Madonna news - June 2002
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30 June - Air to produce track for new
AIR are supposed to produce a track for the new Madonna album,
cliams brasilian site Madonna
Online, stating that their information is exclusive and official
(no source added). The recordings may start in August. This means
that Madonna will be having a french feeling to her album again,
not only working with the french duo but also with Mirwais and
composer Michel Colombier. AIR are used to collaborate with big
starts, being their latest work a remix for the track "I
Deserve a Better Future" from the new David Bowie album ("Heathen").
(source: Madonnapower )
30 June - Bond director confirms cameo
that director of Die Another Day Lee Tamahori has confirmed that
Madonna will be making an appearance in the Bond movie, though
only a short one.
30 June - Madonna to perform Die Another Day at MTV Awards?
/ Album rumours *rumour*
MTV is speculating that Madonna may be performing at the MTV Video
Music Awards in September. The chosen song would be Die
. They also hinted that two tracks from her up
coming CD will be named 'Trick' and 'Unless It's You'. They supposedly
quoted one of the producers saying 'the album would be like nothing
you'd expect from Madonna'. We'll have to wait and see. (source:
30 June - Boy George denies rumours about suiing
Remember that controversy about Madonna suing Boy George over
his play Taboo's parody of Vogue? It got huge press, but this
piece did not (found on a Boy George web site)... [Boy] George,
in his Express Column puts us right! "Madonna didn't threaten
to sue us for playing, rather deliciously, with the lyrics to
her hit Vogue in my musical, Taboo. Her publishers, probably on
her behalf, gave us permission to use them verbatim..." (source:
30 June - Liz Smith about Swept Away *spoiler*
Only Time will tell what the demanding movie critics will think
of Madonna's latest big screen adventure, Swept Away" (This
is her husband, Guy Ritchie's remake of the '74 Lina Wertmuller
classic about a rich, unpleasant woman marooned on a desert island
with a guy of the "lower classes.") But you can take
it from me, this new 'Swept Away' has a moment everyone
can enjoy. It shows Madonna, dressed in a gold evening gown, dancing
while lip syncing to Della Reese's hot version of "Come on-a-My
House." As Della sings about giving you "figs and grapes
and a pomegranates, too," Madonna catches and discards the
various fruits with lightning precision. She camps it up like
there's no tomorrow. For die-hard Madonna fans, its a moment to
die for. (Liz Smith in NY Post)
28 June - Love Won't Wait & No Substitute For Love full demos
Fansite Madonnapower is once again proving to be the new Madonna downloaders heaven!
After providing us the full demos of Like
and Gone, Gone, Gone
they are now offering full and clean versions of Love
and No Substitute
. Love Won't Wait
was written and recorded by Madonna in the mid 90s but she rejected
it and later Gary Barlow released his own version. Madonna's recording
surfaced on the Internet in bad quality, originating from an amateur
recording when the demo was played in Lucky Records in Paris.
This time we get to hear the clean version! We already heard a
small snippet of No Substitute
but not the whole version. This is of course a first version of
what would later become Drowned
World / Substitute For Love
. Though the lyrics resemble a
lot, the music and rhythm of this demo differs totally from the
Ray Of Light
song we know.
Definitely worth downloading, so check it out at Madonnapower !
28 June - Brosnan hints at cameo
Though it still hasn't officially been confirmed, it seems more
and more likely that Madonna indeed has a cameo role in Die Another
reports: "Madonna looks set to further advance her acting
career by appearing alongside Pierce Brosnan in the next James
Bond movie, 'Die Another Day'. The reigning Queen of Pop was originally
only expected to provide the theme tune to the new film, but it
now appears she's also been asked to play a small role alongside
007. Speaking to Radio 1, Brosnan said: "Madonna's going
to sing the song, and I believe she could have a cameo role in
this movie. I believe I'm not allowed to tell you." Madonna's
acting career has recently been troubled by press allegations
that unreasonable demands make her impossible to work with. The
theatre manager at London's Wyndham Theatre - where Madonna is
currently starring in 'Up For Grabs' - recently quit his post
after more than 30 years, because he was "unable to cope"
with her excessive requests. Madonna is said to have demanded
her dressing room be redecorated and a power shower installed,
and insisted a pair of bouncers attend each side of the stage,
which she also had raised.
~ All the fans who have seen Up For Grabs have denied that the
stage was raised, so take these rumours with a big grain of salt.
member MadGuy also pointed out this interesting news, which was
posted at CommanderBond.net
"Few details are known about the ominous Scorpion Girl. Intelligence
reports do indicate that she resides in Colonel Moon's North Korean
base. Furthermore, it was reported that she had been given the
task of torturing a British national held in captivity by Colonel
Moon. However, the name of this spy has yet to be discovered.
Actress playing the role yet to be uncovered". Could it be
that Madonna will take this part? It would explain why she needs
a special designed suit, as rumoured.
