BMW “The Hire” Could Be Revived For The BMW i8 [Videos]

Sometimes the old tricks are the best tricks, and BMW is considering digging up their action film series to create viral chatter over their new i8.

It has been over 13 years since Clive Owen played the mysterious “Driver” who travels from place to place in a (presumably) rented BMW, as a transporter. However, what seemed like a cool premise was made even cooler by a power studded production crew and cast, including directors Ang Lee, Johns Frankenheimer, Tony Scott, Madonna, Gary Oldman, Forest Whitaker, Mikey Rourke, and Adriana Lima.

In 2007, BMW adopted a similar idea in a film series called Hammer & Coop, which featured a more comedic approach. While the parody was good, most would agree that “The Driver” was better, which is what makes the potential of a revived BMW series even more exciting.

These are speculations of what BMW is considering, so there is no confirmation if they will be able to snag Owen or any of the previous talent for another go at viral domination over the Internet. However, BMW has confirmed an action series will be rekindled in the near future, and we can only assume that their new i8 electric/hybrid car will have a starring role in a good portion of it.

In case you forget how great the 2001 “The Hire” series actually was, here are a few highlights:


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The five singles off MDNA in Holland

Any one that kept up to date with MadonnaUnderground during the release of MDNA, knows that Holland was the only country to get FIVE official singles off MDNA. 

Give Me All Your Luvin’ and Girl Gone Wild were the first two (so was it everywhere else), but Universal Music Holland decided to release Love Spent as a third single in Holland. The single was added to one of Hollands’ most popular radio stations Radio 538 in the maak het of kraak het category (make it or break it) where people can vote, if they like it or not. Unfortunately it was ‘broken’, people didn’t like it. Therefore little airplay….leading to a non charting single. 



Next Universal Music Holland sent Masterpiece to Dutch radio for airplay and announced it as the official fourth single, just before the MDNA Tour hit Amsterdam. The single was released in order to promote the 2 shows in Amsterdam. Unfortunately no commercial success for this one either. The last official single off MDNA was Turn Up The Radio.

For all the official singles in Holland, in-house promo CD’s were pressed with picture insert and sent out to radio for airplay. These promo cd’s are 100% official and have not been bootlegged. They sometimes pop up on Marktplaats, Dutch ebay or Dutch record fairs. Usually Dutch DJ’s that no longer play the promo singles, give them to record dealers and that is how they end up on the market. Although none of these were intended for sale and a lot have been recalled by Universal Music Holland.

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New Waterford man describes dancing with Madonna as ‘life-changing experience’

NEW WATERFORD — A former New Waterford man whose dream came true when he danced with Madonna on Tuesday night described the night as “electrifying.”

“There was like a roar of thunder going through the place —like a wave, like the entire atmosphere was on fire,” said Blair Boudreau.

“There are very few human beings that can actually cause that level of excitement when they walk into a room.

“It was pretty incredible, once in a lifetime — a life-changing event.”

Boudreau, a flight attendant with Air Canada, was one of about 30 members of the Hard Candy Fitness centres Madonna co-owns around the world — including Russia, Chile and Switzerland — who won dance competitions, landing the opportunity to be led in a fitness class with Madonna during the grand opening of the new Toronto club.

Boudreau said Madonna arrived at the club at about 8:30 p.m.

“We were waiting in the studio doing warm-ups with her personal trainer,” he said.

“Then they announced a 30-second warning to clear it of equipment.”

He said hundreds of people lined the streets at the security entrances to the fitness centre and hundreds were inside the club.

“Members could be in the main gym area but they had to sign up for a special bracelet to even get close to the event.”

He said Madonna walked the red carpet, which went the entire length of the gym.

Boudreau said when the music icon walked in the studio, the room exploded.

“We were standing and cheering and jumping,” he said. “There was high, high electric energy in the room.”

Madonna told the group she had broken her foot in Switzerland. He said Madonna lead the cardio-based Addicted to Sweat class to high-energy house music that she actually works out to.

“I’m telling you the injury didn’t slow her down. She kicked ass, there wasn’t one person in the class who wasn’t dripping in sweat at the end of it.

