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Madonna News - November 2004

Madonna considers motherhood

Life just doesn’t seem to stop for pop’s iconic queen.
Madonna, three months after finishing her grueling, super-successful Re-Invention Tour, has just published her fourth children’s book, The Adventures of Abdi, and now says that she won’t mind getting pregnant again.
In an interview with People magazine, the 46-year-old singer said she isn’t making any definite plans, but says, ‘I’m going to have fun with my husband and see what happens.’
Married to director Guy Ritchie, Madonna also talked fondly of her friends Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney, who’ve made her feel welcome in her relatively new English habitat.
She seems to be loving writing for young readers, and is currently focused to continue work with them. ‘My focus is to turn The English Roses (her first children’s book) into a world of adventure and inspiration for girls,’ she says. ‘I want to turn it into a film. I want there to be an English Roses column where girls can write in and ask questions. I want to be able to help girls and, in the process, help myself.’
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Entertainment Highlights in History

Entertainment highlights during the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4:
1957: Buddy Holly & the Crickets appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” performing “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue.”
1969: Simon & Garfunkel’s first TV special aired.
1973: The Who spent the night in a jail in Montreal, Canada, after causing $6,000 worth of damage to a hotel room.
1980: The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced they wouldn’t re-form after the death of drummer John Bonham.
1982: Pop star Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was released.
1989: Actress Jane Fonda and California Assemblyman Tom Hayden filed separate petitions for divorce. Both said the split, after 16 years of marriage, was amicable.
1989: IRS agents raided the Las Vegas home of comedian Redd Foxx, who owed an estimated $755,000 in taxes.
1990: Madonna appeared on ABC’s “Nightline” to defend her “Justify My Love” video, which MTV had banned. The singer denied the video’s explicit content was meant to stir controversy and attract publicity.
1992: Stevie Wonder received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters.
1996: Actor Burt Reynolds filed for bankruptcy protection to reorganize $10 million in debts.
1997: The last episode of “Beavis and Butt-head” aired on MTV.
2000: The Smashing Pumpkins played their last concert, at a club in Chicago. It was the same club where they had played their first show 13 years earlier.
source : ap

Madonna talks new album & film to People Magazine

Madonna gives a revealing interview to next week’s US People Magazine (December 6 issue) and discusses her new album, musical, not having a manager and more babies…The only pic they use is a photo from Wireimage of her from the Reinvention tour opening night party.
On her new album …. “I have to record a new album….but I really don’t like the idea of just making another record. So, Im throwing a lot of balls in the air and will see what happens”
On the musical….”I’m writing for this musical I’m working on, based on the life of Texas Guinan, a woman who was a silent movie star. It’s a good story, but I don’t know if it’s acceptable or not.”
On Caresse’s departure…..”I need to calm myself. I don’t have a manager anymore, so now Im my own everything.”
On Elton John’s comments…..”When I read about it, I was surprised because I have always though of Elton as a friend. Ive had tea at his country house…..Ive had dinner at his house in the city….He was obviously having a bad day”
On being inducted into the UK hall of fame…..”It was very emotional…..It has taken me a long time to feel comfortable in England, Like it’s my home and I am welcome here. And Gweyneth and Stella did a tribute that was hysterical, so I was surrounded by people I love”
On having another baby…..”I’m going to have fun with my husband and see what happens!”
The magazine hits stands tomorrow. Madonna is not on the cover.
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Asian gurus the order of the day for Madge and co

It all seemed to begin, as did so many things, with the Beatles, way back in the sixties. That was when it appeared that anyone who was anyone just had to have their own personal guru, and preferably one who had their own personal ashram in India itself.
The Beatles certainly started a trend because, although people have followed the teachings of assorted holy men over the centuries, it was only with the fabled fab four that celebrities flocked to the call of the various spiritual guides in any great numbers.
And now, in the 21st century, a new generation of celebrities is flocking to Asian gurus for inspiration, as well as for advice on anything from health to fashion.
Recently for example, pop star Madonna asked Sri Lankan yoga master James D’Silva for help and advice in keeping her in the shape to which she, and her fans, have become accustomed.
At the same time, a whole host of Hollywood’s finest, including Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet (she of Titanic fame) have been turning to the likes of Daya Vyas and Deepak Chopra.
The latter, who promotes a philosophy which is an amalgam of Ayurvedic medicine and meditation, is a far cry from the likes of the infamous Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who, whilst swanning around in a white lls Royce motor car, preached sex as a path to enlightenment, thus inspiring a whole generation of hippies. And quite right too you may think.
“The messenger is only trying to be the message” Deepak Chopra has observed. He has also stated that:
“We all have part of Bush and Bin Laden’s souls”.
And no, I have no idea what he is talking about either, but it sounds pretty scary. Far better to stay with the teachings of the likes of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who promoted traditional meditation techniques as an aid to better health, which didn’t seem to do the Beatles any harm whatsoever.
In the end of course, it all comes down to personal wellbeing, both spiritual and physical, so what could be better than what actress (and previous Mrs Jude Law) Sadie Frost is doing? She has just agreed to lend her name to a new range of health foods inspired by her Indian doctor and guru Nish Joshi.
Dr. Joshi’s goodies, called, not unreasonably one hopes, Feelgood Foods, include organic soups and breads and sound like an ideal fusion of East and West. Time will surely tell.
source : ani

