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Madonna reunited with Antonio Banderas last week when she made a surprise appearance at the premiere party for his new movie The Skin I Live In. The Spanish actor and director Pedro Almodovar celebrated the release of the thriller at New York cocktail bar Double Seven, where Madonna stopped by to congratulate Banderas, 20 years after she flirted with him in her documentary film Madonna: Truth or Dare. The pop superstar turned up to the event with her model boyfriend Brahim Zaibat and her ex-lover Carlos Leon, the father of her daughter Lourdes. Other guests at the bash included designers Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein, rocker Debbie Harry and actors Alan Cumming, Jason Momoa and his wife Lisa Bonet, according to the New York Post's Page Six column. © WENN »
"Whatever the crimes committed by Wallis Simpson — marrying a king, sparking a constitutional crisis, fraternising with Nazis — it's doubtful that she deserves the treatment meted out to her in W.E., Madonna's jaw-dropping take on 'the 20th-century's greatest royal love story.' The woman is defiled, humiliated, made to look like a joke. The fact that W.E. comes couched in the guise of a fawning, servile snow-job only makes the punishment feel all the more cruel." For the Guardian's Xan Brooks, W.E. is "a primped and simpering folly, the turkey that dreamed it was a peacock." 1 out of 5 stars.
"The follow-up to her debut feature Filth & Wisdom, which premiered in Berlin, tells two parallel stories," explains Boyd van Hoeij at Cineuropa. "The first involves the historical figure Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough), the twice-married American woman for whom the British King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) abdicated. The second involves a 1998 New Yorker, »
The Material Girl famously flaunted her crush on the Spanish hunk in her outrageous 1991 documentary In Bed With Madonna, which saw her flirt with a shy Banderas at a party in Spain.
The actor admits he was a nervous wreck in Madonna's presence - because he couldn't speak English and didn't know how to fend her off.
He tells Harper's Bazaar, "I couldn't speak English at the time. She said a lot of things at the table when we were having dinner - I couldn't understand s**t. I was just flipping out that I was sitting down close to Madonna. She was very famous already, and we were just local people.
"It was kind of flattering when somebody said, 'She likes you, a lot.' I said, 'Oh, really? I've no idea what I should do about this. I mean, I'm married (to first wife, Ana Leza).' So, nothing happened.
"I was afraid of it at the time, because she was a very powerful woman. I didn't want to be Madonna's boy. For good or for bad, I just wanted to have my own career."
The pair went on to star in the 1996 movie musical Evita together. »
W.E. is now Weinstein family. Rights to the directorial debut from Madonna have been acquired by the Weinstein Co., the studio announced Monday. Written by the singer and Alek Keshishian (director of Madonna: Truth or Dare), W.E. tells the love story of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson spanning six decades. The film stars Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Natalie Dormer (The Tudors), and James D’Arcy (Secret Diary of a Call Girl).
- Kate Ward
Filed under: Features, Summer Movies, New Releases, This Week in Movies
This Week in 1991: 'Thelma & Louise' and Madonna Take Charge
Twenty years ago this week (on May 24, 1991) came the wide release of two movies that celebrated strong, assertive women, the likes of which we'd seldom seen on screen before -- or since. The heroines of 'Thelma & Louise' were fictional, while the protagonist of the concert documentary 'Madonna: Truth or Dare' was not, but all three women demonstrated their own ways of standing up against long odds and taking charge in a man's world.
Both movies were epic in scope -- 'Thelma' from the sweeping all-American vistas and mythic sweep of Ridley Scott's direction; 'Truth' from the worldwide footprint of Madonna's 'Blonde Ambition' tour and the extravagant theatricality of her concerts -- yet also strikingly intimate. 'Truth' showed rare glimpses of the private, backstage Madonna as mother »
- Gary Susman
Filed under: Features, Documentaries, Best and Worst
With this week marking the 20th anniversary of 'Madonna: Truth or Dare,' we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favorite rockumentaries that channel the things we love most about the Material Girl's iconic tour doc. Rather than go for a list of the all-time greats, we've decided to go with five of our favorite rock docs that focus as much on the tour as they do on the band. Hard to say whether any of these acts hold a candle to the power of Madonna's cone bra on her 1990 "Blonde Ambition" tour, but these are some must-sees for anyone who loves to rock.
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- Aiden Redmond
A banished Norse god! Apocalyptic vampires! A vigilant yeg! A cute scene-stealing Capuchin monkey! Mutant teenagers! A bunch of drunk and horny bridesmaids! Big Foot! A Green Ring! Pirates, Zombies, and Mermaids! Karate kicking zoo animals! A couple of forest dwelling trolls! And one smokin' hot teacher! That's what awaits us at the Cineplex over the course of May and June, and it promises to be a scorcher!
It doesn't really matter how fast and furious things get on the big screen, the summer movie season doesn't officially kick off until May 6th. And this year Thor opens things with a lighting bolt blast of Marvel excitement. It doesn't come to an end until August 31st, when Sam Worthington sends us all back to school with The Debt. Between then and now, we will see some of the biggest movies of the year hit hard. Some will win, some will lose, »
The good news: Oprah Behind the Scenes on Own is exactly what it set out to be — a unfailingly honest and entertaining look at the making of The Oprah Show as it winds down its historic 25-year run in syndication. Now, the bad news: It can’t turn the fledging network into an overnight success (The network just tossed out its CEO Christina Norman). EW sat down with Winfrey at Harpo’s headquarters in Chicago, Ill., to talk about Behind the Scenes, how she comes across in the show, and whether she has any regrets about launching Own while still doing her talk show. »
- Lynette Rice
Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.
Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!
B. Monkey (1999)
Streaming Available: 05/01/2011
Director: Michael Radford
Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and »
- Travis Keune
The world has come down with a serious case of Bieber Fever… and with Justin Bieber: Never Say Never out in theaters tomorrow, we figured that this would be the perfect time to talk about some of our favorite Music/Band documentaries. There are so many that a couple have certainly been left out… but that just gives you something to discuss at the end!
Honorable Mention: The Fearless Freaks
If you have ever been to a The Flaming Lips concert, you know the kind of crazy, high energy show that these guys put on. In The Fearless Freaks viewers get to see the makings and evolution of this band from Oklahoma. It is an honest, genuine film that delves much deeper than just showing a band playing a show.
The popularity of big hair rock music was at its »
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10 items from 2011
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