Madonna news - Jan. 2005

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Tour DVD on April 1st

29 January 2005

Warner Belgium has now announced that the Re-Invention Tour DVD will be released in Belgium on the 1st of April 2005. In several other countries there were also rumours on a release in the first week of April, so this seems to become more and more plausible, though has still not made any official announcement.

Icon Classic Madonna Collection Contest Part 4

29 January 2005 has posted the next picture in their Classic Collection Contest, this time a shot from the Material Girl video. They have yet to announce the next question, so stay tuned to their news section.

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Madonna in Julien D'Ys Book

Source: - 29 January 2005

A limited-edition book by Hairdresser Julien D'Ys has just been published. One of the most interesting parts of the book shows the working process behind the creation of the hairstyles for both the Re-Invention Tour and the Steven Klein tourbook photoshoot. Included in the booklet are Julien's own test polaroids of the hairstyles and some behind the scenes shots of the tour and tourbook photoshoot.

We have yet to receive our copies of this book, but we hear it is great. If you would like a copy, the book is only available from the Colette store in Paris, France for €55 and fans can now purchase the book from Colette's online store.

Another Razzie nomination for Swept Away

28 January 2005

Right after the Oscar nominations there's always the announcement of the Razzie nominations, which "award" the worst movies of the year. In 2003, Swept Away received 7 nominations and it "won" in 5 categories, including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Actress. This year it's nominated again as for Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years. Other nominees are Battlefield Earth (2000), The Lonely Lady (1983), Mommie Dearest (1981) and Showgirls (1995).

Nominees for Worst Picture this year are Alexander, Catwoman, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, Surviving Christmas and White Chicks. Extraordinary are the nominations for George W. Bush as Worst Actor and Worst Screen Couple (with Condaleeza Rice) in Fahrenheit 9/11. For the complete list of nominees, check Yahoo! News.

The Razzie Awards are scheduled to be presented Feb. 26 at Hollywood's Ivar Theater, the venue's $1,400 rental fee paid for, Razzie founder Wilson said, by the eBay auction of one of Affleck's manhandled, but unclaimed, Razzies for Gigli. While many stars are expected to be in Hollywood for the Oscars on Feb. 27, Wilson said he can't say how many, if any, will stop by his event to be Razzed in person. Said Wilson: "We never do know."

Madonna's Imagine used in Dior fashion show

27 January 2005

During the prêt à porter printemps/été fashion show of Christian Dior, a live recording of Madonna's Imagine was used as background music.

At the end of the show, several versions of Imagine were played, including the original by John lennon and Madonna's version on the Re-Invention Tour. It also includes Madonna introducing the song with the words "Please listen to the words of the song. We have to make the world a better place."

To see the show, check, choose "english", then "live", then click the video for "ready to wear spring/summer" in the right corner. You have to be a bit patient; Imagine is at the end of the show. (thanx to Marcin for bringing this to our attention)

Road to Stardom air date

Source: - 27 January 2005 is thrilled to announce the date of Madonna's appearance on Missy Elliott's The Road to Stardom. You can watch Madonna giving advice to aspiring singers on Wednesday February 18, 2005 8PM ET/PT on UPN. Click for more information.

Imagine available as a download

27 January 2005

You can now download Madonna's performance of Imagine from A Concert Of Hope: Tsunami Aid, HERE. All proceeds from the download will go to the American Red Cross appeal for this disaster.

Seven Versace business girls

27 January 2005

Mario Testino's Madonna pictures for the Versace campaign are appearing in several magazines worldwide. Here are the 7 different shots we've seen so far (thanx to MadonnaMegaCollection for the 2 last ones). Click to enlarge.

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Madonna considered but cancelled Re-Invention Tour extension

27 January 2005

MadonnaTribe community member Finnboy informs us that in last Sunday's edition of Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat a Clear Channel promoter, Risto Juvonen, revealed in an interview that they had all the details worked out and even reached an agreement for 3 million dollars per show for two dates in Helsinki of the Re-Invention Tour.

The chosen venue was the Hartwall Arena but later Madonna opted not to add more shows to the European tour. The promoter also added that besides Finland there were also dates planned in Stockholm and Moscow.

