Monday, February 28, 2011

Natalie Portman and other winners of the 83rd Academy Awards


Actress Natalie Portman (R), winner of the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Black Swan', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Photo Credit: Zimbio.


The leading lady of the silver screen Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress to add to the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her classic performance as "Nina Sayers" in Black Swan.



"I want to thank my parents ... for giving me my life," she said with a smile. "And for giving me the opportunity to work."






Actor in a Leading Role



  • Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”


Actor in a Supporting Role



  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”


Actress in a Leading Role



  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”


Actress in a Supporting Role



  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter


Animated Feature Film



  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich


Art Direction



  • “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara


Cinematography



  • “Inception” Wally Pfister


Costume Design



  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood


Directing



  • “The King's Speech” Tom Hooper


Documentary (Feature)



  • “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs


Documentary (Short Subject)



  • “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon


Film Editing



  • “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter


Foreign Language Film



  • “In a Better World” Denmark


Makeup



  • “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey


Music (Original Score)



  • “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross


Music (Original Song)



  • “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman


Best Picture



  • “The King's Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers


Short Film (Animated)



  • “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann


Short Film (Live Action)



  • “God of Love” Luke Matheny


Sound Editing



  • “Inception” Richard King


Sound Mixing



  • “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick


Visual Effects



  • “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)



  • “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin


Writing (Original Screenplay)



  • “The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler


Discuss here:




~ By Roy




Sleeping and waking up with the same person for the rest of your life



Sleeping and waking up with the same person for the rest of your life


Sleeping and waking up with the same person for the rest of your life is the romantic dream of lovers and millions have been doing so since Adam and Eve. But not all romantic dreams come true as millions of single parents and separated lovers can testify today.

How do you know that a particular person would be the right man or woman to sleep and wake with for the rest of your life without being bored or tired of the person?



It was only once that I saw my my father and mother of blessed memory quarreling and sleeping apart in the same room until they died and I wished for such a beautiful and wonderful marriage when I was growing up since they gave me a happy childhood. And the only Nigerian lady I can sleep and wake up with for the rest of my life has been my close friend for 14 years now. But I believe in free love and may not end up with only one mother of my children. So, I do not see myself sleeping and waking up with the same woman for the rest of my life.



I did it for two months with the lady I was engaged to 12 years ago and I was happy. But we separated, because she did not want the kind of big picture life I wanted. She was not fashionable enough and wanted a simple Nigerian life that was not romantic enough for me. Three other young ladies also fell by the way side after her. And I have decided to dump monogamy for good and I now prefer to sleep and wake up with at least four different women from four different continents.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, the author of “Scarlet Tears of London” and other books.



Sunday, February 27, 2011

Your first love may not be your true love.



Your first love may not be your true love.
You may lose your first love, but you will never lose your true love.
Even when your true love goes away, don’t lose hope, because your true love will always come back to you, except it is not your true love.

~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of the "Scarlet Tears of London".



Photo Credit: lramsay101@yahoo.ca. www.opheliaphotography.com


The first person you desire might end up hurting you or leaving you, because the person is not your true love.

A young woman told me that her first love broke up with her, because she refused to have sex with him. So, she knew that all he was really after was to lay her.

True love exists, whether you believe it or not.

My mother was not my father's first love.
My father's first love gave him a love child even before he met and married only my mother.

A female medical doctor recently met her true love, a man whose formal education only stopped at the primary school and they are happily married today. They are both Nigerians.


A young woman from a wealthy family insisted that her true love was a poor trader from an unknown family. Her arrogant uncle used a pistol to shoot and scare him away, but she refused to let him go and today both of them are the Coscharis Group, a billion dollar company in Nigeria.

The Elizade Nigeria Limited is also a product of true love .
The dreams that gave birth to Elizade started with the relationship between Chief Ade Ojo and his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo of blessed memory.

But you may not marry your true love.



Photo Credit: Washington Square Park

You are more fulfilled when you marry your true love.
Because your true love will make you to even move mountains to fulfill your dreams as shown by the success stories of the Coscharis Group and Elizade.

The other day, a well bred young man who is living and working in Lagos told me that he has met his true love in unusual circumstances. She is the youngest vice principal in Nigeria at only 25 and he is with the ministry of education. She was born and bred in Warri and came to Lagos for the first time last August for a seminar where they met. And since they met their life has been marked by favours and miracles. She confessed that if she never came to Lagos, they would have ended up with different persons. But God made it possible for them to meet.

The list of the examples of true love is endless.

If you have not found your true love, don't worry.
Just pray and wish for both of you to meet.
But if you are not patient enough to wait for your true love, you may end up with someone else.

Be patient for your true love.



Friday, February 25, 2011

The Most Romantic People On Earth




Romance is the spice of life. Human existence will be boring without romance. From the most animated and vibrant discussions on romance on Nairaland, I can say the members are most romantic people on earth. And there is no aspect of the subject that they have missed. From the best to the worst and from the little issues to the subtle intricate matters of romance.

I wonder why Nollywood producers come up with their childish and foolish movies when they can get fantastic melodramatic true life stories here to make great movies.

Sweet and sour experiences of the joys and agonies of relationships keep the discussions going without ceasing. If anyone is bored, this is the right place for the ways of escape. You will be amazed and amused, shocked and thrilled within minutes.


Infinity TV brings Modern Times Group to Nigeria



Infinity TV brings Modern Times Group to Nigeria


The new satellite pay-TV station Infinity TV has brought the Modern Times Group (MTG), to Nigeria with the launch of four pay-TV channels in Africa. The company released the details of the Viasat History, Viasat Nature, Viasat Explorer and Viasat Crime channels at the first press conference on Friday February 25, 2011, at the Sofitel Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos. Viasat is the brand for the digital satellite TV platforms operated by MTG, a leading international entertainment broadcasting group with over 50 million subscribers and attracting over 125 million viewers in 31 countries worldwide.



The channels have award winning documentaries such as Nature’s Babies, Untamed Europe and Winter in Yelowstone on Viasat Nature Channel.



Visual History… Bringing History to Life, Gladiators: Back From the Dead, The Somme and The Black Death on Viasat History Channel.



Star Wars Tech, Toughest Career Jobs and Escape To The Legion on Viasat Explore Channel.



The Hunt for the Texas 7, Inside: LA Gang Wars, and Final Approach on the Viasat Crime channel.

The localized documentary channels will initially be offered to satellite pay-TV subscribers in Nigeria and cable pay-TV subscribers in Kenya.

