• Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence in running for Golden Raspberry award

Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence have been nominated for a 2018 Golden Raspberry award
The trio are on a list of nominees for a 2018 Golden Raspberry – an award dished out for the worst acting performances of the previous year.

In the actress category for 2017, nominations include former Harry Potter star Watson for The Circle, Lawrence for Mother! and Dakota Johnson’s much-maligned stint in Fifty Shades Darker.

Meanwhile, Emma won’t be the only representative from these islands hoping to lose out, as Belfast-born Jamie Dornan is in the worst actor category, again for Fifty Shades Darker.

Johnny Depp is up for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Cruise for The Mummy are also in the mix, alongside double nominee Mark Wahlberg – for Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight.

The annual ceremony, which takes place on March 3 – just a day before the Oscars – is often snubbed by the A-listers.

However, at least some have a sense of humour and have attended in previous years.

In 2009 Sandra Bullock accepted the Worst Actress award for All About Steve, ironically the night before winning the Best Actress Oscar for the Blind Side, while Halle Berry also turned up to collect her gong for Catwoman in 2005.

Emma Bunton

Meryl Streep has spoken of her affinity for journalists – after starring in new political thriller The Post.

The film details the true story of how investigative reporters published documents about US involvement in the Vietnam War.

At a preview for the film, out last Friday, Meryl, who plays Washington Post heiress Katharine Graham, was asked if she was fan of journalism.

“I certainly have been supportive of the Committee to Protect Journalists, I think the organisations that do specifically protect journalists whose lives are in danger are really important,” says the 68-year-old.

“But supporting journalists, all of whom – in my opinion – are underpaid for the service they do… yes, we all have to support them and to call out the attempts by powerful interests to control their work and to de-legitimise the organisations that give them work.

“I feel that more than ever right now.”

Three members of The Smiths are to reunite on stage for the first time in three decades.

Ex drummer Mike Joyce, former bassist Andy Rourke and ex guitarist Craig Gannon are teaming up with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, for Classically Smiths, first for a series of concerts and then a full UK tour, in what’s being billed as a reimagining of the Manchester band.

Famed for the songwriting partnership, as well as the often far from harmonious relationship between Morrissey and Johnny Marr, the group which formed in 1982 are often referred to as one of the most important independent British bands to emerge from that era.

They are still cited by a host of current musicians, including the likes of Noel Gallagher and Radiohead, as being hugely influential in their careers.

Sir Elton John’s struggle to deal with the trappings of fame is what he believes to be the biggest factor in his substance abuse.

The 70-year-old has previously admitted to losing a big part of his life to drink and drugs, before eventually knocking alcohol and cocaine on the head in 1990, and he now says: “Fame, which at first sight looks like a blessing, soon revealed itself as also a curse. My essential humanity began to dissolve into an excess of drugs and alcohol. I am afraid I reacted very badly. I became a loathsome person – selfish, self-centred and disconnected. That amounts to a painful second lesson, one I learnt by doing it all wrong.”

Emma Bunton might have given it a twirl in 2006 but it’s clear that Geri Horner, left, really really really doesn’t want a stint on Strictly.

Although it’s one of her fave shows Geri, 46, admits she had a hard enough time learning the moves in the Spice All Together Now which kicks off this Saturday, tells Radio Times.

“It looks like it would be really uplifting but no, I wouldn’t.

“When I was in the Spice Girls, having to learn dance routines was very full-on. It would take me longer than everybody else and was hard work.” Poor lamb.

 

Source:express.co.uk/celebrity

South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela dies

 

Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78.

In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”.

The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Masekela gained international recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as “Soweto Blues”, which served as one of the sound-tracks to the anti-apartheid movement.

He opened the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup Kick-Off Concert and performed at the event’s opening ceremony in Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium.

South Africa’s Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa described Masekela as “one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz”:

 

Source: BBC

I dropped out of school due to financial difficulty – Nana Ama McBrown

 

Ghanaian actress, Nana Ama McBrown, has revealed she dropped out of Junior High School while in form 2.

She also disclosed she never got the chance to sit for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) while a student at Kwadaso L.A. J.S.S.

According to her, the large family size at the time coupled with the economic situation did not favour her to complete school and had to bow of school early in pursuit of other interests especially professional football.

“I dropped out of JSS because my parents were unable to finance my education. I don’t have a certificate even though I wish I had,” she disclosed to students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) during this year’s edition of ‘Tek Talk’.

Though she observed that it has remained one of the major challenges in her life, it does not suggest the end of life as she appears to be doing well in other areas.

She, however, hinted of plans to further her education in the near future.

“Me I don’t have a degree or educational certificates but I will do them some day. I want to use this opportunity to urge you not to allow challenges like this to weigh you down.

“Be yourself and do not strive to be like Nana Ama McBrown because you will remain in my shadow if you want to be like me,” she advised.

