Showing posts with label MADONNA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MADONNA. Show all posts

Saturday, June 23, 2018

MADONNA'S LOVE LETTER TO WOMAN NYC AUCTION

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NYC-based online celebrity auction house GottaHaveRockandRoll.com will be hosting The Rock and Roll Pop Culture Auction from July 11-20, 2018.


One of the featured items in this auction is a never-before-seen handwritten love letter from Madonna to another woman, Amanda Cazalet, who appeared in her steamy 1990 "Justify My Love" music video, which was banned from MTV for sexual explicitness. In the letter, Madonna writes, "I know you are married and pregnant and I cannot explain my attraction - nevertheless it's there." And goes on to say, "getting in touch with you is like trying to seduce the pope." 



Friday, March 04, 2016

MADONNA'S AUSTRALIA RETURN FOR INTIMATE SHOW

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Melbourne, Australia - As Madonna's Australian fans breathlessly await the return of the Material Girl to their country after a 23 year absence, the occasion will be further celebrated by the newly announced intimate club show - MADONNA: TEARS OF A CLOWN - an exclusive fan show that will fuse music, art and comedy at Melbourne's historic Forum Theatre on March 10. Tickets for this intimate show will be available to Madonna's Icon fan club winners, and fans should stay tuned to Madonna.com for details on how to enter. DJ Mary Mac will be on hand to start off the party.


Madonna said, "I wanted to do something special for Australia because you have been so patient and waited so long - the "Tears of a Clown" show will make its debut on March 10th. Performance art, comedy, story telling and music of course! Especially for you my Rebel Heart fans down under!!"


Telstra Thanks is also giving customers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Madonna like never before, up close and personal in this exclusive event. For more information on how, visit:


Since September of 2015, Madonna's sold out Rebel Heart Tour has played 82 shows in 21 countries. The multi Grammy Award winning superstar has eight shows left with upcoming stops in Auckland, New Zealand as well as Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, Australia.


MADONNA

REBEL HEART WORLD TOUR

AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND 2016

Date City Venue 


Mar. 5 Auckland, NZ Vector Arena

Mar. 6 Auckland, NZ Vector Arena

Mar. 10 Melbourne, AU Forum Theatre NEW SHOW!
Mar. 12 Melbourne, AU Rod Laver Arena

Mar. 13 Melbourne, AU Rod Laver Arena

Mar. 16 Brisbane, AU Entertainment Centre

Mar. 17 Brisbane, AU Entertainment Centre

Mar. 19 Sydney, AU Allphones Arena

Mar. 20 Sydney, AU Allphones Arena 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

MADONNA IN CONCERT AT VEGAS MGM GRAND RESORT

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Madonna performed at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada last night to a sellout crowd. This superstar really knows how to put on a show!



Thursday, September 10, 2015

INSIDE SUPERSTAR MADONNA'S REBEL HEART TOUR

Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour


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Montreal, Quebec -- Madonna launched her highly anticipated Rebel Heart Tour with a sold-out show at the Bell Centre in Montreal tonight. Diplo opened the show. The set list spanned all decades of the iconic superstar's illustrious career, including songs from her current album Rebel Heart (the No. 1 Dance hits "Living for Love" and "Bitch I'm Madonna," to classic fan favorites like "Material Girl" and "Holiday" and a "Dress You Up" medley that included "Get Into The Groove," "Everybody," and "Lucky Star." Fan-created artwork was featured in a video montage shown during Madonna's performance of the song "Rebel Heart," and her rendition of "La Vie En Rose" played on just a ukulele received and overwhelming standing ovation from the audience.


The Rebel Heart Tour is directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (the band's keyboardist Ric'key Pageot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman, and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards),lead choreography by Megan Lawson, hair by Andy LeCompte, makeup by Aaron Henrikson, and costume design by Arianne Phillips.


Beloved for her boundary-pushing fashion, Madonna has worked with both world-renowned designers and exciting up-and-comers over the years. For the Rebel Heart Tour, she and Phillips, whose original designs are also in the show, collaborated with Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski to create the sumptuous costumes. Below are details from each designer. 


