from drownedmadonna : Anchor-woman Paula Zahn has just said that they would be doing a piece on Madonna on Friday regarding her belief in Kabbalah on CNN. They showed a clip of Impressive Instant as she was reading the teaser, and Paula commented that it didn’t have anything to do with music or the clip being shown at that moment.
“People In The News” will be aired on CNN International (Europe) : Saturday (13:30 p.m. CET) and Sunday (13:30 p.m. CET)
Pop stalwart Boy George has tempered his bitter feud with Madonna by confessing he’s jealous of the Material Girl’s standing as the number one gay icon.
The Karma Chameleon star infuriated Madonna last month when he slammed her for embracing the Kabbalah, the mystical offshoot of Judaism, claiming it preaches that homosexuality is a disease.
Madonna hit back, vehemently denying the Kabbalah is homophobic.
But rather than further fuel their war of words, openly homosexual George admits he’s fascinated by Madonna’s ever-changing image and outlook on life – and is a little jealous of her high position in gay culture.
He says, “It would be dishonest to say that there wasn’t a degree of jealousy, not that it’s something I lose sleep over. I don’t think about her day and night.
“If someone like Madonna changes her morality and her stance on things people just accept it, whereas somebody else would be dragged over the coals for doing that. That amazes me and it is fascinating. She is very fascinating.”
source : contactmusic
Madonna and her film-maker husband Guy Ritchie have infuriated religious chiefs following their decision to attend a party dressed as a nun and the Pope respectively – at a time when Pope John Paul II is becoming increasingly frail.
Madonna and Ritchie celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim by dressing up for a Kabbalah bash in London last Thursday – angering Catholic leaders.
America’s Catholic League president William Donahue says, “It just goes to show you what a moral slug this man (Ritchie) is that he would get dressed up as the Pope at a time like this.
“We’re quite disappointed. We Catholics thought we had finally gotten rid of the witch when she (Madonna) discovered Kabbalah.”
However, Madonna’s publicist says, “No disrespect was intended.”
source : contactmusic
Pop queen Madonna has dashed the dreams of Desperate Housewives fans hoping she would make a cameo appearance – she is actually totally unaware of the hit show’s existence.
Rumours that the Material Girl was keen to appear in the series have been proved false, and it seems the British-based icon is too preoccupied with her devotion to Kabbalah to watch TV.
Her spokesperson tells website The Scoop, “I can guarantee you that she’s not even familiar with the show.”
source : contactmusic
Most networks shy away from controversy, but MTV revels in it. Over the last 23 years, the channel has crafted a multitude of the most obnoxious, over-the-top (and occasionally inspiring) moments in pop culture history. Here’s a definitive list of the landmark events that simultaneously defined MTV and America.
10. The Smooch Seen ‘Round the World (2003) In an utterly calculated moment of “shock TV,” Madonna plants big, wet, tongue-tinged kisses on Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The – media go wild, but for once nobody really seems to care – not even the Christian right. In the wake of this desperate plea for attention, all three see their careers plummet.
9. “Unplugged” (1989) Umm, does anybody really want to hear Aerosmith rock out on acoustic guitars? Turns out the answer is, “Totally!” Everyone from Lauryn Hill to Eric Clapton to Duran Duran drops their amps, turntables and synthesizers and gets mellow. Unplugged albums become big business and some, like Nirvana’s and Jay-Z’s, become classics.
8. “Jackass” (2000) Beavis and Butt-head come to life as Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O. No stunt is too dumb, too gross, too likely to cause bodily injury. Highlights include: “Blind Driver,” “Beard of Leeches,” “Jockstrap Rollerblading” and “Shark Hugs.” A copycat teen, unfortunately, tries a home version of the “Human BBQ” and winds up in the burn ward.
