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Madonna receives strange reaction at “W.E.” London premiere – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The reaction to Madonna’s directorial effort “W.E.” has been fascinating. The period romance, which bridges its storytelling to a modern relationship centered around Abbie Cornish, was met with a few shrugs at the Venice Film Festival. But critics welcomed it with open arms in Toronto. Madonna agreed to edit a cut before the London Film Festival, and now we’re hearing that the international superstar was booed by fans crowded in Leicester Square ahead of the movie’s premiere.

THR, which reports the jeers, says Madge shrugs off the criticisms and says that like her film’s subject, Wallis Simpson, she’s simply “misunderstood.”

Actually, the throngs likely booed because Madonna wasn’t cordial enough. The trade says she only interacted with “a handful” of the people who’d gathered hours before the event.

“Madonna did a few red carpet interviews and spoke to some waiting fans before entering the screening,” THR notes.

“I do know what it is like to be misunderstood on a global scale,” Madonna told Sky News as crowds booed.

Oddly enough, this does feed into the theory Madonna floated at TIFF that “W.E.” is being judged for her, and not on its own merits. Though I haven’t seen the film yet, I hear the production values are exquisite, and Cornish gives a stellar performance.

We’ll eventually be able to judge for ourselves when “W.E.” hits theatres later this year. For now, the Material Girl’s living in a semi-hostile world, but I think her skin’s thick enough to withstand it.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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