Madonna looks back on Truth or Dare

It’s one of the best music documentaries ever and offered viewers an unfettered look at one of the world’s biggest celebrities. But what does the film’s subject, Madonna, think about the movie, Truth or Dare, 24 years after its release?

In the new issue of EW, guest editor Andy Cohen sat down with the singer to talk about her upcoming Rebel Heart tour, but the conversation later turned to the classic doc directed by Alek Keshishian, who trailed the singer on her Blond Ambition Tour in the early-’90s. So has the singer revisited it recently?

'I’ve seen bits and pieces from it,' she says. 'I sort of gag when I watch it, cause I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t.’ It’s hard to watch myself do anything. I can’t even stand to watch myself in concert, like my last tour.'

Cohen pressed Madonna about why she won’t tune in for repeat viewings of older performances. 'I just don’t like to watch it,' she says. 'But I think maybe Truth or Dare, I could possibly revisit it right now.'

Cohen praised Madonna’s portrayal in the movie, saying he thought her 'arrogance' was 'brilliant.'

'The shade was thrown!' Madonna told him. 'I’m afraid to watch it. I just think I’m a horrible brat, that’s what I’m afraid of.'


Madonna Movie 'Adé: A Love Story' Finds Its Writer

The Madonna movie Adé: A Love Story has found its writer.

Dianne Houston (Take the Lead) has signed on to adapt Rebecca Walker’s memoir for the big screen, marking Madonna’s next directing project.

The film centers on a 19-year-old American student raised in a Christian and Jewish home who travels to Africa and falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. Their hastily made plans to marry, however, get blown away by cultural and political forces. Walker, who also hails from a Christian-Jewish home, is the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker.

Bruce Cohen, Jessica Leventhal and Walker are producing. CAA, which reps Madonna, will be taking the project out to financiers in the coming weeks.

Adé marks Madonna’s follow-up to the period romance W.E., which was released by The Weinstein Co. in 2011. The book was published in 2013 by Amazon’s Little A imprint.

Houston, who has an untitled Missy Elliott project in the works, is repped by Kaplan-Stahler Agency.

From The Hollywood Reporter

Madonna to Direct Interracial Romance 'Ade: A Love Story'

Madonna is getting back into the director’s chair.

The performer, who last directed 2011’s stylish period romance W.E., is attached to direct Ade: A Love Story, an adaptation of the debut novel by Rebecca Walker.

Bruce Cohen is producing the indie adaptation via his Bruce Cohen Productions. Jessica Leventhal, the company’s director of development, and Walker also are producing.

Walker, the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker and civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal, wrote about growing up interracial and with mixed religions in her memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self.

In her debut novel, published October 2013, Walker creates a narrator similar to herself (the mother is Christian while the father is Jewish). The story centers on a 19-year-old American student traveling with a feminist companion in Africa who falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. Their hastily made plans to marry, however, get blown away by cultural and political forces.

Although very much a love story, many of the themes and subjects in Ade are those Madonna has touched upon in envelope-pushing ways at the height of her music career. Sex, religion, race, lesbianism all figure into the story one way or another. Already a fan of the book, Madonna also provided a blurb that appeared in promotional materials.

CAA is arranging financing. Madonna and the producers on the hunt for a screenwriter to adapt the book.

Cohen was a producer on Silver Linings Playbook and is working on adapting the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.


Madonna Options 'The Impossible Lives Of Greta Wells'?

Madonna's film efforts haven't received the highest praise in the past, but the 54-year-old queen of pop may try her hand at directing once again with an adaptation of the recently released novel 'The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.'
Andrew Sean Greer, author of 'Greta Wells,' told SF Weekly that Madonna called him personally to discuss obtaining the rights for a movie. It's unclear whether the singer will simply produce, as Greer speculated, or take on a larger role with the project.
'Greta Wells' depicts a woman living in New York's Greenwich Village in 1985 when her gay twin brother dies of an unnamed disease that mirrors AIDS. The shock treatments she receives as therapy allow her to travel back in time to 1918 and 1941, where she encounters old acquaintances and finds much-needed self-discovery. Greer's book has received positive reception from critics, with The New York Times calling it a 'generous novel' that's 'as precisely engineered as a Swiss watch.'
'I got a phone call last week....I think it’s fine,' Greer reportedly told Litseen. 'No one’s asked me about this....From a celebrity who read the book and loved it so much she called me up personally to talk to me about it. I thought it was going to be one of her assistants who was like, loved your book, she’s interested. Right. She didn’t read it. But oh no, no, no. She called me. She read it. She totally got it. There were a couple other people interested and they sort of all made a deal together, and she’s optioned the rights to it. We’ll see what happens. But it’s fun because it was Madonna.'
If she were to direct, the movie would mark Madonna's third feature behind the camera, following 2008's 'Filth and Wisdom' and 2011's 'W.E.' Both efforts received largely negative reviews, but Madonna has never been one to shy away at the behest of critics.


Andrea Riseborough: Madonna is 'wonderful' director

Madonna has 'wonderful instinct' as a director.
Andrea Riseborough - who played Wallis Simpson in the singer's first full length motion picture, romantic drama 'W.E.' - praised her directorial efforts, insisting that the 'Girl Gone Wild' star is as comfortable behind the lens as she is in the recording studio.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz, she explained: 'She was 100% professional. Working with her was a very natural rhythm for me in the sense that she wanted to always capture a moment at its best. Whichever moment we were dealing with emotionally, she always thought to express it in an interesting and truthful way.'
'She has wonderful instinct and that's valuable. And she has an extraordinary eye.'
The 31-year-old actress admitted she was in awe of Madonna's dedication to the project, which depicts the love story between King Edward VII, who abdicated the throne in order to be with American divorcee Wallis.
She said: 'She worked on the project for 10 years and it was such a passion project for her. Really, I think everything is a passion project for her because she is very dedicated about what she does and so enthusiastic about it.'

