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Blu-ray Review: 'W.E.'

5/3/2012 1:20pm EDT
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The romantic and inspired tale of a man willing to give up an empire for love as told by...Madonna? That’s right folks, we’re checking out the new to Blu-ray tale "W.E.," out now from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. Follow the review of real-life love below.

Title: "W.E."

Grade: 2 1/2

Cast: Abbie Cornish, Oscar Issac, James D’Arcy

Director: Madonna

Rating: R

Runtime: 119 minutes

Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Weinstein Company


The Flick: The main problem with Madonna’s costume opus is not the lush look (she...

Check Out 'W.E.,' Directed By Madonna, On DVD & Blu-ray May 1

4/27/2012 6:31am EDT
In "W.E.," Madonna returns to the director's seat for the first time since her 2008 feature debut, "Filth and Wisdom," for an ambitious romance detailing one lonely woman's obsession with the relationship between King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough).

To Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish), no act of devotion in history is more romantic than King Edward VIII abdicating the throne to be with his one true love. But the deeper Wally dives into the background of this controversial love affair, the more apparent it becomes that their relati...

Kate Beckinsale Honored By 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild

2/22/2012 8:13am EST
Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale paid tribute to fashion gurus who work behind the scenes on movies as she accepted a top honor at the 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Beckinsale landed the prestigious Lacoste Spotlight Award for her style choices, but was modest about her win as she accepted her accolade at The Beverly Hilton hotel.

She told the crowd, "Thank you so very much. I'm so honored and thrilled to be receiving this award. To me, this is an award for being lucky. I'm getting an award tonight for having worked with the best of the best (costume designers)." ...

Madonna Considering Retiring - From Acting

2/1/2012 10:30pm EST
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.

And now she's considering turning ...

Madonna Cut Daughter's Scene From 'W.E.'

2/1/2012 8:32am EST
Madonna's daughter Lourdes was set to make an appearance in her mother's movie W.E. but the singer cut her out of the final edit.

The Material Girl stepped behind the camera to direct the historical drama about American divorcee Wallis Simpson and British monarch King Edward VIII, who gave up the throne for their romance.

Madonna has now revealed her teenage daughter Lourdes was due to play Simpson as a youngster, but the pop superstar decided not to include the scene.

She tells MTV, "There was a scene where she played Wally as a young girl. And I just kind of dragged her in at the la...

Fashion Fails Of The Week: Anne Hathaway, Madonna & More

1/29/2012 4:05pm EST
Rachel Zoe & Anne Hathaway
The color black is supposed to make everyone look good, right? Wrong. Find out which stars were walking disasters in this dark edition of fashion fails.

Celeb stylist Rachel Zoe gives black a bad name draped in head to toe velvet for a benefit in Los Angeles. The snap on buttons and ankle boots are just too much.

Looking equally awful in onyx is Zoe's best client Anne Hathaway. The halter top dress is a bit oversized and plain old boring!

Madonna looks more like a figure skater than the queen of pop at the New York premiere of "W.E."

Meanwhile, Kris Jenner looks rather masculine in a bl...

Madonna Gets Emotional While Remembering Her Mother

1/25/2012 9:19am EST
Madonna choked back tears on Monday as she paid tribute to her mother at the New York premiere of her historical movie "W.E."

The hitmaker stepped behind the camera to direct the drama about the love affair between British royal Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, and the theme tune she recorded for the feature, Masterpiece, has already claimed her a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Madonna walked the red carpet again on Monday as she debuted the film in the Big Apple and later warned the audience at Manhattan's Ziegfeld Theatre that she was overly tired.

She told the c...

Madonna Was Gobbled Up By Ruffles At New York 'W.E.' Premiere

1/24/2012 11:00am EST
Madonna attended the "W.E." New York City premiere last night wearing an overpowering Marchesa gown. How many ruffles are too many ruffles?

Perhaps she's still listening to her daughter's fashion advice. Two weeks ago Lourdes told her pop star mom that an outfit she chose for the film's U.K. premiere was "inappropriate."

"W.E." chronicles a lonely woman's obsession with the relationship between King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough).

'Hugo' & 'The Artist' Lead 2012 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

1/24/2012 9:20am EST
Oscars 2012
Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3D filmmaking, Hugo and director Michel Hazanavicius' black & white silent comedy-drama The Artist topped this year's list of nominations, pulling in 11 and 10 nominations, respectively, for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Both films are nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar last year for her role in Winter's Bone and stars in the upcoming, highly anticipated The Hunger Games, joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak in Beverly Hills to announ...

