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January 2012

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.'

From People.com


W.E. Gala Premiere Party

madonnalicious had the opportunity to attend the W.E. Gala Premiere Party that took place at The Belvedere (a restaurant in Holland Park) straight after the film screening at the High Street Kensington Odeon.

The 1920's decorated restaurant was filled to capacity and as Madonna and her entourage swept in, she paused and smiled at the crowd and headed up to the mezzanine level to enjoy her Wallis Simpson inspired Martinis.

We enjoyed the ever present champagne as the cast and producer of the film walked around the room chatting to guests and posing for photographs.

What we ate:
Mini fish and chips, mini yorkshire puddings filled with beef, mini Belvedere burgers, mini sausage and mash, mini chocolate cheesecakes and mini lemon pies.

What we drank:
Lots and lots of champagne and Wallis Simpson-inspired Martinis.


What we danced to:
The DJ at the decks said he was working from Madonna's playlist.


Madonna Hits Back At Ricky Gervais At Golden Globes

It was the successful night for Madonna at Sunday's Golden Globes in Los Angeles, with the American pop superstar landing the prize for Best Original Song for W.E's ballad 'Masterpiece'. It was the second Globe for the singer-turned-filmmaker, who won Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for 'Evita' in 1997.
During her acceptance speech, Madonna thanked her long-time manager Guy Oseary and studio boss Harvey Weinstein, whom she described as 'the punisher' and spoke of how he 'believed' in her latest movie. The singer, who releases new album M.D.N.A later this year, was the target for one of host Ricky Gervais' putdowns, but she was quick to offer a retort. When introducing the singer to present the award for Best Foreign Language Film, Gervais joked that she was 'a material girl', 'always in Vogue' and 'Just like a virgin', pulling a 'hard to believe' face after mentioning the latter.
When arriving on-stage, Madonna hit back, 'If I'm still just like a virgin, Ricky. Then why don't you come over here and do something about it. I haven't kissed a girl in a few years. On TV'. Keen to have the last laugh, the British comedian was seen running for his life across the back of the stage.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna's Masterpiece wins Golden Globe!

Madonna picked up a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song last night.
The pop star-turned-film director picked up the gong for 'Masterpiece' which features in her new movie 'W.E.' and Madonna admitted she was shocked to win but insisted it was not a solo effort.
She said: 'This is a surprise. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this acknowledgement. I need to thank my co-writers, Jimmy Harry and Julie Frost, my co-producer William Orbit, who's not here, whom I adore.'
'I would also like to thank my manager, Guy Oseary, who I spend most of my time beating up on. But seriously, he harangued me for the entire time I was filming and editing my movie to write a song. And I said, 'Please, Guy, I'm trying to focus on being a director and I want people to pay attention to the film and I don't have time.' So then I finished the film and I started making my record and somehow magically and miraculously the song emerged, 'Masterpiece,' so thank you, Guy Oseary, for being so irritating.'

From contactmusic.com


Elton John In Globes War Of Words

Madonna and Sir Elton John became embroiled in a war of words at the Golden Globes on Sunday as they competed for the coveted Best Song prize.
The Rocket Man started the verbal spat by telling reporters on the red carpet that his rival 'doesn't have a f**king chance of winning tonight,' and when asked if those were 'fighting words,' he replied, 'No, those are accurate words'.
Madonna hit back when questioned about Sir Elton's remarks, asking reporters, 'Was he wearing a dress?' adding, 'May the best man win.'
The Material Girl eventually emerged triumphant as her track Masterpiece from W.E. scooped the award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture, seeing off competition from Sir Elton's Hello, Hello from Gnomeo & Juliet.
And after her success, Madonna offered an olive branch to her rival, telling reporters, 'I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years. He's known to get mad at me. He's brilliant and I adore him, so he will win another award. And I don't feel bad!'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna: About That Top-Secret Super Bowl Performance...

The singer, and newly minted director, showed up at the 2012 Golden Globes and stopped to chat with Ryan Seacrest about her film W.E. (which earned her a Globe nom and win for Best Original Song for 'Masterpiece').
So what'd she tell us?
Well, when it came to her film that she wrote and directed, Madonna admits it was more than she bargained for.
'I had no idea that it was going to be so challenging, complicated, exhausting and fulfilling.'
Andrea Riseborough, who was alongside the star, called Madonna a very passionate director, even if she can come off as 'intimidating.'
So we have to wonder, what will this passionate yet intimidating woman bring to the Super Bowl for her halftime performance?
'I can't tell you what I'm going to do because then it'll blow the surprise. Twelve minutes and 40 seconds to put on the greatest show on Earth.'

