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Madonna has spoken of her sadness following the death of filmmaker Sir Alan Parker, saying 'he taught me so much'.
The British director, known for films including Bugsy Malone, Fame, Midnight Express and Mississippi Burning, died at the age of 76 on Friday.
Madonna starred in Sir Alan’s 1996 musical drama Evita.
She posted on Twitter: 'I was so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Parker. One of the greatest directors I’ve ever worked with, on the film Evita. He taught me so much, believed in me, pushed me to my limits and made an incredible film! Thank you!'
Sir Alan, whose films won 19 Baftas, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars, died following a lengthy illness.
From PA Via Yahoo! News
I was so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Parker.— Madonna (@Madonna) August 1, 2020
One of the greatest directors iI’ve ever worked with—on the film Evita. He taught me so much, believed in me ,pushed me to my limits and made an incredible film! Thank you! 📽♥️ #alanparker #evita pic.twitter.com/WqQCPTVwWh
Madonna said she "never paid" a $1 million fine for violating a "gay propaganda" law in Russia.
The "Express Yourself" singer shared a video of a speech she delivered in St. Petersburg in 2012 during her MDNA tour. At the time, the city had recently passed legislation prohibiting public displays of LGBTQ+ solidarity to minors, a version of which was adopted nationally in 2013.
The event had sparked controversy before it occurred, becoming the subject of a terrorist threat after Madonna expressed support for imprisoned members of the feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot, which had criticized President Putin. The U.S. embassy warned attendees "to remain vigilant regarding their personal security."
Regardless, Madonna made headlines for using the stage to take a stand. “Show your love and appreciation to the gay community. We want to fight for the right to be free. All people should be treated with dignity, respect, and love," she told the crowd, who waved rainbow flags and pink bracelets that had been distributed at the sold-out concert.
The pop star faced a $10.7 million lawsuit from several groups as a result of the speech; she was also called a “moralizing slut” by a public official for supporting Pussy Riot. The case was dismissed by a judge who ruled that Madonna did not violate the law since concertgoers were required to be over age 18.
In the Monday Twitter post, Madonna said she had still received a $1 million fine for her speech, although it is unclear if it was related to this suit. "I was fined 1 million dollars by The government for supporting the Gay community. I never paid," Madonna wrote, along with the hashtags #freedomofspeech and #powertothepeople.
Conditions for LGBTQ+ people have not improved in Russia since Madonna's performance. In addition to passing a nationwide ban on "gay propaganda," the Eastern-European nation is also finalizing a constitutional amendment that would solidify marriage as between one man and one woman. The move comes as Putin continues to demonize the LGBTQ+ community in his grab for more power and ignores reports of gay concentration camps in Chechnya, a Russian-controlled region.
From The Advocate
I made this speech at a concert in St. Petersburg 8 years ago. I was fined 1 million dollars by The government for supporting the Gay community.— Madonna (@Madonna) July 20, 2020
I never paid.................... #freedomofspeech #powertothepeople#mdna https://t.co/6wH53V4aUn pic.twitter.com/LGhV5gUerc
President Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump wrote in her forthcoming tell-all book that her uncle insulted women, including Madonna and Olympic figure skater Katarina Witt, after they refused to date him.
According to Mary, when she agreed to ghost write Donald Trump's third book, the working title of which was "The Art of the Comeback," the real-estate mogul refused to participate in interviews with her.
But one day Donald Trump gave his niece a transcript of a recording in which he insults a series of women who refused to date him, she wrote. He told her it would be good material for the book.
Mary Trump wrote that the recording was "an aggrieved compendium of women he had expected to date but who, having refused him, were suddenly the worst, ugliest, and fattest slobs he'd ever met."
She added, "The biggest takeaways were that Madonna chewed gum in a way Donald found unattractive and that Katarina Witt, a German Olympic figure skater who had won two gold medals and four world championships, had big calves."
12 hours ago, leaning on a crutch and wearing nothing but a pair of black knickers and a matching hat, Madonna took to Instagram to share a semi-naked mirror selfie of her super-toned physique, liked by over 600,000 of her 15.2 million followers.
