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Jonathan Ross on Madonna interview


Jonathan Ross has discussed the upcoming special edition of The Jonathan Ross Show with Madonna.
The chat show host will interview the ‘Living for Love’ singer next month for the first time since 2003.
Ross praised Madonna on This Morning today (February 17), calling her an “iconic” figure.
“I still think she’s an incredible, entertaining brand and iconic figure,” he said. “Really interesting woman, and a really talented woman.
“Love her or hate her, you’ve got to admit that she has talent and has ability. [She’s] a great live performer.
“It’s going to be really good to catch up again… I’m going to be allowed to talk about anything, which is really good.”
The special edition of The Jonathan Ross Show will see Madonna talk about her new album Rebel Heart, as well as perform two songs from the record.

Madonna in Rolling Stone magazine


A brief article about Madonna’s 1987 cover story appeared in the latest issue of Rolling Stone:

Madonna in Rolling Stone

Madonna’s Grammy Makeup


As expected, Madonna brought the shock value to the Grammy’s red carpet when she stepped out in a sparkly Givenchy outfit that was part matador, part showgirl. We talked to the singer’s makeup artist of 12 years, Gina Brooke, just seconds before she hit the red carpet with Madonna. “I wanted to create a look that was inspired by her new album Rebel Heart and the dualities of her persona—the fighter and the romantic,” she said. Brooke used all Chantecaille products, save for one: gold eye shadow made out of crushed champagne diamonds from an artisan jeweler. “For every big event, I custom make something extravagant for her,” said Brooke. “I love gemstones on her, so I went for diamonds this time. Douglas Elliot at Marisa Perry made it.” Here’s the step-by-step guide to getting the star’s glowing, rosy makeup:

1) Start with Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. “It’s an oil-free, light-reflective formula, which works well on stage and lasts through the performance.”

2) Contour below the cheekbones with Cheek Crème in Shy, then brush Playful on the apples.

3) Using the Glacier Eye Shade Trio, sweep the light, frosty white shadow across the lids as a base and illuminator, then dust the diamond powder on top and contour in the crease and outer corners with the trio’s two darker shades.

4) Draw 24H Waterproof Liner along the upper lash line and wing it out for a strong cat-eye before applying mascara.

5) Finish with Lip Definer in Discreet and Hydra Chic Lipstick in Arctic Rose for matte pink lips.

Harper’s Bazaar

Ariel Rechtshaid on calling Madonna, Madonna


“I kept calling her ‘Madonna’ — just, ‘Hey Madonna’ and whatever. Every time she would kind of look at me funny. After a while she was like, ‘Why do you keep calling me that?’ I’m like, ‘Calling you what?’ And she says, ‘Calling me Madonna, nobody calls me that.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean? What do people call you?’ She’s like, ‘Umm, M. People call me M.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, alright! Well, anyway, let’s do some vocals, Madonna.’” – Ariel Rechtshaid (“Living For Love” co-writer)


Mike Tyson talks working with Madonna


When Madonna released the finished track list for her upcoming album Rebel Heart earlier this week, the most conspicuous guest star wasn’t Nicki Minaj, Nas or Chance the Rapper. That distinction fell to Mike Tyson, who appears with the singer and Chance the Rapper on new track “Iconic.”

And while Tyson hasn’t heard the finished track yet (a leaked demo of the song only featured Madonna), the former boxer-turned-actor tells Rolling Stone that his role was similar to his 1998 appearance as a hype man on battle rapper Canibus’ “Second Round K.O.”

“Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go,” Tyson says. “I didn’t know what the hell I was going there for. I’m just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna. She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn’t know if she wanted me to talk or rap. I just go in there and start talking. I’m talking about my life and things that I have endured. I’m saying some really crazy stuff. It was really intense.”

Tyson ad-libbed his part of the song — which he says was done in one take — and drew inspiration from an unlikely icon. “When I did it, I think about being some guy like [Benito] Mussolini and they’re really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting. You watch Mussolini on television — even though we don’t understand what he’s saying — he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way.