"Madonna and her band and crew were enjoying themselves so much that an extention of the tour was briefly considered. A final decision was then taken during a meeting that took place at the time of the Paris dates of the show, and it was then decided to confirm the original schedule and to end the Tour in Lisbon".

Madonna turns down TV role

Source: Yahoo! Launch - 27 January 2005

Madonna has turned down an offer from British comic Ricky Gervais to appear in his new TV comedy 'Extras'. Gervais, who starred in and created cult show 'The Office', has already landed Jude Law and Kate Winslet, while Hollywood stars Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson have also confirmed cameo appearances.

Each big name actor will be cast as themselves in their own episode of the new BBC comedy series, about film extras chasing their big break. However, Madonna refuses to play herself and will only agree to appear in the show if a character is developed for her.

Icon Classic Madonna Collection Contest Part 3

25 January 2005

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Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope raises $18.3 million for American Red Cross

Source: Bella Online - 25 January 2005

"Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope," the telethon hosted by NBC Universal on Saturday, January 15, 2005, has raised a lot of money -- and a lot of hope -- for the tsunami relief effort. Current totals, released last Friday, show that $18.3 million dollars has been donated to the relief efforts.

"The American people once again demonstrated tremendous compassion and generosity to the tsunami victims by supporting this special event," said Marsha J. Evans, American Red Cross President and CEO, who attended the show in New York.

"I am grateful to NBC Universal, to the artists and celebrities who participated, and to all who supported this important effort, especially SBC Communications."

The two-hour concert, which was broadcast from Universal Studios in Universal City, Rockefeller Center in New York and the BBC Studios in London, featured performances by artists such as Madonna, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crow.

Celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Renee Zellweger and Halle Berry donated their time to man the phone lines and personally thank donors who made contributions during the East Coast broadcast, as well as give speeches about the devastation and the need for donations.

Madonna performs at Tsunami Aid In addition to the national broadcast, individual NBC stations raised another $10 million through separate telethons, the network said.

Modeled after the 9/11 benefit that aired to 59.3 million viewers, ten days after the terrible event, this month's benefit show was plagued by low viewership. It averaged only about 8 million viewers, from all combined channels showing it.

Compare that to the 21.5 million viewers for Fox's football telecast opposite it, or the 33.5 million that tuned in to last week's fourth season debut of American Idol, and it appears that perhaps Americans aren't interested in helping if it happens half a world away.

All funds raised during the concert will support the American Red Cross assistance plan to meet the immediate and long-term needs of tsunami victims. Relief efforts will focus on five key areas: food and safe water; healthcare and disease prevention; immediate family supplies; mental health counseling; and disaster preparedness and prevention measures.

Combining the funds generated through the concert with previous fundraising efforts, approximately $213.4 million to date has been pledged to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for tsunami relief efforts.

~ To download Madonna's great performance of Imagine, check

Britney to star in English Roses movie *rumour*

Source: ContactMusic - 25 January 2005

Madonna has persuaded Britney SPears to appear in the animated film version of her children's book The English Roses.

The Material Girl superstar pleaded with the Toxic singer to voice the story's heroine BINAH - and Spears was eager to accept.

Madonna, 46, has also managed to secure the vocal skills of David Bowie and rapper Snoop Dogg for the big-budget movie, which will be produced by her husband Guy Ritchie.

The pop veteran herself will voice the fairy godmother in the tale of a girl - based on her eight-year-old daughter Lourdes - excluded by a group of schoolmates who are jealous of her beauty.

~ The official site of David Bowie has already denied that Bowie would be part of the project.

Mary J Blige, Eve & Dr. Dre sued over Madonna copyright

Source: - 25 January 2005

Well over a year after the release of their collaborative single, "Not Today," Mary J. Blige, Eve and Dr. Dre are being sued for copyright infringement by the copyright owners of Madonna's 1983 hit, Holiday.

According to, the publishing company alleges that "Not Today" [listen] duplicates several elements of Holiday, [listen] including parts of the rhythm and the majority of the musical structure. New York musicologist and copyright infringement expert, Judith Finell compared the two songs.