Whatever you think of controversial pop singer, it's hard not to be in awe of the 61 year old's sculpted physique - even if she's used a filter, there's no escaping the definition in her abs, legs and arms, which is no easy feat when you're over forty, never mind in your 60's.
Madonna has long been known her for strict healthy eating and exercise regime and was one of the first to advocate a macrobiotic diet, an organic, dairy and meat-free way of eating thought to improve longevity. In an interview with CNN's Larry King she described her typical dinner as 'fish, some kind of grains, some kind of cooked vegetable, [and] salad. Simple, but tasty.'
Having always been at the cutting edge of fitness, she has a history of dance training, was yoga-obsessed in the 1990's and an early adopter of Tracy Anderson's dance cardio workouts in the noughties. She was often spotted with Anderson the equally health conscious, Gywneth Paltrow, when the pair both lived in London.
However, the incredibly fit mother of six never gets complacent and is known to incorporate many different types of exercise into her regime.
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The Past Catches up to the future....
this video was made 30 years ago and caused so much controversy Because —-
this video was made 30 years ago and caused so much controversy Because —-
1. I depicted police brutality and an arrest of an innocent Black Man.
2. I went to a church to pray for justice and discovered a Black Saint
3. That Saint was crying-he had feelings
4. I kissed that Black Saint
5. I did my best to get him released from prison for a crime he did not commit.
My contract with Pepsi. was cancelled
We all have such a long way to go but this long overdue Revolution that is happening right now in America is so great to not only witness the Change but to see all these great young leaders emerging #blacklivesmatter #likeaprayer #nojusticenopeace
The Past Catches up to the future..... • this video was made 30 years ago and caused so much controversy Because —-— Madonna (@Madonna) June 25, 2020
1. I depicted police brutality and an arrest of an innocent Black Man.
2. I went to a church to pray for justice and discovered a...https://t.co/uzkcklMKqJ pic.twitter.com/Ugfk72HmKl
Happy Fathers Day to Me and to every parent out there doing their best to Nurture, Guide, Inspire and Teach! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ #lola #rocco #davidbanda #mercyjames #estere #stella pic.twitter.com/UwUgTmtLy7— Madonna (@Madonna) June 22, 2020
Every Weds for the last few years Black Lives Matter LA, has gathered in front of City Hall to demand the resignation of D.A. Jackie Lacey and to grieve with mothers mourning the loss of their children to police brutality. I urge you to join them next Wed. And every Wed .I did today and had the honor of meeting these two compelling and impassioned activists @janayathefuture and @kendrick38 I cried for two hours feeling the anguish of the mothers who spoke but at the same time I saw hope in the leaders of this generation.#defundthepolice #bld.pwr #blacklivesmatter #endpolicebrutality
Every Weds for the last few years Black Lives Matter LA, has gathered in front of City Hall to demand the resignation of D.A. Jackie Lacey and to grieve with mothers mourning the loss of their children to police brutality. I urge you to join them next... https://t.co/uOD3FegEG4 pic.twitter.com/KXbBNh0sXb— Madonna (@Madonna) June 11, 2020
Peaceful Protest with the Fam in The U.K. We marched from Parliament to 10 Downing street.— Madonna (@Madonna) June 7, 2020
It was an Honor for all of us to be there!! My children were thrilled to be there!! #davidbanda #mercyjames #estere #stella #ImarnK #london. pic.twitter.com/I5RoZCupSH
Madonna was photographed on Friday leaving the King Edward VII private hospital in Marylebone, London. It is fitting that the Queen of Pop would go to the hospital known for treating the Royal Family!
Guy Oseary has “stepped down” from the day-to-day running Maverick, the management collective he founded in 2014. “I’m ready for my new chapter and welcome the opportunity to have more time to focus on management of Madonna and U2 while furthering my passion for identifying and incubating revolutionary businesses,” said Oseary in a statement, first published by Billboard.
Moving forward, Oseary will segue to a consulting role with Live Nation, specifically for CEO Michael Rapino for the next three years, while continuing to represent Madonna and U2 under the Maverick banner. A statement by Live Nation notes that Oseary will be “concentrating on his entrepreneurial interests, investing in and incubating companies on the cutting edge of technology and entertainment.”
