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Monthly Archives December 2008

Lewis Hamilton Honored By Queen Of England With MBE Title

Lewis Hamilton has been named as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) allowing him entry into the British Order of Chivalry -one of the highest honors in England, and a few steps away from Knighthood. "It is a massive honour and incredible privilege for me to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen," Hamilton said in a statement. The 23 year-old race car driver became the youngest Formula One champion last month when he clinched the Brazil Grand Prix in the final nail-biting moments and has also been named runner-up Sports Personality of the Year. "I am very fortunate to have been awarded for achieving my dream, it has required a lot of hard work and dedication, however it has been worth every single minute and I only hope that I can inspire young kids to do the same, whatever their dream may be." Hamilton received a personal note from the Queen congratulating him on the prestigious honor.
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Ga Ga: Obsessed Trailer Starring Beyonce, Ali Larter, and Idris Elba

We may have our doubts about Beyonce's ability to carry a film, but the trailer for her new thriller Obsessed looks kind of good. Beyonce plays the innocent wife in a plot very reminiscent of Fatal Attraction and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, as Heroes' Ali Larter in the Glenn Close/ Rebecca DeMornay psycho role moves in on her happy family and her husband, The Wire alum Idris Elba. And yes, there's a catfight showdown between Beyonce and Ali! Or should we says between Sasha and Ali?! Obsessed is due out in theaters next spring!
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GIMME FIVE: Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2009, Including True Beauty, Daddy’s Girls And Gossip Girl!

Reprogram your TiVo or DVR because there are a few new television shows---and some returning faves---that you can't dare to miss! Here is Blindie's shortlist of our most anticipated TV shows of 2009: True Beauty: It's America's Next Top Model meets Punk'D as reality show powerhouses Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher team up to trick a bevy of pretty guys and gals into proving they posess inner beauty for a prize of $100,000 and a spot in People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful issue. we can't wait to see if Ms. Banks will strike gold with another reality beauty pageant. Vanessa Minnillo, Nolé Marin and 1970s supermodel Cheryl Tiegs star as judges. Premieres January 5, on ABC. Summer Heights High season 2: The hilarious mockumentary set at an Australian high school has filled the void left behind after BBC America's Little Britain was cancelled. We just can't get enough of super-talented Chris Lilley in the roles of the self-absorbed private school exchange student Ja'mie, the hyper-active problem child Jonah, and he effeminate and sometimes inappropriate performing arts teacher Mr. G. HBO hasn't announced Season 2 yet, but our fingers are crossed! Daddy's Girls: The multi-talented daughters of rap legend Run DMC's Russell Simmons, Angela and Vanessa Simmons, are moving out of daddy Run's House and trying to make it on their own in L.A. Along for the reality ride is their cousin Jessica, and their friend and aspiring singer Alycia. We hope Girls will offer some much-needed positive television role models for young black girls everywhere. Premieres January 5, on MTV. 90210: The CW (aka 90s spinoff machine..yes Melrose Place is next!) is bringing new episodes back in January and we can't wait to see who Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) ends up with, what's the real deal with Anne-Dixon-Naomi's new brother (Josh Henderson), and if Annie (Shenae Grimes) will lose her virginity to Ethan (Dustin Milligan). Gossip Girl : Of course we can't wait for new episodes of The CW's GG! Will Chuck (Ed Westwick) find his way back into Blair's (Leighton Meester) loving embrace? Will Jenny (Taylor Momsen) steal Nate (Chace Crawford) away from backstabbing Vanessa (Jessica Szohr)? Will Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) finally admit they're still in love?
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The Curious Case of Shelving Taraji P. Henson’s Benjamin Button Movie Posters

