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Madonna Considering Retiring - From Acting

February 1st, 2012 10:30pm EST
Madonna
Madonna's much-maligned acting career appears to be over - the pop superstar admits she prefers to be behind the camera on movie sets.

The singer made her acting debut in 1979 and won acclaim and accolades for her role in Evita, but most of her more recent onscreen efforts have been mocked and hammered by critics.

Madonna was named the Worst Actress of the Century at the 2000 Golden Raspberry Awards and she has also picked up acting dishonors at the annual event for Body of Evidence, Shanghai Surprise, Swept Away and Die Another Day, among other movies.

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Razzie Awards Preview: Nominees Include Sandra Bullock, Megan Fox & More

March 5th, 2010 4:24pm EST
Razzie Awards Preview
For the past 30 years on the evening before the Hollywood revels in its own glory at the Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberry Awards do the best they can to gleefully throw sand in the industry's face. The Golden Raspberry Awards (or Razzies) are a kind of Anti-Oscar, dolling out cheap plastic statuettes to the worst movies that Hollywood plops onto the guileless public every year.

Heading up this year’s awards with 7 nominations each are the ultra-big budget sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and the comparably expensive box office sink pit “Land of the Lost.” “Transformers” wa...
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Madonna's Daughter Eyes An Acting Career

January 4th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Madonna
Madonna's daughter Lourdes is reportedly pursuing a career in acting. The 12-year-old has enrolled at a drama school which produced child prodigy Macaulay Culkin, as well as Scarlett Johansson and Sarah Jessica Parker.

A source tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "Lourdes is desperate to become an actress and has joined Manhattan's Professional Children's School. She is determined to prove herself and plans to throw herself into studying the technique."

Madonna, whose last major movie, 2002's Swept Away, was largely panned by critics, allegedly refused to let her daughter take on a ...
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Guy Ritchie Defends Film Flops

September 29th, 2008 2:45pm EDT
Some Guy
Director Guy Ritchie has defended his box-office flop Swept Away, insisting it would have been hailed if he had made it before becoming famous.

The 2002 film, which starred Ritchie's wife Madonna, was pounded by critics and ignored by cinema-goers. It 'won' an unprecedented five Razzie Awards - a prize giving naming and shaming the worst in the business - and was even described by Sophia Loren as "the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life".

However Ritchie insists his only mistake was to release the movie - and more recent flop Revolver - after finding fame and success ...
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Thandie Newton Calls Madonna A 'Gifted Actress'

September 23rd, 2008 2:43pm EDT
Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton has defended Madonna's ill-received movie career - insisting the pop superstar is a talented actress. The Crash star says many critics underestimate Madonna's acting skills-- and that she will be remembered as a talented thespian.

The "Holiday" hitmaker won critical acclaim for 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan and in 1997 landed a Golden Globe award for her role in Evita. But her acting career has also been plagued with a string of box office flops including 2002's Swept Away.

But Newton says, "Actually I think Madonna is a great actress and it's only in years to co...
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Madonna To Star In 'Casablanca' Remake?

March 31st, 2008 11:28am EDT
Madonna
Pop superstar Madonna wants to re-launch her acting career with a remake of 1942 classic Casablanca. The Evita star is reportedly keen to modernize the Oscar-winning romantic drama, which originally starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and possibly set the film in Iraq.

However, the planned project has been met by stiff opposition among Hollywood executives, according to British newspaper The Mail On Sunday. A studio source says, "She is still determined to make it in the movies. She and her representatives have been touting around a project which is a remake of Casablanca. Th...
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Madonna Asked Husband For Moviemaking Advice

February 15th, 2008 7:15am EST
Madonna
First-time filmmaker Madonna turned to her director husband Guy Ritchie for advice before she started shooting her new movie Filth And Wisdom. The pop superstar, whose film about a Ukrainian immigrant in London premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday, asked her Swept Away director spouse to sum up moviemaking in one sentence.

She reveals, '(Guy said) 'Confidence.' That's the most important thing you need to exude on the set. No matter what you feel, exude confidence. And that was good advice."

-Madonna Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment New...
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Point/Counterpoint: Should Hollywood Stop Remaking Classic Films?

January 18th, 2008 1:45pm EST
Rob Zombie
Over the years many classic movies have been remade. Don't get me wrong, some of those remakes have been really good. But the majority of the movies have been really bad.

These days, special effects are being taken to a whole new level, but that's not always a good thing. One of the main reasons these films are classics is because CGI was in the distant future. People loved the original "Godzilla" because you can see the man in the Godzilla costume crushing a cardboard box, also known as Tokyo.