MTG has signed distribution agreements with Infinity TV and HiTV in Nigeria and with the Zulu cable TV network in Kenya. The launch of the four pay-TV channels will expand the distribution in Africa, including a free TV operation in Ghana and more networks will be developed in the remaining parts of Africa.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

MetroPCS Announces New Collaboration with Icon Snoop Dogg Adds More Gs to His Name



MetroPCS Announces New Collaboration with Icon Snoop Dogg
Adds More Gs to His Name




Superstar adds more Gs to his name to help introduce the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE Android smartphone, available exclusively from MetroPCS



DALLAS, February 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Snoop Dogggg has doubled down on his G’s through his new collaboration with MetroPCS to introduce the new Samsung Galaxy Indulge™, the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE Android™ smartphone offered only with 4GLTE service from MetroPCS.

“It feels good to be working with MetroPCS and Samsung for the launch of the Galaxy Indulge. I’m stepping it up to 4G’s so my phone can keep up with my demanding, always-connected lifestyle,” said Snoop Dogggg.



Fortunately, any consumer can indulge in the 4G lifestyle like Snoop Dogggg because MetroPCS offers 4GLTE smartphone service plans at about half the cost of other carriers’ 4G smartphone service plans today. With $50 and $60 plans, including all applicable taxes and regulatory fees, MetroPCS delivers unmatched value with unlimited talk, text and 4GLTE Web page browsing, along with data access to streaming audio, video and gaming content, downloads and Android applications on the Galaxy Indulge.
“Indulge With Snoop Dogggg” Sweepstakes

The superstar’s fans can win a rare chance to meet Snoop Dogggg up close and personal by entering the “Indulge with Snoop Dogggg” sweepstakes exclusively at any MetroPCS retail store through March 31 (no purchase necessary to win). One winner will walk away with a VIP trip for two to a Snoop concert this summer, including airfare and incidentals, front-row tickets and backstage passes, as well as two Samsung Galaxy Indulge smartphones with MetroPCS 4GLTE service. More details are available at http://www.metropcs.com/snoop-dogggg-vip-rules.
Video Series

The collaboration also features Snoop Dogggg starring as several characters in the online video series called “The G-Connection,” which is based on popular dating game shows from past decades. The videos also feature rapper and producer Warren G, model Brittany Dailey, and the man with the “Golden Voice,” Internet sensation Ted Williams. The videos were directed by Estevan Oriol, partner at SA Studios. The first of three episodes premieres today at www.youtube.com/MetroPCS.
Additional Chances to Win

In addition, MetroPCS and Samsung are offering more chances to win autographed Snoop Dogggg gear, Samsung Galaxy Indulge smartphones and MetroPCS 4GLTE service on MetroPCS’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/metropcs (no purchase necessary to win). MetroPCS is also offering prizes through giveaways in many of its home metropolitan area markets, including signed “The Doggumentary” CD’s (in stores March 29th).

“We are very excited about teaming up with Snoop Dogggg to show consumers that they can have it all with MetroPCS 4GLTE services and the vast possibilities of the Samsung Galaxy Indulge Android smartphone,” said Phil Terry, senior vice president, corporate marketing, MetroPCS. “Snoop is a great match for our brand and appeals to all of our customers, who want the latest high-end Android smartphones with 4G services at the best value.”
About the Samsung Galaxy Indulge

Powered by the Android version 2.2 (Froyo) operating system (OS), the Galaxy Indulge delivers quick access to more than 200,000 applications from the Android Market™ and complete access to Google Mobile Services, as well as a combination touch screen/QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera and camcorder with auto-focus, music player, Stereo Bluetooth® capabilities and expandable memory storage up to 32GB. The Samsung Galaxy Indulge costs $399, plus tax, and is available at all MetroPCS stores and online at www.metropcs.com.

For more information about MetroPCS, please visit:

Follow MetroPCS on Twitter: www.twitter.com/metropcs

Like MetroPCS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/metropcs

View MetroPCS’ latest videos: www.YouTube.com/metropcs

Details on rate plans and service features: www.metropcs.com/plans

Press resources: www.metropcs.com/presscenter

For more information about Samsung, please visit:

Follow Samsung Mobile USA on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SamsungMobileUS

Like Samsung Mobile USA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileUSA

View Samsung Mobile USA’s latest videos: www.YouTube.com/SamsungMobileUSA

For more information about Snoop Dogggg and his new album Doggumentary on sale March 29, please visit:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/snoopdogg

Facebook: www.facebook.com/snoopdogg
About MetroPCS Communications, Inc.

Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. is a provider of unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate with no annual contract. MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers served. With Metro USASM, MetroPCS customers can use their services in areas throughout the United States covering a population of over 280 million people. As of December 31, 2010, MetroPCS had over 8.1 million subscribers. For more information please visit www.metropcs.com.

MetroPCS related brands, product names, company names, trademarks, service marks, images, symbols, copyrighted material, and other intellectual property are the exclusive properties of MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. and its subsidiaries, parent companies, and affiliates. Copyright ©2010 MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. Other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.
About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.
Media Contacts:
Laura Slagle
GolinHarris for MetroPCS
(512) 218-8017
lslagle@golinharris.com

Ashley Lane
MWW Group for Samsung Mobile
(214) 414-3325
alane@mww.com

SA Studios
(213) 892-8666
induldge@sastudiosglobal.com



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Burberry Streams London Fashion Week Show To Widest Audience




Burberry Streams London Fashion Week Show To Widest Audience Through Global Live
Stream And At 40 Events Worldwide From Piccadilly Circus To Beijing



London, 22 February 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Burberry streamed its Prorsum Womenswear Autumn Winter 2011 collection to its widest audience yet, live from a new venue in London's Royal Park of Kensington Gardens

The show which took place earlier today was attended by over 1000 guests including Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, Stella Tennant, Maggie Cheung, Douglas Booth, Jamie Hince, Alison Mosshart, Anna Wintour, Samantha Cameron, Mario Testino, Laura Haddock, Lily Donaldson, Sam Clafin, Tom Hughes, Carl Barat, Sacha M'Baye, Alex Watson, Julia Restoin Roitfield, Daisy Lowe, Alice Dellal, Josh Beech, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Jacob Young, Poppy Delevingne, Matthew Beard, Kelly Sotherton, Pippa Wilson, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon and Burberry Acoustic musicians Misty Miller, Johnny Flynn, Rory Cottam, Gwilym Gold, Karen Anne, George Craig and Sam Beeton all of whom wore Burberry.



