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December 2009

Ritchie: 'Madonna a perfectly good actress'

Guy Ritchie has described his ex-wife Madonna as 'a perfectly good' screen actress.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, the Sherlock Holmes director suggested that cinema-goers are unable to separate the pop icon's off-screen image from the characters she plays in movies.
'If you ask me, I think she's all right,' he said of Madonna's acting ability. 'I think she's perfectly good. I just don't think people can get her persona out of the way.'
Ritchie also defended his 2002 movie Swept Away, which starred Madonna and was panned by critics, claiming that he treated the subject material in an 'ironic' way.
'The whole thing is supposed to be ironic,' he commented. 'It's about a man that hits a woman, and at the same time, it was her. There were all sorts of irony. If you ask me, everything about it was rather interesting, but it was such a feral relationship between a man and woman and you just can't get away with that in contemporary society.'


Madonna is top celebrity of the Noughties

Madonna has been declared the 'most famous celebrity of the decade', in a column inch countdown of British national newspapers.
Robbie Williams, who has enjoyed comeback success this year, was the most written-about male celeb of the past 10 years.
Michael Jackson, whose death in June - just before he was due to embark on a marathon string of London concerts - sent shockwaves around the world, was the best-documented star of 2009 in the survey.
Man of the moment and Britain's Got Talent and X Factor supremo Simon Cowell was in second place in the survey which covered 2009 up to December 7.
With a high profile marriage and divorce, adoption bids and one of the most successful careers around, Madonna has accrued 45,633 mentions over the decade.
This was around 17,000 more news articles than her nearest rival Williams.
The study was commissioned by online UK TV channel Liv, which features style and celebrity programming.
Liv said its findings showed that Madonna dominated British celebrity print coverage for the first six years of the noughties, but finally lost her crown in the 2007, with the likes of Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears and Victoria Beckham proving particularly popular among newspapers towards the end of the decade.
Alex Ayling, Liv commissioning executive said: 'This is a fascinating insight into which celebrities have real showbiz staying power with the UK print press and have proved their popularity over the last decade. Madonna's ability to be able to re-invent herself and her image has meant she has stayed at the top of her game throughout the noughties and we salute the queen of pop.'
The results were calculated by TNS Media Intelligence using British national newspapers.

Here are the top 10 celebrities in the Column Inch Countdown for the last decade, with the total number of articles:

1. Madonna 45,633
2. Robbie Williams 27,976
3. Britney Spears 27,910
4. Brand Beckham (Posh and Becks) 26,561
5. Kate Moss 26,494
6. Victoria Beckham 25,204
7. David Beckham 24,631
8. Michael Jackson 22,426
9. Simon Cowell 22,263
10. Sir Paul McCartney 20,347

And here are the top 10 celebrities in the 2009 Column Inch Countdown, with the total articles for this year, up to December 7:

1. Michael Jackson 6,838
2. Simon Cowell 6,213
3. Madonna 4,612
4. Cheryl Cole 3,745
5. Katie Price 3,700
6. Susan Boyle 3,170
7. Jade Goody 3,049
8. Lily Allen 3,021
9. Peter Andre 2,985
10. Kate Moss 2,618

From the Evening Standard

Guy Ritchie doesn't regret 'Swept Away' with ex Madonna

The 41-year-old British director - whose 2002 movie 'Swept Away' starring his ex-wife Madonna, 51, flopped at the cinema and went straight to DVD in the U.K. - said he wasn't upset by the critics, because you have to do some things wrong in order to know what works.
He said: ''Swept Away' was always going to have a limited audience. The idea was that it was going to be a small film....but you can't do small films with the ex.'
The romantic comedy was a disaster at the box office, just like his 2005 film 'Revolver' which starred Jason Stratham, but Guy said he doesn't take too much criticism on board, and in fact, 'Revolver' was still his favorite movie.
He said: 'I think on reflection it always will be. Celebrity culture can only be capricious and ephemeral, sometimes you are in synch with what everybody wants, sometimes you are not.'


