Abel Ferrara, the director of the thought-provoking Welcome To New York, King of New York and Bad Lieutenant, explores the dark side of the artistic mind in Dangerous Game.

Enfant terrible director Eddie Israel (Harvey Keitel, Bad Lieutenant) is in Los Angeles working on his latest project, a lacerating tale of a crumbling marriage, in what will become a cinematic Rorschach test as on-screen events mirror his own deteriorating marriage and the personal lives of his actors. Eddie will push the jaded leading lady, Sarah Jennings (Madonna, Desperately Seeking Susan) and her promiscuous co-star, Francis Burns (James Russo, Extremities) to the brink of insanity all while capturing every lurid detail on celluloid.

Dangerous Game, written by Nicholas St. John (King of New York) co-stars Nancy Ferrara (The Blackout), Reilly Murphy (Body Snatchers) and Victor Argo (Taxi Driver).

Dangerous Game Blu-ray Street date: October 27.

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REBEL HEART TOUR : What It’s Like to Choreograph for Madonna

megjill-007Few gigs compare to creating the moves for Madonna. Choreographer Megan Lawson is living that dream.

Lawson, whom you might know from Fanny Pak, began working on Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour a few months ago. But it’s not her first rodeo with the Queen of Pop. The Canadian-born choreographer was also responsible for the moves in Madonna’s “Living for Love” and “Ghosttown” videos, along with Madonna’s 2015 Grammy Awards performance, and was a contributing choreographer to Madge’s MDMA tour.

Dance Spirit spoke with Lawson about her work on the upcoming tour.

Dance Spirit: What’s the process of choreographing for a tour of this scale?
Megan Lawson: Jamie King is the show’s director. The process starts with a discussion between Jamie, Madonna and I about ideas and concepts. Then, my dancers, Jamie and I get into the studio and experiment for a while before presenting to M. She always has a hand in the choreography. She loves to be part of the process and collaborate with everyone, from the lighting designer to the makeup artist. I’d say every number in the tour has at least one part Madonna choreographed herself. It’s a really fun process.

DS: Are there other choreographers working with you?
ML: Since I’m the lead choreographer on this tour, I got to recommend other choreographers to collaborate with. I was so fortunate to bring in other artists, including Jillian Meyers, Matt Cady and Kevin Maher, who are all friends of mine. The great thing about involving other choreographers is that the show becomes really diverse. Every song is different stylistically, and each has a unique choreographic vibe.

DS: Does anything about the tour scare you?
ML: Getting it all done in time! It’s been a challenge to coordinate everything. Madonna doesn’t settle for anything but the best—she’s a perfectionist. It takes time. This is certainly the biggest-scale production I’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait to see it all come together. I know it will. But right now it’s crunch time, and that’s a little scary.

DS: What are your top three favorite Madonna songs?
ML: “Human Nature,” “Messiah” and “Falling Free.”

DS: What’s your advice for Dance Spirit readers?
ML: Explore as many avenues as you can. I never really had goals or plans that were set in stone. I just knew I wanted to dance and create for living. I tried lots of different things—from taking a wide variety of classes to assisting choreographers to picking up small gigs here and there. What really paid off the most, though, was grabbing some friends and making a few little videos of my own. Those experiences were more satisfying than working as a backup dancer—and Madonna ended up hiring me after seeing some of the clips! It’s OK if your goals change over time. Be open to your desires and follow your heart.




“With Madonna… I had to gain her trust. I was really honest with her in the studio about what I’m doing, what we’re doing. I wasn’t like a fan. She knows I wasn’t trying to be there and make some money..”

Madonna gave Diplo full permission to go left-field on songs like “Bitch I’m Madonna,” which features production work from SOPHIE, an affiliate of London’s enigmatic PC Music collective. “I think Madonna’s manager was like, ‘Who is this person?’ and I was like, ‘Trust me, this is very cool to have him be part of this song,’” Diplo remembers. “PC Music is a really post-modern attempt at pop. It’s something the kids are generating because everything is so clean as far dance music [is concerned].”


Watch the full interview here


Madonna is going to kick off her Rebel Heart Tour in Montreal on September 9, and it is already set to be another massively successful tour. According to Forbes, tickets are going for very high secondary market prices and may be another record-breaking tour.

The Queen of Pop is set to hit the road, and may be on track to break tour records yet again as well… the average Madonna ticket is $331 on the secondary market for her US dates.

Forbes notes that the average price for tickets on the secondary market is much higher than it was on Madonna’s previous tour. However, it’s important to note that judging a tour’s success on sales from secondary sellers can be misleading.