London, Me & Madge

Dear Insiders…
Your emails are great…I appreciate them and read them all. I enjoy hearing from old high school buddies, too. The South Dakota good old days.
We have some things to catch up on. As you saw…we did the Madonna thing in England. M and I had a great time. Her books are actually really well written and thought out. There will be five in all…and the new one, The Adventures of Abdi, is about how something good comes out of everything. And something good did come out of our trip to London. Madonna and I actually go out on the town. First we went to the UK Hall of Fame Awards. I ran into Ron Wood (did you know he is an excellent artist? I see a lot of his stuff in galleries) and had a nice chat with Priscialla Presley who gave me a pat on the cheek, which means I now have Elvis’ DNA on me. Saw sir George Martin and backstage ran into the guys from THE Darkness and what’s left of Queen!
Afterwards, Madonna and I went to a local pub and just chilled out for a couple hours. She’s fun, smart, beautiful, great and married. Love her.
Then jetted off to New York to hang out with Donald Trump. I went up to his penthouse apartment (some pad, folks) and we discussed his wedding, “The Apprentice” and of course the bagels and lox I brought over for breakfast. Then it was off to Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Event where we had an exclusive spot backstage. Ran into Heidi Klum, who looks great after giving birth…ran into Katie Couric…who always looks hot and sexy….saw James Taylor, who is one of my heroes — we talked about the fact that we used to hang out in the same places on the Vineyard and Nantucket back when he was writing “Fire and Rain.”
No sooner did I come back and turn on Monday Night Football and watched Nicolette Sheridan disrobe in front of my friend Terrell Owens in the locker room before the game. It was obviously a big promo for the hottest show on TV, “Desperate Housewives,” but it set off a national argument again over decency on network TV. It probably didn’t play well during the 6 o’clock hour on the West Coast…and we know it didn’t play well with ABC viewers and with NFL and the FCC, who are a little skittish about these things since Justin Timberlake ripped off Janet Jackson’s shirt in front of a Super Bowl audience. I have two words for you for the next NFL Super Bowl halftime: Barry Manilow.
Big stuff coming up here on “The Insider.” All the ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ events are on the horizon. I’m heading to Palm Springs this week to interview George, Matt, Brad and all the guys…then I’m with Julia Roberts on Monday. One of my favorites.
We’ve got some huge stuff coming up shortly…but we can’t tell you right now because our competition reads this before they read the trade papers.
Keep writing….
Madonna and Pat
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Pharrell & Co go rock

The two main reasons to catch N*E*R*D live are
1: Admiring Pharrell Williams’ – talents’ and
2: Looking around the room.
The band attract the best-looking audience I’ve ever seen – with women hoping to impress Pharrell and blokes out to impress the women.
As for the music, N*E*R*D’s rare London show wasn’t quite what you might have expected.
There was no hint of the production style he sprinkled on Justin Timberlake. Pharrell, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley showcased a new rockier sound.
Highlights were Provider, Tape You, She Wants to Move, Frontin’, Fly Or Die, Rock Star and Breakout.
Madonna, Craig David and Damon Albarn watched from the side of the stage.
Pharrell left wearing a superb bling fur coat to head to his aftershow at Sketch.
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Madonna wooed by Choo’s sexy shoes

Madonna has revealed that Guy Ritchie buys her designer shoes to make up for when they have a row.
The 46-year-old mother-of-two said she was once awarded with a glamorous pair of lavender Jimmy Choo sandals after one bust-up.
Madonna also said she prefers London to the Big Apple because New Yorkers are so rude.
In an interview she said: “London is a much mellower version of New York.
“In New York everyone is in your face, even strangers who aren’t interested in celebrities talk to you, make comments about what you’re wearing, tell you to get out of their way, steal your taxis.
“There’s charm in that but sometimes it can be quite exhausting.”
Of Britain she said: “Even the paparazzi have manners. They take a few pictures of you, say thank you then leave. I mean, hello? What paparazzi in America says thanks?”
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Madonna would ‘absolutely’ perform at Live Aid 2

Madonna would love to repeat her Live Aid performance next year – 20 years after the first international concert raised millions in aid of the famine in Africa.
The blonde superstar, 46, would “absolutely” perform at LIVE AID II and recalls how overwhelmed she found singing at the seminal gig in Philadelphia, America, on 13 July (85) when she was 25-year-old and unused to such a large audience.
Madonna says, “If I was asked I would absolutely do it. My memories were that it was a very heady experience.
“I had never played to that many people before.”
source : contactmusic