Madonna news - June 2002

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Air to produce track for new album? *rumour*

Source: Madonnapower - 30 June 2002

AIR are supposed to produce a track for the new Madonna album, cliams brasilian site Madonna Online, stating that their information is exclusive and official (no source added). The recordings may start in August.

This means that Madonna will be having a french feeling to her album again, not only working with the french duo but also with Mirwais and composer Michel Colombier.

AIR are used to collaborate with big starts, being their latest work a remix for the track "I Deserve a Better Future" from the new David Bowie album ("Heathen").

Bond director confirms cameo

30 June 2002

BBC reports that director of Die Another Day Lee Tamahori has confirmed that Madonna will be making an appearance in the Bond movie, though only a short one.

Madonna to perform Die Another Day at MTV Awards? / Album rumours *rumour*

Source: Madonnarama - 30 June 2002

MTV is speculating that Madonna may be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in September. The chosen song would be Die Another Day.

They also hinted that two tracks from her up coming CD will be named 'Trick' and 'Unless It's You'.

They supposedly quoted one of the producers saying 'the album would be like nothing you'd expect from Madonna'. We'll have to wait and see.

Boy George denies rumours about suiing

Source: MLVC mailing list - 30 June 2002

Remember that controversy about Madonna suing Boy George over his play Taboo's parody of Vogue? It got huge press, but this piece did not (found on a Boy George web site)...

[Boy] George, in his Express Column puts us right! "Madonna didn't threaten to sue us for playing, rather deliciously, with the lyrics to her hit Vogue in my musical, Taboo. Her publishers, probably on her behalf, gave us permission to use them verbatim..."

Liz Smith about Swept Away *spoiler*

Source: Liz Smith in NY Post - 30 June 2002

Only Time will tell what the demanding movie critics will think of Madonna's latest big screen adventure, Swept Away" (This is her husband, Guy Ritchie's remake of the '74 Lina Wertmuller classic about a rich, unpleasant woman marooned on a desert island with a guy of the "lower classes.")

But you can take it from me, this new 'Swept Away' has a moment everyone can enjoy. It shows Madonna, dressed in a gold evening gown, dancing while lip syncing to Della Reese's hot version of "Come on-a-My House."

As Della sings about giving you "figs and grapes and a pomegranates, too," Madonna catches and discards the various fruits with lightning precision. She camps it up like there's no tomorrow. For die-hard Madonna fans, its a moment to die for.

Love Won't Wait & No Substitute For Love full demos

28 June 2002

Fansite Madonnapower is once again proving to be the new Madonna downloaders heaven! After providing us the full demos of Like A Flower and Gone, Gone, Gone, they are now offering full and clean versions of Love Won't Wait and No Substitute For Love. Love Won't Wait was written and recorded by Madonna in the mid 90s but she rejected it and later Gary Barlow released his own version.

Madonna's recording surfaced on the Internet in bad quality, originating from an amateur recording when the demo was played in Lucky Records in Paris. This time we get to hear the clean version!

We already heard a small snippet of No Substitute For Love at MadonnasAshram, but not the whole version. This is of course a first version of what would later become Drowned World / Substitute For Love. Though the lyrics resemble a lot, the music and rhythm of this demo differs totally from the Ray Of Light song we know. Definitely worth downloading, so check it out at Madonnapower !

Brosnan hints at cameo

28 June 2002

Though it still hasn't officially been confirmed, it seems more and more likely that Madonna indeed has a cameo role in Die Another Day.

Dotmusic reports: "Madonna looks set to further advance her acting career by appearing alongside Pierce Brosnan in the next James Bond movie, 'Die Another Day'.

The reigning Queen of Pop was originally only expected to provide the theme tune to the new film, but it now appears she's also been asked to play a small role alongside 007. Speaking to Radio 1, Brosnan said: "Madonna's going to sing the song, and I believe she could have a cameo role in this movie. I believe I'm not allowed to tell you."

Madonna's acting career has recently been troubled by press allegations that unreasonable demands make her impossible to work with. The theatre manager at London's Wyndham Theatre - where Madonna is currently starring in 'Up For Grabs' - recently quit his post after more than 30 years, because he was "unable to cope" with her excessive requests. Madonna is said to have demanded her dressing room be redecorated and a power shower installed, and insisted a pair of bouncers attend each side of the stage, which she also had raised.

