No wonder they call her the Material Girl.
Madonna is launching her Reinvention Tour, and some of the financial details of the concerts have been leaking out — leading one source to quip that it should be called her Reinvestment Tour.
Madonna is looking to play a one-day gig in Ireland, where she’s filed plans with a county council board, and according to local reports, Madonna has hammered out a deal where she will receive either 4.2 million pounds (over $7.5 million) or 98.5 percent of the box office — whichever is greater. With tickets rumored to be in the $200 range, that could be one hefty payday.
Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, denies the figures, but declines to give specifics. She says final ticket prices haven’t been determined, but she also acknowledges that the singer will rake in plenty of cash during her Reinvention Tour. “Will Madonna make lots of money on her tour?” Rosenberg asks. “Absolutely. And she will earn every penny.”
Attorneys for the litigious actor have fired off a letter, demanding a retraction from the London Independent over an interview the paper did with famed acting coach, Susan Batson. According to the profile, Batson — whose clients have included Nicole Kidman, Denzel Washington, Juliette Binoche, and Adrien Brody — “was asked to help Kidman and Tom Cruise, Kidman’s husband at the time, to give a convincing sexual performance in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut”
The passage raised eyebrows among some, because several years ago, Cruise successfully sued the supermarket tabloid the Star for alleging that a sex therapist was called in to make those sex scenes more believable.
Cruise’s spokeswoman says that Batson worked with Kidman, but not with Cruise, and confirmed to The Scoop that a “legal letter” has been sent to the Independent. Batson, however, was once quoted as saying that Cruise came to him for “Eyes Wide Shut,” saying, “You know, I’ve done this King of Hollywood thing. I really wanna act.”
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