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Madonna’s book sold for i?18,500

A JK Rowling book measuring just one inch high has sold for GBP11,000 at a charity auction at Sotheby’s, London.
Her guide to everything Harry Potter needs for life at Hogwarts matgical school was the third-highest lot.
The auction, set up by Tatler magazine, asked 24 celebrities to fill a mini book with whatever they liked.
Muhammad Ali’s work, including a sketch of boxing rival Joe Frasier, got the highest bid of GBP17,000. Paul McCartney’s effort made GBP13,000.
The former Beatle filled his book with handwritten lyrics to Hey Jude.
Rowling’s book included pictures of Harry’s broomstick, spectacles and hat.
Madonna drew the US flag and lyrics to her song American Life, which fetched GBP8,500.
David Hockney’s book, which included nine sketches of Yorkshire, fetched GBP9,500, while fellow artist Tracey Emin’s love poems went for GBP5,500.
Gerald Scarfe’s cartoon drawings of 16 Prime Ministers and US Presidents, titled Those Who MIsled Us, went for GBP10,000.
The money raised is going towards the 999 Club, a homeless charity in Deptford, south London.
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Madonna to enter UK’s Music Hall Of Fame

Madonna is going to be awarded with a prestigious place at the UK Music Hall of Fame.
The Queen of Pop will attend the ceremony which is going to be aired Live on UK’s Channel 4 television on November 11th, 2004.
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Madonna likes her Versace in green

Relations between Madonna and Donatella Versace have run hot and cold over the years. But the designer is said to be so besotted with Her Madgesty now that she’s ready to pay a fortune to have her model Versace’s spring collection.
Donatella proposed that Madonna star in her ad campaign last month at a Versace perfume launch in London. The early word was that Madonna might pose as a favor.
But Madonna is apparently aware that, though the house of Versace has been struggling financially, it’s still not a charity. Which is why, according to one insider, the Material One held out for $12 million.
That price could include TV as well as print ads. There’s also talk of Madonna collaborating on a fashion line.
Madonna’s rep confirmed that talks are underway.
The photo spread is due to be shot at the end of this month by Mario Testino.
“Madonna is coming up with ideas for the campaign,” says a source. “She wants the ads to be provocative and sexy. She wants everyone to know how good she looks at 46.”
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Madonna may star in Versace ads

Madonna is reportedly in talks to star in a series of ads for Versace’s 2005 spring collection.
Photographer Mario Testino, who took photos 10 years ago when Madonna was the 1995 face of Versace, is on board to snap the new ad campaign, a source close to the negotiations told MSNBC.
Madonna might be known more for wearing a red string these days than she is for wearing cutting-edge fashion, but she’s still a style icon, the source said, alluding to the bracelet the pop diva wears to indicate her belief in the Jewish mystic text Kabbalah.
Madonna’s spokeswoman confirmed the story, but said the deal is not finalized.
This is in the conversation stage. Donatella (Versace) is talking to Madonna about it, but Madonna hasn’t made a decision yet, said Liz Rosenberg.
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Give me back my old Madonna