Said Rapino: “Guy built an incredible team at Maverick and his work with U2 and Madonna is unmatched. Live Nation has always been about putting the artist first and no one knows that better than Guy. I look forward to continuing our work together on projects including U2, Madonna and beyond.”
What does the move mean for such seasoned managers as Adam Leber (Miley Cyrus. Lil Nas X), Larry Rudolph (Britney Spears, Pitbull), Sal Slaiby (The Weeknd, Doja Cat), Scott Rodger (Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli) and Lee Anne Callahan-Longo (Ricky Martin) - just a handful of the power brokers under the Maverick umbrella - and their clients? Not much changes, it seems, as most of the Maverick collective is contracted for employment by Live Nation and their deals made with Rapino.
Indeed, the number of acts Live Nation manages has ballooned over the last five years and, as of 2019, counts more than 500 acts represented by “70 managers across 16 management companies,” the company notes of its Artist Nation management arm which is also partnered with such concerns as Roc Nation (home to management clients Rihanna, Shakira and Mariah Carey, among many more). Live Nation “will continue to invest in this division,” the statement continues.
Still, it stands to reason that some managers might want to pivot off of the Maverick brand to another firm within the Live Nation-Artist Nation ecosystem.
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Yet another incident of police brutality against the black community surfaced on social media Tuesday (May 26), and the Internet is outraged, rallying in support of George Floyd.
The family attorney was arrested on Monday (May 25) on suspicion of forgery. In the viral clip, Floyd was unarmed and cried out that he couldn't breathe as an officer kneeled on his neck. He later died at the hospital.
Madonna is among the growing number of celebrities speaking out against the horrifying injustice. She shared the video to her Instagram page with the caption, "Watching this Cop suffocate George Floyd with his knee on his neck, handcuffed and helpless, crying for his life with his face in the street is the most sickening, heartbreaking thing ive seen in a long time."
"This Officer knew he was being filmed and murdered him with arrogance and Pride. This has to stop!! Until we can over come Racism in America— no one should be allowed to carry a gun. Most of all cops," she continued. "God Bless you George Floyd Im so sorry for you and your family. And all the senseless killings that have gone before you. Will it ever end? I pray to GOD it does one day."
Until then—F--- The Police!" she concluded. "Yea I said it. Im not interested in being PC. Im interested in Justice."
The Soundtrack to the film Dick Tracy! 💕💕💕 Singing the Song “Sooner or Later” at the Academy Awards was one of the highlights of my career— Not to mention my Date Michael Jackson! 👑👑. #dicktracy #stevensondheim #imbreathless #bobmackie #academyawards pic.twitter.com/BzvAUacmUc— Madonna (@Madonna) May 22, 2020
The hackers who stole confidential files about stars including Lady Gaga from an A-list power lawyer claim to have sold all their “dirty laundry” on President Trump to a secret buyer, and now they’re demanding at least $1 million for details on Madonna.
Hacking group REvil cyberattacked top entertainment attorney Allen Grubman’s NYC law firm and stole 756 gigabytes of documents on stars including Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and U2. They doubled their ransom demand to $42 million last week after Grubman refused to pay, stating the FBI considered the hack “an act of terrorism.”
The hackers upped the ante by posting on the dark web, “The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump … We found a ton of dirty laundry.” It was not clear why the hackers connected Grubman to Trump, who has never been a client of the lawyer’s firm.
Then on Monday, REvil revealed the Trump documents were off the market, stating, “Interested people contacted us and agreed to buy all the data about the US president … We are pleased with the deal and keep our word.” They added, “We are preparing to auction Madonna data … The buyer has the right to do whatever he sees fit with the data.”
It is not known what was in the alleged Trump trove, but sources who viewed a sample on the hackers’ site said it related to snarky mentions of Trump in emails from Grubman’s clientele.
Brett Callow, from cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told Page Six, “What information REvil had on Trump we may likely never know. But they were almost certainly bluffing about it being ‘presidency-ending material.’ But let’s assume this is being treated as a terrorist matter, perhaps because of Trump, so the law firm was prevented from paying the ransom or negotiating.
