"Sing out (Madonna), Louise!"

A happy 56th birthday to the Queen Herself. I was out for drinks with two friends the other night (Hi, Sue & Jordan!) and somehow the conversation turned to Madonna -- I can't remember how it got there -- and the Best Actress for Evita Golden Globe was discussed. 'Her one shot at an Oscar' ...but then of course she wasn't nominated. (1996 was an overstuffed year in Best Actress of course but even if it hadn't been, The Academy probably would have resisted.) But of course it wasn't her only shot at Oscar. They've snubbed her repeatedly in that Best Original Song category though two songs she sang but didn't write won the actual gold man ("Sooner or Later" from Dick Tracy by Stephen Sondheim and "You Must Love Me" from Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber). 

Her original songs from the movies in preference order:


"Into the Groove
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Briefs: Sam Smith Latches On To Our Hearts, MTV Will Continue “Faking It,” And The Tony “In Memoriam” You Didn’t See

Birthday shoutouts go to Johnny Depp (above), who is 51, Natalie Portman is 33, and Michael J. Fox is 53.

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has passed away at the age of 56. Among his many credits are The Young Ones and Drop Dead Fred

TV Line has a Revenge spoiler, but it was actually pretty much expected.

Same-Sex Marriages In Wisconsin Can Continue, Judge Rules

MTV has ordered a ten-episode second season of Faking It

That production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof that was canceled because of a heckling incident has been resurrected as a NOH8 fundraiser

Here’s out Sam Smith with the gorgeous “Latch”.

Buzzfeed presents 21 short and sexy celebrities.

Here’s the In Memoriam from The Tony Awards … which wasn’t actually televised.

Colton Haynes attends the Arrow photocall in Madrid.

Congratulations to the winner of the French Open! Here’s the faboo Grace Jones enjoying the occasion.
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A Walken Legend: Christopher’s Most Memorable Performances

He’s one of cinemas most intense performers and one of my all-time favourite movie icons, but Oscar-winner Christopher Walken has more in his locker than a menacing thousand-yard stare and gravity-defying hair-do. This week sees the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Martin McDonagh’s brilliant black comedy, Seven Psychopaths, in which Walken steals the show from under the nose of Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, as a loveable dog-napping petty crook, devoted pal and husband.

Over his 60 year career, which currently features over 12o credits, he’s featured in superhero blockbuster Batman Returns, gothic horror Sleepy Hollow; taken on suave British super spy 007 in A View To A Kill; chased rodents and marsupials in family favourites, Mousehunt and Kangaroo Jack, and tripped the light fantastic in Fatboy Slim’s memorable music video for Weapon Of Choice. Now Thn has picked out some of our favourite, and
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Briefs: Darren Criss Reaches That High Note and "Romeo & Juliet" Prepare To Die Again

Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"Never fall asleep when the kids have a sleepover."

Thanks to Darrien for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Nicholas Brendon (above) is 42, Ed O'Neill is 67, David Letterman is 66, Sarah Michelle Gellar is 36, and Claire Danes is 34. In ratings news, Glee was up 20%, while Hannibal held steady..Comedy legend Jonathan Winters has passed away at the age of 87. We'll always have the humor and Mearth that he gave us.Kristen Chenoweth will star as Matthew Broderick's sister in an untitled CBS comedy pilot.Harrison Ford On Gay Marriage: 'We're Getting There', says the man starring later this year in Ender's Game Just a
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Steve Eisner: A Post 50 Perspective On Mad Men: My, How Things Have Changed!

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Steve Eisner: A Post 50 Perspective On Mad Men: My, How Things Have Changed!
As a Baby Boomer and former ad agency head, I will be spending this Mad Men season commenting on how the show's themes would have played out differently had they occurred 20 years later, in 1986, when I was running my firm.

Let me start with the centerpiece of this week's show: Don Draper's surprise 40th birthday party in his upscale, au courant Manhattan apartment circa 1966. In both periods, staff members would have been self-conscious about congregating in the boss's home rather than in their place of work -- say, in the big conference room at the agency.

