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Exclusive: Madonna Getting Unauthorized Documentary About Her Early NY Days


Desperately seeking actors: documentary filmmakers are looking for actors for a new documentary about Madonna.

It’s an unauthorized film about Madonna’s early days in New York. Director Guy Guido and producer Kent Moran are looking for people to play Madonna’s first manager, Camille Barbone, and songwriter Stephen Bray. Bray wrote a lot of Madonna’s early hits and even had his own top 10 group called The Breakfast Club.

Presumably, the filmmakers will be hiring someone to play Madonna, too.

Meanwhile, the singer has been posting like crazy on Instagram photos documenting her summer tour of Malawi with all of her kids. It looks like she’s patched things up with son Rocco after this past spring’s custody drama. The kid is smiling and happy. I think he’s just happy to have his family back in one piece after Madonna’s world tour.

Madonna is very busy in these photos promoting her Raising Malawi charity which was embroiled in scandal in 2011. The charity was then controlled by the Kabbalah Center and was promoting Kabbalah in the poor African country. A lot of the money donated went missing, as well.

Now Raising Malawi has an outside administrator. But there’s still no list of a board of directors. The charity’s tax form 990 still doesn’t really reflect anything of value. But PR wise, Madonna’s doing a great job. All the African politicians look bemused or shocked in the photos. Her kids look happy, though. So that’s something.

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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