Madonna lauds Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s documentary on Qandeel Baloch

PHOTO: BILLBOARD/PINTEREST

PHOTO: BILLBOARD/PINTEREST

Renowned filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has created a number of documentaries mirroring Pakistani society and her upcoming documentary on internet sensation Qandeel Baloch is being welcomed by all around the world.

International pop star Madonna shared an Instagram post lauding Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for her upcoming documentary on the slain star titled, Qandeel Baloch: A Very Short Story.

Sharmeen Obaid’s documentary on this Pakistani Olympian is awe-inspiring

“Proud to narrate my friend #SharmeenObaidChinoy’s latest film about Qandeel Baloch, the Pakistani social media star who was murdered by her brother in an “honor killing,” the post said.

Gaurav Gera pays heartfelt tribute to Qandeel Baloch

Madonna expressed her grief over Baloch’s untimely death but was glad to see the positive change her sacrifices brought to society.

“The Pakistan government finally just passed the #antihonorkilling bill, closing the loophole that allows killers to walk free! So good to see positive change happen in the world. Too bad Qandeel and so many others had to die first,” she added.

The Pakistani model, who was murdered by her brother earlier this year in ‘honor killing’ case is remembered for her bravery in an attempt to shatter chauvinism and achieve sexual liberty.

Several international artists have condemned her tragic murder praising Baloch for her strength.

Watch the trailer here.

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SEE IT: Prince, Madonna, The Jackson 5 and others who rocked Dick Clark and ‘American Bandstand’

“Music is the soundtrack of your life.”

Dick Clark helped introduce us to countless iconic musicians each week on “American Bandstand” — the hit TV show that rocked on for 37 seasons with over 3,000 episodes.

“American Bandstand” premiered on Oct. 7, 1952, but Dick Clark didn’t take over as host until 1956. (AP)
To remember the premiere of “American Bandstand,” which hit the small screens 64 year ago this week, here are some of the best — standard definition — performances, including an up and coming Prince, a young Michael Jackson and the birth of the Beastie Boys.

“American Bandstand” not only featured the King of Pop, but the Queen of Pop also had a performance for the ages.

Madonna sang and danced her way all over the stage in 1984 as she performed her hit “Holiday.” The singer owned her performance on the show and was able to capture the entire audience who sang and clapped along to the song with her.

The music legend would only get bigger after this live performance, but by watching the way she put on a live show you could tell she was heading for great things.

More at NY daily News

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Follow the official Instagram for upcoming ‘Emmy and the Breakfast Club’ documentary

Guy Guido, the director of the forthcoming documentary ‘Emmy and the Breakfast Club’ has set up an official Instagram account for the production. To keep up to date please follow the account here.

Guy Guido is a massive Madonna fan himself and promises that this documentary will be done with ultimate respect for her. It surely will be an absolute must see for every Madonna (and film) fan out there.

Photo: Guy Guido’s Instagram

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Production Profiles Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour (behind the scenes)

After a successful first leg in North America, Madonna brought her Rebel Heart tour to Europe with the goal of maintaining consistency across the board. TPi headed down to one of the pop icon’s London dates to meet the crew and discover the intricacies involved in such a mammoth production.

With today’s highest-charting artists locked in seemingly perpetual battle to concoct the most elaborate and breathtaking stage shows imaginable, gig-goers can be forgiven for setting the bar particularly high when it comes to production values. One artist that continues to push the envelope, driven by her famously exacting standards, is Madonna. After all, nobody becomes the ‘Queen of Pop’ by working in half measures.

The Rebel Heart tour saw Production Manager Jason Danter working with Madonna for the first time, taking over from road veteran Jake Berry. He explained: “We met in September 2014 when they invited me to do the tour. We kicked off in January with the Rebel Heart promo, which went to the Grammys first and then to the Brit Awards. However, it was really mid-February by the time we started working on rehearsals and sales for the tour.”
In something of a break from the norm, Danter was personally interviewed by Madonna for the job: “This is the first time I’ve been interviewed by the artist. I’ve had telephone conversations and I met Beyonce once when I did some work for her, but most of my work comes via word of mouth and is agreed with management.”

Conveniently, Danter was on a short break from another tour at the time. He continued: “Madonna’s management invited me to New York for the interview. There were three of us in the room; myself, Sara from her management office, and Madonna. We chatted for around 45 minutes during which she asked what other stuff I’d done, who I’d worked with, my work ethic, and how I keep people motivated.

“We seemed to hit it off. We joked and laughed a little bit and I asked her a few questions. Two days later I was back on tour, so I didn’t really give it much thought after that. About three weeks later I got the call saying Madonna was happy for me to do it, if I was still available – and the rest is history!”