“The hackers were also prevented from making any money, so they went to Plan B, removing Trump from the deal and instead auctioning off the celebs’ information separately.”
Quarantine Cocktail.............3 Olives—Extra Dry—Don’t Bruise the Ice! 🍸 pic.twitter.com/bDwexczSqz— Madonna (@Madonna) May 14, 2020
Madonna has revealed she is set to undergo 'regenerative treatment' in a bid to relieve pain in her knee.
The iconic singer, 61, told fans that she is 'missing cartilage', after having to cancel a string of tour dates due to injury earlier this year.
Sharing a photo of herself wearing black lingerie and a net bodysuit, the star wrote on Instagram: 'Finally going to get my regenerative treatment for my missing cartilage!! I would be jumping up and down if I could after 8 months of being in pain. Wish me luck!'
Regenerative medicine seeks to develop techniques to regrow or replace damaged cells, tissues or organs to restore their function.
From Evening Standard
As if 2020 wasn't weird enough already, Madonna may end up replacing the United Kingdom as a member state of the European Union.
Because of an obscure EU law unearthed by Politico's Paul Dallison, Madonna can join the organisation because she pledged more money to fight coronavirus than several of its actual members.
Madonna pledged $1m during an online summit held by EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen aimed at raising money to research coronavirus vaccine development and produce tests.
$8bn (£6.5bn) was pledged altogether from 40 countries and donors from the EU and beyond, including £388m from the UK.
Madonna's donation puts her ahead of Estonia and Lithuania, who didn't donate, and the US and Russia who didn't take part.
EU🇪🇺 coronavirus research fund raised 7,4 billion EUR yesterday:— Lukáš Onderčanin (@LukasOndercanin) May 5, 2020
FR 🇫🇷 pledged 1,5 billion EUR
NOR 🇳🇴 promised 1,2 billion EUR
UK 🇬🇧pledged 545 million EUR
GER 🇩🇪pledged 525 million EUR
Madonna 🎤pledged 1 million EUR
SVK 🇸🇰 and 🇨🇿🇲🇨🇭🇺 pledged 750,000 EUR EACH.
Because of the UK's recent departure from the EU, Madonna could theoretically step in.
The queen of pop would be well placed to take up our absent spot, given that she lived here for almost a decade whilst married to English director Guy Ritchie.
And who's to say the 'mother of reinvention' isn't up for a new, if not slightly bizarre, chapter of her career?
To qualify for full membership status, Madonna would in fact need to be an actual country, and we're not exactly sure how she'd go about reinventing herself as such. However, if she managed it, it would be pretty simple for her to join the EU: she'd just have to agree to uphold article two of the Treaty on European Union: upholding "human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities".
She might also have to rustle up some legislation that she could then whip into line with EU laws.
But if it all proved too much, it's not like she can't leave.
Madonna battled coronavirus during her 'Madame X' tour in March, along with a number of others working on her live show.
Alongside an image of a news article explaining she has donated over $1 million to help find a vaccine, she wrote:
The 61-year-old singer recently revealed she has antibodies for the respiratory condition and sparked confusion when she was then seen out and about, but she's now explained she actually fell ill some time ago, along with a number of others working on her live show.
Alongside an image of a news article explaining she has donated over $1 million to help find a vaccine, she wrote:
'I'm Grateful that I can be a part of supporting Research to Find the cure for Covid -19!! And just to clear things up for people who would rather believe sensationalist headlines than do their own research about the nature of this virus, I am not currently sick. When you test positive for anti-bodies it means you HAD the virus which I. clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over 7 weeks ago along with many other artists in my show but at the time. We all thought we had a very bad flu. Thank God we are all healthy and well now. Hope that clears things up for the band wagon jumpers!! Knowledge is Power! #covid19 (sic)'
The 'Hung Up' hitmaker revealed she had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies last week when she explained she was looking forward to going out for a ''long drive'' after weeks in lockdown.
