Madonna news - Jan. 2005


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29 January - Tour DVD on April 1st
Warner Belgium has now announced that the Re-Invention Tour DVD will be released in Belgium on the 1st of April 2005. In several other countries there were also rumours on a release in the first week of April, so this seems to become more and more plausible, though Madonna.com has still not made any official announcement.

29 January - Icon Classic Madonna Collection Contest Part 4
Classic Madonna Collection Madonna.com has posted the next picture in their Classic Collection Contest, this time a shot from the Material Girl video. They have yet to announce the next question, so stay tuned to their news section.

29 January - Madonna in Julien D'Ys Book
A limited-edition book by Hairdresser Julien D'Ys has just been published. One of the most interesting parts of the book shows the working process behind the creation of the hairstyles for both the Re-Invention Tour and the Steven Klein tourbook photoshoot. Included in the booklet are Julien's own test polaroids of the hairstyles and some behind the scenes shots of the tour and tourbook photoshoot. We have yet to receive our copies of this book, but we hear it is great. If you would like a copy, the book is only available from the Colette store in Paris, France for €55 and fans can now purchase the book from Colette's online store. (source: Madonna.com)

28 January - Another Razzie nomination for Swept Away
Right after the Oscar nominations there's always the announcement of the Razzie nominations, which "award" the worst movies of the year. In 2003, Swept Away received 7 nominations and it "won" in 5 categories, including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Actress. This year it's nominated again as for Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years. Other nominees are Battlefield Earth (2000), The Lonely Lady (1983), Mommie Dearest (1981) and Showgirls (1995).
Nominees for Worst Picture this year are Alexander, Catwoman, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, Surviving Christmas and White Chicks. Extraordinary are the nominations for George W. Bush as Worst Actor and Worst Screen Couple (with Condaleeza Rice) in Fahrenheit 9/11. For the complete list of nominees, check Yahoo! News.
T he Razzie Awards are scheduled to be presented Feb. 26 at Hollywood's Ivar Theater, the venue's $1,400 rental fee paid for, Razzie founder Wilson said, by the eBay auction of one of Affleck's manhandled, but unclaimed, Razzies for Gigli. While many stars are expected to be in Hollywood for the Oscars on Feb. 27, Wilson said he can't say how many, if any, will stop by his event to be Razzed in person. Said Wilson: "We never do know."

27 January - Madonna's Imagine used in Dior fashion show
During the prêt à porter printemps/été fashion show of Christian Dior, a live recording of Madonna's Imagine was used as background music. At the end of the show, several versions of Imagine were played, including the original by John lennon and Madonna's version on the Re-Invention Tour. It also includes Madonna introducing the song with the words "Please listen to the words of the song. We have to make the world a better place."
To see the show, check dior.com, choose "english", then "live", then click the video for "ready to wear spring/summer" in the right corner. You have to be a bit patient; Imagine is at the end of the show. (thanx to Marcin for bringing this to our attention)

27 January - Road to Stardom air date
Madonna.com is thrilled to announce the date of Madonna's appearance on Missy Elliott's The Road to Stardom. You can watch Madonna giving advice to aspiring singers on Wednesday February 18, 2005 8PM ET/PT on UPN. Click UPN.com for more information. (source: Madonna.com)

27 January - Imagine available as a download
You can now download Madonna's performance of Imagine from A Concert Of Hope: Tsunami Aid, HERE. All proceeds from the download will go to the American Red Cross appeal for this disaster.

27 January - Seven Versace business girls
Mario Testino's Madonna pictures for the Versace campaign are appearing in several magazines worldwide. Here are the 7 different shots we've seen so far (thanx to MadonnaMegaCollection for the 2 last ones). Click to enlarge.

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27 January - Madonna considered but cancelled Re-Invention Tour extension
MadonnaTribe community member Finnboy informs us that in last Sunday's edition of Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat a Clear Channel promoter, Risto Juvonen, revealed in an interview that they had all the details worked out and even reached an agreement for 3 million dollars per show for two dates in Helsinki of the Re-Invention Tour.
The chosen venue was the Hartwall Arena but later Madonna opted not to add more shows to the European tour. The promoter also added that besides Finland there were also dates planned in Stockholm and Moscow.
"Madonna and her band and crew were enjoying themselves so much that an extention of the tour was briefly considered. A final decision was then taken during a meeting that took place at the time of the Paris dates of the show, and it was then decided to confirm the original schedule and to end the Tour in Lisbon".

27 January - Madonna turns down TV role
Madonna has turned down an offer from British comic Ricky Gervais to appear in his new TV comedy 'Extras'. Gervais, who starred in and created cult show 'The Office', has already landed Jude Law and Kate Winslet, while Hollywood stars Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson have also confirmed cameo appearances. Each big name actor will be cast as themselves in their own episode of the new BBC comedy series, about film extras chasing their big break. However, Madonna refuses to play herself and will only agree to appear in the show if a character is developed for her. (source: Yahoo! Launch)

25 January - Icon Classic Madonna Collection Contest Part 3
Classic Madonna Collection Icon members can participate in the third part of the Classic Madonna Collection Contest at Madonna.com. Check out the new classic picture at the homepage.