Alessandro Michele for Gucci: Madonna wears an exotic gypsy outfit comprising a lurex-lace-and-jacquard bodysuit with an embroidered belt, lace short sleeves, and multi-colored trimmings, plus a black crêpe de Chine skirt with embroidered patches and black georgette ruffles. She also wears a black crêpe de Chine and georgette shawl with embroidered patches and silk fringes, lace gloves with pleated jacquard ruffles. To cap it off, she wears high-heeled knee-high lace-up leather boots and a black hat adorned with silk flowers. Her dancers complement her in patchwork bodysuits with a mix of ruffles and multicolored trimmings and embroidered belts. These are then teamed with multicolored floral headpieces; pleated jacquard neckpieces; lurex shrugs (featuring pleated ruffles on the sleeves and multicolored silk flowers); brocade jackets sporting silk flowers, embroidered patches, and lace pleated ruffles at the bottoms of the sleeves; and lace "Tehuana" inspired capes with multicolored silk flowers.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BILLBOARD CELEBRATES MADONNA'S 25TH FOR 'VOGUE'

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Story By: G. H. HARDING
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SHEP’S BACK --- To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Madonna’s “Vogue” reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the venerable music magazine has reached out to the song’s co-producer and co-writer, dance legend Shep Pettibone, for—amazingly—his first interview in twenty years.



Back in the day, Shep was the go-to guy for all-things-remix, and his candid responses throughout this new interview are all terrific. He explains to Billboard that he has successfully stepped away from the business for a host of other projects—but for most, myself included, he remains a sorely-missed craftsman.



A man still of impeccable taste and gentle persuasion, his new interview makes for a very good read. Interesting fact: Pop artists, like Madonna, all loved working with him.







EXTRA-EXTRAORDINARY ---20th Century Fox is rebooting its 2003 historical-fantasy film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—a graphic novel of the same name that centers on Victorian-era literary characters such as Captain Nemo, The Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde teaming up to fight a common enemy.



The feature film starred Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain; it was the actor’s final live-action movie role before he retired from acting. The plan was for League to become a franchise, but the worldwide gross reached only $180 million and was considered something of a flop.



Me, I loved it and think it remains a classic example of how best to turn a graphic novel into a successful movie. The director, Stephen Norrington, did a wonderful job and the film featured some startling special effects.



The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book series launched in 1999.



SUMMER’s HERE --- With Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, U2 and other superstars launching U. S. tours this month, the summer concert season offers music fans a wealth of options.



Last year, Pollstar—a trade publication covering the concert industry—estimated the size of the North American concert business at $6.2 billion. That number could likely grow in 2015.



"What's on sale is doing well," says Pollstar's editor-in-chief, Gary Bongiovanni. "It may well lead to a record year for tour revenues."



At least a dozen acts are playing stadiums—including the Stones, Swift, AC/DC, One Direction and Foo Fighters, among others—and the forecast looks promising, given that 2014 was the biggest year for stadium shows since 1994, according to Billboard Magazine’s director Ray Waddell.



"This year is supposed to be just as big," he says. "I think people have missed stadiums."



The cost of attending these mega-shows will vary greatly, from the Foo Fighters tour (where tickets rarely cost more than $75) to the Stones, who set the top ticket price for their fourteen U. S. shows at around $400.



"The Rolling Stones are probably going to be the highest average ticket price on tour," Bongiovanni says. "They may not work as many dates, but certainly on a per-date basis, there probably won't be anybody that comes close to them."



Country music touring also appears strong this summer. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and the Zac Brown Band have stadium shows booked. Florida Georgia Line has already started taking its first major headlining tour into arenas and amphitheaters.



"Country is developing more headliners than any genre, and it is crushing it out there," Waddell said.



CLOSING NOTES --- The 2015 Book Expo began yesterday in NYC at The Javits Center . . .



San Andreas, featuring Dwayne Johnson, screens tonight in NYC. Look for my review this Friday . . .


Micky and daughter Georgia Dolenz will attend this weekend’s “Dwell On Design” 2015 conference. . .

Terrific review for David Duchovny’s Aquarius; which premieres tomorrow on NBC … 


Frank Shiner returns to The Cutting Room on July 25.




Friday, February 27, 2015

LIZA MINNELLI AND CHER WEIGH IN ON MADONNA'S FALL

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By:  G. H. HARDING
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MADONNA --- By now, you've not doubt seen the horrific spill that Madonna took on stage at the Brit awards earlier this week in L. A. The Internet blew up with both positive and negative remarks – some seemed to take glee in the fact that it happened at all, while others, including Cher and Liza Minnelli even weighed in, countering that it’s something every performer dreads, but the fact that she got right up and continued attested to her professionalism.



I think it's a sad state of affairs when something like this happens and people actually take joy in it. Call it the TMZ-factor or whatever, but it’s definitely not right.



Truth be told, obviously something went askew, but she got right back up and continued the performance. Face it; she’s a pro … always has, always will.



KEATON’S MOMENT --- Not to continue on a rant with the web, but this week featured a moment that was dubbed the saddest moment of the recent Oscars-event. The Best Actor Award was about to be announced and a camera cut to Keaton sitting in the front row, allegedly pulling out a slip of paper obviously with his speech on it.



They called out another name, yet the camera held on Keaton … now, putting the paper back in his jacket pocket.



