Joe Mantegna – Joe Mantegna Saved Madonna From Fan During Broadway Play

Actor Joe Mantegna raced to Madonna’s rescue when an eager fan jumped on stage during their Broadway play in 1988.

The Tony Award winner shared the stage with actor Ron Silver and the Material Girl during her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow.

Mantegna recalls a scary moment when an eager Madonna fan attempted to get close to his idol.

He explains, “We were doing the play one night, we’d been doing it quite a while at that point. It’s a three character play. So I said a line to her, and all of a sudden I saw this look on her face and it looked like fright! I’m thinking, ‘Well, she’s making an odd choice tonight with how she’s doing this line.’

“I notice she’s looking over my shoulder and as I turned I saw a guy had come up out of the audience, jumped up on the stage and he’s coming toward her. All I could think of was, ‘This is a three character play, and you’re not in it. We don’t need a fourth.'”

He continues, “My instinct was to turn around, so I grabbed him, I pulled him over and threw him into the wings, because by now the stagehands (were) all waiting to see what he’d do. I came back up on stage and we got back into the play.”


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Madonna, AIDS, and my huge revolting mistake

You can say a lot about Madonna. I truly think she built such an incredible legacy, but is doing everything now to destroy it. Yes, she is a victim of vicious sexism and misogyny, but completely gives into the wishes of her critics so they can further tarnish her. Perhaps she is being brave. Perhaps she is sticking her middle finger up at her critics. In the last five years, however, she has failed to do what she has successfully done with her whole career: reinvent herself. That said, accusing her of having anything to do with starting the AIDS virus is revolting in so many ways.

Let’s get to the chase: The beef between Bill Werde and I has become mainstream and it appears that Werde is trying to use all his industry minions to stop me. Some of the reports of his minions contain false information that I claimed Madonna was the reason for the spread of AIDS. This is absolutely disgusting in so many ways, especially because Madonna–no matter what she has become–was a lead activist in the fight against AIDS. But I will admit to making a revolting mistake.

In my Examiner blog, which I don’t have access to anymore, I (being very misguided) claimed that Madonna helped encourage the spread of AIDS. I was pretty much repeating what Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters said and–unfortunately–agreed that Madonna’s encouraged unsafe sex, etc. at a time when AIDS was rampant. I feel so sad about this and don’t know what drug I was on that day. Madonna was a pioneer AIDS activist and an activist for human rights, in general.

In the 1980s, at a time when gay people were dropping like flies because of the disease, Madonna took a stand against the mainstream bashing of gays that could have ruined her career. Madonna’s speech at her Madison Square Garden AIDS benefit in 1987 touched me as a child. My uncle was just diagnosed with HIV at that time and nobody, except my father and I, wanted anything to do with him. Hearing Madonna’s speech on MTV moved me. I couldn’t believe how brave Madonna was to take a stand like that.

My church, school, and family took a rabid stand against homosexuals, AIDS and AIDS victims. At church, we were taught that homosexuals started AIDS, it was a punishment from God, and that we shouldn’t treat homosexuals with an ounce against respect–after all, they were sinners and Jesus hated them. In retrospect, it is quite interesting that three of the priests at my parish were later imprisoned for sexually abusing teenage boys. But there was no retrospect in the 1980s–it was nothing but hate. And it will be repeated again unless we learn our lessons.

The fact that Lady Gaga’s little monsters (most who are gay) go around from blog to blog telling people to “die of AIDS, faggot!” is absolutely disgusting. This actually started in 2011 and was aimed towards Madonna and her fans. Yet, Lady Gaga, who I’m sure has compassion for people with AIDS, did nothing to encourage her fans to stop this behavior. She did finally speak out about her fans’ behavior (but not specifically the AIDS jokes), but only because her career was on the wane.

However, the “Get AIDS and Die Faggot” trend has been popular in the young gay community for the past three years. It’s as if these young men don’t realize what the previous generation of homosexuals had to go though. They didn’t wake up getting a shocking call that their best friend suddenly died of AIDS complications and was too ashamed to tell those close to him what was happening. They didn’t have to sit in front of a television set watching Eddie Murphy (who many suspect is bisexual) making jokes about those “Faggots getting AIDS” while the rest of their family members and friends laughed. Unfortunately, they didn’t witness Madonna taking what many believe is the bravest stand a celebrity ever took.

