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Madonna News - May 2007

Rumour : Madge pens anthem for earth

Madonna will be releasing a new song she has written especially for the Live Earth gig.

“Hey You” is a collaboration with hip-hop legend Pharrell Williams and Madge will perform it live at the July 7 Wembley Live Earth concert. She wants the song to hit the airwaves in advance of the event so the crowd know it and it will become an anthem on the big day.

Madonna is being lined up to round off the Wembley show.

There are also due to be sets from Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Blunt, the Beastie Boys and heavy metal legends Metallica.

Madonna has been working with Pharrell on tracks for her forthcoming album.

It is scheduled for release in November and will also feature songs she has written with the man with the midas touch, Timbaland.

source : the sun

“~Filth and Wisdom’ Rumours

Filth and Wisdom is Madge’s first short – at a planned 30 minutes long. It’s a low budget comedy insiders claim will be based on her own life experience.

Madonna has auditioned for actors over the last month and asked for a variety of characters to make her filming dates in London from May 14 – 29.

Among the parts she has created are that of an Indian chemist owner, a Jewish businessman and a failed ballet dancer who ends a up being a pole dancer.

source : the daily record

Madonna talks about her directorial debut

Madonna is making her directorial debut with a short film.

The 30-minute film is called ‘Filth And Wisdom’ and is a low budget comedy which will be based on her own life experience.

In a statement she said: “I am happy to confirm I am working hard on a new project, directing my first short movie.

“While I cannot tell you more about it for now, I am happy to officially reveal its title: ‘Filth and Wisdom’. I will finish this in time to go back to the recording studio in July. I hate to be such a tease, but you know how I am.”

The singer is reportedly working on the follow up to ‘Confessions On A Dancefloor’ with host of collaborators including Justin Timberlake, reports The Daily Record.

source : nme

Cap Madge directs her first film

Who’s hat girl ? Madonna gives orders as she directs her first film – sporting a military titfer complete with cap badge.
Madge, 48, donned the army headgear as she masterminded shooting of the comedy Filth and Wisdom in East London.
She is following in the footsteps of movie-maker hubby Guy Ritchie, 38.
Meanwhile adopted son David Banda, one, was brought on set by his nanny to see mum working.

Cap Madge directs her first film

source : the sun

London charity dinner raises £28m

Bill Clinton made a speech. Prince rehearsed his sell-out concert. Madonna, the ultimate material girl, made an appeal.

The result was the most successful charity dinner in British history with £28 million raised in barely four hours at Marlborough House in Pall Mall, London.

Guests paid up to £100,000 for a table of 10 while raffle tickets were a more modestly priced £1,000. Each.

Guests included Jemima Khan, Bob Geldof, Liz Hurley and Eddie Jordan, the motor racing chief.

The dinner was organised by Absolute Return for Kids, founded by Arpad “Arki” Busson, the multi-millionaire French financier.

At the dinner Mr Clinton, the former US president, announced a joint £8 million venture between his foundation and the charity to double the number of medical staff in Mozambique to help Aids victims. “The world is changing into one in which private giving and private individuals can change the world,” he said. “You can lead this new world.”

They took him at his word. The most expensive lot, a safari in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, fetched £480,000. A similar price was paid for a day on location with Daniel Craig, the James Bond actor.

A ticket to next year’s Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, plus two Armani outfits and an invitation to Sir Elton John’s pre-Oscars party, went for £280,000.

The charity was given a head start with £8.3 million pledged in matched contributions from six hedge fund millionaires.

Each table also had the chance to win a limited-edition diamond necklace of six five-carat diamonds and a further 130 single-cut diamonds set in 18-carat white gold.

Guests dined on carpaccio and tartare of Kobe beef with foie gras and Sauternes terrine, followed by Cornish sea bass fillet with mint oil and lemongrass beurre blanc.

The charity’s projects have included helping with schooling for disadvantaged children in Britain.

The accolade of the most successful fund-raising dinner in history belongs to the Robin Hood hedge fund charity dinner in New York which last week raised $71million (£35.5 million).

source : telegraph.co.uk

Madonna – The Director

From Madonna.com :

Musician, Singer, Dancer, Book Writer, Model, Actress… In addition to the many looks she has created for herself over the past 25 years, Madonna has also successfully tasted many variations of the artistic world by taking each of them as a personal challenge. Earlier this year, she directed the tv ad for her ‘M by Madonna’ campaign with H&M. Today, we are happy to confirm that our girl is working hard on a brand new project, directing her very first short movie! While we cannot tell you more about it for now, we are happy to officially reveal its title: Filth and Wisdom. Make sure to check Madonna.com on a regular basis for more facts and details!

Rui Paes exhibition in the UK

An exhibition of the original watercolors for the book “Lotsa de Casha” by Madonna. See image bellow for more info.

Rui Paes exhibition in the UK

Bjork : “Madonna got my lyrics wrong”

Bjork has revealed that Madonna sang the wrong lyrics on the 1995 single she wrote for the pop queen.

The Icelandic star penned lyrics for ‘Bedtime Story’, which Madonna took to number four in the charts in February 1995, at the request of producer Nellee Hooper.

However, she was surprised when she first heard Madonna’s recording of the song.

She told Attitude: “She did her own version and wrote the lyrics wrong. I can’t remember right now, but it was a really interesting mistake.

“It was something like “Let’s say goodbye to logic and reason” and she got it wrong so that it actually meant the opposite….I was like, ‘Okay…'”

source : digital spy