The Stones, U2 and Madonna Named Top Touring Acts of Decade

The Rolling Stones were the most successful live band of the decade as the rockers’ 264 concerts over the past 10 years grossed over $869 million, good enough for Number One atop Billboard’s Top Touring Acts of the 2000s list. Only three artists surpassed the $800 million mark for the decade and are now able to brag to friends that they grossed more than most countries’ yearly gross national product: the Stones, U2 with $844 million and Madonna, who was both the top-grossing female and solo artist, with $802 million.
While the Rolling Stones took the decade’s crown, U2 were easily the most in-demand live act as all 288 shows the band performed this decade were sold out, a stat no other artist this decade can claim. With U2 set for the second leg of their 360 Tour in 2010, it’s only a matter of time before they surpass $1 billion for the past 11 years. Of the 25 acts on Billboard’s list, the Dave Matthews Band performed in front of the most fans, selling over 11 million tickets over the course of 547 shows, good for $505 million and seventh on the list.
Coming in at Number Four was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with a hearty $688 million from 403 shows.
The Police and Paul McCartney needed the least amount of shows to get onto the Billboard list: The reunited Sychronicity band played only 144 shows but managed to place 11th with $362 million, while Paul McCartney needed only 106 shows to gross $239 million. Other notables on the list include Billy Joel at 10, the Eagles at 12, Metallica at 19 and Britney Spears at 21.


More on the Dolce & Gabbana campaign

When we first learned that Madonna would be fronting Dolce & Gabbana’s new spring ads, we couldn’t wait to see what the pop icon and the Italian designers had up their sleeves. For her latest high-fashion role, the Queen of Pop teamed up with famed photographer Steven Klein to capture a side of the star hardly ever seen: the housewife!
Inspired by iconic Italian actress Anna Magnani in the 1951 Luchino Visconti film Bellissima, the ad campaign seeks to capture a woman’s human side through the simplicity of daily gestures, according to Dolce & Gabbana. Clad in crocheted tops and dresses, floral skirts and leopard spots from the Italian label, Madonna washes dishes, eats spaghetti with her fingers and chops vegetables.
The 8 campaign images were shot in black and white in Manhattan and will appear in magazines worldwide at the beginning of January.


Dolce & Gabbana Campaign: First Images

The first images from Madonna's advertising campaign for Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana shot by Steven Klein have been revealed in the current edition of Italian Vanity Fair magazine.

Exclusive in this week's Italian edition of Vanity Fair is the worldwide preview of Dolce & Gabbana's new spring/summer 2010 campaign featuring pop icon Madonna. Click here to take a first look and read what designer Stefano Gabbana has to say about the shoot and the star.
Madonna's private life is seldom out of the papers but this new Dolce & Gabbana campaign is unlike anything you have seen before. Exit the paparazzo, these shots by Steven Klein reveal much more than a grainy stolen picture, they showcase an intimate, real aspect to the ultimate icon's life.
In the Vanity Fair Italy feature, Stefano Gabbana discusses the campaign and why Madonna was the perfect match: 'She loved the collection,' he says, '....she is passionate and impressively knowledgeable about Italian cinema,' (Monica Vitti is her favourite actress and we see the resemblance).'
When asked as to whether Madonna knows how to wash dishes, Stefano Gabbana replies 'Certainly....she's a very practical woman....' And does she actually eat spaghetti despite her most enviable figure? 'Of course, says Stefano, and she can allow herself to with all the exercise she does!'

For more on the campaign visit or

Pictures by Steven Klein for Dolce & Gabbana

Actress offers advice to Madonna on Bridgehampton buy

Actress Stefanie Powers says that Madonna needs to make sure she’s got the right staff when she takes over Wild Ocean Farm. Powers used to own the Bridgehampton property, then known as another name, with her cousin, Geri Bauer, who sold the farm to Kelly Klein in 2000.
'I hope she’s got some good people,' says Powers, pointing out that between caring for the horses and maintaining the property there is 'a lot to keep on top of.'
The 'Hart to Hart' legend, who plays polo, says Madonna should be happy to have it. 'It’s a wonderful place,' she says, adding that the indoor riding ring is extraordinary for its craftsmanship. 'I hope she’ll be happy,' she says.


