The 5 best Madonna songs according to Scandal’s Guillermo Díaz

While he’s best know for his appearances on Chappelle’s Show and his roles on Scandal and Dating Game Killer, Guillermo Díaz is also a huge Madonna fan. In fact, he is such a fan, he has a tattoo of the pop icon on his right arm. We asked Díaz to give us his five favorite Madonna songs, and like a true fan, he named…

"Look What You Made Me Do" director Joseph Kahn ranks the 5 videos that influenced him the most

Joseph Kahn has been active in the music video industry for more than 25 years, working with some of the biggest artists in the world on their most iconic videos, such as Eminem’s “Without Me,” Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” In the video above, Kahn tells us the five music videos that…

Madonna’s trying to stop that Tupac breakup letter from going to auction

We recently learned the reasons for Madonna and Tupac Shakur’s breakup, via a letter the late artist wrote the erstwhile Material Girl from prison. In it, Shakur described the disparate effects of their relationship—while the revelation would just make her seem more “open and exciting,” it might be seen as a betrayal…

Newly surfaced letter reveals why Tupac broke up with Madonna

A few years ago, Madonna revealed on Howard Stern’s radio show that she dated the late Tupac Shakur for a spell in the mid-’90s. Others confirmed it, too: both actress Rosie Perez and Shakur’s brother, Mopreme Shakur, revealed that they played roles in hooking the pair up. Still, the nature of their relationship has…

A Madonna biopic is in the works, since that weirdly hasn’t happened already

Madonna is pretty famous, at least as far as iconic music superstars go, but nobody’s ever made an emotional biopic about how she went from a non-famous baby to the woman behind “Borderline.” Now, finally, that might be changing. According to Variety, Universal has picked up the rights to Blonde Ambition, a script…

To understand David Fincher, look at his music videos

Unlike the much-celebrated early work of Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze, whose music videos are considered on par with their eventual feature films, David Fincher’s pop videos are generally thought of as merely an interesting addendum to his later work. We do not place Madonna’s videos for “Express Yourself” and “Vogue”…

From Justin to terrible: 21 unfortunate cinematic pop-star vehicles

If you are a successful pop star, conquering the movies appears to be the next logical step. After all, it worked (kind of) for Elvis. And Justin Timberlake! But it turns out that Elvis and JT are the rare exceptions. Most times, when movies are crafted around a particular pop star who’s new to film, the results are…

World’s most powerful man still has time to be mad at Madonna and SNL

Look, we’ve never been president. So it’s hard for us to say how much time, exactly, is the right amount for the most powerful person in America to spend thinking about how angry he is at the combined forces of Madonna and Saturday Night Live. (To be fair, that Wayne’s World Truth Or Dare parody from 1991 was weirdly…

Here’s America Ferrera, Scarlett Johansson, and more speaking at the Women’s March

Today, people have flocked to the streets all around the country (and the world) to stand for women’s rights and to protest Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and every other sexist, racist, xenophobic creep who thinks they’ve just woken up in a world under their control. The Women’s March On Washington was the day’s main…

Wild Beasts cover Madonna’s “Frozen”

We love it when bands don’t take the “holiday” part of Holiday Undercover too literally; while it’s nice to have some traditional songs—see last week’s Shonen Knife entry—it’s also nice to play with the idea a little bit. That’s exactly what the British band Wild Beasts did, bringing us this intense duo version of…

Mindy Kaling, Tonya Harding, and a meta take on Titanic lead the 2016 Black List

Mindy Kaling, Tonya Harding, Madonna, and Lax Mandis—not to be confused with Max Landis—all make appearances in one way or another on this year’s Black List, the annual collection of Hollywood film executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays. However, Kaling’s contribution, an untitled script about women in late-night…

Self-proclaimed “minority” Madonna in heated race for election-day BJs

The beauty of democracy is that it offers citizens a choice, or at least the illusion of one. For example, for the average Joe Chipotle—come on, no one uses lunch pails anymore—the time and expense involved in booking a plane ticket and flying out to meet a woman they don’t know in order to cash in on promises of oral…