Madonna news - May 2002
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14 May - Die Another Day trailer
You can see a teaser trailer of Die Another Day at Yahoo!
Still no word whether or not Madonna has accepted to do the cameo
14 May - Mad'House covers Holiday
After their hit with Like
it was expectable that Mad'House would try the same
trick again. And yes, they'll be releasing a cover of Holiday
pretty soon, trying to trick the audience again. Please someone
free us of these jokers! (thanx to Madonna Electronica)
14 May - Fans queue hours in hope of seeing Madge
She is not officially royalty, but queues for returned tickets
on the opening night of Madonna's foray into West End theatre
resembled early morning stake-outs for Charles and Diana's wedding
or the Harrods sale.
Fans arrived at 11am and waited in drizzle for eight hours for
a chance to see the 43-year-old singer's West End debut in David
Williamson's Up For Grabs - an arts-world satire in which she
plays Loren, a ruthless dealer going to any length to shift a
Queueing was a tiresome process, but cheaper than paying between
£150 and £400 on the black market. By yesterday evening,
only a few punters were queueing for return tickets to get into
last night's preview of the sell-out satire. The run sold out
months ago, with all matinees cancelled due to the singer's recording
the play the audience - some of whom had come from the US to queue
for tickets - said Madonna had cut a nervous figure who appeared
to have fluffed a few lines. However she had impeccable comic
timing and raised laughs during a two-minute kiss with another
Michael Harrigan, a London-based actor, who had got a ticket after
queueing, said: "She was clearly nervous and was moving her
hands a lot which is a sign of nerves and the one thing you must
never do as an actor. But she got stronger throughout the performance
and she was clearly working the audience who were very receptive
of her. I think her acting process will improve as the run continues."
Andrea Pastorelli, an Italian student, said: "She was slightly
stuttery but she was great and she was very at ease with the sexual
nature of her role. She is playing a highly strung character so
her jumpiness came across as part of the role."
Madonna's choice of London venue gives her a hard act to follow
- the Wyndham's Theatre previously hosted The Play What I Wrote,
which had rave reviews and broke records for the highest advance
ticket sales of any play in West End history. (source: Guardian
14 May - Fans pay upwards of £500 to see Madonna's West
Madonna took to the stage for the first time in over a decade
on Monday night, in the West End debut of Up For Grabs at Londons
Wyndhams Theatre. Hundreds of fans had queued in the rain to secure
one of the 700 tickets available for the first night performance
and some had even paid touts upwards of £500 for
a coveted seat. The performance, Madonnas first since she
appeared in David Mamets Speed The Plow Stateside in 1988,
was held under the tightest of security and members of the press
were not allowed. Among those not in the audience were Madonnas
husband Guy Ritchie and her young son Rocco, who stopped by earlier
in the evening to wish the singer good luck, but left about 30
minutes before the performance. Throngs of screaming fans greeted
the 43-year-old pop music icon as she left the building by the
front entrance after the play. And while audience members outside
the theatre gave mixed reviews, many thought the star had shaken
off the jitters to eventually give a strong performance by the
end of the play. I thought she was a lot better than expected,
said one audience member. She was excellent. Another
added, She was nervous to start with but got better.
The Evita stars West End debut, which sold out in four days
when tickets went on sale in February, had been delayed by technical
problems. Up For Grabs officially opens on May 23, and is set
for a 10-week run. (source: Hello
14 May - Who's girl kissing Madge?
set pulses racing last night as she enjoyed a steamy kiss
with another woman. Fans flocked to see the pop superstar on her
West End theatre debut, with £38 tickets changing hands
for £200. And there were gasps from the audience as Madonna,
43, played out her lesbian scene. Madonna, whose hits include
Whos That Girl, is a ruthless art dealer in the comedy Up
For Grabs. She admits Ive never done it with another
woman, before her kiss with leather-clad co-star Megan Dodds.
The play opens officially at Londons Wyndham Theatre on
May 23 and is already heavily booked. (source: The
14 May - It's hard not to love Madge
I've strolled into a few places before to confront Madonna. Mostly,
these have been large auditoria with thousands of people baying
for entertainment. She has usually obliged by appearing with hordes
of raunchy backing singers and brassieres to make Howard Hughes
become centrifugal in his grave. On other occasions, we have crossed
paths in the cinema. The most discreet of veils must be drawn
over these encounters.
night, she popped up in the theatre. I was taken aback by the
sheer intimacy of seeing the woman in what, for the first time
in my experience, might adequately be described as the flesh.
There was cleavage, a lesbian kiss and a sex aid, but before any
of that came something I have never seen in a lifetime of attending
soirées dedicated to the art of greasepaint: I have never
before witnessed an actress receiving an ovation before she had
uttered a word. Madonna appeared somewhere around centre stage,
to lapse into technical jargon, performed a step or two in the
direction of the paying public, smiled, and the house came down.
It must be emphasised that the play she is appearing in, Up For
Grabs, has not been cynically thrown together as a star vehicle.
