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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Essence Magazine Launches ‘It Girl’ Nationwide Model Search

*In an effort to address the lack of diversity on the runways, Essence kicks off its nationwide Essence It Girl model search in partnership with Elite Model Management.

The winner –to be announced in May –will be featured in the magazine’s September 2010 Fall Fashion issue and receive a one-year contract with Elite Model Management.

“If you have the beauty, talent and ambition to take over the fashion world, Essence is asking you to show us that you are the new It Girl,” says Managing Editor, Emil Wilbekin. “We are excited to partner with Elite Model Management to find the next African-American model and to welcome her to the fashion industry.

“Even better…our audience can weigh in with their votes online and watch the competition unfold in the Making of an It Girl web series on What better way to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Essence than by celebrating the unique beauty of African-American women?”
Live castings will be conducted in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York and photos will be accepted online at An expert panel of judges comprised of Essence editors, Elite managers and fashion industry VIPs will attend each of the open castings to evaluate the entrants and five finalists will be flown to New York City for a special modeling boot camp, which will be documented for the Making of an It Girl web series on

The audience will cast their votes online to help select the grand prize winner from the five finalists.

‘Precious’ Too Close to Home for Mary J. Blige

Although R&B star Mary J. Blige recorded a song for the soundtrack of “Precious,’ she tells Rolling Stone magazine that she had to walk out of an early screening of the movie because the story hit too close to home.

“I couldn’t do it anymore. It was making me regress,” she said of the movie, which she first saw at the New York Film Festival last year.
“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” tells the gritty story of a troubled teenager who is raped by her father and abused by her mother.

“I lived a lot of things from Precious. A lot of people know my story from the child molestation to me turning into a suicidal person,” she said. “I’ve seen some family members and friends actually live the depth of what Precious went through to the T.

“I know what that pain is, I know what that food is, I know the smell of those houses, I know the curse words going through her head every day that her mom called her.”


Monday, January 25, 2010

Salvador Cabanas shot in the head

Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas is in serious condition after being shot in the head during an attack in a bar, Mexico City's attorney general has confirmed.

The 29-year-old striker, who was visiting the establishment with friends and relatives, was attacked early in the morning at the bar in the south of Mexico City.

"He was shot in the head," prosecutor Miguel Angel Mancera, told the news channel Televisa. "According to an initial report it [the bullet] was a shot from a firearm with a frontal entry point and without exit."

"We don't clearly know the motive behind the injury ... The player is conscious but he has a heart problem which they're trying to stabilise.

"We're waiting to see what those arrested have to say. It seems that the attack happened in the bathroom of the bar.''

Cabanas is a prolific goalscorer for Primera División de México side Club America - scoring 18 goals in 24 matches this season - and he is an integral part of Paraguay's national side.

Club America president Michel Bauer revealed the forward was undergoing surgery. Bauer added that he believed the attack to have been unprovoked, having spoken to Cabanas' wife who was present with the striker at the time of the attack.

"He arrived conscious and responded well to the questions they asked him as he was going into hospital,'' Bauer told Televisa. "It's a key point that can be encouraging, but until further notice we cannot speculate on anything at all.

"They wanted to assault him. I can confirm that that is what his wife has said, that it was an assault. There was no shoot-out nor any quarrel.''

The former Paraguayan Footballer of the Year was expected to feature in the World Cup in South Africa where La Albirroja are in Group F with Italy, Slovakia and New Zealand.

Nancy Kerrigan father dies, Mark Kerrigan arrested

The brother , Mark Kerrigan of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has been charged with assaulting their 70-year-old father, who was found dead over the weekend in the family's Massachusetts home.

Woburn District Court Clerk John Teevan says 45-year-old Mark Kerrigan faces arraignment Monday on a charge of assault and battery on a person over 60 that resulted in injuries. Teevan identified the victim of the assault as Daniel Kerrigan.

The Middlesex district attorney's office says police responded to the home of Daniel and Brenda Kerrigan around 1:30 a.m. Sunday over reports of an unresponsive man. The man was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Brenda Kerrigan told the Boston Herald that her husband died of a heart attack and there was nothing suspicious about the death.