In the past couple of years, early reports of tours by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, and even Madonna herself were initially reported as flops because secondary prices were cheaper than prices at the box office. However, the artist could care less about secondary prices, which usually come down in price because scalpers overestimate demand. If Beyoncé sells over 40,000 tickets a night and makes $5 million, her show is a success.

Primary ticket sales for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour are strong, even if pre-sales aren’t as massive as previous tours. Madonna has added secondary dates in several cities. There are some cities in which Madonna only has single dates (mostly in North America), despite previously being able to book doubles. However, she will more than make up for the money lost since tickets on the Rebel Heart Tour are more expensive than they were on previous tours.

A talk with a Live Nation representative earlier this week indicates that Madonna could add more secondary dates in North America next year, given that most shows are more than 90 percent sold out. Perhaps they are waiting to see how the shows are received. According to the Huffington Post, Madonna fans can, as usual, expect the unexpected.

The tour’s set list will likely feature some of those [recent] songs, but the prospect of her reinventing her back catalog yet again — not just for younger audiences who might not have been around for their first trips up the charts, but for diehards who have followed her around the world — is exciting, especially given the way she’s turned her songs inside-out in the past.

Madonna may not sell a lot of albums anymore (albums are hard to sell when they leak online three months before their release date), but that hardly matters. Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour will leave recent tours by such “competitors” as Lady Gaga and Janet Jackson in the dust — in terms of both ticket sales and possibly concert quality.

Source : Inquisitr


The Queen of Pop is set to hit the road, and may be on track to break tour records yet again as well. Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” tour, a tour in support of her thirteenth studio album, which she released in March, is scheduled to kick off on September 9 in Montreal. The North American leg of the tour will wrap up in October (although several additional dates are scheduled in North America for 2016), and will cover Europe and the U.K. in November and December.

In her touring past, Madonna has smashed records on the road. According to the Billboard Boxscore, Madonna’s MDNA tour in 2012 grossed $305 million and moved 2.2 million tickets to 88 shows. That year, it was the highest grossing tour. On that run, the show made a stop at London’s Hyde Park, a stadium with a massive 65,000 capacity. The average ticket price for that show was $250, with a get-in price of $170. In the U.S., Madonna played two shows at Yankee Stadium, a venue with a 49,642 capacity, and the average ticket price was $204.70, with a get-in of just $28. On the second night, the average ticket price was $171.13 with a get-in price of $51. To compare, on her upcoming Rebel Heart tour, the average Madonna ticket is $331 on the secondary market for her US dates.

She is set to play two London dates in December at the O2 Arena, a 20,000 capacity arena. For her first show on December 1, the average ticket price to see Madonna is $366, with get-in ticket prices of $334. She is slotted to play two dates in New York City in September, one at Madison Square Garden (18,200 capacity), and the other at The Barclays Arena in Brooklyn (18,103 capacity). The MSG show on September 16 has an average ticket price of $387, with a get-in price of $114, and the Barclays Arena show has an average ticket price of $475, with a get-in price of $77, according to Ticketbis.

Madonna’s 2006 Confessions tour grossed $194 million and had 1.2 million tickets sold to 60 shows. Her most successful run yet, her 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet tour, grossed $408 million for 3.5 million tickets sold. It continues to hold the record for the biggest tour ever for a female artist. With her ticket sales already competitive on the secondary market, Madonna may be on track to break more records with Rebel Heart.

Source : Forbes

Source : Forbes


Where were you when you first heard Madonna?

It’s a question that pop fans who devoured the offerings put forth by MTV and top-40 radio during the Eighties and Nineties can probably answer without thinking. Mine: “Borderline,” off her self-titled debut and an MTV staple thanks to its video, which mixed high art and graffiti and hopscotch. The song’s wounded, yet bubbly production made me dance; Madonna’s effortless cool gave me a glimpse at what bohemian adulthood might be like.

The songs of hers that I probably remember best, though, are the ones on her 1986 album True Blue, which served as the official warm-up album for a dance class I took during sixth grade; any mention of the pugilistic actor Jimmy Cagney, to whom Madonna dedicated that album’s feisty “White Heat,” flashes me back to the afternoons of leotards and stretching at the barre.

No matter what era of Madonna one remembers most fondly — the crumpled white dress of the “Like A Virgin” era, the negligee-and-brown-hair “Like A Prayer” period, the glossier, wiser Madge that emerged after she discovered EDM — quite a few Madonna memories will be conjured by the “Rebel Heart” tour, which kicks off in Montreal on September 9.

