Madonna news - Aug. 2002
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31 August - Die Another Day lyrics
Madonnapower member Activate posted the Die Another Day lyrics. Notice that
parts of them are missing, since he only has a poor quality audio
file and can't hear the lyrics very clearly. Read them at our
Die Another Day page
31 August - Everyone prepares for Kabbalah wedding
Even though Madonna's spokeswoman claims "There's no Kabbalah
[wedding] ceremony planned" for the singer and her husband,
director Guy Ritchie, 33, two sources close to Madonna, 44, swear
a "second wedding" is just days away. In fact, not only
has Madonna's daughter, Lourdes, 5, been preparing by learning
about this mystical branch of Judaism at a summer program at the
Kabbalah Children's Academy in Los Angeles, but now Hot Stuff
hears that Madonna's younger brother, Christopher Ciccone, also
attended a class at L.A.'s Kabbalah Centre on August 23. "They
want everyone ready for it," says a source." (source:
29 August - Guys strikes back at critics
New Madonna movie 'Swept Away' has hit further problems, journalists
in director Guy Ritchie's native Britain think it's a terrible
film. The celebrity couple's remake of the 1975 Italian film Travolti
Da Un Insolito Destino Nell'azzurro Mare D'Agosto has been
universally panned by industry audiences in London, following
months of speculation that the movie was so bad it would not be
granted a cinema release.
The film was deemed unremarkable by film writers, who were more
intrigued by the sight of a massively muscle bound Material Girl
at the screening, however some conceded the drama had got better
following extensive changes after its first disastrous screenings.
A source says, "It might not be very good but I can tell
you it's improved immeasurably from the edit I saw before. The
problem for Columbia Tri Star is they can't 'bury' it. They're
under pressure to promote the film properly because Guy and Madonna
live in London."
Guy Ritchie has hit back at journalists in his home country saying,
"There's a problem with the Brits. I don't know what it is,
but they kick the s*** out of anyone who does well. I guess they
do it everywhere. It's so vindictive. The press in the UK has
kicked the s*** out of Swept Away so far. No one had
even seen it there, and every day there was another article about
what a terrible movie it is. There was an article by a chap who,
by the way, has always blown so much smoke up our a** it's absurd.
And he wrote that this movie will never get released, it's absolutely
awful. He said everyone argued, and we're gonna get divorced.
And they dedicated a page to that. You could warm your hands off
the hatred and resentment. I knew we were setting ourselves up
for the s***, but in a way it stimulates you to do it." (source:
29 August - M ties her longest Hot 100 chart absence
Just as we prepare for the onslaught of Die
, Madonna has tied her own record, but not necessarily
in a good way. With Die Another
not serviced to radio this past Tuesday, it is virtually
guaranteed that Madonna will remain absent on Billboard's Hot
100 through the week ending September 14, making it a full 62
weeks without a Madonna title on the chart. This ties the 62 weeks
she was absent on the chart from Rescue
's last appearance in April 1991 through the debut of This
Used to Be My Playground
in June 1992. Close behind: the 61-week
period from Causing A Commotion
to Like A Prayer
1988 through March 1989. As Die
is not likely to be officially sent to radio for
another three to four weeks, Madonna should easily surpass her
current 62 weeks, and we'll have survived through the longest
Madonna drought since she first burst onto the scene nearly 20
years ago... (source: AbsoluteMadonna)
29 August - More info on and pix from DAD video!
revealed following information to Madonnapower :
"The short Die Another Day snippet that has been surfacing
on the net is not from the Madonna song Die
but it is a part from the film score. Though the
melody of the song by Madonna sounds a lot like that snippet of
the score. The actual song isn't as orchestra sounding as the
Madonna track, which is much more synthesized.
The DAD video was shot at Hollywood Center Studios in Hollywood,
California. Madonna, Guy, Lourdes, and Rocco were all on the studio
lot during the filming... so it seems this was a family occassion.
The video is directed by the Tractor brothers (officially known
as "Tractor") of Sweden. While Guy observed M at work
on set, the kids played in the patio outside mommy's dressing
room. Friday's injury has now been confirmed as nothing more than
a jambed right thumb: ouch!
