June 2008

Saturday, June 21
10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT

Former model and Judge Paula Hamilton takes the reins at this week’s nude-modeling photo shoot, while host Lisa Snowdon can’t contain her furious side at elimination. Another catfight in the Top Model house completes this episode.

Saturday, June 14
10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT

On tonight’s episode of Britain’s Next Top Model, the finalists deliver stand-up comedy, before posing as revenge-seeking housewives in a 1950s themed photo shoot.

Saturday, June 7
10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT

Hosted by Supermodel Lisa Snowdon, this U.K. version of the widely-known reality series is known for being the cattiest of all editions. Tonight on Britain’s Next Top Model, a huge argument erupts in the house, causing chaos between the girls and Supermodel Janice Dickinson coming to the rescue.

Thursdays on Star!
6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT

Star! At The Movies is your weekly half-hour look at everything film including, coming attractions, DVD releases, behind-the-scenes, and on-set gossip. This month, host Husein Madhavji reports on Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (June 6) and the action-comedy Get Smart – starring Steve Carell (June 20). Plus, details behind Seth Rogen’s Pineapple Express, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (June 27).

Tuesday, June 24
9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Ce-web-rities is a one-hour special that explores the phenomenon of those reaching fame via the Internet. From the bizarre (Tay Zonday’s Chocolate Rain video), to the well-known (Perez Hilton, Lainey Lui, Tila Tequila, Cindy Margolis), Star! looks at how YouTube™, MySpace®, and blogspots have created a whole new genre of celebrities in their own right.

Tuesday, June 17
9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Scoring with the Stars is a one hour special that counts down athletes and their high-profile celebrity hook-ups. From NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Tony Romo scoring touchdowns with Bridget Moynahan, Gisele Bundchen, Carrie Underwood, and Jessica Simpson, to Derek Jeter’s homeruns with Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, and Jessica Biel – Star! searches for the number one “playa” on and off the field.

Degrassi in vSide

Degrassi may be closing its doors for the summer, but fans can stay connected with their favourite characters and other viewers through the latest phenomenon in social entertainment, vSide. Degrassi: The Next Generation has become the first Canadian television series to launch a presence in vSide, the 3-D, online, next-generation virtual world. To celebrate, Degrassi: TNG will host “Degrassi Spirit Week”, a virtual, week-long event beginning Monday, June 16 that will see Degrassi cast members make appearances through their avatars in vSide at degrassi.ctv.ca. Airing Mondays at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV, just one new episode is left before Degrassi ends Season 7 with a prom and a special appearance by Natasha Bedingfield in the finale on June 23 (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Degrassi: TNG will continue to air on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. ET until Season 8 premieres in the fall on CTV.

A “place to party with your friends online,” vSide is a three-dimensional platform that provides a real-time place to interact with friends in a graphically stunning online environment. Targeted for the 13-24 age demographic, vSide allows teens to express their creativity and connect with friends who have similar interests in music, entertainment and fashion. Users create a customized avatar, which is a user’s representation of themselves in the form of a 3D animated character. The avatar allows them to travel through the vSide universe, interact with others in the vSide community, and play games and trivia to earn vSide credits to purchase virtual items. Users can also select and decorate their own apartments, where they can throw parties, play music, stream YouTube videos and more. Activity and chat in the vSide environment is monitored at all times to ensure that it’s a safe environment for teens.

In a Canadian exclusive last night, eTalk’s Ben Mulroney created a 3D avatar of himself and held the first-ever virtual interview with Degrassi cast member Mike Lobel (Jay) in the Degrassi DOT Grill in vSide. To view the innovative eTalk interview and take a firsthand look at the vSide environment click here. To download vSide, visit degrassi.ctv.ca.

“vSide is the latest extension of the Degrassi brand beyond the television screen,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “This series continues to break barriers and vSide is literally a virtual breakthrough for Canadian television.”

“Our fans tell us they want to connect with our show any way they can, so what better way to do that than by spending time with their friends in vSide’s version of Degrassi’s DOT Grill, listening to music from Degrassi, watching clips, and taking up residence in a DOT Dorm,” said Christopher Jackson, Epitome Pictures’ Director of Digital Media. “We’re confident that 3D social networking platforms such as vSide will be a big part of ‘what’s next’ in the digital space. We couldn’t be more excited about our involvement with vSide!”