~ All the fans who have seen Up For Grabs have denied that the stage was raised, so take these rumours with a big grain of salt.

MadMax member MadGuy also pointed out this interesting news, which was posted at "Few details are known about the ominous Scorpion Girl. Intelligence reports do indicate that she resides in Colonel Moon's North Korean base.

Furthermore, it was reported that she had been given the task of torturing a British national held in captivity by Colonel Moon. However, the name of this spy has yet to be discovered. Actress playing the role yet to be uncovered". Could it be that Madonna will take this part? It would explain why she needs a special designed suit, as rumoured.

Madonna has a fabulous body, says Liz

Source: NY Daily News - 26 June 2002

Madonna's camp is quashing rumors that Guy Ritchie nixed nude scenes in their cinematic collaboration 'Swept Away' because her body didn't make the cut.

Sources say editor Eddie Hamilton was overheard at a party mouthing off that Ritchie snipped the scenes of his wife because they "weren't too flattering," Britain's Sunday People says.

"They leave absolutely nothing to the imagination," Hamilton is quoted as saying. "We took loads of footage of Madonna completely starkers, but after seeing it, Guy said, 'No way!' They both felt the shots didn't make Madonna look too good — although they'll probably crop up on the Internet in a few months."

Madonna's rep Liz Rosenberg scoffed at the suggestion that the 43-year-old star — whose 1992 photo book, "Sex," displayed every inch of her naked form — has lost her shape. "Say what you want about Madonna, but you can't say she doesn't have a fabulous body," Rosenberg said. "I don't think Guy has complaints about her body."

Test audience not impressed by Swept Away / Possible name change

Source: ITV - 26 June 2002

Rumours have surfaced that test audiences watching Madonna's new movie Swept Away have not been too impressed. In particular, reports said they laughed at all the wrong moments. It is said the Queen of Pop has urged the filmmakers to remove unflattering nude scenes.

The film is directed by Madonna's hubby Guy Ritchie and she plays Raffaella, a rich woman who goes on a yachting vacation in the Mediterranean and becomes romantically involved with a communist sailor after they are shipwrecked.

~ Notice they say her character will be named Raffaella, while earlier reports spoke about Amber.

Madonna's wedding bracelet stolen

Source: This Is London - 26 June 2002

Madonna's wedding braceletA £49,000 diamond bracelet Madonna borrowed from a jeweller to wear on her wedding day has been stolen in a raid on a London store. The 19 carat diamond French filigree bracelet, which was picked by designer Stella McCartney to complement the pop star's gothic-style gown, was among 13 items, valued at more than £100,000, taken in the raid.

The robbers, posing as builders, used a steel girder to smash a security door at Moira's Antique Jewellers, New Bond Street, as it opened for business. They then threatened staff with a handgun before escaping in a white van which was found burnt out in nearby Jones Street. As they fled the robbers dropped a diamond tiara which was later recovered. An elderly worker needed hospital treatment after he suffered a head injury when he was pushed down a flight of stairs.

The bracelet, which Madonna wore to marry film director Guy Ritchie in December 2000 at Skibo Castle in Scotland, dates from 1910. Today Moira Cohen, the director of the jeweller's, confirmed the piece worn by Madonna had been stolen. A £100,000 reward has been offered by a firm of Lloyd's underwriters following the raid on 4 May. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Flying Squad at Barnes.

New program book for Up For Grabs

Source: Madonna Electronica - 21 June 2002

There's a new edition of the Up For Grabs program book. Among changes is a name change for Madonna: she's no longer listed as 'Madonna' (like in the first edition) but as 'Madonna Ritchie'. The new edition also features this stunning picture.

Up For Grabs program book

Madonna no. 4 on Forbes power list

Source: Forbes - 21 June 2002

Madonna ranks fourth in Forbes' list of the 100 most powerful people of 2002, right behind Britney, Tiger Woods and Steven Spielberg. She's no. 17 in earnings, making $ 43 million.

Forbes calls her 'the savviest woman in music business': "The savviest woman in music has a busy schedule: In the last year she went on a 47-show tour, starred in a movie directed by husband Guy Ritchie and in a play in London's West End. She also found time to issue a denial of a rumored pregnancy."

Theatre boss quits over Madonna's demands

Source: This Is London - 20 June 2002

The theatre manager in charge of Madonna's West end debut has sensationally quit after becoming infuriated with the star's never-ending demands and quest for total control. Madonna has been performing to sell-out audiences in the play Up For Grabs at Wyndham's Theatre.

