Film

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 People.com - 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.'

From contactmusic.com


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 www.facebook.com/movie and lets ensure that true fans (the royal W.E.) show our support for Madonna by descending on cinemas nationwide this weekend.

Let madonnalicious know what you think of the film - hit the COMMENTS button below or visit our facebook fanpage at www.facebook.com/pages/Madonnalicious


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.'

From dailytelegraph.com.au


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. 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.

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 '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


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 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.

From contactmusic.com


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 thewrap.com 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.'

To read the full article visit www.variety.com/article


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.

From www.wowowow.com/liz-smith


Passionate director Madonna

Madonna was 'a joy' to work with on the set of 'W.E'.
Actress Andrea Riseborough - who plays lead Wallis Simpson in the movie, which was written and co-produced by the signer - found the star's 'passion and strength' in telling the tale of the American socialite 'infectious'.
Asked what Madonna was like to work alongside, she said: 'A joy. Her passion was infectious, her strength was admirable and we were complicit from the outset about how and why we wanted to tell this woman's story.'
The 30-year-old star has since been shooting new film 'Resistance' in Abergavenny, Wales, and admits after the landscape of her surroundings 'rubbed' off on her to the extent that she has now started speaking to her pet dog in Welsh.
Andrea explained to Total Film magazine: 'The DNA of the landscape rubs off on you. Every morning I'd be taken aback by how the light fell on the land. I didn't learn Welsh though, besides some words I say to my dog.'

From BigPondNews


Madonna Delays 'W.E' US Release To 2012

It's been a big week for Madonna news. A version of her song 'Give Me All Your Love,' off her still-in-the-works next album, leaked, much to the Queen of Pop's dismay. And now comes word that her film 'W.E.' won't hit theaters until next year.
Directed by Madonna, 'W.E.' was originally slated to open around the holiday season on December 9, but now it will have only a limited, one-week run beginning on that date before opening wide on February 3, the Weinstein Company confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The short theatrical debut does, however, qualify the film for any awards-show consideration.
The new February 3 release date would also coincide with a February 5 Super Bowl performance that Madge is rumored to be planning. In September, the singer screened the film at the Venice Film Festival to mixed reviews. 'W.E.' follows the love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Britain's Prince Edward, as well as that of a modern-day woman (played by Abbie Cornish) obsessed with the couple.
In addition to 'W.E.,' Madonna is set to release her album in the spring. Along with production assistance from Ray of Light producer William Orbit, rumor has it that both Nicki Minaj and rapper M.I.A. will make guest appearances.