As part of 40 events, the show was streamed globally in Burberry flagship stores from Boston to Beijing, creating 'buy from the runway' in-store virtual trunk show events across 4 continents.

The 40th venue, London's iconic Piccadilly Circus, streamed the show live onto the famous 32 metre digital screen viewed by an estimated 1.2 million people a week - a first for any brand.

The show can be viewed on demand online at Burberry.com as well as on news, fashion, music partner sites and through the iPhone and iPad

Viewers around the world are invited to buy the runway collection immediately after the show for one week, bringing the collection to consumers globally in 7 weeks
In an industry first, viewers can download music tracks from the show through the on demand service at Burberry.com using iTunes technology.

Christopher Bailey, features on home page of YouTube today under the Spotlight section, talking about the 6 videos that have inspired him in the lead up to the show. Videos include David Bailey, Barbara Hepworth, Adele, Dusty Springfield, The British Weather and Tim Berners-Lee.

The Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn Winter 2011 show took place today, Monday 21 February at 4PM.

Burberry, which is headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE100, was founded in 1856.

Media Contact:
+44 203 367 3345
Press.office@burberry.com


Scarlett Johansson to present 83rd Academy Awards®



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said that Hollywood sex symbol Scarlett Johansson will be one of the presenters for the 83rd Academy Awards®, according to the telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer.


Johansson, who is currently filming We Bought a Zoo was most recently seen in "Iron Man 2." Her other film credits include "The Horse Whisperer," "Lost in Translation," "Girl with a Pearl Earring," "The Black Dahlia," "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."



Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


Monday, February 21, 2011

The Sexiest Oscar®-Nominated Films, Stars, and Scenes


Black Swan is best date movie


21 Feb 2011 15:00 Africa/Lagos


Zoosk Survey Highlights Singles' Thoughts About the Sexiest Oscar®-Nominated Films, Stars, and Scenes

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the Academy Awards® approaching, Zoosk.com – the world's largest social dating community – surveyed over 1,000 singles to discover their thoughts about the year's sexiest Oscar-nominated films, stars, and scenes.

"Watching a movie is a great date activity," says Shayan Zadeh, Zoosk's co-founder and co-CEO. "That's why we were interested to hear how singles felt about this year's Oscar nominees."

Zoosk discovered that:

The steamiest Oscar-nominated sex scene belongs to Black Swan .

When asked to pick the "steamiest sex scene" among this year's Oscar-nominated films:


Natalie Portman

* 41% of singles chose Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis's scene in Black Swan.
* 23% voted for Amy Adams and Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter, 17% chose Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine, 7% picked Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in Tangled. 6% chose Tilda Swinton and Eduardo Gabriellini in I Am Love, and 6% picked Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are Alright.


Men want to grab a meal with Jeff Bridges; women simply want to grab James Franco.



Jeff Bridges. Photo Credit: Zimbio


James Franco

When asked which Oscar-nominated actor they'd most want to take to dinner, single men and women have very different views:

* 39% of men (compared to 15% of women) chose Jeff Bridges; 31% of women (compared to 16% of men) picked James Franco.
* 25% of men (compared to 17% of women) picked Christian Bale; 18% of women (compared to 9% of men) selected Colin Firth.
* 10% of women (compared to 6% of men) selected Mark Ruffalo, and 9% of women (compared to 5% of men) voted for Javier Bardem.


Natalie Portman is the best dinner partner among Oscar-nominated actresses, men and women agree.

When asked which Oscar-nominated actress they'd most want to take to dinner, men and women agree on their #1 pick.

* 37% of men (and 31% of women) chose Natalie Portman.
* 22% of men (and 26% of women) selected Nicole Kidman.
* 20% of men (and 16% of women) picked Amy Adams.
* 9% of men (and 15% of women) chose Helena Bonham Carter, 8% of men (and 8% of women) chose Michelle Williams, and 5% of men (and 4% of women) selected Jennifer Lawrence.


36% of singles say "it wouldn't be the Oscars without Joan Rivers."



Joan Rivers
* 40% of women and 32% of men feel that Joan Rivers is a necessary part of the Academy Awards.


Singles say Black Swan is the best date movie.

When asked which Best Picture nominee made the "best date movie," the votes were:

* Black Swan (22%), Inception (15%), The Social Network (14%), Toy Story 3 (13%), The Fighter (11%), True Grit (8%), The King's Speech (7%), The Kids Are Alright (6%), 127 Hours (3%), Winter's Bone (2%).


The Zoosk poll was conducted online in February 2011 and fielded 1,028 responses from singles in the United States who use Zoosk.

About Zoosk

Zoosk is the world's largest social dating community, with millions of singles from around the globe using the service each month. Zoosk provides a safe and fun online dating experience that users can easily access from Zoosk's website, social networking applications, mobile services, and downloadable desktop application. Zoosk is available in more than 20 languages and has subscribers in more than 60 countries. The service enables users to join, browse, and send a limited number of messages for free. Zoosk users can upgrade to a premium subscription for full access or purchase virtual currency to buy select features and virtual gifts. Founded in 2007 by Shayan Zadeh and Alex Mehr, the company is based in San Francisco and backed by Canaan Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and ATA Ventures.

SOURCE Zoosk

CONTACT: Katy Gaenicke, +1-781-585-1717, katy@henrygreypr.com, or Audrey Shedivy, +1-310-770-0610, audrey@henrygreypr.com, both for Zoosk

Web Site: http://www.zoosk.com/



When You Are Bored Of Sleeping With Your Boyfriend Or Girlfriend




You can be bored of having sex with your boyfriend or girlfriend. No, you are not tired of him or her, but just bored of having sex.

This is natural. There is nothing exciting in it anymore. You have used all the methods and done all the styles and the whole thing is now boring. The honest thing to do is SAY THE TRUTH to your partner and take a break from sex. Engage in other non-sexual pleasures until your excitement to resume sexual intercourse is revived. Naturally, you would be tempted to sleep with another person when you are bored of sleeping with your boyfriend or girlfriend. But do not permit such a temptation if you still love him or her.

To avoid cheating on each other, discuss your boredom and do whatever you can to overcome it peacefully.
The funny irony of relationships is the fact that you can prevent being accused of cheating by being honest! Just be bold to SAY THE TRUTH to him or her before you do it. But in most cases, lovers prefer to LIE.

In 2006, before I accepted the invitation of another girl, I told my girlfriend that I would oblige if the girl wanted sex. I went and had good sex and returned and told my girlfriend about it. We did not raise the roof over it.
"How was it?" She asked. I told her the babe was good.

