Matthew Modine Remembers Madonna's 'Vision Quest' Scene

1985 was the year a rising pop star named Madonna went supernova thanks to her starring role in the hit comedy Desperately Seeking Susan and her first blockbuster North American concert tour. But the singer didn’t look like the next big music sensation when she turned up on the set of the high school wrestling movie Vision Quest - which was released in February 1985, two months before Susan and the Virgin Tour - to film a small role as a nightclub singer serenading the movie’s stars, Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino.

'She looked like Boy George,' Modine tells Yahoo Movies. 'The producers were saying this girl was going to be such a big star, but I remember people not really being impressed.' Even her songs left listeners cold. First, she performed the largely forgotten 'Gambler,' followed by 'Crazy for You,' which has since become a staple of proms around the world, but slightly underwhelmed listeners at the time. 'We thought, β€˜Oh, that’s a sweet song,β€˜' Modine says of hearing that slow dance anthem for the first time.

Within a year, though, the actor discovered just how big a star Madonna had become. While visiting Rome to discuss a potential film role, Modine saw a giant poster of the singer’s face, with 'Crazy for You' printed in Italian. 'I thought, β€˜Oh, she must be doing a concert here.’ But then I looked at the poster a little bit closer and at the bottom I saw myself [in a scene from the film] with my arms in the air. The movie had gone from being a Matthew Modine movie that Madonna was in to a Madonna movie that Matthew Modine was in! That’s how fate would have it.'

Thirty-two years later, Vision Questβ€˜s Madonna-scored montages are among the highlights of a teen sports movie that’s clearly made in the image of The Karate Kid - a box-office sensation the year prior - but has its own unique moves. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, Vision Quest is notable for how it avoids giving the underdog hero, Lowden Swain (Modine), a Cobra Kai-style nemesis to defeat on the wrestling mat. Instead, his final opponent, Brian Shute (Frank Jasper), is presented as a decent guy who is on his own 'vision quest' - a self-imposed rite of passage that leads teenagers into adulthood. In Lowden’s case, that quest involves dropping 22 pounds to wrestle Brian, who is in a lower weight class.

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Madonna Announces 'Rebel Heart Tour' Concert Film/Live Album Date

Madonna announced her new concert film, Rebel Heart Tour, will be released September 15th. The live film originally premiered on Showtime in December 2016 and was taped during Madonna's Sydney, Australia concerts in March 2016.

The film includes bonus content such as live and behind-the-scenes unreleased footage. The career-spanning set list featured hits from throughout Madonna's discography, as well as reinterpreted renditions of classic tracks, acoustic versions of 'Like A Prayer,' 'Secret' and 'Don't Tell Me' and her first ever in-concert performances of 'Take a Bow.'

Madonna fan Aldo Diaz designed Rebel Heart Tour's cover art, while the singer's frequent collaborators Danny Tull and Nathan Rissman co-directed the film. Rebel Heart Tour will be released as a digital download, DVD/Blu-ray and a standalone CD featuring highlights from the concert.

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Madonna can't wait to see Snatched

Madonna posted this message and picture about her friend Amy Schumer's new film: 'OMG this movie looks like so much FUN!! πŸ”₯πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Can't wait to see my good friend Amy in her new film. this weekend. #SNATCHED! πŸ˜‚πŸ€‘πŸŽ‰'


Patti LuPone Says Madonna 'Should Not Be on Film or on Stage'

Patti LuPone is not a Madonna fan, clearly. The Broadway legend went off on Madge during Tuesday's (May 9) episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she made it clear she doesn't care for Mad's singing, acting, or anything else, really.

The American Theater Hall of Famer took particular issue with Madonna's portrayal of Argentina's Eva Peron in the 1996 movie musical Evita, a role LuPone originated on Broadway in 1979. 'I thought it was a piece of s***,' she told host Cohen. 'Madonna is a movie killer.'

That hurt, but LuPone was not nearly done. 'She's dead behind the eyes. She couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be on film or on stage. She's a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress.'

The two-time Grammy and Tony Award winner went after Madonna when a caller asked if the two had ever spoken about their shared performances as the late First Lady of Argentina. She explained that she was performing in Anything Goes while Madonna was making her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Speed the Plow in 1988 when a press agent put a sign up that said 'there was only one diva allowed' in the theater at a time.

