Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Madonna Desperately Avoiding Susan


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.

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

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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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