Madonna is to make her West End stage debut in the comedy 'Up For Grabs'. She will play an ambitious art dealer. It will be Madonna's first stage performance for 13 years. The star's publicist told American magazine People that Madonna wanted a fresh challenge, plus the chance to remain at home in London.
The 41-year-old singer has spent much of the last few months in Malta with husband Guy Ritchie, who is directing her in his latest film 'Love, Sex, Drugs And Money'. Her last stage outing was with Broadway veterans Ron Silver and Joe Mantegna in American playwright David Mamet's 'Speed-The-Plow' in 1988. 'Up For Grabs', a comedy by Australian playwright David Williamson, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on May 23 [Previews start on May 9].
The play, which has a cast of seven, will be directed by Laurence Boswell. His recent credits include A Day In The Life Of Joe Egg and Popcorn, by Ben Elton. (source: Ananova)
This time it seems to be true: Ticketmaster is already offering tickets for the play, with following description: Genre: Comedy - Synopsis: How far will an art dealer go to sell a painting? When a hot Jackson Pollack painting comes on the market, Simone will go to great lengths to ensure that she gets the highest price for it that she can as she arranges a private auction for her greedy clients.
Credits: Cast includes Madonna. Directed by Laurence Boswell (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg). Written by David Williamson. - Programme notes: Madonna's last stage appearance was in David Mamet's Speed The Plow in 1989. David Williamson is one of Australia's leading playwrights and wrote the scripts for films Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously.
In the coming months - awaiting the new album - many rumours will surface regarding the title, tracks, release date, etc. Don't take them for granted too quickly... One rumour claims that MTV2 announced a summer release and said that Madonna has already finished 12 tracks. Another rumour comes from InsideMadonna who claim that Liz Rosenberg said that Madonna has only recorded a few songs so far and that the album won't be released until early 2003. According to Madonnarama Warner has no Madonna album scheduled for 2002.
A few months ago we already discovered the hilarious flash movie that combined Ray Of Light with an English children's song. Since then it proved to be so popular, that a release of the song is considered. This is from Ananova: A dance version of the children's song 'The Wheels On The Bus' could be heading for the charts. The single is credited to Mad Donna and is reminiscent of Madonna's Ray Of Light.
It is the second release from new UK label Star Harbour. 'The Wheels On The Bus' was released earlier this week but the label is planning to re-release it on April 1 in a chart-friendly format. The single is take from an American children's educational website called Mothergoose Rocks!
A Star Harbour spokeswoman told Ananova: "We saw it on the website and got in contact with them and they agreed to let us release it. What else can I say. We saw, it made us laugh, so we released it. That's what Star Harbour is about."
Check out the website of Peter Morse, the lighting director of the Drowned World Tour; it features some fantastic pictures of the stage lighting during the show. Morse, who also worked with Madonna on her other tours, talks about these collaborations, mentioning that it's always great working with a professional like Madonna: "Madonna's work ethic is extraordinary.
She was the hardest working person on the tour - always on site before anyone else, and rehearsing late into the night, long after everyone else had departed. She is extremely professional, envisioning every detail of her show and following it through to its completion..."
No awards luck for Madonna; yesterday at the Grammy Awards, the award for 'Best Short Form Music Video' - which Don't Tell Me was nominated for - went to 'Weapon of Choice' by Fatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins. Madonna didn't attend the award show. List of winners.
Yesterday the Gibson Guitar Awards were held in the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. Madonna, nominated for Les Paul Horizon Award (Most Promising Up and Coming Guitarist) because of her stunning guitar performances at the Drowned World Tour, lost out to Pete Yorn.
~ Recently Madonna has been nominated for several awards, but she lost out to all of them: Gibson Awards, NME Awards and NRJ Awards. Let's hope she's got more luck at the Grammies tonight...
Madonna has been bombarded by anti-hunt protesters with graphic videos of foxes being killed, in an effort to stop her allowing her land to be used for hunts. The 1,000-acre grounds of Ashcombe House, which Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie bought last year, have been used in the past by the Blandford-based Portman Hunt.
Protesters who hope to make the nature of hunting clear to the Pop Princess are angered by Madge's tolerance of the sport. 'They will have no excuse,' says Neil Buckoke, organiser of the Dorset Anti-Blood Sport and Animal Action Group. 'They will know the truth.
So if they don't stop the hunt, they can't say they don't know.' If their videos do not have the required effect, the protesters plan a demonstration. Madonna's new-found love of hunting and shooting is also thought to have strained her friendship with Stella McCartney, a fervent anti-fur fighter.
