Madonna news - June 2007

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15 June - Madonna no.3 in Forbes Power list
They may both be billionaires, but this year Oprah Winfrey has it up on George Lucas as far as this force is concerned.
The multimedia maven topped Forbes' 2007 list of the 100 Most Powerful Celebrities, a status achieved not only by her nine-figure earnings but also via Internet ubiquity, press clippings, magazine covers, shout-outs on TV and radio and the other "popularity metrics" that factor into Forbes' analysis, based on the past 12 months.

Lucas, while a power player last year, is nowhere to be found on the new list, despite being one of the richest people in Hollywood with a net worth of $3.6 billion, per Forbes. Apparently he generated less buzz than Winfrey, whose yearly pay is estimated at $260 million, bringing her net worth to about $1.5 billion. The talk show host (and so much more) also had the biggest Web and TV presence, according to Forbes.

Madonna, although her pay is only a piddling $72 million these days, received the most press out of all the celebrities listed, had the second-biggest Internet showing, and came in at number three. (Ranked on her biceps alone, she would have been number one, of course.)
Here's a recap of the top 10 from Forbes' 2007 list of the 100 Most Powerful Celebrities:

1. Oprah Winfrey, $260 million
2. Tiger Woods, $100 million
3. Madonna, $72 million
4. Rolling Stones, $88 million
5. Brad Pitt, $35 million
6. Johnny Depp, $92 million
7. Elton John, $53 million
8. Tom Cruise, $31 million
9. Jay-Z, $83 million
10. Steven Spielberg, $110 million
(source: E Online)

15 June - Women are the future of Africa
Madonna believes "women are the future of Africa." The singer, who was inspired to adopt Malawian orphan David after visiting the poverty-stricken region last year, is now working on a documentary to increase awareness of the plight of African orphans.
Madonna told Vanity Fair magazine, "I want to see girls with educations. I think women are the future of Africa."

The pop superstar has teamed up with director Nathan Rissman to produce a film exploring the lives of the thousands of infants and children who have been orphaned, often as the result of HIV and AIDS.
Madonna said recently, "I asked one of the children in Malawi, 'If you've got the world listening to you, if there's one thing you could say to the world, what would you say? And the boy said, 'Please just help us forget we're orphans.' "

Madonna, 48, adopted 19-month-old David after travelling to Malawi to help build an orphanage as part of the Raising Malawi project in October.
The 'Material Girl' singer also has a ten-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from a previous relationship, and a son, Rocco, six, with her director husband Guy Ritchie. (source: AZ Central)

14 June - Rupert Everett keen to see Madonna's directorial debut
British actor Rupert Everett can't wait to see the results of Madonna's directorial debut, because he thinks it will be "amazing". Everett starred alongside the Material Girl in the 2001 comedy The Next Best Thing and is adamant Madonna's low-budget comedy Filth and Wisdom will be a hit. He says, "She's great, I think it'll be amazing." (source: Contactmusic)
~ Filth and Wisdom is set to be released at the Sundance Film Festival in February, 2008, according to the IMDB.

13 June - Madonna taps Up Timberlake
Madonna and Justin After cozying up with ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz on the green carpet, Justin Timberlake grabs dinner with music partner Madonna and her film director hubby Guy Ritchie. The trio wined and wined up at upscale Italian restaurant Locatelli's in Central London.

As reported back in March, Mr. J.T. and Madge are collaborating together for a Timbaland-produced track for the Queen's forthcoming album, which is due out in November. They were spotted around a London music studio together last month. (source: Just Jared)

12 June - Madonna's secret with Kennedy Jr. exposed
A raunchy tryst between John F. Kennedy Jr. and pop superstar Madonna was cut short when the pair failed to find a condom, a pal of the late socialite confides. The pair allegedly arranged a secret rendez-vous at a low budget hotel in Chicago in the summer of 1988. However, the sexy date was cut short because neither star had considered using protection. Kennedy's pal Rob Littell reveals in new biography American Legacy, "They were working their way around the bases, and as they rounded third and headed for home, she asked him if he had any protection.

He didn't, so now they began discussing how they were going to get a hold of a prophylactic. "She was still legally married to Sean Penn, and he had a steady girlfriend... They were afraid of being busted. They couldn't very well just meander into a pharmacy and ask for a pack of Trojans (condoms). They were too well known. "To John's great chagrin, the relationship was never completed." Kennedy later married Carolyn Bessette before their plane crash death in 1999. Madonna wed director Guy Ritchie in 2000. (source: Contactmusic)

10 June - Madonna is praised by the fickle Mr Grant
As oleaginous off screen as he is on it, Richard E Grant has been heaping praise lately on Madonna who has given him a part in Filth and Wisdom, the film which she is currently directing.
"She is somebody who is so determined to stretch in every direction and I really admire that," the star of Withnail and I simpers. "Believe me, the number of directors that I have worked with who don't have half her ability makes me believe she has a real talent."

Mandrake wonders if this could possibly be the same Richard E Grant who cheerfully retailed tittle-tattle in his 1996 memoirs about the singer's "embarassing" behind-the-scenes rows with her then boyfriend Tony Ward, how she swore like a trooper, looked over his shoulder while she talked to him and made him "feel like a wretched five-year-old".

