Madonna news - Oct. 2002

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15 October - DADay promo shots
Die Another Day promo shot Check out Madonnapower for 4 great promo shots from Die Another Day.

15 October - Even worse than Shanghai Surprise
Stick a fork in Madonna's new flick, it's done. The Material Mom's sex-and-sand movie, "Swept Away," has tanked soooooo badly at the box office, she may never see a starring role again. The movie - playing in 196 mostly empty theaters across North America - raked in a paltry $375,000 in its first weekend and didn't even make the list of top 10 earners. It had a worse opening total than Madonna's other notorious stinker "Shanghai Surprise," co-starring her first husband, Sean Penn, which took in $2.3 million. In fact, in the past decade, the only major studio film to do worse was the abysmal 1995 animated clunker "Arabian Knight," with the voices of Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Beals. It took in just $320,000. Yesterday afternoon, suckers who forked over $10 to see the R-rated megabomb at one of five Manhattan theaters could be seen storming out. "God, it was awful. Unwatchable!" said one woman at the Loew's Cineplex Village 7 in the East Village, which had a mere five patrons attending the first matinee and 22 at the second. Screen Gems, which released the film through Sony Pictures, was even cutting its losses, crowing that the film cost only $10 million to make. But even with eventual cable showings and video and DVD releases, it's doubtful the flick can recoup even half its budget.
It's a big blow for the pop queen, whose big hits have included "Evita" and "Desperately Seeking Susan," but whose last flick, "The Next Best Thing," also tanked. Madonna's camp last night insisted the film was killed by mean-spirited critics who wrote venomous reviews. "It's a public hanging by the critics, an assassination," said Madonna's flack, Liz Rosenberg. "Give the girl a break already! Stop being so mean! "I can't believe the level of rage being directed against her. It's a sad state that these critics are taking such joy in it."
Bad reviews and superior competition at the box office did in "Swept Away," according to Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. "Obviously, the studio wanted to limit its release. They probably thought that there was not a lot of interest," he said. A remake of Lina Wertmuller's 1974 movie of the same name, 'Swept Away' is Madonna and director-hubby Guy Ritchie's first film collaboration, in which she plays a bitchy socialite stranded on a beach with a rough-and-tumble seaman. Madonna, who was in London at a Versace show yesterday, wasn't saying anything, nor was Ritchie. "She has got a huge hit record right now that's making her feel good," said Rosenberg, referring to the pop queen's James Bond theme, Die Another Day. (source: NY Post)

14 October - Swept Away sketch
Critics bombed Swept Away, and what's Madonna's and Guy's answer? They make a sketch about it, without taking themselves all too serious. Now that's class! ;-) You can download this hilarious clip at Madonnapower.

14 October - DADay on Belgian radio
Belgian Radio Donna made Die Another Day the 'Taste of the Week', while it's the 'Hot Shot' at Studio Brussel, which means both stations will play the song several times a day.

14 October - 3 versions of DADay video
In the UK to coincide with the ratings associated to the video, there are currently 3 versions of the Die another day video.
Version 1 - The original does not cut out the cutting scenes. When Madonna is being terrorised and cavorting on the wall, you see her stomach been sliced with respect to the black and white Madonna, you see all the scenes and blood.
Version 2 - As Version 1 but with the bloody scenes blurred out, this was as seen on the "Making of the Video" on MTV UK at 5pm on Thursday last week, although you do see the cut on the arm appear.
Version 3 - This version is currently on digital satallite channel "The Box" It has all the blood scenes completly cut out, instead you see more fencing from Black and White Madonna.
Currently the video's have diffrerent "British Film Standards" Classifications.
Version 1 - 15 (15 years or older); Version 2 - PG (Parental Guidance); Version 3 - U (Universal, all ages)
For the TV to be able to show, they must follow watershed guidelines, therefore, from 2am to 5pm - (Only Version 3 can be shown) 5pm to 9pm (Version 2 can be shown) and 9pm to 2am (Version 1 can be shown) (source: Madonnapower)

14 October - DADay soundtrack cover
Check out our Die Another Day page for the cover of the official Die Another Day soundtrack.

