Filmography presents: Madonna in ‘In Artificial Light’ – facts, scans, videos!

Just added to our Filmography: In Artificial Light, Curt Royston’s portrait of New York artists, including Madonna before her break-through.

We have always put ‘In Artificial Light’ in our ‘theater’ section (not online on the current website yet) as this was filmed as a ‘stage play’, however since this is still a film and has been featured on a Film Festival, we have to classify this as one of Madonna’s ‘films’.

We have gathered some facts for you regarding this feature, as well as videos including snippets of the 20 minute film. Also check out the small memorabilia section.

Visit ‘In Artificial Light’ now, ‘Who’s That Girl’ will be online shortly.

This photo was created by using stills from a Madonna documentary by Kimberly van Pinxteren for MadonnaUnderground back in 2006. We have found it on many (fan)sites since then, some of them even claiming this to be an official promo pic, which obviously it is not.

 

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Book Release – The Music Of Madonna by Chris Wade

Following on from his last Madonna themed book (Madonna On Screen, all about her movie career), writer and musician Chris Wade looks at each of the pop icon’s studio and live albums, in chronological order. From her disco pop debut in 1983, through the iconic likes of Like A Prayer, the experimental 90s with such albums as Erotica and into the dance pop of the new millennium, Madonna has constantly evolved as an artist and continues to entertain and challenge her audiences. Wade interviews several people who worked on Madonna’s records, including session men and engineers, and goes in depth to create a balanced overview of this remarkable discography.

Chris Wade is an English writer and musician. He runs the acclaimed music project Dodson and Fogg (which has featured Nigel Planer, Scarlet Rivera and others), worked with Rik Mayall on his comedy audiobook Cutey and the Sofaguard, and has written numerous fiction and nonfiction books.

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To pre-order this book through Wisdom Twins Books click HERE (it will be available through Amazon on a later date).

To read our review on Chris Wade’s previous book ‘Madonna On Screen’ click HERE.

Stay tuned for more on this brand new book!

Thanks to: Chris Wade

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Madonna makes Nashville debut at Bridgestone Arena – review

Thirty-three years after her first hit, Madonna made her Nashville debut Monday night, as the pop icon’s “Rebel Heart” tour stopped at Bridgestone Arena.

“What the (expletive) took me so long?” she asked her audience.

She was referring to playing Music City for the first time, but it was an apt question in more ways than one. Some in the nearly packed house might have been wondering why a show advertised with an 8 p.m. start time didn’t have its performer hit the stage until 10:37 p.m. Recent reports suggest that’s par for the course on this tour.

Still, even with the late start, Madonna might have actually been anxious to return to the stage and prove herself on Monday.

The tour’s previous stop had been in Louisville, Ky. – and that show soon hit the tabloid rounds after some concertgoers speculated that the singer was drunk during her performance.

“This is me sober,” Madonna told her Nashville audience, speaking with her version of a Southern drawl. “I know there’s been reports that I’ve been falling down drunk on the stage. Y’all wish I could dance in six-inch heels and be drunk.”

And that’s a good point to raise. A Madonna concert in 2016 is a highly choreographed, 2 1/2-hour affair, one that constantly requires her to be in a precise place at a precise time. But she still managed to create a handful of moments that won’t be replicated anywhere else.

A surprise Jack White cameo: No one in the audience was expecting Nashville rocker Jack White to be a part of the show – and that included Jack White. Madonna made her way to the end of the stage catwalk, and was asking for crowd participation, when she suddenly honed in on White, who was standing in the crowd.

“Don’t be laid back, just cause you’re famous,” she told him. “I’m famous too, you know. And I get excited when I see people I like. But maybe you don’t like me?”

By then, White was being shown on the video screens. He blew Madonna a kiss.

“Thank you,” she said. “Some kind of acknowledgement.”

Other famous audience members who weren’t spotted by Madonna: Reba McEntire and Kix Brooks, who vented their frustration over the show’s late start time on social media.

A last-minute Johnny Cash cover: Towards the end of the night, Madonna tried out an impromptu, acappella cover of “Ring of Fire,” and only had to start it over once. “You guys have to help me sing it, O.K.? I’m from Michigan….You have to understand, I did not rehearse this. It just came into my head underneath the stage a couple of minutes ago.” Parts of this performance cannot be described here, but perhaps Cash would have enjoyed its seedier elements. Or perhaps not.

The crowd: Nearly a packed house, with a few empty rows here and there. Impressively, nearly everyone stuck it out until the end — on a Monday — though Madonna certainly tested them with a sleepy rendition of “La Vie En Rose” at 12:40 a.m.

