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Bono Talks About (RED) Campaign on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 1st 2011 3:30AM
Bono, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Bono stopped by 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) to talk about the (RED) campaign. It's a program helping to stop the spread of HIV and try to stop AIDS in its tracks, and they've made tremendous strides.

What (RED) does is make it easier than ever for people to get involved. Bono explained, "Sometimes people, you know, it's too complicated. They don't want to put on the marching boots. They just say how do I help?"

The answer is simple. Buy (RED) products -- which are available everywhere and include everything from shoes to iPad 2 Smart Covers to special edition Starbucks cards -- and a portion of those proceeds will go to help battle AIDS. Check out the Join(RED) website to learn more, and see some of the products available.

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The 23 Best 'Simpsons' Musician Cameos

by AOL Music Staff, posted Oct 15th 2011 3:00PM
When we heard 'The Simpsons' was on the verge of cancellation, we started reminiscing about all the rockers and rappers that have appeared on the show throughout its 23-season existence. With that in mind, we decided to compile this list of our favorite musician cameos, and here's hoping to many more now that the show has been renewed.

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The Villains of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Invade 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 19th 2011 3:57AM
'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' - 'Late Show with David Letterman'After an infamous series of challenges and difficulties, the Broadway production of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' has been selling quite well since its premiere last month. Perhaps to keep people excited about it, and try to brush away some of that early bad press, the villains joined U2's Bono and the Edge, who wrote the music, on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

The cast performed a number that featured the Green Goblin, and ultimately had him introducing the myriad other Spider-Man villains that fill out the stage show. In the theatrical production, these villains were created by the Goblin, because that's far simpler than some of their true origins.

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Rocker Patti Smith Makes Her Acting Debut on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 17th 2011 5:20AM
Patti SmithPatti Smith, a.k.a., Godmother of Punk, has made her mark in the worlds of music, poetry and the visual arts, and now she's tackling acting.

According to TVGuide.com Smith will make her acting debut in Sunday night's episode of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.'

In true 'L&O' fashion the plot is ripped straight from the headlines: Detectives Goren and Eames investigate a Broadway musical, 'Icarus,' after an actor dies while performing a stunt.

The case is based on the many injuries stemming from Bono and the Edge's new Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.' Smith plays Columbia University mythology professor Cleo Alexander, an old friend of Goren's, who helps the detectives figure out the meaning behind 'Icarus.'

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Haley Reinhart's Original Song Cut From 'American Idol' Finale for Bono

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 1st 2011 10:30AM
Haley ReinhartWhen Bono comes a-knockin', ratings come a-flockin', and not even an original song from 'Idol' fan favorite Haley Reinhart is safe.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Haley Reinhart was supposed to debut an original song during the 'American Idol' season 10 finale, but those plans were squashed to make room for Bono and the cast of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.'

"That was going to happen," Reinhart said when asked about performing an original song. "And then Bono came in and it was taken away."

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'American Idol' Finale: Carrie Underwood and George Strait Picked the Songs, Bono and the Edge to Perform

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 24th 2011 6:40AM
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreeryLauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery will take to the stage tonight for the all-country 'American Idol' finale. And it's been announced that a previous 'Idol' winner and a Country Music Hall of Famer will both have a hand in it.

Plus, veteran Irish rockers Bono and the Edge will take time out of their North American tour to perform on the results show Wednesday night with cast members from the Broadway musical, 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.'

According to 'USA Today,' Lauren and Scotty will each perform one song chosen for them by their personal musical hero. Specific details haven't been released yet, but we do know that Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood chose one for Lauren, and that the legendary George Strait picked out Scotty's.

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Bono and Edge Discuss Saving 'Spider-Man' on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 20th 2011 11:45AM
Bono talks about 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' on 'Good Morning America'This morning on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Bono and the Edge were presented with a New York Times review of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' that said "it may rank amongst the worst musicals ever made." Considering Bono and the Edge wrote the music for the show, that had to sting a little. But surprisingly, Bono said he and his U2 bandmate don't necessarily disagree.

Julie Taymor, who directed the Broadway adaptation of 'The Lion King,' left the project and it has been rewritten and re-launched in previews. "Julie would not accept this, but she got very close to it," said Bono. "So close perhaps that she couldn't see it. And we were going at it and coming back, and we could see very clearly what we thought were the problems."

Bono said the characters and plot are better drawn in the new version, and they've fixed a lot of "obvious stuff." The most obvious hopefully would be the rigs that lift the actors and other safety hazards that have plagued the show and made it an easy punch line.

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Elton John and Tom Hanks as Knights of the Realm on 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 4th 2011 1:06AM
Elton John & Tom Hanks, 'Saturday Night Live'In a rather silly sketch, even by 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) standards, the British Knights of the Realm are assembled to fight a dragon that's attacking London. Long ago, knights did just this sort of thing, but now their numbers include actors and other celebrities.

Which is how Sir Elton John found himself presiding over the likes of Sir Michael Caine (Tom Hanks), Sir Bono, Sir Mix-a-Lot -- get it!? -- and Ringo Starr. Actually, Ringo Starr hasn't been knighted which is a recurring theme of the sketch.

