New in Filmography: Madonna in ‘Four Rooms’ – memorabilia, pictures, press & more

Continuing the Filmography here we present to you: FOUR ROOMS

Madonna starred as one of the witches in the first tale of the film back in ’95. A rather bizarre tale and film all together, it didn’t become the success that was anticipated.

We have gathered the following:

  • Various DVD/VHS releases, press pictures, lobbycards, articles and more
  • See the trailer
  • Buy the movie

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Madonna gets victory over ‘Vogue’ sample at appeals court

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The 9th Circuit rules that a trivial taking isn’t enough to establish copyright infringement.

On Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made it easier for musicians to sample small portions of song recordings by giving Madonna and her producer Robert “Shep” Pettibone a victory in a long-running lawsuit over the 1990 hit “Vogue.”

The decision affirms a 2013 ruling by a California federal court that held on summary judgment that a 0.23 second sampling of a horn hit from the 1976 song called “Love Break” was de minimis, meaning small enough to be trivial.

“After listening to the audio recordings submitted by the parties, we conclude that a reasonable juror could not conclude that an average audience would recognize the appropriation of the horn hit,” writes 9th Circuit judge Susan Graber in today’s opinion. “That common-sense conclusion is borne out by dry analysis. The horn hit is very short—less than a second. The horn hit occurs only a few times in Vogue. Without careful attention, the horn hits are easy to miss. Moreover, the horn hits in Vogue do not sound identical to the horn hits from Love Break… Even if one grants the dubious proposition that a listener recognized some similarities between the horn hits in the two songs, it is hard to imagine that he or she would conclude that sampling had occurred.”

Complete article on Billboard website HERE

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America’s Wealthiest Female Musicians 2016

The title of one of Madonna’s most popular songs is right on the money: “Material Girl.” With a personal fortune of $560 million, she’s one of the richest self-made women in the country–and claims the top spot on our first-ever list of America’s Wealthiest Female Musicians.

Though Madonna has been in show business for decades, her earnings power is as strong as ever. Her recently-wrapped Rebel Heart tour grossed $170 million, adding to her whopping career total: an estimated $1.4 billion on the road alone.

The latest cash infusion adds to a fortune already rich with royalties and the rising value of her real estate portfolio, which includes an outrageously large townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side purchased at the bottom of the market, as well as a fine art collection reportedly featuring the likes of Picasso, Kahlo and Man Ray.

Her secret? ”I’m a workaholic,” she once said. “I have insomnia. And I’m a control freak.”

(@Forbes) Full article HERE

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True Blue & Like A Prayer (180 Gram Vinyl)

This titles will be released on July 12, 2016.

Limited 180 gram LP pressing of the 1986 album that gave US the hits “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Live to Tell” and “Open Your Heart”.
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
ASIN: B007BWUKS2

Pre-order Price: $25.16 HERE

Limited vinyl LP reissue of this 1989 album from the award-winning, multi-platinum selling, trend-setting Pop/Dance diva. Features ‘Express Yourself’, ‘Cherish’, ‘Like a Prayer’ and more.
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
ASIN: B007BWUJ60

Pre-order Price: $21.98 HERE

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The time Toronto Police nearly arrested Madonna

TORONTO – Few people tell Madonna what to do, but Toronto police certainly tried.

It all came to a boil nearly 26 years ago — on May 29, 1990 — at the third and final Toronto show of the “Blond Ambition World Tour.”

Friction between the pop singer and local police had captured global headlines and Supt. Frank Bergen remembers it well — because he was assigned the unenviable task of standing up to the “Material Girl” at the height of her stardom.

As the story went, police told Madonna’s management they’d received complaints from audience members at the previous evening’s show over her simulated masturbation while singing “Like a Virgin.”

Officers said if she didn’t scrap her crotch-grabbing antics at the SkyDome, now known as the Rogers Centre, they’d be forced to arrest her on obscenity charges.

Bergen, a 29-year-old Toronto constable at the time, was grappling with his own perspective on the situation.

He says the obscenity kerfuffle was led by a police detective and Crown attorney who took a strong position that Madonna’s show shouldn’t go on.

“What I was struggling with was how do you go to the microphone and tell everyone the show is cancelled,” Bergen says.

“My role and my position was we were not going to shut the show down.”

The confrontation was immortalized in “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” the singer’s 1991 documentary. Looking back, he says the film didn’t exactly capture the full story.

“We were portrayed as being real knobs, if you will,” he says.

