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Susan Seidelman on Madonna, Desperately Seeking Susan

I revisited both this and Desperately Seeking Susan again over the weekend, back to back, and watching them like that I was really struck by how much Wren and Susan have in common, in that way that they’re both these kind of tough downtown women who are unapologetically looking out for themselves. But Smithereens, you developed from your own story. Susan was a movie that came to you.

It changed, once I got involved. It was set in the East Village, and the character of Susan wasn’t this downtown punk kind of person. At that time she was a little bit more like a hippie traveler. It was more like Diane Keaton, Annie Hall-ish, that kind of a character. And what I thought would be interesting — again, because I was familiar with downtown culture — was to kind of morph it a little bit into the characters I knew, and that I thought could be interesting in that role. And so the character of Susan changed a little bit, and then certainly when we cast Madonna.

It was like working with Richard Hell in Smithereens. He was a musician, a downtown musician, who had a really interesting presence. And I thought I could get a good performance out of them by incorporating what was interesting about their persona, and layering that onto the character in the script. And it does involve acting, Richard Hell and Madonna were saying scripted lines, and they were acting. So when people say, Oh it’s just Madonna being Madonna, that’s not true. But I felt very comfortable looking at people, seeing what could work cinematically, and then trying to capture that onscreen.

Madonna with Susan Seidelman

I read somewhere that she basically blew up and became a megastar, like while you were shooting.

During the nine weeks we were filming, she went from really relative obscurity — certain musical people in New York in the downtown scene knew who she was, she had like one video on MTV — but suddenly her Like a Virgin album was about to come out, and she got on the cover of Rolling Stone somewhere around the last week or two that we were filming.

And boom. Suddenly everything exploded, we went from being able to film on the streets with no security whatsoever, no entourage, no nothing, to suddenly we had crowds of people when we were filming.

She’s just so clearly a star in the movie. It just captures her charisma so beautifully — and in a way that a lot of other movies after tried and failed to do. Why do you think that thing, which you got right off the bat, proved so elusive for other films?

Well, I was also very lucky that she wasn’t a star at the time we were filming. So I wasn’t, and the movie wasn’t, capitalizing on a famous person’s persona. It was just something about her as a person, and the qualities that would make her a star later on, that we were able to capture.

But the good thing also about working with somebody who would be such a big star, is that later on they do have agents that are hanging out on the set, they do have their team, their managers and makeup artists and everyone kind of hovering around, giving input, looking over the director’s shoulder at the monitor, and giving notes — we had none of that. Which is just a wonderful way to work.


Madonna’s ‘special deal’ has Lisbon in a jam

Lisbon’s city council on Monday revealed details of a deal granting Madonna rights to park a fleet of cars in the packed Portuguese capital after being accused of special treatment for the US pop diva.

The weekly Expresso broke the story of a contract between the Material Girl singer and the city to rent a lot that can accommodate up to 15 vehicles next to the “palace” she occupies on the banks of the Tagus river.

The news provoked indignation across the political spectrum in a capital that suffers a lack of parking and bad traffic jams.

The Left Bloc, a coalition partner in the Socialist-led government, called for the parking problem to be dealt with “responsibly” given the difficulties residents face.

The main centrist opposition party PSD said it wanted to know “the reason why the mayor granted such an exception”.

The other centrist party CDS attacked Lisbon’s mayor Fernando Medina and accused him of “using heritage assets for his advantage”. “The city of Lisbon does not belong to Fernando Medina,” CDS said.

City hall decided on Monday to reveal the contents of the contract with Madonna, saying it was drawn up “to avoid traffic snarl-ups along a narrow but very busy road”.

Signed in January, the deal gives Madonna access to the land for 720 euros a month. It rules out access to the neighbouring “palace” building which is under negotiation to become the new East Timor embassy.

Madonna’s contract will cease if East Timor takes the building for its embassy.

The pop star set up in Lisbon last summer following in the footsteps of Hollywood actors Monica Bellucci, Michael Fassbender and John Malkovich drawn to Portugal’s capital which regularly ranks among Europe’s coolest.


How Madonna Helped Rosie O’Donnell Book Sleepless In Seattle

“Well, I had just done A League of Their Own and I was hoping to get another movie role. But A League of Their Own was not out yet. And Nora Ephron’s young son Jacob, who is now a grown gay man, he was in his teens, and he was a big fan of Madonna. So when Nora went to dinner that night and said to her kids ‘I auditioned this young woman, I think I like her. Her name is Rosie O’Donnell’ Jacob said ‘Oh my god, she’s friends with Madonna, I love her!’ So I blame my gay icon friend Madonna and gay Jacob for getting me the role.” (Rosie O’Donnell)

Cinema Blend

Judge tells Madonna to quit messing with her neighbors

A Manhattan judge has a message for Madonna: stop messing with your neighbors.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits said the pop superstar was “merely harassing” fellow residents of her Upper West Side co-op for continuing to seek records from the board after she lost a legal bid challenging a rule that required her to be physically present in her $7.3 million pad when any of her family or staff are there.

She wanted access to board records including voting information and annual meeting minutes to “investigate how her lease was changed” and “how her family may use Unit 7A without breaching the lease.”

