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Madonna News - May 2010

Madonna tops World’s Top 10 Inspirational Women List

UK fashion magazine “Glamour” recently released a list of “Glamour’s inspirational women.”

1. Madonna:
Reason:- “Because she has inspired us to develop our sound as she herself has always developed as an artist — and for her never ending fabulousness of course!” Stine, lead singer of pop band Alphabeat.

2. Ophra Winfrey
3. Natalie Massenet
4. Sigourney Weaver
5. Coco Chanel
6. Anne Frank
7. Drew Barrymore
8. Twiggy
9. Dorothy Parker
10. Michelle Obama

Andrea Riseborough is Madonna’s Duchess of Windsor

Madonna has found her Duchess of Windsor – and it’s all thanks to Margaret Thatcher.

The singer has injected some energy into her once troubled film W.E., about Edward VIII’s Abdication crisis and the so-called romance of the century between Edward and twice-divorced Wallis Simpson, by casting rising star Andrea Riseborough, who portrayed the young Mrs Thatcher in BBC drama The Long Walk To Finchley, as Mrs Simpson, who later became the Duchess of Windsor.

In W.E. (it stands for Wallis and Edward), the script calls for the Duchess’s age to range from late 20s to late 60s.

Colin Vaines, W.E.’s producer, told me Madonna was particularly struck by how well Andrea portrayed the former prime minister – and also by her performance as a schoolgirl in Sam Taylor Wood’s short film Love You More.

‘She was just amazed at how Andrea can go across the full range,’ Vaines added.

Vaines told me Madonna’s ‘passionate about making and telling the story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’, though it will be told through the eyes of a contemporary figure, an American woman named Wally who becomes fascinated by the Windsor love affair when there’s an exhibition of the Duchess’s valuables before an auction in New York.

Abi Cornish, as this column revealed in January, will play Wally while Oscar Isaac, the hot American actor, will play a highly educated security guard who falls in love with the married Wally.

(Isaac can be seen on big screens at the moment as King John in the new Robin Hood picture.)

Andrea told me how she and Madonna initially met for 90 minutes to discuss the part when Vera Farmiga withdrew after becoming pregnant.

‘Madonna has read pretty much every book on the Duke and Duchess and I have been absorbing as much as possible about the Duchess, and speaking to people who knew her.

‘What’s fascinating is that this is the woman a king gave up the crown for, and that must have been such a heavy responsibility for her, as well as him.

‘She begged him to remain on the throne – she would rather have stayed as his mistress.

‘And I wonder what it must have been like after the Abdication? Did they hate each other or did they love each other? They were so compelling and enigmatic,’ Andrea told me.

Filming will begin in July on locations in London, Paris and New York, and the script has gone through several rewrites since I last read it and now seems much stronger.

Could it be that I have misjudged Her Maj and that the film won’t be bonkers after all?

Her people in Cannes told me that Madonna has realised that she has to focus totally on the film.

‘She can’t just snap her fingers and things happen, as has sometimes been the case on other projects. She understands that she has to roll her sleeves up and work harder than everyone else on the movie’s payroll,’ I was told.

Well, for now at least, I bow to Madonna.

Andrea Riseborough is Madonna's Duchess of Windsor

Daily Mail / Photo: LFI

Sign Madonna’s Petition for Equal Rights to Love in Malawi

at Raising Malawi.org

Madonna released the following statement in response to a Malawi court’s decisions to jail two men for 14 years for the “crime” of homosexuality. Read the statement, then add your name in support of equal rights.

I am shocked and saddened by the decision made this week by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison.

As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation.

This week, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved.

I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi—and around the world—to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all.

—Madonna

Madonna Speaks Out In Support Of Jailed Gay Couple

Madonna is speaking out in support of two gay men who were handed a 14-year jail sentence in the African nation of Malawi, the same country where two of her children were born.

According to the Associated Press, two gay men, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, were sentenced to 14 years in prison, including hard labor, simply because they are homosexual. The men were arrested in December after they celebrated their engagement with a party, the AP reports.

Madonna, whose two youngest children, David and Mercy, were adopted from Malawi, spoke out harshly against the Malawian court’s decision, saying, “I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison. As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation. Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved. I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi – and around the world – to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all.”

Also Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama’s Press Secretary released a statement, which read, “The United States strongly condemns the conviction and harsh sentencing of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga in Malawi. The criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity is unconscionable, and this case mars the human rights record of Malawi. We urge Malawi and all countries to stop using sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for arrest, detention, or execution.”

ET

Have Some More – Live from Budapest – Book by Akos

A new photo book documenting a 2009 leg of Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour:
Format: 21x30cm
100 Pages (Full Color) with 6 different chapters:
1. All Right Budapest!
2. She’s not me
3. Hungary loves you
4. F*ck the rain
5. Sound check in Hungary
6. She and me

more info at re-inventiontour@freemail.hu

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