But don’t expect memories of past chart-toppers like “Dress You Up,” “Holiday,” and “Who’s That Girl” to match themselves exactly to what’ll happen on stage.

“I realize that people want to hear my older stuff, so for me it’s always a tricky balance trying to keep some continuity, not only with sound, sonically, but also thematically,” Madonna told Bravo head honcho Andy Cohen in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview. “That’s why a lot of times I have to take the songs and turn them inside out and make them more ironic than straightforward so that they work for me.”

Madonna’ s 10th worldwide tour is being promoted with a poster of the chameleonic singer with a sword plunged into her chest, a direct reference to the title of her most recent album, Rebel Heart, the cover of which depicts her face bound in black wires. Her playing with provocative imagery will continue on tour — a teaser for the tour released last month offers a glimpse of someone sporting a nun’s habit while dancing on a stripper pole. The image isn’t surprising given Madonna’s past, from “Like A Virgin” on.

Rebel Heart, the album to which Madonna is pegging this tour, is a fairly solid effort. Always one to be hyperaware of what’s trending around the pop world, Madonna collaborated with the EDM titan Avicii and the globe-trotting producer Diplo, as well as next-generation pop auteurs like Ariel Rechtshaid and Natalia Kills. It’s a move into the 21st century’s second decade that, while not perfect, often has moments of bliss — on the sumptuous “Joan Of Arc,” a worthy successor to other downtempo tracks like “La Isla Bonita,” Madonna sings over a delicately plucked acoustic guitar, while she sighs over a gently bouncing beat on “Body Shop,” a playful dude-as-car metaphor. Then there’s the brash “Bitch I’m Madonna,” in which the Material Girl reminds everyone of her formidable legacy.

The tour’s set list will likely feature some of those songs, but the prospect of her reinventing her back catalog yet again — not just for younger audiences who might not have been around for their first trips up the charts, but for diehards who have followed her around the world — is exciting, especially given the way she’s turned her songs inside-out in the past.

The 1991 documentary Madonna: Truth Or Dare offered a raunchy, sometimes tense glimpse at Madonna’s tour life. (Her openness was unsurprising to her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty: “She doesn’t want to live off-camera, much less talk… What point is there of existing off-camera?” he asked at one point.) But it also allowed viewers a chance to see how she reinvented her songs top-to-bottom on tour, and didn’t simply remake her MTV-saturating videos onstage: Her reworking of “Like A Virgin” into an extended vamp that ended with a simulated masturbation scene was so scandalous to early-’90s audiences, police officers in Toronto threatened to arrest her after the show if it went on — but it also became an MTV staple thanks to the way it wholly updated a song that was so crucial to the channel’s earliest days.
The reigning doyenne of the “pop stars who can fill stadia” set, Madonna last went on the road in 2012 to promote her push into EDM MDNA. That 88-date run, which was kicked off by her appearance at Super Bowl XLVI, wound up being the year’s highest-grossing tour. It made $305 million and featured a full-on fashion show (and an update of her storied cone bra) during “Vogue”

Madonna also turned the empowerment anthem “Express Yourself” into an explosion of majorettes (and nodded at the many similarities between that 1989 jam and Lady Gaga’s 2011 ode to self-love, “Born This Way”)

These treatments have a .0000001% chance of being repeated this time around, but they do offer a glimpse at how Madonna treats her back catalog as germs for bigger ideas — sometimes serious, sometimes silly, always with her trademark blend of bravado and sock-it-to-you hooks. While she might not be the most technically gifted singer, live shows allow Madonna to create a fully realized pop world into which she invites her fans — a place where she not only trades in the kind of titillating shock that defined her earliest days, but where she unearths surprises in the already known.

Source: HuffingtonPost


Often recalled as the “Marie Antoinette” performance, Madonna’s game-changing 1990 rendition of her hit “Vogue” was based on the film Dangerous Liaisons, with Madge donning Michelle Pfeiffer’s actual dress from the movie. Luis Camacho and Jose Gutierez, both of whom danced on Madonna’s “Blonde Ambition” tour and choreographed and danced in the original “Vogue” video and VMA number, recall that unforgettable night.

Gutierez: At first, we were going to do another song, ’cause people were already sick of us doing this. We had already vogued all year. It was between “Keep it Together” and something else.

Camacho: The idea [for the “Vogue” performance] came about during a game of charades. During the last days of the tour, we were in the South of France, in Nice, and one of the charades was Dangerous Liaisons. I was sitting next to her, and Madonna goes, “You know, that’s very ‘Vogue.’ ”

Gutierez: For the choreography, I was trying to basically keep the same stuff that was in the chorus section [of the video]. Everyone remembers those counts of eight from the chorus. Voguing is very arrogant and very aristocratic with all this attitude, so I think the theme and the costumes made us emulate it even more.