2012 Golden Globes Fashion: Who Rocked The Red Carpet & Who Didn't?

1/16/2012 9:30am EST
2012 Golden Globes fashion
The Golden Globes are the first big awards show of the season, and the stars came out in colorful ensembles to attend one of Hollywood's most prestigious events leading up to the Academy Awards.

There were very few fashion missteps at this year's event. "Homeland" actress Morena Baccarin wore a daring black dress that showed quite a bit of cleavage (is that appropriate?), while "Ringer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar took a chance with a blue and white tie-dyed gown (too bohemian?).

There wasn't a lot of flash on the red carpet. Few stars wore sequins (Laura Dern, Madonna, Diane Lane and did)...

Elton John And Madonna Embroiled In War Of Words At Golden Globes

1/16/2012 9:27am EST
Elton John
Madonna and Elton John became involved in a war of words at the Golden Globes on Sunday as they competed for the coveted Best Song prize.

The Rocket Man started the verbal spat by telling reporters on the red carpet that his rival "doesn't have a f**king chance of winning tonight," and when asked if those were "fighting words," he replied, "No, those are accurate words."

Madonna hit back when questioned about Elton's remarks, asking reporters, "Was he wearing a dress?" adding, "May the best man win."

The Material Girl eventually emerged triumphant as her track Masterpiece from W.E. sco...

Daughter Told Madonna Not To Wear Corset & Fishnets To 'W.E.' Premiere

1/14/2012 2:45pm EST
Madonna was scolded by her stylish teenage daughter Lourdes for the outfit she was planning to wear to a recent red carpet premiere of her film W.E.

The pop superstar, who runs a clothing line with the fashionable teen, admits she was feeling "fun and frivolous" as she dressed for the screening - but her daughter felt the outfit she chose was "inappropriate."

The singer says, "I put on this great beaded and jewelled Dolce & Gabbana corset... and fishnets and I put a cape on and she came into my dressing room and she's like, 'Mom, what are you doing...? That's not director. Take it off. Ta...

Madonna Channels Her 80's Self With Black Gown, Red Fingerless Lace Gloves

1/12/2012 10:00am EST
Madonna red glove
Madonna attended the "W.E." UK Premiere in London yesterday wearing a pretty black gown with an unusual accessory - a bright red lace glove.

The film, which Madonna directed, centers on a lonely woman's obsession with the relationship between King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough).

The pop star recently confirmed the name of her new album - "M.D.N.A." It's set for release in March. "Gimme All Your Luvin'" - a track she recorded for the album with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. - was leaked online in November.

Cartier Makes One-Of-A-Kind Bracelet For 'W.E.' Director Madonna

12/17/2011 2:45pm EST
Madonna landed a one-of-a-kind bracelet after begging Cartier bosses to give her the jewelry they designed for Andrea Riseborough to wear as Wallis Simpson in the pop star's directorial debut "W.E."

The singer has restyled herself based on the fashions in the film - and she fell in love with one piece jewellers made for her leading lady.

She says, "After the film was over I asked them to give me the bracelet they made for Andrea and they said no; see not everyone says yes to me! And so they made me this one instead."

And it seems that Madonna's interest in Simpson - the American socialit...

Fashion No-No: Parker Posey Wears Way Too Much Red To 'W.E.' Screening

12/5/2011 2:15pm EST
Parker Posey
We adore Parker Posey, but we don't always like her fashion choices. The actress attended the screening of Madonna's movie "W.E." at the MOMA in New York City on Sunday looking clownish in a very red dress, tights and pumps.She accentuated her look with a gigantic scarf.

The actress, who recently appeared in episodes of "The Big C" and "The Good Wife," stars in several upcoming films, including "Price Check," "And Now A Word From Our Sponsor" and "Highland Park."

What do you think of her look?

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' 'New Year's Eve,' & More

12/5/2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk Dec. 9
Things pick back up again this week with the release of the espionage thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the Garry Marshall ensemble piece New Year's Eve, the Charlize Theron dramedy Young Adult, the raunchy Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter, the Madonna directed romance W.E., the middle age drama I Melt With You, and the tragic tale We Need to Talk About Kevin.