Nancy Kerrigan, a two-time Olympic medalist, lives in nearby Lynville, Mass.

She was the victim of a vicious attack in 1994 orchestrated by rival skater Tonya Harding, whose ex-husband, Jeff Gilooly, hired a hit man to assault Kerrigan during a practice sessions at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Kerrigan recovered from the assault and went on to win silver at the 1994 Winter Olympics, while Harding would receive a lifetime ban from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for her role in the attack.

Gary Coleman arrested in Utah on a warrant

SANTAQUIN, UTAH — Actor Gary Coleman was arrested in Utah on a warrant for failing to appear in court, police said.

The 41-year-old former "Diff'rent Strokes" actor was booked into the Utah County Jail Sunday, said Santaquin police officer Shawn Carter.

He said early Monday that he didn't have details on the warrant or know if Coleman was still being held. He said more information would be released later in the day.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah County Jail records show he was arrested after police received reports of a disturbance at his Santaquin home.

The actor was arrested in Utah in 2008 after a man claimed Coleman tried to run over him in a parking lot when he tried to take a picture with the child star. The case was reportedly been settled out of court.

'Avatar' tops box office for sixth-straight week

James Cameron's "Avatar" is on a course to sink "Titanic" at the box office.

No. 1 for the sixth-straight weekend with $36 million, the 20th Century Fox sci-fi spectacle lifted its domestic total to $552.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Avatar" raised its worldwide total to $1.841 billion. That's $2 million shy of first place behind Cameron's last movie, the 1997 shipwreck epic "Titanic," at $1.843 billion.

"It defies all superlatives," said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for Fox.

The studio said "Avatar" has hit $1.29 billion in international ticket sales, passing the $1.24 billion mark set by "Titanic." The saga set on the alien world of Pandora is also en route to overtake "Titanic" in domestic sales. After 37 days in theaters, "Avatar" soared past "The Dark Knight" on Saturday to become the second highest grossing film.

"We're witnessing box office history," said Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for "We're watching all of these big records fall, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. 'Avatar' is dominating at a time where it has no big summer blockbusters to compete with it. It's perfectly poised to keep breaking all these records."

"Avatar" is also positioned to win acclaim during awards season. While the computer-assisted performances didn't earn any honors at Saturday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, it captured the best drama and director trophies at last week's Golden Globes and is considered a likely best-picture front runner when Oscar nominations are announced Feb. 2.

Screen Gems' apocalyptic thriller "Legion," featuring Paul Bettany as an Armageddon-fighting fallen angel, debuted behind "Avatar" at No. 2 with $18.2 million. Fox's family fantasy comedy "Tooth Fairy," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a hockey player who spreads his wings as a magical deity, took flight in the No. 4 spot with $14.5 million.

Warner Bros. grabbed the No. 3 position with "The Book of Eli" at $17 million in its second week, despite three other films debuting in wide release this weekend. The post-apocalyptic action flick stars Denzel Washington as a traveling prophet who battles a villainous gang leader played by Gary Oldman while protecting the last known Bible.

The medical drama "Extraordinary Measures," the first film from new distributor CBS Films, opened with a disappointing $7 million in the No. 7 position. The film features Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser as a doctor and businessman who collaborate to develop a drug that will treat a rare genetic disorder affecting children.

"It did well in middle America," said Steven Friedlander, head of distribution for CBS Films. "This is not a shoot-'em-up or fantasy film. It's the true story of people doing courageous things, and it's building good word of mouth. This is the kind of movie that plays well to a family friendly crowd who doesn't need to see the movie the weekend it opens."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Avatar," $36 million.

2. "Legion," $18.2 million.

3. "The Book of Eli," $17 million.

4. "Tooth Fairy," $14.5 million.

5. "The Lovely Bones," $8.8 million.

6. "Sherlock Holmes," $7.1 million.

7. "Extraordinary Measures," $7 million.

8. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," $6.5 million.

9. "It's Complicated," $6.2 million.

10. "The Spy Next Door," $4.8 million.

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