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Madonna News - March 2005

Madonna on CNN’s “People In The News

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)

Re-Invented Process

Madonna’s Tour Documentory “Re-Invented Process” is now listed on IMDB. The official release date is 22 May 2005 (Cannes Film Festival).

George is jealous of Madonna

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

Catholic Leaders blasts Madonna and Guy

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

Madonna is no Desperate Housewife

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

10 best MTV moments

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.
Madonna @ 1984 MTV VMAs

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Andre 3000 in awe of Madonna

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