2610 posts categorized "MADONNA"

Sep 23 2015
Amazon Race: ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA Is Here! Comments (0)

*******FINACL BW COVER JPEGCover photo by Richard Corman. Book design by Anthony Coombs.

Finally, it's here.

It took a year from the time of my successful Kickstarter campaign, but my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20—an update of my original Madonna bio from 1995—is now finished and ready to be digested, argued about, praised, and trashed ... just like Madonna herself.

If you were one of the people who gave $45 or more to my Kickstarter campaign in fall 2014,or if you bought a book from me via Paypal in July 2015, your Limited Edition, which has an exclusive cover by Pegasus Street Artist that looks like this:


... is either on its way to you or soon will be. IF YOU ORDERED A BOOK AND DON'T HAVE IT 30 DAYS FROM TODAY, FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME AT THAT TIME: matthewrettenmund@gmail.com.

Full disclosure: Because I collected money in advance, I am stuck now having to sit and individually order each of those copies from my printer, one by one. All 500. Yeah. So please be patient, and please know I am impatiently trying to get your book to you. Those people will also receive, separately in the mail, a signed/numbered bookplate. The bookplates look like this:


The first 100 copies get the '70s illustration, the next 100 get the '80s and so on. No one can request the era they want; it's all pre-assigned. Alejandro Mogollo outdid himself on these collectible bookplates, as well as on the 20+ images he contributed to my book.

Here is a sample of a new illustration (not in my book) that Alejandro just did to give you another taste of his brilliance:

12038993_10206629141440273_4163913888625778184_oIllustration by Alejandro Mogollo

The people who paid early got the benefit of a discounted price for a limited version of the book, but the regular edition ($65) is also very cool—the limited edition is 600 pages, while the regular is still 584, and the regular edition has a never-ever-before-seen image of Madonna and her gang circa 1983 on the back cover.

For anyone still interested in a limited edition, I am going to see how many I have left after I ship all my sold copies. It won't be many, so I can't play favorites and alert people individually. My plan is to eBay those last remaining copies so everyone has a chance; and I would eBay however many are left simultaneously so the prices remain sane.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has contributed. Please share this link (and use hashtags #EncyclopediaMadonnica and #EM20) to help me move some books:


I'm seeing my final Rebel Heart Tour show in Philly tomorrow, so this is a big week for closure!

Stay tuned for news of an NYC book party!!!

Need To Know: Bush League + Drug CEO Dragged + Very Happy Birthday + Shot In The Dark + Piece Of Him + MORE! Comments (0)

Tumblr_ntz9ap7XxO1untprdo1_500Brow ... just ... brow!

*widget boy cultureThose eyebrows, though! Images

*widget boy cultureObamas welcome the Pope in D.C.

*widget boy cultureEvil Martin Shrkeli will lower drug price after outcry, before going to hell.

*widget boy cultureWarner/Chappell loses massive copyright case regarding “Happy Birthday.”

*widget boy cultureLIFE BEGINS AT DECEPTION: Carly Fiorina is a bald-faced liar.

*widget boy cultureTeacher tells kid that being left-handed is satanic.

*widget boy cultureNYPD cop blew away an innocent person, claims he was tipsy.

*widget boy cultureHa-ha hot:


*widget boy cultureSexy Britney dancer goes nekkid.

*widget boy cultureFranklin Graham seriously thinks the Muppets are subversive.

*widget boy cultureBrand-new, 70-year-old cabinets.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's “Don't Cry for Me Argentina” moment.

*widget boy cultureAmy Schumer ate something precious to Jake Gyllenhaal.

*widget boy cultureJockstrap fever. Images


Sep 22 2015
Bitch, He's Not Madonna Comments (0)

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Zexy Dimitry M. Zicro turns in the best accordion rendition of “Bitch I'm Madonna” you're likely to hear.

Sep 20 2015
He's Been Auditioning To Be A REBEL HEART Bitch For Years! Comments (0)

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Listen, Fabio wants to meet Madonna. Like, now ...

