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Madonna News - July 2005

Rumour : Madonna to produce a movie about Dusty Springfield

Madonna and her quest for movie success continues at a fast pace… but she is now planning to hit the screen as a producer. While she may have been the undisputed star of the recent Live 8 show in London, as far as movies are concerned, Madonna’s star doesn’t shine so bright.
But she plans to rectify this by making a big-screen version of the life of Sixties singing legend Dusty Springfield – who scored worldwide success with tracks like I Only Want To Be With You. Madonna told my mole: “In order to work at the level I want in movies, I have to create my own vehicles. This is a story I can relate to well.”
Not only will she produce the movie, but she’s also hinted that she will take a small role… that of Dusty’s manager. Fans of Musical Madonna, take note that her new album – provisionally called Confessions Of A Dance Floor – will be out towards the end of October this year.

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When it’s too late for lusty, a rock chick can be formidable

Summertime, and the living is easy . . . so naturally American Vogue prints a photo-shoot of the English countryside, showing how the cream of English society disports itself during our brief but ravishing belle saison.
Now, who is this patrician figure, clad in buttermilk chiffon and cashmere, her wheat-blonde hair curled into immaculate waves, laughingly enacting a Petit Trianon charade of feeding her flock of happy hens from a dainty porcelain bowl, while in the background there looms the rose brick frontage of some small but perfectly formed English country house?
Here she is again, on horseback this time, dressed in hacking jacket, breeches and a slightly peculiar pair of boots. Last and prettiest of all is the set piece with evening dress and small children. A flowing silk skirt, the creamy smile of a woman who knows that she has fulfilled her destiny in every possible way, and two angelic moppets, a little girl in fairy frills, a small boy in chain mail, brandishing a sword as big as himself.
So go on, who is she, the girl in the pictures? Matriarch, countrywoman, grande dame. I give you one guess. The hens are the clinching detail. It’s the Duchess of Devonshire, isn’t it? Archive pictures from the Thirties, showing her at the height of her beauty. Odd about wearing chiffon to feed the poultry, but that’s eccentric Brits for you, right?
Wrong. The rose-and-blonde aristo, posing so charmingly with hens, hunter and lovely home is, in fact, none other than the Material Girl herself — Madonna, fetchingly got up for the photographer from American Vogue as Our Lady of the Manor. Fancy that!
Not, it is true, that Madonna’s latest incarnation comes as a total surprise. Between her dizzying variety of personae — the nasty-mouthed dominatrix in spiky fetish gear, the studious seeker after Kabbalistic knowledge, the sweet, Prada-clad librarian of her book launches — Madonna has been offering for some time periodic glimpses of herself in tweeds and wellies as the Country Wife.
Still, isn’t it a trifle rum that she chooses to offer up this vision of herself as an English gentlewoman at a time when the English gentry has never been more unfashionable or more energetically reviled? Do you think she’s losing the keen edge that has kept her ahead of the game for so long? Well, no, of course she isn’t. In fact, I think what she has done is to take a long, keen-eyed look into the future to see what awaits her there, and come up with a wonderfully pragmatic solution.
I’m always amazed when I read the things that fat, ugly, balding male journalists allow themselves to write about Madonna, their fabulously well preserved contemporary. “Menopausal” and “the old girl”, were a couple of the milder descriptions that appeared after her performance at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park. Yeah, right, Mr Love God, and just look at you, I always think, on reading the painfully misogynistic prose of these barrel-shaped boobies.
However, I suspect that the secret of the Madonna phenomenon is a certain restlessness which ensures that she doesn’t sit around fulminating about patronising press but is instinctively always moving on to the next thing, and the next, and the one after that. The trouble is that, at 46, you begin to run out of next things.
However fabulously well preserved, an intelligent woman (and Madonna is certainly that) knows that there is no mileage after a certain point in pretending to be luscious. The result is simply sinister, as a brief tour d’horizon of Botoxed and desperate former beauties will confirm. So, what’s the alternative?
In the States there is no alternative. Unless you’re Barbara Bush, you just carry on getting thinner and thinner, more and more wide-eyed, sadder and madder, until you vanish altogether. You’d think Madonna might have been able to thrive in France, where allure is reckoned to be ageless, but the French are so intolerant of eccentricity (and their music scene is so peculiar). Besides, she’s married to an Englishman.
So, what have the Brits to offer a 46-year-old rock star — apart from an unpleasant claque of paunchy, sex-starved male journalists? Actually, more than you’d imagine. One always thinks of Latin nations as being supremely matriarchal, but in Britain we entertain a long and robust tradition of pale, willowy beauties who deal with the transition from flower-like nymph to middle age and older by becoming Formidable.
Even luckier for Madonna, our version of Formidable comes in an assortment of incarnations. There is Rock Chick Formidable, as modelled by Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull and Jane Birkin, all of whom are quite as much adored now — wrinkles, shattering life experiences and all — as they were in their dewy prime.
But if Madonna is too grand for that slightly down-at-heel form of celebrity, luckily we do a fabulous line in straight-up Dowager Formidable, which might suit her down to the ground. Consider the picture of the 50-year-old Queen Mary, or (to bring the matter up to date) Lady Annabel Goldsmith. Observe the wonderful posture, the ineradicable self-belief, the immense quantities of diamonds (or glitter of some sort, at any rate), and tell me if you don’t see there the very pattern of the Material Girl in later life.
Looking again at those Vogue pictures, I think Madonna has made a clever choice. At 46 she is still pretty enough to conceal the power behind the charm. Catch her again in 30 years’ time and she’ll have turned into one of P. G. Wodehouse’s aunts. Rock chick, bellowing to rock chick, like mastodons across the primeval swamp.

