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Madonna News - May 2006

Madonna to produce Jayne Mansfield Documentary

There’s no stopping Madonna. The star quit movies after a series of flops but she’s making a new documentary, to be directed by real-life hubby and movie director Guy Ritchie. And the documentary, which follows one about herself, is on one of her all-time favorite movie icons, the tragic Jayne Mansfield – a rival to Marilyn Monroe’s crown in the fifties. Madonna said she finds the story fascinating; she plans to produce the film too.
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Madge will get ’em cross

Madonna kicked off her new Confessions world tour in Los Angeles on Saturday – and showed it will be her most controversial routine ever.
As my snap shows, at one point Madge appears hanging from a cross, which is sure to stoke up a backlash from Christians.
The show, which features lots of rubber, leather and bondage gear, will open with her emerging from a giant disco ball hanging from the ceiling.
She will also poke fun at her horse accident by appearing in full riding gear, complete with crop. Before Saturday’s gig, which was a private show for friends, family and record label staff, the pop legend attended a Kabbalah meeting with husband Guy Ritchie to mentally prepare for the opening night.
Fans were shocked to see Madonna looking the thinnest she has ever been after weeks of gruelling rehearsals for her energetic show.
Tomorrow I will bring you a live review from the official first night of the tour, which arrives in Britain at the end of July.
source : the sun

Confessions Tour Facts

1 Tons weight of Madonna’s disco ball rocket ship at start of show
2 weeks to use up wand of YSL #5 mascara
2 Million dollars worth of Swarovski crystals embellishes above disco ball
5000 Square Feet Size of Madonna’s four stages (standard is 2600 square feet)
1000 Hours rehearsal over 12 weeks
27 Number of Performers including Madonna, Band, and 22 Dancers
253 Massages provided to dancers
0 foundation used on Madonna’s skin
1 bottle of balancing cleansing oil (Shu Uemura Green Tea) every week
1 bottle of Yonka moisturizer used up every three weeks
106 Crew members in Madonna touring party
40 Foot turntable in center of main stage
16 Miles per hour when turntable revolves
1 ‘Discofied’ Crucifix rises nightly from stage floor with surprise visitor attached
4 Feet away from the audience is distance between Madonna and fans on satellite stages
70 Tons of equipment on top of main stage
24 Semi Trucks used to move equipment from city to city
2 Private Planes to transport
18 Vans and Cars to transport
5 Buses to transport
280 Yards of Ace bandages used for dancers and Madonna
543 and counting heat wraps for dancers
200 Tons in weight of entire show (equivalent to a battle ship)
400,000 Watts of power used for run of show nightly
8 Broken bones of Madonna’s displayed on video screens during “Like a Virgin” via x-rays and MRI’s (she’s all better now)
7 Costume changes for Madonna
30 Outfits were designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Madonna and dancers
8 Pairs of shoes and boots used by Madonna each night (mostly Yves St. Laurent)
1 Piece of jewelry (only) worn by Madonna (diamond and amethyst necklace designed by Chopard)
600 Outfits in total for the entire show
25 Racks required to move wardrobe
1 Crown of thorns – 50 thorns (from Cotters Church Supply in LA)
1 Bottle of vodka backstage to use for perspiration stains
24 Inch waist (Madonna)
4 People change Madonna’s costumes during the show
1 Pair of Capezio professional fish net stockings used each night
10 Pounds is weight of Michael Schmidt designed belt Madonna wears during a segment in show
4000 Swarovski crystals imbedded in said belt
34 Clips used to set Madonna’s hair
2 Smoothie brand hair elastics used during show (one blonde, one white)
4 Large hairpins used to secure chignon in opening sequence
3 Hairstyles revealed during the show (chignon, crown of thorns with baby Jesus curls and weeny/disco roll coiff)
2 Products used for hair (Kerestase oleo relax and Evian water mister to prevent electricity)
2 Changes of eyelashes (one mink, one mink with diamonds for disco section)

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Madonna to cross picket line?

Fans attending Madonna’s concert in Los Angeles this weekend will have more than traffic jams and ticket scalpers to worry about — they’ll also have to contend with hundreds of union picketers.
Organizers of the stage employees union have been stirring up interest in a Madonna picket since the star had a dress rehearsal at the Forum on Monday. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has been locked out of the Forum since April 11 following a salary dispute with the stadium’s owners.
Jim Wright, a business rep for the union, says several hundred people are expected to rally at the concert on Sunday, and will urge concertgoers not to buy concessions or souvenirs at the Forum.
Wright said the union tried to convince the star to move her show to another venue, with no luck.
Calls to Madonna’s reps were not immediately returned.

source: tmz

George W. Bush and Madonna most popular people on the web

If you haven’t known it before, here’s the official confirmation. According to “The Pop List,” president George W. Bush leads the popularity ranking for men on the Internet and singer Madonna for women – at least when you count the number of appearances on web pages.
The website claims that the name of George W. Bush surfaces on a total of 315 million pages, while Madonna, listed 5th in the mixed ranking, appears on 66 million pages.
What about the other usual suspects?
According to the list, Bill Gates is the second most popular person on the Internet with a total of 117 million listings, followed by George Washington with 97 million and John F. Kennedy with 82 million. In case you already wondered, yes, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are also among the most popular celebrities on the web: Spears is listed on position number 9 (53 million); Paris Hilton missed the top-10: She is listed on 13 with 44 million web pages.
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is already ranked 29th (23 million) and outpaces Donald Trump (47, 19 million) by a clear margin. At the end of the list we find former Sun chief executive Scott McNealy (457, 2.9 million), basketball player Shaquille O’Neal (485, 2.7 million) and entertainer Groucho Marx (493, 2.7 million).
The complete list can be viewed on the The Pop List website.

source: tgdaily

Madonna Inspired Megan Mullally to Become Talk Show Host

Will & Grace star Megan Mullally realized she was destined to become a TV talk show host when she interviewed Madonna for music channel VH-1.
The star, who plays Martini-swilling Karen Walker in the hit series, will host her own daytime talk show in September (06), after the sitcom finishes.
Mullally says, “It was a weird revelation. It was like I wanted to be a cattle rancher or astronaut, it was so out of left field.”
The actress isn’t daunted by the many talk show hosts who have failed in the past.
She adds, “I don’t think that way. I’m a cockeyed optimist.
“I believe there’s room for everybody if you have the right intent and you’re passionate.”
source: yahoo