Madonna & Justin’s 4 Minutes – 10th anniversary!

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the worldwide radio premiere of ‘4 Minutes’, the lead single from Madonna’s Hard Candy album. A collaboration between Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland that kicked off a brand new era. 4 Minutes was quite a success and reached the number 1 spot in The Netherlands too, with the single and music video on heavy rotation this came as no surprise. Madonna promoted the song and album with three live gigs in New York, Paris and Kent. In New York Justin Timberlake made a guest apperance during the performance for 4 Minutes.

To read and see more visit our Hard Candy album promo page.

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Michaela DePrince ‘ongelooflijk vereerd’ dat Madonna levensverhaal verfilmt – DUTCH

Michaela DePrince, danseres van Het Nationale Ballet, is ‘ongelooflijk vereerd’ dat Madonna haar levensverhaal gaat verfilmen. 

“Toen ik haar voor het eerst ontmoette, gaf ze mij zoveel kracht en inspiratie”, zegt DePrince.

“Zij heeft de moed om er echt voor te willen zorgen dat ik mijn verhaal kan overbrengen. Ik wil dat mensen weten dat het geen sprookje is en zij is een van die mensen die dat echt begrijpt.” 

De film zal worden gebaseerd op het boek Taking Flight: From War Orphan To Star Ballerina uit 2014. DePrince, die sinds 2013 voor Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam danst, zal gedurende de ontwikkeling van de film bij het project betrokken blijven.

De danseres werd geboren in Sierra Leone en op vierjarige leeftijd geadopteerd door Amerikaanse ouders. Ze schreef samen met haar moeder een biografie over haar jonge jaren in het door oorlog verscheurde Afrikaanse land, haar latere jeugd waarin ze zich op een balletcarrière richtte en over de huidziekte Vitiligo waar ze aan lijdt.

Madonna zei eerder deze week dat het verhaal van de danseres “een unieke mogelijkheid biedt om de situatie in Sierra Leona te bespreken en Michaela de stem te laten zijn van alle weeskinderen waar ze mee opgroeide.”

Het is de derde keer dat Madonna een film regisseert, na Filth And Wisdom uit 2008 en W.E. uit 2011.

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GOLDEN GLOBE AND GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING GLOBAL ICON MADONNA TAKES FIRST POSITION TO DIRECT MICHAELA DEPRINCE’S MEMOIR ‘TAKING FLIGHT’ FOR MGM – press release

Los Angeles (March 13, 2018) – Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) announced today  Golden Globe and Grammy Award winning global icon Madonna (W.E.) is set to direct Taking Flight, based on Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince’s Random House Children’s memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. The announcement was made by Jonathan Glickman, President, Motion Picture Group, MGM.

Camilla Blackett (Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl) will adapt the screenplay for Taking Flight, which follows DePrince’s life as an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone as she overcomes great odds to become a world- famous ballerina. DePrince was featured in the 2012 ballet documentary First Position and later debuted as a professional dancer at the age of 17 in the Joburg Ballet in South Africa. She appeared in Beyonce’s 2016 cultural phenomenon “Lemonade” and is currently a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet.

Madonna made her directing debut on 2008’s Filth and Wisdom, a comedy centered on three flatmates living desperate lives in London which she co-wrote with Dan Cadan. She also directed and co-wrote 2011’s W.E. alongside Alek Keshishian. The drama chronicled the relationship between British King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.  Her upcoming projects include co-writing and directing a film adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. Tentatively titled Loved, the film portrays the protagonist’s relationship with her gay twin brother. She produced and wrote I Am Because We Are, a documentary looking into the lives of Malawi’s over one million orphans in the wake of the AIDS pandemic.

A master of personal and professional reinvention, Madonna is the highest-selling female recording artist of all time. She has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide and has won over 200 awards including seven Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes Awards and two Brit Awards.