Camacho: The only thing that had us a little nervous were the fans the women [dancers] had. At one point in the choreography, they flipped the fans in the air, and they’re supposed to catch them. At almost every rehearsal, somebody would drop the fan.

Gutierez: Janet Jackson’s dancers also were performing that night, and there was always this Janet and Madonna competition throughout the years. Janet opened the show with “Black Cat” and we were closing the show, so we got to see them go on first. We were so amped because we were like, “Oh my God, they sucked! They were so bad!” We were like, “Oh, it’s in the bag!”

Camacho: We were also up for an award that night for best choreography.

Gutierez: I really wanted to win, but I knew that we weren’t going to. Madonna told us, “Don’t get your hopes up, because it’s very political in these awards ceremonies. They’re not going to give it to two young kids from the Lower East Side.” I was like, “You don’t know that!”

Camacho: By the time we went to perform, we [hadn’t won]. Standing offstage, Jose and I felt like, “We are about to show you why we should have gotten that award.” We always did a prayer circle before we went on stage. Madonna was like, “Let’s go out there and give it to them! Let’s serve it up, ladies and gentlemen!”

Gutierez: You can see our energy. It’s that moment when the curtain goes up and we are there, and everyone in the crowd just rises to their feet. I was jumping out of my skin.

Camacho: And no one dropped a fan! After they all caught it, we all clapped and breathed a sigh of relief. It was a nail-biter.

Gutierez: Talking about it now is like reliving those moments of being on stage—it gives you this rush of wanting to be the best and wanting to leave such an impression. It’s crazy because 25 years later, people still remember. I still get recognized on the street from this job that I did 25 years ago, and it feels so good.

Source : TvInsider


I am the youngest of four kids and my mom’s only daughter. My mom was one of nine girls in her family, so you can imagine the tidal wave of estrogen that washed over me in the form of dresses, hair bows and dolls when I was born. They had such high girly hopes for me. But I grew up with three brothers, so you can imagine how I failed to meet their expectations. My mom wanted a girl who liked to do her hair, play dress up and be pretty. What she got instead was a little girl who rough-housed with her brothers and wanted a plastic Rambo knife for Christmas (the top part was also a compass!). My mom wanted me to like pink; I liked blue. My mom wanted me to act lady-like; I could burp the alphabet. My mom wanted me to like Debbie Gibson or Belinda Carlisle, but instead, I liked Madonna.

And not ’80s Madonna, mind you. I liked ’90s, vogue-ing, cone-bra-wearing, hitchhiking naked for Sex book Madonna. So I completely understood my mom’s concern that Madonna would encourage her child to be a brazen slut. But here I am in my late 30s, and I never once hitchhiked with my ass hanging out or owned a cone bra ever. (I do admit to having overdosed on vogue-ing a time or two, but it wasn’t a problem Bengay couldn’t take care of.) In actuality, my mom had nothing to worry about, because Madonna was a positive influence on me, both then and now.

Here are five things about Madonna that made her a great role model for the awkward and insecure teenager I used to be.

1. She’s a Hard Worker

Madonna didn’t start off in the music business with the help of a manager dad or mom. The only support she was getting was from her own two feet. Madonna is a brand, yet she started with just $35 in her pocket and a part-time job at Dunkin’ Donuts. In the first couple years, Madonna was practically homeless, eating popcorn every day because it was all she could afford. She was robbed, she was raped, and her dreams of being a professional ballet dancer were eventually dashed (she was too short). No one would have been surprised if she gave it all up and went back to Michigan. But Madonna didn’t throw in the towel. Instead, she tweaked her brand vision and focused on making music instead, which she promoted without the help of YouTube or social media. Meaning, Madonna hit the pavement every night, passing out her cassette tapes to any DJ who would take it. And now, more than 30 years later, she’s still working hard as she prepares to embark on her new Rebel Heart world tour next month (which I’m going to in October!).

2. She Speaks Her Mind

We live in a world where celebrities have publicists who carefully craft the words they say so that they are safe for public consumption. They say the right thing, make no mistakes, leave feathers unruffled, and in return, we get uninteresting, one dimensional, Hollywood handcrafted celebrities. If you want to see true realness, check out Madonna’s 1990 Nightline interview, where she defends her video, “Justify My Love” (which was also the first video MTV banned) and challenges the media’s conservative views on nudity and sex. Madonna stumbles, mispronounces things and sometimes sounds like she wants to kick that smug look off the newscaster’s face. It’s not perfect, definitely unscripted, and yet, I remember being so impressed by her. This was Madonna going off in her own words, defending her passions and voicing her opinions.

