In today’s edition of Belgian Gazet van Antwerpen a big feature on Madonna’s 60th birthday, including an interview with yours truly.
In today’s edition of Belgian Gazet van Antwerpen a big feature on Madonna’s 60th birthday, including an interview with yours truly.
In Bed With Madonna (aka Truth Or Dare) has finally been released on blu-ray in Germany.
|Originaltitel||In Bed with Madonna – truth or dare|
|Regie||Alek Keshishian, Mark Aldo Miceli|
|Darsteller||Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Harris, Luis Camacho u.a.|
|Filmdauer (min)||ca. 120|
|Soundsystem||DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0|
|Bildformat||1.85:1 (anamorph 16:9)|
According to Koch the film is available on the blu-ray in the German overdubbed version as well as the original English spoken film.
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As we celebrate Madonna turning 60 this week, let us remember that this is a woman who has no interest in nostalgia. In a recent interview with Vogue Italia, she said she would talk only about the present, which, to me, is the key aspect of who Madonna is: resolutely forward-driving. This is why she is so able to manage to a global, decade-spanning career.
When she collected her woman of the year prize at Billboard’s Women in Music awards in 2016, she said she stood before the crowd “as a doormat”. “Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.” This is genuine, rightful anger and ferocity. The level of ageism and sexism directed at her is femicidal, even matricidal, visceral loathing. When people say they want Madonna to age gracefully, what they really mean is: become beige, shut up and go into a corner. And she refuses to do that. Instead, she continues to produce brilliant, captivating and thought-provoking work.
We so often do not let women take credit for their own genius. Madonna has resisted that, mainly because she always overshadows the men with whom she chooses to collaborate. Nobody ever says Mirwais or Timbaland or Stuart Price made Madonna. Only Madonna could have made Madonna. But this is also from where the misogyny stems. She is bigger than any man she has ever encountered, professionally or personally. And people hate that.
It is impossible to talk about Madonna without talking about power. She is an athlete. I once read an interview where her trainer said she is so strong that he has to invent new exercises for her because she can’t feel exercises for mere mortals. Her muscularity is not about appearance; it is an indication of her mental strength and resilience. She is indestructible. But she has survived so long not just because of her talent, and not just because of her physical and mental strength. It is also that she is intelligent, professional and always engaged – she has seen the world, brought up children, worked in multiple fields. She is mentally alive and this is what keeps her searching, moving and creating.
So let us not reward Madonna for continuing to survive; let us appreciate her as an incredibly talented artist: a musician, songwriter, a dancer and a performer, a brilliant film-maker (W.E. is a beautiful, intelligent piece of feminist cinema). She sees herself as a creative artist, and we owe her the respect of seeing her that way, too.
Read more at TheGuardian
So for our third giveaway leading up to M’s 60 bday, we have the following:
These are official shirts, brand new and unworn!
To win send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, include your full address and the shirt of your preference. Don’t forget to include ‘Rebel Heart Tour shirt giveaway’ in the subject headline. Entries without address will be eliminated.
We will announce the winners on Madonna’s birthday. Please don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook so you won’t miss out on future giveaways (and other goodies).
Wow! We received a huge amount of entries to our The First Album Picture Disc RSD contest, through a random draw the following winner was chosen:
Congrats! Warner Music will make sure the disc finds its way to you.
If you didn’t win our second giveaway, stay tuned for our third coming up later today!
Madonna is featured in Het Parool on her upcoming 60th birthday, calling her the undisputed queen of pop!
Shot around the world and featuring a collection of live and behind-the-scenes footage, Madonna Rebel Heart Tour is packed with visual theatrics, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, featuring new hits and beloved classic songs spanning all decades of Madonna’s illustrious career, including Living for Love, Bitch I’m Madonna, Material Girl, Holiday and an acoustic version of Like a Prayer. (2016)
Friday August 17
23.55 – 01.55
REPEAT – Documentary charting Britain’s relationship with Madonna, examining the influence Madonna has had on British music and fashion, and how she provoked a debate over sexual and gender politics – inspiring a generation of women, whilst remaining a huge gay icon.
