Enter to win the W.E. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring Madonna's brand-new track "Masterpiece," winner of the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and containing the original score by Abel Korzeniowski, plus a W.E. mini-poster!
I've got 5 soundtracks to give away. All you need to do to enter is comment this post with your favorite Madonna movie song of all time and why; I'll pick 5 of you at random to win on February 3 at 5PM EST + 3 more to win a mini W.E. poster!
The soundtrack is available digitally today.
More info on the film, which will be getting a post a day on this blog this week...
The Weinstein Company presents the Academy Award-nominated W.E.
A film by Madonna.
In Select Theaters February 3. Check your local listings.
W.E. tells the story of two fragile but determiend women—Wally Winthrop and Wallis Simpson—separated by more than six decades. In 1998, lonely New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) is obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate love story: King Edward VIII's abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcée Wallis Simpson. But Wally's research, including several visits to the Sotheby's auction of the Windsor Estate, reveals that the couple's life together was not as perfect as she thought. Weaving back and forth in time, W.E. intertwines Wally's journey of discovery in New York with the story of Wallis (Andrea Riseborough) and Edward (James D'Arcy), from the glamorous early days of their romance to the slow unraveling of their lives in the decades that followed.
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Madonna gets teary thanking her late mom
I was invited to cover the red carpet for Madonna's W.E. premiere at the Ziegfeld earlier tonight. Then I was uninvited. (Space.) Then I was re-invited. I wound up getting to go, and it was a blast of epic proportions. There was a very light turn-out of fans in the cold rain, but the press was packed into a long tent leading into the theater. I was placed two slots from the bitter end, which turned out to be a nice position because anyone who did the red carpet had to pass us to get inside.
I've had front row before but A-1...I'd be riding her dress train!
I made friends with a woman covering for Pink Is the New Blog, but she was whisked away ("first, they came for...") to a spot in the lobby so I wound up bonding with Matt from Hard Candy Music. As I told him, we were probably the lowest men on the totem pole so as such would be lucky to sniff Madonna's stardust as she breezed by. Which meant anything else would be a cause for joyous celebration. We also chit-chatted with a sexy, dark-haired (they have those there?) Swede named Pablo (they have those there, too?) who shoots for Vogue. He was much nicer than you'd expect for a Vogue shooter, and him saying, "One shot for Vogue?" had the effect of a brick wall, stopping nearly every celeb who breezed by. (Patti Smith was not impressed, but I was fucking impressed that Patti Smith walked past me, let alone that she was attending a movie by Madonna.)
The carpet got off to a slow start, but the tip sheet was insane! Check out all the names:
Some of these people didn't do press or didn't show
The first star on the carpet seemed to be one of the film's two male leads, dreamy James D'Arcy, who looks even better with a shaved head that he does with his foppish blond Edward 'do.
Julia Stiles is miles of smiles—for Vogue
Ewan told this reporter the answer to her question was HIS business
Andrew McCarthy was born to run
Patti Smith— love to know her opinion of her fellow Downtown doyenne
It's Diane von Furstenberg, y'all!
"Mine is even younger than yours, dahhhling!" With Calvin Klein!
Guy Oseary said "too stressed!" when I asked if I could quiz him
Spartacus sexpot Lucy Lawless with Liam McIntyre; she unceremoniously plopped her coat on the carpet to pose. She was fab!
Big, unaffiliated stars slipped past most of the press, namely Ewan McGregor (who was at one point attached to do this film), Julia Stiles (who was having absolutely none of any press except for a shot for Vogue), Andrew McCarthy (who gamely answered my question about a fantasy Madonna collaboration: "A duet, of course!"), a stunning Lucy Lawless with equally stunning Liam McIntyre (she gave me a great answer, he sort of avoided making eye contact rather than give us a "no") and then still others who I only saw fleetingingly like Diane von Furstenberg, Guy Oseary (Madonna's manager said he was too stressed to answer my question), Donna Karan, Calvin Klein (big kiss for and from Madonna and some conspiratorial chatting amongst them, perhaps about hot young guys!), Lady Bunny (I was impressed, too), Zac Posen, Ivanka Trump (pretty, actually) Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez (hotness) and several people even I didn't recognize. (Not Z-listers, more like fashion A-listers.)
Finally, a really smart article about Madonna in 2012. I think Lady Gaga deserves more respect than the writer is willing ot grant her, but otherwise—magnifique. And he's right that once someone has done it, the second time never has as much of an impact as the first.
P.S. The amazing score to W.E., by Abel Korzeniowski, is released digitally by Interscope on January 31. It includes Madonna's embarrassing, desperate and narcissistic (snark) song "Masterpiece."
David Furnish, after calling Madonna "desperate" and "embarrassing" and saying she should stay out of movies and stick with music, among other choice words ("Fuck off!" was in there somewhere), has taken to Facebook to act as if the whole thing was "a tempest in a teapot" and his words have been "blown way out of proportion."
Chalking his comments up to his passion for his Gnomeo & Juliet project and its song, he now says of Madonna:
"I must say for the record that I do believe Madonna is a great artist, and that Elton and I wish her all the best for next week's premiere of the film W.E."
Don't worry, David, the record will reflect this desperate and embarrassing and phony change of heart!
FINAL UPDATE: Frustratingly, Charitybuzz doesn't allow its items to be viewable with all the bids and final price once they're over, but in the final minutes of the Madonna auction, "Charitybuzzfan" chimed in with a $25,000 bid. There were a few others leading up to that amount, but I believe it ended at $25,000...exactly the amount Charitybuzz predicted. I honestly thought it would end around $15,000. WOW.
UPDATED:Bidding is now up to $12,000 with $13,000 for the next bid. Well...that puts me out of the running unless someone wants to trade magazines or sexual favors on top of my $5K! :)
So...no one wants to go halfsies on that charity auction to meet (BRIEFLY!) Madonna and get a photo with her at her W.E. premiere? It would probably only cost us each about...FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. In this economy, it's a steal. (P.S. I found it interesting that the money is earmarked for Haiti. This is a new charity for Madonna as far as I can tell.)
In other Madonna/W.E. news, Arianne Phillips was nominated for Excellence in Period Film for her eye-popping costumes in the movie by the Costume Designers Guild. Be great if she received an Oscar nomination, especially since the designer of Madonna's fabulous Evita duds was scandalously overlooked. (Arianne was working for the enemy that year, dressing Courtney Love in The People vs. Larry Flynt!)
Think this is the outfit she wore when I met her; gotta confirm
Boy Culture reader Jon (tweet him here) was kind enough to provide the following juicy, detailed account of Madonna's just-completed taping with Graham Norton. Sounds fun, though why the hell is that very old Garry Trudeau satirical piece yet again making the rounds (it was repopularized two years ago by French & Saunders, who also had no idea)—and why does no one remember that it's not a real Madonna interview? Even Madonna seems not to know.
So finally one of these charity auction sites has a good Madonna prize...but they think it is valued at $25,000! Yikes. Bidding is already up to over $3,000 to meet and get a picture with Madonna.
Buyer beware—this auction is going another 21 days and says the premiere is sometime in February, but I believe it's January 23. And if you have $25,000 to spend on meeting Madonna, I am available to pleasure you in any way you dream up.