Madonna reveals Revolver release date are happy to confirm that Madonna’s Revolver will be released as a digital maxi single on December 29 worldwide and will feature fantastic remixes by David Guetta, Paul Van Dyk and Tracy Young!

In related news, Revolver will also be released as a CD maxi single and 12” vinyl single in early 2010. Please check below for the different release dates and tracks-listings:

Digital Maxi Single
USA: December 29th
Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix)
Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix) (Feat. Lil Wayne)
Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Club Remix)
Revolver (Paul van Dyk Remix)
Revolver (Paul van Dyk Dub)
Revolver (Tracy Young’s Shoot To Kill Remix)
Celebration (Featuring Akon)
Celebration (Felguk Love Remix)

CD Maxi Single
USA: January 26th
Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix (Feat. Lil Wayne)
Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix)
Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Club Remix)
Revolver (Paul van Dyk Remix)
Revolver (Paul van Dyk Dub)
Revolver (Tracy Young’s Shoot To Kill Remix)
Celebration (Feat. Akon)
Celebration (Felguk Love Remix)

12" Vinyl Single
USA: February 9th
Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Club Remix)
Revolver (Paul van Dyk Remix)
Revolver (Tracy Young’s Shoot To Kill Remix)
Revolver (Paul van Dyk Dub)
Revolver (Madonna vs. David Guetta One Love Remix) (Feat. Lil Wayne)
Celebration (Feat. Akon)
Celebration (Felguk Love Remix)

From - thanks to Micheal

Madonna buying New York horse farm?

Madonna is putting down deep roots back in the U.S. - the pop star is reportedly close to buying a horse farm in New York in her second real-estate deal this year.
The Material Girl moved back Stateside following her split from her ex-husband, British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, last year, and bought a posh townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side for a reported $32 million (£20 million).
According to the New York Post, the singer is expanding her property portfolio with a new purchase in the Hamptons - a star-studded vacation spot a few hours outside of the city - for just under $10 million (£6.25 million).
Wild Ocean Farm, currently owned by Kelly Klein - the wife of fashion mogul Calvin Klein - boasts 30 acres of land. There is no house on the land.


Snoop Dogg wants Madonna/Stones collaboration

Snoop Dogg is holding out for a collaboration with either the Rolling Stones or Madonna - because he wants to experience what it's like not to be 'the big one' on a track.
The rapper has worked with a host of stars as diverse as Willie Nelson and Justin Timberlake, but his sights are still aimed high for a really big duet.
He tells Nylon Guys magazine, 'I wanna be on a track where I'm not the big one. I wanna do a Madonna or a Rolling Stones or a Quincy Jones - something where their name is bigger than mine.'
'Something where it's like, 'Wow, I can't believe Snoop Dogg is on a track with Rascal Flatts!''


Madonna's Shoes Up for Auction

Celebrity acting coach Susan Batson will be auctioning off a slew of incredible pieces her pupils have given her over the years, among them an autographed pair of red platforms that Madonna wore during her 'Drowned World' tour in 2001.
According to WWD, Batson has worked with talents including Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Connelly, and Jamie Fox, and is holding the auction through December 12 at her Black Nexxus Inc. theater lab (300 West 43rd Street) to raise money for a scholarship fund for study at the theater.
In addition to the Material Girl's epic sandals (which are signed 'Love Madonna' on one shoe and 'If the shoe fits wear it' on the other), the auction items include an original script from the first episode of '30 Rock,' autographed by Tina Fey; a peacoat designed for Janet Jackson's 'Velvet Rope' tour; and even pieces donated by Liv Tyler and Alicia Keys.
Be warned: Bidding starts at $15,000, and we'd predict the prize red platforms go for much more than that.

