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Madonna to direct her biopic, co-written by Diablo Cody

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Looks like Madonna is her own lucky star.

In what seems to be an unprecedented creative move, the pop icon will direct a film about her life and career — one that’s been heavily teased on her social media accounts, through script sessions with her Oscar-winning co-writer Diablo Cody.

That Madonna, whose staggering five-decade career has seen countless musical reinventions and a run at filmmaking and acting, would direct her own journey from New York City’s slums to the heights of global stardom is beyond rare. The super-famous are often involved peripherally as creative consultants and executive producers in their own adapted stories (like recent awards players like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman).

The untitled film has landed at Universal Pictures, under the wing of filmed entertainment group chair Donna Langley and producer Amy Pascal, whose eponymous company is set up on the Universal lot. A production timeline is unknown and principal cast has yet to be announced.

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Madonna will direct her own biopic. (Getty)

“I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer — a human being, trying to make her way in this world,” Madonna said in a statement. “The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”

Langley praised Madonna as “the ultimate icon, humanitarian, artist and rebel.”

“With her singular gift of creating art that is as accessible as it is boundary-pushing, she has shaped our culture in a way very few others have,” Langley said.

Sara Zambreno and Guy Oseary will executive produce. Senior executive VP of Production Erik Baiers and director of development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

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The Madonna biopic has been heavily teased on her social media accounts. (Getty)

The project is a reunion of sorts of Madonna and Pascal, who made the sentimental favourite A League of Their Own together in 1992.

“This movie is an absolute labor of love for me,” Pascal said. “I have known Madonna since we made ‘A League of Their Own’ together, and I can’t imagine anything more thrilling than collaborating with her and Diablo on bringing her true-life story to the big screen with Donna and our partners at Universal.”

Madonna has previously directed two features, the 2008 drama Filth and Wisdom, and the 2011 Golden Globe-winning W.E. Her acting credits include Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, and 1996’s Evita, which earned her a Golden Globe for best actress.

Her musical bonafides include the tiles of best-selling female music artist in history, with 335 million records worldwide, and highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time. Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, and counts 658 prominent global award nominations and 225 wins.

Cody is an Academy Award winner for best original screenplay for “Juno.” She also wrote and produced Jennifer’s Body, and Charlize Theron’s Young Adult.

Madonna is represented by CAA and Maverick. Cody is represented by WME, MXN Entertainment and McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.

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America’s Got Talent judge teases Simon Cowell’s TV return

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Less than two months after he broke his back in a motorbike accident, Simon Cowell may make his triumphant return to America’s Got Talent for the grand final.

This promising update comes via fellow judge Heidi Klum, who revealed (via The Mirror): “He is going to come to the finale, but do not tell anyone.”

It’s currently unknown whether or not this will be over video call or in person, but fans will find out next week when the episode airs.

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At the time of Cowell’s accident, an America’s Got Talent spokesperson told Digital Spy: “Simon has broken his back in a number of places in a fall from his bike whilst testing a new electric bike in the courtyard of his home in Malibu with his family.

“He was taken to hospital where they operated overnight, he’s under observation and is doing fine.”

Pop star Kelly Clarkson was immediately brought in as his replacement on the judging panel, with Kenan Thompson also taking on his duties for an episode.

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Announcing her appointment on social media, the ‘Since U Been Gone’ singer wrote: “My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won’t be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday’s live shows for AGT.

“But no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson [winking emoji]. You’re welcome in advance!”

America’s Got Talent airs on NBC in the US and on Netflix in the UK.


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Britain’s Got Talent reveals latest act in the final

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The third semi-final of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent aired tonight (September 19) – and now we have another confirmed finalist.

Performing in front of judging panel Ashley Banjo, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, eight acts entertained the nation watching from home, but only one could be sent through. The rest now await the public vote which closes at 10am on Monday (September 21).

After receiving three out of a possible four votes from the judges, it was magician Magical Bones who got the nod tonight.

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Comic drag queen Myra Dubois, who brought Amanda onstage for a duet, opened the show, while Magical Bones also beat out the likes of string instrument players Ember Trio, inspirational choir Sign Along with Us, singer Bhim Niroula, dance group X1X Crew, costumed musician Dario the Dinosaur and blind pianist/singer Sirine Jahangir.

Stunned by the final result, tonight’s victor admitted he was “literally speechless” in his interview with presenters Ant and Dec.

“I don’t know what to say I’m genuinely speechless,” said Magical Bones. “Thank you guys so much for making dreams come true.”

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Meanwhile, he also went on to suggest that he’s got “something special in mind” for the final, and going off his previous two performances, this promises to be unforgettable.

The Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals will continue next week (September 26) on ITV.



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Is Schitt’s Creek season 7 happening?

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Looper, series creator and star Dan Levy announced via Instagram that the series would conclude with its sixth season. You can read part of his heartfelt statement below:

We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning. It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow. We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.

The sixth and final season of Schitt’s Creek is expected to arrive on Netflix this October.

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