The Washington Post :
Madonna, OMG, you are 50.
You have said again and again that you never read newspapers or magazines, even though you are always in newspapers and magazines, so this is in some way wasted space and energy.
Then again, she needn’t be present for us to talk about her. This has always been the key element to how Madonna has spent half her life, deliberately deaf in the center of the buzz. Madonna turning 50 is not about Madonna. As ever, it’s about the rest of us, who are always caught watching Madonna do whatever it is Madonna currently does, even if when whatever Madonna is doing is nothing more than growing old.
“So what are you going to do when you get older, Madonna? Are you going to be going on 50 and still get up onstage and shake your booty, like Cher? What happens when your body goes?”
“Then I’ll use my mind.” — From an interview with Madonna, in Vanity Fair, October 1992
As Madonna gears up for her 50th birthday on Saturday, she’s hit a bit of a stumbling block. Literally.
After spraining her left ankle the singer may have to postpone festivities.
She had planned to host a lavish do for around 50 select guests at her country estate in Wiltshire, but the Material Girl is now set to push back her party by nearly two weeks.
Guests will include officials from Malawi who helped with her adoption of David Banda. We’re told: “Plans are very hush-hush but Madonna is definitely going to celebrate her milestone in style.
“Unfortunately not everything has gone as expected as she’s had many other things on her mind – not least rehearsals for her Sticky And Sweet tour. On top of all the stress of this, she twisted her ankle over the weekend. She views this as a sign that perhaps she should postpone the formal birthday bash and play it by ear instead.
“Madonna now reckons it’ll go ahead during a three-day break in the tour towards the end of the month, not next weekend.
“Guy wants it to be traditional and British. He has already ordered crate-loads of real ales.
“He’s also arranged for a folk band to play and the people invited are all pretty old school – Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney and Trudie Styler – basically friends Madonna’s known for years.
“Everyone else will be immediate friends and family, plus a few people from Malawi that Madonna will be flying out. A few of her Kabbalah associates are also expected and Madonna’s made sure that only Kabbalah water will be served.”
The singer was pictured in New York at the weekend with a bandaged left ankle.
While the build-up to her birthday may not be ideal, she will be celebrating in part on Saturday.
After a small, family get-together, she is expected to hit the town for a few glasses of pink bubbly.
Let’s hope she’s got rid of the Tubigrip by then.
source : mirror.co.uk
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from People.com :
Remember when Madonna was dancing the night away in N.Y.C. clubs? Costume designer Arianne Phillips took inspiration from the Material Girl’s early years in the city to create “nostalgic and fun” looks that “take Madonna back to her roots.” Designer Jeremy Scott contributed ’80s-inspired pieces with prints from the late artist Keith Haring, who was a close friend of Madonna’s and would also have turned 50 this year. Madonna – who will celebrate her 50th birthday on Aug. 16 – is even getting custom sneakers with Haring’s art on them.
CLOAK AND DAGGERS
Another costume from the gypsy segment is this Givenchy cloak. Phillips describes the overall inspiration for the tour as “Joan of Arc meets sexy robot,” to draw on her “confrontational quality as a performer.”
One of the show’s four parts has a gypsy inspiration. Phillips tells PEOPLE that “Madonna is a big fan of gypsy culture and music.” Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci created this look for the singer – one of several costumes he designed for the tour. Phillips emphasizes Madonna’s long-standing commitment to working with new designers: “[Madonna] always has these fashion collaborations, and it’s my responsibility to make sure that it’s part of the story, she says. “People look forward to finding out who she is collaborating with and what designers are working on the costumes.”
Inspiration “Gangster Pimp”
Message from Lucy O’Brien :
I’d like to send a message to all your fans: that my book Madonna: Like An Icon is being published in paperback next week, 14 August, in time for Madonna’s birthday. The first biography to fully explore her life as an artist, since it was published in hardback last year, it has had great reviews and sold in translation to 13 countries.
I’m thrilled with this new edition – it’s bright and summery and the photos (many rare and unseen) really jump out at you. Copies are available via my website www.lucyobrien.com, or Amazon, or your local bookstores.
