Neil Sean of Sky News is reporting that Madonna is secretly planning to make a follow-up to her hit ’84 movie ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, which she’ll produce and make a small cameo in. Look for the Material Girl to write a soundtrack for the flick, which should begin shooting next year, as well.
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Hundreds of Slane residents will have to apply for police passes to get around the village when music superstar Madonna comes to visit next month.
The Garda have announced there will be checkpoints all around the quiet Co Meath village on the day before the huge concert on Sunday, August 29, and only those residents with passes will be allowed through.
Garda chief Michael Flanagan also warned Madonna fans that there is no need or reason to travel early as all the local accommodation has been fully booked, there are no camping facilities available and “there will be nothing for them to do in Slane and we would ask them not to come near it”.
The massive gig at Slane Castle is the first to be held on a Sunday for over 20 years and while many residents of the villages signed a petition objecting to it, Meath County Council has given MCD Promotions a licence for it, albeit with some stringent conditions.
Although it is thought that the first act will not appear until late in the afternoon, the controversial queen of pop has to be off stage by no later than 10.30pm, with the 80,000 revellers out of the venue by midnight.
The council has also demanded that the promoters lodge an Event Management Plan no later than two weeks before the concert, a plan that must take account of the extra traffic, necessary toilet facilities and the impact on the local environment.
Another aspect which must be finalised with the Garda is the totally free movement of people who are attending Mass or other religious services on the Sunday morning.
source : belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Pop diva Madonna was seen enjoying a day out at the beach, with her family, in Miami. The 46 year old mum of two who still has an enviable figure to flaunt looked ravishing in a bikini, with her husband Guy Ritchie, daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, besides her.
“Madonna was looking really pale but she was having a great time,” a source was quoted by The Sun as saying.
“Guy got them all laughing. He was brilliant with the kids,” he added.
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It turns out pop music queen Madonna may have some Acadian roots.
While the Material Girl probably isn’t singing French lullabies from Atlantic Canada to her children, it seems she can trace part of her ancestry back to Acadia, according to a New Brunswick genealogist.
“[Madonna] descends from the Fortin family, which is a Quebec family. Her mother was a Fortin,” said Stephen White, a genealogist with the University of Moncton’s Centre of Acadian Studies in New Brunswick.
From there, White can trace back six generations until he comes across a name that is familiar to the Acadian researcher.
“There was an article published in a Quebec periodical … where there was a mention of one of her Fortin ancestors having married an Orillon,” he said.
“The Orillon family is an Acadian family.”
Acadian heritage has been front and centre in the Maritimes this summer, as those with Acadian ancestry gather from around the world for the Acadian World Congress, a series of events celebrating the 400th anniversary of French settlement in the New World.
While White normally traces the history of everyday individuals, he said he understands people’s fascination with tracing the backgrounds of more famous folk.
“People are interested in knowing if they’re related to someone who’s known in one way or another,” he said.
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The price of Madonna’s Beverly Hills, Calif., estate has been cut for a second time, to $9.75 million from an original $10.9 million, set slightly more than a year ago. The markdown brings the singer’s 1926 Spanish-style home more comfortably below the $10 million threshold that Realtors say has proven to be a sticking point for Beverly Hills buyers in recent months, amid an otherwise strong local real-estate market.
At 7,000 square feet, and with a pedigree from Wallace Neff (the master architect of Hollywood art deco), agents say the singer’s house shouldn’t be a hard sell, but they say there’s been a buildup of inventory in the $10-million-plus range.
Madonna bought the house from actress Diane Keaton in 2000 for about $6.5 million, then renovated it for an additional $2 million. Madonna, who spends much of her time in her other homes in New York and Britain, put the house up for sale not long after the renovations were completed.
Meanwhile, the house next door, owned by Woody Stuart, a scion of the family that founded the Carnation food company, is in contract. His 1920s Spanish-style home, on a slightly larger lot than Madonna’s, was listed this spring at $14 million, then reduced to $10.5 million. After three months, it sold slightly below that level, local brokers say. Stuart, who declined to comment through a spokeswoman, paid about $4.75 million for the property in 1999.