“Degrassi Spirit Week” is set to begin in vSide at The DOT Grill on Monday, June 16. The party will be raging as Degrassi cast members make appearances through their avatars in vSide all week long. Among the week’s highlights are a Q&A with Paula Brancati (Jane) and Dalmar Abuzeid (Danny) on Monday; an interview about all things Degrassi with co-executive producer Linda Schuyler on Tuesday; Raymond Ablack (Sav) and Charlotte Arnold (Holly J) appearing on vSide’s After School Radio on Wednesday; Mike Lobel co-hosting vSide’s VRL (Virtual Request Live) on Thursday; and a Spirit Week Wrap-up on Friday. Users will also have the opportunity to purchase Degrassi clothing and play Degrassi trivia.

To get to Degrassi’s DOT Grill in vSide, follow these simple steps:

1. Download the vSide client (for Mac or PC) from degrassi.ctv.ca
2. Follow instructions to install the program on a computer.
3. Start vSide – users will be asked to create an account and choose an avatar.
4. Once the user has selected an avatar, they will be taken to vSide’s Gateway for a brief tutorial.
5. When the tutorial is over, take the train to the DOT Grill in vSide city LaGenoaAires and join the party!

From rival students coming together, to date rape and cancer, Degrassi Season 7 continues to tackle some of life’s toughest issues. In next week’s episode, “If This Is It” (airing Monday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET), Spinner (Shane Kippel) and Jimmy (Aubrey Graham) have just one more exam before they’re finally done school. With Jimmy’s help, Spinner’s sure he can pass and enjoy his cancer-free future. However, when a great opportunity for Spinner’s new band presents itself, Spinner is faced with a dilemma: focus on the music and return to high school to be with Jane (Paula Brancati) next year, or study hard with Jimmy and leave Degrassi without any real plans.

And as the season comes to an end, international recording artist Natasha Bedingfield makes a cameo appearance, singing her hit song “Pocket Full of Sunshine” in Degrassi’s Season 7 finale “We Built This City” on Monday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV. With time ticking towards the Class of ’07 Prom and Graduation ceremony, Liberty (Sarah Barrable-Tishaur) has the perfect night planned: a hotel prom with the amazing Natasha Bedingfield performing. But amidst all the fabulousness of the prom, the undeniable attraction Liberty and Damian (Mazin Elsadig) have for each other leads to a forbidden makeout session. When Emma (Miriam McDonald) and Toby (Jake Goldsbie) discover Liberty’s betrayal, seven years of friendship teeter on the precipice of ruin.

Season 8 of Degrassi: The Next Generation is currently in production in Toronto.

Tune in to Citytv for the exciting premiere of the no-holds-barred, outrageously-hilarious reality program “I Survived a Japanese Game Show”, Tuesday, June 24th, 2008.

This unscripted reality/game show takes an eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look at 10 everyday Americans as they are whisked away to Japan to compete in the ultimate Japanese game show. The contestants, most of whom have never left the United States, venture across the world to go head to head in a variety of off-the-wall challenges including; eating food attached to the head of a teammate who is running on a treadmill, flinging themselves off of a trampoline onto a Velcro wall, and smashing over-sized eggs with only their butts while wearing chicken suits. Each episode, the person who best adapts to the Japanese culture and challenges is declared the winner with the final winner taking home a cash prize of $250,000.

Guiding the American players through their stay in Japan will be host/interpreter Tony Sano (“Touch Wood,” “Beating Vegas”), an American actor fluent in Japanese; a house mother and resident pot-stirrer, Mamasan; and the witty game show host Rome Kanda (“Pink Panther,” “Saturday Night Live”), who leads the contestants through all of the zany challenges.

