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Madonna News - May 2005

Besson begins work on “Arthur”

French filmmaker Luc Besson has started work on his first directorial effort since 1999. ARTHUR stars Mia Farrow and Freddy Highmore, and is based around a little boy, Arthur (Higmore), who turns to the help of the pixie-like Minimoys to help save his grandfather’s house. Farrow will play his Mum, and Madonna, David Bowie and Snoop Dogg are to provide voices for the film’s animated characters.
Variety reports that the film started shooting in Normandy, France on Monday and will wrap sometime in July. The film is set for delivery at next year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The film has already been in the making for two years, and will have cost 60 million Euros.
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“Take A Bow” on a new compilation

Voices Of Love - front cover

“Voices Of Love” (Warner Bros.)

tracks :
1. John Lennon – Love
2. Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
3. Michael Buble – Kissing A Fool
4. Joss Stone – Security
5. Madonna – Take A Bow
6. George Michael – Jesus To A Child
7. Peter Gabriel – Don’t Give Up
8. Paul McCartney – MyBe I’m Amazed
9. James Taylor – Caroilina In My Mind
10. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
11. Damien Rice – Cannonball
12. Ray Charles – Drown In My Own Tears
13. Laura Pausini – E Ritorno Da Te
14. Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
15. Tiziano Ferro – Sere Nere
16. Tina Turner – Open Arms
17. Phil Collins – Against All Odds
18. K.D. Lang – Helpless
19. The Corrs – Long Night

Madonna sued over “Frozen”

A Belgian songwriter is taking pop megastar Madonna to court claiming she plagiarized a tune he wrote with her worldwide 1998 hit “Frozen”.
Salvatore Acquaviva says that several bars of the song are lifted directly from a tune he wrote five years earlier called “Ma Vie Fout L’camp” / (“My Life’s Getting Nowhere”).
“I was in the bath. I was listening to the radio, and thought that’s strange, I know that melody. I said it’s not possible,” he told the RTL television station.
On Wednesday he had his day in court in the southern Belgian town of Mons, where his lawyers argued that Madonna may have heard his song because she met his producer in the late 1970s.
The US diva’s lawyers rejected the claim, alleging Acquaviva was just trying to make a quick buck.
“Just because there are similarities between two songs it doesn’t mean it has been plagiarized,” said attorney Fabienne Brison.
“There are certain artists who hear songs on the radio, see that they are very successful and say to themselves, ‘why shouldn’t I try it on?'” she told the station.
The judge delayed hearings on the case until next month, after some of the lawyers were late arriving in court. In the meanwhile royalties for the Madonna song in Belgium have been frozen, RTL said.
source : yahoo

Madonna on Kylie Statement

I was saddened to learn about Kylie Minogue’s breast cancer diagnosis. I’m so grateful that they found it early. (Yet another reminder for all women to have annual mammograms.) Aside from being tremendously talented, Kylie’s a fighter and I know this is a battle she will win. Let’s all pray for her speedy recovery and send all of our best wishes her way. With love and light to you Kylie…Madonna
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50 most successful music acts in UK

The Book of British Hit Singles and albums is published on May 20. Madonna remains in fifth place in the list, from the Book of British Hit Singles and Albums, with 1,653 weeks in the chart.
The top 10/total weeks on the UK singles and album charts :
1. Elvis Presley 2,463
2. Cliff Richard 1,972
3. The Beatles 1,749
4. Queen 1,725
5. Madonna 1,653
6. Elton John 1,615
7. The Shadows 1,578
8. Michael Jackson 1,477
9. David Bowie 1,459
10. U2 1,402
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‘Lotsa’ Madonna this June

Hark, the Madonna publicity juggernaut approaches!
Her Madgesty has the second week in June booked end to end to hype her new children’s book, “Lotsa De Casha.” On June 7, she’ll be doing an in-store appearance at the Time Warner Center Borders – where 200 lottery-chosen fans will get a signed copy. (Don’t even try pulling out a camera: The most photographed woman in the world wants no pictures. Or touching, it’s said.)
That evening, she’ll stop by a kabbala-themed UNICEF fund-raiser at Bergdorf’s. The hosts are “Today” anchor Matt Lauer and his wife, Annette (assuming there’s no truth to those marital breakup reports).
The next day, Barbara Walters will finally get a crack at her on “The View.” Though Madonna has resisted a hanky-twisting interview with Walters for 20 years, a source says, she feels that all of the moms who watch the show are the perfect audience for the book.
She’ll also appear on the cover of, yes, Ladies’ Home Journal. The former Material Girl, who turns 47 in August, “doesn’t have any prejudice against that demographic,” says her rep. “She’s also going to be on the cover of Teen People.”
source : nydailynews

Madonna came between them

Government infighting has dropped to a whole new low.
The Israeli ambassador in Washington accused Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his wife of trying to get his assistant fired. Why? Because Judy Shalom Nir Mozes was upset that she didn’t meet Madonna when the pop star-turned-kaballah fan visited Israel. However, sources close to Shalom say that the timing of the complaint is meant to draw fire from the negative publicity Ambassador Danny Ayalon’s wife received in April in the weekend section of Yedioth Ahranoth. Whatever the case, the complaint against Shalom and his wife has made its way to the offices of Attorney-General Manny Mazuz.
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Lotsa De Casha & UNICEF Party ?

from madonnatribe : MadonnaTribe has been informed that Callaway and Unicef are organizing a “Lotsa de Casha” release party in New York on 7th of June. The Party is going to be hosted by Matt Lauer from the Today show with his wife Annette.
Madonna will attend with her family and over 700 selected celebrities and industry people have been invited with their kids, some of the guests are : Julia Roberts, Celine Dion, Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Bruce Willis, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Kate Hudson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Brooke Shields, Kelly Ripa, Rosie O’Donnell, Missy Elliott, Sting, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Rosie O’Donnell and last but definately not least Bill Gates. All proceeds from the evening are for the benifit of UNICEF.