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‘I’m just so embarrassed’: Bono really isn’t U2’s biggest fan

‘I’m just so embarrassed’: Bono really isn’t U2’s biggest fan

U2 may be one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, but its lead singer Bono is harboring some grievances around the group’s name and the songs he’s written and performed throughout their 46 years together.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, alongside U2’s lead guitarist The Edge, the Irish singer reflected on the genesis of the band and revealed that he has never liked their name — despite its instantly recognizable nature.

When The Edge revealed that he and Bono didn’t warm to U2 as a name at first, his bandmate chimed in to say: “I still don’t. I really don’t. I was late into some kind of dyslexia — I didn’t realize that The Beatles was a bad pun either.”

Bono told “Awards Chatter” that “in our head, it was like the spy plane, it was… a U-boat, it was futuristic. But then, as it turned out to imply this kind of acquiescence, no, I don’t like that name. I still don’t really like the name.”

He claimed it was their first manager, Paul McGuinness, who said it was a great name which would look good on a T-shirt, convincing the group to stick with U2.

Of U2’s early works, such as the album “Boy,” Bono said the band sounds incredible, but he struggles to listen to the songs because he finds his own voice “very strained” and “not macho” — which he said was damaging for what he called his own “Irish macho.”

“I’ve been in a car when one of our songs has come on the radio and I’ve been the color of… scarlet. I’m just so embarrassed. I do think U2 pushes out the boat on embarrassment quite a lot,” Bono said.

Bono revealed that he wasn’t the only one critical of his voice.

He recounted a tale in which the late singer Robert Palmer — perhaps best known for the hit “Addicted to Love” — said to U2 bassist Adam Clayton in the 1980s: “God, would you ever tell your singer to just take down the keys a little bit? He’d do himself a favor, his voice a favor, and he’d do us all a favor who have to listen to him.”

Bono added that he feels like he “only became a singer recently” and that “maybe it hasn’t happened yet for some people’s ears.”

Considering U2 are one of the most successful and most popular bands in the world, there are bound to be plenty of fans who won’t agree with Bono’s verdict on his voice or the group’s famous name — but at least they can listen to his songs more than the creator himself can.

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Danny McBride says radio sermons and Elvis fuel ‘The Righteous Gemstones’

Danny McBride says radio sermons and Elvis fuel ‘The Righteous Gemstones’

Danny McBride says it was moving to Charleston, South Carolina, that sparked the first idea for “The Righteous Gemstones,” his third series with HBO.

He created, executive produces and stars in the show, which follows megachurch pastors promising salvation through shady means. McBride says the many the church spires and talk radio shows featuring high-spirited sermons in Charleston helped him form the Gemstone family, a dysfunctional group of televangelists who get rich off their congregants donations.

“I grew up going to church every Sunday so I’d been to church for years and years of my life,” McBride tells CNN. “I know the Bible, I know all the apostles and I know all the stories and it was a big part of my childhood growing up. And then when I kind of got out on my own moved out to Los Angeles, I kind of just drifted from it all. And when I moved back to Charleston, I saw all the churches here and it just really kind of got me thinking about church again.”

McBride says he began to wonder what church was like now. With some research, he was drawn to watching and listening to televangelists and the idea that a pastor could see himself like a rock star.

“I started kind of like going online and like looking at things and then really seeing how much church could change,” he says. “Obviously every church isn’t remotely like the Gemstones, but the idea that there was even sort of this type of pastor that like sees themselves as like a rock star, it just kind of like fit into the mold of all this stuff we kind of played with in other shows. We always have these characters that have this inflated sense of self and a minister who like sees himself as a celebrity and bigger than the word of God seemed like the perfect example.”

(McBride also created and starred in “Eastbound and Down” and “Vice Principals.”)

The script for “Gemstones” is so absurd, it almost sounds like improv, but McBride says it has the least amount of improvisation of any of the shows he’s worked on.

“I don’t know if it’s because there’s just so much going on and there’s so many spinning plates that there’s an efficiency sometimes to the scenes, but everything is on the page,” he says. “The scenes that we probably end up riffing the most are the church lunch scenes, because you’ll, you have the whole entire cast there, and it’s kind of hard to not get people riled up.”

McBride’s character, Jesse Gemstone, is part of the family business. He says a lot of his inspiration for the way Jesse is comes from the show’s costume designer, who was tasked with making him look ridiculous yet believable.

“One thing we always talked about is like Jesse sees himself as like Elvis or something,” McBride laughs. “Jesse thinks that he is some badass and he’s just, he’s not. And so it’s fun to kind of like dress the part and then kind of undercut it.”

McBride says he believes his over-the-top characters resonate with viewers because “it’s all about trying to find what’s human about them.”

“I think with this, it’s the family dynamic,” he says. “I think that not everyone can identify what it’s like to shake down people for money through religion, but people can identify with family struggles and losing a member of the family and siblings that you don’t get along with, but that you love. I think that’s what sort of makes them understandable.”

“The Righteous Gemstones” is currently streaming on HBO Max, which like CNN is part of WarnerMedia.

