Madonna and Miley are teaming up to promote creative expression.
It’s been revealed that Madonna has chosen Miley Cyrus as April’s guest curator for the Material Girl’s human rights awareness initiative Art For Freedom.
The Art For Freedom project is a vehicle designed to inspire artists to showcase “their artistic representations on the subject of freedom and human rights.” Each month, Madonna will fork over $10,000 to a non-profit organization that has been chosen by a featured artist.
“There has never been a more crucial time to participate and help create change in the world,” said Madonna. “I’ve been so inspired by people’s submissions since we began and I welcome Miley’s input along with her fans to express themselves artistically and to share their creative ideas on the subject of human rights and freedom of speech. Miley and I look forward to hearing your voices in the format of your choice throughout the month of April and onward.”
Miley also weighed in on the pair’s project partnership.
“Art can speak volumes – I’m glad to join Madonna in encouraging people to have their voices heard at artforfreedom.com,” noted Miley. “It’s an ideal home to see how each of us can participate in changing the world for the better.”
Miley’s not the first pop star to be tapped by Madge to guest curate the Art For Freedom project. Katy Perry took a turn as guest curator back in January.
From an article by ET Canada / photo: ZUMAPRESS.com/Keystone Press
Art for Freedom Has Received Over 7000 Submissions Globally Since Launching in September 2013
Madonna announced today that Miley Cyrus will be the guest curator for Art for Freedom for the month of April. Miley will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions which will be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Launched in September 2013, Artforfreedom.com was created by Madonna as a vehicle to inspire artists around the globe to share their artistic representations on the subject of freedom and human rights.
“There has never been a more crucial time to participate and help create change in the world. I’ve been so inspired by people’s submissions since we began and I welcome Miley’s input along with her fans to express themselves artistically and to share their creative ideas on the subject of human rights and freedom of speech. Miley and I look forward to hearing your voices in the format of your choice throughout the month of April and onward,” commented Madonna.
“Art can speak volumes – I’m glad to join Madonna in encouraging people to have their voices heard at artforfreedom.com. It’s an ideal home to see how each of us can participate in changing the world for the better,” stated Cyrus.
Cyrus and Madonna will select the winning artist’s submission at the end of April and will award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom.
Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.
Day turns into night. I wont give up the fight. Don’t want to get to the end of my days ……saying I Wasn’t amazed! #revolutionoflove
So impatiently fuckin waiting for this Madonna/Avicii masterpiece to drop!
Trying to sum up the ways in which Madonna — she of the cult coffee table books, wedding dress-writhing and Evian bottles — has influenced sex in a few sentences is absurd, but Sara Marcus came close in her 2012 Salon ode to her Madgesty, writing: “Her visionary assault on American prudery, her revelatory spreading of sexual liberation to Middle America, changed this country for the better. And that’s not old news; we’re still living it.”
From an article by the Huffington Post
Madonna is to direct her third film, an adaptation of Rebecca Walker’s debut novel Ade: A Love Story.
It tells the story of an American student who falls in love with a young Muslim man on an idyllic island off the the coast of Kenya before the clash of cultures complicates the relationship.
Walker, daughter of The Color Purple author Alice, will co-produce the film.
Madonna, whose previous films were WE and Filth and Wisdom, called the book “an incredible journey” last year.
After it was published in October, the pop star posted a photo of the book cover and the message: “Read this book! An incredible journey! A beautiful LOVE story!”
The romance will be co-produced by Bruce Cohen, who produced Silver Linings Playbook and American Beauty.
Madonna and the producers are now searching for a screenwriter to adapt the book, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Madonna’s last film was WE, about the relationship between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, which opened to several one-star reviews in the UK in 2011.
The Hollywood Reporter said WE grossed a relatively low $583,000 (£352,000) at the US box office. It failed to make the top 10 in the UK.
While promoting the film at Venice Film Festival in 2011, Madonna told BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz making it had been “a bloody nightmare”.
“There wasn’t anything easy about it, it was all a challenge,” said the singer, who made her directorial debut with 2008’s Filth and Wisdom.
