New Besties? Madonna and Lindsay Lohan Hang Out in NYC

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Madonna and Lindsay Lohan with dancer Marvin Gofin (left) and Steven Klein (Splash News)

Lindsay Lohan is in on Madonna's secret.

The recently rehabbed star stepped out on Tuesday to help Madonna celebrate the launch of her new short film, "Secret Project Revolution," at the Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Lohan, 27, channeled her inner material girl for the event, dressing in all black including a leather jacket reminiscent of the "True Blue" era. Both women sported retro wavy locks and red pouts. One thing Madge was wearing that LiLo wasn't? A grill.

"The Canyons" star appeared happy to be on the guest list at the event, which celebrated Madonna's 17-minute artsy black-and-white flick, which is a collaboration with Steven Klein and features the superstar playing both a jailbird, imprisoned for perceived obscenity, and a jailer. And Lohan wasn't the only notable figure in attendance: The performer's ex-husband, Sean Penn, was there as well.

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Madonna and ex-husband Sean Penn (Getty Images)

Madonna and Penn, who were married from 1985 to 1989, appeared cozy as they posed for photographers. She struck a glamorous pose with one black lace gloved hand on her hip; he had his arm around her shoulder. Penn also appeared to smile for photographers, which is an event in itself — he was a lot less kind to photographers back when they were a couple. The actor infamously flipped the bird at one snapper trying to take pictures of their wedding, and he infamously dangled another photographer by his ankles off the 9th floor balcony of a hotel room in Macau.

Despite their divorce, the exes — who both remarried (to Robin Wright and Guy Ritchie, respectively) and divorced again — have maintained a friendship over the years. Last October, Penn memorably took in Madonna's MDNA concert in Los Angeles.

Madonna, who is now dating 27-year-old Brahim Zaibat, performed for Penn, Lohan, Lucy Liu, Zachary Quinto, Anderson Cooper, Mark Consuelos, and other guests at the NYC event, which was part of her Art for Freedom campaign, spotlighting an individual's right to express themselves.

"The world is a scary place right now," she told the audience. "With the threat of World War 3 and chemical warfare seemingly at our doorstep, I feel like right now all we have is each other. One very important way that we can embrace each other and reach each other and inspire each other and touch each other is with creativity, is with our art. This evening is dedicated to that. When I say I want to start a revolution, that is exactly what I mean."

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Madge's performance included a cameo by son, Rocco. (Getty Images/Splash News)

Madonna was then bound and dragged on stage by two actors outfitted as policemen, one of whom handed her a microphone, and she did a cover of Elliott Smith's ballad "Between the Bars" — a song she has listed as one of her all-time favorites — accompanied by only a piano. As the song ended, a masked dancer freed her hands. As the audience applauded, the dancer unmasked himself and revealed his identity: It was her 13-year-old son Rocco, who seems to have grown up overnight.

Madonna's film, which she screened all around the globe Monday night, is now available online, and can be viewed, free of charge, at

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