Years ago, a girlfriend told me that she wanted to have sex with one of my buddies and I did not stop her and I did not stop loving her. In fact, we discussed his performance.

Honesty is a great thing.

When I was having a long distance relationship with a girl, I only had time to sleep with her once every year and I always told her to PLAY SAFE, but she always got annoyed and said I was looking for an excuse to dump her. Guess what? She preferred to sleep with others without telling me and that was wrong. If she simply told me I would have been cool and even loved to discuss her away matches without palaver. As I said in another topic, your boyfriend or girlfriend cannot claim your ownership until he or she has married you. Therefore, you have the freedom of expression and freedom of taking a break when you are bored of the monotony of the same routines of bearing an unexciting boyfriend or girlfriend when the sparks are no longer there.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima



Saturday, February 19, 2011

Caesars Palace Officially Welcomes Back Celine Dion


Caesars Palace Officially Welcomes Back Celine Dion
Kicks Off Three-Year Engagement





Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner and AEG Live/Concerts West Co-CEO/President John Meglen Along with More Than 200 Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live Employees Welcome Celine Back in Style

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 17, 2011) /PRNewswire/ — It’s the arrival Las Vegas and fans worldwide have been waiting for - Celine Dion made her triumphant return to Caesars Palace to begin rehearsals for her brand new show at The Colosseum. The new show, which begins March 15 and kicks off Celine’s three-year engagement is directed by long-time Grammys director Ken Ehrlich and produced by AEG Live.

When Celine arrived in Las Vegas, she went directly to Caesars Palace from the airport. Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner and AEG Live/Concerts West’s Co-CEO/President John Meglen along with more than 200 Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live employees warmly welcomed Celine and her family.

This is the first photo opportunity to see Celine and family since the birth of her twin sons, Eddy and Nelson, along with husband René Angélil and son René-Charles.

Celine will continue her record of creating groundbreaking concert performances with this next adventure promising to be the most spectacular yet. The new show will feature 31 musicians, consisting of a full orchestra and band, and will include her biggest hits performed with a stunning visual presentation.

Tickets for Celine Dion’s new Las Vegas show can be purchased by calling 877-4CELINE (423-5463) or by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com keyword “Celine Dion.” Prices range from $55 to $250, not including taxes and fees. VIP ticket packages are available on Ticketmaster. Tickets may also be purchased at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For groups of 20 or more, call (702) 731-7208. For additional show and ticket information, visit www.celineinvegas.com or follow updates from The Colosseum on Twitter.
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Media Contacts:
Christi Reynolds
AEG Live
(702) 866-1451
creynolds@aeglive.com
Marina Nicola
Wagner/Junker Agency
(702) 355-0845
marina@wjagency.com
Celine Dion Publicity Contact:
Kim Jakwerth
Marleah Leslie & Associates
(323) 464-9669
kim@marleahleslie.com



Video of the Month: 'The Way You Are'


"The Way You Are" is the latest single by Dare Art-Alade, the best and hottest contemporary Rhythm and Blues (R&B) singer in Nigeria. Enjoy it.





Thursday, February 17, 2011

Anastasia International Breaks World Kissing Record



Anastasia International Breaks World Kissing Record

Mass Valentine’s Kissoff Propels Online Dating Giant into World Records Book

February 17, 2011 – Odessa, Ukraine /PRNewswire/ — GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ has recognized online dating portal and romance tour company Anastasia International, as the new world record holder for Most Kisses Received in One Minute – 118 smackers. The new record was set this Valentine’s weekend in the popular Black Sea resort of Odessa, Ukraine, where a small army of Ukrainian women precision smooched a single American man and together broke the existing record. American-Russian owned and operated Anastasia, organized the records breach as part of an extravaganza charity event. Proceeds benefit the Ukrainian Red Cross Society.



Cracked on Saturday, February 12 during Anastasia’s Valentine’s Romance Tour to Odessa, the new record of 118 kisses surpasses the previous one of 112 held by Deborah Gist of Washington, D.C. set in 2009.

The new record brings an added global dimension to Anastasia and her popular international dating vacations. Anastasia offers premium romance tour packages to some of the world’s most exotic destinations where her members meet beautiful single women for love, romance and long-term commitment. And while Anastasia has not until now attempted such a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ feat, her amorous excursions have for years helped pair single men with some of the loveliest and most exquisite women in the world.

With proceeds going to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, Anastasia’s record-breaker serves a truly worthy charitable cause. The Ukrainian Red Cross funds over 40 programs in Ukraine, serves 105,000 elderly and infirmed patients, nearly 23,000 disabled veterans, and upwards of 8,000 disabled children. The Ukrainian Red Cross Society is a member of the International Red Cross, the world’s largest humanitarian organization.

"Anastasia is honored and proud to hold this distinguished record as a mark of prestige in the international dating community,” said Larry Cervantes, spokesman for Anastasia. “Odessa and Ukraine have been very good to us through the years. So on a day such as Valentine’s which embodies the values of love, passion and affection, we are pleased not only to have a new global title, but to also be able to provide much needed support to one of Odessa’s largest non-profit organizations."

ABOUT ANASTASIA

Founded in 1993, Anastasia is the industry’s leading International Introduction and Romance Tour Company bringing single men together with available women from Russia & CIS, Asia, Latin America and Africa for dating and marriage. Anastasia’s Family of sites includes AnastasiaDate.com, AmoLatina.com, AsianBeauties.com and AfricaBeauties which together count over 150 million online visitors yearly and over 2.5 million letters exchanged onsite daily. Anastasia has been featured in a range of international media…newspapers, magazines, blogs, online publications, TV and film. Learn more about Anastasia at www.anastasiasites.com.


Anastasia Date.com
Media Contact:
Larry Cervantes
Managing Editor
Anastasia International
+1 (207) 262-9595
pr@anastasiadate.com www.anastasiadate.com






'I Love Jenni' Premieres Saturday, March 5



16 Feb 2011 21:25 Africa/Lagos


'I Love Jenni' Starring Superstar Jenni Rivera Premieres Saturday, March 5 at 2:00pm PT/ET on mun2

FAMILY, FAME & BUSINESS COLLIDE WEEKLY IN THE HILARIOUS NEW REALITY SHOW

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- mun2 (moon-dos), Telemundo's top rated bilingual channel, will premiere its new reality series, "I Love Jenni", starring Latin superstar Jenni Rivera, Saturday, March 5, at 2:00pm PT/ET. In the first episode, Jenni faces the pressure to pick between kids and career; Chiquis wants to get Jacqui to let loose on her 21st birthday, but Jacqui's baby is turning one at the same family party; Michael helps Chiquis move the office...for a price; and an acting coach is caught off guard when Jenni channels her inner 'chola' for a part in an Edward James Olmos movie. For a sneak peek of the first episode, visit mun2.tv/jenni

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All this and a lot more ensues, in mun2's latest uniquely American reality show that revolves around Rivera, her five kids, granddaughter and new hubby in a household where family, fame and business collide with hilarious results. In many ways, the family faces the same choices as other American families – home schooling or regular school? Whether it's telling off her son's teacher for making him cry, or showing her softer side as her teenage daughter Jenicka melts her heart when she asks to stay in school versus home schooling, Jenni shows her many sides in this hilarious reality show. You know you're in for a fun ride when the mama sends her kids off for the day with this message: "Be good, don't go get pregnant."

