Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chris Brown No. 1 With New Album "F.A.M.E."

Chris Brown No. 1 With New Album "F.A.M.E."

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Singer/Songwriter Earns First Chart-Topping Album Debut on the Top 200
Latest Single "Look At Me Now" Continues No. 1 Reign At Urban Mainstream

NEW YORK, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chris Brown's fourth studio album F.A.M.E . (Jive Records) debuts this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with total album sales of over 271K. The album has spawned three consecutive No. 1 singles and marks the multi-platinum singer's first No. 1 album on the Top 200 chart. F.A.M.E . is the second highest-selling album of the year.

The success of F.A.M.E . follows Brown reaching the No. 1 position on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Urban Mainstream radio charts with current single " Look At Me Now " (Click to listen) featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes . This is the second consecutive week at No. 1 at Urban Mainstream and the video (Click to view) is in rotation on MTV and MTV2 and in the Top 5 on BET's 106 and Park countdown.

" Look At Me Now " is Brown's third successive No. 1 Urban Mainstream single from the new album. It was preceded by "Deuces" (Click to listen) featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall (which spent 10 weeks at the top of the chart) and "No BS" (Click to listen). "Yeah 3X ," (Click to listen) another track from F.A.M.E., rose to Top 5 at Urban Mainstream. Collectively, the four singles represent combined cumulative digital and mobile sales of five million.

Brown co-wrote the majority of F.A.M.E. , the follow-up to his 2X Grammy-nominated 2009 album, Graffiti . Sporting collaborations with Justin Bieber , Lil Wayne , Wiz Khalifa, and Ludacris, among others, F.A.M.E. has drawn various critical accolades. People Magazine gave the album a 4 out of 4 stars album review and boasts, "This is the kind of R&B-pop blockbuster that Michael Jackson might have made if he were 21 in 2011." USA Today adds Brown "has delivered the strongest album of his career."

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Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris opens 64th Festival de Cannes

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is to open the 64th Festival de Cannes at the same time as it opens in theatres all over France on May 11th 2011.

Midnight in Paris, the new film by Woody Allen will open the Festival de Cannes on May 11th in the LumièreTheatre, in the presence of the Jury presided by Robert De Niro.

The romcom, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.
Following London (Match Point) and Barcelona (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), it’s the turn of Paris to be honoured by the lens of the New York film director most appreciated by European audiences.

"Midnight in Paris is a wonderful love letter to Paris", declared Festival director Thierry Frémaux. "It’s a film in which Woody Allen takes a deeper look at the issues raised in his last films: our relationship with history, art, pleasure and life. His 41st feature reveals once again his inspiration."

Produced by Médiapro (Spain) and Gravier Productions (New York), and distributed by Mars Films in France, the film is to be released in France the same day it is screened at Cannes. French audiences will thus be able to enjoy it in 400 theatres throughout the country. For this occasion, the Festival de Cannes wishes, with the consent of its partner Canal+ and the support of the national federation of French theaters, to make the Opening Ceremony of the Festival available to any theatre requesting it, so that their audiences can experience live the entire programme of the Opening Night of the Festival.
In this way, the Festival de Cannes underlines the strong ties that unite it with the theatres and their audiences, and draws attention to the films in the Official selection.

The 64th Festival de Cannes is to take place Wednesday May 11th to Sunday 22nd May 2011.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Together, Forever-Ever?

Will Charles (Bert Belasco) be a "Runaway Groom?" Tune in and find out on the season finale of BET's LET'S STAY TOGETHER on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:30P/9:30C. (PRNewsFoto/BET Networks, PictureGroup)

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BET's LET'S STAY TOGETHER Season Finale "Together, Forever-Ever?" Vows to Leave Viewers Speechless on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10:30 P.M.*
How Much Can One Couple Endure Before Calling it Quits?
In the End, Who Will "Stay Together" in the Explosive Season Finale With A Shocking Twist?

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NEW YORK, March 30, 2011

NEW YORK, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The season finale of BET's LET'S STAY TOGETHER vows to leave viewers speechless. Finding their way to the altar has been tricky for Charles (Bert Belasco) and Stacy (Nadine Ellis). The high-spirited couple has overcome family drama, pre-marital counseling, procrastination and wedding planning anxieties -- but in the end, love conquered all...or does it? Tune in on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10:30 PM* to find out.

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When we last saw the pair, cold feet turned to frost bite as Stacy and Charles called it quits. Luckily their couple cohorts Tasha (Joyful Drake) and Jamal (RonReaco Lee) were on the case. Stacy and Charles were soon reunited when Stacy took matters into her own hands by going down on one knee and asking Charles to marry her.