I thought Keaton should have won; he won mostly everything else (in fact, the movie Birdman won some 154 awards!). The movie was just amazing; an amazing treatise on fame. Maybe it scared the Hollywood-elite … who knows.



Keaton gave the performance of a lifetime.



WILSON’S LOVE & MERCY --- I’m a huge Brian Wilson fan, are you? The forthcoming movie Love & Mercy is an biographical film directed by Bill Pohlad about musician and songwriter Wilson of the Beach Boys.



The film, deriving its title from the 1988 song by Wilson, is presented in a parallel narrative covering two specific time periods of Wilson's life: the 1960’s and the 1980’s.



Actors Paul Dano and John Cusack depict the young and old Wilson, with Elizabeth Banks as Wilson's second wife, Melinda, and Paul Giamatti as psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy.



It will be released on June 5, 2015.






DANNY PACINO --- In Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino, an undelivered letter from John Lennon inspires a heartfelt journey to rediscover family, find true love and begin a second act.



Danny Collins opens in select theaters this March, starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, Annette Bening & Christopher Plummer, directed by Dan Fogelman and features songs by John Lennon.



SMITH SHINES IN FOCUS --- It’s not the big-brash Big Willie Style, but Will Smith’s new movie Focus (with the hotter-than-hot) Margot Robbie, is a slow-burn, gem of a movie.



Smith essays veteran-con-man Nicky, who manages to train newcomer Jess (Robie), as well as falling for her. Smith’s nuanced performance almost harks back to Cary Grant’s 1955 gem, To Catch A Thief. It’s a great star turn for sure.



Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, wrote and directed this movie, and while it’s not up to their last masterpiece, Crazy, Stupid, Love, I just adored it.



With a terrific soundtrack including music from Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, and It’s A Beautiful Day (“White Bird”), it’s just perfect. Highly recommended for sure.



CLOSING NOTES --- One last Oscars note: I think the writers let Neil Patrick Harris down. The jokes were tired and not even funny. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have done a great jobs these last few years - next year, new blood for sure ...



It took a long time to get off the ground, but the big screen adaptation of David Ebershoff's novel The Danish Girl is finally in production. The fictionalized account Lili Elbe's life feature Oscar-winner Eddie Redmanye in the title role and reunites him with his Les Miserables director Tom Hooper.



Elbe is known as being one of the first people to have sexual reassignment surgery (or at least have it publicly revealed). The movie centers on her relationship with her wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) and how her transition affected their lives.



The project has been in the works for years with Tomas Alfredson and Lasse Hallström both attached to direct at one time and Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron all potentially on board to play Elbe.



The film also features Amber Heard and Matthias Schoenaerts and is expected to be released later this year.




Monday, February 09, 2015

INSTANTLY FORGETTABLE MADONNA'S 'LIVING FOR LOVE'

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Story By: G. H. HARDING
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HATERS GOT TO HATE --- I think this was a pretty good Grammy event (though somewhat more somber than usual), but just what the heck was Madonna shooting for with a performance that had its moments but looked like something we’ve seen from her too many times before.



“Living For Love” was the new song, which, quite frankly, is no “Vogue.” Instantly forgettable. It was a weird frustrating moment as I kept waiting for the song to bust wide open …. and, it just never did. She looked pretty good, adorned in some sort of matador-inspired outfit, but, she’s done it before and used to do I so much better than anyone.



For me, the highlight was seeing rock-god Jeff Lynne with his newly re-fitted ELO-outfit (he played two concerts in Hyde Park last year, apparently re-igniting his interest in ELO) and, he was superb.



"Evil Woman,” and “Mr. Blue Sky” were performed (with Ed Sheeran) and spot-on excellent. Note to the kids: This is what real music is all about.



Interestingly enough, Meghan Trainor, whose “All About That Bass” was much talked about earlier this year, went home not winning, as did Hozier, aka Andrew Hozier-Byrne. Wonder-boy Sam Smith went home with 4 awards; although I am truly getting a bit tired of hearing “Stay With Me.”



Of course, no Grammy show would be complete without some sort of mention about Kanye West. Here, as Beck received album of the year, which was a complete surprise to this writer and most of the crowd, Kanye attempted to take the stage, but once he almost reached it, turned around.



What an idiot. I don’t get Kanye. I never have and hope I never do. His wife look shocked as the camera turned right to her. But, no doubt, the moment will be chronicled on Kim’s reality show, but really, what an embarrassing moment, which, I guess he’s used to by now.



Annie Lennox also killed with Hozier singing his “Take Me to Church.” Annie is the quintessential female vocalist; why she has never been a bigger star is amazing to me.



Also, two other well deserved awards: Best Country Song: "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" - written by Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond; and, 20 Feet from Stardom, Best Music Film.