She said: 'I took a test the other day. I found out I have the antibodies, so tomorrow I'm just going to go for a long drive in the car. I'm going to roll down the window, I'm going to roll down the window and breathe in the COVID-19 air.'
In contrast to Madonna's claims, the World Health Organisation has warned there's 'no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection'.
Pop icon Madonna has stoked controversy after attending celebrity photographer Steven Klein's birthday party days after claiming in a video that she had tested positive for coronavirus antiboides, which would indicate that she had been exposed to the virus. The 61-year-old singer was pictured ignoring social distancing rules at the party, hugging and standing very close to Mr Klein who is a longtime friend and neighbour. The party was held either at Madonna's or Mr Klein's home - both live in Bridgehampton, New York. Most guests at the party attended virtually via Zoom; Madonna was one of the handful of in-person attendees.
Madonna has been criticised for attending a social gathering, especially because her quarantine companions include her children, two of whom are very young. Comments on social media have also pointed out that none of the guests who attended in-person were wearing masks or social distancing. USA has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.
Celebrity manager Michele L Ruiz, who works with Madonna, shared a video and wrote indignantly that "She was in her own home... There were about 5 people that came to her home (or Steven's?) to celebrate Steven's birthday, and all these people have been quarantined for over a month as well. Please stop the madness. She would never put herself or her children at risk."
Madonna determined to breathe in ‘Covid-19 air’ after learning she has the anti-bodies to ‘protect her’.
The Like A Virgin singer created a film noir style Quarantine Diary explaining that she had a test done for coronavirus and was told she has tested negative. Of course, the first thing she wanted to do was drive around town with the windows down.
She began: ‘Quarantine Diaries 14. I think it’s quite significant that the paper I’m typing on just caught on fire and consumed my paper,’ before picking up the paper and feigned looking worried.
‘I took a test the other day,’ the 61-year-old said. ‘And I found out that I have the antibodies so tomorrow I’m just going to go on a long drive in a car, roll down the windows and I’m going to breathe in the Covid-19 air. ‘I hope the sun is shining. I have not been wanting to write lately but that does not mean I’m not thinking, thinking about what I want to write or want to say.’
The star went on to discuss how actions are more important than words before she jokingly began talking to her candle. She said: ‘You must now go to bed, you naughty little candle.’
Madonna is partnering with Meek Mill's advocacy group REFORM Alliance to send much-needed personal protective equipment to jails and prisons which have become coronavirus hotspots across the country.
More than 50,000 surgical masks will be donated to Chicago's Cook County Jail, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. Six inmates have died, while 210 staffers and 235 inmates have tested positive, according to the county sheriff's department. Another 192 detainees and 120 staffers have recovered from the virus.
The Louisiana Department of Corrections will also receive 20,000 masks, while another 30,000 will be sent to California's Vacaville Prison, FCI Ray Brook in New York and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department in Massachusetts.
REFORM and Madonna's Ray of Light Foundation worked with several activist groups for the initiative, including apparel company Pair of Thieves, The Bail Project and #cut50.
'More than 2 million lives in prisons across America are currently at stake due to the COVID-19 pandemic,' REFORM co-chair Michael Rubin said in a statement. 'It's absolutely crucial that we protect our inmates and prison staff, especially since social distancing guidelines are difficult to abide by in these facilities.'
Earlier this month, REFORM sent 100,000 face masks to facilities including the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman and Rikers Island jail complex in New York City.
From CBS News
I’ve accepted the #ALLINCHALLENGE and I’m all in to raise money for the millions in need right now – our most vulnerable communities who are experiencing food insecurity children out of school and individuals who have lost their jobs. 100% of proceeds... https://t.co/viFqNk3iHD pic.twitter.com/q8Vv6UhjHt— Madonna (@Madonna) April 18, 2020
Madonna has shared her latest “quarantine diary” in which she says she has lost three people in 24 hours.
The Queen of Pop, 61, has regularly been updating fans during the coronavirus lockdown.
Her latest Instagram video sees her tapping away on a typewriter as she reveals she has lost three people close to her.
“We can’t always have a good day … I didn’t sleep last night, not one minute and today I have been dysfunctional,” she starts the message.
