Madonna’s follow-up to “Truth or Dare,” an as-yet-untitled documentary about her Reinvention Tour, looks “very likely” to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, to be held May 11-22, according to the singer’s rep. The documentary was directed by Jonas Akerlund, who chronicled her tour and the “new” Madonna. A theatrical release is planned for later this year.
source : mtv.com
A former female employee of Madonna’s film company is suing the pop star and other executives of Maverick Films on claims she was sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated.
Yael Oestreich said in the Superior Court suit filed Wednesday that she was never given a promised salary increase by chief executive officer Mark Morgan and that he fired her in July without cause.
The suit said Maverick Films co-founder Guy Oseary and Madonna, both listed as defendants, “failed to conduct a reasonable investigation into defendant Morgan’s background before hiring him and knew or should have known of his propensity for sexual harassment and discrimination.”
Phone calls for Morgan, Oseary and a Madonna publicist seeking comment were not immediately returned early Thursday.
Oestreich, a former vice president of development at Maverick, said she was criticized by Morgan at a Nov. 11, 2003 social outing as being “uptight” for not joining in talks about sex. He also accused her of sleeping with three agents from United Talent Agency, her former employer, the suit said.
In the months that followed, the suit said, Oestreich was the target of “inappropriate sexual inquiries” and also accused of being insecure when she told managers of the alleged harassment.
The suit seeks general damages, medical expenses, loss of earnings and punitive and exemplary damages.
source : ap
Hollywood actor Sean Penn has only bad memories of his stormy marriage to pop superstar Madonna – he can’t remember ever having a proper conversation with her.
Oscar-winning Penn endured a turbulent relationship with the Material Girl, now married to British film director Guy Ritchie, in the 1980s.
He recalls, “It was a miserable marriage. I don’t recall having a single conversation in four years of marriage.”
source : contactmusic
from Madonnalicious : News is coming in to madonnalicious that these extras are being considered for the Re-Invention tour DVD due out in October/November this year:
– 20 minute featurette entitled: Jamie King: Creating a Re-Invention
– tourbook gallery
– And most interestingly something that is described as 5 Stage Film Features…. could this be the background videos we all want to see? Let’s hope so!
Pop superstar Madonna has come under fire from her fellow Kabbalah devotees, who claim she receives special treatment.
Madonna has been studying the mystical offshoot of Judaism since 1997 and has introduced several stars to the following, including her husband Guy Ritchie and Britney Spears.
According to Pagesix.com, during a Feb. visit to the New York City Kabbalah Center, Madonna infuriated other devotees with her tardiness.
“She arrived late for Friday night Shabbat services,” said one Kabbalah follower.
“But not to worry, a section of the front row had reserved signs on it, and ‘Her Madgesty’ sat in between Monica Berg, wife of Kabbalah Center founder Rabbi Michael Berg, and popular teacher Ruthie Rosenberg.”
The follower claims Madonna arrived even later for the following Saturday afternoon services and was the only person allowed to participate in the Mayim Achronim (Last Water) ceremony.
The source explains, “(It’s) washing one’s fingertips with water from a cup after eating, bread in this case. Not everyone got the bread, either.”
source : southflorida.com
from Liz Smith’s column (published in NY Post) : Kenneth Cole, the handsome, smart new chairman of the board of AmFAR, was out in Hollywood last Oscar weekend. We ran into him at Elton John’s jammed-to-the-rafters fete. But Kenneth, accompanied by his terrific wife, Maria Cuomo, wasn’t there simply to party. He was networking and corralling stars for his big idea – a photograph, which will be published in December on World AIDS Day, of all the prominent scientists and activists who have given time, money, heart and soul to the cause. Mark Seliger is taking the pictures.
So far Kenneth – who is putting his own money into this effort – has snared Greg Louganis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, Elton John and David Furnish, Desmond Tutu, Dr. David Ho, Dr. Suniti Solomon, Harry Belfonte, Sharon Stone and, but of course, Miss Elizabeth Taylor, the woman who started it all back in 1985 when she co-founded AmFAR with Dr. Mathilde Krim. Madonna is in Cole’s sight-line, among others. (Stars who can’t get together at the same time will later be digitally joined in the massive picture.)
Kenneth Cole is working to attract a young, hot star to AmFAR’s cause. AIDS infection rates have risen alarmingly among young people who don’t remember the bad old days, and think, absurdly, even if they are infected, drugs can ‘cure’ them.
from Madonnalicious.com : News is coming in from Warner France that Madonna’s Re-Invention tour documentary is provisionally called The Re-Invented Process and that a premiere of the film is currently scheduled for Saturday 21 May at the Cannes Film Festival. Premieres in London, New York, Los Angeles and Paris are hoped to follow in June.
Britney Spears has defended often-ridiculed celebrity religion Kabbalah, claiming her spiritual dabbling in the ancient Jewish teaching has helped her through some tough times since becoming a married woman.
In a posting on her website on Friday, the pop superstar tells fans the last few months have been trying for her, but her belief in all things Kabbalah have helped her cope.
She explains, “There came a point where not even my family or my advisors had the answers I needed. “The answers I was looking for were all in my heart. Through Kabbalah, I was able to look within myself, clear all the negative energy and turn my life around.”
In the Internet message, Britney credits old pal Madonna for turning her onto Kabbalah and she urges all her fans to take time to pray.
source : contactmusic