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‘Madonna: Truth or Dare’ Director on the Film’s Legacy, Lgbtq Impact, and David Fincher’s Next Projects

Many who haven’t seen Madonna: Truth or Dare can still claim to know it in a cultural sense — probably thanks to Saturday Night Live, if anything else. The film’s recently been restored on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, and will begin a new run at Metrograph today. This also marks an occasion to speak with the film’s director, Alek Keshishian, who’s had a closer access to Madonna than just about any filmmaker, working or otherwise, and who proved remarkably open about the story behind his documentary classic.

But how else could one be? Truth or Dare still surprises in how much it revealed, even if we’re only talking about the star’s distaste for Kevin Costner and even (or especially) if its all-access quality means a bit less in light of today’s social-media-obsessive stars — one of many areas we managed to cover in our time.
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"A Commercial Piece of Shit": Madonna on Film

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In his elephantine sixth edition of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (2014), critic David Thomson reserves his most scathing, uncharitable critique for Madonna. To him, her mere existence on film is an affront to the medium itself. He finds that she is incapable of understanding the art of acting, and spends the space of nine paragraphs belaboring the point. “There is nothing in Madonna to be advertised,”he writes, “except for her ironic, deflecting contempt. She is an ad for advertising.”It is a curiously mean-spirited entry in a book filled with thoughtful, sympathetic reconsiderations of women whom critics wrote off in their time. Thomson’s entries on Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak are among his most articulate and impassioned. Yet Thomson is utterly heartless when it comes to Madonna, suspecting that “[s]he is disappointed about something, and hugely driven by resentment.” Thomson wasn’t exactly staking out a contrarian position.
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Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.

Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.
Madonna: Truth or Dare turns 25! Madonna surprised 400 unsuspecting fans that were in attendance at the anniversary screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Wednesday. "She came out to support Alek Keshishian, her longtime friend and director of the celebrated documentary," a source tells People. Madonna Randomly Attending A Truth Or Dare Screening At Moma NYC Right This Very Moment!! I'm dying! Someone please take me there now lol #Madonna #truthordare #inbedwithmadonna #surprise A photo posted by Rachel (@ohmadonnaa) on Aug 24, 2016 at 5:45pm Pdt Dressed in a red off-the-shoulder dress,
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Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.

Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.
Madonna: Truth or Dare turns 25! Madonna surprised 400 unsuspecting fans that were in attendance at the anniversary screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Wednesday. "She came out to support Alek Keshishian, her longtime friend and director of the celebrated documentary," a source tells People. Madonna Randomly Attending A Truth Or Dare Screening At Moma NYC Right This Very Moment!! I'm dying! Someone please take me there now lol #Madonna #truthordare #inbedwithmadonna #surprise A photo posted by Rachel (@ohmadonnaa) on Aug 24, 2016 at 5:45pm Pdt Dressed in a red off-the-shoulder dress,
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The Ringer Who is winning the Chris wars: Evans, Pine, or Hemsworth?

/Film Stranger Things will get a sequel season, Netflix confirms. I'm a bit disappointed honestly because I thought an anthology approach would be more satisifying, with a whole new story. Season 1 was resolved satisfyingly. Who needs every story thread neatly tied up? Boo.

The Metrograph has a Madonna week in August which will include a Q&A with Truth or Dare director Alek Keshishian - alas, the latter is already sold out. They also have a fun series in a week called "This is PG?!" featuring movies from the late 70s to the mid 80s when the MPAA was pressured into adding "PG-13" (I really have to get better at this Metrograph thing. They're big nights with Q&As seem to sell out instantly so I keep missing them.)

IGN interviews Joss Whedon at Comic Con. They talk Buffy comic book,
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Podcast Special: 25th Anniversary of Madonna's "Truth or Dare"

Nathaniel, Nick, and Joe revisit the seminal rock documentary by Alek Keshishian  Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991). The film was a blast in 1991, became one of the biggest documentary hits of all time, and proved prophetic thereafter for celebrity culture and reality TV narcissism which hadn't been invented yet. Well, reality TV hadn't; Narcissism precedes Madonna.

Topics include but are not limited to: Our first viewings, Warren Beatty's terror at the project, the Antonio Banderas fixation, celebrity cameos, and Madonna's relationship to both the camera and Lgbt culture.

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the convo in the comments...

What's the story of your first viewing?  Have you watched it recently (Hint: it's streaming on Netflix!)?  Do you think Blonde Ambition is Madonna's best era?

 

 
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Film Review: ‘Strike a Pose’

Film Review: ‘Strike a Pose’
A frank on-and-off-stage record of Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour, 1991’s “Truth or Dare” invited controversy for numerous reasons — not least the conspicuously out-and-proud image presented by her male dancers, who underlined a sex-positive, diversity-embracing message many weren’t quite ready for at the height of the AIDS epidemic. A quarter-century later, a new documentary from directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, “Strike a Pose,” checks back in with the surviving performers, weighing both the iconic value the original film imbued them with as representatives of the gay community, and their individual struggles afterward.