7. “The Osbournes” (2002) & “Newlyweds” (2003) Shaaaron! Being the Prince of Bleep-ing Darkness isn’t easy. Turns out that incontinent pets, unruly adolescents and a badgering wife dominate Ozzy Osbourne’s home life. But wobbly Ozzy’s embarrassments have nothing on Jessica Simpson, who somehow succeeds by defining the term “dim bulb.” Chicken of the Sea, anyone?
6. Live Aid (1985) MTV devotes 16 straight hours to televising one of the most ambitious benefit concerts in history. With feeds from two continents, the channel features performances from enduring legends – such as Madonna, Sting with Phil Collins, Queen, Elton John – and the quickly forgotten – Adam Ant, Japan, the Hooters, REO Speedwagon.
5. “Total Request Live” (1998) During the teen-pop revolution of the late ’90s, “TRL” practically serves as a second home to Spears, Aguilera, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. With its countdown of the top videos, the show is the engine that drives record-setting multiplatinum sales. Plus, it turns host Carson Daly into MTV’s semi-official “nice guy.”
4. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (1983) After spending its first year ignoring black artists, MTV finally adds Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” to the rotation in 1982. But when John Landis directs a 14-minute, choreographed zombie dance for “Thriller,” the video sets standards for creativity and production values. Widely considered the greatest music video ever.
3. “The Real World” (1992) Who knew that Andre, Eric, Julie, Heather, Norm, Becky and Kevin would alter the course of television? The very first reality show kicks off here in NYC and establishes types that recur into the present,including: “angry young black man,” “naive small-town white girl,” “wanna-be musician” and “gay guy.”
2. Boxers vs. Briefs (1992) On the campaign trail, MTV News’ Tabitha Soren hosts a Q&A with presidential candidate Bill Clinton and 200 MTV fans. Soren calls on Laetitia Thompson, who asks the now-infamous, “Mr. President … is it boxers or briefs?” His answer: “Usually briefs.” Suddenly, the youth vote seems to really matter – and so does MTV.
1. The “Virgin” – Madonna (1984) Presaging the controversy she’d generate with her outrageous “Like a Prayer” and “Justify My Love” videos, Madonna creates a scandal at the first-ever Video Music Awards. With a crucifix around her neck, she writhes in a wedding dress, simulates sex and stimulates legions of religious conservatives to protest. With a single performance, Madonna gives MTV an indelible identity, and the modern, post-MTV era of pop begins.
Rapper-turned-actor Andre 3000 was so starstruck when Madonna paid an unexpected visit to the set of her husband Guy Ritchie’s upcoming movie Revolver he was unable to continue filming.
The Outkast star – who has now turned his attention to achieving Hollywood stardom – only regained his composure after engaging Like A Virgin singer Madonna in conversation.
He says, “After I got over it, we sat and talked for awhile. She’s cool, though, real cool.”
source : contactmusic
1. Mick Jagger
2. Charlie Simpson
3. Bryan Ferry
(Never trust a rich American who says she loves England: it just means she likes our class system. Madonna married Guy Ritchie who is as posh as they come (his mother chaired Kensington & Chelsea Tories). She then became lady of the manor at Ashcombe House, an 18th-century pile with 1,200 acres in Wiltshire, and tried to keep the proles out by appealing against a right of way that ran through the estate.)
