‘Strike a Pose’ dancers on RTL Late Night, tune in tonight! RTL4

Oliver, Carlton, Kevin, Luis, Jose, and Salim will be on Dutch television tonight! Tune in to RTL Late Night on RTL 4 at 10:30 pm to see them talk about the film and show some dance moves.

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Madonna’s Tribute To Prince

A tribute by Madonna to iconic musician Prince, who’d tragically passed away last April 21st, shall be a key part of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Both are iconic musicians in their own right, having dominated the music scene especially during the 80s. Upon hearing of Prince’s untimely passing, the Material Girl had posted an old photo of themselves on her Instragamstating, “He Changed The World! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated. This is Not A Love Song.” An obvious reference to the duet “Love Song” both had performed for a track on her album “Like A Prayer” which Prince had helped produce in 1988.

The pair had briefly dated in 1985 but had a falling out some years later which had stretched into a decades-long feud with Madonna sniping at Prince in a 1994 interview and Prince slamming her back during a concert in London as late as 2007.

The two seemed to have worked out their differences by 2011 when Madonna attended a sold out concert by Prince at NYC’s Madison Square Garden with Prince playfully calling out to Madonna. Relations between the two must have remained cordial as Prince had invited Madonna for a private performance at Paisley Park in October 2015.  After wrapping up a concert nearby, Madonna had attended; even starting a dance party onstage with her entourage before seating herself to watch the performance.

The history between the two would’ve more than justified Madonna’s being chosen for the tribute. But there has been a bit of an uproar from the fans as Madonna shall be theonly artist to be featured. A campaign for 7,000 signatures has been going the rounds to petition BMA to allow other artists such as Sheila E. and Lenny Kravitz to perform as the fans deem it a tribute deserved by Prince.

BMA Executive Producer Mark Bracco however, defends the decision to have Madonna pay tribute as Prince had been a peer, a colleague and a friend. Even talk show host Wendy Williams, known for trash talking celebrities – including Madonna – has deemed the choice appropriate as she’d stated, in reply to the protest,

“Oh really Prince People? Who do you think is worthy?” she had asked.

“There are three people in the trinity of greatness in music as far as pop stars that are age appropriate … and two of them are dead: Michael, Prince and Madonna. That’s it!”

In any case,it is but fitting that Prince be given a tribute by none other than the Queen of Pop herself.

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Strike a Pose at the Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

Madonna has always been outrageous, and her 1990 Blond Ambition tour was no exception, both onstage and off; like the songs says: “express yourself”. And to judge by Alek Keshishian’s documentation of the tour, the provocative film Madonna: Truth or Dare – they did. In Strike a Pose, a new documentary, directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwann catch up with the troupe of “fierce male dancers” 25 years later, and it soon becomes apparent that as much as the 1991 documentary revealed, there was, as one of the dancers says in Gould and Zwann’s film, “another backstage” that remained hidden. Despite the onstage flamboyance, the provocative moves and the intimate conversations, there was much that tour members did not want to talk about in 1990.

Kevin Stea/Photo: Jake Sarfaty

Kevin Stea/Photo: Jake Sarfaty

Madonna was looking for something more than technique, she was looking a certain kind of presence and personality in her dancers. 25 years later, in Strike a Pose, their unique qualities shine through. Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza Camacho were active on the New York City ballroom scene, (Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning follows the ballroom scene between 1986 – 1989 and shows a young Jose in competition), and choreographed Madonna’s famous Vogue video.   Completing the group of seven dancers were Carlton Wilborn, Salim Gauwloos, Gabriel Trupin, Oliver S Crumes III, and Kevin Stea who was the dance captain. Gabriel Trupin died in 1995, and is represented in the film by his mother Sue Trupin. Other than Oliver, all the dancers were gay, although, as becomes apparent over the course of the film, not all were comfortable with the tour’s exposure of their private lives and sexuality.

The tour and Truth or Dare documentary had an enormous impact on the dancers, popular culture and a generation coming of age when homophobia and AIDS ran rampant, and many people lived in fear. One of the moving aspects of the film is hearing the response of fans, for many Truth or Dare was the first time they saw men kissing. As one fan expressed it: “I was so relieved that finally I could identify with someone.”

Salim Gawloos/Photo: Facunda Gabba

Salim Gawloos/Photo: Facunda Gabba

In Strike a Pose, one becomes acquainted with each of the dancers, and their lives in the aftermath of the tour with Madonna. What stands out more than anything else is how very young they all were back then, still in the process of mapping out their identity. The intensity and intimacy of the tour established a close bond among the dancers and Madonna. Yet there is a contradiction between the openness, freedom and sexuality as expressed onstage and in archival footage from Keshishian’s film, and the individual experiences of the dancers as recounted in Strike a Pose. Moreover, once the tour was over, life went on, and life brought changes. For some the instant fame took them on a path of drugs and alcohol abuse, others had difficulty dealing with the notoriety, and some had difficult personal challenges with which to contend.