Yup, and the additional 40 seconds was her idea.

From E! Online - To view the video clip click on the picture below.


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...


Madonna, Demi Moore light up CAA Golden Globes bash

Madonna attended the pre-Golden Globes party hosted by talent agency CAA in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Madonna sat on the rear patio in a form-fitting red dress and motorcycle gloves with Demi Moore and some agent types, and kept cool as a cucumber when Moore's ex Ashton Kutcher breezed in with his newly shaved face.

To view a picture of Madonna with Demi visit latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip


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!


Madonna Hints At Stage Musical

Madonna looks set to follow in the footsteps of Abba and Queen by allowing a musical featuring her hit songs to hit the stage.
The Material Girl is open to having her songs written into a theatre story, but has no plans to be directly involved in any potential project.
She tells Britain's Daily Star, 'I'd sanction my songs to be made into a musical, I kind of already have. But I wouldn't do it myself, I don't think that would interest me.'
Abba's hits are the basis for the Mamma Mia! musical, which was made into a film in 2008, while Queen's tracks have been performed all over the world in stage show We Will Rock You.

From contactmusic.com


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


UK Television: The Graham Norton Show

Don't forget to watch Madonna's appearance on The Graham Norton Show tonight (Friday 13 January) on BBC One at 10:35pm-11:20pm - the show will also be broadcast on BBC America tomorrow.

Madonna chatted about W.E., her love life, marriage, how her children don't listen to her, hackers, her new album and tried to avoid answering questions about Lady Gaga. W.E. stars Andrea Riseborough and James Darcy were also on the show.

madonnalicious attended the taping and is wondering what parts of the interview will actually make the final cut of the show! The show was taped 'as live' and Madonna was in the studio for about 90 minutes, this has to be cut down to a 45 minute show (including musical guest Emile Sande).

Here is our picture of the queue of fans outside The London Studios, waiting to be checked-in and given a coloured wristband (orange, purple or yellow).

Here is our sneaky picture of the set, swiftly taken before Madonna arrived!


Madonna on Men, Missing ‘Certain Things’ About Marriage

Notoriously private Madonna opened up about dating a man less than half her age in a rare interview - but not without a putting up a fight.
'Aren’t people tired of that subject?' she quipped to 'Nightline' anchor Cynthia McFadden in an exclusive with ABC News.
Of course not.
It’s been three years since Madonna’s highly publicized divorce from British director Guy Richie, and the 53-year-old star has caught flack for dating younger men. Her current flame is 24-year-old French dancer Brahim Zaibat, but prior to that she dated Brazilian model Jesus Luz, now also 24.
'I didn’t choose to, you know, I didn’t, like, write down on a piece of paper I’m now going to have a relationship with a younger man,' Madonna told McFadden. 'That’s just what happened. You see, that’s the romantic in me. I just met someone that I cared for, and this happened to be his age.'
But when asked what she found appealing about younger man, the Material Girl tried to shut down the line of questioning with, 'I don’t feel comfortable with this conversation.'
McFadden pressed Madonna about her own experience with love, a central theme to the pop icon’s upcoming film, 'W.E.,' which explores the relationship between commoner Wallis Simpson and Britain’s King Edward VIII.

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Madonna revealed she wants a partner in life and that there were even 'certain things' she missed about being married, such as 'being a part of a family unit' and 'not having to make all the decisions on my own.'
'I don’t want to live my life on my own,' she said. 'I love being a mother. My children fill me up in many ways, and inspire me in many ways, but I need a partner in my life and I think most people feel that way. I’ve never really lived a conventional life, so I think it’s quite foolish for me or anyone else to start thinking that I am going to start making conventional choices.'
Putting family first, one of the most important things Madonna said she looks for in a partner is someone whom her two biological children, Lourdes, 15, and Rocco, 11, and her two adopted children, David Banda and Mercy James, both 6, will respect.
'Someone who feels a connection with my children and respects the idea that they have to be a role model as well,' Madonna said. 'It’s a lot to live up to.'
As for her current relationship with Zaibat, Madonna claimed she is actually the low-maintenance 'easy' one between the two of them.
'I go home and I wash my face and I put on my sweatpants and I lay down on the bed and I say, ‘oh, please rub my feet,’ and you know, he says, ‘no, you rub my feet,’' Madonna said. 'So, you know, behind the curtain, I’m just like everybody else.'

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Get the full story on Cynthia McFadden’s exclusive interview with Madonna on '20/20' Friday 13 January at 10:00pm ET.

From abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment


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.