I don’t know if it was one of the best ever Grammy-shows – one seems to watch them and forget about them the very next day - but, I enjoyed it.



ROSIE’S VIEW DOWN --- So, Rosie O’Donnell is a goner again from The View. This time’s she owing her decision to doctor’s orders. Also, head-producer Brian Balthazar, who shepherded the Kathie Lee & Hoda opus on NBC to a success, is also out. And, Whoopi’s contract is almost up.



Whatever, the show’s a mess. Rumors abounded last Friday that Joy Behar would return, but I fear the show’s a goner too. The one wild card, I believe, is Barbara Walters. Her return could spur a whole new audience,.



One think I've learned about Ms. Walters is never, ever count her out.



SHINE ON FRANK --- We attended a very special rehearsal last week for singer Frank Shiner; who’ll be appearing at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room on Saturday, March 21. Frank and his band ran through the 12 tracks on his debut album, The Real Me.



A total delight, Frank’s latest single, the title of the album, has been the top AC radio add for the past three weeks. Produced by the extraordinary Gary Katz (Steely Dan), it’s a sonic joy from start to finish.



Frank’s take on Tom Waits’ “Temptation” and Paul Simon’s “Nobody” are joyous. Check him out at the Cutting Room:



CLOSING NOTES --- One of the best ideas we've heard in far too long is the pending decision to bring back, in a limited run, NBC’s Law & Order. In fact, we've already learned from our exclusive sources that Chris Noth and Sam Waterson have already been approached. I think this is a brilliant idea as I'm still watching, along with millions of others, the repeats on the myriad of stations they show is on. Face it, L&O was a blast from start to finish. Dick Wolff is not known for being an amiable fellow, but even this news must bring bluster to his already very-rich ears. I'm not a fan of his Chicago Fire-series, but what the hell, I am a L&O devotee …



Finally caught The Imitation Game over the weekend and adored it. Benedict Cumberbatch is totally captivating; even at times reminding me of his BBC-Sherlock character. Terrific story (and, true) and the acting is off the charts. Everything I've heard it was true. Loved it ...



Who would have believed that the first true-blue media catastrophe of 2015 would have been Brian Williams? I watch him as often as I can and even had a really good conversation with him at a Monkees-concert, of all places, back at The Beacon Theatre. The only thing that bothered me a bit even then, was the fact that he seemed to have liked the sound of his voice a bit too much. As a friend said to me over the weekend: He had to be the hero. Sad story all around.




Friday, January 09, 2015

MADONNA'S PICS COULD CAUSE COPYRIGHT PROBLEMS

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Patrick Wilson




BIG FARGO NEWS --- The FX Emmy-winning crime anthology is filling out its second season cast with a star-studded array of well-known and award-winning talent. Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson and Jean Smart are joining in series-regular roles, while several other notably actors like Nick Offerman (Parks And Recreation; Annapurna) have been cast in recurring parts.



Wilson (Insidious; A Gifted Man) will star in the new season as Lou Solverson, a clean cut Minnesota State Patrolman, four years back from Vietnam, where he served in the Navy. He’s described as a humble and competent man, Lou is a devoted husband to his wife Betsy (yet to be cast), and father to four-year-old Molly (yet to be cast). This is the same character played by Keith Carradine (and, terrifically well) in the first season.



As previously stated: This season of the show is a prequel to its debut season.



Danson (CSI/Cheers) will play Hank Larsson, the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota. He’s an unflappable WWII vet who embodies certain cowboy poetry, Hank is Lou’s father-in-law.



Jean Smart (Frasier) will play Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family. She’s stood by her husband’s side for 40 years, but now that he’s out of the picture she thinks it’s her turn to run things.



In addition, Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Kieran Culkin (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Bokeem Woodbine (Southland), Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) and Angus Sampson (Insidious) have been cast in recurring guest-star roles.



And if all that weren’t enough, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons were previously announced as playing a married couple in the series.



The 10-episode second season takes place in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota.



As I said previously, I loved the original 1996 Coen Brothers movie, starring William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, and, Steve Buscemi, and didn’t see how it could be turned into a episodic TV show. Well, I was completely wrong, show-runner and creator Noah Hawley has crafted a brilliant and captivating show whose first season just blew me away. It was one of best things I’ve ever seen on TV and for FX, finally a worthy successor to The Shield.



A drifter named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). The star-turns by both these actors were brilliant and rates as some of their best work ever.



I can’t wait for season 2.



NO MADONNA NO --- Madonna explained in two separate Facebook posts this week that the images she had been using of famous people such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Jesus bound in the same way that she is on her new Rebel Heart album cover were the works of her fans and not meant to compare her to those figures.



