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Madonna News - January 2007

Madonna defends O’Donnell in Trump flap

In her first-ever live TODAY interview, the pop princess discusses new motherhood, her new movie, and sticks up for her friend Rosie
On this morning’s TODAY, Madonna became the latest celebrity to weigh in on the Donald Trump-Rosie O’Donnell feud.
“People are giving Rosie a hard time. I wish they’d stop, I don’t think it’s fair” the singer told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira in her first-ever live interview on the morning show. The pop star said she first heard about the flap while on vacation in the Indian Ocean and immediately sent O’Donnell an email. The two have been good friends since they starred in 1992’s “A League of Their Own.”
“I don’t know exactly the context of what she said,” Madonna told Vieira Thursday morning. “I have to hear it from the horse’s mouth. She’s a standup comic. All standup comics talk about provocative things in their monologues before shows.”

The pop icon’s remarks came during a wide-ranging interview that was delayed because the international superstar was late (she blamed it on her hair). Showing up without a coat because she was told about last week’s unseasonably warm weather in New York, Madonna spoke about the latest developments in her own life including the child she adopted and a new movie.
Madonna was in New York promoting her latest project, providing the voice of the beautiful Princess Selenia in the new animated feature “Arthur and the Invisibles.” Later in the day she was scheduled to host special screenings of the movie at two city charter schools.
The 48-year-old singer didn’t discuss the headline-grabbing controversy surrounding her planned adoption of David Banda, a one-year-old boy from the impoverished African nation of Malawi. She also steered clear of any reference to Angelina Jolie’s remarks about the adoption in a French gossip magazine. A furious Jolie has since told People magazine that her remarks were twisted.
Early last year, Madonna founded “Raising Malawi,” an orphan care initiative to help Malawi’s estimated one million orphans.

In an interview with Vieira that aired on TODAY in November, Madonna said all the attention on David’s adoption was actually a blessing. “Now people know about Malawi. Now people know about the orphans there. And now David’s home.”
In today’s interview, the singer said that family life with three kids is “amazing” and that her daughter Lourdes, 10, babysits for David. (She also has a son Rocco, 6, with husband Guy Ritchie.)
Madonna said she enjoyed her role of “Arthur and the Invisibles,” in which she co-stars along with the voices of Robert De Niro, Jimmy Fallon, David Bowie, Mia Farrow, because it was a departure from fans’ image of her.
“They perceive me as a queen, not a princess,” Madonna joked. “And I don’t normally fall in love with 10-year-olds.”
The first animated feature by filmmaker Luc Besson (“La Femme Nikita,” “The Fifth Element”) is about a boy who sets out to save his family home from real estate developers after his grandfather disappears. Arthur discovers that he must follow his grandfather’s clues to a vast treasure, and unlock the gateway to a new world filled with mysterious little people whose help he must enlist.
Madonna’s character is one of the tiny people who help Arthur. Madonna herself has penned critically acclaimed children’s books, including “The Adventures of Abdi,” “The English Roses,” and “Lotsa de Casha.”
Of her role she said: “I play a princess, which is new for me. I just loved the idea of playing a character where I can create a fantasy world that has nothing to do with who I am, or what people associate with me.”
At the start of the interview at 8:39 a.m. ET, Madonna waved at the crowd outside the TODAY studio and asked “Why are they up so early?”? She said she had so far avoided a live interview on TODAY because “I don’t like getting up and talking to people this early.”? She said she agreed to come on the show at the behest of the film’s producer.
“I saw my career flashing before my eyes when they said you weren’t here,” Vieira told Madonna, when the star hadn’t arrived at the studio quite in time for the planned 8:35 a.m. spot.
“I’m always seeing my career flash before my eyes,”? Madonna said of her chronic lateness.
When asked about her friendship with Britney Spears, with whom she shared an infamous kiss at the 2003 Grammys, Madonna said the two have drifted apart. “We shared a kiss and I never saw her again. That’s how it goes in my life,”? the singer joked.
After the interview Madonna headed outside to the plaza to greet fans.
Madonna, who lives mainly in England, told Vieira that she misses New York City. “I keep telling my husband I want to come back here and I want to live here,”? she said.
source : today