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Pop diva Madonna was spotted at New York’s posh Kosher restaurant Solo, disguised under a wig and heavy makeup. The singer was reportedly dining with her husband Guy Ritchie and their Kabbalah friends.
However sources from ‘Star People’ magazine saw right through her disguise of an auburn wig, fake teeth, heavy makeup and a long black skirt.
Even when a woman recognised her and asked her for an autograph the star simply refused to reveal her identity.
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Madonna’s 1994 hit I’ll Remember is featured on Reflections CD
100% of profits from the sale of Reflections will be donated directly to The Memory Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Compilation features : Madonna, Celine Dion, Enya, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Sarah McLachlan, Leann Rimes, Rod Stewart etc.
As Madonna’s agent and friend, I take care of everything that concerns her. Very often I act as a buffer between the Material Girl and the press even if it means having to get squashed against a glass wall while she walks up the steps at the Cannes festival followed by a mob of paparazzi. That was 15 years ago for the screening of In Bed With Madonna.
Madonna never reads any critics, which I think is an excellent idea. I, however, can’t keep from doing so. First it’s my job and it’s a way to know if after all these years we’re in tune with the press. Some people remain skeptical. But what artists, besides Elvis and the Beatles have had as many hits as what constitutes the soundtrack of our lives.
I remember it as if it were yesterday. In the middle of the summer a ball of fire stumbled into my office full with fabulous accessories. I haven’t forgotten anything-the hair ‘they look best when I haven’t washed them for 8 days.’ The black rubberband bracelets and the torn pantyhose – ‘what’s the problem, everyone wears them downtown.’ The crucifix (pl.) she was wearing or carried in a pillow case, ‘Jesus is sexy’, the attitude ‘nobody can tell me what to wear’, a still unknown Madonnna shouted during her 1st photo shoot with the famous Francesco Scavullo.
‘I love her style, let her wear whatever she wants’, he ordered the stylists who wanted to cover her in diamonds.
I see myself later, making her sit in my office to show her the Playboy issue with the nude photos she did for art students when she first arrived in NYC. We were all worried on the effect these photos would have on her emerging career. ‘Well, first of all, I’m not sorry about anything’ she said while reading the magazine ‘and I’d laugh about it if I just didn’t find myself so unattractive’. Recently asked about nudity in her career, Madonna simply laughed ‘most of the time it was pure exhibitionism. Who doesn’t show themselves naked these days?’
A few years ago I accompanied Madonna while she visited a hospital. She pushed a door open and in the room a very sick boy looked at her from head to foot from his bed and said ‘You know, I don’t like you’. Madonna laughed and answered, ‘Well, sometimes I don’t like myself either. But what matters is that I like you.’ I left them alone for a while. Later as I met the little boy’s mother she said ‘it’s the first time my boy is smiling in 3 weeks.’ Madonna told me never to talk about this incident or else she’d kill me.
What makes Madonna happpiest these days? ‘Oh probably my daughter’s voice when she reads me a poem in French.’ Is there something she still dreams about? ‘Many things. First of all, no more wars. And what if everyone went to see Michael Moore’s movie? And if my kids put their dirty plates in the sink?’
There’s no doubt that her happiness shines on the stage of the RIT. ‘Since everyone was looking back at my career, I decided to revisit myself with a new twist both musically and visually. I thought about all this with Caresse Henry, my manager and best friend. Then Jamie King showed us a model of the stage the way he imagined it. I wanted to introduce elements of the Kaballah, war in general, and George Bush in particular.
I wanted this show to be a visual assault. I wanted to perform in Israel in front of Jews and Palestinians. Unfortunately, Caresse didn’t allow me due to security reasons. One of my goals was that each person in the audience go home convinced that they can help change the world.’ Madonna said after drinking her 3rd cup of coffee of the morning.
What’s the most important lesson in life? I asked Madonna before one of her shows. ‘My Kabballah instructor taught me this: each time you doubt yourself, act like God. How would he act? With Love and altruism. I try to do both. That’s what I’d like to teach the world.’ Amen.
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