They Grow Up So Fast! The Children Who Acted In Machachari Are All Grown Up (PHOTOS)

Machachari is one of the best ever produced local programs in the country.

Machachari has nurtured raw talent and boosted in by creating modern day superstars and role models to the young generation. They always leave us entertained whenever they grace the screens.

The program which depicts the lives of the rich and the poor in Kenya, is one of the most watched programs around. We have seen the cast members grow from toddlers to teenagers.

Some of them started when they were still in lower primary school and now are in high school and others in college.

Machachari CrewWell, from Baha, Almasi, Govi, Joy and Fatso, here is proof that Machachari kids are all grown. Below are their latest photos, scroll through;

1.

Machachari Crew

2.

Machachari Crew

3.

Machachari Crew

4.

Machachari Crew

5.

Machachari Crew

6.

Machachari Crew

 

 

 

 

 

Kenyan actor Edi Gathegi lands major role in popular TV series ‘Blacklist’

If you are a fan of the TV series ‘The Blacklist’ then you are definitely excited for the return of Season 3 after an amazing finale episode of season 2. We have some few spoilers from the NBC’S crime thriller drama where there is an additional antagonist to the series.

Blacklist’s storyline focuses on a high-profile criminal and ex-Navy officer played by Red Reddington (James Spader) who surrenders to FBI with a list of criminals he has worked with previously asking for immunity in exchange of the names. He insists on working with only one FBI officer Liz Keen (Megan Boone) but he has his own agenda.

Kenyan-American actor Edi Gathegi has signed with Blacklist and will play the role of Mr. Solomon who is a villain acting on behalf of the cabal. He will make his first appearance in the first episode of season 3 and is expected to have a recurring role through out the season.

Edi is recognized for his roles in X- Men: First Class, Proof, Twilight Saga: New Moon and has also made appearances in shows such as Nikita, Veronica mars,Beauty & the Beast, Red Widow and Atlas Shrugged.

Blacklist returns on NBC September 24th 2015.Check out the trailer below

Robert Downey Jr. is world’s top-earning actor by Forbes

“Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. was named the world’s top-earning actor on Tuesday by Forbes, taking first place on a list that featured leading men from Bollywood as well as Hollywood for the first time.

Downey, 50, earned an estimated $80 million between June 2014 and June 2015, spurred by the success of this year’s superhero ensemble “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide.

Second-place honors went to veteran Chinese actor and martial arts star Jackie Chan, 61, who Forbes said had earned $50 million in the past year from Hollywood and China co-productions such as “Dragon Blade” as well as merchandise.

Chan came in ahead of Hollywood stars Vin Diesel, who grabbed third place with $47 million mainly due to his stake in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, as well as Bradley Cooper, Adam Sandler and Tom Cruise.

Sandler, 48, whose most recent big budget film “Pixels” performed poorly in the global box office, still earned $41 million over the past year, in part due to his production deals with Sony studios and Netflix.

Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, all staples of Indian cinema, also featured in the top 10, with 72-year-old Bachchan and 49-year-old Khan tying at No. 7 with $33.5 million each. Kumar, 47, came in at No. 9 with $32.5 million.

Forbes collates its earnings lists using figures from sources such as Nielsen, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, and calculates earnings by deducting estimated taxes and management fees. It will publish a list on the world’s highest-paid actresses at a later date.

-Times

Flashback Friday: Was this Mzee Ojwang’s first appearance in Vitimbi?

Kenya lost a great legend Benson Wanjau popularly known as Mzee Ojwang’ in the comedy scene last Sunday. Ojwang’ 78 died while undergoing treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital where he had been admitted.

While he will be remembered as a great entertainer who graced our screens for over 3 decades he is also remembered for setting the groundwork for modern day comedians.

Ojwang’ started acting on the show Darubini in 1980 but is mostly known for his role in Vitimbi that started airing in 1985.

Check out this flashback episode of Vitimbi that is believed to be the first episode he ever appeared in

Also check out the video below when he introduced himself on Vioja mahakami

When the late #MzeeOjwang introduced himself on #ViojaMahakamani. Anyone thinking of an Ojwang' Hatari Scholarship for studies in ethnic relations? We never realised that he was a Kikuyu who everybody always thought was a Luo. We should honour Ojwang' by ensuring that no upcoming artist suffer the way he suffered despite being so successful in making us happy. Mzee Jalang'o Mwenyewe Jacquey Wilbroda Nyaminde Kazungu Matano Daniel "Churchill" Ndambuki aka Mwalimu King'ang'i George Orido

Posted by Robert Alai Onyango on Thursday, July 16, 2015

Why Kenyans need to stop eulogising stars after death

Veteran actor Benson Wanjau aka Mzee Ojwang Hatari passed away on Sunday evening after succumbing to pneumonia. His name is synonymous with comedy in Kenya spanning over 3 decades.