From Digital Spy

Andrea Riseborough: Madonna lets her femininity drive her

The actress was directed by the pop superstar in last year's W.E., which divided critics on its release.
'She had been working on that story for ten years and it was very close to her heart,' Riseborough told Metro.
'The first time I met her she asked me for tea because she's very fond of an English cuppa.'
Riseborough continued: 'I really respect how she allows her femininity to drive her. And I think that's not something we are really encouraged to do. 'P*ssy' for example - why is that an insult?'
'Or, 'Don't be a girl!' If you used those same insults in a racial context, it would never be allowed.'


Penny Marshall Brought Madonna And Rosie Together As Pals

Director Penny Marshall teamed Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell up on the set of baseball movie A League Of Their Own because she thought the pop star could help keep the actress trim and in shape.
Madonna and O'Donnell became best friends while making the 1992 film and they have their director to thank - because Marshall figured Ro and Mo, as she called them, would be a good influence on each other.
The filmmaker recalls, 'I said, 'Mo, you keep food out of Rosie's mouth and Rosie, you teach her how to play ball'.'
Marshall also told Madonna to relax her work-out regime on set - because she was too ripped.
She adds, 'She was in great shape and she came with a trainer and I said, 'You've gotta stop; your arms shouldn't be this cut in 1943... They (women) didn't work out that much.'


'W.E.' UK DVD Details

madonnalicious has taken a sneak peek at a preview disc of the UK version DVD of Madonna's 'W.E.' and shows some screen captures from the disc menus below.

Included in the extras are:

- The Making of W.E (approximately 18 minutes long)
- UK Premiere Red Carpet Featurette (5 minutes long)
- Interview with Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy (approximately 18 minutes)
- Image Gallery
- Trailer and TV Spots

The DVD/Blu-ray is released in the UK on Monday 04 June.

Susan Seidelman praises Madonna's work on 'W.E.'

The woman who directed Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan has heaped praise on the pop star for her directorial debut W.E..
Susan Seidelman, who cast Madonna in her third film, admits she was pleasantly surprised by the period film and thought her one-time leading lady did 'a really good job'.
The moviemaker tells, 'I saw W.E. on DVD and I thought she did a really good job. I didn't know whether I would like it or not. I was pleasantly surprised.'
'I don't think she learned anything from me but she's certainly been married to directors and she's been working with good directors so I'm sure she's learned a lot over the last 30 or so years. She's somebody who's always taking on new challenges so it doesn't surprise me at all that she's directing.'
'What I saw working with her on Desperately Seeking Susan was that she was really determined, very focused on whatever her goal was and was incredibly self-disciplined so it doesn't surprise me that she would take on all kinds of career challenges.'
'At that time you never knew when someone would be a drop in the bucket or when they would last, so the longevity of her career, I certainly couldn't have anticipated. But her determination and her smartness and her discipline was striking.'

From Daily Star

W.E. costumes on display at FIDM

A selection of Arianne Phillip's costumes from W.E. are currently on display at California's FIDM (fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising)

The FIDM Museum is proud to present the twentieth anniversary Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. Celebrating the art and industry of costume designers, this exhibition will present more than 100 costumes from twenty films released in 2011.
The exhibition includes selected costumes from all five 2011 Academy Award® Nominees for Costume Design: W/E, Hugo, Jane Eyre, The Artist, and Anonymous. Highlighted in the exhibition is the previous year’s Academy Award® winner for Costume Design, Alice in Wonderland. A gown from Alice in Wonderland will greet visitors as they enter the galleries.
The exhibition also showcases classic film costumes from the FIDM Museum collection and the Department of Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles, Historic Hollywood Collection. Some of these same costumes were featured during the first Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition in 1993.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 28 April, 10am–5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

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Picture courtesy of Arianne Phillips

Madonna Explains Cutting Lourdes' 'W.E.' Cameo

Madonna worked with a number of skilled thespians on 'W.E.,' but when it came to one smaller role in the film, which opens Friday, the pop star/director knew of one up-and-comer she felt would be perfect for the role: her daughter, Lourdes.
'There was a scene where she played Wally as a young girl,' she told MTV News about her daughter's role as the teen version of Abbie Cornish's character, a modern-day American obsessed with the romance between American divorcée Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. 'And I just kind of dragged her in at the last minute. It was quite unfair of me what I did and what I asked her to do.'
Cornish teased Lourdes' appearance to us back in March 2011, but, as it sometimes happens in Hollywood, Lourdes' bit part will remain unseen. 'But she was really great and then I ended up cutting her out of the film. Ruthless, I know,' Madge teased. 'I said, 'Sorry babe, you're on the cutting room floor.' She took it like a champ.'
Making the choice to not include Lourdes was one of the many decisions the Queen of Pop had to make while shooting the film. But, hard decisions come easy to Madonna and the experience of shooting this film has only heightened her desire to direct more in the future.
'Yes, watch out Visconti!' she laughed. 'No, I'm not a blockbuster kind of a girl, I don't think. But I do love the idea of making a sweeping epic romance. And now that I know how to make a film in three different countries, with several different time periods and lots of different accents; I think I'm qualified.'


