Desperately Seeking Votes!

madonnalicious reader Ryan wants some help from fellow Madonna fans:

My latest enamel pin design is based on the Desperately Seeking Susan pool scene, and it’s the finalist to be produced as a limited-edition run via pin giant, Pin Lord. I submitted the design because I wanted to introduce 80s Madonna to their 100k following (it’s a young-ish following), I didn’t realistically think the design would be shortlisted.

If you like it, and would be kind enough to help me out, all you and your followers need to do is write @windowblues (that’s my Insta) on the Instagram post stated below. That’s it! I would be forever grateful.

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Voting closes on Friday 17 November at Noon EST.

Susan

Madonna's long-time supporter and columnist Liz Smith dies

It has been announced that Liz Smith, legendary gossip columnist and long-time Madonna supporter has died. We at madonnalicious always loved her columns and insights on Madonna and will miss them and her.

Former New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith, who won her own A-list status with her witty chronicling of the glitterati, died of natural causes on Sunday, said her literary agent, Joni Evans. She was 94.

An affable blonde known for pealing laughter, Smith wrote a column that celebrated her famous friends, from Tom Hanks to Liza Minnelli to Madonna, and was read around the world for more than a quarter-century.

Despite her towering reputation, Smith held a lighthearted opinion of herself.

'We mustn’t take ourselves too seriously in this world of gossip,' she said in 1987. 'When you look at it realistically, what I do is pretty insignificant. Still, I’m having a lot of fun.'

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1923, Smith graduated from the University of Texas in 1949 with a degree in journalism and, a year later, moved to the Big Apple.

For nearly 30 years, Smith bounced from job to job - publicist for singer Kaye Ballard; assistant to Mike Wallace and 'Candid Camera' creator Allen Funt; ghostwriter for Igor Cassini’s Cholly Knickerbocker gossip column.

Smith ultimately wrote for nine New York newspapers and dozens of magazines, but it was a stint writing for Cosmopolitan that led to her big break.

While establishing herself as an authority on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Smith attracted the attention of the New York Daily News. She started her own column at the tabloid in 1976 - and a gossip star was born.

By the 1990s, she began a syndicated daily column that ran in Newsday and the New York Post.

The column, which was reprinted across the country and abroad, reportedly earned her more than $1 million a year.

Her scoops included Donald Trump’s 1990 split from first wife Ivana. Later, in The Post, she supported her celebrity friends, including backing Billy Bob Thornton after word got out that he and Angelina Jolie had gotten married and exchanged necklaces adorned with vials of each other’s blood.

Smith’s 2000 memoir, 'Natural Blonde,' in which she admitted she was bisexual despite having married two men, was a best-seller.

In an interview with the New York Times this past July, Smith revealed that she was having trouble moving after suffering a minor stroke.

'I can’t walk. I can’t talk as well as I used to, but I’m relatively healthy otherwise,' she explained. 'I needed access to people,' she said. 'And you’re not supposed to seek access. You’re just supposed to be pure and you go to the person you’re writing about and you write the truth. Nobody can do it totally.'

'But everybody gives up something to be able to do a job, a demanding job,' she added. 'And being a reporter is a demanding, dangerous job. It may be glamorous or put you in harm’s way. I gave up being considered ethical and acceptable, for a while.'

From New York Post


Madonna Shares an Intimate Cover of Elliott Smith Performed While ‘Everyone Else Is Asleep’

Madonna‘s children get the best lullabies at bed time, if the singer’s latest video is any indication.

The Grammy winner, 59, shared a cover of Elliott Smith‘s 'Between the Bars' on her Twitter page, where she’s softly singing and playing guitar during a late-night music session.

'Strumming my favorite song when everyone else is asleep,' she captioned the black and white video posted early Thursday, adding the hashtags #prayer #lullaby and #love.

This isn’t the first time Madonna has expressed her love for the track off Smith’s 1997 album Either/Or. In a 2006 interview with Q magazine, she named 'Between the Bars' as the song from the last 20 years she wished she’d written.

She also covered the tune at a 2013 screening of the short film #SecretProjectRevolution. The singer was dragged into the room by men dressed as prison guards. Halfway through the performance, she was accompanied by a masked dancer dressed head-to-toe in black—who just happened to be her son Rocco.

From People.com


Madonna proves she's no material girl as she shocks passengers by flying economy to Lisbon

She may be the Queen of Pop, but Madonna opted to shun first class travel in favour of economy on a recent flight to Portugal.

