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Dick Tracy (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

December 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“Dick Tracy” is a stylish, unique film that pays amazing homage to the original 1930’s detective.  Featuring a wonderful cast, amazing set and costume design and music, “Dick Tracy” may not be known to the younger generations of movie viewers, but this is one iconic hero who received the best film adaptation thanks to director, producer and actor Warren Beatty, who successfully  paid homage to the comic-strip.  Whether or not we will ever see anything “Dick Tracy” related in the near future is unknown, but for those who are familiar with the iconic detective, will surely want to give this Blu-ray release a chance!

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TITLE: Dick Tracy

FILM RELEASE: 1990

DURATION: 106 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:85:1), English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish Language Tracks, Subtitles: Englis SDH, Spanish and French

COMPANY: Touchstone Home Entertainment

RATED: PG

Release Date: December 11, 2012

Directed by Warren Beatty

Characters by Chester Gould

Written by Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.

Produced by Warren Beatty

Co-Producer: Jon Landau

Executive Producer: Art Linson, Floyd Mutrux, Barrie M. Osborne, Jim Van Wyck

Music by Danny Elfman

Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro

Edited by Richard Marks

Casting by Jackie Burch

Production Design by Richard Sylbert

Art Direction by Harold Michelson

Set Decoration by Rick Simpson

Costume Design by Milena Canonero

Starring:

Warren Beatty as Dick Tracy

Al Pacino as Big Boy Caprice

Glenne Headly as Tess Trueheart

Madonna as Breathless Mahoney

Mandy Patinkin as 88 Keys

Paul Sorvino as Lips Manlis

Charlie Korsmo as Kid

Michel Donovan O’Donnell as McGillicuddy

Jim Wilkey as Stooge

Stig Eldred as Shoulders

Neil Summers as The Rodent

Chuck Hucks as The Brow

Lawrence Steven Myers as Little Face

William Forsythe as Flattop

Ed O’ Ross as Itchy

The comic strip detective (Beatty) finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney (Madonna) makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice’s (Pacino) united mob. Winner of three Academy Awards (1990), including Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Makeup and Best Music (Original Song for “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)”).

In 1931, Chester Gould’s “Dick Tracy” would be featured in the publications “Detroit Mirror” and distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate.  With its popularity, the comic strip would lead to a radio program that lasted from 1934 through 1948 and film adaptations in the 1930’s thanks to RKO.  By 1950-1951, a live action TV series was created and in the early ’60s, an animated series was created.

A story that revolves around a detective during the 1930’s in Chicago, Dick Tracy would catch his criminals using forensic science, high technology and intelligent wits, audiences were entertained by Dick Tracy’s ability to chase down the criminal.

But in 1990, the live action film was written and directed by Warren Beatty  (“Bonny & Clyde”, “Reds”, “Bulworth”) would be released in theaters.  But the journey to make the live action film was a concept that Beatty head since 1975.  But as the plans for a live action films went through different creative hands and different perspectives of what kind of film would be made.  But in the end, for Warren Beatty, he wanted the live action film to pay homage to the comic strip and not deviate from that.

And with Disney now having control of the film and working out a deal with Warren Beatty to write, direct and produce the film, “Dick Tracy” was officially made into a live action film.  The film would star Warren Beatty but also talent such as Al Pacino, Genne Headly, Madonna, Al Pacino, Kathy Bates, Mandy Patinkin and Paul Sorvino.

And would go on to earn over $162 million worldwide in the box office.

And over 20-years-later, “Dick Tracy” will be released on Blu-ray in Dec. 2012.

“Dick Tracy” begins with a group of mobsters playing an illegal card game, a young orphan named “The Kid” (portrayed by Charlie Korsmo) stumbles into a warehouse, watching the gangsters gamble.  But not long after, gangsters Flattop (portrayed by William Forsythe) and Itchy (portrayed by Ed O’Ross), who work for the mobster Alphonse “Big Boy” Caprice (portrayed by Al Pacino), begin shooting and killing the mobsters.  And we learn that this aggression against other mobs is part of Big Boy’s scheme to grow his crime syndicate and rule the city.

