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Madonna News - September 2010

Madonna to expand teen clothing range

Singer Madonna will now expand her teen clothing range ‘Material Girl’ by including swimwear and lingerie.

The 52-year-old singer launched the range some time back with her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes.

‘We’re focused on rolling Material Girl out into additional categories, including swim and intimates and expanding the dress assortments. We launched footwear with ballet flats this season but we’re going to expand into a full footwear collection going forward. It’s all under discussion,’ quoted a spokesperson for the line as saying.

The collection, which offers clothes, footwear, handbags, jewellery and accessories, modelled by Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen, is available at US store Macy’s.


Madonna’s Publicist Tough on Reporter

Madonna is known for being tough, and her publicist, Liz Rosenberg, is apparently just as tough. She gave strict instructions to reporters at Wednesday’s “Material Girl” fashion launch at Macy’s. What happened to one reporter who chose to disobey is the stuff of legend.

Rosenberg told reports they could each ask three questions of Madonna and her daughter Lourdes at the “Material Girl” event; and the questions had to be fashion related. According to reporters on scene, the “fashion-only” rule was to keep the press from asking about her newly arrested stalker.

Well, since reporters are known for being oh-so-obedient, one reporter from “The Insider” decided to overstep her bounds, and ask a non-fashion question. The question had nothing to do with Madonna or her stalker, though. The reporter asked, “What do you think about Ashton and Demi breaking up?”

Cheeky reporter!

According to witnesses, Madonna’s publicist “slapped the microphone out of the reporter’s hand.” Rosenberg even went so far as to point “at the reporter and [say], ‘Bad girl!’”

Susan Seidelman on Madonna and Desperately Seeking Susan

Q: How did you find Madonna for this film?
A: Madonna lived down the street from me, so she wasn’t “Madonna,” in quotes. I knew her from people who were in the downtown music scene. We started to audition more up-and-coming actresses who had done some films -– people like Ellen Barkin and Melanie Griffith and Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kelly McGillis, who had just made one or two movies and were getting known. But even though the film is a fairy tale, in a sense, it needed to be grounded in some kind of authenticity. We didn’t want actors putting on costumes and playing downtown.

Q: You wanted someone who genuinely embodied it, rather than an actor who would be playing at it or pretending it?
A: Right. And she hadn’t really done a movie before. She’d played in a band in the background of “Vision Quest,” whatever. But it wasn’t really an acting role. I hoped that because she is a performer and she had such an interesting persona, I could capture that on film somehow. And that does involve a lot of acting. People sometimes think, “Oh, it’s just being.” But it’s not. When you have to say lines and hit marks and get your lighting and repeat it 20 times from different angles, it’s acting.

Q: Given her inexperience, did you have to make a case for casting her in the film?
A: Well, yes. She had to do a bunch of screen tests. But it was the early days of MTV, and she happened to have a video that got a lot of rotation, because there just weren’t a lot of music videos at that time. I think it was for “Lucky Star.” So the the Orion people out in L.A. saw that and liked the way she looked. She was also helpful in auditions for the actor that was going to play her boyfriend. Somewhere, in a carton in my basement, I have Madonna and Bruce Willis doing an early screen test for that.

Once More Into the Groove: ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ Turns 25

Madonna ‘stalker’ says he ‘won’t stop’ until he meets her

The 59-year-old retired FDNY firefighter busted twice in four days outside Madonna’s Upper West Side apartment was charged today with stalking the pop icon, and he said he “won’t stop” until he actually meets the singer.

Robert Linhart appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court, where he was charged with criminal weapons possession — a Leatherman knife and a pocket knife — as well as disorderly conduct, making graffiti, possessing a graffiti instrument and resisting arrest.

After he was arrested, Linhart told cops he was allowed to be outside Madonna’s Upper West Side home.

“I can be here. This is police brutality. I have a right to do this. I am not doing anything wrong,” he told cops, according to court papers.

“I keep running into Madonna.” he added. “I saw her in 1992 and I’d actually like to meet her in person. I won’t stop until I actually meet Madonna.”

Linhart even said arresting him won’t stop him from returning.

“I’m going to go right back there [Madonna’s apartment] and do it again,” he said, according to court papers.

Prosecutors said they recovered an ice pick in his car.

Linhart had been stalking Madonna’s apartment for several days, witnesses said.

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Madonna’s stalker arrested

A 59-year-old retired FDNY firefighter yesterday was busted for the second time in four days outside Madonna’s Upper West Side apartment, where he displayed signs professing his love for the pop icon.

“Madonna, I need you,” said a sign strapped to the top of Robert Linhart’s SUV. “Tell me yes or no,” another sign said. “If it’s yes, my dream will come true. If it’s no, I will go. XXX.”

The answer conveyed by Madonna’s security people was a definite no. Cops wound up handcuffing Linhart and hauling him to the 20th Precinct station house.

He’s charged with criminal weapons possession — a Leatherman knife and a pocket knife — as well as disorderly conduct, making graffiti, possessing a graffiti instrument and resisting arrest. Linhart had been stalking Madonna’s apartment for several days, witnesses said. Cops on Saturday busted him on charges of obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

“We thought he was homeless. But then we saw he had a car,” said Angel Melendez, a security guard in the neighborhood.

The Toyota SUV contained artist equipment, a firefighters’ uniform and a Paris tour guide. One of Linhart’s signs suggested he has traveled widely to stalk to the aging pop star. It said he’d seen Madonna “this year” in Prague — she gave a concert there in 2009 — and added, “Meet me, please.”

Linhart retired from the FDNY in 1998, a department spokesman said. For at least the past decade, he has lived in Huletts Landing, NY, a rural town on Lake George.

He’s only the latest in a long line of wacky Madonna-wannabe beaus.

A bodyguard in the 1990s shot and wounded Robert Hoskins, who stalked her in California and threatened to slice her “from ear to ear” if she didn’t become his wife.
Madonna testified at Hoskins’ trial in 1996, despite admitting that being in the same room with him made her “sick to my stomach.” Hoskins was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
When Madonna performed in Madison Square Garden in 2004, security guards ejected an alleged stalker who had bought a ticket to the show. And in 2000, her then-boyfriend, movie director Guy Ritchie, was accused of assault in London for slugging a stalker who admitted he was “a bit obsessed” with the star.

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