"I Love Jenni" is a spin-off of last year's hugely successful "Jenni Rivera Presents Chiquis and Raq-C" on which Rivera partnered with mun2 in 2010 as Co-Executive Producer. The show scored record ratings for the channel, and established a Rivera franchise for mun2. "Jenni Rivera Presents Chiquis and Raq-C" is available on DVD exclusively at Target starting February 20, and is available for pre-order now.

"As mun2 continues to celebrate our uniquely American stories, we couldn't be prouder to showcase Jenni Rivera's dynamic life," said Flavio Morales, SVP, Programming and Production for mun2. "Thousands of people around the world have fallen in love with Jenni Rivera and we know you will too."

"As Producer of our last show on mun2, it was gratifying to see that viewers tuned in," said Jenni Rivera. "In season two, "I Love Jenni" turns the focus on my complicated career and family, and how we live in both worlds. Fans will get a behind the scenes look at mi vida loca, and all the different personalities in the Rivera family. This is going to be one fun ride."

Nearly four million (Persons 2+) total viewers tuned in to the reality show during its first season on air and the season finale delivered an impressive 222,000 (Persons 2+) total viewers, 124,000 (Persons 18-34), and 141,000 (Persons 18-49) on average, making it the network's highest rated original reality series. "Jenni Rivera Presents Chiquis and Raq-C" scored over 7 million page views on mun2.tv and, in the last six months, 1.2 million unique visitors have requested Jenni Rivera content.

Jenni Rivera is the most prominent female recording artist in regional Mexican music, the top-selling Latin music genre in the U.S. She is a multi-gold, platinum and double platinum award-winning artist whose record-breaking streaks include being the first Latin artist to sell out the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles two nights in a row.

Source: NHI, J Rivera Presents, All Telecasts, July-Sep'10 P12+ Cume delivery. Finale PAV AA IMP 9/25/10 Sat 3p.

About mun2

mun2 (moon-dos) is the lifestyle cable network for today's culture connectors (C2s) – bicultural Latinos 18-34. As the bilingual network that amplifies the Latinos experience, mun2 is culturally-grounded and reflects the best of both worlds – mun2 is uniquely American. From reality to music, on-air to digital, mun2 creates original content across a multi-screen platform. As the only nationally measured bilingual cable network by Nielsen NTI, mun2 has an increased distribution to 36 million households, and is a part of the Telemundo Communications Group, a division of NBCUniversal.

About mun2.tv: mun2.tv features exclusive interviews, original videos, entertainment news, interaction with other mun2 fans and ways to vote for what's next on mun2. From politics and pop to videos and video games, mun2.tv is the online destination devoted to the lifestyles of bicultural Latinos.

SOURCE mun2

CONTACT: Debbie Lazo, +1-818-622-4066, debbie.lazo@nbcuni.com, or Diana Baron, +1-310-315-5444, Diana@dbaronmedia.com

Web Site: http://mun2.tv

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rolling Stone Magazine is looking for You if...



16 Feb 2011 13:00 Africa/Lagos

Are you dreaming of being the next Rock & Roll star?
Then you may the one the Rolling Stone Magazine is looking for now!
Read the following news release.



Rolling Stone Magazine Launches Historic Music Competition to Find the Next Rock & Roll Star
Winner of National Contest to Land Rolling Stone Cover Spot

"Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" Presented by Garnier Fructis puts Cover Decision in Readers' Hands for the First Time Ever; Finalists will Play Bonnaroo Festival; Winner will Receive Recording Contract with Atlantic Records
~ Rolling Stone Announces First Sixteen Finalists; Program to Also Appear on AOL Music; Winner will be Announced on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" ~

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2011

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rolling Stone announced today the launch of its first-ever "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" competition, in which 16 undiscovered acts will compete for the ultimate prize: To be the first band or artist not signed with a major label to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. The winner of the six-month competition, presented in partnership with Garnier Fructis, will also receive a recording deal with Atlantic Records. "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" will be featured in Rolling Stone, RollingStone.com, AOLMusic.com and AtlanticRecords.com, and will include several online voting rounds, with the final two acts going head-to-head at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June. Readers' votes will determine the victor, marking the first time Rolling Stone has handed over its famed cover decision process to the public. The winner will be announced on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and will appear on the cover of the August 18 issue, which will be on newsstands August 5.

"Since its inception, part of Rolling Stone's central mission has been discovering and featuring new music," said Jann Wenner, Founder of Rolling Stone. "This competition shines a light on the country's top unsigned bands and gives them a chance to grace the cover of the magazine that has launched the careers of some of the most well-known artists in rock history."

After listening to more than 1,200 musical acts, Rolling Stone and AOL Music editors, and Atlantic A&R executives selected the following 16 finalists:

* Empires (Chicago, IL)
* Fictionist (Provo, UT)
* Go Periscope (Seattle, WA)
* Jamestown Revival (Austin, TX)
* Lelia Broussard (Los Angeles, CA)
* Mod Sun (Bloomington, MN)
* Muffy (Atlanta, GA)
* PK (Templeton, CA)
* Skyler Stonestreet (Los Angeles, CA)
* Tha Boogie (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
* The Americans (New York, NY)
* The Gallery (Wilbraham, MA)
* The Romany Rye (Big Bear, CA)
* The Sheepdogs (Saskatoon, SK)
* The Steelwells (Fullerton, CA)
* Ume (Austin, TX)


Starting today, consumers have the opportunity to be a music critic by going to RollingStone.com and rating the competing acts. The top four will move on to the next round, along with four others selected by Rolling Stone editors. These eight acts will travel to New York City in March to record two studio songs and perform for Rolling Stone and AOL Music editors, Atlantic A&R executives, and other industry professionals. Readers' votes will select the four acts to continue to the next round, in which the advancing acts will return to New York City in April to record and perform another song. The final two acts will be chosen by readers' votes and will perform at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June. The performances will also be available to view online, and readers will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be revealed and will perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in conjunction with the debut of the August 18 issue.

