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27 February - Mario Testino kicked Madonna into touch on photoshoot
Famed photographer Mario Testino got physical to create the iconic image of Madonna on her Ray Of Light record cover - he kicked her into position.
The celebrity snapper worked with the Material Girl star to come up with an image for her now famous 1998 album cover sleeve.
But the photo shoot wasn't an easy one - with Testino having to physically tackle the notoriously tough singer to convince her to keep posing.
He says, "At 2pm she (Madonna) said, 'OK, I'm tired. We're done.' And I said, 'But I don't have the pictures yet.' She said, 'You're working for me and I say we're done.' I said, 'No, we carry on.'
"The picture she used on the cover came after that. She didn't intimidate me, you see. I thought, I have to push my luck here, so I started kicking her like this, with my foot. She was like, 'Hey, what are you doing?' And I was, like, move here, move here,' and suddenly this created an intimacy. When these people come across someone who treats them as an equal, it puts them at ease." (source: ContactMusic)
~ Coincidentally, Ray Of Light celebrates its 11th anniversary today. Happy Birthday! ;-)
25 February - Why Madonna wore the Beckham dress for W photoshoot
Costume designer Arianne Phillips, the stylist behind "Blame it on Rio," has been collaborating with Madonna for more than a decade, from the star's geisha-inspired period to her Patty Hearst look for American Life. Phillips, who also masterminded the clothing for Madonna's two previous epic photo portfolios for W (2003's "Madonna Unbound" and 2006's "Madonna Rides Again"), talked to us about the looks she chose for their latest collaboration.
The black zippered dress is so prominent in the story. What made you choose it and what did its designer (Victoria Beckham) have to do with it, if anything?
I initially chose this dress for the classic 50s-60s slim silhouette, which was what I was after for our story. I was also intrigued since it is from Beckham's debut collection -- I liked the "story" of one pop star to another. And I was pleasantly surprised at the high quality of the dress. The fabrication, details and fit are very well thought out.
Tell us about that graphic sequined dress. All the credit says is that it's vintage and from The Way We Wore, the vintage store in LA.
The dress is reminiscent of our initial inspiration for the shoot, the 1963 Jeanne Moreau film The Bay of Angels. It's from the select archives of Doris Raymond, the owner of The Way We Wore. Madonna had specifically requested I include some vintage 50s and early 60s garments to mix with the contemporary designer fashions, and Doris is my "go to" person for vintage. She has an amazing eye and unique sensitivity to vintage.
What are the sunglasses Madonna wears in so many of the shots?
I believe those are D&G. We loved them.
What's with the little lace gloves?
With styling I find it's always about balance -- not over accessorizing, while still being able to create a character. There was a finished, formal quality to the way women dressed in the 50s and 60s. Their outfits were complete with hat, gloves, jewelry and hosiery, and there was a modesty and femininity to the way women dressed. I found that the little lace gloves finished her character perfectly, as they're both demure and provocative.
What's up next for you?
I designed the costumes for Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, which is forthcoming this fall. Right now I'm helping refurbish and create some new looks for Madonna's summer tour extension and I'm getting ready to attend the women's collections in Paris. (source: W Magazine)
~ So it means there will be some changes in Madonna's costumes for the new Sticky & Sweet shows. Arianne Phillips created the Old School & Futuristic Rave outfits, the former will most likely get the most changes as on 4 shows Madonna sported a pink version of it. The Givenchy numbers will most likely remain the same. Of course we'll only know for sure in July...
23 February - Madonna turns back time at Oscar party
A remarkably fresh-faced Madonna attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party last night - looking much younger than her 50 years.
The recently divorced star revealed a glowing complexion - just days after being photographed with red raw, angry-looking skin.
There had been speculation the mother-of-three had endured a beauty treatment ahead of the ceremony.
She picked a floor-length black gown which showed off her toned arms and wore her hair in a casually tousled mane.
And it certainly seems to have paid off - for Madonna looked even younger than she had at the Oscars two years ago.
The Like A Virgin singer attended with her husband at the time, Guy Ritchie, again opting for a floor-length black gown.
But the singer's face looked visibly more lined back then.
Madonna, who watched ex-husband Sean Penn pick up a gong for his performance in Milk, was perhaps making an extra effort to stand out in the wake of her divorce.