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Jackie Collins, Best-Selling Author & Chronicler Of Hollywood, Dies @ 77 Comments (0)

JackieCollinsOctober 4, 1937—September 19, 2015

I had the good fortune to meet Jackie Collins, Joan's scandalously successful scribbler sister, four years ago. It was a treat because I'd read some of her unapologetically salacious novels as a kid (rummage sales were a great place to find 10-cent copies of The Bitch or The Stud, but I was first in line for the tacky-fab Hollywood Wives) and because in person she turned out to be a down-to-earth doll.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0154356dfdc4970cJackie was the picture of health four years ago.

Collins, who died after a mostly secret battle with breast cancer yesterday at age 77, was just one of the girls, in spite of the glitz and glamour that were her milieu. She talked about binge-watching all the latest buzzed-about TV shows at the event I attended, and proudly introduced us to her GBF.

Joan was my age (!) when she made this deliciously shameless flick!

1 stud tieinThe author had decided not to go public with her cancer battle until the past month, when she felt it couldn't be hidden, which is in stark contrast to the push public figures get to be open and honest about disease to help raise awareness. I think we are all aware of the scourge of breast cancer, which has robbed us of countless women and not a few men, so I respect her decision not to admit she was afflicted in order to live her life instead of living her death.

Hollywood Wives was a precursor to IMDb!

A great dame ... and it doesn't hurt that she was a huge Madonna fan who kept her sister making movies in the '70s. As Sandra Bullock says of her: “Heaven, watch out!”

Hey, You Guys ... What? ... Listen: Madonna Gives Debi Mazar Props, Treats With GHOSTTOWN Comments (0)

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Madonna's Brooklyn stop on her Rebel Heart Tour was her best show yet (that I've seen)—it was more on the money than the rest, and the audience was much more enthusiastic. 

Several highlights: She sang “Ghosttown” (adding it to her set list without deleting anything) and received such a thunderous round of applause she cried; she told a juicy story about Sean Penn; and she warmly acknowledged Debi Mazar before singing “True Blue.”

I'll do a thorough review of her Rebel Heart Tour at some point, but catch the Debi M and “Ghosttown” videos after the jump for now ...

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Sep 19 2015
Bitch, I'm (Not) Madonna: Nadya Ginsburg Crowds Madge's Pole Comments (0)

IMG_2632Nadya in full sneer as the Big M. (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

I was lucky enough to catch Nadya Ginsburg's second NYC performance of Madonnalogues at the Laurie Beechman, which—as she pointed out in character as Madonna—is in “the bowels of the West Bank Café.”

With her hysterical YouTube videos and this ever-evolving (some might say she re-invents herself) one-woman show, Ginsburg skewers Madonna and our perceptions of her, both positive and negative, fearlessly. Sometimes it's so funny it hurts, but it's always funny because she's a true student of Madonna, not a lazy hater. The foibles she holds up for mockery apply not only to Madonna, but to our culture, and to us all.

Well, maybe the joke about banging Rocco's friends is a little ... specific.

IMG_2661Gypsys, tramps & tweets (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

Along with Madonna, Ginsburg nails Cher (perhaps even more perfectly???) and Winona Ryder, plus tries out a character best described as someone an Amy Sedaris creation would find weird.

IMG_2675Your friendly guide (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

The show's highlights would have to be her pitch-perfect recitations of Cher's otherworldly tweets and the finale, an extended peek at Madonna's creative proh-cess while in the recording studio.

IMG_2699Madonna's Hilary-Duff-in-a-bad-mood phase (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

Ginsburg ended her well-received show (which was packed with many of the same faces I've been seeing at this week's Rebel Heart Tour shows) with a short speech about how Madonna can't win, and how her fun-poking is not meant to draw blood.

IMG_2731I totally relate to Nadya, who has the ability to be mean ... but worries about it. (Photo by Matthew Rettenmund)

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Catch her anytime you can—her sugar is raw.

P.S. The performance was given an unfunnily great rendition of Madonna's “Devil Pray” by recording artist Coby Koehl (pictured at left).

Bitch could sing.

Keep reading for some shots from after the show ...

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Sep 18 2015
Pole Cat Comments (0)


Anthony Coombs is the talented guy who took on the herculean task of designing my 600-page Encyclopedia Madonnica (available on Amazon soon). Above, he displays his visual wit. I wouldn't be shocked if this image circulates for years and is taken as being legit.


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