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HBO axes ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off

The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel pilot starring Naomi Watts is not moving forward at HBO. The planned spin-off project was set to take place thousands of years before the events of the original series – which was based on George R.R. Martin...

NotNice urges fellow producers to see bigger picture

Billboard producer Ainsley ‘NotNice’ Morris wants colleagues to help build up and coming acts instead of competing to voice ‘who’s hot’. Speaking with The Gleaner in a recent interview, the established producer said that in the current...

First woman picked to lead Grammys

Deborah Dugan, the CEO of Bono’s (RED) organisation, has been named president and CEO of the Recording Academy, becoming the first woman appointed to lead the organisation. The academy announced on Wednesday that Dugan will succeed Neil Portnow,...

Jada, Will Smith endorse ‘Sprinter’ ahead of US opening

Sprinter, the film directed by Jamaican Storm Saulter, opened in theatres across the US last Wednesday, and executive producers Jada Pinkett-Smith and her husband, Will Smith, took to their respective Instagram accounts to ramp up support for ...

Can Buju Banton perform in the US again?

Can Buju Banton, Jamaica’s Grammy-winning reggae icon, return to the United Sates to perform again? Can he, once again, electrify stages at concert venues in the land that locked him away behind bars for seven years on drug charges, almost...

Cast says goodbye to HBO's groundbreaking ‘Game of Thrones'

Sophie Turner wore her waterproof mascara. The actress knew there would be a lot of crying. She and the rest of the cast of Game of Thrones descended on Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday to bid farewell to the HBO hit show after eight seasons. “It...

Us | We are our own worst enemy

Now in its second week, this horror drama stars Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker. Direction and screenplay by Academy Award winner Jordan Peele ( Get Out), who also produces along with Jason...

Bunny Wailer goes to Cuba for treatment; no shows before 2020

Elder statesman in reggae music Bunny Wailer is still recuperating from a stroke and will not be ready to take the stage until 2020. Jah B, as the only living member of the iconic Wailer is also called, recently returned from a five-week stint...

New J’Ouvert for Carnival 2019

J’ouvert has always assumed an important role in the carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada and here in Jamaica. There are currently about three separate local J’Ouvert events, but for 2019, carnival in Jamaica, Real Auth...

Cardi B makes NY court appearance for strip club melee

ardi B has made a brief appearance in a New York City courtroom in a case stemming from a strip club melee last fall. The Bodak Yellow rapper’s check-in lasted all of a minute on Thursday. She’s due back on April 4 on misdemeanour reckless end...

Ticket website for Buju's concert crashes minutes after opening

The website for tickets to Buju Banton's Long Walk to Freedom concert crashed this morning minutes after it went live. Tickets went on sale on bujubanton.com at 11 o'clock for the long-awaited Jamaican leg of the entertainer’s concert following his...

'Babsy' bites back - Sports minister defends SDF board appointments after Opposition's criticism

Sports Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has strongly defended her recently announced appointments to the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) board. Grange was responding to a press release, issued by Opposition Spokesperson on Sports Natalie Neit...

Pulse's 'Caribbean Model Search TV' approaches finale

The show that brought viewers drama, excitement and hilarity will serve up a final dose of excitement today when the series comes to a close. Produced by Pulse, the model-focused reality-TV programme has been a big hit this season with a new inn...

Spice tops Billboard Reggae Charts

This week's Billboard Reggae Charts, valid for up to Saturday, November 17, has a slew of new entries, one of which has landed in the top spot. Of the three new entries dancehall artiste Spice continues to trend with her Captured mixtape holding ...

Five things to do this weekend

Party For A Cause Help raise funds for former Reggae Boy Luton Shelton at Good Fridays #DoItForLuton at The Serengeti at Hope Zoo, tonight. Admission: free before 10 p.m., $1,000 after. Donations taken at the gate. Soca Wuk up at Hard Wine at Mas Cam...

5 Questions with Naomi Cowan

Reggae singer Naomi Cowan refuses to limit herself with just one aspiration. As she pushes the pedal to advance her music career, she totes around other fundamental aspects of her life philanthropy, her faith and making her parents, reggae supe...

Home at last! - Peter Tosh's son leaves hospital after one and a half years

The family of the late reggae great Peter Tosh has much to celebrate this month. Apart from it being the birthday of the family patriarch, last Thursday, the family welcomed home his youngest son who had been in the hospital for one and a half yea...

Seaga 'drops legs' talks music history

Signalling to the disc jockey to turn up the volume, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga got to his feet and showed all present in Lecture Theatre 50 at the University of the Technology (UTech), Jamaica, that he can still 'buss a move' as he dan...

Romain Virgo 'Lovesick' no more - Singer engaged to long-time partner Elizabeth

Reggae artiste Romain Virgo has been in a committed relationship with his girlfriend Elizabeth for six years. He has always expressed an interest in one day settling down and tying the knot and the singer is one step closer to the altar after 'pop...

