Entries in W.E. (4)


Madonna Cut Daughter out of 'W.E.'

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- As the director of W.E., Madonna had to make some tough choices -- including cutting her own daughter out of the film.

The Queen of Pop tells MTV she cast Lourdes as a younger version of Abbie Cornish's character, a woman in the present day who's interested in the forbidden romance between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.

Madonna says, "She was really great and then I ended up cutting her out of the film.  Ruthless, I know."

She recalls, "I said, 'Sorry babe, you're on the cutting room floor.'  She took it like a champ."

W.E. debuts in limited release Friday.

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Did Madonna Pull the Ultimate Diva Move at Toronto Film Festival?

Madonna has no trouble facing her fans as she arrives at the "W.E." Premiere during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Kevin Mazur/WireImage(TORONTO) -- It's now a cliche to say that someone is such a huge diva that she forbids the "little people" around her from looking her in the face.  Well, according to Toronto's The Globe and Mail, the cliche became reality when Madonna hit town for the Toronto Film Festival.  When she arrived at the festival earlier this week to promote her new film, W.E., she had smiles for everyone, and was heard thanking the festival's volunteers.  But one volunteer told the paper that backstage, Madonna insisted that everyone turn their faces to the wall when she went by on her way to a press conference to promote the film.

However, the Globe and Mail further reports that it was actually an outside security firm that ordered the volunteers to face the wall as Madonna went by, so it's unclear whether that request actually came from Madonna herself.  In an update to the story posted early Wednesday morning, the Globe and Mail cites a statement from Madonna's camp that declares, in part, "We are still trying to figure out who and why anyone would ask the volunteers to turn away from Madonna. She has never and would never ask anyone to do that ever."  That also appears to be a denial that any such request came from Madonna.

At the press conference, Madonna said she had her "legs and fingers crossed" that the movie would be a success, OK! magazine reports.  And according to the CBC, Madonna further said she doesn't appreciate when journalists review her, and not her film.  As she put it, "I welcome criticism of my film when it's viewed as an artistic form and not when people are mentioning things about my personal life or my achievements in any other [areas] -- because they're irrelevant to the film.”

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Madonna's New Movie Gets Distribution Deal

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- W.E., the new movie directed by Madonna, has secured a U.S. distribution deal.  The Weinstein Company, which brought you such Oscar-winning hits as The King's Speech and Inglorious Basterds, will release the movie in America. 

The romantic drama stars Abbie Cornish and James D'arcy, and juxtaposes a modern love story with the story of England's King Edward VIII and his wife, American divorcée Wallis Simpson.  In the Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech, Edward VIII is the one who abdicates the throne, clearing the way for his stuttering brother, Albert, who became George VI.

In a statement, Madonna said, "W.E. is about the nature of true love, and the sacrifices and compromises that are often made.  I’ve wanted to tell this story for a very long time, and bringing it to life has been a great adventure for me."

W.E. is the second movie Madonna's directed. The first, Filth & Wisdom, which she also co-wrote, came out in 2008 and received mostly negative reviews.

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Madonna's Movie Won't Premiere at Cannes Film Festival

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Turns out a report in a French newspaper that Madonna's new movie W.E. would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May is false.

A rep for IMGlobal, the sales agency handling the film, told the Hollywood Reporter that the film won't be completed in time for Cannes.  Instead, it will premiere at various fall film festivals.

The official selection of films at Cannes won't be announced until April.

Madonna doesn't appear in W.E. -- she directed it.  It stars Abbie Cornish and Oscar Isaac in parallel stories about a modern couple and about England's King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the former Duke and Duchess of York.

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