13 October - Swept Away is box office flop
It is the film the world has been waiting to see. Madonna, one of the world's biggest stars, appearing on screen directed by her husband Guy Ritchie, should have been an explosive box-office combination. But Swept Away may now be on its way to becoming a Hollywood flop on the scale of Kevin Costner's Water World or Mariah Carey's notorious Glitter. American critics, finally allowed to see the film the day before it is released in the US, were universally scathing. The film studio had done its best to keep it under wraps to the very last minute, with rumours sweeping Hollywood that the film was a guaranteed flop. Today the US critics fulfilled the Hollywood rumour mill's prediction, describing Swept Away in terms ranging from "tawdry" and "boring" to "good only for a few titters", with one warning: "At no point, should anyone mistake this for an actual movie." A remake of a Seventies art-house satire on class war and feminism, the film tells the story of an American " rich bitch" played by Madonna, who makes life miserable for the lowly Italian crew member of the yacht in which she is cruising the Aegean. But when the couple are accidentally stranded, the Italian "rough trade" sailor, played by Adriano Giannini, forces her to beg for help to survive until they become lovers.
The Washington Post and New York Times, America's two most influential papers, vied to be the most scathing about the production. The film "is as awful as you've heard," said the Washington Post, "and as bad as you've imagined". The acting is "laughable", says the paper, noting it follows similar disasters with first husband Sean Penn in Shanghai Surprise and former lover Warren Beatty in Dick Tracy. The New York Times offered its verdict as "soggy and superfluous", saying the dialogue was "leaden" and the love scenes "mechanical".It adds: "There is no credible feeling here, no comedy, no eroticism." The Los Angeles Times described Madonna's relationship with her on-screen lover as "a rough trade Punch and Judy act". Director Ritchie may be in even deeper trouble with his wife for how she appears on screen than for the critical panning. The Los Angeles-Times noticed that Madonna is no longer in the first flush of youth, describing her appearance as "unflattering", while the Los Angeles Weekly noticed "lighting that emphasises every line and sag". Rolling Stone magazine said: " Audiences are likely to be slack-jawed. It's the movie that's a shipwreck." Reviews in two San Francisco papers called it "glazed with a tawdry B-movie scum" and "cheap, overwrought, unbelievable and good only for a few titters". Television reviewers have been equally dismissive. CNN's critic warned viewers to "stay away from Swept Away", while respected film internet site said it "might be the biggest husband and wife disaster since John and Bo Derek made the ridiculous Bolero". The best that anyone could find to say was in Entertainment Weekly, which said the film is the first time since her debut in Desperately Seeking Susan that "Madonna doesn't suck as an actress" or her line-reading "doesn't clatter like broken plates". In the wake of such reviews, the tempestuous relationship which Ritchie and Madonna have admitted to may be about to erupt in another of their verbal battles. (source: ThisIsLondon)
An official press release states that the movie flopped on the box office, making it Madonna's biggest movie flop ever: "Madonna's new romance 'Swept Away' - directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie - bombed with $375,000 at 196 theaters, averaging $1,913. The movie, a remake of a 1974 Italian film, received little praise from critics."

12 October - Bad reviews for Swept Away
Swept Away, which opened in US theaters yesterday, receives tons of bad reviews. You can read them at:
The bad ones: Boston Globe - CNN - Chicago Tribune - LA Times
The good ones: Detroit Free Press - Entertainment Weekly
More at Madonnapower.

12 October - Explanation of M's escape from electric chair
Die Another Day video - courtesy of Here is a little explanation of what Madonna is doing before she is being forced to take place in the electric chair:
The phylactery (leather strips) Madonna wraps around her left arm makes her immune from the ego's desire. Then before she sits in the electric chair she fights against her own ego. The Hebrew letters "Lamed-Alef-Vav" symbolizes the certainty and lack of doubt, she truly believes that she can disappear from the chair and as you can see in the video, she does. Mind over matter. Nice fact; the Tora is written in the phylactery. (source: Madonnapower)

12 October - DADay is highest debut on Billboard
Just as Shania Twain has the highest-debuting song of 2002 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally, Madonna has the highest-debuting title of the year on Billboard's Hot 100. Die Another Day enters at No. 41, based solely on airplay (a commercial maxi-single will be in stores Oct. 22). Die Another Day is the first Madonna song to debut this high since Music entered at No. 41 the week of Aug. 12, 2000. To find a higher-debuting Madonna song, you'd have to go back to the week of Oct. 17, 1998, when The Power of Good-bye entered at No. 24. Madonna's highest new entry of her career is the No. 5 opening of Ray of Light the week of July 11, 1998.
Before Die Another Day, the highest debuting song of 2002 was the No. 42 entry of Brandy's 'What About Us?' the week of Jan. 26. The Bond song is the highest new entry on the Hot 100 since the week of Sept. 29, 2001, when, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the U.S., Lee Greenwood's 'God Bless the U.S.A.' debuted at No. 16. (source: Billboard, thanx to MadMax)

