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Merchandising Program for Madonna’s the English Roses in stores

Signatures Network, Inc. (SNI), the entertainment industry’s leading merchandising and licensing company, announced today that Madonna’s The English Roses(TM) collection is currently launching in select Nordstrom stores, department stores and boutiques. Select items are also available on SNI signed and developed the product lines for the premier licensees for The English Roses, Madonna’s hugely successful debut children’s book. The licensing program for The English Roses(TM) features Girl’s Apparel, Footwear, Rainwear, Collectable Dolls, Teas and Hot Chocolate, Tea Sets, Jewelry Boxes, Charm Bracelets and Necklaces, Calendars and more.
Beginning in October, Nordstrom will create an extensive in-store program around The English Roses(TM), including fashion shows and tea parties.
“Nordstrom is thrilled to carry many items from The English Roses(TM) collection in our stores,” said Marci Scott, VP of Kids’ Wear at Nordstrom. “We’re looking forward to events in our stores for our young customers, giving them the opportunity to see this fun, new merchandise.”
The licensees include:
AccessorLee for Belts, Hair Accessories and Lapel Pins
Alexander Doll Company for Collectable Dolls and Dolls’ Accessories
Andrews McMeel for calendars
Enzo Shoe for Slippers and Fashion Shoes
Harney & Sons for Teas and Hot Chocolate
High IntenCity for Charm Bracelets and Necklaces
Kidorable for Raincoats and Umbrellas
Lipstik Clothing for Girl’s Apparel
Schylling Associates for Tea Sets and Jewelry boxes
“Signatures is delighted to be partnering with Nordstrom and our other launch retailers to debut this exciting program,” said Matt Hautau, VP of Licensing & Marketing for SNI. “We’re very excited about the incredible group of licensees that we’ve assembled for this program. Madonna is a true artist of many dimensions, and this line is another extension of her creativity.”
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More on the Auction of Miniature Books

…JK ROWLING has written her smallest ever Harry Potter book – for a charity auction.
The tiny tome is full of magic Potter facts such as a list of the books Harry needs for spells, the clothes he wears plus JK’s own drawings of broomsticks and witches’ hats.
The wizard author is one of 23 big names who have each written an inch-tall book to help the homeless and needy.
Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Lady Thatcher, Muhammad Ali, David Beckham and Bill Clinton have also put pen to paper to produce their own mini-manuals.
All the books are bound in leather except for ex-Beatle Paul’s. He is a vegetarian and insisted on a different cover for his hand-written Hey Jude lyrics.
And boxing legend Ali’s paper had to be slightly bigger because he has Parkinson’s disease, which affects his ability to write and draw in miniature.
His book features a series of matchstick men sketches showing him fighting Joe Frazier.
The books will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London on Monday, November 1. The unique Potter publication alone is expected to fetch five figures.
All the money raised will go to the 999 Club charity, which offers emergency support to disadvantaged people living in Deptford, South East London.
JK said: “I wanted to support the 999 Club because of the nature of the way it works – supporting people from local communities and run by people from the local community.”
Geordie Greig, editor of society magazine Tatler, who got the celebrities on board, said: “The 999 Club came up with the idea of thumb-sized books and approached me for help. The response has been fantastic.
“We have had calls from all over the world about JK Rowling’s book.”
Tickets for the auction cost GBP30.
Madonna's Miniature Book
source : drownedmadonna/sun