It also seems the fencing duel is a lot more intricate than previously
thought... after good/evil madonnas tire of their fencing swords...
they resort to medievel battle axes, and even to spearguns! The
fencing duel starts off in an all white room... and continues
into a museum (which incidentally is inspired by hints of Bond
memorabilia). The battle is so explosive that Evil M sends Good
M flying through a glass window and into the next room of the
museum. By the end of the fight the museum is completely trashed!"
29 August - Die Another Day soon available online?
Madonnapower member Activate keeps us intrigued with his inside info: "The
mysterious kazaa track is from the film score... NOT the actual
track. I know! I know! It sounds like the track, yes! The melody
is the same, the beats are somewhat the same... but the actual
track is a lot more synthesized. After listening to it, it is
clear that madonna and mirwais have perfect their chemistry with
this one! And some more about the actual track: she whispers in
it... and she laughs too!" He claims to have a (poor quality)
file of the entire song and will try to upload it soon, as well
as more info and some shots of the video. To be continued!
29 August - Junkie XL on new album? *rumour*
And the ball is rolling again about Madonna's new album. This
time there can be read in the press that Madonna is gonna work
with Junkie XL. This Dutch DJ and producer recently made a remix
of the Elvis song "A Little Less Conversation" for the
Nike Commercial. Among the many offers he got after this, there
was also the offer from Madonna, who called him for a work-discussion.
Junkie XL himself won't speak about working with Madonna, but
his record company tells that it will come to a co-production
very soon. (source: Peter, from Madonnarama Mailing List, thanx
to MadGuy for bringing this to our attention)
29 August - Injury during filming confirmed
Madonna was injured during a fencing scene during the filming
of the Die Another Day
music video. Filming took place on Thursday 22nd August 2002 and
Friday 23rd before being delayed due to a small injury in a "fight"
sequence. She was reportedly very upset that shooting had to be
stalled due to her accident. Filming is due to continue on Monday
26th and wrap on Tuesday 27th. Unlike the previous Brosnan Bond
films, the Die Another Day
music video will not feature any scenes from the film. It is rumoured
that a few bars from the new title track will be part of the full
trailer due for release on September 6th 2002. (source: mi6.co.uk
~ This is a confirmation of what Madonnapower member Activate reported earlier this week. This also adds to
his credibility on his storyline for the video.
28 August - More on DAD video
member FrozenMusic16 spoke with someone of the lighting crew of
the Die Another Day video who revealed the following pieces of
information on the Die Another Day video:
* M's hair is blonde in the video
* There is some sort of an action sequence filmed (possibly the
fencing scene, though the source refused to acknowledge this)
* The video synopsis, as described on this page on August 26th,
is "not entirely untrue"
* The sound clip we heard is indeed bona fide and was "one
of the versions used in the video". He did ask "why
it's skipping like that", so that doesn't seem to be intentional
and is probably just due to bad quality of the file.
28 August - Swept Away UK release: March 14
Madonna's new movie will be released in the UK in March. She plays
a spoilt rich American in Swept Away. The film is directed by
her husband Guy Ritchie. It had been claimed the movie would not
be released, but film company Columbia Tristar has announced it
will open in the UK on March 14. (source: Ananova
28 August - Madonna Q&A at Billboard
My absolute favorite artist is Madonna! I just want to know if
you have heard her new song Die
Another Day yet? If not, when you do would you be able to
let your readers know what you thought of it, as well as, if you
think it will be a hit with radio programmers! Can you also find
out if a single will be released commercially? My guess is that
it won't be. She will likely make the mistake of not releasing
it just like she did with Beautiful
Stranger, American Pie,
and Into the Groove, all
of which would probably have made it to the top of Billboard's
Hot 100! Do you agree? Any word on the new album too? Also, if
you can, what is your favorite Madonna song?
Well, where to begin? I have yet to hear Die
, which is not slated for release until either
late next month or in October. So, we don't have that much longer
to wait for the track, which will be the theme to the forthcoming
James Bond film of the same name. With regards to radio programmers
and if they will play the new single, it's a safe bet that since
it's Madonna, and it's her first new music in a little while,
it will almost certainly get a fair amount automatic airplay.
