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Madonna News - January 2011

Riseborough’s tea with Madonna

Andrea Riseborough has revealed how Madonna offered her a part in her new film over traditional English afternoon tea.

The Brighton Rock star plays Wallis Simpson, whose relationship with King Edward VIII led to his abdication, in W.E. which is directed and co-written by the music superstar.

Andrea revealed: “She’s just a lovely woman. My first experience of her was a very nice cup of Earl Grey in a living room in her house. That’s how we talked about doing something together and it was really artistically a very complicit relationship throughout.

“Also I think from beginning to end it was five-and-a-half months playing Wallis, and Madonna has an infectious passion for all sorts of things and she’s very worldly. She has a real wisdom, but particularly at this point for the Duke and Duchess, so I got the bug – the Wallis Simpson bug.”

The 29-year-old Made In Dagenham actress – best known for her role as Baroness Thatcher in The Long Walk To Finchley – said watching awards hit The King’s Speech was interesting as it gave another perspective on the abdication story.

Andrea said: “It was strange watching it for me, because it was the other side of a whole. It was the other side of the story and in my job you have to absolutely convince yourself of the truth because everything’s just a version of truth isn’t it. So the truth that we were dealing with was something very other to that of The King’s Speech.

“It was strange but I very much enjoyed it – as objective as I could be about it.”

Andrea stars in the new film adaptation of Graeme Greene’s novel Brighton Rock, released on February 4.


“W.E.” won’t be screened at Cannes

Madonna’s feature film W.E. will not be screening as part of the Festival de Cannes in May, according to IMGlobal, the sales agent that is handling the film.
While the French newspaper Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui said on Thursday that the film would appear at the festival, the Madonna-directed movie, which is currently in post-production, it is not expected to be completed in time for Cannes and is instead aiming for a bow on the fall film circuit.
Madonna is expected to visit Berlin next month to host a private screening of select footage for foreign distributors attending the European Film Market.
W.E. stars Abbie Cornish and Oscar Isaac in parallel stories about the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII as well as one about a modern romance.
The official selection of films that will appear at Cannes won’t be announced by artistic director Thierry Fremaux until April.

Hollywood Reporter

Tracy Anderson slams Madonna

Madonna’s former trainer thinks the singer has reversed years of hard work to make her body more feminine. Celebrity fitness expert Tracy Anderson – who has worked with Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell in the past – explained she put a lot of effort into getting rid of the singer’s bulky frame, but she now thinks the 52-year-old star is ‘going back the other way’.
She explained: ‘I reversed the years Madonna spent getting bulky and made her more feminine, but I think she’s going back the other way now. ‘You just have to look at any of the other women I work with and you can see that’s not what my method produces.’
After first being introduced to Madonna by Gwyneth in 2006, Tracy stopped working alongside her after three years and she is unsure as to whether she will ever be friends with the singer – who recently revealed she plans to launch her own range of gyms – again. She added to Grazia magazine: ‘Will we ever be friends again? That’s a tough question. I don’t have rivals in life, it’s not who I am. I try to be a good person and I give a lot. Some people appreciate that and use it for the right reasons, and some people take from it. ‘I’ve worked for over a decade to come up with something that’s my own work and my own invention and my own blood, sweat and tears. I think that’s where the biggest sore spot is. I like to invent things and she likes to reinvent them!’


Chris Ciccone on Madonna, Lola, Gaga

“I guess if she continues to date all these much younger guys, it could start to look creepy, but I think that a lot of Madonna’s emotional needs are met by taking care of her children; these boyfriends must really be like a kind of distraction for her. She certainly isn’t following societal values, but then again my sister never has and probably never will either.”

“Lola has turned-out really well, and I’m sure her mother is very proud of her. Hopefully in time I can have the same relationship with Madonna’s children as I do with my other sister Melanie’s kids.”

“I can see a lot of my sister’s influence in what Lady Gaga is doing today. It’s like ‘Madonna on speed’ actually.
I think Lady Gaga is a great writer, singer and performance artist, but sometimes she goes too far with her costumes and persona and it must be hard for her fans to identify with that.”

“Madonna was a genius at changing her image into something that her fans could identify with and replicate if they wanted, and that’s something I’m trying to teach my own acts as I try to mentor their music careers.”


Kelly Osbourne is the new face of Madonna’s clothing line

from Daily Mirror:

Kelly Osbourne has been chosen by Madonna to front her junior fashion brand Material Girl, I can reveal.

And I hear Kelly, who recently slimmed down to a size eight, has the queen of pop’s 14-year-old daughter Lourdes to thank. A close friend of the star said: “Kelly’s always been a massive fan of Madonna and recently heard Lourdes idolised her, which she was very flattered by. It’s a huge coup.”

Madonna at Berlinale – Update

US megastar Madonna is “very likely” to present extracts of her new film “W.E” in a private screening on the sidelines of the Berlin film festival next month, organisers said on Friday.
“It is very likely that she will come to Berlin, but it has nothing to do with the festival. As far as we know, she is presenting her latest film on the sidelines of the festival,” said a Berlinale spokesman.
“She has rented a cinema for a private screening at the European Film Market (EFM)”, running in parallel to the Berlinale, which runs from February 10 to 20, added the spokesman.
An EFM spokeswoman was unable to confirm the superstar’s appearance but said she understood that excerpts would be shown in Berlin to a select audience.
Berlin daily newspaper Tagesspiegel reported that the screening would take place during the first week of the Berlinale.
According to another Berlin newspaper, BZ, the official premiere of the film is planned for the Cannes Film Festival in May.


