‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ voted best film of the year

Apocalyptic action film Mad Max: Fury Road has been voted the best film of the year by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).

Mad Max, directed by Australian George Miller premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival and was starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.

Other films contesting in the film of the year category were Laszlo Nemes’ Son of Saul, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi.

The action movie will be awarded the Grand Prix of the International Federation of Film Critics at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain on 18th September. The movie will receive a special screening at the festival which is the highest profile movie event in the Spanish speaking world.

Boyhood directed by Richard Linklater took home the award last year.

Have you watched the movie? How do you rate it? Check out the trailer below

Sony Pictures buys rights to make an emoji movie

Sony Pictures Animation has bought the rights to turn emoji icons into a movie. The studio plans to create an animated feature film about the smiley, winky and unhappy characters used in texts and on social media. At this stage, it’s not clear how it will turn the static yellow round faces into a Hollywood blockbuster.

Commentators claim the success of The Lego Movie showed that any subject matter can be turned into a hit. Emojis were developed in Japan in the late 1990s as smiley-faced emoticons.

They have developed from graphically representing faces to characterising a wider range or things, including pets, objects and poo. “Diverse” emojis were also released a few months ago. They feature new skin tones, hand gestures and new families, including same-sex parents.

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Spoiler Alert: CSI TV Series Cancelled

CSI, the long-running police drama has been cancelled. The Crime Scene Investigation series will officially end with a two-hour movie on 27th September as announced by CBS.

CSI Cyber will be the only TV Series under the CSI universe umbrella after CSI Miami was cancelled in 2012 while CSI New York stopped airing in 2013.

Speaking to UK Telegraph, CBS network executive Kelly Kahl said, “It’s easy to forget this was one of the strongest, longest-running dramas in TV history and really important to the network.”

CSI’s stars will feature in the two-hour film including William Peterson and Marc Helgenberger.

Native American Actors Walk Off Adam Sandlers Movie

Adam Sandler’s first original movie with Netflix, “The Ridiculous Six” – a western send-up of “The Magnificent Seven” — hit rocky terrain this week when a number of Native American actors walked off the set, claiming some of the film’s content was offensive.

According to Indian Country Today Media Network, which first reported the news, about a dozen actors, including an adviser on Native American culture, left the set Wednesday after learning the names of some of the film’s characters, among them Beaver’s Breath and No Bra. A female Native American character was to urinate while smoking a peace pipe, Indian Country reported.

The outlet said that the producers brushed off the actors’ concerns. “Nothing has changed,” Indian Country quoted a Navajo actress, Allison Young, as saying. Ms. Young, who was among those who left the set, added, “We are still just Hollywood Indians.”

Netflix defended the film in a statement. “The movie has ‘ridiculous’ in the title for a reason,” a spokesperson wrote in an email. “It is a broad satire of western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”

Made by Mr. Sandler’s company, Happy Madison Productions, the film also stars Steve Buscemi, Nick Nolte, John Turturro, Luke Wilson and Whitney Cummings.

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Larry Asego’s short film selected for ZIFF

A Kenyan movie has been selected as one the 16 films in competition for the Sembene Ousmane Film Prize under the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Soko Sonko produced by Ekwa Msangi is a 22-minute film which follows Kibibi’s father, Ed (played by Larry Asego). He is tasked with taking her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins.

The short film is a hilarious, fish-out of-water roller-coaster of a journey, about a well-intended dad who braves the fires and goes where no man has gone before because only women have been there!

Ekwa said in a press statement, “This story is inspired by and dedicated to my late father, Prof. K F Msangi, the only African man I know who faithfully and enthusiastically took his young daughter to the market regularly to get her hair braided. He made it his mission to figure out where; he came up with appropriate and interesting hairstyles, and he coached the hair braiders on exactly how he wanted it to look like. At the time when my aunties would marvel with amusement at the idea of him maneuvering these predominantly female spaces all for the sake of my hair – as opposed to asking one of them to take me, – I didn’t think much of it. I knew it was rare and that none of my friends would even dream of their fathers knowing what direction the hair market was in, but it never occurred to me just how rare it actually was at the time.”

