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Madonna News - July 2004

Madonna seeks new name for Guy

Kabbalah devotee Madonna is busy reviewing potential Hebrew names for husband Guy Ritchie.
The Like a Virgin singer recently changed her name to Esther as part of her conversion to the mystical offshoot of Judaism, and wants Ritchie to follow her lead.
An insider says, “Madonna wants Guy to convert religiously as much as she has. It doesn’t make sense if she’s fully involved and her family isn’t.”
source : contactmusic

Madonna Plots ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ Follow-Up

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.
source : drownedmadonna

Madonna Slane gig security headache for locals

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.
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Madonna has a day out at the beach!

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.
source : ANI

Madonna’s roots ?

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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Madonna’s world getting a little less material

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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Madonna dines in disguise !

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.
source : ANI

New Compilation

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.

Madonna featured on a Reflections Compilation