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Madonna dropped in at BuzzFeed's New York offices Monday evening and commandeered one of their computers to comment on submissions to ArtForFreedom, a “platform to define what freedom means to them and to allow them to express their right for freedom of expression.” Earlier in the month, she called upon the BuzzFeed community to share with her their “artistic expressions of freedom.” She sat at a desk and commented on various submissions. Here are a few of her comments: The Body Is Not An Apology this one is. »
- James Crugnale
10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Will Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique be the next "X-Men: Days of Future Past" star to go solo? Also: "Man of Steel" producer David S. Goyer says it's "too early" for Warner Bros. to build a Marvel-style DC universe, James Gunn says "Guardians of the Galaxy" ties into "Avengers 3," Drake will host the 2014 ESPYs, Shirley MacLaine is coming to "Glee," Frank Ocean close to finishing new album, Madonna hits the studio with Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum, and more. Catch up here: »
- HitFix Staff
"Shadowfax! Show us the meaning of haste!" When you think of celebrities best known by a stage name consisting of a single word, you think of Cher, Oprah or Madonna, but there is one more that should roll off the tip of your tongue, Blanco! He was the heart, soul and glue of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, but he tragically passed away a few days ago. His caretaker, Cynthia Royal, explained to theonering.net that Blanco had endured "serious issues with his intestinal tract and liver." Like a loyal friend, Royal stayed with Blanco til the bitter end. "Although my heart was breaking," she explains, "as my final gift to him, I stayed strong, balanced and focused, gently repeating “Relax Blanco. Let go. Walk into the light. Relax and let go” as the Blanco I’ve known so well and loved so deeply slipped away." Blanco »
Game of Thrones fans are taking their love of Daenerys Targaryen to a new level, with data showing that more babies were named Khaleesi in 2012 than were named Betsy or Nadine, much more common names.
More Babies Named Khaleesi Than Betsy In 2012
Khaleesi is the title given to the character Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, as the queen of the Dothraki. Daenerys has become a stand out character in the popular fantasy show as the mother of dragons and a strong female ruling in the world of men.
"They are dragons, Khaleesi. They can never be tamed. Not even by their mother." #TwoSwords #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/12oUPArtWj
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 8, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, the Social Security Administration released a list of the most popular baby names of 2012, with Jacob and Sophia taking the top spots. However, two names from Game of Thrones experienced an exponential growth in popularity, »
Pop music chameleon Madonna has unveiled her latest persona: listicler.
The music superstar made her debut as a BuzzFeed contributor this morning, when her post, “11 Freedom Fighters Who Have Inspired Me,” went live. Madonna’s heroes are artists and revolutionaries, icons, and legends-in-the-making — from John Lennon to Malala Yousafzai, the people who inspire her have made an everlasting impact on the way we view the world.
But Madge isn’t simply writing tributes for you to read between taking the quizzes “How Bad Are Your Life Choices?” and “Which SpongeBob Character Are You?”. Her listicle was soon followed by another post, »
- Amber Ray
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Avail 4/1 A League of Their Own (1992) Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn Two small-town sisters join an all-female baseball league formed when World War II brings professional baseball to a standstill. As their team hits the road with its drunken coach, the siblings find troubles and triumphs on and off the field. Amistad (1997) Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey, Chiwetel Ejiofor ...
Do Louis C.K.'s SNL promos make you want to watch him host? - BuddyTV Here's your chance to see Benedict Cumberbatch live, in the flesh - Vulture Bradley Cooper is rumored for a huge reboot - HuffPost Entertainment Madonna's new project puts her behind the camera - Moviefone How the Beach Boys invented death metal - Cracked Community might actually be getting that movie after all - Splitsider Ian Somerhalder smolders in his latest perfume ad - The Vampire Diaries More details emerge in the latest 24: Live Another Day trailer - Rotten Tomatoes The first word on Disney's Cinderella is in - The Hollywood Reporter 18 reasons Scott Foley would be the best boyfriend - Popsugar Love & Sex »
- Maggie Pehanick
Three years ago, chart-topping pop singer Madonna tried her hand at directing the scarcely seen romance W.E., and now she's interested in a different kind of love story. Deadline reports the singular named Grammy winner will direct an adaptation of Adé: A Love Story, based on Rebecca Walker's novel of the same name. This love story is a contemporary tale, following a college student who falls in love with a Swahili man on an island off the coast of Kenya. But their plans to marry and live a life in paradise are thrown into upheaval when a civil war in the area threatens to tear apart their love and lives. More below! This sounds like a varied version of Angelina Jolie's war-torn romance In the Land of Blood and Honey, but Madonna apparently has a fondness for troubled love stories. This project has Bruce Cohen, one of the »
- Ethan Anderton
Madonna has signed on to direct her third feature film, an adaptation of Rebecca Walker's novel Adé: A Love Story, according to Deadline. In the book, two college friends travel through Africa when one falls for a Swahili man named Adé on an island off the coast of Kenya. She stay behinds and plans to marry the man, but the couple must overcome serious odds in order to survive: the woman contracts malaria and a civil war erupts around them. When the book came out, Madonna contributed this exclamation-point-filled endorsement: "Read this book! »
Madonna doesn't care what us mere mortals think, and who could blame her? Forget Queen Esther; Madonna was Queen of Dragons for Purim! You can't shush her during a movie! So why would terrible reviews stop her from directing another movie? They won't!
The book that's luring Madonna back to the director's chair is a politically charged love story by Rebecca Walker, "Adé: A Love Story." Walker, who is the daughter of Alice Walker and Mel Leventhal, has previously written non-fiction about feminism, sexuality, being multiracial and Jewish, and her painful, contentious relationship with her Pulitzer Prize-winning mother. "Adé" is a semi-autobiographical novella about a bisexual woman who, while traveling abroad with a friend, falls in love with a Swahili Muslim man named Adé. Their love affair, which takes place on an island off the coast of Kenya, is interrupted by political upheaval and much more.
