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Logo to air “Strike a Pose” doc in US on April 6th

What are you looking at? This spring, all eyes will be on Logo’s new Madonna-themed documentary, Strike a Pose.

The network announced Thursday it will debut the nonfiction feature, which traveled the 2016 festival circuit with appearances at Berlinale and the Tribeca Film Festival, on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET.

Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, the film revisits several dancers who worked with the Material Girl on her Blond Ambition Tour some 25 years after Alek Keshishian captured their rise to prominence in his 1991 documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare. That film went on to become a pop cultural phenomenon, earning $15 million at the box office on a reported budget of $4.5 million.

Strike a Pose dancers

Entertainment Weekly

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Madonna on Jimmy Fallon on February 16th!

NBC has revealed that Madonna will be a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”.

Thursday, February 16: Guests include Madonna, Robert Irwin and musical guest Rag’n’Bone Man. Show 626

Madonna on Jimmy Fallon

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Madonna confirms new adoptions

I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family. I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time. 🙏🏻 Thank you also to my friends, family and my very large team for all your support and Love! 💘🦋🦋🌺🌼🌸🦋🦋🙏🏻🙏🏻✈️✈️😂🤣🦋🦋♥️🌺🎈♥️

Madonna with her kids

Madonna via Instagram

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Madonna faced ‘uncomfortable questions’ during successful Malawi adoption process

Madonna was asked “uncomfortable questions” by a judge in Malawi during the pop star’s successful application to adopt more children from the southern African country, according to a court document obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Judge Fiona Mwale detailed her reasons for letting Madonna adopt the 4-year-old twin girls in a ruling on Tuesday, saying she was satisfied that Madonna “is motivated by her desire to offer a home, love, protection and guidance to the infants.”

Madonna, who has two other adopted children from Malawi, previously described reports of a new adoption process as false, saying she was in the country for charity work. She filed for adoption in a high court in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital, on Jan. 25, court and government officials said.

The Associated Press last month reported that the pop star was seeking the adoption, but at the time she denied that any such proceeding was underway.

“The petitioner is a professional performer and I guarded myself against the danger of her merely reciting a well-rehearsed speech by asking her some rather uncomfortable questions to which she gave very candid answers,” Mwale said in her ruling.

“There is no doubt that the petitioner can offer the infants not only the best education money can buy, but also guidance with a high likelihood of ensuring that the two infants grow to be self-sufficient adults,” the judge said.

Mwale said she didn’t challenge Madonna, 58, on Malawi’s residency requirements for adoption, saying the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal had addressed the issue in the pop star’s previous adoption.

“In determining her motives, I questioned the petitioner at length about the impact of her decision which could be construed as robbing Malawi of its most precious resource, its children,” the judge wrote.

Madonna said the children will keep their birth names as part of an effort to preserve their identity as Malawians, and a Malawian carer will travel with the children to the United States to ease their transition, according to the ruling.

The twins were delivered by Caesarean section and the mother died within a week because of complications from the birth, the court document said. The children have five older siblings and the father, who was at the Jan. 25 court hearing attended by Madonna, had remarried and was unable to provide for all his dependants, it said.

In 2006, Madonna founded the charity Raising Malawi to address the poverty and hardship endured by the country’s orphans and vulnerable children.

In 2013, Malawi accused Madonna of exaggerating her contributions to the impoverished country and unreasonably demanding special treatment during a tour there. The pop star denied the accusations. On a visit to Malawi in late 2014, she met newly elected President Peter Mutharika as well as the father of her adopted, Malawi-born son.

Mwale noted that the pop star has raised $7.5 million for her latest project in Malawi, the construction of a pediatric surgery ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. The ward is scheduled to open early next year.

AP

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Madonna granted permission to adopt two children from Malawi

Madonna has been granted permission to adopt two more children from Malawi, a court spokesperson has announced.
The country’s High Court made the ruling today.
The singer already has two children from the African country – David, adopted in 2006, and Mercy, adopted in 2009.
Malawian judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula said the singer was inside the court in Lilongwe when the ruling was given.
“In fact, at the time we were granting her the permission she was in the courtroom with her lawyers,” Mr Mvula said.
But less than two weeks ago Madonna denied reports she’d applied to adopt any more children, during a charity visit to Malawi.
On 25 January, a Malawian government spokesperson told news outlets the 58-year-old singer had appeared in court and had “filed an application expressing interest” to adopt two children.
But Madonna said she was only there for charity purposes.
“The rumours of an adoption process are untrue,” she said in a statement.
“I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home.”
Madonna founded the children’s charity Raising Malawi in 2006, the same year she adopted David.
Last summer she took David and Mercy to visit the orphanages where they lived before being adopted.
The star has two other children – Lourdes and Rocco – from previous relationships.

BBC

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Bruce Roberts asked Madonna to rework “Enough is Enough” ?

Sources tell TMZ legendary songwriter Bruce Roberts, who wrote “Enough is Enough” for Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, is reaching out to Madonna to record a track he will lay over the song.
The song shot to #6 on Billboard Dance Club Charts Friday … but the track is stripped down, using only the chorus of “Enough is Enough.”
We’re told Roberts wants Madonna to rewrite and sing the lyrics, stylizing it to express disdain for Trump’s policies. Our sources say Roberts doesn’t want to make this a personal attack on Trump, but rather a statement that he’s taking the country in the wrong direction.
We’re told Roberts wants Madonna in the studio STAT. He will keep Streisand and Summer’s track on the song for the hook. Madonna would be added to the hook as well.
We reached out to Roberts, who has written for Whitney Houston, Elton John, Alice Cooper, and Dolly Parton but he did not respond. Ditto Madonna. But we know the call is in.

Madonna / Donna Summer

TMZ

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Donald Trump: “Madonna is disgusting”

Donald Trump has labelled Madonna “disgusting” after her comments about “blowing up the White House”.

He spoke of his feelings about the singer in an interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity on Thursday night.

The President said: “Honestly, she’s disgusting. I think she hurt herself very badly. I think she hurt that whole cause,’ President Trump said of the singer’s unhinged outburst.

“I thought her and a couple of others. But I thought she was in particular, I thought what she said was disgraceful to our country.”

The Telegraph / YouTube

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Madonna denies adoption ‘rumours’

Pop star Madonna has denied “rumours” she has applied to adopt two more children in Malawi.
It comes after a Malawian government spokesperson told news outlets the 58-year-old singer had appeared in court and had “filed an application expressing interest” to adopt.
Madonna is currently in the African country, but said her visit was strictly for charity purposes.
“The rumours of an adoption process are untrue,” she said in a statement.
“I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home.”
Court spokesman Mlenga Mvula had told news agencies earlier on Wednesday the singer had appeared in High Court, applying to adopt two children.
“As a court, we adjourned the matter for a ruling (in the next two weeks). The court will either grant the adoption order or might not,” he said.

BBC

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Madonna to adopt two more children from Malawi

Pop star Madonna has filed for the adoption of two more children from Malawi.

A government spokesman says the singer appeared before a High Court judge on Wednesday.

Spokesman Mlenga Mvula says it is now up to the court to decide whether to grant the adoption order. The singer will have to wait a week before hearing the decision on her application.

Madonna in 2008 adopted David Banda and a year later adopted Mercy James.

The pop star in 2006 founded the charity Raising Malawi to address the poverty and hardship endured by this southern African country’s orphans and vulnerable children.

Associated Press

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