Meanwhile, the Kid manages to steal a watch from a person, right next to famous detective Dick Tracy (portrayed by Warren Beatty) and his girlfriend, Tess Truehart (portrayed by Glenne Headly).  As Dick Tracy chases after the Kid, the Kid arrives home to his guardian, who roughs him up for not stealing anything that would bring them a lot of money. Dick Tracy shows up and beats up the aggressor and ends up treating the Kid out for some dinner with his girlfriend Tess.

As “Big Boy” Caprice continues his domination in the city by coercing Lips Manlis (portrayed by Paul Sorvino) into signing over the Club Ritz to them.  But instead of keeping him alive, they kill Lips by having him encased in cement and stealing his girlfriend and club singer, Breathless Mahoney (portrayed by Madonna).

With Lips Manlis now missing, this leads to Dick Tracy interrogating “Big Boy” Caprice’s employees….Flattop, Itchy and Mumbles (portrayed by Dustin Hoffman).  But as Breathless Mahoney is the only witness, she doesn’t turn Big Boy in and is more interested in trying to hook up with Dick Tracy.

Eventually, Dick Tracy takes in The Kid temporarily, gives him new clothes and feeds and houses him.  And even having The Kid having save him from time-to-time and being a sidekick.

But as Dick Tracy tries to find a way in putting these criminals behind bars, his life comes crashing down when Tess catches him kissing Breathless, the orphanage takes away “The Kid” and with “Big Boy” Caprice and his men starting trouble, there appears to be a mysterious person named “The Blank” also causing trouble.

Will Dick Tracy find a way to prove his innocence and finally put “Big Boy” Caprice and his men behind bars?

VIDEO:

“Dick Tracy” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1).  While the film does look very good on Blu-ray and does feature a new digital restoration, what makes this 1990 film look very good is its artistic direction.  Warren Beatty wanted only seven colors to be used in the film in order to capture the original look of the comic strip.  So, red, green, blue and yellow and a few other colors are utilized.  Add in colorful outfits which look amazing with one another, such as Dick Tracy’s yellow fedora and coat with the Kid’s red hat and coat, the film evokes a style similar to German Expressionism, especially how buildings and the city are featured throughout the film.  Set design is fantastic and the limited colors made the film look much more artistic and beautiful.

I didn’t notice any artifacts, I did notice slight banding but for the most part, picture quality was good.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Dick Tracy” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA and French 5.1 Dolby Digital along with Spanish language tracks.   There are scenes with action and machine gun shots, but primarily the film is dialogue and music driven.  The film score by Danny Elfman evokes a similar musical style that he used with his previous film “Batman”.  So, while the musical score sounds great, as did Madonna’s music which features lyrics written by acclaimed songwriter Stephen Sondheim.  So, dialogue and music are crystal clear and sound great via lossless compared to its older DVD counterpart.  It’s important to note that “Dick Tracy” was the first film to use digital audio.

Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Dick Tracy” comes with no special features.

EXTRAS:

“Dick Tracy” comes with a slipcover case and a code for the digital copy of the feature film.

I can easily remember “Dick Tracy” from my teenage years.  It was a film that was featured all over television because of the couple at the time, Warren Beatty and Madonna.  Plus, the major marketing that Disney put into the film.  Dick Tracy was all over television and while one side featured promotion for the film and its iconic character, there was a lot of promotion for Madonna starring in the film.

For the most part, “Dick Tracy” was a fascinating film back when I saw it.  I saw the film as a unique artistic expression for Warren Beatty, as he wanted to keep the homage of the comic strip in his live-action film.  It was also a film that would feature Hollwood heavyweights Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman and for me, it was a bonus treat to have my favorite film composer at the time, Danny Elfman, scoring the music for the film and legendary writer Stephen Sondheim collaborating with Madonna on the songs for “Dick Tracy”.

I enjoyed “Dick Tracy” because Warren Beatty was able to create world where the seedy underground and the characters that represent the crime infested area with a different look.  Humans were oddly shaped (ie. big heads or flat heads) or looked grotesque, among the criminals who looked like seedy criminals, there was a city that was featured with beautiful colors and its people sporting colorful outfits.  The limited colors made “Dick Tracy” look like art and so unique, I was quite pleased with set and costume design.

And because the world of “Dick Tracy” looked different that reality and is based on a ’30s comic strip, the film doesn’t look like it was created in 1990, nor does the picture quality on Blu-ray make this film looked aged.  Picture quality was very good and to hear the music in lossless was also a major plus for this Blu-ray release.

