Dianne Houston Tapped to Adapt Rebecca Walker's 'Adé: A Love Story' for Madonna to Direct


Madonna is set to direct a screen adaptation of the novel "Adé: A Love Story," based on real life events of its author Rebecca Walker (daughter of Alice Walker). In the novel, a female 19-year old American student - black, white, and Jewish like the author herself - who sets out to travel with her friend to Egypt, and ends in Lamu, off the coast of Kenya. There, she falls in love with a handsome Swahili muslim man named Adé, who names her Farida. Conflict arises when the couple, who plan to marry and live in Kenya, are caught in the midst of a civil war that threatens their union.

The film adaptation of "Adé" will be produced by Bruce Cohen, whom you might recall shared a Best Picture Oscar for the film "American Beauty," and also produced the films "Milk" with Sean Penn, as well as the acclaimed hit "Silver Linings Playbook." Cohen will produce through his Bruce Cohen Productions company with Jessica Leventhal, his director of development, and author Rebecca Walker.

This will be Madonna's directorial follow-up to the 2011 feature film "W.E.," about the relationship between British King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. 

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The news about Madonna directing a new movie first broke off in March.

Is Madonna making... a rap album?!

Lucas Garrison of DJBooth.net is convinced Madonna's new album will, at least, be very rap-influenced. For that, he is reviewing evidence..

1. Larry D. Griffin, aka Symbolic 1, aka S1

The producer of many big names, such as Beyonce, Jay Z and Kanye, in an interview with the author said: "I was in the studio with Maddonna for two weeks, which was crazy. She flew me out for a week in L.A and we did four songs. And then she flew me out to New York and we did another four songs. I'm really excited about that stuff."Madonna doesn't just fly you out to both coasts for two weeks to record eight songs for shits and giggles. Eight tracks is a lot. That's almost an entire album. I have a hard time believing that eight songs are just going to go unheard. There has to be a plan right?

2. Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones aka Nas


Judging by her history, I feel like it's bigger news if Madonna doesn't lick somebody, so her slobbering on Nas didn't strike me as odd (real talk I'd probably do the same thing). What struck me was where the the licking occurred; on Nas' face, obviously, but also in a studio!

3. Chancelor Bennett aka Chance The Rapper


I wanted to think Madonna was making a rap album, but it felt more like I was chasing a unicorn. Now that Chance is involved, I really believed an album was in the works. Too many rappers for us to ignore.

4. Dacoury Natche aka DJ Dahi


That right there is a picture of DJ Dahi, pop producer Blood Diamonds, and a giant ceramic penis. Also, this mini documentary, on Dahi oh-so-casually mentions that Madonna has flown him out from L.A. to NYC to work.

And to finish the story with something juicy, rumor has it Madonna is collaborating with Kanye again...

[Remix of the Week] Vogue (Bit Error Remix)

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Madonna in the new Prada campaign?

Madonna's most recent Instagram photos suggest there's a new phooshoot on the way, done by the famous photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. We also noticed Prada shoes in the photos, so we can only think it's a new Prada ad, or maybe simply a new editorial..? 

In any case, these three can never disappoint!














PHOTOS: Madonna at WSJ. Magazine Innovator of the Year Awards

Madonna awarded 26-year-old dancer Lil Buck with a trophy at the event and before she presented him with the honour, Page Six reports the pop legend was forced to generate enthusiasm from the audience by commanding them to clap.
“I’ll tell you when there are applause moments. You need help. This is a museum crowd,” she is quoted as sighing into the microphone at the beginning of her speech.

#madonna presenting award to the amazing dancer #lilbuck . Side note I love you madonna (sorry had to get that in)

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Having an Innovative Moment! Far From Ordinary CharlesRiley........#rebelheart

Prada and Champagne gonna get me through the night! #werkingbitch

Only for you Lil Buck!@wallstreetjournal #rebelheart

PHOTOS: Madonna at Keep A Child Alive event in NYC

Madonna attended the Keep A Child Alive’s 11th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York (October 30 2014)

 

It’s a NY & Detroit thing! @madonna - Nas via Instagram

Self Obsession much? #unapologeticbitches - Madonna via Instagram

These Givenchy boots tho…………#unapologeticbitch - Madonna via Instagram

@Madonna making it clear keeping it clear... #rebelheart - Guy Oseary via Instagram

The Real Story Behind Madonna’s Iconic ‘Like a Virgin’ Performance at the 1984 VMAs

Ahead of MTV's first Music Video Awards, broadcast Sept. 14, 1984, the network was having difficulty booking top talent. Co-hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler were in their 30s, old for the MTV crowd, and ZZ Top had refused to play -- until the network pulled the band's videos and manager Bill Ham relented.
MTV did, however, secure a largely unknown singer whom MTV's Chip Rachlin recalls "was a bit difficult." Madonna wanted to sing a new song, "Like a Virgin," to a full-grown, white Bengal tiger. The big cat was nixed. Instead, she decided to emerge from a 17-foot tall wedding cake and sing the song in a white wedding dress, a bustier and a BOY TOY belt buckle -- a classic Madonna mixed message. But as she descended, one of her white stilettos slipped off. "So I thought, 'Well, I'll just pretend I meant to do this,' and I dove on the floor and I rolled around," she later said. "And, as I reached for the shoe, the dress went up. And the underpants were showing."