Glickman said, “We could not be more thrilled that Madonna will bring this remarkable story to the big screen.  There is no director better suited to tell Michaela’s journey with passion and sensitivity, and we cannot wait to bring this film to audiences all around the world.”

Madonna said, “Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” said Madonna.  “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”

Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce alongside Ben Pugh and Guy Oseary. Glickman and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Executive Director of Worldwide Motion Pictures, are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

“We were immediately awestruck by Michaela’s journey and know Madonna’s vision and passion for the material will deliver a film that inspires audiences everywhere,” said Les Morgenstein.

MGM has had a successful track record adapting books to screen, most recently with Warner Bros. Pictures on the romantic drama Everything, Everything, based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling novel and produced by Alloy Entertainment; Me Before You, based on Jojo Moyes’ international best-seller, which went on to gross $200 million worldwide with Warner Bros. Pictures; If I Stay, based on the young adult best-seller from Gayle Forman, which went on to do well at the box office with Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line. Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM and Alloy Entertainment are currently in pre-production on The Sun Is Also A Star, based on the bestselling YA novel by Nicola Yoon, directed by Ry Russo-Young and starring Yara Shahidi.

MGM’s upcoming 2018 slate includes: The Hustle, a hilarious new comedy about two female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who compete to swindle a naive tech billionaire out of his fortune starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, will release in theaters on June 29; Fighting With My Family, a comedy-drama written and directed by Stephen Merchant, based on the true personal story of WWE Superstar PaigeTM and her family of professional wrestlers, starring Florence Pugh, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson, will release in U.S. theaters on September 14; Operation Finale, directed by Chris Weitz and starring Golden Globe Winner Oscar Isaac and Academy Award Winner Ben Kingsley will release on September 21; Creed II, a continuation of the Rocky saga, starring Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, will be released in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures on November 21.

Alloy Entertainment is behind the global television franchises Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl and feature films Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsand Sex Drive. Most recently Alloy Entertainment produced Everything, Everything, with MGM and Warner Bros., staring Amandla Stenberg and is currently in post-production on Good Girls Get High for Verizon’s go90 directed by Laura Teruso.

Madonna is represented by CAA and Maverick Management. ICM Partners and Full Circle Literary represent Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.

 
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Madonna Set to Direct Michaela DePrince Biopic ‘Taking Flight’

Madonna will direct the upcoming film Taking Flight about Michaela DePrince, the Sierra Leonean ballet star who also appeared in Beyoncé’s Lemonade. The new film will be adapted by Camilla Blackett from the memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna said in a statement. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside.”

DePrince was born in Sierra Leone in 1995. Both her parents were killed in the country’s civil war, and her uncle took her to an orphanage. She was later adopted by a family in New Jersey. DePrince excelled in ballet and eventually joined the Dutch National Ballet, where she is now a soloist.

DePrince co-wrote her memoir with her adoptive mother in 2015. “It was a therapeutic outlet and a way for me to reach out to other people,” she told The Guardian“… I always wanted to be a role model and to let people know that it’s OK to dream and to live for something.”

 The same year, Beyoncé reached out to DePrince to enlist her to dance in Lemonade. “[Beyoncé] said I looked like I was a creature from another planet,” the dancer told the Wall Street Journal. “She walked up to me and said, ‘It’s such an honor to have you here.’ I was really cheesy and said, ‘The honor is mine.’ I was on cloud nine.”

Taking Flight marks Madonna’s third gig directing a feature film. In 2008, she helmed Filth and Wisdom. She also co-directed 2011’s W.E. In addition, she’s currently working on a big-screen adaptation of the novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.

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Madonna Set to Direct Film Adaptation of Michaela Deprince’s Memoir ‘Taking Flight’

Madonna was announced on Tuesday as the director for the upcoming MGM film Taking Flight, a movie based on ballet dancer Michaela Deprince’s memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.

The plot centers around Deprince, who spent her childhood as an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone, only to be adopted and taken to the United States, where she later rose to prominence as a world-famous ballerina. The film’s screenplay will be adapted by Camilla Blackett, known for her work on the television shows Fresh Off the Boat and New Girl.

