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U2 To Receive The Sonny Bono Visionary Award

Irish rockers U2 are set to receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.


The award is typically given to film directors, but this January the other Bono and his bandmates will be feted for their “unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice,” according to festival chairman Harold Matzner.

Previous recipients include Danny Boyle and Quentin Tarantino.

Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern and Tom Hanks will also be honored at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.

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Cher Tickets Stay Sunny For Dressed To Kill Tour

Cher shot to fame as part of the folk rock duet Sonny and Cher in 1965. Distinguished by her distinctive contralto, Cher has also become known for her dramatic chops – and, of course, her daring fashion statements ranging from the absolutely outrageous to the subtle and sublime.

Today, as one of the best-selling musical talents of all time, she has sold over 100 million solo albums. She has also sold over 40 million tracks as Sonny & Cher around the globe. She is also the only artist to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades; and as a result, has also become known as the The Goddess of Pop.

Now, at age 67, Cher is planning to take off on her first road trip since her 2005 Farewell Tour. Her latest effort, called Dressed to Kill, is in support of her just-released 26th album Closer to the Truth, and named after one of its new songs.

The 49-city trek hits 35 states. It kicks off at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona on March 22 and wraps at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California on July 11, 2014.

“With a tremendous fan base that spans three generations, Cher continues to trend at the top of our best-seller list,” said Marta Ault at online ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com.

“That’s why we’re proud to be able to offer fans the most comprehensive and continuously updated selection of concert tickets online, with a worry-free guarantee to protect their purchase.

“To access the complete inventory of Cher tickets we now have available, customers can go to BuyAnySeat.com and search for Cher – then select their tickets,” added Ault.

Following Phoenix, Cher performs in Houston, Dallas, North Little Rock, Tulsa, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Uncasville, Toronto, Boston, Indianapolis, Detroit, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, Philly, Columbus, Cleveland, Charlotte, Raleigh, Brooklyn, and East Rutherford.

Next are concerts in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, Sunrise, Las Vegas, Denver, Lincoln, Kansas city, Louisville, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Rosemont, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Jose, Ontario, Los Angeles and Anaheim before wrapping in San Diego.

After becoming popular in 1965, Cher became a solo artist with million-selling singles such as “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” and “Half-Breed” – songs with daring, even controversial lyrics, that dealt with subjects rarely addressed in American popular music.

In the 1970s, she became a TV star with popular shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and Cher. After she and Sonny divorced in 1975, Cher experimented with various musical styles, including disco and new wave, before scoring as a successful live act in Las Vegas.

In the early 1980s, Cher made her Broadway debut and starred in the film Silkwood, earning her an Academy Award nod for Best Supporting Actress in 1983. Next, she starred in films such as Mask, The Witches of Eastwick and Moonstruck, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1988. She made her directing debut in the 1996 film If These Walls Could Talk.

At the same time, she established herself as a rock singer with platinum albums such as Heart of Stone in 1989, and hit singles like “I Found Someone” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Over the last two decades, Cher continued to try new musical styles, including R&B and dance. She hit a new high in 1998 with “Believe,” which featured the pioneering use of Auto-Tune, now known as the “Cher effect.”

Cher’s last outing, The Farewell Tour, renamed The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour before its long run ended, played a record-breaking 325 dates for 5.5 million fans. In 2008, she signed a $60 million per-year deal to headline at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. (Source: usatoday.com 9/23/13)

Cher has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, among numerous other honors. Her other ventures have included fashion designing, writing books and managing the film production company Isis.

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Cher: Fame Has Ruined My Social Life

Cher says being famous has ruined her social life.

The ‘Believe’ singer claims her superstar status has robbed her of her freedom and she wishes she could go out in public without people hounding her.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I don’t remember the last time I went out. I am not happy. I like being an artist and really like being creative but I love my freedom too. However that’s one thing I have lost.”

The 67-year-old star – who first shot to fame in 1965 aged 19 – especially misses visiting her favorite tourist hotspots in London, insisting that wearing a disguise wouldn’t help her plight.

Cher said: “I would love to just go to the Victoria and Albert Museum and wander around the exhibitions. It’s one of my favorite places but I just can’t.

