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Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:00 am

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Madonna to direct biopic on Madonna

Associated Press

A biopic about Madonna has found a uniquely qualified director: Madonna, herself.

Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the studio is developing an untitled film about the pop star that Madonna will direct and co-write with “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody.

“The focus of this film will always be music,” said Madonna in a statement. “Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It's essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”

Madonna, 62, previously directed the 2008 British drama “Filth and Wisdom” and the 2011 period drama “W.E.,” with Abbie Corning and Andrea Riseborough.

Latino event goes virtual

The Paley Center for Media's monthlong online celebration of Latino contributions to TV began Wednesday and will be held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The inaugural celebration will feature “conversations and events that spotlight critically acclaimed, groundbreaking, and culturally influential Hispanic personalities and rising stars who demonstrate the power of the community” and its cultural impact, the center said in its announcement Tuesday.

A bilingual component with education programs and other elements is available at paleycenter.org through Oct. 15.

Among highlights:

• “Alex Rodriguez in Conversation,” 8 p.m. today, Yahoo Entertainment and Yahoo Sports. The baseball great discusses his career in and out of sports, with Natalie Morales as moderator.

• “Telemundo's 'La Reina del Sur': A Conversation with the Stars,” Oct. 2, Yahoo Entertainment and Yahoo en Español. Series lead Kate del Castillo and cast members Isabella Sierra and Alejandro Calva join in a Spanish- and English-language panel about the hit telenovela and its upcoming third season.

• “Hispanic Voices in Media,” 8 p.m. Oct. 8, Yahoo News. Journalists Ana Cabrera, Ilia Calderón, Jose Diaz-Balart, Tom Llamas and Juan Williams discuss TV's role in informing Hispanic Americans and issues including politics, the pandemic and immigration.


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