MY PICK FOR THE WEEK: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


During the dark days of the Cold War, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a veteran spy, is called out of retirement to help expose a Soviet mole within MI6.


Madonna Teaming Up With Nicki Minaj For Next Single?

10/28/2011 8:23am EDT
Madonna has reportedly enlisted rapper Nicki Minaj to help re-launch her music career.

The pop superstar put her music on hold to launch her Material Girl clothing line and direct her latest movie W.E., but was reportedly back in the studio over the summer recording new tracks.

Reports have now emerged suggesting Madonna has teamed up with Minaj and rapper M.I.A. to record a collaboration as her comeback track, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.

The song is said to be called Give Me All Your Love and Madonna's new album is reportedly set for release in 2012.

Madonna Heckled At London 'W.E.' Premiere

10/24/2011 8:49am EDT
Madonna was jeered at the London premiere of her new movie W.E. on Sunday for failing to spend enough time chatting to fans.

Hundreds of devotees braved chilly weather at London's Leicester Square for a glimpse of the pop superstar but were left disappointed when she stopped just briefly to greet several supporters before entering the venue.

As she headed up the red carpet, a chorus of boos could be heard from her frustrated fans, according to the Daily Mail.

Madonna directed the movie, which focuses on the scandalous relationship between Britain's King Edward VIII and American divorc...

Madonna Talks 'W.E.' And Has Her 'Legs And Fingers Crossed' For Oscar

9/19/2011 1:00pm EDT
Madonna 36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival - 'W.E.'
The city of Toronto is used to having celebrities walk their streets every September during the Toronto International Film Festival. This year, one star shone above even the Clooneys or the Brad and Angelinas. Madonna impressed even the festival veterans with her worldwide celebrity of several decades surrounding her.

Madonna’s second feature film, W.E., played as one of the festival’s Gala screenings. The film tells the story of England’s King Edward VIII (James D’Arcy) and his love affair with Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough), seen through the eyes of a modern day New Yorker (Abbie Co...

Madonna Complains After Fan Gives Her Hydrangeas In Venice

9/6/2011 4:00pm EDT
Looks like Madonna hates hydrangeas as much as critics hate her new movie W.E. at the Venice Film Festival. During a press event, a fan handed her a hydrangeas bouquet - much to her chagrin. Watch the video below.

Our favorite line? "Obviously he doesn't know that." Yes, he must have missed that part of your biography, Madonna!

Critics have ravaged Madonna's W.E. with quotes that won't be used in any advertisements. "Extraordinarily silly" and "insubstantial" seemed to be popular critiques. The Times wrote, "Whole scenes could easily be pop videos or perfume adverts. W.E. is about shiny...

Fashion Fails: Madonna, Evan Rachel Wood, And Sonja Morgan

9/2/2011 3:31pm EDT
It's Fashion Fail Friday! That means we take a break from letting you know how good all of your favorite stars look to show the other side of fashion: The fails!

Bet you never thought you would see fashionista Madonna on here. However, the W.E. director appeared at the 68th Venice Film Festival in an outfit that belongs on a nun. It might have been edgy 20 years ago, but now it just looks silly.

Evan Rachel Wood was also at the film festival, and she fared just as well when it came to fashion. While promoting Ides of March, Evan wore this "shirt-dress" that looked more like a nightgown ...

Madonna's New Film To Premiere At Venice Film Festival

7/28/2011 2:32pm EDT
Madonna's new royal movie is to have its world premiere at this year's Venice Film Festival.

W.E. is the pop icon's sophomore directorial effort, and charts the scandalous relationship between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The monarch abdicated from his royal position in 1936 after their love affair became public.

The film, which has received a glowing response following a test screening, will be shown out of competition at the prestigious festival, which runs from August 31st to September 10th.

James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough play Edward and Simpson respe...

U2 Documentary Set To Open Toronto Film Festival

7/26/2011 11:01pm EDT
Rock band U2's documentary has been selected to open the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in September.

The film, From The Sky Down, is directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim and chronicles the Irish band's longtime success since its formation in 1978.

The 2011 celebrations will be a star-studded affair - other celebrities set to showcase their latest works include Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Hugh Jackman (Butter), Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method), and Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs).

George Clooney will screen two movies at the festival (The Ides of March, The Descendants), as...