Madonna feels kinship with vilified Wallis Simpson

Madonna says it's pretty obvious why she was drawn to the story of Wallis Simpson - the American divorcee who was vilified for persuading a British king to give up his throne in order to marry her.
The pop superstar said she had been fascinated for years by Simpson before deciding to write and direct her second film, 'W.E', which opens widely in U.S. movie theaters on Friday.
The movie chronicles the romance and 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII and Simpson, who were shunned by British society after Edward renounced the throne to be with her.
'I could understand a lot of aspects of Wallis Simpson's life, having people...view you from the outside, make judgments about you, have opinions about you, write things about you that are untrue - and not feel like you are able to defend yourself, that sometimes kind of makes you feel helpless,' Madonna, 53, told Reuters Television in an interview.
'She didn't commit a crime, she fell in love...She says in the film, 'If you do this, if we get married, I will be the most hated woman in the world,' and she was... Obviously I can relate to her life on certain levels. I think that a lot of people who are public figures have the same experience,' Madonna said.
Madonna, who moved to England during her second marriage, to British director Guy Ritchie, said she too has made sacrifices for love.
'Whether you move to another country and you give up your roots, or when you have children - you love your children, but you have to give up say your free time, your sleep. So I think we are in the process of making those sacrifices for love on a daily basis if we're in relationships or if we have children,' she said.
'W.E' stars Abbie Cornish as a New Yorker in the 1990s who becomes infatuated with the marriage between Edward and Simpson who is played by Andrea Riseborough.
The film has been characterized by movie critics as visually stunning but lacking in focus. But Madonna won the best original movie song Golden Globe in January for 'Masterpiece' from the 'W.E' soundtrack.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

Liz Smith: The Madonna Weeps

'I’m really not the sentimental type,' said Madonna, before bursting into tears, while introducing her directorial movie effort, 'W.E.'
The star, who was encased in a tight, gorgeous black lace number that reduced her to taking tiny, timorous steps, held up pretty well during her remarks at the Ziegfeld Theater. She thanked everybody connected to the movie: her actors who were present - Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy, Oscar Isaac and David Harbour. (Mr. Harbour plays the rather doltish Ernest Simpson in the film, but in real life he is quite sexy.)
Kudos also went to her producer Harvey Weinstein, known forevermore as 'the Punisher,' thanks to the editors, costume designers, cameraman. She even thanked her press rep of thirty years, Liz Rosenberg ('Think about that. I mean think about it! Imagine what she’s seen and had to listen to and put up with?!')
Madonna appeared to be getting a bit emotional. She said, 'I’ve been working my ass off for the Super Bowl. And everybody who knows me, knows when I’m tired, I cry.' Then, at the end, she dedicated the film to her mother, who died when Madonna was six, 'This movie is the story of a woman’s journey...' she began and without warning, just broke down, much to the shock of the packed house.
In my almost thirty years of covering Madonna, I have seen her only once lose her controlled façade. Several years back, the star appeared with Oprah, defending her choice to adopt her son David. This was in the face of tremendous criticism and speculation that it was a publicity stunt, a 'designer baby.' Madonna appeared red-eyed, agitated and genuinely hurt, but did not weep.
However, just hours later I was told that the instant the cameras went off, Madonna 'completely lost it.'
Stars really are people, with real emotions. Madonna’s tears at her premiere were the most dramatic and memorable aspect of the night.

Madonna had received a standing ovation when she slowly walked from the back of the theater to the stage (well, she really couldn’t walk swiftly, because of that dress.) and the movie was loudly applauded after it was over.
Then, Diane von Furstenberg, Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Lou Reed, Julia Stiles, Ingrid Sischy, Zac Posen, Sally Morrison, Susan Rosen, Jacob Bernstein, Lucy Lawless, Rachel Roy, Ivanka Trump, Gayle King and Liz Rosenberg’s incredible staff of vixens - Karen Moss, Nadia Ali, Alexandra Akins - converged at Top of the Standard on West 13th Street for the after party. This was sponsored by The Cinema Society and the diamond company, Forevermark.
Madonna herself appeared, with her boyfriend, dancer Brahim Zaibat, and was instantly ensconced in one of the little enclaves that dot the room. It is a glam spot, but has rising and falling sections, treacherous steps almost certain to produce vertigo, especially the bathrooms (sheets of transparent glass, looking down 20 stories to the pavement.) Real food was almost nonexistent. The 'sliders' disappeared within seconds, though the good-looking staff kept pressing little desserts on the crowd, most of whom were begging for meat.
Madonna had a fine time, but was still struggling to move. It is unlikely she ate a thing. One tiny brownie would have split a seam. She revealed that it was she who insisted on premiering the film at the Ziegfeld. In fact, she told 'The Punisher' - 'no Ziegfeld, no premiere!' Why? Because the great old movie palace is one of the last in the city, perhaps the country, to use a movie projector.'
'It’s film!' she said. Everything else is a digital process now, and I wanted people at the premiere at least to see it with the warmth and depth that only film can transmit. That’s how I envisioned it in the first place.'
About an hour later, Madonna, and most of the crowd, moved to The Standard’s other big room, where everybody danced like mad, under a glittering disco ball. This included the star of the night herself. She had changed into jeans and a flimsy top. She sat for a while watching the dancers from her coming tour perform, but finally got up and 'got down,' with the boyfriend. From a slight distance, in the smoky room, there seemed to be no difference in their age. Even under the harsh lights at the theater, she looked remarkably fresh - younger, with her haired styled in a shorter 1940’s style.
It will be up to the public to have the final say on 'W.E.' But the premiere was a hit, that’s for sure.