But William Ingrey, who has spent nearly 30 years at the theatre, was unable to stand her and her entourage any longer. Among Madonna's demands was that her dressing room be decorated in pale shades and fitted with a walk-in power shower. She also insisted that her bouncers remain each side of the stage when she is performing. She asked for the stage to be raised by several feet and decreed that large areas of the auditorium be closed to staff during performances.

Mr Ingrey was unable to comment but a friend said: "William was exasperated by all the fuss surrounding Madonna. He had been pushing for the dressing room to be redecorated for donkey's years. When Madonna arrived there was a complete revamp to her precise specifications. William wasn't terribly happy in the job anyway and Madonna was the icing on the cake."

At his leaving party Mr Ingrey told colleagues he was "unable to cope with constraints put upon him to satisfy the needs of the present productions".

ICON merges with

18 June 2002

The website of ICON, Madonna's official fan club has now merged with the brand new As a goodbye present they've posted a new picture of Swept Away.

Sink or Swim!

Meanwhile, announces they received a massive 4 million pageviews on their first day!

Mad'House, the album

17 June 2002

It was inevitable; after the successful Like A Prayer cover and their current single Holiday, Mad'House will release their debut-album which is stacked with Madonna covers.

The tracklisting will be as follows:
1. Like a prayer;
2. Holiday;
3. Into the groove;
4. La isla bonita;
5. Borderline;
6. Papa don't preach;
7. Vogue;
8. Frozen;
9. Open your heart;
10. Everybody;
11. Be yourself;
12. Someone's taken over.

Does this mean they actually have two songs of their own? ;-)

Bond theme is finished, cameo not yet *rumour*

16 June 2002

According to, Madonna has finished the recording of the Bond theme, titled Die Another Day. Her cameo in the movie on the other hand will be filmed on June 23rd, says

Some thoughts on Swept Away *spoiler*

16 June 2002

Baz Bamigboye, theatre and film writer, wrote some of his thoughts after seeing a preview of Swept Away in friday's Daily Mail (thanx to Jellytot for the transcript):

"A humbled Madonna barking like a poodle is something to behold. Mrs Ritchie plays a wealthy but miserable wife - a bitch with a capital B - in Swept Away, Guy Ritchie's £4 million update of the version of Lina Wertmuller's 1974 movie of the same name.

"Adriano Giannini plays a handsome fisherman working on the luxury yacht taking Madonna's character and friends around the Mediterranean.

"On screen, Adriano (whose father Giancarlo was in the original film) and Madonna spark off each other well. At one point, an exasperated Adriano snaps: 'She's a lizard who should be made into a belt, bag and boots!'

"Tables are turned when the two are shipwrecked on a deserted island and Adriano can tell Madonna what he really thinks of her - including forcing her to bark like a dog.

"Guy does a little tribute in the sand to the surf-bon scene in From Her To Eternity and his wife and the leading man romp naked on the beach (discreetly shot of course). They both look very fit.

"There's a fab moment when Adriano imagines her dressed in gold lame singing Come On-A My House, but perversely, it isn't Madonna actually singing, but lip-synching to Della Reese.

"Wicked whispers unfairly dismissed the film as a disaster. An uncompleted version was screen tested in the spring and it scored poorly. Major editing ensued and a surprising bittersweet romance is the result, which left Claudia Schiffer in tears.

"I also caught up with Madonna on stage in Up For Grabs and though her charisma shone through."

Madonna to kiss Bond girl? *rumour*

Source: PeopleNews - 16 June 2002

It's another day, another lesbian kiss for Madonna. Not content with a bit of racy girl-on-girl action in her West End play, Up for Grabs, the queen of pop's cameo in the new Bond film Die Another Day will, according to the New York Post, see the singer kissing Halle Berry, who plays Bond babe baddy Jinx.

Madonna, who also sings the theme tune for the film, is believed to have only agreed to perform if she was offered a cameo part in the movie, and was insistent that her short time on screen be memorable.

Madonna ranks 5th in top-earning list

Source: Reuters - 14 June 2002

While U2 singer Bono is campaigning for Third World debt relief, his rock band topped Rolling Stone magazine's list of top-earning music stars last year. The Irish quartet took home $61.9 million from touring, recording and publishing (i.e. copyright royalties), ahead of rap mogul Dr. Dre, the Beatles, the Dave Matthews Band and Madonna.

