U2/Green Day Collaboration Tops Euro Chart

U2 and GREEN DAY are celebrating the news their collaboration THE SAINTS ARE COMING is the number one single in Europe. The Saints Are Coming is a tribute to New Orleans, Louisiana and attacks US President GEORGE W BUSH's handling of last year's (05) Hurricane Katrina disaster. At number two in the European singles chart is SCISSOR SISTERS' I DON'T FEEL LIKE DANCING, followed by JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FEAT TI's MY LOVE. WESTLIFE are at number four with THE ROSE, while CASCADA's EVERYTIME WE TOUCH is at number five. In the European albums chart, ROBBIE WILLIAMS is at number one with RUDEBOX, and JAMIROQUAI compilation HIGH TIMES: SINGLES 1992-2006 is at number two. In third place is JJ CALE and ERIC CLAPTON's THE ROAD TO ESCONDIDO, while Timberlake is at number four with FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS. MEAT LOAF's BAT OUT OF HELL III is at number five.


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U2 Postpone New Album and Tour Until 2015 4103642 News

U2 fans have received some bad news news!

The Irish rock band have had to cancel plans of releasing a new album and embarking on a new tour due to not being able to find enough recording time, according to Billboard.

Their new studio set has been in the works for months, but U2 are waiting to schedule recording time with their producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth.

"It seems to be taking longer or them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts," a source told Billboard.

Adding, "That magic that the band always seems to capture.they have yet to capture it."

It was initially believed that U2's next album was likely to be released in the summer of this year and their accompanying tour would have commenced this fall.

"We want it to come out this summer," Bono told USA Today this January. "But you don't want to let anyone down."

Billboard reports, the group's concert prompter Live Nation has rescheduled the tour for the summer of 2015.

But this doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing, U2's most recent '360º Tour', which was also delayed, was the highest-grossing tour ever, earning $737 million in 2010 and 2011.

But when their album finally does get released, fans will be in for a treat as Bono told Zane Lowe last month, "Until it's on the radio or online, it's not real. With U2, our album isn't finished until it's in the stores. It's tricky getting us four boys across the line. I think our band has something and [fans] know we don't just put albums out. We do think about it."

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U2 at the 2014 Golden Globes

U2 fans have received some bad news news!

The Irish rock band have had to cancel plans of releasing a new album and embarking on a new tour due to not being able to find enough recording time, according to Billboard.

Their new studio set has been in the works for months, but U2 are waiting to schedule recording time with their producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth.

"It seems to be taking longer or them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts," a source told Billboard.

Adding, "That magic that the band always seems to capture.they have yet to capture it."

It was initially believed that U2's next album was likely to be released in the summer of this year and their accompanying tour would have commenced this fall.

"We want it to come out this summer," Bono told USA Today this January. "But you don't want to let anyone down."

Billboard reports, the group's concert prompter Live Nation has rescheduled the tour for the summer of 2015.

But this doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing, U2's most recent '360º Tour', which was also delayed, was the highest-grossing tour ever, earning $737 million in 2010 and 2011.

But when their album finally does get released, fans will be in for a treat as Bono told Zane Lowe last month, "Until it's on the radio or online, it's not real. With U2, our album isn't finished until it's in the stores. It's tricky getting us four boys across the line. I think our band has something and [fans] know we don't just put albums out. We do think about it."

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U2 at the 2014 Golden Globes

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Oscar Producers Zadan And Meron Tease Some Of This Year's Biggest Moments 4083893 News

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made a controversial hit out of the Oscars last year, but they might be on thin ice this time. Getting Seth McFarlane to host anything is a risky bet and his antics last year got a lot of people – notably the feminist crowd – pretty riled up. The controversy served its purpose. Last year’s show pulled in 40.3 million US viewers, the largest audience the show has had in three years. Zadan and Meron’s show was a hit with the key 18-49 demographic and the duo were invited back this year.

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Ellen might be a safer choice for host, but she is far from boring.

And yet. The choice of Ellen for this year’s host suggests that the producers were at least a little bit intimidated by last year’s backlash. This year’s host, Ellen, while hilarious and ever entertaining, is a much safer option and has proven appeal with the Oscars’ key demo – women.

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The show will feature performances by the likes of Pharrell Williams and Idina Menzel.

As for the rest of the show, the producers are keeping tight-lipped, apart from a few already announced musical performances. Best song nominees Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel, Karen O and U2 will all perform, according to Deadline, as will Bette Midler (she recently made the announcement on Twitter). She also reached out to fans for song suggestions, though the producers’ promise of “an especially moving evening” probably means that she’ll go for a ballad, rather than a more lively number.

Bette Midler
Last year it was Streissand, this year's special musical guest is Bette Midler.