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Rumour : “Hung Up” the first single from Confessions on a Dancefloor

from MadonnaTribe : MadonnaTribe has heard some fresh and exclusive news about Madonna’s upcoming album.
The Queen of Pop is currently in Los Angeles mixing her album with Stuart Price and the first single to be released from the new album is called “Hung Up”. In mid-August Madonna will shoot the album cover in the UK with Steven Klein who will also direct her new video, also shot in August and also in the UK.

from DrownedMadonna : As DrownedMadonna revealed some weeks ago, Madonna and Stuart Price are currently mixing her new album in Los Angeles. We have been told that one of the possible songs to be chosen as first single is called “Hung Up”.

Chris Martin plays for Madonna

Chris Martin played a song for Madonna with his wife Gwyneth Paltrow at a recent party in the English countryside, according to reports.
The Coldplay singer and American movie star were invited to a party hosted by the Queen Of Pop at her home at Ashcombe Manor, in Tollard Royal on the Wiltshire-Dorset border.
Madonna has revealed in an interview with Vogue magazine that all the guests were asked to contribute a song, poem or piece of acting, leading to Martin and Paltrow’s song.
Apparently they were joined by Paul McCartney’s daughter Stella in a rendition of “American Wife”, a reworking of Madonna’s “American Life”.
Madonna said the party was to mark her fourth wedding anniversary. She explained: “Gwyneth did a fantastic rap and Stella sang background vocals and, well, Chris played the piano.”
Elsewhere at the showbiz knees-up, Sting reportedly played a lute, while Madonna herself performed a scene from the play “The Town Wench Or Chastity Rewarded”.

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Madonna wants a travelling show of her costumes

Pop singer Madonna has reportedly hired a string of fashion experts to catalogue her famous costumes she has donned during her career, and wants them all to be exhibited and conserved.
“I’ve kept everything – the Like A Virgin dress, pieces that Jean Paul Gaulter made for the Blonde Ambition tour, all the costumes from all of my shows, all the dancers’ costumes.”?
“My goal is a travelling exhibit, like the Jackie Kennedy show, not just costumes but video imagery and film and interviews and concert footage,”? rate the music quoted her as saying.
However, she has been cautious, and has destroyed costumes that could bring about humiliation, and get her into bad news. “We didn’t want anything to end up on the internet,” – she said.

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Madonna in Vogue

Madonna makes no secret of the fact that she no longer approves of the straight-talking, provocatively posing, attention-demanding sex siren she once was, and her latest appearance in US Vogue is absolute proof. The 46-year-old singer is pictured feeding chickens, styled like a modern day Grace Kelly in pale yellow Alexander McQueen, playing with her children and chatting to her husband Guy Richie on their £9 million estate on the Wiltshire and Dorset border. “I was a very selfish person,” she tells the magazine, when talking about her past life. “You go through periods of your life where the whole world does revolve around you, but you can’t live your whole life that way.”

