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Madonna Honors Desperately Seeking Susan Costar Mark Blum, Who Died from Coronavirus Complications

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.

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.

From People.com


Madonna Brings You the Fish-Fry Remix of 'Vogue' You Didn't Know You Needed

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.

From Billboard.com


Bringing in the New Year as best I can!

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


Madonna Fuels Romance Rumors With 25-Year-Old Dancer Ahlamalik Williams

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 heads to London with boyfriend and brood amid Guy Ritchie ‘legal clash’

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.

From Metro.co.uk

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie ‘locked in legal clash just days before Christmas’

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.

From Metro.co.uk


Madonna marks World AIDS Day


Antonio Banderas Says He Had 'No Idea' Madonna Was Pursuing Him in the '90s

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.'

From People.com


Live Nation Sued Over Madonna’s Performance at Eurovision Song Contest

Madonna’s Eurovision performance earlier this year was panned by many critics. Now she’s being sued over it as well.

The KAN Israeli public broadcaster, which produced the Eurovision Song Contest in May, filed a lawsuit in a Tel Aviv court on Thursday against Live Nation and Live Nation Israel. The suit, first reported by Israel’s Yediot Aharonot daily, alleges that Madonna’s representatives violated the terms of their agreement and reneged on financial promises.

A spokeswoman for KAN confirmed that the suit was filed, but declined to comment further. According to online court records, KAN is suing Live Nation for 1.375 million shekels ($390,000). A date for an initial hearing in the case has not been set yet. Live Nation Israel did not respond to a request for comment.

According to the court filing, KAN provided Madonna with technical and logistical support that went beyond the Eurovision production, costs that were supposed to be covered by the singer’s team. The additional support included projectors, headphones, additional stage assistants, tents, security and other extra staff. KAN alleges that Live Nation agreed to cover those costs but never paid up, and attempts to recoup the money since the show have been unsuccessful.

Madonna’s appearance fee for the 2019 Eurovision was covered by Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams. KAN publicly battled with the Israeli government over funding for the show, and was forced to take out a 70 million shekel loan (about $20 million) to cover the costs.

The Material Girl’s Eurovision performance was controversial from the start. After drawn-out negotiations, Madonna signed a contract only two days before she took the stage during the show’s grand finale. And KAN producers and the Eurovision organizers were not pleased that the singer displayed Israeli and Palestinian flags on the backs of two dancers during the show, something that had not appeared during rehearsals.

From Variety Via Yahoo! News


Madonna Is Secretly an Art World Influencer

Madonna has made her impact on earth known in countless ways in the 60 years that she’s been here. But not all of her impacts are so obvious. And this includes her influence on the art world: Beyond pioneering the crossover between pop and art by hanging with the likes of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and her former flame Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York in the ’80s, Madonna’s art world impact has been made almost entirely behind the scenes.

Take for example, Basquiat, whom Madonna dated in the early ’80s, when they were both on the brink of fame. Now one of the most popular artists on the market, Basquiat died in 1988, at just 28 years old, meaning that there’s only so much of his work out there to be bought and put on display (which is partly why his work continues to break records at auction). And, as Madonna revealed to Howard Stern in 2015, there’s even less of it because of his reaction to their breakup in 1984.

Since it wasn’t out of the ordinary for Madonna to wake up in the middle of the night and find that Basquiat wasn’t lying in bed but was on his feet painting, it’s only natural that over the course of a couple of years Madonna came to own quite a few pieces of Basquiat’s art. Those, however, will never be seen. 'When I broke up with him, he made me give [the paintings he gave me] back to him, and then he painted over them black,' she told Stern.

