Win a chance to be in the audience at the Brooklyn Museum

Madonna's facebook page has just published this competition for a chance to be in the audience at the event on Thursday 19 January:

Madonna will join Marilyn Minter at the Brooklyn Museum on January 19th to talk art, culture, feminism, and the current state of affairs. For a chance to be in the audience, pick a photo that defines art for feminism to you and share a link to it as a comment to Madonna's post on facebook with the #MadonnaxMarilynMinter hashtag before Midnight on January 15th. Good luck!


Madonna & Marilyn Minter speaking at Brooklyn Museum on Inauguration Eve

The night before the presidential inauguration (January 19), Madonna and artist Marilyn Minter will hold a discussion at Brooklyn Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium.

The official rundown:
On the eve of the presidential inauguration, join Madonna and Marilyn Minterβ€”two fearless feminist provocateursβ€”as they talk art, culture, feminism, and the current state of affairs. Connecting Madonna, an artist, activist, and philanthropist, with Minter, whose work explores cultural perceptions of women, this unprecedented conversation will highlight the impact of female artists within broader culture and social change. Moderated by poet, essayist, and playwright Elizabeth Alexander and by Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Museum.

This historic program is part of our A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of exhibitions and programs celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Tickets for that talk go are currently on sale to members of Brooklyn Museum and will go on sale to the general public Friday 13 January at 4 PM.

Madonna will then be heading to DC for the Million Woman March, which she announced with this Nike-inspired tweet: 'Yasssssssss! Just Do it! @Nakid_Magazine πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ 1 Million Women's March!! Be There!!'

From www.brooklynvegan.com


Harpers Bazaar: Madonna's Spring Awakening

Madonna will feature on the cover of the next issue of Harpers Bazaar (US) which hits newsstands on Tuesday 17 January.

Madonna has no patience for bad wine. I learned this while sitting in a well-appointed living room at her New York City home, with Nina Simone playing softly in the background. I must tell you, Madonna's house smells amazing - something delicious, maybe roasted chicken, was cooking in a kitchen elsewhere in the manse, and there was a gentle fragrance in the air, jasmine, perhaps. While I waited for Madonna, her day-to-day manager, her publicist, and I chatted while reclining on gorgeous cream-colored furniture set upon the largest rug I'd ever seen, on top of immaculate black wood floors. On the wall behind me was a black-and-white photograph of a woman perched on the edge of a mussed bed, scantily clad, sucking on a gun, it's Helmut Newton's 'Girl with Gun' photograph. Of course.

The full interview is online at www.harpersbazaar.com/madonna-interview/

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Photographs by Luigi & Iango; Hair: Andy LeCompte for Wella Professionals; Makeup: Aaron Henrikson; Manicure: Naomi Yasuda for Dior Vernis; Production: Beth Klein Productions; Set Design: Philipp Haemmerle. Special thanks to Diamond Horseshoe, New York.


Carrie Fisher and Madonna interviewed each other for Rolling Stone in the ’90s

Celebrities interviewing other celebrities? It’s a beautiful thing. InStyle did it recently with Reese Witherspoon and Dolly Parton, and as it turns out, Rolling Stone had Carrie Fisher interview Madonna way back in the early ’90s.

These types of interviews are incredible since a whole new level of comfort emerges between interview chatter - especially if the two stars are fans of each other. For this particular piece, Fisher was the one in charge of taking notes on Madonna.

The interview took place back in 1991, and Rolling Stone had published it in two parts, in two separate issues. (Remember, this is well before they had a web presence.) Due to the unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher, the popular magazine decided to re-publish the interview online, and let the world - especially those who missed issues #606 and #607 - check it out again.

Here are some of the best parts of the interview:

1. This was Fisher’s first interview ever.

While she obviously had a lot of experience with the press herself, she never had the opportunity to sit down and talk with one of her own idols for a magazine feature. Prior to the interview, she noted that while she had met Madonna before, this was the first chance for the two of them to truly have a conversation.

2. Fisher’s wardrobe, in comparison to Madonna’s, was pretty predictable.

Magazines today often include what a particular celebrity is wearing at the time of the interview. Fisher did just that - the interview took place at two separate locations, and Fisher noted Madonna’s eccentric ensemble during both.

'Madonna wore gold lamΓ©; I probably wore black. The last sessions took place in the offices of her manager, Freddy DeMann. Madonna wore a negligee; I probably wore black,' Fisher wrote. And, this is one of the many reasons why we love her. She always kept it casual.

3. Fisher was the second choice to do the interview.

We’re so glad that Carrie Fisher was picked instead of the originally rumored choice - Norman Mailer. Nothing against Mailer, but as Fisher noted, the piece would have been severely different.

'No doubt that Norman on Madonna would have been a historic piece,' Fisher noted. 'But this time around, history was not in the budget. Unfortunately or not, I was. So a lot of money was saved, and history was not made. Or made, at least, of cruder material. Discount history, at those low, low, no-mailer prices.' If only she knew.

4. Fisher and Madonna saw the same shrink.

And funny enough, mentioning that is exactly how Fisher decided to start her interview.

