Japanese actor dead

Ken Takakura

Perhaps best known abroad for his police inspector role in Ridley Scott's Black Rain in 1989, Takakura died Nov 10 at a Tokyo hospital where he was treated for the illness, according to his office and media reports yesterday. Read More

A poster for the South Korean movie The Thieves. South Korean film fest begins Nov 24
THE Thieves, the third highest grossing movie in South Korean history, is one of four flicks schedul ... Read More

John Holt Reggae opened new doors for film
In tribute to singer John Holt who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer prese ... Read More

humbled and
excited Young actor receives award
Trinidad-born actor Paul Pryce, whose father is Jamaican, was recently named one of the 40 Under-40 ... Read More

Shot in arm for Caribbean films

Thursday, November 06, 2014    

Frances-Anne Solomon

REGIONAL film distributor, CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), has received a shot in the arm through a major funding grant from the European Union. Founder of the CTWD, producer and film-maker Frances-Anne Solomon is pleased with this latest development which she sees as going a far way to put regional film and television shows on an international plane. "This EU funding is hugely exciting. With it, we will raise the bar and really concentrate on delivering sustainable long-term in ... Read More

Sexy, sultry, seductive Carmen

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Senior Observer Reporter | Monday, November 03, 2014    

Anita Rachvelishvili as Carmen and Aleksandrs Antonenko in a passionate scene from Bizet’s Carmen.

FROM the opening notes of the overture to Bizet's Carmen, a sense of expectation takes over and there is that gut feeling that you are about to experience something great. At the end of Saturday's Metropolitan Opera production of the popular work, one was pleased that it indeed lived up to, and may have even surpassed expectations. A small but appreciative audience gathered inside the Carib in St Andrew for another in the Live in HD series, organised by The Met in New York. What unfolded on s ... Read More

House of Cards actress is dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Elizabeth Norment

NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- Actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the secretary to Kevin Spacey's hard-driving politico Frank Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards, has died. She was 61 years old. Netflix confirmed the death on yesterday but offered no details. Beau Willimon, the show's co-creator, called Norment a "talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all." Norment appeared as a guest in many other TV shows, including Doogie Howser, MD, ER, Party of Five and Law & O ... Read More

Whittaker facing his Destiny

Saturday, October 25, 2014    


THE Jeremy Whittaker-directed film Destiny is holding its own at the box office since its debut last week. "We have noted that the support and word of mouth have been very good," Melanie Graham, marketing manager of The Palace Amusement Company, told the Jamaica Observer. The Jamaica-born Whittaker said he is pleased with the feedback he has been getting. "There is always a character in the movie that someone can relate to," he said. Destiny follows the character Lisa Collen (played by ... Read More

The Price of Memory to premiere at Montego Bay Cultural Centre

Tuesday, October 14, 2014    

Photo stills from the
Film The Price of

THE Montego Bay Cultural Centre and National Gallery West are pleased to present the Montego Bay premier of the documentary film, The Price of Memory, on Saturday, October 18, starting at 7:00 pm. Film-maker, Karen Marks Mafundikwa, will be in attendance, to introduce the film and to answer questions afterwards. The event is free to the public but donations are welcomed in support of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre programmes. Filmed over the span of 11 years, The Price of Memory explores the ... Read More

Cool Runnings writer dies

Monday, October 06, 2014    

Michael Goldberg

MICHAEL Goldberg, the American who wrote the screenplay for the 1993 hit movie, Cool Runnings, died last Thursday in California from cancer, website reports. Goldberg, whose other film credits include Should've Been Romeo, Little Giants, Bushwhacked and Snow Dogs, was 55. The Pennsylvania native was best known for Cool Runnings, a comedy based on the exploits of Jamaica's bobsled team to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. Starring John Candy as coach of the novice bobsl ... Read More

Gone Girl ahead at box office

Monday, October 06, 2014    

Ben Affleck in a scene from the movie, Gone Girl.

LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — Annabelle couldn't scare off Gone Girl at the weekend box office. The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing overcame the Warner Bros possessed doll horror with a US$38 million debut, according to studio estimates yesterday. Both films join the recently released The Maze Runner and The Equalizer in crossing the US$30 million mark this fall, a typically low-earning season at the box office. "It was virtually a photo finish," said Pau ... Read More



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