It’s unclear just how many Basquiats we lost to spite - Madonna was hardly the only notable woman he dated, although certainly the most notable - but we do know there’s only a single Frida Kahlo that Madonna has been keeping from the public eye, thankfully. Unfortunately, it happens to be arguably one of the most amazing works Kahlo ever produced. Painted in 1932, My Birth is true to its title: It’s a self-portrait, but Kahlo’s head isn’t in its usual place, atop her shoulders - instead, it is in the process of emerging from the womb. It’s quite a sight to see, and quite a privilege to see it, given that Madonna turned down the Detroit Institute of Arts’ many pleas to feature it in a 2015 exhibition of the works that Kahlo made while she and Diego Rivera lived in Detroit. ('You have no idea what we went through,' the institute’s adjunct curator said at the time.)

Madonna had, in fact, loaned the painting to the Tate back in 2005, and wouldn’t have exactly been artless without it; as Vanity Fair reported in 1990, back then, at least, she also owned works by Diego Rivera, Man Ray, Weegee, Tina Modotti, Herb Ritts, and even Fernand Léger. To be fair, her appreciation for the work seems to be the reason behind her unwillingness to share it: 'If somebody doesn’t like this painting,' Madonna told the magazine, 'then I know they can’t be my friend.'

For all the great art Madonna has effectively kept from us, she’s also gone out of her way to bring art to the mainstream - not exactly surprising, given that she’s a fan of artists like Banksy and JR, who remind her of Basquiat and Haring. 'You can see Banksy’s work driving by it on the street, and JR’s work - the way he takes photographs of people and turns them into heroes in their communities and makes people proud of who they are,' she told David Blaine in 2014, adding that her son was even interning for JR.

Madonna has brought art to the streets herself in a way too, like when she used the video Green Pink Caviar by the provocative New York–based artist Marilyn Minter, with whom she’s friends, as the backdrop for a portion of her Sticky and Sweet tour, preceding its stint as part of a public art project in Los Angeles. More recently, Madonna also fundraised for her nonprofit Raising Malawi by launching a contest that would give two 'art world virgins' the chance to accompany her to Art Basel Miami Beach for an ultra-exclusive, up-close look at a plethora of blue chip art (and, as it turned out, at her twerking with Ariana Grande, which has likely only appreciated in market value since).

From W Magazine


Madonna supports Miley Cyrus after singer denies cheating on Liam Hemsworth

Madonna has thrown her weight behind Miley Cyrus after the popstar posted a furious response to claims she cheated on her husband Liam Hemsworth.

The pop legend, 61, praised Cyrus, 26, telling her that she was a 'woman who has lived' and 'did not need' to apologise for any previous exploits.

In the Instagram post and series of tweets, Cyrus stated it was 'no secret' she partied, experimented with drugs and previously cheated on her ex boyfriends, but said she remained faithful to Hemsworth, 29, during their relationship.

Cyrus said: 'The truth is, once Liam & I reconciled, I meant it, & I was committed. There are NO secrets to uncover here.'

'You can say I am a twerking, pot smoking , foul mouthed hillbilly but I am not a liar.'

As noted by Instagram account Comments By Celebs, Madonna joined several other celebrities including Victoria’s Secret supermodels Taylor Hill, 23, and Lily Aldridge, 33, and actress Shailene Woodley, 27, in showing support for Cyrus, with Madonna writing: 'Thank God. You are human! A woman has lived. No need to apologise!@

Cyrus has previously stated how she looked up to Madonna as a child, and the pair performed a mash-up of Madonna’s Don’t Tell Me and Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop in 2014 at an MTV performance.


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How the ‘Queen of Pop’ continues to redefine stereotypes on older women

The influence that Madonna has had in the entertainment industry, in the media and on society as a whole has remained strong over the course of her 36-year career.

Despite her numerous accolades and record-breaking music sales - she's the best-selling female recording artist of all time - the 'Queen of Pop' has had to face persistent sexism and ageism throughout the years.

But Madonna has redefined the widespread stereotypes often attributed to older women time and time again, challenging hackneyed notions that people have about older women by being open with their sexuality, dating younger men and continuing to succeed in her career.

When receiving her Woman of the Year award at Billboard Women in Music 2016, the 'Like a Virgin' singer spoke about the rules that she had learnt that she was expected to abide by as a female performer.