12 October - Technical details of DADay video
Die Another Day, Madonna's music video associated with the 20th installment of the James Bond motion picture franchise (also called 'Die Another Day'), received a comprehensive visual effects and post-production workover at London's Moving Picture Company. The single premiered on MTV on October 10 and is scheduled for release on October 22. The MPC team also provided visual effects services for key sequences in the film, which opens in the United States on November 22.
The Die Another Day music video/promo was directed by Traktor and shot by director of photography Harris Savides in Los Angeles. The video depicts Madonna going through some Bond-related travails in a torture chamber of ill repute. The prison shots are intercut with a ferocious fencing duel between a good "M" (clad in white) and an evil "M" (clad in black). Wounds inflicted on both fencers are mirrored on the imprisoned Madonna, as she tries desperately to outwit her tormentors. She finally tricks the guards with fancy footwork and flees from the electric chair, leaving them bewildered. The promo ends with Madonna escaping down the prison corridor and merging into the iconic Bond gun barrel graphic.
Most of the effects Moving Picture Company created for the video fall into the "invisible" category - their post work allowed Madonna to battle herself convincingly as both good and evil "M" and added realism to the fight action and subsequent wounds. "For various reasons, there are effects in almost every shot. It is a testament to the skills of the merry artisans of MPC that you think there are none. As with modern underwear, the best effects are always the ones that don't show through your slacks," explained Traktor.
Using a range of elements shot against greenscreen and generated in other ways, MPC lead inferno* artist Christophe Allender coordinated the effects effort. Every shot posed a unique set of challenges.
Traktor didn't want to compromise the fight action in the promo with too many split screens, which would have necessitated using locked-off cameras and restricted their creative freedom.
Traktor commented, "As usual, we felt safe in the knowledge that, with MPC on board, we did not have to lock off the camera or spend too much valuable time on technical passes that we don't understand. In fact, we have grown to love throwing MPC underexposed, unfixable celluloid curveballs and then hear no evil until they sort it out anyway. It is tremendously satisfying. If Christophe says something can't be done, we just leave the suite, lock it and take away his cigarettes until he is forced to solve the shots out of necessity. It never fails!"
Additional effects in post included compositing images of the "M" duelists into shattered glass and combining second passes. Wounds were also created, such as the cut that appears on Madonna's arm after the black "M" is slashed on her fencing alter ego. Additional "blood" -- actually ketchup and Worcester sauce shot in MPC's rostrum room -- was also smeared on the wall after "M" is slashed across the singer's stomach. As the duel was shot against greenscreen, digital stills of a window fill were also composited in to assist with the viewer's orientation of "M"'s hideout.
In the final frame, with the Bond gun barrel, the elements were supplied to MPC in 2K and then manipulated and treated by inferno* artist Ziggy Zigouras to suit Traktor's brief.
The video was shot by DP Harris Savides, and MPC colorist Jean-Clement Soret did the grade. Traktor had a very precise idea of what they wanted and Soret brought their ideas to life, exploring with different degrees of saturation. They considered grading from the print but decided to go for the negative, which provided crisper, cleaner images.
"They required two very distinct looks," commented Soret "One, for the fencing sequences, was a glossy, stylish look that needed to be as bright as possible while retaining all of the details. The second was a raw, dirtier look for the torture chamber and the electric chair room." Soret used sharpening tools in the Spirit DataCine to enhance details of the shattering glass. (source: uemedia, thanx to MadMax)

11 October - Vote for Vogue on MTV's Pop Knockout
MTV Hits' infamous Pop Knockout Cup is back! This time MTV Hits are throwing the top movers and shakers into the ring! The rules are easy - we pit the biggest names in pop up against each other, playing their videos back to back, then you the viewer can vote by texting MTV hits to determine who goes through to the next round! The first round takes place on Saturday 12 October at 12pm. Madonna's Vogue will be placed against Liberty X's Just A Little Bit. British and Irish fans can vote as follows: for UK: txt to 86188 "Go Madonna" - for Ireland: txt to 53688 "Go Madonna".

11 October - Download/stream the DAD video
If you haven't yet seen the Die Another Day video on TV, you can stream it on all MTV sites (see below for links). You can also download it at Madonna's Ashram. And to download the album version of the song a high quality, go to Madonnapower.

11 October - Finally a positive review for Swept Away
Drawn, lacquered, and just about as tanned as Goldmember, Madonna, in Swept Away, appears blowsy and middle-aged, and the hard character of experience does something for her. It allows her to leave vanity aside. (Either that, or her vanity now resides in her biceps, which are sinewy enough to strangle a panther.) Sound the trumpets: For the first time since ''Desperately Seeking Susan,'' Madonna doesn't suck as an actress. In a movie career that is by now nearly as benighted as that of Linda Blair or Maria Montez, she comes through with a performance in which her line readings don't clatter like broken plates, and she looks at least half as relaxed as she does on stage.
It helps that she's playing a spoiled, aristocratic pain -- a rich bitch who needs to be taken down about nine notches. In her husband Guy Ritchie's remake of the 1974 Lina Wertmüller screwball desert-island sex war, Amber (Madonna), a wealthy pharmaceutical heiress, ends up cast away with Giuseppe (Adriano Giannini), the hunky Italian first mate she'd abused and ridiculed like the lowliest of slaves. Since their survival depends on his handyman skills, he turns Amber into his slave, forcing her to call him ''master'' and dominating her sexually. And wouldn't you know... she likes it!
Set in the aquamarine Mediterranean, ''Swept Away'' may be a fake art film, but Ritchie cuts down on the repetitive class-war shrillness of the original. He's made a movie that never pretends to be more than a guilty pleasure of soft-core kitsch, and Madonna and Giannini (son of Giancarlo, costar of the original) achieve a lively S&M chemistry. Wertmüller's film, like it or not, was one of the seminal pop fantasies of erotic incorrectness. In our own era, however, one of postfeminist consumer princesses and Maxim-ized alpha males, ''Swept Away'' now looks about as subversive as ''Last Tango in the Blue Lagoon.'' EW Grade: B- (source: Entertainment Weekly)