The “Material Girl” singer has some experience in the directing field — she made her debut as a director on 2008 British dramedy Filth and Wisdom, and later directed historical romance W.E. in 2011. Madonna also has a number of upcoming projects, including an adaptation of the Sean Greer novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna says in an exclusive statement. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”

This is one of a number of projects in the works at MGM currently being helmed by female directors. Other upcoming female-led films from the studio include The Sun is Also A Star, directed by Ry Russo Young, and a remake of the ’80s teen romance Valley Girl, directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg.

“We could not be more thrilled that Madonna will bring this remarkable story to the big screen,” says MGM president Jonathan Glickman. “There is no director better suited to tell Michaela’s journey with passion and sensitivity, and we cannot wait to bring this film to audiences all around the world.”

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Madonna to Direct Ballerina Drama ‘Taking Flight’

Madonna will direct the MGM drama “Taking Flight,” based on the life of ballerina Michaela De Prince.

The studio has been developing “Taking Flight” since 2015, when it first bought rights to Michaela and Elaine DePrince’s memoir, “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.” The book follows Michaela DePrince’s life from an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to a world-renowned ballerina.

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna said. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”

Madonna will direct from a screenplay by Camilla Blackett (“New Girl”). Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce alongside Ben Pugh and Guy Oseary. MGM Production president Jonathan Glickman and Tabitha Shick are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

“We were immediately awestruck by Michaela’s journey and know Madonna’s vision and passion for the material will deliver a film that inspires audiences everywhere,” Morgenstein said.

DePrince was adopted at the age of four and taken to the United States by Elaine and Charles DePrince. She was featured in the 2012 ballet documentary “First Position” and later debuted as a professional dancer at the age of 17 in the Joburg Ballet in South Africa. She appeared in Beyonce’s “Lemonade” in 2016 and is currently a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet.

Madonna made her feature directing debut on the 2008 British comedy “Filth and Wisdom.” She also helmed and co-wrote 2011’s “W.E.,” which chronicled the relationship between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Her upcoming projects include co-writing and directing a film adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.”

Madonna also produced and wrote “I Am Because We Are,” a documentary about Malawi’s million orphans in the wake of the AIDS pandemic. She is the highest-selling female recording artist of all time, with more than 300 million albums sold worldwide.

Glickman said, “We could not be more thrilled that Madonna will bring this remarkable story to the big screen. There is no director better suited to tell Michaela’s journey with passion and sensitivity, and we cannot wait to bring this film to audiences all around the world.”

MGM teamed with Alloy on the romantic drama “Everything, Everything,” based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling novel. The studio also produced “Me Before You,” inspired by Jojo Moyes’ international best-seller, and “If I Stay,” based on Gayle Forman’s young adult best-seller.

MGM’s upcoming slate includes a pair of projects directed by women: Ry Russo-Young’s “The Sun Is Also a Star” and Rachel Lee Goldenberg’s “Valley Girl.” Its other films are “The Hustle,” a comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson; “Fighting With My Family,” a comedy-drama with Florence Pugh, Vince Vaughn, and Dwayne Johnson; “Operation Finale,” toplined by Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley; and “Creed II,” starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan.

Alloy’s credits include the TV shows “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “Gossip Girl,” as well as the films “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “Sex Drive.”

Madonna is represented by CAA and Maverick Management. ICM Partners and Full Circle Literary rep “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.

 

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MDNA SKIN hosts Madonna and Kim Kardashian West for a beauty conversation at YouTube Space LA – press pictures

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 06: Kim Kardashian West and Madonna speak onstage at MDNA SKIN hosts Madonna and Kim Kardashian West for a beauty conversation at YouTube Space LA on March 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Madonna’s MDNA SKIN)
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Madonna Taught Me I Could Be A ‘Bitch’ And It’s Alright To Be A ‘Girl Gone Wild’

When Madonna released her album ‘Music’ in 2001, the one song that captured everyone’s mind was ‘What It Feels Like For A Girl’. This was way before #MeToo happened, and way before women started going out on night walks to occupy public spaces.

