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The Wildest Stories From Madonna’s Legendary Oscar Parties

What better way to get “into the groove” than with the Material Girl herself?

When Vanity Fair canceled its annual Academy Awards party due to the Writer’s Strike in 2008, it created a void—one Madonna, Demi Moore and Guy Oseary were happy to fill. It was that year that the trio hosted their inaugural after-party, the most exclusive event of award season. “Just wearing a fantastic dress and having lots of great jewelry—that’s my part of the planning,” the pop singer told Q magazine later that year. “And making sure there are no photographers.”

After a night of being camera-ready, stars look forward to kicking off their heels, loosening their bowties and letting their hair down. As a guest once told The New York Post’s Page Six, “People go to the Vanity Fair party to be photographed, then they go to Madonna’s to party in private.”

Madonna Oscar Party

Madonna has hosted the event at her manager’s home every year since, even in absentia. Moore, meanwhile, has not co-hosted the bash since her divorce from Ashton Kutcher; Oseary is the Kutcher’s investment partner.
The first party drew a large crowd that included a then-married Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, as well as Ellen DeGeneres, Portia De Rossi, Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes, Christian Slater and Owen Wilson. “There were Le Tourment Vert absinthe fountains flowing all night—it was insane,” Page Six reported. “Diddy grabbed the mic rallying everyone to dance.” As party planner Jeffrey Best once told Robb Report, the hip-hop mogul “moved that party to a height I’ve never seen before. There wasn’t a single person who wasn’t dancing.” And, despite Madonna’s long-time feud with Elton John, he was spotted “getting down” with David Furnish.

In its second year, Madonna was spotted dirty dancing with notorious party girl Lindsay Lohan. As E! News exclusively reported at the time, the Best Events-produced event was set up under a temporary atrium adjacent to the house, lit by chandeliers. Ashton Kutcher shared some of the “coolest moments of the night” via Twitter, like meeting Jack Nicholson, holding Penélope Cruz’s Oscar statue and seeing Joe Pesci send back three martinis “because they were sub par.” read more →

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Father of girls adopted by Madonna says he didn’t realise it would be permanent

The father of the African twins Madonna is adopting claims he was misled into believing their move to the US would not be permanent.

In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, Adam Mwale reacted with disbelief after being told that his four-year-old daughters Esther and Stella have been taken away from Malawi for ever.

‘That cannot be true,’ he insisted. Mr Mwale said he believed the singer was only fostering the girls.

Speaking for the first time since Madonna began the process of adopting the twins, the 40-year-old farmer dismissed as ‘lies’ a court’s contention that he had ‘abandoned’ the girls after their mother died in childbirth.

Mr Mwale’s account of how he had done all he could to care for his family was backed up by the chief of his remote rural village.

Mr Mwale said: ‘I was told from the start that Esther and Stella were going to a rich woman’s home abroad, that she would give them a good education, then return them to me, to live with me and help all of my family.

‘Now you are telling me the adoption is permanent. That cannot be true – I don’t want it to be true. I am their father and I will always be their father.’

Mr Mwale first learnt of Madonna’s interest in the girls last May when he was invited to their orphanage, Home of Hope, outside the Malawian capital Lilongwe. read more →

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Sandra Bernhard defends Madonna

Q: Women aren’t always supportive of each other. Cyndi Lauper’s recent criticism of Madonna’s fiery speech at the Women’s March comes to mind.

Sandra Bernhard: Madonna wasn’t being literal, and she didn’t suggest that she wanted to band with terrorists and blow up the White House. She was in the moment and being off the cuff in the way she does. Who f**king cares? She certainly has the right take on it.
You can’t expect Madonna to be Angela Davis or Gloria Steinem. Everybody has their level that they express themselves at, and not everyone’s a great thinker or an intellectual. Obviously, Madonna’s not an idiot. She’s a provocateur in her way, as I am in my way.

Sandra Bernhard

SF Weekly

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Judge unimpressed with Madonna’s housing lawsuit

In the eyes of the law, Madonna’s no different than a door-to-door salesman or even a jailbird.

That was the position of a no-nonsense Manhattan judge who said that the superstar’s lawsuit against her Central Park West co-op to skirt building rules belongs in Housing Court with average New Yorkers.

“Let’s say your client were a traveling salesperson or away in college or serving a brief period in jail, wouldn’t your client be as protected then as she is now going on tour and spending an inordinate amount of time in hotels?” Judge Gerald Lebovits asked Madonna’s lawyer in court Monday.

“It’s the same principle,” he said.

The “Like a Virgin” singer is suing One West 64th Street over a strict residency requirement that says her children and domestic servants aren’t allowed inside her $7.3 million unit while she’s not there.

Madonna has four children — Lourdes Leon, 20, Rocco Ritchie, 16, David Banda Ritchie, 11, and Mercy James, 10.

The building’s board implemented the new rule in 2014.

