Real World Charlotte?

“Seven strangers, picked to live in a house…” You know the drill. Now you have a chance to be one of those seven strangers.

Producers for MTV's “The Real World” will hold an open casting call in uptown Charlotte Saturday for the show's 22nd season.

No word on what city MTV is invading, but I'm betting it's near water, based on the fact that producers say they're looking for cast members with lifesaving skills (either as a lifeguard or EMT) and experience in water sports. Producers will also be looking for leadership experience, musical ability and seasoned travelers who speak Spanish.

And of course, you must be willing to bare your soul on camera while consuming large amounts of alcohol for five straight months.

Got what it takes? Bring a recent picture and photo ID to Fox & Hound (330 N. Tryon St.) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 24.

Comics to honor George Carlin

Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Margaret Cho are among an all-star lineup of entertainers who will honor the late comedian George Carlin at this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The prize was announced just before Carlin's death in June. It will be awarded during a tribute performance November 10th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. The program announced Tuesday will be aired later on PBS stations.

Others who will honor Carlin include Garry Shandling, Lily Tomlin, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black and Richard Belzer.

The prize is being awarded posthumously for the first time in its 11-year history.


Serena Williams memoir in works

A memoir by Serena Williams will be released in 2009 by Grand Central Publishing, which beat out a handful of other publishers bidding for the life story of the No. 1 ranked women's tennis player.

“Serena Williams is one of the world's most remarkable athletes,” Grand Central editor Karen Kosztolnyik said Tuesday in a statement. “We've watched her rise to No. 1 despite physical and emotional setbacks, and her hard work and determination have inspired legions of fans young and old. Serena will give her memoir a strong motivational slant.”

Financial terms for the book, currently untitled, were not disclosed, although a publishing official with knowledge of the negotiations said bidding reached at least $1.3 million. The official, citing the confidentiality of the negotiations, declined to be identified.


Lil Wayne snags 12 nominations

Lil Wayne will have another chance to show why he is the “Best Rapper Alive.”

Wayne received 12 nominations for the third annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which airs Oct. 23. The rapper scored the year's best-selling album sales debut this month, with sales of 1 million copies of his new CD, “Tha Carter III.”

Kanye West drew the second-most nominations with seven, while Jay-Z received six. T.I., who was arrested hours before he was to headline the show last year, grabbed three nominations.



Actor David Huddleston, 78. “Elvira” actress Cassandra Peterson, 57. Comedian Rita Rudner, 55. Movie director Baz Luhrmann, 46. Rapper Doug E. Fresh, 42. Actress-singer Nona Gaye, 34. Singer-actor Constantine Maroulis, 33.

This day in history Sept. 17

1983: Vanessa L. Williams of New York became the first black contestant to be crowned Miss America.