Owens Gets Own Reality Show on VH1
Terrell Owens hopes to score with a new cable reality show.
The Dallas Cowboys’ controversial wide receiver will star in his own show on VH1 this summer, giving fans a look into his life off the field. VH1 announced Monday that the series takes place in the offseason, and T.O.’s best friends and publicists – Monique Jackson and Kita Williams – will help him re-examine his personal life. The two will work as “matchmakers and therapists” for Owens. Owens, who caught 69 passes for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, was prominently featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” that tracked the Cowboys in training camp last year. (Continue Reading…)

Spike Lee Plots James Brown Biopic Starring Wesley Snipes
Director Spike Lee has reiterated his desire to make a James Brown biopic, with Wesley Snipes handling the role of the Godfather of Soul. “We’re doing it together, it’s going to happen,” Lee told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival; the director first announced his intentions the day after Brown’s death. Like the Ray Charles biopic Ray, the Brown film will feature the singer’s voice dubbed over Snipes’ pipes when the songs kick in. “I want to hear James Brown’s voice. That’s just my personal taste,” the Do The Right Thing director said. “I know Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line, he did some of the singing. I’m a purist.” (And we all know what happened when Phoenix’s taste of playing a rocker led to a new career in the music industry.) (Continue Reading…)

Ad Agencies Search for Malia and Sasha Look-Alikes
Madison Avenue is scrambling to adjust to a new era, when the most admired people in America are a black family. To reflect this reality, talent scouts are on the hunt for models who look like the Obama children, Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10. “People are looking for girls who resemble them,” says Charlie Winfield, the head booker at FunnyFace Today. Tali Lev, an agent with the Gilla Roos agency, keeps links to her “Sasha” and “Malia” model lists on her desktop for easy access. “Photographers even want them for their portfolios.” Marlene Wallach, president of Wilhelmina Kids & Teens, says the First Daughters are tough subjects to match. “It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.” Two who do are Ariel Binns and Kylah Williams, whom Wallach booked as Sasha and Malia, respectively, in the September 2008 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which featured a faux Obama family (Tyra Banks played Michelle). (Continue Reading…)

Make love not war: Fadia Kader brings a piece of Palestine to the party
Two and a half weeks ago, Fadia Kader returned from a two-month trip to the Middle East with a renewed spirit and a suitcase full of swag: tiny jars filled with sand she’d collected from the foot of the Sphinx in Egypt, handmade daggers purchased in Syria, and a suitcase full of authentic keffiyehs. No less tangible were the bloody, recurring images of the war that consumed Gaza during the last two weeks of her visit. Thanks to a steady diet of Al-Jazeera newscasts, horrific footage like the one of “a kid that had his brains and guts still spilling out” had been etched into her subconscious. (Continue Reading…)

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