75 posts categorized "W.E."
Born This Way Blog births a book.
Romney flip-flops on marriage-equality ban TWICE in a DAY.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg "more in sync" with Obama.
Charlie Cook, with insider info, sees it as advantage Obama.
Bill Clinton destroys Romney's budget.
Boxer Orlando Cruz wins first bout since coming out.
Billy Graham determined to be remembered as an asshole.
Ohio's #1 paper endorses Obama again; since 1980, every candidate it's endorsed has won Ohio and the presidency.
Abel Korzeniowski accepts World Soundtrack Award for W.
Viennese museum celebrates Naked Men.
Here are all my Oscars red carpet and telecast thoughts, compiled into one handy volume from Facebook. Horrible show. Obvious highlights would be Cirque du Soleil, Jim Rash soft-mocking Angelina Jolie and—can't believe this part was a highlight this year!—the lovely "in memoriam" section, even if Esperanza Spalding 100% lip-synched due to the complicated nature of the audio and the producers' decision to cut out any disparity in the amount of applause for some corpses over others.
Billy Crystal was totally off and should not host again, even though he did improve later on and his naughty political jabs were funniest. Neil Patrick Harris should expect a phone call soon if he hasn't already received it.
Here ya go. Thoughts?
Arianne Phillips speaks with Film Experience, and cites The People vs. Larry Flynt among her proudest achievements. (OMG, is anyone still alive from when Courtney Love, not Lady Gaga, was Madonna's appointed rival?) Great stuff!
I was lucky enough to be invited to the very first test screening of the Madonna-directed (and co-written, and produced) W.E. on June 13th at Broadway and 68th here in NYC, and since I was asked to sign no confidentiality agreement, I was tempted to report on it in its then-current state. After all, I found the film uneven but satisfying, stylish and pleasantly sensual if abundantly criticizable. Roger Friedman's grudging report from an insider was not total buzz-shit after all, just perhaps a bit too breathless.
Instead, I was strongly encouraged not to publish until the film was about to be released. Since the most interesting thing to blog about would have been the fact that Madonna was in the room for the focus grouping afterward, I decided to hold off. Unfortunately for Madonna, an anonymous person from that screening posted at DataLounge (with some false info, such as saying there was no discussion group afterward, that Madonna wasn't present, etc.) and the more negative parts became the basis for the first bad press W.E. received—and it got worse from there, with plenty of scorchingly negative reviews coming out of film fests.
Forget all that and read on for my review of the film, based on having seen the final product...
The Advocate story I told you about a while ago is finally out, a lengthy interview with Madonna by Ari Karpel fronted by this rather inventive '60s-rock poster inspired cover. (Not sure I understand the connection and it kind of plays up Madonna as aloof and untouchable, but it's at least a non-lazy way of making do with no exclusive cover photo.)
After I was a part of a recent round table with Madonna, I only quoted a few lines pertaining to her answer to my question about her jewelry after the event ended. Now that The Weinstein Company's Academy Award-nominated W.E., directed and co-written by Madonna (where is Alek Keshishian in all of this?), is releasing Friday, it's time to publish Madonna's answers to the various questions thrown at her by the inhabitants of what came to be known as "the gay room."
Keep in mind, my latest bright idea is that she film a special for LOGO called Madonna vs. 20 Gay Guys, where we—I mean they—pepper her with absolutely any questions they like and Madonna agrees to answer them all for an hour. In real life, our round table was like that, except no one dared ask scand'less stuff, like about her brother's book or Lady You-Know-Who-Ga.
Following is a story based on the recent roundtable I participated in with Madonna to promote The Weinstein Company's Academy Award-nominated W.E., in select theaters this Friday. Enjoy! CLICK HERE.