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All 16 of the Icons Name-Dropped in Madonna’s “Vogue” Are Now Gone :(

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The hardest thing in life is to lose the people you love, some of those people we may never meet but they are part of our cultural identity, their legacy will remain long after our own death but at that precise moment when we learn about the death of one of our icons, it is a part of us that we lose. The dream factory that is Hollywood lost 2 stars this week, Robin Williams yesterday and Lauren Bacall today.

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Madonna immortalized the golden age of Hollywood with her song Vogue and Lauren Bacall was the last of the 16th icons name-dropped in the song to leave us today.

Madonna Attends Lourdes’ High School Production Of ‘Grease’ *Dying*

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This is just mindblowing for 2 reasons!

1) Big Madonna fan from day one 2) Huge Grease fan, I must have watched this movie about 50 times - or more - between the age of 8 and 12, and I am pretty sure that triggered my obsession with LA and to one day move here.

So when two of my obsessions collide into one, it's kinda fabulous!

Madonna attended the LaGuardia High School’s production of ‘Grease’ in Manhattan on Friday night, in which her daughter Lourdes takes on the role of Betty Rizzo. I mean Betty Rizzo !!!!!!! How amazing is that!?

According to the NY Daily News, Lourdes gave shout-outs to her mom and dad. “She would like to thank her parents,” she noted in her bio, “for giving her guidance and love and supporting her passions wholeheartedly.” Read more ...

Congratulations Lourdes!

And if like me you are a fan of Grease, here is an interactive map of the actual LA locations where the movie was filmed.

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France / Brahim Zaibat 'Danse Avec Les Stars'

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The super hot Dancer-Choregrapher Brahim Zaibat is part of the 4th season of Dacing With The Stars in France.

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Brahim Zaibat is a fierce competitor, you may think that it is easy to dance on this show when you are already an extremely talented dancer but when you have zero training in ballroom or contemporary it may just be 'la catastrophe' check out his latest performance below:

Here is his profile video featured on the French website.

Vogue / The Final Frontier by Steven Klein + Madonna New #SecretProjectRevolution Trailer

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Here is a look inside the September 2013 issue of American Vogue with 'The Final Frontier' shot by Steven Klein with Raquel Zimmermann, Toni Garrn and Niklas Garrn.

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Below the 3rd trailer for for Madonna and Steven Klein's #secretprojectrevolution posted on ArtForFreedom.com.

Madonna & Defend Paris #ItsNotaSecretAnymore

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So the #secretproject Madonna has been working on is not really a 'secret' anymore.

She honestly sounded like she was working on the most exciting thing ever, almost getting us a ready for a revolution ... well the secret is out and it's a collaboration with Defend Paris a clothing line created by Brahim Zaibat (aka Madonna's boyfriend). 

"The philosophy of Defend Paris is fashion with a cause, created by a team of French designers and Brahim Zaibat.The label wants you to encourage you to support the charity of our choice. A part of the proceeds will be donated to that specific charity. Some items of clothing will be designed by high profile people who have causes they want to defend."

See, when they say 'a part' this is exactly when I need to know precisely how much of a part. Is it 50%? Is it 90%? is it 1%? If you encourage me to donate to a charity by wearing clothes then I would love to know how much I give back ... simple as that.

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"Madonna’s mystery video now has a name. The gritty dance/fashion film the singer shot with Steven Klein #secretproject video is part of a campaign to raise money for human rights causes through a new label inspired by old-school streetwear called Defend Paris. Madonna was among the first to wear a black and white screen-printed hoodie from its inaugural collection in May, featuring an assault rifle emblazoned in the center of the logo. The singer’s boyfriend, Brahim Zaibat, is among a group behind the label, a cloak and dagger operation that has promoted itself with imagery utilizing gun violence as a narrative. For now, the Paris-based designers wish to remain anonymous. But a spokesperson for the collective says Zaibat will appear in ad imagery on Defend’s newly-launched website, which includes a lookbook and e-store of black and white hoodies, sweatshirts, tank tops, T-shirts and hats. The items, made in France, retail for 25-55€. The spokesperson would not say if Madonna will be involved in the design process, although several high-profile figures are being lined up for collaborations, each choosing a charity they would like to “defend." Zachary Quinto will be among those designing collections and Chris Brown, Rihanna and Steve Aoki have also been seen wearing the brand. “Some of them will design Defend Paris clothing,” the spokesperson said, adding, “Some of them just loved the concept… and supported us.” Proceeds will be donated to a cause of each designer’s choice." [WWD]

