Madonna’s ‘Bedtime Stories’ still radiates with sensuality, defiance (Review)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – There was a time, even during the peak of her stardom, that Madonna was behind the times.

1994-bedtime-stories.jpgMadonna – “Bedtime Stories”

By the mid 1990s, the shock and awe of her sexual subject matter had been dwarfed by the hard-hitting beats of R&B, hip-hop and, eventually, electronic music. What’s was a mega pop-star to do?

Michael and Janet Jackson (perhaps Madonna’s only two equals at the time) had already faced such a dilemma head on. The latter was busy perfecting her work with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, peaking with 1993’s pop-R&B fused “Janet.”

Meanwhile, MJ found himself not only trying to match his sister, but also attempting to join the wave of New Jack Swing, which he accomplished with 1991’s masterful “Dangerous.”

Now it was Madonna’s turn. Enter “Bedtime Stories,” an album often overlooked because it was sandwiched between her most controversial work (“Erotica”) and, arguably, her best (“Ray of Light”).

“Bedtime Stories” arrives on heavyweight vinyl for the first time on Aug. 16 (You can order it on Amazon Friday). The album, which sold more than 7 million copies, is best remembered as Madonna’s response to the changing sonic landscape and a post “Erotica” backlash from the morality police.

Yet, if “Bedtime Stories” was Madonna dialing things back, it certainly came with a backhanded smack across the face. “Oops, I didn’t know I couldn’t talk about sex,” she sings on “Human Nature.” “And I’m not sorry.”

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New in Filmography: Madonna in tour doc ‘I’m Going To Tell You A Secret’ exclusive facts, memorabilia, reports and various videos!

After the incredible ‘Truth Or Dare’ Madonna felt it was time for a brand new ‘tour documentary’, documenting how her life was now and how much it had changed. She was now a married woman, she was a mother and kaballah had a massive influence on her.

During the fantastic Re-Invention Tour where Madonna sang a lot of her greatest hits as well as some tracks from her recent ‘American Life’ album, two separate crews shot hours and hours of footage. Even though originally much too long the final film was reviewed by Madonna who thought it was fantastic. They didn’t know whether to make a mini-series or release it as a two part film, in the end they decided to cut its length so it could be shown in movie theaters. Unfortunately the planned screening at the Cannes film festival never happened.

The film was quite a change from ‘Truth Or Dare’, although the behind the scenes footage was also shot in black/white and the live performances in color, Madonna was just a completely different person to watch.

We have gathered a lot for you in ‘I’m Going To Tell You A Secret’ in our Filmography:

  • exclusive facts
  • Press articles
  • Memorabilia – includes premiere invite, premiere ticket, goodie bag and premiere promo poster, various releases of the documentary
  • Videos – various videos on the film
  • Premiere video – MadonnaUnderground exclusive video of Madonna’s speech at London premiere
  • Live reports – read our live reports on the Re-Invention Tour and about attending the London premiere
  • Our gallery – view various pictures of the London premiere as well as the Re-Invention Tour
  • Watch the trailers
  • Buy the film

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Madonna’s official makeup artist talks exclusively to Professional Beauty!

With a background in painting and photography and a degree in linguistics, Aaron Smith Henrikson is not your average makeup artist. No wonder then that he has been plucked from the high fashion world into the close-knit team of one of the world’s most enduring megastars.

As Madonna’s official makeup artist, Smith Henrikson talks exclusively to Professional Beauty about his favourite Madonna makeup creations, life on the road, and what it’s like living the dream.  

 

Aaron Henrikson doing Madonna's make up for Rebel Heart Tour

Aaron Smith Henrikson doing Madonna’s make up for her Rebel Heart Tour.

 

You are the official makeup artist for Madonna. What is it like working with such an iconic and incredibly gifted person like Madonna?

Literally a dream come true and one of the greatest learning experiences of my life!!! Madonna not only has a gift for recognizing talent, but really shares her experience and knows how to bring out the best in others and help them reach their full potential.

