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Dick Tracy: Warren Beatty, Madonna Finally Get the High-Def Attention They Deserve
The oft-overlooked comics adaptation “Dick Tracy” (1990) has finally received the home video release it deserves, arriving this week on Blu-ray. Disney and star/director Warren Beatty have been duking it out over legal rights practically ever since it first came out, which kept the film — which was a major blockbuster and won several Oscars — from being as widely circulated or well-remembered as it probably ought to have been. We finally have a transfer that does justice to the cartoony color palette and bizarre prosthetic makeup effects. Who cares if it seems to crib heavily from Tim Burton’s “Batman,” which came out the year before it — even down to the bombastic Danny Elfman’s score? Beatty’s vision of Tracy’s world is surprisingly durable. It’s not every day that you get to watch a movie from the early ’90s that can only be dated by the relative age of its actors. Here’s a glimpse of the new, spruced-up version: Madonna singing Stephen Sondheim’s “Sooner or Later.”
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Monte Pittman shows off his guitar rig and discusses the patches/effects used on both his and Madonna’s guitars during the MDNA Tour.
Some may call this song boring or even self-indulgent but I see it as raw and heartfelt. Rarely has Madonna sounded this stripped back with her voice practically naked and in the forefront and it is quite breathtaking. I never understand the constant criticism of her voice when she has moments out there like this one. She may not have an 8 -octave range but what she does have is the ability to emote and tell a story with her voice that is believable and that is more powerful to me. The harmony with her own voice is gorgeous here and I love how we hear the contrast of her lower and upper register together. Lyrically here she seems to be speaking of a relationship where you feel that you have lost who you are because you feel inferior somehow or that you don’t deserve that person in your life. Coming from someone of her stature who has achieved what she has , it is a very brave thing to admit to and I’m sure some are surprised or even skeptical that she could ever feel this way. Ultimately, she does come to the realization that she is deserving and worthy of this love (I was just as good as you). This song shows her softer, more down-to-earth side and I think it’s a brilliant moment for her.
New statistics show Queen of Pop is a bigger hit in South America
Madonna concerts in South America outsell rival Lady Gaga by three to one, according to latest statistics.
The statistic is even more embarrassing to Gaga as Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ tour tickets are also three times more expensive than briefs for her ‘Born This Way’ world tour.
The Examiner reports that Lady Gaga’s management used under-hand tactics, such as issuing buy-one-get-one-free deals to fans, in order to boost crowd numbers. The singer played in front of a crowd of 50,000 in Peru but only 17,000 tickets were sold.
However, Madonna played in the same venues on the South American leg of her worldwide ‘MDNA’ tour and managed to sell-out the stadiums without having to resort to issuing incentives to raise numbers.
The feuding pair have been at each others throats ever since Madonna claimed that Gaga’s track ‘Born This Way’ sounded “familiar” to her 1989 hit ‘Express Yourself’. Throughout this year’s ‘MDNA’ tour, Madonna has mocked the similarities between the two songs by performing a mash-up of ‘Express Yourself’ and ‘Born This Way’ followed by a pointed snippet of a track called ‘She’s Not Me’.
During a show in Atlantic City in September, Madonna dedicated her song ‘Masterpiece’ to Gaga, before saying: “I love her. I love her. I do love her. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”
Last month, Madonna’s famous conical bra was sold for $51,971 (£32,450) at auction. The iconic garment – which was made famous by the Queen of Pop during her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour – fetched twice its estimated price when it went under the hammer at a music memorabilia auction at Christie’s.
Madonna liked this song title so much that she used it twice! Although I enjoy the BS song of the same name, this is my favorite of the two. I do have to say that this was more of a grower for me though than love at first listen. When I first heard it, I thought it was nice, but as time has passed I have grown to appreciate it as much more than that and develop a real fondness for the track. Lyrically, it speaks to a taboo love that should not be against a futuristic electronic yet warm musical background. I love the contrast between the robotic treated vocals and the warm more sensual voice used in the chorus which makes it feel even more like an otherworldly romance. The Confessions performance made me love the song even more. Such a simple, yet arresting performance filled with great symbolism and beautiful and complex hand movements. One of the true gems from COADF.
Queen of Pop Madonna’s iconic conical corset has fetched over 30,000 pounds at an auction, more than double of the expected selling price.
The green silk costume designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier sparked a bidding frenzy at the Christie’s sale in south-west London and the final purchase price, including the buyer’s premium, was 32,450 pounds.
The pre-sale estimate for the garment was 15,000 pounds, reported Daily Mail.
The 54-year-old wore the outrageous garment to perform three songs, including her hit ‘Hanky Panky’, on her 1990 ‘Blond Ambition’ tour.
A black Lycra two-piece that she wore to sing her hit ‘Vogue’ went for 16,250 pounds.
The highest price raised at the pop culture sale was the 43,250 pounds paid for a 1947 painting of American actress Ava Gardner.
A prop from hit movie ‘Skyfall’ – a stone-effect plaque to the ancestral home of Daniel Craig’s James Bond – went for six times its pre-sale estimate at 8,750 pounds.
A whip used by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones trilogy fetched 20,000 pounds, while a flamboyant pearl white sleeveless jumpsuit worn by Mick Jagger for the Rolling Stones’ US Tour in 1972 fetched 20,000 pounds.
Covered all over with silver metal poppers backed by transparent sequins, the jumpsuit was designed by Ossie Clark.
Another Indiana Jones prop, a manuscript book known as the ‘Grail Diary’ raised 18,750 pounds.
Madonna claims the No. 1 ranking on the weekly tally of Hot Tours for the fifth time since the launch of her blockbuster MDNA Tour that has been playing concert venues in Europe and North America since the end of May. Ticket revenue reported during the past week surpasses the $60 million mark from performances that occurred during October and November in 18 U.S. cities. With two-show runs at venues in Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, St. Paul and New York City, the overall attendance count from six weeks of concerts totals 336,386.
With $233 million already logged from 74 shows and a string of stadium performances scheduled in South American cities through December 22, the MDNA Tour is on track to potentially rank among the 10 top-grossing tours of all time. Madonna¹s top-grossing tour so far is Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-2009) that generated more than $407 million in ticket sales and ranks fourth all-time on the Boxscore tally.
Barclays Center, the new 19,000-seat arena in Brooklyn, New York has reported concert gross and attendance counts from its first two months of operation including a mammoth $9.3 million gross from Barbra Streisand¹s Back to Brooklyn Tour that played to sellout crowds on October 11 and 13. The legendary entertainer and Brooklyn-native earns this week¹s No. 2 Hot Tours ranking with revenue totals reported from the two-show stint in her hometown.
Also ranking among this week¹s top 10 tours at No. 3 is Jay-Z, another Brooklyn-born superstar, who played the inaugural concert in the new facility on September 28. He performed a total of eight sold out shows in Barclays Center through October 6, grossing $7.3 million from 121,058 sold tickets. Additional artists to play the new venue include gospel music¹s Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton with the King¹s Men Tour on October 14, veteran rock band Rush with a concert on October 22, a two-night dance music event dubbed Sensation on October 26-27 and a sold out show on November 12 with teen superstar Justin Bieber.
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Oct. 2-Nov. 17
KeyArena, Seattle (2/2)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (2/2)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (2/2)
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (2/2)
U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix (1/1)
Pepsi Center, Denver (1/1)
American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
Toyota Center, Houston (2/2)
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans (1/1)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul (2/2)
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (1/1)
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit (1/1)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/1)
Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte (1/1)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)