Madonna news - Oct. 2004
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29 October - Elton John ready to apologize to Madonna
Elton John is ready to apologize to Madonna after recently accusing
the pop star of lip-synching. "I don't want to escalate it
because I like Madonna," the 57-year-old singer-songwriter
tells Entertainment Weekly. "She's been to my house for dinner.
It was something that was said in the heat of the moment, and probably
should not have been said."
"Would I apologize to her if I saw her?" said John. "Yeah,
because I don't want to hurt any artist's feelings. It was my fault.
I instigated the whole thing. But it applies to all those bloody
John made the comment when presenting the Best Live Act award during
the Q awards in London earlier this month. In EW's Nov. 6 issue,
John described the event as "a very drunken lunch."
"The reaction to it was so hysterical," he said. "It
was like I said, `I think all gays should be killed or I think Hitler
was right.' I just said someone was lip-synching. I'm not afraid
to speak my mind. I'm not going to mellow with age. I get more enraged
about things as I get older because you see that these injustices
(Madonna's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, has said the singer doesn't
lip-synch and indicated that she hadn't taken John's remarks too
seriously.) (source: AP
29 October - Penn heckled with Madonna sex question
Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn was heckled at a screening of his
latest movie on Tuesday (26 OCT 04) - by an audience member wanting
to know what it's like to enjoy sexual relations with Madonna.
Penn, 44, was at a question and answer session following a Boston,
Massachusetts, viewing of The Assassination Of Richard Nixon when
a cheeky participant asked him about his private life with former
And the heckler also demanded to know if Penn, who ignored the remarks,
wore a toupee.
Penn, now married to second wife Robin Wright, wed the Like A Virgin
singer in 1985. They divorced in 1989.
He refused to answer the intimate questions. (source: ContactMusic
29 October - Madonna dolls go on sale
Pop superstar Madonna is selling herself to fans - in doll format.
Different phases of the Material Girl's career are portrayed on
a new set of handmade and handpainted wooden Russian nesting dolls,
available for pre-order on her website
But fans hoping to own a set are urged to hurry with their orders
- only 5,000 of these four-in-one dolls are being made. (source:
29 October - Madonna stars in Tourism Ministry video
The Tourism Ministry [of Israel] has produced a 30-second video
in which Madonna says Israel is a safe place to visit. The video,
which was taped during the pop singer's recent trip here, will be
shown about 10 times on three large screens at the world tourism
fair in London, which runs from November 8-11. Other attractions
at the fair's Israeli site include a beach corner. (source: Haaretz
29 October - University wins thousands of Madonna condoms
The University of Kansas is about to be flooded with Madonna condoms.
The Douglas County health department is the winner of the Madonna
It was sponsored by the New York-based condom store, Condomania.
The health department wins 21,000 Madonna condoms, with an authorized
picture of the pop star on the wrapper.
Department officials say they'll be handing out the condoms during
Pride Week at the university, where they'll also host a Madonna
look-alike drag show. (source: NBC5
27 October - Madonna tribute night in Vancouver
Madonnafan Holiwoodboi has informed us about an upcoming Madonna
event in Vancouver:
"It will be a Madonna tribute night with tons oh fun! check
"Hey Mr DJ Dicky Doo put a record on... I wanna dance with
Ladies and gentlemen, step right up, the greatest evening in Vancouver
is about to begin! We have dancing ladies, and we have dancing boys!
We even have a superstar dj!
On Wednesday November 10 right here in Vancouver, at the greatest
gay club this city has ever had, Celebrities! We are holding the
greatest Madonna night this city has ever seen!
We have the Fab Supa Star, Mr DJ Dicky Doo spinning al the hawt
Madonna rekords all night long and the equaly fab and georgous Mizz
Cotton, the host for the evening.
There will be a Madonna show featuring performances by Vancouvers
best Madonna drag/impersonators Mina Mercury, Trixi, Mandy Kamp
and many more.
The Kabbalah Center will be featured in one of our many booths.