Although Mzee Ojwang had taken an acting hiatus before his unfortunate death, he will always be remembered through the popular comedy show Vitimbi that aired on National Television KBC.

Kenyans have gone to social media to express their condolences and appreciate Mzee Ojwang’s contribution to the comedy scene in Kenya. Yet, when he was alive and being paid peanuts and living in abject poverty very few Kenyans took notice.

One Ludiema Luwosi has had it and isn’t taking the Kenyan hypocritical nature lightly. He says, “Do you know why I am so angry, i’m angry because, these actors only become important when they die, are sick or facing problems in their lives. When they are gracing your screens, you pay them peanuts.”

Read his full post below

“I dont think akina MSK, KBC, KTN, NTV and just every media whatever put together should even eulogise MZEE OJUANG’…

Posted by actors.co.ke on Monday, July 13, 2015

Nini Wacera to act in Desperate housewives Africa

Desperate Housewives ” the African version” will featuring a pan-African cast, that will be set in Lagos, Nigeria, where it’s said to have been shot is set to hit the screens soon.

The cast includes Nini Wacera a renowned actress in the Kenyan entertainment scene who will act as Bree Vandicam from the original Desperate housewives series.

The series is set to start airing in two weeks time on Ebony TV which is available in 44 countries in Africa.

Watch :

Halle Berry: It’s been hard for me as an actress of colour

Halle Berry has claimed she has always found it difficult to land great acting roles throughout her career because she is a woman of colour.

The 48-year-old actress – whose mother Judith is Caucasian, while her father Jerome is African/American – insists it hasn’t become harder for to land great jobs as she as gotten older because there has always been a shortage of parts available to her throughout her career because she is mixed race.

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, she said: ”I’ve always had a hard time getting roles, being of colour, so I’ve got as many available to me as I’ve always had – there’s no difference for me. When I was 21, it was as hard as it is now when I’m 48. For me it’s the same.”

Berry is, to date, the only black star to win the Best Actress Oscar, landing the accolade for her performance in Monster’s Ball. However, the Hollywood beauty believes it’s only a matter of time before she loses that title.

When asked if she’s disappointed to be the only black woman to win the accolade, she said: ”I’m disappointed. I’m inspired though, when I see how many people of colour are doing such good work out there. The quality and value of our work isn’t determined by an award. I would like to see more of them recognised, absolutely, but we all need to find the win in the work, and doing our craft. The real win is when we’re not just selling stories of colour, that people of colour can be in everyday stories. Where we’re not saying, ‘These are the movies for black people.’ ”

-Timeslive.coza

Will Idris Elba star the next James Bond?

It’s a hotly contested debate with strong opinions both for and against, but Idris Elba’s potential casting as a future James Bond has been given its strongest endorsement yet – from former 007 Pierce Brosnan.

The 42-year-old actor’s name has been repeatedly touted amongst potential candidates for the coveted role as speculation rages over the future of current incumbent Daniel Craig, who is currently filming Spectre – his fourth film as the debonair special agent.

When asked to comment on the issue, Brosnan, 61, gave his blessing to two black actors – Elba and former co-star Colin Salmon, with whom he previously featured in Bond movies The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day as MI6 Deputy Chief of Staff Charles Robinson.

Brosnan is well placed to comment; the Irish actor played Bond four times between 1995 and 2002 before being replaced by the younger Craig. Now 46 and bolstered by the enormous commercial success of the Sam Mendes directed Skyfall, Craig has signed up for two more films – but critics, many of whom believe he is now too old for the role – are already looking at a potential successor.

 

 

Forbes Top Earning Actors of 2014

In Forbes’ list of The Top Grossing Actors of 2014 the 24-year-old Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence came out on top, grossing a total of $1.4 billion for her films Hunger Games: Mockingjay and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

In early December a deluge of hacked emails from Sony revealed Lawrence and co-star Amy Adams were paid around 23 per cent less than their male American Hustle co-stars, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner.

The leaked emails highlighted what commentators have labelled “a troubling truth”, that all women, no matter their wealth or celebrity status, are still burdened by the gender pay gap.

