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Musical sequel unlikely

- By Doug Camilli

Impatient

for a Mamma Mia! sequel? Me, neither. But the original movie made more than $800 million worldwide, so you have to figure a sequel is coming.

Yet the Telegraph, in England, says a second movie is unlikely. Bjorn Ulvaeus, one of six Mamma Mia! producers and, more important, the man who wrote a lot of the music, told the paper: “It wouldn’t work. I don’t think we would do a sequel. We have moved on to other projects now.”

His problem is, apparently, that the sequel could make no new artistic statement, and all the best songs have been used. So a new movie would just be a sheer cash grab. To which everyone else involved says “So what?” or “Exactly!” But Ulvaeus is stubborn about this integrity thing. What a loser.

Mamma Mia! screenwrit­er Catherine Johnson is ready to go again. So are pretty well everyone else involved, including Meryl Streep. “Grand-Mamma Mia!” she joked to the Telegraph. “I’m up for it — as long as you can get those fabulous boys back.” She means co-stars Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgard.

So I guess it’s official that Madonna won’t be moving to Malawi for 18 months. Instead, she’s spending $40 million US for a 26-room, four-storey townhouse on the upper east side of Manhattan, says the N.Y. Post.

Let’s see: This is really two townhouses, which have been knocked into one, with 12,000 square feet in all, two kitchens, 13 bedrooms, nine fireplaces, a 3,000-square-foot garden, an elevator, a wine cellar, two dumb waiters, three pantries, 36 closets, a two-car garage — nothing special, in other words. And she’ll have to do some renovation­s before she can move in.

The N.Y. Observer got a bunch of real-estate experts to say $40 million is a crazy price. One called the property “horribly located and atrociousl­y overpriced.”

Best headline of the year so far: From the Express-Times, of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvan­ia: “Homicide victims rarely talk to police.”

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