The Contestants Are:

Mary Greenawalt
Age: 23
Occupation: Gym membership sales rep
Hometown: Matthews, North Carolina

Andrew Kelly-Hayes
Age: 28
Occupation: Radio sales consultant
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Bilenda Madison
Age: 38
Occupation: Veterinarian
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Cathy Nardone
Age: 21
Occupation: Affiliate manager
Hometown: Staten Island, New York

Darcy Sletager
Age: 31
Occupation: Photo editor
Hometown: Sandpoint, Idaho

Donnell Pitman
Age: 32
Occupation: Real estate appraiser
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Justin Wood
Age: 24
Occupation: Financial representative
Hometown: Trussville, Alabama

Meaghan Cooper
Age: 22
Occupation: Bartender
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Education

Olga Medvedev
Age: 26
Occupation: Waitress
Hometown: Medford, Massachusetts

Ben Hughes
Age: 44
Occupation: Punxsutawney Phil’s handler / hospital VP
Hometown: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Eve Kelly

Eve Kelly loves to swim – naked. Premiering July 9 at 9 pm PT/10 pm PT on Travel + Escape, Skinny Dip is a one-hour special that follows 25-year-old Kelly on her global adventures as she seeks out nature’s hidden swimming holes where she can unleash her carefree spirit.

Whether exploring sweltering Brazil or icey Newfoundland, Kelly searches for pools and grottos where she can forget the buttoned-up social conventions of everyday life and be one with nature at its best.

The first story in Skinny Dip finds Kelly in Newfoundland in the middle of February. It’s freezing yet Kelly is determined to go skinny dipping atop the legendary Steady Brook Falls just west of the internationally known Marble Mountain Ski Resort. Despite the cold, Kelly succeeds in cajoling five guys and gals to join her in the dip of a lifetime.

The latter half of the special follows Kelly as she heads to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to the coastal resort of Ubatuba. According to an expatriate Brazilian on the Marble Mountain hike, there are spectacularly lush swimming spots that would be perfect for a nude dip.

It takes a lot of charm to convince a group to accompany her on this difficult trek, and once they encounter its physical challenges it’s no surprise that conflicts and alliances erupt. By the time the band of weary hikers arrive at the magic spot, there is no better group celebration than to plunge into the gorgeous, natural pools under the trees, free and surrounded by nature.

The Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)-funded short Paradise, directed by Cannes darling Jesse Rosensweet, kicks off the 14th Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF), June 10-15 in Toronto, ON. Bravo!FACT is proud to have funded 12 other animation, dance, and drama shorts appearing in this year’s WSFF. This is a record year for Bravo!FACT – the baker’s dozen marks the largest number of Bravo!FACT-funded shorts featured at WSFF in a single year. Bravo! celebrates WSFF with a special episode of Bravo!FACT Presents featuring three of the shorts, along with directorial interviews, on Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

In addition to the stop-motion short Paradise, WSFF features three other animated Bravo!FACT-funded shorts: Dominique Keller’s Aboriginality; Billie Mintz’s The Long Journey Home; and Randall Okita’s Machine with Wishbone.

Bravo!FACT’s dance shorts at WSFF include: François Bégin’s Roastbeef staring choreographer/performer Louise Lecavalier of La La La Human Steps; Geoffrey Pugen’s Fictional Dance Party; Kathi Prosser’s To Fly or Fall; and Joe Cobden and Benjamin Steiger-Levine’s Sigh.

The Bravo!FACT-funded dramas featured include: Sara St-Onge’s Sundance hit The Funeral; Connie Diletti’s Homecoming; Mark Sanders’ Boyfriend Latte; Simon Ennis’ The Canadian Shield; and Mark Montefiore’s Back in ’93.

The Bravo!FACT Presents WSFF special on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET showcases: The Funeral, a woman looks at the lighter side of mortality; Boyfriend Latte, a woman and her coffee attempt a long-lasting relationship; Roastbeef, a butcher longs to be with the woman of his dreams; and Sigh, a fantasy about falling in love at the supermarket.

Now in its 14th year, CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival is the leading venue for the exhibition and promotion of short film in North America and is one of the premier short film festivals in the world. Taking place from June 10th to 15th in Toronto, the WSFF will present 268 films from 31 countries. Offering one of the largest prize packages for short film in the world, top WSFF winners are eligible for both Academy Award® and Genie Award consideration. The WSFF Short Films, BIG IDEAS Symposium offers renowned professional development, while the WSFF Business Centre is home to the largest short film marketplace in North America. For more information, please visit www.shorterisbetter.com.