On next week's season finale, the wedding day is finally here. Everything is going smoothly until a stroll down memory lane leads Charles down a path of uncertainty. It's a moment of truth as Stacy and Charles get ready to walk down the aisle. Will Stacy and Charles finally tie the knot? Tune in for the shocker that will have everyone talking, in the electrifying LET'S STAY TOGETHER season finale on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10:30 p.m.*

LET'S STAY TOGETHER was created by Jacque Edmonds Cofer. Jacque is also the show's executive producer along with Dana Owens (Queen Latifah) and Shakim Compere. LET'S STAY TOGETHER is BET Studios Original Production.

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About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

告訴我你真的愛我, I am Jennifer Aniston


Hot and sexy Jennifer Aniston refused to go on a date with Hollywood hunk Ashton Kutcher.

The Most Popular Phones in Nigeria

BlackBerry is most popular among upwardly mobile young men and women in Nigeria, but Samsung Mobile with 6,136,648 monthly active users on Facebook and also winning the Sowambe Award for the best use of Twitter is like a superstar and the new Samsung Ch@t322 Phone with dual sim is currently the most popular phone in Nigeria.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Viva Riva shines at 2011 AMAA in Nigeria

A scene from Viva Riva.

Viva Riva shines at 2011 AMAA in Nigeria

The thrilling Congolese gangster epic movie "Viva Riva" out shined competitors to win 6 awards from 12 nominations at the 7th Annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Sunday night at the Gloryland Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora, the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline. Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s Kinshasa is a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs and Riva is its perfect embodiment.
~ From South by South West

The film by Congolese director Djo Tunda Wa Munga won the awards for Best Film and Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.
The Ghanaian film “Sinking Sands” won 3 awards, for the Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Make-up.
“Aramotu” won awards for Best Nigerian Film and Best Costume Design.

The Best Actor Award went to Themba Ndaba of South Africa for his role in “Hopeville” and the Best Young Actor was Edward Kagutuzi for “Mirror Boy”.

It was another disappointing AMAA for Nollywood diva Genevieve Nnaji whose role in Tango With Me was not good enough to beat Amake Abebrese of Ghana who won the Best Actress award for her role in “Sinking Sands”

The following is the complete list of nominees and winners for the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards

Best Film
Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo)

Best Director
Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga

Best Actress In Leading Role
Amake Abebrese - Sinking Sands

Best Actor In Leading Role
Themba Ndaba – Hopeville

Best Actress In Supporting Role
Marlene Longage – Viva Riva

Best Actor In Supporting Role
Hoji Fortuna – Viva Riva

Best Young Actor
Edward Kagutuzi – Mirror Boy

Best Child Actor
Sobahle Mkhabase (Thembi), Tschepang Mohlomi (Chili-Bite) And Sibonelo Malinga (Khwezi) – Izulu Lami

Best Film In African Language
Izulu Lami – Madoda Ncayiyana (South Africa)

Best Nigerian Film
Aramotu – Niji Akanni

Best Screenplay
Sinking Sands

Best Editing
Soul Boy

Best Cinematography
Viva Riva

Best Achievement In Sound
Shirley Adams

Best Visual Effects
A Small Town Called Descent

Best Soundtrack

Best Make Up

Sinking Sands

Best Costume Design

Best Production Design
Viva Riva

Best Film For African Abroad
In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters - Rahman Oladigbolu (Nigeria/USA)

Best Diaspora Short Film
Precipice – Julius Amedume (UK)

Best Diaspora Documentary
Stuborn As A Mule – Miller Bargeron Jr & Arcelous Deiels (USA)

Best Diaspora Feature
Suicide Dolls – Keith Shaw (USA)

Best Documentary
Kondi Et Le Jeudi Nationale – Ariana Astrid Atodji (Cameroun)

Best Short Documentary
After The Mine – Diendo Hamadi & Dinta Wa Lusula (DRC)

Best Short Film
Dina – Mickey Fonseca (Mozambique)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Africa’s Academy Awards attract thousands to the Niger Delta

Africa’s Academy Awards attract thousands to the Niger Delta

The excitement is in the air this Sunday evening as thousands throng the Gloryland Cultural Centre in the capital city of Yenegoa in the oil rich Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta, to join African film makers, movie stars and movie buffs for the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

The African Movie Academy Awards has all the glitz and red carpet fanfare that can only be compared to the glamorous and prestigious Oscars of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(AMPAS)in Hollywood as AMAA celebrates the best of Nigeria’s Nollywood and the rest of Africa in one unforgettable night as African movie stars strut the red carpet to compete for the coveted trophies of the AMAA in different categories. AMAA has attracted notable Hollywood stars like Danny Glover, Forest Whitaker who won an Oscar for Best Actor for his thrilling portrayal of Ugandan military tyrant Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland", Cuba Gooding Jnr who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his memorable portrayal of Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's 1996 film "Jerry Maguire", Courtney Vance, Vivica A. Fox and Angela Basset.

South Africa dominates the 2011 AMAA with 27 nominations and followed by the host nation Nigeria with 23 nominations.

