Madonna’s cutlets are in Venice: will the critics like her version of history?


Ooh, I love when all of the new photos from a film festival start rolling in. Here are some pics from today’s Venice Film Festival photo call for W.E. That’s the Madonna-directed film about Wallis Simpson and Edward (the Prince of Wales, King Edward VIII and then the Duke of Windsor). I wish there were better photos of my crush James D’Arcy, but maybe some will come in later. For now, I guess the photographers are just enchanted with Madonna’s appearance at the film festival. You can see Abbie Cornish there – she’s the one hugging Madge. Abbie plays the “modern” character, obsessed with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.



She’s not going to take off those sunglasses, is she? Shall we talk about how she looks? Considering all of you are yelling at me about Kate Winslet, maybe we should skip the ongoing discussion about whether or not Madonna’s chicken-cutlet cheek implants are working out, or whether Madge is trying out some new lip injections. Cough.


I can’t wait to see what the reception for this film will be – from critics and from audiences. I’ve seen some stuff about how Madonna didn’t take out Wallis and Edward’s Nazi sympathies, but I still fear some major historical revisionism. But! I’d be willing to bet that the acting is probably pretty good. Speaking of, I’ve been waiting for an excuse to post some of the Vanity Fair photos from the Madonna-styled, W.E.-themed photo shoot. Andrea Riseborough stars as Wallis, and she looks gorgeous – the real Wallis wasn’t this attractive, but she was this stylish. As for James D’Arcy… I love him so much. Such an unusual face, so tall, so sexy. For more photos, go to Vanity Fair’s slideshow here.





Photos courtesy of WENN, Vanity Fair.

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  1. kim says:

    my mom is older than madge and looks a million times better. the chicken cutlets make her look elderly. maybe if she worked more on the inside, her outside would look better.

  2. Sumodo1 says:

    Madge has the same “crackles” that I have at the lower corners of the mouth, and I haven’t spent a ka-billion dollars on
    plastic surgery, like she has! SCORE!

  3. Cherry says:

    ‘maybe we should skip the ongoing discussion about whether or not Madonna’s chicken-cutlet cheek implants are working out’? I honestly can’t see any implants here. I think she looks like an old lady, actually, but that has nothing to do with her face (which I can hardly see) and a lot with that matronly Sicilian widow-outfit and those tacky sunglasses. They’re terrible. My granma actually has those, I think.

  4. Ari says:

    That James guy is HOT HOT HOT…he reminds me of a cross between Julian Sands and Ralph Fiennes – if they could get pregnant and have babies together…and allow us to watch the copulation :D

  5. sassenach says:

    Who would want to see a movie about these two vapid, vacuous twits? They spent their lives as hanger ons never contributing anything not even beauty to society.

    I do think Madge omitted their Nazi sympathies from the movie because she stated that it wasn’t true that they sympathized with the Nazi regime.

    Abbie is pretty and she is a good actor. She should have left this mess alone.

  6. not says:

    FIRST REVIEWS FROM VENICE: useless waste of money; a massive vintage fashion show and nothing more.

  7. Jaded says:

    She’s starting to remind me of an aging Gloria Swanson a la Sunset Blvd. All she needs is a turban and a long cigarette holder and she’ll nail it!

  8. brin says:

    Well the actors look like the Windsors, let’s hope they can act.

  9. DetRiotgirl says:

    I’m just glad there aren’t any pictures here of her gristley arms of doom.

    I still have a soft spot in my heart from Madge. 80s and 90s Madonna is still awesome to me. But, she’s really not aging gracefully, is she? Between the all of her youth mongering tactics and baby boyfriends, she’s starting to remind me a lot of Hugh Hefner. That is definitely not a compliment. Hugh is a badly drawn caricature of his former self, and Madonna is well on her way to being the same.

  10. GiGi says:

    She looks like Madame from the Muppets. Not good.

  11. Waldemar says:

    The buzz surrounding this movie is very good. Still can’t believe that. Big Madonna fan, but haven’t seen a movie with her or directed by her since Desperately Seeking Susan.

    And The King Speech wasn’t historically correct either, (Edward was is there too and no Nazi reference was made) but did you hear anybody about that? No. But of course everybody is going to knitpick about every little inconsistency, because it is, you know, Madonna.

  12. azurea says:

    Agreed, she looks awful. And what’s with all the lumpiness inside the bust of her dress? I think all-in-all her latest version is of an poorly aging Mafia widow.

  13. velourazure says:

    …the costumes look great.

  14. UKHels says:

    verdict from BBC radio – ‘not terrible’

    acting very good but not exactly an in depth biopic, more a very good looking piece of fluff

  15. Eve says:

    James D’Arcy…hmmm, the “rat face syndrome” is strong on this one.

    I prefer Oscar Isaac (he’s in Venice too). I hate his ears though.

  16. Hey Nonny says:

    Is that a West Highland White Terrier?

  17. Goofpuff says:

    The costumes look amazing! I hope they don’t do revisionist history on this couple to make the platable. The things they both did were petty and greedy.

  18. kieslwoski says:

    My Mom is her age and has had nothing done surgically and no injectibles just facials and expensive cosmetics and she looks a million times better.

    Her face makes me so sad.

    @commenter #18 (sorry can’t see your name) thanks for the link to the Guardian article, wow really brutal review.

  19. Cherry says:

    @ commenter #18 (sorry I can’t see your name, either) yeah, thanks from me, too! At least now we sort of know what we are talking about.