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Madonna Cries Talking About Her Mother at Premiere

Facing Hollywood's biggest night of the year and the sports world's biggest game, Madonna has a big to-do list. The movie she directed, W.E., just received an Oscar nod for costume design (the Academy Awards are Feb. 26), and she'll bring her star power to the football field with a halftime performance at the New England Patriots vs. New York Giants Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
'Anybody that knows me knows that when I'm tired, I cry,' she warned the W.E. audience at New York City's Ziegfeld Theatre for Monday's Forevermark-sponsored Cinema Society premiere. The movie's a modern twist on the love story between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII.
'If I cry, please, just don't hold it against me. I'm really not a sentimental kind of a person.'
So she must be exhausted: While talking about her mother, the veteran entertainer, 53, who picked up a Golden Globe for best original song earlier this month, became emotional.
'Finally, I would like to thank my mother,' she said, sighing, and then pausing at length as she choked back tears. 'Because, really, this story is the story of a female's, the journey of a female, soul. And my mother gave me life.'
As for the Super Bowl appearance, she'll perform 'some oldies, but goodies' along with her new single, 'Give Me All Your Luvin' at the halftime show, she said.
'I'm really tired from working my a–– off for the Super Bowl,' said Madonna, sporting a form-fitting Marchesa dress. And while she's 'extremely nervous' about the highly visible gig, she added, 'My life seems to be made up of 'I never imagined I'd be here' moments.'

From - thanks to Alex

Madonna has real sense of an incredible aesthetic, says stylist

Madonna has a 'real sense of an incredible aesthetic', her stylist has suggested.
Arianne Phillips told Grazia that only fashion designer-turned-filmmaker Tom Ford shared the sensibility of the W.E. director.
'She and I have this creative language together because I've been working with her for the past 14 years,' Phillips said.
'I loved having her on the other side of the camera and being able to collaborate with her in that way. It wasn't that different because she's an idea person and she's always directed me anyway, in terms of everything we've done from album covers to photoshoots to the play in the West End.'
'We've worked in so many different disciplines and we have a real fluency in language so I feel like she's been directing me for years!'
She added: 'The only difference is that it's more objective with her behind the camera, she has a real sense of an incredible aesthetic. The only other experience I've had like this was working with Tom Ford on A Single Man.'
'Most directors don't know how to discuss the nuances of the fabric, colour and the silhouette, and the beauty of working with Tom and working with Madonna was the vernacular.'

From Digital Spy

Madonna: Royals need star quality

Madonna has said it is a shame the royal family aren't revered like movie stars any more.
The 53-year-old singer and director - whose directorial debut W.E. tells the story of King Edward VIII's love affair with American divorcee Wallis Simpson - told Grazia magazine she thinks royality such as Prince William and Kate Middleton should be treated like A-listers, not ambassadors for the country.
Madonna said: 'I think the royal family of the '30s and '40s were the stars of their day.'
'Edward VIII was really like a movie star. People were in love with him. Now, with the royals, their role in society seems to be reduced to being ambassadors.'
'I think it's a shame. I like the old-fashioned way.'
But royal fan Madonna - who recently revealed she would like her next royal film to document the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first 10 years of marriage - admitted she doesn't move in the same circles as the Windsors.
She said: 'I don't get invited to any of their parties!'

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News

Press Release: W.E. Music From The Motion Picture

The Golden Globe nominated music from Madonna's upcoming film W.E. composed, orchestrated and produced by Abel Korzeniowski, which also includes Madonna's Golden Globe award winning song 'Masterpiece', is scheduled to be released digitally on Interscope Records on January 31st, it was announced today. W.E. which was directed, co-written and produced by Madonna and distributed by The Weinstein Company is scheduled to be released in February.
The score was recorded in April 2011 at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London with a 60-piece orchestra conducted by Terry Davies including piano, violin and viola solos.
The Polish born Los Angeles based Korzeniowski previously wrote the original score for the Tom Ford film A Single Man for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination.
'The prevailing sense of obsession was what inspired me in W.E. - the irrational compulsion to sacrifice everything and anything for love - a love that could easily be just an illusion. In my music, I wanted to reflect those powerful and conflicting emotions through a web of melodic themes, which relentlessly repeat and constantly swing between despair and sorrow, and hope and joy,' commented Korzeniowski.
'W.E.' tells the story of American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and England's King Edward (James D'Arcy) who abdicated his thrown to be with the woman he loved. It is considered one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century. The story is told through the eyes of a modern day New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Abby Cornish). Composer Korzeniowski masterfully and seamlessly bridged the two unique worlds of Europe in the 30's and 40's and the contemporary Manhattan environment of a woman lost in her dreams of the perfect love.
In addition to Korzeniowski's magnificent score, the soundtrack includes the original song 'Masterpiece' composed by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry and sung by Madonna which is played during the end credits of the film. It will also be included on Madonna's upcoming solo album for Interscope, MDNA, which is scheduled for release this spring.

From Interscope Records Press Release

Madonna admits she is a 'Details Freak'

Madonna is a 'details freak'.
The 52-year-old singer always likes to be in control and thinks it is important to consider every aspect of a project, no matter how small.
Speaking about her new movie 'W.E.', which she directed, produced and wrote, she said: 'I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm a control freak, but I am a detail freak. I chose the costumes, the locations, the lamps, the tables, the carpets, the drapes - everything.'
'I also liked to put the finishing touches on the actors before they did their scenes- you know, with their hair or clothes.'
'Putting on a bracelet or something on to Andrea [Riseborough]'s wrist gave me an emotional connection before directing her. Some of the jewellery we used was actually Wallis Simpson's.'
Madonna - who has been married twice before and is currently dating dancer Brahim Zaibat - believes she is in control of her own 'destiny', a message she reflects in the movie.
She explained: 'It's about what Wallis says in the movie - 'Get a life'. Happiness lies in our own hands and we are in charge of our own destiny.'