"It sounds similar enough to bear further consideration. Both the pitches and the rhythms sound closely related," Finell, who testified for Micheal Jackson and Julio Iglesias, told "I don't think they're identical, because Madonna's song is in what we call 'major key' and Mary J. Blige's song is in a minor key."

The Dr. Dre-produced song featuring Mary J. Blige and Eve appeared on last year's Barbershop 2 soundtrack as well as Blige's 2003 Love & Life album. If found guilty, Blige, Eve and Dre will have fork up $15 million to the plaintive.

~ Please note that Madonna doesn't have anything to do with this lawsuit, as she didn't write Holiday herself. Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens did.

Madonna furious over Kabbalah Centre Leader's Holocaust comment

Source: Launch - 25 January 2005

A controversial Kabbalah Centre rabbi has relocated from London to Los Angeles and sources say Madonna may have had something to do with the move. Rabbi Eliyahu Yardeni has been under fire recently because of his comments that six million Jews died in the Holocaust because they didn't use Kabbalah.

A source tells that Madonna--who was close to Yardeni--was "instrumental" in getting him out of London, but even though the pop idol was "furious" about the rabbi's comments, the source insists he was moved for other reasons.

A spokesperson for Madonna said she didn't know if Yardeni's comments triggered the move, and that Madonna hasn't commented on the matter because she's been busy rehearsing and performing in the NBC Tsunami Telethon.

Yardeni made his comments about the Holocaust to a BBC television reporter who was working undercover on a story about the Centre. The secretly filmed report aired in the U.K. on January 13. Several high-profile celebrities have visited The Kabbalah Centres in London, L.A. and New York. The Centre teaches classes based on a branch of ancient Jewish mysticism, but Jewish religious leaders do not acknowledge the Centre as an authentic branch of Judaism.

Madonna receives Blue Peter badge

Source: The Scotsman - 25 January 2005

It’s one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, with members including the Queen, Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt, and now pop icon Madonna.

It’s way more elitist than clubs such as celebrity London drinking den The Groucho or Highland hideaway Skibo Castle - for those you just need wads of cash or famous pals.

Madonna receives her Blue Peter badge

Membership to this particular club means having a nifty way with bring and buy sales, an obsession for milk bottle tops or a lucky knack for winning competitions. And being under 16 also helps.

This week, Madonna became the latest in a long line of both children and adults since 1963 to be awarded a Blue Peter badge.

The 46-year-old pop icon was handed the white shield-shaped badge with its blue ship design on Wednesday’s programme after talking to presenter Matt Baker about her fourth children’s book The Adventures of Abdi.

She clapped her hands and gushed: "I wanna be a member of the Blue Peter club! I've got a badge, I've got a badge!"

She follows a distinguished line of celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Joseph Fiennes who were given theirs after coming on the show to talk about their roles in the Disney film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, as well as the Queen, TV presenter Jonathan Ross, tennis star Tim Henman and an eight-year-old Anthea Turner, who went on to present the programme.

~ Check to download the Blue Peter interview.

Madonna interview in German Playboy

13 January 2005

The German edition of Playboy magazine contains an interview with Madonna. German fan has translated the article, and had the translation posted on fansite DrownedMadonna.

Madonna talks mostly on Kabbalah; here are the interesting parts:

At the beginning the interviewer tells the story, about MADONNA and the name "Esther " and askes her:

(Playboy Interviewer) : How do you want to be called?

MADONNA: MADONNA! Or you can call me the Queen of England. Some people call me Mrs. Ritchie (but she seems not liking that), People from Germany call me often "M" . I like this, it reminds me of Fritz Lang's movie "Metropolis"

I: You are a singer, actress and author of children books. What do you enjoy the most?

M: The most satisfying thing is creating live shows, I enjoy that even more than performing each evening on stage. I love to be the captain who is holding the whole team together. Also I enjoy writing, the stillness while doing it. On the other side writing music bores me. I've done this for a long time now. And what I don't like at all is being in a recording studio.I have to get in, but there are things far more exciting to do.

