bono is in hot water in South Africa after he appeared to support a song whose lyrics include the line "shoot the Boer." In an interview, the U2 frontman indicated such music is part of political protest and compared it to songs linked to the Irish Republican Army,... More »

Spider-Man Musical 'Is Dead:' Sources

Negative reviews, money woes, poor ticket sales plague show

(Newser) - The abysmal reviews for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark were the final nail in its coffin, sources say. The long-troubled musical “is dead,” says one. The money is running out, tickets are going unsold, and Michael Riedel predicts it will stagger on for a few more months, but... More »

Spider-Man Musical Off to Tangled Start

But wowed audience loved 'heart-racing' stunts

(Newser) - Previews of Broadway musicals are rarely perfect, but last night's debut of the long-plagued Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was especially troubled. The start was delayed 24 minutes; the show was paused five times for technical problems; an actress hung upside down in the air for six minutes. Yet none... More »

Danger Mouse Producing Next U2 Album

Group has three in the works after Bono's surgery

(Newser) - Instead of shutting him down, Bono’s recent emergency surgery has prompted a creative burst: U2 is planning three new albums, including one produced by pop guru Danger Mouse, reports Australia's the Age . “We have about 12 songs with him," the singer says. "At the moment that... More »

Alicia Keys Weds Producer Beau

Singer and Swizz Beatz are expecting their first child

(Newser) - So that's where the celebrities were—Alicia Keys married rap producer Swizz Beatz yesterday in a small ceremony attended by, among others, Bono and Queen Latifah, reports the Daily Mail . Though overshadowed by Chelsea Clinton's blowout in New York's Hudson Valley, the exchange of vows on the French island of... More »

New Game Lets You 'Hurl Berl' Into the Air

It's harder than it looks

(Newser) - From his dalliances with women to his "tan" Obama jokes , Silvio Berlusconi has done a lot of things that might make you want to throw him far, far away. But Bono (yep, that Bono) is most angry at Italy's poor record on delivering pledged aid to Africa—and he... More »

Bono's Surgery Delays U2 Tour Until 2011

Singer has 8 weeks of recovery ahead of him

(Newser) - Bono's back surgery has derailed U2's plans for a 16-city jaunt across North America, which now won't happen until next year, the band announced today. The tour, part of U2's larger 360° world tour, was supposed to kick off next month, but doctors are prescribing a DL stint of at... More »

Bono Has Emergency Surgery

U2 frontman injured back performing in Germany

(Newser) - Bono has undergone emergency surgery to fix a back injury he sustained in rehearsal. The U2 frontman is recuperating in the neurosurgery unit at a Munich hospital. The 50-year-old sustained the injury during “tour preparation training” for the North American swing of U2's “360 Degree” world tour, a... More »

5 Worst Drunk-Musician Videos

Mariah Carey's acceptance speech is nothing compared to James Brown

(Newser) - Mariah Carey’s rambling, drunken acceptance speech at the Palm Springs International Festival provides an excellent excuse to take a trip through the annals of “drunk musicians in public” history. And that’s exactly what Shawn Amos does at Huffington Post . Revisit precious moments with Britney Spears, Kanye West,... More »

Bono: 10 Ideas for the '10s

Just one last little year-end list, from a humble rocker's point of view

(Newser) - Had it with year-end lists? So has Bono. So, "in the spirit of rock star excess," he's going to lay one more on you. Behold, the 10 ideas that the U2 frontman thinks will "make the next 10 years more interesting, healthy or civil":
  • Get Detroit its
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