No one goes to the cinema to check out cool fashion. I mean, it’s dark and the floor is littered with popcorn (I will never understand why people eat it – it serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever, in my opinion).
I could swear that some people, though, go to the cinema for the sole purpose of making out and texting. And laughing much too loudly.
But this weekend, a movie house will be used for a more enlightening purpose than watching car chases, explosions and boobs beneath a sheer nightgown. The Ster Kinekor at the Zone in Rosebank will play host to a fashion show. That’s right, lovelies – clothes, a runway and leggy models in a cinema. Enticing.
Hosted by Studio 05 School of Fashion, the event will showcase the works of its students and is part of their graduation process. I don’t know about you, but my graduation featured people dressed like office workers with nasty black gowns draped over them. Yuck.
The Studio 05 show is in collaboration with ELLE magazine (joy!), MTV Base and Woolworths, amongst others.
Why not hit the movies on Saturday for a live show? I’m game. I hear even the Real Goboza crew will be there (“Look mom, I’m on TV!”)
The talented (and visually-appealling) Mr Johnny Depp, who stopped ageing at 30, is in a bit of trouble…
And no, he hasn’t been getting kicked out of hotels and attacking photographers like back in his wild-child days. No, no. Johnny Depp said in an interview with Vanity Fair, for their November issue, that being in a photo shoot is like being raped.
That’s right. He compared posing for photos to being violated sexually. For such a smart man, Johnny was sure being insensitive and dumb.
He’s not the first celebrity to make this blunder – Twilight actress Kristen Stewart made a similar comment in 2010 when talking about being stalked by the paparazzi. And while we imagine that being hounded by photographers and posing for a camera when you don’t want to can’t be much fun, we’re pretty sure that to compare such to rape is just being ridiculous.
Celebrities and their non-problems. Their publicists must train them to bite their tongues at times, because some people have real problems.
The premiere for the film How to steal 2 million was a real Generations affair. Held at Killarney mall the event was well attended. The movie directed by Charlie Mvundla is produced under father, Mfundi Mvundla’s production company. So obviously it was filled with Generations actors past and present from Akin Omotoso to Thami Mngqolo who plays Senzo on the soapie. The theme for the premiere was black and bling yet not even the cast and director followed it.Hlubi Mboya looked beautiful in a white dress. Our own little Hollywood starlet Terry Pheto was also there, she plays Olive in the film. Everyone was in jovial spirits which was probably because of the Patron that was on offer for guests. All in all it was a good night, the movie wasn’t horrible.
The the vampire romance ‘Twilight’ has been named the best movie at the MTV Movie Awards for the third consecutive year. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, earned eight nominations and won a total of five awards.
The Twilight gang won for best male and best female performances for lead stars – and real life couple – Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. The pair also won the Best Kiss prize, which the male Twilight actors “Taylor Lautner” and Robert Pattinson celebrated by sharing a passionate kiss. Pattinson also won a prize for best fight.
The trailer for Twilight Saga: “Breaking Dawn” Part 1 was also premiered during the awards ceremony.
List of winners at the 20th annual MTV Movie Awards
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” – Director: David Slade, Producers: Wyck Godfrey and Karen Rosenfelt (Summit Entertainment)
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Robert Pattinson – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (Summit Entertainment)
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Kristen Stewart – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (Summit Entertainment)
BEST BREAKOUT STAR
Chloe Grace Moretz – “Kick-Ass” (Lionsgate)
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Emma Stone – “Easy A” (Sony Pictures)
BEST AFRICAN MOVIE
Viva Riva! – Director: Djo Tunda Wa Munga, Producers: Bors van Gils, Michael Goldberg, Djo Tunda Wa Munga, Co-producer: Steven Markovitz
BEST LINE FROM A MOVIE (New Category)
Alexys Nycole Sanchez – “Grown Ups” (Sony Pictures)
“I want to get chocolate wasted.”
Tom Felton – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Robert Pattinson vs. Bryce Dallas Howard – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (Summit Entertainment)
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (Summit Entertainment)
BEST JAWDROPPING MOMENT
Justin Bieber – “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” Performance Spectacular (Paramount Pictures)
BEST SCARED-AS -S**T PERFORMANCE
Ellen Page – “Inception” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BIGGEST BADASS STAR
Chloë Grace Moretz – “Kick-Ass” (Lionsgate)
Last night Canadian-born, South African based neo-soul singer Zaki Ibrahim performed at Analogue Nites in Melrose and I haven’t heard/ read a single bad review. I was at a different event (that’s for another post) but I got to meet her when she performed at the film premier of Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”.
