WEEK IN REVIEW: Madonna Opens Then Closes
Plus: Fantasia Idol-ized, Cage and Presley divorced, and more
HER MADGESTY: Madonna, 45, debuted her “Re-Invention” concert tour this week with a bang, but she missed her second L.A. performance, blaming a stomach bug, according to a posting on her Web site. The star “was ordered by her doctor to rest this evening,” the statement read. “She will be back at 100 percent and can’t wait to entertain her fans!!!!” On the bright side, the reviews were good. The New York Times, admitting that at times the show is confusing, still considered it exhilarating, while New York’s Daily News praised the star’s powerful singing voice.
FANTASIC FANTASIA: And the Idol title went to … feisty, masterful Fantasia Barrino, who promptly broke into tears Wednesday night after winning the third season of FOX’s American Idol. “Thank you so much – I broke my shoe,” said the 19-year-old, wiping her eyes. “You know what, I’ve been through some things, but I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at. Thank you all so much, man.” Her rival, Diana DeGarmo, 16, said a simple, “Thank you very much,” and credited her fans for helping her “grow as a person.” She called Fantasia “my girl.” And now, she’s everybody’s.
CAGEY MOVE: Nicolas Cage, 40, and Lisa Marie Presley, 36, completed lengthy legal divorce proceedings that outlasted their actual 3 1/2-month marriage. According to TV’s Extra, Cage’s legal papers revealed that both he and Presley will not receive any kind of spousal support and that each will maintain all assets acquired prior to their marriage. Terms of the couple’s joint assets were not disclosed in the papers.
AMICABLE ANTHONY: Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, 28, says her divorce proceedings with singer Marc Anthony, 35 (who’s been spotted with Jennifer Lopez), will remain friendly. “We are both very responsible, that’s all we want for our kids, and there’s no need to do it any other way,” she told “Access Hollywood.” The couple married in May 2000 in Las Vegas, briefly separated, then renewed their vows in Puerto Rico in December 2002. They have two young children, Cristian and Ryan.
NO ‘SEX’: The on-again, off-again Sex and the City movie to star series regulars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall is now off again, this time because of Cattrall, Variety reported. On Monday, HBO pulled the plug on the picture after Cattrall, who for the show’s six years played the sexually active Samantha, made it clear she wouldn’t commit to the project, which was to be written and directed by Michael Patrick King. A spokesperson for the actress blamed the timing of the project, though other reports (denied by the rep) claimed that the actress wanted script approval and more money.