Raquel Hecker used to worship at the same Kabbalah centre as the singer. Now she’s become disillusioned – both with mystic Judaism and with her favourite star.
A petite blonde steps into an unassuming five-storey building in midtown Manhattan, strides past a poster with her image on it, takes an elevator up a storey and steps out into a gleaming white chamber with rows of pews decorated in a Greco-Roman motif. A man leading a service for 200 worshippers glances up from a book. The entire room inhales at once. One woman’s jaw goes slack.
Madonna – Esther to her friends here at the Kabbalah Centre – has entered the building. Back before she was Esther, Madonna was my childhood idol. So I was curious how Kabbalah had inspired her – how she had gone from covering Don McLean to covering the Barry Sisters, as she did in July, performing at a private party for the head of the Kabbalah Centre, Rabbi Philip Berg.
The first time I went to the Kabbalah Centre was for a Friday-night Shabbat service. The place was packed, albeit unevenly. The men were seated throughout the left and centre sections, the women squeezed tightly into the right section, except for an empty front row. I slid in there and heard two women by the door whisper and point. Slowly it dawned on me: I had planted my ass in the designated celebrity row.
When Madonna walks into the Kabbalah Centre, chairs materialise out of thin air to form a new row in front of the celebrity row. A bearded man runs over with an electric fan and aims it at Madonna, who is flanked by two thin, attractive women in bad blond wigs. Sitting with one yoga-sculpted leg over the other, Madonna dismisses the man with a wave of her hand and he returns, humbled, to where he was sitting.
The service continues: rabbis take turns leading prayers, then when they’re finished step off the stage to shake Madonna’s hand. The Material Girl follows along nonchalantly, mouthing indiscernible nothings to her husband, Guy Ritchie, sitting across the room from her in the men’s section. Her daughter Lourdes comes over to sit with her mother, then runs out of the room. Men steal glances, women whisper among themselves. I look, too, and I’m both mortified and delighted to learn that, if you stare at Madonna for long enough, Madonna will look right back at you.
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai is said to have written Zohar, the 2nd-century mystical document now considered Kabbalah’s most important text.(These days it also provides the basis for a T-shirt ‘I Scanned Zohar with Ashton’, a reference to the actor and Kabbalah devotee Ashton Kutcher). According to legend, the Aramaic manuscripts were lost for years and found by Moses de Leon in the 13th century in a cave in Israel. ‘Kabbalah’, literally ‘to receive’, became an esoteric practice studied only by male Hasidic scholars over 40, and later a legitimate element of Judaism.
Philip Berg (n’ Feivel Gruberger) is trying to change that. An insurance salesman and Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn, Berg became involved with Kabbalah when he met the renowned Kabbalist Yehuda Brandwein. He studied with Brandwein in Jerusalem and married his niece Rizka. Eight children later, he left her and took up with Karen Berg, an acquaintance from his days selling insurance. According to Centre literature, she possesses ‘an extraordinary sixth sense and intuition’. She was the one who suggested they start the Kabbalah Centre in Israel in the early Seventies, then return to the US in 1981.
When Berg spends Shabbat at the New York Kabbalah Centre, he sits at the head table with Karen on his right and Madonna on his left. On Madonna’s recent Reinvention tour, he blessed every stage she danced across. Berg’s gravitas has made enough of an impression on Madonna that she has recommended his Centre to Gwyneth Paltrow and Britney Spears, among others. Roseanne Barr lectures at the Centre in LA. Among the stars seen with the Centre’s red strings around their wrists are Sharon Osbourne, Winona Ryder, David and Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Mick Jagger, Naomi Campbell and Courtney Love.
Paris Hilton, Madonna explained in an ABC interview, was brought to the Centre by her parents after they heard about her sex video. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, who wore matching his-and-hers baby costumes to the Centre’s Los Angeles Purim party in March, may have a Kabbalah wedding in Tel Aviv.
Certainly Madonna has given Berg’s organisation a particular sort of credibility. Former presidential candidate Wesley Clark seemed taken with Kabbalah as he grew interested in Madonna’s support; in December 2003 he gave a speech that included Kabbalah in a list of major world religions such as Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
Just as Madonna draws the celebrities who admire her, those celebrities in turn draw those who admire them. On the Kabbalah Centre website, a young devotee says her interest in the Centre began ‘the minute I heard that Britney wears the bendel and that it was also shown in her latest music video, “Everytime”.’
Once wannabes only had to dress like her; I should know – I was one. Such was my Madonna worship that one night when I was 13 I wore a cross around my neck to Hebrew school. At my bar mitzvah, I sang “Material Girl’ in lace half-gloves and rubber bracelets.
These days, though, keeping up with Madonna isn’t simply a matter of trading your old black bracelets for new red ones. ‘I want people to think like me now,’ Madonna told the TV show 20/20 last June. And just how does she think? ‘When in doubt,’ she said, ‘act like God.’
I got to know more Kabbalah devotees by volunteering to set up Shabbat dinner. I’d ask the students what drew them to the Centre and several mentioned Madonna. They’d tell their specific story – an epiphany they had reading one of Berg’s books, a serendipitous glimpse of one of the Centre’s ads in the paper – then mention Madonna as an afterthought. Few of them gave her sole credit with bringing them to Kabbalah, but just about everyone mentioned her and most said they had heard about it in the first place because of her. Only one credited her without hesitation. ‘I saw how much she had transformed because of Kabbalah,’ he said, ‘and I thought, well, if it worked for her …’
One evening, when I had just reported for duty, another volunteer asked me, ‘Do you have your tickets yet?’ ‘Huh?’ ‘Your Madonna tickets!’ she exclaimed (referring to her recent Reinvention tour). ‘If you buy them from the Centre they are the best seats! And all the proceeds go to the Spirituality for Kids programme!’ The royalties from Madonna’s children’s books go to the same fund, which helped purchase the former Atkins headquarters for the Kabbalah Grammar School for Children. According to WABC, Madonna spent a total of $22 million on the school, which will open its doors in 2005 – but only to pupils whose parents are both Kabbalists.
Celebrity Kabbalah followers like Elizabeth Taylor get private tutoring in their mansions. ‘There’s no set charge, just donations,’ said one student. But the typical donation is $200 to $300 an hour, and students can only serve kosher food.
‘During the week ahead we will want to bad-mouth others,’ my teacher told a class one Thursday night. ‘Miriam got leprosy the second she bad-mouthed Moses.’ Pause. ‘What is leprosy?’ No one says anything. ‘Leprosy is when on your skin there’s a big stain, like barley. Every time you speak lashon hara ‘ – talking about someone behind his back – ‘you might get one.’
There are other lessons, too. ‘Satan makes us feel like we could put things off,’ the teacher says. ‘This week, work on your sense of urgency to do things. For example, “I want to buy a Zohar , but maybe in two weeks” – then it will never happen!’ The Kabbalah Centre loves its product placement. During Shabbat services, one rabbi instructed the congregation to drink $3.80, 1.5 litre bottles of Kabbalah water even as he took drinks from a bottle by his side. According to the rabbi, the process of making Kabbalah water is ‘more complicated than that of making Coca-Cola’. In the lob
by you can buy a single red string that has been blessed at Rachel’s tomb in Jerusalem for $8.50, or a yard’s worth for $26. reported that the US Patent Office rejected the Centre’s request for a patent on bendels, so they’re not exclusive to the lobby. Next season they’ll be sold with a Kabbalah candle at Bergdorf’s, Barneys NY and Neiman Marcus.
As I leave a class with Jane (not her real name), we walk past posters advertising a few of the Centre’s other classes – ‘How to Find Your Soulmate’, ’12 Steps to Everlasting Love’ – with stock photos of couples kissing and kids on swings. Jane tells me that she works in public relations and that ‘it’s not very Kabbalistic’. We walk past piles of tapes for sale on ‘Divine Sex’ and ‘Kabbalistic Astrology’. Over the speakers, I hear Ray of Light. Later, Jane and I are folding napkins into unlikely origami shapes to add a French-restaurant feel to the next evening’s Shabbat dinner. Jane has been fishing for religion since her teens; she’s attended Methodist, Catholic, Pentecostal and Jehovah’s Witness services. She says she likes the Kabbalah Centre best: the principles taught in the classes are easy to apply, especially the notion that when you help others you really help yourself.
I am disillusioned as to how my former idol is no longer the unabashedly confident superwoman I so admired. Plenty of people are still following her, but look what she’s following. Maybe once she gets the financial breakdown she requested and finds how her money is being spent, she will reinvent herself as the wayward Catholic iconoclast I loved. My friend and I spend the rest of the night drinking tea in a Chinese restaurant, reading fortune cookies, and commiserating about how we missed Madonna over steamed pork buns.
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Gossip : Madonna to adopt a baby next year ?

