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The last time Madonna performed in Israel was in 2009, when she held two concerts as part of her record-shattering Sticky & Sweet tour. This time the newly-rechristianed Queen of Pop is not just holding any old concert in Israel, but using the event to kick off her entire 2012 world tour.
The world tour will kick off on May 29th in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan and stretch all the way into 2013. After Israel Madonna will travel to a couple other Middle East venues before departing for Europe, where she'll do 26 additional spots over the course of two months. From there it's off to North America to do yet another set of 26 venues, then to Latin America, then to Australia. Before everything is said and done she will have played 90 concerts.
Yesterday the Venice Film Festival wrapped up, but not before dozens of A-Listers passed through town.
Madonna landed in Rio de Janeiro yesterday for a week long trip that may include meeting her boyfriend's mother and speaking with government officials about poverty.
Several reports are saying that the superstar is nervous about meeting Jesus Luz' family for the first time and that it may be a sign things are heating up between them. But Madge told Page Six the rumors aren't true and she is "there strictly for fundraising and humanitarian purposes.” We find it suspect that she would visit her boyfriend's hometown with him and not stop by to say hi to his moms. Maybe it's the age difference that is keeping her away, and we're not talking about the age difference between her and Jesus. Madonna also happens to be 14 years older than his mother!
You know, when you think of an "over the hill" birthday party, you usually think of gag gift diapers and getting something like the "Tour of Italy" platter at Olive Garden. Of course when it's Madonna celebrating her 51st birthday, all bets are off. This Sunday she arrived in the Italian resort town of Portofino for her own tour of Italy, or rather a stay at the town's Splendido Hotel after renting out a whole floor.
What then did Madonna get as a gift for her birthday? Her designer pals Dolce & Gabbana will be taking out for a spin on their yacht, with a possibly stay at one of their villas; no gag gifts here.
Madonna is hopefully relaxing in Portofino, seeing as how her last Sticky and Sweet concert in Warsaw was protested by conservative Catholics who didn't appreciate her performing on the Feast of the Assumptionwhich celebrates Mary's ascension straight to heavenconsidering her name and everything. Alas, then Madonna went straight to Italy, cradle of Catholicism; that'll show those Polish religious fiends.
[Photo: AFP and Google Maps]
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Most stars dream of representing their latest film at the Cannes Film Festival and most film fans dream of watching them walk down the red carpet. Cannes is the biggest, flashiest and most decadent festival on the circuit, the place to be and be seen. If you're lucky enough to find yourself at Cannes this year, here's our list of where to stay, where to eat and what to see.
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According to the New York Post, Madonna is planning a concert in St. Petersburg, Russia this summer in the main square next to the Hermitage Museum. The historic art and culture museum is part of the royal Winter Palace which served as the home for Russian Tsars Nicholas I and Nicholas II.
When Madonna arrives in August, the museum will be showcasing its "Treasures of the Great Moguls" exhibition. And the museum officials are none too pleased.
[B]randing the event a "natural disaster," the museum's director Dr. Mikhail Piotrovski said, "We want guarantees that there will be no blasphemy."
Uh-oh, now that you said that, Madonna's gonna cook up something blasphemous for St. Petersburg. Unless you consider her dating a 22-year-old Brazilian model to be blasphemous enough and to be honest, we kind of do.
· Russian Authorities: Madonna Concert a Natural Disaster [NY Post]
· Heritage Museum [Official Site]
[Photo: Anirudh Koul]
She may be getting married in her new movie "Bride Wars," but Kate Hudson clearly relishes her status as a single lady. Last week, she was photographed on not one but two high-profile dates on opposite sides of the US. Would you fly across the country to date these dudes?
Kate's dates started on the East Coast when she and ball-player and former Madonna fling Alex Rodriguez got dinner at Lure Fishbar in New York. But the Yankee must have struck out with the "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" star, because she was later snapped on the beach in Hawaii with pro golfer Adam Scott, an Australian in the islands for the Mercedes-Benz Championship at the Kapalua Resort on Maui. Scott lost to fellow Aussie Geoff Ogilvy, but he may have taken home a bigger prize.