The actor even felt at one point that Madonna warranted a "quick call to the Capone School of St Valentine's Day Messages" for upstaging a friend at a nightclub.
For good measure, he says that he asked Ward how he "coped" with being "Mr Madonna". Ward had replied "****ing insane, man." Mandrake trusts Mr Grant's performance in Filth and Wisdom will not now end up on the cutting-room floor. (source: Sunday Telegraph)

09 June - Madonna at George Michael's show
Our visitor Dirk informed us that Madonna was at tonight's George Michael concert as the first show in the brand new Wembley Stadium, where Madonna herself will perform next month as part of Live Earth.

09 June - Madonna's latest Vanity Fair appearance
Madonna on the cover of Vanity FairMadonna's back on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, not only on one, but on two covers (out of a total 20) already! The issue is completely dedicated to Africa and Madonna gave an interview to Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a Harvard professor whose work has led to greatly improved aids treatment in Africa, about her recent visits in Malawi:

A lot of people ask me, "Why did you choose Malawi?" I always say that Malawi chose me. Victoria Keelan, a businesswoman who was born and raised in Malawi, contacted me through a mutual friend and said, "Look, if you're in the business of helping children, we have over a million orphans here in Malawi, and the problem is insane. It's an emergency. They need your help." She reached out to me because I do a lot of fund-raising for an organization called Spirituality for Kids, which helps children in impoverished conditions everywhere in the world, whether it's Palestine, or East L.A., or New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, or the Bronx, Miami, Mexico City—all over the place.

I must admit that I didn't really know where Malawi was when I first heard about the situation there. I had certainly heard about the aids pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and in more well-known countries like Ethiopia and Rwanda. But not Malawi. So I educated myself, and I couldn't say no, and it just seemed like a good idea. I sort of dove in.

Dr. Kim: When was your first trip?
Madonna on the cover of Vanity FairMadonna: A year ago April. I've only been there three times, but so much has happened in a year. I'm thrilled because, as you know, it takes a lot of time and a lot of work to get things done. It was great to go back and see so many things manifested. But once you start turning over rocks and reaching out to help people, there's a whole avalanche coming right behind it. And it seems never-ending. But when you see the fruits of your labor, you feel like it's possible.

Dr. Kim: One of the things we've learned is that you've got to take lots of joy out of small victories. That's what keeps you going.
Madonna: Yes, and you have to stop fixating on things, too. I found myself getting really angry when I went into [the slums] and was visiting families or single people living with aids who we're supposed to be helping with home-based care. I would talk to people through translators and find out that they were getting all the wrong medication. That drove me bonkers, and I almost ripped my hair out. Those little things get me down, but then you realize there are all these other great things happening: the Millennium Villages have surplus crops, and orphan-care centers are being built. So you have to focus on the things that are getting done.
~ Read the rest of the interview @ Vanity

09 June - Madonna used to live in a hell hole
Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond was forced to host superstar Madonna in a prostitute and drug-ridden apartment block when she visited the U.K. in the 1980's. The Queen of Pop was about to embark on her first promotional tour in the country and used Almond's humble bedsit while he was away.

And former drug-user Almond reveals he still hasn't gotten over the shame of his filthy apartment. He says, "It was a hell-hole. There were prostitutes upstairs, and junkies downstairs. "I've always felt ashamed she stayed in such a pit. If I'd known how big she'd become, I'd have sold my bedsheets on Ebay!" (source: Contactmusic)

08 June - gets new navigation
Seems I wasn't the only webmaster who thought the navigation of Madonna's official site wasn't exactly user-friendly. The site has received a partial relooking with a much better navigation bar. Also check out the updated lists of her videos and films (although you could find those all along on Mad-Eyes ;-)

08 June - Madonna touches the Surface
Madonna has been given Microsoft's new product 'Surface' as a thankyou gift for recording the song Hey You from Live Earth.
In a blog on her website, she says "Steve Ballmer of Microsoft has sent me one of the best gifts I have ever received! It is called "Surface." It is a coffee-table shaped computer that responds to touch".

"In addition to thumbing through thousands of my favorite family photos, I can listen to my music collection watch videos, etc. My children have also had a blast fingerpainting without getting their hands dirty!"
"Steve jokingly referred to my post about the Xbox 360 Degrees! He said, "I assure you this product will not overheat!" I hope not! I will let you know if anything goes wrong with it!"
Surface bypasses the mouse and allows you to grab data with your hands and move information and objects around with natural gestures.
The device features a 30-inch tabletop screen which allows several people to use at one time. (source: Undercover)
Update: this story is reportedly FAKE.

07 June - Norton wants to interview Madonna
Graham Norton has admitted that he is desperate to interview pop queen Madonna.
The Irish comedian has grilled female pop stars including Cher, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears during his nine-year chat show career, but has yet to meet the 'Ray of Light' star.

He told Heat: "I'm now with the same publicist (as Madonna) and I've named my dog after her - what more do I have to do? Jesus, I pay to see her in concert, I buy the albums...OK, I don't see the movies.
"Maybe if I'd seen Swept Away she'd do it. That would be the ultimate sacrifice." (source: Digital Spy)

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