There are few movies that have scared me, and one of those films was the 1978 movie "Ha...
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Guy Ritchie: ''Swept Away' Criticism Is Senseless'

December 10th, 2007 3:23pm EST
Guy Ritchie
Director Guy Ritchie has defended his 2002 movie Swept Away - insisting he doesn't understand why it was mauled by the critics.

The movie maker worked alongside wife Madonna - who played the lead role - in the film, and compares the film's bad press to that garnered by the singer when she chose to adopt Malawian orphan David Banda last year.

He tells MTV.com, "I still don't get what the f**k that was all about. I mean it was like the reaction when my wife decided to adopt a starving child. I couldn't make any sense of it. The child was nearly dead. (His) siblings had died. And s...
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Kate Winslet & Husband Sam Mendes Team Up On The Big Screen

February 21st, 2007 8:42am EST
Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes
Kate Winslet is teaming up with her Oscar-winning director husband Sam Mendes to work on a new movie. Winslet, who has been married to the filmmaker for three years, has been interested in playing the role of 1920s circus tiger tamer Mabel Stark since 2003.

And now Mendes' company, Neal Street Productions, has bought the rights to adapt a fictionalized life of Stark by author Robert Hough.

The couple's spokeswoman Sara Keene says, "It's a great story, they've had their eye on it for a while. If they can get the script right, it would make a great film."

However, the pair w...
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Madonna To Direct?

December 20th, 2006 1:03pm EST
Madonna
Pop superstar and sometime actress Madonna is reportedly poised to make her cinematic directorial debut. The singer is listed as the director of upcoming film "Blade To The Heat" on industry website Hollywood.com, where her company Maverick Entertainment is named as the movie's production company.

The film is described as a "boxing story loosely based on the 1959 bout between Emile Griffith and Benny 'Kid' Paret." Madonna has acted in various films including Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita and, most recently, Swept Away.

(This news article provided by World Entertain...
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Madonna Wants To Direct A Film

November 13th, 2006 9:16am EST
Madonna
Madonna is planning to follow in the footsteps of her filmmaker husband Guy Ritchie and direct a movie. The singer is keen to have another crack at Hollywood, but admits she is put off by the poor reviews her last attempt at acting - in the Ritchie-directed Swept Away - attracted.

Instead, Madonna is eyeing a project that will help her make her mark behind the camera. She says, "You can say very little from a political point of view as an actress. The visionary in a film is the filmmaker, so if I want to make an impact with a film, then I should direct one, not act in one."

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No More Movies for Madonna

August 13th, 2006 8:27am EDT
Madonna in Swept Away
Madonna has begrudgingly turned her back on her movie career because she is convinced the media is hell bent on ensuring her film projects are flops. The singer was lauded for her performance in the big screen adaptation of the musical Evita, but she has suffered a string of flops, most notably Body of Evidence and Swept Away, her last movie role directed by husband Guy Ritchie, which failed to secure a cinema release.

And the 47-year-old, who is currently in the midst of her Confessions world tour, will concentrate solely on her music career from now on. She says, "I hate to admit it,...
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Guy Ritchie To Film Madonna on Tour

May 1st, 2006 9:39am EDT
Madonna
British director Guy Ritchie is making another film with his wife Madonna - in their first collaboration since 2002's cinematic disaster Swept Away. The filmmaker is planning to make a behind-the-scenes documentary of Madonna's Confessions On The Dance Floor tour, which kicks off in Los Angeles.

A source says, "Things have been rocky between them of late, and they both feel this will give them something to concentrate on outside their relationship."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Madonna's Husband Guy Ritchie To Keep Making Movies

April 12th, 2006 9:49am EDT
Swept Away
Guy Ritchie is determined not to quit directing despite the failure of his last two films, his father John reveals. Swept Away and Revolver flopped at the box office, but 76-year-old John Ritchie insists Guy won't give up and isn't jealous of his wife Madonna's success.

John says, "Guy's career is not going well. His last two films have flopped, so it's a pressure. But he still believes he has it in him. He has two more movies in mind to write and he's hoping to get them done in LA. It doesn't bother him that Madonna is so successful, but obviously he wants to be successful himself."
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No More Acting for Madonna

March 8th, 2006 9:06am EST
Madonna in Swept Away
Madonna has vowed never to star in another movie because she fears her terrible acting reputation will condemn any film. The pop superstar has worked on a string of notorious flops including Shanghai Surprise, Swept Away and Body of Evidence.

She explains, "What film can survive people saying it's going to be a bomb from the second it's announced? Making movies is such an effort. And to do that over and over again, with the possibility that I am going to get the (bleep) kicked out of me - and they really enjoy doing it - I mean, it doesn't make sense. I have sort of let it go."

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