W.E. stars: 'Madonna's passion was infectious'

W.E. stars Andrea Riseborough and James D'Arcy reflect on their roles as Edward and Mrs Simpson - and being directed by 'the most famous woman on the planet'.
W.E. is the story of the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson - the couple who caused a constitutional crisis in the 1930s.
But it is also the story of Madonna - pop star turned film director.
The singer has spent years developing the idea for W.E. - including two years co-writing the script about the woman for whom a king gave up his throne.
So is it fair to call W.E. a passion project for Madonna?
'And for all of us!' exclaims Andrea Riseborough, when we meet in London's Soho to discuss Madonna's second directorial outing.
'She was so passionate about the story from the first moment I met her - it was the thing that was so infectious.'
Madonna had sent Riseborough the W.E. script after seeing her Bafta-nominated performance as Margaret Thatcher in BBC drama The Long Walk to Finchley.
'I went to meet her the she was so ignited with the story. From that day on we were together every day for seven months,' says Riseborough.
Riseborough's co-star James D'Arcy first met Madonna in rather different circumstances.
'It was in cyberspace!' he laughs.
'We met on Skype and the picture froze but the sound kept coming through. So she was talking to me about the film and I was thinking: 'Do I say something?' and 'Is my picture frozen at her end in a deeply unflattering look?'
'In the end I kept listening - but I was blown away by how fantastically well-prepared she was.'
Madonna's rigorous attention to period detail is evident on screen. How much research did her lead actors undertake?
'She gave me a lot of books,' recalls D'Arcy. 'If a sentence hadn't been underlined it had been highlighted, and if it hadn't been highlighted there was a post-it note referring to a page in another book.'
Riseborough also immersed herself in books, archive footage and photos.
'Still images I find very useful, it's a moment in time. I found shots of her looking directly into the camera very revealing. That's when I really began to feel like I had an emotional relationship with her.'
'The link had been so tenuous before. She'd been a still image but a monochrome, enigmatic footnote.'
How much did Riseborough know about Wallis Simpson before she took the role?
'I have one memory, when I was very young, of people bristling in a room when her name was mentioned,' she says.
And what did D'Arcy make of Madonna - the director?
'I want to work with people who are passionate about their craft and have a strong vision which they can communicate - and she ticked all of those boxes; plus it was good fun. That's not a given on any film set.'
The 36-year-old actor admits there was no time to be star-struck.
'She doesn't allow you to feel that way for more than 10 seconds. She's not big on small talk, so it's straight down to business.'
'But when we went to the Venice Film Festival I was reminded that she was the most famous woman on the planet, and has been for three decades.'
Says D'Arcy: 'As an actor you want to work with interesting people on interesting projects, and you want to be challenged. What happens afterwards is neither here nor there.'
'Obviously it's delightful if people like what you're doing, but I don't read any of reviews. I don't care about the awards, it isn't part of the reason why I do it. I don't dismiss them but neither do I live for them.'

From BBC News

W.E. in UK cinemas today!

The wait is finally over as Madonna’s W.E. hits UK cinemas TODAY! To find your nearest cinema showing the film see here and lets ensure that true fans (the royal W.E.) show our support for Madonna by descending on cinemas nationwide this weekend.

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Madonna wants to make a movie about Will and Kate

The legendary singer - who has just made her directorial debut with new film 'W.E', which tells the story of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII - wants to continue the theme of royal romance and shoot a movie about the couple as her next project.
However, she wants to give the royal pair - who married on April 29 2011 - 'a decade' to settle in to their marriage before making any firm plans.
She explained: 'I think maybe it is too soon to make a film about William and Kate but I definitely would if I could wait a decade first.'
'I like Kate Middleton and think she's quite chic and intelligent. I hope she's a fan of mine, too.'


Madonna’s 'Battle'-Ready Fashion 'Secret'

At Sunday’s star-studded Golden Globes, Madonna took home the award for best original song, effectively dissed Ricky Gervais and looked majorly glam in second-skin Reem Acra...but her stay-sexy secret is a lot more basic than you’d think.
'I’d say my fishnets, but I am not wearing any tonight, so that’s kind of a lie,' she told reporters backstage at the Globes before declaring, 'Victoria’s Secret underpants' as her wardrobe necessity. (Tweezers are her travel beauty must, she added.)
Undergarments aside, the Queen of Pop relies on dancing to keep her sinewy body in tip-top shape. 'The best thing for your bum is dancing, and I can do plenty of that,' she joked.
Madonna’s take-no-prisoners attitude even affects her styling decisions. 'I am wearing a dress by a designer named Reem Acra, and I love it,' she gushed of her bodice-topped gown. 'I feel like I am wearing chain mail and I am ready to go to battle.'


W.E. Premiere Report

madonnalicious attended the London premiere of W.E. at the High Street Kensington Odeon on Wednesday night and shares these pictures and stories from the event.

The cinema had TV and radio presenter Edith Bowman interviewing people on the red carpet as they arrived which was broadcast live to the cinema screens. All the stars of the film were interviewed and of course the director/writer Madonna.

Free popcorn and drinks were on hand as the audience took their seats, madonnalicious found themselves in the same row as British actor John Hannah, Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing With The Stars judge Bruno Tonioli and broadcaster Sir David Frost!

The CEO of Studio Canal introduced the producer and cast of the film onstage followed lastly by Madonna who gave a short introduction to the film. The film appears to be the version seen at the London Film Festival back in October 2011, the only difference was the addition of Masterpiece as the end credits rolled.

And then it was on to the after party...

Fan Picture: W.E. London Premiere

madonnalicious reader David Varkonyi sent in this picture of Madonna on the red carpet at the premiere of W.E. on Wednesday.