From MTV.com


W.E. Reignites a Love Affair With Heritage Luxury Brands

Madonna's sophomore directorial offering, W.E., might not have Hollywood in a complete frenzy, but it most definitely has the fashion world clamoring and bracing itself for a revival of classic and elegant heritage luxury brands such as Vionnet and MAINBOCHER.
A dear friend and fashion editor recently returned from an extended trip to Europe where she had the opportunity to see Madonna's film W.E., based on the love affair of Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward VIII at the Venice Film Festival (U.S. release Dec. 9, 2011).
I had been waiting with baited breath for her personal review, but she got sidetracked with her return by Milan and Paris fashion weeks. But she too, could not wait to inform me in her thick Italian accent, 'Madonna's film is a visual and stylistic masterpiece, darrrrllllling.' She described in great detail every pin-tuck, corset, pencil skirt and shade of Wallis blue she witnessed dance across the screen. When I interrupted to ask, 'But how was the film?' She quickly fanned the question away, and went straight back into her rant of 'deep red lips, Vionnet, elegance, a return, pleated bodices, and Mainbocher.'
As a designer, from the second I heard Madonna was interested in making a film about Wallis Simpson, I knew she would spend a great deal of time making sure the fashion in the film was an integral part of her storytelling. And sure enough, by all accounts, from festivals in Venice to Toronto - everyone agrees - the movie will definitely herald a turning point in the direction of fashion and it's relationship with film.
From the newly released trailer to the production photos, one can see Madonna and her long time style collaborator, Arianne Phillips, have paid close attention to the strict and rigid, yet romantic style of Wallis Simpson. Madonna's Wallis Simpson somehow seems much softer and fluid from the morsels of information I have been able to gather.
By all accounts, there is something endearing about the tragically flawed and vulnerable Wallis Simpson played by actress Andrea Riseborough and directed by Madonna. There is something extremely unique about capturing these qualities in a single character, a uniqueness I think will be of great credit to Ms. Ciccone's vision as a director and also Ms. Phillip's creativity as a costume designer.
I am also informed that Mrs. Simpson's plutonic love affair with the American born designer, Mainbocher, is definitely present in every frame. I don't think there has ever been a greater love story between designer and muse outside that of Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy. But I believe what separates the Mainbocher and Wallis Simpson love affair is that their union is rooted deeply in American sportswear and sensibility.
Whenever a story is told about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor or their sensationalized love affair, it is virtually impossible to separate them from their iconic wedding photo. Wallis Simpson dressed in the most elegant Mainbocher wedding gown, standing proudly next to the man that had just abdicated the throne of England to spend the rest of his life with the woman he loves. It's enough to make Mister GoLightly weep from the very thought of it - L'amour, L'amour, L'amour...
However, in Madonna's version of events the recently relaunched house of Vionnet plays a much larger role in the film. The fashion was such a huge part of the film that Harvey Nichols in London recently held an in-house installation of recreated archival pieces by the famed French designer, Madeline Vionnet.
In a recent interview with British Vogue, Vionnet's current president, Matteo Marzotto said, 'The film W.E. gave Vionnet such a wonderful opportunity to showcase the exquisite craftsmanship and skill of the house. We were thrilled to be considered for the project and it was so exciting to be part of such a lavish production that portrayed one of history's most intriguing women.'
With all the renewed interest in these classic heritage brands and the successful relaunch of Vionnet (currently sold in over 200 stores worldwide), it is no wonder the fashion rumor mill is churning about the revitalizing of the ultimate style sleeping beauty - MAINBOCHER. With all the amazing talent floating around these days one must wonder who they will put at the helm of this classic and prestigious brand (wink-wink).
Who knows, maybe if Madonna continues her love affair - borderline obsession - with Wallis Simpson and Mainbocher, we could see her funding or even co-designing the collection? We must remember that one of Madonna's most iconic fashion moments was her recreation of the Mainbocher Corset with famed photographer, Horst. Who knows anything in this crazy world of fashion these days? But thanks to the Material Girl there is one thing we know for sure - the world is about to get a lot more elegant, sophisticated and yes - very, very romantic.

By Malcolm Harris / Huffington Post


Fan Pictures: W.E. Gala Screening - Part 6

madonnalicious reader Attila sent in these great pictures of Madonna after the screening of W.E. at the London Film Festival.

I attended the Gala Screening of W.E. on Sunday 23 October at the Empire Cinema London! We were sitting in the 7th row of the stalls but at the end of the film I quickly sneaked to the row where the cast were sitting and managed to take some close pictures of Madonna standing face-to-face in front of her!

Check back tomorrow for video clips that Attila filmed of Madonna's Q&A session.


Fan Pictures: W.E. Gala Screening - Part 5

STREZ shares his W.E. London Film Festival screening experience and pictures with madonnalicious readers:

The day started by fans gathering behind the set up barrier all the way from the early hours of the morning.
I had arrived rather late, 2pm, but still managed to get a spot right out the front of the barrier. But then came the dilemma; stay behind the barrier to watch 'The Queen' arrive and see her for the first time in the flesh, or, line up at the other cinema down the road to purchase last minute tickets to the movie when they would go on sale 30 minutes before the movie started. So I made an executive decision and stayed where I was, I figured I would watch the movie later and that seeing me life long idol was most important.
Luckily for me someone was selling tickets to the movie at cost price so I quickly nabbed the 'seven rows from the front' ticket and continued now not only to see the queen Madonna but to also go join her to watch her movie.
As soon as she stepped out of the car and on to the red carpet the crowd went wild! Everyone wanted a piece of her as she tried to move between signing autographs for fans and doing interviews for the press. The BFI security originally told us all that no one would be allowed on the carpet when the celebrities where arriving so those with tickets would have to wait right till the end to enter the auditorium. But the security were obviously NOT doing their job and even as the super star Madonna arrived, they were letting the general public walk the red carpet to the cinema.
The fans that had been patiently waiting behind the barrier where getting well angry as ticket holders on the carpet where crowding around Madonna to get a snap and blocking all view. In the end it became too crowded that they ushered Madonna straight into the cinema to which the fans replied with a loud boo.
Inside the 3500 seat auditorium Madonna came to the front and introduced the movie and some of the cast. As she adjusted the microphone stand she said 'You guys obviously think I'm shorter than I am'. I was only 7 rows from the front, watching my life long Idol talk candidly to the crowd. It was so surreal and so nice to have her in a quiet and intimate setting. She then took her seat in the middle of the auditorium and proceeded to watch the movie with us all (I would occasionally think of this and smile, I was chilling and watching a movie with my girl).
The moment the credits started to roll the crowd rose to a long and loud standing novation.
Afterwards she came back down to the front and had a question and answer session on the film with the artistic director of the BFI.
The movie was beautifully filmed from start to finish. The story was captivating, a little rushed at times I felt, got slightly confusing with the cutting back and forth especially if you weren't too familiar with the story of the Duke and Duchess. But in the end it all came together and made sense, and the reason for the modern day story that was interweaved with the story of the Duke and Duchess became quite important and necessary.
Ultimately it was a story about love and the struggles to make it work, which I think everyone can relate to. And also, as Madonna herself described, its about not judging something or someone on what you have heard but about doing as much research of your own as possible, realising there is always more than one side of the story, and that everyone's side of the story and how it made them feel is just as important.
It was a brilliant night, a truely great movie and a wonderful first meeting with my queen, Madonna.


Fan Pictures: W.E. Gala Screening - Part 4

madonnalicious reader Jamie Burgess was at the Gala Screening of W.E. in London at the weekend and shares his experience with our readers:

Just thought I'd share a couple of my picture as I was lucky enough to arrive on the red carpet the same time as Madonna. It was chaos and trying to get pictures was a nightmare with all the bouncers pushing ticket holders in to the venue. But overall it was a spectacular night and she looked amazing!


Fan Pictures: W.E. Gala Screening - Part 2

madonnalicious reader George Green (icongeorge on Icon) also attended the Gala Screening of W.E. and shares his experience and pictures with our readers:

I went down to Leicester Square at around mid day to find a few of Madonna's fans waiting outside while the barriers were starting to be put in place. The W.E. signs were up in place over the Empire Cinema and already excitement was kicking in!
When I returned later after some lunch and local drinks we walked the red carpet and spoke to many Iconers and Madonna related friends. It was more like an Icon get together in all honesty, was great to see so many familiar faces and those I have spoken to but not actually met! Just as we walked past the photographers and the huge crowd of spectators Madonna’s car arrived so we were ushered in!
Once inside I made my way to my seat which was the back row of the stalls R28. I could not believe that the row behind me, in the seat directly behind me, was where Madonna was to sit! Her name printed on paper attached to the seat. Was so excited to think I am able to share this moment with Madonna at such a special event.
Everyone took their seats and with a brief introduction to the stage Madonna made her entrance. Madonna then went on to introduce the movie before taking her seat. My favorite Madonna moment of the night occurred once Madonna was seated when a fan seated behind her shouted out something relating to the Lady GaGa comparison to which Madonna responded 'Lady Who?!' I thought great response!
The movie In my opinion did not deserve the bad reports it has received of late. To me the negative reports seem to focus more on the fact that Madonna is involved rather than the movie itself. I loved the filming technique, it was shot beautifully and the crossover of stories between Wallace and Wally worked alongside each other. I personally warmed more to the storyline of Wally more so than that of Edward and Wallace Simpson, and thought Abbie Cornish’s acting was flawless and made the movie for me.
The soundtrack was excellent and overall the whole production is something Madonna should be proud of. It was worthy of the standing ovation at the end of the screening. After applauding Madonna I managed to take a few photos to share with you all.
Madonna concluded the screening with a 15 minute Q&A session hosted by a London Film Festival spokeswoman/representative before leaving the venue. All in all I had a great night, really enjoyed the movie and it was great to spend a night at a Madonna event outside of musical performance. In addition to this I was able to meet and hang out with other Madonna fans which always makes these events much more enjoyable.