“The competition has been designed to reward excellence in short film production and to encourage the production of new short films, including short documentaries,“ explains ZIFF assistant film director international, Fabrizio Colombo.

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‘Furious 7’ races to the top, raking in a massive $143.6 million (trailer)

“Furious 7” raced to the top of the domestic box office, picking up a massive $143.6 million in its opening weekend.

That establishes a new high-water mark for the month of April, blowing past the $95 million debut of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” as well as marks the highest grossing kick-off for any film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. It also ranks ninth among the top ten openings in history.

Audiences flocked to see star Paul Walker in one of his final roles. The actor died in a 2013 car crash at the age of 40 and his work on the film was completed by using digital technology and a series of stand-ins.”This is a bittersweet installment in the franchise,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “[Walker’s] passing made this movie more intriguing for people who hadn’t seen some of the installments. It raised awareness and its success is a tribute to him.”

Universal Pictures spared no expense in bringing the latest chapter in the fast cars and gravity-defying-stunts series to the big screen, shelling out $190 million on the production. It unspooled in 4,003 North American theaters, earning $14 million on 365 Imax screens and $11.5 million from premium large format screens. Going into the weekend, most analysts estimated that the film would open in the $115 million range.

Foreign numbers have yet to be released, but they promise to be steroidal. Internationally, the film rolled out across 10,500 screens in 63 territories.

“This is the next member of the billion dollar club and that’s a rarefied place to be,” said Contrino. “This thing is on fire.”

Check out the trailer,

The Fast and the Furious 7 set to premiere on Wednesday

The plot of James Wan’s Fast and Furious 7 the seventh sequel (set to premiere on Wednesday) is aimed at bringing the series full circle, and is also the last film involving Paul Walker who died in a car crash.

The film is said to be a revenge thriller much like the previous film Death Sentence, and could contain some storyline connections.

The series will pick up from the death of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) at the end of Fast & Furious 6.

His brother Ian (Jason Statham) will go on a killing spree to avenge his brother’s demise, resulting in the death of Han (Sung Kang) in Tokyo Drift.

Watch the trailer here:

Lupita Nyong’o is in Kampala and we have the photos

Ugandan fashion house designer Sylvia Owori has finally confirmed the rumours swirling around that Lupita Nyong’o is in Kampala.

Sylvia posted a photo of Lupita on her Instagram page posing with Indian film maker Mila Naira. Lupita is in Uganda filming ‘Queen of Katwe‘, where she plays the mother to Ugandan national chess champion, Phiona Mutesi.

Phiona Mutesi who is the youngest person to ever win African Chess Championship has an exemplary life story that sees her triumph adversity. Disney will tell the story of Mutesi’s life in the slum and her interest in chess  at only 9-years old  and her rise from just an enthusiast to an internationally recognized world player.

Will the Hollywood sweetheart visit Kenya after filming in Uganda? Well, we can only hope. Check out Lupita’s photo

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Will & Jada Smith Share a PDA moment on the Red Carpet (photos)

The premiere of Will Smith’s new movie ‘Focus’ was held on Tuesday night at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and he was accompanied by his gorgeous wife of 18 years, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The two Hollywood stars were super cute on the red carpet as they shared smiles and kisses while the cameras snapped away. Check out the photos below

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Fifty Shades of Grey star turns down offer to do sequel

Many people were excited to see the much awaited S&M movie 50 Shades of Grey, which according to rumors is set to have two more sequels.

However the joy was short-lived as the main act Jamie Dornan, is said to have turned down the lead role for any upcoming sequel of the raunchy movie.

It is rumored that his wife and actress Amelia Warner is said to be unhappy with him acting out the explicit sex scenes of the movie and she doesn’t want him to act again in film.