Madonna’s record company thought she was being too gay friendly. Madonna, however, witnessed her best friend Martin Burgoyne die of AIDS before her eyes in 1986. She witnessed her ballet teacher, Christopher Flynn, die of the disease as well. She took the sadness of their deaths and turned it into a revolution that changed history. Before Roseanne, before Ellen, and before Magic Johnson, Madonna was condemned for asking Forrest Sawyer on Nightline why it isn’t acceptable for people to see gay people snuggle with each other, but graphic violence was fine. For most people over 35, Truth or Dare was the first movie that explicitly dealt with the gay lifestyle. Madonna was called a “sicko” then, but within a couple years, homosexuality started to become a mainstream topic. Whether you like her or not, Madonna opened doors for a lot of people.

My uncle was a huge Madonna fan. He was too weak to get the Like a Prayer album when it came out on March 21, 1989. I didn’t care for Madonna then, but still skipped school so I could buy the album the second Record City opened. I opened the album cassette sleeve (I remember being allergic to it for some reason), put the cassette in my walkman, and was going to put the headphones on his ears as soon as I arrived at the hospital. When I arrived, I found out my uncle was no longer here. I felt cheated. But today, whenever I hold that cassette in my hands, I feel nothing but value and power.

We may not like the way Madonna has aged. We may not like her processed dance music anymore. We may not like her pretentious efforts to save the world. But at a time when the world wanted all gay people to drop dead, Madonna was a savior. And we should all be grateful for that.

By Angela Cheng through Pop Music Gadfly

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Legendary Madonna-Smiths Gig Still Just Legendary

If anyone has a New Year’s Eve 1983 bootleg from famed New York club Danceteria, now’s the time to come forward. In a late-2008 video making the rounds again recently via Dangerous Minds, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr says Madonna opened for his band there in the iconic British group’s American live debut. It’s not entirely out of the question, but so far proof is lacking — to say the least.

As Marr can be heard saying in the video below, the band was jetlagged and dogged with troubles on this New Year’s Eve gig.

“Supporting us was the girl who worked on the coat-checking thing,” he says. “We really didn’t pay too much attention to her, but it was Madonna. She played for about 20 minutes before we went on.” He added that he “didn’t think very much of it at the time” — he “quite liked the music,” but he “didn’t really like the act or whatever.”

Now, Madonna was famously a regular at Danceteria, where other future stars, such as Sade, LL Cool J, and members of the Beastie Boys, had jobs. And she did once work as a “coat check girl” — at New York’s Russian Tea Room. What’s more, the Smiths shared a U.S. label with Madonna, Seymour Stein’s Sire Records. So the idea of the two acts sharing a Danceteria bill isn’t beyond the realm of possibility.

At the same time, Marr has since told NME he was “almost certain” Madonna opened that night, casting his earlier memory into doubt. A Smiths forum has unearthed a flyer for the gig (at the bottom of this article) that mentions supporting acts Lovebug Starski and Whodini but not Madonna. And while Madonna had yet to break out fully as a superstar by New Year’s Eve 1983, her debut album Madonna had been out since July, and her first pop hit “Holiday” entered the Hot 100 in late October. Would she really still have been working a second job checking coats?

Smiths leader Morrissey, for whatever it’s worth, makes no mention of Madonna when he describes the show in his recent Autobigraphy. (That said, he hasn’t exactly had kind words for her in recent years.) After describing his first night sleeping in New York, he writes:

“I walk onstage the following night at the Danceteria, and as I do so, my blindness and bewilderment lead me directly off the lip of the stage, and I crash at the feet of the assembled human spillage. Unaided, I scramble back up and onto the stage, and I limp directly off — past three blank musicians who are unable to cope with such embarrassment. My right leg is bruised from top to bottom.”

Last year, journalist Dave Haslam tweeted a photo of a postcard (scroll down to the bottom of this page) from Morrissey sent after the Danceteria gig. “Hello Dave,” Moz wrote, “At the Danceteria I fell off the stage and I’m critically maimed. Does this interest you?” With love, and hate, and passions just like these, who needs Madonna opening for the Smiths?

Read full article at SPIN

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Madonna Selects Miley Cyrus As The April Guest Curator For ‘Art For Freedom’

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,” 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: Press

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Madonna Names Miley Cyrus As April Guest Curator For Art For Freedom

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 Launched in September 2013, 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 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.

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21 Extraordinary Women Who Changed Sex Forever

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

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Madonna to direct film of Rebecca Walker’s novel Ade: A Love Story

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.

‘A challenge’
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.


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Madonna gaat voor de derde keer regisseren

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.

Door: Novum

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Madonna to Direct Interracial Romance ‘Ade: A Love Story’

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.

Hollywood Reporter

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