Biography

Felicity Ama Agyemang known as Nana Ama McBrown is an actress and a music writer. She found mainstream success following her rousing performance in the Twi-language movie Asoreba. Asoreba is often cited as the movie that ushered Twi-language Ghanaian movies into the mainstream, a fact that is attributed to Nana Ama’s performance in the film.

Although often overshadowed by her English-speaking counterparts across West Africa, Nana Ama, in recent years has gathered a strong loyal following of her own among Ghanaians.

 

Source:kasapafmonline.com

K.B. Asante Dead

 

A retired Ghanaian diplomat, writer and politician, Kwaku Baprui Asante popularly known as KB Asante has passed on.

Family sources indicate that the elderly statesman died Monday dawn at his residence in Accra, according to Starr News.

He was 93-years-old.

He was the Secretary to Ghana’s First President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

K.B Asante also served under most Heads of States in Ghana, starting from Nkrumah, and also served as the Principal Secretary at African Affairs Secretariat from 1960 to 1966.

He was educated at Achimota School and later returned there to teach Mathematics.

 

Source: Ghanacrusader

MUSIGA is the most useless organisation in Ghana – Willie and Mike

 

Gospel duo, Willie and Mike, has branded the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) is the most ‘useless’ association ever formed in Ghana.

A member of the group, Mike, further accused MUSIGA of being supervised most corrupt leaders who have no interest in the welfare of musicians.

Speaking on Atinka TV’s ‘Ghana Nie’ with Ama Gyenfa Ofosu-Darkwah Embosuohemaa Friday the group said GHAMRO is more organized and responsive than MUSIGA.

“MUSIGA’s executives are really corrupt and they are nor running the organization well. I pay my dues always but they fail to turn up at my Dad’s funeral. They always preach about the welfare of their members, but they don’t care about anybody; they are only interested in misusing funds”, Mike fumed.

 

Source: atinkaonline.com

The movie industry must benefit from one-district, one-factory policy – Kwaku Manu

 

‘It is the president’s dream to make life easy and bearable for the citizenry and we in the movie industry should not be sidelined’, this was the statement of Kumawood’s renowned actor, Kwaku Manu.

Speaking on Ahotor FM’s mid- day news on Friday 19th January, the actor made it known that the movie industry especially the “Kumawood” industry.

“Most of us [actors and actresses], are located in Kumasi, Accra, Tamale and most of our major cities in the country. We are a huge number that can make up a district and benefit from the major projects and policies initiated by the government. If the government will support this industry as a way of creating employment and growing the economy it will go a long way to help us”

“When you look at the teaming youth of our country you will realize that most of them will love to enter into acting, producing or other activities related to the movie sector, but unfortunately there is no support from the government to roll out such massive support”

“Countries like South Africa, America and India have set funds and allocate support for the industry players in the filled of entertainment specifically, the movie industry”

“Movie making is one aspect of the entertainment arena that can promote the country within the African countries and the world as a whole”He stated.

Kwaku Manu advocated that there should be a movie industry village or hub that will be established by the government to help promote the industry and create jobs for the unemployed youth.

 

Source: Kwagyiri Daniel

2018 Northern Entertainment Awards Launched.

 

Northern-Ghana Entertainment Awards (NEA), an initiative of Smile Multimedia in collaboration with the Celebrities Charity Development Foundation and various stakeholders in the entertainment, arts, tourism and culture industry to recognize and honor distinguished personalities who have positively contributed to the sound growth of the entertainment industry in Northern Ghana.

The Award is an annual event that seeks to put spotlight on Northern Musicians, Film makers, Sports and Media personalities as well as offer a unique opportunity for them to compete in various categories of the award scheme.

The third edition of the Northern Ghana Entertainment Awards follows the 2016/2017 Northern Entertainment Award which was held at the Tamale Sports Stadium and Radach Hotel respectively.

According to the organizers, this year’s edition will still concentrate on honoring persons who have made immense contribution and aided in the development of the entertainment industry in the year under review.

It is highly imperative to note that according to the management of Smile Multimedia, that, new categories have been added to this year’s Northern Ghana Entertainment Awards calendar with the aim of recognizing other hardworking individuals, brands and organizations outside the entertainment fraternity.

This year the award organizers will honor politicians, entrepreneurs, companies, NGOs and corporate organizations who have contributed to the development of entertainment, arts, culture, tourism in  the northern sector. These individuals and organizations will be awarded on the Northern Excellence Awards Merit Award scheme as part of the NEA Awards Ghana 2018.

This was contained in a statement issued by the organizers of the award scheme in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital.

15 member selection committee, a nine (9) member board and a 35 member academy with representation across the three regions of the north will consult and nominate persons to be honored.