“I know people may say ‘this guy’s a fascist’ and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him,” added Tyson. “No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him. This guy’s a hypnotic figure. There’s so much pride behind what he’s saying. I’m not even Italian and I feel the pride he’s projecting. He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop.”

While this is the first musical collaboration between the two stars, their history together goes back decades. Tyson says he first met Madonna in 1988 during a double date between himself, then-wife Robin Givens, Madonna and her then-husband Sean Penn. When the foursome went to see a Pee-wee Herman movie, Tyson and Penn both fell asleep midway through the film, leaving their dates time to bond.

“She’s an awesome, serene person,” Tyson says of Madonna. “She’s trying to do something that since the beginning of time has been the most difficult thing to do: Save the world. I commend her for that. She is a fighter in every sense of the word and from an intergalactic perspective,” he adds with a laugh.

The star of Adult Swim’s Mike Tyson Mysteries, the unexpected animated hit that was recently picked up for a second season, even weighed in on Adi Lederman, the 38-year-old Israeli man arrested for hacking into Madonna’s computer and attempting to sell the unreleased songs. “It’s an invasion of privacy,” says Tyson. “It’s totally counterproductive to what our so-called Constitution is all about. But I’m not in the position to pass judgment on somebody like that, but [what happens to him] shouldn’t be something nice.”

It’s unclear if Tyson, who contributed the dance-pop song “One Night in Bangkok” to the soundtrack to 2011’s The Hangover Part II, will try to parlay his “Iconic” appearance into a future career, but the multihyphenate is not ruling it out.

“Doing the song with Madonna makes me think this [music career] could really happen,” Tyson says. “Most guys that come in there drink a bunch of liquor or smoke 100 blunts. I just went in and boom, one take. Everyone thought it was cool.”

Rolling Stone

Julianne Moore talks slapping Madonna in ‘Body Of Evidence’


While appearing on the late-night boozy programme, the 54-year-old actress recalled how nervous she was slapping Madonna in the 1993 flop Body of Evidence.
“I was super nervous. I was so, so nervous,” The Hunger Games star said, sipping her white wine.
“I didn’t actually make contact. It was a fake slap, but she wasn’t talking to me because she was being kind of method-y doing her thing so I felt nervous and scared. I didn’t want to hurt her at all.”
Host Andy Cohen then asked Julianne – born Julie Anne Smith – if the 56-year-old pop diva was still a method actor.
Moore said: “She was at that time, because she was playing the girlfriend and I was playing the wife. We were supposed to be enemies. She’s always been very nice to me other times. This was just on this movie, so I was very scared of her.”

Julianne Moore slapping Madonna


Iggy Azalea loves Madonna’s Confessions Tour


“One tour I really love that I didn’t go to, unfortunately, was the Madonna Confessions tour. I love that tour so much. It was actually why I called up Jamie King, who’s working on the tour with me–because he left Madonna’s tour. I was like, ‘I’ve gotta have the people that were involved in creating this.’ I love when the stage changes and transforms.”


Madonna on Kanye, Diplo, music influences


Madonna has opened up for the first time about her expansive career in the music industry as she reveals all in the latest issue of MOJO magazine.

Her 13th album, ‘Rebel Heart’, features a number of collaborators including Kanye West, who Madge had only kind words to speak of.

“I like that he likes to push the envelope.” Madonna told MOJO. “He hears music in a different and unique way.”

She went on to add: “I think Diplo’s the same. I like people who think outside the box ‘cos they take a song I’ve written that’s quite straightforward and pop and deconstruct it. Rip it apart and turn it into something else.”

As for how she started making her own music and who she was inspired by, it’s all down to her love of dancing.

“All my friends were DJs so I wanted my records to sound like what I wanted to dance to,” Madonna told MOJO.

“I would go to clubs and I would listen to what would make me dance. And then I would go back and I would work on my music,” she said.

“I mean, I was influenced by Debbie Harry, Talking Heads, The B-52’s. So to me the line was very blurred between what I was working on and what I was dancing to.”

MOJO is on sale in the UK and online from Tuesday 27 January.

Madonna on the cover of Mojo magazine