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Hamish Hamilton sues Madonna

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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 talks about Madonna

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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.”
source : femalefirst

Madonna vs. Cher poll

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Re-Invented Process won’t be shown in Cannes

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Madonna – one of Top 100 Greatest Americans

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After tallying more than half a million online nominations, Discovery Channel and interactive partner America Online today unveiled the list of the top 100 nominees. Ranging from inventors to athletes, politicians to musicians, the list takes the pulse of the nation and reveals the qualities we most admire.
Beginning Sunday, June 5 at 8 PM (ET/PT), and airing every Sunday in June, Greatest American will premiere on Discovery Channel with Today show’s Matt Lauer presenting the top 100 nominees. At the end of the premiere episode, Lauer will announce the top 25 Greatest American nominees based on nominations held earlier this year. Viewers can then cast votes at the AOL site listed above, via toll-free numbers or via text messaging.
In the second episode, Matt Lauer and influentials (actors, comedians, politicians, athletes, etc) will offer insights on the top 25 to aid America in another round of voting that determines the top five. The third episode pits celebrity advocates against one another, debating the virtues of their “Greatest American.” The seven-hour series culminates in real-time election- style voting, as America selects one person to be named the “Greatest American.” The grand finale will be televised live from New York City on Sunday, June 26, at 9 PM (ET).

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Radiohead’s album best of all time ?

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Radiohead’s Album OK Computer has knocked The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band off the top spot to be voted the greatest of all time. Around 400,000 people voted in a Channel 4 poll for its programme 100 Greatest Albums.
In a similar poll five years ago, the Fab Four’s Sgt Pepper won the accolade but this time it slipped to number seven.
Also in the top ten were U2’s The Joshua Tree, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, Definitely Maybe by Oasis, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Like A Prayer by Madonna and Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’Roses.
While many of Channel 4’s older viewers may never have heard of OK Computer the 1997 album attracted plaudits from stars.
REM singer Michael Stipe said: “OK Computer is Radiohead really stretching and pushing the boundaries of what they think they’re capable of doing and what their audience think they’re capable of doing and it is a classic, brilliant record.”
And Johnny Marr from The Smiths said: “OK Computer is pretty much a landmark record. As time goes on and we get away from when it was released, more and more it would be seen as the important record it is.”
Despite losing the top spot, The Beatles are the only band to claim two albums in the top ten – Revolver also was made the cut.
Michael Jackson, who faces child abuse charges in the US, showed he was still popular with Thriller reaching number four.
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was typically immodest about Definitely Maybe’s success.
He said: “To me, that album is about what it means to other people and other people have said it was a benchmark for British guitar rock and roll. It must be pretty good.
“I’m only realising now how special Definitely Maybe is – I thought I’d go on writing albums like that forever.” He also praised U2’s Joshua Tree.
source : dailymail.co.uk

Icon #43 is going out

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Madonna is pleased to announce the release of issue #43 of Icon Magazine, the quarterly publication of the official Madonna fanclub. In this new issue you will find a special portfolio named “M 2004″, which features exclusive and never before seen images illustrating 12 months of Madonna achievements. Also featured in this issue, all of the Versace Spring campaign images, a double sided poster, a “UK Hall Of Fame” special, some cool interviews with Madonna and her assistant Angela, a special spread devoted to the 10th anniversary of Take A Bow, and much much more!
source : madonna.com

New Letter from Madonna

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Dear Fans,
Happy New Year! 2005 is a great year already. I had a relaxing holiday with my family and was happy that my husband and I finally had two weeks off at the same time and were able to be together with our children.
I have been back in the studio writing new songs for several different projects. Should I do a musical? Should I record another album? Stay tuned to find out what I decide to do…..
All of my projects are labours of love, however, my book series is particularly dear to me as all of the proceeds go to the Spirituality for Kids Foundation. My final book in the series, Lotsa de Casha, will be out in June. And the English Roses Collection has been doing well at retail and I am thrilled about the look of the Fall ’05 line which I have just finished designing. It is just another reminder to always look for new ways to be creative and to never stop reinventing yourself.
Speaking of Reinvention, upcoming is the release of the tour documentary which I have been working on tirelessly with the director Jonas Akerlund. It starts out being a film about me and my life on tour and ends up being a story about Humanity.
I am very excited about it and hope to premiere it at the Cannes Film Festival.
Take Care,
Work hard,
Be Brave!

Madonna

source : madonnanation

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