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Madonna News - July 2008

Biological father of Madonna’s adopted son has baby boy

Yohane Banda, the biological father of Madonna’s adopted Malawian son David, has a new child.

The boy was born July 20, and he and his mother, Flora, are doing well, Banda told The Associated Press on Saturday.

“I am over the moon,” said Banda, 33, who had lost two sons in infancy to malaria.

Banda married Flora after the death of his wife Marita from childbirth complications shortly after the arrival of David on Sept. 25, 2005.

Banda and his aging mother, Asinati Mwale, decided to surrender David to the Home of Hope Orphanage because they could not afford to buy him formula milk after his mother’s death.

Madonna, through her Raising Malawi charity, found him at the orphanage and filed for adoption. A Malawi high court judge in May approved the adoption.

Banda said his new son, who hasn’t been named yet, was born at Mchinji District Hospital, the same one where David was.

“We thought of keeping this birth a secret,” said Banda. “But now we are happy to announce the birth of our son.”

source : ap

Guy Ritchie’s denies Madonna divorce rumours

Film director Guy Ritchie broke his silence on Friday over rumors that his marriage to Madonna is on the rocks, telling People magazine it was “fine”.

“My marriage is fine as far as I’m aware of,” the British director was quoted as telling People in an interview.

Rumors have been circulating for months that Ritchie’s 8-year marriage to Madonna, 49, is on the rocks, despite several denials by the singer that the couple are planning a divorce.

Ritchie, 39, who found fame with his 1998 movie “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”, said Madonna had allowed him to look at his hometown of London with fresh eyes.

“I live vicariously through my wife, so I was once a spy and now I’ve become a tourist, and it’s much more fun to live in London as a tourist than it is as a spy,” he told People.

Ritchie is in Southern California promoting his new movie “RocknRolla”, while Madonna is rehearsing in New York for her upcoming world tour starting in August.

“RocknRolla” which opens in the United States in October, is set in the London criminal underworld of Russian gangster and stars Gerard Butler as a street-smart mobster, along with Thandie Newton, Jeremy Piven and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

His recent efforts, “Swept Away” starring Madonna, and “Revolver” were both critically panned.

Ritchie’s next movie is “Sherlock Holmes” a drama based on the English literary detective and starring Robert Downey, Jr., which is slated for release in 2010.

source : reuters

Check out the interview with Guy at Extra

‘Madonna Confessions’ Photo Book by Guy Oseary

Hardcover, 8.25 x 10.25 inches, 224 pages, Over 250 four-color photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-481-3
Release date : October 2008

Madonna Confessions is the first official, inside book on the most famous woman in the world since the 1992 release of the landmark monograph Sex. With over 250 never-before-seen images taken by Guy Oseary and personally approved by Madonna, the book showcases the provocative themes of her live performances–from equestrian to urban Bedouin, and from glam punk to disco fever–and celebrates what The New York Times calls “the sheer spectacularity of her physical form.” Enhanced with Madonna’s short, sassy interspersed quotes, Confessions is a matchless, must-have record of one of the highlights of her career.

Guy Oseary is the CEO of Maverick and Madonna’s manager. He has worked closely with Madonna for two decades. As Oseary was the only photographer allowed access to capture every single concert, this book contains the quintessential moments from the Confessions Tour.

All author proceeds will be donated to Raising Malawi.

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Vote for Madonna – The Greenest Celebrity

Lily Cole, Sienna Miller and Lily Allen are amongst those battling it out for the title of Greenest Star in Playhouse Disney’s inaugural Playing for the Planet Awards which aim to celebrate eco-heroes big and small across seven different categories.

For the coveted Greenest Star category, Playhouse Disney, together with Awards ambassador Peter Duncan, have devised a shortlist of top ten environmentally friendly stars, revealed today. Preschooler’s and their families across the UK are being encouraged to visit playhousedisney.co.uk to vote for one of the Top Ten or nominate one of their own favourites green stars.

The celebrities who have made the shortlist are all known for their green attitudes and using their public profile to encourage us all to change our ways, by doing the little things which make a big difference.

Model Lily Cole makes sure all the companies she works for are environmentally friendly, whilst Time Lord hero David Tennant goes around saving the world not just in his Tardis, but in his hybrid car too, and even encourages others to get on board!

Hollywood A-listers, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio have also made it onto the list by donating time, money and support to a range of green campaigns. Another A-List celeb making a difference is Sienna Miller, who has made it her personal mission to raise awareness of global warming.

UK celebs are also doing their bit, with Lily Allen regarded as a committed green crusader among her peers and Harry Potter star Emma Watson spending time working with the Wild Trout Trust. Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin shows how rock’n’roll can be green by travelling on an eco-friendly tour bus with recycling facilities, while his wife Gwyneth Paltrow has fronted environmental campaigns in the USA to help curb the country’s reliance on oil.

The Playing for The Planet Greenest Star Award Top Ten Shortlist is as follows.

Lily Cole

David Tennant

Sienna Miller

Johnny Depp

Emma Watson

Stella McCartney

Lily Allen

Celebrity couple Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Madonna

Leonard DiCaprio

Thanks to Ruth

Gossip : Madonna and Alex Rodriguez in ‘sex tape scandal’

A cameraman is reportedly demanding L1million for ownership of video footage he claims he owns, which features Madonna and baseball player Alex Rodriguez having sex.

According to the Daily Star the unnamed cameraman is claiming that the footage was shot in an apartment allegedly used by the pair for what the newspaper calls “afternoon trysts”.

Madonna’s lawyers said that they were “aware” of the claims but refused to comment further.

Madonna and her husband, Guy Ritchie, have publicly denied that their marriage is in trouble after rumours that their relationship was on the rocks began circulating.

source : nme