Personally, I felt that Warren Beatty did a remarkable job with “Dick Tracy”. It’s original in presentation and for its time, the use of limited colors really distinguishes the film from others.  If there was any fault, unfortunately it would be the perception of the audience of its time.  1930’s heroes are not easy to promote for modern viewers.   Sure, heroes such as “Superman” or “Batman” can continue to be strong thanks to its continuing push as comic books, animated series, video games and via merchandise.  But with “Dick Tracy”, “The Shadow” and even “The Green Hornet”, these are heroes that emerged from comic strips and radio series that ended with those strips/radio series.  They are no longer featured as comic book stores, animated series or in store merchandise that unfortunately, these classic heroes have been forgotten.

As I watched this film with my nine-year-old, he asked me questions of why Dick Tracy was popular since he had no special abilities.  And I would make the comparison to Sherlock Holmes, Dick Tracy was a wonderful detective.  But for children today, a hero in a film that saves people without special powers, is not too exciting for them.  While those of us who grew up earlier enough to have known about Dick Tracy, know how iconic that character was from the ’30s through the ’70s and once again, in the ’90s thanks to Warren Beatty.

But the biggest misconception that Disney of that era and Jeffrey Katzenberg had towards the film.  Katzenberg has reportedly said that they hoped that “Dick Tracy” would earn the same box office figures as “Batman”.  Batman is a superhero and people are attracted to iconic superheroes and even to this day, many of those films do extremely well in the box office.  But while “Dick Tracy” was profitable, part of Katzenberg’s disappointment was because the film was expensive to produce and market.

But the film did well as a VHS and DVD release and now, this film is finally getting an HD treatment on Blu-ray.  The film looks wonderful, the lossless soundtrack is way better than any previous home video release but unfortunately, there are no special features included.

So, while this Blu-ray release features the definitive version of “Dick Tracy” on home video, it’s also a barebones Blu-ray release which in this day and age, is unacceptable.  Not even the theatrical trailer is included.  With so much work in trying to make this film so unique, there must be a featurette out there that could have been included on this Blu-ray release!  So, while “Dick Tracy” is a pretty enjoyable film, this Blu-ray release is a bit of a let-down when it comes to the lack of special features.

Overall, “Dick Tracy” is a stylish, unique film that pays amazing homage to the original 1930’s detective.  Featuring a wonderful cast, amazing set and costume design and music, “Dick Tracy” may not be known to the younger generations of movie viewers, but this is one iconic hero who received the best film adaptation thanks to director, producer and actor Warren Beatty, who successfully  paid homage to the comic-strip.  Whether or not we will ever see anything “Dick Tracy” related in the near future is unknown, but for those who are familiar with the iconic detective, will surely want to give this Blu-ray release a chance!

Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

July 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition” may not be the greatest musical on film, but it is a memorable film with beautiful music, beautiful cinematography and a wonderful performance by Madonna.  Recommended.

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TITLE: Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition

FILM RELEASE: 1996

DURATION: 135 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:35:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

RATED: PG (For Thematic Elements, Images of Violence and Some Mild Language)

Release Date: July 17, 2012

Directed by Alan Parker

Based on the Musical Play “Evita” by Tim Rice

Screenplay by Alan Parker and Oliver Stone

Produced by Alan Parker, Robert Stigwood, Andrew G. Vajna, David Wimbury

Line Producer: David Wimbury

Associate Producer: Lisa Moran

Cinematography by Darius Khondji

Edited by Gerry Hambling

Casting by John Hubbard, Ros Hubbard

Production Design by Brian Morris

Art Direction by Richard Earl and Jean-Michel Hugon

Set Decoration by Philippe Turlure

Costume Design by Penny Rose

Starring:

Madonna as Eva Peron

Antonio Banderas as Che

Jonathan Pryce as Juan Peron

Jimmy Nail as Agustin Magaldi

Victoria Sus as Dona Juana

Julian Littman as Brother Juan

Olga Merediz as Blanca

Laura Pallas as Elisa

Julia Worsley as Erminda

Maria Lujan Hidalgo as Young Eva

Servando Villamil as Cipriano Reyes

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Alan Parker, Evita is the riveting true-life story of Eva Peron (Madonna), who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve unimaginable fortune and fame. Despite widespread controversy, her passion changed a nation forever. Garnering an Academy Award® for Best Song (Best Music/Original Song, Andrew Lloyd Webber for music and Tim Rice for lyrics, “You Must Love Me”, 1996) and 3 Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, Best Original Song – Motion Picture “You Must Love Me” and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, Madonna, 1997), critics across the world hailed Evita as an indelible masterpiece. Now, with a new state-of-the-art digital restoration, you can experience every astonishing scene and unforgettable song like never before!
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On July 26, 1952, a 33-year-old woman named Maria Eva Durarte de Peron would become part of international pop culture.  On that very day, the second wife of Argentina President Juan Peron and the First Lady of Argentina would pass away due to cancer.  And her memory continues to live on today!

Eva “Evita” Peron, her story has captured the attention of people worldwide.  Growing up poor, leaving her family at the age of 15 from a rural village to the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires, hoping to pursue a career as an actress and at the age of 25, meeting then-Colonel Juan Peron at a charity event for earthquake victims, the two would marry a year later.

And Juan Peron would become President of Argentina, but as the First Lady, Eva would become powerful within the trad unions, speaking on behalf of labor rights, running the Ministries of Labor and Health, running her own charity and showing that a woman can be come a true leader.  She was championed by the low-income and working class of Argentina and despite her ailing health, she continued to remain strong despite being opposed by Argentina’s military and the upperclass.

So, popular Evita was in international pop culture, a 1981 telefilm titled “The Woman with the Whip” starring Faye Dunaway was created.  And also a successful musical production titled “Evita” by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber would once again pay tribute to Eva Peron.  So, successful that the musical generated over $2 billion in revenue back in 1980.

But since 1978, there was always hope to bring “Evita” to the big screen and after a 20-year production delay, in 1996, director and co-writer Alan Parker (“Angela’s Ashes”, “Mississippi Burning”, “Angel Heart”) and co-writer Oliver Stone (“Platoon”, “JFK”, “National Born Killers”) were able to take Evita to the big screen thanks to the casting of Madonna (“Body of Evidence”, “A League of their Own”, “Dick Tracy”), Antonio Banderas (“Desperado”, “The Mask of Zorro”, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”) and Jonathan Pryce (“Brazil”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” films).

“Evita” is a musical narrated by Che (as portrayed by Antonio Banderas), who tells the story of Eva Duarte (as portrayed by Madonna) from a child of a poor family, leaving her home to become an actress in Buenos Aires, where she would have an affair with Agustin Magaldi (as portrayed by Jimmy Nail) but eventually, through an earthquake benefit, meeting Colonel Juan Peron (as portrayed by Jonathan Pryce) and a year later, marrying him.

The musical would show audiences the rise and power of Juan Peron as he becomes Argentina’s President and how the First Lady of Argentina together, would create a new government that would serve the poor.

But through her hard work, Che narrates her sickness and leading to her death.

VIDEO:

“Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition” is presented in 1080p High Definition (widescreen 2:35:1).  When I first watched this film years ago, I noticed how this film looked so beautiful, so grand because of the many people that were featured.  The eloquence of showcasing Eva Peron throughout her life but also amongst the political chaos to the thousands of people who supported her and of course, her husband.  But the cinematography of Darius Khondji (“Se7en”, “Midnight in Paris”, “Alien: Resurrection”) is beautiful.

Compared to the original DVD release, the film features much more clarity, much more detail but it is a film that utilizes a lot of earth tones, so colors are warmer than vibrant.  The video is definitely an upgrade from the original DVD and fans of the film will definitely want to upgrade for the improve picture quality.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.  The film is a musical and with a musical, you expect it to sound incredible via lossless. And as expected, the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber sounds incredible in HD.  While primarily a dialogue and music-driven film through the front channels, I didn’t notice the surround channels being used as much but towards the end of the film, I did notice a bit of LFE.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition” comes with the following special features:

  • The Making of Evita – (42:13)  A documentary featuring behind-the-scenes making of the film, interviews with the cast, director and knowings the challenges that existed in bringing this musical to the big screen but also the challenges that Madonna and talents had to face as well.  As well as the importance of location, look and costume design.  Very informative feature.
  • Music Video – (3:16) Featuring Madonna’s “You Must Love Me”.
  • Teaser Trailer – (1:54) A teaser trailer for “Evita”.