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made a controversial hit out of the Oscars last year, but they might be on thin ice this time. Getting Seth McFarlane to host anything is a risky bet and his antics last year got a lot of people – notably the feminist crowd – pretty riled up. The controversy served its purpose. Last year’s show pulled in 40.3 million US viewers, the largest audience the show has had in three years. Zadan and Meron’s show was a hit with the key 18-49 demographic and the duo were invited back this year.

Ellen Degeneres
Ellen might be a safer choice for host, but she is far from boring.

And yet. The choice of Ellen for this year’s host suggests that the producers were at least a little bit intimidated by last year’s backlash. This year’s host, Ellen, while hilarious and ever entertaining, is a much safer option and has proven appeal with the Oscars’ key demo – women.

Pharrell Williams, Elle Style AwardsIdina Menzel
The show will feature performances by the likes of Pharrell Williams and Idina Menzel.

As for the rest of the show, the producers are keeping tight-lipped, apart from a few already announced musical performances. Best song nominees Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel, Karen O and U2 will all perform, according to Deadline, as will Bette Midler (she recently made the announcement on Twitter). She also reached out to fans for song suggestions, though the producers’ promise of “an especially moving evening” probably means that she’ll go for a ballad, rather than a more lively number.

Bette Midler
Last year it was Streissand, this year's special musical guest is Bette Midler.

25th February 2014 4080704
U2 Defy "Irrelevance" With 'Invisible' Exposure At Super Bowl 4051646 News

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.

Buoyed by hope that the campaign would gain a massive response, U2 used America's most coveted and expensive TV advertising slot to both launch their comeback, signal their new album, and support a charitable cause in front of a total audience of more than 100 million. The ironically titled 'Invisible' speaks to the world's poor, calling for change. "There's only us, there is no them," sings Bono in the scaled-down rock track with its pulsing synth bassline and eighties Kraftwerk electronica.

U2 Q
As Well As Gaining Exposure For Their New Music, U2 Also Prompted Charitable Actions.

In a classic Bono way, the new song not only puts the Irish rocker back on the contemporary music map but is also geared to do some good in the world. In an interview with Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, the singer revealed what it means to the band to get back into the game, mentioning certain insecurities. "We were trying to figure out, 'Why would anyone want another U2 album?' And then we said, 'Well, why would we want one?' There was some unfinished business. We felt like we were on the verge of irrelevance a lot in our lives," he said, via The Guardian.

 Bono U2
Bono Spoke Of How The Band Were Feeling "Irrelevant."

Describing his band's new sound as being influenced by "Kraftwerk and Ramones, Bono also discussed the suggested titles for the new album, which is being produced by Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse. "Insecurity. Somebody drew a picture of somebody in a riot with a big mullet and it just said - instead of Security on the back of the jacket - it just said Insecurity. That was our working title, but that is not the title though," the frontman joked.

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.

U2
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.

Buoyed by hope that the campaign would gain a massive response, U2 used America's most coveted and expensive TV advertising slot to both launch their comeback, signal their new album, and support a charitable cause in front of a total audience of more than 100 million. The ironically titled 'Invisible' speaks to the world's poor, calling for change. "There's only us, there is no them," sings Bono in the scaled-down rock track with its pulsing synth bassline and eighties Kraftwerk electronica.

U2 Q
As Well As Gaining Exposure For Their New Music, U2 Also Prompted Charitable Actions.

In a classic Bono way, the new song not only puts the Irish rocker back on the contemporary music map but is also geared to do some good in the world. In an interview with Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, the singer revealed what it means to the band to get back into the game, mentioning certain insecurities. "We were trying to figure out, 'Why would anyone want another U2 album?' And then we said, 'Well, why would we want one?' There was some unfinished business. We felt like we were on the verge of irrelevance a lot in our lives," he said, via The Guardian.

 Bono U2
Bono Spoke Of How The Band Were Feeling "Irrelevant."

Describing his band's new sound as being influenced by "Kraftwerk and Ramones, Bono also discussed the suggested titles for the new album, which is being produced by Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse. "Insecurity. Somebody drew a picture of somebody in a riot with a big mullet and it just said - instead of Security on the back of the jacket - it just said Insecurity. That was our working title, but that is not the title though," the frontman joked.

4th February 2014 4023814
U2 Use Superbowl Halftime Commercial Slot To Unveil New Charity Single 'Invisible.' 4050965 News

U2 have unveiled their new single ‘Invisible’ with a halftime commercial at last night’s Superbowl. The single sees the band team up with the Bank of America and the (RED) Foundation to raise money for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

U2 at this year's Golden Globes where they won an award for the song 'Ordinary Love.'U2 at this year's Golden Globes where they won an award for the song 'Ordinary Love.'