5. Chris De Burgh
6. Kenny Jones
7. Sophie Ellis Bextor
9. Joe Strummer
10. Gram Parsons
What do you get when you cross a former Material Girl with a fashion label that shouts out glam – a glam material girl? Well, not quite, but how about a chief executive with sophistication and fashion savvy? Well, that’s apparently what Madonna is trying to portray in the new ad campaign for Versace’s spring/summer 2005. Or so says its creative director Donatella Versace in her exclusive e-mail interview with StarTwo. “Madonna represents a modern executive woman who has great style and flair,” says Donatella. Not only is she in control of her career but also of her “fierce” wardrobe. “The advantage of using a celebrity like Madonna is that she becomes associated with our brand. This personification can in turn reinforce our brand image as well as the public perception. Her aesthetic image, style of life, values and what the celebrity communicates as a public person is capitalised and used towards the brand’s advantage.” As for the ad campaigns, there is some confusion over what Madonna is supposed to represent. The theme is “women in the office” but what sort of woman is she? A secretary living beyond her means (hello, it’s Versace – how many secretaries not kept by the boss can afford the items?) or a stylish woman in a managerial position? Also, which CEO has to lick an envelope while kneeling on the carpet (however plush the carpet is)? Why, a CEO that is represented ironically (cue: Alanis Morissette’s song), says Donatella. Hmm, right! “The woman I have in mind when designing is one whose individuality and inner confidence shines on the outside. She is also sophisticated, sexy, smart and always dynamic and charismatic. The contemporary woman is not afraid to be a woman. She can still be powerful by keeping her femininity and sexiness.” This does seem to be what Madonna represents or has been trying to portray herself all this while. It is a match made in designer and advertising heaven. It seems a sure thing and they have after all seen it work before when Madonna first appeared 10 years ago for Versace in the 1995 campaign. There is also some continuity as the photographer then, Mario Testino, is the photographer now. Testino was already a noted fashion photographer then but the Kabbalah-practising Madonna was the first to specifically request that he be used. So now he is a celebrity in his own right and, according to Donatella, the two were joking and laughing during the shoot (they are old friends, after all). In fact, reveals Donatella, it was at the launch of Crystal Noir (the new Versace women’s fragrance) last October that Madonna had dinner with her and Testino and they broached the subject of the ad campaign and came out with the idea and Maddie agreed to appear on it. The shoot was done in Westway Studio (which belongs to Testino) in London and it was completed in one day. It was reported that they wanted an office with lots of space but couldn’t find any (tsk, tsk, “crampy” London?). Spaces like that are apparently plentiful in Los Angeles, so they resorted to building a mock-up in the studio. Daughter Lourdes (apparently fondly known as Lola) paid Ma Madonna a visit on set in the afternoon. According to Donatella, she wanted to know what her mother was doing and the dutiful mother, erm, dutifully explained. “She (Lourdes) is very nice; she already loves fashion and dresses. Madonna is very sweet with her children.” There were also some reports that Madonna complained about the cold and had to take breaks to do her Kabbalah thing. Nay, says Donatella. “We worked all day without having lunch. Madonna is very professional and wanted to check and overview every photo. She arrived perfectly on time and then we worked all day.” Sigh, where have all the divas gone? After all, adds Donatella, she and Madonna go way back (13 years) and Maddie was also a friend of Donatella’s late brother, Gianni. So, she says, there were no problems working with a good friend and it helped that they have worked together before. “She’s a great artiste, an incredible woman and a fantastic mother,” affirms Donatella. When asked what Madonna would say about her, she replies: “Hopefully the same.” Still, friendship is not cheap as the grapevine has conjectured that Madonna was paid US$10.5mil (RM39.9mil) although Donatella has refused to comment. When all is said and done, what about the clothes then? (We think they are the main item, no?) Well, there is a draped jersey dress split to almost the nether regions and gathered at the waist with a gold buckle – very nice. A shirt that shouts Versace and worn with body-hugging jeans or loose cream pants – very nice too. Strappy, strappy, sandals – excellent! And the bags, they are Versace – what more is there to say? So, even though the platinum wig makes you do a double-take, the clothes win you over. They can make almost anyone look good and you don’t even have to resort to heavy touch-ups. Think about it. source : thestar.com.my
“I thought she was special when I first saw her,” Mr. Stein said. “I especially remember when she came to see me at the hospital when it was time to sign her first contract. I had been walking around in my hospital pajamas, opened back, hadn’t shaved, hadn’t washed. When I heard she was coming, I got my barber to come up. Got the good pajamas. She didn’t even notice. She could have cared less. I felt if I was laying in a coffin, she would have waved the papers in front of me.”
source : new york times