The film follows a group of fans on their journey to Barcelona for the first night of Madonna’s Drowned World Tour and finds out what Madonna means to them. Contributors include backing singer Donna DeLory, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rosanna Arquette, Mel C, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Hear’Say and Janet Street-Porter.
23.00 – 23.55
Madonna is hardly the first female entertainer to stay active while growing older, with singers as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Cher, Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks on stage in their 70s.
But Madonna – who entered pop culture at the same time as MTV – has embodied the cult of youth like few other artists and while others reinvented themselves or staged nostalgic comebacks, the Material Girlhas never gone more than four years without an album since her blockbuster self-titled debut in 1983. The title of a single off her latest album, Rebel Heart, summed up her unwavering attitude.
Freya Jarman, a music scholar at the University of Liverpool who co-edited a book on Madonna, said the pop star has already left her legacy, with younger artists such as Lady Gaga so evidently influenced by her. But she emphasized that Madonna was now demonstrating a new kind of relevance.
“As an aging, female popular musician who is still so much in the public eye, she is absolutely relevant,” Jarman said. “Madonna stands out in a way that she always has done, in that she has always been interested in creating a stir which someone like Cher, for my money, does not, really. Many stars seem to fade in and out of focus, while Madonna doesn’t.”
Throughout her career, Madonna has faced harsh commentary as she grows older. An ex-girlfriend of one of her former lovers, Brazilian model Jesus Luz, branded her a “ridiculous old bag,” while numerous social media users heaped scorn when Madonna locked lips on stage at the Coachella festival with the much-younger Drake. And tabloids have fixated on Madonna’s hands, one part of the body that can uncharitably betray age.
In a 2016 speech as she accepted an award from music magazine Billboard, Madonna said that society allowed women to be “pretty and cute “but not to share their opinions”. Describing unwritten rules of the music business she said, “Be what men want you to be. But more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men.”
She continued, “And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticised, you will be vilified, and you will definitely not be played on the radio.” The singer was likely referring to BBC Radio 1 declining to play one of her recent singles as it pursued a younger audience.
Madonna has persisted in her political outspokenness, delivering a fiery speech to last year’s Women’s March a day after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration, vowing that women would not accept “this new age of tyranny.”
Madonna has also challenged conceptions of motherhood, adopting four children from Malawi in addition to her biological son and daughter. The singer, who last year moved to Lisbon where one of her sons is attending a youth football academy, is marking her 60th birthday by encouraging fans to donate to her charity for children in Malawi.
Even as a mother, Madonna has pursued her relationships. The attention stands in contrast to the comparative societal yawn over older men who date much younger women, with still active stars Mick Jagger and Billy Joel both recently becoming fathers again.
Older women have also enjoyed growing prominence in Hollywood, but their love interests – especially as depicted in films – are rarely younger men. Among leading mature actors, Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give and Meryl Streep in Hope Springs both played in roles of rekindling romance with senior men.
A sociologist at the University of Washington in Seattle Pepper Shwartz, said that Madonna, along with aging Hollywood stars, was offering a new model for women of their baby boom generation.
“The baby boom, which has always been at the edge of trying to give new definition to gender, is trying to say that they’re not ready to be written off just because they’re older now.
More at Tribune.com
he Queen of Pop is joining forces with the Prince of Monaco for a very important cause.Madonna has been named one of the event chairs at the Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, a glitzy soiree being presided over by Prince Albert. The Monegasque royal and the musical icon has both put environmental causes at the forefront of their charity work and activism, so this seems like a match made in fundraising heaven!
“Taking care of the planet is incredibly important to me, so I am delighted to be supporting HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and his foundation,” said Madonna, who released the charity track “Hey You” for the Live Earth campaign in 2007. “The serenity and life of the oceans are under threat – we can make a difference now and should do everything possible to preserve it. The Monte Carlo Gala in September couldn’t be more needed to raise the money to help save our oceans.”