The top 50 earners are contained in the magazine's next issue, due on stands Friday. While admitting that calculating the earnings of famous people involves some guesswork, the magazine said it compiled the numbers through conversations with music industry insiders, such as managers, label executives, agents, lawyers and publicists.

The figures are "net" - what's left after expenses, fees and label deductions. Most of U2's income came from its successful "Elevation" tour of North America and Europe, with album sales and publishing providing some very rich icing, the magazine said. [...]

Madonna, who also toured last year, ranked No. 5 with $40.8 million, driven by a reported $20 million to $30 million recording advance from a contract renegotiation with AOL Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Music Group, Rolling Stone said.

New picture from Swept Away

14 June 2002

Fansite Madonna's World features this new picture from Madonna's upcoming movie Swept Away.

Madonna in Swept Away

Madonna for Mae West role? *rumour*

Source: PeopleNews - 13 June 2002

Following her sell-out West End play, Up For Grabs, Madonna has expressed an interest in reprising Mae West's controversial 1928 musical Diamond Lil.

The musical tells the story of a New York singer and nightclub owner who is romantically entangled with, among other men, a violent criminal who seeks her out after he gets out of jail.

A film version of the play, She's Done Him Wrong, featuring the memorable line, 'Come up some time and see me' was written by West and is credited with launching the career of Cary Grant.

The film was nominated for the best picture Oscar in 1933 and cemented West's reputation as a writer for film. Madge, no doubt, will hope that the musical may have a similar effect on her stuttering acting career.

Outtakes from Pop Magazine

13 June 2002

In February 2002 Pop Magazine showed us three new magnificent photos of Madonna. Now some great outtakes of this photo shoot have appeared on the auction website Ebay. Click the image on the right for a preview. (For some unknown reason, the auction has been halted)

Outtakes from the photo shoot for Pop Magazine

Kelly Osbourne's Papa Don't Preach on album and video

Source: AP TV - 12 June 2002

Fresh from conquering MTV with the highest ratings in the music channel's history, Ozzy Osbourne's brood hits record stores today with the release of "The Osbourne Family Album". The album features 17-year-old Kelly Osbourne's rendition of Madonna's Papa Don't Preach, as well as old and new songs hand-picked by the family. [...]

Meanwhile, a music video of Kelly's Madonna cover is on its way, just a week after Kelly performed the 1986 hit for the first time at the MTV Movie Awards.

Orbit confirms new collaboration

Source: UK - 11 June 2002

Madonna has asked William Orbit - responsible for producing her Ray Of Light album - to work on her next project. Alongside producers Mirwais and Michel Colombier, William Orbit has already had meetings with Madonna, who now apparently likes to be known as simply 'M'.

He told the Mirror: "I will definitely be working on her next album but it is very early days at the moment. We are discussing what sound and feel she is looking for but I'm not sure when we will start working in the studio. I certainly haven't got as far as titles yet. I'm very much looking forward to working with her again though."

The album is expected to hit the shelves next year.

Bond theme retitled to 'Die Another Day'

Source: - 11 June 2002

The title song to the upcoming James Bond movie, 'Die Another Day' which was previously given the title "Can't You See My Mind" has been changed to 'Die Another Day'.

Official denial of pregnancy

Source: - 11 June 2002

Despite persistant rumours to the contrary, "I want to officially state on behalf of Madonna and Guy Ritchie that they are definitely NOT expecting a child", stated Madonna's long time manager, Caresse Henry. "I'm aware of press reports stating that Madonna's father confirmed her pregnancy, but it is all fiction from beginning to end," added Ms. Henry. officially launched

11 June 2002 launched Today Madonna's official website has been launched at Finally Madonna got a site up to her standards and to our expectations.

Visitors can choose between a HTML and a Flash version, and on the site they'll find streaming music videos, a complete discography (including a reviews section), lyrics, an interactive timeline of M's career, a news section, merchandise, galleries (pictures, magazine covers, etc), downloads (wallpapers, screensavers, etc but no demos as rumoured earlier), and lots more to discover.

Right now the look&feel is inspired by GHV2 but with the use of skins they'll be able to easily change that for Madonna's upcoming projects. Pretty heavy to load, but it's worth the wait.

