Names in the news, July 27

Posted July 26, 2012, at 6:19 p.m.

Karolina Kurkova wants to be the mentor on TV’s “The Face” that she didn’t have 13 years ago when she started modeling. She will be the third coach on the new reality competition for up-and-coming models, working alongside Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha, Oxygen Media announced Wednesday. Photographer Nigel Barker, a former judge on “America’s Next Top Model,” will serve as host. Filming on “The Face” starts in September. The show will air early next year. The trio of supermodels will scout their own teams and lead them through the sometimes glamorous — sometimes not — world of castings, runway shows, editorial and commercial photo shoots. The last model standing, in high heels, no doubt, will become the spokesmodel for a national brand. Kurkova, 28, says she went into modeling after training to be a professional gymnast, so she had a strong work ethic and knew nothing is as easy as it looks. … Lewis Black is bringing his anger back to Broadway — just in time for the presidential election. Talent agent Jackie Knobbe said Thursday the comedian will bring his trademark frustration and high blood pressure style to the Richard Rodgers Theatre from Oct. 9-14. The show, currently on tour, is called “Running on Empty.” Tickets go on sale Aug. 6. “Why Broadway?” he asks in a statement. “It’s close to my apartment, just blocks away and frankly I’m too tired to go anywhere else. These guys are exhausting me. Democrats. Republicans. The Tea Party. Just shut up. Enough is enough.” Black’s 2004 show “Black on Broadway” made it to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and also was broadcast on HBO. His other standup highlights include “Red, White and Screwed” as well as regular appearances on “The Daily Show.” He has released eight comedy albums, including the 2007 Grammy-Award winning “The Carnegie Hall Performance.” He’s also a playwright: His play “One Slight Hitch,” written in 1983, was updated and appeared this summer in Seattle.

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