The original queen of pop talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis about inspiration, aging, motherhood and why she refuses to cede controlThe night before the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, Madonna was sitting in the arena attached to the MGM Grand hotel, staring at a double of herself. The double, who was standing on the stage many yards away, was younger and looked Asian but wore a similar lace minidress and a wig in Madonna’s current hairstyle, a ’30s movie star’s crimped blond waves.“It’s always the second person with the wig — she wants to see it,” a stage designer said, adding that when she makes a decision, she is definitive.Madonna was observing Madonna to make sure Madonna was doing everything perfectly. Up on the stage set of a funky urban street with lampposts and a tiled bar, the double hit her marks and held a fist up to her mouth like a faux microphone for a rendition of “Medellín,” the on-trend, Latin-inflected … [Read more...] about What next for Madonna?
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Marco della Cava USA TODAY Published 9:25 AM EDT Apr 14, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO — In the fall of 2009, this city’s leader vanished. Mayor Gavin Newsom had been hoping to ride his controversial and prescient support of gay marriage in 2004 — nine years before the Supreme Court made such unions law — all the way to the statehouse in Sacramento. But as his polling numbers slipped and coffers ran low, Newsom suddenly realized his bid for governor against state stalwart Jerry Brown was doomed. For days, local media and even his own staffers could not find him. Newsom finally surfaced in Hawaii, licking his wounds with his wife and child. If the disappearance seemed petulant, it also spoke to his fierce desire for the job. “He’d been soaring higher and higher politically as a very young man, but that aborted race for governor brought him crashing back down to earth,” said Nathan Ballard, who was Newsom’s … [Read more...] about As Trump battles California, Newsom makes big changes in first 100 days
South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani (The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Black Panther) stars alongside fellow South African Tony Sher in his new play Kunene and the King, which runs at the Swan Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company from tonight. He talks to Gill Sutherland about his life and the play, which marks 25 years since the first post-apartheid elections in his homeland. Without a doubt John Kani is one of the most heroic and talented people I have ever met. Not only is he a brilliant actor and writer he is a man of tremendous honour – an artistic warrior during the evil apartheid regime in South Africa. In person he is warm and friendly — he chuckles infectiously, chats animatedly and tells the most jaw-dropping stories. He’s the sort of person that makes you feel better about the world having met them. Here’s an edited script of our meeting over coffee at the RSC offices… This is your third time at the RSC, how is it to be … [Read more...] about INTERVIEW: John Kani – Kunene and the King at the RSC, writer and actor
HE was the world’s most feared drugs kingpin, who tunnelled out of a jail cell and fled to freedom on a makeshift motorbike. But there was no escape route for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán yesterday after the Mexican was found guilty of drug trafficking. The boss of the murderous Sinaloa cartel is said to have smuggled enough cocaine across the border for one line for every person in America. Now he is set to spend the rest of his life there behind bars in a maximum-security prison. It is thought the 61-year-old — whose $1billion (£775milion) fortune got him on the Forbes rich list in 2009 — trafficked more than 150 TONS of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the States. As the verdict came in, El Chapo’s ex-beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, declined the offer of a tissue from a bystander. She said: “I’m not going to need them because I’m not going to cry.” When another person offered her … [Read more...] about How 5ft 5in Mexican druglord El Chapo built £775m empire with brutality ‘that made the Taliban look like boy Scouts’
The world's most infamous cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been found guilty of smuggling tonnes of drugs to the United States over a violent, colourful, decades-long career. Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to amass billions of dollars, appeared in court on Tuesday. Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn convicted the 61-year-old and head of the Sinaloa Cartel on all 10 counts brought by US prosecutors. Richard Donoghue, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said he expected Guzman to receive life without parole when sentenced on June 25. "It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return," Donoghue told reporters. Guzman, one of the major figures in Mexican drug wars that have roiled the country since 2006, become almost legendary for escaping from Mexican high-security jails twice and avoiding massive manhunts. He cultivated a Robin Hood image among the poor in his home state of Sinaloa. Guzman sat and showed no emotion while the verdict … [Read more...] about Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ set to get life sentence