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Madonna News - April 2009

Hugh Jackman supports Madonnas adoption bid

Australian actor Hugh Jackman has come out in support of pop queen Madonna after her bid to adopt an African girl failed.

The 40-year-old star, who himself has two adopted kids Oscar, eight, and three-year-old Ava, said he is sickened by cynics who favoured an African judges decision to reject Madges bid to adopt four-year-old baby girl Mercy James earlier this month.

I challenge anyone who thinks you adopt a kid for a publicity stunt, the Sun quoted Jackman as saying.

Anyone parent knows that would have to be the most intensive publicity stunt in the world. I am sure she is coming from a good place, he added.

The X-men star admits that he can understand the Material Girls desire to adopt as he and wife Deborra-Lees wish to adopt a child from Asia or Africa was crushed under stringent Aussie rules.

The adoption laws in Australia are too restrictive. Of course, checks need to be made. But they had a very negative approach, Jackman said.

It was like they were trying to discourage you.

There are 130million orphans in the world who is looking after them? If you are a citizen of the world, on some level they are all our responsibility.

And if you have got parents who want to adopt and there are children who need a home, it seems like a no-brainer.

There are not that many children in Australia who need adopting, so we looked internationally and that is what is difficult, he added.

Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee kids adopted their kids from America.

source : ani

Madonna taking Flamenco lessons

Madonna is said to be taking Flamenco dance lessons as part of the rehearsals for the 2009 leg of her Sticky & Sweet Tour…


Madonna And Louis Vuitton Part Deux

Madonna will once again be the face of the upcoming Louis Vuitton campaign for their Autumn/Winter 2009 collection.

Following the extraordinary success of the Spring/Summer 2009 ad campaign, Louis Vuitton, its creative director Marc Jacobs, and Madonna, are proud to announce they will be collaborating for a second consecutive season.

The iconic pop star will be photographed by Steven Meisel in New York City, under the art direction of Marc Jacobs.

The first images of the campaign should appear in August issues of fashion magazines.


Forbes names Madonna Hollywood’s hardest working mom

With earnings of $110 million in 2008, Madonna topped Forbes’ list of Hollywood’s hardest working mothers, followed by actresses Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The pop singer and mother of three, who was recently turned down in her bid to adopt a second child from Malawi, grossed $105 million on her tour and sold nearly a million albums in the United States. Madonna also signed several lucrative endorsement deals last year, according to

“She had an incredible year in 2008,” said Lauren Streib who helped to compile the list that was released on Friday.

“She had the top tour of any musician…The tour sold out around the world. So it wasn’t surprising as much as it is a commentary on how successful her year was,” she said.

Witherspoon, who earned an estimated $24 million last year, was second on the list, followed closely behind by Paltrow with $20 million in earnings.

In addition to her film career and raising daughter Ava and son Deacon, Witherspoon, who is divorced from actor Ryan Phillippe, is also the international spokeswoman for the cosmetics company Avon.

Paltrow’s role in the blockbuster comic book film “Iron Man,” which earned $580 million worldwide, and her endorsements for Estee Lauder and shoe and handbag maker Tod’s propelled her to the third spot.

Streib said the list is based on estimated earnings of Hollywood mothers with at least one child. Earnings include album sales, salaries, box-office grosses and endorsements and licensing deals.

She added that for many of the women on the list endorsement deals are a significant part of their earnings.

“I think this is something that has been going on for decades now. We are seeing less and less models and more and more celebrity spokespeople. It is a big part of the business of being a celebrity,” she added.

Mother of three Julia Roberts, who returned to the big screen in a starring role in the film “Duplicity,” captured the fourth spot on the list, while actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who has a son with husband Matthew Broderick, rounded out the top five.

Angelina Jolie, who has six children but still earned $14 million last year, came in sixth, followed by model and television presenter Heidi Klum, who is pregnant with her fourth child.

Best actress Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, who has two children, and singer and mother of three Faith Hill also made the list, which is posted at

source : reuters

More Updates from the studio

from Guy’s Twitter:

# leaving the studio.. thanks for all the tweets today.. -guy

# @mrskutcher we need to throw more parties.. and spice things up a bit.. not enough people dancing these days.. -Madonna

# @mrskutcher hello scorpio.. how are you? -M

# finally listening to the track!!!.. been waiting and waiting for the right mix.. another great DANCE track.. -guy

# @fabriciovercosa very cool .. -guy

# @Madgefan33 come early to the show and lets start the party early.. really looking forward to seeing yall.. and i take requests -Paul O

# @SlippyInvader hello iconers… dont go to bed without saying your prayers.. -M

# @nellfidji we are not going to bed either.. we will be up all night..

# paul oakenfold is running around the studio naked.. because i wont put the air on.. its hot in here.. but the music is hotter!!!! -M

# back in the recording studio..

More updates about Madonna’s new tracks

from Guy Oseary’s Twitter:

* i was hoping to get madonna to tweet from the studio.. but shes been busy writing lyrics..

* back in the studio with Madonna..


Had a good day with Madonna in the studio yesterday. She worked on an amazing dance track with Paul Oakenfold producing – no title yet but will keep you posted. She also started a second one, so we are hoping to have two tracks done this week.

Next week she is working with another producer on one more track. Two of these tracks from these sessions will be on the Greatest Hits album.

I will try and get her to go on Twitter this week….wish me luck.

Liz: Madonna Wasn’t Questioned By Police

Madonna’s rep issued a new statement on Tuesday saying that police did not, in fact, question the pop star properly after she fell from a horse over the weekend in the Hamptons.