10 October - DAD video premiered
The Die Another Day has premiered on MTV and received enthusiatic reviews. This is from NY Daily News:
" Die Another Day video - courtesy of MadonnaOnline.chThis week the sleepy franchise and cultural relic that is James Bond finally receives a creative wakeup call from Madonna's zippy single and video for Die Another Day. The stylishly bloody video has its debut tonight at 10 on MTV. (A commercial version of the single reaches stores Oct. 22 and the movie trucks into theaters Nov.22.) The clip for the song is violent enough to make Quentin Tarantino seem like Rob Reiner. It cuts back and forth between a torture sequence, in which goons beat up the singer, and a series of scenes in which two Madonnas face off against each other in a fencing duel. (She has a cameo as a fencing instructor in the flick). But the squeamish shouldn't fret. The violence has a certain cracked wit, not to mention an S&M frisson. And it's all used for some vague spiritual purpose, spelled out in lyrics that refer to "killing the ego." Consider it Zen Buddhism meets Vin Diesel. The song itself has an edge Bond title tracks haven't boasted since Shirley Bassey bellowed "Goldfinger" or Tom Jones belted out "Thunderball." Of course, Madonna's voice isn't that meaty, but here it functions more like a sound effect in a clever sonic pastiche. Whipping up the broader aural souffle is the one-named French producer Mirwais, the same monsieur who helped cook up Madonna's most recent album, Music. As in all Bond title cuts, strings play a key part here. The orchestral sections, woven by arranger Michel Colombier, play tensely off an explosion of electronic effects that never forget the demands of pop. But the most arresting aspect is percussive. It's the stamp of a foot against a wood floor, recalling the most arch and erotic of flamenco dancing. "I'm going to shake up the system," Madonna sings here. "I'm going to avoid cliché." Once again, she has. "
You can already find pictures and avatars from the movie at Madonna

10 October - DAD debuts at 41 in Billboard chart
Die Another Day is the "Hot Shot Debut" on Billboards Hot 100 chart and debuted at # 41. This is an amazing start for the single! FANS...KEEP REQUESTING & LET'S GET THIS SONG TO # 1!!! (source: Madonnarama)

10 October - Working title for new album
During the Larry King interview, Madonna has confirmed that her new album - due early next year - has the working title of 'Ein Sof', which is a Hebrew word meaning 'Endlessness': (source: Madonnarama)
KING: How many -- what's the title of the album? Or you haven't picked one yet?
MADONNA: I don't know. I'm thinking of a nice Hebrew word. What do you think?
KING: A Hebrew word for an album.
MADONNA: Ein sof. What do you think of that?
KING: Ein sof is...
MADONNA: Ein sof means endlessness.

10 October - Madonna wants to help build a better world
Madonna says she wants to shed her Material Girl image and start helping the world. "I'd like to be more involved in making the world a better place," she told Britain's mass-circulation Daily Mirror newspaper on Thursday. "I'd like to be more concerned about humanity," said the 44-year-old pop superstar. Madonna, who once posed nude in a bestselling book called "Sex" and adopted a raunchy image to sell millions of records, appeared to be displaying a more spiritual side. "There is only one thing that lasts and that's your soul and if you don't pay attention to that, all the money in the world is not going to help you. I'd like to be more involved in bringing about world peace," she added. "I can write the greatest songs and make the most fabulous films and be a fashion icon and conquer the world, but if there isn't a world to conquer, what's the point?" Madonna said her marriage to British film director Guy Ritchie in December 2000 had made her more selfless. "I think we have both become a lot more generous and both find ourselves doing things we wouldn't have done if we hadn't met." Ritchie, 34, directed his wife in the forthcoming film 'Swept Away' in which she plays a socialite shipwrecked on an island. "There were times when he irritated me as a husband, but I had to leave that at home," she said. (source: Reuters)

10 October - DAD updated tracklisting and mixes (US Maxi)
Below is the updated tracklisting for the US Maxi of Die Another Day (source:
1. Die Another Day - (Radio Edit)
2. Die Another Day - (Dirty Vegas Main mix)
3. Die Another Day - (Thee RetroLectro mix)
4. Die Another Day - (Thunderpuss mix)
5. Die Another Day - (Deepsky remix)
6. Die Another Day - (Brother Brown's Bond-Age Club)