Madonna to preview W.E. at Berlin festival

Madonna is to give a sneak preview of her latest film project during the Berlin Film Festival next month, organizers said Thursday, confirming media reports.
The 52-year-old singer and actress is to show excerpts from her project, entitled W.E., about the relationship between British king Edward VIII and American socialite Wallis Simpson during the 1930s, B.Z. newspaper reported.
The private screening will reportedly take place on the first weekend of the Berlinale festival. The full film is not to be shown until the Cannes film festival in May.
The first film directed by Madonna – a romantic comedy entitled Filth and Wisdom – was screened at the Berlin film festival three years ago.


Katy Perry doesn’t get Madonna

“For me, spirituality is something very important and I don’t like it when people take it lightly. At times, I don’t understand why there are artists who play that card, like when Madonna gets up on a cross to sing.” Katy Perry, (The Sun)

Duchess of Windsor Actress from Madonna’s New Film: History is Wrong

In Madonna‘s upcoming film, “W.E.” history is going to take a back seat to fantasy.
According to 29 year old british actress Andrea Riseborough, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were not Nazi sympathizers–even though they visited the Third Reich, appeared in a newsreel with them, and are well documented historically to have made some horrendous social and political choices. As well, the Duchess of Windsor–Wallis Simpson–did not cheat on the Duke. And the Duke–formerly King Edward VIII–was brilliant.
Riseborough, who plays Wallis in “W.E.,” told me at the all star BAFTA/LA tea party yesterday at the Four Seasons Hotel in West Hollywood that I’ve got it all wrong, and so does everyone else.
“W.E.” in fact will be quite different than “The King’s Speech,” that’s for sure. But as one “Speech” actor said,m gesticulating as if weighing the two options: “Director Madonna? or Director Tom Hooper? Hmmm…”
According to Riseborough, who resembles the Duchess and is quite articulate: “Do you know how many people visited the Nazis? Everyone was enthralled with them.” She told me that the Duke and Duchess were just two of lots of people, and shouldn’ t be thought of badly. Also, the gist of “W.E.”– or least its back story–is going to be that Edward was the brilliant brother, and that Bertie–King George–played so brilliantly by Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech’–was the wanker.

source: Showbiz411

Madonna on Slant’s Best Singles Of The 90s List

Slant’s Best Singles Of The 90s

10. Madonna, “Vogue.”
Much has been written (specifically on this site) about the cultural impact of the appropriation of queer and nonwhite motifs in Madonna’s “Vogue,” so I’ll focus instead on the song’s musical archaeology and influence. Lest I completely ignore its substance, Madonna’s message is clear (“Beauty is where you find it”), but the track’s origins are part and parcel with its star’s mining of gay club trends and Old Hollywood: Inspired by the Salsoul Orchestra’s “Ooh, I Love It (Love Break)” by way of Danny Krivit’s remix of MFSB’s “Love Is the Message,” the song has a family tree that even includes producer/DJ Shep Pettibone’s remix of Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much” and serves as a sort of musical map of disco. Pettibone recorded “Vogue” with Madonna as a B-side for her single “Keep It Together,” making its impact all the more impressive (it would go on to inspire a glut of pop-house copycats) and begging the question: If disco died a decade earlier, what the f*ck was this big, gay, fuscia drag-queen boa of a dance song sitting on top of the charts for a month for?

16. Madonna, “Ray of Light.”
Once the Material Girl made it her mission to bring electronica to the masses, she could have named her collaborator. Her decision to work with William Orbit shows that, for all the flack she’s faced for “appropriation,” her interest in underground dance music is deep and not wholly commercial. Madonna discovered techno just as she turned 40 and took up Kabbalah, and listening to “Ray of Light,” it’s easy to imagine Madonna finding in rave culture not just a new image, but a way of expressing her spiritual awakening. The beat is restless and Madonna sings breathlessly, but she exudes contentment: “I feel like I just got home!” Her emotional warmth is what establishes the song as a standout single even in a catalogue as replete with classics as Madonna’s.

34. Madonna, “Erotica.”
Madonna accepts the burden of her throaty, spent-from-touring voice, which makes Erotica’s taunting, aggressive lyrics—an elaborate exploration of sex, from seduction to disease—feel unmistakably honest. The title track, whose opening put-a-record-on scratchiness mirrors that of Madonna’s most divisive instrument, is the singer’s invitation to the dance, a slithering, sinister snake rising from a gaudily ornate chalice. The beats are, by design, hypnotic—at once alluring and devious. With “Erotica,” Madonna promises to get you off, but not without giving you something.

36. Madonna, “Deeper and Deeper.”
Among Madonna’s finest achievements, the angsty pop anthem “Deeper and Deeper” is both an acute distillation of Erotica’s smut-glam decadence and the singer’s lifelong blond ambition. The song, like its video, practically plays out as an autobiography of the singer’s life: Atop sambalicious disco, Madonna delivers a burning, poignant fairy tale of yearning and escape in which she plays both Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Armond White once praised Madonna for how she took “outsider art inside herself”—which is to say, justified it by personalizing it. The uncontrolled, fierce tension of the song derives from the feeling that Madonna is taking a plunge into some hedonistic abyss of her own liberated, uninhibited making.

42. Madonna, “Secret.”
Despite the common misconception that she often sings about sex, Madonna’s songs aren’t always sexy. “Secret” is perhaps the finest exception to that rule. As it slinks along a simple R&B backbeat and an unfussy acoustic guitar figure, “Secret” is also one of the most organic-sounding singles of Madonna’s career, taking its sweet time to get where it’s going and not giving up too much along the way. The arrangement gets off on being withholding, and, at least for one glorious single, so does Madonna: When she sings, “You knew all along/What I never wanted to say,” she sounds positively rapturous.