Filmography presents: Madonna as Nikki Finn in Who’s That Girl (1987) – tons of rare memorabilia, press articles, videos & much more!

New in our Filmography, going back to October 1986 when Madonna started filming ‘Slammer’ later to be retitled to ‘Who’s That Girl’ as Nikki Finn. To this day, Who’s That Girl remains one of Madonna’s most well known movies. Even though at the time it wasn’t a big hit at the box office, it is still considered one of Madonna’s more ‘popular’ movies.

We have gathered a lot of rarities from our own collection in his extensive online Who’s That Girl gallery:

  • A ton of rare memorabilia including: original used cell and sketches from the animated intro, original premiere invite in New York, official lifesize display, 8mm video, screener video, rare foreign releases, unique presskits and rare Japanese promo cassette
  • loads of magazine and newspaper articles scanned, including some very early reports where they still called the movie ‘Slammer’
  • Videos! The original music videos to the singles Madonna released off the offcial soundtrack (Who’s That Girl, Causing a Commotion, The Look Of Love) and premiere in New York videos
  • View the original trailer
  • Buy the movie and soundtrack at either Amazon or iTunes

Enjoy reading all about Nikki Finn in Who’s That Girl….stay tuned for Hortense Hathaway in Bloodhounds of Broadway


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Review: Madonna brings a heartfelt, personal touch to her Miami concert

By now, Madonna’s fans know what to expect from one of her concerts: plenty of high-energy dancing, clever thematic vignettes, impressive stage props, colorful costumes and an eclectic set list that draws from highlights throughout her entire career.

Such a production demands precision, above all, with every performer having to know exactly when and where to be. There is precious little room for either improvisation or spontaneity, except for during carefully scripted moments (which kind of comically defeats the whole purpose).

But on Saturday night at a packed AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami, Madonna managed to deviate from the mostly rigid set list and staged theatrics of her Rebel Heart Tour to add a heartfelt, personal touch for her onetime hometown crowd.

The show – part of the global icon’s 10th major tour – was in support of Madonna’s 13th studio album, “Rebel Heart,” and the still-spry-at-57 megastar showed off her well-documented rebellious side from the start, opening with a salacious video of her in a sequined ball gown trapped in a cage while guards who looked like they were flown in straight from the Wicked Witch of the West’s castle marched onstage. Madonna then descended dramatically in a medieval-looking cage to perform her fun-loving new anthem “Bitch, I’m Madonna” while surrounded by sexed-up geisha girls.

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Review: Madonna at AmericanAirlines Arena

irty years after her first arena tour, a live performance by Madonna is still an event, a pilgrimmage for generations of the faithful.

And so on Saturday night, they came to Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena to worship, a parade of supplicants in search of transformation, regeneration and a party. They came in old Madonna tour T-shirts and new (“Bitch I’m Madonna), gray hair and gay hair, a parade of women defying the 56-degree chill in taut leather pants, and men in impossibly skinny jeans. There were nuns and cheerleaders,  even a random Pagliacci.  Everywhere the community documented its glee with the selfie.

And Madonna did not disappoint, her arrival (at a relatively punctual 10:25 p.m.) coming in a slow descent from the ceiling in a cage, landing among a menacing battalion of bare-chested soldiers. She exited her enclosure in flowing black and red robes to the tune of a new song, “Iconic,” as the video, featuring an angry Mike Tyson, unfurled on a massive video screen that ran the length of the stage.

It was a tone that would rule the evening: Plenty of theater, fashion and energy, and less skin than we are used to seeing from Madonna.

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‘Make a Wish’: Madonna interrupts Miami concert to serenade her daughter Mercy’s 10th birthday

She was performing for a crowded house in Miami.
But Madonna was more than happy to interrupt her own performance to celebrate her daughter Mercy’s 10th birthday.
The 57-year-old serenaded Happy Birthday to her little girl as she presented her with a light pink cupcake that was adorned with a lit birthday candle at the American Airlines Arena.


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Madonna’s ‘Blonde Ambition’ Dancers Tell Their Own Stories in New Documentary ‘Strike a Pose’

"Strike a Pose"
Madonna and her 7 “Truth or Dare” dancers

The Panorama main program of the Berlin International Film Festival which kicks off next month, includes “Strike a Pose,” a feature documentary from Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, which makes it premiere at the Berlinale.

The story courtesy of the filmmakers: In 1990, seven young male dancers joined Madonna on her most controversial world tour – her “Blonde Ambition” world tour. Their journey was captured in her rockumentary, “Truth or Dare.” As a self-proclaimed “mother” to her six gay dancers plus straight Oliver, Madonna used the film to make a stand on gay rights and freedom of expression. The dancers became paragons of pride, inspiring people all over the world to dare to be who you are. Twenty-five years later, the dancers share their own stories about life during and after the tour. What does it really take to express yourself?

The feature documentary was selected for the 2014 IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, which supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art.

In January 1992, three of the “Blonde Ambition” dancers – Oliver Crumes, Kevin Stea and Gabriel Trupin – filed a lawsuit against Madonna. The suit claimed that their privacy had been invaded during the filming of “Truth or Dare.” I suppose this bit of info will be addressed in “Strike a Pose.”

The “Truth or Dare” rockumentary followed Madonna on the road, behind the scenes with her “Blonde Ambition” family of backup singers and dancers, and is still considered groundbreaking for it’s candid, matter-of-fact depiction of the private lives of her seven dancers, six of whom were gay.

No trailer yet. But it’s a film that we’ll likely be writing more about in the future, as it travels.

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 11 – 21.



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Concert review: Madonna finally arrives in Atlanta – at nearly 11 p.m.

Thirty seconds.

That’s all it took for a sold-out crowd at Philips Arena to forgive Madonna for finally gracing us with her presence at 10:54 p.m.

In the hour prior, fans grumbled and groused, asking out loud, “Is she always this late?”

The answer: Yes, more or less. My review of her Nov. 17, 2012 concert at Philips noted that it began at 10:30 p.m. Still inexcusable, but since it was a Saturday, it was treated more as a party night.

And reviews of her other shows this week in Nashville and Louisville, Ky., pointedly castigated her for start times after 10:30 p.m. (even Reba McEntire, an attendee in Nashville, hit Twitter to call Madonna out for this unnecessary rudeness).

But in the seconds when Madonna descended in a cage for the opening “Iconic,” the grumbles turned to roars of approval and, until about 12:45 a.m. when many fans had to flee to ensure a ride on the last MARTA train at 1:15 a.m., the crowd stayed solid and standing, basking in the glow of their queen.

Good luck, Miami. You might see her by 11:30 p.m. for her show there on Saturday.

But hey, as long as this behavior is accepted and forgiven, Madonna will continue to disregard the fans – the very people who have turned her into a pop culture icon – without apology.

So, anyway… about the show.

Here are some things we learned:

Madonna thinks calling the city “Hotlanta” is endearing. OK, it served a purpose as a lead-in to “Burning Up,” complete with Madonna on black Flying V guitar, but the other times, not so much. No one likes the term. It’s stupid. Also, it was 40 degrees outside Wednesday night.

Madonna should know better than to call the city “Hotlanta” because, as she reminded the crowd halfway through her 2-hour-plus show, she wrote her 1994 hit, “Secret,” here with Dallas Austin. “We wrote it in the basement of a house on Peachtree,” she recalled. “It was a wonderful experience for me.” She played the song about a dozen times during the first leg of this “Rebel Heart” tour last fall, but it isn’t a set staple, so Atlanta did receive its special moment. Madonna also sounded terrific as she launched the song on acoustic guitar before her four-piece band broke in to guide its gentle thump.

Her need to marry the sacred and profane hasn’t waned. A pack of female dancers wearing nun habits and ruffled undies and swinging on stripper poles shaped like crosses accompanied “Holy Water” (which featured a languid snippet of “Vogue”), while “Devil Pray” had Madonna, in her black fishnets and thigh-high boots, climbing onto the lap of a gentleman donning a clerical collar.

Don’t think Madonna doesn’t care what people say about her. After “La Isla Bonita,” she and her dance crew gathered at the end of the long catwalk and slugged a shot of clear liquid. “Just trying to earn my new reputation as an alcoholic – as I drink shot glasses of water and throw them into the audience,” she said sarcastically, a defiant rebuttal to speculation that she was drunk onstage in Kentucky. “I’m kinda getting used to being misunderstood. It goes with the territory…Some of us give a (expletive) about explaining ourselves and some us don’t, right?” Strike up the rapturous applause and shouts of approval from the audience.She sprinkles her set lists with enough classics to keep longtime fans sated. No matter how worthy the songs on “Rebel Heart” (fortunately, our show included the album’s most potent track, “Ghosttown”), her devotees shell out hundreds of dollars on tickets because they still want to bounce to “Like a Virgin” (and she obliged them with a recast of the song decorated with a hip, electro-pop beat). Other highlights included a ukulele rendition of “True Blue,” which stripped the sweet song to its melodic core; a foot-stomping, hip-swiveling “La Isla Bonita,” (cue the fringed black and gold matador outfit); a sultry jazz take on “Music,” which quickly flipped back to its insinuating beat; and a cutesy “Material Girl,” during which Madonna covered her ears in mock horror at the sound of the “Li-ving in a material world” chant and cavorted with her tuxedo-clad dancers.

No human being could perform this show drunk. What Madonna is still able to accomplish physically, at 57, is simply astounding. No, the moves might not be as complicated or crisp as a decade ago, and toward the end of Wednesday’s show (well, Thursday’s at that point), Madonna did appear to start to wilt (join the club, lady) and detoured into a rambling discourse about marriage and love and other random topics. But her aerobic dance moves, sometimes in lock step with her taut team and sometimes solo, were fluid, fun and fierce.

So back to that absurd start time. Fan Mark Medlin from Roswell paid $400 for his seats, would be in for more than $100 for a babysitter given the extra time and had to leave early to catch MARTA. But he grinned and stood throughout the show, content with his first Madonna experience. In the hours before the concert, fan Laura Bechtel, who had driven from Macon and was spending the night in Atlanta, was nonetheless growing weary of the wait. “If she comes on and she’s awesome, then all is forgiven,” Bechtel said around 10:30 p.m. We checked in with her two hours later and were greeted with a giant grin. “It was well worth it.”

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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.



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.

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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

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”.

Business Standard

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


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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