They will be promoting the up and coming Kabbalah Factor here in
Vancouver as well information will be available and donations accepted
for the Spirituality for Kids, an incredibly important cause supported
heavily by Madonna herself.
We will be featuring Donna DeLory in another booth! There will be
some special merchandise available for sale along with information
on Donna's up and coming performance right here in Vancouver on
November 19th. It will be a benifit concert for the Yoga Outreach
Center, tickets will be available for $25.00 each.
In our third booth we have the privilege to feature some great local
talent. He is a close friend and has an amazing talent, Sean Tateryn
creator of the famous Madonna Myumee Dolls. Sean will have some
of his many Madonna Dolls on display, as well as the first public
showing of his latest ReInvention Myumee Dolls. Come get your picture
taken with your fave doll, with Sean or just get an autograph if
There will be some great door prizes and a few give aways!!! It
is gonna be a great night for Madonna fans alike to come togeather
here in our beautiful city and celebrate our idol!!
Hope to see you all there!
Get ready Vancouver... the greatest night is about to begin!!!!"
Love & Light,
26 October - Guy and Madge team up again
They may have produced one of the biggest flops in recent movie
history, but that hasn't stopped Madonna and Guy Ritchie teaming
The Material Girl and her film director hubby start filming new
gangster flick Revolver in London this week.
It comes after they were ridiculed over their remake of 70s movie
, a massive flop at the
box office in 2002.
One critic snarled: "New ways of describing badness need to
be invented to describe how bad it is."
It even went straight to video in Britain after a disastrous release
in the US.
went on to pick up five
Razzie Awards for Worst Actress, Worst Director, Worst Picture,
Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Screen Couple.
But, unabated, the couple have joined forces on Ritchie's latest
work, with Madge reportedly to play a crime boss.
Jason Statham, who worked with Ritchie on Lock, Stock And Two Smoking
Barrels and Snatch, and Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta, also star.
Madonna has made a habit of working on movies with her men.
She appeared with ex-husband Sean Penn in Shanghai
and former squeeze Warren Beatty in Dick
. (source: Sky
26 October - Madonna.com updated
The intropage of Madonna.com
has again been updated, this time with the new book 'The Adventures
Of Abdi' as main theme. There's a link to pre-order the book, as
well as links to the tour merchandise, the Madonna nesting dolls,
and the Madonna ringtones & logos. The news section contains
one of the press articles on Besson's animation film 'Arthur', which
seems to confirm Madonna's participation in the project.
26 October - News on Re-Invention DVD *rumour*
And still more great news from Madonna.nu (thanks Hamad!!):
"Finally more news came in today regarding the upcoming Re-Invention
dvd release. Unlike the Drowned
, this dvd will be packed with extras such as the
videos featured during the show [including The
] and some rehearsal clips which were shot during
her Lisbon visit last month. At this point the dvd is set to be
released sometime between February and March, although no date is
26 October - News on new album *rumour*
has posted following rumours on the new Madonna album:
"News from two of our sources has just reached us about Madonna's
upcoming album. Still in the early stages of production, things
can change at any time at this point. However, this is what we know
Stuart Price is at the healm of the album, his role is as producer;
Stuart has a lot of input with the type of music, sound and over
all direction of the album. The sound we are being told is more
electric than the work she did with Orbit. Also, Monte Pittman is
involved, Madonna is working with him, but what they are working
on is unknown at the moment. Mirwais doesn't seem to be too heavily
involved with this album at this time and his role is yet unknown.
A blast from the past, Madonna has brought in Pat Leonard for more
writting than producing. Joe Henry is involved as well and is collaborating
A little tid bit to chew on: We have learned that there is a song
titled "You're The One" but people close to Madonna are
pushing for the title to change because it is so close to Nothing
We remind you, the album is still in it's very early stages and
many things are bound to change."