Last October I had the luck of seeing Madonna's new movie, which truly impressed me! This time, Jan. 11th 2012 I just saw her arrive to the official premiere of the film. It was great to be part of it, took a short video of her and some pictures, including this one. I hope people do see this amazing movie, she does deserve to be praised for it! New movie, album, tour, high profile performances...2012 = the year of Madonna!

Matthew Williamson: 'Madonna is Untouchable'

Well, the conical bras and perm may be no more, but according to Fash God Matthew Williamson, Madonna is still ‘untouchable’. The 40-year-old designer was gracing the red carpet at the premiere of Her Madgesty’s directorial debut, 'W.E.', in London and told Grazia how the pair are ABM (Actual Bezzie Mates). Almost. ‘She’s such a loyal person,’ he said. ‘I’ve known her for over 15 years. We haven’t worked together but I know her well socially.’
Williamson said that Madonna helped him find his feet at the beginning of his career and - like a true friend - he attended yesterday's premiere to reciprocate the support she showed him. (Altogether now, aww). He said, ‘She supported me at the beginning of my career, so I’m here to support her too.’ Madonna may not have returned the favour by wearing an MW creation on the red carpet, but she did look spectacular in a Jean Paul Gaultier gown under a Dolce & Gabbana lace cape with red gloves.
The Brit designer also said that Madge was without doubt still the Queen of Pop, despite her extremely young age. Ahem. ‘Madonna is untouchable,’ he continued. ‘She is absolutely lovely. On a personal level, she’s everything you would expect. She’s so down to earth.’
She may be down to earth, but her demands were high during the making of the film she has been working on for the last four years. As Madonna said, ‘I have the same expectations of everyone else as I do for myself. So my expectations are high for everyone, but mostly for me. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It really requires you to be working on the left and the right side of your brain and to survive on very little sleep. I think it’s going to be an exciting year.’
Asked why she chose the historical love story of Wallis Simpson as the subject of her film, she said, ‘I wanted to understand her, to find out who she was. And also, I wanted to find out - is there any such thing as the perfect romance? The minute Andrea (Riseborough) walked through my house; her physicality, her grace, her beauty, her fragility - I knew she was the one.’
And it looks like Madge could be swinging by the UK more often in future. ‘I feel British by association now - you are what you hang around. One always wants to fit wherever they are, it’s nice for people to be so welcoming.’
Despite an impressive turn out at the premiere, it’s Madonna’s music that we all *heart* though. And she told us that she had the same feeling last night as she did when she released her first album, saying there were ‘butterflies in my stomach’.
Rumour has it that 'W.E.' isn’t the last we’ll see of Madonna in 2012, after she collaborated with Nicki Minaj on her new album (and smooched her!). ‘It’s amazing,’ she told us about working with Nicki. ‘She’s the best.’ We can’t wait!

From Grazia Daily

Liz Smith: Madonna To Glamorize the Globes

Speaking of the Globes, it looks to be the usual glut of major stars - so many more than at the Oscars. Among them will be Madonna. Her 'W.E.' movie has been nominated for Best Original Score and Best Song ('Masterpiece.') 'W.E.' has been Madonna’s passion for the past two years of filming and editing. But she has another reason for appearing at one of Hollywood’s most glamorous evenings. On February 5th, she’ll perform at the Super Bowl halftime. It’s never too soon to promote an event, or an upcoming album.
Madonna’s set list for the Super Bowl is still fluid, but she will, without a doubt, perform 'Like a Prayer.' This is the number that always leaves ‘em screaming for more.


Stars step out for premiere of Madonna's W.E.

Madonna has said that perfect love is unattainable as she attended the premiere of her new film, W.E.
The singer, who directed, co-wrote and co-produced the film, looked stunning as she arrived at the Odeon Kensington in a floor-length black Jean Paul Gaultier gown and feathered Dolce & Gabbana cape.
The 53-year-old also wore Yves Saint Lauren heels, Chanel clutch and Van Cleef and Arpels diamonds, which she teamed with bright red lips.
'This movie shows that there is no such thing as perfect love, that all love requires compromise or sacrifice,' she said on the red carpet at the west London cinema, where she was joined by stars Andrea Riseborough, James d'Arcy, Richard Coyle and Natalie Dormer.
'The other thing is that nothing is as it seems. You can look from the outside and think it's one thing but once you start investigating, it's something completely different.'
She continued: 'It's like a human being. What you thought of them on the first day is not what you think of them a year later.'


Madonna on red carpet for W.E.'s London premiere

US singer and director Madonna attended the London premiere of her royal romance movie 'W.E.', which is finally to be released in Britain on January 20 following a tortuous editing process.
The global style icon, who directed, co-wrote and co-produced the film, swept down the red carpet at the Odeon theatre in Kensington, southwest London, wearing a floor-length black Jean Paul Gaultier dress and Dolce & Gabbana cape.
The film, which charts the scandalous love affair between Britain's king Edward VIII and US divorcee Wallis Simpson, was re-edited after it received poor reviews when it was aired at last year's Venice and Toronto film festivals.
The 53-year-old director explained the film's message before Wednesday's screening.
'This movie shows that there is no such thing as perfect love, that all love requires compromise or sacrifice,' she said on the red carpet, where she was joined by the film's stars Andrea Riseborough and James d'Arcy.
'The other thing is that nothing is as it seems. You can look from the outside and think it's one thing but once you start investigating, it's something completely different.'
The love affair led to the abdication of Britain's then king.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna 'Loitered' At Wallis Simpson's House

Madonna used to 'loiter like some weirdo' in front of the building where Wallis Simpson used to live.
The singer is making her directorial debut with 'W.E', about the American mistress of King George VI whom he gave up the throne to marry in 1936, and admits the building where she used live in London fascinated her.
She told Sunday Times Culture magazine: 'I filmed right around the corner and I did often go in front of her building and just stand around and loiter, like some weirdo, hoping to pick up something left in the air some kind of magic left behind.'
'I tried to imagine the king driving up every day for cocktails. And it turned out my daughter's best friend lives in that building, so I was able to go inside.'
Madonna who married British director Guy Ritchie and moved to England in 2000 - also said she felt she could 'relate' to Wallis' situation.
She added: 'I could relate to her feeling an outsider. I think Id' moved here and got married and had to start my life all over again. I felt like I didn't know anybody, and had no circle of friends, so there must have been an unconscious connection there.'