 

What was your inspiration for Madonna’s makeup looks throughout her Rebel Hearttour?

The show was divided up into thematic sections, so I had to create something that could quickly flow from one into the next. Madonna opens the show with tightly choreographed battle scenes and I really wanted to underline her strength and power while doing something different from previous tours by sculpting a fierce warrior brow combined and combining it with some classic Madonna beauty elements. The bold brow flowed easily into the 1950s teddy-boy/Rockabilly inspired section. The lips flowed from a wine stain to a more defined deeper scarlet for the (third) Spanish section and finally to a classic iconic red for the Parisian 1920s-themed finale.  For this final act I also added some sheer pink camellia blush and a golden glossy lid.

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2016 Gets Stranger: A Madonna Movie Festival Is Happening Soon

There has been plenty of speculation that 2016 is the craziest year yet for all kinds of political and global security reasons.

Now Heat Street brings you conclusive proof that it is so: There will be a Madonna Film Festival happening later this month at a leading New York movie theater.

Yes even though the ‘Queen of Pop’ is known for never having cracked film and has won five worst actress Razzie Awards, New York independent cinema the Metrograph, which usually specializes in screening classic films, has announcedBody of Work: A Madonna Retrospective. The festival is happening from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1 in downtown Manhattan.

Madonna: Truth or Dare is showing for a week at the movie theater, which makes sense because it’s a revealing documentary on Her Madgesty’s Blonde Ambition tour. The tour is celebrating its 25th anniversary.  Chelsea Handler will apparently be on hand to do a Q&A with the doc’s director, Alek Keshishian, for its premiere screening at Metrograph on Aug. 26.

But this strange cultural situation gets even wackier when you look at what Metrograph is and isn’t showing as part of its Madonna fest.

For some reason they aren’t screening Evita, the lavish Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical adaptation that won Madonna a Golden Globe. Also missing are Swept Away and Shanghai Surprise, the ill-fated collaborations with her ex-husbands Guy Ritchie and Sean Penn.

But you can see Who’s That Girl, the 1987 comedy that helped kill the screwball comedy, risible 1993 erotic thriller Body of Evidence, and Dangerous Game, Abel Ferrara’s obscure drama, also from 1993, which had precious few players. (More predictably, Metrograph is showing her fun turn in Desperately Seeking Susan, the 1985 cult comedy that misleadingly indicated Madonna would enjoy a bright cinematic future.)

Madonna’s acting talent—or lack thereof—was much discussed in pop cultural circles during the 1980s and 1990s before she switched her film focus to directing. Perhaps for the best, the Metrograph isn’t showing Filth and Wisdom or W.E.,  the two ill-fated movies she has made in the last decade.

Metrograph seems aware they are not showcasing great acting competence during the final week of August. “She is the auteur of her singular oeuvre,” the theater says in its official literature, “both the Svengali and muse of her enigmatic persona.

“Her calculated, cohesive canon embodies a 20th Century Narcissus who elicits adoration and antipathy equally. Ultimately, the most captivating role she ever plays is Madonna.”

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Car Formerly Owned by Madonna Featured Among Incredible Classics at Historics at Brooklands, Online with Proxibid

OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Proxibid, the world’s most trusted way to connect buyers and sellers of highly valued items, will provide online bidding for Historics at Brooklands Summer Classic Car Auction, taking place Saturday, August 20 at 10:30 AM BST in Weybridge, Surrey, UK. Online bidding is already available by visiting Proxibid.

“From classics to exotic sports cars, we again expect interest from buyers around the world, and Proxibid’s online bidding system makes it easily accessible to those who cannot attend the auction live.”

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In the Summer Classic Car Auction, buyers will find more than 130 lots of celebrity rides, rare classic cars, as well as and classic motorcycles modern supercars, and more across a wide range of eras, marques and values. One celebrity vehicle sure to excite collectors in both the U.K. and U.S. is a 2002 Mini Cooper S hatchback formerly owned by Madonna and Guy Ritchie for use at their London residence. The automobile is not only a collectable, low mileage Mini Cooper S, but one owned by a superstar making it the perfect investment piece for any collector.