26 June - Madonna has a fabulous body, says Liz
Madonna's camp is quashing rumors that Guy Ritchie nixed nude
scenes in their cinematic collaboration 'Swept Away'
because her body didn't make the cut. Sources say editor Eddie
Hamilton was overheard at a party mouthing off that Ritchie snipped
the scenes of his wife because they "weren't too flattering,"
Britain's Sunday People says. "They leave absolutely nothing
to the imagination," Hamilton is quoted as saying. "We
took loads of footage of Madonna completely starkers, but after
seeing it, Guy said, 'No way!' They both felt the shots didn't
make Madonna look too good although they'll probably crop
up on the Internet in a few months." Madonna's rep Liz Rosenberg
scoffed at the suggestion that the 43-year-old star whose
1992 photo book, "Sex," displayed every inch of her
naked form has lost her shape. "Say what you want
about Madonna, but you can't say she doesn't have a fabulous body,"
Rosenberg said. "I don't think Guy has complaints about her
body." (source: NY Daily News)
26 June - Test audience not impressed by Swept Away / Possible
Rumours have surfaced that test audiences watching Madonna's new
movie Swept Away have not been too impressed. In particular, reports
said they laughed at all the wrong moments. It is said the Queen
of Pop has urged the filmmakers to remove unflattering nude scenes.
The film is directed by Madonna's hubby Guy Ritchie and she plays
Raffaella, a rich woman who goes on a yachting vacation in the
Mediterranean and becomes romantically involved with a communist
sailor after they are shipwrecked. (source: ITV
~ Notice they say her character will be named Raffaella, while
earlier reports spoke about Amber.
26 June - Madonna's wedding bracelet stolen
£49,000 diamond bracelet Madonna borrowed from a jeweller
to wear on her wedding day has been stolen in a raid on a London
store. The 19 carat diamond French filigree bracelet, which was
picked by designer Stella McCartney to complement the pop star's
gothic-style gown, was among 13 items, valued at more than £100,000,
taken in the raid. The robbers, posing as builders, used a steel
girder to smash a security door at Moira's Antique Jewellers,
New Bond Street, as it opened for business. They then threatened
staff with a handgun before escaping in a white van which was
found burnt out in nearby Jones Street. As they fled the robbers
dropped a diamond tiara which was later recovered. An elderly
worker needed hospital treatment after he suffered a head injury
when he was pushed down a flight of stairs. The bracelet, which
Madonna wore to marry film director Guy Ritchie in December 2000
at Skibo Castle in Scotland, dates from 1910. Today Moira Cohen,
the director of the jeweller's, confirmed the piece worn by Madonna
had been stolen. A £100,000 reward has been offered by a
firm of Lloyd's underwriters following the raid on 4 May. Anyone
with information is asked to contact the Flying Squad at Barnes.
22 June - Swept Away is a disaster, says editor
Madonna's new film Swept Away will be a box office disaster
according to the man who edited it. Eddie Hamilton also revealed
that the singer's hubby Guy Ritchie who wrote and directed
the movie ordered graphic nude shots of his missus to be
cut because they "weren't too flattering". And some
of Madge's scenes had to be re-shot after they were deemed a turn-off
to filmgoers. The romantic comedy has been dogged by rumours of
trouble on the Maltese film set and has had scathing pre-release
reviews. Guy even pulled it from last month's Cannes Film Festival
to save it being slammed by critics. Now editor Hamilton has added
fuel to the fire by revealing that a test audience hated it. He
was overheard at a recent party in London saying: "The audience
didnt know what to make of it. A lot of them marked it down
and weren't laughing at the bits that were supposed to be funny.
They didn't like Madonna's character at all. A lot of the audience
said she sounded too bitchy when she spoke so we had to re-record
some of her lines. The film is very un-PC. There are a lot of
scenes of the male lead beating Madonna up and the audience didn't
know how to respond to it. He beats her up and she falls in love
with him." Referring to the racy nude scenes, Eddie added:
"They leave absolutely nothing to the imagination and to
be frank, they're not very flattering. We took loads of footage
of Madonna completely starkers but after seeing it, Guy said 'No
way!'. They both felt the shots didn't make Madonna look too good
although they'll probably crop up on the Internet in a
few months." Eddie's explosive comments are sure to infuriate
Madonna, pictured right, and Guy and could mean he never works
with himand producer Matthew Vaughn again. A source close to Madonna
said: "She will not be happy about what he has said at all.
She is desperate to make a good film and for the editor to say
such things is not good, especially as Swept Away isn't even out
yet." The film, due to be released in September, tells the
story of a rich woman, played by Madge, who gets stranded on a
desert island and falls in love with the captain of their stricken
yacht. In another twist, Guy included a Moulin Rouge-inspired
dance routine during re-editing which required a full jazz orchestra
and a Versace dress for Madge being flown out to the set. (source:
21 June - New program book for Up For Grabs
a new edition of the Up For Grabs program book. Among changes
is a name change for Madonna: she's no longer listed as 'Madonna'
(like in the first edition) but as 'Madonna Ritchie'. The new
edition also features this stunning picture. (source: Madonna
21 June - Madonna no. 4 on Forbes power list
Madonna ranks fourth in Forbes' list of the 100 most powerful
people of 2002, right behind Britney, Tiger Woods and Steven Spielberg.