Zaki’s song “Ansomnia” features in the movie’s soundtrack, alongside music from the likes of Janelle Monae, Nina Simone, Lalah Hathaway, Sharon Jones & The Dap- Kings and Estelle.
After her performance I asked her to tell me a bit about herself and her music:
Go to TimesLIVE Multimedia for the full video of the For Colored Girls premiere.
Jenifer Hudson says that her fiance, David Otunga isn’t as happy as she is about her dramatic weight loss. In an interview with Jay Leno, Jennifer said “He’s getting adjusted to it. He’s not really into change that much so he fusses at me like, “Why do you have to have to get all dressed up to go out and why can’t you just go our like you used to?” And I’m like “I’m a walking billboard now honey”
My friends are also divided on whether she looks good in her newly slim body. Some of them commend her for loosing all that weight while others say that she’s too skinny to be healthy. What do you think?
Images courtesy of FRAZER HARRISON/ GETTY and ESSENCE MAGAZINE
Life looks good for Jennifer Hudson. The 29 year old artist already has a Grammy and Oscar under her belt, has lost 40kgs (80 pounds) since giving birth to her son David in 2009, is planning her wedding and will be releasing her new album in less then 6 days.
The newly slim, yummy-mummy shows off her new frame and speaks of her happy family and new healthy lifestyle in the April issue of Essence magazine. The magazine made it onto the US news stands this morning and Jennifer’s body is on two versions of the cover.
Jennifer’s magazine feature is titled “Remember Me?” which is a clever play on words, since she’s returning into the spotlight after a remarkable physical transformation and her sophomore studio album which will be released on March 22, is titled “I Remember Me”.
Her weight loss has been the subject of fevered debate and admiration and in the feature Jen reveals how she’s gone down from a size 16 to a size 6 by following Weight Watchers, for whom she is a spokeswoman, and hitting the gym five times a week. She also says that she is not on a diet but a lifestyle plan and she has now reached her goal weight and does not want to get any slimmer.
She also goes in depth about playing Winnie Mandela in the much anticipated movie, that still doesn’t have a release date.
The artist formerly known as JLo is back with On The Floor, the single from her upcoming album, Love?.
Since her last album, Jennifer has become a mom and stayed out of the limelight. Well now she’s back in the spotlight, by being the only female judge on the reality TV show, American Idol.
She used this platform to debut her new video, where she collaborates with Pitbull. The song is up-tempo with a strong Latin influence.
Locally produced film, Life Above All, won 6 Awards at the South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTA’s), received a 10 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, was shortlisted by the Academy Awards committee in the Best Foreign Feature Film category (but didn’t make the final list) and received praise at the Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival.
So we were a bit anxious when we scored an invite to the official SA premier at Montecasino. We were anxious to see what the rest of the world was raving about. And we weren’t disappointed! Director Oliver Schmitz and his cast that includes Lerato Mvelase, Harriet Manamela, Aubrey Poolo and newcomers Khomotso Manyaka and Keaobaka Makanyane, produced an amazing movie!
In the movie, the issue of HIV/AIDS is told through the life and struggles of a young rural girl whose parents suffer with the disease and the stigma that people attach to it. But it’s multi-layered and also deals with universal issues that women face such as abuse, unemployment and raising children in poverty.
I know it sounds somber, and I suppose it is but it’s also bold and inspiring. It showcases our country’s cinematic brilliance and young, new talent. The movies lead actress, 13 year-old Khomotso Manyaka won Best Lead Actress in A Feature Film at the SAFTA’s and this was her first ever acting role. And supporting actress, Keaobaka Makanyane (13), who is also a newbie played her role convincingly, her performance was years beyond her age. We look forward to seeing what these local starlets will do next.
The movie will be released nationally on Friday 11 March.
Melissa Leo swore as she excitedly accepted an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter, a movie that propelled the 50- year old actress into the mainstream for the first time in her career. This was Melissa’s second Oscar nomination but first win.
The actress accidentally dropped the F word as she delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech “When I watched Kate (Winslet) two years ago it looked so f***ing easy,” she said, before realizing her blunder.