10 October - Madonna takes over MTV
Madonna is taking over MTV this week to debut the new video for Die Another Day, the single from the new James Bond soundtrack, DIE ANOTHER DAY. Tune into MTV on Thursday, Oct. 10th at 10:00 PM ET/PT to watch Madonna's "Making The Video" episode for "Die Another Day," which will be followed by the world premiere of the video. The show will also air on Oct. 11th at 2:00 PM, Oct. 12th at 11:30 PM, and Oct. 14th at 9:30 PM. And on Friday, October 11th, Madonna will be on MTV's TRL as well. Online, you can watch the video worldwide on the following MTV sites beginning Thursday, October 10th: U.S. -
Germany - Brasil - Japan - Nordic - Netherlands - China - France - India - Italy - Spain - Latin America - SEA - UK - Taiwan/HK. Madonna's Die Another Day single will be in stores October 22nd. The soundtrack will be in stores November 12th. (source:

09 October - Swept Away premiere
Madonna and Guy at Swept Away premiere "Entertainment Weekly" published the following photo, which was taken at the screening of 'Swept Away' at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles (October 7, 2002). Madonna, her husband Guy Ritchie and Adriano Giannini attended the premiere, as well as many of Madonna's friends: Donna and Niki, Guy O'Seary, Demi Moore, Claudia Schiffer, Matthew Vaughn, Debi Mazar, Herb Ritts, Joe Henry and Melanie (M's sister). Click here for many other pics from the premiere. (source: Drowned Madonna)

09 October - DAD video premiere: schedule for MTV Europe
The full video premieres exclusively on MTV UK and Ireland on Thursday, October 10 at 5pm. In addition, the exclusive premier of 'Making The Video' for this track premiers on MTV UK at 5pm on Thursday, repeated again at 8.30pm for those who miss it! You can catch a teaser from behind the scenes at , but make sure you check out on Friday 11 October for the full length video!

09 October - Actor says Swept Away was his idea, files lawsuit
A Los Angeles judge refused on Tuesday to halt release this week of the film 'Swept Away', starring Madonna and directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie , despite last-minute claims by another actor that the project was his idea. But an attorney for Vincent D'Onofrio, who starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in 'The Cell', said the actor would press forward with his lawsuit against Madonna, Ritchie and Sony Pictures Entertainment over the film. Though 'Swept Away' is a remake of a 1974 Italian movie of the same name, D'Onofrio claims in his Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that it was his idea to produce it again with Madonna in the leading role. Representatives for Sony Pictures and Madonna could not be reached for comment. "They used his idea and they didn't want to compensate him," D'Onofrio's lawyer, Morris Getzels, said after a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. Getzels said D'Onofrio asked Judge David Yaffe to issue a preliminary injunction stopping the Friday release of 'Swept Away' unless Madonna, Ritchie and Sony gave him a producer credit. But Yaffe refused. Getzels said that D'Onofrio was not the first person to sue seeking credit for a remake, citing what he said was a similar case brought against the actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton over a film version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'. "Almost every newspaper article about 'Swept Away' starts with the question of where did the idea come from to remake this film," Getzels said. "And the idea came from my client." Getzels said D'Onofrio first approached Lina Wertmuller - who wrote and directed the original - about making the romantic comedy again with Madonna as the star, and Wertmuller "got all excited about it." Madonna, through her representatives, also was "very enthusiastic" about the film, the attorney said. But in the spring of 2001, Getzels said, D'Onofrio learned that Madonna was making the movie without him. "He hired lawyers and has been trying to persuade Madonna to settle, but they won't do anything for him," he said. Madonna stars in 'Swept Away' as a wealthy U.S. woman who becomes stranded on a Greek island with an Italian fisherman, played by Adriano Giannini, and falls in love. Ritchie is credited as the film's screenwriter and director. (source: Reuters)

08 October - DAD expected to debut at no. 24 in Billboard chart
Die Another Day, Madonna's new single and the title song for MGM's forthcoming James Bond film, will be in stores on October 22, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Records. The song has had a triumphant first week response at radio, reaching a listener audience of over 32 million and is expected to debut at #24 on the Billboard singles chart. Die Another Day was written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais with string arrangements by Michel Colombier. Madonna's new single is part of the "Music From the MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack Die Another Day" which also contains a score composed by former Bjork collaborator David Arnold as well as The James Bond Theme -- "Bond vs. Oakenfold," remixed by cutting-edge dance master, Paul Oakenfold. The soundtrack will be released November 12th on Warner Bros. Records. This enhanced CD will feature Madonna's Die Another Day music video, the "making of the video" segment and Bond bonus extras. The stunning video which accompanies Madonna's single was directed by Traktor and will premiere globally on MTV on October 10th. The initial Die Another Day CD Maxi release includes the following: "Die Another Day (Single Edit)," "Dirty Vegas Mix," "Thee RetroLectro Mix," "Thunderpuss Club Mix," "Deepsky Remix" and "Brother Bond-age club mix." Madonna is currently working on a new album which will be released in 2003. Her new film Swept Away, directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie, is scheduled to open Friday, October 11th. (source: Coming Soon)

08 October - Madonna gets physical for Bond title track
Die Another Day video Madonna is gearing up for her latest hit - with a spot of karate in her latest video. The first still from the promo to Die Another Day - the title track from the next Bond film - sees her throwing punches and getting physical. A spokeswoman for the star said: "It's a classic James Bond-ian scenario - a classic struggle of good versus evil." Madonna, who worked again with French producer Mirwais on the track, has a cameo role in the 007 film which will be released later this year. The single Die Another Day is released on October 28, but receives its TV premiere on MTV on Thursday. It is her first new release for more than 18 months, since last year's What It Feels Like For A Girl. The pop superstar is currently working on a new album which will be released in 2003. (source: Ananova)
~ earlier confirmed an October 22nd release date.