Throughout the competition, Atlantic Records executives and a team of multiplatinum-selling record producers will provide guidance to the competing acts.

"It's an honor to partner with the most iconic chronicler of modern music and culture to discover and launch an important new artist," said Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO. "The wealth of talent that emerged during the first phase of the competition was truly impressive, and they face a challenging set of hurdles ahead of them. It's a unique and exciting way to unearth the next artist worthy of the honor of landing on the cover of Rolling Stone."

Garnier Fructis, a brand committed to celebrating self-expression and personal style, is the sponsor of "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" Garnier Fructis' stylists will work with the acts during the competition to help them discover and establish individual styles both on- and off-stage. Garnier Fructis will also be instrumental in helping the acts become cover-ready.

"Music plays a central role in how Garnier Fructis connects with consumers to celebrate personal style," said Kat Peeler, Garnier Fructis Senior Vice President of Marketing. "Partnering with Rolling Stone on this first-of-a-kind program that puts new, authentic voices front and center was a natural fit. Fructis is proud to bring great music from talented musicians to new fans across the country, and to help one of these acts become a part of rock and roll history."

The 16 finalists, comprised of artists of diverse genres, personalities and styles, will be featured in the March 3 issue of the magazine, available on newsstands February 18, and voting will open at RollingStone.com beginning today. A custom-built section of the site will include artist pages with videos, streaming music and photos. Readers will also be able to follow the competition through Rolling Stone's email alerts, Facebook page and Twitter, and regular sweepstakes will award free tickets to Bonnaroo, downloads, t-shirts and other prizes. In addition, AOL Music will supplement the online coverage with its own content.

"We are committed to building high-quality branded content with the best partners in the business," said Jeff Bronikowski, Head of AOL Music. "AOL Music has a storied history of showcasing new artists to our highly engaged audience of music fans and we look forward to this exciting competition."

For more information on the "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" contest, please visit RollingStone.com.

About Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone has been the leading voice of music and popular culture since its inception more than 40 years ago. The magazine features the latest in music reviews, in-depth interviews, hard-hitting political commentary and award-winning investigative journalism. Rolling Stone provides all the news that fits to 13 million readers every two weeks.

About Garnier Fructis

Garnier believes in beauty through nature. Scientifically developed with selected natural ingredients, our products help you look healthy and feel better every day. Established in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, Garnier is the #1 beauty brand in France and a trusted leader throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico. Dedicated to providing a new vision for health with high quality beauty products, Garnier also provides a wide range of hair care, skin care and sun care products throughout the world. The Garnier family of U.S. products consists of Garnier Fructis, Garnier Fructis Style, Garnier Nutrisse, Garnier HerbaShine and Garnier Skincare. For more information, visit www.garnierusa.com.

About Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2008. Founded in New York City, the label grew from literally a one-room operation into one of the world's preeminent music companies. Atlantic has released a string of recordings that have had a profound impact on the course of modern music, its rich history including such musical icons as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane and Led Zeppelin. The Atlantic roster today includes many of the world's most popular recording artists, among them James Blunt, B.o.B, Phil Collins, Death Cab for Cutie, Missy Elliott, Flo Rida, Lupe Fiasco, Gnarls Barkley, Kid Rock, Matchbox Twenty, Janelle Monae, Jason Mraz, Plies, Sean Paul, Rush, Shinedown, Staind, Rob Thomas, T.I., Trey Songz, Zac Brown Band and many more.

About AOL Music

AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL's business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. AOL is focused on attracting and engaging consumers and providing valuable online advertising services on both AOL's owned and operated properties and third-party websites. In addition, AOL operates one of the largest Internet subscription access services in the United States, which serves as a valuable distribution channel for AOL's consumer offerings.

About Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

In March 2009, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon made its broadcast debut with Fallon as the third host of the NBC comedy-talk franchise. The show serves as a platform for comedy, music and A-list talent out of NBC's Rockefeller Center Studio 6B. The show continually garners attention for viral videos, audience games, and prominent guests. Fallon's choice of house-band, The Roots, has been universally praised. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is produced by Universal Media Studios and Broadway Video. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer. Michael Shoemaker produces. Gavin Purcell co-produces.

SOURCE Rolling Stone

CONTACT: Mark Neschis, Wenner Media, +1-212-484-3419, Mark.Neschis@wennermedia.com; or Tonya Fleetwood, DKC Public Relations, +1-212-981-5213, Tonya_Fleetwood@dkcnews.com

Web Site: http://www.RollingStone.com



The King’s Speech takes home seven BAFTAs



Tom Hooper's captivating British drama, The King’s Speech was named Best Film at the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards, held at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday night 13 February 2011.



The film also won six other awards: Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and Original Music, as well as a trio of performance awards for Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth, who wins the Leading Actor BAFTA for the second year running.



Colin Firth won the BAFTA for his performance as King George VI in The King’s Speech. (Pic: BAFTA/ Richard Kendal)


Julianne Moore and Tom Ford

Hollywood cannot resist the BAFTAs and so they all turned out in their best fashion and style for the colourful Red Carpet. The Hollywood train included Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore whose leading man for the grand occasion was the famous Tom Ford, the best actor winner Colin Firth was there with his beautiful wife Livia.


Angelina Jolie posing alone.



Man-of-the-moment Colin Firth arrived with his red-carpet ready wife Livia, who wore a green 'Burqa Dress' by ethical label Fashion ComPassion.

Click here for the complete report.



“AFTER ALL, NO REGRETS”




“AFTER ALL, NO REGRETS”



The new CARRERA eyewear communication campaign

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PADOVA, Italy February 2011 /PRNewswire/ — CARRERA, the international fashion eyewear brand, presents its new worldwide communication campaign with strong-impacting images to attract public attention the world over.



Conceived and promoted by the agency D’Adda, Lorenzini, Vigorelli, BBDO, the campaign focuses on the narrative aspect of new communication with a portrait of a generation engaged in living life to the full and enjoying every moment. The message is direct and immediate, due to the clear and absorbing headline, “AFTER ALL, NO REGRETS”. This is a prompt to live life intensely, with personality and without regrets, with CARRERA sunglasses and optical frames as inseparable companions at all times.