Strike a Pose will be shown at Docaviv 2016, and two of the film’s protagonists, Kevin Stea and Salim (Slam) Gauwloos will be the guests of the festival, through the joint initiative and collaboration of Docaviv and Hot Channel 8. The film will be screened at the festival on May 21st, 27th, and 28th. Conversations with the dancers, as well as ticket information, screening venues and times are listed on the Docaviv website (and that’s the place to check for any changes and updates).

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Strike a Pose at East End Film Festival in London (June 30)

Director: Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan

Year: 2016

Country: Netherlands, Belgium

Running time: 83min

Location / Venue: Rio

Date: 30/06

Time: 6:30 PM

When seven young male dancers were plucked from the New York drag-ball scene to appear in Madonna’s Vogue music video, they never could have envisaged what life had in store for them. Embarking on the 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour, they would become global icons for the gay community, making vogueing a global phenomenon and forming a kind of surrogate family with the Queen of Pop, as seen in the movie In Bed With Madonna (1991). Revisiting their stories 25 years on, Strike a Pose is open, emotional retelling of the highs of fame and stardom, and the hardships of dealing with the fall once it’s all over.

Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.
After party at VFD, for more information click here.

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Win tickets to see ‘Strike a Pose’ (in Holland) and exclusive ‘Strike a Pose’ bag, ENTER NOW

In collaboration with Film Inc. we can present to you the following competition:
  • Win 3 x 2 tickets to see ‘Strike a Pose’ in the cinema (Holland)
  • The exclusive official ‘Strike a Pose’ promotional bag (x3)

What do you have to do? Share this picture on social media with the hashtag #strikeaposecompetition, share it on Twitter (@madonnaundergr) Instagram (@madonnaunderground) or Facebook (MadonnaUnderground). Enter until this upcoming Wednesday

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Billboard Awards producer defends Madonna as choice to honour Prince

NEW YORK — The executive producer of Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards is defending the decision to have Madonna pay homage to Prince, which has been met with some criticism online and sparked a Change.org petition.

“Listen, I think everybody is entitled to their opinion and everyone can have their own opinion, but I will say that we are honoured and could not be more excited for Madonna to be on the show and to pay tribute to someone that was her friend and her peer and her colleague,” Mark Bracco said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I think it’s going to be fantastic.”

Madonna and Prince collaborated on “Love Song” from Madonna’s 1989 album, “Like a Prayer.” Bracco didn’t say what song Madonna would perform, but said her tribute would be “really beautiful.”

“It’s going to be very, very intimate and very respectful, and I think it’s something that is really going to pay tribute to Prince as the incredible, groundbreaking artist that he was and the influence that he had on music,” he said.

After the initial announcement earlier this month, a Change.org petition was launched. Bracco said that after Prince died on April 21, the show’s producers brainstormed ways to honour his legacy. And then Madonna’s folks called.

“Honestly her team gave a call and inquired about what we might be thinking about and it led to many conversations about what would she want to do and how would we want to shape it creatively,” he said. “And after everyone (got) comfortable with exactly what the direction was, we all collectively wanted to go into Madonna, that she would do this and she has been very, very involved in how this will all unfold creatively.”

Prince was found dead in his suburban Minneapolis home at age 57. Madonna is also 57.

The Billboard Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Other performers include Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Pink, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, the Go-Go’s, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Tove Lo, Troye Sivan and Lukas Graham.


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New in Filmography: Madonna in ‘Dangerous Game / Snake Eyes’ (press articles, memorabilia, video & more)

To continue our Filmography we follow with Madonna as Sarah in Dangerous Game aka Snake Eyes from 1993.

After Body Of Evidence failed to become a commercial success, Madonna starred in this much more dark ‘underground’ film as she really wanted to be taken serious as an actress. Well she did succeed in that, even though Dangerous Game met mostly negative reviews, Madonna’s acting was praised. Probably her most honest, raw and sincere performance to date. Dangerous Game does not make for an easy viewing, there’s nothing fun or pleasant about it. But Madonna is outstanding.

We have gathered the following for you:

  • Facts
  • Press articles – orginals scanned from original newspapers and magazines
  • Memorabilia – a wide range of promotional articles as well as various editions of the VHS. DVD, Laserdisc and blu-ray
  • Press Pictures 
  • View the trailer
  • Buy the movie

Direct link HERE



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Madonna on cover of Dutch industry only ‘Hoofdingang’ magazine

Madonna is featured on the cover of this Industry Only magazine from Holland titled ‘Hoofdingang’ (main entrance). This magazine is a publishing by TSC Crowd Management and is not available to general public in stores. The magazine features another photo taken by Gerard van Duykeren of Madonna performing her Rebel Heart Tour in the Ziggo Dome.

It has been added to our Rebel Heart Tour page


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Review: Niki & Donna ‘RAIN’ – ‘harmonious and unforgettable experience’

We were sent ‘RAIN’ by Niki Haris & Donna De Lory to review, and it didn’t disappoint.

As long time Madonna fans we are all very familiar with the two ladies with the beautiful voices that perfectly matched Madonna’s. We all remember the iconic live performances of them together throughout the Who’s That Girl Tour, Blond Ambition Tour, The Girlie Show and the Drowned World Tour.

