Category Archives: Film & TV

JamaicaObserver.com: Marley Film for April 20 | Documentary


A new documentary on the life of reggae legend Bob Marley is scheduled to open April 20 in the United States. Directed by Scottish director, Kevin Macdonald, Marley will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures.

According to the Hollywood Reporter publication, the documentary will be shown in theatres, and will be available in Video On Demand and digital format. It will be first shown during this week’s Berlin International Film Festival.

MARLEY… documentary on entertainer for Berlin film fest

Its first showing will be at the March 9-17 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

“Bob Marley is a fascinating, towering figure in musical history, and Marley is the biography that he deserves,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles is quoted as saying. “Kevin Macdonald has once again shown himself to be a master documentarian with this eye-opening, entertaining, beautifully crafted film.”

Macdonald won an Academy Award in 1999 for directing One Day In September.

For Marley, he used rare footage, archival photos, performances and interviews with family, friends and bandmates for fans and persons who know little of the singer/songwriter to get an authentic portrayal of his life.

Steve Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment and Charles Steel co-produced Marley while Marley’s oldest son, Ziggy, and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell are executive producers. Island distributed several of Marley’s best albums.

“This documentary is the ultimate revelation of my father’s life,” said Ziggy Marley. “The family is proud to be able to have the world finally experience this emotional journey.”

The Marley documentary has been the subject of much speculation.

High-profile film-makers such as Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme were rumoured to be potential directors before Macdonald was offered the job.

Marley, reggae’s most enduring figure, is best known for songs like No Woman Nuh Cry, One Love and Exodus, died from cancer in May, 1981 at age 36.

Source: JamaicaObserver.com

Author: Howard Campbell

Nicki Minaj & Taylor Swift: Perform ‘Super Bass’ in Los Angeles | Video


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Nicki Minaj capped off a non-stop evening that included an MTV Video Music Award win by showing up on stage with Taylor Swift at the Staples Center, where she joined the pop-country singer for a performance of Minaj’s smash hit ‘Super Bass.’

We’ve known for months that Swift loves ‘Super Bass,’ ever since she rapped a portion of the song during a radio interview. But last night she took it to another level by playing the song during her set. Swift rapped the opening lines, “This one is for the boys with the booming system…” before Minaj appeared and took over, as Swift danced and playfully tossed her hair around.

The two young divas from opposite ends of the pop music spectrum seemed right at home on stage together. “I wanna thank her from the bottom of my heart. I love you, Taylor,” Minaj said after the song. Swift later tweeted, “The combination of the INSANE crowd tonight and @NICKIMINAJ joining me onstage for “Superbass” = #IwishthatIcouldhavethismoment4life.”

‘Super Bass’ won the VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video last night and reached No. 3 on the singles chart, becoming thehighest-charting rap song by a solo female in nine years.

Source: PopCrush.com

St. Croix’s Orlando Santos Competing on Bravo’s Top Chef Wednesday | StCroixSource.com


Orlando Santos
Virgin Islands native Orlando Santos will be competing on Bravo’s season premier of “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” Wednesday at 10 p.m., according to the network. Santos, who was born and raised on St. Croix, will compete against 14 other pastry chefs for a prize of $100,000, a feature article in Food & Wine magazine, and a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Cayman Cookout.

Santos currently owns Orlando’s Chocolate Treasures, where his website boasts of “hand-crafted European Artisan Chocolates,” and he also works as an executive pastry chef at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.

Santos graduated from the St. Croix Educational Complex then went on to get his culinary education from Johnson & Wales University in Florida, according to his website and Facebook page. He competed last year in Las Vegas at the World Chocolate Masters Championship and also appeared on the reality show “Food Network Challenge: Sugar Destinations, which involved four chefs on a Caribbean cruise.

For more information on the show, go to www.bravotv.com/top-chef-just-desserts or to find out additional information on Santos’ chocolate business, visit his website at www.orlandoschocolatetreasures.com.

Source: StCroixSource.com

Zoe Saldana: Being Criticized for her Role as a Colombian | EurWeb.com


*Zoe Saldana is showing off her agility as an actress with her latest production, “Colombiana.”

She tells the NY Daily News that the tough role was something she was ready for, as well as the guns.

“I grew up around a family of hunters in the Caribbean and guns were always around,” she says. “Now, I obviously didn’t know about all the weapons used in this movie, but that allowed me to create my own sort of swagger.”

But her role wasn’t without controversy.

Some Colombians are sharing their resentment because Zoe is  a Puerto Rican and Dominican woman playing the role of a Colombian. They are also upset because the movie is so violent.

“Just because I’m Dominican doesn’t mean I can only play Dominican roles.” She did play a blue tree-swinging princess quite well. Noting Pam Grier and Sigourney Weaver as icons who inspire her, Saldana says, “These badass women always deliver great roles and never compromise their art form.”

 

Source: EurWeb.com

New! Tanya Stephens: Get A Life Video & Ghett’a Life Trailer


Reggae soulstress Tanya Stephens has dropped the video for ‘Get a Life’. The song is listed on the soundtrack for the upcoming Jamaican film ‘Ghett’a Life’. Check out the video below:

GHETT’A LIFE is an “against the odds” action drama set in a politically turbulent inner city community of Kingston. Derrick, a determined inner city teenager realizes his dream of becoming a champion boxer despite a country, community and family conflicted by divisive political system.

Check out the movie trailer for the film below:

– @JozBiz