Madonna is a right Cowell

Madonna is on course to claim Simon Cowell’s crown as the world’s toughest talent-show judge.
The Queen of Pop is stepping into Mr Nasty’s high-waisted trousers in a new US star-search programme to be fronted by hip-hop singer MISSY ELLIOTT.
Madge got the thumbs-up from producers after destroying hopefuls during a screen test with some of the most biting criticism ever seen on a talent show.
Many of her comments were so strong they made Simon Cowell sound like Snow White, so we’ve used some computer trickery to turn her into the scourge of showbiz.
A source close to Madonna told me: “She doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She will have no patience with the have-a-go heroes trying to make a name for themselves.
“If someone walks into the room the wrong way she’ll say “no” before a note is sung and that will be their chance gone.
“She will reduce people to tears because she is so direct.
“Her comments really find their targets, they don’t go flying past and hit the wall. There is no pantomime about her performance.
“She plays the role of a judge as she is in real life. There is no showing off like there is with Cowell.
“Only real hopefuls will get through to be judged by her. She is brilliant at separating talent from over-confidence and the best thing is that nobody can argue with her verdict.”
Madge filmed her screen test for the show in a London studio a month ago after she finished her Re-Invention tour.
She was given tapes of hopefuls and the producers recorded her reaction.
Missy Elliott personally asked Madge to collaborate on the show after they got to know each other while making a series of Gap adverts together.
They became so close they have given each other nicknames.
Madonna calls Missy “Miss Lissa” and Missy calls Madonna “Mad.” The new talent show, which has a working title of The Road To Stardom With Missy Elliott, has been pencilled in for launch on American television early next year.
I am told Madonna also expects it to be broadcast in Britain soon afterward.
source : sun

Elton John avoids confrontation with Madonna

Sir Elton John refrained from going to Donatella Versace’s bash hosted in honour of pop queen Madonna, and sent his partner, David Furnish instead, reports the Sun.
Elton John who rebuked Madonna for miming during her re-invention tour, at last weeks Q awards avoided an awkward situation by abstaining from the party, in which Madge was the guest of honour.
“Elton’s just lucky that he had a sacrificial lamb to send to the slaughter. There was an uncomfortable atmosphere and there were lots of intense stares coming from Madonna’s table,” a source was quoted as saying.
However, David looked a bit uneasy and sat far away from Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie.
source : ANI

Rowling, Beck and Madonna write ‘thumb-size’ books for charity

A number of British celebrities, including the likes of ‘Harry Potter’ creatorJ K Rowling, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney, football ace David Beckham and pop icon Madonna are doing their altruistic bit by writing a series of 23-books for poor and homeless children.
The series, which is an initiative of London’s 999 club, is to be autioned soon and Rowling’s book which she has illustrated with witch’s hats and Harry Potter’s glasses herself and Sir Paul’s book, which has the lyrics of the Beatles hit ‘Hey Jude,’ are expected to draw some of the highest bids, reports The Sun.
source : ANI

Madonna is praying for a child

Pop icon Madonna has revealed that she visited Israel recently to seek blessings for another baby.
The ‘Material Girl’ singer, who already has two children and is a known advocate of the Jewish faith of Kabbalah, let this piece of information out at a party at her house, which was attended by the likes of Victoria Beckham and actress Demi Moore, reports the Star magazine.
“She talked about how the trip would renew their lives, and the hope was that being blessed by holy people would make her wish come true,” an insider was quoted saying.

Madonna Tops Field For Billboard Touring Honors

Madonna leads the finalists for Billboard’s inaugural Backstage Pass Awards. The veteran performer is contending in three of the six artist categories.
The awards recognize the top achievements in touring, according to box-office data gathered from Billboard Boxscore reports between November 2003 and September 2004. They will be presented during the Billboard Backstage Pass touring conference, set for Nov. 8-9 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
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Matthew Vaugh – The Director’s Cut

Creative partnerships have a tendency to become strained, however, and none more so than those in the film business. In spite of being friends – Vaughn was best man when Ritchie married Madonna – they have had major disagreements. The notorious Swept Away almost brought them to blows. Ritchie wanted Madonna in the role of the heiress trapped on an island with her chauffeur while Vaughn preferred Penelope Cruz. Ritchie believed that Vaughn was implying that Madge wasn’t up to the job. In fact, he was taking the line of a producer which was simply that Cruz would sell the movie more easily to investors. Ritchie got his way, however, with the result that we have seen.
Clearly, Vaughn’s got the chops to continue producing movies in the UK, a terrifyingly difficult thing to do even with a successful track record. And while he produced Layer Cake, having acquired the rights from its author J J Connolly after meeting him on a train to Belgium, the opportunity to direct the movie has given him a taste for the creative side. In the four years it took to develop Layer Cake, Guy Ritchie pulled out of directing the film and Vaughn was reluctant to give it to anyone else.
“I had put so much effort into it that I wasn’t willing to let it go,” he said. “I thought, I am not going to run around town and find some director who will start doing things I wouldn’t want. I knew every shot of this movie. Why go through the hell of giving it to someone else?”
In the closed and jealously protective world that is the British film industry, Vaughn and Ritchie are still regarded as rogue upstarts, cinematic spivs who got lucky. But now that Vaughn has shown himself capable of being both the money and the talent, his detractors are going to have to start taking him seriously. Goodbye Mr Schiffer. Hello Mr de Vere Drummond.
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Madonna fans hit back at angry Elton