3. She’s an Overly Confident Woman

And she doesn’t apologize for it, which made a huge impression on me. I remember seeing Madonna’s interview on American Bandstand. When Dick Clark asked her what her plans for the future were, she responded, “To rule the world,” and not in a jokey manner, but more like she was making a prediction. She was proud of who she was and of her body, her mind and her sexuality. Simply put, she just oozed self confidence. If you want to see it up close and personal, watch Madonna’s “Vogue” performance for the MTV movie awards, and tell me those aren’t the look and movements of a woman who thinks she’s absolutely fabulous.

It might be off-putting and obnoxious for a lot of people, but for seventh-grade me, her over-the-top confidence was something I wanted to have for myself.

4. She’s a “Bitch”

Madonna once famously said, “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” In just once sentence, Madonna turned a demeaning insult into a compliment, and from that day on, I learned that the proper response to being called a bitch is a simple, “Thank you.”

5. She Doesn’t Care What Other People Think

Long before Taylor Swift started singing about shaking off other people’s negative opinions, Madonna was already a full-time professional at shaking things off. At the height of her popularity in the ’80s, the media found nude pictures Madonna had posed for before she got famous. The photos were plastered on every newspaper and magazine and shown on all of the news channels. They called her a slut, a tramp and everything else in between. But instead of hiring a team of publicists to issue an apology for the news or even write out an explanation, Madonna’s only response to her nude pictures was:


Even now, after racking up countless awards, number-one songs, albums and record-breaking tours, Madonna gets half the respect that her male counterparts do and is still the media’s favorite punching bag—attacking everything from her music, her looks, her behavior and now, her age. But Madonna thwarts the media’s attempts to make her feel bad about herself time and time again by just not giving one single fuck about what anyone says about her and by using her amazing success as a big middle finger to all the haters.

Happy Birthday, Madonna. Thank you for always being such a badass.
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CJ0gvfeW8AAyJNRLess than one month from now, the Queen of Pop will embark on her tenth world tour in support of her thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart. Madonna, who just turned 57, has been in the headlines quite a lot in the past year. In late 2014, over a dozen of her early demos were leaked online, forcing her to make the best of a bad situation and release them prematurely.

Following that ordeal was a controversial decision by BBC’s Radio 1 to stop playing her music, out of fear that she was “too old” and young audiences would stop listening; even though she’s enlisted help from younger contemporaries like Nicki Minaj, Diplo and Avicii. The “Bitch I’m Madonna” singer even had cameos from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé and Kanye West in the video for her latest single, which has peaked at 84 on the Billboard Hot 100. Interesting fact, Rebel Heart will be Madonna’s first major album release not to chart a song within the Top 10. This has led many fans and critics to say that Madonna may finally, after over thirty years in the industry, have a flop on her hands. Is Madonna running out of steam? Hardly.

She caught a lot of flak for her now-infamous lip lock with Drake at the Coachella Music Festival. Had any other young artist, like Miley or Nicki, done the same thing, it would have been a lot different. Would it have been front page news? Of course it would. But, would those comments have been derogatory of them because of their age? No. It also has a lot do with the fact that she’s a woman. Men like Lenny Kravitz and Prince are well-known womanizers within the music industry, neither are far away from Madonna’s age either. Yet, they are revered for their pushing the envelope, while Madonna is a “hag trying desperately to recapture her youth.” Hardly, I say. Hardly.

In a 1992 interview with Jonathon Ross, when Madonna was only 34, she was quoted as asking “Why is it that once you reach a certain age, you’re not allowed to be adventurous, you’re not allowed to be sexual… I think that’s rather hideous… I mean, is there a rule? Are you just supposed to die when you’re 40?” Eerie foreshadowing. 21 years later, in 2015, she’s still going against the grain. She’s no stranger to the road less traveled by, that’s for sure. Madonna has outlived many of her contemporaries, including Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, both of which were younger than her. Just like any other person, she will age, but why should a number keep anyone from doing what they want to do? Especially if they’re doing it well. Rebel Heart opened to mostly positive reviews, with fantastically produced singles like “Ghosttown” and “Living For Love.” Her performance of the latter at this year’s Grammy Awards proved to be the nights most talked about moment. The Queen is still getting it, so as she would say; “get off her pole.”