Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken out about her friendship with Madonna – insisting the pop diva is “soft and lovely” despite her tough image.
The screen beauty, who has been friends with the singer for several years, says the pop beauty has a sensitive side that appeals to her.
She said: “I think she has this drive and strength that I’ll never have, but there’s also a side to her that’s very soft and lovely. That’s where we connect more.”
Gwyneth also claimed the pair are alike underneath their public personas.
She told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper: “In private, we’re more similar than you would think, but out in the world we’re definitely very different.”
Meanwhile, Gwyneth has vowed not to make a big Hollywood movie – because they’re “terrible”.
The actress says today’s films are so bad she can’t imagine leaving her daughter, Apple, to shoot one.
Gwyneth, who is expecting her second baby with husband Chris Martin, said: “Hollywood films these days are just so bad. They used to be kind of good like ‘Top Gun’ or something, but now they’re just terrible.
“So, I couldn’t imagine leaving my daughter for 14 hours and doing something like that.”
source : lse.co.uk
Madonna’s performance was struck from Malaysia’s television broadcast of the Grammy Awards because her skimpy outfit and steamy dance moves were too risque for audiences in the Muslim-majority nation, a network official has said.
The Grammys were broadcast on Thursday night on Malaysia’s 8TV station, 12 hours after the show took place in the United States.
However, Malaysian fans were surprised when the show kicked off without the much-hyped opening act – Madonna and the cartoon-fronted rock group, Gorillaz.
“From our point of view, it wasn’t suitable for our audiences,” said an official at the programme content unit of 8TV, one of Malaysia’s main private networks.
The rest of the telecast wasn’t censored, but Madonna’s barelegged leotard attire and sexy gyrations were “too much of a risk for us to take if we tried to show it,” the official said.
In her Grammy performance of her recent hit, Hung Up, Madonna, 47, writhed on-stage with her background dancers, both male and female, to a throbbing disco beat.
Television shows and films screened in Malaysia must abide by a strict censorship code that forbids sex, graphic violence and provocative handling of topics such as race and religion.
The awards ceremony was a triumph for Irish rock band U2, who took five awards.
source : scotsman
Gorillaz made Grammy Awards history at Los Angeles’ Staples Center last night when they became the first animated group to open the prize giving.
The quirky group, founded by Blur’s Damon Albarn and animator Jamie Howlett kicked off music’s big night with their hit Feel Good Inc, and as the cartoon band performed on a huge black screen, Madonna joined them to perform her smash-hit Hung Up.
Wearing a shimmering lilac leotard and matching corset, the Material Girl wowed the Grammy audience and viewers by performing with the Gorillaz as her backing band.
The carefully-choreographed routine featured Madonna dancing in front of the animated group as they appeared to watch her every move and provide the backing to her hit.
Madonna then amazed everyone by appearing to actually join the animated group, walking among the cartoon members as if they were actually on stage with her – before taking to an adjoining platform to perform with real-life dancers.
Recording Academy President Neil Portnow explained the ambitious opening performance was “one of the most complicated production numbers we’ve ever undertaken.”
The performance relied on three-dimensional holographic-style animation.
source : teenmusic
Madonna channeled Studio 54 and the Gorillaz a high-tech animation studio in a clever opening medley at the Grammy Awards.
Gorillaz, a studio concoction represented by cartoon videos, replicated the animation while “performing” their Grammy-nominated hit “Feel Good Inc.” with the real-life De La Soul. Unlike the song itself, the effects were quite stunning, with the “singer” checking his cell phone during an instrumental break and stumbling as he attempted to sit on a stool.
The hulking “drummer” spun a drumstick on one finger like a propeller and even appeared to drift off to sleep before being jolted awake by Madonna’s emergence on the stage.
With her flip hairdo, Madonna’s “Hung Up” hearkened to the classic days of disco. She writhed onstage with her background dancers, male and female, as a gigantic mirror ball loomed in the background.
It was a fun, frivolous choice. And a special shout-out to Madonna’s personal trainer, who had the bare-legged Madge, age 47, sculpted and toned to perfection.
source : ap
… Madonna’s joining animated band Gorillaz in what Recording Academy president Neil Portnow calls “one of the most complicated production numbers we’ve ever undertaken” …
source : usatoday
“Sorry”… Madonna’s stunning 2nd video from her new album Confessions On A Dance Floor is almost here. Check out the schedule below to find out when and where you can see it!
Wed, Feb 8th
ICON sneak peak – join now at ICONmadonna.com
Mini preview during TRL on MTV
Thurs, Feb 9th
Mon, Feb 13th
Added to VH1
Wed, Feb 15th