There’s undeniable curiosity value to the subject. But once its flashback aspects are exhausted, “Pose” doesn’t prove all that revealing or substantial, its last third feeling like a padded over-stretch of thin material. Nonetheless, pic will be a must-see for many veteran Madonna fans, with gay fest dates and home format sales assured; theatrical prospects look more marginal.
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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a
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Blu-ray Review: Madonna’s ‘W.E.’ Fails to Explore Its Alleged Subject

Chicago – Madonna’s “W.E.” completes a trilogy of lackluster Oscar bait released last year by the Weinstein Company. Each film squandered potentially fascinating subject matter by upstaging it with pointless framing devices. Imagine if the majority of “Titanic” followed Bill Paxton on his self-centered quest for the diamond. That would surely have amounted to the most boring three-hour epic in history.

My Week With Marilyn” was the best of the three Weinstein duds, if only because it embraced its status as inconsequential fluff. Yet it was maddening to see Marilyn Monroe play second fiddle to a dull young admirer. The Margaret Thatcher that received the majority of screen time in “The Iron Lady,” was a wispy, inoffensive ghost of her former self, thus enabling her controversial political career to be left offscreen. Why does the most interesting character have to remain an enigma confined to insufficient montages?

Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

The
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: W.E.

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012

Price: DVD $29.98 Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company

Love is in the air in W.E.

The 2011 romantic drama W.E. represents the feature film directorial debut of Madonna.

Co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian (Madonna: Truth or Dare), the film looks at two different love stories intertweined across the decades: The love affair of King Edward VIII (James D’Arcy, Age of Heroes) and American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough, Happy-Go-Lucky) in the 1930s, and a modern romance between a married New York woman (Abbie Cornish, Sucker Punch) and a Russian security guard (Oscar Isaac, Drive) at Sothebys Auction House.

Though it received a handful of honors, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song (Motion Picture) for Madonna’s song “Masterpiece,” W.E. didn’t make much of an impression on critics or audiences.
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Madonna.s W.E. Coming To Blu-Ray And DVD May 1st

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company have announced the Blu-ray. Combo Pack and DVD release of the ultimate love story, W.E., directed by Madonna. Co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian (Madonna: Truth or Dare), the romantic drama stars Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Andrea Riseborough (Happy-Go-Lucky), James D.Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Oscar Isaac (Drive), Natalie Dormer (Captain America), and Richard Coyle (5 Days of War). A beautifully crafted, passionate tale about the search for true love in the modern world, W.E. heads to retail on May 1, 2012 for an Srp of $39.99 for the Blu-ray. Combo Pack and $29.98 for the DVD.

W.E. has received numerous accolades, including a 2011 Academy Award® nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design (Arianne PhillipsWalk the Line).  The film won a 2012 Golden Globe® Award for Best Original Song (Motion Picture) for the song .Masterpiece., and was nominated for a 2012 Golden Globe
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Madonna's W.E. comes to DVD and Blu-ray in May

Get a glimpse into the real-life love affair that ignited a scandal and brought down an empire when Madonna.s W.E. arrives on DVD and Blu-ray May 1st from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. Directed by Madonna, who co-wrote the film with Alek Keshishian (Madonna: Truth or Dare), the film stars Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Andrea Riseborough (Happy-Go-Lucky), James D.Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Oscar Isaac (Drive), Natalie Dormer (Captain America), and Richard Coyle (5 Days of War). A beautifully crafted, passionate tale about the search for true love in the modern world, W.E. has received numerous accolades, including a 2011 Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design (Arianne
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Madonna's 'W.E.': The Reviews Are In!

The magic of Madonna's parallel romantic storytelling appears to have been lost on critics.

By Kara Warner

Madonna directing "W.E."

Photo: The Weinstein Co.

In addition to her heavily hyped performance at Super Bowl Xlvi this weekend, Madonna has been busy writing and directing her second movie, "W.E.," which follows the real-life love story of American divorcée Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII during the '30s, as well as a parallel story of a fictional American woman set in 1998 who became obsessed with Simpson's story.

The film has received some early awards-season love, including a Golden Globe win for Best Original Song and another Globe nomination for Best Original Score, but judging by its 17 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, the magic of the romance seems to have been lost on critics. Read on as we sift through the "W.E." reviews:

The Parallel Storytelling

"Madonna and co-screenwriter Alek Keshishian
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W.E.'s a royal scandal! Madonna fails to read all about it

The queen of pop's film about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor ignores the evidence, dismissing allegations of Nazi sympathies and recasting the needy Edward as a brooding hunk

W.E. (2012)

Director: Madonna

Entertainment grade: D+

History grade: D–

In 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated to marry his lover, Wallis Simpson. They became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Style

Despite its critical panning, not everything about W.E. is terrible. The costumes are very nice. Andrea Riseborough gives a decent performance as Wallis – though admittedly the brittle, self-conscious dialogue is better suited to her character than to anyone else's. W.E. interweaves the story of the king and Mrs Simpson with the tribulations of a fictional New Yorker, Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish), who is obsessed with Wallis. She attends the 1998 auction of the Windsors' belongings at Sotheby's, hallucinating Wallis's ghost as she idly fondles a pug-shaped cushion. Meanwhile, her marriage to a nasty
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"W.E.": He Gave It Up For The Woman He Loved

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Sneak Peek another new poster supporting "W.E.", the second feature directed by Madonna.