Madonna co-wrote and directed »
- Jenni Miller
Madonna‘s first feature directorial effort, Filth and Wisdom, was panned by reviewers and audiences. Her second, W.E., fared no better. But Madonna’s quickly gotten over the criticism (she is Madonna, after all) and is now gearing up for her third film, Adé: A Love Story. The romantic drama has some mildly interesting pedigree going for […]
- Angie Han
Madonna's efforts behind the camera, Filth And Wisdom and W.E., haven't seen her universally garlanded with praise, but she's not letting that stop her megaphone efforts. She's now preparing to direct an adaptation of a favourite book, Rebecca Walker's Ade: A Love Story.Walker, who happens to be the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice, channelled some of her life experience to fuel her novel, published last year. It follows a 19-year-old American student travelling to Africa and falling for a young Muslim man. Their romance quickly progresses and they make plans to marry, only to come up against the brick wall of cultural and political forces.Madonna, who is now on the lookout for a writer to craft the adaptation, is on record as a fan of the book; her name was used in adverts praising the writing. With Silver Linings Playbook producer Bruce Cohen helping her round up financing, »
Pop legend will direct Africa-set romance adapted from the novel by Rebecca Walker, daughter of Color Purple author Alice
• Remind yourself of Madonna's last effort behind the camera
Despite the critical and commercial failure of her last directorial effort, W.E., Madonna is to return to film directing with Adé: A Love Story, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Rebecca Walker.
Walker, the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker, published the novel last year. It concerns a pair of Us students travelling in Kenya, one of whom falls in love with a local man, Adé – she adopts an Arabic name, and tries to adjust to a new life in unfamiliar surroundings, before encountering cultural friction as the pair try to visit the Us. Armchair psychologists might point to parallels with Madonna's life: the singer moved to the UK to live with film-maker husband Guy Ritchie, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Walker confirmed that Madonna is on board for the project, reports contactmusic.com.
The story is based on the author's own experience.
It unfolds the story of a college student, Farida, travelling. »
- Amith Ostwal
Madonna will straddle the director's chair once again with Ade, a sweeping romance based on the semi-autobiographical novel Ade: A Love Story by Rebecca Walker, daughter of Alice Walker, which follows the complicated romance between a young biracial American woman and a Muslim man she meets in Kenya. Ade will be both Madonna's follow-up to 2011's W.E. and her second gig directing a romance, and will undoubtedly serve as a showcase for her trademark emotional subtlety and racial sensitivity. »
- Halle Kiefer
Madonna (“W.E.”) is attached to direct Adé, based on the bestselling author Rebecca Walker's new novel ”Adé: A Love Story,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Oscar winner Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”) is producing under his Bruce Cohen Productions banner along with the company's Jessica Leventhal and Walker. The book, which is based on Walker's real life experience, was released in October by Amazon Publishing's Little A literary imprint, and quickly earned both critical and commercial success. Also read: Madonna Channels ‘Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen for Jewish Holiday Purim (Photo) When a sophisticated, bi-racial college student falls in love with Adé, »
- Jeff Sneider
Madonna is attached to direct an adaptation of Rebecca Walker’s novel Adé: A Love Story. The book, which was published last October, tells Walker’s autobiographical story of a biracial college student whose romance with a young Swahili man, Adé, near Kenya is interrupted by civil war.
- Jeff Labrecque
When Madonna unveiled her second directorial effort "W.E." at the Venice Film Festival in 2011, the critics (this one included) were pretty merciless. That glossy mashup of Wallis Simpson biopic and contemporary Harlequin romance was, admittedly, a pretty easy target -- The Weinstein Company's advance hype didn't fool anybody -- but the sheer vapid ineptitude of its storytelling still managed to surprise. Andrea Riseborough received some good notices for work as Simpson, Arianna Phillips' super-glam costumes were Oscar-nominated and Madge's own theme song even scooped a Golden Globe, but after this and her little-seen debut "Filth and Wisdom," no one seemed to be begging the pop queen to return to the director's chair. But hey, Madonna has never in her entire career been cowed by criticism, and she's not about to start now. It was announced earlier today that she is to direct her third feature "Adé" -- an adaptation of »
- Guy Lodge
The directorial career of Madonna Louise Ciccone, aka Madonna, hasn't lacked on ambition. She made her debut on the grimy "Filth & Wisdom" before doing a 180 and helming the period romance "W.E." Unfortunately, neither effort particularly tracked well with audiences or critics, but that won't stop Madge. She's preparing to get behind the camera, and frankly, it's a welcome career move if only to keep her from posting more selfies to Instagram. Anyway, THR reports that Madonna is slated to direct an adaptation of "Adé," the debut novel by Rebecca Walker, the daughter of famed author Alice Walker. And you might not be shocked to learn that this one features sex, religion, feminism, lesbianism and more in the mix of themes, so it's right up Madonna's alley of hot button topics she tends to gravitate towards. Here's the Amazon synopsis: When Farida, a sophisticated college student, falls in love with Adé, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The book, based on Walker’s real-life experience, was released in October by Amazon Publishing’s Little A.
The story centers on a bi-racial college student who falls in love with a Swahili man living on an idyllic island off the coast of Kenya. The two plan to marry and envision a simple life together but are caught in the middle of a civil war, which threatens to tear them apart.
Madonna and the producers are planning to attach a screenwriter. CAA is arranging financing.
- Dave McNary
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