“Plaintiff does not need those materials anymore to prove a case that, by law, she is no longer allowed to prove,” Lebovits wrote in the decision released Friday.

Madonna sued Harperley Hall on West 64th Street and Central Park West in 2016 — two years after the board changed her original proprietary lease to say that her children and domestic help cannot live in the unit unless she herself is “in residence” at the time.

“Plaintiff is a world-renowned recording artist, performer and singer who is constantly on world tours,” she griped in her 2016 suit.

“As such, plaintiff owns many residences around the world and travels extensively worldwide,” she said in court papers.

Last September, Lebovits said she waited too long to sue and tossed the claim challenging the new lease.

Now he’s also tossing her demand for co-op records, saying that issue is moot.

Lawyers for Madonna and the co-op board did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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Madonna calls out Migos on Instagram for posing outside her house

“That’s my house in Miami! What are you doing there??”

Madonna has commented on photo posted by Migos‘ Quavo, asking him why the rap trio is stood outside her Miami home.

On Wednesday (27 June), Quavo – one third of the Georgia group –shared a picture of him and the rappers posing outside a villa.

Madonna comments on Migos photo

The photo, shared on Instagram, was to publicise their new video for ‘Narcos’, a song that references Pablo Escobar and celebrates trap life.

Madonna appeared to be surprised to see her home on display. “That’s my house in Miami! What are you doing there??” she wrote, to which Quavo replied, “Trappin’.”


Madonna to headline Glastonbury 2019

Glastonbury was criticized last year for its lack of female headliners – so ­organiser Michael Eavis is aiming for the very best ahead of the 2019 festival.

“I can reveal the world’s biggest-selling female musician of all time, Madonna, is being lined up to perform at the event, which kicks off a year from now.”

Despite a career spanning more than 30 years, she has never appeared at Somerset’s Worthy Farm and is the top pick for the event as she gears up for the release of her 14th studio album.

A Glastonbury insider said: “Preparations are already well under way after they’ve taken this year off, and Michael and his ­daughter Emily Eavis want to make it better than ever.

“They have always been massive fans of Madonna and know she would put on an unforgettable show. It was really important that they had a diverse line-up for the 2019 festival after criticism of previous ones.”

“And with this being a fallow year they want to secure a really big name to drive ticket sales.”

“Thanks to all her huge hits, they are convinced that she would be a real crowd pleaser on the Pyramid Stage.”

Madonna has sold well over 300 million records during her career and notched up 13 UK No1 singles.

If she does decide to sign up for Glastonbury she will follow in the footsteps of just a handful of other incredible brilliant female headliners including Adele, Florence and the Machine and Beyonce. She is the first name in the picture for the 2019 festival, which will run from June 26 to 30.

The Sun

Madonna’s Love Letter to Amanda Cazalet up for an auction

Madonna was crushing hard on the model she famously kissed in her 1990 “Justify My Love” video, and professed it in a love letter … which could be yours, but not for cheap.

The Material Girl sent the handwritten letter to Amanda Cazalet in 1991, not long after the 2 worked together on the sexy music vid. She starts with a joke about not being able to get in touch with Amanda, saying it’s like “trying to seduce the pope.”

It gets much steamier from there, with Madonna calling her the most beautiful woman in the world and admitting she fantasizes about kissing her again. She adds … “I cannot explain my attraction — nevertheless it’s there.”

According to the online auction house, … Amanda says this letter is just one of several between Madge and her during the years following the music vid.

We’re told it will hit the auction block July 11, with a starting bid of $15,000, and close July 20.

Madonna's Love Letter to Amanda Cazalet
Madonna's Love Letter to Amanda Cazalet
Madonna's Love Letter to Amanda Cazalet


Junior Vasquez misses being pals with Madonna

Junior Vasquez — the iconic DJ and producer who remixed everyone from Britney Spears to Cher — has opened up about his tumultuous past with Madonna, and his wish they could be as close again.

“Her and I together. We were like brother and sister. Junior Vasquez and Madonna. We became a pair musically. I would like to collaborate again or [for her to] just be my friend … [It’s] more of the friendship that I want back,” Vasquez exclusively told “Page Six TV” ahead of his gay pride appearance at PlayStation on Saturday.

Vasquez and the “Material Girl” had a huge falling out in the mid ‘90s after he released the tune, “If Madonna Calls,” without the singer’s permission.

“It was a very confusing time because I know why she did it … because she didn’t want anyone to make money or fame off of her actual name,” he said. “But [I thought] it’s just a campy record. I ran into her a couple of times, but snub snub … I lost a friend,” he said.

Vasquez also told us Madge had a jealous streak.

“If I played a certain record… [like] if I played Vanessa Williams, she would look up at me funny [in the club],” he said. “There was a battle between her and Cyndi Lauper, but the battle was with me. Cyndi would say, ‘Oh, you’re going to see your other girlfriend now,’ because they were sort of rivals,” he said.

Junior Vasquez with Madonna in 1994

Vasquez, 68, has spent his later years out of the limelight in rural Pennsylvania, after beating a crystal meth addiction. But the house music legend, who was responsible for the beats at Sound Factory and Palladium, says he’s ready to come back.

“My time will pass when I’ve passed … I want to get back into the studio,” he said. A rep for Madonna did not comment.

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