Fans are obviously disappointed by the actor’s decision to discontinue as the main act of the film,

Australian magazine NW claims the 32-year-old has told film bosses he won’t be back as kinky businessman Christian Grey for parts two and three.

Cinema halls to install plastic covers ahead of 5O Shades of Grey premier

Cinema chains across the U.S have taken drastic measures to preserve the upholstery of the seats in their screens ahead of next week’s long-awaited release of 50 Shades Of Grey.

Based on the best-selling novel by British author E.L. James, 50 Shades Of Grey tells the story of a young woman’s journey into the world of kinky sex after she begins working for bondage enthusiast Christian Grey.

With a budget of $40 million, mostly spent on nipple clamps and whips, the movie adaptation will be released on the 13th of February starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

In a bid to curb an expensive cleanup following each screening, management at cinemas have begun fitting wipeable plastic covers to theatre seating where the saucy new movie will be shown.

They say that It’ll cut down on the amount of time  spent shampooing the seats after each viewing, and having to wait for them to dry.

As pre-sales for the movie continue to break records, many boyfriends have admitted that they consider having to sit through 50 Shades of Grey to be the ultimate in BDSM torture.

Ghostbusters all-all female cast

Bridesmaids co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are to reunite in the all-female Ghostbusters sequel, its director Paul Feig has confirmed.

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Saturday Night Live comediennes Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will join them in the film, Feig announced on Twitter.

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Feig, who also worked with McCarthy on 2013’s The Heat, went on to confirm it would be released on 22 July 2016.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson played the ghost-hunting quartet in the 1984 original.

Directed by Ivan Reitman, the film made almost $300m (£198m) at the global box office. A sequel, Ghostbusters II, followed five years later.

Plans for a follow-up have been mooted ever since, but appeared to have been scuppered by Murray’s reluctance to sign up for it.

 

People’s Choice Awards 2015 – Complete Winners List!

The fans were in charge of all the awards at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday (January 7) in Los Angeles.

The show was hosted this year by Mom co-stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney.

The big winner of the night was CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, which took home the award for Favorite TV Show and Favorite Network TV Comedy. It was the fourth year in a row that the show won the latter category.

Only a fraction of the awards were handed out during the show, so see the full list of the winners from the night inside the post.

Here is the full list of winners:

Favorite Humanitarian
Ben Affleck

MOVIE CATEGORIES

Favorite Movie
Maleficent

Favorite Movie Actor
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Movie Actress
Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Movie Duo
Shailene Woodley & Theo James
Divergent

Favorite Action Movie
Divergent

Favorite Action Movie Actor
Chris Evans

Favorite Action Movie Actress
Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Comedic Movie
22 Jump Street

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
Adam Sandler

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Melissa McCarthy

Favorite Dramatic Movie
The Fault in Our Stars

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
Chloë Grace Moretz

Favorite Family Movie
Maleficent

Favorite Thriller Movie
Gone Girl

TV CATEGORIES

Favorite TV Icon
Betty White

Favorite TV Show
The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Network TV Comedy
The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Comedic TV Actor
Chris Colfer

Favorite Comedic TV Actress
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Favorite Network TV Drama
Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
Patrick Dempsey

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress
Ellen Pompeo

Favorite Cable TV Comedy
Melissa & Joey

Favorite Cable TV Drama
Pretty Little Liars

Favorite Cable TV Actor
Matt Bomer

Favorite Cable TV Actress
Angie Harmon

Favorite TV Crime Drama
Castle

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
Nathan Fillion

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress
Stana Katic

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
Beauty and the Beast

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
Outlander

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Misha Collins

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Kristin Kreuk

Favorite Competition TV Show
The Voice

Favorite Daytime TV Host
Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Jimmy Fallon

Favorite Dramedy
Orange Is the New Black

Favorite TV Duo
Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder

Favorite TV Character We Miss Most
Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang
Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Actor In A New TV Series
David Tennant

Favorite Actress In A New TV Series
Viola Davis

 

South Korea activist to launch 100,000 copies of ‘The Interview’ into North Korea

A South Korean activist said Thursday he plans to launch a series of balloons across the border into North Korea carrying copies of a film which has enraged its leadership.

