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Salma Hayek's Wedding Reception an All-Star Song Fest

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Salma Hayek's Wedding Reception an All-Star Song Fest

Originally posted 04/27/2009 06:55AM

Salma Hayek's Saturday wedding to French billionaire François-Henri at Venice's Teatro La Fenice opera house was a celebration worthy of its famous venue.

The music kicked in during the ceremony, when the 150 guests – among them Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ed Norton, Woody Harrelson, Charlize Theron, Stella McCartney and Ashley Judd – serenaded the couple with a Hawaiian-style version of the sentimental classic from The Wizard of Oz, "Over the Rainbow."

Later at the elegant reception, Hayek, Theron and Harrelson joined Bono and Damien Rice on stage for a rendition of something bouncy: "Stand By Me."

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The Guys from U2 Go to College

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The Guys from U2 Go to College

Originally posted 03/06/2009 01:20PM

U2 may be one of the most celebrated and honored bands of all time, but attending college is not among their list of accomplishments.

"We started a rock band to avoid college, now look where we ended up," the U2 lead singer joked to a roaring crowd of students, faculty and alumni early Friday morning at Fordham University.

Added drummer Larry Mullen Jr: "I'm so excited to be here. I'm so pleased for my dad because he's going to see this sometime soon and he's going to say, 'My son Larry finally made it to college.' "

The band performed at the Bronx campus for Good Morning America. The concert featured new and old favorites, from "Get On Your Boots" to "Beautiful Day" – and the band gave a special dedication to Fordham students.

"I'd like to think that Friday nights at Fordham inspired this next song," Bono said as he introduced "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight."

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Bono Launches Digital Music Service as AIDS Charity | Bono

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Bono Launches Digital Music Service as AIDS Charity

Originally posted 12/01/2008 07:30PM

In honor of World AIDS Day on Monday, Bono launched the digital music service (RED)WIRE, the music offshoot of his (RED) charity, featuring exclusive songs from Jay-Z, Dixie Chicks, The Killers, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow and more.

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Broadway's Spider-Man to Hold Open Audition

Broadway's Spider-Man to Hold Open Audition

Originally posted 07/15/2008 02:00PM

Always longed for a chance to make like Tobey Maguire? Or, a song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman? Here's your chance.

The creators of the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man – who include Lion King director Julie Taymor and the show's composer, Bono – are holding an open casting call for the leading roles of Peter Parker (Maguire in the movie franchise) and Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst).

For the stage version, the Parker role is described as "male, 16-20s, great Rock voice, can be nerdy with understated sex appeal, good sense of humor," according to the casting agency.

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Bono's Dream: A United States of Africa | Bono

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Bono's Dream: A United States of Africa

Originally posted 06/03/2008 11:00AM

If Bono has his way, there would be two U.S.A.s.

The U2 frontman says the second U.S.A. – a United States of Africa – could help end the strife which afflict much of the continent, according to Agence France-Presse, citing a special Africa edition of Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper that Bono guest-edited over the weekend.

"[It] would be the dream," said the singer. "I think a kind of broader African identity is going to be very important to deal with tribal tensions."

Though a United States of Africa may seem more "poetic" and symbolic than a legitimate solution to conflict, Bono says the American USA is an inspiration that has proven otherwise.

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Brad Pitt Helps Bono Celebrate 48th Birthday in Monaco | Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Helps Bono Celebrate 48th Birthday in Monaco

Originally posted 05/11/2008 03:00PM

Even by Monaco standards, it wasn't your ordinary dinner party for 12 on Friday night – though there was cake and champagne.

To celebrate his 48th birthday, U2 frontman Bono held a small dinner party at Sass' Café in Monaco. On the guest list: Brad Pitt, Monaco's Prince Albert II and The Edge.

"It was really quite a surprise," the café's maitre de tells PEOPLE. "It wasn't organized in advance. We only got called on it that afternoon."

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Bono AIDS Charity Auction Raises $42 Million | Bono

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Bono AIDS Charity Auction Raises $42 Million

Originally posted 02/15/2008 11:50AM

The stars came out on Valentine's night to spread the love – and the cash – for Bono's (RED) charity, and raised more than $42 million in an art auction to benefit the Global Fund of the United Nations Foundation, which works to fight AIDS in Africa.

"Tonight we're taking it to a whole new level," the U2 frontman told PEOPLE. "We have people giving all of their work away … This is a pretty big night."

The event, at Sotheby's on New York's Upper East Side, brought out everyone from Martha Stewart to Russell Simmons, Ed Burns and Christy Turlington.

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Sarkozy & Bruni Get a Celebrity Guest | Bono, Carla Bruni

Sarkozy & Bruni Get a Celebrity Guest

Originally posted 01/10/2008 09:20AM

Just hours after President Nicolas Sarkozy told the world of his romance with ex-supermodel Carla Bruni, France's first couple had Bono over to private dinner at the Élysées Palace Tuesday night. Upon leaving, the singer was accompanied into the Palace's courtyard by a liveried footman, who placed a parting gift of state – a large flat blue package tied with ribbon – into the trunk of his chauffeured Mercedes.
– Peter Mikelbank

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QUOTED: Bono Knows that Lead Singers Are Replaceable | Bono

QUOTED: Bono Knows that Lead Singers Are Replaceable

Originally posted 10/26/2007 07:25AM

"Don't tell the band I'm here. I'm supposed to be recording an album. They support our cause, but they wish I would stick to singing rather than talking. And they also say Sammy Hagar to me a lot. And Phil Collins. They tell me Genesis became more popular [with] him."

– Humanitarian (and, for now, U2 frontman) Bono, who was honored Thursday night at the Black Ball in New York City, a benefit for Keep a Child Alive
(Anne Marie Cruz)

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Bono Made Knight of the British Empire | Bono

Bono Made Knight of the British Empire

Originally posted 03/29/2007 01:35PM

Arise, Bono! The U2 frontman was named an honorary knight of the British Empire at a Dublin ceremony on Thursday – though because he is not a British citizen, the Irish rock star must forego the customary title "Sir."

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