It has not been announced if Die
will be released as a commercial single in the
U.S. My guess would be that it will bypass retail, as her last
two Maverick soundtrack singles have: American
and Beautiful Stranger
from "The Next Best Thing" and "Austin Powers:
The Spy Who Shagged Me," respectively. Certainly, if those
two tracks had commercial singles, they would have reached much
higher on Billboard's Hot 100 - American
hit No. 29, while Beautiful
peaked at No. 19.
Madonna is at work on a new studio album, but the set won't see
a release until next year. Her last studio set, 2000's Music
debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.8 million
copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
My favorite Madonna song? I have a few. Express
, Burning Up
, and Music
all rank high on my list. (source: AskBillboard
28 August - Gwyneth adores Madonna
And for her big 3-0 on September 28, the actress [Gwyneth Paltrow]
is thinking about taking friends away on holiday, to "do
things to ground myself with people that I really love and whom
I've known forever", she tells the Daily Express. But she's
keeping mum on whether or not one of those pals will be close
friend Madonna, whom Gwyneth "adores". "Were
friends because she's a fantastically interesting woman, very
powerful within," she says. "We are on similar paths
in our lives what we eat, our yoga and stuff like that."
28 August - More on DAD clip
A contact at the Queendom
who appears to be 'in the business' claims to be the
one who put the short Die Another Day clip online. He confirms
it's authentic, but he refuses to put up the complete song. He
added the following information: "Madonna talks a bit in
the song (Erotica/Paradise-ish) and vocoders are used..."
(Thanx to Robster16 and MadGuy for this info)
27 August - DAD audio file online
Since yesterday an audio file is circulating on the Internet,
which is rumoured to be the instrumental intro of Die Another
Day. (Thanx to Robster16, MadGuy and
Kayer for providing the track)
27 August - Aniston denies cameo
Jennifer Aniston has denied appearing as cameo in Swept Away.
This is from the Vancouver
: "There are other stories she wants to squash as
well - for example, the report that she's joining Madonna and
her director husband Guy Ritchie to star in the remake of the
cult Italian film, Swept Away. Definitely untrue, Aniston declares.
So would she like to do a movie with Madonna? "Well you know,
anything's possible," she shrugs."
26 August - BMW's 'Star' inspired Madonna & Guy to make
Guy Ritchie and Madonna got the idea to remake the 1974 Italian
romance 'Swept Away' from the Internet movie they made
together last year for BMW. Ritchie directed his wife in a short
in which she plays a petulant rock star who goes on a bumpy ride
with a chauffeur played by Clive Owen. 'Swept Away'
is about a wealthy woman stranded on an island who fights with,
then falls for, a communist sailor. "Madonna saw the original
version of 'Swept Away' first, like 20 years ago. And then we
made the BMW commercial. Someone saw that and said, 'Oh this reminds
me of "Swept Away.'" So one night a friend played it
and I wasn't paying much attention," Ritchie told Jane magazine
for its October issue. "And then I got hooked the second
they got in the dinghy and the engine broke down. I could see
what was going to happen. "By the time the film had finished,
I said, 'Someone's got to remake this movie.' I liked the edge
of it. The passion," Ritchie said. "And Madonna said,
'Why don't you remake it?' I said, 'Well, why don't you be in
it?' She went, 'All right,' and that was that." Ritchie's
version of "Swept Away," co-starring Adriano Giannini,
is scheduled to open Oct. 11. (source: AP
26 August - Rumoured storyline for DAD video *rumour*
member Activate claims the storyline for the Die Another Day video
is as follows: "A friend of mine is working on the Die Another
Day video set. He recently gave me a copy of the storyboard shooting
schedule, which contains bits and pieces of some lyrics. Sketches
of shots, and decription of what happens in the video, as well
as what Madonna looks like. Security for the video is mysteriously
low, so as not to attract attention.