The first one: "I would like to thank all my fans for recreating my album cover with the Rebel Heart ribbon on the faces of so many Great Hero's. It shows that you are also celebrating and in admiration of these great freedom fighters! When I re post these images I am saying YES! These people are all Rebel Hearts in one way or another from Martin Luther King to Jesus to Nelson Mandela to John Lennon. Lets celebrate them! The world needs more people like them. I hope to one day accomplish 1 100th of what these Rebel Hearts have accomplished. As I said ‘I walk in the footsteps of Giants’ and I will continue to do so G*D willing. They are my guiding light. #rebelheart #livingforlove" -Madonna



And, the second: "I'm sorry. I'm not comparing myself to anyone I'm admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts.This is neither a crime or an insult or racist! I also did it with Michael Jackson and Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe. I'm saying they are Rebel Hearts too. And I didn't do it. My fans did. My fans aren't racist either; If they put me in the same category as these other people.



Thank you. I'm very flattered and I hope one day to live up to 1/100th of what those people accomplished." - Madonna




She then went on to continue posting more people with the bindings including John Lennon, Basquiat and Princess Diana.



Beyond the questionable taste of using some of these people to promote her upcoming album, there remains some question as to the legality of using the photos. Many of the images may be copyrighted and, while there is some precedent for allowing the altering of those images for artistic expression, it most likely is not an acceptable practice in the promoting of commercial products.



To me, this whole incident is a debacle. Guy Oseray, her manager, as well as U2’s manager … what’s going on here? All I can say in Madonna's case: this is a dismal way to close out a rather stellar career!



GLOBE GRABS --- Who'll win the major Golden Globe Awards this weekend, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting (and, they'll be divine)? Here are our choices:



Best Movie/Drama: Birdman

Best Movie/Comedy: Into The Woods

Best Actor/Drama: Michael Keaton

Best Actress/Drama: Jennifer Aniston

Best Actor/Comedy: Bill Murray/St. Vincent

Best Actress/Comedy: Emily Blunt

Best Director/Drama: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Best Director/Comedy: Rob Marshall




CLOSING NOTES --- Funny predictions from the Hollywood Reporter's clairvoyant; here's a few:




*Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (director of The Interview) will have difficulty landing their next big deal, and it will be a while before we see studio alliances with them, while James Franco's career will take a bit of a hit.

*A platform will be unveiled that replaces Facebook, and stock values will plummet.

*Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will make controversial comments about Sony and, maybe, Bill Cosby.

*Neil Patrick Harris will be a huge success as Oscar host ... becoming the next Billy Crystal.

*Hillary Clinton will make her announcement for a presidential bid in March or April.

*Jack Nicholson will need to watch his memory and his health.

*50 Shades of Grey will do OK, but critics will be less impressed; and, the sequel will flop.

*Stars Wars: The Force Awakens (our in 2016) will have a major opening and be one of the biggest performers of the franchise and of all time.

*Tom Hanks will have a fall or early winter release that will earn Oscar nominations.



SIGHTINGS --- Soprano-Robert Fuanro on Lower-Broadway, filming his role in the new Marty Scorsese/HBO series.




Monday, December 22, 2014

MADONNA'S NEW ALBUM REBEL HEART #1 ON ITUNES

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Story By: G. H. HARDING
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REALLY MADONNA? --- I knew it wasn’t an accident - Madonna and her manager Guy Oseary– have made the songstress’ forthcoming album Rebel Heart album number 1 on iTunes even though it can only be pre-ordered until its release in 11 weeks.



The leaks of pre-completion tracks from the forthcoming album were said to have been hacked – but, I wondered if it was just an elaborate plan … and, turns out, it was!



"Living for Love", "Devil Pray", "Ghost town," "Unapologetic Bitch", "Illuminati" and "Bitch, I'm Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj)," are up now at iTunes for purchase with the rest of the forthcoming album scheduled for release on March 10. The tracks are also available for streaming on all services.



Producers on the album include Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard and Madonna herself, and was recorded in New York, Los Angeles and London.



Madonna said on her website:



“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”



Give the pair credit: Madonna and Oseary had to do something unusual after the MDNA album (her last release)was a certified dud. Oseary (who is also U2’s manager) just recently had another surprise for music fans with the U2-Apple deal in which that album - Songs of Innocence– was shoved down the throats of millions of people.



If you recall, even lead singer Bono somewhat sheepishly eventually apologized for that debacle.



How long can Madonna hold at number 1? Eleven weeks is a long time. She'll drop out and down, and then she'll be back. But she’s certainly gotten everyone’s attention.



Makes me think of her golden days with original manager, wunderkind Freddy DeMann. Think Jellybean too?