To me the label is very dark and violent looking for no real reason. I never found guns to be appropriate to any kind of cause. I am trying very hard here to understand the message here, mostly because (I think) I like Madonna, but Defend Paris style, I just don't get it. It's super ghetto and doesn't look like anything that would call for respect or peace between people and I think this the rifle logo is just stupid and inappropriate. Watch Defend Paris video after the jump.

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Madonna Brings MDNA To Los Angeles aka The Most Welcoming Place On earth ... Not Really!

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So as I have previously mentioned, a couple of days ago I was "fine" with the fact that we already saw Madonna's MDNA in Paris this July. But the day before her second night here in Los Angeles I could not resist the urge to check Madonna.com and see if "by any chance" there was a couple of good seats available ... and bingo!

So last night was the night. From what we've heard, the night before was not a blast, Madonna herself even mentioned in a very smart way (asking someone in the audience who apparently was there the night before) and I quote "last night sucked". It was not a statement but more, "I repeat what my fan in the front row just said" ... but boy I would have loved to know what was in her mind lol.

We have seen the show in Paris and even if I hated the location, Stade de France (80,000 seats) outdoor (which means kinda daylight even at 10pm, cold weather and awful acoustic) the show itself was spectacular, so I could not really understand how a night with Madonna could go wrong, and after a concert in L.A. ... I get it.

MDNA took place at the Staple Center (with just 20,000 seats it felt like an intimate place compare to Paris), so that was a good start, not to mention the amazing seats we had.

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Parisian DJ Martin Solveig performed for about an hour with none other than future superstar, 7 year old DJ David aka Madonna's son. It was to die for seriously he was really into it and gave his best to warm up the L.A. crowd (well good luck with that).

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Now let's get to the point, L.A. crowd sucks, big time!!!!!

To make it short I would say it is a mix of "disrescpectful-hipster-I've seen it all-wannabe-bimbo-I brought my staight boyfriend who don't give a crap-drunk-mess", seriously people, stay the f**k home.

The main attraction of the night for many was probably the beer and taco stands. I could not believe my eyes when I saw people going in and out to get drinks, burgers, pizzas in the middle of the show!

I am glad the music was super loud because we could hear a girl a couple of rows behind us constantly yelling "everybody sit down now ..." lol seriously, at some point all I could think of was punching her in the face with her chips and salsa.

The beer and taco stands probably reached their rush hour when Madonna started to sing 'Masterpiece" which by the way is one of my favorite songs. Litteraly you could see the crowd leaving the place like it was some kind of intermittence. Lamentable.

Another thing I have noticed compare to previous Madonna's shows I have seen through the years (and one more reason for me to hate facebook) is the number of people on their phone tweeting and doing facebook updates or texting ... like the entire show. I too am guilty because I took some pics but that was 45 seconds of my time on a two hours show.

At the end less people are actually cheering and clapping for their idol ...

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Floor sitting is also another weird thing, there was none of that in Europe and I felt like it looked more like a concert rather than a VIP screening ... anayway I don't know how, but the crowd woke up for Like a Prayer, putting phones away and dancing ... yes like actually moving out of their seats.

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Madonna also dedicated her Human Nature Body message to Malala, a 14-year-old education activist who was critically injured when shot by a Taliban in the head and neck while riding in a school bus because  “they were scared of the power of her vision.”

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Personally we had a blast, MDNA is AMAZING, there is a great energy coming from Madonna and her dancers. If Madonna is coming to a city near you, go and see this show, you will love it ... and if your dream is one day to see Madonna in the US (which was one of mine), make sure to ditch Los Angeles ;-)

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