“The four South African films in competition include Hope Ville with nine nominations, Izulu Lami, seven nominations Shirley Adams, five nominations and A Small Town Called Descent with six nominations. Combined together, South Africa had the highest nominations by a country with a total of 27 nominations,” said Ms. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the CEO of AMAA.

Ghana and Congo are also competing with great movies receiving the highest nominations. Ghana’s "Sinking Sound" with 10 nominations. Kenya’s "Soul Boy" got 6 nominations.

Nigeria is a strong contender with four films. Tunde Kelani’s "Maami", Jeta Amata’s "Inale", Niyi Akanji’s "Aramotu" and Mahmood Alli-Balogun’s "Tango with Me" are movies to watch.

The most coveted prizes are the AMAA for the Best Actor and Actress in a leading role; Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Achievement in Visual award.

Famous Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji is nominated for Best Actress in Leading Role

Best Short Film

Bougfen – Petra Baninla Sunjo (Cameroun)
Weakness – Wanjiru Kairu (Kenya)
No Jersey No Match – Daniel Ademinokan (Nigeria)
Duty – Mak Kusare (Nigeria)
Bonlambo – Zwe Lesizwe Ntuli (South Africa)
Zebu And The Photofish – Zipporah Nyarori (Kenya)
Dina – Mickey Fonseca (Mozambique)
Allahkabo – Bouna Cherif Fofana (Togo)

Best Short Documentary

Symphony Kinsasha – Diendo Hamadi & Dinta Wa Lusula (Congo)
Naija Diamond (Feature On Dr. Rahmat Mohammed) – Nform Leonard (Nigeria)
After The Mine – Diendo Hamadi & Dinta Wa Lusula (Drc)
Stepping Into The Unknown – Rowena Aldous & Jill Hanas-Hancock (South Africa)
Yeabu’s Homecoming – Jenny Chu (Sierraleone)

Best Documentary

Kondi Et Le Jeudi Nationale – Ariana Astrid Atodji (Cameroun)
Headlines In History – Zobby Bresson (Kenya)
Co-Exist – Adam Mazo (Rwanda)
State Of Mind- Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo)
Naija Diamonds- Nfrom Leonard (Nigeria)

Best Diaspora Feature

Suicide Dolls – Keith Shaw (Usa)
Tested – Russell Costanzo (Usa)
Nothing Less -Wayne Saunders (Uk)
The Village -Wayne Saunders (Uk)

Best Diaspora Documentary

Stuborn As A Mule – Miller Bargeron Jr & Arcelous Deiels (Usa)
Momentum – Zeinabu Irene Davis (Usa)
If Not Now – Louis Haggart (Usa)
Motherland – Owen Alik Shahadah (Usa)
Changement – Chiara Cavallazi (Italy)

Best Diaspora Short Film

Cycle – Roy Clovis (Usa)
Under Tow – Miles Orion Feld (Usa)
Habitual Aggression – Temi Ojo (Usa)
Little Soldier – Dallas King (Usa)
The New N Word – Sowande Tichawonna (Usa)
Precipice – Julius Amedume (Uk)

Best Film For African Abroad

Anchor Baby – Lonzo Nzekwe (Nigeria/Canada)
In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters- Rahman Oladigbolu (Nigeria/Usa)
Mirror Boy – Obi Emelonye (Nigeria/Uk)
Africa United – Debs Gardner-Brook (Rwanda/Uk)

Best Production Design

Tango With Me
Viva Riva
6 Hours To Christmas

Best Costume Design

Sinking Sands

Best Make Up

Sinking Sands
A Private Storm
Viva Riva
A Small Town Called Descent

Best Soundtrack

Who Owns Da City
A Small Town Called Descent

Best Achievement In Sound

Sinking Sands
Shirley Adams
Izulu Lami
Viva Riva
Tango With Me

Best Cinematography

Soul Boy
Sinking Sands
Shirley Adams
Izulu Lami

Best Nigerian Film

Maami – Tunde Kelani
Aramotu – Niji Akanni
Tango With Me – Mahmood Ali- Balogun
Inale – Jeta Amata
A Private Storm – Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun/Ikechukwu Onyeka

Best Film In African Language

Aramotu – Niji Akanni (Nigeria)
Izulu Lami – Madoda Ncayiyana (South Africa)
Soul Boy- Hawa Essuman (Kenya)
Suwi – Musola Catherine Kaseketi (Zambia)
Fishing The Little Stone – Kaz Kasozi (Uganda)

Best Child Actor

Sobahle Mkhabase (Thembi), Tschepang Mohlomi (Chili-Bite) And Sibonelo Malinga(Khwezi) – Izulu Lami
Eriya Ndayambaje – Dudu In Africa United
Jordan Ntunga – Anto In Viva Riva
Ayomide Abatti – Young Kashi In Maami
Benjamin Abemigish a- Zebu In Zebu And The Photofish
Shantel Mwabi – Bupe In Suwi