Since WE, Madonna has concentrated on her music career, with a number one album MDNA and huge world tour. She was named the world’s top-earning celebrity by Forbes in 2013.
The 55-year-old trumped the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg to make an estimated $125m (£80m) from a combination of music, clothing and her fragrance lines.
The magazine said it was Madonna’s highest annual earnings since it began tracking earnings in 1999.
Madonna neemt voor de derde keer plaats op de regisseursstoel. De zangeres gaat het liefdesdrama Adé: A Love Story regisseren. Dat schrijft het Amerikaanse entertainmenttijdschrift The Hollywood Reporter.
Madonna, die eerder de films Filth and Wisdom en W.E. regisseerde, werkt voor de film samen met Silver Linings Playbook-producent Bruce Cohen. Het is nog niet duidelijk wanneer Adé: A Love Story uit moet komen.
De film is gebaseerd op het gelijknamige boek van Rebecca Walker, dat eind vorig jaar verscheen. Het boek, het debuut van de dochter van The Color Purple-auteur Alice Walker, vertelt het verhaal van een Amerikaanse studente die verliefd wordt op een moslim in Kenia. Walker is ook verantwoordelijk voor de productie van de verfilming.
Madonna is getting back into the director’s chair.
The performer, who last directed 2011’s stylish period romance W.E., is attached to direct Ade: A Love Story, an adaptation of the debut novel by Rebecca Walker.
Bruce Cohen is producing the indie adaptation via his Bruce Cohen Productions. Jessica Leventhal, the company’s director of development, and Walker also are producing.
Walker, the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker and civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal, wrote about growing up interracial and with mixed religions in her memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self.
In her debut novel, published October 2013, Walker creates a narrator similar to herself (the mother is Christian while the father is Jewish). The story centers on a 19-year-old American student traveling with a feminist companion in Africa who falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. Their hastily made plans to marry, however, get blown away by cultural and political forces.
Although very much a love story, many of the themes and subjects in Ade are those Madonna has touched upon in envelope-pushing ways at the height of her music career. Sex, religion, race, lesbianism all figure into the story one way or another. Already a fan of the book, Madonna also provided a blurb that appeared in promotional materials.
CAA is arranging financing. Madonna and the producers on the hunt for a screenwriter to adapt the book.
Cohen was a producer on Silver Linings Playbook and is working on adapting the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.
Madonna, repped by CAA, also directed the 2008 comedy Filth and Wisdom. The Weinstein Company released W.E., which, despite curiosity, only grossed $583,000 at the domestic box office.
Madonna is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Walker is repped by UTA, Anderson Literary Management, and Shep Rosenman at Katz Golden Rosenman.
When I told my deputy editor, who adores Madonna, that I was interviewing you he said, “Don’t ask him about Madonna — he hates Madonna!”
I don’t hate Madonna! That’s such rubbish. I mean I’ve said awful things about Madonna and I’m not proud of that at all — I’m really not proud of that because I didn’t know her. And like everyone, I’ve always secretly kind of been into her. I have a lot of her records and I think that really is the measure of what you think of someone. If I have like 5 or 6 singles of Madonna that I love, that makes me a little bit of a fan. I have a massive painting of her in my spare room that I got in the ‘80s from some shop on Broadway.
People do love to pit celebrities against each other.
There was a point where Madonna was just everywhere you looked and you couldn’t not comment! In the same way that it’s the same way not to have a comment about One Direction! They’re everywhere you look. And there was a point where Madonna was just everywhere, running around the park — she was just everywhere. And you can’t be that famous and not have people make comments, especially other people that are in your business. People are always asking me, “What do you think of this” and “What do you think of that,” but I don’t know her. I can’t see us ever being friends now but she’s going to be at this event that I’m going to tonight. I said to my friend, “If you can get a picture of me and Madonna, you’ll get a medal.” Can you imagine? I’d be really happy! It would be great to just have a photo with her and to fucking put this shit to bed. I don’t hate her at all!
From an interview by Huffington Post