5. She could have lost her virginity to Warren Beatty, but chose not to.

If she did, the interview would have been a bit more interesting. Madonna, who had a 15-month relationship with the actor, asked her if they had slept together, and Fisher denied it. 'He offered to relieve me of the huge burden of my virginity,' Fisher responded. 'Four times. That was the big offer. I decided against it. I decided for reality over anecdote.'

6. Fisher always wanted to be a boss.

In fact, she blamed her height - which was at 5’1β€³ and a half - as to why. She mentioned she wanted to direct, in order to feel a little more powerful amongst the men of the industry. (Madonna, for the record, stated that she’s 5’4β€³ and a half.)

7. Fisher credits Madonna for being part of her recovery.

Fisher was in rehabilitation for drugs around the time Madonna started hitting it big. 'The drug addicts only wanted to watch Star Trek, MTV or The Twilight Zone,' Fisher said. 'You were part of my recovery, dancing and writhing on the floor.'

The rest of the interview - every bit of it worth perusing - reads much like a conversation between two friends, and Rolling Stone should be proud of themselves for posting it. The more we learn about the lives of both of these incredibly talented women, the better.

To read the full interview visit: www.rollingstone.com/carrie-fisher-interviews-madonna

From HelloGiggles Via Yahoo! News


Swiss Family Robinson!

Madonna, her family and friends are enjoying a new year break in Switzerland and she has been sharing pictures from the holiday on her Instagram account:

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Madonna’s Skin-Care Line Is Coming to the U.S.

We've known about Madonna's skin-care line, MDNA, for a few years now, but knowing about the concept - and the products in the line - is about all we've experienced. Since news of its launch, the collection has only been available in Hong Kong and Japan, so getting your hands on it would basically entail booking a pricey vacation just to shop for cosmetics. Hey, if you have the extra cash, kudos. But it looks like those in the U.S. are finally going to be able to experience the Queen of Pop's skin-care products.

When? Well, that's still an unfortunate TBD. The singer took to Instagram to share a video of her latest MDNA Chrome Clay Mask and wrote in the caption that it's 'coming to America soon,' but those are all the details we have.

The Chrome Clay Mask seems like it works similar to the uber-popular magnetic face masks that hit the market earlier this year, like Dr. Brandt Skincare Magnetight Age-Defier Mask ($75; sephora.com).

The other buys that made up MDNA include serum, face wash, rose mist, eye mask, eye serum, and a tool called the skin rejuvenator. According to Madonna's site, the U.S. version of MDNA's e-com site will be up and functioning 'very soon,' so hopefully that means before we've used all our holiday gift cards on coffee and sweaters we don't need.

From InStyle Via Yahoo! News


Madonna's lawyer argues 64th St. co-op is 'the place she calls home'

Madonna may be a woman of the world - but her home is on West 64th St. Really.

That is what the singer’s lawyer told a Manhattan judge Monday while hearing legal arguments about whether Madonna is violating her co-op board’s rule that apartment owners must be 'in residence' to let their adult children or maid live there for more than 30 days.

Madonna is suing the board of One West 64 St. charging that a stricter residency rule that it adopted in April 2014 imposed an unreasonable hardship on her and constitutes a breach of contract.

The building's lawyer, Patrick Sweeney, said the new rule was not a breach but a 'clarification' of an existing rule that is applied to every owner. He urged the court to dismiss her case.

Madonna's lawyer, Stuart Shaw, said his client has homes all over the world and travels extensively on tours, spending 'an inordinate amount of time in hotels.'

'Yet the place she calls home is 64th Street,' Shaw insisted.

He asked Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits to issue a declaration stating that Madonna is in residence there.

Lebovits said residency can be defined in many ways. He suggested that Madonna could be as protected as a tenant owner who is a traveling salesman, a college student or even an inmate with a short prison sentence.

'It's the same principle,' the judge said.

Sweeney said the board has never taken the position that Madonna has to be physically present for her oldest daughter, Lourdes, 20, to live there.

However, he asked the court to dismiss her lawsuit because she wants to make the 2014 rules 'unenforceable.'

The judge said he would issue a decision at a later date.

From NY Daily News


Madonna biopic voted best unproduced film script of 2016

A biopic of Madonna, titled Blond Ambition, has been named the most admired unproduced film script currently in the Hollywood system. Written by Elyse Hollander, Blond Ambition has topped the newly published Black List, which invites film executives to vote on their favourite scripts that will not have started shooting before the end of 2016.

Blond Ambition topped the pile of 73 scripts, taking 48 votes; its description is: 'In 1980s New York, Madonna struggles to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and a music industry that views women as disposal [sic].' Hollander appears to be a genuine industry newcomer, having written and directed a series of short films and, according to IMDb, acted as an uncredited director’s assistant on Birdman.

Three scripts were in joint second place, taking 35 votes each. Life Itself, from experienced writer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love; Tangled) is a drama 'that weaves together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back'. The Olympian, by Tony Tost, is the 'true story of an underdog rower trying to make it into the 1984 Olympics'. The Post, by Liz Hannah, tells the story of the Washington Post and publication of the Pentagon Papers.

The Black List, which has been published annually since 2005, stresses that it is a 'most-liked' list, but it has become increasingly influential over the years, with several recent awards contenders, including Manchester By the Sea, Miss Sloane and The Founder, featuring on past lists.

From The Guardian