The story concerns a bidding war for a painting by Jackson Pollock,
one of those American guys whose life, work, and death can all
be summed up in a single phrase: car crash.
Madonna needs to get $20 million for the picture in question,
for reasons that need not detain us here. Suffice it to say that
she has to work her magic on three potential buyers. There is
the inevitable couple who have made vast sums of imaginary money
as a dot.com ensemble. There is the big, fat bloke and his screechy
wife, who have made vast sums of money by more conventionally
thuggish means. There is an etiolated red-haired woman who acts
for people who have made vast sums of money, quite possibly by
rebranding the Third Reich.
Into this atmosphere of greed and degredation steps Madonna. She
is no angel. There is cleavage in this performance, and also a
kicking off and putting on of shoes, that strongly suggests that
Loren, the character Madonna is impersonating, is no stranger
to the dark side. Incidentally, I should mention at this point
that, even with shoes removed, there was no suggestion of the
patter of tiny feet.
She realises that in order to make deals with the devils that
inhabit the unacceptable warrens of the art world, the places
where money actually changes hands, then certain sacrificies are
necessary. These include, in no particular order, French-kissing,
a mild session of lesbianism, the turning down of a line of cocaine,
and an episode with a gigantic dildo.
Which brings me to the most extraordinary aspect of the evening's
performance: Madonna is the nearest thing I've seen to a little
girl since Shirley Temple. For a start, there is the voice. This
is a woman who has commanded the open spaces of Wembley Stadium.
Obviously, amplification is involved on these occasions, but there
is still the shock of discovering that Madonna has a little voice.
Add to this a certain nervousness of demeanour, and you might
be forgiven for thinking that her first half-dozen lines were
repeated requests to be allowed to visit the toilet.
Then there is the habit of resorting to the hands-on-hips posture
when all other thoughts of acting have flown into the wings. The
lady is not a stage natural. Yet something quite peculiar happens
in the course of Up For Grabs, which is that I ended up loving
Possibly because it is not a realistic possibility with such an
assured supporting cast, there is no attempt at scene stealing
or upstaging. Perhaps, it's because her face looks sweet, at least
from the gods. Maybe, it's because she's got a terrific American
accent for an English bird. Anyway, the girl done good. (source:
13 May - Mixed reactions after first Up For Grabs preview
Madonna has made her first stage performance for 13 years. The
43-year-old singer appeared in a preview performance of Up For
Grabs at Wyndhams Theatre in her West End debut. She last appeared
on stage in 1988 in US playwright David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow
on Broadway. Madonna left the theatre by the front entrance shortly
after the performance and was driven away in a waiting car. There
were screams from the crowd as she scrambled for the car and the
road outside was blocked by photographers and camera crews. Those
who saw the play had mixed views on Madonna's performance, with
most saying she improved in the second half once she had got over
her nerves. Victoria Bateman, 32, said she thought the pop star
was "fantastic". "I thought she was a lot better
than expected, she was excellent." Malva Green, 41, said
she thought the actress "put on a convincing performance".
"She was nervous to start with but got a lot better."
Theatregoers with tickets and others hoping to catch any returned
tickets queued down Charing Cross Road in the rain before the
show. In the play Madonna plays Simone, an ambitious art dealer
whose attempts to break into the more exclusive buyers' market
finds her bending the rules to get the highest bid for a Jackson
Pollock picture. (source: Ananova
~ Notice that it was reported earlier that the name of Madonna's
character was changed to Loren.
10 May - New album on hold
Madonna will put the recording of her next album on hold while
she makes her London theater debut in "Up for Grabs"
this summer, her spokesperson said. She will return to the studio
in August. (source: MTV.com
10 May - Up For Grabs advert
On the right you find the advert for Up For Grabs that appeared
in yesterday's London Evening Standard; click to enlarge. (source:
Madonnarama, thanx to Burak)
08 May - Like A Prayer voted 5th in British All-Time Best
Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was named Britain's favorite
pop single of all time Wednesday in a poll by Guinness World Records.
More than 31,000 people voted in the poll for GWR's "British
Hit Singles" book. Madonna's Like
made it to no. 5, while Vogue
is on no. 24. The top 10 is as follows: 1. Bohemian Rhapsody -
Queen ; 2. Imagine - John Lennon; 3. Hey Jude - The Beatles; 4.
Dancing Queen - Abba; 5. Like a Prayer - Madonna; 6. Angels -
Robbie Williams; 7. Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever - The
Beatles; 8. Wannabe - Spice Girls; 9. Yesterday - The Beatles;
10. Let It Be - The Beatles. (source: Reuters
08 May - Swept Away release date
According to UpcomingMovies
Swept Away will be released on September 27th, 2002.
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08 May - Kylie sexier than Madonna?
The co-author of Kylie Minogue's new biography says the star is
set to become a living legend. Nigel Goodall believes her girl-next-door
quality is unique and makes her even sexier than Madonna. [...]