“Certainly such a requirement is ridiculous and impossible for almost any family to comply with, and certainly not someone with plaintiff’s itinerant schedule,” Madonna’s April lawsuit says.

Her attorney, Stuart Shaw, told the judge that he submitted a sworn statement from his client that explains her lifestyle.

“She has homes all around the world, she travels extensively, she has a house in California, she has a house in Europe. She goes on tours, she spends an inordinate amount of time in hotels, yet the places she calls home is 64th Street,” Shaw said.

Judge Lebovits was not impressed.

“There’s a landlord-tenant relationship between your client and the cooperative corporation and they could bring a Housing Court action to evict,” he said.

Shaw argued that his international pop star client “should not have to wait to defend an eviction proceeding.”

The building’s attorney, Patrick J. Sweeney, said the suit should be tossed because Madonna waited too long to file it. In court papers he also argued that Madonna cannot “credibly claim she was treated any differently from every other shareholder.”

The judge said he’d issue a written decision to determine in the coming weeks.

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Elvis Duran on interviewing Madonna

“She was one of the most difficult interviews I’ve ever done. I was disappointed. She just wouldn’t give a straight answer. Maybe she wanted to be a bad girl just for the sake of being a bad girl. But while I didn’t love it, I’d still love to keep interviewing her. I want to get it right!”

“She’s a pioneer,” he says. “She pioneered that superstar edge that says, ‘I’m going to do it my way and succeed no matter what anyone says.’ And as much crap as she got for being herself, she never strayed. She was always true to herself.”

Elvis Duran on Madonna

People magazine

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Camille Paglia hits back at Madonna

Madonna made waves at the Billboard Women in Music event with her powerful speech about sexism, ageism, and misogyny, but feminist Camille Paglia is hitting back at the iconic singer for her claims that she was rebuffed when looking for female support at the start of her career.

Here’s Camille Paglia complete response:

“Madonna is one of the most creative and influential women artists of the modern era. She transformed music and dance and produced stunning videos that were among the major works of art of the late twentieth century. She single-handedly broke the power of the Stalinist puritans of old-guard feminism and was instrumental in the triumph of pro-sex feminism in the 1990s.

Hence it is truly tragic to see Madonna descend into embarrassing displays of maudlin self-pity and irrational accusations against others. She is turning into a horrifying combination of delusional, vampiric Norma Desmond and bitter Joan Crawford on the bottle.

I was Madonna’s first major defender, when she was still considered a pop tart and a sham puppet created by shadowy male producers. In my ultra-controversial 1990 op-ed on her in the New York Times, ‘Finally, a Real Feminist’, I hailed her cutting-edge work and celebrated her embrace of sex, beauty, and Hollywood glamour, which had been under attack for the past quarter century of dreary second-wave feminism. I was widely attacked for my finale, which was dismissed as preposterous but which in fact came true: ‘Madonna is the future of feminism’.

It is absolutely ridiculous for Madonna to now claim that she longed to ally with other women at the start of her career but was rebuffed from doing so. The media, in the U.S. and abroad, constantly asked Madonna about me or tried to bring us together, and she always refused.

For example, in 1994, Esquire magazine asked me to interview her for a cover story, but she rejected the proposal. Instead, they got the geriatric novelist Norman Mailer, who knew nothing about Madonna or popular music, with predictably vapid results. HBO wanted to film Madonna and me conversing at a restaurant. Again, she rejected it. And Penthouse too proposed a joint cover story that was shot down.

The real issue is that while Madonna’s world tours have remained highly successful, her artistic development has been stalled for 20 years. The last truly innovative work she did was with electronica producer William Orbit. Madonna has become a prisoner of her own wealth and fame. Her most authentic ideas were inspired by her childhood rebellion against the repressive code of American Catholicism.

When she switched over to Hollywood chic Kabbalah, with its easy-going ethic and pat bromides, she lost her creative drive. Furthermore, Madonna seems to lack the humility and persistence that are required for the study of serious art. She collects art for display, but obviously it has not broadened or deepened her imagination.

The number one issue in Madonna’s current path of self-destruction is her embarrassing inability to deal with aging. She has failed to study the example of her great role model, Marlene Dietrich, who retained her class and style to the end. Madonna keeps chasing after youth, humiliating herself with vulgar displays, like the horrendously trashy, buttock-baring outfit she wore to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala in May.

She has become a cringe-making pastiche of ratty blonde hair extensions and artificially swollen cheeks, obscuring the magnificent classic bone structure that made her one of the most photogenic celebrities of the 1990s. In her struggles to stay relevant, Madonna has debased herself with adolescent, pitifully inept Instagrams that cannot compete with Rihanna’s brilliant work in that genre.

Instead of lugubrious rants and hysterical recriminations, perhaps Madonna should try a little honest self-critique.”

