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During a segment titled ‘Sean Penn-y For Your Thoughts’ on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’, Sean Penn was asked who he prefers between Madonna and Britney Spears.
Penn answered: “I love my first wife very much. There’s no [comparison]… you don’t compare those things.”
The host replied: “People compare them all the time! So, you’re going to go with Madonna?”
And Sean smiled: “Sure!”
Check out the video at around 04:08 :
Aguilera is excited for what’s happening with new artists in the entertainment industry, because of how much more progressive it is. “They don’t have as much backlash when they come out on the scene. And I did. It was a very interesting and controversial time for me.” She points out how much more accepted it is now for an artist to take risks and to also be sexually empowered than it was back then. “Either women are not sexual enough or we’re not fulfilling enough of a fantasy for you, but then if we’re overtly sexual or feeling empowered in a certain kind of way, then we’re shamed for it.” She’s proud of herself during the “Dirrty” era, even with the harsh criticism she received. “Madonna had to go through it in her day, and she paved the way for my generation to come up. And paying it forward, now a younger generation is coming up and I’m loving what I’m seeing. It’s so incredible.”
According to TVGuide.com Madonna will be on Live With Kelly and Ryan next Tuesday (March 27th)!
Season 30, Episode 146: Madonna; Letitia Wright
The latest issue of Classic Pop Magazine (#39, April 2018) includes a 5-page article celebrating Ray of Light’s 20th anniversary:
Ray of Light Blue Vinyl and Like Virgin Transparent Vinyl have been re-released in Germany on March 2nd.
Both releases look the same as previously available UK, France, Italy and Australia limited editions (except they don’t include any stickers).
Ray of Light is available to order here, Like A Virgin here (via Amazon Germany).
Madonna will direct the upcoming film Taking Flight about Michaela DePrince, the Sierra Leonean ballet star who also appeared in Beyoncé’s Lemonade. The new film will be adapted by Camilla Blackett from the memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.
“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna said in a statement. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside.”
DePrince was born in Sierra Leone in 1995. Both her parents were killed in the country’s civil war, and her uncle took her to an orphanage. She was later adopted by a family in New Jersey. DePrince excelled in ballet and eventually joined the Dutch National Ballet, where she is now a soloist.
DePrince co-wrote her memoir with her adoptive mother in 2015. “It was a therapeutic outlet and a way for me to reach out to other people,” she told The Guardian. “… I always wanted to be a role model and to let people know that it’s OK to dream and to live for something.”
The same year, Beyoncé reached out to DePrince to enlist her to dance in Lemonade. “[Beyoncé] said I looked like I was a creature from another planet,” the dancer told the Wall Street Journal. “She walked up to me and said, ‘It’s such an honor to have you here.’ I was really cheesy and said, ‘The honor is mine.’ I was on cloud nine.”
Taking Flight marks Madonna’s third gig directing a feature film. In 2008, she helmed Filth and Wisdom. She also co-directed 2011’s W.E. In addition, she’s currently working on a big-screen adaptation of the novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.