The March 2002 issue of Q Magazine has an article entitled 'The 10 Tours That Changed Music'. Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour is included under the bylines 'Madonna Has Sex On Stage' and 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'. The article by Lucy O'Brien goes on to describe how with the Blond Ambition Tour Madonna raised the ante for live pop performance - and became the world's best-known naked female body. To see the photographs which appear in the article, go to TheLittleStar.
Madonna is rumoured to be attending the Grammy Award show tomorrow, wednesday evening. Her Don't Tell Me video is nominated for 'Best Short Form Music Video'.
No Buckingham, no awards, doubts about the Bond theme and now it seems Madonna's role in Madagascar is off too; this is from the MLVC mailing list: 'Oliver' from Animated-Movies.com informs us that Gwen Stefani will replace Madonna in one of the celebrity voices in Dreamworks Pictures' upcoming CGI film 'Madagascar'.
The site reports that the 'No Doubt' lead singer beat out Madonna and Jennifer Lopez in casting the voice. The film is about "a lion, a zebra, a giraffe and a hippo [Gloria] who are born and raised and have spent their entire lives as New Yorkers in the Central Park Zoo. They have been best friends their entire lives. [But] a bunch of do-gooders decide animals don't belong in the zoo, they belong in the wild.
They end up on the island of Madagascar (off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean), where this perfect life of New York civility is turned upside down and inside out, and they suddenly come face to face with savagery."
Contrary to rumours last week, Madonna is NOT among the artists that are being lined up for the Buckingham Palace Golden Jubilee concert on June 3rd.
In the March 2002 issue of InStyle Magazine they have a picture of Madonna during her DWT in a section which they devote to the designer Catherine Maladrino. The picture is a close up of Madonna when she is riding the bull wearing the American flag shirt which was designed by Catherine Maladrino. Also, they mention that Madonna uses the hair conditioner, Terax Crema, which is also used by a lot of other celebrities and that she uses nail-polish by OPI and for her wedding to Guy Ritchie she wore an OPI nail-polish called, "Italian Love Affair" which is a pale pink.
This afternoon the NME Carling Awards were announced. Madonna was nominated for Best Pop Act, but lost out to Kylie.
Michelle Branch's Zilo-sponsored Lotus Tour finishes up Sunday (Feb. 24) in Norfolk, Virginia, but Wednesday night (Feb. 20) at New York City's Irving Plaza she got a visit from the president of her label - who just happens to be Madonna.
The Material Girl attended with a few of her girlfriends, and it was a very low-key, laid-back appearance, a source confirmed for Launch. Madonna was entertained and impressed, staying at the venue for Branch's whole set. Lucy Woodward and Transmatic opened the show.
Madonna turned down a Brits Lifetime Achievement Award, because she was worried it might make her look old and ready to retire. The singer was asked to accept the gong in recognition of her golden 18-year career. But the Queen of Pop, 43, who had her first hit in 1984 with Holiday, refused point blank.
So Brit bosses gave it to Sting, 50, instead. Yet even he insisted the title of the award was changed to Outstanding Contribution because he was concerned the original made it sound like his career was over. He got a standing ovation as he collected the honour at London's Earls Court on Wednesday.
A source close to Madonna said: "She is a fan of the Brits but she didn't want to accept an award that made her look too old. Madonna is very conscious of her image as a cutting-edge artist and thought a lifetime achievement award - no matter what they call it - would make it sound like she's reached the end of her career. Its like when she did her tour last year - she stuck to new material and refused to play her old hits."
Sir Paul McCartney refused one two years ago for the same reason as Madge. Macca, 59, told pals it was the Im Just About To Die Award and he didnt want to look like an 'old fart' on the verge of retirement.
The Italian newspaper Il Nuovo has reported that cult British film director, Peter Greenaway will finally start shooting his new project "The Tulse Luper Trilogy" this March. The newspaper reports that Madonna will play a femme fatale role. The project also stars Ewan Mc.Gregor, Morgan Freeman, Jeff Bridges, Don Johnson, Victoria Abril (Almodovars muse), Franka Potente, Vincent Gallo and Isabella Rossellini.
The story will follow 92 characters searching for 92 suitcases lost in the four corners of the globe! If they manage to return these suitcases , a mystery about uranium (whose atomic number is 92) will be unveiled! Earlier reports have detailed how this won't be a standard movie but a "multimedia" experience.
Madonna has been making 'noises off' about stepping on to the West End stage in recent weeks, and there has been much speculation about which role she could play. With Mrs Ritchie presumably not interested in Mrs Robinson, could she possibly have her beady eye on 1970s saucepot Felicity Kendal's role in Humble Boy?