It is clear from talking to Danter and his touring colleagues that Madonna is a perfectionist, and he was keen to point out that it didn’t bother him in the slightest.
He explained: “She puts in a lot of time, more than a lot of other artists. She’s toured for long enough to know how she wants things to go. She sound checks and rehearses every day just to get used to the room, we have to be ready to go by midday. To achieve that, we do 30% of the work the day before show day and the remaining 70% on the day. There have been times where we haven’t been able to do that and we’ve had a couple of buildings where we’ve started at 2am and worked through until 5am – something I wouldn’t recommend!”

The gruelling schedule requires 90 touring crew, as well as 45 vehicles comprising 13 buses and 32 trucks, making 135 people all together with drivers, and other local crew being brought on at each venue.

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New! ‘The Year Of The Monkey’ Rebel Heart Tour in Hong Kong 2CD digipack

A new factory silver pressed (but unofficial) 2CD digipack has been released onto the collector’s market. This Rebel Heart Tour release was audio recorded in the Asiaworld-Arena, Hong Kong on February 17, 2016.

This is an audience recording and contains the full show, the quality is very good throughout and a bonus track has been added to CD2 (Madonna’s performance of Nothing Compares 2 U/Purple Rain). The digipack folds out and comes with 2 picture CD’s and a booklet.

This is not an official release and falls under the category ‘bootlegs’. We do not have a copy for sale, nor do we have information on where to buy.

This had been added to our Rebel Heart Tour page in the memorabilia section.

The official Rebel Heart Tour DVD shoud be upon us soon!

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Madonna mulled over becoming nun or movie star

A job application from 19-year-old Madonna – hoping for a starring role in an erotic thriller – has drawn applause from literature lovers.

The teenager was a drummer in 1978 and keen to make headlines in the movies when she wrote a covering letter asking to appear in A Certain Sacrifice – her first film role.

She told first-time film-maker Stephen Lewicki that she knew she wanted to be “a nun or a movie star” by the time she was in fifth grade.

Madonna in the 1996 film version of Evita,.

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Madonna in the 1996 film version of Evita,.

The personal text, written decades before Madonna would go on to be the Queen of Pop, was read to an audience at the Letters Live evening in central London, an event which celebrates remarkable letters and the enduring power of correspondence.

Madonna states that her career began “in petulance and precociousness” in her home town of Detroit, Michigan.

Madonna states that her career began "in petulance and precociousness" in her home town of Detroit, Michigan.

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Madonna states that her career began “in petulance and precociousness” in her home town of Detroit, Michigan.

Madonna tells Lewicki that she did unfulfilling dancing tours in Italy, sang in a New Wave band, worked with a filmmaker and modelled for artists and photographers before being spotted by French record producers in May 1979.

She worked across Europe but did not really like it.

Paris had a “sterility” and so she headed back to New York to play the drums, take dance classes and wait for her 20th birthday.

Madonna signed off the letter with her personal detail – including her height at 5ft 4ins, her weight at 102lbs, plus stating she had brown hair and hazel eyes.

She got the part, the audience heard.

 – AAP

MU note: to read Madonna’s letter to lewicki, visit our A Certain Sacrifice page (memorabilia section)

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New Hound Dawg Music Issue 4 including Madonna articles by Chris Wade

hounddawgThe author of Madonna: On Screen and The Music Of Madonna has just released a new version of Hound Dawg Music Issue 4. It contains a load of Madonna articles including:

  • The art of being Madonna
  • George DuBose on photographing Madonna
  • Dean Gant on Madonna’s first album
  • Bruce Gaitsch on songwriting with Madonna
  • Lucky Star: Madonna and the female pop icons of the 80’s
  • Promise To Try: saluting Madonna’s ballads
  • The Sex era: Madonna in the early 90’s
  • and more

Order link here

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“Diary of a Set Designer” new book with unseen M polaroids

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Diary of a Set Designer is a book of Polaroids taken over 25 years by Happy Massee while traveling the world as a production designer. The photographic journal is a journey through time, with a collection of images taken with the now-defunct Polaroid camera–which, at the time, was essential to the art of designing for film.

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Damiani (September 27, 2016)
  • Language: English

More details on Amazon.com HERE

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Madonna is charging fans $150,000 to see her Art Basel concert this December

Madonna is charging fans $150,000 to see her in concert this December
Madonna is throwing a lavish party in Miami in December to raise funds for charity (Picture: EMPICS Entertainment)

Madonna is charging fans as much as $150,000 (over £115K) to see her perform in Miami this December.