As I posited last column; she must be watching a lot of rising-young-Brit artist Charlie XCX, who has certainly duplicated many of her early career moves, and gotten real nervous. Face it, the rush and desire to remain relevant is certainly prominent in Madonna’s case. Those revealing photos in the current Interview are proof positive.



Madonna changed her style so many times; it’s hard to get excited by another one. These new tracks at first listen are good, but instantly forgettable.



LUCKY 28 --- Lucky us indeed. Every year since 1986, save for one, Darlene Love has appeared on the David Letterman Show in the week before Christmas to sing her classic Christmas, “Baby Please Come Home.”



Last Friday, was the final installment, as Letterman retires this spring. With bandleader Paul Shaffer front and center and the band adorned in white tie and tails and heavily augmented, Love delivered perhaps her bets performances ever. A classic for sure. Here’s the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzj3S2p2W44



CLOSING NOTES --- How about Mike Myers’ reprising his Doctor Evil character for the cold opening for this week’s Saturday Night Live? Best thing he’s done in ages. His monologue blasted the recent Sony hack with lines like these: The last time Sony had a hit was with the Walkman, and If the Guardians of Peace really wanted to bomb Sony,they should put a movie like The Love Guru in the theaters. That movie, for those not in the know was Myer’s last BIG dud. Too funny …



Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's musical Harmony, about the 1920's/30's German group The Comedian Harmonists, has been kicking around in various versions for seventeen years.



Originally produced in 1997 at the LaJolla Playhouse, the show had a tryout run scheduled in Philadelphia in 2003 but the production had to be shut down due to financial problems. After a two year battle with the producer of the show, Manilow and Sussman reacquired the rights to the show.



The new production, which has been revised from the original show, played earlier this year at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and has now garnered seventeen nominations in the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards ...



Congrats to Elton John and partner David Furnish for their legal union yesterday in London. The pair wanted everyone to have a view of the festivities, so a succession of Instagram photos appeared. Lovely!




Thursday, June 19, 2014

MADONNA AND FAMILY AT NEW YORK BEAUTY & ESSEX

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Madonna, Lourdes, and Carlos Leon were spotted last night at Beauty & Essex in New York, arriving promptly at 9:15pm.



The fashionable trio looked casual yet trendy. Madonna was seen wearing a black top, black pants, and horn-rimmed glasses while Lourdes was dressed in a T-shirt, shorts, and a backpack. Carlos wore a blue T-Shirt, jeans, and a big silver chain with a pendant. They looked like they were having a great time, laughing, joking, and enjoying each other’s company.


Tuesday, January 07, 2014

MADONNA NAMES KATY PERRY AS GUEST CURATOR

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Madonna has confirmed Katy Perry as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom in 2014 for the month of January. Katy will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Since launching in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally via artforfreedom.com and its social media platforms.



"Art can change the world, but first it needs to be seen and heard‎,” said Madonna. “Katy Perry and I are asking you to be that voice and show us how you define freedom in 2014. This will be a year of monumental changes for human rights, and we want you to be a part of that change. Let us hear from you."



“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” said Katy Perry. “Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice.”



As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Katy Perry will work with Madonna to select one artist during the month of January whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom. David Blaine served as Art for Freedom’s guest curator for the month of December.


Wednesday, May 01, 2013

MADONNA PHOTOSHOOT WITH FISH UP FOR SALE

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FAMOUS FISH USED IN MADONNA SEX BOOK 4 SALE
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Madonna's Fish Otto




This is Otto, the Great Bronze Fish, and this is the story of Otta and Madonna.





This is the fish that had a very special encounter with Madonna in 1992 when she posed naked on it for a photo in her famous SEX book. The interlude with Madonna involved intimate contact that culminated with the extraordinarily artful photo. The current owner bought it in 1990 to dazzle at his oceanfront pool. Now it is up for auction on E-Bay HERE.



It’s been over 21 years, and everyone still loves posing on on the famed fish. Winning bid includes a pre-owned copy of the book SEX written by Madonna and photographed by Steven Meisel in very good condition plus the CD from the book.


Friday, May 04, 2012

MADONNA ANNOUNCES WORLD TOUR IN ISRAEL

 Israeli President Shimon Pere With Madonna




A frequent visitor to Israel, international pop superstar Madonna (pictured here with Israeli President Shimon Peres) has announced plans to kick off her upcoming world tour with a concert at Tel Aviv's Ramat Gan Stadium, May 31st. Making her fourth concert appearance in Israel, Madonna, who first performed in Israel in 1993 and twice in 2010, will present songs from her upcoming album, MDNA, as well as classics from her longstanding career. Madonna, who is a noted practitioner of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, also toured holy sites in Israel in 2004 and 2007. 