The singer goes on: “The pain-o-meter was on 10 and when it’s on 10, I just need to, want to, have to, get out of my body.
“The burning spear makes its way into the core of me and slithers down my leg, and I can concentrate on nothing except the idea of escape, and I wonder what form that will take.”
Madonna then announces that in the last 24 hours her cousin, her security guard’s brother and dance music executive Orlando Puerta - who the star worked with - had died.
“These three people I have lost in the last 24 hours,” she said.
“Today wasn’t a good day,” she added. “I’m over it.”
Madonna did not give details of how the three people died.
From Yahoo! News
Madonna has donated $1 million to the Gates Philanthropy Partners’ COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a rep for the organization confirmed to Variety.
'Her contribution is alongside the commitments by the Gates Foundation, Wellcome, Mastercard, U.K. Government and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - all partners in the initiative,' the rep said, clarifying that 'The money will go through the COVID-19 Response Fund operated by Gates Philanthropy Partners, so not directly to the Gates Foundation.'
In a statement on her website, Madonna wrote:
'I’m joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effort to find a drug that will prevent or treat COVID-19. We need this to protect our health workers, the most vulnerable, and all of our friends and families.'
'I’m talking about this: I am so impressed by the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator’s urgent efforts to find new or existing drugs that could effectively prevent or treat the disease. Harnessing the strength and knowledge of the research community, the Accelerator’s critical scientific progress will inform how we end this pandemic and prevent future impact from the virus. I send enormous gratitude and strength to the courageous first responders, medical professionals and scientists who are protecting our communities, those suffering and our most vulnerable.'
An excerpt from an update on the Accelerator’s progress posted on its website reads: 'There are two trials starting pretty much simultaneously, using chloroquine and a drug with a slightly different structure, hydroxychloroquine. Now, you may have heard of the WHO SOLIDARITY Trial that was announced two weeks ago, which will look at chloroquine as a treatment for people who are sick, to see if it shortens the duration of their sickness. The two Accelerator studies are looking instead at prophylaxis - stopping people exposed to the virus from getting sick.
'From the existing data, which need validation in a trial, it looks like hydroxychloroquine could be a good agent for prophylaxis. It actually blocks the entry of the virus into the cell, so the hypothesis makes a lot of sense: if you have the drug in your system and you get exposed, you won’t let the virus get into your cells and you won’t get onset of disease. That is what the trials are aimed at showing.
I’m joining the @gatesfoundation effort to find a drug that will prevent or treat #COVID19. We need this to protect our health workers, the most vulnerable, and all of our friends and families. @wellcometrust @chanzuckerberg @CNTR4growth https://t.co/iSVuzJLEFf— Madonna (@Madonna) April 3, 2020
Madonna is mourning the loss of her Desperately Seeking Susan costar Mark Blum, who died due to complications associated with the novel coronavirus.
“I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus,” the actress and singer, 61, wrote of her onscreen love interest in a touching social media tribute, shared alongside two stills from the film on Thursday.
“This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!!” she added.
As she concluded her post, Madonna wrote that Blum’s death at 69 is “another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way.”
“We need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules!” she added.
I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus. This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and... https://t.co/ipPj0eChmI pic.twitter.com/k3BgKZRRa9— Madonna (@Madonna) March 26, 2020
News of Blum’s death was reported on Wednesday and later confirmed on Thursday by his representatives.
The character actor, who was born in New Jersey, began his career on the stage before taking on a series of notable film and television roles, although he remained a regular fixture on the New York City stage for the rest of his life.
His death was also mourned by many of his costars and collaborators, including Rosanna Arquette, another Desperately Seeking Susan costar. “I’m so deeply sad for his family and for his fans,” she wrote. “He was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you.”
Judith Light, who starred alongside Blum in the 2013 Broadway production of The Assembled Parties, his last Broadway credit, remembered their time together onstage as a “true joy.”
“Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented. Our time together in the play The Assembled Parties at MTC was a true joy,” she wrote. “May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them.”
Blum is survived by his wife, stage and screen actress Janet Zarish, also 69.
