October 24, 2013 |
Madonna has sold her mansion in Beverly Hills for $19.5 million, The Times has confirmed. The property was first marketed last year as a pocket listing and this year appeared on the Multiple Listing Service priced at $22.5 million. During her nearly decade of ownership, the pop icon rebuilt and expanded the estate, completing it in 2010. The discrete MLS listing showed only an aerial view, and agents and their clients who toured the home were among the few who have had a look inside.
October 14, 2013 |
Madonna appears to be a slave to her celluar phone, and business apparently, as her fervent texting has led to her ban from a movie theater chain. The Material Girl seems to believe she's above movie theater etiquette - namely not texting during a movie - and reportedly texted continuously during a New York Film Festival premiere screening of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," according to several reports. Charles Taylor, a film writer for Salon, partly catalyzed the media maelstrom when he shared an eyewitness account of the incident, which was originally posted on Facebook by one of his former NYU students who chronicled the dispute.
October 4, 2013 |
Madonna dares to reveal one very personal truth in an essay for "The Daring Issue" of Harper's Bazaar: When she was young and trying to make it in New York City, she was raped at knifepoint. The pop diva tosses off the information almost as an aside, as if it's something she has compartmentalized over time. "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be," she writes . "It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 |
On a trip to Israel in 1964, Philip Berg, a high-flying insurance salesman from Brooklyn, crossed paths with an aging rabbi renowned for his grasp of kabbalah, an esoteric strain of Jewish mysticism. Neither Berg nor kabbalah would ever be the same. The organization he founded after returning to the United States, now known as the Kabbalah Centre, transformed a field once reserved for the most elite of Orthodox yeshiva scholars into a lucrative pop culture phenomenon. His new-age repackaging of the ancient wisdom of the Torah was embraced by many gentiles and celebrities, including Berg's most famous student, Madonna, but his approach was derided by mainstream Judaism as superficial and inauthentic.
August 28, 2013 |
Madonna is 2013's top-earning celebrity, according to Forbes. The "MDNA" rock star is said to have earned an estimated $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013, the mag said. Sales for her last album, "MDNA," were poor, but "MDNA's" corresponding tour , which happened to coincide with her powerhouse halftime-show performance at the 2012 Super Bowl, bolstered her earnings big time. The tour grossed $305 million, according to the mag, thanks to fans who shelled out "upwards of $100 a ticket" to hear the Material Girl's classic hits like "Vogue" and "Like a Virgin.
HOME & GARDEN
August 20, 2013 |
These David Beckham-H&M ads just never get old. And it will take the Ministry a long time to tire of the soccer star in various states of undress for the sake of fashion. In his latest wordless ad for the Swedish retailer, the soccer star is seen behind the scenes modeling in a locker room, giving smoldering looks to the camera and smiling as his perfect hair is groomed as he models boxer briefs, tanks and ... actual clothes. Like long-sleeved henleys and pants. (Blasphemy!) PHOTOS: David Beckham's style Steamy photos from the campaign appeared on H&M's Instagram account Monday and Beckham's official Facebook page early Tuesday.