25 January - Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope raises $18.3 million for American Red Cross
"Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope," the telethon hosted by NBC Universal on Saturday, January 15, 2005, has raised a lot of money -- and a lot of hope -- for the tsunami relief effort. Current totals, released last Friday, show that $18.3 million dollars has been donated to the relief efforts.
"The American people once again demonstrated tremendous compassion and generosity to the tsunami victims by supporting this special event," said Marsha J. Evans, American Red Cross President and CEO, who attended the show in New York. "I am grateful to NBC Universal, to the artists and celebrities who participated, and to all who supported this important effort, especially SBC Communications."
The two-hour concert, which was broadcast from Universal Studios in Universal City, Rockefeller Center in New York and the BBC Studios in London, featured performances by artists such as Madonna, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crow. Celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Renee Zellweger and Halle Berry donated their time to man the phone lines and personally thank donors who made contributions during the East Coast broadcast, as well as give speeches about the devastation and the need for donations.
Madonna performs at Tsunami Aid In addition to the national broadcast, individual NBC stations raised another $10 million through separate telethons, the network said.
Modeled after the 9/11 benefit that aired to 59.3 million viewers, ten days after the terrible event, this month's benefit show was plagued by low viewership. It averaged only about 8 million viewers, from all combined channels showing it. Compare that to the 21.5 million viewers for Fox's football telecast opposite it, or the 33.5 million that tuned in to last week's fourth season debut of American Idol, and it appears that perhaps Americans aren't interested in helping if it happens half a world away.
All funds raised during the concert will support the American Red Cross assistance plan to meet the immediate and long-term needs of tsunami victims. Relief efforts will focus on five key areas: food and safe water; healthcare and disease prevention; immediate family supplies; mental health counseling; and disaster preparedness and prevention measures.
Combining the funds generated through the concert with previous fundraising efforts, approximately $213.4 million to date has been pledged to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for tsunami relief efforts. (source: Bella Online)
~ To download Madonna's great performance of Imagine, check madonna-tv.com.

25 January - Britney to star in English Roses movie *rumour*
Madonna has persuaded Britney SPears to appear in the animated film version of her children's book The English Roses.
The Material Girl superstar pleaded with the Toxic singer to voice the story's heroine BINAH - and Spears was eager to accept.
Madonna, 46, has also managed to secure the vocal skills of David Bowie and rapper Snoop Dogg for the big-budget movie, which will be produced by her husband Guy Ritchie.
The pop veteran herself will voice the fairy godmother in the tale of a girl - based on her eight-year-old daughter Lourdes - excluded by a group of schoolmates who are jealous of her beauty. (source: ContactMusic)
~ The official site of David Bowie has already denied that Bowie would be part of the project.

25 January - Mary J Blige, Eve & Dr. Dre sued over Madonna copyright
Well over a year after the release of their collaborative single, "Not Today," Mary J. Blige, Eve and Dr. Dre are being sued for copyright infringement by the copyright owners of Madonna's 1983 hit, Holiday.
According to celebrityjustice.com, the publishing company alleges that "Not Today" [listen] duplicates several elements of Holiday, [listen] including parts of the rhythm and the majority of the musical structure. New York musicologist and copyright infringement expert, Judith Finell compared the two songs.
"It sounds similar enough to bear further consideration. Both the pitches and the rhythms sound closely related," Finell, who testified for Micheal Jackson and Julio Iglesias, told celebrityjustice.com. "I don't think they're identical, because Madonna's song is in what we call 'major key' and Mary J. Blige's song is in a minor key."
The Dr. Dre-produced song featuring Mary J. Blige and Eve appeared on last year's Barbershop 2 soundtrack as well as Blige's 2003 Love & Life album. If found guilty, Blige, Eve and Dre will have fork up $15 million to the plaintive. (source: SOHH.com)
~ Please note that Madonna doesn't have anything to do with this lawsuit, as she didn't write Holiday herself. Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens did.

25 January - Madonna furious over Kabbalah Centre Leader's Holocaust comment
A controversial Kabbalah Centre rabbi has relocated from London to Los Angeles and sources say Madonna may have had something to do with the move. Rabbi Eliyahu Yardeni has been under fire recently because of his comments that six million Jews died in the Holocaust because they didn't use Kabbalah. A source tells MSNBC.com that Madonna--who was close to Yardeni--was "instrumental" in getting him out of London, but even though the pop idol was "furious" about the rabbi's comments, the source insists he was moved for other reasons.
A spokesperson for Madonna said she didn't know if Yardeni's comments triggered the move, and that Madonna hasn't commented on the matter because she's been busy rehearsing and performing in the NBC Tsunami Telethon.
Yardeni made his comments about the Holocaust to a BBC television reporter who was working undercover on a story about the Centre. The secretly filmed report aired in the U.K. on January 13. Several high-profile celebrities have visited The Kabbalah Centres in London, L.A. and New York. The Centre teaches classes based on a branch of ancient Jewish mysticism, but Jewish religious leaders do not acknowledge the Centre as an authentic branch of Judaism. (source: Launch)

25 January - Madonna receives Blue Peter badge
It’s one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, with members including the Queen, Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt, and now pop icon Madonna.
It’s way more elitist than clubs such as celebrity London drinking den The Groucho or Highland hideaway Skibo Castle - for those you just need wads of cash or famous pals.
Madonna receives her Blue Peter badge Membership to this particular club means having a nifty way with bring and buy sales, an obsession for milk bottle tops or a lucky knack for winning competitions. And being under 16 also helps.
This week, Madonna became the latest in a long line of both children and adults since 1963 to be awarded a Blue Peter badge.
The 46-year-old pop icon was handed the white shield-shaped badge with its blue ship design on Wednesday’s programme after talking to presenter Matt Baker about her fourth children’s book The Adventures of Abdi.
She clapped her hands and gushed: "I wanna be a member of the Blue Peter club! I've got a badge, I've got a badge!"
She follows a distinguished line of celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Joseph Fiennes who were given theirs after coming on the show to talk about their roles in the Disney film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, as well as the Queen, TV presenter Jonathan Ross, tennis star Tim Henman and an eight-year-old Anthea Turner, who went on to present the programme. (source: The Scotsman)
~ Check madonna-tv.com to download the Blue Peter interview.

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