Madonna, who marks her milestone 60th birthday on Aug. 16, joins a star-studded roster of event chairs that includes Orlando Bloom, Goldie Hawn, Adrien Brody, Eva Longoria, Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Grant, Diane Lane, Robert F Kennedy, Andy Garcia, Olga Kurylenko and Chris Tucker. The evening’s co-chairs are some of the most beautiful women in the world, like models Karolina Kurkova, Sara Sampaio, Shanina Shaik, Karlie Kloss and Adriana Lima.
Prince Albert, 60, has long been an advocate for saving the sea, which he calls “our lifeblood,” and launched this gala last year to raise money for the cause. “Our living standards, economy and even our health depends on it. However, pressures from climate change and marine pollution are putting our ocean under severe stress,” he explained, adding that we can still turn it around. “I believe that there is hope, if we work hand-in-hand.”
Last year’s gala honoured Oscar winner and fierce environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio with The Award of the Albert Monaco Foundation and raised enough money to put in place 37 new marine conservation programs in different parts of the world, plus two programs to fight plastic pollution. The actor was also responsible for Madonna and Prince Albert crossing paths last year at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s fundraiser in St Tropez, where Her Madgesty performed a surprise series of hits to help raise $30 million for the planet.
More at HelloMagazine
Madonna covers The Sunday Mirror magazine Notebook out on August 12, the ‘ageless’ issue.
When Cher released her cover of ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” on Thursday (Aug. 9), it was only a matter of time before someone mashed it up with Madonna’s 2005 hit “Hung Up,” which samples the Swedish group’s classic.
Turns out, it took less than 24 hours: Toronto-based singer Alex Simpson took the liberty of creating a club-ready diva showdown, where the living legends interpolate over an euphoric soundscape.
“Gimme! Gimme! Gimee!” is the first release from Cher’s forthcoming ABBA covers album, due Sept. 28. Cher, who appears in the Mamma Mia! sequel, detailed her love for the Swedish pop group.
“After filming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking, ‘Why not do an album of their music?'” she continued. “The songs were harder to sing than I imagined but I’m so happy with how the music came out. I’m really excited for people to hear it. It’s a perfect time.”
Fans who pre-order the album will instantly receive Cher’s version of “Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).” Listen to the brilliant mash-up below.
More at Billboard
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Just added this official local crew t-shirt to the memorabilia section of our Drowned World Tour page.
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During an appearance at the 2018 Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles over the weekend, TV mastermind Ryan Murphy spoke about the future of his most recent series Pose, which was recently confirmed for a second season.
While the first season of the FX drama ended in 1988, we now know that the second season will jump forward a year to 1989, and will finish in March 1990, which is the month Madonna’s hit single Vogue – which took heavy inspiration from ball culture – was released.
Speaking about the relevance of Vogue in the upcoming second season, Ryan explained how “that song sort of took something that was unknown in the culture and made it mainstream” and said the show will explore how the characters react to this.
But will the Queen of Pop herself – who Ryan says he has a ‘good relationship’ with – make a cameo?
“I think the thing about this show thus far is the casting that we’ve done, we haven’t tried to do too much of my typical stunt casting and I don’t think we will. I don’t think that’s what the show is about,” he said in response to that question.
“But I always love to talk to Madonna. I don’t know how she’d feel about playing 1990 Madonna… I would say let’s talk to [writer, producer and director] Janet Mock about that.”
Set in 1987, the critically-acclaimed drama “examines the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York City: the emergence of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world”.
Pose made history by featuring the largest amount of trans actors in regular roles of any scripted TV series in history.
The cast includes: Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Angelica Ross, Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, Billy Porter, Charlayne Woodard, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllón Burnside and Angel Bismark Curiel.
While the show hasn’t been picked up for a UK broadcast yet, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it’ll happen soon – and of course we’ll be the first to let you know when it happens.
Watch the trailer for the first season of Pose below.