It's Lenten Friday, and though she's a good Catholic, Madonna couldn't get out to a fish fry because, well, like the rest of us, she's on a coronavirus quarantine. 'Living in Special Times,' she wrote alongside a post in which she sings a special fish-fry remix of her iconic 1990 hit 'Vogue' in her bathroom.
'C'mon, go, let's go eat some fried fish (fried fish)!,' she sings into a hairbrush, while lamenting the supermarket frenzies that have cleared the shelves of pasta as some Americans continue to stockpile staples for what promises to be a long, lonely spring.
Plenty of artists have taken to singing and dancing in their bathrooms, bedrooms and yards during this COVID-19 social-distancing period, from Kelly Clarkson to Jennifer Lopez, Norah Jones, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Niall Horan.
Madonna spent a day off from the Madame X Tour visiting the Tate Modern gallery in London on Tuesday.
Nothing More Healing than a holiday with La Familia! 🎉🌈 pic.twitter.com/aEMdFeeHt7— Madonna (@Madonna) January 5, 2020
Bringing in the New Year as best I can with 2 injuries! And yes Im paying for it today....... but i dont regret it because if Ive learned one lesson in life its to have No regrets!!! Ever!!!
Life is a journey, a process, and we all make mistakes and we learn from them and move on!! 2019 kicked my ass and taught Madame ❌ some very expensive lessons but she would not trade them for anything for what we risk reveals what we value...........And I am so very blessed and grateful for all the beautiful experiences and souls I have encountered and created with and fallen in love with this past year! ♥️ Here’s to another decade of dreams and Evolution #newyear #newbeginnings #health #happiness #love
And yes Im paying for it today....... but i dont regret it because if Ive learned one lesson in life its to have No regrets!!! Ever!!! Life is a journey, a process, and we all make mistakes and we learn from them and move on!! 2019 kicked my ass and... https://t.co/AgGd6ZsIrC pic.twitter.com/ZZZbbYg8Eq— Madonna (@Madonna) January 1, 2020
Madonna sure loves a holiday!
As the music icon gets ready to say goodbye to 2019, pop culture fans are buzzing over her latest Instagram photos with a familiar face.
On Tuesday morning, Madonna shared two pictures with her rumored boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams while sailing on a private boat.
'Saying Good-bye to 2019! We Continue to Swim with Sharks! And Take the Road Less Traveled by!!' she captioned the shots. '#fun #healing #davidbanda @ahla_malik.'
While one of the shots includes her son David Banda, 14, fans couldn't help but wonder if Ahlamalik—a 25-year-old backup dancer—was enjoying the trip as a friend or something more.
Earlier this month, Ahlamalik was spotted putting his hands around Madonna's waist on a hotel balcony in Miami.
He's also been able to be part of the singer's Madame X Tour as seen on social media. At this time, however, these two aren't confirming anything.
From E! Online
Madonna was pictured surrounded by her brood as she headed to London following the festive period. The 61-year-old was joined by her boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams, as she made her way through New York’s John F. Kennedy airport with her daughters Estere and Stelle, seven, and their big sister Lourdes Leon, 23.
She appeared to be in high spirits, despite recently canceling a string of tour dates, as she wrapped her arm around her little one while smiling at the camera. And it seems the iconic singer barely attempted to go incognito through the building, as she was dressed in an extravagant black coat with lace on the sleeves while rocking her statement fingerless gloves and pink-tinted shades. Meanwhile, her beau was dressed head-to-toe in black as Lourdes was prepared for the long haul flight in her grey trackies and pink jacket.
