After two years of hard work and support from partners and donators from around the world, Madonna and Raising Malawi are delighted to announce that The Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open on July 11, 2017!
Thanks to every nurse, doctor, company, construction foreman (the list goes on) who have dedicated time, energy and effort to making this project a success. The facility will be the country’s first and only pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.
To celebrate her birthday back in 2016, Madonna launched a fundraising campaign with Omaze, inviting her fans to help create a 'Rebel Heart' playroom in the pediatric facility. The new space is now ready to provide a calm, joyful space for the children to play and learn, which will help improve both their physical and emotional health. Later that year, Madonna hosted a special event at Art Basel Miami to benefit Raising Malawi and the Mercy James Centre. Profits from the evening were used to fill the hospital with equipment, surgeons and medical personnel.
Stay tuned to Raisingmalawi.org and Madonna.com, within the next days for more info and interesting facts about the hospital, its doctors and nurses, and for ways to get involved and to be a part of this historical and fantastic event!
Madonna shared this wonderful sleeping picture of her and the kids (and an awake Gypsy) on her Instagram page: 'Gypsy will you please go to sleep! 🐶 💘'
A home once lived in by a young Madonna that later was remodeled following arson was put on the market Thursday for nearly five times its previous sale price.
The two-story 2,700-square-foot colonial features five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a total of 14 rooms, according to the RE/MAX listing, which states it was built in 1969 and last remodeled in 2017.
It is listed for sale at $479,000.
The listing was not shy about touting the home’s claim to fame.
'Madonna’s childhood home!! Gorgeous, wonderful, 10+++ condition home has been fully remodeled with beautiful taste!!,' it states.
As Madonna Ciccone, the music icon spent some of her younger years as one of six siblings living in the house.
Associate broker Robert Kabbani said the current owners bought the home in 2012 for $91,000 and had to remodel the residence because of a 2008 fire that was attributed to arson.
After the blaze, the home was boarded up after extensive smoke and fire damage throughout the home. Authorities believed the fire started in the living room. Kabbani said he wasn’t sure how long Madonna lived in the home, but her parents owned the house until 2001. He said one man bought it off eBay and then sold it to another person who owned it until about 2008.
Erika Juhl, 60, and her husband Daniel Juhl, 58, currently own the house. Erika Juhl said she had no idea Madonna once lived there when she first looked at it.
'1.22 acres in the heart of Rochester Hills was very appealing to me, and I love to garden, and so the damage on the house didn’t deter us,' Juhl said. 'It was more the land we were interested in.'
During the closing process, her brother-in-law mentioned that Madonna grew up in the area, so Juhl did what anyone would do. She Googled to find out where.
'I went online and typed in ‘Madonna’s childhood home,’ and lo and behold, there’s the picture of the house we just made the offer on,' Juhl said, laughing.
The Oakland County house is located on a cul-de-sac at 2036 Oklahoma, north of Walton Boulevard and east of Texas Avenue in the subdivision Hitchman’s Haven Estates.
According to the description, the home has hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, a 'dazzling kitchen' with custom oak cabinets, oak countertops and a porcelain farmhouse sink. An open family room leads to a screened in porch and covered patio.
For the rest of the story and more pictures visit: www.detroitnews.com
Madonna has announced that her record-breaking MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR will be released by Eagle Vision on September 15 on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray complete with bonus content, and an audio CD of highlights from her much-heralded tour.
The Material Girl will also release a live album featuring 22 songs from the Rebel Heart Tour, available on double CD and digital download.
The MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR film was recorded around the world and features both live and behind the scenes material, as well as previously unreleased footage culminating with performances at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia in March of 2016. MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR is co-directed by Danny Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies. A version of the film previously debuted on Showtime in December 2016.
The tracklist for MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR film and live concert album span all decades of the iconic superstar's illustrious career, including songs from her chart-topping Rebel Heart album to classic fan favorites. Of particular note to longtime fans will be the new interpretations of some of Madonna’s timeless hits.