The band, who performed Superbowl XXXVI’s halftime show in 2002, used the coveted advertising spot to premiere ‘Invisible’, which is their first single since 2009’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’ album. Fans who wish to download the track can do so for free until 11.59pm EST tonight. $1 will be donated by the Bank of America to the (RED) Foundation via the Global Fund for each free download of the song.

The Irish rockers recently won a Golden Globe for their song 'Ordinary Love' from the soundtrack of 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.' The band will be relasing their thirteenth studio album later this year.

Recently frontman Bono revealed the inspiration for the group's next album in an interview with USA Today. The singer said, “we went back to the reason we wanted to be a band in the first place. We started listening to music from the late '70s, remembering our early trips to London," adding, "I remember being with Ali, my girlfriend at the time — now my wife — feeling incredibly uncool in the middle of this punk-rock explosion.”

Bono and The Edge at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last month.Bono and The Edge at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last month.

The halftime performer at this year's Superbowl was Bruno Mars, who certainly lived up to expectations as he took to the stage accompanied by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, U2 were not the only band to be heard during the Superbowl halftime adverts. Bob Dylan’s music was used in two different adverts, first for Chrysler cars and the second time for low-fat Greek yogurt. Lady Gaga and OneRepublic could also be heard on other adverts.

Watch the video for 'Invisible' here:

U2 have unveiled their new single ‘Invisible’ with a halftime commercial at last night’s Superbowl. The single sees the band team up with the Bank of America and the (RED) Foundation to raise money for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

U2 at this year's Golden Globes where they won an award for the song 'Ordinary Love.'U2 at this year's Golden Globes where they won an award for the song 'Ordinary Love.'

The band, who performed Superbowl XXXVI’s halftime show in 2002, used the coveted advertising spot to premiere ‘Invisible’, which is their first single since 2009’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’ album. Fans who wish to download the track can do so for free until 11.59pm EST tonight. $1 will be donated by the Bank of America to the (RED) Foundation via the Global Fund for each free download of the song.

The Irish rockers recently won a Golden Globe for their song 'Ordinary Love' from the soundtrack of 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.' The band will be relasing their thirteenth studio album later this year.

Recently frontman Bono revealed the inspiration for the group's next album in an interview with USA Today. The singer said, “we went back to the reason we wanted to be a band in the first place. We started listening to music from the late '70s, remembering our early trips to London," adding, "I remember being with Ali, my girlfriend at the time — now my wife — feeling incredibly uncool in the middle of this punk-rock explosion.”

Bono and The Edge at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last month.Bono and The Edge at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last month.

The halftime performer at this year's Superbowl was Bruno Mars, who certainly lived up to expectations as he took to the stage accompanied by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, U2 were not the only band to be heard during the Superbowl halftime adverts. Bob Dylan’s music was used in two different adverts, first for Chrysler cars and the second time for low-fat Greek yogurt. Lady Gaga and OneRepublic could also be heard on other adverts.

Watch the video for 'Invisible' here:

3rd February 2014 4023814
U2 To Launch New Free Track 'Invisible' During Super Bowl Next Weekend 4039042 News

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.

U2 Q
The Band Hope That Downloads Of The Track Will Create A Sizeable Charity Donation.

"[This is] the kind of game-changing influence that will not just deliver millions of dollars but raise consciousness and keep public pressure on putting an end to this devastating pandemic," Bono said in a statement, via The Guardian. The lead singer described the bank's commitment as "Incredible."

Bank of America have pledged to generate more than $10m (£6m) altogether, as well as inviting the public to donate too. The American football game's 120m viewers represent a sizeable pool of potential donors and it is hoped that as many of them will download the track or donate to the extremely worthy cause.

Bono
Philanthropic Bono Is The Driving Force Behind Next Weekend's Charitable Single Release.

Once it has been played next weekend, 'Invisible' will become the second track to be released from the band's new album, which is believed to have been produced by Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse. The first track, 'Ordinary Love,' was premiered in the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and received an Oscar nomination.

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.

U2
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.

U2 Q
The Band Hope That Downloads Of The Track Will Create A Sizeable Charity Donation.

"[This is] the kind of game-changing influence that will not just deliver millions of dollars but raise consciousness and keep public pressure on putting an end to this devastating pandemic," Bono said in a statement, via The Guardian. The lead singer described the bank's commitment as "Incredible."

Bank of America have pledged to generate more than $10m (£6m) altogether, as well as inviting the public to donate too. The American football game's 120m viewers represent a sizeable pool of potential donors and it is hoped that as many of them will download the track or donate to the extremely worthy cause.

Bono
Philanthropic Bono Is The Driving Force Behind Next Weekend's Charitable Single Release.

Once it has been played next weekend, 'Invisible' will become the second track to be released from the band's new album, which is believed to have been produced by Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse. The first track, 'Ordinary Love,' was premiered in the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and received an Oscar nomination.

