Madonna has been confirmed as the performer for the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 5, and "Extra's" Jerry Penacoli caught up with the "W.E." director at her film's screening at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Excited for her new gig, Madonna exclaimed, "It's a huge deal, my God. To be as exciting as the football game is a huge challenge. And to get your stage set up in eight minutes, another huge challenge."
Singer, actress and director Madonna is on the cover of Harper's Bazaar -- along with Andrea Riseborough, star of Madge's new film, "W.E." In the December issue, the superstar talks women, power, sexuality and "W.E."
Here are a few highlights from the interview:
Why she was drawn to the subjects of her movie, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor: "I think my behavior and my lifestyle threaten a lot of social norms, like the movie does. I think there are a lot of parallels and connections."
Anthony Ciccone could live in one of his sister's multi-million dollar homes, but instead, he resides under a Detroit bridge -- homeless and broke. Ciccone, the older brother of Madonna (whose worth is estimated at $500 million) tells "Extra" he is "estranged" from his family.
The 55-year-old had been working at his father's winery, which sells "Madonna Wine," until he was let go over a year ago. Ciccone refused to discuss his famous family member, but talked about the difficulties of being homeless. He said to "Extra," "You freeze your ass off in the winter and go hungry when there's no food around. It's nice if you have family and friends, but when you don't, you're on your own."
Following the death of Apple genius Steve Jobs this week, Madonna posted a video on her website showing a conversation she had with Jobs when he spoke about iTunes at a 2005 Apple conference. Steve proudly announced Madonna agreed to put all 15 of her albums on the now #1 online music site.
Jobs was able to speak to the pop queen via iChat while she was in London. The Apple CEO said, "Hey I wanna thank you for putting all your songs on iTunes, we're super excited." Madge joked, "I tried to hold out as long as possible, but I got tired of not being able to download my own music."
"W.E" director Madonna expressed her dislike of hydrangeas last week at the Venice Film Festival after a fan handed her a stem at a press conference.
Not knowing her mic was on, the pop queen said, "I absolutely loathe hydrangeas," sparking some media attention on the incident. Madonna managed to recover from the awkward situation by releasing a funny "Love Letter to Hydrangeas" video and telling "Extra's" Jerry Penacoli, "I can make fun of myself!"
Poking fun at the recent Venice Film Festival press conference in which she declared that she "loathed" hydrangeas, Madonna released a new video in which she pretends to cry to a handful of them, saying she's sorry.
Watch for the twist at the end!
At the start of Venice Film Festival press conference for Madonna's film "W.E.," the singer was given a hydrangea by a fan. The singer-turned-director accepted the flowers with a smile, but quickly made a sour face after the fan walked away.
Unfortunately, the pop queen absolutely "loathes" the flower and made it pretty clear, after placing the flowers under the table and telling "W.E" star Andrea Riseborough, "I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He [the fan] obviously doesn't know that."
Singer Madonna announced she is releasing a 12th studio album in the spring of 2012, with its first single due out in February or March, reports Billboard.com.