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Madonna News - June 2008

More rumours about Christopher’s Madonna memoirs

…Christopher Ciccone’s “extraordinary” story has been the subject of much hype in recent months, with the industry anticipating a mystery memoir.

Simon & Schuster have now unmasked the writer, who has previously worked closely with the singer as a creative advisor for her live show.

“Life With My Sister Madonna” will have a first print run of 350,000 in July and the publishers expect great things of the book.

“Ciccone’s extraordinary memoir is based on his life and 47 years of growing up with and working with his sister – the most famous woman in the world”, they said.

Ciccone and his sister are not said to be close anymore, according to the star’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg.

Speaking about the book, she said: “Madonna has not cooperated with any biography about herself.”

source : yahoo

Madonna’s brother writing biography of his sister

The mystery is solved: Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, is writing a memoir about his sister, to be released in mid-July by Simon & Schuster with a first printing of 350,000, the publisher told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The publisher had been promoting a celebrity memoir for July, asking bookstores to order copies without identifying the author or contents.

Persuading stores to make “blind” orders has been tried before. In 2006, William Morrow offered a mysterious tell-all that turned out to be by Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, who had already written about her. Retailers were angered and the book sold poorly.

Simon & Schuster is owned by CBS Corp.

source : ap

Mike Myers: Madonna my best kiss

He’s had his fair share of stunning co-stars, but according to Mike Myers, Madonna was his best ever on-screen kiss.

“It was terrifying,” Mike who smooched the star during a Wayne’s World sketch, told People magazine. “It was like kissing the Eiffel Tower in terms of how famous she is. And my best off-screen kiss was my mum on my 10th birthday – it’s still my best birthday ever because she made me baked Alaska.”

Mike also paid tribute to his Love Guru co-star Justin Timberlake, and joked that they may even do a duet together in the future.

“Oh I’d love to,” he said. “If I ever get that call, I’ll definitely be there. I think he’s one per cent water and 99 per cent talent. I’ve not met a girl who isn’t insanely in love with him.”

So, with Mike getting stuck into his new self help character Pitka in The Love Guru, will we ever see him return to the Austin Powers fold?

“I don’t know,” said Mike. “It has yet to be written.”

source : metro

Duran Duran accuse Madonna of copying their ideas

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor has accused Madonna of copying their ideas by installing Justin Timberlake and Timbaland as producers on her new album, ‘Hard Candy’.

It’s the same partnership that worked on Duran Duran’s 2007 album ‘Red Carpet Massacre’, which entered the UK charts at number 44.

Taylor said that he wasn’t surprised to see Madonna employ both artists but claimed it was their idea.

“It wouldn’t be the first time Madonna’s copied us. She’s been doing it for years,” he told the Daily Star.

source : gigwise

The ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’ to visit Greece

from Madonna .com :

We are happy to confirm that Madonna’s ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’ will stop in Athens, Greece, on September 27.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 27th at 10.30am, Local time.

If you are a member of Madonna’s Official Fan Club, please note that a devoted presale will start on Tuesday, June 24th at 10am, LOCAL TIME.

Madonna reject divorce claim

Madonna’s publicist has hit back at claims that the superstar hired Heather Mills’ hard-hitting divorce lawyer, Nicholas Mostyn QC, suggesting a bitter feud was about to erupt.

A celebrity gossip website reported the couple may not have a prenuptial agreement, leaving them both exposed to a harsh fight for joint assets, as well as threatening Madge’s estimated L40m fortune.

The lawyer claimed to have been hired has had a series of high profile divorce proceedings including Earl Spencer and Ray Parlour as past clients.

A source told the gossip site that the alleged separation was due to the couple “growing apart” after spending more and more time estranged and suggested the negative media attention over their adoption strained the relationship further.

Madonna’s public relations agent told Metro that these rumours are “completely untrue” and the couple’s eight year relationship is still intact.

Rumours have been circulating for months speculating that the couple might be on the rocks and Guy Ritchie fuelled further gossip as he failed to show up to his wife’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction in March.

The multimillionaire couple have one son together, Rocco, as well as David Banda, who was adopted. Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes, is from a past relationship.

source : metro.co.uk

Madonna pulls film from Glastonbury

Madonna has scrapped plans to screen her docu “I Am Because We Are,” about the plight of Malawian children, at the Glastonbury rock festival in Blighty, according to local press reports.

“Madonna hoped the film could be shown on the Saturday and there was talk of a question and answer session,” a source told the Daily Mail newspaper. “But poor ticket sales for the festival put her off. After talks with organizers it was decided the festival was not the right venue to showcase the film.”

