Madonna‘s made a lot of films. Most of them are stinkers.
But the one film in which she was charming and not yet completely full of herself was Susan Seidelman‘s “Desperately Seeking Susan.”
The 1985 hit co-starred Rosanna Arquette and Aidan Quinn. Madonna was only about two years into her career, and still a novelty. From there, her film career was a wild ride downhill.
You’d think she’d appreciate that. But tomorrow night, when the Film Society of Lincoln Center honors the film and Seidelman on their 25th anniversary. Everyone’s coming, except for one: Madonna.
“She told them she was too busy,” says a source. And yet, our Madge was industriously shooting her warmly anticipated (haha) “W.E.” right up through last Friday right here in New York. She was photographed in a gym suit on Saturday attending fake Yom Kippur services at the Kabbalah Center. Certainly she has time to give a little respect to Seidelman. Maybe she’ll show up and surprise everyone! (Doubtful.)
Anyway, it’s going to be a great night. http://filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/dss.html
WHAT’S UP DOC? Circle October 6th at the Paley Center in New York (on West 52nd St. between 5th and 6th). The most famous documentary filmmakers of our time are being honored with a retrospective. DA Pennebaker, Al Maysles, Bob Drew and Ricky Leacock. It’s the 50th anniversary of the birth of cinema verite and the film they all made together called “Primary” about the 1960 Democratic competition between John Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. You can buy tickets at http://www.paleycenter.org/paleydocfest2010-primary
BLOG THEFT ALERT: Deadline Yesterday picked up our story about the new Kevin Kline-Larry Kasdan movie, “Darling Companion.” No credit though. Gee, Mr. Penske, how long will this go on? We’re going to start charging soon! (Guess your writers are busy “working on the Penske file”!)
THEY LOVE US, THEY HATE US: Twentieth Century Fox didn’t want us at the premiere of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” You should have heard the back and forth on that one. “No press, and that means you.” So guess who’s quote was used–without permission–in the Sunday New York Times ad for “Wall Street”? That’s right. Fox featured just a few big quotes. And right in the center of the page, there’s ours — not from this column, but from the New York Daily News review I filed from Cannes. Too funny.