20 posts categorized "DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN"
TONS OF VIDEOS RIGHT HERE.
It was 24 hours of Desperately Seeking Susan for me this week, meeting Madonna on Wednesday for the celebration of her and Lola's Material Girl line and then meeting a surprisingly large contingent of the cast and crew of that '80s classic the following night when the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted a 25th-anniversary screening.
Tickets to the event and after-party had been hard to come by, and it's no wonder—on top of some members of the press, the 268-seat theater must have had at least 25 people who'd worked on the movie, plus all their guests.
Left to right, top to bottom: Susan Seidelman's intro; Rosanna Arquette's bond with—and Mark Blum's raunchy screen-test with—Madonna; rushing the film out in case Madonna was a "flash-in-the-pan"; and funny casting stories...
More leaks. Above, the pretty if simplistic "Little Girl" from the Music era (appropriately, since that album is 10 years old this week!). After the jump, the spirited "I'm in Love with Love" demo and "Set the Right" (not) from American Life.
You may recall I attended a screening of Desperately Seeking Susan in NYC at which director Susan Seidelman spoke. No fair—the L.A. version featured a very interesting old bag (not Rosanna Arquette, though she was there, too, looking like anything but)...the original case from the movie, owned by Seidelman.
Robert Joy with shirtless Aidan Quinn from DSS
Bringing Joy to the DSS screeningUPDATE: Thomas Mora, a lucky bitch who attended, reports:
"There was no Q&A. The director Susan Seidelman, The producers, the writers, and actor Robert Joy (Jimmy), & Rosanna Arquette spoke a few words before the screening about the casting for Susan's (Madonna's) boyfriend, the budget for Orion pictures, Madonna promoting her song 'Into the Groove' by having it included in the film. At the end of the screening I just snapped a few pix of the handbag/suitcase which was used in the film & then I asked the director what happened to the wardrobe from the film, to which she [one of the producers] replied, 'Rosanna has her jacket, and someone else has the other.'"
FURTHER UPDATE: Boy Culture reader Bob Henson also attended, but points out it wasn't Seidelman but producers Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford who were in attendance:
Producers Sarah Pillsbury & Midge Sanford with stars Joy & Arquette
Best tidbit of all, Bob says fans asked Stephen Bray—who was there—if there really is a song called "Desperately Seeking Susan" and he said yes...and he hopes it's released to the world someday!
As reported by MadonnaTribe, along with the badly kept secret that Madonna is working on an official book of all her greatest seen and unseen photos, September or October will see the release of a massive new Rizzoli book devoted to Herb Ritts entitled The Golden Hour. (The title refers to the first and the last hour of sunlight during a day, the best time for photography in natural light.)
It sounds like—if you listen here to Madonna's eulogy for Ritts—this image might be from their very first encounter, on the set of Desperately Seeking Susan.
Forget about Mickey Mouse ears, this I gotta see!
Emily Nussbaum turns in an interesting and mostly selfish (appropriate, considering the above thesis of the piece) article for New York on the Madonna of now vs. the Madonna of then that's worth a read. I was at the Desperately Seeking Susan screening she attended (it was at the 92nd Street Y in TriBeCa, not IFC) and thought she was up to no good with her questions to the gay guys behind me sounding like invitations to voice concerns about Madonna 2009. Turns out she was up to mostly yes good, even if as a Madonna fan she fails by writing that the lyrics to "Human Nature" are "I ain't sorry/Don't hang your shit on me."
"Now she’s catalyzing a new set of insults, that cougar-MILF catcall, with its attendant put-downs—she’s 'desperate,' 'pathetic,' 'trying too hard.' And maybe she is. Sometimes I think she is. But while other female icons fade, fold, or fossilize into camp, for better or worse, Madonna seems determined to do something unsettling and new: spin to the center of the dance floor, till the end."