The sound: Eyes ever fixed forward, Madonna piled on songs from her latest album, “Rebel Heart.” Sure, she also played “Like a Virgin,” “Material Girl” and a bit of “Vogue,” but all were given modern makeovers. None of them were improvements. It’s an approach not unlike George Lucas’ special editions of “Star Wars” — the author might enjoy sprucing things up, but everyone else just wants to have the version they fell in love with. One plus worth noting: Madonna was never hailed for her vocal prowess, but there was no doubt she was singing live and unadorned on Monday night, sounding much like she did three decades ago.

The sets: No surprise for the “Like a Prayer” singer, but her latest stage show is packed with religious imagery, from pole-dancing nuns on “Vogue” to an homage to The Last Supper during “Holy Water.” Other motifs had nods to ancient Rome, rhinestone cowboys, flamenco dancers and samurais.

A marriage proposal (with a ring): We’re going on Madonna’s hearing ability with this, but supposedly this audience member’s name was “Everton.” He was ready to propose to the singer and brought a ring in a box. She brought him to the side of the stage.

“Is that real?” she asked.

“Of course it’s real,” he responded.

Apparently, Madonna had a few requirements for a future spouse. He confirmed that he had a driver’s license, and had a job as a “businessman.” She appeared to keep the ring, which may or may not have been what “Everton” wanted.

“I’ll have my friends that know about jewelry check it out later. But it’s the thought that counts,” she said.

A speech for Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I can’t get through this night without talking about Martin Luther King,” Madonna said. “Today is a very special day honoring an extraordinary human being… It seems like heroes like Martin Luther King are so few and far between, and we seem to be lacking in them in our lives these days. I pray that more and more people will have the courage to stand up and fight for what they believe in.”

The end: A festive (and faithful to the original) encore of 1983’s “Holiday,” which had Madonna waving goodbye to the audience just seconds before 1 a.m.

To read more and view the photo gallery visit Tenessean.com

 

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Press release – Wasn’t drunk during Kentucky concert: Madonna

Singer Madonna has termed allegations of being drunk during her Kentucky concert as “sexist”, and said she never drinks before a live performance.

The 57-year-old singer was accused of being under the influence of alcohol on stage and mocking the locals at the Kentucky concert on Saturday. It was also reported that she allegedly spoke in a fake hillbilly accent” during the Rebel Heart Tour show.

The singer blasted the critics for fuelling the rumours through a post on Instagram. She also shared an image of herself mid-song at the show and captioned it with a lengthy explanation, reports dailymail.co.uk.

The post read: “For those people who like to believe all they read I never drink and perform! My show is 2 hours and 15 minutes of non stop singing and dancing. In Louisville I made a joke about doing a stand comedy act dressed as a clown and being able to drink alcohol.

“Its so very interesting how society continues to not only treat me in a totally sexist way (if I a were a man no one would have said a thing) and also continue to take everything I say literally! That’s what happens when people don’t read books and get all information from TMZ.”

The post was liked by more than 65,000 people and generated a slew of supportive comments.

One fan wrote: “This was the best damn concert I’ve ever been to. And there’s no way she could have performed the way she did drunk. It was amazing!”

The post comes after criticism which surfaced over the weekend, in which one concert attendee told TMZ that “Madonna was very drunk”.

Another fan added “Madonna was an awesome performer but man she was a b**ch! trashed talked Kentuckians and spoke in a fake hillbilly accent”.

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Filmography presents: Madonna and Sean Penn in Shanghai Surprise (1986) – press, memorabilia, trailer, order links

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Shanghai Surprise has been completed and has been added to our Filmography, on which we are working on in chronological order.

Going back to 1986 where the newly wedded couple Madonna and Sean Penn took on their first (and only) movie together, expectations were high after the popular and well received Desperately Seeking Susan but unfortunately it was box office bomb.

  • View press articles, many magazine articles from that time from Japan to Holland
  • See the many memorabilia; posters from various countries, press kits, lobbycards, VHS and blu-ray, rare pictures, promo altar, promo fan and much more
  • Watch the trailer
  • Buy the film – order links

Visit Shanghai Surprise now, while we continue to work on ‘Who’s That Girl’

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Madonna keeps ‘Queen of Pop’ title at Yum! Center

Madonna has been the standard-bearer among female pop artists for three decades, and any time a new star emerges the comparison is always made. The verdict is usually that Madonna did it first, and better, but It’s gotten to the point of cliché, to where you aren’t sure if you can trust the narrator.

And then you go see Madonna in concert and all doubt is swept away. She really is the blueprint for pretty much any modern pop star, from Taylor Swift to Rihanna, and she proved it Saturday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

Just like recent tours by Swift, Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, Madonna’s “The Rebel Heart Tour” is filled with spectacle: a host of dancers, set pieces, elaborate stage design and full-tilt diva behavior. But there’s a subtle and important difference.