She's no. 17 in earnings, making $ 43 million. Forbes calls her
'the savviest woman in music business': "The savviest woman
in music has a busy schedule: In the last year she went on a 47-show
tour, starred in a movie directed by husband Guy Ritchie and in
a play in London's West End. She also found time to issue a denial
of a rumored pregnancy." You can check the complete list
(thanx to MadMax
member Derrick for bringing this to our attention)
20 June - Theatre boss quits over Madonna's demands
The theatre manager in charge of Madonna's West end debut has
sensationally quit after becoming infuriated with the star's never-ending
demands and quest for total control. Madonna has been performing
to sell-out audiences in the play Up For Grabs at Wyndham's Theatre.
But William Ingrey, who has spent nearly 30 years at the theatre,
was unable to stand her and her entourage any longer. Among Madonna's
demands was that her dressing room be decorated in pale shades
and fitted with a walk-in power shower. She also insisted that
her bouncers remain each side of the stage when she is performing.
She asked for the stage to be raised by several feet and decreed
that large areas of the auditorium be closed to staff during performances.
Mr Ingrey was unable to comment but a friend said: "William
was exasperated by all the fuss surrounding Madonna. He had been
pushing for the dressing room to be redecorated for donkey's years.
When Madonna arrived there was a complete revamp to her precise
specifications. William wasn't terribly happy in the job anyway
and Madonna was the icing on the cake." At his leaving party
Mr Ingrey told colleagues he was "unable to cope with constraints
put upon him to satisfy the needs of the present productions".
18 June - ICON merges with Madonna.com
website of ICON
Madonna's official fan club has now merged with the brand new
As a goodbye present they've posted a new picture of Swept Away.
(thanx to Mark/MadGuy for the info). Meanwhile, Madonna.com
announces they received a massive 4 million pageviews on their
17 June - Mad'House, the album
It was inevitable; after the successful Like A Prayer cover and
their current single Holiday, Mad'House will release their debut-album
which is stacked with Madonna covers. The tracklisting will be
as follows: 1. Like a prayer; 2. Holiday; 3. Into the groove;
4. La isla bonita; 5. Borderline; 6. Papa don't preach; 7. Vogue;
8. Frozen; 9. Open your heart; 10. Everybody; 11. Be yourself;
12. Someone's taken over. Does this mean they actually have two
songs of their own? ;-) (source: Madonna
16 June - Bond theme is finished, cameo not yet *rumour*
According to Actustar.com
Madonna has finished the recording of the Bond theme, titled Die
Another Day. Her cameo in the movie on the other hand will be
filmed on June 23rd, says Popbitch.com
16 June - Some thoughts on Swept Away *spoiler*
Baz Bamigboye, theatre and film writer, wrote some of his thoughts
after seeing a preview of Swept Away in friday's Daily Mail (thanx
to Jellytot for the transcript):
"A humbled Madonna barking like a poodle is something to
behold. Mrs Ritchie plays a wealthy but miserable wife - a bitch
with a capital B - in Swept Away, Guy Ritchie's £4 million
update of the version of Lina Wertmuller's 1974 movie of the same
"Adriano Giannini plays a handsome fisherman working on the
luxury yacht taking Madonna's character and friends around the
"On screen, Adriano (whose father Giancarlo was in the original
film) and Madonna spark off each other well. At one point, an
exasperated Adriano snaps: 'She's a lizard who should be made
into a belt, bag and boots!'
"Tables are turned when the two are shipwrecked on a deserted
island and Adriano can tell Madonna what he really thinks of her
- including forcing her to bark like a dog.
"Guy does a little tribute in the sand to the surf-bon scene
in From Her To Eternity and his wife and the leading man romp
naked on the beach (discreetly shot of course). They both look
"There's a fab moment when Adriano imagines her dressed in
gold lame singing Come On-A My House, but perversely, it isn't
Madonna actually singing, but lip-synching to Della Reese.
"Wicked whispers unfairly dismissed the film as a disaster.
An uncompleted version was screen tested in the spring and it
scored poorly. Major editing ensued and a surprising bittersweet
romance is the result, which left Claudia Schiffer in tears.
"I also caught up with Madonna on stage in Up For Grabs and
though her charisma shone through."
16 June - Madonna to kiss Bond girl? *rumour*
It's another day, another lesbian kiss for Madonna. Not content
with a bit of racy girl-on-girl action in her West End play, Up
for Grabs, the queen of pop's cameo in the new Bond film Die Another
Day will, according to the New York Post, see the singer kissing
Halle Berry, who plays Bond babe baddy Jinx. Madonna, who also
sings the theme tune for the film, is believed to have only agreed
to perform if she was offered a cameo part in the movie, and was
insistent that her short time on screen be memorable. (source:
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