Whenever I hear the song “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”, I think of Madonna singing this song on the balcony, as her character of Eva Peron, knowing that her final days are coming and just wanting to say one last goodbye to the people who have supported her.

“Evita” is a musical that I enjoyed for its ambition and cinematography.  To shoot in Argentina, to include so many extras to make the political rallying and the funeral of Evita seem real, this was accomplished remarkably well in the film.

Madonna does a fantastic job in playing the main character role of Evita.  From the look and the emotion, Madonna was able to bring sexiness but also an emotional demeanor to her character with efficacy.  And of course, hearing her sing, I absolutely enjoyed her songs.

But not everyone’s songs.

Antonio Banderas was fine as the narrator, Che, who in the movie, was close to the Peron’s, and as much as I enjoyed Antonio Banderas in “Desperado” (and “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”) and the “Zorro” films, he is more of an action star in my book.  Not as a singer.  And as much as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice really tried to bring out the machismo of Banderas through music, I wasn’t so much of a fan of Banderas’ singing vocals for the film then and the same now.

And while Jonathan Pryce is a fine actor, I just didn’t feel the chemistry was right between Pryce and Madonna.  So perhaps, the casting never set well with me to begin with.  And watching this film again in 2012, I still feel the same way.

As for the Blu-ray release, while the special features are the same as the DVD release, this film is primarily for the fans who want to watch this film in HD and enjoy the better transfer of this film and hear the music in lossless.

Overall, “Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition” is a film that I will forever remember as possibly Madonna’s greatest performance in a film.  She embodied and gracefully portrayed the role of Eva Peron with success and because of her involvement, I enjoyed this musical much more.  The cinematography for this film by Darius Khondji is absolutely beautiful and Alan Parker did a great job directing this film, it’s just the casting that I felt was off.  But still, I did enjoy this film a lot.

“Evita” is a fine musical that really showcases the life of Eva Peron in a positive way and it helps to have a film, especially a talent such as Madonna playing the role and doing a great job in her performance.  And while I may not feel the same way about the vocal performance by Banderas and by Pryce (although I enjoyed Pryce a lot more than Banderas), both did a great job with their character role as well.

“Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition” may not be the greatest musical on film, but it is a memorable film with beautiful music, beautiful cinematography and a wonderful performance by Madonna.  Recommended.

Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and Billboard 200 Album Chart (Top 10 Single and Albums in the USA): Fun. feat. Janelle Monae takes the #1 spot for singles and Madonna takes the #1 spot on the album charts (Issue Date: April 14, 2012)

April 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The following are the top 10 songs in the United States from the Billboard Hot 100 Music Charts:

NOTE: fun. feat Janelle Monae at #1, Justin Bieber at #2 and Gotye at #3.

  1. fun. feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young
  2. Justin Bieber – Boyfriend
  3. Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody that I Used to Know
  4. The Wanted – Glad You Came
  5. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
  6. Nicki Minaj – Starships
  7. Flo Rida feat. Sia – Wild Ones
  8. Katy Perry – Part of Me
  9. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
  10. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

The following are the top 10 albums in America from the Billboard 200 Album Charts:

NOTE: Madonna at #1, Lionel Richie at #2 and Adele at #3.

  1. Madonna – MDNA
  2. Lionel Richie – Tuskegee
  3. Adele – 21
  4. Shinedown – Amaryllis
  5. The Hunger Games Soundtrack
  6. One Direction – Up All Night
  7. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  8. The Used – Vulnerable
  9. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  10. Various Artists – NOW 41

ARIA Music Charts (Top 10 Singles & Albums in Australia): Carly Rae Jepsen takes the #1 spot on the single charts, Madonna takes #1 on the album charts (April 2, 2012)

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The following are the top 10 songs in Australia from the Aria Top 50 Singles Charts:

NOTE: Carly Rae Jepsen at #1, Nicki Minaj at #2 and fun. at #3.