Where spectacle has become the primary point of tours by the post-Madonna crowd, with a raft of distracting special effects and gimmicks, the queen herself largely goes for practical magic. Art and athleticism are Madonna’s go-to moves, and she uses them to reflect and enhance the music, not cover up its shortcomings.

Despite the almost exhausting scope of Madonna’s show – it features four themed sets clocking in at around 30 minutes each – it rarely lags. The show opened with “Joan of Arc/Samurai,” followed by “Rockabilly meets Tokyo,” “Latin/Gypsy” and “Party/Flapper,” and each was defined equally by the music, costuming and choreography.

The music reached all the way back to 1983’s “Holiday” but, in true Madonna fashion, she refused to cater to nostalgists and leaned heavily on her most recent album, “Rebel Heart.” Even her older songs were reinvented in entertaining ways, especially sacred cows such as ‘Like A Virgin,” “Material Girl” and “Dress You Up,” each of which was wedged into a different themed set.

“Like A Virgin,” for example, was recast as Japanese pop meets electronic dance music on a codeine drip; “Dress You Up” was given a flamenco twist; and “Like  A Prayer” and “True Blue” were both stripped down to their basics, the former performed on a ukelele.

While there’s certainly value in straight-up recreation, it was a lot more interesting to hear how Madonna keeps herself engaged in decades-old material. It was also intriguing how she very firmly ensured that it was a pop show at heart, especially given the wide range of albums from which she drew. There may be more contenders for her crown than ever before, but the Queen of Pop still has a strong left hook.

Read more at Courier-Journal.com

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REVIEW: Madonna leaves lasting impression after first concert in Oklahoma

If Madonna wanted to make a splash with her first performance in Oklahoma, she certainly did that.

The Queen of Pop put on a highly energetic, fun, shocking, musically impressive show Thursday night at the BOK Center. If your jaw wasn’t on the floor, you were grinning as much as she was.

Though with a setlist heavy on her newest album, it left me wanting more. With a start time at 10:30 p.m., I don’t know if I could have handled it.

Nine songs of the 22-song setlist were from “Rebel Heart,” Madonna’s 13th studio album released last year to critical praise and commercial success. Many of the fans near me sang along to several of those new songs, which dominated the setlist early on.

Songs like “Iconic,” “Bitch, I’m Madonna” and “Holy Water,” which were three of the four opening songs, all from her latest album. Seeing her perform the songs live made me like them more than listening to the album version. Her voice was sometimes muddled early on but it was strong and steady. She even strapped on a guitar for the last song in that opening set, “Burning Up,” the second single she ever released.

That early group also showed some of the diversity in her style over her career. With the new songs, she shows that she’s at least keeping up with trends in music, with heavy electronic music. But “Burning Up” showed us a hard rocking, rock yelling Madonna with a Flying V guitar, not playing face-melting solos, but playing, which is more than most pop stars will do.

Later, more of her well-known hits were played, but Madonna altered them so that they felt new despite some being more than 30 years old. “True Blue” was played acoustic with Madonna playing the ukulele. “Like a Virgin” was broken down into a minimalist, bass heavy song with the lyrics and tone intimately familiar with every person in the nearly-full room. “Music” started off jazzy in a ‘20s speakeasy style. “Material Girl” could have come straight out of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby.”

Her most musically impressive song of the night where fans got to really experience her untouched talent was a cover of “La vie en rose,” just her singing and playing a ukulele. Her vocal prowess was in the spotlight, hitting and sustaining higher notes in her range. And it being the next to last song before the encore and considering she had been singing and dancing and changing clothes all night, it was that much more impressive.

Read full review at TulsaWorld

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Madonna fans turn out in droves to see icon’s first Oklahoma show

As teenagers, Chanci Kasper and her friends looked at Madonna as an icon.

“She was a rebel. She was different,” said Kasper, of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Thursday night, just in time for a birthday milestone, the four friends reunited at the BOK Center to finally experience Madonna in person.

“We’re all turning 40, so this is a gift for all of us,” said Kasper’s friend Jennifer Simpson of Broken Arrow.

Thursday was Madonna’s first time to perform in Oklahoma in her more than 30-year-long career.

And as Madonna descended in a cage as a dozen dancers waited, the crowd who had waited decades for her to perform in the state roared in approval.
Elaborate dancing and strong music drove fans to their feet as Madonna welcomed everyone: “Oklahoma! Are you ready?”
Loud cheering from the crowd was a clear affirmative.