Madonna is reportedly planning to adopt a child as she has not been able to conceive, despite being absolutely healthy.
According to the Star magazine, Madge and hubby Guy Ritche are planning to bringa child home in early 2005, though they haven’t given up on having a child of their own.
According to a source close to the couple , the couple is happily keen to adopt a child as well as have a baby of their own, the magazine said.
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Elton John says he will apologise over Madonna tirade

Elton John has said he will apologise to Madonna, after launching an expletive-laced attack on the Material Girl for lip-synching on stage.
“Would I apologize to her if I saw her? Yeah, because I don’t want to hurt any artist’s feelings,” Sir Elton said in an interview in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly magazine.
“It was my fault. I instigated the whole thing,” he said. “But (lip-synching) applies to all those bloody teenage singers.”
Attending an awards ceremony in London earlier this month, Sir Elton was incensed to find that Madonna had been nominated for best live act.
Taking to the stage, Sir Elton blasted: “Madonna – best f live act? F off. Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage … should be shot.”
In the interview, the pop legend acknowledged that he had spoken out of turn.
“I don’t want to escalate it because I like Madonna,” he said. “She’s been to my house for dinner. It was something that was said in the heat of the moment, and probably should not have been said.”
At the time, Madonna’s US spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg had flatly rejected Sir Elton’s accusations, saying that Madonna neither lip-synched nor spent time “trashing” other artists.
Sir Elton argued that the media reaction to his comments had been out of proportion to their content.
“It was like I said I think all gays should be killed or I think Hitler was right,” he said. “I just said someone was lip-synching.”
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Sean Penn heckled at press conference

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn was heckled at a screening of his latest movie on Tuesday (26OCT04) by an audience member wanting to know what it’s like to enjoy sexual relations with Madonna.
Penn, 44, was at a question and answer session following a Boston, Massachusetts, viewing of “The assasination of Richard Nixon” when a cheeky participant asked him about his private life with former wife Madonna.
And the heckler also demanded to know if Penn, who ignored the remarks, wore a toupee. Penn, now married to second wife Robin Wright, wed the Like a virgin singer in 1985. They divorced in 1989. He refused to answer the intimate questions.
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Condoms with Madonna’s picture to be handed out at university

The University of Kansas is about to be flooded with Madonna condoms.
The Douglas County health department is the winner of the Madonna Condom Giveaway. It was sponsored by the New York-based condom store, Condomania.
The health department wins 21,000 Madonna Condoms, with an authorized picture of the pop star on the wrapper.
Department officials say they’ll be handing out the condoms during Pride Week at the university, where they’ll also host a Madonna look-alike drag show.
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Madonna & Britney are nominated for PCA

Nominees for the 31st annual People’s Choice Awards were announced Tuesday by Jason Alexander and Malcolm-Jamal Warner of TV’s “Listen Up” and Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan of “Desperate Housewives.”
The nomination and awards process, formerly based on a national poll, has been revised.
The nominees were compiled by Entertainment Weekly, the People’s Choice production team and pop culture fans. The public can choose the winners online starting Tuesday (
Additional feature film categories will be announced later. CBS will broadcast the ceremony from 9-11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9. Live in the East, it will be delayed in the West.
Nominees : …
Favorite combined forces:
– Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliot, Lil’ Kim (“Carwash”);
– Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake (“Where is the Love”);
– Norah Jones, Dolly Parton (“The Grass is Blue”);
– Lil’ John, Usher (“Yeah!”);
– Britney Spears, Madonna (“Me Against the Music”)
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