​ ​Madonna In “Body Of Evidence” And “Dangerous Game” – New Book

cover-page-001_8Body Of Evidence was seen as a Basic Instinct erotic thriller rip off, but many missed the irony and black hunour of the whole piece. Dangerous Game was a rough and raw exercise in the film with a film format, directed by the brilliant Abel Ferrara.

In the former, Madonna put her all into the role of a femme fatale being trialled for murder.

In the latter, Madonna played an actress gaining credibility by appearing in a movie for acclaimed cult director Eddie Israel, played by Harvey Keitel.

She gave what is arguably her finest performance to date.

Years later, Body of Evidence is still widely mocked, while Dangerous Game is largely forgotten.

This book is an appreciation of these two films, which are explored in depth throughout. The links, similarities and contrasts between them are also highlighted, and there is an insightful interview with Ken Kelsch, the cinematographer of Dangerous Game.
100 pages.

 

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The Mercy James Centre To Open July 11

After two years of hard work and support from partners and donators from around the world, Madonna and Raising Malawi are delighted to announce that The Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open on July 11, 2017!

Thanks to every nurse, doctor, company, construction foreman (the list goes on) who have dedicated time, energy and effort to making this project a success. The facility will be the country’s first and only pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.

To celebrate her birthday back in 2016, Madonna launched a fundraising campaign with Omaze, inviting her fans to help create a “Rebel Heart” playroom in the pediatric facility. The new space is now ready to provide a calm, joyful space for the children to play and learn, which will help improve both their physical and emotional health. Later that year, Madonna hosted a special event at Art Basel Miami to benefit Raising Malawi and the Mercy James Centre. Profits from the evening were used to fill the hospital with equipment, surgeons and medical personnel.

Stay tuned to Raisingmalawi.org and Madonna.com, within the next days for more info and interesting facts about the hospital, its doctors and nurses, and for ways to get involved and to be a part of this historical and fantastic event!

Source: Madonna.com

“Like a Prayer” co-writer & co-producer Patrick Leonard teams up with vocalist Dana Williams for the rework.

“Like a Prayer” co-writer & co-producer Patrick Leonard teams up with vocalist Dana Williams for the rework.

Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” got a piano-ballad revamp from one of its original creators, co-writer and co-producer Patrick Leonard. Watch the video, below.

Leonard, along with vocalist Dana Williams, teamed up for a redux of Madonna’s classic No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit from 1989. Williams has a personal link to the song too: Her father, David Williams, played on Madonna’s album of the same name. And bonus fun fact for Madonna devotees: The microphone Williams uses in the video is the same one Madonna herself used to record her “Like a Prayer” vocals.
Back in 2014, Billboard spoke with Leonard about the 25th anniversary of the Like a Prayer album, and we asked if he and Madonna knew they had something special on their hands when they completed the title track.

“I think there was a point when we realized that it was the title track, and the lead track, and it was going to be a powerhouse,” Leonard said. “It became obvious that there was something unique about it. And that somehow we made this thing work: with its stopping and starting, and a minimalistic rhythmic thing, and the verses, and these bombastic choruses, and this giant choir comes in. This is ambitious, you know?!

“Of the songs I’ve worked on in the studio — which is in the thousands — there is something different when you write something and you just have a sense that you can’t break this, you can’t really ruin this. It exists already. And that used to be what made a hitsong.”

Search: Billboard

Rebel Heart Tour DVD Is Coming Soon!

Madonna has announced that her record-breaking Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour will be released by Eagle Vision on September 15 on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray complete with bonus content, and an audio CD of highlights from her much-heralded tour.
The Material Girl will also release a live album featuring 22 songs from the Rebel Heart Tour, available on double CD and digital download.

The Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour film was recorded around the world and features both live and behind the scenes material, as well as previously unreleased footage culminating with performances at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia in March of 2016. Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour is co-directed by Danny Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies. A version of the film previously debuted on Showtime in December 2016.

The tracklist for Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour film and live concert album span all decades of the iconic superstar’s illustrious career, including songs from her chart-topping Rebel Heart album to classic fan favorites. Of particular note to longtime fans will be the new interpretations of some of Madonna’s timeless hits.

Praise includes: Madonna is Unstoppable (New York Times); Doesn’t Miss a Beat (Washington Post); the Queen of Pop…an inspirational figure (LA Weekly); the ultimate professional (Entertainment Weekly); on fire (Rolling Stone); an authoritative diva far from the end of her reign (Time Out New York); the genre’s greatest icon (Boston Herald); immeasurable (Detroit News); Queen of the World (Willamette Week); bigger, if not better than ever (San Diego Union-Tribune).

Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, the Rebel Heart Tour kicked off on September 9, 2015 in Montreal and visited arenas in 55 cities on four continents over seven months. Madonna performed 82 shows, plus the special “Tears Of A Clown” fan club show in Melbourne. The tour grossed $169.8 Million with 1,045,479 in attendance, making her the top grossing touring female artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore with over $1.31 billion in ticket sales sold over the course of her career. Madonna is also the fourth top grossing touring act since tracking began in 1990.