I: Will you ever write a novel?

M: I'm always reading novels, but I have not enough concentration to write one by myself.But I will never say never. I never wanted to be a singer.

I: Really?

M: I wanted to be a dancer.

I: Why did you become a singer? Accident?

M: There's no accident at all. You are walking down a street, turn around and know you'll be walking on the other side!

I: What can we expect next from the artist MADONNA?

M: I'm working on a musical, a movie. All is strictly secret. But I can tell you: It's going to be really cool. The shooting has already begun. I'm not only playing the leading role, but I'm also writing the music. Beside Jonas Akerlund did a documentary about my last tour, it's being on work right now and should be released in spring.

Madonna to perform at Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope

Source: - 11 January 2005

More than a dozen musical acts have signed on to perform in NBC Universal's tsunami benefit special, which will raise money for the American Red Cross's relief efforts. Among those scheduled to perform in the special, titled "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope," are Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, Kenny Chesney, Brian Wilson, India.Arie, John Mayer and Gloria Estefan. A number of other stars, including George Clooney, Usher, Halle Berry and Uma Thurman, are also set to appear.

The concert, airing at 8 p.m. ET Saturday (Jan. 15), will be broadcast on NBC and all its cable networks. The PAX network, which is partly owned by NBC, and Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo will also air the benefit.

During the benefit, viewers will be directed to a phone number and web site for the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which is working to provide victims of the Dec. 26 disaster with food and water and to prevent disease in the areas hit by the tsunamis. The Red Cross is at work on long-term aid efforts that include mental health counseling and disaster preparedness initiatives.

Fansite DrownedMadonna adds: "Mike McKnight just told us that he's working with Jennifer Lopez right now so he can't be at "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope". He said that Stuart Price, Steve Sidelnyc (drums), and Monte Pittman (guitar) will be there though. Madonna will be doing Imagine."

Classic Madonna Collection ICON contest details

11 January 2005

Are you a member of Icon, Madonna's official fan club? Are you ready to prove you know Madonna more than anybody else? Our new Madonna Classic Collection contest series is made for you! Play along with Madonna's amazing career and win tons of cool goodies! This week, we have a Re-Invention package waiting for one lucky Iconer.

The package includes one Re-Invention Tourbook, t-shirt and coffee mug. Are you ready to play with us? Here we go:

Check's current intro page. Can you see the Madonna quote included on her right? The question for you is: Where and when did Madonna say this quote for the very first time? If you have the answer to this question, don't think you're done! Now, your mission is to e-mail the name of this event to us along with at least one photo taken from the event where Madonna pronounced those words.

The photo should be 1.000 pixels "tall" max and nothing above 200KB. E-mail both your answer and the photo to before Thursday January 13th, 6.00 PM Pacific Time. Your email must also include your name, address and your valid ICON member number.

Madonna herself will review all the valid entries and choose the winner. Good luck to you all! For further Contest Rules & Conditions, check

Fake song titles?

8 January 2005

A few hours after reporting the rumours on the new song titles, we sadly found out that those titles are probably fake: MadonnaMad forum member Tonka pointed out that 'Haunted' and 'If You Were Here' are both songs on the album 'Haunted' by Indie rock artist Poe. Although the songs have different lyrics from those posted below, this does seem to affect the credibility of this rumour. (thanks to Dani for directing our attention to this)

We at Mad-Eyes also want to point out that we just post the interesting rumours (with a clear 'rumour' tag) that circulate on the Internet. Experience has taught us that some of these rumours will turn out to be false; others could've been true at one point but since then have been subjected to change. It's easy to "shoot the messenger" when one turns out to be false.

However, Mad-Eyes does not want to participate in the continuing game between some fansites in doubting each others credibility, slagging each other off for giving so-called "exclusives" and trying to make each others lives miserable. We at Mad-Eyes have maintained good relations with all fans and fansites and hope others can learn a bit from that. After all, we're all Madonnafans, waiting for exciting Madonna news. Thx!