08 October - DAD premieres on Belgian radio
Since this is a Belgian fansite, it's worth mentioning: Die Another Day premiered today at 5.30pm. Radio Donna claimed to be the first to play the new Madonna song, which the DJ described as a "horny record"! ;-) The radio station is also holding a competition regarding the new Bond movie.
Wherever in the world you live, don't forget to call or mail your local radio station to request the song. This has to become a worldwide no. 1!

08 October - Swept Away and DAD Promotion
Monday, Oct. 7th: A special SWEPT AWAY skit debuts on
Monday, Oct. 7th: Madonna's title track single for the upcoming James Bond movie DIE ANOTHER DAY will premiere on AOL. Go to AOL KEYWORD: Music
Tuesday, Oct. 8th: The making of Madonna's new movie SWEPT AWAY will air at 2:30 PM ET/PT on MTV.
Tuesday, Oct. 8th: Check out the single at
Thursday, Oct. 10th: Madonna's "Making The Video" episode for Die Another Day will debut on MTV at 10:00 PM ET/PT, followed by the world premiere of the video. The show will also air on Oct. 11th at 2:00 PM, Oct. 12th at 11:30 PM, and Oct. 14th at 9:30 PM. If you miss those dates, you'll be able to watch it at
Thursday, Oct. 10th: Madonna will be interviewed on "Larry King Live."
Friday, Oct. 11th: Madonna's video for Die Another Day will debut on MTV's TRL.
Friday, Oct. 11th: Swept Away will be released to theaters [in the US].
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd: The single for Die Another Day will arrive in stores.

07 October - DAD single tracklisting
The single will be released by Warner Brothers on October 22, 2002. Below are the listings for the single together with B-sides, remix title and running lengths (source:
US CD Maxi: 9362 42492-2
1. Die Another Day (Radio Edit) 3.29
2. Die Another Day (Deepsky Remix Edit) 4.06
3. Die Another Day (Dirty Vegas Main Mix) 10.08
4. Die Another Day (Thee RetroLectro Mix) 6.59 (felix da housecat)
5. Die Another Day (Thunderpuss Mix) 9.25
6. Die Another Day (Deepsky Remix) 7.27

US 2 disc-12" vinyl single: 9362 42492-0
A1. Die Another Day (Dirty Vegas Main Mix) 10.08
B1. Die Another Day (Thunderpuss Mix) 9.25
C1. Die Another Day (Thee RetroLectro Mix) 6.59 (felix da housecat)
C2. Die Another Day (Deepsky Remix) 7.27
D1. Die Another Day (Dirty Vegas Dub) 9.10

2 track International CD / UK cassette single: 5439 16681 2/4
1. Die Another Day (Radio Edit) 3.29
2. Die Another Day (Dirty Vegas Main Mix) 10.08

International 3 track CD Maxi 1: 9362 42494 2
1. Die Another Day (Radio Edit) 3.29
2. Die Another Day (Thunderpuss Mix) 9.25
3. Die Another Day (Thee RetroLectro Mix) 6.59 (felix da housecat)

International 3 track CD Maxi 2: 9362 42495 2
1. Die Another Day (Radio Edit) 3.29
2. Die Another Day (Dirty Vegas Main Mix) 10.08
3. Die Another Day (Deepsky Remix Edit) 4.06

Die Another Day video Die Another Day video 06 October - Excerpt DAD video online
You can now download an excerpt from the Die Another Day video on Madonna's Ashram, recorded from MTV's TRL. On the fansite you can also find pictures from the video and from MTV's 'The Making Of... '.

