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Madonna News - July 2007

Madonna faces parenting investigation

Madonna and Guy Ritchie are facing a tough inspection to see if they are fit parents.

The couple will soon be visited by Malawian adoption officials, who plan to conduct a formal interview with the stars, as well as observing them for up to five hours a day over a five-day period. Questions about alcohol, infertility, divorce and infidelity are expected to be asked.

If Madonna and Guy satisfy the interviewers, the adoption process of baby David Banda will be completed.

A source told The Sun: “This home study is a big deal – and Madonna and Guy have been absolutely dreading it. Malawi is a conservative country that disapproves of drugs, alcohol, divorce and cheating. These assessments are very gruelling and many couples don’t pass.”

source : digitalspy

Rupert Everett defends Madonna’s adoption

Rupert Everett has defended Madonna’s decision to adopt a Malawian baby.

The “~Hung Up’ star was forced to battle an onslaught of criticism when she adopted her son David Banda last October.

However, Everett, who starred alongside Madonna in the 2000 romantic comedy The Next Big Thing, insisted that the 48-year-old pop star was condemned unfairly, saying: “I think (Madonna’s) been given a really rough deal about it. I think it’s outrageous how she has been treated.

“Adopting a kid is adopting a kid. It’s great. There’s no question that it’s better for him to be growing up in Madonna’s family than in a Malawian orphanage.”

Earlier today it emerged that Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie will face a five-day parenting assessment from Malawian adoption officials.

source : digitalspy

Liz Rosenberg on Madonna’s documentory about Malawi ?

Pop superstar Madonna has been devoting time between motherhood, music and movies to a new documentary about Malawi. The Material Girl singer adopted son David Banda from the African country in October 2006, and was so inspired by her visit to the country she immediately started filming a short movie about the problems people face there.

Her spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg tells The Scoop, “She’s been working on it for a year. Very intense. And profoundly sad – not for the faint of heart. She did an amazing job, I must say.” As well as the documentary, Rosenberg confirms Madonna has also been working on new tracks with Justin Timberlake, whose London concert she recently tried to attend incognito before being mobbed by fans.

source : contactmusic

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Eugene Hunz on Filth and Wisdom and Madonna

Speaking prior to Saturday’s climate-change awareness concert, Gogol Bordello star Eugene Hutz spoke about his role in Madonna’s movie directorial debut as a character called A.K., who is apparently based on his own personality.

Hutz said: “I think [Madonna] was fantastic. She’s such a dynamic force. You can always measure a director by how specific he is or she is, and she was very specific.

“She had very energetic visions but at the same time there was a lot of room for me to do my own thing,” he told Billboard.

“It was super fun and perfectly respectable, and it ended up being quite a collaborative project,” explained Hutz about the movie, which is expected to debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Filth & Wisdom lasts 45 minutes and also stars Richard E. Grant and Stephen Graham. It is unclear if Madonna actually appears on-camera.

Gogol Bordello’s new album, Super Taranta!, is released tomorrow.

source : yahoo

Meighan : ‘Marry me Madonna’

Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan was so thrilled with Madonna’s sexy show at Saturday’s Live Earth concert he wants to marry the singer.

The British rocker admits he got “overexcited” during the 48-year-old’s set at the London show, where she came out in a spandex cat suit and gyrated with a speaker during the song Hung Up.

Meighan, 26, says, “Ooh, Madonna’s thighs! She reminds me of my old dance teacher, who I used to have a crush on. Who didn’t have a huge crush on Madonna when they were a kid? “I’d marry her. If she came for me, I really would.”

source : pr-inside

Madonna is queen of the earth – The Sun Review

Madonna was the queen of Live Earth.

She followed rock greats the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and even Spinal Tap at Wembley and lifted the crowd to another level. In skin-tight gear she demanded: “If you want to save the planet, let me see you jump.”?

And the crowd followed Her Madgesty’s lead and went wild.

The day’s message may have been all about saving energy but the audience threw every last drop of theirs into the night’s finale.

source : the sun

Live Earth London Wraps With Madonna Spectacular – Billboard Review

Live Earth London has drawn to a close with a spectacular headline set from Madonna. The queen of pop, an adopted Londoner, turned each song into a show-stopper in a vintage performance. She was backed by a choir for “Hey You” (written especially for Live Earth), rocked out on guitar with robotic dancers for “Ray of Light” and was joined by members of gypsy punks Gogol Bordello for a crazed hoedown version of “La Isla Bonita.”

She also took time to thank Live Earth organizers Al Gore and Kevin Wall “for giving the world the wake-up call it so badly needs.” The set closed with her U.K. No. 1 “Hung Up,” turning a packed Wembley Stadium into the world’s biggest disco, before Madonna handed over to New York to carry on the festivities.

source : billboard.com

Light Of Madge Dazzles – Sunday Mirror Review

Brilliant Madonna blew every one else off the stage … closing with a finale that was just mind-blowing.

Her Madgesty opened with Hey You, then picked up a guitar for Ray Of Light.

She was joined by gipsy punks Gogel Bordello for La Isla Bonita and finished with a long version of Hung Up.
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I got more out of breath than her.

And I hope that I can get away with leather trousers when I’m nearly 50.

The Material Girl wasn’t too worried about material things yesterday. Her Madgesty, Madonna, made do with a tiny changing cubicle to prepare for her finale.

My heart went out to Thandie Newton after a link to ex-vice president Al Gore failed. She said: “I’ve always wanted to stand in front of two billion people with nothing to say.”

source : sundaymirror.co.uk

Madonna leads the pack as climate change turns chic – Guardian Review

…The night, however, belongs to Madonna. If Live Earth is a spectacle as much as a wake-up call, pop’s queen bee has the massed children’s choirs, dancers and carbon-quota-busting light show to make Live Earth historic.

Her progress from Material Girl to planet custodian has been an unlikely one – not least because it involves Gogol Bordello playing ‘La Isla Bonita’ at punk speed tonight. But perhaps Live Earth’s most potent message is that if Madonna – one of pop’s most inveterate megalomaniacs – can give a stuff about the future of the planet, than so can we.

source : guardian.co.uk

Madonna gets 2 billion feet tapping – Yahoo Music Review

Wearing a below-the-knee puff-sleeved dress, matching knee-length leggings and black patent Mary-Janes, the star of the show, Madonna, took to the stage for her performance of Hey You where she was joined by a choir of schoolchildren.

She then strummed an electric guitar to Ray of Light before bursting into La Isla Bonita accompanied by cult New York Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello

Madonna thanked Al Gore, the brainchild of the nine concerts across the globe, “for giving the world the wake-up call it so badly needs and for starting an avalanche of awareness that we are running out of time”.

She said: “Lets hope tonight’s concert and the concerts going on around the world are not just about entertainment but starting a revolution around the world. If you want to save the planet let me see you jump.”

The Material Girl singer closed the London event with a blistering rendition of her disco hit Hung Up.

source : yahoo