“Madonna was barely conscious and had fainted twice, right after the fall and when she was in the ambulance,” Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, said in a statement to Access Hollywood on Tuesday morning. “She only remembers giving the police her name. They never asked her what happened. This could have been a very dangerous situation and we’re just all grateful that she wasn’t hurt more seriously.”

On Saturday, Rosenberg had released a statement claiming that Madonna’s horse threw her after being startled “by paparazzi who jumped out of the bushes to photograph the singer.”

But on Monday, Thomas Hinton, a freelance photographer who took pictures of Madonna following her fall in the Hamptons, told Access he was not involved in the incident, and miles away when the accident happened.

The Southampton, NY, Police Department released their field report, also on Monday, which made no mention of a paparazzi presence or influence in Madonna’s fall.

As previously reported on, Madonna sustained, “minor injuries and bruises” following being thrown off a horse on Saturday, as Rosenberg had previously told Access.

“The accident occurred when the horse Madonna was riding was startled by paparazzi who jumped out of the bushes to photograph the singer who was visiting friends on Eastern Long Island over the weekend,” Rosenberg told Access last Saturday. “Madonna will be having further tests and continues to remain under observation by doctors.”

source : access hollywood

Madonna is in the studio now!

from Guy Oseary’s Twitter page:

Guy: in the studio with Madonna right now… music sounds goooooood..

SeanAvolio: Are you working on the bonus tracks for the new GH album? or a new studio album?
Guy: yes.. bonus track for greatest hits album

SeanAvolio: can you give us any hints on the sound of the song?
Guy: the sound of this track: DANCE

Tracy: Madonna is going back to the gym

Don’t worry about Madonna, who fell off a horse in the Hamptons over the weekend.

“She’s going to be fine. She fell on her butt,” her trainer Tracy Anderson told Monday at Cookie Magazine’s Smart Cookie Awards in NYC. “She’s fine.”

How fine?

“We’re going to train tomorrow,” she told Us.

When it comes to working out, “We have our set training,” Anderson said. “She’s like a professional athlete. She can’t mess around with her training. I mean, she has to be able to perform in front of 70,000 people who are sucking the life out of her, and she’s singing and dancing. There are no shortcuts when you’re training in that way.”

source: us weekly

Photographer denies Madonna’s claim that he played a role in Madge’s fall from horse in Hamptons

Madonna appeared physically unhurt Sunday, but her weekend horseback tumble in the Hamptons left her ego bruised.

“Are you the guys that spooked my horse?” the Material Mom asked as she was approached on the beach, where she relaxed in a bizarre ensemble that included a quilted, black Chanel jacket, baggy turquoise sweatpants and a fedora.

Assured that she was not looking at the paparazzi who may have startled her horse at celeb shutterbug Steven Klein’s farm, Madonna politely posed for pictures outside the Atlantic Double Dunes beach in Amagansett.

The 50-year-old pop star was asked how she was doing after a night recuperating at pal Gwyneth Paltrow’s estate.

“Better,” she replied.

Madonna’s camp claims her prior encounter with a photographer didn’t go quite so nicely.

Spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg claimed her superstar client was thrown when a photog jumped out of a patch of bushes and startled her horse, sending her flying.

But freelance photographer Thomas Hinton claims he played no role in Madonna’s mishap – a position supported by the Southampton Village Police Department.

Hinton told The News he shot some frames of Madonna riding her horse about 3:50 p.m. Saturday, but took off soon after because he didn’t have a good vantage point.

Hinton returned more than 40 minutes later when he got tipped off that Madonna had had an accident, he says.

“I arrived more than 10 minutes after she fell, and I was shooting from the street,” Hinton said. “I don’t know what [Rosenberg] is talking about.”

Madonna, who was born in Bay City, Mich., and once worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts, has taken pains to reinvent herself as a high-class jodhpur-wearing British countrywoman.

After buying Ashcombe, a 1,200-acre estate in Wiltshire, she had an indoor riding arena built there.

Following a rib-cracking fall in 2005, she got back in the saddle and stepped up her lessons.

Friends say ex-husband Guy Ritchie’s lack of support after that accident was one of the many issues responsible for their eventual split.

Madonna’s recent decision to relocate to New York hasn’t dampened her enthusiasm for becoming an accomplished equestrian.

Last month, she entered a horse competition in Florida under a pseudonym, according to sources. Some suspect she may be reluctant to admit she again lost control of the reins, preferring to blame the paparazzi.

Madonna’s spill was the talk yesterday of the Hamptons, the glitzy summer playground of the rich and famous.

Not all of its celebrity inhabitants had gotten the news.

Singer Billy Joel, who has had well-chronicled problems with car accidents, said four-legged modes of transport are even riskier.

“Madonna fell off a horse?” said a shocked Joel inside his Sag Harbor garage. “She should stay off of those horses. This isn’t the Wild West.”

Modonna at Atlantic Ave. Beach in Amagansett on Sunday, a day after her tumble

source: nydailynews

Malawi court to hear Madonna adoption appeal May 4

A court official says Madonna’s appeal in her bid to adopt a 3-year-old girl from Malawi will be heard in May.

A judge rejected Madonna’s application to adopt Chifundo “Mercy” James earlier this month, saying the pop superstar had not met residency requirements. Madonna appealed the ruling.

Court official Joseph Chigona told The Associated Press on Monday the case will come up May 4 before three Supreme Court of Appeal judges.

Madonna’s Malawian lawyer, Alan Chinula, said he was hopeful the appeal will succeed. The hearing will not be in open court and Madonna is not required to be present.

Madonna already has adopted a son, David, from Malawi and still wants to adopt Mercy despite the legal setback.

source : ap