Madonna Refused To Pay For Simpson Letters

Madonna refused to buy letters written by Wallis Simpson as she researched her new movie W.E. - and simply memorised their content instead.
Madonna studied various scripts and notes while writing the movie - but she refused to pay for the historical musings.
She tells Britain's Glamour magazine, 'I'm sure I've read every book on the Duchess of Windsor. And once people knew I was doing research and writing the script they wanted to sell me their letters.'
'I didn't purchase any, but I read them, noted the information and then said thanks, but no thanks. I watched every documentary ever made, and stayed at the house in the south of France that they lived in during the war - it's now owned by (Russian businessman) Roman Abramovich. I tried to go to places that they were at and soak up their energy. Of course, I wasn't allowed in Windsor Castle.'


Madonna loaned rings to W.E. star

Abbie Cornish wore Madonna's wedding rings in 'W.E.'.
The Australian actress felt 'connected' to her director because of her willingness to use her own gems in the movie, including the bands she wore during her marriages to Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie.
Abbie told Style magazine: 'She would bring a box of her own jewellery and handpick stuff for me to wear. Almost every piece I wear in this film was hers. Cartier and Bulgari earrings, necklaces, bracelets. She has an incredible collection.'
'I wore both her wedding rings from her marriages to Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie. They were beautiful - white gold and diamonds. Every morning she'd bring them in and I'd put them on. It was nice to have that ritual and feel connected to her.'
Meanwhile, Madonna has revealed she used to orchestrate group sing-a-longs on the set of the movie when they had downtime.
She said: 'We would make up songs when we were waiting for the weather to change for outdoor shots.'
'When it's pouring down with rain and you're shooting outside stuck in some grey, dirty shack waiting for the sun to come out, what else can you do?'


Madonna Wanted To 'Soak Up' Energy Of King

Madonna surrounded herself with pictures of King Edward VIII when she worked on 'W.E.' to 'soak up' his energy.
The pop superstar spent two years researching the lives of the British monarch and his lover Wallis Simpson, for the film she has directed.
Madonna wallpapered an empty room in her house with images of the pair because she wanted to fully immerse herself in the couple's love story, which led to the British monarch abdicating the throne in December 1936 after being told he couldn't marry the American divorcee by the Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and the Church of England.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph newspaper, the 'Hung Up' singer said: 'I was sitting in a room that was completely and utterly inundated with their images so I could soak up their energy. I was trying to understand the nature of their love story and trying to figure out for myself if there is such a thing as perfect love.'
Madonna admits she became enthralled with the couple's romance because Edward was prepared to sacrifice his position and power for the woman he loved.
The 53-year-old star - who has four children, daughter Lourdes, 15, with fitness trainer Carlos Leon, sons Rocco, 11, and David, six, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, and adopted girl Mercy, five - is currently in a relationship with French break-dancer Brahim Zaibat and she insists she knows what it means to be truly loved by a man.
Madonna - who was also married to Sean Penn - explained: 'I know what it feels like to be loved a lot, but no one's ever given up their kingdom for me.'
'W.E.' - which is released in January - is a two-tier tale about the life of King Edward and his wife Wallis and a modern-day woman called Wally Winthrop who becomes obsessed with the couple's relationship.


Madonna's Masterpiece doesn't qualify for Best Song Oscar

Madonna's Masterpiece failed to be shortlisted for the Academy Awards Best Song nominations that was announced on Monday, but according to it was left off the shortlist purely because it didn't qualify not because it was snubbed:

The Academy announced the 39 qualifying songs in this year's race Monday, with a handful of big names in the running - but one Golden Globes nominee, Madonna, conspicuously missing.
'Masterpiece,' a Madonna song from 'W.E.' that received a Globe nomination last week, did not qualify for Oscar contention because of its placement a minute-and-a-half deep in the final credits. AMPAS rules require an end-credits song to be 'the first music cue' in those credits to qualify.

Here is the exact ruling from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

Korzeniowski: Following Madonna's marching orders

Madonna has more than a few things in common with Tom Ford beyond their mutual love of fashion. Both took on the challenge of filmmaking from the pinnacle of other creative expressions: his from couture, hers from pop. And Ford's influence on Madonna's sophomore directorial effort, 'W.E.,' about the scandalous love affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, is evident in the film's Vogue-magazine visuals, exquisite costumes and Abel Korzeniowski's hypnotic music.
Madonna knew she wanted Korzeniowski to score 'W.E.' - which alternates between the royals circa '30s/'40s England and a modern-day New Yorker, Wally (Abbie Cornish), obsessed with their romance - from the get-go. After all, she had temp-tracked Korzeniowski's music from Ford's 'A Single Man' into the film's rough cut, and the 'Single' score had already been referenced early on in the screenplay she co-wrote with Alek Keshishian. So when Korzeniowski got the call last December, as 'W.E.' was in the early stages of post-production, it was a fait accompli.
'She basically interviewed Tom about me, how it is to work with me, and apparently she got a greenlight from Tom,' recalls Korzeniowski about their initial meeting in L.A.
Being a musician herself, Madonna provided the yin to Korzeniowski's yang by trying to keep things simple and direct. 'It is not the type of score where you go through crazy harmonic changes and modulations,' says Korzeniowski. 'This was one of the very precise notes I got from Madonna, that I was not supposed to over-think this music.'

