Jeannette Walls of MSNBC reports Madonna’s rep has denied reports that her client got into a heated argument with George Michael. The Sunday Mirror had reported Michael was working in the same recording studio and was upset to see Madonna screaming at her personal assistant for buying her the wrong kind of coffee. The rep for Michael had no comment on the story.
Madonna Can Only Do Evening Play Performances
March 22, 2002 – Reuters reports recording commitments have forced Madonna to cancel the matinee performances of her London stage debut “Up For Grabs,” the show’s producer said on Friday. The singer and actress will be able to make the evening performances of the play though. “We completely understand that Madonna has daytime recording commitments that can not be rescheduled. As a result, we are determined to accommodate all matinee ticket holders,” producer Sonia Friedman said in a statement.
Madonna Movie Turns Off Test Audiences
March 19, 2002 – Contributed by dragonzNpiano: Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie is re-editing the couple’s remake of the Italian classic “Swept Away” after test audiences found the film muddled and misogynistic, according to New York’s Daily News.
The couple’s remake of Lina Wertmuller’s 1974 classic, which tells the story of a rich woman and a rough sailor marooned together on an island, includes Madonna receiving a savage beating as a prelude to love-making.
The film — which carries the working title “Love, Sex, Drugs And Money” — turned off test audiences, and Ritchie (“Snatch”) has been tinkering with the film to bolster its appeal.
“Some people love it. Others are horrified. It’s certainly not breeding indifference,” Ritchie’s representative, Kris Thykier, told The Daily News.
“There is violence in the relationship, but it grows out of passion rather than abuse. People are going to be blown away by Madonna’s performance. Guy isn’t worried.”
Adds Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg: “Some people were uncomfortable with some scenes. But she plays a really dislikable person. Some people might think her character deserves what she gets.”
The film is still scheduled to open in North America in September.