Madonna out on the town

With her new album, Confessions on a Dancefloor, on the launch-pad, Madonna surprised club-goers in New York when she made an appearance at the Roxy Nightclub. The newly invigorated Material / Spiritual / Maternal Girl arrived with a disc of some of her new tracks, wearing a figure hugging blue frock and feathered hair (in tune with her new 70s look) and boogied up a storm. She chatted to dancers and seemed right at home. And so she should – it’s in the dance clubs of New York that she launched her career. Sometimes, even moms need to get out and get down!

Sulu comes out

Many suspected, but now it’s official; Captain Kirk had at least one gay man on the bridge of the Enterprise. George Takei, who played Sulu in the original Star Trek TV series (and six feature films) has revealed that he is gay. The actor spilled the beans to Frontiers, an LA gay and lesbian magazine. He is quoted as saying, “The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay”. The actor, who says he’s been in an 18 year long relationship with his partner Brad Altman, railed against homophobia, “It’s against basic decency and what American values stand for,” he said. It’s about bloody time! The actor is 68 years old! But better late than never, right? Beam me up Scotty!

Yes, more Madonna

This week, Mambaonline was invited to a special listening preview of Confessions on a Dancefloor, Madonna’s new CD, which ‘drops’ (as they say in the biz) next month. We’re happy to confirm that this is one worth getting excited about. Madge is back on the dancefloor, making music that will have you singing and moving your tush. It’s the Madonna we all love.

Karen gets a new job

Megan Mullally, who plays Karen in Will and Grace, has just landed a new job. She’s signed on to host a daytime talk show. It’s great timing as the season (of Will and Grace) currently on air in the US is expected to be the last one. And a lady needs to bring home the bacon. The yet untitled daily talk-variety show series is expected to launch in the Spring of next year. Not much is known about the content, but expect celebrity guests, skits, humour and some musical elements.

A Desperate backlash

Desperate Housewives, the hit TV show that made a splash on local screens, is in the midst of its second season in the US, and things might start to really get desperate. First, the show’s producers have come under fire from critics who’ve panned the storyline of the first batch of episodes, and now viewers seem to agree. While by no means a flop, the second season’s viewership has been down for five straight weeks. Marcia Cross, who plays the role of Bree in the series, says, “You know what, with a show that’s successful that’s bound to happen, so it’ll pass…”

Somizi does a Garbo

Everyone’s talking about Somizi Mhlongo (he of TV’s Intimate Connexionz); why is he impossible to get hold of? Known for being a little on the unreliable side, many are complaining that he’s behaving like Greta Garbo. Then again, maybe he’s just really, really busy. Mambaonline has been trying to arrange an interview with the sexy TV host, drag performer and choreographer for almost two months – with little success. Even his production company can’t seem to hold him down for five minutes before he’s off to yet another event, city or meeting.

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