Madonna’s representative denies Jolie spat

Madonna’s longtime representative Liz Rosenberg insists there is no tension between the pop star and Angelina Jolie because of comments the actress made about the singer to a French magazine.
Jolie was quoted in Gala magazine reportedly criticising Madonna’s decision to adopt one-year-old David banda from Malawi because there are no clear legal procedures. Ironically, it was Jolie’s boyfriend Brad Pitt who encouraged the Hung Up singer and husband Guy Ritchie to adopt when the two couples dined together last year.
But Rosenberg has hit out at reports of friction, telling American publication Us Weekly, “I doubt Madonna is aware of Angelina’s comments, and I don’t think Angelina said anything bad.
“True, it might have been easier had Madonna adopted a child from another country, but Madonna doesn’t shy away from things because they are difficult.”
Jolie issued a statement on Monday clarifying her statements to the magazine, saying, “The article included many falsehoods. I said many positive things that were omitted.”
source: contactmusic

Confessions Tour CD+DVD Press Release

Madonna’s record breaking Confessions Tour filmed at London’s Wembley Arena during her worldwide sold-out 25-City run in 2006 is scheduled to be released as a DVD/CD on sale January 30th, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Records.
The highest-grossing tour ever by a female artist, “The Confessions Tour – Live from London” DVD, first broadcast on NBC last November, includes songs that span the course of Madonna’s extraordinary career. “Like A Virgin,” “Hung Up,” “Erotica” and “Music” are just a few of the hits that can be seen on the DVD and heard on the bonus CD included in the package as well as several songs from her “Confessions On A Dance Floor” CD which debuted at No. 1 in 29 countries. In addition, “The Confessions Tour” DVD includes bonus footage, which did not appear on the broadcast, including Madonna’s early classic hit “Lucky Star” as well as the full unedited version of the controversial performance of “Live To Tell.” The “Confessions” DVD will have never before seen rehearsal footage and a unique photo gallery. The DVD was directed by Jonus Akerlund. The show was directed for the stage by Jamie King. Musical Director was Stuart Price.

‘The Confessions Tour – Live from London’ CD/DVD”The pop spectacle of the year — a politically charged combination of Cirque du Soleil, performance-art commentary and dance party explosion that more or less sums up everything she has been striving to say and show this decade… it’s quite possibly the best production she’s ever concocted,” raved the Orange County Register in their review of Madonna’s show.
Madonna is scheduled to appear on tomorrow’s (January 11th) airing of “The Late Show with David Letterman,” make a live appearance on the “Today” Show and “Live with Regis and Kelly” — to promote the film, “Arthur and The Invisibles” — and will also host a screening of the film in Tribecca.
“I want to turn the world into one big dance floor,” claimed the Material Girl when The Confessions Tour began. Now, the singer, songwriter, video visionary, designer, producer, children’s book author and artist, who has enthralled millions of fans all over the world and has sold 200 million plus CDs, is extending that commitment to the living rooms of the world.
source : marketwire / warner bros

Gwen Stefani modelled career after Madonna

Gwen Stefani insists there is no bad blood between her and Madonna and freely admits she has used the pop superstar as a role model throughout her career.
The What You Waiting Fizor singer admits the two have much in common, including Italian-American heritage and British husbands. She tells the US edition of Elle magazine, ‘It is weird that we have all of these similarities. Madonna’s had us over for dinner and stuff, and she’s always been very nice to me.’
Stefani admits the Hung Up singer seemed less-than-impressed when she first mentioned she was recording a solo album featuring dance tunes. She adds, ‘I remember telling Madonna I was going to do an ’80s dance record and she rolled her eyes, because I think when you’ve lived through it like she did, she’s like, ‘Whatever.’ But a lot of my influence came from her early work, like directly, like a Xerox.’
source : contactmusic