Nigel told Ananova: "Despite her suggestive dances, Kylie's
girly appeal is very refreshing. It's all done very tongue in
cheek and naturally - that's the quality that makes her unique.
Madonna is much more controversial which I believe doesn't make
her as sexy." (source: Ananova
~ Who do you think she copied that sexy image from, Nigel?
06 May - Relaunched Ashram hosts exclusive demo files
Madonna's Ashram was relaunched today and contains quite some
goodies! If you simply register (for free) you'll be able to hear
(in .asx) demo files from the Ray Of Light recording sessions.
Four of them are demos of the tracks that Madonna did with Patrick
Leonard: 'The Power Of Good-Bye' (original demo), 'To Have And
Not To Hold' (acoustic original demo, very impressive), 'Little
Star' (original demo) and 'No Substitute For Love' (original demo,
quite different from Drowned World). Then there are three unknown
demos, which Madonna supposedly wrote with Robert Miles, Rick
Nowels and Greg Fitzgerald, but which she ditched for the Ray
Of Light album. They are 'Gone Gone Gone' (part of which we heard
before), 'Revenge' (heard some of that too) and... 'Like A Flower'
(my personal favorite, imagine a third 'Like A..' song!!). In
the Words section you'll find the lyrics for these demos and also
a letter from Madonna to Patrick Leonard about her decision to
drop the songs. Finally, in the Video section you can find several
videos from the Drowned World Tour, most interestingly the one
for Paradise. (Oh and do notice where the webmaster got his inspiration
for the eyes-concept and the background color! ;-)
03 May - Madonna tiara in new exhibition
The jet encrusted tiara worn by Madonna in her Max Factor campaign
is currently on display at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.
For more information on the exhibition or to make an online booking,
. (source: Madonna.com
03 May - Up For Grabs rumours denied - again
"All my work is based on trying to free up actors' creativity,
to release their story. I'm not interested in imposing a singular
vision," says the boomingly popular British director Laurence
Boswell. Boswell is the director of choice for American stars
who yearn for London's West End stages. He's directing Matt Damon
and his pals in "This Is Our Youth" and also Madonna
in her coming "Up for Grabs" drama. He debunks rumors
about Madonna being "difficult." "Not much is being
said officially, so people are making it up," Boswell says.
"The stage being raised by 5 feet to prevent fans mobbing
her--that is total, total rubbish. And people not being allowed
to look her in the eye is nonsense.... Whenever any group of people
get together, of course there are arguments. But nothing out of
the ordinary." Tickets for the 10-week run of Madonna's starring
turn, starting with previews May 13, sold out overnight. She plays
a scheming art dealer with three sets of clients. Boswell says,
"It's a crackling tale with an element of thriller. I liked
the play and thought she would be good in the part. She's well
known as an art collector." (source: LA
02 May - Moby on collaborating with Madonna
In a recent interview for Top of the Pops, Moby has admitted that
he was to record a track with Madonna last year: "I've know
Madonna forever, for a really long time. She'd asked me to work
on her last record with her, and I couldn't because I was on tour.
Then my tour finished and her tour started, so I asked her to
work on my record and she couldn't because she was on tour. The
song I wanted her to work on is called 'Jam For The Ladies' and
it's this throw-your-hands-in-the-air, sexy, fun hip hop track.
Because she and I both came from this underground New York club
culture, I thought her vocals would really suit that track, but
she was on tour, so she couldn't do it. Maybe we could meet up
one day and do a speed-metal song together." (source: Madonnarama)
02 May - Swept Away needs work
Looks like the Oscar will elude Madonna for another year. Her
new film - a remake of Lena Wertmuller's 1975 classic 'Swept Away' - has been yanked from its planned premiere at Cannes
this month after test audiences called it a stinker. Written and
directed by husband Guy Ritchie, the film has been recalled by
Sony Pictures for improvements. (source: PageSix
01 May - Madonna covers all around
We reported it before; covering Madonna seems more trendy than
There are three Like
A Prayer covers in the German charts right now; the one
by Mad'House even made it to no. 1. Ironically the fantastic
original only made it to no. 2 in 1989...
British rock band Glitterbug also jumps on the Like
A Prayer band wagon with their rock version of the song,
which will be free for download on their website.
Meanwhile the internet joke 'The Wheels On The Bus', a parody
of Ray Of Light, surprisingly
entered the UK charts at no. 17 and will feature on this friday's
Top Of The Pops in the UK.
Also this week, Kelly Osbourne will be filming the video for
her Papa Don't Preach
The band My Vitriol announced they'll release a rarities album
called 'Between The Lines', which also features a cover of Oh
And finally there's the rumour that Kylie intends to collaborate
with the Pet Shop Boys on a cover of The
Look Of Love, which would feature on her next single 'Love
At First Sight', which arrives in stores in June. Talking about
Madonna, she supposedly said: "She's the queen and I'm
happy to be the princess". (sources: NME,
AbsoluteMadonna, Madonna-Electronica & Madonnarama)
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