“I don’t think we were.”

Some of Madonna’s dancers still fondly remember the backstage drama.

“Oh, we wanted to get arrested, we really did,” says Kevin Stea, who was part of the tour.

“That may have been the most powerful moment I ever felt with Madonna. As a team we were all together.”

Cancelling the show was an option — but one that Madonna didn’t want to entertain.

The tour had already been generating controversy for its racy themes. Toronto concertgoers were handed a $1-off coupon for condoms as they entered the stadium.

Madonna also took a scripted moment in the show to encourage her male dancers to practice safe sex, in a nod to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that was near its peak.

Both moments placed extra scrutiny on the show and led some critics to accuse the singer of encouraging young fans to partake in casual sex.

A scene in “Truth or Dare” depicts Madonna gathered with her dancers and backup singers before the show for a prayer.

“Dear Lord, this is our last night in Toronto — the fascist state of Toronto,” she said.

“Remember that in the United States of America there is freedom of speech.”

She then marched past Bergen and his colleagues, hand-in-hand with her singers singing “Holiday,” as he and his fellow officers watched the documentary cameras capture it all.

The concert began and Madonna took advantage of the opportunity to tease Toronto police.

“Do you think that I’m a bad girl?” she asked the crowd to cheers. “Do you think that I deserve to be arrested? I hope so.”

When “Like a Virgin” began, Madonna started the performance as she always did, curled up on a red velvet bed.

Jose Gutierez, one of the dancers in the number, will never forget gazing into the abyss of the audience.

“From the stage you could see their (police) badges at all the exit signs around the arena,” he recalls.

“All you saw was shimmers.”

Madonna writhed and groped herself with the help of the dancers as her 1984 single reached its climax.

Then she moved on to her next hit.

When the show wrapped, Madonna’s entourage approached police to ensure they weren’t going to cart the singer away.

The officers assured them there were no problems.

“I think they just wanted free tickets,” jokes Gutierez with a hint of disappointment.

“I was into seeing what the jail system in Toronto looked liked with Madonna. I mean, how bad could it be?”

Madonna’s dancers recall touring with the pop singer in the upcoming documentary “Strike a Pose,” which recently screened at Toronto’s Hot Docs film festival.

Bergen says he respects concerns over obscenity but concedes it would’ve been difficult to satisfy a “loose interpretation of the Criminal Code.”

It took a year before the officer would hear about his cinematic debut in “Truth or Dare.”

One afternoon, his teenage neighbour excitedly shouted across the backyard that he’d spotted him on the big screen.

Bergen admits his musical tastes didn’t sway towards Madonna, so the sheer magnitude of her celebrity was lost on him at the time.

And while he never spoke to Madonna himself, he ponders how the situation would’ve played out had officers arrested her that night.

“I don’t think we ever got to the (point), nor would we have, where we walked up onto the stage — and onto her bed — and handcuffed her,” he says.

“Then we would’ve been part of a different history.”

More at TorontoSun

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Truth Or Dare / Strike a Pose Kriterion Premiere Night – live report + pictures

Truth Or Dare on the big screen again after 25 years! It happened in the Kriterion in Amsterdam last night. I was stunned by how incredible the quality of the film was, it was like looking at a movie that literally just came out. The live footage was just stunning. At the beginning of the movie the sound was set too low so I told the people and they turned it up a bit. The movie hasn’t aged at all and it grabs you from the start and never lets go until the very end. However seeing Madonna the way she was back then and to compare to what she is like now, is quite a difference. She’s still the megastar, the living legend and she still can be a bitch sometimes but she did change a whole lot.

The film followed by Strike a Pose with one of the directors Reijer Zwaan in the theater as well. Even though loads of people were talking before the movie started, they were dead silent during it. The movie was just as impressive as I had witnessed it during the official Dutch premiere in EYE on Monday. It still made a huge impact and I was still crying during certain scenes. I was only a little annoyed by some people that kept on walking to the bar throughout the movie to get something to drink. Just stay in your seat, forget all around you and watch please. It makes for a much more comfortable viewing.

The movie received a very welcome round of applause at the end of it and then Ester Gould and Carlton Wilborn entered the theater. During the Q&A they spoke about the idea behind the film, why Donna and Niki and most of all Madonna herself were not included, and then Madonna and management are very aware of the film and own a link to it. So they are welcome to see it and hopefully one day they will. For all those fans still afraid that it’s a bash Madonna movie, you are so wrong. Not only is there quite a bit Madonna footage in it, but the dancers all speak very highly of her. They have missed her in their lives and Luis just adds at the very end that ‘Madonna doesn’t owe them anything’. Please people, I cannot urge you enough to just go ahead and see it. You will not regret it one bit, you will be walking out of the theater teary eyed though and have gained such respect for these beautiful men that are so honest and sincere here.