In her new pursuit of all things young, the star is now dating 22-year-old Jesus Luz.
Last week it emerged that details of her and Ritchie's divorce could be made public when legal proceedings move to New York.
Court orders concerning their two sons need to be ratified as Madonna plans to live in the city permanently.
But unlike English family law courts, the New York Supreme Court hearing, listed for March 2, will be open to the public. (source: Daily Mail)
23 February - Sticky & Sweet Tour gets a show in Udine, Italy
Madonna's official tour site reveals great news for Italian fans: the Sticky & Sweet Tour is now scheduled to stop in a second show in Udine, Italy! Madonna will perform at the Stadio Friuli on July 16th, just after the Milan show. The ICON presales are happening tomorrow at 10 am while the public sales are on Thursday, February 26th. It's the first time since the Drowned World Tour that a Madonna tour stops for more than 1 Italian show, and it's the first time since 1990's Blond Ambition Tour that Madonna performs in 2 different Italian cities.
19 February - Belgrade & Bucharest shows announced, 2nd Oslo date added
Madonna.com finally announced the official tour dates for Serbia & Romania and they added a second date for Oslo, Norway, which is surprising because Madonna is going to perform 3 dates in a row at the end of July, which hadn't happened since the Drowned World Tour. Additionally, sales dates for Madrid & Tallinn have been revealed as well:
|Show date||City||Venue||Icon Member Presale||Public Sale|
|23 July||Madrid, Spain||Vicente Calderon||Mon Mar. 02 at 10am||Thu Mar. 05 at 8 am|
|29 July||Oslo, Norway||Valle Hovin Stadium||Thu Feb. 19 at 10am||Mon Feb. 23 at 9 am|
|04 August||Tallinn||Tallinn Song Festival Ground||Wed Feb. 25 at 10am||Thu Mar. 05 at 9 am|
|24 August||Belgrade, Serbia||USCE Park||Mon Feb. 23 at 10am||Fri Feb. 27 at 10 am|
|26 August||Bucharest, Romania||Parc Izvor||Mon Feb. 23 at 10am||Tue Mar. 03 at 10 am|
Russia remains the only officially announced country that still does not have a scheduled date. Currently, the 2009 leg of the Sticky & Sweet Tour has 25 shows scheduled, check out the full itineary here.
18 February - Madonna won't appear in 'New Moon' but may provide songs
Widespread Internet chatter that Madonna may participate in some capacity in the Twilight sequel, New Moon, may be only partly true, a source close to the production tells EW. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the movie series, has no plans to cast the pop star and sometime actor in New Moon. However, because Madonna's manager, Guy Oseary, is a producer on the project, there is some talk of her providing songs for the sequel. Still, no deals have been made yet, and the plans haven't progressed beyond the that'd be cool stage. (source: Entertainment Weekly)
18 February - Sticky & Sweet DVD delayed?
Brazilian fansite MadonnaOnline, who broke the news last month saying the new tour DVD would come out in March, is now reporting that the DVD is delayed until the end of the summer 2009 leg of the tour. They say it's mostly based on business decisions and that the disc will have loads of bonus material. The Brazilians also deny the rampant rumour that Madonna is not satisfied with the footage; the DVD concert is definitely Buenos Aires. Warner seems to be part of this whole scheme because they delayed the upcoming greatest hits to make sure it's released at the same time with the DVD so it could get more promo. There are talks about a possible 4th single released from Hard Candy to fill the gap, but nothing is certain.
It's bad news, but we can't argue with the fact that it would have been weird to have the DVD in our hands before catching her on tour again this summer. ;-) Let's hope it'll be worth the wait!
16 February - Sales info for Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenian Madonna fans, the Sticky & Sweet Tour will stop at Ljubljana's Hippodrome on August 20th. While the public ticket sale will start on February 23th, please note that a fan club devoted pre sale will start on February 17th, at 10am local time for Legacy members and at Noon local timefor newer members. (source: Madonna.com)
16 February - Sales info for Warsaw, Poland
We're happy to confirm that Madonna will perform at Warsaw's Bemowo Airport on August 15th. A devoted fan club presale will start on February 17th, at 10am local time for Legacy members and at Noon local time for newer members. Please note that the online public ticket sale for this show will start on February 20th and on February 27th for classic outlets. (source: Madonna.com)
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