Category: Madonna

Madonna and those hydrangeas, the gift that keeps giving [Video]

Madonna says she loathes hydrangeas

The latest news angle in Madonna's ongoing Hydrangea Scandal? Madonna has apologized!

Actually, no she hasn't! Madonna has simply made a video that managed to turn her hatred of the puffy flowers into another 48 hours of total global supremacy!

For the record, Madonna's video -- a silent-film response, below, to people who would dare call her rude -- is not an apology, to the flowers or the fellow who presented one to her at the Venice Film Festival. La Grande Battleaxe de Photo Op has rarely, if ever, apologized for anything. In fact, a decade ago somebody made the mistake of asking Madge to regret something and all it did was generate more ink. (Madonna had been asked to present at the Turner Awards ceremony. But the organizers had refused to call her Mrs. Ritchie, per her demand. The Turner people also asked Madonna not to swear in her speech, so she did. Later, she explained, “People expect that sort of behavior from me.")

Cut to 2011, and Madge is still working the same schtick, only with subtitles. And the kids still love it.

Who are we to buck the tide? The Ministry of Gossip hereby declares this whole week to be Madonna Awareness Day -- because you can't capture all that is Madge in a mere 24 hours. And to celebrate, of course, we're encouraging fans the world over to send Madonna flowers. You guess what kind.

Given how much Madonna just loves dragging this out she's sure to love each and every hydrangea that is sent. No doubt she expects such behavior from us.


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Photos: Look, Madge! It's hydrangeas, with diamonds on top! Credits, from left: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times; Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Madonna hates hydrangeas, though not to your face. Obviously.

Madonna at the Venice Film Festival

Madonna accepted a hydrangea from an admirer during a news conference at the Venice Film Festival, but despite her initial smile she obviously wasn't happy about it.

"This flower for you," said the fan, approaching the dais in front of the rest of the gathered media Thursday and presenting the purple-blue blossom. "You are my princess. Thank you so much."

The "W.E." director quickly passed off the offending flora underneath the table, rolling her eyes and making a face to those on her left and then telling actress Andrea Riseborough on her right, "I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He obviously doesn't know that."

Perhaps it was advance payback for Madonna presenting "W.E." to the festival crowd?

Later on, as Madge walked away, the microphone-equipped flower-giver approached, asking what had happened to the hydrangea he'd given her.

Said Madonna: "Oh, um, my assistant took them."

Well, obviously.



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Madonna: It'd be 'awesome' if fans dug her critically panned directorial efffort 'W.E.'

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Photo: Madonna arrives by boat at the 68th Venice Film Festival for her "W.E." news conference on Thursday. Photo credit: Domenico Stinellis / Associated Press.


Madonna: It'd be 'awesome' if fans dug critically panned 'W.E.'

Madonna talks her new film "W.E"

One can imagine Madonna not placing much stock in her critics, or in anyone's opinion of her across the board. That kind of attitude would serve her well this week as she trots out her latest directorial effort, "W.E.", at the Venice Film Festival.

Serve her well, as in, some critics aren't really feeling the drama about parallel love stories, one revisiting the romance of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. Madonna admitted that everything about the project, which stars Abbie Cornish, was a challenge.

"There wasn't anything easy about it. I mean, absolutely nothing, it was all a challenge. From writing the screenplay to finding a great production team to surround myself with to casting," she told the BBC.

The outlet pressed her on the value of legacy. She'll arguably go down as a great pop icon, so why push it behind the camera?

"I love the art of filmmaking," she said. "I love film, I've always loved film. ... The other reason is I love new challenges. That's no secret."

Critics may not be thrilled, but if a fan were to walk away commending her directorial skills? 

"That would be awesome." 


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Photo: Madonna arrives on the "W.E" red carpet at the 68th Venice Film Festival on Thursday. Credit: Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters


Madonna thanks exes Sean Penn, Guy Ritchie for creative support

Madonna gives Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie a sweet shout out

Madonna has descended upon the Venice International Film Festival with her second directorial effort, "W.E.," about parallel love stories centering around the famous romance between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII.

Invoking her own love stories, the 53-year-old entertainer appeared to be making this her "No Hard Feelings" tour, talking about ex-husbands Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie with surprising candor and positivity.


"I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors," she said at the festival. "They both encouraged me as a director and as a creative person to do what I did, and they were both very supportive."

We applaud the maturity in Madonna's sentiments (seems like hanging out with younger friends agrees with her).

