Netflix nightcap: Madonna: Truth or Dare

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Madonna was the absolute coolest girl on the planet.

The entire movie is documenting Madonna as she completes her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour. After watching this early Madonna, you understand why she is the root of modern pop stardom. She fights through crowds of photographers, creates controversy to get in the papers, sings catchy yet solid pop lyrics and dances like the coolest bitch that ever lived. She is a true star. From demanding the sound guy explain to her why there is so much feedback to her waving to adoring fans outside her hotel room, she plays the original pop star role to perfection.

A good part of the film focuses on the people who surround her. Mostly backup dancers make up her day to day entourage, but once in a while people like Antonia Banderas and Sandra Barnhart show up to show famous people being friends with other famous people. It’s bizarre. Boyfriend at the time Warren Beaty was wary of the cameras and the whole act surrounding Madonna at the time, and you could tell he kind of thought she was bullshit or he was too insecure to be with a woman of her fame and character.

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Some of the other people interviewed in this documentary, like her brother Martin or the people that work on her show, could hands down be a character on any documentary-style sitcom show. Her brother in particular reminded me of a Trailer Park Boysesque Ricky crossed with Turtle from Entourage and Ben Affleck’s character in Good Will HuntingAnother woman, who was a long lost childhood friend of Madonna’s, wants her to be her child’s Godmother. Madonna graciously thanks her and says she’ll get back to her on it later because she’s so busy, all with a cheeky, “yeah right gurl” attitude as she blows out of the room because she’s famous and perpetually late. The definition of cool.

One could argue so many things about this documentary. That it’s Madonna doing Marilyn, that it’s at times hard to tell what is real, what is staged and what is exaggerated. But isn’t Madonna’s whole appeal (and that of Lady Gaga and any pop star as well) to act their part on the grand stage of life a mere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? They want fame, they become fame. This is a documentary showing the personal aftermath of being the coolest, most famous and successful woman in  the world.

Watch it.

SO OVER: Marilyn Monroe photo shoot tributes

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Is there nothing else an uncreative starlet can think of, other than a Marilyn Monroe tribute?

True, we all have a soft spot for Marilyn, whether it be Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn pop art, her movies or her unique persona + bod. People love her. They always will! But our sweet Marilyn is not the problem.

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It is absurd how many semi-stars choose to do a Marilyn Monroe-inspired photo shoot. It’s so boring! Marilyn Monroe anything has been more than overdone. I’m talking Rayban Wayfayer overdone here. It’s not an exciting or artistic tribute shoot to do anymore, so why are so many fame hungry gals so eager to don a Marilyn wig and take their clothes off?

Also, shame on the art directors and photographers for not being more creative. Has art really hit a dead end or what? Get with it, turds!

Celebrity Marilyn Monroe photo shoots

You’ve probably lost count over how many times Lohan has put on a blonde wig and taken her top off. I think the count is at 3 now: 2008 New York Magazine2009 Vogue España, and Playboy in 2011. She’ll probably have 3 more Marilyn shoots this year for Dog Fancy magazine, and West London High’s critically acclaimed high school newspaper, The Shepard’s Pie.

Kate Upton just did a Marilyn Monroe-inspired nude photo shoot for Muse magazine. Bleg. What do you expect from a Sports Illustrated model though, really. They all can’t be as amazing as Heidi Klum!

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Courtney Stodden, everyone’s favorite child bride thrust into the dirty, tabloid spotlight, also did a Marilyn shoot. Cringe.

Scarlett Johansson has been compared to Monroe a lot because they look alike. So Johansson has done some photo shoots that either are an homage to Monroe or a coincidence because they are blonde and curvy. I’m gonna go with homage.

Michelle Williams’ portrayal of Marilyn in mags and appearances is understandable and encouraged. She starred in the critical darling film My Week With Marilyn and did Marilyn-esque photo shoots to promote the film. This is acceptable Marilyn behavior!

Blake Lively portrayed Marilyn Monroe in Gossip Girl’s 100th episode.

However, NBC’s new show, Smashis about a Marilyn musical on broadway. So we get to see Katharine McPhee and others dress up as Marilyn as well. I do enjoy the show, but even more Monroe exposure is just about insane.

Can we get another tragic, or better yet non-tragic old hollywood starlet to pay homage to? What about Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis or Elizabeth Taylor? We need to give Marilyn a break, ladies. PLEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!

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