Strike a Pose it OUT NOW, don’t hesitate but appreciate!

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New independent release pre-order: The Girlie Show Live (2Cd) Japan 1993 by Left Field Media

Product details

  • Audio CD (8 July 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Left Field Media
  • ASIN: B01G3QF6IA

 Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Erotica 4:12
  2. Fever 5:03
  3. Vogue 5:30
  4. Rain 10:00
  5. Express Yourself 5:24
  6. Deeper And Deeper 7:48
  7. Why’s It So Hard 5:26
  8. In This Life 7:58
  9. The Beast Within 6:00

Disc: 2

  1. Like A Virgin 5:57
  2. Bye Bye Baby 4:26
  3. I’m Going Bananas 2:31
  4. La Isla Bonita 5:32
  5. Holiday Pt. 1 8:12
  6. Holiday Pt. 2 8:21
  7. Justify My Love 8:19
  8. Everybody Is A Star 2:00
  9. Everybody 10:00
  10. Finale 1:24

Product Description

LIVE GIRLIE SHOW BROADCAST JAPAN 1993 Despite claiming that after her Blond Ambition Tour she would never tour again, within three years Madonna was back on the road with The Girlie Show Tour, which started in September 1993. In the mean time she had published Sex, her risqué coffee-table book of explicit photographs which sold 1.5 million copies, and simultaneously released her fifth studio album, Erotica; both projects came out on her newly founded Maverick Label. To support her latest endeavours, Madonna set out on The Girlie Show Tour on 25th September 93. Her first live jaunt to encompass the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia, the tour consisted of extravagant, multi-section performances with the events being described as a mixture of a rock concert, fashion show, carnival, cabaret and burlesque. This double CD set is taken from a performance given at the Fukuoka Dome, Japan, on 8th December 1993, which was also the subject of a live broadcast. Available here on CD for the first time, this rarely heard transmission includes a show from Madonna while at the very peak of her success, her most challenging and contains some of her finest ever work.

Pre-order HERE

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Tomorrow! Truth Or Dare + Strike a Pose Premiere party in the Kriterion in Amsterdam

Are you ready for the exclusive screening of Truth Or Dare tomorrow in Kriterion in Amsterdam?

There’s a double bill with Truth Or Dare starting at 19.30 followed by the incredibly impressive Strike a Pose at 21.45 including a Q&A with Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan and the unstoppable Carlton Wilborn. The night wraps up with an afterparty at the Kriterion.

For more info please click HERE

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Reminder! Celebrating 10 year anniversary, massive Madonna goodies giveaway

We are celebrating our 10th year online and of course we can’t let it pass without handing out some very nice Madonna goodies!

Throughout the years we have been very fortunate to have collaborated with a lot of people. To show our appreciation to our many visitors, we have arranged for a very nice goodie giveaway made available by the one and only original Madonna store in Paris ‘Lucky Records’, Warner Music Holland and MOJO.

  • Lucky Records have sent us 10 copies of the latest Spotlight magazine and a bunch of bookmarks for the giveaway.
  • Warner Music Holland provided us with 3 sealed copies of the European vinyl pressing of ‘Revolver’
  • MOJO were friendly enough to sent us 5 huge original Rebel Heart Tour posters for the Amsterdam stop (these are the large billboard posters, not the tiny ones)

We are very grateful for their input and support!

What do you have to do? Please share this picture on social media and tag #madonnaundergroundanniversary through Facebook (MadonnaUnderground) Instagram (@madonnaunderground) or Twitter (@madonnaundergr). Next to this, please add which item your prefer to win.

Important info, so please read! We will be handing out these gifts at the exclusive screening of ‘Truth Or Dare’ in the Kriterion next Friday during the afterparty in Amsterdam, if you win make sure you are able to come and pick it up there. If you won’t be able to make it to the party (or are abroad) please be aware that we cannot sent these items out for free. We are not a company, do not have an income as MadonnaUnderground is a 100% free organisation that does not ask for money. If you want one of the items and can’t make it to the Kriterion, please know that you need to be willing to pay for shipping fees only.

Note that we probably have a few more giveaways coming up later this year…

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