#TURMVLG 22: The Centre of the Heart (Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Producer: Nicola Doring, 2001): Oh? After all these interesting places we’re in a studio now? Cameras and lights, cables and screens, backdrops in unpronouncable colors, have TDR gone nuts now? Yes, we’re nuts sometimes and obviously you like this but this is not the point here. No, this super psychedelic scenery is indeed… a hotel. You can find it at the west coast of the USA, quite in the middle between San F…rancisco and Los Angeles. The name is: Madonna Inn. What’s its story, you ask? We’ll try to make it short although actually it’s very interesting. It all began in 1958, when Alex Madonna built a hotel with 12 average rooms which would become 40 rooms one year later due to high demand. Good thing, you say? Wait for it. The good thing actually was, that the motel burnt down a few years later which gave Madonna (the owner, not the singer!) the opportunity to start from scratch. A bit later, there were 110 rooms, all in different shapes and colors (when we say different colors, we mean mostly pink here). The Madonnas love pink, so you see pink wherever possible in this hotel. Yes, there is red and yellow, too, but the hotel is notorious for the pink overdose. That made many celebrities like Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand or Debbie Harry come and stay there just out of curiosity. One other thing that this place is famous for (so famous that “Weird Al” Yankovic mentioned it in a song) is the urinal in the men’s room (sure, where else) which looks like a waterfall. If you really want, there are videos of it on Youtube. Roxette were the first to make a music video there (if you don’t count in the 1987 movie “Aria” which is rather hard to watch with the sound on), many others followed. The video itself was censored on many tv stations (note: if you need a scandal, book Åkerlund) for this certain hole-in-one golf scene. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/MXJsMtWmNoZwQK3U9 Interior: https://goo.gl/maps/LMTxoa9QJgpDH9z36 See More
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