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Liz Smith: New York Swoons for Madonna and 'W.E.'

And more from our Liz: the star presents her film at the Museum of Modern Art
'I’ve shown this movie at festivals in France, Canada and England. And each time I’ve taken something different away from the movie, and recognized the different ways audiences react.'
'Now, I am so thrilled to be here with the movie at the Museum of Modern Art. As a child, museums were my escape and they formed the idea that I would grow up and become an artist - of some kind.'
'However, unlike my experiences in Venice, London or Toronto, nobody here has yet offered me a glass of champagne. So I’m going to see this movie sober. I hope I still like it!'
That was part of Madonna’s charming speech as she introduced her film, 'W.E.' and one of her stars Andrea Riseborough (who plays Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor) to a fashionable crowd Sunday. (It was a 'hot event night' in NYC. Over at the Ziegfeld Theater, Steven Spielberg’s 'War Horse' was having its premiere.)
This was supposed to be a 'small' screening, but what with Madonna could ever be small? Hosted by The Cinema Society and Piaget, it ended up with a lot of media, and mobs, outside MOMA, behind barricades, screaming for the icon. She was late, of course, which only increased the tension and hysteria when she finally slid glamorously out of her car. (After an aide adjusted her skin-tight pants and glittering top. She looked delicate and petite even in her towering heels.)
Madonna gave the red-carpet reporters and photographers inside as much as she could - if they had their way, she’d still be posing.
Among the throng - Kim Cattrall, Anderson Cooper, Donna Karan, Jeffrey Donovan, Jeremy Piven, Sandy Gallin, Nina Garcia, Hamish Bowles, Julian Schnabel, Barry Diller, Jacob Bernstein, Patti Smith. And but of course, Harvey Weinstein who is distributing 'W.E.' He greeted Madonna affectionately as she strode in, surrounded by her security, her press rep, her personal assistants and others who try to smooth out the bumps for one of the world’s most famous women.
Harvey introduced Madonna, praising her as a 'renaissance woman' with whom he has worked happily since 1990 - they first collaborated on her documentary 'Truth or Dare.' He also remarked that if 'W.E.' had been 'made by, you know...Joe Smith, well...' He was attempting to comment on the bad rap Madonna often receives for anything she does in film, whether acting or in this case, directing. When Madonna got to the podium she joked, 'By the way, Harvey, I don’t want to be Joe Smith' (I’m sure she would have preferred Scorsese or Polanski as a comparative reference point.)
Madonna also commented ruefully that now the movie is set in stone, 'I can’t change anything!' Nothing is ever perfect, nothing is ever easy for Madonna, and she has worked tirelessly on the editing of 'W.E.' melding her two onscreen tales - one, the real-life legendary sensation of a king abdicating his throne for 'the woman I love' - Edward VIII for divorcee Wallis Simpson. There is also the story of a contemporary young woman named Wally, suffering through an abusive marriage, who is obsessed with the story of Wallis and the man who became, briefly, King Edward VIII.
Both of these are compelling concepts. Either would have made a splendid film. It has been Madonna’s job to weave Wallis and Wally. 'Every little girl loves a fairy tale, a happy ending,' Wally declares, explaining her fascination with the Duke and Duchess. Having co-written the script with Alex Keshishian, those are Madonna’s words for sure. At heart, Madonna is a romantic and she does believe in happy endings, though she has yet to find one. (She has not stopped looking, however. Madonna genuinely respects romance.)
The crowd appeared fascinated by 'W.E.' which is a long movie, but there was no sense of restlessness - they loved the clothes (exquisite designs by Arianne Phillips)...they loved the eclectic score, which includes a new song by Madonna, sung over the closing credits...they loved the romance and the tragedy, too. (The Duchess was an unhappy woman, who felt she had ruined the King and trapped herself forever, 'playing out the world’s greatest romance - and now I can never leave him.')
Abbie Cornish as Wally, James D’Arcy as Edward VIII, Richard Coyle as Wally’s husband, Oscar Isaac as Wally’s charming savior, David Harbour as Ernest Simpson, James Fox as Bertie - who would step in as king after Edward abdicates - and Natalie Dormer, the future Queen Mother, are all splendid. Madonna certainly knows how to get the best out of actors. (Miss Dormer is especially delicious in her brief but telling scenes.)
And Miss Riseborough is simply brilliant as Wallis; brittle, poignant, imprisoned.
There was a party after, at a place called Crown. Madonna attended, and so too, it appeared, had everybody in the MOMA audience. It was one of those events where you had to just get over the embarrassment of being jammed up intimately against total strangers. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few pregnancies resulted from the 'W.E.' party. Yeah - it was that close. Madonna was at a corner table, ringed by bodyguards. People kept reaching in frantically, attempting to touch her or get her attention. It was kind of like a well-dressed zombie movie. But she was cool with the crush. This is her life.
Madonna’s 'W.E' opens in L.A. on Dec 9th for a week. (For Academy consideration.) It goes wide on Feb 3rd. Of course she is still a great pop star and concert attraction. She is scheduled to perform at halftime at the upcoming Super Bowl. Her new album will soon be upon us. But if Madonna wanted to devote herself only to filmmaking, she could. She is a fine director, and she made a beautiful, complex and moving work of art. And one that, despite its vintage subject matter, reflects this most modern woman in every frame.