'Madonna was true to her own vision'

The critics have been sharply divided, but members of the public will soon be able to make their own mind up about Madonna's timehopping royal drama W.E.
At the UK premiere of the movie at the London Film Festival, Digital Spy spoke to the film's stars Richard Coyle, Andrea Riseborough and Katie McGrath.
'You've got that moment of 'It's Madonna',' McGrath said of working with the pop superstar. 'But 30 seconds in, she's so focused, she's so committed to the film that you forget it. You realise that it's a director working with an actor.'
'There's the initial thing of oh my God, she's standing in front of you, and then it goes away very, very quickly. And in a way, thank God, because I don't think I could have done it!'
Coyle added: 'I have immense respect for the way she directed this film. She was very particular, very driven and very true to her own vision. I have a lot of respect for that.'
Riseborough said: 'It's always incredible working with every different director because they bring so much of who they are as a person to their directing style.'
W.E. opens in the UK on January 20 and in the US on December 9.

From Digital Spy


Fan Pictures: W.E. Gala Screening - Part 1

madonnalicious reader David Varkonyi was at the gala screening of W.E. in London last night and sent in these pictures from the event and this report:

Given Madonna's history with cinematic flops and really not liking Filth and Wisdom I didn't expect much from this movie...Was really surprised that W.E. actually IS an excellent movie! Surely will get some kind of Oscar nomination, Andrea Riseborough might get a nod for best actress, she is great in it, Madonna might get best screenplay or movie or even director nomination. It comes out the end of January, an awful long wait, but it IS worth it! It is that good!


Who needs Lady Gaga?... Lady who?

madonnalicious reader Niall sent in his report from the gala screening of W.E. at the Empire Leicester Square last night:

Just thought I’d update you on my experience at the W.E. premiere last night.
I arrived at the same time as Madonna and was literally walking the red carpet behind her as she did lots of press interviews and chatted briefly to fans. Her trusty publicist Liz Rosenberg was at her side guiding her through the vast amount of press and photographers. Her manager Guy Oseary was also present and said hello to me. Madonna looked radiant but still very short in her high heels, it was hard to see her at times with all the attention swirling around her.
Once inside the huge 3,500 seater auditorium we took our seats. Posh mineral water and bars of Green & Blacks chocolate was laid out on every seat for people to enjoy. Madonna entered and the crowd went nuts. She stood up front and introduced the film and spoke a little about it and then introduced its stars. She then took her seat some five rows in front of me and as she did someone shouted 'You look gorgeous Madonna', to which Madonna elegantly smiled.
Another voice then shouted out 'Who needs Lady Gaga?' to which Madonna laughed and said 'Lady who?'
After the movie (which Madonna sat in her seat next to Guy for the entire time) she went back up front and did a question and answer session with the Artistic Director of the BFI and was very warm, witty and friendly.
All in all a pretty fabulous night!


Madonna 'nervous' at her film's London screening

Madonna admitted to an attack of nerves as she brought her new film W.E. to the UK to be screened at the BFI London Film Festival.
The 53-year-old singer - who co-wrote and directed the film - greeted fans on the red carpet at the Empire in London's Leicester Square.
She has already shown the film at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, but revealed she felt under pressure showing it in Britain last night.
'It's slightly nerve-wracking because it's about a British king, it's predominantly filmed in Britain, it's a British production, most of my actors are English and I know the British can be tough critics. But I hope they like it.'
The film, the second feature directed by the superstar singer, looks at the romance between Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and Edward VIII (James D'Arcy), which led to the monarch's abdication, as well as a parallel modern-day romance.
The controversial passion between the king and extravagant socialite Wallis is told through the eyes of a lonely modern-day New Yorker, desperately seeking the fairytale happy ending that she believes the famous couple had.
Made In Dagenham star Riseborough and Secret Diary of a Call Girl's D'Arcy attended the BFI London Festival screening along with co-stars Laurence Fox and Richard Coyle.
The cast all agreed that Madonna was a very precise director who paid great attention to detail.
Riseborough, 29, said: 'She was extraordinary, because she was very prepared and passionate about the piece and that's what excited me when I first met her.'
D'Arcy revealed: 'As a director Madonna is about as prepared a person I've ever worked with.'
'Reams and reams of research she'd done. She gave me so many books and every single page was underlined, and if it wasn't underlined it was highlighted, and if it wasn't highlighted there was a post-it note on it.'

From AFP Via Yahoo! News