26 October - New photoshoot
The great fansite Madonna.nu
has heard there'll be a new Madonna photoshoot. However, Madonna
won't be alone, she'll be joined by film actress Demi Moore for
a Kabbalah related photoshoot. The shoot is reportedly being done
24 October - Preview Mi Abbandono A Te
Soon Laura Pausini will release her new album Resta In Ascolto,
which - as you all know - contains the song Mi Abbandono A Te, an
Italian translation of Madonna's Like A Flower. We've put up a page
with both the Italian and Spanish lyricsn, which can also be found
on Pausini's official
. There you can also preview the song: just click on
"Resta In Ascolto" in the "Music" section, then
click the microphone behind "Mi Abbandono A Te". Personally
I think it sounds very weak compared to Madonna's beautiful demo...
23 October - Madonna joins 'Arthur' cast for Besson
Madonna will head the voice cast of the big-budget computer-animated
"Arthur," based on a series of children's books written
by French filmmaker Luc Besson, who will direct the project, sources
The $80 million English-language project, scheduled for a 2006 release,
follows 10-year-old Arthur who, in a bid to save his grandfather's
house from developers, goes in search of treasure hidden in the
land of the Minimoys, a tiny people living in harmony with nature.
Madonna is understood to be voicing the part of Princess Selenia,
a character who travels with Arthur to a mysterious forbidden city
where an evil being dwells.
"The recording is being done at the moment," a production
Besson's Europa production banner also is in the process of casting
a major male star. The film will include some live-action sequences.
"Arthur" will be the first film directed by Besson since
"The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" five years ago.
Besson also is working on a parallel live-action project, which
he has written but which remains a closely guarded secret. (source:
/ Hollywood Reporter
~ Luc Besson was also the director of the Love
23 October - Madonna and Guy Ritchie work together again
Madonna and Guy Ritchie are ignoring their cursed movie-making past
by teaming up for another film. The couple were ridiculed for their
2002 movie flop Swept Away
that isn't stopping them working together again. Madonna will reportedly
appear in her husband's new film Revolver, which starts shooting
in London next week. (source: Irish
23 October - Madonna throws Kabbalah bash
Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie have thrown a lavish star-studded
party with a Kabbalah theme in London. A host of celebrities arrived
at the exclusive Mayfair venue to mingle and discuss the latest
religion to become a hit with the showbiz set. Demi Moore, Gwyneth
Paltrow and Donatella Versace were just some of the big names to
attend the cocktail soirée. Guests were sent away with Kabbalah
books so they could further their studies of the in vogue religion
at home. Last month the chart-topping singer and 2000 other members
of the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles, visited Jerusalem for a mass
gathering of the faith's followers. (source: Channel
23 October - Madonna and Demi Moore honour Kabbalah guru
Hollywood beauty Demi Moore and pop queen Madonna threw a star-studded
party last night (21 OCT 04) in honour of Kabbalah leader Rabbi
The Charlie's Angels star and the Material Girl are so grateful
to the Los Angeles head of the mystical offshoot of Judaism for
changing their lives, they hosted the lavish $720,000 (GBP40,000)
bash at London's Home House Club, where celebrity guests included
Madonna's director husband Guy Ritchie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Donatella
The devoted pair shipped in specially blessed Kabbalah water for
the occasion and paid for an unlimited bar and macrobiotic canapes
for the 50 guests.
An insider says, "Rabbi Berg is the founding father of Demi's
religion and both she and Madonna credit him with turning their
lives around. Michael's weekly lectures at the Los Angeles Kabbalah
Center are full of celebs. And they all bend over backwards to please
him." (source: ContactMusic
23 October - Madonna's latest book infuriates Kabbalah critics
Pop queen Madonna's latest book has infuriated Kabbalah critics,
who claim it brutally forces the mystical offshoot of Judaism "down
the throats of innocent children".
The Material Girl's fourth children's tome The Adventures Of Abdi
tells the story of Abdi, a young boy who has to deliver the most
precious necklace in the world to the queen, and overcomes numerous
obstacles "through the power of spiritual certainty".
Religious cult expert Rick Ross tells American news site MSNBC.COM,
"The book is just more Kabbalah preaching disguised as a kiddie
book. The character survives 'through the power of spiritual certainty'.
"It's just pushing Kabbalah down the throats of innocent children."