24th January 2014 4023814
Will Smith Becomes First Guest On 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' 4033470 News

Will Smith is to become the first guest on the new series of 'The Tonight Show' now hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon at the Golden Globes
Fallon takes over Leno on the re-vamped show

The former 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' host was announced to replace Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' last year, with his own show being taken over by 'Saturday Night Live' star Seth Meyers on February 24th 2014. 'I Am Legend' actor Will Smith will be Fallon's first guest on his new show, no doubt discussing his several upcoming movie projects including comedy 'Focus' . 

The movie is directed and written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and also stars Margot Robbie with whom Will was accused of having an affair in November last year by Star Magazine; a rumour that Margot later fiercely shot down on Twitter.

Also joining Jimmy and Will on the show are U2, who are set to release a new album with Danger Mouse later this year and was recently nominated for an Oscar (and won a Golden Globe) for their spectacular song 'Ordinary Love' which was used in the soundtrack of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' starring Idris Elba.

While we don't yet know what to expect from the new 'Tonight Show', hopefully ratings will quickly pick up after significantly dropping towards Leno's retirement from the program.

Will Smith at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Will Smith is guest #1 on Jimmy Fallon's 'The Tonight Show'

Will Smith is to become the first guest on the new series of 'The Tonight Show' now hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon at the Golden Globes
Fallon takes over Leno on the re-vamped show

The former 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' host was announced to replace Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' last year, with his own show being taken over by 'Saturday Night Live' star Seth Meyers on February 24th 2014. 'I Am Legend' actor Will Smith will be Fallon's first guest on his new show, no doubt discussing his several upcoming movie projects including comedy 'Focus' . 

The movie is directed and written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and also stars Margot Robbie with whom Will was accused of having an affair in November last year by Star Magazine; a rumour that Margot later fiercely shot down on Twitter.

Also joining Jimmy and Will on the show are U2, who are set to release a new album with Danger Mouse later this year and was recently nominated for an Oscar (and won a Golden Globe) for their spectacular song 'Ordinary Love' which was used in the soundtrack of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' starring Idris Elba.

While we don't yet know what to expect from the new 'Tonight Show', hopefully ratings will quickly pick up after significantly dropping towards Leno's retirement from the program.

Will Smith at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Will Smith is guest #1 on Jimmy Fallon's 'The Tonight Show'

20th January 2014 3837364
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn kiss at gala 4020656 News

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn were all over each other at his star-studded Help Haiti Home Gala on Saturday night (11.01.14).

The 53-year-old actor and the 38-year-old South African actress, who recently sparked romance rumours after being spotted on several dinner dates in Los Angeles upon returning from a New Year's holiday in Hawaii together, kissed on the lips and were very affectionate with one another after taking their seats at the charity event in the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills.

The couple did not walk the red carpet together but the 'Milk' star sat with his arm around Charlize, who has an adopted two-year-old son Jackson, for the evening and gave her a few kisses on her neck before leaning in to give her a ''sweet kiss'' on the lips, according to E! News.

The gala marked the pair's first official public appearance together.

A source said: ''They are spending night after night together and moving very fast. It seems like it's getting serious and that they can't get enough of each other.''

Sean, who was previously married to Robin Wright and Madonna, was briefly linked to Charlize in 2010 and has also dated Scarlett Johansson.

The 'Prometheus' actress has been single since ending her relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend in 2010 after nine years together.

Other guests at the charity gala included Julia Roberts, Chris Hemsworth and his pregnant wife Elsa Pataky, Diane Kruger, Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Thompson, Michael Douglas, Winona Ryder and U2, who performed at the event, which raised almost $6 million for Sean's J/P Haitian Relief Organisation, which was founded in 2010 to provide medical care, food and water, and develop housing following the earthquake.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn were all over each other at his star-studded Help Haiti Home Gala on Saturday night (11.01.14).

The 53-year-old actor and the 38-year-old South African actress, who recently sparked romance rumours after being spotted on several dinner dates in Los Angeles upon returning from a New Year's holiday in Hawaii together, kissed on the lips and were very affectionate with one another after taking their seats at the charity event in the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills.

The couple did not walk the red carpet together but the 'Milk' star sat with his arm around Charlize, who has an adopted two-year-old son Jackson, for the evening and gave her a few kisses on her neck before leaning in to give her a ''sweet kiss'' on the lips, according to E! News.

The gala marked the pair's first official public appearance together.

A source said: ''They are spending night after night together and moving very fast. It seems like it's getting serious and that they can't get enough of each other.''

Sean, who was previously married to Robin Wright and Madonna, was briefly linked to Charlize in 2010 and has also dated Scarlett Johansson.

The 'Prometheus' actress has been single since ending her relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend in 2010 after nine years together.