“I lived in London twice and loved walking around the city. But not now. It’s hard for me to wear a disguise because people have seen me in every hair color and style imaginable. Everyone’s got a phone camera as well.”

The mother-of-two – who has a son, Chaz, who underwent a sex change to become a man in 2010 – with her late ex-husband Sonny Bono, and son Elijah with ex-husband Gregg Allman – is hoping Elijah will help her fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a grandmother.

She sighed: “I really would like to be one. It would be so great to have the fun part and then send the child home. I’m hoping Elijah may help on that front.”

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Cher Is Single Again After Love Split

Pop icon Cher has sparked speculation she has split from her longtime boyfriend Tim Medvetz after declaring herself to be a single woman once again.

The Believe hitmaker, 67, has dated the former Hell’s Angel on/off since 2008, and the pair was at the centre of wedding rumours last August (12), but Cher swiftly denied the claims.

Now in a new interview, the pop star reveals she recently went through a love split, and insists she is in no rush to find another partner.

She tells Britain’s Notebook magazine, “I just broke up with someone but I need a little bit of a break. I don’t believe in going from one (relationship) to another – I have girlfriends that won’t leave someone they’re with until they have someone to move on to and you just can’t do that.”

When asked if she would walk down the aisle for a third time, the singer admits she prefers being a girlfriend to a wife: “I don’t really think about it, but I wouldn’t say no. I just can’t think why I would. Something really bizarre would have to happen. I like being in a relationship and I’m a really good girlfriend. But you know, you have periods where you’re with someone and relationships have their own life. I’m kind of fatalistic about those things.”

Cher was previously married to Sonny Bono and musician Gregg Allman. She has also dated Warren Beatty, Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise.

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Cher Staging Broadway Musical About Her Life: “It’s a VERY SLOW PROCESS!"

(Hollywood Reporter)—According to Cher, there are three sides to the iconic musician — and they will all be featured in a forthcoming Broadway musical.

The Burlesque star explained that the show would feature three important stages in her life: the first before meeting future husband Sonny Bono through the couple’s Sonny & Cher days; another after her split from Bono through her comeback Believe tour; and current day, which includes recording new music and a potential fall tour. According to the singer, the show would feature her original music.“Prod r trying 2 write musical now about my life with my music,” Cher wrote on Twitter Monday, adding that she will help write the script because, “I was there and know the stories that no one knows but me!”

“I hope it happens!” Cher added of the project. “It’s a VERY SLOW PROCESS! Been working on it quite a while now.”

As for whether the show would be a starring vehicle for the 66-year-old, Cher jokes that she may play “old Cher.”

“She’s wise n tells 2 young 1’s not 2 fear future,” she wrote.

Cher is currently working on a new album — her 26th — to feature what she describes as “hardcore dance” music, including one track written by Lady Gaga and produced by RedOne. In February, the singer told fans that she would be hitting the road for a tour in September.

Chaz Bono Reveals Special Guest Coming To Watch Him On Next Week’s ‘Dancing’

It will be a big family reunion for Chaz Bono when he hits the ballroom on Monday for Week 4 of “Dancing with the Stars,” as his mom Cher and at least one other very special guest will be in attendance.
“I’m looking forward to her being there. She’s going to be there, and my stepmom, Mary Bono Mack, will be there,” Chaz said, breaking the news of the Congresswoman’s upcoming “DWTS” attendance to Access Hollywood. “And other members of my family [will be there], so it should be great.”
Cher has been vocal on Twitter, lashing out at those who have criticized her son’s appearance on the show. But, when Access Hollywood Live’s Kit Hoover asked Chaz if Cher might get out of her seat and confront the judges, Chaz said his mother would likely stay seated.
“I don’t think she’ll do that,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind it either, but I don’t think she’ll do that.” Read more>>

Chaz Bono Talks ‘Becoming Chaz,’ Cher on ‘Oprah’

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After years of struggling with his sexuality, Chaz Bono opened up about transitioning to a man on today’s “Oprah.”

“Life was always so much more difficult,” he told Oprah Winfrey about his former life as Chastity Bono. “It also felt like my body was literally betraying me.”

“The boobs threw you off,” Winfrey said. “Ugh,” Bono grunted. “You have this image of yourself and all of a sudden your body does the exact opposite of what you feel.”