~ Bartie

More rumours about new songs *rumour*

8 January 2005

Fansite DrownedMadonna has posted more rumours on new Madonna songs:

"Back in September 2004, DrownedMadonna revealed that Madonna was playing a new song during the pauses of the Re-Invention Tour. Now we can add that the working title of the song is 'I Love New York'.

Madonna discusses her relationship with her father in the song 'Haunted'. The track which is a string sweeping ballad mixed with a slight Moroccan percussion. The tracks lyrics address her perception of her father while she was a child and now. It is almost as if the track Mother and Father from American Life was simply a jumping point for Madonna’s theme of speaking about her father. Some of the lyrics are:

"And I'm haunted/by the visions in the grieving room/daddies working hard/never saw the clouded doom/eclipsing his broken heart"

The song 'If You Were Here' is a hard bass driven dance track unlike anything Madge has recorded. The track is very techno acid but with a trip hop twist.

"If you were here/everything would be much easier/If you were here/Damn I'd be happier/If you/If you/If you were here"

Again mind you lyrics and songs are subject to change and these are only rumored info, nothing official has been said about them."

The Classic Madonna Collection

8 January 2005 will be celebrating Madonna's versatile career with a ongoing retrospective of images & quotes called the Classic Madonna Collection. will also be running fun trivia contests for ICON members, so stay tuned to News for more details on how to win cool prizes.

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Project 05 *rumour*

7 January 2005

Fansite Madonnalicious has received some news about Madonna's upcoming projects for 2005 - remember these are in the early stages and may or may not be finalised:

- The two tracks Madonna has completed with Stuart Price are titled Haunted and If You Were Here. It is not know whether these tracks will make it onto her pending album, which has the current working title of Project 05.

- The collaboration with Missy Elliot was on a track called Cali Dreams and is about the cost of fame. The track is not a duet as such, as Madonna is only providing backing vocals. It has yet to be decided if the track will be included on Missy's new album.

- Madonna has also been reaching out for another producer for her next album, calling on Emilio Estefan Jr. to work out a demo for her. Madonna wants a Latin track for her next album and is a big fan of Estefan's work.

- Talks for the movie Streets of Paris are warming up. However, word is that Cate Blanchett is also interested in the role that Madonna has her eyes on. Jean-Baptiste Mondino is currently not in the running to be director.

Press on Versace campaign

7 January 2005

Now that the first pictures of the Versace campaign are surfacing, the press is writing about the campaign. Here's a first selection of articles on the topic.

Madonna lands Versace gig

US rock star Madonna is to be the new face of an advertising campaign for the Italian fashion house Versace, according to a spokeswoman for the fashion-house, confirming a report in the magazine Women's Wear Daily.

The 46-year-old singer is a long-standing friend of Donatella Versace, artistic director of the couture and luxury read-to-wear label.

The campaign for spring-summer 2005 will be shot by the fashion photographer Mario Testino and will centre on four pictures of Madonna, wearing day and evening wear, on the theme of women in the office.

"She's an icon," Donatella told WWD. "She is an innovator, a groundbreaker and the best in her field. She relates to women of all ages. She's got extraordinary personal style and has been a friend of mine and the house for many years."

Madonna is only the latest in a long list of celebrities pressed into service to promote perfumes or fashion brands, which includes Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Catherine Zeta-Jones and, most recently, Uma Thurman. Source: AFP

Madonna heads to 'work' for Versace

Madonna has cast off her red Kaballah bracelets and opened her arms to Versace in a new ad campaign for the Italian fashion house.

The Material Girl, who's been chums with Donatella Versace for ages, has signed on to be the company's new face. Madge's new boss, the aforementioned Donatella, is farklempt about the whole thing and in Women's Wear Daily magazine called the Blonde Ambition-turned-Kaballah marm an "icon" and "innovator" who "relates to women of all ages."

Well, she does want everyone to start calling her Esther...

The high-profile ads, which appear to rely heavily on computer enhancing touch-ups to the singer's demure visage, will feature Madge playing secretary in various office-themed settings.
Because what screams couture more than a stapler and a desk organizer? Source: Boston Herald

Madonna teams up with Versace

Madonna is set to strike a pose for the Versace fashion house after signing up to become the new face of the company.

