Jamaican Mafia premieres Thursday

Paul Campbell
in a scene from
the movie

A NEW date of Thursday, September 18, is scheduled for the premiere of Jamaican Mafia. The event is slated for Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas in Valley Stream, Queens, New York. Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam -- promoters of the New York premiere, said an additional theatre is also reserved at the same v ... Read More

Idris Elba in a scene from
the movie No Good Deed. No Good Deed tops box office
LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat ... Read More

TAPPER... I definitely love acting more than modelling Maximillian taps Hollywood's door
MAXIMILLAN Tapper may not yet be a household name in Jamaica. But the 37-year-old is earnestly worki ... Read More

A poster of the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians continues four-week run
LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — Guardians of the Galaxy continues to rule the box office universe. Th ... Read More

Belafonte gets his Oscar

Monday, September 08, 2014    

Belafonte gets his Oscar

HARRY Belafonte, one of the first black actors to make a mark in Hollywood, will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 8. The Academy's board of governors announced the recognition recenly. Honorary Awards will also be made to screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, Japanese director/producer Hayao Miyazaki and Irish actress Maureen O'Hara. The ceremony, the Academy's sixth Annual Governors Awards, is sche ... Read More

Portie film fest

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, August 20, 2014    

A scene from Storm Saulter’s Better Mus’ Come which will be featured at Cinema Paradise.

THE tranquil climes of Portland in eastern Jamaica will play host to Cinema Paradise — Jamaica's newest film festival — from August 27 to 31. Nine feature-length films and documentaries, as well as a number of shorts, will be showcased during the five-day event to be held at the Great Huts resort in Boston Bay. According to a member of the organising team, Carlo Less, the event was conceptualised by the owner of Great Huts, Dr Paul Rhodes, who, he says, is a lover of all aspects of ... Read More

Daniel Radcliffe finds interest in actors 'weird'

Saturday, August 16, 2014    


LONDON (AP) — Daniel Radcliffe says he finds the concept of celebrity and the level of interest in the trivia of actors' lives "weird". While promoting his first romantic comedy -- What If, directed by Michael Dowse --the 25-year-old British star was keen to keep the conversation away from his own love life. Radcliffe is rumoured to be dating his Kill your Darlings co-star Erin Darke. "People ask me about my relationship and I try to give as little away as possible," Radcliffe explained. ... Read More

Robin Williams & Jamaica

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

The official movie poster for
Club Paradise which was
shot in Portland, Jamaica
and starred Robin Williams.

FOR four months in 1985, scenic Portland was the backdrop for Club Paradise, a movie starring Robin Williams and reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff. Released the following year, the comedy was a launching pad for Williams' remarkable film career. Williams died Monday at age 63 in Los Angeles. Media reports out of Hollywood say the actor suffered from 'severe depression', with police giving asphyxia as the cause of death. He was a star on the rise at the time Club Paradise went into production. Dire ... Read More

Williams hanged himself

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

Williams hanged himself

SAN RAFAEL, Calif (AP) — Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. Marin County Sheriff's Lieutenant Keith Boyd said Williams was found in a bedroom by his personal assistant on Monday at his Tiburon home. Boyd said toxicology tests will be performed and the investigation is ongoing. Sheriff's officials said Monday a preliminary investigation determined the cause of death was suicide due to asphy ... Read More

Robin Williams' most distinctive roles

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

Robin Williams’ most distinctive roles

THE kinetic bundle of energy that was Robin Williams took on many forms during a long and versatile career. He may have been best known for his fast-talking, funnyman roles, but he mesmerised in serious ones as well — creepy ones, too — and was memorable well beyond the big screen: on television, on the comedy stage, even on Broadway. Here are 10 of Williams' most distinctive roles -— and the list could be much longer: Good Will Hunting (1997) — A rare but welcome seriou ... Read More

Obama calls Williams ‘one of a kind’

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

Obama calls Williams
‘one of a kind’

CHILMARK, Massachussetts (AP) — US President Obama called Robin Williams "one of a kind" who shared his talent "freely and generously with those who needed it most". Obama said in a statement issued Monday night that Williams "arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit", referring to Williams' late -1970s role in the TV show Mork and Mindy. The president was on vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The president said the actor wa ... Read More

Spotlight on film industry

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer reporter | Saturday, August 09, 2014    

Carole Beckford

JAMAICA Promotions (JAMPRO) is currently inviting film submissions with the aim of showcasing them at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will run from September 4 to 14. According to Carole Beckford, JAMPRO's film commissioner, the commission is focused on building the capacity of the local industry and ensuring the finished products get access to international markets. "To get access to a quality film festival, like that of TIFF, is always another great opportunity for cont ... Read More



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