Photo Courtesy Of: Israel Tourism

Friday, February 24, 2012

US WEEKLY ON COURTNEY ROBERTSON'S ROSE

The Us Weekly Cover



The new issue of Us Weekly, which looks at how Courtney Robertson played dirty in her quest to walk away with Bachelor Ben Flajnik’s final rose. “Courtney looked at The Bachelor as a game,” says a set source. “Ben was the prize, and she was going to win.” She knows exactly what to say to guys,” says a Robertson pal. Sure enough, says the set source, Robertson laid it on thick with Flajnik. “She was always like, ‘Do you like me? I really like you! I came on the show just for you.’ He’s a nerdy guy, so having a model into him blew his mind,” says the source. To viewers — and fellow contestants — Robertson’s skinny-dipping and breast-baring were obvious cheap ploys to win Flajnik’s favor. Her schemes paid off: He was easily blinded by her beauty — and all that exposed flesh. “Courtney knew Ben was sexually attracted to her,” contestant Jamie Otis tells Us. “That was the one thing she had over the rest of the girls and she wasn’t shy to use it.”



There is also exclusive story about how Bobbi Kristina Brown's problems are "out of control." As the only child of the late Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown reels from her mother's sudden Feb. 11 death, her family members -- including maternal grandmother Cissy Houston and cousin Dionne Warwick-- are gravely concerned for the 18-year-old aspiring singer. Multiple sources say that the aspiring singer -- who watched both of her parents struggle with substance abuse -- has turned to drugs, her loved ones are urging her to go to rehab. "Whitney's passing is sending Bobbi off the deep end," one insider says, adding that her family is "shocked" by the scope of her issues. "Bobbi's problems are out of control," the insider notes.



Rihanna



Also in the new issue of Us Weekly is a piece that looks at how Rihanna can’t let go of Chris Brown. Of the 100 people gathered to ring in Rihanna’s 24th birthday at a Beverly Hills mansion the day before Valentine’s Day, only one stood out: her abusive ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown. “Rihanna and Chris were very much together,” says one witness, noting the two arrived together at 1 a.m. As the partygoers dug into a cake the shape of Rihanna straddling a huge spliff, the “We Found Love” singer and Brown, 22, remained by each other’s side. “He was touching her butt, rubbing her arm, and they kept dancing with each other,” the source reveals. “They seemed like a couple to everyone.” And although Brown asked guests to sign a confidentiality agreement because he was so worried about his girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, 23, learning he was there, he kept his gaze on Rihanna until past 4 a.m. Says the witness, “At one point, he went up to La La Anthony and said, ‘Isn’t [Rihanna] beautiful?’ Brown is now biding his time until the next rendezvous. “He will always love Rihanna. If she were like, ‘I want you back,’ he’d drop Karrueche in a heartbeat,” says a Brown source. But Rihanna enjoys controlling the current arrangement. “She likes the loose nature of it and she doesn’t want a boyfriend,” says the friend. “This is dangerous, and she likes playing with fire.”



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TEEN MOM 2: Corey Wants Leah Back!


Simms hopes ex Messer won’t marry her fiancé

Too little, too late. On season 2 of Teen Mom 2, when Leah Messer, 19, yearned to move into a better home for twins Aleeah and Aliannah, 2, her then-husband, Corey Simms, 21, wanted to spend the money elsewhere. Now a source says Simms has “saved up for a three bedroom house so the girls have space” — and another insider says he’s ready to reconcile with his ex. The hitch: She’s engaged to Jeremy Calvert, 23. “Corey is still crazy for Leah,” says a source. “He doesn’t want her to marry Jeremy.” Adds another pal, “He did all he could to make it work, as she’s the only girl he ever loved.” But Messer, who miscarried Calvert’s baby in January, isn’t planning a homecoming. “Leah will always care about Corey, but she’s happy with Jeremy,” says the first source. “Watching this season made her relive their problems.”



Jessica Biel



JESSICA BIEL: Showing Off Her Ring!



Rock on! Six weeks after Us broke the news Justin Timberlake, 31, had proposed to Jessica Biel, the actress, 30, finally revealed her sparkler during an SNL after-party at NYC’s Ristorante Asellina February 18. “It wasn’t huge like a Kardashian ring,” says a witness. “It looked vintage and might have been custom-made. Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig both checked it out!” So why did Biel wait so long to expose the stone? “She wanted to wear the ring right away, but Justin has been worried this will be a career killer,” says an insider of the couple, who dated off and on for nearly five years before getting engaged in December. “He’s not sure how he’ll operate as ‘Justin Timberlake, the married man.’” He’ll find out soon enough: “The big day’s this summer at a private estate,” says another source. “Monique Lhuillier is her No. 1 choice for the dress.”



