Madonna pays homage to her Canadian fans. "I can't tell you what a honour is to be here in Toronto, in Canada, to premiere my film W.E. in North America" says Madonna. "It's truly exciting, as you all know I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, so I feel that I am practically Canadian."
"I've come here through the years of my career with my shows as a singer and entertainment," tells Madonna and then she speaks ironically of when the Canadian police tried to arrest her for the 'masturbation number' in her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour.
"I've always appreciated and felt the warm welcome of Canadians whenever I came here to do my shows. Thank you once again," Madonna goes on. "This is truly and by far the most exciting trip I've made to Canada."
"When I was in Venice, I didn't get the chance to introduce my film or thank anybody," says Madonna. Since some of W.E. cast was in Toronto for the screening gala, Madonna wanted to "say thank you to both Abbie [Cornish] and Andrea [Riseborough], who are so amazing in my movie and it was such a honour to work with them." Madonna also thanked composer Abel Korzeniowski, who also attended the premiere in Toronto, "who did such an amazing score for my movie." Last but not least, she thanked her producer, all the volunteers and the teachers in Toronto.
"Once again... it's so great to be here and I hope you enjoy the movie," says Madonna.
After the W.E. gala dinner in Toronto, Madonna "said her goodnights" and flew back to New York City. It's the Toronto Star's Jeanne Beker to tweet it.
It was a huge success in Toronto. Well done Madonna!
"Madonna + me... She really is the ultimate STAR," writes Jeanne in another tweet. "Very lucky to have basked in her glow."
Being in Toronto for the International Film Festival, Madonna was interviewed by several North American media, including the Hollywood Reporter.
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We told you that Madonna remarks about Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi were going to cause a lot of controversies. And so it was. Asked about her opinion on Berlusconi, Madonna replied "I wouldn't like to talk about it now. But English weekly magazine The Economist already said everything, isn't it?" And then Madonna laconically added that Berlusconi "is unsuited to govern Italy."
Now Berlusconi's political alignment toke sides against Madonna, including some Ministers. Instead of thinking about the economic crisis, they waste their time to talk rubbish about Madonna. It's incredible!
"Lady Ciccone is openly all for gay families," Undersecretary Carlo Giovanardi says. "Therefore she is taking sides against our culture and Constitution, which do not provide for gay families."
Madonna "is a person of no importance. Italians know that she is an immensely billionaire, so... people do not let these rich, spoilt and petty tyrants fool them," Giovanardi adds. Due to what happen in the UK in mid August, Giovanardi says that English people, and so an English newspaper, "cannot teach us anything."
Ex showgirl and now PDL politician Gabriella Carlucci says that Madonna cannot judge a country she doesn't know, she "cannot judge by hearsay, because somebody put words into your mouth during the gala dinner of your movie."
"I think it's a very wrong behaviour," Carlucci adds. "Hypocritical... it's absolutely a very, very, very wrong behaviour." Carlucci also said that artists like Madonna have a communist press office. Therefore there's no doubt they go to these dinners where they are unilaterally indoctrinated. "It's a pitty Madonna took such a tumble, especially in a country where she wants to promote her movie. I wouldn't take the liberty of criticizing a country where I am a guest."
Massimo Corsaro, Vice-President of Berlusconi's Party at the Chamber of Deputies, also wants to reply to Madonna, and says that she used this controversy to promote her movie W.E.
Corsaro threatens revenge: "We'll take away some of her records from the stores."
"To be honest, we don't care of Lady Madonna at all," Corsaro adds. "The treatment that Hollywood reserved for George Bush is indicative, and so, when she comes in Italy, Madonna feels justified in talking about Berlusconi."
Also Daniela Santanchè, Undersecretary of Cabinet Office, wants to reply to Madonna. "I'm very sorry that Madonna uses these words about Italy, because she is Italian... her surname is Ciccone," says Santanchè. "I hope that, as well as she has a poor opinion of Italy and Italian Government, Italians have a poor opinion of Madonna and her movie... and so she will be the only one to go to the theatres and watch it."
Santanchè adds that Madonna attacked Italy and Berlusconi to promote her movie. Stars like Madonna "use this and arouse controversy to publicize themself, their movies or their songs." Santanchè thinks that this is unethical.
Madonna was absolutely stylish and gorgeous! She also signed for fans.
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Today composer Abel Korzeniowski was in Toronto with Madonna at the press conference of W.E.
Lately, DrownedMadonna.com had the honour to chat with Korzeniowski. "Madonna co-wrote the script, produced and directed the film. She participated in recording and mixing sessions in Abbey Road in London as is customary for a film director," Abel told us.
"Hope you'll enjoy W.E.," Abel added.
Thank you Abel and congratulation for your stunning compositions!
We want to focus on some interesting question from the press conference of W.E. at TIFF Toronto Film Festival 2011. You can watch the conference again here.
Madonna has been asked about the singalongs the cast did on set, between takes. She was surprise the knew about it. "Who said this?" Madonna asked. "We did have singalongs, but it wasn’t a [directorial] trick. It was a way to pass time."
Madonna explained that she used a Sex Pistols song "because I thought that King Edward VIII was quite punk rock," she says. "He was very rebellious and cutting-edge in his point of view about life and how to run the Empire and I thought that using the Sex Pistols was a perfect marriage between the monarchy at the time and what they were doing — drinking Benzadrine cocktails while watching a Charlie Chaplin film." Then, she has been asked if Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten know about it. "Of course he knows," replied Madonna. "I had to pay him."
Another interesting question was about Madonna's Oscar expectations, and the film's position for wide release in December, which is high Oscar campaign season. "My legs and my fingers are crossed," Madonna confessed.
The Toronto Star's Derick Chetty and Jeanne Beker will join Madonna at an exclusive dinner in Toronto tonight after the screening gala of W.E.
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BREAKING NEWS - It was on the air for days. We heard a lot of rumours about it, and now the rumours are stronger.
It looks like that Guy Ritchie is in Toronto to attend the premiere of Madonna's W.E. Apparently, Guy will be with his ex-wife on the red carpet tonight at TIFF Toronto Film Festival.
Let's wait and see!
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