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Madonna News - July 2005

Rumour : Documentory to premiere on TV ?

For a variety of reasons, Madonna’s documentary feature did not go to the Cannes Film Festival, and it has become clear that it’s not going to be screening at the Venice cinema jamboree either.
So where will it get shown? Um, television.
The singer and her many associates have decided, or rather been advised, that the film – which is a behind-the-scenes and in-front- of-the-scenes look at her last tour – would work better on the small screen.
At one point, the Cannes czars were going to give Madonna a place on the jury and show the documentary as a work in progress.
Cannes festival boss Thierry Fremaux told me he had seen three hours’ worth of footage but, in his view, “it wasn’t ready”.
Others have seen more footage, and it appears that wasn’t ready, either.
Documentaries about artists’ exploration of their work often come across better on the box than on the big screen.
One tends to want to doze at the cinema, whereas at home one can hit the pause button while pouring a glass of cranberry juice to stay awake.
One wag commented last night: “What’s happened to Madge? Is she too busy feeding her chickens to sort this thing out?”
Some films that will be at the Venice Film festival include Proof, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal, and Casanova, with Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller.
Sienna is hoping to attend the festival for Casanova’s world premiere screening on September 3, but first she will have to work out whether it would be feasible to miss a performance of As You Like It, which is running at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End.
While I’m on the Sienna topic, it’s worth remembering that Jude Law is one of the few actors in this country whose work has been honoured with Oscar nominations.
And by the way, the producers of Casanova want to know if they are booking a suite in Venice for one, or two.

source : dailymail

The Sexiest Music Videos – Justify My Love at #6

Christina Aguilera’s Dirrty has clinched the title of sexiest music video.
Eric Prydz’s Call On Me, which featured a women’s aerobics work-out, came second behind Aguilera, whose video was set in a boxing ring.
Benny Benassi’s Satisfaction, which stars scantily-clad women clutching power tools, was third.
Nerd’s Lapdance was fourth, followed by tATu’s All the Things She Said, famous for its lesbian clinch in pouring rain.
Madonna’s erotic black-and-white video Justify My Love came sixth, followed by Kylie Minogue’s Spinning Around, in the online poll for FHM Music TV.
Mariah Carey’s Heartbreaker – which features a girl-on-girl fight – was eighth, followed by Britney Spears’s Toxic, and Narcotic Thrust’s I Like It.
FHM Music TV spokeswoman Vikki Timmons said of the winning video: “David LaChapelle created this erotic masterpiece in a sweaty boxing ring.
“Dirrty oozes sex appeal from start to finish. Christina is one of the sexiest women in music.
“It was a tough decision for the public to make but I think few would dispute the winner.”
FHM Music TV is presenting the Top 100 Sexiest Music Videos of all time on Channel Q, co-hosted by Myleene Klass and ex-England footballer Lee Sharpe. More than 150,000 votes were cast in the online poll.

source : launch

Liz Rosenberg on album rumours

Don’t believe those reports that Madonna is teaming up with Christina Aguilera. “Christina is working on an album in the [same] building [as Madonna] but they have not seen each other,” – Madonna’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, tells The Scoop. She went on to debunk another rumor. “Gwen Stefani is not guesting on the record either. It’s all Madonna, all the time ” a total dance record called ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor.’ No ballads, no messages. Her fans will go insane when they hear it. It’s back to Madonna the queen of the dance floor.”?

Madonna is “Hung Up”

Madonna has announced details of the first release from her new album, “Confessions On A Dancefloor”.
The comeback single will be “Hung Up”, which has been produced by Stuart Price, aka Jacques Lu Cont, reports An autumn release is expected.
Lu Cont is understood to have produced “Confessions On A Dancefloor”, Madonna’s first new album since 2003’s “American Life”. The album is apparently currently being mixed in Los Angeles.
According to reports, Madonna will shoot the album cover next month with Steven Klein, who is also expected to direct the video for “Hung Up”.
Producer Lu Cont was the musical director for Madonna’s “Re-Invention Tour” last year and also co-wrote the track “X-Static Process” from “American Life”.

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That’s no lady, that’s Madonna

Madonna is the new Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, albeit more To the Manor Bought than Penelope Keith’s dowager. She has been shot in jodhpurs (only with a camera, not a 12-bore) enjoying British aristo pleasures and wafting grain around the lawn of her Wiltshire pile wearing a catwalk gown.
Her transformation from one who played the pop ho to one who might bank at Hoares is complete. So if I were her husband I’d be very nervous. Guy Ritchie might have anticipated retirement as a squire as his film career nears the end of its reel, but how long before the old girl wearies of green wellies? The chanteuse has talent, above all, for reinvention; the material girl is a mercurial woman. When she masters one look, she is soon shopping for the next. By the time toffs pile round for the start of the pheasant season she may even have adopted peasant chic ” as long as it keeps her in the manner to which she has become so very accustomed.

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“Like A Duchess” – Vogue Article

“Who would have thunk it?” says Madonna with a laugh. “The last thing I thought I would do is marry some laddish, shooting, pubgoing nature lover”and the last thing he thought he was going to do was marry some cheeky girl from the Midwest who doesn’t take no for an answer!”
Speaking in carefully modulated tones, dressed with faux-bourgeois sobriety (this afternoon in Issa’s prim satin blouse with a print of flying ducks, black Kate Hepburn pants, and Marc Jacobs teal lizard shoes), a flotilla of charming, noiseless assistants close at hand and a courtly husband making polite but distracted small talk, she has the air of an Edwardian dollar princess”the moneyed American belles who were married off to impecunious British nobles in the golden age”and the fragile beauty and substantial real estate to match. But no one understands metamorphosis better than Madonna; she even named her 2004 tour “Re-Invention.” That tour is the subject of Madonna’s documentary I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, directed by Jonas A…kerlund and to be released later this year. In some ways the new movie is a pendant to 1991’s Truth or Dare, which a mellower Madonna now admits “in some ways is hard for me to watch. I was a very selfish person. You go through periods of your life where the world does revolve around you, but you can’t live your whole life that way. On the other hand, I kind of admire my spunk and directness!”
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