LuPone got a snicker out of that, but quickly followed up by saying that the only words Madonna has ever spoken to her were: 'I'm taller than you.' A spokesperson for Madonna could not be reached for comment.

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Sarah Paulson's priceless reaction on the red carpet

US actress Sarah Paulson successfully photobombed Madonna on the red carpet at the Met Gala and her reaction was priceless! The pair later fooled around in front of photographers as Sarah offered to position Madonna’s Moschino camo gown.

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Madonna Explains Her Met Gala Dress, Reveals She Has RosΓ© in Her Canteen

Madonna's got a little extra help to get her through the Met Gala.

ET's Carly Steel caught up with the 58-year-old singer on the red carpet ahead of the event in New York City on Monday, where she revealed that her army-inspired look came with a canteen of rosΓ©.

'I am of legal age. I know I look young,' Madonna joked, before explaining the thought process behind her unique ensemble.

'We knew we wanted to go with camouflage from the very start. We started with the flak jacket, and then we worked our way down inside,' she said of her Moschino look. 'So, you know, we're ready. We're ready to go to fashion war.'

'Combat Barbie,' designer Jeremy Scott added.

Wasn't just a collaboration between Madonna and Scott - her newly adopted daughters, Stelle and Estere, gave their mom the OK.

'They're great. They also approve of my outfit,' the mother of six revealed. 'It's very important.'

With the kids at home, however, Madonna and her canteen are ready to party.

'It's going to be a fun night,' she shared. 'As long as I drink the rest of my canteen.'

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Madonna and Jeremy Scott get ready for the Met Gala

Madonna attended the annual Met Gala in New York City last night and shared her preparations on her Instagram page:

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Madonna on the cover of new magazine 'Women In Pop'

Women In Pop is a new quarterly music magazine launching in May 2017 dedicated to female pop musicians from all over the world. The aim is to reverse both the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of female musicians in the media.

Women In Pop will feature intelligent, interview led articles with both established and emerging female pop musicians. Our articles will focus on the art, the stories, the struggles, the triumphs and the talent behind each woman’s music. No gossip, no bullying and no judgement. Inspirational women with exceptional talent. Pop music is the most glorious art form the world has to offer – and women do it better!

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The first issue of Women In Pop features Madonna on the cover along with a ten page editorial feature.

The article will look at how Madonna is the biggest selling female artist of all time whose influence has extended beyond the music scene - changing and moulding the society we live in today since she first appeared in the early 80s. It explores why the world finds it so difficult to accept women as outspoken, sexually active and opinionated, when we don't confer the same negativity on men? The article will explore why Madonna's refusal to conform infuriates so many people and why we should instead be acknowledging Madonna for the social crusader and visionary that she is.

Women In Pop is on sale 1 May, and will be available in Australia, US, UK, Asia & New Zealand - for more information visit facebook.com/womeninpop

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Madonna brands planned biopic 'lies'

Madonna has stepped up her criticism of a planned biopic about her rise to fame, branding it 'lies'.

The music superstar voiced her anger at Blond Ambition, which will tell the story of her career in the early 1980s, after previously hinting she was unhappy with the proposed movie.

She posted snake emojis on Instagram alongside the names of film-makers Brett Ratner, Elyse Hollander and Universal Studios, which has reportedly picked up the project.

'Lies Have No Legs,' Madonna wrote.

Madonna also shared a message which read: 'Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.'

The 58-year-old had previously appeared to voice her displeasure at the planned film, writing on Instagram: 'Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work.'

She added: 'This is a disease in our society.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hollander’s script is set in New York as Madonna Louise Ciccone works on her first album.

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Geena Davis spills 'League of Their Own' secrets on 25th anniversary

A League of Their Own has earned its place as one of America’s best sports comedies, selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2012.

As the film celebrates its 25th anniversary on July 1 (with a new special edition Blu-ray out now), Davis recounts her memories from the League set.

Madonna was a question mark: Davis admits she wasn’t sure what it would be like to work with Madonna, then in her prime.

'She was Madonna. We wondered if we were going to be able to talk to her. Was she going to have an entourage? Were they going to put up walls around her where she stands?' Davis recalls.

Ultimately, Madonna was a team player who trained hard and insisted on sliding head-first into bases. 'That was painful. But she was so game. She was a trooper,' says Davis.

From USA Today