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Madonna News - January 2011

Riseborough’s tea with Madonna

Andrea Riseborough has revealed how Madonna offered her a part in her new film over traditional English afternoon tea.

The Brighton Rock star plays Wallis Simpson, whose relationship with King Edward VIII led to his abdication, in W.E. which is directed and co-written by the music superstar.

Andrea revealed: “She’s just a lovely woman. My first experience of her was a very nice cup of Earl Grey in a living room in her house. That’s how we talked about doing something together and it was really artistically a very complicit relationship throughout.

“Also I think from beginning to end it was five-and-a-half months playing Wallis, and Madonna has an infectious passion for all sorts of things and she’s very worldly. She has a real wisdom, but particularly at this point for the Duke and Duchess, so I got the bug – the Wallis Simpson bug.”

The 29-year-old Made In Dagenham actress – best known for her role as Baroness Thatcher in The Long Walk To Finchley – said watching awards hit The King’s Speech was interesting as it gave another perspective on the abdication story.

Andrea said: “It was strange watching it for me, because it was the other side of a whole. It was the other side of the story and in my job you have to absolutely convince yourself of the truth because everything’s just a version of truth isn’t it. So the truth that we were dealing with was something very other to that of The King’s Speech.

“It was strange but I very much enjoyed it – as objective as I could be about it.”

Andrea stars in the new film adaptation of Graeme Greene’s novel Brighton Rock, released on February 4.


“W.E.” won’t be screened at Cannes

Madonna’s feature film W.E. will not be screening as part of the Festival de Cannes in May, according to IMGlobal, the sales agent that is handling the film.
While the French newspaper Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui said on Thursday that the film would appear at the festival, the Madonna-directed movie, which is currently in post-production, it is not expected to be completed in time for Cannes and is instead aiming for a bow on the fall film circuit.
Madonna is expected to visit Berlin next month to host a private screening of select footage for foreign distributors attending the European Film Market.
W.E. stars Abbie Cornish and Oscar Isaac in parallel stories about the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII as well as one about a modern romance.
The official selection of films that will appear at Cannes won’t be announced by artistic director Thierry Fremaux until April.

Hollywood Reporter

Tracy Anderson slams Madonna

Madonna’s former trainer thinks the singer has reversed years of hard work to make her body more feminine. Celebrity fitness expert Tracy Anderson – who has worked with Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell in the past – explained she put a lot of effort into getting rid of the singer’s bulky frame, but she now thinks the 52-year-old star is ‘going back the other way’.
She explained: ‘I reversed the years Madonna spent getting bulky and made her more feminine, but I think she’s going back the other way now. ‘You just have to look at any of the other women I work with and you can see that’s not what my method produces.’
After first being introduced to Madonna by Gwyneth in 2006, Tracy stopped working alongside her after three years and she is unsure as to whether she will ever be friends with the singer – who recently revealed she plans to launch her own range of gyms – again. She added to Grazia magazine: ‘Will we ever be friends again? That’s a tough question. I don’t have rivals in life, it’s not who I am. I try to be a good person and I give a lot. Some people appreciate that and use it for the right reasons, and some people take from it. ‘I’ve worked for over a decade to come up with something that’s my own work and my own invention and my own blood, sweat and tears. I think that’s where the biggest sore spot is. I like to invent things and she likes to reinvent them!’


Chris Ciccone on Madonna, Lola, Gaga

“I guess if she continues to date all these much younger guys, it could start to look creepy, but I think that a lot of Madonna’s emotional needs are met by taking care of her children; these boyfriends must really be like a kind of distraction for her. She certainly isn’t following societal values, but then again my sister never has and probably never will either.”

“Lola has turned-out really well, and I’m sure her mother is very proud of her. Hopefully in time I can have the same relationship with Madonna’s children as I do with my other sister Melanie’s kids.”

“I can see a lot of my sister’s influence in what Lady Gaga is doing today. It’s like ‘Madonna on speed’ actually.
I think Lady Gaga is a great writer, singer and performance artist, but sometimes she goes too far with her costumes and persona and it must be hard for her fans to identify with that.”

“Madonna was a genius at changing her image into something that her fans could identify with and replicate if they wanted, and that’s something I’m trying to teach my own acts as I try to mentor their music careers.”


Kelly Osbourne is the new face of Madonna’s clothing line

from Daily Mirror:

Kelly Osbourne has been chosen by Madonna to front her junior fashion brand Material Girl, I can reveal.

And I hear Kelly, who recently slimmed down to a size eight, has the queen of pop’s 14-year-old daughter Lourdes to thank. A close friend of the star said: “Kelly’s always been a massive fan of Madonna and recently heard Lourdes idolised her, which she was very flattered by. It’s a huge coup.”

Madonna at Berlinale – Update

US megastar Madonna is “very likely” to present extracts of her new film “W.E” in a private screening on the sidelines of the Berlin film festival next month, organisers said on Friday.
“It is very likely that she will come to Berlin, but it has nothing to do with the festival. As far as we know, she is presenting her latest film on the sidelines of the festival,” said a Berlinale spokesman.
“She has rented a cinema for a private screening at the European Film Market (EFM)”, running in parallel to the Berlinale, which runs from February 10 to 20, added the spokesman.
An EFM spokeswoman was unable to confirm the superstar’s appearance but said she understood that excerpts would be shown in Berlin to a select audience.
Berlin daily newspaper Tagesspiegel reported that the screening would take place during the first week of the Berlinale.
According to another Berlin newspaper, BZ, the official premiere of the film is planned for the Cannes Film Festival in May.


Madonna to preview W.E. at Berlin festival

Madonna is to give a sneak preview of her latest film project during the Berlin Film Festival next month, organizers said Thursday, confirming media reports.
The 52-year-old singer and actress is to show excerpts from her project, entitled W.E., about the relationship between British king Edward VIII and American socialite Wallis Simpson during the 1930s, B.Z. newspaper reported.
The private screening will reportedly take place on the first weekend of the Berlinale festival. The full film is not to be shown until the Cannes film festival in May.
The first film directed by Madonna – a romantic comedy entitled Filth and Wisdom – was screened at the Berlin film festival three years ago.