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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Kevin McCoy and Nathan Bomey USA TODAY Published 5:00 AM EDT Apr 29, 2019 When Payless ShoeSource emerged from bankruptcy protection in August 2017, the national discount footwear company vowed to reinvent itself. But today the retailer and a hedge fund that controls it are locked in a contentious battle over its second turn through bankruptcy. In February, just a year-and-a-half after its first Chapter 11 reorganization case, Payless landed back in bankruptcy court – this time wiping a decades-old retailer off the map in the U.S. and Canada. The turn of events has destined an estimated 16,000 workers for unemployment and disappointed consumers who relied on the chain's 2,500 stores and website for affordable shoes, boots, and sandals. The company intends to keep Payless' overseas operations running. Some of the chain's lenders and creditors claim the collapse may stem in part from self-inflicted … [Read more...] about Payless bankruptcy: Creditors, lenders, question Alden Global Capital
WOOD-PANELLED en suites, ambient birthing pools and a "home from home" are all promised at the exclusive wing where the Duchess of Sussex may give birth after taking part in "gong-bathing" sessions to reduce tension. Royal insiders now believe Prince Harry and Meghan's baby will be born in the Kensington wing of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital - where George Clooney’s wife Amal had their children. The Kensington wing — which is also where Cheryl Tweedy gave birth to her son with Liam Payne in 2017 — offers smoked salmon for breakfast, £75 bottles of champagne and private rooms with en suite bathrooms, TVs, fridges and wifi. It also boasts 1,500 works of art, 24-hour room service, and complementary toiletries, with prices starting at a hefty £8,000 a night and rising up to whopping £15,000. Obstetricians are also available 24 hours a day and the suite offers one-to-one midwife care in labour. A consultant neonatologist carries out baby checks and … [Read more...] about Inside hospital where ‘Meghan Markle will give birth as she takes part in gong-bathing sessions to reduce tension’
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