“My shirt was so heavy with sweat it was hanging off me at the end of it. She looked fresh as a daisy.”

He said the night went well but some people behaved poorly.

“I couldn’t believe what they were doing to try to get near her. People were trying to break past security and trying to get into the room while we were there — security was tight though.”

Boudreau said after the approximately 40-minute workout that included 12 dances, Madonna addressed the group as a whole.

“She was saying, ‘How’s that Toronto? What do you think?’

“We were all screaming back the Hard Candy motto ‘harder is better.’ She’d say, ‘I can’t hear you,’ then we’d start screaming it harder and louder.”

Boudreau, a 30-year fan, said Madonna is even more beautiful in person.

“Her skin was flawless, she is very tiny — ageless, young and fit.”

This is the eighth Hard Candy Fitness that Madonna has opened across the world and the first in North America.


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Madonna shirt at River Island


This oversized Madonna shirt is available now at River Island

€25.00 Show some love for the Queen of Pop in this vintage-inspired monochrome Madonna print boyfriend tee. Featuring an oversized fit, crew neck and short rolled sleeves.

Product no: 654170

Product no: 654170

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Why Madonna Won’t Work Out to Her Own Music

Music makes the people come together, but Madonna won’t be requesting her own songs from Mr. DJ anytime soon.

“I hate my music!” the icon told ET Canada in an upcoming interview. During a segment on the 55-year-old’s exercise regimen, host Roz Weston asked about the best Madonna song for working out. Her reply may shock fans.

“I’m sick of it – like turn it off!” she exclaimed.

Of course, the Material Girl was exaggerating: Madonna clarified that though she loves her work, she’s grown weary of hearing it play over and over again. Given her more than 30 years in the business and constantly evolving style, it’s hard to blame the pop star for wanting to keep things fresh.

Still, that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate different takes on her tunes.

“Remixes are good!” said Madonna, who recently collaborated on a mash-up with Miley Cyrus for MTV’s Unplugged. “Remixes of my music are good because they reinvent them.

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Madonna leads class at Toronto’s Hard Candy Fitness

By: Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, Published on Wed Feb 12 2014

She’s come a long way, baby.

On Tuesday night, Madonna was greeted by hundreds of screaming fans who braved the sub-zero weather on Yonge and Gerrard Sts. to greet the Material Girl as she swept into the Toronto branch of her international Hard Candy Fitness chain, to shake her butt for the press, lead 30 hand-picked gym members in a class and declare the facility officially open.

“But what am I doing here anyway?” she asked the Star during an interview following her red carpet walk. “Didn’t they try to arrest me here?”
She was referring to the infamous moment on her Blond Ambition tour, immortalized in the 1991 documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare, when she’s told the Toronto police are going to stop the show and take her into custody if she simulates sex acts while singing “Like a Virgin.”
But on those nights in May 1990, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone called authority’s bluff and her show went on without any interruption.
“I’m not going to be masturbating during my workout tonight,” she grinned slyly, “or simulating masturbation, so I guess it’s cool. Yeah.
“I think Toronto’s finally learned to accept me.”

The 55-year-old superstar looked glam, if a bit weary around the edges, in a slinky black blazer-skirt ensemble from the Canadian design team of Dean and Dan Caten, known more prominently as DSquared2.

A trademark black bustier kept her cleavage front and centre while a reasonably discreet crucifix nestled underneath. Her left ankle was taped due to an injury variously attributed to a mishap during dance and/or exercise, although to Madonna they’re often one and the same, with her patented dance workout called “Addicted to Sweat.”

“If dancing wasn’t a part of Hard Candy Fitness, I wouldn’t be here,” she said, speaking of the chain whose Toronto opening joins the roster of locations in Berlin, Mexico City, Moscow, Rome, Santiago, St. Petersburg and Sydney.
“That’s what makes my gym different from everybody else’s.”


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Skincare Line Produced by Madonna In Collaboration with MTG, Japan’s Leading Beauty Company

Michelle Peck, Skin Care Artist and Madonna’s Personal and Professional Skin Care Advisor and Brand Ambassador Introduces MDNA SKIN on February l2th.