Light up your weekend with my new favorite toy! 🔥🎭😂 An LED face mask for skin care and relaxation! 🙌🏻💯🎉♥️ pic.twitter.com/WrBC1qPiRA— Madonna (@Madonna) 17 June 2017
Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos has tweeted asking for advice on his philanthropy. At the time of writing he’s had more than 8,000 retweets and 30,000 replies. Madonna was one person who tweeted a reply:
Request for ideas… pic.twitter.com/j6D68mhseL— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) 15 June 2017
A Woman's work is never done!! 6 kids and many jobs =ratchet hair 😳😂🤡🎥🎬🎭Prepping my film not just whistling dixie! 😝 pic.twitter.com/TuD9SMBUMa— Madonna (@Madonna) 15 June 2017
The task of defining Madonna’s impact is brutal. You could say she redefined the power of pop stardom. Or helped establish music videos as an art form. Or called her own shots in a career that amounts to living mythology. But that would still be selling Madonna short, since any rote discussion of her 'great business skills' leaves out the impact of Madonna as a person - the impish, unapologetic, philanthropic, often hilarious crusader who has been the LGBTQ community’s raddest pop heroine since she introduced her armpits to a hand dryer in Desperately Seeking Susan.
1. Those Decades of AIDS Activism
As far as being an ally goes, she’s the Elizabeth Taylor of pop; as far as iconography goes, she’s like if Marlene Dietrich were an X-Men. That’s a whole lot of gay credibility. Pride Month is not the same without Madonna and her music, and thus we recount 10 of her great gay moments.
1. Those Decades of AIDS Activism
Back in the ‘80s, we were hard up for celebrities who spoke out against AIDS (and it didn’t help that we had a president who was, shall we say, reticent on the subject). But in 1989 Madonna and her Detroit-era dance instructor Christopher Flynn, who was then diagnosed with AIDS, fired up New York with a major benefit dance marathon. By that time, Madonna had already lost her good friend Martin Burgoyne to the epidemic. In footage from the event, she thrashes about with sweet abandon. That’s fun to watch, but it’s even cooler to see Flynn, who later died from the illness, open up about Madonna as a confidante who understood him.
For the rest of the reasons visit: billboard.com/madonna-lgbtq-inspiration
Madonna posted this message to Ariana Grande on her Instagram and Twitter pages:
'Congratulation to my brave and beautiful friend Ariana for organizing the benefit concert in Manchester! Last night. Gathering so many great artists and bringing everyone together in the spirit of ❤️ and Peace and not bowing down to F.E.A.R. Im so Proud of you! 💘💕and I would like to make a donation along with my manager Guy Oseary and encourage others to do the same!! 😂🎉💯♥️We ♥️Manchester http://www.welovemcrcharity.org/
This week sucked all the moisture out of me!! So Friday is MDNA Chrome Clay Mask Day! 🤡😂💯 Need my skin to Glow this weekend! 💕💕💕💘💕💕 pic.twitter.com/2uZo4di9kF— Madonna (@Madonna) 2 June 2017
⚽️♥️⚽️♥️⚽️♥️⚽️♥️🐶♥️⚽️♥️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/9BhNk47crX— Madonna (@Madonna) 3 June 2017
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Madonna attended Noel Gallagher's birthday party last night and shared this picture of her with Bono and Stella McCartney.
Worlds collided at Noel Gallagher's birthday Bash! 🎉🎉🎉🎂🎂💕💕😂🙏🏻🌈🤡💯 pic.twitter.com/7E4YkY06bc— Madonna (@Madonna) 28 May 2017
It’s a pairing that we’d NEVER have thought could happen, but Zac Efron has the wildest Madonna story, and we can’t quite believe it.
Efron made a pitstop from the promo tour of his new movie Baywatch to chat to Jimmy Kimmel on his late night chat show, where he was quizzed about what happened when he was sat next to the pop music icon during a U.F.C. fight at Madison Square Garden last November.
From snaps of the night, it seemed that the pair were getting on famously, and Kimmel was keen to figure out what the former High School Musical star and the Queen of Pop had been up to....
Firstly, Efron was quizzed at how the pair actually even ended up sitting together.
'In the coolest way possible, I showed up at this fight. It was totally last minute,' Efron said. 'The seats are all named when you get to the center of the ring, and I was ring side, so I was very close to this fight. I kept getting closer, and I knew I was in the front row. I saw several ‘famous’ people, and then Madonna and Zac Efron. Then it just ended. I was like, ‘I’m next to Madonna for this entire fight?’ It was awesome.'
The actor went on to say that he chatted to pop legend, and that they hung out. In fact, Madonna was allegedly pretty into the fight, with Efron saying that 'she was having the time of her life out there.'
Of course, this being Jimmy Kimmel, things didn’t say above board for long, with the chatshow host quizzing Efron as to whether it was possible that Madonna was actually coming on to him.
'Is it possible that Madonna maybe switched the sign so that maybe you would be seated next together?' Kimmel asked. 'Madonna is an irresistible person. When she sets her sights on someone, there’s no escaping.'
