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Madonna Biopic ‘Blond Ambition’ Lands at Universal

Universal is getting into the groove for a Madonna biopic.

The studio has picked up Blond Ambition, Elyse Hollanderโ€™s script that topped the 2016 Black List, the industry ranking that tracks Hollywoodโ€™s most-liked unproduced screenplays.

Michael De Luca, who produced Fifty Shades of Grey for Universal, is attached to produce along with Brett Ratnerโ€™s RatPac Entertainment. John Zaozirny of Bellevue Productions also will produce.

The story is set in early 1980s New York as Madonna Louise Ciccone works on her first album, struggling in a business that treats women badly, while also dealing with a burgeoning love life and the first hints of fame.

Madonna moved to New York from Michigan in 1978 to pursue dance but segued to singing and writing songs. After failing at a rock band, she switched to dance and pop. After achieving some success with a few dance singles, she began work on her debut album, Madonna, which was released in 1983. The album yielded hits “Holiday,” “Borderline” and “Lucky Star,” and set the stage for her ground-breaking Like a Virgin album.

Blonde Ambition is the debut script for Hollander, who worked as an assistant to Alejandro G. Inarritu while he made Birdman, and Fresh Off the Boat co-executive producer Kourtney Kang. She is repped by WME, Bellevue, Ryan Pastorek and Robby Koch of Hansen Jacobson.

De Luca is coming off of producing this year’s Academy Awards and will produce next year’s broadcast as well. Ratner’s RatPac recently announced a partnership with Len Blavatnikโ€™s Access Entertainment.

Universal executive vp production Erik Baiers and director of development Chloe Yellin will oversee production for the studio. Lucy Kitada will help oversee for De Luca Productions.

Hollywood Reporter

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Madonna’s “Everybody” featured on Just Say 50: Sire Records 50th Anniversary Box Set

“Dance Mixes” isn’t the only Madonna related limited Vinyl release available today (Record Store Day).

Just Say 50

“Just Say 50: Sire Records 50th Anniversary Box Set” is a 4 LP, limited edition, numbered box set exclusive that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary and influential Sire Records label, co-founded in 1967 by Seymour Stein. The compilation spans the years 1969 to 1995, and features 46 artists, including early releases from Climax Blues Band and the label’s first #1 hit, “Hocus Pocus” by Dutch band Focus, plus all the key artists from Sire’s amazing history: Madonna, Talking Heads, The Ramones, The Smiths, The Pretenders, Depeche Mode, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cult, Ice T, k.d. lang, Seal, The Replacements, Wilco and the list goes on and on.

Seymour Stein talks about this release in the video bellow:

Tracklisting:

Vinyl 1

Side A
01 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry – By Martha Velez
02 Hocus Pocus – By Focus
03 Mother Russia (Single Version) – By Renaissance
04 Couldn’t Get It Right – By Climax Blues Band
05 Shake Some Action – By Flamin’ Groovies
06 Blitzkrieg Bop – By Ramones

Side B
01 (I’m) Stranded – By The Saints
02 Aloha Steve & Danno – By Radio Birdman
03 Psycho Killer – By Talking Heads
04 Blank Generation – By Richard Hell & The Voidoids
05 Ca Plane Pour Moi – By Plastic Bertrand
06 Pop Muzik – By M

Vinyl 2

Side A
01 One Step Beyond – By Madness
02 Come On Let’s Go – By The Paley Brothers
03 Brass in Pocket – By Pretenders
04 Rescue – By Echo and The Bunnymen
05 Mirror in the Bathroom – By The English Beat
06 Tainted Love – By Soft Cell
07 Genius Of Love – By Tom Tom Club

Side B
01 Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy – By Kid Creole And The Coconuts
02 Everybody – By Madonna
03 Don’t Go – By Yaz
04 Everything Counts – By Depeche Mode
05 White Horse – By Laid Back

Vinyl 3

Side A
01 Hand in Glove – By The Smiths
02 The Walk – By The Cure
03 Im Nin’alu – By Ofra Haza
04 Oh L’Amour – By Erasure
05 Reach – By Martini Ranch
06 At Last – By Jimmy Scott

Side B
01 Alex Chilton – By The Replacements
02 Fire Woman – By The Cult
03 Dirty Blvd. – By Lou Reed
04 I’ll Be Your Everything – By Tommy Page
05 Love and Mercy – By Brian Wilson

Vinyl 4

Side A
01 O.G. Original Gangster – By Ice-T
02 Jesus Built My Hotrod – By Ministry
03 The Wagon – By Dinosaur Jr.
04 Come Together – By Primal Scream
05 Twisterella – By Ride

Side B
01 Crazy – By Seal
02 Constant Craving – By kd lang
03 Brian Wilson – By Barenaked Ladies
04 Chickamauga – By Uncle Tupelo
05 Box Full of Letters – By Wilco
06 In the Meantime – By Spacehog”

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Madonna’s “Vision Quest” is coming to Blu-Ray

