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Catching up with Madonna

On a fall afternoon in New York's Central Park, hundreds of curious onlookers and paparazzi watched as two comely young actresses, Abbie Cornish and Andrea Riseborough, performed a scene on a park bench. When a rock band sound check across the park disrupted the scene , the movie's director trotted off to ask the band for a reprieve.
'The entirety of Central Park followed her,' said Riseborough, 'and left Abbie and I sitting on the bench, at which point we just looked at each other like, 'Well, this obviously isn't where it's happening.''
That filmmaker has held crowds in thrall every time she's left the house for the last 30 years. Now, as the co-writer and director of the romantic drama 'W.E.,' she'll attempt to draw audiences from behind the lens. After four years in relative seclusion, Madonna is returning to the public eye: 'W.E.,' her second feature film as a director, arrives in theaters Friday; she'll perform in front of more than 100 million TV viewers at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 5; and 'MDNA,' her first album of new material since 2008, is due in March.
The busy period is just the latest iteration of a career of perpetual self-reinvention, one that has earned her a reputation as a reliable provocateur and miner of fresh cultural territory. But many of the things Madonna has sung about, done and worn over three decades that have been incendiary — teenage pregnancy, interracial kissing, cone bras — have since become mainstream. To attempt to live one step ahead of the moment indefinitely must be exhausting.
But in an interview at her sprawling Sunset Boulevard home, Madonna said she's driven by something much more stimulating - an inquiring disposition.

To read the full interview with Madonna visit www.latimes.com/entertainment

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