Madonna said she identified with the stylish but prickly Simpson -- a woman the king found more irresistible than the throne, which he abdicated in order to marry her in 1936 -- from the point of being a public figure or celebrity. 

"We are often reduced to a soundbite and ... you're given a few attributes and then you're not allowed to have anything more than that," she said. 

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Photo: Madonna attends a photo call at the Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 1 for "W.E.," her latest directorial effort. Credit: Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters


Madonna enjoys 53rd birthday with 24-year-old boyfriend

Happy birthday Madonna

Like a fine wine, Madonna just gets better-looking men as she ages. Well, something like that.

The Material Girl, who turns 53 today, was celebrating a happy birthday this week with 24-year-old beau Brahim Zaibat, the French DJ boy toy she's been running around with for nearly a year.

Madonna and Zaibat showed some PDA over the weekend in the Hamptons, where they were spotted embracing while the singer's littlest ones, David and Mercy, played in the sand. 

Zaibat, a sometimes-DJ and full-time dancer, met the star last September when he was hired to perform at an event for the release of her Material Girl clothing line. Since then they've enjoyed romantic dinners in London, a holiday in Paris and now time on the beach.

"She's just a woman like all the others. She's an extraordinary artist and world famous, of course, but a woman above all," Zaibat told Grazia magazine in December. 

In June, the pair were rumored to have split, but their birthday romp on the beach tells a different story. Madonna is currently recording a new album, under the direction of manager Guy Oseary, and is rumored to be teaming with the likes of producer William Orbit and bombshell Rihanna.


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Photo: Madonna onstage in Miami in June 1987, shortly before she turned 29 and within spitting distance of the time her current boyfriend was born. Madge was married at the time to Sean Penn, who turned 27 that August. Credit: Kathy Willens / Associated Press.

Might Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow reconcile at Venice Film Festival?

Venice Film Fest serves up a window for Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow to restore their love

Might the Venice Film Festival provide the perfect opportunity for Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna to make amends over their probably-but-maybe-not-but-still-fight? Call us optimists, but we at the Ministry see that window.

The official lineup of films premiering and competing in this year's festival reveals two key events: Madge's directorial debut, the love story "W.E.," will have its first major screening in Venice, as will Paltrow's massive ensemble disease flick, "Contagion."

Though the two could maneuver around each other in all the festival madness, an A-list collision just seems easier. Be it at a Vanity Fair bash, at a private dinner thrown by Valentino or simply over plain old vino on two barstools — can't ya'll just work it out?

The rift was rumored to have begun in summer 2010, when whispers about jealousy supplanted their history girls nights in London and family vacations in the Hamptons. We'd like more of the latter, please.

The Venice Film Festival kicks off Aug. 31. Catch more about it at 24 Frames.

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Photo: Left, Madonna attends the 2011 Met Gala in New York CIty. Right, Gwyneth Paltrow makes a sunny stop in England on tour with her cookbook, "My Father's Daughter." Credit: EPA / Reuters.


Oprah Winfrey's long goodbye: Maria Shriver, Tom Cruise, Tyler Perry and more pay homage [Pictures]

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For Oprah Winfrey, the beginning of the end was announcing in November 2009 that her long-running "The Oprah Winfrey Show" would be calling it quits after 25 years on the air. Following a supersized final season and trickling, teary-celeb tributes, the end is almost here.

Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise Taping "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular," her third-to-last show in Chicago, Winfrey hosted tons of famous names who came to pay homage to the queen of daytime television. 

Maria Shriver, Madonna, Tyler Perry, Usher and famous couch-jumper Tom Cruise all graced the stage in front of thousands of fans at Chi-town's United Center. It was an event worth getting out of jury duty to witness.

"You have given me love, support, wisdom and, most of all, the truth," Shriver told Winfrey. "And I know I’m not alone in receiving those gifts from you."

A rather fitting performance came from Beyonce, clad in a tuxedo unitard, belting out her new tune "Run the World (Girls)." Atop a glowing podium fit for a female president, Beyonce flipped her hair and sang out, "My persuasion can build a nation."

Oprah can relate. Another female music tribute came from pint-sized Broadway vet Kristin Chenoweth, who performed with scores of formally dressed Morehouse College grads. 

Power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith came by, as did Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah,  Diane Sawyer and Michael Jordan (click the pics to see more photos from the star-studded event).