Best Young Actor

Yves Dusenge (Child Soldier) And Roger Nsengiyumua (Footballer) – Africa United
Samson Odhiambo And Leila Dayan Opou – Soul Boy
Edward Kagutuzi – Mirror Boy
Donovan Adams – Shirley Adams
Junior Singo – Hopeville

Best Actor In Supporting Role

Osita Iheme – Mirror Boy
Hoji Fortuna – Viva Riva
Mpilo Vusi Kunene – A Small Town Called Descent
John Dumelo – A Private Storm
Desmond Dube – Hopeville

Best Actress In Supporting Role

Mary Twala – Hopeville
Joyce Ntalabe – The Rivaling Shadow
Marlene Longage – Viva Riva
Tina Mba -Tango With Me
Yvonne Okoro – Pool Party

Best Actor In Leading Role

Themba Ndaba – Hopeville
Patsha Bay – Viva Riva
Jimmy Jean-Louis – Sinking Sands
Ekon Blankson – Checkmate
Antar Laniyan – Yemoja

Best Actress In Leading Role

Idiat Shobande -Aramotu
Omoni Oboli- Anchor Baby
Manie Malone – Viva Riva
Amake Abebrese- Sinking Sands
Denise Newman -Shirley Adams
Genevieve Nnaji – Tango With Me

Best Director

Soul Boy – Hawa Essuman
Shirley Adams – Oliver Hermanus
Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga
Aramotu – Niji Akanni
A Small Town Called Descent – Jahmail. X. T Qubeka
Sinking Sands – Leila Djansi

Best Film

Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo)
Sinking Sands – Leila Djansi (Ghana)
Aramotu – Niji Akanni (Nigeria)
Soul Boy – Hawa Essuman (Kenya)
Hopeville – John Trengove (South Africa)
A Small Town Called Descent – Jahmil X.T Qubeka (South Africa)

Coming Soon: 30 Day Rule, a fantastic romantic comedy

Ambitious young African American director Rahiem Shabazz is excited about his his first romantic feature the 30 Day Rule. The romantic comedy tests the premise that 'a man's lies come with an expiration date of thirty-days'.

Rahiem has directed special music videos in the US and worked on projects involving Russell Simmons, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin of successful hip-hop label Def Jam, and Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men.

He was an Executive Producer of the award winning SAG-accredited short film "The Sun Will Rise" and film consultant and casting director on "The Kissing Bandit", a full-feature film currently touring the film festival circuit. He worked as a production assistant for Tyler Perry’s "Why Did I Get Married", "Why Did I Get Married Too" and "For Colored Girls".

Rahiem Shabazz and Writer Christal Jordan

Rahiem has won 5 awards so far, including the 2007 Atlanta Hip-Hop Film Festival for his Short Film and the YGEA Award in 2010 for Video Director of The Year and he has been a notable speaker at several film festivals and received international coverage on BET, MTV and Starz In Black.

“Every hurdle I've surpassed has been leading up to this film. Over the years I've taken compliments and accolades on my writing style coupled with my cinematic vision to heart and I believe that I have a voice that needs to be heard in film, “said Rahiem Shabazz on his upcoming film 30 Day Rule.

Rahiem's company Rasha Media Group Inc specializes in filmmaking, screenwriting talent relations and strategic marketing.

View the exclusive Photo Shoot Directed by Rahiem Shabazz.

The Synopsis of 30-Day Rule

How long can a player truly get away with a lie?

30-day rule is a romantic comedy with a message that nothing in life comes without a cost. Rome, a good-looking smooth-talking brother in his mid-twenties feels he is on top of the world. He believes he can talk any woman he meets into doing what he wants them to do. He lies, schemes and cheats all in the name of scoring and feels no guilt about his actions. Best friend Trent advises Rome that there is a 30 day expiration date on the lies he tells woman and that no good will come of his evil ways and eventually he will meet his match. Enter Katina, the beautiful vixen Rome is captivated by simply because of her beauty. Unbeknownst to Rome, Katina is the female version of himself, however her feline ways give her the unfair advantage as he under estimates her agenda because of her beauty.

Sit back and enjoy the ride as both Rome and Katina learn some very important lessons that have comedic consequences and repercussions for both sides.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Britney Spears Delivers Surprise Performances as Part of MTV Special

Britney Spears Delivers Surprise Performances as Part of MTV Special Inside Rain Nightclub at Palms Casino Resort
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LAS VEGAS, March 26, 2011

LAS VEGAS, March 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Palms Casino Resort welcomed Jive Records recording artist Britney Spears to Rain Nightclub for two surprise performances on Friday, March 25. The performances were filmed by MTV as part of an upcoming Britney Spears special that will air next week in celebration of her album release.

In front of more than a thousand fans, Spears delivered songs from her latest album, Femme Fatale including the singles, "Hold it Against Me," "Till the World Ends" and "Big Fat Bass."