The video starts off with Madonna being dragged into an interrogation
room by two Chinese guards. She is in an old Chinese prison dressed
in plainclothes. We see a Hebrew tattoo on her right arm. The
guards force her into a chair. In front of her is a large table,
and a thick metal chain is hanging from the ceiling behind her.
The guards interrogate her, shaking their fists.
She's tough and won't give in, singing: "yes and no"
with the music. There's a closeup of her face, as she sings: "I'm
gonna kiss this secret..." Then she jumps from the chair
and leaps on top of the table and starts dancing: "I guess
I'll die another day, I guess I'll die another day, I guess I'll
die another day, another day." She jumps from on top of the
table and kicks it over so it's upside-down. She stands on top
of it again (the table legs sticking straight up in the air) and
continues dancing. Then the guards push her down on to the floor.
Then we see the beginning of a fencing duel. Madonna is fencing
herself. Good Madonna vs. Evil Madonna....... Good Madonna is
blond and beautiful. Bad Madonna is blond with black streaks in
her hair. During the fight, Madonna is choreographically thrown
against the wall: "UH..." There is now a bleeding cut
on her stomach from the fencing: "UH..." She smears
the blood from the cut on the wall: "I think I'll find another
way." With the blood on the wall behind her, she starts to
Then the guards grab her and drag her into another room. M is
resisting, but they are too strong. Madonna endures Chinesewater
torture! The guards push her head into a water tank and pull her
back out repeatedly. Underwater, we see madonna's face as she
sings: "I'm gonna break the cycle." As the guards drag
her from the water-tank, M is fighting for air. She breaks free!
Then we see Madonna with wet hair start to dance again. The metal
chain from earlier is behind her. M performs with the chain, swinging
on it: "For every sin I'll have to pay." Then there
is a strings instrumental which lasts about 9 seconds. During
which, the mirror behind her shatters and madonna falls to the
ground. The glass stylistically shatters around her. She's on
her knees, moving against the shattered glass on the floor.
We see some more of her fencing against herself.
The guards leave M alone as she crawls into a room with an electric
chair in it: "I think I'll find another way." She sits
herself in the chair and wraps the leather straps around each
forearm (Tefillin style). Still wrapping the leather straps, she
begins to do a Jewish style prayer. The guards come in to finsh
strapping her into place. "Uh... Uh..." Thene there's
a closeup of M's face. She calms down and becomes in control of
her body. The camera moves in so all we see are her eyes. We hear
the scratch from the electricity being turned on as she sings:
"I guess I'll die another day... another day!"
26 August - New album for March 2003
According to fansite Madonnarama,
Madonna's new album is now showing in Warner's release schedules
for March 2003.
26 August - Preview Jane magazine
It's all about family for Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie, according
to an interview in the October issue of Jane, on newsstands Sept.
9. "To me, family is as big as it gets," says Ritchie.
Marriage is "big", he says. "Lourdes calls me Super
Dad. She's got a good dad (Carlos Leon). He's a good man. She
sees a lot of him. So, I get away with just being Super Dad."
Says Mom: "I try to teach my children to share, to be generous,
to be grateful." (source: USA
, thanx to AbsMad)
26 August - Madonna injured during DAD video shoot *rumour*
Friday, Madonna injured herself during a fencing sequence in the
'Die Another Day' video. Yes, she fences! Just like in the movie!
Anyway, the injury had nothing to do with being cut, it was a
minor injury and Madonna became very upset because it stalled
the shooting procedures. Also, the video DOES NOT contain any
footage from the movie like some other theme song videos do. The
crew for the video have already completed 2 days (Thurs. &
Fri.) of shooting and 2 more are to follow which are Mon. and
Tues of this week. More info coming soon including make-up, video
content, and lyrics! NOTE: The supposed lyrics of the theme song
that were posted on the internet awhile back are incorrect! (source:
Activate @ Madonnapower)
24 August - Die Another Day trailer
According to fansite Madonna's
Ashram, the Die Another Day trailer will be released on September
6th and it will feature (part of?) Madonna's theme song!