However the Material Girl, 58, can justify the high price tag as it is all in the name of charity.

Madonna is the star performer at Art Basel Miami at Faena Forum on December 2nd with her show acting as a benefit for her Raising Malawi charity.

 

Only 400 guests will be able to attend the event with the cheapest tickets available at $5K (just under £4K).

Ticket prices go up from there and can include a meet and greet with the singer, and with the evening promising to be full of ‘music, art, mischief and a live performance with Madonna’.

The top price of £116K comes with a table for 10 at her gig, access for four to a VIP cocktail reception and photograph with Madonna.

The Raising Malawi charity vows to end ‘the extreme poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s 1.4 million orphans and vulnerable children,’ in the African country.

Updating fans with current projects in Malawi, Madonna (who adopted her daughter Mercy from the country in 2009) shared a photograph on Instagram of a pediatric hospital being built and urged fans to donate to the cause.

Madonna is charging fans $150,000 to see her in concert this December
Madge’s gig is all for a good cause (Picture: Getty Images)

Full details for the fund raiser in Miami this winter can be found by emailing tickets@raisingmalawievent.com – and there is an option to make a donation if the ticket price is too high.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2016/10/02/madonna-is-charging-fans-150000-to-see-her-art-basel-concert-this-december-6166896/#ixzz4M0jrCpGu

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Madonna reminds co-op that she’s the ‘Material Girl’

“Bitch, I’m Madonna!”

The pop superstar, fighting efforts by her Central Park West co-op to keep her family and hired help out of her apartment, argued in court papers that the tony building’s managers knew exactly whom they were letting in when she started living there in 2004.

“At that time, I was, and still am, a world-known performing artist,” the Material Girl sniffs in a Manhattan Supreme Court filing against One West 64th Street, which has objected to the comings and goings at a second unit she bought there in 2008.

“At that time, One West knew or should have known that I traveled extensively and owned other residences.’’

She adds that the building “is a place I call home. It is there that I have my cherished personal effects and property such as artwork, paintings, sculpture, special furniture and the like.’’

The “Bitch, I’m Madonna” singer is suing the co-op for trying to enforce strict residency requirements on who is allowed inside her unit while she is not there.

In new Manhattan Supreme Court papers obtained by The Post, Madonna and her lawyers say the board’s actions violate a state “roommate law” that “renders unenforceable lease clauses that attempt to restrict a tenant’s rights to use her apartment for her immediate family, a roommate and the children of the roommate.”

The filing suggests the singer doesn’t have time to be bothered with such legal shenanigans.

“Certainly such a requirement is ridiculous and impossible for almost any family to comply with, and certainly not someone with plaintiff’s itinerant schedule,’’ the documents say.

“To be sure, One West knew the plaintiff’s living, working, traveling lifestyle as a celebrated entertainer when she purchased the apartment; One West never objected,” the recording star’s lawyers claim in the papers.

Madonna said that the apartment is her primary residence.

“I would like to have my children and a domestic employee reside . . . with me,’’ she wrote.

Lawyers for building managers could not be immediately reached for comment.

Madonna has four children — Lourdes Leon, 19, Rocco Ritchie, 16, Mercy James, 10, and David Banda Ritchie, 11. She has been married and divorced twice: first to actor Sean Penn and then to British director Guy Ritchie.

Madge recently settled her custody dispute with Ritchie over their son Rocco, who skipped out on his mom while they were on her 2015-16 Rebel Heart tour in London and took shelter with Dad.

Additional reporting by David K. Li

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New! Madonna’s West End debut as Loren in ‘Up For Grabs’ back in 2002 (press, memorabilia, video, report, pictures and more)

Madonna’s leading part as Loren in the magnificent ‘Up For Grabs’ concludes our Theater feature.

Back in 2002 (happily married to Guy Ritchie) Madonna took on the leading part in the play Up For Grabs in the Wyndhams Theater in London, her West End debut. With low ticket prices this was an absolute unique opportunity for many fans to witness Madonna’s acting in person in a very intimate setting. Madonna first agreed to do matinees as well until she realized it conflicted with her studio time for upcoming album, people with tickets for matinees either received a refund or new tickets to a different date.

Our Up For Grabs feature includes:

  • Press – original magazine and newspaper scans
  • Memorabilia – signed programme by the cast, flyers, the soundtrack and more
  • Live Report – report on seeing Up For Grabs in person (written by Kimberly van Pinxteren)
  • Photo Gallery – our personal pictures of the play and Madonna’s arrivals/departures
  • Video – watch a fan video plus news report

Enjoy Up For Grabs!

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