U2 shoot video with Mary J. Blige

From Willie’s diary at U2.com’s members only section we learn that while the band were in Mexico, they shot a video for ‘One’ with Mary J. Blige:

“I wandered for a while before flagging down a cab and heading to an old theatre in the same part of town where U2 were shooting a video with Mary J. Blige. Mary’s version of ‘One’ is on her current album, so I’m guessing it’ll be a single, hence the video. I wasn’t involved in the shoot professionally, but it’s always interesting to see how the other half lives. Paul Hunter was directing, whilst Jeff Cronenweth and team were busy filling the theatre so full of smoke that it became almost impossible to see across the room. Looked pretty cool on camera, though.”

Willie’s diary also makes mention of a 3D concert shoot in Buenos Aires on March 1 and 2 for the production of an IMAX film. Atu2.com have more details:

“According to Definition Magazine, they’re using gear provided by Pace Technologies, which has Titanic, The Abyss, and several other Hollywood blockbusters on its portfolio. Also involved in the production is 3ality, a company which specializes in 3D viewing … get this … that doesn’t require any special eyewear.”

Enquiring minds want to know, is Hamish Hamilton involved? Because fast cuts + zooming + 3D = <small voice> yay?</small voice>

Seating Assignment

It seems the Grammy people have figured out that the quickest way to get Bono to the stage at tonight’s Grammy Awards ceremony is to put him in the aisle seat, where there will be fewer people to climb over and kiss on his way to the podium. With U2 up for five awards, Bono is sure to make a few trips to the stage — well, at least we’re rooting that he and his bandmates will. In addition to (hopefully) picking up some golden gramophone statuettes tonight, U2 will be performing “One” with Mary J. Blige. The Edge will also be a part of a musical tribute honoring New Orleans and Southern music with an “all-star supergroup” that includes Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello.
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