Pop legend Madonna has slammed director Norman Jewison for his scathing criticism of her acting abilities.

The MOONSTRUCK film-maker attacked movie bosses for giving the MATERIAL GIRL a succession of coveted movie roles, despite her lack of talent.

But Madonna insists she wouldn't have achieved her superstar status is she wasn't a skilled entertainer.

Jewison says, "Madonna? It's all hype. Come on. How do you know whether anybody can act? You're told that they're a big star, you know, or somebody's got a cute ass or they've got great boobs.

"But Madonna has a small amount of talent when it comes to movies. And we're all being suffocated by talentless stars in films. I can't believe that people are obsessed like they are now with celebrity. I don't know what's going on."

But Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told gossip website THE SCOOP, "I completely disagree with his statement about Madonna making a lot out of a little talent.

"I don't think you can sell 100 million records and sell out arenas and stadiums for over 20 years just being a celebrity. Madonna is a Golden Globe winner and a Grammy winner and has had an unprecedented career as an artist and actress."

The criticism comes at a bad time for Madonna, whose documentary movie RE-INVENTED PROCESS was recently snubbed by the Cannes Film Festival.

27/04/2005 14:00