Other guests at the charity gala included Julia Roberts, Chris Hemsworth and his pregnant wife Elsa Pataky, Diane Kruger, Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Thompson, Michael Douglas, Winona Ryder and U2, who performed at the event, which raised almost $6 million for Sean's J/P Haitian Relief Organisation, which was founded in 2010 to provide medical care, food and water, and develop housing following the earthquake.

12th January 2014 4020655
Meryl Streep wins Icon Award 4010186 News

Meryl Streep collected an Icon Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last night (04.01.14).

The awards were the first of the New Year but are a more low-key event than the glitzy ceremonies which follow, with winners announced in advance, lending a more relaxed atmosphere to other events.

Picking up her trophy - only the second Icon Award given by the festival in its 25 year history - Meryl told the crowd: ''My four children remind me everyday that I am not an Icon.

''I don't feel like an icon. Most of the days I feel like 'I can't.' [But] I feel like I'm an example now in my dotage of the fact that you just can't put those old gals out to pasture. We've got a lot of stuff still to say.''

Other stars to be awarded at the event included Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen and the cast of 'American Hustle'.

Matthew was given his trophy for his lead role in 'Dallas Buyers Club', but says he was also very proud of his performances in 'Mud' and 'The Wolf of Wall Street'.

He said: ''I had a sensational year of acting,'' adding how he was blown away by the quality of many movies made in Hollywood during 2013.

He added: ''We put out a damn good product. We've got challenging films. We've got stories of isolation, survival, history, con men, scams. A lot of these films, they walk that tightrope. They have that combination of two very hard things to have - import and entertainment.''

U2 received the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, which was collected by the band's guitarist The Edge and singer, Bono, who made an impassioned speech talking about Hollywood's humanitarian strengths, Nelson Mandela and the worldwide AIDS crisis.

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014 Awards Gala, full list of winners:

Meryl Streep - Icon Award

Tom Hanks - Chairman's Award

Bruce Dern - Career Achievement Award

Steve McQueen - Director of the Year Award

Sandra Bullock - Desert Palm Achievment Actress Award

Matthew McConaughey - Desert Palm Achievment Actor Award

Julia Roberts - Spotlight Award

'American Hustle' - Ensemble Performance Award

Lupita Nyong'o - Breakthrough Performance Award

Thomas Newman - Frederick Loewe Music Award

U2 - Sonny Bono Visionary Award

Meryl Streep collected an Icon Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last night (04.01.14).

The awards were the first of the New Year but are a more low-key event than the glitzy ceremonies which follow, with winners announced in advance, lending a more relaxed atmosphere to other events.

Picking up her trophy - only the second Icon Award given by the festival in its 25 year history - Meryl told the crowd: ''My four children remind me everyday that I am not an Icon.

''I don't feel like an icon. Most of the days I feel like 'I can't.' [But] I feel like I'm an example now in my dotage of the fact that you just can't put those old gals out to pasture. We've got a lot of stuff still to say.''

Other stars to be awarded at the event included Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen and the cast of 'American Hustle'.

Matthew was given his trophy for his lead role in 'Dallas Buyers Club', but says he was also very proud of his performances in 'Mud' and 'The Wolf of Wall Street'.

He said: ''I had a sensational year of acting,'' adding how he was blown away by the quality of many movies made in Hollywood during 2013.

He added: ''We put out a damn good product. We've got challenging films. We've got stories of isolation, survival, history, con men, scams. A lot of these films, they walk that tightrope. They have that combination of two very hard things to have - import and entertainment.''

U2 received the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, which was collected by the band's guitarist The Edge and singer, Bono, who made an impassioned speech talking about Hollywood's humanitarian strengths, Nelson Mandela and the worldwide AIDS crisis.

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014 Awards Gala, full list of winners:

Meryl Streep - Icon Award

Tom Hanks - Chairman's Award

Bruce Dern - Career Achievement Award

Steve McQueen - Director of the Year Award

Sandra Bullock - Desert Palm Achievment Actress Award

Matthew McConaughey - Desert Palm Achievment Actor Award

Julia Roberts - Spotlight Award

'American Hustle' - Ensemble Performance Award

Lupita Nyong'o - Breakthrough Performance Award

Thomas Newman - Frederick Loewe Music Award

U2 - Sonny Bono Visionary Award

5th January 2014 4010185
Films, Games, TV and Music: What Does 2014 Have in Store? 4009071 News

2013 saw Iron Man 3 break the $1 billion club, Grand Theft Auto V smash sales records, Daft Punk permeate everyone’s summer playlists and Netflix redefine the term ‘binge watching’, not to mention a certain Walter White… It was a pretty startling year, and even though Breaking Bad had to say goodbye, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014 for lovers of film, games, music and TV, and here are the highlights.

Breaking BadBreaking Bad defined a binge-ready, streaming-happy 2013, so what does 2014 hold?