Going visibly red, Efron was rather coy about his answers....
Indeed, Efron even joked that he and Madonna got a bit handsy with each other thanks to the excitement with the fight. In fact, Kimmel even shared some video footage of the singer tapping the actor.
When asked point blank whether something had happened between Madonna and himself, the actor gave an embarrassed laugh, before jokingly referring to the previous clip. 'I guess you could say she tapped that,' he said.
From Hello Giggles Via Yahoo! News
Glorioso! 🌝 Lisbon I had so much Fun! I cant wait to come back one day and unlock all of your secrets. 🔑🗝🌈💘😂 pic.twitter.com/JwIFCtdzPl— Madonna (@Madonna) 26 May 2017
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, ‘Oh, that’s a sweet song,‘' 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, ‘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 Quest‘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.
From Yahoo! News
Madonna and her family are currently enjoying a holiday in Portugal, and Madonna has been sharing pictures on Instagram page:
Sheltering Sky ☀️🌈😂💙 pic.twitter.com/mkK5IGDuYK— Madonna (@Madonna) 18 May 2017
Contemplation.......,,.,,,.,,😇 pic.twitter.com/yEt8vLilrE— Madonna (@Madonna) 19 May 2017
Members of the Television Academy in the USA have just received showreel DVDs for consideration for Emmy nominations. The Rebel Heart Tour is in the 'Outstanding Special Class Program' category.
The Showtime DVD prominently features Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour as these pictures below shared by madonnalicious reader Bb.
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.
From Rolling Stone
Madonna posted this message and picture about her friend Amy Schumer's new film: 'OMG this movie looks like so much FUN!! 🔥🎉🎉🎉💯💯😂😂😂. Can't wait to see my good friend Amy in her new film. this weekend. #SNATCHED! 😂🤡🎉'
Coming to a theatre near YOU! 😂😂🎉🎉🤙🏻🤙🏻🤡🤡🙌🏻🙌🏻🔥🔥🎥🎥💯♥️ pic.twitter.com/1lgptgqOCj— Madonna (@Madonna) May 11, 2017
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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I danced for 3 minutes to Deep House with Jeremy and ended up with 11 minutes of Gorilla Zoe. 🤡 The Met Ball was full of Surprises!! 🎪🎉🤡😂!! pic.twitter.com/n97AsgO7Ow— Madonna (@Madonna) 3 May 2017
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.
Hahaahhahahhaahahha 😂😂🤡🤡🎪🎪🎉🎉🎉🎉😎🙌🏻🙌🏻Love you Sarah! 😘♥️ pic.twitter.com/cs8TZiv2vA— Madonna (@Madonna) 2 May 2017
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 rosé.
'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.'
From ET Via Yahoo! News
Madonna attended the annual Met Gala in New York City last night and shared her preparations on her Instagram page:
'Pre Met Gala Face 😂 Before Getting into Battle Dress. I prepare for Combat with MDNA Chrome Clay Mask 😂🎉🎉🎉💯♥️'
'Almost There! ♥️'
'Ready Butches! 🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫. Met Ball Gala! 😂'
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!
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
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.
From PA Movies Via Yahoo! News
My Life..... My Journey....,,,My Voice......My Story....,,..📚 Let Me tell it. ✍️ 🎥 When Im Ready! 😂 It Will be Worth the Wait! 🙏🏻 Thank You. pic.twitter.com/URRhAKEHfs— Madonna (@Madonna) 28 April 2017
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
Earlier this week, Harper's Bazaar lit up the NYC skyline in honor of their 150th anniversary, projecting a retrospective of some of the magazine's most memorable images on the Empire State Building. Including pictures of Madonna. #BAZAAR150
'Cool projection on Empire State Building last night! 🎉🎉🎉 N.Y.C. 🎩🎭🗽💘💘 Harper's Bazaar'
'Its my city baby!! 🍎The Big Apple. 🗽🗽Start spreading the news!🎉💘😂#Bazaar150 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉'
UNICORN NIGHTS are bringing STRIKE A POSE to London's Prince Charles Cinema.
Unicorn Nights presents
Last year, Unicorn Nights hosted two very successful screenings of the iconic film 'IN BED WITH MADONNA' [aka 'MADONNA : TRUTH OR DARE'], which detailed the pop singer's controversial Blond Ambition Tour. The film gave us to a glimpse into the lives of her seven backup dancers, who arguably stole the show.