Presented at the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, the Brooklands Museum, the collection promises to be as exquisite as the venue in which it is presented. Buyers will have the opportunity to participate from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, where the excitement of the auction will be transferred to your home or office through Proxibid’s best-in-class online bidding application.

While each vehicle in the collection is interesting, rare, and highly desired, some of the auction highlights will include:

  • 1934 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Roadster: Estimated at £160,000 – £200,000, this pre-war beauty is a bespoke vehicle, dubbed the “Ian Pitney Special.” Featuring a redesigned body with hand-beaten aluminum coachwork, there is only one car like this in existence.
  • 1958 Jaguar XK150 Fixed Head Coupe: No expense was spared in restoring the vehicle to excellent condition. The fine example is offered with a fully documented history and carries an estimate of £36,000 – £44,000.
  • 1978 MV Agusta Magni 861: This exceptionally rare and collectible motorcycle has just 35,000 km (21,000 mi) showing and carries an estimate of £55,000 – £65,000. It was once owned by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd.
  • 2000 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR V-Spec: Sure to be popular vehicle in the Summer Classic, the Nissan offered for sale is one of the best examples available today. The highly desired Bayside blue color and blisteringly fast twin turbo engine makes it a candidate for any collector’s shortlist.
  • 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL Roadster: The iconic 250 SL is pure bred sports car, but with the comforts for a Sunday drive. This superb example is estimated between £38,000 – £45,000.
  • 1993 Ferrari F512 TR: The next generation of the Testarossa, the 512 TR is features a 5 litre, 12-cylinder engine, making it a thrill to drive. The example offered for sale is exceptionally well presented in Ferrari Rosso red with black leather interior, estimated between £88,000 – £108,000.

“There is something for everyone at the late summer classic car and motorcycle auction,” said Edward Bridger-Stille, Auction Director of Historics. “From classics to exotic sports cars, we again expect interest from buyers around the world, and Proxibid’s online bidding system makes it easily accessible to those who cannot attend the auction live.”

Bidding online is more secure than ever because of Proxibid’s state-of-the-art risk management system, designed to ensure buyers are safe when purchasing online. The renowned fraud prevention system makes Proxibid the most trusted place to buy classic cars on the Web.

For more information about this auction, to view the auction catalog or to place a bid, please visit www.proxibid.com/historics.

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About Historics at Brooklands
The specialist UK auction house, Historics at Brooklands was established in March 2010, by private investors, to provide a highly knowledgeable and professional resource for the sale of fine quality classic and collector cars and motorcycles

With its permanent home at Brooklands Museum, the UK birthplace of motorsport and aviation Historics aims to be representative of the breadth of the classic community, hosting major sales at the evocative Brooklands location, with a balanced consignment of interesting, fine classic vehicles of many eras and values. All staff are highly experienced within the classic vehicle sector, and are themselves classic owners and enthusiasts.

For full results of Historics auctions, visit www.historics.co.uk.

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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1992, Madonna Won Gold Atop the Hot 100

The Olympics-themed “This Used to Be My Playground” bested all competitors for No. 1. Plus, remembering feats by Stevie Wonder, Richard Marx and Sonny & Cher.

Aug. 8, 1992
Twenty-four years before the Games in Rio … Olympic memories: Madonna‘s “This Used to Be My Playground,” from the Olympics-themed 1992 album Barcelona Gold, finished first on the Billboard Hot 100.

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New in Filmography: Madonna stars in Will & Grace ‘Dolls and Dolls’ episode, pictures, memorabilia and more!

Continuing our Filmography…..

After Madonna’s cameo in ‘Die Another Day’ and being responsible for its theme song, Madonna was asked to star in an episode of US TV sitcom ‘Will & Grace’. Madonna wasn’t familiar with the show so she asked for some episodes to view. She found them hysterical and immediately agreed to the part of ‘roommate seeking nutcase’. She needed to wear a blond wig for the part (very obviously a wig unfortunately) as at the time Madonna’s hair was back to its original color.