The 59-year-old shocked passengers after she jetted out of the capital to Lisbon on Halloween.

The Material Girl singer was pictured using her phone in a window seat on the Air Portugal flight in what appeared to be economy class.

The picture was taken by a fellow passenger who captioned the image: 'If you fly with M! London - Lisbon. 2017.10.31.'

Despite denying herself first class travel she did allow herself the luxury of extra leg room.

Fans struggled to believe their eyes with one tweeting: 'Can you imagine boarding a plane and then sitting next to the f****** QUEEN?! I JUST CAN'T. @Madonna.'

Another posted: 'If I got on a plane and MADONNA was sitting next to me in coach I would LOSE MY MIND.'

A third was shocked that she doesn’t own her own plane, writing: 'Wtf madonna doesnt have her own plane? Xd.'

Madonna was reportedly in London to visit her son Rocco Ritchie, who she has with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, before boarding the flight to Portugal to visit her second son David Banda.

The 12-year-old, who Madonna adopted from Malawi in 2006, recently signed to the Benfica football team youth academy.

Madonna is said to be splitting her time between the UK, US and Portugal and recently bought the 18th century ‘palacete’ Quinta do Relógio in the hilltop town of Sintra in Lisbon.

From Evening Standard

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Support Madonna’s #RebelHeartPianist, Ric’key Pageot & WIN #RebelHearTour Prizes!

Time to make some magic and help support Madonna’s #RebelHeartPianist, Ric’key Pageot and his talented wife and songstress... Dessy Di Lauro for their new song and video - ‘I Put A Spell On You’ project. The duo known as Parlor Social have added some special #RebelHeartTour related prizes for a draw at the end of their #GoFundMe campaign for anybody who donates $5 or who has already donated $5 or more to their campaign.

For complete campaign details visit and please consider donating at https://www.gofundme.com/PutASpell. They’re more than halfway to their campaign goal of $5,500 to get this song and music video for the release of their #speakeasysoul rendition of ‘I Put A Spell On You’ coming out just in time for Halloween. They need our help and support and we can do this!

Two winners will randomly be chosen on Oct 31st to win either a copy of the Rebel Heart Tour DVD autographed by Rick or a copy of the exclusive Rebel Heart VIP book also autographed by Rick. They also have other funding incentives: Parlor Social t-shirts and USB flash drive wristbands full of exclusive music and videos. For those of you who know or have met Rick while on tour, you know he’s an extremely talented musician and a down to earth guy who will always treat you not only as a fan, but also a friend!

Thanks in advance for considering to support their campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/PutASpell


Madonna dodges punishment in worn underwear lawsuit

Madonna ducked a legal sanction Thursday for refusing to have her deposition videotaped in her lawsuit over the auction of some of her memorabilia, including a pair of worn satin panties and a love letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur.

The Queen of Pop is suing former pal Darlene Lutz for consigning her 'highly personal items' to the online auctioneer Gotta Have It! Collectibles last summer, claiming the ex-friend did not have permission to sell her property.

Madonna’s lawyers barred Lutz’s videographer from attending her deposition in the case in August.

On Thursday, Lutz’s lawyer asked the judge to punish the 'Vogue' singer for the move.

'[Madonna’s] credibility was called into question a number of times' during the legal grilling, the lawyer, Judd Grossman, told Judge Gerald Lebovits in Manhattan Supreme Court.

For example, Grossman said, he asked Madonna during the deposition about a pair of panties she’d sent to a former lover over 20 years ago that were yanked from the auction block when she sued Lutz.

'Do you have any good-faith basis to allege that my client, Darlene Lutz, took these underwear from you?' as the singer has alleged, Grossman pressed.

'I do not,' Madonna admitted.

She also conceded that fan-club letters and snapshots from a Miami bachelorette party that are at issue in the suit had previously been published, according to Grossman.

'[Madonna] was visibly uncomfortable during the deposition. There were periods of time when she closed her eyes, struggling to find an answer,' Grossman said.

But her behavior during the questioning is forever lost to history - and to a jury - because the deposition was not recorded, Grossman argued.

So should the case go to trial, the jury won’t be able to fully asses her credibility, he said.

Madonna’s attorney, Brendan O’Rourke, countered that he believed that the judge had told the parties there would be no videotaped depositions. The judge said he couldn’t recall either way.

O’Rourke added that Lutz’s counsel couldn’t point to one specific instance of perjury in Madonna’s testimony.