'She and Guy came to the show last week,' explains our greasepainted lady. 'You know, she had her hair scraped back in the most extraordinary way. Anyway, the whisper backstage was that she is after Felicity's part.' Backstage tittle-tattle? Tomorrow's front pages, that's what we say at the Loop.
Queen of Pop Madonna is being lined-up to play at Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee concert. The US singer is in the running to join a host of other stars at Buckingham Palace for the celebrations on June 3. It is being reported Sir Paul McCartney will headline the gig, though Robbie Williams and Elton John have both turned down the chance to appear.
Contrary to some rumours a few weeks ago, Madonna did not make an appearance at tonight's Brit Awards. The award show was criticised for overlooking the big stars like Madonna, U2 and Britney. Madonna didn't receive any nomination.
Madonna has taken a pay cut to star in a new play in London's West End. Madge will get £300,000 - a fifth of what she's been offered for other stage roles - to play the lead in the thriller Deception for six weeks at the Strand Theatre from April. She told pals she wanted to be treated like an ordinary actress. If 300 grand is ordinary, what is extraordinary?
Last tuesday, artist Andreas Gursky unveiled his Madonna picture at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The 10x6 foot picture is a montage of pictures, taken during Madonna's Drowned World Tour in LA on September 14th. You can see a full scan of the picture at LittleStar.
While some are busy forecasting Grammy winners, guitar aficionados may very well be preoccupied by another awards ceremony the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards. Artists compete in such categories as Best Rock Guitarist, Best Bassist and Best Guitar Band. Not surprisingly, U2 snagged nominations in all three of those categories this year, earning them the most nods.
What is surprising is Madonna's nomination for the Les Paul Horizon Award, which honors the most promising up-and-coming guitarist. Presumably she's being recognized for the work she did when she strapped on the old six-string during last year's Drowned World Tour. [...]
The annual Gibson Guitar Awards are voted on by members of the music media, and will be presented on February 26 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, according to the Gibson guitar company.
Check out LittleStar for high quality scans of the Madonna pictures in Pop Magazine.
Controversial Madonna biographer Andrew Morton is facing a High Court legal battle, after a former boyfriend of the Queen of Pop decided to sue the writer. Jimmy Albright was paid £70,000 by Mr Morton, infamous for his Princess Diana book, for his assistance in the writing of Morton's unauthorised biography, which was issued in November. But Morton is alleged to have failed to pay an additional £35,000 to Albright, who reportedly begun an affair with Madonna after working as her guard.
This months Face magazine has this advert for Pop magazine giving a preview of a brand new Madonna photo shoot. The magazine hits the stands in the UK on February 18th. (source: Madonnarama, thanx to Tilly Mint)
The producers of the new James Bond film have refused to confirm reports Madonna will sing the theme tune. Barbara Broccoli says the Madonna link-up remains "a possibility". A spokeswoman for the singer has already said Madonna will record a song for the film.
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Madonna, whose Drowned World Tour was nominated at the Concert Industry Awards for 'Major Tour Of The Year' and 'Most Creative Stage Production', lost out in both categories to U2's Elevation Tour.
Madonna is rumoured to have recorded a cover version of David Bowie's 1972 rock classic Ziggy Stardust. According to a Bowie fansite, Madonna's take on the anthem may well be included on her next album, which is apparently being recorded in England at the moment.
A posting on Madonnarama also claims that the Material Girl performed the song during sound checks on her Drowned World Tour. According to biographers, a concert from David Bowie's 1978 world tour was the first gig Madonna ever went to. (source: AbsoluteMadonna)
Madonna is being tipped to star in her own West End show by The Mirror Newspaper. It claims that she's in the advanced stages of secret plans to produce and play a lead role in a glittering musical that will provide a much needed shot in the arm for theatre land. Initially Madonna is said to have been interested in a straightforward stage play. But now she's rumoured to have warmed to the idea of a traditional musical format tinged with her own unique style.
From the 3am girls at the Mirror:
The show is likely to feature adult themes, although shrewd Madonna will make sure her world stage debut maintains a wide popular appeal. One insider describes the proposed drama as "The Blue Room set to music", adding "The Madonna musical has been the talk of those in the know in the West End for some time.
"She is keen to put on a show because it's a fascinating new departure for her and because she has come to love London. With theatre audiences diminishing at an alarming rate, the West End needs superstars like Madonna to bring people back".