06 October - Guy and his gay tendencies
Madonna suspects her film director husband Guy Ritchie has gay tendencies. The singer told her hubby she was worried about the "strange homosexual undertone" between him and other men on the set of the couple's new movie. "There was lots of exhibitionist behaviour - pulling pants down, fondling, hugging, slapping and kissing," she revealed. Madonna was speaking on a US television show where the couple were promoting Swept Away, which Guy directs. The Material Girl put her husband on the spot by saying: "Are your crew so intimate on all your films? I saw their bums on several occasions." She also criticised him for disrupting schedules when they were shooting the film in Malta last year. "I didn't appreciate that at four o'clock you guys suddenly decided to wrap the set and run off to watch a football game. "I thought that terribly unprofessional," she added. (source: Sky News)

06 October - Madge goes Ozzy
It's not as if she needs the money, but apparently the Queen of Pop and him indoors are making their own reality show. The world's most shy and retiring singer has allowed cameras into her home to record a spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary about her life with Guy Ritchie for MTV. Not to be outdone by the Osbournes, Madonna, 44, was happy to make fun of herself and hubbie Guy, ten years her junior. Joking with him in the MTV movie special, she talks about his large appetite: "I have come to the conclusion that you have a severe eating disorder." The pop queen then goes on to ask him: "Stick pins in your eyes or work with me again, which would you prefer?" Guy replies cheekily: "Right now, stick pins in my eyes." But apparently he was just winding her up, the loveable cockney chappie Of course it's not the first time the Osbournes and Madonna have been linked. Sharon and Ozzie's daugher Kelly has got a little bit of Madge in her. She's just released her version of "Papa Don't Preach". And Madonna the naughter prankster is forever popping up in other people's videos or the other way round. But if you're looking for pillow talk of a saucy nature - they don't really go there. Guy revealed on another American TV show recently how nice it was working with Madge on their new film Swept Away. "It made communication more efficient because we'd have dinner and talk about something. Then we wake up in the morning and talk so when you got on set you knew exactly what you're doing." Phwoar. (source: BBC)

06 October - Madonna feels Like A Virgin on the film set
Madonna says she "felt like a Virgin" when she was filming love scenes for her new film. She stars in Swept Away which has been directed by her husband Guy Ritchie. Madonna admits she found the scenes "really wierd". "Especially with the man I love directing me," she tells CNN's Larry King show. Madonna said she and co-star Adriano Giannini worked hard to keep what could have been tense love scenes as light as possible. "It was strange, and Adriano felt strange, too, but we tried to just kind of jolly each other along through it all". Swept Away is due to be released in the UK on March 14. (source: Ananova)

04 October - 'Making of...' and DAD official trailer online
You can watch the official Die Another Day trailer on, but you'll be disappointed if you expect any trace of Madonna's scenes or song. Much more exciting is the trailer of MTV's 'The Making of... the Die Another Day video' which can be downloaded at Madonnapower.

04 October - DAD heating up radio
Although it wasn't intended to debut on U.S. radio until next week, a leaked copy of Madonna's "Die Another Day," the theme song to the forthcoming James Bond movie of the same name, is already getting heavy airplay on stations around the country. An accompanying video clip will premiere Oct. 10 on MTV's "Making the Video" series; a commercial CD single, featuring remixes by such acts as Thunderpuss and Felix Da Housecat, is due Oct. 22. The new track is all over the airwaves in major markets, having been spun more than 100 times in less than a week by two Miami stations alone. It is expected to debut next week on the Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of airplay. Madonna has a cameo as a fencing instructor in "Die Another Day," a soundtrack for which is due Nov. 12 via Warner Bros. Meanwhile, Madonna told "Today" host Matt Lauer that she has almost finished up her next Maverick album, which is expected some time next year. The artist is promoting her upcoming film "Swept Away," which she described as "an angry love story." As previously reported, 'Swept Away' was directed by Madonna's husband, Guy Ritchie ("Snatch"). (source: Billboard)

04 October - Motherhood, Marriage & Movies
Madonna was in Hollywood promoting her new film, Swept Away, which her husband, Guy Ritchie, directed. The couple just recently completed the remake of the 1974 Italian classic. The project, shot in Malta, was a labor of love that could have potentially wrecked their two-year marriage. Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell sat down with "Lady M" to talk about her working relationship with her husband, settling into motherhood and marriage, and why she can't escape tabloid fodder and harsh movie critics … Read the complete interview at Access Hollywood.

03 October - ET interview: new album nearly finished
A playful MADONNA sat down with our MARK STEINES for a candid chat about love, marriage, men - and her husband's eating habits! Get all the 411 on her frisky romantic feature, 'Swept Away,' helmed by her favorite director in the world - husband GUY RITCHIE! Watch tonight's ET for more with the music mogul, mother and actress! 'Swept Away' opens everywhere October 11th. [...] Read the complete interview here. Most interesting is what she says about her new album:
MARK: Your album ... in 2003? What should I expect?
MADONNA: Just pure crystalline brilliance! I'm about three quarters of the way done and it will come out next year, in the beginning of next year. It's good.
MARK: Do you ever rest?
MADONNA: Not much -- hey, we've got to change the world, there's so much to do! (source: ET Online)

03 October - Maverick Films acquires 'Darkhorse'
Madonna's Maverick Films has acquired Sean Jacques' thriller spec 'Darkhorse', about an ex-con who gets sucked into a dangerous game that involves outrunning the LAPD