From NBC New York / The Thread

Madonna: 'My Children Handle Fame Well'

Madonna is adamant her children have a healthy attitude towards fame, even though they are growing up in the spotlight.
The Material Girl insists 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from her relationship with Carlos Leon, and Rocco, nine, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, as well as her adopted children David Banda and Mercy James, cope well with having a superstar mum.
And she's positive the good points about her celebrity status outweigh the bad.
She tells British TV show GMTV, 'Since I don't know what that (a normal life) means, I don't know if they'd rather have that. Anyways they don't have a choice, they're stuck with the mother they have and I think they realise there are pluses and minuses to it.'
'I think sometimes they'd like to walk down the street and just feel like normal kids and that happens, and other times, you know, they get great bonuses and perks out of being my children and they know it and they're very grateful and appreciative for it.'
'I think they're pretty balanced in terms of how they view fame and celebrity and things like that. I think it took them a while to adjust but they're okay.'


Madonna: 'Never say never' to another adoption

Madonna has refused to rule out adopting another child, hinting she may return to Malawi to bring another youngster into her family.
The pop superstar has a 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from her relationship with Carlos Leon, and Rocco, nine, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
The former couple travelled to the African country of Malawi in 2006 to adopt son David Banda, and after their divorce was finalised in 2008, Madonna returned to take home little Mercy James this year.
And when asked whether she would ever adopt another child, the pop superstar replied, 'Never say never. I have four children now and I'd like to think I'm a good mother.'
During the interview with British TV show GMTV, the singer also admitted she misses living in London since she moved back to her native New York after splitting from Ritchie.
She added, 'I miss being able to walk around the neighbourhood. It's more mellow, laid back and relaxed (in London) than it is in Manhattan.'


Celebration certified Gold in the US

As of Monday 23 November, RIAA has certified Madonna's Celebration album gold for a shipment of over 500,000 units (bringing the US total tallies for Madonna in the USA to 64 millions units). Celebration is also Madonna's 19th Gold Album.

Also Celebration: The Video Collection has been certified Platinum for shipments of over 100,000 units in the US.

Thanks to Keith

Argentinian Magazines: Gata Flora

Madonna is featured on the cover of Argentinian culture magazine Gata Flora (December 2009/January/February 2010 issue number 12).

This magazine features different female artists on the cover and Madonna now joins women such as Bjork, Yoko Ono, Simone de Beauvoir, Victoria Ocampo, Evita and Janis Joplin as a cover star.

For more information on the magazine visit

Thanks to Florencia

Celebration nominated for a Grammy Award

Madonna's Celebration single has been nominated in the Best Dance Recording category at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

The winners are announced at the award ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday 31 January 2010.

Best Dance Recording (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

Boom Boom Pow
The Black Eyed Peas & Jean Baptiste, producers; Dylan Dresdow, mixer
Track from: The E.N.D.
[Interscope Records]

When Love Takes Over
David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
David Guetta & Frederic Riesterer, producers; Veronica Ferraro, mixer
Track from: One Love

Poker Face
Lady Gaga
RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, mixers
Track from: The Fame

[Warner Bros.]

Britney Spears
K. Briscoe, producer; Serban Ghenea, mixer
Track from: Circus

Thanks to ~sPNation

Auction: Bid 2 Beat AIDS

The annual Bid 2 Beat AIDS auction has just launched on eBay, and once again there some Madonna items are featured, including a signed copy of Madonna's children's book Lotsa de Casha, a framed Evita movie poster, and a Madonna Ultimate Fan Pack, which includes a limited edition numbered lithograph and many rare promo items. The proceeds benefit LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS, and goes toward HIV/AIDS prevention youth programs.

For more information on the auction visit :

To take part in the auction (use the 'store search' button to find Madonna items) visit:

UK TV: GMTV Interview Advert

UK breakfast TV show GMTV have started to air an advert for the Ben Shephard interview with Madonna that will air on the show on Monday 07 and Tuesday 08 December. Madonna apparently talks 'love, music and children' in the interview that was filmed in London in October as Madonna was enroute to Malawi.