Beyond that, the '86 version of Don Draper's party would feel quite different. First, we would need to dim the lights to create more of an "Area" club feeling ("Area" was the hot 1986 NYC club, at 157 Hudson Street). Megan would have sprung for a light show, to encourage the full-out dancing popular at that time,
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The 100 Greatest Madonna Songs

The premiere of Madonna's video for "Give Me All Your Luvin,'" the first single off her new album M.D.N.A., is today, children. It's bound to be a little over-the-top and nutty, like the deranged song itself, and I assume it's not going to live up to the greatest stuff in Madonna's catalog. Then I remember: What does live up to the best stuff in Madonna's catalog? Turns out, not much. Madonna's repertoire is a varied and thundering collection of self-empowering pop ditties, soulful ballads, and kooky little anomalies. And they're mostly all irreplaceable. In the tradition of Rolling Stone, who listed their 100 Greatest Beatles Songs a couple years ago, let's reinspect Madonna's complete history and name her definitive 100 jams. Ready? Start disagreeing Now.

100. "Dance 2Night" from Hard Candy

Hard Candy’s most euphoric groove (and best dancefloor-filler) makes the stilted duo
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Happy Birthday, Madonna!

On this day 53 years ago in Bay City, Michigan, pop royalty was born in the form of Madonna Louise Ciccone, the third child of Silvio Ciccone and her namesake mother, Madonna Louise Fortin Ciccone.

Madonna’s rise to stardom is legendary. She briefly attended the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship before dropping out to move to New York City in late 1977. She famously arrived in NYC with just $35 in her pocket and worked briefly at a Dunkin’ Donuts before taking on odd jobs as a backup dancer and model (which came back to bite her in the butt after she got famous and some nude pics taken in ’78 were published in Penthouse and Playboy in ’85).

She was playing in a NYC-based band with an ex-boyfriend when a demo landed in the hands of then-Sire Records founder Seymour Stein, who famously signed Madonna to the label from his hospital
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Birthday Suits: Tilda's Frontal & Sam's Moon

I was going to try out this new quickie daily birthday feature. Only it's not quickie it's longie. I can't even do filler without breaking my back. Sigh, I'll never be a mega famous blogger. I care too much!

Today's birthdays 11/05

For those prone to celebrating the filmic and famous.

1905 Joel McCrea undervalued 40s star. Read this great piece on his career

1913 Vivien Leigh, more on her soon

1931 Ike Turner didn't deserve Tina. But, ugh, remember how great Laurence Fishburne was in What's Love Got To Do Without It?

1940 Elke Sommer, the German movie star turns 69 years young today. She was very generous with her birthday suit back in the 60s. Wouldn't you be if you looked like that? On a sad note I have never seen the infamous movie The Oscar (1966) which is about the Oscars that she co-stars in. Is it as bad as they say? I must see it.
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Pic Post! Madonna does "Sticky & Sweet" in London

Madonna kicked off the European leg of her "Sticky & Sweet" world tour in London over the weekend, and the fifty-year old superstar displayed more vitality than a performer half her age.

Of all gay allies Madonna has perhaps engendered the most debate, with opinions ranging from "crass opportunist" to "the greatest gay icon", but like Michael Jackson (who she paid tribute to at the London concert), there's no denying the impact she's had on pop music.

The crowd went wild when Tom Petty made a surprise appearance!

Personally, I much prefer her 80's output to the more recent stuff. I'll take Borderline and Live To Tell (which has the honor and distinction of being #15 on the official Snicks 80's Top 100) to anything she's done this decade.


The most blatant attempt at brown-nosing ever witnessed.

The set list for the 2009 leg includes such classics as Into the Groove and Holiday,
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Like A Prayer Tops Hall Of Fame-bound Madonna Song Poll

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Like A Prayer has emerged as the fans' favourite Madonna song on the day the Material Girl is inducted into the Rock + Roll Hall Of Fame.

The 1984 hit beat Ray Of Light, Into The Groove, Vogue and Live To Tell in a weekend (08/09Mar08) online vote at RollingStone.com.

Madonna will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame in New York on Monday night by Justin Timberlake.

As previously reported, fellow Michigan star Iggy Pop and the reformed Stooges will perform a musical tribute to Madonna at the event.

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