"We are extremely excited to have one of the most iconic artists of all time back at the Palms. Britney's performances were unbelievable and her fans will never forget this night," said owner George Maloof. "We have a great relationship with MTV and feel fortunate to be a part of her upcoming special."

This is not Spears' first time performing in Rain Nightclub; she stunned fans with an unannounced performance in 2003.

DJ Pauly D, the exclusive Vegas resident DJ for the Palms, warmed up the crowd and kicked off the evening with his masterful beats and explosive sounds for club goers before Spears took the stage.

Femme Fatale is Spears' seventh studio album and will be released on March 29.

About The Palms

The Palms Casino Resort, heralded as one of Las Vegas' hippest resorts, is an all-encompassing, one-stop destination. Owned by the Maloof family, the boutique property boasts three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino. Amenities include the legendary Playboy Club; Ghostbar; Rain Nightclub; The Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Little Buddha; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; The Palms Pool & Bungalows; Palms Spa and AMP Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; LA Sunset Tan; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre Cineplex; Huntington Ink Tattoo Lounge; the Fantasy Suites, including the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court; and over 60,000 square-feet of meeting space. The Palms has played host to MTV's Video Music Awards, Real World: Las Vegas and Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, and E!'s Girls Next Door and Sunset Tan feature the resort on a regular basis. The Palms Casino Resort is located just west of the Las Vegas Strip and I-15 on Flamingo Road. For reservation information, call toll free at (866) PALMS-RES, (866) 725-6773, or visit For groups of 15 rooms or more, contact the Sales Department at (866) PALMS-MTG or (866) 725-6768.

About MTV:

MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub is the leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Must-Have Shoe This Season – The Espadrille


New York, NY., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — It’s the straw that kicked the stiletto’s ass. This season it’s all about the must-have shoe – the espadrille. Pair this sexy wedge with a range of summer looks from dresses to denim. “The espadrille is the ultimate summer shoe - cool and casual with a 70’s feel. It’s the one style that every woman should have in her closet this season,” says Fred Allard, Creative Director of Nine West.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Farewell American Rose

Farewell American Rose
(For Elizabeth Taylor)

Farewell American Rose
We will surely miss you.

You dazzled millions of souls
With your beautiful violet eyes
And with your charming smiles
You held many lovers captive in Hollywood.

Many said you took the primrose path
Looking for your Prince Charming
But only God knows if you found him
In any of the seven men you married.

I will always light a candle for you
On your birthday and your last day
The candle light will glow in my heart
Illuminating unforgettable memories of you.

Farewell American Rose
We will surely miss you.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
Thursday March 24, 2011.

Happy winners of the Mouka True Love Valentine Promo.

The winners of the Mouka True Love Stories Valentine promo have been rewarded as promised by Mouka luxury brands of Royal, Regal and Regina.

The prizes included an all expense paid romantic weekend get-away to a luxurious Nigerian hotel for the lucky winners and their spouses.

The winners emerged from the votes cast by their families and friends who voted for the romantic love stories posted on the websites from February 1st to 21st 2011 with participants from across the major regions of Nigeria..

STORY TITLE Am Sorry Omowale;"Cause Now I Know I Can't Live Without You."
NAME Ajibola Rotimi
PARTNER'S NAME Lawal Omowale

STORY TITLE Everlasting love
NAME Afolabi Idowu
PARTNER'S NAME Funmilayo Idowu

STORY TITLE Creative Lives
NAME Dimbo Atiya
PARTNER'S NAME Karachi Dimbo Atiya

STORY TITLE Unexpected love
NAME Christiana

L-R: Mr. Benson Osieme, Chief Financial Officer, Mouka Limited, Mrs. Christiana Ayoo and husband, Mr. James Ayoo with their baby, Winners of an all expense paid weekend getaway and Mr. Jude Abonu, Head of Commercial, Mouka Limited at the Prize Presentation Ceremony for winners of the Mouka True Love Stories Valentine Promo held at Mouka Office in Lagos.

L-R: Chief Financial Officer, Mouka Limited, Mr. Benson Osieme, Winners of an all expense paid weekend getaway, Mr. Dimbo Atiya and wife Mrs. Atiya and Head of Commercial, Mouka Limited at the Prize Presentation Ceremony for winners of the Mouka True Love Stories Valentine Promo held at Mouka Office in Lagos

L-R:Mrs. Omowunmi Adefila, Senior Retail Manager, Mouka Limited, Mr. and Mrs. Idowu Afolabi, Winners of an all expense paid weekend getaway and Mrs. Georgina Ezekwem, Regional Sales Manager, Lagos, Mouka Limited at the Prize Presentation Ceremony for winners of the Mouka True Love Stories Valentine Promo held at Mouka Office in Lagos.

From right: Winners of the Mouka True Love Stories Valentine Promo, Mr. and Mrs. Idowu Afolabi, Mr. and Mrs. Dimbo Atiya and Mr. and Mrs. James Ayoo, ready to leave in the limousine that conveyed the winners to their hotels at the Prize Presentation Ceremony held at Mouka Office in Lagos.

