Madonna unveils a new look on her world tour
POP TARTAN The Material Girl has some new material, and it’s plaid. Madonna again enlisted designer Jean-Paul Gaultier as tour costumer — this time for the Drowned World 2001 Tour, which kicked off Saturday night in Barcelona — but instead of risqué bustiers and bras that could poke your eyes out, he made her a kilt, which she wore over leather pants. A possible homage to hubby Guy Ritchie, whom she wed in a Scottish castle a few months ago (where Ritchie and baby Rocco also donned the traditional Scotch garb), it was one of six Gaultier outfits she wore before a sellout crowd of 18,000 at the Palau Sant Jordi basketball arena. She also wore her frequent cowgirl outfit and a geisha costume. (For more on Madonna’s Drowned World 2001 tour, read EW.com’s full review of the Barcelona show.)
Meanwhile, any guy who’s ever wanted to have sex with Madonna can now enjoy the next closest thing: a condom with a naked picture of Madonna on it. Photographer Martin Schreiber, who took nude snapshots of the then unknown performer in 1979 and sold them to Playboy in 1985, has licensed them to a European prophylactic manufacturer. The condoms have been big sellers in Europe and Japan, and they’re being given away by the hundreds of thousands in Brazil to promote AIDS prevention. The New York Post reports that they’ve also been selling out at the Condomania boutique in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, where they go for $11.95 a dozen. But Madonna thinks Schreiber has stretched his license too far, and a Madonna merchandising spokesperson says, ”They’re an unauthorized product, and we’re considering legal action.” But will it stand up in court?
LIZARD OF OWS Sharon Stone‘s husband was attacked and seriously injured Saturday by a Komodo dragon at the Los Angeles Zoo. The 10 foot lizard chomped Phil Bronstein‘s big toe, and he required surgery to reattach severed tendons and rebuild the toe’s casing. Stone had surprised Bronstein, the executive editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, with an early Father’s Day gift — a behind the scenes tour at the zoo (apparently a courtesy the zoo commonly extends to celebrities. Inside the dragon’s cage, Bronstein took off his white sneakers, so that the reptile wouldn’t confuse his feet with the white rats it usually eats. But the dragon bit him as Stone watched from outside the cage. Bronstein was able to pry open the animal’s jaws and escape through a feeding door while the zookeeper fended off the animal. “This was totally unexpected,” a zoo spokeswoman said of the usually mild tempered lizard’s behavior.
LEGAL EAGLES Just because Don Henley is a noted environmentalist doesn’t mean he was eager to see a nonprofit conservationist group devoted to saving eagles poach on his band’s trademark. Three years ago, The Eagles filed suit against the Pigeon Forge, Tenn., based American Eagle Foundation, objecting to the organization’s selling of eagle-related music and videos, as well as its Web address at www.eagles.org and its phone number at 1-800-2-EAGLES. But the trial, set for today, has been called off, and the suit apparently dropped, because the band couldn’t be present as witnesses, since they’re touring Europe. Guess they decided to take it easy on the defendants….
Miramax has settled a lawsuit with the producers of ”O” for about $1 million, Inside.com reports. The filmmakers had sued the studio for not releasing the film, which has sat on the shelf for a year, in a timely fashion. Apparently, Miramax worried that “O,” a high school update of Shakespeare’s “Othello,” starring Julia Stiles, Mekhi Phifer, and Josh Hartnett, was too controversial in its depiction of teenage violence to release into a post-Columbine climate. But the producers alleged that Miramax broke a contractual agreement to release it by March 17, and has hurt the future prospects of the film by failing to capitalize on the heat of its teen stars and its soundtrack songs in a timely fashion. Miramax has sold the distribution rights to Lions Gate (to whom it also sold the controversial ”Dogma” a couple years ago), which will release “O” in August….
Marilu Henner and her husband, director Robert Lieberman (”Fire in the Sky”), have both filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. They have been married since 1990 and have two sons, Nicholas, 7, and Joseph, 5.
SMALL STREET Oliver Stone, director of such cuddly children’s fare as ”Natural Born Killers,” ”The Doors,” and ”Platoon,” will attend an international children’s film festival in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Perhaps Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch were busy.) During the the 31st Giffoni Film Festival, which runs from July 14 to 21, Stone (along with partner Chong Son Chong and their 6 year old daughter, Tara Chong) will join such luminaries as Lech Walesa and 900 kids from all over the world. The festival will host the European premiere of ”Jurassic Park III” and show several films in competition. Stone will consult with the youth juries and conduct a filmmaking workshop that will create a five minute movie. ”OK, now, ragazzi and ragazze, back and to the left, back and to the left…”
REEL DEALS Our long national nightmare is over: A script has finally been commissioned for ”Beverly Hills Cop IV.” Series producer Jerry Bruckheimer has hired Jason Richman, script doctor of the upcoming spy spoof ”Black Sheep,” which will star Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. No word on when ”BHC IV” will go into production, butEddie Murphy will return as Axel Foley, whom he last played in the third installment in 1994….
Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore will star in Miramax’s comedy ”Duplex,” to begin shooting this fall. The director will be Greg Mottola, who directed Stiller’s mom, Anne Meara, in ”The Daytrippers,” another comedy about the tribulations of life in New York City. In ”Duplex,” written by longtime ”Simpsons” producer Larry Doyle, a couple who covet an apartment take matters into their own hands when the sweet old lady who lives there inconveniently refuses to die. Of course, to anyone who’s ever tried to find a New York apartment, that sounds less like a comedy than a documentary….
Can Elisabeth Shue pitch a baseball? She can certainly pitch a baseball script. Danny DeVito‘s Jersey Films has purchased a Shue idea for a ”Bad News Bears”ian comedy about women ballplayers. Shue would produce and potentially star in the film.