Last year, Glastonbury sold out in about two hours and attracted 177,500 people. This year’s festival, which runs June 27-29, still hasn’t sold out nine weeks after tickets went on sale, and organizers have resorted to selling 10,000 tickets through retail chain HMV.

source : variety

Madonna on UK Charts – 06082008

Albums :
22 (13) Madonna – Hard Candy (Warner Bros)

Singles :
8 (4) Madonna Ft Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes (Warner Bros)

Fans brave weather for Madonna tickets

David Badour appeared worn out and anxious as photographers huddled around the State Theatre box office to snap shots of the Mount Pleasant resident as he stepped up to the window.

Badour arrived at the State around 3 a.m. Thursday to be the first in line for tickets to see Madonna present her documentary, “I Am Because We Are,” at this summer’s Traverse City Film Festival.

By the time tickets went on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday, Badour was at the head of a line of more than 300 people that snaked down Front and Park streets to the Grandview Parkway.

“I’ve been a fan since kindergarten. I have been to many of her concerts, but this is the first time I’ve had to wait,” said Badour, who made the trip north with his brother Cody Badour and friend Jamie Slavik.

“It was definitely worth it. You get to know a lot of people” in line.

The film, written, produced and narrated by Madonna, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring, and roughly half of the State’s 540 tickets sold out in about 30 minutes Saturday. The queen of pop will be at the theater Aug. 2 to introduce the film that details her personal observations on the poverty and AIDS-stricken African country of Malawi. An additional 300 tickets were also on sale for another yet-to-be-named location where Film Festival officials will simulcast the event.

Traverse City resident Deb Korreck, who arrived in line around 5:30 p.m. Friday, said an overnight downpour forced Madonna fans to work together to construct makeshift tarp tents for shelter. Despite the foul weather and early morning heat, Korreck was impressed at how well the diverse group got along during the night.

“Everybody around was like our neighbors. There are teenagers and everyone up into their 50s like me, and we were all hanging out,” Korreck said, adding that she looks forward to the Material Girl’s perspective on the AIDS epidemic.

“I grew up listening to her music and dancing to her music. I’d just like to listen to what she has to say.”

Madonna’s outlook on Malawi was the main motivation for Kerri Finlayson, who recently witnessed the birthplace of Madonna’s adopted son on a bicycle trip through Africa. Finlayson, though, was the next person in line Saturday when tickets for a seat at the State sold out.

“What I noticed was that there were young teenagers that were the moms … and the 30 to 40-year-olds were missing. AIDS just wiped out a generation,” she said of her trip.

Other fans, like Garret Reinhart and Jeff Rohlmann, simply couldn’t miss an opportunity to see the pop star.

“I am just a huge, die-hard Madonna fan, and knowing Madonna will be three hours away I can’t miss that,” said Rohlmann, who came down from Sault Ste. Marie with Reinhart Friday morning.

“She is from the state of Michigan, so we support a home-state girl,” Reinhart said.

source : traverse city record eagle

Madonna nursed Gerard Butler on film set

Madonna played nursemaid to Gerard Butler during the making of her husband’s new film.

The Material Girl turned into Florence Nightingale when the 38-year-old Scot caught a bacterial infection on the set of Guy Ritchie’s movie RocknRolla.

“She was awesome,” said the Glasgow actor, grinning. “She was very, very cool.

“She played a bit of nurse to me, because I got sick in the middle of the film. She turned up with all these medications. In fact, the first day I met her, she was like, ‘So you’re the sick one. Take this, take this, take this.’ “The infection was in my throat and chest and I was really run down.

“Madonna thought the whole thing out and helped me get better.”

source : daily record

Madonna’s Gonna Dress Herself Up In Heatherette

If you happen to catch Madonna’s worldwide Sticky & Sweet Tour this summer, pay careful attention to the Material Girl’s onstage garb. That’s because she may be wearing creations from the collective mind of Heatherette, the New York-based design duo who’ve helped the likes of Gwen Stefani, Pamela Anderson, Mya, Kelis, Pink and Paris Hilton look their best.

On May 23, at the “M Is For Madonna” exhibit at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in Los Angeles, where more than 100 artists from around the globe showed off their Madonna-inspired work, MTV News caught up with Heatherette’s Traver Rains and Richie Rich. They told us they’ve been approached by Madonna’s camp about designing the outfits she’ll be sporting when her tour kicks off August 23 in Cardiff, Wales. The trek picks up stateside on October 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“Liz Rosenberg, her publicist, just contacted us and said that she wants us to come up with some sketches, some ideas and some inspirations for her tour,” Richie Rich explained. “I think, basically, for Madonna’s tour, we’ll come up with some sketches, some inspirations and listen to the album to get some ideas, and as young designers, we’ll come up with what we think is happening right now. That’s why Madonna’s a genius — she picks out the new blood, and we’ll see what happens.”

But for Heatherette, their mission will be especially challenging, given Madonna’s iconic, ever-changing style over the years. They said they’re intent on not replicating any of the styles she’s rocked in the past, but they’re certainly up to the task.

“She already did the cowboy hat, so we’ll need to think of something else,” Rich joked.

source : mtv