  20. ladybert62 says:

    The guy playing the duke is creepy looking. Nice clothes on Wallis.

    Madonna is actually fully clothed? What is happening to the world?

    Her arms and hands still look awful.

  21. sapphire says:

    @Lara-thanks for the review.Scathing.

    The cutlets are more obvious when she’s trying to smile. I remember the the original DSS Madonna who was pretty, sexy and outrageous. So sad to see her chasing the surgical solution.

  22. ladybert62 says:

    Wow that review cut right to the bone and marrow. But I have no sympathy for madonna.

  23. Lara says:

    I just had to post that review on here – it actually makes me want to see it a little bit, just so I can see the Masai warrior dancing

  24. 4Real says:

    Giiiirrrrrl needs to quit messing with her face! She looks terrible for her age.

  25. anne_000 says:

    Maddona’s photo #4 makes her look like an older Bette Davis – not just the sunglasses, but also the cheeks & the mouth.

    The photos of the Windsors look great.

  26. Esmom says:

    I thought Guy Pearcy was perfectly cast as Edward in The King’s Speech, I can’t imagine anyone else playing him.

  27. Gillian says:

    A family friend is a prominent dermatologist and claims singers sadly end up with the worst skin. The stage makeup they wear completely wrecks it.
    I imagine that Madonna also has about 0% body fat, so the face is obviously not going to look great. I feel a little torn — on one hand, she looks significantly older than she did even a year or two ago, while on the other hand the fillers seem to have calmed down a bit. At least I’m glad that she doesn’t seem to have gone the route of a full face-lift. It would be tragic if she suffered from cat eye syndrom.
    Her antics with barely legal men are sad, but honestly, I can’t hate too much on Madonna. I’ve been a fan since I was in kindergarden, and I do think she should be recognized for being one of very few women who have managed to stay relevant in the music industry for so long. Although others may have been more talented with more loyal core group of followers, her tour profits and album sales are incredible. I think that type of success requires a great deal of intelligence and perseverance.

  28. bluhare says:

    @Hey Nonny: That is indeed a Westie. Dog of my dreams.

  29. ElleGin says:

    Lol, maybe we could just skip bashing girls on their looks over all?

  30. taxi says:

    The real Windsors were not nearly as attractive as these actors. I’ll go see the movies for the clothes & furnishings.

  31. Jayna says:

    Rock on, Madonna. Love her drive. I think she looks great in the photos.

  32. kerfuffles says:

    I agree she totally looks like the Madame puppet. She just went way overboard with the cheek injections or implants or whatever those are. Ugh.

    I think discussing Madonna’s bad plastic surgery is fair game. She’s a woman who has made her living projecting some bad ass image of women’s empowerment and independence but at the same time has fought aging like somehow a woman in her 50s or 60s can’t be a badass unless he’s got a 30 year old’s face. Sad, really.

  33. Princess Lizabeth says:

    RE: Is that a West Highland White Terrier?

    Hey Nonny, I think it is. Reminds me of my sweet little doggie who passed away a couple of years ago. :(

    The Windsors were known for having pug dogs, actually. But, any dog is cute IMHO. ;)

  34. Anna says:

    Dont yout think that D’Arcy character looks a bit like a younger RALPH fIennes?

  35. Kat says:

    @Waldemar: No The’s King Speech was not entirely historically accurate but references were made to Edward and Wallis’ Nazi sympathies – such as Wallis receiving daily deliveries of flowers from a high-ranking Nazi official amongst other things.

    Moreover, the Windsors were secondary characters in the narrative of the movie so an exploration of their relationship (to whatever degree) with the Nazis were not the priority of the film. I think what some people take issue with Madonna’s film is that because the plot centres around Wallis and Edward, to gloss over their Nazi sympathies reeks of historical revisionism. However, I have yet to see the movies so someone please correct as to whether or not that is actually true.

  36. Deeana says:

    The connections between both Wallace and “David” (he was King Edward but his given name was David)and several higher-ups in the Nazi party have been well-documented in several books as the years have passed. Memos and letters written by then Prime Minister Winston Churchill leave no room for doubt that these two were at the very least indiscreet idiots. By such actions as being hosted as personal guests by Hitler in Germany not long after after the abdication they were directly undermining British foreign policy. Wallace maintained a “relationship” with the German ambassador to Britian both before and during World War II.

    The Brits basically exiled the two of them for the duration of the war by appointing him as Governor of the Bahamas. It was viewed by British intelligence as an ideal place for an eye be kept on both of them.

    In actuality David was a short little twirp, barely an inch taller than she was. He was known to be involved with several other married women prior to his worshipful relationship with Wallace. Many who knew him described him as insufferable, self-involved, and not all too bright.

    And yes, I will go to see the movie – if for nothing else than the fashion show.

  37. Poppy says:

    Wallis and Ed were definitely Nazi sympathisers both before and during the early days of the war, perhaps more because they were just plain gullible and easily flattered by the regime than from any calculated political subversion, but many have suggested Edward thought if Germany was triumphant in the war they would restore him to his position as King.

    Edward was really much worse than history has painted him, a total incompetent and a dangerous fool, nothing about him was Kingly.

    There is an interesting article from a new biography here…

  38. smh says:

    cheek implants are never a good idea. both madonna and kardassian had them and now they have pineapple heads. not like anything would save those faces anyway. the film doesn’t look good either, i wouldn’t waste my money on it.

  39. blasted1 says:

    ….so THIS is “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”!!!!!!