For the ‘fast-laner’ stars of the campaign, the only rule is “to live in the fast lane”. The young men and women of the “CARRERA generation” live fast and to the max, in search of clean fun, amid emotions to be experienced, people to be met, nights to be enjoyed and dawns to be admired.

In the new images, made up of truly original shots, the campaign portrays real-life situations, after intense moments enjoyed, without regrets.

The new CARRERA campaign is part of a broad communication project for spring/summer 2011, which also comprises of a strong-impacting video with surprising content. It is directed by a young Italian film talent, Marco Gentile.

This major worldwide campaign will be on-air starting February 2011 and will be implemented through a broad and complete media mix, including web, press, billboards and films. CARRERA’s commitment also continues on the website www.carreraworld.com and on social media networks, to boost activities begun in 2010.

For the coming season, CARRERA, the reference brand name for those who want to be authentic and fashionable without compromise, presents a collection of original and stylish models with unmistakable style and elegant materials. The new eyewear has a winning design and strong appeal.

The collection of CARRERA sunglasses and optical frames, designed by Enzo Sopracolle, is manufactured and distributed by the Safilo Group.

Credits:
Creative Direction: Stefania Siani and Federico Pepe
Art Director: Davide Fiori/Luca Fontana
Copywriter: Valentina Amenta/Andrea Fagiolari
Photographer: Steven Duncan
Director: Marco Gentile
Production company: Stamp Film


Media Contact:
Safilo Group Press Office
Tel. : +39 / 049 / 698 5459
Email: pressoffice@safilo.com


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Irina Shayk is the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model


rina Shayk: 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model, On Newsstands 2/15 (Credit: Bjorn Iooss/Sports Illustrated). (PRNewsFoto/Sports Illustrated, Bjorn Iooss/Sports Illustrated)

15 Feb 2011 06:30 Africa/Lagos


Irina Shayk is the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model Out Today Across Newsstands, iPad, Galaxy, Web, Mobile and More

2010 Cover Model Brooklyn Decker, Julie Henderson, Chrissy Teigen, Anne V, Cintia Dicker, Esti Ginsburg, Genevieve Morton and Jessica Gomes are joined by our best rookie class ever!
Get to know the 2011 Swimsuit models beyond their photos as they tell their favorite jokes, share their favorite body parts and look back at their high school years

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2011

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Irina Shayk soaks up the sun on the beaches of Maui as the cover model for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (www.SI.com/Swimsuit), out today. Now across more platforms than ever, the 2011 edition of Swimsuit will be an unprecedented showcase of the models through hours of video and a bevy of photos—with much of the story told by the models themselves through unique video features, lengthy interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the shoots.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110215/NY48336 )

Shayk graces the cover under the headline Paradise Found in Hawaii. She is the first Russian cover model and joins an elite group of Swimsuit models to grace the cover, one that includes Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Heidi Klum, Elle MacPherson, Tyra Banks, Petra Nemcova, Marisa Miller and Brooklyn Decker. This year's cover was shot by Bjorn Iooss—son of long-time Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss Jr.—who captured the iconic image with the first shot on his first-ever Sports Illustrated shoot.

Click on the links below to download:

* High-res JPEG of the 2011 Swimsuit cover
* EPK of 2011 Swimsuit cover model Irina Shayk


Joining Shayk in this year's issue is 2010 Swimsuit cover girl Brooklyn Decker, who is getting the Hollywood treatment on the set of her big-screen debut, Just Go With It, for her 6th appearance in the issue. Other familiar faces include Cintia Dicker (3 appearances), Esti Ginzburg (3), Jessica Gomes (4), Julie Henderson (5), Damaris Lewis (3), Genevieve Morton (2), Hilary Rhoda (3), Chrissy Teigen (2), Anne V (7) and Jessica White (8). Newcomers Alyssa Miller, Izabel Goulart, Kate Upton, Kenza Fourati and Shannan Click comprise Swimsuit's "Best Rookie Class Ever!"

A bevy of SI Swimsuit platforms beyond the magazine brings the personalities of this year's models to life like never before. In addition to 1,300+ photos and 100+ videos courtesy of www.SI.com/Swimsuit, apps on the iPad, Galaxy, iPhone and Android act as a showcase for everything you want to know about this year's models. Some of the special features online, on-the-go and on TV include:

* Models Make You LOL: Five of this year's models test their comedy chops in these videos exclusive to tablets and mobile devices.
* My Favorite Body Part: Another tablet and mobile device exclusive. Models from five of this year's locations answer a funny question with even funnier answers.
* School Daze: Try to guess who's who from these 11 school yearbook or childhood photos from the girls. Fans with the iPad app will also be treated to exclusive video of the models talking about their school experiences.
* "Intimates": Music videos with the models set to hit songs from some of the hottest indie bands right now, available on SI.com and the tablet apps.
* New Dimension: Bjorn Iooss was accompanied in Maui by Irina Shayk, Julie Henderson and Alyssa Miller for a first-of-its kind 3-D video shoot, available exclusively to users on the Sony PlayStation network.
* What's In Your Bag: In an SI.com- and Facebook-exclusive (facebook.com/SISwimsuit), the models share what necessities they bring with them to their photo shoots.
* Outtakes: As hard as it is to believe, not every Swimsuit shot is perfect. SI.com has a hilarious reel of outtakes from the set.
* Full-screen HD galleries for three of this year's models available on SI.com.
* Those who purchase either the iPhone or Android app get access to the official SI Swimsuit Twitter feed (@SI_Swimsuit) and will receive new Swimsuit content year round.


The digital extensions for this year's special sections of the Swimsuit issue include:

* Bachelor Party: The Valentine's Day episode of ABC's The Bachelor featured three bachelorettes in an intense, 10-hour Swimsuit photo shoot from Anguillla. Readers on the tablet are treated to bonus galleries and video of all three girls.
* 2012 Rookie Model Search: Eight models aim for a coveted spot in the rookie class of next year's issue. The best part: the readers get to vote on who it should be, either by going to SI.com/modelsearch (which features video profiles of all eight girls) or using the Microsoft Tag reader app on their smart phones.
* Northern Exposure: Three breathtaking athletes—Leryn Franco, Kim Glass and Bruna Schmitz—are unearthed in the Canadian Rockies. BTS footage of their photo shoots is available online, on the tablets, iPhone and Android, with additional profiles on each athlete online and on the smart phone.
* Rookies Wearing Only Paint: Bodypainter Joanne Gair shares her thoughts on applying her unique artistic touch to each of this year's five rookies, the video of which can be seen on SI.com, tablets and mobile devices. Gair also provides a time stamp for both the first and last brushstroke of each suit, the longest of which took 21 hours to apply.