Films

The Oscars

Film lovers are generally divided into sections, and the Oscars can define these sections. Some think the Oscars are a waste of time, politically fuelled and not indicative of true quality, while rest simply argue as to who should take home the golden statuettes.

Whatever your opinion, March 2nd 2014 is the biggest date in the cinematic calendar as we prepare for a battle between the old guard and the new blood. Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio could be deserved winners on any other year, but Chiwitel Ejiofor’s efforts as Solomon Northrup in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave seems to have enamored even those with a passing interest in the film.

Noah

This is one of the riskiest projects of 2014, and an epic trailer released just before the turn of the year has reignited interest in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical trailblazer. Having helmed Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, Aronofsky certainly has a solid reputation to maintain, but the questionable cast comprising Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone could prove a very public undoing.

Superhero Crazy

X-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men: Days of Future Past is one of 2014's most hotly anticipated movies

If a theme of 2013 was superhero films, then 2014 is set to be defined by them; Guardians of The Galaxy, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Amazing Spiderman 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past are just a few to look forward to. The genre has gone from niche superfan-pleaser to mainstream must for studios, proving the emergence of the geek and providing all-action blockbusters along the way.

Next page: videogaming

Videogaming

2013 went out with a bang for console gamers; the next generation was welcomed in the form of the Xbox ONE and the PlayStation 4 while games like GTA V and The Last of Us defined the previous one. But with a less than solid catalogue of games readily available for those next-gen gamers, 2014 has a heavy burden on its shoulders.

WatchdogsIf Watchdogs lives up to the hype, it'll be a fine game indeed

Watch Dogs

But if any game has the potential to lighten that load, it’s Watch Dogs. Dystopian open-world adventures seem to grab gamers’ attentions more than any other genre, and Ubisoft’s upcoming next-gen release has been hyped beyond belief; now it just needs to follow it all up. The game has already been delayed, which is probably a good sign; it means Ubisoft are ready to disappoint fans in the short term to deliver the game they truly want in the long term. We can’t wait to hack traffic lights, steal secrets and jump in and out of other people’s games.

Destiny

This is Bungie’s first effort since they gave Halo up, which means it has a place on any ‘2014 gaming’ list going, including ours. Taking elements from their seminal franchise – great shooting mechanics, beautiful graphics and theatrical storytelling – Bungie are opening up their work to an open world, multiplayer-centric audience, much like Gearbox’s Borderlands, which has been a huge smash. Definitely one to look out for.

And loads of other games

In truth, there are so many games to mention, we could put out a top 50 Games of 2014 piece (and we still might). With Metal Gear Solid V, Dark Souls 2, Thief, Titanfall, Mariokart 8, Infamous: Second Son, Halo 5, more episodes from The Walking Dead game and plenty more, 2014 - and excuse the tired cliché – really is going to take gaming to a new level.

Next page: Music.

Music

Glastonbury 2014

The world’s most famous music festival is relentless, and even if ticket prices rise every year, so are its core fans. Last year saw The Rolling Stones make a triumphant return to the scene, dominating Glasto headlines at the first time of asking, and 2014’s Worthy Farm antics are shaping up nicely. Arcade Fire and Lily Allen are confirmed, while plenty of huge acts are rumored. Not Led Zeppelin, though.

Bruce Springsteen high hopes

The return of Adele?

It speaks volumes of Adele’s popularity that she’s being mooted for a ‘comeback’ aged just 25. The powerhouse singer hasn’t exactly taken it easy since her last album, winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Skyfall while having a baby. 2014 could easily see the triumphant return of Britain’s favourite female vocalist, though. Beyonce set a new standard in 2013, proving that press and marketing aren’t prerequisites to an album release. So Adele, the ball’s in your court.

Big, big names

Sure, we saw The Rolling Stones, Daft Punk and Arcade Fire make remarkable comebacks in 2013, but can they really complete with the likes of Coldplay, U2 and Bruce Springsteen? Well, maybe, but for the aging, balding I.T technicians out there, it’s going to be a stellar year.

Springsteen kicks things off this month with a brand new album, while U2 and their old bones are choosing a slightly warmer season to make their comeback: the Spring. Dangermouse produces their album. And with Coldplay and Radiohead set to release new material, 2014 could crown the best rock band of all time.

Next page: TV

TV

2013 is still grinning uncontrollably, wielding a middle finger through the rear-view window while 2014 tries to find the gearstick. But that won’t last long; with Breaking Bad breathing its final breath, there’s room for one more, “oh man, have you watched…” show in the roster. Which one is it going to be?

True Detective

True Detective

HBO are nothing if not adaptable, and they’re kicking off their anthology series in a big way with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in True Detective. Much like American Horror Story, True Detective will feature new actors and a new plot in every series, but starting things with an eerie Deep South backdrop and two in-demand a listens is a great way to start. The trailer certainly coloured us eager.