  1. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  2. Nicki Minaj – Starships
  3. fun. feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young
  4. Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah – Earthquake
  5. Justin Bieber – Boyfriend
  6. Skrillex – Bangarang
  7. Gym Class HEroes feat. Neon Hitch
  8. Flo Rida feat. Sia – Wild Ones
  9. Jason Derulo – Fight For You
  10. Qwote feat. Pitbull – Throw Your Hands Up

The following are the top 10 albums in Australia from the Aria Top 50 Albums Chart:

NOTE: Madonna at #1, One Direction at #2 and Hilltop Hoods at #3

  1. Madonna – MDNA
  2. One Direction – Up All Night
  3. Hilltop Hoods – Drinking from the Sun
  4. Adele – 21
  5. Skrillex – Bangarang EP
  6. Bob Seger – Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets
  7. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
  8. Ed Sheeran – +
  9. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  10. Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans

BBC Radio 1 Music Charts (Top 10 UK Singles and Album Charts): Chris Brown takes the #1 spot on the Singles Charts and Madonna takes the #1 spot on the Album Charts (April 1, 2012)

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The following top 10 charts are from BBC Radio 1’s Official UK Top 40 CD singles:

NOTE: Chris Brown at #1, Sean Paul at #2, Nicki Minaj at #3.


  1. Chris Brown – Turn Up the Music
  2. Sean Paul – She Doesn’t Mind
  3. Nicki Minaj – Starships
  4. Katy Perry – Part of Me
  5. Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)
  6. Plan B – iLL Manors
  7. Flo Rida – Wild Ones (feat. Sia)
  8. David Guetta – Titanium (feat. Sia)
  9. Labrinth – Last Time
  10. Emili Sande – Next to Me

The following top 10 charts are from BBC Radio 1’s Official UK Top 40 Albums:

NOTE: Madonna at #1, David Guetta at #2 and Emeli Sande at #3

  1. Madonna – MDNA
  2. David Guetta – Nothing But the Beat
  3. Emeli Sande – Our Version of Events
  4. Adele – 21
  5. Jessie J – Who You Are
  6. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  7. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  8. Ed Sheeran – +
  9. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
  10. Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks

EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREVIEW OF MADONNA’S NEW VIDEO “GIVE ME ALL YOUR LUVIN” FEATURING NICKI MINAJ AND M.I.A. TO DEBUT ON “AMERICAN IDOL” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, ON FOX

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

ALL-NEW EPISODES OF “AMERICAN IDOL”

AIR WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY ON FOX

 

In an AMERICAN IDOL exclusive, Madonna will world preview the video for her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., during IDOL Thursday, Feb. 2(8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

Madonna will release “Give Me All Your Luvin’’ featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. on Feb. 3. The song was written by Madonna, Martin Solveig, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A, and is the first single off of Madonna’s upcoming studio album “MDNA,” her 12th studio album. “MDNA” follows up 2008’s “Hard Candy,” which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. “Give Me All Your Luvin’’ was composed by Martin Solveig and Michael Tordjman and was produced by Madonna and Martin Solveig.

 

This week, AMERICAN IDOL continues with Portland auditions on Wednesday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and St. Louis auditions Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The countdown is on as judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler hand out the last of the tickets to Hollywood. Some dreams will come true while others come to an end as the hopefuls from around the nation vie for a coveted spot in the Top 24.

 

Visit www.americanidol.com for all of your AMERICAN IDOL news.

 

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AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment, and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions. AMERICAN IDOL has been No. 1 among Adults 18-49 for the past eight consecutive seasons.

Madonna attending the “A Single Man” after party in New York City

December 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Singer/actress Madonna attends the after party for ‘A Single Man’ hosted by The Cinema Society and Bing at Monkey Bar on December 6, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company). Content © 2009 Getty Images All rights reserved.

The Cinema Society & Bing Host Screening of "A Single Man" - After Party

Madonna – Celebration [Deluxe Edition] (a J!-ENT World Groove Album Review)

September 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

“A magnificent release covering Madonna’s musical career from 1983-2009. Nearly every hit song is on this 36-track deluxe edition and is definitely a celebration of her awesome musical career. If you have ever been looking for one Madonna best album release, this is the definitive version to own!”

ARTIST: Madonna

ALBUM: Celebration (Deluxe Edition) – Digital Album Version

LABEL: Warner Bros.