“4 Minutes” is nominated for Best Dancing In A Video
Best Dancing In A Video :
Chris Brown – “Forever”
Danity Kane – “Damaged”
Madonna – “4 Minutes”
Ne-Yo – “Closer”
Pussycat Dolls – “When I Grow Up”
Go to MTV.com to nominate Madonna for Video of The Year!
Thanks to Claire
The London pub part-owned by Madonna and Guy Ritchie is facing investigation by trading standards officials amid allegations of unfair pricing strategies.
The Hollywood couple bought shares worth US$5 million in The Punchbowl – just around the corner from their west London home – in February.
But the landlord has been accused of having two different pricelists for drinks – one for locals and another for tourists.
One complainant, Brian Richardson, claimed the barman had admitted to having separate tariffs when he protested about the price of his pint of beer.
Richardson claims he was charged US$7.80 for one beer, when he had previously paid US$7.00.
He says, “On Monday I paid US$7.00 for a pint, now all of a sudden it’s US$7.80.
I was shocked. I complained to staff. They have got two prices – regulars prices and non-regulars prices.
“There is no price list on the wall. I don’t mind paying more but it is completely arbitrary. It is not the money, it is the price hike. It is outrageous.”
The Punchbowl is now facing an official investigation by Westminster council.
Sue Jones, head of trading standards at the local council, says, “In light of these allegations we will be seeking to make contact with the landlord. This may well constitute unfair trading procedures and this is something the council would look into.”
However, the pub’s assistant manager, Henry Heaton, has denied the price fixing accusations: “That should not be the case and it won’t be the case. As far as I’m aware, there is no change (in price). There is no difference. Everyone should be paying the same.”
The Ritchies are believed to have a 20 per cent stake in The Punchbowl, which counts Hollywood stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Barbra Streisand among its regulars.
source : wenn
powerHouse Books is pleased to announce the January 2009 release of I Am Because We Are. Photographs by Kristen Ashburn. Foreword by Madonna.
I Am Because We Are is the companion volume to the acclaimed forthcoming documentary film directed by Nathan Rissman and written and produced by Madonna. This book of images by award-winning photojournalist Kristen Ashburn–culled from her own work in Malawi and Africa over the past seven years as well as from her specially commissioned photographs for the film–provides an intimate look at the lives of eight Malawian children featured in the film and reveals the harsh reality of the AIDS pandemic throughout southern Africa.
The title is derived from the concept of “Ubuntu,” an idea in African spirituality that states that all of humanity is connected, that we cannot be ourselves without community, that an individual’s well-being is dependent upon the well-being of others.
These heart-wrenching stories are a call to action. In Malawi, a country of 13 million people, over one million are orphans. Looking into the hearts and minds of children who have suffered more than one can imagine, the book provides an unflinching view of life at the center of the global AIDS crisis. This is not just a story about orphans in Malawi, but about global responsibility and human interconnectedness.
I Am Because We Are includes a foreword by Madonna, an afterword by Ashburn, excerpts from interviews with Malawian children, their biographies, and extended captions. Author proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the charitable organization Raising Malawi for their extensive work with orphans throughout Malawi.
Kristen Ashburn’s photographs and stories from the Middle East, Europe, and Africa have appeared in many publications worldwide. Her accolades include a 2007 Emmy Award nomination, two World Press Photo prizes, a Getty Foundation grant in 2006, Canon’s Female Photojournalist Award in 2004, and other honors. She began photographing the impact of AIDS in southern Africa in 2001, and since then has also produced stories on the war in Iraq, Jewish settlers and suicide bombers in Israel’s occupied territories, and the aftermath of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In addition to her humanitarian photography, Ashburn is one of the directors of Through the Eyes of Children: The Rwanda Project, a charity that teaches photography to Rwandan orphans of the 1994 genocide and supports them through the sale of their images.
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For more info about the ‘I Am Because We Are’ documentary, please visit www.iambecauseweare.com