Judge Lebovits said that recorded depositions are not the norm, before declining to sanction Madonna.

'I would say that they’re exceptionally atypical,' the judge declared.

Lutz is asking the judge to toss the case based on Madonna’s alleged admissions that many of the items are not, in fact, personal.

From Page Six / NY Post


Madonna visits the community of Providence

This picture of Madonna was posted by the official military police account of Rio de Janeiro: @UPP Police and #Madonna, during the singer's visit to the community of Providence, on the afternoon of Wednesday (25/10) #ServireProteger'


Ready For Wedding Bells!

Madonna joined other celebrities including Bono, Paul Oakenfold, Helena Christensen, Dakota Johnson, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Karen Elson, Jennifer Meyer, Noel Gallagher, P Diddy and Chris Rock, Matthew McConaughey, David Arquette, Owen Wilson, Anthony Kiedis and Flea at Guy Oseary's vow renewals in Brazil.

Madonna posted several pictures on her Instagram account from Rio:


Madonna's Pre-wedding moment!

Madonna and family descended upon Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday to celebrate Guy Oseary’s wedding to Brazilian model Michelle Alves. While the pair have been married since 2006, they dubbed their celebration a wedding.


25 Years Later, Madonna’s ‘Sex’ Book Is Still Pop’s Most Radical Moment

Twenty-five years ago, Madonna put the world in a trance with the release of Sex. Well, she put some of the world in a trance: During its first day in stores, the $50 coffee-table book, which lived up to its carnal title, sold 150,000 copies, and it soon topped The New York Times Best Seller list. Of course, because it was mainstream art promoting libidinous pleasure, a puritanical outcry followed. Many critics, cultural theorists and fans alike found the BDSM-themed photo collection scandalizing, even repulsive. In their eyes, Madonna, who already faced accessions of overexposure following a decade of chart-topping provocations, had crossed the line.

Today, Sex is still the most radical career move a pop star has ever made.

During Madonna’s imperial phase - the ephemeral period in an artist’s career when everything turns to commercial gold - she sang about teenage pregnancy, introduced the famous cone bra, burned Christian crosses, simulated masturbation on an arena tour and made a video so prurient that even the youth-centric MTV refused to air it. That was child’s play.

The publication of Sex - on Oct. 21, 1992, one day after its companion album 'Erotica' arrived to mixed reviews - marked the moment Madonna’s priorities graduated from making you dance to making you horny. Michael Jackson had been grabbing his crotch for years, and Prince wore an assless pantsuit to the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, but women were only allowed to push so many buttons. The competing female pop stars of the 1980s couched their sexuality in other aesthetics: punk camp (Cyndi Lauper), androgyny (Annie Lennox), anthems about respect (Janet Jackson), love-hungry wholesomeness (Whitney Houston). For Madonna, however, there was a continuum between 'Like a Virgin,' the 1984 single that sparked her first brush with controversy, and 'Erotica,' a concept album about fornication, conceived in the shadow of the conservative Reagan era and the ongoing AIDS crisis.

To read the rest of the article visit: www.huffingtonpost.com/madonna-sex-book


My night with Madonna (and Sean Hughes)

Journalist Tim Cooper wrote this article about the late comedian Sean Hughes, and how they both ended up waiting to meet Madonna:

Back in the late 1990s I used to run into Sean Hughes all the time at parties. He was a Perrier Award-winning stand-up comedian and team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks who would go to the opening of an envelope, so long as it included a free drink. I was the Showbusiness Correspondent of the Evening Standard so I was often there too.

Such was the case when we both found ourselves in a room at the ICA waiting to meet Madonna one night in November 1999.

Madonna had expressed an interest in seeing the band Sneaker Pimps and, unbeknown to most of the audience (but not me and Sean, who were in on it), had sequestered the upstairs area of the music venue so that she could watch them without having to mingle with the plebs - me and Sean, and all the paying punters. The first most people knew of that was when we were all herded out of the bar and into the downstairs auditorium before the gig began.

We then waited, muttering darkly, while security men blocked the exits for Madonna and her then-boyfriend Guy Ritchie, riding high with his film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, to ascend the stairs to the balcony and take their seats in the front row. It was like the Royal Box at Wimbledon: all that was missing was a regal wave from Her Madgesty to signal to the band that she was ready for her command performance to begin.

Tor read the rest of the article visit: uk.news.yahoo.com

Madonna pictured below with The Sneaker Pimps from that night.

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