24 August - Brother Chris to interview Madonna
U.S. Gay-Lifestyle magazine, Genre
has issued a press-release stating that it's October issue will
feature an interview with Madonna by her brother, Christopher
Ciccone. The full press-release reads as follows: "Genre
Magazine, the pre-eminent lifestyle magazine for gay men, celebrates
its October 2002 Body + Soul issue with an exclusive Madonna cover
interview, given for the first time ever by her brother, the magazine's
Style Editor, Christopher Ciccone. The interview will feature
an intimate discussion between the two siblings. The teachings
of Kabbalah, her new movie Swept Away, and life in England are
among the topics on the table for this unprecedented "family"
media event. We are thrilled that Madonna has chosen to appear
with the added dimension of her brother Christopher, himself a
talented writer, at the helm of the interview," says Editor-in-Chief
Andy Towle. Madonna continues to be a formidable talent, a cultural
touchstone, a fascinating personality, and a loyal friend to the
gay community." (source: Madonnarama)
24 August - Swept Away official site
Sony Pictures has put up an official site for Swept Away. It's
a cool flash site with a synopsis and pictures from the movie,
the trailer for streaming, and info on cast and crew. Interesting
detail: in Madonna's bio they mention she's working on her new
album, "which is scheduled for early 2003"! Go to the
. (Thanx to Madonnarama)
August - Swept Away pictures in InStyle
As reported yesterday, the september issue of InStyle magazine
features lots of pictures of Madonna on the set of Swept Away.
Fansite Madonna Drowned World added them to their Swept
Away picture gallery
22 August - Die Another Day soundtrack
The Die Another Day soundtrack (featuring Madonna's theme from
the film) will be released on Maverick Records on November 12th.
It will be an enhanced cd including Madonna's Die
video as well as a "making of the video"
special. (source: Maverick Records newsletter, thanx to AbsMad)
21 August - Rupert about the making of The Next Best Thing
Was it fun making the movie?
"Mmm. In a way it was, in a way it was one problem, one fight
and one battle after another. Me and Madonna fought each other,
fought everybody, fought everything. It was fun in the sense that
it was the biggest learning experience of my life, and one that
I failed at. Because it was the first film that I thought I had
- and I did at first - a lot of control on. I started writing
the script, but then I was fired as a screenwriter, I was fired
as a producer....It was so different from what I intended it to
be. The reason I wanted to do it was to make it like an old-fashioned
Hollywood film, not like a mini-series, which is how it turned
out. And the thing is, the studio wanted to make it into much
more of a generic crowdpleaser. It's a marketing thing, they used
exactly the same poster as they had used with Julia Roberts and
Richard Gere in Runaway Bride. And the people who went to see
Runaway Bride - Runaway Bride wasn't that good either, actually,
but - are not really the people who want to see a story about
a gay guy and his best friend having sex. Not that you got to
see that in the end, which is one of the things I really hated
about it." (source: Empire Magazine, thanx to Little
21 August - Humpty Vission talks about Madonna's b-day party
"This weekend is going down in the books! Friday I played
in NYC with Frankie Bones, Terry Mullen and Space Girl... Good
sound... good vibes...great people. It was good to be back in
NYC. Saturday was the night... the birthday party I talked about
last week, but I couldn't say who's was Madonna's b-day. I played
at a private party she had at her house and I played for 5 hours!!!
This was the first private party I've played in 10 years. I've
been ask many times to d.j. private party's, but I always turn
them down even if they're big celebrities...not really my vibe.
This party seemed like it would be cooler than most private party's
and it was... I was throwing down some funky-ass tunes and they
were eating it up. The big records of the night where Tim Delux
"It just won't do" and one my tracks called "Love
Somebody" I can't mention who else was there, but you can
imagine who would be attending Madonna's b-day party. I brought
in a sound system that was better than 80 of the clubs I've played
at... it was booming and clean. They had a dance floor that was
specifically made for the party, it was a plexxy glass dance floor
that lit up with neon lights and it was filled with water and
fish were swimming in the dance floor.... WICKED!" (source:
thanx to Madonnarama)
21 August - Madonna in InStyle magazine
The September issue of U.S. magazine InStyle features a 3 page
spread of amazing pics of M on the set of her new flick. It is
the brand new issue with Jennifer Aniston on the cover. It should
be on all U.S. news stands by early next week! (source: Madonnarama)
20 August - Swept Away trailer
You can now stream the film trailer of Swept Away on Windonws
Media Player or Real Player at ComingSoon
Madonna looks stunning in it! The trailer also confirms the official
release date for the US being October 11th.