One of their most memorable performances is without question ‘RAIN’ in The Girlie Show, a stripped down version beautifully and hauntingly performed. Their voices blended so well together that it was pure heaven to listen to, it was also one of the performances that received the best reception. Not only was Madonna vocally totally on point but the ‘duet’ with Niki and Donna only added to it. Pure lush.

Cut to many years later and Niki and Donna have collaborated again, and yes truly something magical happens when they sing together. Their version of ‘RAIN’ is a laid back, harmonious and unforgettable experience. The acoustic version is pure bliss and takes you back to great memories of that tour in 1993, not only that it just reminds you how fresh it still sounds. The Willie Ray Lewis remix makes it more festive and perfect as a summer track (ironic, considered the song is called rain).

They hope to record an EP of covers and never-before-heard originals through a crowdfunding campaign on pledgemusic.

We can only hope it won’t be too long before we get that EP, we totally support Donna and Niki and can’t wait to hear more.

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‘Madonna was my hardest client EVER’ admits The Extraordinary Collector’s Gordon Watson

GORDON WATSON’S rise to riches is the extraordinary tale of a young boy from suburban Manchester growing up to become the A-Lister’s go-to-man for the most exquisite items in the world.

However, it will come as no surprise that the reigning queen of pop Madonna is naturally the “hardest” customer out there.

From Sir Mick Jagger to Tom Cruise and Rod Stewart, Gordon’s seen a whole host of legends walk through the doors of his Chelsea store.

“I’ve had them all,” he said during an interview with Express.co.uk. “Freddie Mercury, Barbara Streisand and the gang.”

But stars drive a tough bargain, and Madonna is the toughest of them all.

Speaking of his celebrity clients, he said: “It’s harder because they’re so aware of not being ripped off; they bargain harder; their demands are more, so it’s not as easy as dealing with somebody off the street. Madonna is the hardest bargainer I’ve ever crossed.”

He added: “She knows the game and she plays it a bit too hard. There would be times when I’d say, ‘I can’t sell it for that. I have to make money dear, like you do too – I need profit!’ They’re quite canny.”

But Gordon is steadily becoming a star in his own right. After four series of Channel 4’s hit Four Rooms, the dealer has now landed his very own show on BBC Two entitled The Extraordinary Collector, and after viewing, the name doesn’t even do him justice.

The series follows the 59-year-old as he travels overseas to locate stunning pieces for his ever-expanding wealthy clientele. So far audiences have seen him pluck out a delicate lamp made from dandelions for Lord Rothschild and soon he’ll be delighting Duran Duran fans with a guided tour of John Taylor’s Grade II listed Wiltshire home.

To read the full article visit Express.co.uk

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Debut single from Niki Haris and Donna De Lory – buy on iTunes now

Announcing the debut double track single from Niki Haris and Donna De Lory – a cover of Madonna’s “Rain,” available digitally today, May 13th. After much encouragement from their fans, Niki and Donna have come together to start a new musical journey, beginning with this song which holds a very special place in their hearts from their time working with Madonna.

Niki and Donna are launching a crowdfunding campaign through PledgeMusic, to bring their dream of an EP to reality. The campaign is filled with fantastic and exclusive ways for their fans to join them on the adventure.To find out more about the campaign go to: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/niki-and-donna

Fore more:

iTunes: https://bit.ly/NikiandDonnaRainiTunes

Amazon: https://bit.ly/NikiandDonnaRainAmazon

YouTube: https://bit.ly/NikiandDonnaEPK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NikiandDonna/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikianddonna/


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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ Returns After 28 Years

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

— Madonna, Like a Virgin – No. 124 — Madonna’s classic album, Like a Virgin, returns to the chart “for the very first time” since 1987. Like Panic! at the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor, Like a Virgin was also sale priced for just 99 cents during the tracking week in the Google Play store. Consumers snapped up the set, yielding 5,000 in digital sales (up 1,028 percent – a gain from less than 1,000 sold the previous week) of its total 6,000 sales for the week (up 888 percent). Its 6,000 units total (nearly all from pure album sales) were up 835 percent. Thanks to Google, Like a Virgin scores its best sales week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991, and its first week on the Billboard 200 chart since Sept. 19, 1987. The effort was Madonna’s second studio album, and first No. 1, spending three weeks atop the chart in 1985.

Complete article HERE

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Buy tickets for the Strike a Pose Premiere in EYE on 23 May

On May 23, Strike a Pose will premiere in the Dutch EYE.
There will be 2 screenings for which you can buy tickets.

The 18.45 screening (admission € 15,-; Cineville: € 5,-) includes a Q&A with the film makers and dancers in the auditorium. Buy tickets for the 18.45 screening here.

The 21.00 screening (admission € 30,-; Cineville pass not valid) includes a Q&A with the film makers and dancers after the screening in the EYE Arena and party in the neighbouring A’DAM Toren.  Buy tickets for the 21.00 screening here.

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