- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

It’s about face

Lisa Marie Presley, Debbie Harry, Eve and Dita Von Teese make up the newest crop of unlikely makeup models in MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam ad campaign.

It’s not just the spokesmodels who are unusual; it’s also the products they promote: 100 percent of the sales proceeds of Viva Glam lipsticks and lip glosses are donated to HIV and AIDS programs, including treatment, education and daily necessities.

Miss Presley says she agreed to participate in the campaign because of its fundraising efforts.

“MAC is actually, honestly, really true-blue about its charity,” the 38-year-old singer — and daughter of Elvis Presley — told Associated Press.

“You can see it making headway. They’ve raised $70 million that’s been used incredibly well. It’s not a campaign full of fluff, and I’m not a fluff person.”

Previous spokesmodels for the ad campaign, which debuted 12 years ago, include Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Pamela Anderson and Boy George.

Mercury taps Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys, the band that attracted a massive following on the Internet before it even released a single, has won the prestigious Mercury Prize for its debut album, Agence France-Presse reports.

The quartet, which hails from Sheffield, England, was the hot favorite to win the top prize of $38,000 for its album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” in London on Tuesday night.

Lead singer Alex Turner, noted for his wry, no-nonsense lyrics about British life delivered in a northern English accent, said: “We deserved it because we had the best record.”

The band burst onto the music scene with the single “I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor,” which went straight to No. 1 after the group’s popularity spread through word of mouth from previous releases on the Internet. “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” smashed sales records, with 360,000 sold in the first week after its January debut.

The Mercury Prize, created in 1992, is one of Britain’s main music awards. Previous winners have included Primal Scream, Suede, Pulp, Ms Dynamite, Franz Ferdinand and Antony and the Johnsons.

Stars to shine in NW

Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher and Sela Ward are among the stars expected to attend tonight’s premiere of “The Guardian” at the Uptown theater in Northwest, AP reports.

Director Andrew Davis and actors Neal McDonough, Clancy Brown and Peter Gail also are expected to attend.

Mr. Costner, 51, stars as a veteran Coast Guard swimmer who is dispatched to Kodiak, Alaska, to teach after his crew is lost in a crash. Mr. Kutcher, 28, plays a rookie. “The Guardian” is slated for release Sept. 29.

Proceeds from tonight’s event will benefit the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports members of the Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, AP says.

Met to reach millions

The Metropolitan Opera will transmit six live performances to movie theaters and will broadcast more than 100 live performances over the Internet or on digital radio in a groundbreaking attempt to expand its audience, the company announced yesterday.

According to AP, the Met said its high-definition satellite simulcasts to hundreds of movie theaters in North America and Europe will begin Dec. 30 with Julie Taymor’s English-language adaptation of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” under the baton of James Levine.

Other productions scheduled for simulcast are “I Puritani,” starring soprano Anna Netrebko (Jan. 6); the Jan. 13 world premiere of Tan Dun’s “The First Emperor” with Placido Domingo in the title role; “Eugene Onegin,” starring Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky and conducted by Valerie Gergiev (Feb. 24); the new production of “The Barber of Seville” with Juan Diego Florez (March 24); and the new production of “Il Trittico,” conducted by Mr. Levine and directed by Jack O’Brien (April 28).

The productions will be broadcast later on PBS via conventional and high-definition formats.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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