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What’s Inside Madonna Biopic ‘Blond Ambition’ and Can She Stop It?

If the Universal project does get greenlighted, it will have to survive the wrath of the Material Girl.
Most scripts on the Black List — an annual ranking of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays, voted upon by the people who read them (many of them agency and studio assistants) — remain just that: unproduced.

But not always. Certainly landing in first place on the list doesn’t hurt. Such was the case with Blond Ambition: The biopic from first-time screenwriter Elyse Hollander about Madonna’s rise to fame earned 48 votes on the 2016 list, 13 nods ahead of the second-place entry from veteran scribe Dan Fogelman (This Is Us).

The script impressed Universal enough to snatch up the property, with two major producers — Michael De Luca and Brett Ratner — attached. Still, no director has yet been attached and the film is not yet an official green light.

Definitely not on board, however, is Madonna herself. The singer has posted several Instagram messages denouncing the project. In the first, posted just hours after The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the project on Tuesday, she writes, “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool.”

On Wednesday, a copy of the script now in hand, her criticism crew more pointed and personal. “Why would Universal Studios want to make a movie about me based on a script that is all lies???” she writes. “The writer Elyse Hollander should write for the tabloids.”

As an example of the script’s inaccuracies, Madonna singled out a line of dialogue on the first page, in which Madonna tells Dick Clark in an interview on American Bandstand, “I was born in Detroit. I’m a famed high school dropout.” more →

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Madonna’s Instagram: “Only I can Tell My Story…”

Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. 📚Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. 🤡. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society. ✍️🙃


Madonna via Instagram


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 Hollander’s script that topped the 2016 Black List, the industry ranking that tracks Hollywood’s most-liked unproduced screenplays.

Michael De Luca, who produced Fifty Shades of Grey for Universal, is attached to produce along with Brett Ratner’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 Blavatnik’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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Debbie Harry calls Madonna an a**hole

Here’s an excerpt from The Times interview:

…Harry orders a bowl of tomato soup. The steam hasn’t settled before she calls Madonna, a star heavily indebted to her, an “a**hole”. She is referring to the speech Madonna made during the women’s march in Washington in January, when she talked about having “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House”. Harry is disapproving. “I don’t feel like I have to be an asshole and say stupid things like ‘Bomb the White House’, but I am speaking out on politics now. I’m sleepless since Trump’s election.”

Debbie Harry


Geena Davis on working with Madonna

Geena Davis was interviewed about “A League of Their Own” for USA Today, here’s the part about Madonna…

Madonna was a question mark: Davis admits she wasn’t sure what it would be like to work with Madonna, then in her prime.

“She was Madonna. We wondered if we were going to be able to talk to her. Was she going to have an entourage? Were they going to put up walls around her where she stands?” Davis recalls.

Ultimately, Madonna was a team player who trained hard and insisted on sliding head-first into bases. “That was painful. But she was so game. She was a trooper,’ says Davis.

Madonna in A League of Their Own


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:


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”