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Anna Wintour shuts down Madonna's Met Gala outfit

We’re all for expressing yourself — but no, Madonna, you can’t wear a tiny strip of cloth to the Met Gala.

There were plenty of crazy ensembles at Monday night’s Anna Wintour-run Met Gala. Sadly, though, there wasn’t one from Madonna, because she chose not to attend. Why? Just check out the singer’s Instagram. “What i wanted to wear to Met Ball but Anna said Not this year! So I’m gonna work on music instead? #artforfreedom,” Madonna wrote, next to a picture of her alleged dream look. The outfit appears to be a series of long band-aids that would have fully exposed the Material Girl’s breasts. #Fashion.

And that’s how you make sure your name stays in the headlines without even showing up to a major event. Sorry, Jay Z mock proposing to Beyoncé on the red carpet: Madonna is the best at Being A Celebrity that there ever was or will be. Check out a photo of her insane outfit below: READ FULL STORY

Madonna writes for BuzzFeed, asks readers to submit art for her review

Pop music chameleon Madonna has unveiled her latest persona: listicler.

The music superstar made her debut as a BuzzFeed contributor this morning, when her post,  “11 Freedom Fighters Who Have Inspired Me,” went live. Madonna’s heroes are artists and revolutionaries, icons, and legends-in-the-making — from John Lennon to Malala Yousafzai, the people who inspire her have made an everlasting impact on the way we view the world. READ FULL STORY

Madonna wears 'Game of Thrones' outfit for Jewish holiday

If you’re a huge fan of 1980s pop music and have a soft spot for the Mother of Dragons, we have a photo for you.

Madonna dressed up as Game of Thrones heroine Daenerys Targaryen to celebrate the Jewish holiday Purim.

The 55-year-old entertainer posted the results on Instagram on Saturday (below) with the caption: “Happy Purim!!!!! All Hail All Queens! ##certainty.” Madonna, already no stranger to corsets, wore a platinum-blond wig and added toy dragons to each shoulder.

The annual festival of Purim commemorates “the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews.” Madonna was raised Roman Catholic, then converted to Judaism-based Kabbalah in the late 1990s. She dresses up and goes to the Kabbalah Center every year for the holiday. Methods of Purim celebration include exchanging gifts, donating to charity, celebrating with a meal and, yes, wearing costumes.

Given that Daenerys has been traveling to desert cities and freeing oppressed people on the HBO show, one could argue that the costume is more thematically on target than most. Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season on April 6.

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Michael Jackson tops 'Forbes' list of highest-earning dead celebs

Over the past year, Michael Jackson’s ghost earned more money than any other celebrity… living or dead.

Oww! Jamon! Hee-hee!

According to Forbes, Madonna earned $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013 — enough to place her at the top of its most recent list of highest-paid stars. The estate of her old pal MJ, though, raked in $35 million more, for a total of $160 million, making him easily the highest-paid star of 2013. As Forbes puts it: “It’s the third time in the past five years that the top-earning celebrity in the world has come from the graveyard.” How appropriate, just before Halloween!

Michael’s money comes from a variety of sources, including two Cirque du Soleil shows — one that tours, one housed at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Vegas — and his half of the Sony/ATV song catalog, which includes his own hits as well as tunes like “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

Another artist represented in that catalog: Elvis Presley, who ranks second on Forbes‘ list of dead earners with $55 million. The top five is rounded out by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ($37 million), Jackson pal Elizabeth Taylor ($25 million), and Bob Marley ($18 million).

See the full top 25 in a Forbes slideshow.

Madonna opens up about being raped at knifepoint during early New York days

Before she was the Material Girl or Her Madgesty, the best-selling female artist of all time was just Madonna Louise Ciccone, a dancer from Bay City, Michigan who dreamed of making it big in New York City.

Madonna’s early days in the Big Apple weren’t easy. As she writes in a cover story for the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the city “did not welcome me with open arms.” In fact, the years between her 1978 flight from Michigan and her first record deal in 1982 were downright brutal: “The first year, I was held up at gunpoint,” the singer recalls. “Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time.”

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'Forbes' names Madonna the highest paid celebrity of 2013

The Material Girl isn’t going to be short on materials anytime soon.