25 years later, they are back and in STRIKE A POSE, the dancers are here to tell their side of the story. Tackling many of the controversial topics raised during and after the tour, the dancers reveal their struggle with acceptance and continue to show the world how to express themselves!
Unicorn Nights presents
STRIKE A POSE
Monday 24th April 20:45
To buy tickets visit www.princecharlescinema.com
When Mother of Dragons can't get out of her pajamas!.....,,,,,,,,lazy Sunday🌞😎🎉🌈💘! pic.twitter.com/8DEeoXx7bi— Madonna (@Madonna) 9 April 2017
Madonna knows a little something about pulled Pepsi ads.
In 1989, she starred in a Pepsi commercial that was pulled because of controversy over the music video for 'Like a Prayer,' which featured burning crosses and showed Madonna kissing a black actor portraying a saint.
She reminded the world of this bit of pop culture history Wednesday when she posted on Instagram about the disastrous Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner.
'When you wake up and realize that S*** just really doesn't make sense,' Madonna wrote in her caption. 'Side Note: My Pepsi commercial was pulled 30 years ago because I was kissing a black saint! #ironic.'
In the Kendall Jenner ad, Jenner ditches a photo shoot to join a street protest, then offers a Pepsi to a stoic police officer. Pepsi withdrew it after immediate criticism that the spot was appropriating the Black Lives Matter movement to sell soda.
Madonna was paid $5 million for her Pepsi commercial, which aired on March 2, 1989, during NBC's 'The Cosby Show.' The problem came the next day, when the music video premiered for 'Like a Prayer.' The video included stigmata and other religious imagery.
Pepsi spokesman said at the time: 'When you've got an ad that confuses people or concerns people, it just makes sense that that ad goes away.'
These days Madonna is making her loyalties known: On Wednesday, she posted a picture of herself strolling with a can of Coke.
It was the kind of shade Madonna fans thirst for.
Doing my best to Rub people the wrong way! 🤡 Rebel♥️ dvd almost ready!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🤡 pic.twitter.com/UFmALXKJHM— Madonna (@Madonna) 28 March 2017
They are the simplest of documentary conceits: Where are they now? What happened to them then? These are the two questions that 'Strike a Pose,' a documentary that focuses on Madonna’s 1990 'Blond Ambition World Tour' dancers, spends 83 minutes answering.
'Strike a Pose'
Voguing Workshop With Jose Xtravaganza
We know what happened to Madonna, who never left the limelight. But her coterie of male dancers - who worked so closely with her that the then-childless Madonna was like a mother to them - seemingly disappeared into the wind after a brief flurry of fame. The film is a role reversal, with six of the seven dancers (the last is shown through archival footage and family interviews) front and center on screen, while the Material Girl is a ghostly presence, seen in some clips but no recent footage. That was a conscious choice on the part of co-directors Reijer Zwaan and Ester Gould.
'We realized that whatever she would say, or if she would even appear, even if we wouldn’t want to, the film would shift towards her. Because she’s an attention-grabber. We didn’t want that to happen. It would be so much different,' says Zwaan. 'There wouldn’t be this freedom and there wouldn’t be this space for them to connect with each other, because they would connect to her.'
Instead, Zwaan and Gould focused on recruiting the dancers who brought the underground dance art of vogue to the MTV-watching masses and a provided a groundbreaking example for the gay rights movement.
'We wrote them all carefully written letters in which we explained what we set out to do. That we wanted to make a film about them and their lives and their experiences, and that this wouldn’t be a film about Madonna, but a film about what that special period of time had meant to them but also to a lot of other people. And also because of the AIDS epidemic in the early '90s, it was just a moment in time where it all happened together, and they became such an iconic group of people,' says Zwaan.
Most of the dancers came on board right away, but a few were skeptical of the Dutch filmmakers’ intentions. In the aftermath of 'Madonna: Truth or Dare,' the 1991 black-and-white documentary that followed them on the 'Blond Ambition' tour, several of the dancers sued Madonna over invasion of privacy; others didn’t want to be the subject of a modern gossip flick. But Zwaan and Gould won them over, and always had in mind a film that focused more broadly on contextualizing the men within the times.
For the rest of the article and to buy tickets to the film/events visit: www.freep.com
'Strike a Pose'
7:30 p.m. Sat 01 April., Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
4 p.m. Sun 02 Apr., Emagine Royal Oak.
After the films: On Saturday, Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza talks to the Free Press’ Ashley Woods, and demonstrates voguing. On Sunday, he chats with Free Press style columnist Georgea Kovanis.