‘MDNA SKIN’ the new innovative and revolutionary skin care brand created by Madonna in collaboration with MTG, Japan’s leading beauty company is scheduled to open in Omotesando for a limited time beginning Thursday, February l3th thru Sunday, February 23rd between 11:00 and 20:00. This will be the exclusive location to buy ‘MDNA SKIN’ in the world.

The brand’s goal is to challenge women and their awareness about the art of beauty and skin care.

The state-of-the-art treatment system consists of three components:

The clay oil therapy inspired CHROME CLAY MASK, made with a base of clay from Montecatini Terme in Italy, which performs multiple functions that enrich the skin.

The SKIN REJUVINATOR – the specialized Magnetic Force and Deep Derma induction system devised to remove impurities and revitalizes the skin.

THE SERUM is based on an original formula that was created exclusively for Madonna. It creates a glowing effect when used alone and is further enhanced when used with the CHROME CLAY MASK and SKIN REJUVENATOR.

Using these products routinely as part of daily skin care regime creates firm, resilient and radiant skin overflowing with energy after every use.
MDNA SKIN POP UP STORE consists of a sleek black 1st floor which will give customers the opportunity to see, feel and experience the products and enjoy the multiple screen projected visuals. The 2nd floor will be the VIP area and the location for special events. The exterior walls will be decorated with Madonna’s image as well as expressing the world of MDNA SKIN.

MDNA SKIN will be available at selected department stores in Japan on February 26th.

More detailed Product description as previously written:
The SKIN REJUVENATOR is a beauty device concentrated with the world’s most sophisticated beauty technologies obtained through collaborative research with leading scientists in a sleek, streamlined body. Magnetic Force draws out and instantly removes impurities in the skin to revitalize it, while exclusive Deep Derma Induction combines different pulses to effectively permeate beauty nutrients. The Dual Energy System created by dual heads having separate functions leaves the skin fully revitalized and radiant.

The CHROME CLAY MASK is made with a base of clay from Montecatini Terme in Italy, one of the world’s most prominent health, wellness and beauty centers, formulated with meticulously selected botanicals and nourishing ingredients including artichoke, white willow, EGF derivative and vitamins B and C, which create even textured, flawless and glowing skin.

In our unique technique, the mask thoroughly lifts off impurities from the skin while leaving beauty ingredients behind in the skin. The mask thus simultaneously removes impurities while providing beauty ingredients to leave the skin instantly nourished and radiant.

THE SERUM is the only serum which captures MADONNA’s essence by the perfect merge between the heightened sensibility and cutting-edge technology. The dual function serum protects the radiance and moisture in the skin for hours, and it enhances the skin from deep within by blending meticulously-selected beauty ingredients derived from botanicals including PhytoCell Tec Malus Domestica, and vitamins A, B and C and three different hyaluronic acids in a never-before-utilized mathematical proportion. This exclusive formula maximizes the potential of each ingredient for flawless skin.

Price List:

MDNA SKIN CHROME CLAY MASK 100ml: 21,000 yen

MDNA SKIN THE SERUM 50ml: 24,000 yen

MTG Description:
Company Name: MTG Co., Ltd.
Established: January 1996
President: Tsuyoshi Matsushita
MTG No.2 Hikari Bldg. 4-13,Honjindori,Nakamura-ku,Nagoya,453-0041,Japan


DATE: 2/13 (Thu) ~ 2/23(Sun)
OPEN TIME: 11:00 ~ 20:00
5-11-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5 minute walk from Omotesando Station, Exit A1
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line

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Source: MTG / images: VOGUE

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Madonna at Hard Candy Fitness launch in Toronto – slideshow

TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 11: Madonna arrives at the Hard Candy Fitness Toronto Grand Opening celebration on February 11th, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) 2014 George Pimentel

TORONTO, CANADA – Tuesday February 11, 2014. Madonna arrives at the opening of her gym, Hard Candy Fitness in Toronto. Sean O’Neill / Pacific Coast News Photo


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