· Kate Hudson and Alex Rodriguez: Madonna Who? [Socialite Life]
· Kate Hudson Flees Killer Australian Jellyfish for NYC Clubs [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
It's a holiday miracle! Madonna finally found someone more deserving than A-Rod to share her post-divorce phase.
Amid rumors that the Material Girl is going to adopt another child with her pet Yankee, she apparently got distracted when paired with Brazilian model Jesus Luz for a photo shoot. We think the price of Guy Ritchie's silence just went up.
[Photo: The Superficial]
Think you've had a bad week? Not only did Madonna fall onstage last night, but she also saw her bank accounts depleted when the settlement of her divorce from Guy Ritchie was leaked.
The British-American power couple announced they were splitting earlier this fall amid rumors that she had cheated on him with Alex Rodriguez. While that was never proven, the couple gave each other a wide berth, with Ritchie staying in London to work on his Sherlock Holmes movie and Madonna keeping to her New York City apartment (which predates the marriage) when she wasn't on tour. The settlement is rumored to give Ritchie, who never signed a prenup, almost $92 million.
Madonna took the couple's son Rocco to Rio de Janeiro with her, but hopefully he wasn't watching when she slipped and fell at the Maracanã stadium (best known for hosting the World Cup in the '70s). Well, we all have those weeks.
· Despite Bad Taste, Madonna And A-Rod Move Forward [Jaunted]
· Madonna To Attend But Not Perform At Hall of Fame Induction [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
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For Britney Spears, this weekend brought all work and no play. While her documentary "For The Record" was showing in the US, Spears performed on Britain's popular TV show "X Factor" (creators of Leona Lewis) and at the Bambi Awards where she was given the Best International Pop Star award.
So what were our other favorite stars up to this weekend? The Cruises and Beckhams took New York together even though Katie Holmes had to work all weekend--er, perform in "All My Sons." Miley Cyrus hit the Big Apple as well, although we hope she's not moving here! Divorced stars Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon broke bread together with their kids for the holiday, while Alex Rodriguez left his kids in New York while he took in a Madonna concert in Miami. Demi, Ashton and Bruce also celebrated together, and we know they're all friends, but that's kind of creepy.
Will Smith took his crew to Hawaii and Michael Phelps took his new girlfriend, a waitress in Vegas, home to Maryland to meet Mom. And Eva Longoria set tongues wagging when she attended a wedding by herself. Have we all had enough vacation yet?
· Where Is The Gator Farm Britney Spears Took Her Kids To? [Jaunted]
· Britney Spears Celebrates Freedom From Kids At Peninsula Hotel [HC]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: The Superficial]
Does this mean the fake British accent is going away? Madonna (seen above at a UNICEF event with Rihanna) and Guy Ritchie have reportedly come to a divorce agreement in which the Material Girl will stay in New York and her former husband will remain in London.
It was only after she married the director Ritchie that Madonna bought property in merrie olde England. Now, according to People, their shared sons Rocco and David Banda will split their time between the two cities, while Madge's daughter Lourdes from a previous
marriage relationship will live in New York full time.
This does nothing to dispel the rumors that Madonna's next conquest is Yankees slugger A-Rod, who--surprise!--happens to live in New York. But we're kind of glad she picked us anyway.
[Photo: Faded Youth Blog]
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Nothing bonds a new couple like travel! That must be why Madonna (above left, with Britney) is planning to drag her new paramour on tour in South America with her.
The New York Daily News reports that the recently separated Material Girl, who decamps to Mexico for a concert on the 29th before playing a string of dates in the Southern Hemisphere, is adding Alex Rodriguez to her entourage. After she wraps up her "Sticky & Sweet" world tour, it's time for a romantic vacation--to Malawi, where Madge adopted son David Banda in 2006 and where she's building an orphanage.
Think it stuns ex Guy Ritchie that he's not getting a free trip to Chile, Brazil and Argentina? He's probably relishing the alone time in his native London, where he's shooting his next feature, a big-screen adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. Besides, he's taking care of sons Rocco and David.