Angelina Jolie comments on Madonna’s adoption

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has said she was shocked by attacks on Madonna over her adoption of a Malawian boy, but said she would only take a child from a country where the rules on adoption are clearly defined.
Madonna’s adoption of the boy last year led some right groups in Malawi to question whether the American pop star had used her celebrity to bypass laws governing the adoption of Malawians by foreigners — an argument denied by her lawyers.
“I was horrified by the attacks against her,” Jolie, who has two adopted children herself, told French magazine Gala.
But Jolie added that she would have steered clear of adoption from a country like Malawi.
“Madonna knew the situation in Malawi … In this country, there is not really a legal framework for adopting. Personally, I prefer staying on the right side of the law. I would never bring back a child from a country where adoption is illegal.”
Jolie and actor Brad Pitt have formed one of Hollywood’s most glamorous families with baby daughter Shiloh, adopted Ethiopian daughter Zahara and adopted Cambodian son Maddox.
Madonna signed interim adoption papers for one-year old David Banda when she and her husband, British film director Guy Ritchie, visited Malawi in October on what they said was a humanitarian mission to help orphans in the southern African nation.
David Banda, whose mother had died, was living in an orphanage and his father — who initially voiced some questions about the process — later said he supported it.
Under the interim order, David Banda was to stay with Madonna for 18 months during which time his progress would be monitored by Malawian officials before deciding whether final approval may be given for him to remain with her family.
source : reuters

Malawi pleased with “loving mother” Madonna

Malawi’s government is happy with the way pop diva Madonna is looking after a one-year-old Malawian boy after her plans to adopt the child last year caused a storm of controversy, an official said on Friday.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Adrina Mchiela told Reuters the government is satisfied so far at the way Madonna is looking after David Banda.
“We have been monitoring her and so far we see a loving mother in Madonna and David is very fine… the father should not be worried,” Mchiela said.
Yohane Banda, David’s father, this week said he wanted to talk to Madonna and find out how the child is doing.
Cyrus Jeke, the deputy director for Child Welfare in the Ministry, said a senior government official has been assigned to monitor how David is faring with Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, with the help of the British government.
Neither Mchiela nor Jeke would disclose whether the official had visited Madonna’s London home, where David has been living since October.
Madonna signed interim adoption papers when she and her husband visited in October on what they said was a humanitarian mission to help Malawi orphans.
David Banda, whose mother had died, was living in an orphanage and his father — who initially voiced some questions about the process — later said he supported it.
Under the interim order, David Banda was to stay with Madonna for 18 months during which time his progress would be monitored by Malawian officials before deciding whether final approval may be given for him to remain with her family.
Yohane Banda complained early this week that he does not have access to the American singer and wants to find out how his son is doing. But Mchiela said he would have to wait.
“Banda will have a chance to see his child again after 18 months elapses because Madonna will have to come back to Malawi for the court to rule whether she can get full custody of the child. He need not worry,” Mchiela said.
A Scottish well wisher last week gave Banda a check of 400 pounds ($775) sterling to help him get in touch with Madonna and get to talk to his child.
Madonna’s adoption of the child grabbed world headlines and caused some rights groups in Malawi to question whether she had used her celebrity to bypass laws governing the adoption of Malawians by foreigners — an argument denied by her lawyers.
The adoption controversy has helped to spotlight the plight of orphans in Malawi, where more than 900,000 children are orphaned and another 500,000 have lost at least one parent, many of them to the country’s devastating HIV/AIDS pandemic.
source : reuters

Oprah defends Madonna adoption

US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has leaped to the defence of pop superstar Madonna, insisting her adoption of a Malawian tot was an “amazing” act.
Winfrey visited Africa herself earlier this week to open a school for disadvantaged girls in South Africa and she can’t understand why Madonna’s adoption of baby David Banda has received so much criticism in the press.
Speaking on British current affairs show Newsnight yesterday Winfrey said: “I applaud Madonna. I think it’s an amazing thing that she did, and it makes me sick that people criticise her, because there are millions of children in this world who will die because no one came to save them.
“I think she deserves praise and applause and not to be criticised.”
Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie were granted interim adoption of David in October.
source : examiner.ie