The packed arena was full of adoring fans, many dressed in their finest fishnets, oversized hairbows and sparkles.

For many, Madonna’s appeal was overwhelming. She came into their lives when they were teenagers, an age when people are looking for a type of role model. For Katherine Yarnell of Beggs, it was Madonna’s strength that spoke to her.
“She has such a different style than other artists,” Yarnell said. “She’s not scared to be herself.”

That appealed to Jamil Gotcher, too. As a young woman, Madonna was a symbol of independence, and her highly catchy and danceable music didn’t hurt, she said.

“She represents my youth,” Gotcher said. “She represents freedom and bravery. She’s an icon.”

She was able to introduce her daughter, Jade Gotcher, to Madonna’s music.

“Our house was always full of music and dancing,” Jamil Gotcher said. “Like (Jade) said, she came out of the womb voguing.”
Madonna released her 13th studio album, “Rebel Heart,” last year. Her current tour continues through March.

The BOK Center made an event out of announcing the performance last fall, celebrating the chance to host her first performance not just in the city but in the state.

But this definitely was not Grant Vanderbilt’s first time to see her. He said he’s been to at least five Madonna shows. This time, he only had to drive from central Arkansas to see her. But dressed in a long pink dress with an enormous bow, he could hardly wait to get inside the arena to do it all again.

He got his start with Madonna in sixth grade, rifling through his cousin’s CD collection and coming across “The Immaculate Collection.” That thrill of the first listen is still strong when he hears her now.
“I loved it. It’s all I listened to for 10 years,” Vanderbilt said. “It’s exactly what I wanted to be.”

Read more at TulsaWorld.com

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New Security Measures In Place For Madonna’s Tulsa Concert

TULSA, Oklahoma –Expect long lines at Tulsa’s BOK Center Thursday evening as Madonna brings her Rebel Heart tour to Tulsa.

This is the first time Madonna has ever performed Oklahoma.

Her show begins at 8 p.m., but the BOK Center says doors for the concert will open at 6:30 p.m. thanks to new security measures.  Earlier this year the center added metal detectors as you enter the building and they will be conducting bag searches.

1/5/2016 Related Story: BOK Center Guests Greeted With New Security Policy

Center officials say no bags larger than 13″ x 15″ x 6” will be permitted inside BOK Center.  They say guests who have bags larger than this size will be asked to return them to their vehicles or discard them.

9/15/2015 Related Story: Ahead Of Madonna, News On 6 Goes Backstage At BOK Center

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BOK Center prepares for Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour

TULSA, Okla. — The BOK Center is preparing for Madonna to rock the stage Thursday night in downtown Tulsa. This will be Madge’s first show in the Sooner State and is a part of her “Rebel Heart” tour.

Wednesday evening, Madonna’s tour stopped in Houston, Texas. She paid tribute to the late David Bowie who lost his battle with cancer on Sunday.

The BOK’s twitter account tweeted shortly after her Houston performance to ask if Tulsa would also see a Bowie tribute Thursday.

Anyone think we’ll get to see @Madonna do a tribute to David Bowie tomorrow night? We sure hope so! https://t.co/HERAAQeVh2 BOK Center (@BOKCenter) January 13, 2016

Madonna hits the stage at 8 p.m.

Concert goers will need to arrive early to prepare for the BOK’s new security measures. New metal detectors and bag checks are expected to delay entry to the venue. Doors will open 90 minutes early to allow patrons to get through security enough time before the show.

To get full details on the new security measures, visit the BOK Center’s website.

Read more at Ktul.com

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Stop Madonna concert! PM Lee should intervene – FCBC Pastor Lina Khong supports

Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ is coming to Singapore on 28 February 2016 and some religious conservatives in Singapore are against Madonna’s performance here.

Facebook user Carrie Shalom, posting in the group ‘We are Against Pink Dot in Singapore‘ (a network which encourages mostly anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, transgender and trans-sexual) discussions), said that after the Adam Lambert concert, now Madonna’s coming here, and that such concerts would “corrupt more of our people, our young people and harm society”.

With the caption:

“Singapore IS ROTTING… Fast… When authorities permit Pink ROT to be celebrated and promoted, year after year after year, homosexuality, transgender affirming propaganda films in our cinemas, Adam Lambert in Celebrate Countdown 2016 and NOW trashy, crude and vulgar Madonna with her profusely Sacrilegious, Sexually and Religiously Offensive and Obscene Rebel Heart World Tour IN Singapore to corrupt more of our people, our young people and harm society!

Parents and sound-minded citizens, you have a duty NOT to sit on the fence or stay silent when you see our morals and values being eroded away by militant secularists and LGBT activists!”

Read full article at The Independent

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