Friday, September 10, 2004

Modeling search turns to males

New York -- Strut aside Tyra, Carmen Electra is hunting for a few models of her own.

The actress-model will host Bravo's upcoming reality competition "Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model," the cable network announced Wednesday.

"Carmen Electra has just the right mix of energy, magnetism and fun to be the ideal host and guide for the young, novice competitors on 'Manhunt,"' said Bravo President Lauren Zalaznick.

Electra will be flanked by judges Bruce Hulse and Marisa Miller, both professional models themselves. For eight episodes, 15 men will compete in a series of challenges in hopes of snapping up a one-year contract with the IMG modeling agency.

Couric touts colon health

New York -- "Today" show co-host Katie Couric came to New York Fashion Week to make colorectal cancer screening more fashionable.

Couric, speaking on behalf of the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, said Wednesday that while hemlines go up and down and animal prints go in and out, a woman's body is here to stay.

"You want (your bodies) to look as good on the inside as out," she said at a news conference in the tents at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, where many top designers are previewing their spring 2005 collections for retailers, media and fashion fans.

Kristofferson still mourns Cash

Nashville, Tenn. -- Kris Kristofferson says he still grieves the loss of his friend Johnny Cash.

"It's hard to believe that it's been a year," Kristofferson said recently from his home in Hawaii. "It's still painful that he's gone. I think about him a lot."

Kristofferson contributes to a new Country Music Television special "Controversy: Johnny Cash vs. Music Row," which airs at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The show explores the uneasy relationship between the country music establishment and the singer, who died Sept. 12, 2003.

Cash, one of the genre's biggest stars, had a hard time getting his music on country radio in his later years -- despite critical acclaim and Grammy Awards.

"He was unlike anybody else," he said. "He was absolutely his own person. He went his own way and spoke his own words."

Blowfish give to S.C. schools

Columbia, S.C. -- Hootie and the Blowfish have donated $80,000 to eight troubled South Carolina school districts.

"The children in our state are our best resource and our most hopeful investment," said singer Darius Rucker, a Carolina native. "From new computers to books for their libraries, we are going to help the students of these school districts get the tools they need to further their education."

The schools have requested the money go toward classroom items such as computers, overhead projectors, VCRs, tape recorders, maps and globes.