I was about 11 years old when I first saw Madonna on my television screen. I didn’t know her name. I didn’t quite get the lyrics. On the newly acquired cable network at home that featured English songs in two channels—I saw her dressed in black latex and leather– crawling, dancing in a box and spreading her legs—something that I later found out is called manspreading.
I liked watching the video. But I could only understand the first two sentences, when she whispered, “Express yourself, don’t repress yourself.” I didn’t know what repress meant, but back then, it sounded like a fascinating word.

Much later, I found out the song was written as an answer to her critics, who had panned her provocative image of the previous two years and her apparent “sexually explicit” work.
Over the years, through her songs, I kept learning new words. And, the words that I already knew changed its meaning, thanks to Madonna.
When Madonna released her album ‘Music’ in 2001, the one song that captured everyone’s mind was ‘What It Feels Like For A Girl’. This was way before #MeToo happened, and way before women started going out on night walks to occupy public spaces.

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Madonna Was Adorably Spied On While Filming an ’80s Music Video — By Young Kim Kardashian West!

Long before Kim Kardashian West was hanging at Oscars afterparties with Madonna, she was an awestruck kid who happened to live next door to the music icon.

The two sat down for a chat moderated by Kandee Johnson at Tuesday’s MDNA x KKW Beauty event in Los Angeles, California, where the 37-year-old reality star revealed that her history with Madonna goes way back.

“She, at a time period in her life, moved in with her manager who happened to be our next door neighbor growing up,” Kardashian West said. “So [sister Kourtney Kardashian] and I would walk — our parents were good friends with her manager — so we’d walk their dog after school. So every day we would go over and we would see Madonna. Like, we were shaking.”

Not only did the sisters occasionally catch a glimpse of the singer — Madonna shared some goodies with them.

“I remember so vividly her coming in one day in ripped jeans and a white t-shirt and these combat boots and she had dark short hair and this leather jacket and she just walked in and she was like, ‘You know what, girls? I’m over these bracelets,’ ” Kardashian West recalled. “And she took off her bracelets and gave us these black rubber bracelets.”

Madonna added, “I was so stupid, by the way. They don’t make those bracelets anymore!”

And the “Like a Prayer” singer didn’t stop there.

“She gave us all of these neon bracelets and was like, ‘Wait I’ll be right back’ and gave us this whole shoe box of all of this neon jewelry and earrings,” Kardashian West said. “Kourtney and I went to school the next day and all of our friends were like, ‘Oh my God, that’s so cool, where’d you get those?’ I’m like, ‘Madonna gave it to us.’ They were like, ‘Yeah right.’ ”

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star also shared another story about spending the day watching Madonna film her 1989 music video for “Cherish,” which Kardashian West called her “favorite song.”

“My best friend Allison Azoff and I were at her parent’s beach house and we went outside hearing music and saw you on the beach filming. We sat there all day and watched you and the team let us and we sat there on the little stairs and we were mesmerized and we just talk about it all the time,” she told Madonna. “Like, we got to see Madonna film her ‘Cherish’ music video. It was the best memory ever.”

Kardashian West added that she recently showed the music video to her 4-year-old daughter North, telling her that the mermaids were real.

Madonna just hung out with Kardashian West and Cardi B at her annual Academy Awards afterparty on Sunday, where the trio posed for photos together peering through a ripped sheet of giant white paper.

“Eating paper with KIm….,.,,,,,💕💕 A foreshadowing of things to come,” the 59-year-old singer captioned one shot shared to Instagram.

Madonna and photographer JR shared more snaps from the unique photo opp, for which stars like Migos, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, Timothée ChalametJennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie also dropped by.

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