We were surprised and delighted to see Winfrey's longtime beau Stedman Graham trot out on stage; we imagine he has an insight or two after so many years with the mogul. 

So might Maya Angelou, who appeared with Alicia Keys. As did Dakota Fanning, Jerry Seinfeld, Jamie Foxx, Rosie O'Donnell and John Legend via satellite

Other performers included Patti LaBelle, featuring Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.


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Photos: Oprah Winfrey with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, top, and Tom Cruise, right, during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago. Credits: John Gress / Reuters.

Met Gala 2011: Madonna, Kristen Stewart, Kanye West work the red carpet [Pictures]

Kristen Stewart in Proenza Schouler at the 2011 Met Gala Well-heeled luminaries from fashion, Hollywood and the arts crowd gathered in Manhattan on Monday night for the 2011 Met Gala, hosted annually by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and more formally known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala Benefit.

This year's exhibit celebrates the life and work of Alexander McQueen (super timely, because that fashion house just dressed Kate Middleton for her wedding to Prince William).



McQueen, of course, took his own life in in February 2010. Wintour was joined by Salma Hayek and her husband, luxury brand mogul Francois-Henri Pinault, in unveiling the exhibit.

Madonna appeared on the arm of manager Guy O'Seary, looking statuesque in a green gown (though nowhere near the hauteness of her 2009 Vuitton bunny ears). Sarah Jessica Parker brought some Carrie Bradshaw fierceness with a glittering flesh-tone McQueen gown and Bravo's Andy Cohen on her arm.

Renee Zellweger wore a similar color, a bit more glowing in a near-perfect showing of glamour after her recent split from actor Bradley Cooper

There was clearly a color trend to the evening as Gwyneth Paltrow opted for a similar palette, designed in her case by pal Stella McCartney

Because the Met Gala is all about fashion, big-name designers get to show off who inspires them — for example, Tory Burch suiting up suited Kanye West, Kristen Stewart looking radiant with her dress designers Proenza Schouler, and Thakoon Panichgul making the scene with Mia Wasikowska.

Michelle Williams was still working her pixie magic, rocking a black Miu Miu gown with gold bird detail. Also spotted at the Met Gala: Jennifer Lopez in Gucci, pregnant ladies Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba, Vogue's Hamish Bowles, Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough, Zoe Saldana, Freida Pinto, Diane Kruger, and Beyonce.

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Photos: Kristen Stewart struts into the Met Gala in Proenza Schouler. Right: Madonna smiles for cameras on the red carpet. Credit: AFP / Getty Images.

Madonna has blessed 'Born This Way,' Lady Gaga says


Lady Gaga and Born This Way While mixed reviews pour in for Lady Gaga's new single "Born This Way," one influential voice has spoken up in support of the track -- Madonna, the very icon that Gaga has been accused of ripping off.

The singer stopped by Jay Leno's couch on Monday evening sporting cranial enhancements similar to the extra shoulder bones she had attached for the Grammy Awards on Sunday. The chat show host wasted no time in asking what she thought of "Born" being compared to Madonna's old-school hit "Express Yourself." 

Though she shied from commenting on any perceived similarities, she did say Madge had reached out with some love.

"The good news is that I got an e-mail from her people and her sending me their love and complete support on behalf of the single," Lady Gaga said.

"If the queen says, 'It shall be,' then it shall be," she said.


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Report: Madonna let off plane hours before other snowed-in passengers

Madonna let off plane early Madonna knows a thing or two about perks, but a recent travel incident seems to have conjured more than standard star envy.

A Virgin flight bound for London's Heathrow airport out of New York containing Madge was diverted to nearby Stansted, where an overflow of weather delays kept passengers on the tarmac for three hours.

Except for passengers in the Madonna entourage, the Daily Mail reported Monday.

"After about an hour, a bus came along and took her and her party of about 15 off the plane. It seemed a ­little unfair — it's not like she is the president or anything. The rest of us all had to wait for another two hours," a first-class passenger told the paper. 

If the early out didn't ruffle enough feathers, alleged in-flight entertainment from the singer occurred before she was scooped from the craft.

"It was bad enough having to wait, but then she started doing her yoga in the aisles," the witness said.

Well, they say circulation is important at 30,000 feet. What do you think of Madonna's plane predicament? Tell us in the comments section below.


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Photo:  Madonna's track suit was made for walking — off a flight two hours before other delayed passengers, apparently. Credit: Associated Press.


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