Pop superstar Madonna has joined a host of stars in urging young people to vote in the British general election next month. The American icon is pleading with teens to take an interest in politics and shake off their youthful apathy, because their votes can make a difference to the UK’s future political landscape.
Madonna has joined Coldplay singer Chris Martin, music mogul Simon Cowell and pop stars Geri Halliwell, Will Young and Beverley Knight in championing British newspaper The Sun’s Rock The Vote campaign.
She says, “Take responsibility for yourself and the world around you. Vote!”
Madonna has made Britain her home since marrying Snatch director Guy Ritchie in 2000.
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British actor Sir John Mills, who won an Oscar in 1971 for his portrayal of a mute village idiot in “Ryan”~s Daughter,” died on Saturday aged 97, a trustee for his estate said. Sir John died this morning at around 6:30.
Mills made his name in patriotic films during and after World War II including “The October Man,” “Scott of the Antarctic,” “Dunkirk” and “Ice Cold in Alex.”
A versatile actor, Mills had a minor role in pop star Madonna”~s 1987 film “Who”~s that Girl?” and made his final film appearance in 2003 in “Bright Young Things,” directed by British comedian Stephen Fry.
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Mother And Father (Peter Rauhofer Remix) will debut on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart (May 07 2005) at #45.
A British director and production company have sued Madonna for failing to pay expenses racked up during the making of a television show, it emerged today.
Hamish Hamilton claims the pop star refused to pay his director’s fee after employing him to direct a two-hour concert special.He is seeking £91,000 ($175,000) in damages.
In the same lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles court, London-based production company Done and Dusted is seeking the same amount for production costs after filming various concerts and rehearsals in the making of the programme.
“Despite acknowledging that the money is owed, Madonna refuses to pay Mr Hamilton his $175,000 director’s fee and refuses to reimburse Done and Dusted Ltd for approximately $175,000 for expenses incurred,” the suit reads.
“Defendants have failed and refuse, and continue to fail and refuse to pay… any portion of the fee owed.”
Hamilton claims he was employed in May 2004 to direct a two-hour programme about Madonna’s European Re-Invention tour.
At her request, he said he attended shows around the world but the singer has failed to pay the costs as promised, according to the complaint obtained by the Celebrity Justice website.
Madonna’s publicist was unavailable for comment.
Mr Hamilton has directed several music television shows including the 2004 Brit Awards, Britney Spears Live from Miami and Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth.
source : examiner.ie
Sean Penn claims his life would have been ruined if he had stayed married to Madonna.
The Oscar-winning actor wed the pop superstar in 1985 under a blaze of media interest and Sean believes their different attitudes towards fame were one of the main reasons their marriages didn’t work.
He said: “Had we stayed together, we’d have driven each other mad. But I was just as badly behaved as her.
“I never liked being under the spotlight. Our marriage guaranteed that we lived in the public gaze, which meant that we had no real marriage at all. We didn’t even have time to have a proper conversation.
She was in the process of becoming the biggest star in the world. I just wanted to make my films and hide.”
However, the ‘Mystic River’ star says he now gets on with his ex-spouse – thanks to second wife Robin Wright.
Sean – who married the mother of his two children nine years ago – told Britain’s Now magazine: “I was an angry young man. I had a lot of demons and I don’t really know who could’ve lived with me at the time. When I got together with Robin, things changed.
“She was also very good at getting me to deal with memories of my first wife. She told me: ‘Madonna’s very real, sensitive and wants what we all want out of life.’
She was right. I’ve talked to Madonna since and we get along fine. We both accept that to have stayed together would probably have ruined our lives.”
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