Gossip : Madonna’s son is hair to stay

Madonna’s adopted son David won’t be having his haircut until he turns three, because of rules set by the Kabbalah faith.
The singer wants to make sure that her 16-month-old son is brought up in accordance with the teachings, which have links with Judaism.
A source allegedly said: ‘Madonna has made it clear that David’s hair is not to be touched at all, even if it grows into an Afro.
‘When the time comes it will be a big ceremony and lots of men in the Kabbalah community will gather round and each of them will cut a bit off.’
source : metro.co.uk

Banda calls for Madonna to get in touch

The father of the Malawian baby Madonna is the process of adopting has asked the pop star for an update on his son.
Yohane Banda has told local Malawi newspaper the Daily Times that keeping in touch with Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie since baby David moved to them in October has so far proven difficult.
The impoverished farmer, who gave his son up for adoption, says: “I don’t have her phone and mailing addresses. All I want is to find out how my son is but I don’t know how I can do it.”
Banda made the comments after the newspaper presented him with a €590 check from Scottish nun, Christine Webster who told the paper she believes the infant would have been better off if Madonna had left him in Malawi.
Madonna and Ritchie are bringing up baby David in England, but the pop star insists she’s planning regular trips back to Malawi, where she has set up a charity foundation, so that her adopted son-to-be will know his homeland.
But the one-year-old boy’s father can’t wait to hear about his son’s new life: “I want to talk to her (Madonna) now and find out about my child.”
But Yohane Banda has dismissed all suggestions that he feels he made a mistake in letting Madonna take his son away from Malawi.
He adds: “All I want is to find out how my child is doing and not to have him back.”
source : ap

Most Popular Celebrities Worldwide in 2006

She beat the likes of Charlotte Church and Robbie Williams to top a survey of the most popular personalities requested by people searching on the entertainment search engine Celebrities Worldwide. Richard Brecker of www.celebritiesworldwide.com said: “The results show quite emphatically that more people were interested in Madonna than any other celebrity or reality star this year.” Her ability to stay ahead is phenomenal – particularly in such a difficult year.”
The singer attracted great controversy over the much publicised adoption of her son David from Malawi and has also reportedly faced marriage difficulties with her husband Guy Ritchie.
It has not been a good year for David Beckham who has slipped from No 4 ranking as the most requested name in 2005 to his current number 11 spot.
Beckham relinquished his captaincy of the England soccer team following their poor showing in the World Cup, has been dropped from the squad by new manager Steve McLaren and has struggled to hold a regular place in the first team at Real Madrid.
But some consolation – Becks still finishes five places higher this year than his publicity hungry wife Victoria
Little Britain TV star Matt Lucas in 10th position proves a bigger hit than his co-star David Walliams who trails four places behind Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, star judges on the hit TV series “X Factor” battle it out at 31st and 32nd spot respectively. One time showbiz outcast Noel Edmonds has catapulted back into the reckoning through the success of his TV show “Deal or No Deal”
Celebrities Worldwide is accepted as a benchmark of celebrity status and popularity and its website attracts more than 4 million visitors per year.

Top 20 Names of 2006
1. Madonna
2. Charlotte Church
3. Jamie Oliver MBE
4. Robbie Williams
5. Jonathan Ross OBE
6. Billie Piper
7. Ricky Gervais
8. Jeremy Clarkson
9. Stephen Fry
10. Matt Lucas
11. David Beckham OBE
12. Gordon Ramsay OBE
13. Trinny Woodall
14. David Walliams
15. Fearne Cotton
16. Victoria Beckham
17. Elton John
18. Kylie Minogue
19. David Tennant
20. Rachel Stevens

source : prnewswire