Daily Mail

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Madonna biopic ‘Blond Ambition’ tops The Black List

Elyse Hollander’s Madonna biopic “Blond Ambition” is the top script on the 2016 The Black List, the annual compilation of most-liked screenplays in Hollywood that are yet to be produced.

The script is set in the 1980s New York and chronicles Madonna’s struggles to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and a music industry that views women as disposal.

The script received maximum 48 votes to top the list, which features 73 scripts this year.

Other stories that have been well-liked on the list include “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself”, a multi-generational love story.

The script earned 35 votes to tie with Tony Tost’s “The Olympian”, the true story of an underdog rower trying to make it into the 1984 Olympics and Liz Hannah’s “The Post”, again a true story about how Washington Post’s scion Katherine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee overcame their differences to publish the story about the Pentagon Papers. read more →

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Lady Gaga praises Madonna

@Madonna your speech at the Billboard Music Awards was inspiring. You’re so brave & strong. Thanks for being that for us girls we need that.

Lady Gaga via Twitter

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The Story Behind Madonna’s Red Carpet Gucci Suit at the Billboard Women in Music Awards

Madonna has long been a trailblazer in music and fashion, and earlier this week she pulled a first of the most irreverent kind by twerking for James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. The singer took her place at the top of a list of seriously talented artists on the red carpet of the Billboard Women in Music awards in New York City today, where she was honored as Woman of the Year. The legendary performer loves to push the envelope with her style—remember the custom Givenchy number she wore to this year’s Met Gala or her homage to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards in May?—and her new latest look didn’t disappoint. Stylist Arianne Phillips worked with Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele on the highly graphic suit which featured a distinctive flora and fauna motif, and a hidden message. “[The suit was] made more special with embroidery that means ‘the Greek goddess of music that brings joy,’ ” said Phillips.

Raising the bar on her ensemble were equally dazzling jewels: earrings from Sarah Hendler, rings from Jacob & Co., Lynn Ban and Nol Jewellers, bracelets by Eddie Borgo, and a drop necklace from Bulgari. As Phillips put it, they were “perfect for such a momentous honor befitting the Queen of Pop herself.”

Vogue

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Arianne Phillips opens up about working with Madonna

Arianne Phillips is the Academy Award-nominated costume designer behind Walk the Line and A Single Man. Yet it is the nearly 20 years she has spent working as a stylist to Madonna, spanning countless TV and red carpet appearances and six tours, including the 2016 Rebel Heart Tour, for which the 53-year-old is best known. Phillips, who cites the 1998 “Frozen” video, the 2000 “Don’t Tell Me” video and the 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards as three of her favorite style moments, says that working with Madonna is both rewarding and challenging: ”She’s an artist who’s seen by the world.”

Walk us through the process of putting together Madonna’s tour wardrobe.
Madonna and I usually start talking four to five months before a tour. I work with a big crew — just the prep side alone can reach 25 people — because it’s not just Madonna. There are also 20 dancers, two backup singers, a band and often she has specialty performers. read more →

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Madonna is 4th on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians of 2016 List

#1 Taylor Swift – $170 million
#2 One Direction – $110 million
#3 Adele – $80.5 million
#4 Madonna – $76.5 million

Rebel Heart Tour grossed $140 million, bringing career total on the road to $1.4 billion pretax; made additional millions on perfume and clothing.

Madonna Forbes' List

Forbes

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A Look at Madonna before the Fame in New Photo Book

In 1983, before she became the cultural icon that she is today, Madonna lived in a walk-up on East 4th Street. In between going out almost every night, she was waitressing and posing nude for art students to pay the bills for her aspiring music career.

Photographer Richard Corman was first introduced to the then 24-year-old through his mother Cis, a casting director at the time for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. When Madonna auditioned for the role of Mary Magdalene (unsuccessfully), Cis saw in her an “absolute original.”

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These photographs were taken before the release of Madonna’s debut album, just a month before her unprecedented ascension into stardom. Corman captures the raw beauty of a star teeming with potential, on the verge of becoming pop music’s biggest icon, through 66 previously unpublished polaroids that are seeing the light after having been lost for decades. Madonna 66 will be shown as a book, website, film, installation, and social media project—a “360-degree approach to a raw little polaroid,” in the words of the photographer.

Here, Richard Corman reflects on Madonna’s inimitable style, the art of polaroid photography, and the creative, palpable energy of downtown Manhattan in the ’80s.

Describe your first encounter with Madonna.

Richard Corman Madonna made sure I called her prior to entering the building on East 4th Street because the crew on her stoop would not have let me through without her say so. When I approached the building, I told those outside I was a friend of Madonna and the seas parted. I heard M yelling over the banister from the 4th floor to come on up. When I looked up from the first floor and encountered those piercing cat-like eyes I knew that something special awaited on the 4th floor. Indeed as I walked in, she served me espresso on a silver-plated tray with bazooka bubble gum…so raw, so real, so sexy, so much fun. read more →

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