Madonna




Madge Seeks NFL Star



Prey for Madonna! The singer, 53 — who is dating Brahim Zaibat, 24 — had her eye on New York Giant Victor Cruz, 25, at the Super Bowl February 5. “She wanted an introduction,” says a source. Four days later at an Oster Media bash in NYC, “people were still hounding him to meet Madge.” Alas, Cruz is taken: He and PR exec Elaina Watley have a month-old baby. Madge’s rep contends she didn’t want to meet Cruz, but needed “footage of him doing his salsa dance. She wanted to try it at a press conference.”



Russell Brand



Russell’s Single Life



Om-azing! Since splitting with Katy Perry, Russell Brand, 36 — who once fought sex and drug addictions — has kept himself on track with twice-daily meditation and kundalini yoga. He also just invested in some spiritual ink. Says a source, “He got a tattoo that reminds him to be truthful at all times.” Adds another insider, “He’s determined to not let his past demons take over again.” He’s far from celibate, however. Adds the second source, “He’s definitely playing the field. And he never mentions Katy.”


Photos By: RD/Orchon/Retna

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

MADONNA TO KICK OFF WORLD TOUR IN TEL AVIV

Madonna



International pop superstar Madonna has announced plans to kick off her upcoming world tour at Tel Aviv's Ramat Gan Stadium, May 31st.



Making her fourth concert appearance in Israel, Madonna, who first performed in Israel in 1993 and twice in 2010, will present songs from her upcoming album, MDNA, as well as classics from her longstanding career.



Madonna, who is a noted practitioner of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, also toured holy sites in Israel in 2004 and 2007.



"We are thrilled Madonna has chosen to begin her World Tour in Israel," said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner of Tourism, North and South America, "which will serve as a wonderful addition to the stunning lineup of concerts in Israel this summer."



Madonna's performance will precede concerts by Bruce Springsteen and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Israel this summer.



For more information on travel to Israel, visit www.goisrael.com.


Photo By: RD/Orchon/Retna


Monday, February 06, 2012

MADONNA AND LMFAO WILD AT SUPER BOWL

Super Bowl With Madonna And LMFAO


Madonna performs with LMFAO



The Party Rock was brought to Indianapolis as LMFAO, took part in an electrifying performance by Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI.

Millions worldwide witnessed the fusion of Madonna and LMFAO for the first time. As Redfoo and SkyBlu appeared behind a DJ Booth on stage as Madonna made her way over while singing her hit "Music" which was then morphed into a mash up with LMFAO's #1 worldwide smash "Party Rock Anthem".

The Queen of Pop then jumped on Redfoo's shoulders while clapping her hands to the surprise of the packed stadium. Next Redfoo, SkyBlu and Madonna got the stadium into a frenzy as they took center stage and did the shuffling routine from the "Party Rock Anthem" Video. Fans went wild at the sight of two of musics biggests acts joining forces. Twitter exploded with Celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Ryan Seacrest and others exclaiming Madonna and LMFAO were Amazing! Also Joining the duo on stage was Nicki Minaj, british artist MIA, and Cee Lo Green.

Redfoo stole the show with this amazing energy and expressed his excitement on the epic performance stating, "Party Rocking at the Super Bowl with Madonna was more than a dream. Thank you to Madonna, her team and all of our fans around the world. Yeah baby!"

The half time show wasn't the only Redfoo and LMFAO presence at the Super Bowl. Both the Bud Light and M&M's commercials used hit songs by the Party Rock crew even including the M&M interpretation of the LMFAO hit wiggle dance from their 2nd #1 Single "Sexy and I know it".

Although Skyblu was out nursing his back injury on Friday and Saturday, Redfoo still carried the show and brought the same energy to the Rolling Stone house party and Super Bowl Village Friday which reportedly had over 200k people in attendance.

But the fun did not end after the halftime show. Redfoo continued the Party Rock by Djing at the Patriots private team after party.

Skyblu expressed, "I feel blessed to have the honor to perform at the Super Bowl with Madonna, Nikki Minaj, MIA, Cee-Lo and my brother Redfoo. Being there to witness how hard they work and what a great leader Madonna is an experience I will never forget."

Expect LMFAO to continue spreading their message across the Globe with their upcoming 3rd single and Video "Sorry For Party Rockin", and Redfoo's red hot DJ career in full throttle at the same time.

Photos Courtesy Of: WireImage

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MACY'S MADONNA MATERIAL GIRL COLLECTION

Taylor Momsen


Michelle Alves with Guy Oseary


Lourdes Leon With Mom Madonna


Lourdes Leon



Taylor Momsen along with the legend herself Madonna with beautiful daughter Lourdes attended the 'Material Girl' collection launch recently at Macy's in Herald Square in New York City.

Photos By: RD / Martin Roe / Retna Digital