Movies

The Equalizer tops box office

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Equalizer.

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller The Equalizer to a US$35 million debut, according to studio estimates yesterday. The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a f ... Read More

Diane Edwards, JAMPRO president JAMPRO to host film festival
THE Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is planning to host a film festival in Kingston in July ... Read More

Paul Campbell in a scene from the movie Jamaican Mafia Film director hopes for big local premiere
VAFOMBA Donzo, director of Jamaican Mafia, said he is encouraged by the audience turnout to his movi ... Read More

Paul Campbell
in a scene from
the movie
Jamaican
Mafia. Jamaican Mafia premieres Thursday
A NEW date of Thursday, September 18, is scheduled for the premiere of Jamaican Mafia. The event is ... Read More

No Good Deed tops box office

Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Idris Elba in a scene from
the movie No Good Deed.

LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat Guardians of the Galaxy at movie theatres. According to studio estimates on Sunday, the Sony thriller No Good Deed, which stars Elba as an escaped convict, topped the box office with US$24.5 million during its opening weekend. Warner Bros' feel-good film Dolphin Tale 2 debuted in second place with US$16.5 million, while Guardians slipped to third with US$8 million in ticket sales. The marvel spa ... Read More

Maximillian taps Hollywood's door

Tuesday, September 09, 2014    

TAPPER... I definitely love acting more than modelling

MAXIMILLAN Tapper may not yet be a household name in Jamaica. But the 37-year-old is earnestly working at it. The Brooklyn-born — who has Jamaican roots — recently completed a season on Starz original series Power, which is executively produced by Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson. Power is a crime drama about a drug kingpin-cum night club. Tapper plays doorman at the club. His acting credits include HBO's The Wire, USA Network's Royal Pains, and ABC's long-running soap opera One Life To L ... Read More

Guardians continues four-week run

Monday, September 08, 2014    

A poster of the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — Guardians of the Galaxy continues to rule the box office universe. The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with US$10.2 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. The domestic haul for Guardians, which features Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as intergalactic do-gooders, now stands at US$294.6 million after six weeks of release. Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sliced off second place in its fifth weeken ... 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 johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | 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    

Daniel
Radcliffe

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



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