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A kiss — just a kiss? Or a scandal?


Back in the 1940s and the “Casablanca” era,  a kiss was famously “just a kiss”

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Not any more.

It’s been seven years since Britney Spears and Madonna notoriously  locked lips in a live MTV Music Video Awards show. But women kissing women (or just pretending to) is still making front page news, whether it’s Miley Cyrus on a “Britain’s Got Talent” performance last week, or Sandra Bullock at the MTV Movie Awards show this weekend.

(And let’s not even revisit the Adam Lambert male-on-male kiss furor last November)

But while Bullock’s apparently rehearsed smooch with Scarlett Johansson was mostly seen as just good fun, Miley Cyrus’ kiss (that she now protests wasn’t really a kiss although it may have looked like it)  with a female dancer has not gone down so well, especially with fans of the Disney teen star.

What would Madonna do (WWMD) on “Glee”?



Tuesday night’s much-hyped homage to “the most powerful woman ever to walk the face of the earth” on Fox’s breakout hit show, Glee, was all about asking, “What would Madonna do?”

(Acerbic cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester’s response: “Well, the answer to that question would normally be: date a younger man.”)

Glee fans go wild for Sue’s “Vogue” video. But did it work?


“Glee” s scheming cheerleading coach  Sue Sylvester’s parody of a 1990 Madonna music video got its much anticipated premiere on Tuesday night. But did it live up to its billing?

Reactions to the black-and-white remake of Madonna’s  “Vogue” video have been mixed, with some fans (especially those too young to remember the 1990 original)  saying they were confused as to whether it was supposed to be funny, while others raved about the subtle homage to one of the world’s most influential pop stars. The video, which will be featured again as part of next week’s Madonna-themed “Glee” episode. But here it is for those who can’t wait that long.

Getting Glee -ful with Madonna, Vogue and Sue Sylvester


Musical lynchTV comedy “Glee” might be centered on a group of high school misfits, but devious cheerleading coach Sue  Sylvester  is likely to be stealing the show for the next couple of weeks with her “Vogue”  mini video homage to Madonna.

Sylvester, played by actress Jane Lynch, stars in the three-minute video in the highly-anticipated April 20 episode devoted to cover versions of Madonna hits. But fans will get a sneak preview on Tuesday night when “Glee” returns to U.S. TV screens after a four month absence.

Madonna, Ellen DeGeneres are related, say genealogists


BRAZIL/What do Madonna and Ellen DeGeneres have in common? Relatives, if the genealogy researchers at are right. The family history experts at have found that Madonna and DeGeneres are related through a common 10th great-grandfather — a Frenchman called Martin Aucoin — so they are 11th cousins.

“In the early 1600s, Aucoin’s daughters Jeanne and Michele left their native country of France to settle in Nova Scotia, where  both Madonna and Ellen’s families remained for several generations,” according to a statement from

Lindsay Lohan = Oprah, Madonna?


LohanUmm. No. — at least according to a poll by celebrity market researcher E-Poll.

Lohan — former Disney child star, turned member of the “Mean Girls,” then media sensation, before plunging into alcohol and drug abuse and going to rehab, from which she emerged to a troubled acting career and then flopped in the world of fashion, all before she turns 24 years old this year  — has sued E*Trade Financial Corp, seeking $100 million for an advertisement that Lohan claims wrongly uses her “likeness, name, characterization, and personality” without permission, violating her right of privacy. The ad involves toddlers. Read that story here.

Madonna booed in Bucharest over Gypsy remarks


Pop star Madonna was booed during a concert in Bucharest, Romania, on Wednesday night when she urged the Eastern European crowd to be tolerant of Roma, otherwise known as the Gypsy population.madonna

The Roma have recently been the victims of targeted killings in Hungary, and they face discrimination in many parts of Europe.

Madonna’s biceps become a controversy


So, Madonna penned an article about Jewish mysticism for an Israeli newspaper, and that made some headlines on Wednesday.madonna

But the online world was still buzzing about a photo of the Material Girl that a pair of British newspapers put on their websites on Tuesday, showing Madonna’s arms looking veiny and bulging, like the guns an arm wrestling champion might sport, or a veteran seaman.

Should Madonna be allowed to adopt again?


Madonna has won her appeal for the right to adopt a second child from Malawi, after a court overturned an earlier ruling blocking the bid, and the 50-year-old queen of pop is likely to face further criticism fmadonna4or her actions.

Local rights groups in Malawi have complained that Madonna has been given special treatment by the judicial system because of her status and wealth, and many people question whether taking a child from its native environment is necessarily a good thing.

Madonna releases picture with Malawian girl Mercy


Madonna and MercyFor U.S. pop star Madonna, a photo speaks a thousand words.

She released a picture through Reuters on Monday of her holding a sleeping four-year-old Malawian girl named Mercy James, whom she still hopes to adopt despite a court ruling in the southern African country preventing her from doing so.

The photo was first published in Malawi’s Nation on Sunday newspaper. Madonna has lodged an appeal against a High Court decision earlier this month that said she could not adopt Mercy because she was not a resident of Malawi.