02 October - Madonna and Guy on Larry King Live
Madonna interviewed by Larry King Photo on the right: Madonna, star of the new film "Swept Away," chats with host Larry King during a taping of CNN's "Larry King Live" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Monday, Sept. 30, 2002. The show also features an interview with Madonna's husband, 'Swept Away' director Guy Ritchie, and will air on Thursday, Oct. 10. (source: AP)

02 October - Thunderpuss remix DAD
Thunderpuss - the remix and production team comprising Barry Harris and Chris Cox - has remixed Madonna's Die Another Day, the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film of the same name. The duo put together the 'Thunderpuss GHV2 Megamix' for Madonna last year, which was released on a promotional-only basis in support of the release of the singer's GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2. Cox told LAUNCH on Tuesday (October 1) that the duo was honored to be asked back recently for another shot at remixing Madonna. "The big news this week is we actually just remixed her new single. Die Another Day is the single and it's for the 007 movie. She did the opening theme for it, and we got the chance to remix that. I mean, obviously it's an honor and a pleasure to remix Madonna, so that was very cool that we got a chance to get invited back to that party," he said. Madonna's Die Another Day single will be released in late October on Warner Bros., and it will include B-side remixes by Dirty Vegas, Deepsky, and Felix Da Housecat in addition to Thunderpuss. The Die Another Day soundtrack, set for release November 12, will include Madonna's title theme, produced by Mirwais; the classic "James Bond Theme," remixed by Paul Oakenfold; and original score music composed by David Arnold. A limited-edition enhanced CD of the soundtrack will include Madonna's video for the single, "Die Another Day," plus a portion of a making-of-the-video documentary. Madonna makes a cameo in Die Another Day as a fencing instructor. The movie hits theaters nationwide on November 22 for the 40th anniversary of the spy series. (source: Launch)

02 October - DAD single cover
Die Another Day single Fansite Madonnapower has the single cover for Die Another Day. It was already rumoured that a picture from the photo shot for Pop Magazine would be used. Alternate covers with different colors (blue and green stripes instead of purple) have surfaced on other websites.

02 October - DAD added at 99 stations already
Not bad for a single that wasn't supposed to go to radio until October 8th! Die Another Day scores 60 major market adds and 39 on minor market stations in the US. It barely edged out Jennifer Lopez' 'Jenny On the Block' for most added. (source: Hitmakers Magazine, thanx to Absolute Madonna)

02 October - MTV Making the Video
MTV will premiere 'Making The Video, Episode Madge: Madonna', with the making of the Die Another Day video on following dates: Thursday, Oct 10 @ 10:00 PM; Friday, Oct 11 @ 2:00 PM; Saturday, Oct 12 @ 11:30 PM; Monday, Oct 14 @ 9:30 AM (source:

02 October - Promo interviews
Madonna will appear on:
the Today Show with Matt Lauer in a two-part interview (part one will air Oct. 3 and part two will air Oct. 4).
Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood feature stories on Oct. 4 the Madonna & Guy Ritchie mini-movie premiere on Oct. 7,
in an interview with Larry King on Oct. 10. (source: Absolute Madonna)

02 October - Guy denies Kabbalah wedding
Singer-actress Madonna and her husband, director Guy Ritchie, will not renew their marriage vows under a branch of Judaism they are both studying, he said on Tuesday. In an interview on the syndicated entertainment news show "Access Hollywood," Ritchie, asked about their study of Kaballah and rumors they would renew their wedding vows in that tradition, said "no renewing our vows, I think we are happy with our vows as they are." He also said five children's books he and the singer co-authored will be available at the holidays. "We thought we'd do better to start with young fresh minds that haven't been contaminated by all the terrible things that the media bestows upon them," Ritchie said. Madonna, who has also worked at a film career over the years, will soon appear in "Swept Away," a film written and directed by Ritchie. (source: Reuters)

01 October - MTV on DAD leak / US single for Nov 12
Madonna's theme for the next James Bond flick has been unofficially declassified. Though the intention was to keep it tightly under wraps, Madonna's title song for 'Die Another Day' was leaked to New York station Z100 on Friday, 10 days in advance of its scheduled radio debut. Over the weekend, some 55 stations added the song to rotation, this time with Warner Bros.' blessing. Madonna composed and performed Die Another Day for the 20th installment of the spy series, in which she has a cameo as a fencing instructor. Her video for the song — including a scene making a reference to that cameo — was set to premiere on the same day as the original radio debut date. Even though the dance cut's radio release was pushed up, the CD single and video release dates won't be. The Traktor-directed video will still premiere on MTV's "Making the Video" on October 10 at 10 p.m., while the single — an enhanced CD including a portion of that episode of "Making the Video" — will still hit [US] stores on November 12. The CD single will also include various remixes of Die Another Day by Dirty Vegas, Thunderpuss, Felix Da Housecat and Deepsky. The soundtrack for 'Die Another Day' hits stores November 12, while the film opens in theaters November 22. (source:
~ They probably mean that the US release will be on Nov 12. UK release is still scheduled for Oct 28 though it might be pushed forward because of the leak.

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