Madonna Talks New Film Amid Marital Rumors

As Madonna's new film, "The Next Best Thing," rolls into theaters nationwide this weekend, word has emerged that the one-time Material Girl may be looking to tie the knot once again.

Reuters reports that Madonna has confessed to her long-rumored relationship with British director Guy Ritchie, the writer and director responsible for 1998's indie hit "Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels," and even told one U.K. newspaper that marriage might indeed be in the cards.

Madonna, who was divorced from her first husband, actor Sean Penn, in 1989 after a rocky, three-year marriage, has been traveling back and forth between London and the U.S. in order to work on her newest album.

Last November, Madonna and Ritchie's names were linked together in the press when it was suggested that the singer-actress might be up for a role in Ritchie's new film, "Snatch," which features Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, and Brad Pitt (see "Madonna In Talks

For Guy Ritchie Film?").

In other love and cinema-related Madonna news, the New York City premiere for "The Next Best Thing" was held earlier this week, and Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow were among those who turned out for the screening.

For the film, Madonna portrays a single woman who decides to have and raise a baby with her gay male friend, played by Rupert Everett. The soundtrack features Madonna's remake of Don McLean's 1971 hit "American Pie," on which Everett contributes a background vocal.

When MTV News caught up with the film's stars on the red carpet for "The Next Best Thing" premiere, Madonna and Everett talked about how he came to sing on the cover tune.

"He knows when we're being fake and when we're not there," she added. "And he's relentless and he's tough and he's a taskmaster, but those are all good things, I think, in the end."

Madonna, who told MTV that she plans to head

out on tour after her next studio album comes out, also discussed the differences in her approach to acting in a film and recording an album.

"There's nothing between me singing and an audience," she said. "That's live performing. And when I make my own records, I'm kind of like the director, because it's my vision.

"In film, it's the director's medium, so it's a much more collaborative effort. Whatever I do, I don't know what it's going to end up being in the end, how it's gonna be edited.

"It's a much more submissive role, creatively,"
she added, "which, by the way, I don't mind playing. It's just really different." [RealVideo]

Madonna is hoping to release a new studio album, the follow-up

to 1998's "Ray Of Light," possibly

by the end of the summer and plans to head out on the road to support the LP with a full-scale tour.