dailyphoto091208VH1 turns camera onto NBA wives
VH1 is getting into the housewife docu-soap genre with the new series “Basketball Wives,” which will premiere March 15. The eight-episode half-hour series will show the wives and girlfriends of players Shaquille O’Neal, Eric Williams, Antoine Walker, Jermaine O’Neal and Udonis Haslem. “This series will show viewers not only the glamorous side of being a celebrity wife but also the challenges and hard work that go with it,” said Jeff Olde, executive vice president of programing, VH1. “You only have to look as far as the nearest headlines to see what sort of pressure they are up against to keep their relationships and their families together. These women truly have a strength formed by fire.” (Continue Reading…)

South African anger as Hudson to play Winnie Mandela in film
Hailed as the “mother of the nation” by some, reviled as a corrupt and violent adulteress by others, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of South Africa’s most prominent figures. News that a film is to be made of her life, with Jennifer Hudson, the American actress, playing the leading role has not gone down well in the country’s acting community. At a stormy weekend press conference, the Creative Workers Union of South Africa said that using foreign actors to tell the country’s stories undermined efforts to develop a national film industry. “It can’t happen that we want to develop our own Hollywood, and yet we keep bringing in imports,” said Mabutho Sithole, the union’s president. (Continue Reading…)

Tiger Scandal Could Cost PGA Millions
At the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament Sunday, the most famous face in golf was the man who wasn’t there. Tiger Woods’ absence was attributed to an auto accident. Nor was there a single commercial featuring the golfer whose commercial endorsements are a large part of the estimated $130 million he earned this year. His absence is hardly a mystery. The eruption of stories linking the most famous athlete in the world to a growing string of extra-marital affairs has made any public appearance – even in a commercial – awkward to say the least. Woods has pleaded for privacy to deal with what he has called “transgressions.” (Continue Reading…)

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