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The New More Wholesome Madonna? – Shunning Britney Spears’ Immodesty

When Madonna starts sporting Cashmere, elegant but modest Grace Kelly inspired dresses and publicly gushing about her desire to just be a good old fashioned, stay-at-home mother, you can be sure that times are changing.
Even as Britney Spears, who infamously exchanged an onstage French kiss with Madonna the “Material Girl”?, prepares to further stir the tabloid pot by releasing a new “~reality’ series in which she reportedly expresses her obsession with sex, curious eyes are turning towards Madonna’s newest makeover.
In the upcoming August edition of Vogue, Madonna admits regret about her more tumultuous years: “I was a very selfish person,”? she said. “You go through periods of your life where the world does revolve around you, but you can’t live your whole life that way.”? The issue focuses on her life with director husband Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) at their English country-side estate.
“To me, Ashcombe [their estate] is a reflection of me and my husband in many ways, because it reflects our willingness to make a commitment,” she said. “Not necessarily to each other but to the idea of having a home somewhere, instead of living like gypsies.” According to Madonna she has developed a new love for the peace and quiet of the English countryside, admitting her and her children don’t even watch television or read magazines.
If Madonna has proven anything throughout her often-times scandalous and lengthy career it is that she is remarkably, even eerily, attuned to cultural changes. Although in the past the aging but ever popular pop-star rode with, and largely defined the cultural movement towards the scantily clad, sex-selling bubble-gum pop-star, her most recent makeover, to all appearances, is shockingly wholesome.
Many have speculated recently that the sexy pop-star trend is reaching the end of its tether as various stars shamelessly attempt to outdo each other in scandal to grab tabloid headlines. More modestly dressed and conservative stars such as Christian singer Rebecca St. James have been increasingly featured as counter-cultural alternatives. Even the widely popular pop-rock star Avril Lavigne demonstrates this new cultural trend in action with her relatively modest jeans and t-shirt fashion.
It is ironic that just as Madonna’s new-found respectability is receiving the public eye, Sarah Hampson of the Globe and Mail, in a full-length article, described Rebecca St. James as “an alternate pop-icon”the Other Madonna.”? St. James, who has racked up nine No. 1 Christian-music singles has proven that sex is hardly necessary to success: “I don’t show cleavage, and if I wear a skirt, I generally wear pants underneath,”? said the music star in an interview with the Globe and Mail. She has long made it known that she will wait until marriage to have sex, and that attitude has gained a lot of attention and respect with the popular “True Love Waits”? movement. Since 1993 that chastity-friendly movement has seen over two and a half million youth sign a pledge to remain chaste until.
But, even more importantly, St. James has made chastity cool. “Her image is not prudish or sexually repressive, like that a Victorian high-collared, buttoned-up schoolmarm. She is more like a vision of a beautiful, unplowed field, hair wafting in the wind. She is the America that the pioneers first glimpsed, full of hope and promise,”? Hampson continues somewhat melodramatically. But the point remains, that St. James’ beauty (and she is very beautiful) in many ways arises from the very purity of her sexual restraint.
Skeptics will probably point out that Madonna’s new makeover is little more than a publicity stunt, and considering Madonna’s past, that seems most likely; but that hardly makes a difference. What many find encouraging is that Madonna is clearly tapping into a growing cultural movement that is distancing itself from the raunchy publicity stunts of the mainstream pop-icons, and moving towards a more wholesome image that recognizes that there is more to life than sex and money. And women like Rebecca St. James, who truly and earnestly embody that philosophy, are giving today’s teens, who need an alternative to Britney Spears and her cohorts, a model worthy of emulation.

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Madonna Tells Vogue “Gor Blimey, I’m The Lady Of The Bleedin’ Manor”

Madonna loves to change her image. She’s been a young teen rebel, a slightly scary oversexed floozy, the wife of the Argentinean President and a terrible, terrible actress. Now she’s ready to reveal her latest look.
In the forthcoming issue of Vogue magazine, Madonna reveals herself to be the lady of her English manor. And she’s bleedin’ well chuffed.
Gone are the simulated sex acts with black priests. Gone are the pictures of her showing her minge off to Naomi Campbell. Gone are all the swearwords – except for at Live 8, of course. And in their place is the new Madonna (CDs), a middle-aged woman in a cardy that likes to shoot animals. The Queen would be proud.
She’s been married for five years to pretend cockney film director aristocrat Guy Ritchie, and they’ve both settled down to live in their 1,000 acre Wiltshire country estate to raise her children Rocco and Lourdes.
Revealing that she wears sensible shoes and feeds chickens all day, Madonna tells Vogue “To me, Ashcombe is a reflection of me and my husband in many ways, because it reflects our willingness to make a commitment.”
She adds “The last thing I thought I would do is marry some laddish, shooting, pubgoing nature lover ” and the last thing he thought he was going to do was marry some cheeky girl from the Midwest who doesn’t take no for an answer!” Which, as far as we can tell, means “Guy Ritchie is the luckiest cockney in the world”.
Just so long as he stops making rubbish films for her to star in, that is.

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