Winners of an all expense paid weekend getaway to a luxury hotel, Mr. and Mrs. Dimbo Atiya and Mr. and Mrs. Idowu Afolabi in the limousine conveying the winners of the Mouka True Love Stories Valentine Promo to their hotels in Lagos.

Farewell Elizabeth Taylor, Queen of Hollywood

Farewell Elizabeth Taylor, Queen of Hollywood

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) Taylor, our beloved Liz, the beautiful and wonderful Queen of Hollywood passed on yesterday at 79.

Elizabeth Taylor was the quintessential American Sweetheart of Tinsel town from her very first film Universal Pictures’ There's One Born Every Minute, at the tender age of nine in 1942 to MGM's National Velvet that shot her to limelight in 1944. She was fantastic in many other films, but it was in Cleopatra the 1963 film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz that she attained her golden age in Hollywood and earned her crown as the Queen of Hollywood.

She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice and many other coveted awards for her awesome talents as an actress of all seasons from the Golden Era of Hollywood to the end.

Liz was world famous for getting married eight times to seven husbands.
She passed away on March 23, 2011 in the loving arms of her four children at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
May the beautiful soul Elizabeth Taylor rest in peace.

23 Mar 2011 15:05 Africa/Lagos

Elizabeth Arden Statement on the Passing of Elizabeth Taylor

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NEW YORK, March 23, 2011

NEW YORK, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (Nasdaq: RDEN), a global prestige beauty products company, has issued the following statement regarding the passing of Elizabeth Taylor.

"It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress, activist and businesswoman. As her business partner in the fragrance industry, we have held her in the highest esteem and have had tremendous respect for her extraordinary compassion, creativity and business acumen.

"With the launch of her first fragrance in 1987, Elizabeth Taylor's Passion, she built a fragrance empire and one of the most successful brands in fragrance history. White Diamonds remains a best seller almost 20 years after its 1991 introduction, a testimony to her transcendent and enduring appeal. Our best tribute to Elizabeth Taylor will be to continue the legacy of the brands she created and loved so much.

"Her sense of humor, passion for life, never-ending dedication and generosity of spirit will be remembered by all of us. She will be deeply missed."

E. Scott Beattie

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

About Elizabeth Arden:

Elizabeth Arden is a global prestige beauty products company with an extensive portfolio of prestige beauty brands sold in over 100 countries. The company's brand portfolio includes Elizabeth Arden skincare, color, and fragrance products, PREVAGE® anti-aging formulas, the celebrity fragrance brands of Britney Spears, Elizabeth Taylor, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Hilary Duff, and Usher; the designer fragrance brands of Juicy Couture, Alberta Ferretti, Alfred Sung, Badgley Mischka, Bob Mackie, Geoffrey Beene, Halston, John Varvatos, Kate Spade, Lucky Brand, and Rocawear; and the lifestyle fragrance brands Curve, Giorgio Beverly Hills, and PS Fine Cologne.

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Young and Mobile: The Smartphone Generation

Young ladies with their Samsung Galaxy S phones

Young and Mobile: A Global View of Cellphones and Youth

Nielsen’s new whitepaper on Mobile Youth Around the World reveals that most young people with mobile phones chose their own device. In fact, across all the countries surveyed, only 16 percent of young people reported that their parents selected their mobile phone. Price was the most common consideration among youth in selecting a mobile phone, though that is true among other age groups, too. Youth aged 15 to 24 in all countries surveyed put price as the first purchase driver, with the exception of Russian youth, 21 percent of whom placed design/style first. (Some grown-ups care about design, too. Around 14 percent of Brazilian adults say design/style is the most important consideration, compared to seven percent of U.S. adults.)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hero Dog Awards™ Kicks Off in Hollywood

American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™ Kicks Off in Hollywood
CESAR® Canine Cuisine Joins the Search for America’s Top Dogs

HOLLYWOOD, CA, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Is your dog a hero? American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™ national search kicks off today at

The Film & Television Unit of American Humane Association is heading up the search for America’s Hero Dogs. Dogs may be nominated in eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs. Finalists in each category will be selected by the public from the pool of contestants, and the winners will be announced at the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ celebrity gala, presented by CESAR® Canine Cuisine, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2011.

The Hero Dog Awards recognize the powerful relationship between dogs and people and celebrate the many benefits of animals and people sharing their lives together. “Championing American values of caring, compassion and hope, the Hero Dog Awards celebrate the animals we love and the people who interact with them on a daily basis,” says American Humane Association President and Chief Executive Officer Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D. “This national signature event for American Humane Association helps to elevate the status of animals in society by honoring that inextricable link between animals and people, strengthening the human-animal bond.”