"W.E." stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough and Laurence Fox :

"...'W.E.' looks at the fabled romance between American 'Wallis Simpson' and Britain’s 'King Edward VIII', who famously gave up the throne to marry the woman he loved.

"More than six decades later, their story enthralls a young woman named 'Wally Winthrop'.

"She thinks she sees in their devotion a stark contrast to her own unhappy marriage – and an example to follow as she searches for the meaning of true love..."

Co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian, "W.E." is produced by Madonna and Kris Thykier and executive produced by Scott Franklin ("Black Swan").

"W.E." will be released by the Weinstein Company. December 9, 2011 in New York and Los Angeles, expanding to additional markets through December, with a wider release anticipated in 2012.

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Here Are the Highest-Grossing Madonna Films

Here Are the Highest-Grossing Madonna Films
In honor of this week's limited run for her directorial effort "W.E." this weekend, Indiewire decided to take a trip down Madonna memory lane, counting down her best-performing films at the box office. While the singer-dancer-actress-filmmaker is not generally revered for her film work, she's perhaps gotten a bad rap.  A simple look at her acting resume makes it clear that for every "Body of Evidence" or "The Next Best Thing," there's an "Evita" or "A League of Their Own." Her five best films -- "Evita," "League," "Dick Tracy," "Desperately Seeking Susan" and doc "Truth or Dare" -- are also her highest grossing. Perhaps most impressive of all is "Dare" (directed by her "W.E." co-writer Alek Keshishian), which grossed a stunning $28.3 million when one adjusts for inflation (making it one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time). ...
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"W.E.": Their Affair Ignited A Scandal

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Sneak Peek the new poster supporting "W.E.", the second feature directed by Madonna.

"W.E." stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough and Laurence Fox :

"...'W.E.' looks at the fabled romance between American 'Wallis Simpson' and Britain’s 'King Edward VIII', who famously gave up the throne to marry the woman he loved.

"More than six decades later, their story enthralls a young woman named 'Wally Winthrop'.

"She thinks she sees in their devotion a stark contrast to her own unhappy marriage – and an example to follow as she searches for the meaning of true love..."

Co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian, "W.E." is produced by Madonna and Kris Thykier and executive produced by Scott Franklin ("Black Swan").

"W.E." will be released by the Weinstein Company. December 9, 2011 in New York and Los Angeles, expanding to additional markets through December, with a wider release anticipated in 2012.

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Watch A Clip of Madonna's New Movie W.E.

Madonna tries her hand at directing and writing for a second time in W.E., a romantic drama surrounding the real-life affair of American divorcée Wallis Simpson and England's King Edward VIII controversial affair.  Does Madonna have what it takes as a director?  You be the judge in this clip from W.E.

Madonna first gave the director's chair a stab with her directorial debut Filth and Wisdom in 2008.  The singer turned actress turned writer/director has often been giving grief for her cinematic choices and it doesn't seem to be any different with W.E. in which she wrote the screenplay with Alek Keshishian.  In W.E.,  the romantic drama focuses on a contemporary affair between a married woman and a Russian security guard juxtaposed with the royal scandal that rocked the United Kingdom when King Edward VIII

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Watch A Clip of Madonna's New Movie W.E.

Madonna tries her hand at directing and writing for a second time in W.E., a romantic drama surrounding the real-life affair of American divorcée Wallis Simpson and England's King Edward VIII controversial affair.  Does Madonna have what it takes as a director?  You be the judge in this clip from W.E.

Madonna first gave the director's chair a stab with her directorial debut Filth and Wisdom in 2008.  The singer turned actress turned writer/director has often been giving grief for her cinematic choices and it doesn't seem to be any different with W.E. in which she wrote the screenplay with Alek Keshishian.  In W.E.,  the romantic drama focuses on a contemporary affair between a married woman and a Russian security guard juxtaposed with the royal scandal that rocked the United Kingdom when King Edward VIII

Read more...
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New ‘W.E.’ Trailer

The Weinstein Co. released the official new trailer for the Madonna-directed “W.E.” The film stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy, Oscar Isaac and Natalie Dormer. Here is the film’s synopsis: Madonna's W.E. is a beautifully crafted, passionate tale about the search for true love in the modern world, viewed through the prism of one of history's most fabled romances. The year is 1998, and Manhattan is abuzz with anticipation about the upcoming auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. But the auction is far more than a diversion for Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish), a transplanted Southerner trapped in an unhappy and abusive marriage. Transfixed by the exquisite artifacts of the Windsors' lives, Wally becomes obsessed with the love story of Wallis Simspon (Andrea Riseborough), the chic, charismatic American who captured the heart of King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy). As she learns more
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