Madonna has been named the highest paid celebrity of 2013 by Forbes, which reports that the pop star brought in $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Not even an album flop can keep this woman down.

Behind Madonna is the king of movies, Steven Spielberg, with $100 million, the king of reality singing competitions, Simon Cowell, with $95 million, and the queen who gave us the red room of pain, E.L. James, also with $95 million. Rounding out the top five is Howard Stern — the king of awkwardness? — with the ever-popular intake of $95 million.

The first athlete joins the list at number 12, with Tiger Woods bringing in $78 million. And believe it or not, Oprah Winfrey sits at number 13 with $77 million. Luckily, that’s still enough money to give away a handful of cars if she feels the need.

Ann-Margret shines in recently released 'LIFE' photos

Not many stars can pull off the whole first-name-only thing. Before Cher, before Madonna, and before Shakira, there was Ann-Margret.

The Swedish-born actress starred in Bye Bye Birdie and Viva Las Vegas, iconic films that turned her into a legend, but she wasn’t always the commanding presence we’ve seen onscreen. LIFE recently released never-before-seen photographs of a young Ann-Margret, shot for a 1961 profile, right before she hit it big in State Fair. It’s fascinating to check out the now-72-year-old star before the rest of the world could see her shine.

Check out the beautiful snapshots and Ann-Margret’s chat with retired LIFE and People editor Richard Stolley here.

Oprah snags top spot on Forbes Celebrity 100

After losing out on the No. 1 spot in 2012, Oprah is once again sitting on top of the Celebrity 100 throne. In my dreams, Oprah is currently lip-synching and dancing along to Yeezy’s “I Am a God” in one of her massive mansions.

In the annual Forbes ranking, pop sensation Lady Gaga came in at No. 2 while direcor Steven Spielberg and singers Beyonce Knowles and Madonna finished in the top five. READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Madonna! Stevie Wonder! The top ten tribute episodes -- ranked! VIDEO

As anyone with even a passing familiarity with Glee — or iTunes charts — is aware, the show knows its way around a tribute episode, a.k.a. an episode where all of the music is from one artist or film. A ‘tribute episode’ also typically means there are seven or eight songs in the hour-long dramedy, as opposed to the usual standard of four. Great news for those of us who are watching the show for the karaoke! (I can’t be the only one dancing around my living room to Madonna or Lady Gaga Glee covers, right?)

Last night, Glee added Stevie Wonder to the diverse group of icons the show has celebrated, which got me thinking — where does Wonder fall among the Glee kids’ homages? Below, check out our rankings of the top ten tribute episodes Glee has undertaken in the past four seasons — along with some videos of the best performance from each musical-icon-filled hour.
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Ryan Gosling joins long line of directors who have cast their wives and girlfriends in movies

Earlier this month, Ryan Gosling cast girlfriend Eva Mendes in his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. With production on the fantasy film set to begin this May, Gosling is a few months away from the joys and challenges of directing a significant other.

But Gosling is hardly the first director to cast his sweetheart in his own movie. Woody Allen is famous for dating (and sometimes marrying) many of his leading ladies, and Paul Newman also directed wife Joanne Woodward in multiple films.

Here’s a round-up of other men who have directed their actress significant others — some of whom are still going strong, while others’ relationships are in the rear-view mirror.

Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich
This couple met while working on 2002’s Resident Evil. Since they began dating in 2003 (with a wedding following in 2009), Anderson and Jovovich have made four more films in the lucrative zombie franchise. The British director also cast his wife in his 2011 adaptation of The Three Musketeers.
Anderson on directing Jovovich: “I always call her the hardest working person in show business. I’ve never met an actor as dedicated as she is. She’s like the Terminator, relentless. It can be 2 a.m. in the morning, and she suggests we talk about some aspect of the film. How about we don’t, Milla? But we both just love making movies.” [Huffington Post]
Jovovich on working with Anderson: “I tell Paul every day, he spoils me. It is such a pleasure. We have our family together. We do these fun movies together. What am I going to do when I have to go work with somebody else?” [Huffington Post]
Are they still together? Yep. And they’re planning to continue their working relationship too — both are expected to return for a sixth Resident Evil installment. READ FULL STORY

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