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Madonna News Archives for March 2005

Mirwais to produce Madonna’s New Album ?

Madonna continues to plug away at her new album, and while questions are rampant about what it will sound like and who she’s working with, at least the latter part of those queries can now be answered. According to her label rep, Madonna’s teamed up once again with French producer Mirwais as well as Stuart Price, her musical director on the Reinvention Tour. At least one song title is known so far: “I Love New York.”
source : mtv

Madonna the movie star

Looks like Madonna may return to the silver screen.
The spiritual girl is being coached by her Kabbalah advisers that now would be a good time to get back into acting in a big way, says a well-placed source.
“There was some hope that she might become the main pitchwoman for Kabbalah energy drink, but then it was decided that now was the opportune time for her to further her acting career,” says the insider. “So they’re hoping that Ashton Kutcher will step up to the plate and pitch it.”
Madonna’s rep dismisses the talk. “I’ve heard this rumor before. I can’t imagine where it came from,” Liz Rosenberg told The Scoop. “Madonna is currently in the studio working on a new album, editing a documentary film of her last tour, working on a sequel to The English Roses, her best selling children’s book and of course busy with her family. I wouldn’t rule out acting in her future but her plate seems pretty full at the moment.”
source : nbc

Madonna In Sexist Women in Their 40’s List

What Makes a Woman Alluring? If we identify the sexiest women in the world, will we also find out what makes all women sexy and alluring? That’s the premise behind a Good Housekeeping study of all ages to answer this question: “What makes some women more attractive than others?”
The answer isn’t their makeup, hair, or curvy bodies. What makes a woman–or a man, for that matter–sexy is the brain because it “generates fantasy, devises seduction routines, and is aroused by sight, scent, and smell,” says Vivienne Parry, science editor of the British edition of Good Housekeeping. “It’s the brain that prompts us to advertise our feelings with the way we talk, move, and act.” Desmond Morris, author of “The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body,” told Good Housekeeping, “In today’s world, the concept of beauty and attraction comes via two separate avenues, anatomical beauty and behavioral beauty. It’s comforting then, finally to see a set of top 10 lists that celebrates not only technically gorgeous women, but also those whose looks subvert the norm.”
To illustrate this point, the magazine created lists of the sexiest women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s.
Sexiest Women in Their 40s:
01 Elle Macpherson
02 Sade
03 Nastassja Kinski
04 Madonna
05 Jerry Hall
source: madonnanation/nestcape

Top 40 musicians who swapped studio for screen

from the latest editon of Total Film :
1. Frank Sinatra
2. Will Smith
3. Joe Pesci
4. Barbra Streisand
5. Mark Wahlberg
6. Cher
7. Kris Kristofferson
8. Eminem
9. Madonna
10. Elvis Presley
11. Tupac Shakur
12. Dean Martin
13. Beyonce Knowles
14. Mos Def
15. Mick Jagger
16. Courtney Love
17. Bette Midler
18. David Bowie
19. Queen Latifa
20. Bob Dylan
21. Henry Rollins
22. Mandy Moore
23. Sammy Davis Jr.
24. Meat Loaf
25. Bjork
26. LL Cool J
27. Dwight Yoakam
28. Debbie Harry
29. Harry Connick Jr.
30. Dolly Parton
31. Tom Waits
32. Nick Cave
33. Ice Cube
34. Sting
35. Roger Daltrey
36. Whitney Houston
37. Art Garfunkel
38. Diana Ross
39. Chris Isaak
40. Cliff Richard

Madonna fires back at Boy George

Madonna is firing back at Boy George after the ’80s pop star blasted her for cynically bilking her gay fans.
George says Madonna’s devotion to Kabbalah is the ultimate act of hypocrisy. “It’s ironic that she’s joined an organization that says homosexuality is a disease that can be cured and no one picks her up on it,” George told the London Times. “After making all those millions of dollars out of gay people, pretending to kiss girls, pretending to be a lesbian! I think she’s cynical.”
But Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, says George is the one being cynical. “There’s not enough room on PAGE SIX to respond to Boy George’s ridiculous accusations,” she told our Jared Paul Stern, “much less list Madonna’s long-standing passion, love, commitment and devotion to the gay community which has not changed for 20 years.”
Rosenberg insists Kabbalah does “not discriminate against homosexuals, nor do they work toward changing anyone’s sexual preference. I wish Boy George would go back to writing songs . . . Does he ever have anything nice to say about anyone?”
Actually, no. George also attacks his former friend Rosie O’Donnell in the interview, a promotion for his memoir “Straight,” just released in England. He blasts O’Donnell for ruining “Taboo,” the much-maligned 2003 Broadway musical in which he starred and which she produced. George says Rosie was too domineering and neutered the show because she’s not gay enough.
“She’s a Pottery Barn lesbian,” George sniffed to the London Times.
“Rosie put up her own money [$10 million] to bring his show to Broadway,” O’Donnell’s rep, Cindi Berger, retorted. “It sounds terribly ungrateful, if you ask me.”
O’Donnell herself responded to the barb in her “Formerly Rosie” blog (onceadored.blogspot.com), which she describes as “the unedited rantings of a fat 42-year-old menopausal ex-talk show host.”
“I am cast as a villain, a Pottery Barn lesbian, not quite gay enough,” O’Donnell writes. “My knighted gay brother called to tell me, we laughed. Georgie boy . . . unreachable. Fame is fun again.”
O’Donnell is referring to Sir Elton John, who is also trashed in George’s book. In the interview, George berates John for singing a duet with Eminem – whom some accuse of homophobia – at the 2002 MTV Awards, noting, “It’s like me singing with Pol Pot.”
source: nt post / madonnanation

MTV on Tour Documentory

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

Los Angeles suit claims harassment by Madonna, her film company

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

Penn: ‘Madonna Marriage was miserable’

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.”
Madonna and Sean Penn
source : contactmusic

ReInvention Tour DVD Extras

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!

Madonna ‘receives special treatment’ at Kabbalah center

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

Madonna in Amfar’s Photoshoot

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.