September 11th has taken a heavy toll on London theatres as more and more American tourists refuse to fly the Atlantic. In 1999, Madonna was poised to star in a revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Picadilly Theatre. But her role as the sexually voracious Magigie was cancelled after director Sir Peter Hall fell out with producers.
A spokeswoman says "Madonna is thinking about her options. All we know is that she's working on her next album". The singer will be following in the footsteps of her friend Gwyneth Paltrow, who is due to make her British stage debt in Proof at London's Domnar Warehouse in May.
[Naomi Campbell accused British newspaper The Mirror of invading her privacy by publishing pictures of her leaving a drugs clinic.] Naomi Campbell has hit back at allegations that she regularly waived her right to privacy throughout her modelling career in today's high court action against the Mirror.
She was repeatedly challenged by the Mirror's defence barrister over a series of revealing interviews she had allegedly given in the past to publications such as Hello! magazine. Desmond Browne QC specifically asked her about her controversial appearance in Madonna's sex book. But Campbell said it did not make her a hypocrite. "I did not think it was vulgar. I do not thing there is anything wrong with talking about sex," she said. [...]
Earlier today her defence counsel, Andrew Caldecott QC, said that the Mirror's arguments about Campbell flaunting her privacy selectively were not enough. "The Mirror's case is that she is forfeiting her protection because she discussed her family, her boyfriends and posed for saucy photographs in the Madonna book. We say 'so what'. How can anodyne photos like that forfeit her right to privacy for her treatment of drug addiction?" he said.
After turning trendsetting Madonna onto the sport, Guy Ritchie, 34, recently organised a pheasant shoot for his good friend Brad Pitt, 38, on the couple's thousand acre estate at Ashcombe Park in Wiltshire. "Brad proved he can handle a 12-bore, said a source. He acquitted himself well and could almost pass for an English gent".
He joins Snatch co-star Vinnie Jones, who is a self confessed hunting fan, and 43-year-old Madonna - who is reportedly so enamoured of pheasant shooting she has taken classes at Broadlands in Hampshire. The superstar singer, who received a specially commissioned pair of shotguns from Guy for her birthday, explained: "I eat birds. You have more of a respect for the things you eat when you go through, or see, the process of killing them".
Oceans Eleven star Brad was in England without his wife Jennifer Aniston to discuss upcoming film projects, including another possible collaboration with Guy following his appearance in Snatch.
Watch the latest comic (and completely fictive, in case you were wondering) shockwave-movie, which features Osama Bin Laden, blaming Madonna for his actions. Sensitive veiwers might be offended, others can go to AtomFilms. (thanx to Maarten for the link)
Madonna's foul-mouthed outburst on pre-watershed live TV earned a rebuke for Channel 4. The singer used the word "m*therf*ck*rs" as she announced the winner of Turner Prize art award in December. The broadcaster was found to be in breach of the Independent Television Commission's programme code - despite its efforts to try and bleep out the bad language.
Strong expletives are generally not permitted before 9pm and Madonna was speaking shortly before that cut-off point. Producers had put special precautions in place because of the star's reputation for shocking and she had been cautioned about how she should behave.
Channel 4 said she appeared to be taking the event very seriously, but despite several requests would not allow the station to see her speech. Efforts to mask the singer's outburst kicked in too late, but two apologies were broadcast in case viewers were offended. Five viewers complained about the broadcast made from London's Tate Britain gallery.
The ITC ruled: "The Channel was clearly sufficiently concerned to have put a mechanism in place, in case a problem arose, but the failure properly to cover up Madonna's outburst represented a breach of the Programme Code." Channel 4 says its "trust in Madonna had been abused".
Despite claims that Madonna had got the gig, it would now seem that quirky US rockers They Might Be Giants have recorded the theme for the third Austin Powers film. (source: AbsoluteMadonna)
~ My guess is that the rumours about Austin Powers and James Bond got mixed up; Bond turned out to be true, Austin Powers not...
Madonna will perform a song for the next James Bond film but will not be acting in it, her publicist said on Friday [today]. The pop superstar had been tipped by the British media to make a cameo appearance alongside Irish lead Pierce Brosnan in the latest 007 spy caper. "She is doing a song for the film but she won't be acting," Madonna's spokeswoman in London said. "We don't know if it will be the title song yet."
Madonna clinched the deal after holding talks this week with Eon Productions, the 007 film's maker, at Pinewood Studios, the Mirror tabloid newspaper reported. Madonna, who starred in 'Evita', 'Dick Tracy' and 'Desperately Seeking Susan', was said to be thrilled.
She joins a long line of famous names who have recorded songs for Bond films, including Paul McCartney, Tina Turner and Nancy Sinatra. Work on "Bond 20" - the film has yet to be officially named - began in January at Pinewood Studios near London.