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Cate Blanchett dressed up as her daughter’s teacher to homeschool during the pandemic

Cate Blanchett dressed up as her daughter’s teacher to homeschool during the pandemic

Cate Blanchett dressed up as her daughter’s teacher during the early months of the pandemic in order to get homeschooling done.

When Blanchett’s 7-year-old daughter began staying home in March 2020 due to Covid-19, Blanchett had to take on the role of teacher, which, she tells the BBC, wasn’t easy. She said her daughter “wouldn’t allow me at all to teach math or do phonics unless I dressed up as her teacher and put on her teacher’s voice.”

A pile of stuffed animals also joined the class.

“I had an array of stuffed animals who also had to be taught. It wasn’t an offer I made. It was a request she made,” Blanchett added. “One thing that really came home to me was just how incredible teachers are.”

She said,”That is an inherently dramatic situation where you have to stand up in front of a class of 30 often disinterested pupils and try and get them engaged in medieval history.”

Along with homeschooling duties, Blanchett has spent some o fher time during the pandemic attending to her pigs and the chickens and “watching ‘The Sopranos.”

Blanchett is currently starring in “Nightmare Alley,” alongside Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara and Willem Dafoe.

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Dutch version of ‘The Voice’ pulled off air amid sexual misconduct allegations
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Dutch version of ‘The Voice’ pulled off air amid sexual misconduct allegations

The Dutch version of “The Voice” has been suspended pending an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations surrounding the popular talent series.

Dutch broadcasting company RTL said it will stop airing the show while it carries out an investigation with producers ITV into allegations of “sexually inappropriate behavior” and “abuse of power,” according to a statement released by RTL over the weekend.

Among those facing accusations is “The Voice” bandleader Jeroen Rietbergen, who has resigned from his post and issued an apology.

RTL, an affiliate of CNN, said it was notified of the allegations at “The Voice of Holland” on January 12 by the Dutch TV news program BOOS. RTL said it was previously unaware of misconduct allegations.

“We take this extremely seriously. Participants, colleagues, everyone must be able to work in complete safety. There is no room for interpretation in that. The priority is now to get the facts on the table,” Saturday’s statement added.

BOOS said in a statement that it received stories in spring 2021 about sexually inappropriate behavior at “The Voice of Holland.”

BOOS show host Tim Hofman subsequently issued an open call, where he asked if there were other people who had experienced “something inappropriate at talent shows.”

“Numerous reactions followed from people who said they were victim or witness to abuse of power or sexually inappropriate behavior at ‘The Voice,'” the BOOS statement said.

Those accused of misconduct were approached by BOOS, the show said. One of these was Rietbergen.

In a statement reported by RTL, Rietbergen said: “During my years-long involvement with ‘The Voice of Holland’ I had contact of a sexual nature with some women involved in the program and exchanged sexually colored WhatsApp messages.

“My involvement with ‘The Voice of Holland’ was as a pianist and bandleader. In my opinion there was no position of power at the time, in my position I am not in a position to favor anyone on the program, I am solely concerned with the music. I saw the contacts as reciprocal and equal.”

Rietbergen added: “In the intervening time I have become very aware that my own perception is not relevant at all, but much more the perception of the women concerned. And that these women may have experienced this very differently. This insight has made me realize that my behavior was completely wrong. The things that I have done I should never have done.”

Rietbergen, who said he has had professional help, said he has “drastically and permanently” changed his behavior. He said that he will immediately stop working for the series.

“I am more sorry for everything than I can express in this statement,” Rietbergen added.

BOOS added that the allegations concern Rietbergen, as well as “multiple people within the program.”

ITV Studios said in a statement to CNN Tuesday: “Our utmost priority is to provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone who takes part in or works on our shows and there is zero tolerance at ITV Studios for the type of behaviour alleged to have taken place.”

On Monday, Dutch Justice Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius urged anyone who has been a victim of sexual intimidation or violence to file a report so the police and Public Prosecution Service can start an investigation. The Public Prosecution Service is responsible for investigating and prosecuting criminal offenses.

The Dutch reality singing contest sparked the original format of the show in 2010, where judges sit with their chairs facing away from the stage, so that they initially cannot see prospective candidates.

If the judges like the sound of a candidate’s voice, they must press their button, which spins their chair towards the stage to reveal the contestant behind the blind audition.

The series has since been iterated in countries including the UK, the US and Australia, where previous coaches include global artists such as will.i.am, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande and John Legend.

A program about sexual misconduct at “The Voice of Holland” is scheduled to air on Thursday, BOOS added.

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Heidi Klum talks $2 million legs
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Heidi Klum talks $2 million legs

Heidi Klum’s legs may have been insured for more than $2 million, but one is worth more than another.

During a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the supermodel and TV host/judge explained that she has a huge scar on one of her legs from falling into some glass as a child.

“Obviously I put so much spray tan on right now you can’t see it right now,” she said. “But, yeah, one was more expensive than the other one.”

Klum said she finds the whole insurance thing “weird.”

“I didn’t insure them, by the way,” she explained. “It was a client that insured them. It wasn’t me.”

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