Warner Archive has announced the release of Harold Becker’s Vision Quest (1985) featuring Linda Fiorentino, Matthew Modine and Madonna

Synopsis: High school wrestler Louden Swain is a man obsessed, trying to shed 23 pounds in a dangerously short time and take on Shute, the undefeated, tough-as-nails 168-pound champion who’s the best wrestler in the state. Matthew Modine stars as the mop-headed student undeterred in his Vision Quest…until the day a sexy drifter (Linda Fiorentino) threatens to pin Louden and his dreams to the mat of unrequited love. The hit soundtrack features Journey’s “Only the Young,” Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” and John Waite’s “Change.” In her first film, Madonna shines while performing “Gambler” and “Crazy for You.” You’ll go crazy for Vision Quest.

Special Features:
NEW High-definition remaster
Original trailers
Optional English SDH subtitles

Expected release date is May 16th.

Vision Quest Blu-Ray

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Harper’s Bazaar projecting Madonna on Empire State Building

While the Empire State Building is known for changing from shades of red to blue and everything in between, tonight’s light show will take on a bit different fashion; fashion photography from some of Harper’s BAZAAR’s most iconic shoots and cultural moments.

In honor of BAZAAR’s 150th anniversary and presented in partnership with Tiffany & Co., glossy pages will turn into sky-high projections, flooding the city with some of fashion’s greatest. Think unforgettable covers (Rihanna’s Jaws cover, anyone?) to stunning editorials that have highlighted the premier of seasons past.

Join us tonight from 8:30PM to midnight on the north side of the Empire State Building above 34th Street, or tune in to BAZAAR’s Facebook page for the entire live stream.

Madonna on Empire Sate Building
Madonna on Empire Sate Building

via Harper’s Bazaar / Madonna Nation

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Madonna Stalker is suing NYPD for $5 Million

Madonna’s obsessed fan has his eye on a $5 million prize for allegedly being beaten and arrested by New York’s finest.
Robert Linhart — a retired FDNY firefighter — was busted back in 2010 after he camped outside Madonna’s pad, waving a sign that read, “M, the Universe brought us together in 1992 and again this year in Prague. Meet me please XXX.” Cops told him to leave, he refused so he was arrested.
Linhart was convicted of resisting arrest but filed suit against the city and several NYPD cops. Linhart accuses cops of turning him into their personal punching bag by kicking and beating him in the back, neck, shoulders and arms.
We’ve learned Linhart has now named his price to make the lawsuit go away — $5 MILLION.
It’s unclear how much, if anything, the city is willing to pay, but we know Linhart’s lawyer, Pete Gleason, has a meeting with city lawyers April 25.
We reached out to New York city officials, but they had no comment.

TMZ

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Purim 2017: Madonna as Belle

Sometimes you just have to take off the mask and confess! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Thank you @jr

Madonna as Belle

Elegant and Lady Like. Confident yet Loving. ๐Ÿ’› Thats what matters! ๐Ÿ— @stevenkleinstudio ๐ŸŽ‰ happy Purim!

Madonna as Belle

Beauty and the Beast ! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜‚

Madonna as Belle

Madonna via Instagram

The “IT Couple” Happy Purim to my Princess @madonna Love is beyond the masks we wear in this lifetime

Madonna as Belle

Steven Klein via Instagram

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Rumor: Madonna Dance Mix Vinyl for 2017 Record Store Day

Lucky Records revealed that “Madonna Dance Mix” EP will be released for this year’s Record Store Day.
The vinyl is a limited edition (8000 copies) and will be available on April 22nd 2017.

Tracklisting:
A1 : Into The Groove / 4:40
A2 : Angel / 6:15
B1 : Material Girl / 6:05
B2 : Holiday / 6:08

Madonna Dance Mix

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Madonna, Beyonce, Coldplay Pen Letter for International Women’s Day

Beyoncรฉ, Madonna, Coldplay and John Legend are among the artists to sign an open letter marking International Women’s Day in this “critical moment in history.”

“Recent legislation and rhetoric have put decades of progress for girls and women at risk,” the signees wrote in the open letter on behalf of Global Citizen and Chime for Change.

“All over the world, women are on the frontlines fighting for our future. Yet millions of girls and women are still denied basic equal rights. And recent policies and appointments in the United States jeopardize its position as a global leader and positive role model on human rights. We stand together to say, in a voice louder than ever, that fighting for gender equality is the emergency and the opportunity of our time.”

Actresses like Julia Roberts, Freida Pinto, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Dakota Johnson and Salma Hayek, who co-founded Chime for Change with Beyoncรฉ, also signed the letter, which also demand gender equality.

“This is about hearing a call – to join us wherever you are. About raising an alarm – drawing attention where there is work to be done. And about celebrating – those who are already showing us, against impossible odds, what is possible,” they continued.

“We believe that connection empowers us. That every voice matters. That each one of us is needed to achieve change. We believe we can do extraordinary things when we come together.” read more →

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