20 August - ET! talks Swept Away agai
Madonna continues to be 'Swept Away' by her movie career
as she puts the finishing touches on her newest project helmed
by hubby Guy Ritchie, the man behind 'Snatch' and 'Lock, Stock
and Two Smoking Barrels.' Tonight on ET, we have your exclusive
first look at the 'Swept Away' trailer!
remake of a 1974 Italian film, 'Swept Away' follows a slovenly
sailor (played by Adriano Giannini, son of Giancarlo Giannini
from the original) who is stranded on an island with his employer
(Madonna). A wealthy, self-centered woman who is used to having
her own way, she now finds herself cut off from society. Realizing
he has the upper hand, the sailor reverses their roles and becomes
the controlling force in the relationship - until they fall in
love. The film also stars Jennifer Aniston, hot off 'The Good
Girl,' and Jeanne Tripplehorn.
The 44-year-old siren has had her share of hits and misses at
the multiplex, peaking with her acclaimed portrayal of 'Evita'
in 1996 and the big box-office smash 'Dick Tracy,' directed by
former beau Warren Beatty in 1990. On the opposite end of the
spectrum, her first big-budget foray into Hollywood, 'Shanghai
Surprise' (starring then-husband Sean Penn), bombed in 1986, as
did her follow-up the next year, 'Who's That Girl.'
Her first foray into film was in 1985's Matthew Modine wrestling
pic, 'Vision Quest,' where she sang the hit ballad, "Crazy
for You," in the background of a club scene. But it wasn't
until 'Desperately Seeking Susan' later that year, starring opposite
Rosanna Arquette and Aidan Quinn, that people began to notice
her club-kid style and sex appeal. At the peak of her "It
Girl" fame in 1991, she agreed to be filmed for the shamelessly
giddy and voyeuristic documentary, 'Madonna: Truth or Dare,' thus
staking a claim on the reality front long before Ozzy Osbourne
or Anna Nicole Smith.
'Swept Away' marks the third time Madonna has worked for her husband.
Guy previously directed her in the music video for What
It Feels Like For A Girl
, and she starred in his comedic short
film, 'Star,' which was one of a series of shorts directed by
top-name directors for BMW in 2001. (source: ET!
19 August - Madonna's Japanese birthday party
Queen of Pop Madonna held her Japanese-themed 44th birthday party
at her California mansion over the weekend. Guests included Gisele
Bundchen, who arrived with Maverick Records boss Guy Oseary, Demi
Moore, Jason Statham and Kelly Brook. Meanwhile, Madge has got
a bit of a situation over modifications to her country home in
Dorset. She has a big gate put in for added privacy, but failed
to apply for permission before doing so. The local council are
demanding a formal application for the gate, as well as for her
plans for a deer fence, garage and an extension to the orangery.
Good to know that even Madge has to wade through the red tape.
Queen of Pop Madonna roped her friends into sharing her love of
image changes this weekend - by turning them Japanese for her
lavish birthday bash. Looking at Maddy it may seem hard to believe,
but she celebrated her 44th birthday on Friday. To celebrate,
she laid on an oriental night for 50 of her closest friends at
her and husbands Guy Ritchie's LA home, complete with ambient
music and a Japanese buffet. Among the guests were former Big
breakfast host Kelly Brook and her boyfriend Jason Stratham, who
appeared to be the only ones brave enough to ignore Madonna's
request that everyone dress according to the theme. Actress Demi
Moore, model Gisele Bundcen and the boss of the Material Girl's
record label Guy O'Seary did gear up accordingly though. And we
have to say that they carried it off brilliantly. (source: Daily
19 August - New Swept Away pix
Madonna returned to acting with a vengeance this year, on the
London stage in the play 'Up for Grabs', in a cameo in the upcoming
James Bond movie 'Die Another Day', and most notably in 'Swept
Away', directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie ('Snatch'). In the
Screen Gems release (in theaters Oct. 11), Madonna plays Amber,
a snobby socialite on a Mediterranean yacht trip who irks earthy
crew member Giuseppe (Adriano Giannini), an ardent Communist.