Taraborrelli updated

Source: MLVC mailing list - 10 June 2002

With yesterday's news that the J. Randy Taraborrelli book "Madonna: An Intimate Biography" is available as a mass-market paperback for just $7.99, we now hear that in the UK, a updated version is now for sale. The new version has three more chapters, and goes right up to just after the 9/11 attacks.

Swept Away postponed again

10 June 2002

Yahoo! reports that the release date of Swept Away has been postponed again. Instead of Sept. 27th, it will now get a Oct. 18th release.

Deep Dish working on Madonna remix

8 June 2002 reports that Deep Dish are in Washington "retouching a Madonna remix". No word if the song in particular is the Bond theme or any other new material.

Bond video filmed next month? *rumour*

8 June 2002

According to a forum member at, Madonna is scheduled to film the video clip for the 'Die Another Day' Bond theme song in July.

No details about the video clip have been made available yet; however, a September/October release date has been reportedly attached to it.

Although this is an unsubstantiated rumor, the time frame does make sense, as Madonna will be finishing her commitment to "Up for Grabs" towards the end of July. And if she is indeed pregnant, a July shoot would enable her to get the filming complete before she really starts showing.

Die Another Day worldwide tentative release dates

8 June 2002

France: Nov. 20, 2002
UK: Nov. 22, 2002
US: Nov. 22, 2002
Belgium: Nov. 27, 2002
Estonia: Nov. 29, 2002
Germany: Dec. 5, 2002
Australia: Dec. 12, 2002
Russia: Dec. 20, 2002
New Zealand: Dec. 26, 2002
Austria: Dec. 2002
Denmark: Dec. 2002
Hungary: Dec. 2002
Malta: Dec. 2002
Norway: Dec. 2002
Argentina: Jan. 2, 2003
Italy: Jan. 31, 2003

Madonna backs Crusaid charity walk

Source: Playbill - 6 June 2002

A pair of the West End's hardest-to-get tickets (for Madonna in Up for Grabs) are on offer to whomever raises the most money in a sponsored walk for AIDS organized by long-standing AIDS charity Crusaid. Numerous other prizes are also available for those who raise significant amounts of money on the day.

Madonna on one of the banners during the Aidswalk in NY

The ten-kilometer walk begins on the South Bank of the Thames at the Royal Festival Hall and ends at the parade ground of the Honorable Artillery Company (one of the country's oldest regiments) in the City of London.

The walk, which will take place on June 23, has been supported by Madonna, who is a patron of the charity, as is Dame Judi Dench. Called "Walk For Life," the purpose of the walk is to raise awareness of AIDS, and the fact that, despite vast improvements in drug treatment (though this is a case of suppression rather than cure), the disease has not gone away, and is ravaging much of Africa.

AIDS had a devastating effect on the theatrical community in New York in the 1980's and also took its toll — though less dramatically — in London, so the West End has always been closely associated with AIDS charities, and with Crusaid in particular.

~ Madonna also showed her support on the May 19th Aidswalk in New York, by appearing on banners, cardboards and flyers, expressing her sympathy.

More on Wonderland theme

5 June 2002

While working with William Orbit during the Music recording sessions, Madonna was contacted by her friend Peter Berg who asked them to compose and produce the theme for his short-lived ABC television series Wonderland.

Although most of us have heard the theme on MP3, a little bit more information about the track has come to my attention. The following is an excerpt taken from an interview with director Randall Balsmeyer who created the show's unique opening sequence:

"Peter wanted the show to feel uplifting and hopeful despite its subject matter; while the environment and the predicaments of the characters are sometimes grim, 'Wonderland' shows people trying to help society and comprehend the mysteries of the human mind. He wanted to make sure that the title sequence had the same positive aspect; even though individual images might be unrecognizable, viewers would come away with the feeling there was a ray of hope in spite of the insanity.

The score is another important element of the open. We were looking for a very organic, human sound that would reinforce the uplifting feeling of the open. Peter personally called Madonna and asked her to work on the title track, which she agreed to produce. We went back and forth over several weeks revising our edit as the track was completed to match the music with the images. We wanted them to have a common ground and punctuate each other; when the music was fluid, for example, we would reflect that with a fluid presentation of images rather than a rapidly-cut sequence."

To read the complete article about the Wonderland show and watch some opening sequences, go to Postindustry.

~ The Wonderland theme can also be heard in the Mad-Eyes intro.