Boss Donnatella Versace, one of Madonna's closest friends, calls the Material Girl an "icon" and "innovator" who "relates to women of all ages" in a new statement announcing the collaboration.

New promos, featuring Madonna, are set to premiere in the spring (05). Source: ContactMusic

Sean Penn recalls Madonna marriage with fondness

Source: ContactMusic - 7 January 2005

Movie star Sean Penn has no regrets about his brief marriage to Madonna and still thinks the pop superstar is a wonderful person.

Now happily married to actress Robin Wright Penn, the Mystic River star admits he had a volatile relationship with the Material Girl - but he blames himself for its failure.

He says, "It was a miserable marriage, but I like her a lot. It got me steps further and clearer into knowing what I wanted. I still had a lot of demon doors to go through.

"I describe that marriage as loud... I don't recall having a single conversation in four years of marriage. I've talked to her a couple of times since, and there's a whole person there. I just didn't know it."

Song title from musical revealed

7 January 2005

Earlier this week, fansite DrownedMadonna posted an interesting interview with Mike McKnight. In a second interview, McKnight reveals interesting details, such as the original tour setlist, which included a new song, which is part of Madonna's upcoming musical and titled 'The Devil Wouldn't Recognise You'.

They originally worked on 40 songs, then brought the final setlist back to 24. Songs that were rehearsed but not withheld in the final selection included Swim, Love Profusion, I'm So Stupid, Dress You Up, Take A Bow and Live To Tell. The show was originally going to end with Die Another Day.

Fifth Versace picture

7 January 2005

Fansite madonnamegacollection has scanned the February issue of Elle Magazine, which features a fifth Versace picture. The picture premiered today in Women Wear Daily.

W Magazine will feature the third and fourth Versace picture. Magazines that will run the Versace campaign include Elle Magazine, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, W Magazine, Details, GQ and Esquire.

Versace campaign

Liz Smith on Versace

7 January 2005

The fourth Versace picture, which we posted yesterday, appeared in the New York Post, with following comment of Liz Smith:

"With her careful language, decorous clothes, children's books and immersion in Kabbalah, our old friend Madonna seems a bit distant these days.

But M still scores in the area that counts - music. Three songs on Billboard's top ten dance chart in 2004, belonged to Mrs. Guy Ritchie: Hollywood, Nothing Fails and Love Profusion.
Now, when is she going to put her Re-Invention Tour out on tape and DVD? It was supposed to be a CBS special, but the Big Eye wouldn't do it M's way, and, so ? it was the highway for the one-time Tiffany Network.

You can see Madonna in the new ads for Versace. She was said to have been paid $10 million. She looks very... smooth. That's as far as I go."

Fourth Versace picture

6 January 2005

The first Versace ad has now appeared in the Sunday Mail and will also feature in the new issue of Vanity Fair; check out fansite madonnamegacollection for a scan. Devoted fansite DrownedMadonna also premiered the fourth Versace picture today.

Versace campaign

Missy lands Madonna and Busta as celebrity advisors

Source: ContactMusic - 6 January 2005

Rapper Missy Elliott has drafted in pals Madonna and Busta Rhymes to help her hand out advice to hopefuls competing in her new reality TV talent contest The Road To Stardom With Missy Elliott.

The superstars will appear in future episodes of the show, which airs in America [yesterday night] (05 JAN 05). Elliott and top producer Dallas Austin will serve as regular judges on the new show.

Liz denies vow renewal

Source: MSNBC - 6 January 2005

Don't buy Madonna a toaster oven quite yet.

The singer renewed her wedding vows with hubby Guy Ritchie on their fourth wedding anniversary, according to international reports. The stories described in detail how the couples exchanged rings in a romantic Kabbalah ceremony. Only problem is, it never happened, according to people close to Madonna.

"No truth to it at all," a colleague of Madonna's tells The Scoop. "There were no rings, no ceremony."

Madonna's spokeswoman also told The Scoop that there were no renewed vows. "Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie spent their 4th wedding anniversary with 16 close friends at their country home outside of London," Madonna's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg e-mailed us. "All these folks were at the wedding but I was not given names. Madonna is working on her documentary film of the tour and Guy is working on his film. Just a normal working class couple. Ha ha."

