The Weinstein Company, which recently acquired the Madonna-directed film “W.E.,” announced Wednesday that it plans to release the film smack in the middle of Oscar season. “W.E.,” which stars Abbie Cornish as a modern-day young woman who finds inspiration in the romance between Britain’s King Edward VIII and and the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, will be released on Dec. 9 in New York and Los Angeles. Besides Ms. Cornish, the cast includes Abbie Cornish (“Limitless’), Andrea Riseborough (“Never Let Me Go”), James D’Arcy (“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”) and Oscar Issac (“Drive’)
International Icon and world renowned Material Girl, Madonna and her daughter Lola are back with the Fall 2011 marketing campaign for their junior brand “Material Girl.” Joining in on the fun for a second season is rock royalty, actress and television personality Kelly Osbourne.
“We have both enjoyed working with Kelly and are thrilled to have her on board for the launch of the Fall 2011 collection,” commented Madonna and her daughter Lola.
Representing the quintessential New York City scene, Osbourne is seen being photographed in Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, Soho, the West Village, Little Italy, Chinatown and includes backgrounds such as the world famous Empire State building and Osbourne on top of a double-decker tourist bus riding down Fifth Avenue.
The campaign will debut in September issues of fashion and lifestyle magazines such as PEOPLE StyleWatch, Nylon, Seventeen, Teen Vogue and Cosmopolitan as well as online, outdoor and in Macy’s.
“I love being part of a brand for girls and having the opportunity to work with Lola who has an amazing fashion instinct. Added to that is the fact that Madonna has been a big influence on my style over the years,” stated Kelly Osbourne.
Osbourne will make personal appearances on behalf of Material Girl at Macy’s. To stay up to date with the latest news follow @MaterialGirlCol, hash tag #MGNYC and become a fan at facebook.com/materialgirlcollection.
The ‘Celebration’ singer – who adopted five-year-old son David from the African country in 2006, followed by six-year-old daughter Mercy in 2009 – wants to redouble her efforts to aid orphaned children by opening a new centre as well as giving financial support to current ones.
Speaking in new TV documentary ‘American Revolutionaries: The Hitmakers’, she said: “My short term goals are to build an orphan care centre that will service and reach at least 1,000 children and I’m also actively involved in funding several orphanages that already exist.”
However, Madonna’s aspirations for the country were dealt a blow earlier this year after her plans to build a school for girls were “discontinued”.
The 52-year-old star had pledged to build an academy following her adoption of David in 2006, but the $3.8 million she had put into the project through her charitable foundation Raising Malawi failed to develop into an educational establishment.
Madonna – who also has biological children Lourdes, 14, and 10-year-old Rocco – admitted she was “frustrated” at the development because of the lack of education in the country.
She said in a statement: “There is a real education crisis in Malawi, 67 per cent of girls don’t go to secondary school.
“Our team is going to work hard to address this in every way we can.”
W.E. could be my best score so far. Madonna really let me spread my wings and soar.
FYI: None of William Orbit’s music is used in Madonna’s W.E.
Apparently, the source of some confusion is Orbit’s old interview, where he comments on a very early cut of W.E.: “I’ve done two pieces of score music for the film”. That information is outdated. Please consider updating your blogs and reviews, and I hope you’ll enjoy the movie :)
Madonna will soon find herself in a whole new material world: the pages of a comic book.
The star will have her life story told in 32 pages by Bluewater Productions Inc., the latest celebrity to be part of its semi-regular line of “Female Force” comics, the publisher said Thursday.
“Our goal is to show the little-known events and influences that resulted in Madonna becoming the phenomenon she remains to this day, more than a quarter-century after she burst upon the scene,” said Jason Schultz, Bluewater’s executive vice president. “A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.”
The one-shot issue — due out in August for $3.99 and written by C.W. Cooke and drawn by Michael Johnson — will look at her life as it transformed from a little-known singer into a multimillion-record-selling entertainer and trendsetter.
“Most pop stars owe everything to this woman. It’s amazing all of the things that she’s done in her lifetime, and I have a feeling that this is still only the beginning,” Cooke said of Madonna.
The issue joins a growing collection of similar titles from the Vancouver, Wash.-based publisher. Previous subjects in the “Female Force” series that have included Betty White, Michelle Obama, Barbara Walters, Sarah Palin and Margaret Thatcher, among others.
HL: You continue to work with some of the most exciting musicians in the industry, from Madonna to Kylie Minogue to Lady Gaga. Are there any other contemporary pop stars you have your eye on?
JPG: I have had the privilege to have worked with those that I admire, whether it be Madonna [in music] or Pedro Almodóvar in the cinema. I don’t know, there are interesting people out there, but they have to want to work with me.
HL: Tell us about your working relationship with Madonna in the 80s and 90s. Where did the idea for that infamous cone bra come from?
JPG: The first time I saw Madonna was on Top of the Pops. She was singing “Holiday,” and she had a fabulous look. (I actually thought that she was English because she was so stylish.) She was into the same things that I was doing at the time, like crosses, oversized jewelry, and fishnets. The second time I saw her live was at the first MTV awards in New York at Radio City Music Hall. It must have been 1984. She sang “Like A Virgin” in a wedding dress and was simulating “self contentment” or “self satisfaction,” to put it euphemistically. The audience was mostly business people, who were horrified. There were just a few young fans–and me, who absolutely loved it. That is when I realized that she couldn’t care less what others thought of her, and I also saw how powerful she was. I was a real fan of Madonna – I loved her music as well as her “personage”. I loved her being the director of her own appearance.
When I saw her first concert in Paris, I said to myself that she should have asked me to do the costumes. I thought that I would have done them better. So, two years later, when my PR told me just before a prêt-a-porter show that I had to call Madonna, I thought that someone was playing a joke on me. But three days later, I asked if it was true and, to check, I called the number I was given. And it was her in person. She answered, “Hi, Gaultier.” Blonde Ambition tour was a real collaboration, friendship, and complicity. She was frightened of nothing, and our vision was in complete harmony and symbiosis.