More about Shayk: A native of Yemanzhelinsk, a village that doesn't show up on most maps, the brown-haired, green-eyed Shayk made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2007 and has appeared in every Swimsuit issue since. Her previous photo shoot locations have included Tucson (2007); St. Petersburg, Russia (2008); Naples, Italy (2009); Chile's Atacama Desert (2010); and Maui and the Philippines (both 2011). Shayk's bathing suit in the 2011 cover photo was designed by Sauvage by Elizabeth Southwood, and her bracelet was made by Los Angeles-based Ettika.

About Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (www.SI.com/Swimsuit) is a powerhouse media franchise that reaches more than 60 million people annually, and more men 18 to 34 than the Super Bowl. The iconic franchise now spans more than 20 product extensions in digital, social, broadcast, publishing, mobile and consumer products. Since debuting in 1964 Swimsuit has become a pop-culture phenomenon and an established launching pad for successful careers in TV, fashion, business and film.

SOURCE Sports Illustrated

CONTACT: Scott Novak, +1-212-522-2687, Scott_Novak@timeinc.com; Emily Christopher, +1-212-522-8473, Emily_Christopher@timeinc.com

Web Site: http://www.si.com



Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day and an e-mail from Prof. Wole Soyinka




Orikinla is at work.
No time to even join a sweetheart at Ozone in Yaba, Lagos.
The new Igbo girl next office who said I behave more like a Yoruba man received what she asked for to make her happier. Making someone smile is enough for Valentine's Day. But I am ignoring another one who has been calling obviously to argue and quarrel over the fact that she cannot eat her cake and have it back.
I should really have time this weekend for anyone I would love to be with.

Lest I forget, today is our landlady's birthday and she sent a plate of Jollof rice with chicken, two bottles of Coca Cola and chocolate sweets.
Being born on St. Valentine's Day is something worth celebrating and I wish her Happy Valentine's Day and many more happy returns of today with longer life and more riches for the common good.
I just stepped out to give her my best wishes shaking her hand whole heartedly.
She still looks appealing in her 60s. Beautiful African mother of a black and beautiful daughter who is studying law in the UK.

The icing on the cake for me today is the e-mail from Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Nobel laureate on one of my new books.

One thing about life is you can never please everybody and my love is double-edged sword.



Enemies of Valentine's Day




The point here is that this day should not provide an opportunity to extort or to exploit. Indeed, emphasis by a lady on material gifts would demean her as a chattel.
~ The Guardian of Nigeria, Monday February 14, 2011.

Those who think St. Valentine's Day is for trading their bodies for money and gifts are the enemies of St. Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day is not for the lovers of lust, but for the custodians of true love.

Anyone who is going to use today to extort and exploit you does not know what is love.

Say no to anyone who wants to abuse and misuse today to reduce you to a sex object of lust.

Today you may find out the truth about your so called girlfriend.
Whether you are truly her boyfriend or customer.

If she is not happy and satisfied that you love her for the true virtues and values of love, then she is not your true love.

If he is not happy that you refuse to sleep with him today, then he is not worthy of you.

Do not hawk and sell yourself to day in the disguise of Valentine's Day.

Today, someone is cheating on another in the name of Valentine.
Today someone is committing adultery in the name of Valentine.

They are the enemies of Valentine's Day.

Spend today sharing and caring for your beloved and others who need your love.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima



Enemies of Valentine's Day




The point here is that this day should not provide an opportunity to extort or to exploit. Indeed, emphasis by a lady on material gifts would demean her as a chattel.
~ The Guardian of Nigeria, Monday February 14, 2011.

Those who think St. Valentine's Day is for trading their bodies for money and gifts are the enemies of St. Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day is not for the lovers of lust, but for the custodians of true love.

Anyone who is going to use today to extort and exploit you does not know what is love.

Say no to anyone who wants to abuse and misuse today to reduce you to a sex object of lust.

Today you may find out the truth about your so called girlfriend.
Whether you are truly her boyfriend or customer.

If she is not happy and satisfied that you love her for the true virtues and values of love, then she is not your true love.

If he is not happy that you refuse to sleep with him today, then he is not worthy of you.

Do not hawk and sell yourself to day in the disguise of Valentine's Day.

Today, someone is cheating on another in the name of Valentine.
Today someone is committing adultery in the name of Valentine.

They are the enemies of Valentine's Day.

Spend today sharing and caring for your beloved and others who need your love.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Beauty Benefits of Sex



Sex is beautiful when you enjoy it with the one you love. And healthy sex life makes a woman more beautiful and attractive, prettier and sexier for the lucky man in your love life. Enjoy.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Do you know that lovers and spouses who quarrel live longer?


Young couple quarreling. Photo Credit: Veer Market Place.

The authoritative Live Science journal has released a groundbreaking report that lovers and spouses who fight actually live longer than those who bottle up their anger in silence.

According to the report:


A good argument with your spouse could be just what the doctor ordered.

Preliminary results from a survey of married couples suggest that disputing husbands and wives who hold in their anger die earlier than expressive couples.

"When couples get together, one of their main jobs is reconciliation about conflict," said researcher Ernest Harburg, professor emeritus with the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Psychology Department. "Usually nobody is trained to do this. If they have good parents, they can imitate, that's fine, but usually the couple is ignorant about the process of resolving conflict."




Photo Credit: Live Sceince Journal.

I am not surprised by this report, because I have always been more of an expressionist than an impressionist. I belive in open but non-violent expression of my feelings, protesting wrong things, etc. Because, it would be better and healthier to spit out the nonsense than let it choke you to death!
The sooner you let it out of your system, the better for you. No hypocritical pretence in romance like most pretenders do in conceit and deceit.

Keeping mute when you are boiling inside does not help you at all. Self control does not mean you should not speak the truth by speaking out what is really bothering you, hurting or even threatening your precious life. Even the Holy Bible said you could be angry, but sin not. Being silent is not the best resolution, because bottled up emotions actually make you ill and can kill you slowly and would do worse damage one fateful day.

The silent treatment is an irrational form of emotional abuse as clearly illustrated on ABUSE 101.
"I believe the silent treatment (feigned apathy; cold-shoulder; silence; distance, and ignoring you) is the worst form of emotional abuse," said the writer on the grave consequences of the Silent Treatment.

Express your anger in a non-violent way and live longer.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Highly recommended therapeutic articles:

Top 10 Bad Things That Are Good For You

10 Things You Didn't Know About You

Anger is Good For You