Wednesday, August 18, 2010

8/19 - Hannah Simone. Joel Gourdin, Wendall Pierce, Aarti Sequeira

Hannah Simone & Joel Gourdin -  WGC Ultimate Gamer

Hannah got her start in the entertainment business at age 9, as an actress gracing stages around the world. Her stage career led her to host a design show for HGTV. She then moved onto Canada's largest Music Channel, MuchMusic. She quickly became the host for Much News Weekly and The New Music, where she interviewed hundreds of Artists, hosted live red carpet events such as the MuchMusic Video Awards and spear headed television specials such as MuchTalks: Climate ChangeZ and MuchTalks: AIDS. Hannah resides in Los Angeles, California.

Joel Gourdin is the show's competitive-gaming guru. Joel first covered tech and videogames for SpikeTV before working as a freelance reporter on the G4 network. With appearances on Attack of the Show and XPlay, Joel worked in the field as the viewer's guide to gaming, conventions, concerts and film sets. He has since branched out into the field of entertainment coverage, working as a correspondent for TV Guide Network. Joel has also worked for the Studio 3 Partners venture EpixHD Channel and Fremantle Media, with whom he recently worked on a trivia game-show pilot. As a voiceover artist, he has been heard in the promotional campaigns for the games X-Men Legends and EA's Dead Space.  WCG Ultimate Gamer levels up to its second season, pitting a dozen top video gamers from around the country against each other to test their skills. They will face-off in a range of video game and real-life competition that take them "beyond the game," all while living together as housemates. Drama will unfold, as only one gamer can emerge victorious to claim the title of WCG Ultimate Gamer. From real-life, large-scale challenges inspired by top-selling games such as Tekken 6, Wii Sports Resort, Mario Kart Wii, NHL 2010, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Forza 3 and WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010, to head-to-head elimination matches before hundreds of screaming spectators, the last gamer standing will have survived gaming's ultimate test and will be dubbed the best all-around gamer in the world. In winning, they will take home the biggest prize in gaming: $100,000, the ultimate Samsung prize package and the chance to represent the World Cyber Games at events around the world.   This season, the stakes have been raised as the final two contestants will face off for the title at the prestigious 10th anniversary WCG 2010 Grand Final competition and festival taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 30th - October 3rd 2010. The WCG Grand Final is the world's largest gaming festival, held annually with thousands of participants from around the world.

Wendall Pierce - HBO  "Treme" 
Wendell Pierce (born December 8, 1962) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO drama The Wire. Pierce starred in all five seasons of the HBO drama The Wire as Detective Bunk Moreland. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the role in 2007  Pierce also played a crooked policeman on Third Watch named Conrad "Candyman" Jones. An interview with him is featured in Spike Lee's 2006 HBO documentary When the Levees Broke, regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His latest role is in HBO's Treme, created by David Simon, creator of The Wire. Pierce plays Antoine Batiste, a trombone player. Pierce appeared in Spike Lee's 1996 movie, Get on the Bus, and Forrest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale a year earlier. Pierce also appeared with Forrest Whitaker as an undertaker's assistant in the 1991 film, "A Rage In Harlem" and had a small role in the 1998 film Bulworth. Pierce also had a role in the 1996 film Sleepers, playing Rizzo's older brother Little Caesar. In addition Pierce played Secret Service Agent Richard Gill in the 1995 film Hackers and co-starred with Arye Gross in the film A Matter of Degrees released in 1990. Pierce is also in the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations as Reverend Lewis, and 2006 horror movie Stay Alive. He played Slick in the 2007 film Life Support; Slick is the HIV positive husband of the main character Ana (played by Queen Latifah). The film was co-written by Jim McKay, who has directed for The Wire, and was distributed by HBO. Pierce earned in May 2010 the lead role in the Indepedent horror-thriller film Foreclosure

Aarti Sequeira  WINNER  "The Next Food Network Star"
After 10 weeks of heated culinary competition jam-packed with 18 intense challenges, Los Angeles food blogger Aarti Sequeira won The Next Food Network Star  as revealed during the season six finale. Up against San Francisco’s Tom Pizzica and Atlanta’s Herb Mesa in the final challenge, Aarti’s impressive pilot ultimately helped her win the title and her dream Food Network show, Aarti Party, set to premiere this Sunday, August 22nd at 12pm ET/PT. In addition to the new show, Aarti will be featured in Food Network Magazine and at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival in October.

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