Despite this, Lawrence’s success with her subsequent films have left her on top, and her good run looks set to continue. Next year she will appear in the final instalment of the Hunger Games and her first film following the popular series will see her working again with American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell in the film Joy.

Here is the full list

Jennifer Lawrence : Global Box Office: $1.4 billion

Chris Pratt : Global Box Office: $1.2 billion

Scarlett Johansson : Global Box Office: $1.18 billion

Mark Wahlberg : Global Box Office: $1 billion

Chris Evans : Global Box Office: $801 million

Emma Stone : Global Box Office: $764 million

Angelina Jolie : Global Box Office: $758 million

James McAvoy : Global Box Office: $747 million

Michael Fassbender : Global Box Office: $746 million

Hugh Jackman : Global Box Office: $746 million

David Oyelowo to Star With Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Americanah’

Having already secured a Golden Globe nomination for his work in “Selma,” David Oyelowo is looking to set up his future slate.  Oyelowo is set to co-star with Lupita Nyong’o in the indie drama “Americanah.”

Based on the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel, the story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants who face a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures.

Brad Pitt is producing through his Plan B production banner along with Nyong’o and Andrea Calderwood. Plan B produced “Selma,” and after having such a good experience working with them, Oyelowo jumped at the opportunity to board another project they were producing.

The film is now looking to attach a writer and director, with no production start date set yet.

Oyelowo has a busy end of the year, with “Interstellar,” “Selma” and “A Most Violent Year” all bowing in the last month. He is expected to be in the Oscars conversation for his performance in “Selma,” and he can be seen next in the indie “Captive” opposite Kate Mara.

 

Teacher Wanjiku set to tie the knot tomorrow

The blogs have been rife with stories of comedian teacher Wanjiku’s upcoming nuptials, well you do not need to wait any longer.

The wedding is set to take place tomorrow 5th December at St Paul’s Catholic Church. The reception will be held thereafter at Safari Park along Thika Super Highway.

The comedian and her longterm boyfriend Victor Ber were engaged earlier this year when he popped the question during teacher Wanjiku’s birthday.

The wedding is an invite only comprising of close friends and media personalities. The invitees have been cautioned not to take any videos or photos.

Angelina Jolie confirms retirement from acting

Angelina Jolie has confirmed she plans to retire as an actor to focus on her budding career as a film-maker. Speaking to Du Jour magazine in an interview to promote her new film Unbroken, the Oscar-winning star of Girl Interrupted said she “absolutely” planned to move permanently behind the camera and revealed she did not enjoy being the centre of attention.

“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera,” said Jolie. “I didn’t ever think I could direct, but I hope I’m able to have a career at it because I’m much happier.”

Jolie said in June that a planned appearance as Cleopatra in a long-gestating biopic could be her final acting role. “It’s one of those that you think maybe that’s the one you put everything into and that’s where you end it, that’s where you finish – in a great way,” she said. “What could you do beyond that one?”

 

Bringing humor to law and order:Lucy Njoki

She has graced out television screens for over two decades, entertaining and making us laugh. She plays the role of the no nonsense judge on Vioja Mahakamani. Lucy Njoki is a household name to many and i got a chance to ask the youthful looking judge six random questions. Here is her take:

Who are the most influential people you have met because of acting?

I have met american actress Meryl Streep,  reggae musician Tanya Roberts,  actor Robert Redford, all kenyan heads of states and the list is endless.

Did you always wanted to be an actor?

I wanted to become a nurse or a secretary from a young age. I actually went to college to study secretarial and got a job as a secretary but quit as soon as acting came calling.

How much were you paid back then and how much are you paid now?
I was being paid Sh 20 and that was a lot of money back in the day. For now i earn a good sum per show. My acting has paid off.

Have you ever been arrested?
I am a law abiding citizen but i have been arrested before and taken to court and charged with drinking after hours. I pleaded not guilty as i was only drinking soda and i had evidence, the judge believed me.

Some upcoming actors say it doesn’t pay why?
This is because they do not want to start from somewhere. I didn’t start making the amount of money i am making now. I started somewhere and i had the patience to let my craft pay. My advice to everyone whow ants to join the arts is have patience, start somewhere, drop the attitude it will pay someday.

Mashujaa day is coming up would we term yourself a shujaa?
There are shujaaz in every field who have made an impact to our country, Baba Kayai for example is a shujaa of arts. I wish our country would recognize our shujaaz when they are aive. Kenya has the tendency of honoring people after they die.