~ Some sources claim the movie will be called 'Beneath The Ice'. It's not known yet if Madonna's song will have the same title. More on this very soon.
Britney Spears made sure that Madonna posters and other Madonna memorabilia are visible in her flick 'Crossroads', says an insider. "Ever since Madonna wore that Britney Spears t-shirt in concert, there's been a cross-promotional love fest going on between the two", says a source.
Madonna has apparently asked Hollywood actor Bruce Willis if he would be up for being DJ at her husband, Guy Ritchie's forthcoming birthday bash. She wants the Die Hard star to spin a few sets to her new London mates, including Pierre Marco White and Stella McCartney. She is said to have already hired controversial comic Bernard Manning to compere the show.
US TV channel Comedy will broadcast a selection of Madonna's greatest moments on "Saturday Night Live" between 1985 and 2000, including her live performances, on February 10th at 12:30am.
The February 18 issue of "US Weekly" (which hits news stands Friday) reports that Madonna is in negotiations to record the theme song to the upcoming James Bond film. She is also in talks with the producers of the film to make a cameo in the film. There is no info on the song or the release date for the film at this point.
NME has announced the nominations for the NME Carling Awards 2002. Madonna is nominated in the Top Pop category and has to compete with Britney, Kylie, S Club 7 and Robbie Williams. You can vote now. The ceremony takes place on February 25 at the London Planit Arches.
Guy Ritchie's stepmother says Madonna is a role model for aspiring female politicians. Shireen Ritchie used Madonna as an example of how fellow party members could transform their image. She addressed a group of Conservatives as part of a new initiative to recruit more women to the party.
Mrs Ritchie, who is chairman of the Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Association, said: "Madonna is a role model in the sense that you have got to go out and get what you want in all areas of life, and that can be applied to all areas of Conservative politics." She added that she has never discussed politics with Madonna.
Hot contemporary artist Andreas Gursky will unveil a monumental photograph of Madonna on Feb. 12 at the Pompidou Center in Paris. And he does mean unveil: Nobody - including the superstar herself - gets to see the 10-foot by 6-foot photo before it goes on public view. That policy, imposed by the photographer, has the Madonna camp biting its fingernails.
"We're all freaking out wondering what it's going to look like," says Madonna's art adviser Darlene Lutz. "It's not that we don't trust him," she adds, "but not knowing is totally nerve-wracking." Mr. Gursky isn't just another paparazzo: His show of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art was among the most acclaimed photography exhibitions in New York in recent years.
Here's what Madonna's people do know: Mr. Gursky snapped the photo during a tense concert in Los Angeles two days after Sept. 11. Powerhouse New York dealer Matthew Marks, who represents Mr. Gursky, says only that the picture will be one of the artist's "more exciting works." The gallery says Mr. Gursky will sell six prints of the photo "if he's happy with the outcome."
Madonna has regained full control over Madonna.com from Dan Parisi, who had cyber-squatted the domain and had turned it into a porn site. Fans will remember that following the first judgement, he was forced to withdraw the porn site and redirected the domain to a hospital. This latest ruling means that Madonna now has the right to use the domain as she sees fit.
Currently it points to her official site, which was Madonnamusic.com and there is nothing new there, but with the new album being recorded as we speak, it cannot be long before Madonna's new and true domain has wonderful features to show!
Check fansite Little Star for Madonna pictures from Mario Testino's Portraits book.
Superstar Madonna's movie co-stars are singing her praises - after realizing working with her was nowhere near as tough as they feared. Jeanne Tripplehorn, who stars alongside the 43-year-old Material Girl in 'Love, Sex, Drugs And Money', says Madonna proved to be a pleasure to work with on the set of the movie, which is directed by the superstar's British husband Guy Ritchie. And their working relationship proved to be so positive, they have now struck up a personal friendship. Jeanne says, "She's a real girl's girl. I don't know if people know that. Madonna and I flew to the location in Malta together and talked nine hours straight. The rhythm of a friendship happened immediately. Having watched her for the last 20 years, well, she didn't disappoint. She was just as strong, smart and enigmatic as I'd thought."
Two of the never seen before Madonna shoots taken by Mario Testino have been revealed during a report regarding Testino's exhibit in London, on UK BBC channel tonight. The first one has been taken in 1998, before the release of Madonna's Ray Of Light album. The second one is dated from 1996, just after the filming of Evita. The exposition is said to offer a lot of exclusive Madonna pics but none of them have yet surfaced on the web.↑ Back to top of page