Turn

With AMC on such a hot streak, they’ve earned the right to grab attention when they announce a new show. Turn is a period show, set during the American Revolution, and is based on the best selling book, Washington’s Spies. Jamie Bell stars in what looks like a brilliant new show, underlining the importance of one of the first spy rings, pivotal to winning the war.

Welcome back, guys

In addition to a bunch of new shows, we’ll also be welcoming back some familiar faces. The second half of The Walking Dead’s fourth season is coming, and has some work to do if the first half was anything to go by. But probably the most highly anticipated is Game of Thrones; season three dominated TV chat in 2013, and the folks of The Known World are set to repeat that in 2014.

2013 saw Iron Man 3 break the $1 billion club, Grand Theft Auto V smash sales records, Daft Punk permeate everyone’s summer playlists and Netflix redefine the term ‘binge watching’, not to mention a certain Walter White… It was a pretty startling year, and even though Breaking Bad had to say goodbye, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014 for lovers of film, games, music and TV, and here are the highlights.

Breaking BadBreaking Bad defined a binge-ready, streaming-happy 2013, so what does 2014 hold?

Films

The Oscars

Film lovers are generally divided into sections, and the Oscars can define these sections. Some think the Oscars are a waste of time, politically fuelled and not indicative of true quality, while rest simply argue as to who should take home the golden statuettes.

Whatever your opinion, March 2nd 2014 is the biggest date in the cinematic calendar as we prepare for a battle between the old guard and the new blood. Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio could be deserved winners on any other year, but Chiwitel Ejiofor’s efforts as Solomon Northrup in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave seems to have enamored even those with a passing interest in the film.

Noah

This is one of the riskiest projects of 2014, and an epic trailer released just before the turn of the year has reignited interest in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical trailblazer. Having helmed Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, Aronofsky certainly has a solid reputation to maintain, but the questionable cast comprising Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone could prove a very public undoing.

Superhero Crazy

X-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men: Days of Future Past is one of 2014's most hotly anticipated movies

If a theme of 2013 was superhero films, then 2014 is set to be defined by them; Guardians of The Galaxy, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Amazing Spiderman 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past are just a few to look forward to. The genre has gone from niche superfan-pleaser to mainstream must for studios, proving the emergence of the geek and providing all-action blockbusters along the way.

Next page: videogaming

Videogaming

2013 went out with a bang for console gamers; the next generation was welcomed in the form of the Xbox ONE and the PlayStation 4 while games like GTA V and The Last of Us defined the previous one. But with a less than solid catalogue of games readily available for those next-gen gamers, 2014 has a heavy burden on its shoulders.

WatchdogsIf Watchdogs lives up to the hype, it'll be a fine game indeed

Watch Dogs

But if any game has the potential to lighten that load, it’s Watch Dogs. Dystopian open-world adventures seem to grab gamers’ attentions more than any other genre, and Ubisoft’s upcoming next-gen release has been hyped beyond belief; now it just needs to follow it all up. The game has already been delayed, which is probably a good sign; it means Ubisoft are ready to disappoint fans in the short term to deliver the game they truly want in the long term. We can’t wait to hack traffic lights, steal secrets and jump in and out of other people’s games.

Destiny

This is Bungie’s first effort since they gave Halo up, which means it has a place on any ‘2014 gaming’ list going, including ours. Taking elements from their seminal franchise – great shooting mechanics, beautiful graphics and theatrical storytelling – Bungie are opening up their work to an open world, multiplayer-centric audience, much like Gearbox’s Borderlands, which has been a huge smash. Definitely one to look out for.

And loads of other games

In truth, there are so many games to mention, we could put out a top 50 Games of 2014 piece (and we still might). With Metal Gear Solid V, Dark Souls 2, Thief, Titanfall, Mariokart 8, Infamous: Second Son, Halo 5, more episodes from The Walking Dead game and plenty more, 2014 - and excuse the tired cliché – really is going to take gaming to a new level.

Next page: Music.

Music

Glastonbury 2014

The world’s most famous music festival is relentless, and even if ticket prices rise every year, so are its core fans. Last year saw The Rolling Stones make a triumphant return to the scene, dominating Glasto headlines at the first time of asking, and 2014’s Worthy Farm antics are shaping up nicely. Arcade Fire and Lily Allen are confirmed, while plenty of huge acts are rumored. Not Led Zeppelin, though.

Bruce Springsteen high hopes

The return of Adele?

It speaks volumes of Adele’s popularity that she’s being mooted for a ‘comeback’ aged just 25. The powerhouse singer hasn’t exactly taken it easy since her last album, winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Skyfall while having a baby. 2014 could easily see the triumphant return of Britain’s favourite female vocalist, though. Beyonce set a new standard in 2013, proving that press and marketing aren’t prerequisites to an album release. So Adele, the ball’s in your court.