Voguing Workshop With Jose Xtravaganza
1 p.m. Sun 02 Apr.
Boll YMCA, 1401 Broadway St., Detroit.
Says Extravaganza about the workshop: 'Know that there’s no experience necessary. We’re going to find your inner performance artist. Everyone has one. You don’t need a technique because voguing is a feeling. It’s not something where you need to study 12 years of professional ballet or anything. It was created out of emotion and out of movement and out of feeling, and we all have that.'
The 27th London Madonna Fan Party - this Saturday!
25th March 2017 - doors open at 2.30! Don’t be late as we’re kicking off with the Fan Premiere of the Rebel Heart Tour!
As well as the Rebel Heart Tour, you can expect to see all your favourite Madonna performances, videos and remixes.
Entry is free as always, and if you want to win Madonna prizes, make sure you post as many photos as you can of you and your friends at the event on your Instagram account using the hashtag #MadonnaFanParty!
See you at 2.30pm!
G-A-Y Late, Goslett Yard, Soho. Nearest Tube : Tottenham Court Road
Madonna is turning to the digital masses to find her next trainer.
The singer-dancer is teaming with DanceOn, the dance-entertainment digital network she helped co-found in 2010, to solicit an open call for video submissions to be considered in the audition. According to DanceOn, its community of 100 million users will help decide the finalists.
Madonna is looking for a dancer-choreographer with personal-training certification. Video submissions must include strong dance routine elements as well as heavy conditioning components.
Contestants must submit a video that is at least 60 seconds long, comprising a dance workout in the first half and a fitness workout in the second half. All submissions must be posted on on social networks (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter) with the hashtags #MadonnaChallenge and #DanceOn, and all must be 18 or older. The finalists will be flown out to New York to work out with Madonna before she makes her final selection.
DanceOn CEO Amanda Taylor said the timing of the final selections in the contest will be left to Madonna’s discretion. ''We’re going to see what kinds of submissions come in,' she said.
More info on the contest is available at danceon.com/madonna
From Variety Via Yahoo! News
Madonna sure knows how to express herself!
The legendary entertainer, who has been known for being a devoted Kabbalist, shared a set of photos this weekend showing her decked out for Purim in a yellow dress, reminiscent of Belle from Beauty and the Beastand a matching Beast mask to play both characters fitting, considering the film premieres this Friday.
Sometimes you just have to take off the mask and confess! Madonna, 58, captioned one snap of herself (sans mask) and a male friend in a pope costume, with the singer holding a rose between her teeth.
Elegant and Lady Like. Confident yet Loving. Thats what matters! she wrote to accompany another photo, in which shes wearing the iconic yellow dress and white gloves, a beautiful necklace and the beast mask.
Happy Purim! she added.
From Yahoo! News
The only UK Madonna event supported by Madonna’s team, MADONNA FAN PARTY, is proud to announce the 2 on Saturday 25th March 2016 at G-A-Y Late, Goslett Yard, Soho, for the Fan Premiere of the Rebel Heart Tour.
Entry remains free as it always does at every London Madonna fan event, with doors opening at 14:30 and the celebration going on until 22:30. Fans travel from all over the world to Madonna Fan Party events; our last party attracted fans from as far as Australia, Canada, Brazil and Argentina, along with visitors from all our Europe and of course the UK.
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY : the Party will kick off with highlights of Madonna’s Tears Of A Clown mini-show, with the Fan Premiere of the Rebel Heart Tour kicking off at 15:30 for you to enjoy with your friends. Once you’re in, don’t leave as you’ll miss out on Prize Draws, drinks promotions and 8 hours of Madonna videos - including all of your favourite performances from Madonna’s iconic Who’s That Girl World Tour.
Make sure you’ve JOINED the Facebook Event page. Please do NOT click ‘INTERESTED’ - please make sure you’ve clicked ‘JOINED’ to make sure your name is added to the Prize Draw list.
Fans still looking for the three Madonna covers of German Vogue can buy online (with worldwide shipping) via www.newsstand.co.uk
Madonna is indisputably the Queen of reinvention. She's a true chameleon that pops up always where she's least expected and never as we could imagine. She's a never-ending inspiration to all of her fans, and many of them express their art (re)working on their idol's image.
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Madonna is featured on the three covers of the April 2017 edition of German Vogue, photographed by Luigi & Iango.
The February issue of Vogue Italia featuring Madonna on the cover has reached the UK in limited quantities. Three out of the four covers were available (I missed out on the fourth cover - boo).