Within the context of the story John was able to poke fun at Sting's alleged prowess and longevity in the bedroom and even Bono's disastrous stage production.

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James Murphy, of LCD Soundsystem, Explains to Stephen Colbert Why He's Calling it Quits (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 15th 2011 6:15AM
James Murphy on 'The Colbert Report'James Murphy and his band LCD Soundsystem will play their farewell concert in early April. On Monday, they stopped by 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) for their last televised performance.

LCD Soundsystem is a critically acclaimed commercially successful band, and Colbert wanted to know why Murphy was walking away from all that.

"It seems like the right thing to do," Murphy explained. "I'm 41, at a certain point I think it gets embarrassing." (Don't tell that to the Rolling Stones.)

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Bono Heaps Praise on George W. Bush For Fighting AIDS in Africa (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 2nd 2010 5:00PM
Bono believes that the U.S government's efforts to reduce the AIDS rate in Africa, which were expanded during the George W. Bush administration, have greatly improved America's standing around the world.

Speaking to Bret Baier on "Special Report' (Weekdays, 6 PM ET on Fox News), on the occasion of World AIDS day, Bono had this to say:

"(These anti-AIDS initiatives) are the best advertisements for America there's ever going to be. Even people who are snide and snarky about the United States of America have to admit that millions and millions of lives have been saved by American taxpayers ... America, you're saving five million lives. It's an extraordinary thing that you have done."

"And I can say this without fear of criticism, that without the leadership of President Bush, those numbers would not be there," Bono added.

After Bono finished saying this, U2's melodramatic masterpiece 'One' began to play in the background. It's entirely possible Bono wouldn't be such an effective anti-AIDS advocate if he hadn't once wrote a song so perfect to play in such situations.

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TV Casting: Alex O'Loughlin May Return to CBS; Alison Sweeney Checks in to 'Mercy'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 19th 2010 10:15AM
Alex O'LoughlinAlex O'Loughlin may not be off the airwaves for long. The actor, last seen on the recently canceled medical drama 'Three Rivers,' is reportedly being considered for a role on the upcoming CBS remake of 'Hawaii Five-O.' Insiders claim that "talks are ongoing" and that the network "really wants to do another series with him." Last week, CBS officially greenlit the series (more on that here). [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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Jonas Brothers purify South Park, and a Season twelve DVD preview - VIDEO

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 9th 2009 7:05PM
The South Park-ized Jonas BrothersSouth Park hasn't been too kind to musicians over their twelve seasons on Comedy Central. You may remember the origins of Bono were less than flattering (seem the U2 singer and Mr. Hanky have something in common). Last season, Britney Spears wound up horribly disfigured. And Richard Stamos (brother of John) never hit that high "F."

When the thirteenth season kicks off Wednesday (March 11, 10 PM), musicians will apparently have their revenge. Kenny takes his girlfriend to a Jonas Brothers concert in an effort to get lucky, but has his plans foiled when the band gives them "purity" rings. Can't wait to see what Matt and Trey have in store for the ubiquitous heart pre-teen heart throbs - I'm hoping it will warm the hearts of any parent you had to take their kids to that 3-D movie.

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American Idol: Idol Gives Back 2008

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 9th 2008 7:45PM
Miley Cyrus(S07E29) Well, this is what you've all been waiting for, right? What's that? Finale? Yeah, I guess that'll be cool, too. But if you've listened to Ryan all season then you know TONIGHT is really what it's all about! If you're looking to find out who got eliminated by vote last night you're going to have to wait until tomorrow. But if you're looking for two-and-a-half hours of entertainment chock full of celebrities and song and charity, then you're looking for "Idol Gives Back."

Last year's inaugural edition was very good, and Kristin's report of the Idol Gives Back taping from this past Sunday was also very positive. We don't have any pesky (non) eliminations to deal with like last year, so just kick back, donate and enjoy. And, if you want, join us online and chat about it in real-time with other giving Idol fans.

You can join the chat starting just before 7:30/6:30pm CDT by following this link. Look for the full episode review right here later tonight.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Apr 26th 2007 5:20PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • American Idol was too nice to send anybody home last night, what with all the singing about love and forgiveness. I'm ready to get to the finale already!
  • Lost dropped some major bombs last night.
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed.

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American Idol: Idol Gives Back

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Apr 26th 2007 12:24AM
Elvis and Celine(S06E33) Tonight was the big night they've been talking about all season - Idol Gives Back. Over the course of the night, Idol tried its best to keep us entertained, inspired, and educated.

Some of it worked, some of it didn't. Telethons are like that. Not every bit can be a gem. But it's all for a good cause, right? So, obviously we can't complain too loudly.

My overall impression was that it seemed way longer than two hours. And I'm not just saying that to be snarky. They seriously threw in way more than I can even begin to recap. I'd be here all night if I tried to get it all in this post. So, I'm just going to stick to the highlights, and you can tell me the things that stood out for you.

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