Big, big names

Sure, we saw The Rolling Stones, Daft Punk and Arcade Fire make remarkable comebacks in 2013, but can they really complete with the likes of Coldplay, U2 and Bruce Springsteen? Well, maybe, but for the aging, balding I.T technicians out there, it’s going to be a stellar year.

Springsteen kicks things off this month with a brand new album, while U2 and their old bones are choosing a slightly warmer season to make their comeback: the Spring. Dangermouse produces their album. And with Coldplay and Radiohead set to release new material, 2014 could crown the best rock band of all time.

Next page: TV

TV

2013 is still grinning uncontrollably, wielding a middle finger through the rear-view window while 2014 tries to find the gearstick. But that won’t last long; with Breaking Bad breathing its final breath, there’s room for one more, “oh man, have you watched…” show in the roster. Which one is it going to be?

True Detective

True Detective

HBO are nothing if not adaptable, and they’re kicking off their anthology series in a big way with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in True Detective. Much like American Horror Story, True Detective will feature new actors and a new plot in every series, but starting things with an eerie Deep South backdrop and two in-demand a listens is a great way to start. The trailer certainly coloured us eager.

Turn

With AMC on such a hot streak, they’ve earned the right to grab attention when they announce a new show. Turn is a period show, set during the American Revolution, and is based on the best selling book, Washington’s Spies. Jamie Bell stars in what looks like a brilliant new show, underlining the importance of one of the first spy rings, pivotal to winning the war.

Welcome back, guys

In addition to a bunch of new shows, we’ll also be welcoming back some familiar faces. The second half of The Walking Dead’s fourth season is coming, and has some work to do if the first half was anything to go by. But probably the most highly anticipated is Game of Thrones; season three dominated TV chat in 2013, and the folks of The Known World are set to repeat that in 2014.

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Lily Allen Tops UK Singles Chart With 'John Lewis Song,' But Can She Make It To Xmas? 3989990 News

You know it’s the holiday season when songs from Christmas adverts take over the charts – in this case it’s Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know. The track, which is featured in a John Lewis ad campaign, was bumped off the top last week. The gentle tones of Somewhere, so unlike Allen’s latest previous single Hard Out Here, still managed to topple One Direction’s Story of My Life and Bastille’s Of The Night.

Lily Allen, Saving Mr Banks Premiere
Allen's Christmas cover will have to hold out for another two weeks against tough competition.

According to the Official Charts Company, Allen’s festive cover might even have a chance at the coveted Christmas Number one – provided it can outlast the competition. Somewhere Only We Know would have to beat songs by the likes of AC/DC, U2, and Susan Boyle to hold on to its Number 1 for two more weeks. This year’s festive chart sees the return of both X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent alumni, as James Arthur, Leona Lewis and Lucy Spraggan, as well as Richard & Adam and Susan Boyle will all be releasing singles. With so many people staking a claim at the Christmas Number 1, Allen will have a tough time keeping her lead.

Susan Boyle, Pride of Britain Awards
This year sees an en masse return of talent show stars.

And while Allen’s top spot might have been fairly predictable, some reemerging Christmas hits came into the charts very unexpectedly. 26 years after its release, Fairytale Of New York, recorded by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, reappeared at number 16, while Mariah Carey's 1996 ballad All I Want For Christmas Is You rode all the way to number 14.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey also came out as a surprise contender this year.

You know it’s the holiday season when songs from Christmas adverts take over the charts – in this case it’s Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know. The track, which is featured in a John Lewis ad campaign, was bumped off the top last week. The gentle tones of Somewhere, so unlike Allen’s latest previous single Hard Out Here, still managed to topple One Direction’s Story of My Life and Bastille’s Of The Night.

Lily Allen, Saving Mr Banks Premiere
Allen's Christmas cover will have to hold out for another two weeks against tough competition.

According to the Official Charts Company, Allen’s festive cover might even have a chance at the coveted Christmas Number one – provided it can outlast the competition. Somewhere Only We Know would have to beat songs by the likes of AC/DC, U2, and Susan Boyle to hold on to its Number 1 for two more weeks. This year’s festive chart sees the return of both X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent alumni, as James Arthur, Leona Lewis and Lucy Spraggan, as well as Richard & Adam and Susan Boyle will all be releasing singles. With so many people staking a claim at the Christmas Number 1, Allen will have a tough time keeping her lead.

Susan Boyle, Pride of Britain Awards
This year sees an en masse return of talent show stars.

And while Allen’s top spot might have been fairly predictable, some reemerging Christmas hits came into the charts very unexpectedly. 26 years after its release, Fairytale Of New York, recorded by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, reappeared at number 16, while Mariah Carey's 1996 ballad All I Want For Christmas Is You rode all the way to number 14.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey also came out as a surprise contender this year.

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