Is she or isn't she?

Source: Launch - 4 June 2002

Madonna's family needs to start signing non-disclosure forms. Her father Tony Ciccone has said that the music icon is pregnant again. Not surprisingly, Madonna's publicity machine is denying the story. "It's completely not true," a rep from Liz Rosenberg Public Relations told Launch.

However, during an interview with the U.K. tabloid The People, Mr. Ciccone let slip, "We are very excited that she is expecting again. It is always exciting when your children have children." However, the 70-year-old father of the "Material Mom" also commented, "I don't know if Madonna's child is a boy or a girl yet, we just want it to be healthy."

Apparently realizing he'd already said too much, Mr. Ciccone refused to give any more details: "It's an area I can't really talk about, we just want it (to) be healthy. Look, this is stuff I can't go into. Of course it's an exciting time, we were delighted when we heard, but I can't talk about it." to offer rare demos for download? *rumour*

3 June 2002

Rumour has it that when finally relaunches, Madonna will be offering her fans some very rare material - including demos and previously unreleased songs from her extensive catalogue.

Mad Donna does it again

3 June 2002

Mad Donna who surprisingly scored with their joke/hit 'The Wheels On The Bus' tries to repeat their success with a remake of the children's song Hush Little Baby set on the tune of Don't Tell Me.

Kelly Osbourne performs Papa Don't Preach

Source: Reuters Picture - 3 June 2002

Kelly Osbourne performs her cover of Madonna's Papa Don't Preach during the 2002 MTV Movie Awards taping June 1, 2002 in Los Angeles. The MTV Awards show will be telecast June 6 in the United States.

Kelly Osbourne performs Papa Don't Preach

~ The second picture looks like a funny reference to Madonna's shirts and guitar strap at the Drowned World Tour!

Kelly Osbourne performs Papa Don't Preach

Real-life 'All The Way Mae' dies

Source: PasadenaStarNews - 3 June 2002

Faye Dancer, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the movie A League of Their Own, has died. She was 77. Dancer died May 22 after breast cancer surgery at UCLA Medical Center, a former teammate and lifelong friend said Friday.

"She was a great all-around ballplayer," said Lavonne "Pepper" Paire Davis, who served as technical adviser on A League of Their Own and was a model for Geena Davis' character. The character "All the Way Mae," played by Madonna in the 1992 movie, was inspired by Dancer.

Madonna to buy and destroy Howson's portraits? *rumour*

Source: - 3 June 2002

Madonna is so unhappy with two nude portraits of her by Scots artist Peter Howson that she may buy them herself just so she can destroy them. The paintings are on sale for £120,000 and £150,000 at an art fair at London's Olympia next week.

Madonna's dad says she's pregnant *rumour*

Source: Ananova - 2 June 2002

Madonna's father says she's pregnant. Tony Ciccone confirmed the news from his home in Sutton's Bay, Michigan. He said: "We're very excited that she's expecting again."

Madonna has repeatedly denied recent rumours she's pregnant. The couple have made no secret about wanting another child.

The Sunday People quotes her father as saying: "I don't know if Madonna's child is a boy or a girl yet - we just want the baby to be healthy."

When pressed for further details, he then said: "It's an area I can't really talk about - we just want it to be healthy. Look this is stuff I can't go into. Of course it's an exciting time. We were delighted when we heard, but I can't talk about it."

Like A Flower full demo

1 June 2002

You can now download the full demo of Like A Flower at Madonnapower ! This demo was recorded during the Ray Of Light recording sessions but wasn't selected for the album.

Too bad Madonna didn't use it as a B-single or as a bonus on GHV2, because it's really a gorgeous ballad!

At Madonnapower, you'll also find a compilation of all the demo snippets from the Ray Of Light sessions that we heard earlier, except that these snippets are slightly longer.

Madonna written off by author

Source: Sunday Mail - 1 June 2002

A playwright has had enough of his superstar leading lady, Madonna. Up For Grabs writer David Williamson says he never wants to see her again after she ends her run on the London stage. Williamson described their relationship as nothing more than a business transaction.

He said was grateful for the huge interest in the play generated by Madge but has had enough of the hysteria. He said: "There's a certain madness about all of this that I'm not used to. It's amusing but I think I'll have had enough."

Madonna just laughed at him when he told her off, said the writer. He added: "She knows she's a bad girl sometimes."

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