Movies

Markus Egloff to strum up new docu-flick

Swiss film-maker Markus Egloff at the turntables.

SWISS film-maker Markus Egloff is currently in Jamaica preparing to get his second documentary on Jamaican music off the ground. The 50-year-old Egloff did not reveal much about the project, but said it has a similar theme to his debut, The Art of Making Music a Way of Life, which was released in 2 ... Read More

(From left) Professor Ian Boxill, director of the GATFFEST; Sir Kenneth Hall, festival patron; Kadeem Wilson,
GATFFEST brand ambassador; and Storm Saulter, guest speaker at the launch of the GATFFEST Film Festival at the
University of the West Indies, (Mona), recently. GATFFEST growing beyond local shores
NOW in its third year, the Greater August Town Film Festival (GATFFEST) is scheduled for June 25 to ... Read More

Marlon Samuda
performing his
Masters Thesis ‘No
Man Can Serve Two
Masters’. Marlon Samuda eyes Hollywood
RIGHT now, Jamaican actor Marlon Samuda has a major goal in sight -- success in Hollywood, centre of ... Read More

Director Donovan Howard (left) and director of photography
Kenny Dixon on the set of Artifice. Howard goes 'black' to the future
AS a budding film-maker in the 1990s, Donovan Howard was fascinated by the flamboyance of 'gangsta' ... Read More

Big aspirations for Junior

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, May 14, 2015    

Donovan Watkis
(right), actor and
principal of MJR
Productions, signing
an independent
distribution deal
with Tuff Gong,
while Myshua Allen,
international label
manager of Tuff
Gong, looks on.

A MONTH ago actor Donovan Watkis took his 15-minute film, Junior, to the Lignum Vitae Film Festival held at the Northern Caribbean University in Manchester. The Michael Reynolds-directed flick walked away with Best Cinemotography, Best Overall Short Film and Best Post-Production awards, while Watkis copped the Best Overall Actor trophy. Watkis, whose acting credits also include Better Mus' Come, has ambitions of turning Junior into a full-length feature film. "I acquired the rights to the mov ... Read More

Lights, camera, goodyear!

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, May 13, 2015    

File photo shows a section of the
Goodyear Factory in St Thomas.

PLANS are under way to transform the former Goodyear factory in St Thomas into a film production facility later this year. "The project has been moving forward and the investors/project developers have recently concluded negotiations on the terms of a lease agreement with the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ)," Anthony Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, told the recently concluded sectoral debate. "It is anticipated that the design phase of the project will be complete ... Read More

Avengers sequel tops the charts

Monday, May 11, 2015    

Hulkbuster in a scene from the new film,
Avengers: Age Of Ultron. (Photo: AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP), USA — The Age of Ultron is not over. The Avengers sequel topped the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated US$77.2 million according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. The film has earned a staggering US$312.9 million in just 10 days in theatres, tying with The Dark Knight to become the second-fastest film to do so. While a wild success by any measure, the film is still lagging behind the record-setting precedent of 2012's The Avengers, which ... Read More

James goes to the box office

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer | Sunday, May 10, 2015    

Novelist Marlon James.
(Photo: LargeUp.com)

ON the evening of December 3 1976, gunmen pounced on the Hope Road home of reggae star Bob Marley. The singer, who was rehearsing with his band for the Smile Jamaica peace concert two days later, was among four persons shot and injured. Marlon James was only five years old at the time but like many incidents that took place in the turbulent 1970s, the shooting has always fascinated him. It is the inspiration for his third book, A Brief History of Seven Killings which was released last year by ... Read More

Winehouse movie irks family

Tuesday, April 28, 2015    

The late Amy Winehouse

LONDON (AP) -- The family of Amy Winehouse has criticised a documentary about the late singer that is due to have its premiere at next month's Cannes Film Festival. A statement issued Sunday by family spokesman Chris Goodman said director Asif Kapadia's Amy is "misleading and contains some basic untruths." Amy is due to screen out of competition at the May 13-24 Cannes festival. The statement said the film suggested family members did too little to help the singer, who died in July 2011 at ag ... Read More

Furious 7 holds lead

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Paul Walker
in a scene from
Furious 7.

NEW YORK (AP) — Furious 7 enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make US$1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth-straight week. But the movie that's poised to topple the Universal juggernaut, Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, revved up overseas with a massive US$201.2 million debut. In North American theatres, Furious 7 had enough left in the tank to top all films with an estimated US$18.3 million, according to ... Read More

Furious 7 races ahead

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Furious 7 star Vin Diesel

LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) -- Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James's Paul Blart sequel couldn't outpace Furious 7. The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but Furious 7 maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated US$29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak yesterday. This brings the high-octane action movie's domestic total to a staggering US$294 million, well above the US$202.8 million that Fast & Furious 6 had e ... Read More

FLOW hosts Westeros-themed premier of HBO hit, Game of Thrones

Thursday, April 16, 2015    

Flow is dominant in cable TV

Season 5 Premiers with fanfare and excitement for scores of loyal fans in Kingston Kingston Jamaica, April 13, 2015: The draw-bridge entry way, with the theme music piping through a dimly lit eerie tunnel, was just the beginning of what was to come on Sunday night at the transformed Pegasus Gardens in Kingston, as Game of Thrones (GoT) fans and Flow customers filed in, by the dozens, to watch the season 5 premier of the HBO smash hit original series. According to Flow, Jamaica's full service ... Read More

Furious 7 leads pack

Tuesday, April 14, 2015    

Michelle Rodriguez as Letty,
and Paul Walker as Brian,
in a scene from Furious 7

NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- The high-octane thriller Furious 7 maintained speed in its second week, racing away with US$60.6 million at North American theaters and bringing its box-office total to a robust US$252.5 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Universal's Furious 7 more than lapped the competition. The only new wide release of the weekend, the rodeo romance "The Longest Ride," opened with US$13.5 million. That was good enough for third place for the Fox release, which stars Clin ... Read More



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