DURATION: 2:41:05

RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2009

  1. Hung Up
  2. Music
  3. Vogue
  4. 4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake and Timberland)
  5. Holiday
  6. Everybody
  7. Like a Virgin
  8. Into the Groove
  9. Like a Prayer
  10. Ray of Light
  11. Sorry
  12. Express Yourself
  13. Open Your Heart
  14. Borderline
  15. Secret
  16. Erotica
  17. Justify My Love
  18. Revolver (Feat. Lil Wayne)
  19. Dress You Up
  20. Material Girl
  21. La Isla Bonita
  22. Papa Don’t Preach
  23. Lucky Star
  24. Burning Up
  25. Crazy For You
  26. Who’s That Girl
  27. Frozen
  28. Miles Away
  29. Take a Bow
  30. Live to Tell
  31. Beautiful Stranger
  32. Hollywood
  33. Die Another Day
  34. Don’t Tell Me
  35. Cherish
  36. Celebration
  37. Celebration (Benny Benassi Remix Edit) *Bonus Track for some online music stores*
  38. It’s So Cool  *Bonus Track for some online music stores*

When it comes to best albums, typically one can be critical of them if the right songs are not on it.  Especially when it comes to legendary artists and in this case, Madonna with her latest and third best compilation titled “Celebration”.

There are two versions available digitally of “Celebration”, an 18-track standard edition and a 36-track Deluxe Edition.  Some online music stores offer remixes of “Celebration” and “It’s So Cool” for a total of 37 or 38 tracks.

Focusing on the Deluxe Edition (with someone with a long musical career such as Madonna, 18-tracks are simply not enough), the album consists of her hits from the 80’s up to the present.  Back in March, Guy Oseary (manager of Madonna) encouraged fans to Twitter what songs they wanted to see on the album.  And also announced by her publicist Liz Rosenberg, that there would be new tracks included on the album.  And the album also marks the final album release through Warner Bros., the label that she has been with for 27-years.

But “Celebration” (Deluxe Edition) is simply a wonderful release of Madonna’s music from  1983-2009.  From classics such as “Borderline”, “Like a Virgin”, “Into the Groove”, “Material Girl”, “Dress You Up”, “La Isla Bonita”, “Live to TEll” and so much more including her more recent hits such as “Hung Up” and “4 Minutes”.

As for the new tracks, included are the tracks such as her latest single “Celebration” which has been a hit in many countries.  Also, included is the song “Revolver” featuring a collaboration with Lil Wayne.  And of course, if you want more Madonna goodness, a “Celebration” DVD release is also available with 47 of her music videos.

Overall, there is nothing bad you can say about this best album.  It literally includes all her top selling hits that was released.   Needless to say that a large part of her successful music career is celebrated through this latest release.  Of course, there are some tracks that slipped the cracks or perhaps fans didn’t vote for them (“Angel”, “True Blue”, “Deeper and Deeper”, “Rain”, “I’ll Remember”, “Bedtime Story”, “Human Nature”, “You’ll See”, “What It Feels For a Girl”, “Die Another Day”), but I’m guessing that there were no plans to go for a third disc on the album.

Nevertheless, personally, the essential Madonna releases that I have long enjoyed are included on this album and I think that those who grew up with this magnificent performer would agree that this is a solid release.  For Madonna fans looking for a great collection of her music, “Celebration (Deluxe Edition)” is highly recommended!

Madonna and family at the 2nd Annual Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic

May 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Madonna takes Jesus, David Banda, and Rocco to the 2nd Annual Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic featuring Prince Harry. Madonna appears in a happy mood as she plays around with David Banda and picks him up, combs Rocco’s hair through her fingers and plays around with his cap. She is flanked by pals Marc Jacobs and Steve Klein, who also picks up David Banda at times as they all watch Prince Harry take on Nacho Figueras. Meanwhile, Jesus Luz is nearby chatting up Lorenzo Martone, Marc Jacob’s partner. Pictured: Madonna and David Banda. Picture by: Jackson Lee / Splash News. Content © 2009 Splash News . All rights reserved.

Madonna takes Jesus, David Banda, Rocco to the 2nd Annual Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic featuring Prince Harry

Madonna performs during a concert at the Wachovia Center at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

November 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

PicApp: Madonna performs during a concert at the Wachovia Center at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Thursday, November 20, 2008. (Michael S. Wirtz/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom. Content © 2008 Newscom . All rights reserved.

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