'Do not age, because to age is a sin,' she said. 'You will be criticised, you will be vilified, and you will definitely not be played on the radio.'

Earlier this year, Madonna told The Cut that she would never stop calling the supposed social norms that older women are frequently expected to adhere to into question.

'I mean, who made those rules? Who says? I’m going to keep fighting it,' she said.

'10 to 20 years from now, it’s going to be normal. People are going to shut up.'

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Jean Paul Gaultier proposed to Madonna three times

Jean Paul Gaultier is a persistent man.

The fashion designer, 67, made an appearance on the British talk show 'This Morning' on Wednesday to celebrate his 50 years of working in the industry, confessing that he loves Madonna so much he proposed to her multiple times.

When asked by one of the hosts if he was in love with the 60-year-old pop icon, Gaultier said, 'I was kind of, I asked her to marry me three times … and she said no.'

But despite the Material Girl’s repeated refusals, the pair have remained close friends and continue to work together.

Gaultier designed many of the looks for her 2012 “MDNA” tour, and they even attended the 2018 'Heavenly Bodies' Met Gala as each other’s dates for the evening.

He also added that the famous cone bra he designed for the 'Like a Prayer' singer originally wasn’t made for her at all.

'I actually didn’t create the bra initially for her,' Gaultier explained. 'I have a teddy bear called Nanna and created it for her.'

From Page Six


Madonna Now Claims The Fifth-Most No. 1 Albums Among All Artists in the US

For a while, it looked like the race between Madonna and Bruce Springsteen for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week would be a tight one, but now that all is said and done, it turns out it wasn’t as close as some might have imagined.

Madonna’s Madame X ended up on top, beating Springsteen’s Western Stars by almost exactly 30,000 equivalent units, securing the pop icon not only another chart-topper, but moving her up on the all-time ranking of the artists who have landed in the coveted position most often in the process.

With nine chart-owners to her credit, Madonna now claims the fifth-most No. 1 albums in U.S. history, and she’s tied with some of the greatest acts to ever record and release music. Three other familiar names, Eminem, Garth Brooks and The Rolling Stones, have also made it to the highest possible rung on the Billboard 200 nine times.

Just ahead of Madonna (and company) with 10 No. 1s is Elvis Presley, and in front of him come both Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen, with 11 apiece. Had the latter beaten Madonna, he would have remained in third place among artists with the most No. 1s, but he would have altered the rest of the list.

In second place comes Jay-Z with 14 leaders, and in a relatively distant first remain The Beatles, whose 19 No. 1 albums continues to be the most impressive count of any act. In fact, while plenty of artists may join this list in the coming years, and while names like Springsteen, Streisand, Eminem, Madonna and more may add to their tallies, it’s possible that no one will ever challenge The Fab Four when it comes to the most chart-toppers on the Billboard 200.

From Forbes.com


Madame X in the city that never sleeps


Madonna heads back to New York for more Madame X duties

After a busy week of Madame X press and promotional duties in London, Madonna has now arrived back in New York City (see pictures below at the airport).

On Thursday she has a Q&A session at the iHeartRadio Theater and then later that night will appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Following that she has her Pride performance on Sunday 30 June, and then the tour prep starts!

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Madonna, I'm sorry for calling you 'desperate'

When Madonna called out ageist reactions to her 14th album this month, I felt a nasty lurch of guilt in my stomach. Reviewing MDMA in 2012, I was mean about her decision to invest so much 'desperate” energy into maintaining the impression of eternal youth, leaving her looking and sounding “exhausted and unhappy and making me feel the same'.

I was 36 then and Madonna was 54. I’d just given birth to my second child and wanted to weep at the number of playgroup conversations in which the women around me discussed the diets, workouts and cosmetic surgery required to restore their figures to perky, pre-pregnancy form. The female celebrities they saw in magazines seemed time-proof and they dutifully added this responsibility to their To Do lists.