But when fate strands Amber and Giuseppe on a deserted island,
they embark on a torrid affair. The movie is a remake of Italian
director Lina Wertmuller's 1974 film, 'Swept Away... by an Unusual
Destiny in the Blue Sea of August', in which Adriano's father,
Giancarlo Giannini ('Hannibal') played the same role. 'Swept Away'
is likely to be controversial, and not just for the usual love-it-or-hate-it
reactions to Madonna's movie roles. True, the knives were already
out for Madonna, with the production dogged by rumors of massive
reshoots, supposedly necessitated because Ritchie felt the footage
of Madonna in costume (and out, during the love scenes) didn't
flatter the 44-year-old star, and because test audiences didn't
like her character. (A Screen Gems spokesperson tells EW.com that
these rumors are false. As for how Madonna looks in the movie,
look at these photos and decide for yourself.) Amber is supposed
to start out as an unlikable rich bitch, then become the submissive
lover of the violent-tempered Giuseppe. The film's sexual politics
may be the real sticking point, what with Giuseppe slapping Amber
around before they have sex. Still, Madonna is not one to apologize,
so don't expect her to justify her love. (source: Entertainment
Weekly - click for some unseen Swept Away pictures
18 August - Swept Away release date
film "Swept Away," starring Madonna and directed by
her husband, Guy Ritchie, will open Oct. 11 in U.S. theaters.
The movie was initially titled "Love, Sex, Drugs, and Money,"
and is based on the 1974 Italian film "Travolti da un Insolito
Destino Nell'Azzurro Mare D'Agosto." Adriano Giannini and
Bruce Greenwood also star. In the film, Madonna plays a socialite
stranded on an island with a handsome, Communist sailor (Giannini).
As previously reported, Madonna has penned the theme song for
the upcoming James Bond film "Die Another Day," which
opens in November. The artist makes a cameo in the film as a fencing
instructor, contrary to initial assertions that she would not
appear on-screen. Madonna is also expected to appear in director
Peter Greenaway's next film, "The Tulse Luper Suitcases,"
which features Blondie's Debbie Harry, Vincent Gallo, Don Johnson,
and Isabella Rossellini, among others. The film is due out sometime
next year. The artist has begun work on her next studio album
with assistance from producer Mirwais, who was behind the boards
for 2000's Music
~ There's still much confusion about Swept Away's release date.
While more and more sources are talking about a October 11th release
in the United States, there are still others claiming it will
be out on October 25th. What the UK is concerned: Variety reported
that Sony has set a tentative UK release date on March 25th, because
they expect more success in the US than in the UK. As always,
it's waiting for official confirmations... On the right you can
find two rumoured-to-be-official posters (thanx to Madonna's
18 August - Swept Away co-star shocked by love scenes
The co-star of Madonna's controversial new movie says filming
the love scenes filled him with loathing. Adriano Giannini says
he had to slap Madonna around and make her bark like a dog in
Swept Away. But he says the star was unperturbed by the explicit
scenes. Madonna plays a spoilt rich American in the £4 million
movie, directed by husband Guy Ritchie. Giannini told the Sunday
Express: "It didn't come easy for me to slap a woman, especially
someone I had grown up listening to. When I first slapped her,
she thought it wasn't violent enough and told me to hit her harder.
"On another occasion, I was asked to humiliate her by making
her bark like a dog. It got a bit masochistic but she's good.
She's very professional. He added: "She's as tough as a lizard
and should be made into a belt, bag and boots." Swept Away
will hit US cinema screens on October 25, and released in the
UK at a later date. (source: Ananova
16 August - Happy Birthday Madonna!
Today Madonna celebrates her 44th birthday. Mad-Eyes likes to
wish her a wonderful day, and lots of luck and love.
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