According to Karen Rosa, Senior Vice President of the Film and Television Unit, “Dogs are an inseparable part of our everyday lives. We work to protect animal actors and animal athletes in more than 2,000 monitored film and television productions every year through American Humane Association’s Film and Television Unit. The Hero Dog Awards allow us to recognize the contributions to society of many other dogs, including therapy dogs working with children in hospitals, military dogs protecting U.S. soldiers abroad, and even dogs who learn to detect cancer in people, saving human lives. As search and rescue dog teams are dispatched from across America to help people in areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we recognize most vividly how important it is to pay tribute to our dog heroes.”

Launching today, it is free to nominate a dog in one of the eight categories at Nominations close on May 31, 2011, and voting by the general public will begin on June 1, 2011. Finalists in each category will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of both celebrities and animal experts,>to determine the winning American Hero Dog. All of the finalists will be flown to Hollywood, where they will walk the red carpet and be recognized in a moving video tribute at the black-tie awards show on October 1, 2011 when the winning American Hero Dog will be announced. Seventeen participating charities have a chance to receive a share of $50,000 in grant prizes awarded by the Hero Dog Awards to recognize the work of the organizations. Charities include Canine Companions for Independence, United States War Dog Association and the National Association for Search and Rescue.

“We are thrilled to team up with American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™,” said Tierney Monaco, director for CESAR® Canine Cuisine. “Because of our shared belief that having a relationship with a dog can improve every life, we are working together to spotlight the thousands of dogs giving comfort to people in need every day.”

CESAR® Canine Cuisine and American Humane Association have joined together to spread the love through the Hero Dog Awards. As the Official Canine Cuisine of the Hero Dog Awards, CESAR® Brand is bettering thousands of lives by providing more specially trained Animal-Assisted Therapy dogs to people who need them. By participating in the Hero Dog Awards, the public can participate in an exciting opportunity with both CESAR® Canine Cuisine and American Humane Association to make a difference.

Complete rules and entry information can be obtained by visiting
About American Humane Association

Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at today.
About CESAR® Canine Cuisine

CESAR® Canine Cuisine is an exceptional line of high quality cuisine and treats for small to medium sized dogs. We offer individually prepared entrees available in two textures, original pate and gourmet filets in sauce. From the filet mignon flavor to CESAR SUNRISE breakfast entrees, CESAR® CANINE CUISINE features a variety of irresistible flavors and caters to the taste of small to medium sized dogs. Visit to learn more.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Actress Rachel Bilson and Karl Lagerfeld

Actress Rachel Bilson receives direction from Karl Lagerfeld on the set of an original film series inspired and produced by Magnum ice cream, one of the world’s most popular ice cream brands and launching in the U.S. this spring. The films, created and directed by Mr. Lagerfeld, evoke the lifestyle of pleasure and luxury Magnum ice cream has cultivated around the world for more than 20 years. (PRNewsFoto/Magnum Ice Cream, Olivier Saillant)

Eva Mendes, the New Face of Angel by Thierry Mugler

18 Mar 2011 16:18 Africa/Lagos

Eva Mendes, the New Face of Angel by Thierry Mugler

PARIS, March 18, 2011/PRNewswire/ –

- Thierry Mugler Proudly Heralds the Newest Angel Icon to Join his Celestial Stars

To begin a new chapter in his galaxy, the legendary designer and master perfumer has once again chosen an international star to represent this iconic scent. Strong one moment and demure the next, both femme fatale and spontaneous, Eva Mendes personifies the very facets of sensuality encompassing Angel.

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While Naomi Watts’ ethereal beauty embodied the angelic aspect of the fragrance, Thierry Mugler chose to reignite the enticing and explosive dimensions of the fragrance with the sultry Mendes.

Though her obviously flawless physical beauty is in perfect harmony with the artist’s aesthetic canon – Ms. Mendes mesmerized Mugler with her independence, determination and humor.

From her attention grabbing performance in ‘Training Day’ (Antoine Fuqua) to ‘We Own the Night’ (James Gray), this young American has gone on to undertake many other prestigious roles (The Other Guy, Hitch…), working with the greats Frank Millier, the Farrelly brothers to name a few. There is not a role Eva Mendes cannot play, from drama to comedy, independent films and blockbusters. Her most recent film, ‘Last Night’ (Massy Tadjedin) with Guillaume Canet, Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington, released in 2010.

About Angel

Beware of Angels

In 1992, when he launched Angel, his very first perfume, Thierry Mugler chose Estelle Lefebure. Perched atop a New York skyscraper, wearing a black suit and enveloped in a blue muslin scarf, she began the saga that Jerry Hall continued in 1995 dressed in a silver gown on the immaculate dunes of White Sands National Park in New Mexico.

In 1998, Amy Wesson embodied a crystal angel echoing of the most beautiful icon of all: Angel and its star-shaped bottle. Next was Anna Maria Cseh’s dizzying portrayal in 2003, about to go over the edge, surrounded by the chaos of night, fervently protecting her precious perfume.