Madge’s appearance comes after the mother-of-six found herself in a legal clash with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The 51-year-old director allegedly filed a motion in their divorce case asking for the ‘enforcement or execution of a judgement or order’. It’s said the motion was put forward on 23 December, according to DailyMail.com. The timing may suggest that the exes have disagreed over where some of Madonna’s children should be spending Christmas. However, it looks like their 14-year-old son spent time with Guy, as he posed with his dad and brother Rocco, 19, in a Boxing Day snap.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! pic.twitter.com/VLIBxwXlZJ— Madonna Scrapbook (@m_scrapbook) December 24, 2019
Madonna and Guy Ritchie have reportedly become embroiled in a legal clash just days before Christmas. Director Guy, 51, has allegedly filed a motion in their divorce case asking for the ‘enforcement or execution of a judgement or order’. The motion was put forward on 23 December, according to DailyMail.com. The timing may suggest that the exes have disagreed over where some of Madonna’s six children should be spending the festive period. Judge Deborah Kaplan has allegedly not made a decision yet on the case brought to Manhattan Supreme Court – which is said to deal with disputes over children.
Madonna, 61, and Guy have a son Rocco, 19, together. The former couple - who divorced in 2008 - waged a public custody battle over Rocco, which ended in 2016 with Rocco being allowed to live in London with Guy. The pop songstress and filmmaker previously clashed over where Rocco would spend Christmas in 2015.
Rocco - who was 15 at the time - ended up staying with Guy, but Judge Kaplan ruled that he had to return to America some time before starting school. Madonna, 52, has six children. During her eight-year marriage to Guy, Madonna adopted David Banda, 14, from Malawi. David has recently been spending time with Guy in the UK. The Material Girl singer has four other children: Lourdes, 23, Mercy James, 13, who was adopted from Malawi, as were twins Stella and Estere, seven. Guy married Jacqui Ainsley in 2015 and they have three children together.
On World AIDS Day🌎🌍🌏 Iwant to Acknowledge some of my dearest friends ♥️who were lost to a disease That no one understood nor could the medicine be found to keep the disease from being fatal.— Madonna (@Madonna) December 2, 2019
There are so many others.............https://t.co/FyR6FnERjV pic.twitter.com/YqKV1ZZkHJ
Before they costarred in the 1996 film Evita, Madonna had a major crush on Antonio Banderas - and he had no clue.
The actor, 59, spoke about the pop singer’s crush on him during an interview on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show on Friday while promoting his Pedro Almodovar film Pain and Glory.
'A lot of people in America actually became aware of you when Madonna did her Truth or Dare documentary where she spent a great deal of the movie obsessing over you and how you wouldn’t call her back,' Jess Cagle told Banderas.
The actor nodded and said, 'I had no idea. She called me, and I was finishing the Mambo Kings here in Los Angeles and she called me. I thought someone was playing a joke on me because I picked up the phone and it was Madonna, I couldn’t believe it.'
'She said, ‘Listen, I want to show you this documentary that you’re in.’ I said, ‘What documentary? What’re you talking about?'' Banderas recalled.
The actor said the 'Material Girl' singer offered him the chance to remove the scenes he was in if he was uncomfortable, but ultimately, he was fine with it.
The documentary was released in 1991 and chronicled Madonna’s controversial 1990 'Blond Ambition' international tour, including behind-the-scenes footage of her tour and life.
In one scene, Madonna explains whom Banderas was to an American audience who wasn’t familiar with him at the time.
'Antonio Banderas is this Spanish actor that I’ve had a crush on for two years,' Madonna said in the documentary. 'I’ve seen every movie that Antonio has ever done. I have to say he’s one of the few actors that I was dying to meet.'
When the singer traveled to Madrid to visit Almodovar, one of Banderas’ frequent collaborators, she became visibly excited at the prospect of meeting the actor at a party held in her honor.
'I spent the whole week psyching myself up for this party that I’m going to and I have it all worked out in my head: I’m going to make Antiono fall madly in love with me,' she said. 'Although there’s this one major obstacle that I never really counted on: his wife.'
Banderas was married to Spanish actress Ana Leza at the time. The two divorced in 1996, and that same year he married actress Melanie Griffith after they starred in the comedy Two Much.
The actor and Madonna would eventually work together in the 1996 film Evita, in which Madonna portrayed the first lady of Argentina and Banderas played the revolutionary Che Guevara.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly‘s Couch Surfing in 2018, Banderas spoke about what it was like working with Madonna on the film.
'Madonna is probably one of the most committed artists I’ve ever worked with,' he said. 'She was totally into this character, it was great working with her.'