Below is the full list of the various categories;

  • 15 Music Award Categories
  • 6 Film Award Categories
  • 10 Media Categories
  • 3 Sports category
  • 20 Special Merit Awards (Excellence Awards)

 

Music Category

  • Overall artiste of the year
  • Artiste of the year-NR
  • Artiste of the year-UE
  • Artiste of the year-UW
  • Best Female vocalist of the year
  • Best Male Vocalist
  • Overall Most popular song of the year
  • Most popular song of the year-NR
  • Most Popular song of the year-UE
  • Most Popular song of the year -UW
  • Best collaboration song of the year
  • Best music video of the year
  • Discovery of the year
  • Best Rapper of the year
  • Best Sound engineer of the year

 

Movie and Lifestyle Awards category

  • Overall Best actor of the year
  • Best comedian of the year
  • Overall Best Actress of the year
  • Best Video Director of the year
  • Best Model/Agency Agency

 

Media Awards

 Overall Entertainment Radio presenter of the year

 Best DJ of the year

 Best radio station of the year-Northern Region

 Best radio station of the year-Upper East

 Best radio station of the year-Upper West

 Best sports presenter of the year

 Overall Entertainment TV presenter of the year

 Best Entertainment Radio show of the year

 Best entertainment TV show of the year

 Entertainment blogger of the year

 

Sports Category

 Best International footballer of northern origin

 Best northern footballer of the year (Merit Award)

 Best sports personality of the year (Honorary)

 

MERIT

 MUSIGA Merit Award

 NEA Film Academy Merit Award

 RFA Merit Award

 NSA Merit Award

 Ghana Tourism Authority Merit Award

 Best Northern Entertainment Entrepreneur of the year

 NEA Lifetime achievement award

 NEA Special Recognition Award -13 categories going out

 

Source:wisetvonline.com

 

 

A Plus Vents Anger On Media Over Before-And-After PHOTOS Of His ‘Bleached’ Wife

 

Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as A Plus has responded to Social Media critics who seem to be shocked by the drastic change in complexion of his wife, Akosua Bannerman, also known as Akosua Vee.

News of Akosua Vee’s bleaching began trending on social media platforms after A Plus reportedly made a post teasing Becca of bleaching.

His post did not go down well with a social media user who believed he (A Plus) should have removed the speck from his eye first before considering that of another.

A Plus post with Becca’s image was captioned “who is this Fake European Lady with original African Armpit”.

The Instagram user with the name “when it is coming it is doing” who replied with a before and after photo of his wife said “And this is a post made by the guy whose wife bleach saaa she even borrows bleaching creams from cosmetic stores.smh b3ma di wo lane mu wai and advice your wife first. Ky3s3 wo yere akwadre bleaching mu 3nti wo kaas3 y3nhu.smh”.

However, the controversial musician, in a Facebook post, has denied that he is the user of the account that started the bleaching brouhaha on Social Media earlier today.

The agitated husband of the stylist went on to jab the media for not verifying the account before publishing the stories

His Facebook post read:

“When I say there are just too many stupid people in the media you think I’m lying. 90% of the so called media guts are a bunch of desperate idiots trying to make ends meet. Just because someone created a page and used my name and picture means it’s me? And you use it for your major news. A Plus insults Becca.
No wonder they asked the president some very stupid questions….. as a media person can’t you tell which page is mine by my live videos? Nfuiiii ( Plural of ofui)

 

Source: adomonline.com

I’m Scared Of Men Now — Vicky Zugah

 

When it comes to relationships, Vicky Zugah has had really bad luck and those horrible experiences seem to be scaring her away from men.

Last year, Vicky, unlike some of her colleague celebrities who prefer to keep their relationship issues private, came out boldly to talk about the abuse she suffered at the hands of some of her exes including DJ Cash, actor Leo Mensah and Adrian Bolt Lewis, who represented Sierra Leone in Big Brother Africa – The Chase.

And now the single mother tells Showbiz she is scared about giving her heart to any man since she can’t be sure of who they are. “I cannot tell who a genuine man is due to my past experiences.

I have had a lot of men proposing to me but truth is, I am very scared of them,” she said in a chat on Monday.

According to Vicky, although she experiences bouts of loneliness sometimes, she prefers to be happy as a single women than to be with an abusive man.

“The abuse really affected me and I don’t want to repeat it. I cried a lot when I was alone because my work, family and every other thing was affected,” she said.

The My Darling Princess actress said it will probably take a long time to go into another relationship because she would have to really investigate the man’s background before giving in.

“Some men can pretend to be who they are not and unfortunately for me, I am someone who easily falls for guys who show me a lot of affection,” she said.

Asked what kind of man catches her fancy, Vicky said she easily falls for dark men who have a sense of humour.

“I don’t know what it is with dark men but I am really attracted to them. It usually doesn’t take a long time for dark men to win me over,” she said.

In spite of her fears, Vicky is still hopeful that she will find happiness.

She has started a campaign that focuses on ending violence against women and she tells Showbiz, she is amazed at the kind of response she has gotten so far.

“It’s amazing the kind of response I get anytime I reach out to people about the campaign. Some of the stories I hear baffles me,” she said.

Vicky Zugah, who also has movies like Girls Connection, Agatha, Who Knows Tomorrow and Pretty Queen to her credit said she is planning to release her first self-produced movie soon.

 

Source: Graphic Showbiz

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