The Rebel Heart Tour was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (with band keyboardist Ric’key Pageot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman, and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards), lead choreography by Megan Lawson, hair by Andy LeCompte, makeup by Aaron Henrikson, and costume design by Arianne Phillips.

Stay tuned for pre-order info coming soon!

“REBEL HEART TOUR” Release Details


TYPE OF MEDIA Video
APPROVED RUNNING TIME 138m 16s
RELEASE DATE 15/09/2017
BBFCINSIGHT strong language, sex references, drug references
GENRE(S) Documentary, Music
DIRECTOR(S) Nathan Rissman,Danny Tull,Steven Klein
CAST INCLUDES Madonna, Kevin Antunes, Kupono Aweau, Allauné Blegbo, Lil Buck, Derreck Bullock
CUT This work was passed uncut.

Details
Title MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR
Year 2017
Distributor(s) Eagle Rock Entertainment
Classified date(s) 24/05/2017
Main language English
Submitted run time 138m 16s
BBFC reference AVV352048
Remarks 16:9

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles

01:58:44:20
MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR
00:14:53:28
MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR – AN EXERPT FROM TEARS OF A CLOWN
00:04:37:06
MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR – LIKE A PRAYER

Rating information:
The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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“REBEL HEART TOUR” Official Release

As the top grossing touring female artist in the history of Billboard, Madonna sure knows how to draw a crowd. Her record-breaking Rebel Heart Tour showed the Material Girl at the top of her game, taking her on a whirlwind tour of 55 cities across four continents over the course of seven months.

Luckily all of Madonna’s signature visual theatrics, extravagant costumes and awe-inspiring choreography were captured on film for the concert documentary, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, which initially aired on Showtime and now will be available on DVD for the first time on 15 September.

Co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, the film was recorded around the world and features both live and behind-the-scenes material, as well as previously unreleased footage culminating with performances at the Sydney Qudos Bank Arena in Australia in March of 2016.

The Queen Of Pop has also announced a new live album featuring 22 songs from the Rebel Heart Tour, available on double-CD and digital download, as well as the concert film via DVD and Blu-ray with bonus content.

The tracklist for the film and live concert album spans all decades of her illustrious career, including songs from her chart-topping Rebel Heart album to new interpretations of her classic fan favourites and timeless hits. The tour itself grossed $169.8m with 1,045,479 in attendance and reaffirmed Madonna’s pop culture dominance. Popcrush described the spectacle of the Rebel Heart Tour thusly:

“The concert is a massive all-out explosion of song, dance and depravity with vague social commentary, proving for the umpteenth time that Madonna is, was and truly always will be the Queen.”

Madonna has made a career pushing boundaries and testing the limits of what artists can and cannot do. For the Rebel Heart Tour she pulled out all the stops, whether it’s playing a Flying V for ‘Burning Up’, singing Edith Piaf’s ballad ‘La Vie En Rose’ in French or doing intricate choreography in full samurai gear, the unstoppable renaissance woman shows us all of the “blood, sweat and tears” that goes into just being Madonna.

Madonna on the cover of “Women In Pop” Magazine – First Issue


“Women In Pop” is a new print quarterly dedicated to giving female pop artists the attention they deserve.

Focusing exclusively on female pop artists from across the globe, WIP will feature news, reviews, artist profiles, the best new talent and interviews with female pop artists from around the globe.

Madonna is on the cover of the first issue

Only I Can Tell My Story…

“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. . Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.” – Madonna

Universal Is Getting Into The Groove For A Madonna Biopic.

The studio has picked up Blond Ambition, Elyse Hollander’s script that topped the 2016 Black List, the industry ranking that tracks Hollywood’s most-liked unproduced screenplays.

Michael De Luca, who produced Fifty Shades of Grey for Universal, is attached to produce along with Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. John Zaozirny of Bellvue Productions will also produce.

The story is set in early 1980s New York as Madonna Louise Ciccone works on her first album, struggling in a business that treats women badly, while also dealing with a burgeoning love life and the first hints of fame.

Madonna moved to New York from Michigan in 1978 to pursue dance but segued to singing and writing songs. After failing at a rock band, she switched to dance and pop. After achieving some success with a few dance singles, she began work on her debut album, Madonna, which was released in 1983. The album yielded hits “Holiday,” “Borderline” and “Lucky Star” and set the stage for her groundbreaking Like a Virgin album.

Ambition is the debut script for Hollander, who worked as an assistant to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, while he made Birdman, and Fresh Off the Boat co-executive producer Kourtney Kang. She is repped by WME, Bellevue, Ryan Pastorek and Robby Koch of Hansen Jacobson.

De Luca is coming off of producing this year’s Academy Awards and will produce next year’s as well. Ratner’s RatPac recently announced a partnership with Len Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment.

Executive vp of production Erik Baiers and director of development Chloe Yellin will oversee production for Universal. Lucy Kitada will help oversee for De Luca Productions.