Former defector Park Sang-Hak said the balloons would carry a total of 100,000 copies on DVDs and USB memory sticks of “The Interview”, a comedy about a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

The giant balloons, which are used by private groups in the South to float anti-regime material across the heavily guarded border, will also carry bundles of leaflets.

“Probably the first launch will be made in late January if weather conditions allow,” Park said, adding the exact date would be decided when his partners from the US-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation visit Seoul around January 20.

He said the foundation had financed the production of the DVDs and USB memory sticks.

‘The Interview’ Rakes in $15M in Downloads

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s R-rated comedy The Interview has generated $15 million in online sales since being made available Dec. 24, according to the figure released Sunday afternoon by Sony.

The movie has been rented or purchased over 2 million times, already making it the studio’s biggest online film of all time.

Online consumers had access to The Interview via YouTube, Google Play and Xbox one day before hitting select theaters on Christmas Day. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the majority of the film’s online sales came from Google Play and YouTube.

In regards to its theatrical run, the controversial film grossed an estimated $2.8 million from 331 independent cinemas over the four-day weekend.

Originally, The Interview was supposed to open nationwide on Dec. 25. But those plans were scrubbed by Sony when the group reportedly behind the unprecedented hacking of the studio threatened to wage a physical attack on theaters showing the film, which stars Rogen and Franco as two journalists asked by the CIA to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (the FBI has linked the hackers to North Korea).

Lupita Nyong’o set to feature in a Ugandan movie

Rumour has it that Lupita Nyong’o is set to appear  in a  film, which will be based on the book “Queen of Katwe,” by Tim Crothers.

Award winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o is to be cast as Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, in a new film about Mustesi’s life called “Queen of Katwe” that is being produced and directed by the likewise acclaimed film director Mira Nair.

Mutesi’s story was the inspiration for a book by Tim Crothers, similarly titled, The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster.

She’s also been the subject of short documentaries and news reports, capturing her inspiring story. Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress, who was born in Mexico City, Mexico and is best remembered for her role in “12 years a Slave” earning her an Oscar award for best supporting actress.

 

Source :Indiwire.com

 

Aaliyah’s movie angers fans

A movie about the late songstress  Aaliyah  going ” Aaliyah : The queen of R&B”  has received alot of backlash on social media after it was released on Saturday.

Issues stemmed from the story to the casting, social media pages lit up with negative reactions from  fans, celebrities and also from her family.

Because of the questionable casting decisions, viewers started making memes blasting Lifetime and Wendy Williams (who was the producer) for their poor choices.

The movie was done without the consent of her family and was doomed to fail from the start.

Aaliyah Haughton was born in 1979 and died in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001. Lifetime decided to do a biopic movie about her. The only detail and major controversy was that the family did not agree with this.

Thus, the rights of her songs were not given to them; or the blessing of Aaliyah’s family. So basically, in a lot of ways, the movie was doomed from its production.

Source: Lovesbscott 

 

 

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Richard Leakey speaks about Angelina Jolie movie

Kenyan politician and environmentalist Richard Leakey (above) spoke about the Angelina Jolie-produced movie about his life called Africa.

During a recent public lecture in the US at the Wang Center Theater, Leakey said, “It is certain, as anything is certain in Hollywood, that a movie will be made about a period of my life where I worked hard to stop elephants from being poached, but I can’t tell you more.”

Jolie (left) told US press that her motivation to work on the film was because “I have felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script.”

Leakey, 69, is a former head of Kenya Wildlife Service and was key in stemming the rampant poaching of the late 1980s, using extreme measures including sending helicopter gunships into national parks. The screenplay has been written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth.