Express yourself: why Madonna wants to tell her own life story

 

Now just turned 62, she is feeling reflective and ready to tell it, with a promising team of women behind her. Producer Amy Pascal for instance, whose credits include Oscar-nominated The Post and Little Women, and Donna Langley, chairperson of Universal Pictures and a key mentor for women in the film industry, who says that the biopic will present “the unvarnished story” of Madonna’s struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world.

Madonna also has a gifted co-writer in Diablo Cody (JunoYoung Adult). All the ingredients are there for a strong, female-driven feminist film about Madonna’s place at the centre of the 1980s pop industry, but recent posts on Twitter suggest she is having problems knuckling down.

Since August, she has posted regular updates of scriptwriting sessions with Cody – or rather Madonna lolls around on a gigantic white sofa cracking jokes while Cody sits with her laptop looking partly bemused, partly exasperated. Every so often Madonna asks key questions – “do we want to freak people out or be more accessible?”, “will the studios love it?” And perhaps the most pressing issue of all, “it’s going to be very challenging to cast this”.

Madonna’s nervousness is understandable – making a biopic about one’s life is a risky business. How much of her “unvarnished truth” is palatable, and how far is she prepared to go?

Biopics are an excellent way to sell an artist’s back catalogue, but if they are to be anything more than a sanitised jukebox musical, they need to capture the musician’s struggle and the essence of the scene that created them. Elton John was involved with Rocket Man, the 2019 biopic about his early years, and fought hard for the drugs references and gay male sex scenes to be included, saying:“I haven’t led a PG-13 life.”

The movie was well-received, but John kept his distance during filming (“I felt it would be uncomfortable for everyone to have the person the film was about lurking around,” he said). Tina Turner, likewise, rarely came to the set of What’s Love Got To Do With It, the 1993 biopic about her life starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, but afterwards felt ambivalent, saying she had been portrayed as a victim.

Madonna, by contrast, is doing the opposite. It has always been important for her to control her career and her mediation, and there is an autobiographical thread throughout her songwriting, so it’s not surprising that she wants to direct her own biopic. She also has directing experience, albeit with the mixed results of 2008’s Filth and Wisdom, and the 2011 historical drama WE. The challenge for her will be in letting go. Film-maker Carney James Turner recalls shooting an interview with her in 2014 for MTV Europe, saying she wanted to control everything – “the framing, her makeup, her facial expressions, the lighting. She’s a very strong lady with meticulous attention to detail. I’ve never encountered that before, not even with the Queen, who I shot at Buckingham Palace for a Duke of Edinburgh charity. The Queen was laidback compared to Madonna. It will be great if Madonna can trust the editorial process and the people around her, and let things run free.”

Another challenge for Madonna will be in choosing the stories she wants to tell, and how much of the chaotic energy and vulnerability of her early life she needs to portray. Then, as a director, how much freedom she will give the actress playing her. Fans will want to see the struggles and disappointments, and how Madonna found the strength to overcome those lousy moments.

In her famous 2016 Billboard Woman of The Year award speech, she anticipated the MeToo campaign by saying, face pale and eyes full of pain: “I stand before you as a doormat.” She spoke about being raped on a rooftop not long after she moved to New York, and of “constant bullying and relentless abuse” throughout her 30-year career, particularly after the publication of her erotic Sex book in 1992. “I was called a ‘whore’ and a ‘witch’. This was the first time I truly understood that women really do not have the same freedom as men,” she said.

Madonna sees herself as a survivor, as an artist who is here to “disturb the peace”. Some of her strongest work rides that faultline of artistic tension and commerce, particularly in her live shows, where past hits are reimagined with imaginative critique. One of her most powerful pieces was the X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS installation she created with photographer Steven Klein at the Deitch Projects in New York in 2003. It features film of an inspired moment of deconstruction. A pristine white wedding dress, like the one in her Like a Virgin video, sits on a tailor’s dummy. The dress is set alight and gradually devoured by flames, until there is nothing left but charred, blackened fragments of lace. Copyright on the entire exhibit was credited to Boy Toy Inc, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the 80s persona that she cheerfully destroyed.

I’m not suggesting that Madonna’s biopic will be as confrontational, but if she allows herself, she could create something surprising. That is, if she lets the elemental truth of that “untold story” resonate and fully emerge. That will require some nerve.

Lucy O’Brien is the author of Madonna: Like An Icon

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Madonna’s biopic will recount her terrifying rape at knifepoint at age of 20 (Sunday Mirror cover)

Madonna’s biopic will recount her terrifying rape at knifepoint at age of 20

EXCLUSIVE Madge, 62, will recount deeply personal and painful experiences including how, aged just five, she dealt with the death of her mother

With uncharacteristic understatement, Madonna tells fans awaiting her movie biopic: My life has been a rollercoaster.

The Queen of Pop invites them to prepare for an “incredible journey”.

We might – no, make that we will – need to fasten our seatbelts.

The highs are plenty. An amazing 40 years of chart-topping, tour-smashing, movie-making pushing of boundaries.

The lows are memorable, too, often for the darkest of reasons.

And we can reveal how the superstar will recount deeply personal and painful experiences – including the harrowing moment she was raped at knifepoint at the age of 20.

Madge, now 62, is also set to expose the ruthless, male-dominated music industry.

And the movie will reveal how, aged just five, she dealt with the death of her mother.

One friend said looking back on her life has seen the singer purge some demons.

The friend said: “Madonna has had one hell of a career. She has had a lot of highs, but she has also had a lot of crippling lows.

“She lost her mother to cancer when she was just five, something a child never gets over. But she turned her loss and pain into a creative force to be reckoned with.

“There will be some shockers, as that is just part of her DNA. This has been an incredibly cathartic process for Madonna.

“She is uncovering memories that have long been left dormant. She has done and achieved so much, so to have this time to reflect has been quite magical.”

For a month, Madonna has been trawling over cornerstone moments of her early life.

She told her fans: “I keep forgetting that I’m writing about myself… I can’t make s*** up! But in fact I don’t need to. The truth will set you free and also be devastating!”

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Music Turns 20

“This is the future of sound.” This was Madonna, talking to Billboard in August of 2000. She was describing the French producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï, her main collaborator on her new album Music — and, by extension, she was describing her new album itself. Madonna has a long history of making imperious and slightly ridiculous statements, and this one certainly seems like it belongs on the list. But she wasn’t exactly wrong.

Music, an album that will turn 20 tomorrow, anticipated a lot of things: Thudding big-room electro-house, aggressive vocal manipulation, ecstatic lyrical meaninglessness, acoustic guitars chopped up and refracted into unrecognizable shapes, joyous hedonism, robot voices, the half-ironic embrace of cowboy kitsch. Madonna didn’t invent any of these things, but most of them had been just about absent from mainstream pop music around the turn of the millennium. Madonna dove giddily into all of them, and many of those decisions would prove prescient. Looking back at the past 20 years of pop music, you will see a whole lot of Music. Maybe this stuff wasn’t the future of sound, but it was the future of something.

Music followed just two years after Madonna reinvented herself as a spiritual dance-music mystic on Ray Of Light, an album that at least gestured toward singer-songwriter profundity. Madonna had just become a mother and gotten interested in things like Kabbalah and Hinduism, and she sought to actively move past the plastic excess of her ’80s roots, working with the English producer William Orbit to find something softer and deeper. This was a canny move in a career full of them; Ray Of Light was a tremendous success. But two years later, Madonna made another hard pivot away from that, and her decision would prove just as canny.

Madonna had played around with the idea of touring behind Ray Of Light. Instead, she acted — first taking a role in Wes Craven’s Music Of The Heart, then dropping out of that and starring instead in the mostly-forgotten 2000 romance The Next Big Thing. Along the way, she got pregnant once again, and she spent her pregnancy working on a new LP. Madonna’s son Rocco was born a month before Music came out; she was five months pregnant when she shot the video for “Music,” the most recent of her 12 #1 hits. (Rocco’s father was Madonna’s future ex-husband, the British crime-caper filmmaker Guy Ritchie. Later on, Ritchie would direct Madonna in her “What It Feels Like For A Girl” video and in the disastrous 2002 flop Swept Away.)

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Madame X Tour illustrations

Originally posted by @stufishstudio:

On this day last year 17th September 2019 @Madonna opened her #madamex #madamextour @bam_brooklyn. Here are some of the illustrations created to explore the constantly evolving formations of the stage set. This Escher-Esque sculpture of staircases and levels was choreographed to make different worlds that were projection mapped, to allow the artists to tell the story of the many personas and worlds of Madame X. #stufishstudio #entertainmentarchitecture #productiondesign #projectionmapping

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Madame X Tour kicked off one year ago today!

Madonna kicked off her Madame X Tour at the BAM in New York one year ago today! 

For the first time ever Madonna performed her live show in a theater setting instead of the usual arena’s or stadiums. The show received mostly positive reviews and most attendees called it an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately not everything went as planned as Madonna ended up injured which caused for various postponements, cancellations and late starts. 

In the end the Madame X Tour was cut short by two nights due to Covid-19 while in Paris.

To read a personal report on the tour click HERE

Click HERE for our dedicated Madame X Tour page

Madonna recently confirmed in her Instagram live video that they have just started to edit the Madame X Tour DVD (which was filmed in Lisbon.) Unfortunately things have been delayed due to the ongoing situation in the world right now.

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UNIVERSAL PICTURES ANNOUNCES FILM BASED ON THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY OF MADONNA, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY THE ARTIST HERSELF

Madonna is Co-Writing the Original Screenplay with Academy Award® Winner Diablo Cody, and the Project will be Produced by Three-Time Academy Award® Nominee Amy Pascal

 

Richard Corman

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA—September 15, 2020—Universal Pictures today announced that the studio is developing an ALL-NEW untitled project based on one of the world’s most influential icons, Madonna, who over an indelible five-decade career has had a groundbreaking impact as a musician, actress, director, author and entrepreneur who informs every aspect of global culture, transforming our understanding of art, sexuality, feminism and the role of women in entertainment.

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Madonna will direct the project and is co-writing the script with Academy Award® winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully). Three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Pascal (Little Women, The Post, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the Academy Award®-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), will produce for her Universal-based Pascal Pictures alongside Madonna. Sara Zambreno and Guy Oseary will executive produce.

“I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying to make her way in this world,” said Madonna. “The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”

“Madonna is the ultimate icon, humanitarian, artist and rebel. With her singular gift of creating art that is as accessible as it is boundary-pushing, she has shaped our culture in a way very few others have,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. “It’s an incredible honor for everyone at Universal to work alongside her, Diablo, and Amy to bring audiences and dedicated fans around the world her unvarnished story for the first time.”

“This movie is an absolute labor of love for me,” said Amy Pascal. “I have known Madonna since we made A League of Their Own together, and I can’t imagine anything more thrilling than collaborating with her and Diablo on bringing her true-life story to the big screen with Donna and our partners at Universal.”

Madonna is a multi-award-winning artist, activist and humanitarian. Certified the best-selling female music artist in history, she has sold 335 million records worldwide and remains the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, Madonna remains one of the most awarded and critically acclaimed artists in history, with 658 prominent global award nominations and 225 wins. She has graced more than 4,700 coveted magazine covers worldwide. Generations of world class artists celebrate her influence on their lives, work and personal style.

Equally admired for her activism, Madonna is a freedom fighter and voice for the disenfranchised, fighting for LGBTQ rights, speaking out for gender equality and supporting orphans and vulnerable children through her non-profit organization, Raising Malawi.

Madonna’s success on the big screen includes starring roles in films Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992) and Evita (1996), which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Madonna’s 1991 cult-classic Truth or Dare was the No. 1 grossing documentary from 1991 through 2002. In 2011, Madonna made her theatrical directorial debut with the British historical romantic drama film she also co-wrote, W./E. She has also directed short films including Filth & Wisdom, SecretProjectRevolution along with Steven Klein, and created and produced the documentary I Am Because We Are about the children of Malawi.

Diablo Cody is the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of Juno. She also wrote and produced Jennifer’s Body, starring Megan Fox; Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron; Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep; and most recently Tully, with Charlize Theron. Cody created the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series United States of Tara with Steven Spielberg, which ran for three seasons on Showtime, as well as One Mississippi for Amazon with Tig Notaro.

Senior Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of Universal Pictures.

Madonna is represented by CAA and Maverick, and Cody is represented by WME, MXN Entertainment and McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.

About Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Kylie Minogue ‘Would Love’ To Collaborate With Madonna

Kylie Minogue joined Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM “Andy Cohen Live” show to discuss her upcoming album, Disco.

While this album doesn’t feature a collaboration with Madonna, Minogue said she “would love to” one day make that happen.

“I’ve long said that it would be great to do something with Madonna,” she added.

The Australian singer looked back at briefly meeting the “Like A Virgin” singer at the Met Gala.

“I went to say hello to her and we had a brief chat, the photographer got one picture, probably didn’t know who I was, and I think it’s her boyfriend at the time or friend that is blocking me out so the fans are going nuts,” Minogue recalled.

During the 2000 MTV Awards, Madonna performed wearing a shirt with Minogue’s name written across it.

One artist Minogue wants to work with again is Jake Shears, the Scissor Sisters lead singer and Minogue were set to have music together on Disco but COVID-19 put a stop to that.

 

She continued, “we were supposed to write together for this album, I had a writing trip to LA planned in March so of course that was cancelled. Otherwise, there may have been another Jake Shears Collab with me. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”

The two previously worked on Nervo’s “The Other Boys” along with Rile Rodgers.

Disco is out Nov. 6.

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Madonna’s Auto-Biopic Includes ‘Like a Prayer,’ ‘Devastating Experience With Pepsi’ & How She Met ‘Vogue’ Dancers

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Madame X is adding auto-biopic screenplay writer to her long list of titles, as the pop icon shared details about the movie telling her life story during an Instagram Live Thursday night (Sept. 10).

Oscar-winning Juno writer Diablo Cody has been accompanying Madonna in her quarantine hobby for the past few months, which they teased also involves Oscar-nominated Little Women producer Amy Pascal. Although the pair have yet to settle on a title for the project, Madame confirmed they’ve already written 107 pages of the script, which they said will likely translate to a two-hour film.

“So it’s kind of like a form of therapy. And sometimes I get confused and forget that I’m writing about me, and I start to refer to me as ‘she.’ That’s a bit weird,” the 62-year-old superstar said during her hour-long IG Live. “The focus is really about my struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world as a woman, and really just the journey, which has been happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad and ugly.”

Some of the pivotal pop star moments Madonna’s putting in the screenplay include writing her seventh No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Like a Prayer” with Patrick Leonard, “all the way to the end, all the way to the devastating experience with Pepsi,” she noted. The notorious accompanying visual directed by Mary Lambert in 1989 stirred controversy for involving scenes with burning crosses and Madonna kissing and later having an erotic encounter with a Black saint in the midst of stigmata and other religious imagery. Pepsi brokered a $5 million deal with the singer at the time that involved an advertisement playing the song, which the company immediately pulled following the video’s release.

The film also tells the story of when she first met Jose Gutierez and Luis Camacho Xtravaganza, the couplet of dancers from New York City’s 1980s ballroom scene whose involvement in her 1990 No. 1 Hot 100 hit “Vogue” launched the voguing monomania in pop culture. Madame described the scene where the two auditioned for her Blond Ambition World Tour as a “fun” one, which was previously filmed for the Madonna: Truth or Dare musical documentary in 1991.

“They were a very important part of my life for quite a while,” she recalled, to which Cody added, “There is some voguing in this film.”

Both dancers expressed their excitement about being included in Madonna’s untitled auto-biopic on Instagram today (Sept. 11). They posted the same video snippet of her IG Live on their respective accounts, as Gutierez wrote, “THERE IS THE MOMENT THAT I MET LUIS&JOSE” and Camacho wrote, “She was an important part of our lives as well!!”

Madonna confirmed she doesn’t plan on portraying herself in the movie, and fans suspect she has her eye on Primetime Emmy-winning Ozark actress Julia Garner after they noticed the “Like a Virgin” singer and her manager Guy Oseary followed the 26-year-old star on Instagram.

“It’s not a musical, but there’s a lot of music and there’s a lot of the actress who will play me singing my songs, but in places where she’s supposed to be singing,” Madonna explained.

Watch Madonna and Cody’s hour-long IG Live Q&A session below.

 
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Madonna reveals plot details for biopic movie: Andy Warhol, ‘Vogue’ dancers, Evita, more

Madonna has finally confirmed that the mystery project she’s been writing throughout quarantine with Oscar-winning Juno scribe Diablo Cody is in fact a movie about her life. In a Thursday evening Instagram Live session, the pop icon revealed extensive details about the film’s plot, describing its focus as “about my struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world as a woman, and really just the journey,” which she describes as a “happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad, and ugly” tale of the making of a superstar.

The 62-year-old confirmed the pair have so far written 107 pages of the script, which they said will likely end up with a two-hour runtime.

“We do talk about Andy [Warhol], and Keith [Haring], and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Martin Burgoyne and the whole coming up as an artist in Manhattan, downtown, Lower East Side in the early ’80s,” Madonna said of the project. “Honestly, [it’s] one of the best times of my life, and one of the worst times. I hope I can portray or express what a thrilling time that was for me in every way.”

It appears Cody’s signature wit and signature comedic edge will make their way into the movie as well, given that Madonna describes Warhol’s dialogue as “monosyllabic,” and scenes with Madonna’s sister, Paula Ciccone, as being tinged with “dry, sarcastic, ironic” bite.

Among notable moments in Madonna’s life that the current screenplay covers are her time filming the controversial film Evitawhich she reveals led to an unpleasant experience with Andrew Lloyd Webber during the production of the movie adaptation of his stage musical: “I think I had a few nervous breakdowns worrying that I was going to be fired every day,” she said, further revealing in response to a fan question that, “No, [Andrew] wasn’t, he was not nice to me. I’m not sure he even wanted me in the movie.” (In a statement to EW, a spokesman for Webber said: “She must have Andrew confused with somebody else. Andrew and Madonna had a very smooth and productive working relationship on the Evita film.”)

The currently untitled movie is set to feature scenes about the creations of some of Madonna’s most memorable works, including a “great scene of me writing ‘Like a Prayer’ with Pat Leonard, all the way to the end, all the way to the devastating experience with Pepsi,” she recalls, referencing the soft drink company infamously severing its sponsorship contract with the superstar after intense social backlash over the 1989 single’s religiously themed music video.

Madonna also promised a scene depicting her first meeting with Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza, two members of New York City’s Harlem ballroom scene that played a monumental role in the success of her 1990 smash song “Vogue” and the voguing craze the trio largely ushered into the mainstream culture.

Though the film will focus on key musical moments throughout Madonna’s life, “it’s not a musical, but there’s a lot of music, and there’s a lot of the actress who will play me singing my songs, but in places where she’s supposed to be singing,” Madonna said. Over the years, fans have speculated as to who could potentially play the singer-songwriter in an eventual biopic, and in recent weeks their focus turned to Ozark actress Julia Garner after it was discovered that both Madonna and her manager, Guy Oseary, had followed the 26-year-old on Instagram.

More official details on the Madonna biopic have yet to be announced, but you can watch the hour-long Instagram Live video with its creators in full above.

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Madonna Reveals Plot Details of Upcoming Biopic

In a casual, hour-plus Instagram Live on Thursday (Sept. 10), Madonna and Oscar-winning Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody discussed plot details of the movie that will cover her “struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world. Really, the journey, which has been happy, sad, mad, good bad and ugly,” Madonna said.

“We’re here writing a screenplay,” the singer affirms in the video. “It’s a story about my life. We’ve been working on it a few months, and it’s been a bit weird writing about me. I have to remember a lot of stuff that later on disturbs me, so it’s kind of like a form of therapy. Sometimes,” she admits, “I get confused and forget I’m writing about me, and start referring to myself as ‘she.’

 

The pair laugh about Cody’s small computer font and being dressed “like dominatrixes” before Madonna revealed she’d read the whole script the previous evening and wanted to work on a scene set in London involving her sister.

The pair discuss landmark moments in the icon’s career, including the “Like a Prayer” video and the now-tame-seeming scandal of Madonna’s skirt flying up on the first MTV Video Music Awards. The influential art legends Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, part of Madonna’s coming up as an artist in Lower East Side of Manhattan in the ’80s, are also mentioned.

Of those early days, Madonna says she hopes that she’ll be able to “portray and express what a thrilling time it was for me.”

The singer admits the writing process is not easy: “This whole journey, I often leave this room feeling like I’m suffering from PTSD. So much happened. “

Amidst the writing work and bantering, the duo also looked at some viewer comments. As Madonna read a comment about Cody, she blurts out, “oh my God, they’re feeling sorry for you!”

Cody objects, saying “everybody on here is completely fucking obsessed with you!”

The glimpse inside the writing process, including working on dialogue, concludes with Madonna saying, “let’s meet again” when the script is closer to done, over a “nice big glass celebratory glass of rose.”

The women then toast to all the “viewers, fans, foes,” promising to “see you soon.”

SPIN has reached out to Madonna’s reps for comment on the status of the film.

Watch the entire Instagram Live session below.

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Madonna in Q&A on Instagram Live video – short recap

So Madonna and writer Diablo Cody went live on Instagram tonight to discuss the current screenplay that will ultimately turn into a two hour movie about Madonna’s life.

Here are some of the things that came up

-Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring will be in the movie
-Donna and Niki will be in the movie
-The House of Xtravaganza and Vogueing will be in the movie, also spoke about Luis and Jose having played an important part in her life
-She doesn’t remember recording a track called ‘Tragic Girl’ (Rebel Heart) does remember ‘Bad Girl’ though
-The Breakfast Club will be in the movie!
-The goal is a two hour movie even though Madonna likes the idea of a TV series
-She can’t release the Blond Ambition Tour as she doesn’t have all the footage, just what was shown in ‘Truth or Dare’ and doesn’t want to release half a product
-Is currently editing the Madame X Tour DVD, got held up due to what’s currently going on in the world
-The movie will feature music but it won’t be a musical
-She’s currently at the EVITA era of writing things
-She spoke about her chihuahua’s and why she got rid of them (giving birth to Lola and taking care of her taking up all of her time)
-Pepsi / Like a Prayer controversy is in it
-She would like to record a new album, but nothing planned as she is too busy with currently screenplay, healing, being a mother and editing a Madame X Tour DVD

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Up and coming singer Max unveils past friendship with Madonna when he was 18

Working For The Weekend singer Max modelled alongside Madonna in a 2010 advertising campaign for Dolce & Gabbana. He recalls how the Queen of Pop seized control of the shoot – and him – to have things her way.

Up and coming singer Max has peeled back the covers on his secret professional relationship with Madonna.

The 28-year-old singer – full name Maxwell George “Max” Schneider – was just 18 years old when he was thrown in to the spotlight alongside now 62-year-old Madonna.

The pair starred in a string of campaign photographs for Italian fashion house, Dolce & Gabbana, which saw Madge take on the role of a housewife in a series of artistic photos.

High fashion snaps saw Max and Madonna striking a pose as they pretended to dance together – and other images saw them carrying shopping down a street.

 
Up and coming singer Max has opened up about his experience of working as a model with Madonna (Image: Handout)

Now 10-years-later, Max has explained the slightly odd relationship he had while working with music icon Madonna.

And it appears she decided to call the shots when it came to their dancing scenes.

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He recalled: “By the end of the day, she said, ‘Cancel the other shoot, just bring me and Max on the street and we’re just going to carry groceries’.”

The subsequent photo shoot was also captured by paparazzi on location of the campaign.

The snaps that emerged threw Max in to the middle of a media frenzy.

 
Madonna and Max featured in a 2010 Dolce and Gabbana advertising campaign

He said: “Next day, I woke up and the paper said, ‘Who’s Madonna’s new foetus boyfriend?’ The day was this surreal hang with Madonna.”

 

Max has since hung up his modelling shoes and is now a focused musician himself.

His new single, Working For The Weekend was released on Friday – while his upcoming album, Colour Vision, is due for release on 18 September.

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