MTV viewers were treated to a full display of what Madonna was wearing under the dress.
"Was it perfect? No, but it worked," says her former manager Freddy DeMann. "I think we all know she had a few drinks, because she had to get up the nerve to crawl around like she did," says Les Garland, former executive vice president of programming at MTV. "She stole the show." But at the time, many industry people felt her performance was a disaster; her longtime publicist Liz Rosenberg says, "People came up to me and told me her career was over before it started." Huey Lewis recalls that his longtime agent Dan Weiner scoffed and said, "This gal, Madonna -- this is not going to happen."
Ratings for the show were good, which "allowed us to assert a certain pull in the music industry," Pittman says. Soon, music's biggest stars were vying to appear at the VMAs. The next year, the awards were hosted by Eddie Murphy, who was, in Garland's words, "the biggest star in the world." MTV -- thanks largely to Madonna -- had launched its first franchise.
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Madonna Rep Denies Ariel Pink Collaboration


While it's been reported that Madonna collaborated with hit-making producers like Diplo and Avicii on her upcoming 13th studio album, offbeat indie rocker Ariel Pink recently revealed that he too was recruited to work on the Material Girl's next LP. Unfortunately for Pink, he also shared his opinion on why Madonna wanted to work with him, and that's when the unlikely partnership ended.

"They need something edgy. They need songwriting," Pink told Faster Louder (via Pitchfork). "She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she's 20 years old. They actually need songs. I'm partly responsible for that return-to-values thing."
Pink didn't stop there. "I guess it's called 'throwback,' but the first record was so good because of the songs," he added. "It's been a downward slide [since]. Ray of Light is not cool. And all the other stuff she's done after that, it’s not like it matters. It really shows a drain of values. People need more substance in their mac-and-cheese. People need more sugar or something."

Those comments enough would warrant Pink being eliminated from Madonna's upcoming album… only he may not have been involved with the project to begin with. In a tweet to a fan calling for Pink's dismissal, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary wrote, "[Madonna] and I have never heard of [Pink]. The label may have reached out but M has no interest in working with mermaids." Oseary is likely referencing Ariel, the main character in Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Also coming to the aid of Madonna was Grimes, who tweeted "Ariel Pink's delusional misogyny is emblematic of the kind of bullshit [every] woman in this industry faces daily." Surprisingly, the Black Lips soon entered the fray in defense of Pink. In response to Grimes' tweet, the band wrote "how was that mysogonitic [sic]? He just said he didn't like much of her music after the first album?" (The Black Lips, after all, are no strangers to fighting against misogyny.) Grimes also added, "Also, Ray of Light is a masterpiece," to which Pink replied, "I prefer 'Live to Tell.' Also immaculate <3 nbsp="" p="">Pink's Twitter is now littered with retweets either in support of or slamming the "True Blue" singer, but in the face of his new infamy, it appears as though he won't be on the new Madonna album. "I haven't heard from Madge in the past 24hrs. Was it something I said? #thankyou #bigmouth #nexttime," he tweeted Tuesday morning.

As for Madonna's new album, Rolling Stone spoke to Oseary recently and the manager revealed that the singer is hard at work on the follow-up to MDNA, but it's still unclear whether the album will arrive later this year or 2015. Oseary also confirmed that Madonna was working in the studio with Diplo, as teased on her Instagram account. "She loves Instagram. She’s so happy she doesn’t have to go through management to talk to her fans," Oseary tells Rolling Stone. "I can see exactly what she's up to, which is great. But, in her mind, she's really happy that she can do whatever she wants, and I can’t even have an opinion on it because it’s already out by the time it's done."

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[Remix of the Week] Get Over (Nick Scotti ft Madonna)

Ok, not exactly a remix, but it sure is worth listening: While attending photographer Herb Ritt's birthday party in Los Angeles, Madonna had an encounter with Nick Scotti, a young singer/actor/model. They seemed to get along pretty well and ended up doing a song together. Madonna and Steve Bray wrote it, Nick did the vocals with Madonna in backup.
'Get Over' was featured in the 1991 movie Nothing But Trouble (with Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase and Demi Moore). Although the movie is best forgotten, the song landed Scotti a recording contract with Warner/Reprise. In 1993 he released his first album 'Wake Up Everybody'. The album contained 10 songs, with 'Get Over' topping the list.
When asked if he just got his break in the recording industry because he was Madonna's boy-toy, Nick replied: "Whether or not I've shared intimacy with Madonna, she wouldn't have worked with me if she felt like I'd be an embarrassment. I'm really proud that I worked with her. But I wasn't Madonna's protege."



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The Madonna 2015 calendar now available

Seems like Madonna is getting the best out of her Instagram account: she just announced her 2015 calendar, using what appears to be an outtake from the L'Uomo Vogue session with Tom Munro.

"Poppin Bottles......See for yourself in my new calendar on madonna.com! Pre order now! #bitchimmadonna"

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