Original posters for the buzzworthy film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button have surfaced online, as producers campaign for Oscar. The new posters, which are vastly more telling in terms of the film's story line of a tale of a man aging backward, features Taraji P. Henson holding an aged infant in her hands. While producers have yet to comment on their decision to shelve the dramatic image for the more movie star friendly, yet vague shot of stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, Blindie can't help but to wonder if it was just modesty or money or possibly race that resulted in their poster switch.
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Indian Actress Freida Pinto Wins Breakthrough Performance Award for Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto (who played Latika) will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 20th annual Palm Springs Film Festival awards gala on Jan. 6, according to Variety. The acclaimed film by filmmaker Danny Boyle is the Indian-born model-actress's first lead role. "The first time I saw her, I saw her with hundreds of girls on a tape, and the first time I saw her audition, I remember thinking, 'I bet that's her!'" Boyle said in an interview. "It's not an enormous part...but I think she gives it real presence that you feel that he [star Dev Patel] is looking for somebody well worth looking for." Previous Breakthrough Awards have gone to Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Hudson---and both won Oscars for their breakthrough performances. PHOTO CREDIT: FreidaPinto.com
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Beyonce Says Joe Jackson ‘Used’ The Jackson Kids, Janet Ready to Feud with Knowles

In a recent interview, Beyonce departed from her rehearsed facade and commented on the Jackson family--apparently pissing Janet Jackson off, according to the National Enquirer. Recalling her childhood with papa Mathew and mama Tina in Houston, Beyonce told a reporter: "I grew up upper class. Private school. My dad had a Jaguar. We're African-American and we work together as a family, so people assume we're like The Jacksons. But I didn't have parents using me to get out of a bad situation." "Beyonce's remark came out of left field and really stung Janet," a family insider told the tabloid, before adding that Janet "blew up."
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America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 Winner Eva Pigford Marcille Engaged to Actor Lance Gross

Eva Marcille, who won America's Next Top Model in cycle 3, has announced her engagement to Tyler Perry's House of Payne star Lance Gross, according to Essence. "I cried. It was totally unexpected. I'm still in shock," Marcille (who formerly had the surname Pigford) said. "I could not even sleep because I was afraid that I might wake up from the most beautiful dream ever." The couple, who met while working on set together, have been dating since 2007. "I'm proud to call Lance mine because I was in love with him before we ever met," she added. "He's my dream guy." PHOTO CREDIT: Essence
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Monthly Archives December 2008

Lewis Hamilton Honored By Queen Of England With MBE Title

Lewis Hamilton has been named as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) allowing him entry into the British Order of Chivalry -one of the highest honors in England, and a few steps away from Knighthood. "It is a massive honour and incredible privilege for me to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen," Hamilton said in a statement. The 23 year-old race car driver became the youngest Formula One champion last month when he clinched the Brazil Grand Prix in the final nail-biting moments and has also been named runner-up Sports Personality of the Year. "I am very fortunate to have been awarded for achieving my dream, it has required a lot of hard work and dedication, however it has been worth every single minute and I only hope that I can inspire young kids to do the same, whatever their dream may be." Hamilton received a personal note from the Queen congratulating him on the prestigious honor.
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Ga Ga: Obsessed Trailer Starring Beyonce, Ali Larter, and Idris Elba

We may have our doubts about Beyonce's ability to carry a film, but the trailer for her new thriller Obsessed looks kind of good. Beyonce plays the innocent wife in a plot very reminiscent of Fatal Attraction and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, as Heroes' Ali Larter in the Glenn Close/ Rebecca DeMornay psycho role moves in on her happy family and her husband, The Wire alum Idris Elba. And yes, there's a catfight showdown between Beyonce and Ali! Or should we says between Sasha and Ali?! Obsessed is due out in theaters next spring!
Read More

GIMME FIVE: Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2009, Including True Beauty, Daddy’s Girls And Gossip Girl!