From www.wowowow.com/liz-smith


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.'

From thisislondon.co.uk


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 Confirms Title Of 12th Studio Album

Madonna's forthcoming album officially has a title. The pop queen's 12th studio LP will be called M.D.N.A., representatives for the singer confirmed to MTV News.
Madonna announced the album title during a taping of the U.K.'s 'Graham Norton Show,' which will air Friday on BBC One. While making the press rounds in support of her film 'W.E.,' she has offered up a few details on her much-anticipated album, which is reportedly due in late March.

From MTV.com


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.'

From contactmusic.com


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.'

From contactmusic.com


Limited Audience Ticket Release - The Graham Norton Show

Madonna is confirmed to appear on The Graham Norton Show to talk about W.E. on Wednesday 11th January in London.

Tickets have been allocated for the audience of this show however there are a limited number of tickets available exclusively for fans of Madonna. They will be allocated on Monday (9th Jan).

If you would like to be considered for a ticket please email: info@sotelevision.co.uk with a contact telephone number.

IMPORTANT - Please make the subject of the email - LIMITED-GN-MADONNA


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?'

From bigpondnews.com


Madonna’s jackie whoa

She was almost the First Lady Madonna.
John F. Kennedy Jr. asked the Material Girl to dress up as his mother for the cover of his magazine, George, but Madonna declined, insisting she would 'never do [Jackie O] justice,' according to a new book.
'We’ll have her in a pillbox hat, sitting on a stack of books,' JFK Jr. told his assistant, RoseMarie Terenzio, author of the memoir, 'Fairy Tale Interrupted,' which chronicles her five years as John John’s confidante and publicist until his untimely death in 1999 at the age of 38.
In the summer of 1996, JFK Jr. asked Terenzio who should grace the cover of his September 'Women in Politics' issue.
Terenzio suggested then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, but JFK Jr., who co-founded the magazine in 1995, had a different idea.
'I think we should dress Madonna up as my mother,' he said. 'Wouldn’t that be a riot?'
Terenzio thought he was joking; Madonna was then at the height of her bad-girl image.
She warned him it would create a media 's--tstorm.'
And although Terenzio insists it wasn’t among her concerns, the cover would have undoubtedly raised eyebrows given JFK Jr.’s once-rumored romance with Madge, who was often compared to his father’s reputed paramour, Marilyn Monroe.
'If it doesn’t bother me, why should it bother anyone else?' Kennedy said.
So they drafted a letter to the 'Like a Virgin' singer, asking her to pose as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The next day, Madonna faxed her handwritten response, flirtatiously addressed to 'Johnny Boy.'
'My eyebrows aren’t thick enough, for one,' she offered.
'When you want me to portray Eva Braun or Pamela Harriman, I might say yes!' she wrote, referring, bizarrely, to Hitler’s mistress and the British socialite who married New York Gov. W. Averell Harriman and Winston Churchill’s son Randolph.
JFK Jr. eventually tapped actress Drew Barrymore for the cover, portraying, ironically, Monroe in her legendary white halter dress singing 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President.'
Terenzio, whose book is due out on Jan. 24, says there was nothing untoward at the time of the fax between the Material Girl and the heir to Camelot.
In fact, later that month, JFK Jr. married his longtime girlfriend, Carolyn Bessette.

From www.nypost.com


Madonna takes the top three spots in poll of party tunes

What do Madonna, the Bee Gees, Chaka Khan, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bananarama, Chaka Khan, Chesney Hawkes, Kylie Minogue and Madonna have in common? They all feature in the top ten classic party tunes according to a recent poll, that's what.
Madonna is at number one with upbeat 1983 synth-fest Holiday, followed in second place by... Madonna with Hung Up and, in third, Into the Groove by – yep, that's right – Madonna.
Having claimed the top three spots, the Material Girl makes way for the Bee Gees with Stayin’ Alive, Chaka Khan – popping up twice with Ain’t Nobody and I’m Every Woman – and Michael Jackson with Billie Jean.
Bananarama's cover of Venus, and Kylie Minogue's Can’t Get You Out of My Head also make the list – and what party would be complete without the One and Only Chesney Hawkes.
Ten more tracks – featuring artists ranging from Britney Spears to Shania Twain, Queen to Abba – feature in the top twenty, as decided by Magic 105.4's online survey to find the world’s greatest party classics.

From RadioTimes.com - thanks to Ben


Happy New Year!

madonnalicious wishes all our readers a very Happy New Year!

2012 will be an exciting year for Madonna fans, including TV promotion for W.E., the Superbowl performance and of course a new album and a new tour!

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