In 2006, the Angel legend continued with Bianca Balti, hypnotized by her own reflection after having put on the heady fragrance. In 2008, Angel reconnected with its original magic in a contemporary fairy tale interpreted by the beautiful Naomi Watts.

In 2011, a new angel appears with Eva Mendes.

Source: Thierry Mugler

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Celine Dion Begins Momentous Return to The Colosseum At Caesars Palace

Celine Dion Begins Momentous Return to The Colosseum At Caesars Palace

Due to Overwhelming Ticket Demand, December and January Shows On-Sale as of Saturday, March 19

LAS VEGAS, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Celine Dion is at the microphone. Legendary Grammy Awards Producer Ken Ehrlich is the director at the helm. A stage filled with 31 musicians, consisting of a full orchestra and band, is playing. And thousands of fans from around the world are flocking to Las Vegas to be amongst the first to see Celine’s anticipated return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The first run of shows in March has already sold out; June through August summer performances are going fast. To keep up with ticket demand, an additional 16 shows scheduled between Dec. 28 through Jan. 22, 2012 are on-sale as of Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. (PST).

Early last year, Celine announced her three-year residency and return to The Colosseum, the world-renowned venue where she was the first to grace its stage. When her first show A New Day… opened on March 25, 2003, it went on to not only become one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas but also redefined the entertainment industry; Celine would become the first artist at the height of her career to stop touring and invite fans to come to her. By the time the show closed on December 15, 2007, more than 3 million fans spanning all seven continents and 138 countries had seen the show.

Celine’s brand new show includes her biggest hits mixed with timeless classics and pays tribute to some of the most celebrated songs and artists of all time. The glamorous show features a full orchestra and band and is set to a visually stunning presentation designed exclusively for the 4,300 seat state-of-the-art venue.

Tickets for performances through Aug. 14 are on-sale now with December and January performances going on-sale as of Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. (PST). For tickets, call 877-4-CELINE (423-5463) or log on to 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 or follow updates from The Colosseum on Twitter.

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Wisin & Yandel, Kenny Chesney, P!nk and Paul McCartney. The company is also currently producing shows in Las Vegas including Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos, and Barry Manilow at Paris. The AEG Live exhibition portfolio boasts the most successful exhibition of all time, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, which has attracted more than 7 million visitors since 2005. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Caesars Palace is the world’s best known resort-casino, celebrating the grandeur that was Rome in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury. Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace ranks among the world’s top luxury resorts known for its originality and beauty. The resort features 3,300 hotel guest rooms and suites, 23 diverse restaurants and cafes, five-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, 50,000 square foot Qua Baths & Spa and 300,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space. The 4,300-seat Colosseum sits just steps from celebrity chef restaurants and the acclaimed Forum Shops at Caesars. The resort spotlights world class entertainers, including Celine Dion, Jerry Seinfeld and more. Caesars Entertainment resorts in Las Vegas are officially “No Resort Fee” zones. The company's nine Las Vegas hotels do not add mandatory resort fees to hotel room rates. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Homefront Invades America

Homefront Invades America

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Homefront, a new videogame that hits stores today, depicts the invasion and occupation of America by a nuclear-armed Greater Korean Republic in the year 2027.

The story was penned by John Milius, writer of Apocalypse Now and Red Dawn, and game-makers THQ sought the expertise of a former CIA Officer to devise a plausible course of events that would lead to the fall of the United States and the rise of North Korea to become a global Superpower.

Bizarrely, several elements of the game’s originally ‘fictitious’ storyline have actually come to pass in the last twelve months.

The succession of Kim Jong-il’s favourite son, Kim Jong-un to supreme ruler of North Korea is now widely expected to happen, but Homefront’s storyline predicted this take-over nearly twelve months ago before the rest of the world even knew who Kim Jong-un was.

In a more sinister twist, North Korea recently claimed to have developed the technology for an Electro Magnetic Pulse, or ‘EMP’ — a weapon capable of knocking out all electronic devices, including computers, phones and power lines, on a country-wide level. In Homefront’s story, the Greater Korean Republic uses this weapon to cripple the United States in advance of a full-blown invasion.

At a rally held in San Francisco earlier this month, William R. Forstchen, Ph.D., author of “One Second After” and one of America’s leading experts on EMP weapons, spoke about the grave threat to the United States of an EMP attack that could plunge the country back to the stone age.

Homefront has made headlines around the globe thanks to its controversial storyline. In Australia last week, an advert on YouTube featuring clips from the Homefront ‘Future History’ trailer caused frightened members of the public to phone in to news networks, believing an actual invasion was taking place. (Orson Welles terrified the nation back in the 1930’s by reading extracts from ‘War of the Worlds’ live on radio.)

Homefront depicts an America as you’ve never seen it before — crushed by a the heel of a brutal military occupation. The game has already earned plaudits from critics who describe its uncompromising material as one of the most mature and emotional pieces of story-telling yet seen in a videogame.

Homefront is released today, Tuesday, March 15th, on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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