The book will hit book shops in November. (source: ContactMusic
23 October - Madonna
portrait auctioned for charity
A portrait of superstar Madonna by a Lothian artist [was friday]
due to be auctioned in the Capital for a children’s charity.
The unusual oil painting was created specially for Barnado’s
Scotland by contemporary artist Anne Power to help raise funds for
It was set to be included in an auction being held tonight during
a fundraising event for the charity at the Mansfield Traquair Centre.
The 5ft by 4ft black and white Madonna portrait depicts the American
icon in her late-80s Vogue era, but with a corsage flower in her
lapel. Ms Power, who was born in Falkirk and now lives in West Lothian,
explained that the flower - a current fashion trend - is meant to
add a contemporary feel.
"I started the painting around
two months ago and did it exclusively for Barnado’s,"
she said. "I’m a huge fan of Madonna and I admire everything
she has done in her life. I think her strong character comes out
in the painting.
Anyone interested in bidding for the portrait or attending Barnardo’s
fundraising evening should contact Jennifer Craik on 0131-314 6645.
23 October - No Kabbalah for Missy
Missy Elliott snubbed Madonna when the pop queen tried to convert
her to the Kabbalah.
The rap star, 33, has admitted the 'Material Girl' offered her the
religion's signature red bracelet - worn by stars including Britney
Spears and Demi Moore.
But Missy declined because she'd been raised a Christian.
She said: "I love Madonna - we became friends after the Gap
advert. She introduced me to Kabbalah and gave me a red bracelet.
I'm Christian, so I didn't join - but we're still close." (source:
20 October - Madonna
plans jazz duet *rumour*
Pop superstar Madonna is planning a duet with African jazz singer
Cesaria Evora. Fans of the 63-year-old Cape Verdan star were surprised
to see the Material Girl in the crowd at a concert Evora gave in
London last week (14 OCT 04). But sources say Madonna is a huge
fan and desperate for the pair to collaborate. An insider reveals,
"She's a big admirer of Cesaria's. As far as I know, nothing's
been signed yet, but I think they could be singing together soon."
And a spokesperson for Evora's record label BMG admits a duet isn't
out of the question: "A collaboration wouldn't surprise me.
Cesaria has an immense global following." (source: ContactMusic
19 October - New updates
Now that the Re-Invention Tour
is over and Elton's comments have (almost) died out in the press,
there isn't much Madonna news around. However, we present you some
site updates instead. Madonnafan Steve Woods has send us several
reports of the Re-Invention shows he saw in both the US and Europe;
read them in our fan
. We've also added some cool Re-Invention
wallpapers. And there are new avatars from the Love
Don't Live Here Anymore video and the Sooner
Or Later performance at the 1991 Oscar Awards. Enjoy!
19 October - Elton John: 'I hate to hurt Madonna'
British pop star Elton John held back on Tuesday from apologising
for his recent foul-mouthed attack on Madonna.
"I do regret
hurting her feelings because she's a major artist," John told
Television New Zealand from Las Vegas where he is performing.
However, he appeared to qualify his regret by adding: "But
she's a major artist of the video age and she's not the same kind
of artist as U2 or Springsteen or Prince or Sting, or someone like
Picking up a song-writing award from Q music magazine in London
earlier this month, John publicly attacked Madonna when he heard
she had been nominated for Best Live Act.
"Anyone who lip-synchs
in public on stage when you pay, like, 75 quid to see them should
be shot," he said, referring to ticket prices for her Reinvention
Asked by the TV New Zealand interviewer if Madonna was still speaking
to him, John said: "Well, she's probably not actually which
is a shame, but I'm going to have to rectify that."
He said he did not regret saying it "because I have a bee in
my bonnet about live shows.
"Her show isn't totally live,
he said. "Madonna is a great artist - I hate to hurt her -
I don't like slagging people off."
The pop star added: "It was in the context of a very rowdy
lunch. Sometimes when you say something and then its written down
on paper it looks totally different. But I do think she's a good
person and I will try and rectify that."
The American pop superstar rejected Elton John's charge at the time,
saying she did not lip-synch or criticise other artists.
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