Madonna to direct own biopic on ‘roller coaster’ life

Madonna will direct and co-write the film. (AFP)
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Updated 16 September 2020

Madonna to direct own biopic on ‘roller coaster’ life

NEW YORK: Madonna has revealed that her next project will be the movie of her life — and the final product should meet with her approval as she is bringing it to the screen herself.

The 62-year-old “Material Girl,” with a four-decade career as a singer, actress and cultural touchstone, will direct the biopic, according to a statement from movie studio Universal.

Madonna will also co-write, with Diablo Cody who won an Oscar for the screenplay of coming-of-age dramedy “Juno.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Are you ready for the story of my life....................✍️ Am I? #livetotell #diablocody #screenplay

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“I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer — a human being,” Madonna said in a statement posted to her website.

“The focus of this film will always be music,” she added. “Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive.”

The entertainer enthused about “so many untold and inspiring stories” from her “roller coaster” life and asked, “who better to tell it than me?”

Universal’s Donna Langley described the Michigan native – real name Madonna Louise Ciccone – as “the ultimate icon.”

“With her singular gift of creating art that is as accessible as it is boundary-pushing, she has shaped our culture in a way very few others have," Langley said.

Madonna, responsible for hits such as “Like a Prayer,” “Material Girl” and “Like a Virgin,” is one of the most prolific artists of her time, having sold 335 million albums.

She made her film debut in 1985’s “Desperately Seeking Susan” and won the Best Actress Golden Globe for 1996’s “Evita” before directing and co-writing “W.E.” in 2011.


Saudi radio star Big Hass teams up with Dubai Media City to shine a light on regional talent

Updated 26 September 2020

Saudi radio star Big Hass teams up with Dubai Media City to shine a light on regional talent

DUBAI: Regional music personality and radio host Hass “Big Hass” Dennaoui has teamed up with Dubai Media City (DMC) to launch a new live show dedicated to shining a light on the Gulf’s promising music talents.

Titled “DMC Amplify,” the first episode of the digital show will premiere on Oct. 2. Big Hass will be joined in the first session by up-and-coming Saudi rapper Molham, who will set the stage for a string of local artists, musicians and poets who will sit down with the radio host for hard-hitting talks and performances that will be streamed live via Facebook and YouTube.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"أكثر شيء أحبه لما تنادي اسمي"

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“We all have a duty to support and amplify the noise around local artists and that’s why our collaboration is so important,” said Big Hass in a statement. “This exciting new series will bring together amazing people with real stories to share about their struggles and successes. I can’t wait to get started.” 

Echoing his statement, Majed Al-Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Media City, added: “Shining a light on promising new artists breaking through the region’s multibillion-dollar creative industry is something that everyone in our community cares strongly about. For close to two decades, we’ve endeavoured to showcase emerging talent and provide a platform for them to reach a bigger audience through an action-packed roster of annual events. DMC Amplify is a natural extension of this and we’re delighted to see it take flight.”