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“Shadows & Fog” gets UK Blu-Ray release

Arrow Academy is releasing Wooddy Allen’s “Shadows & Fog”, starring Madonna, on Blu-Ray in the UK.
Release date is set for April 3rd 2017.

Shadows & Fog Blu-Ray cover

“Shadows & Fog” is one of Woody Allen’s strangest films, this studio-bound fantasy turned his Kafkaesque one-act play Death (1975) into a full-blown homage to German Expressionist filmmakers like Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau and G.W. Pabst, brought to life by one of the starriest casts he ever assembled: Kathy Bates, John Cusack, Mia Farrow, Jodie Foster, Julie Kavner, Madonna, John Malkovich, Donald Pleasence and Lily Tomlin, plus Allen himself.

He plays the cowardly Kleinman, reluctantly recruited by a vigilante mob in search of a serial killer. When he finds himself involved with a troupe of circus performers whose sword-swallower Irmy (Farrow) and clown Paul (Malkovich) want to leave to start a family, Kleinman thinks that this is a welcome distraction – but the killer has other ideas…

Described by the New York Times as “a brazen, irrepressible original”, Shadows and Fog is the most visually and narratively unpredictable of Allen’s films. Carlo di Palma’s dazzling cinematography makes full use of the title elements, but it’s the richness of the multi-layered narrative, with its Shakespearean oscillation between burlesque comedy and poignant tragedy that really sticks in the mind.

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Madonna and Marilyn Minter Talk Feminism at Brooklyn Museum on Inauguration Eve

Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the US on January 20, and on the eve of that historic event, the Brooklyn Museum will host global superstar singer Madonna and beloved feminist artist Marilyn Minter for a public conversation.

The evening, which promises to touch on topics such as art, culture, and women’s rights in the face of current events, will be moderated by museum director Anne Pasternak and playwright Elizabeth Alexander.

artnet News spoke by phone with Minter, asking her why this event is important now. “You must be joking,” she laughed. “We had a wake-up call at that election. We all thought we were going to be celebrating our first woman president, and then this last gasp of a dying patriarchy came and snatched it out of our hands.”

“There are rules if you’re a girl,” said Madonna—also an avid art collector—during an impassioned speech last month at the Billboard’s Women in Music event, where she was honored as woman of the year. “If you’re a girl, you have to play the game. … You’re allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy. But don’t act too smart. Don’t have an opinion … that’s out of line with the status quo. … You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don’t own your sluttiness.”

“Be what men want you to be,” the singer continued, “but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized, you will be vilified, and you will definitely not be played on the radio.”

“Madonna’s on fire and I just feel like I’m a conduit for her,” Minter, the subject of the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibition “Pretty/Dirty,” told artnet News. It will be a busy week for the artist, who will head to Washington, DC, the next day, for the Women’s March on Washington, taking place January 21.

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MADONNA x MARILYN MINTER

On the eve of the presidential inauguration, join Madonna and Marilyn Minter—two fearless feminist provocateurs—as they talk art, culture, feminism, and the current state of affairs. Connecting Madonna, an artist, activist, and philanthropist, with Minter, whose work critiques cultural perceptions of women, this unprecedented conversation will highlight the impact of female artists within broader culture and social change.

Moderated by poet, essayist, and playwright Elizabeth Alexander and by Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum. This historic program is part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of exhibitions and programs celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Tickets are $50 to $125 and will go on sale Friday, January 13, at 2pm at www.brooklynmuseum.org.

Visit www.brooklynmuseum.org and follow @brooklynmuseum for updates.

About A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum
A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art through ten diverse exhibitions and an extensive calendar of related public programs. A Year of Yes recognizes feminism as a driving force for progressive change and takes the transformative contributions of feminist art during the last half-century as its starting point. The Museum-wide series imagines next steps, expanding feminist thinking from its roots in the struggle for gender parity to embrace broader social-justice issues of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity. A Year of Yes began in October 2016 and continues through early 2018.

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Madonna to join Women’s March on Washington

Madonna will take part in next week’s Women’s March on Washington, the pop icon revealed on Thursday.

Madge made the announcement posting of an image to social media of a woman revealing her public hair shaved in the shape of the Nike swoosh. “Yasssssssss! Just Do it!” she wrote, tagging the racy Los Angeles-based magazine Nakid.

The photo was shot by Marius Sperlich and will appear in Nakid’s next issue, the magazine teased on Instagram. It’s unclear whether the picture is of Madonna.

The Women’s March on Washington in support of women’s rights coincides with Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration next Friday, taking place the day following on Jan. 21. Katy Perry, Cher and Zendaya are among the other celebrities who have announced they will be participating.

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Madonna in Harper’s Bazaar – Interview + Photos

The pop icon on election-night prayers, aging, and bad wine.

Madonna for Harper's Bazaar

Madonna has no patience for bad wine. I learned this while sitting in a well-appointed living room at her New York City home, with Nina Simone playing softly in the background. I must tell you, Madonna’s house smells amazing—something delicious, maybe roasted chicken, was cooking in a kitchen elsewhere in the manse, and there was a gentle fragrance in the air, jasmine, perhaps. While I waited for Madonna, her day-to-day manager, her publicist, and I chatted while reclining on gorgeous cream-colored furniture set upon the largest rug I’d ever seen, on top of immaculate black wood floors. On the wall behind me was a black-and-white photograph of a woman perched on the edge of a mussed bed, scantily clad, sucking on a gun, it’s Helmut Newton’s “Girl with Gun” photograph. Of course.

Madonna for Harper's Bazaar

Madonna was late, but that didn’t matter because she is Madonna. What is time, really? She was all apologies when she arrived, and we quickly got down to business. She was in the process of planning a fund-raiser at Art Basel in Miami Beach, and like any perfectionist she wanted to taste the wines that could be served. She knelt on the floor as she considered various reds and whites and a rosé—or “summer water,” as she called it. “Roxane,” Madonna said. “You don’t have to wear that dress tonight. …” That’s when I exhaled. This was familiar territory. My name is part of a well-known song or two. I smiled and said, “No, I do not.” At one point she asked me for my opinion on a particularly troublesome wine, handed me her glass, and swore she didn’t have anything contagious. I believed her and took a sip. To be fair, the wine was terrible—it tasted like vinegar—and the year on the bottle said 2016, so it wasn’t really wine yet. It was the suggestion of wine.

Madonna for Harper's Bazaar

Madonna is very good at multitasking. While she was considering the wines, she held forth with me, and before long she was done with the bad wine. “Take the mediocre out of here,” she tells Dustin, the strapping young man who served all the wine and apologized for its mediocrity even though that mediocrity was not his fault. “I’ll go broke before I drink bad wine,” she declared, and I was entirely in agreement. I wanted nothing more than for Madonna to offer her opinions on wine for the rest of the evening. Dustin promptly brought us the good wine, served in a crystal decanter. I drank it, and it was, indeed, good. more →

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Madonna’s Instagram: Harper’s Bazaar 150

Hello Harpers Bazaar! 150th Anniversary issue! Shot by Luigi and Iango. Out Jan 17th.

Madonna for Harper's Bazaar

Crawling my way back to work and into the arms of Harpers Bazaar. @luigiandiango Out Jan. 17th

Madonna for Harper's Bazaar

Madonna via Instagram

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