It seemed to me that if anybody had the power to flip a big, stadium-sized, multi-platinum V sign at this rubbish it was the hero of my early teens - Madonna. She had reinvented herself so many times, inspiring girls like me with possibilities of freedom and flexibility of identity.

She gave me my first feminist lesson in embracing the reality of female bodies by blow-drying her armpits in a public restroom in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). Shortly before I saw that film, a friend of mine had provoked sniggers when she dropped a deodorant in a changing room. She flushed as the can rolled across the tiles with its shaming label promising: 'extra protection.' We were all expected to use the stuff, but to spray it discreetly, beneath the shirt, pretending we naturally smelt like whatever chemicals they put in it. And then, swaggering across the big screen came Madonna: honest about her body, owning her sweat, taking pleasure in the blast of air on her skin and looking fantastically cool in the process.

So I wanted Madonna to age like a punk: like Vivienne Westwood, flashing the wrinkles beneath the lace. I didn’t want her to stop making music or dancing in her underwear or speaking out whenever she wanted. I just wanted to her to age frankly and show me how much of a party that could be.

Which I now realise was ridiculous. Because being the world’s best-selling female artist hasn’t been a party for Madonna, has it? The self-confessed “masochist… walking alone/ never satisfied/ trying to fit in” of 2014’s 'Rebel Heart', Madonna continued to need our attention: sometimes seeking approval, sometimes being an unapologetic bitch. And she continued to be wounded by the criticism which was aimed at her more aggressively than at her male contemporaries. Sitting safely behind my keyboard with my mumtum, while the paparazzi aimed their lenses at her “wrinkled” hands, I had no right to expect her not to care. Her job was bloody hard work and I had no right to resent her for letting that show.

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Madonna Reveals Her Twins, 6, Tell People That 'Madame X' Is Their Mom, Not Her

Madonna is an undeniable icon in music, but according to her, two of her kids like to refer to her by a slightly different name.

In an interview with Radio.com, the Queen of Pop, 60, revealed that her children - Lourdes, 22, Rocco, 18, David, 13, Mercy, 13 and twin girls Estere and Stelle, 6 - have various responses to her celebrity status and her twins even have a go-to response when people ask if she’s their mom.

'The older ones could care less, and the younger ones, they think it’s funny,' Madonna, 60, said. 'Today my 6-year-old twins said to me, ‘Mom, everyone’s always asking us if Madonna’s our mother. And we tell them, ‘No, Madame X is our mother.''

Madame X is the upcoming album by the 'Like a Virgin' singer, which will become her 14th studio album to date.

She also revealed that despite her busy schedule, she still manages to make time for all six kids.

'If I’m in rehearsal, they come to see me,' she said. 'My kids come to see me when I get home, then I go back to work. I usually try my best to have as many meals with them as possible.'

Along with raising six children, the pop star has her hands full with the release of her upcoming studio album Madam X, which will be followed by the Madame X Tour, which kicks off in September in New York City.

From People


Ben Stiller, Madonna and Chris Rock donate thousands to Christchurch appeal

Hollywood stars including Ben Stiller, Madonna and Chris Rock have joined a GoFundMe appeal to raise money for the victims of the terror attack in New Zealand.

Set up by U2 and Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary, the appeal has raised nearly all of its $100,000 target in two days.

Oseary himself pledged $18,000 (around £13,500) to the fund, while other Hollywood stars have been flocking to help those affected by the tragedy, with Madonna donating $10,000.

Other celebs getting involved include director directors Judd Apatow and Ava DuVernay, and Ashton Kutcher.

'I read the frightening details and could barely find the strength to watch a short clip of the disturbing footage. My heart breaks for the victims and for their families,' Oseary, who is also Amy Schumer’s manager, wrote in setting up the page.

'We will work with GoFundMe to ensure all funds are transferred to an organisation providing support to the families and community.'

50 people were killed after shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, with 50 more people injured.

From Yahoo Movies UK