Two new songs finished *rumour*

5 January 2005

Some rumours from fansite DrownedMadonna:

- "DrownedMadonna has learned that there are two new songs completed now by Madonna and Stuart Price."

- "Last year Madonna and Missy Elliott recorded a collaboration track as a barter type thing because of Missy's appearance on Madge's Re-Invention Tour. It has yet to be determined if it will be included in Missy's new album which will feature many guest artists like Tweet, Ciara, Ludacris and 50 Cent."

- "US TV show "Extra" spoke to Madonna's reps about M renewing her wedding vows last week... and she said that the story was "completely untrue"... "

Madonna and Guy renew their vows

Source: AFP, Daily Telegraph - 4 January 2005

POP diva Madonna has renewed her wedding vows with film-maker husband Guy Ritchie at a secret ceremony four years after they tied the knot, The Sun newspaper reported today.

They swapped rings and vows in a low-key Kabbalah-based ceremony at their Ashcombe country estate in Wiltshire, in the west of England, the popular tabloid said, quoting an unnamed source close to the couple.

Madonna and Guy

"Christmas is a special time for them because they originally tied the knot on December 22 four years ago," the source was quoted as saying.

Ritchie, 35, reportedly gave Madonna, 46, a ring worth £100,000 ($245,000) from Parisian jeweller Fred, while Madonna reciprocated with a ring she ordered more than six months ago.

The Sun said the couple decided to renew their vows after a stressful year in which Ritchie put his career on hold to accompany Madonna on her 55-date international concert tour.

"Madonna and Guy are closer now than ever before," the paper's source said.

The pair married at Skibo Castle in the Highlands of northern Scotland.

Mike McKnight interview

2 January 2005

Fansite DrownedMadonna had the pleasure to chat with Mike McKnight, Madonna's touring technology wizard for more than 14 years, since her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour.

Mike talks about the equipment used on tour, about what went on behind the scenes, and about some of the songs rehearsed which didn't make the final setlist of the Re-Invention Tour.

Click here for the entire interview.

Like A Prayer remastered? *rumour*

2 January 2005

Warner Music Group is planning to re-release Madonna's 1989 album Like A Prayer in early 05 (March). The newly remastered CD should include bonus remix tracks (Like A Prayer - Shep Pettibone remix, Express Yourself - Stop and Go remix, Keep It Together remix). If the project gets a green light from Madonna herself, it will be released towards the end of March.

As far as her remix album is concerned, the CD is tentively put on the back burner. It was to be titled "American Dream" but it's not certain if it will be released commercially.

In January Madonna will resume work on her documentary whose working title has changed to "Nobody Knows Me", but probably it shall change again.

No Kabbalah in Revolver

2 January 2005

Revolver Movie database IMDB now lists Madonna as part of the cast of Guy Ritchie's upcoming movie Revolver, without further details on her role. The site also mentions the following interesting trivia for this movie: "Sony Pictures reportedly told Guy Ritchie to remove all Kabbalah references from his screenplay or the film wouldn't see the green light. Ritchie agreed."

This is the plot of Revolver: "Jake Green is a hotshot gambler, long on audacity and short on common sense. He's rarely allowed to play in any casino because he is a winner. Jake has taken in so much money over the years, he is the only client of his accountant and older brother Billy.

One night, Jake, Billy and their other brother Joe are invited to sit in on a private game, where Jake is expected to lose to Dorothy Macha, a crime boss and local casino owner who can't play for squat, but always wins because people are too scared to lose to him. Jake isn't afraid of Macha, and not only beats Dorothy in a quick game of chance, but takes every possible opportunity to insult the man.

Jake and his brothers leave the game, and Macha puts out the order for a hit on Jake, who ends up working for and being protected by a pair of brothers, Avi and Zack, who are out to take Macha down."

Happy New Year!

1 January 2005

The Mad-Eyes team wishes you all the best for 2005! Much fortune, friendship & love, and of course many exciting Madonna moments!

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