Reprogram your TiVo or DVR because there are a few new television shows---and some returning faves---that you can't dare to miss! Here is Blindie's shortlist of our most anticipated TV shows of 2009: True Beauty: It's America's Next Top Model meets Punk'D as reality show powerhouses Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher team up to trick a bevy of pretty guys and gals into proving they posess inner beauty for a prize of $100,000 and a spot in People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful issue. we can't wait to see if Ms. Banks will strike gold with another reality beauty pageant. Vanessa Minnillo, Nolé Marin and 1970s supermodel Cheryl Tiegs star as judges. Premieres January 5, on ABC. Summer Heights High season 2: The hilarious mockumentary set at an Australian high school has filled the void left behind after BBC America's Little Britain was cancelled. We just can't get enough of super-talented Chris Lilley in the roles of the self-absorbed private school exchange student Ja'mie, the hyper-active problem child Jonah, and he effeminate and sometimes inappropriate performing arts teacher Mr. G. HBO hasn't announced Season 2 yet, but our fingers are crossed! Daddy's Girls: The multi-talented daughters of rap legend Run DMC's Russell Simmons, Angela and Vanessa Simmons, are moving out of daddy Run's House and trying to make it on their own in L.A. Along for the reality ride is their cousin Jessica, and their friend and aspiring singer Alycia. We hope Girls will offer some much-needed positive television role models for young black girls everywhere. Premieres January 5, on MTV. 90210: The CW (aka 90s spinoff machine..yes Melrose Place is next!) is bringing new episodes back in January and we can't wait to see who Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) ends up with, what's the real deal with Anne-Dixon-Naomi's new brother (Josh Henderson), and if Annie (Shenae Grimes) will lose her virginity to Ethan (Dustin Milligan). Gossip Girl : Of course we can't wait for new episodes of The CW's GG! Will Chuck (Ed Westwick) find his way back into Blair's (Leighton Meester) loving embrace? Will Jenny (Taylor Momsen) steal Nate (Chace Crawford) away from backstabbing Vanessa (Jessica Szohr)? Will Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) finally admit they're still in love?
Read More

The Curious Case of Shelving Taraji P. Henson’s Benjamin Button Movie Posters

Original posters for the buzzworthy film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button have surfaced online, as producers campaign for Oscar. The new posters, which are vastly more telling in terms of the film's story line of a tale of a man aging backward, features Taraji P. Henson holding an aged infant in her hands. While producers have yet to comment on their decision to shelve the dramatic image for the more movie star friendly, yet vague shot of stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, Blindie can't help but to wonder if it was just modesty or money or possibly race that resulted in their poster switch.
Read More

Indian Actress Freida Pinto Wins Breakthrough Performance Award for Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto (who played Latika) will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 20th annual Palm Springs Film Festival awards gala on Jan. 6, according to Variety. The acclaimed film by filmmaker Danny Boyle is the Indian-born model-actress's first lead role. "The first time I saw her, I saw her with hundreds of girls on a tape, and the first time I saw her audition, I remember thinking, 'I bet that's her!'" Boyle said in an interview. "It's not an enormous part...but I think she gives it real presence that you feel that he [star Dev Patel] is looking for somebody well worth looking for." Previous Breakthrough Awards have gone to Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Hudson---and both won Oscars for their breakthrough performances. PHOTO CREDIT: FreidaPinto.com
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Beyonce Says Joe Jackson ‘Used’ The Jackson Kids, Janet Ready to Feud with Knowles

In a recent interview, Beyonce departed from her rehearsed facade and commented on the Jackson family--apparently pissing Janet Jackson off, according to the National Enquirer. Recalling her childhood with papa Mathew and mama Tina in Houston, Beyonce told a reporter: "I grew up upper class. Private school. My dad had a Jaguar. We're African-American and we work together as a family, so people assume we're like The Jacksons. But I didn't have parents using me to get out of a bad situation." "Beyonce's remark came out of left field and really stung Janet," a family insider told the tabloid, before adding that Janet "blew up."
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America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 Winner Eva Pigford Marcille Engaged to Actor Lance Gross

Eva Marcille, who won America's Next Top Model in cycle 3, has announced her engagement to Tyler Perry's House of Payne star Lance Gross, according to Essence. "I cried. It was totally unexpected. I'm still in shock," Marcille (who formerly had the surname Pigford) said. "I could not even sleep because I was afraid that I might wake up from the most beautiful dream ever." The couple, who met while working on set together, have been dating since 2007. "I'm proud to call Lance mine because I was in love with him before we ever met," she added. "He's my dream guy." PHOTO CREDIT: Essence
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