We have compiled a few facts for you as well as:

  • Press articles
  • Memorabilia (including original US promo video)
  • Original press pictures
  • Watch a news video on the episode
  • Buy!

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Oliver Crumes III & Carlton Wilborn to be on the ‘Aids Fonds’ boat during the canal parade in Amsterdam

This weekend Oliver Crumes III and Carlton Wilborn, stars of the Dutch ‘Strike a Pose’ film will be guests on the Aids Fonds (Aids fund) boat during the canal parade in Amsterdam. They will perform to ‘Protect Yourself’ a parody to THE song from the Blond Ambition Tour ‘Express Yourself’. Madonna impersonator Melissa Totten will be singing this and other Madonna songs live. Be sure to catch them!

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New in Filmography: Madonna as Verity in ‘Die Another Day’ – the song, the film, the press and memorabilia!

Next on Madonna’s to do list (following up on our previous feature on Swept Away) was writing the theme song for the new James Bond movie to be titled ‘Die Another Day’, she co-wrote it with Mirwais and delivered a unique one of a kind electronic jam. The film wouldn’t be complete without Madonna starring in a cameo. She became Verity the fencing instructor and was fabulous. The theme song was a huge hit and rightfully so.

So new in our Filmography is ‘Die Another Day’, we discuss not only the film but also the single release.

  • Press articles
  • Memorabilia – many rare items such as video scripts, premiere programmes, promotional releases and much more
  • Music video – watch the incredible Die Another Day music video
  • Videos – watch the making of, Madonna’s cameo and a video on the UK premiere
  • Buy the film

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New in Filmography: Madonna in ‘Swept Away’ – press, memorabilia, video and more!

Next for Madonna in her movie career was her infamous role in the ‘Swept Away’ remake, directed by her husband at the time Guy Ritchie. Madonna began filming straight after finishing her Drowned World Tour. Swept Away has without a doubt been one of the movies that got the most criticism of her entire career. The reviews were incredibly bad, both Madonna and Guy were given a very harsh time. Originally planned for a premiere at Cannes, unfortunately in most countries it was a straight to DVD release.

Many fans love it for what it is, many hate it for the exact same reason. No matter what your opinion on it is, you cannot deny that some bits are extremely entertaining and the extra’s on the DVD (interview between Madonna and Guy) is hilarious.

We have compiled quite a lot of stuff for you to reflect in our Filmography:

  • Press – various magazine articles regarding the film
  • Memorabilia – a ton of variations regarding the DVD/VHS release, promo’s and more
  • Pictures – rare promotional only stills
  • Video – watch the Larry King interview
  • Trailer – watch the trailer
  • Buy – the film!

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New videos added to Hard Candy album promo page

We have added a few video’s to our Hard Candy album promo page, including the making of the music video’s to 4 Minutes and Give it 2 Me as well as Madonna’s induction into the Rock & Roll hall of fame.

Next to that check out our own YouTube Hard Candy promo tour playlist, including many rare videos, interviews and teasers!

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Madonna Began Her Ruthless Quest for World Domination 33 Years Ago Today

Let’s go back, shall we? To a more innocent time. A time when Reagan was president, thus basically ruining America for the next four decades. A time when disco was dead, New Wave ruled, and Times Square was still dangerous. A time when a 24-year-old brunette from Michigan became the epitome of blond ambition. Out of this abyss ascended Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, who after 1983, would be known only by her first name, the name of her debut album: Madonna, which was released July 27, 1983.

Pop culture would never be the same.
What she lacked in talent, she made up for, abundantly, in style, charm, and yes, ambition. She had the sheer will to succeed, which at one point, was what the American dream was all about. A dancer with an unimpressive voice but impressive designs for her own career, Madonna attached herself to any and everyone who could help launch her “Lucky Star.” The most important person, at least for a short while, in Madonna’s quest for superstardom was John “Jellybean” Benitez, a DJ friend who added the pop sheen by which the album Madonna and the popstar Madonna would be fondly remembered.

 

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