Madonna’s legion of fans have launched a vigorous defence of the singer following Sir Elton John’s recent verbal assault.
Sir Elton’s expletive-strewn tirade against Madonna at the Q Awards accused the singer of miming in her concerts.
However, Madge’s friend Rupert Everett has waded into the war of words, accusing Elt of being “bossy and cranky”.
And on Madonna’s website, fans have lined up to criticise Elt, one of pop’s elder statesmen. They label him a “fat frog” and dub him senile.
Speaking about Madonna’s nomination for Best Live Act, Sir Elton said anyone who lip-synchs at a L75 per person concert “should be shot”.
He said: “Madonna, best f****** live act? F*** off. Since when has lip-synching been live? That’s me off her f****** Christmas card list but do I give a toss? No.”
A spokeswoman for Madonna said Sir Elton remains on the star’s Christmas card list “whether he is nice … or naughty”
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Rupert Everett Defends Madonna from Elton John

Rupert Everett has accused Elton John of being “bossy and cranky” after he criticised his pal Madonna for lip-synching on her re-invention world tour.
The British actor became close friends with Madonna when the pair teamed up in film flop The Next Best Thing and he has stepped in to defend her after Elton attacked the singer during the Q Awards ceremony in London.
Bitchy Elton slammed Madonna for charging fans upwards of $75 (GBP41.60) to see her perform and then lip-synching certain songs – criticism Everett has taken to heart.
He fires back, “I don’t understand what he’s got against her because this is the second time he’s stuck into her a bit. That seems really unfair to me.
“Listen, any singer who dances all the time, you don’t have the breath to sing all the time. Everyone knows that. It’s unfair to make it a point. If you do a heavy dance routine, at some point you’re going to do a bit of lip-synch. But everybody does that.
“Madonna sings everything she can sing but, if she goes into a dance routine, she’s got to dance; you can’t breathe and dance and sing at the same time. She doesn’t lip-synch her whole performance.
“I bet Elton has lip-synched moments of his performance, even though he’s at a piano all the time.
“He’s very bossy these days, I think. I mean he’s lovely but he’s a bit bossy and he does seem a bit cranky.”
source : contactmusic

The Official Madonna Ringtones and Logos

Hey Madonna fans,
Madonna is thrilled to announce the debut of her official ringtones & images service for your mobile phone!
Now you can take Madonna’s music and image with you wherever you go!
Eight of her greatest hits are now available as mobile phone ringtones as well as 16 of her most stunning live and studio shots.
Personalize your mobile now and turn it into an authentic Madonna devoted device!
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Sir Elton attacks ‘mime’ Madonna

Sir Elton John has accused Madonna of cheating fans by miming on stage, while collecting a Q Award for songwriting.
As he collected his Classic Songwriter prize in London on Tuesday, he criticised live award nominee Madonna.
“Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay GBP75 to see them should be shot,” Sir Elton said.
Muse won best live act while the Red Hot Chili Peppers won best act in the world and Roxy Music took the Lifetime Achievement award from Q magazine.
Liz Rosenberg, Madonna’s US press agent, denied that the star used lip-synching when performing live.
“Nor does she spend her time trashing other artists,” she said.
“She sang every note on her Re-invention tour live.”
Elton John said his comments would mean he would no longer be on Madonna’s Christmas card list.
But Ms Rosenberg added: “Elton John remains on her Christmas card list where he is nice…. or naughty.”
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