'Mission: Impossible - Fallout', above and beyond the call of duty

In the annals of cinema, there have been a few films that not only define the genre, but aggressively elevate it. Audiences accept a certain standard. A level that films just aren't able to pass. Perhaps it's because of the technology of the time...

A bellyfull of the Delicious Korean Musical, Chef!

Those who attended the Korean production, Delicious Korean Musical, Chef, went home with a bellyfull of laughs. Co-hosted by the Korea Foundation and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Jamaica, on Tuesday night, the Courtleigh Auditorium ...

TAG | You're it!

For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag. They have been playing since the first grade, risking their safety, jobs and relationships to take each other down with the battl...

Majah lives up to the Hype

Performing for the Jamaican public for the first time, social-media personality-turned-stand-up comedian Majah Hype did not disappoint. Last Friday night at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium in St Andrew, the expert 'accent impersonator' performed at t...

Five Things to do this weekend

Campus Fun Party at No Filter - Post-Carnival Release tonight at the Medical Faculty Amphitheatre at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Admission: $800 pre-sold, $1,000 at the gate.   Words Hear some food for thought at Poets In Autumn, at ...

5 Things To Do

Movies See Pacific Rim 2: Uprising, showing at the cinemas this weekend. Quiet Fun Enjoy Suave - the silent soca after party tonight from midnight to 6 a.m. at 100 Hope Road. Carnival Saturday  Party at PM - the official pre mas fete on Saturd...

Ed Sheeran is in love with Reggae - Would love to do Damian Marley collab

Ed Sheeran's, Shape of You, was one of the biggest songs globally for 2017. The song was named bestselling song of 2017 by Nielsen Music after debuting at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the US. The success of the song helped the Britis...

Shaggy for Queen Elizabeth's 92nd birthday party

The Gleaner has been reliably informed that reggae icon and Grammy winner Shaggy will be among the galaxy of stars who will perform for Queen Elizabeth's 92nd birthday party, to be held on Saturday, April 21, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Engla...

Data-driven touring - Social media data guiding concert picks

In making a hook-up in the flesh between music performers and their often far-flung audiences, the Internet - specifically social media - is proving to be an invaluable tool in data-driven touring. Adam Davis of the US-based Skyline Artists Agency, w...

‘Wan Move' to connect countries, dances

Moiika Stanley danced her way to the Dancehall Queen title at Pier 1 in Montego Bay, St James, in 2008 and eventually made moves - literally - in over 60 countries, teaching moves to persons who have caught the Jamaican music beat. However, for the W...

Simply Myrna's best - Concert returns home for eighth staging

As patrons filed out of the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, at the conclusion of Simply Myrna, Myrna Hague in Concert on Saturday night, there were echoes of "It is one of the best" and "It was a great show." For first-time audience members Sand...

5 Questions with Hollywood star Eric Roberts

There is scarcely a demographic on the Western contemporary filmscape who would be unfamiliar with the visage of Eric Roberts. To many, he is the actor who brought to life characters from King of the Gypsies (1978), The Dark Knight (2008), The Expend...

Downtown Carnival remains hopeful

As the dancehall-soca song by Trevor Off Key and Allison Hinds says, 'it's never too late for carnival', and Downtown Carnival promoter, O'Neil Smith, trusts that having a positive outlook will bring forth a road march in the heart of Kingston on Eas...

Toni Braxton, Birdman engaged

Toni Braxton and Birdman are engaged. The 50-year-old singer has confirmed that she and the 49-year-old rapper are to marry after showing off her ring in a teaser clip for her TV show Braxton Family Values, in which she tells her sisters the pair wi...

Love is in the air - Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond and Kelly Price set to sing on Valentine's Day

With just a day to go, plans are being finalised by husbands, wives, boyfriends ,and girlfriends for Valentine's Day. While some may plan to keep the vibe intimate and personal, there also lie the options to hit the town for live entertainment ...

Soca-singing cab driver hopes to pursue music

Based in the Manor Park area, 53-years-old taxi driver Kenneth George Harris has decided to follow his once latent dream of becoming a recording artiste. With the carnival season around the corner, the career driver hopes to make a memorable debut...

Rebel Salute experience keeps them coming - As patrons, visitors return for two-day festival

It's more than just the music, it's the experience. That is what, patrons revealed, keeps them coming back, as they celebrated 25 years of the annual reggae music festival at Grizzlys Plantation Cove in St Ann over the weekend. It was two days of ...

A new type of call to worship - Concert among weeklong activities to launch church

Kingdom Empowerment and Deliverance Ministries International (KEDMI) is preparing to officially open its doors at 30 Dunrobin Avenue this Sunday. The 100-member church, which has been operating for two months, is headed by Pastor Jermaine Laing...

Shaggy calls the hotshots - Personal touch shapes stellar charity line-up

'Shaggy and Friends' is as literal a title the charity concert could have. For the 'Boombastic' superstar, all it takes is a phone call to gather world-class performers biennially on one stage for a single night, to entertain in support of the ...

Strong Movement at 45 years

Dancehall heavyweight  Mavado delivered a commanding set early yesterday morning at the 2017 Stone Love Anniversary, held at Sabina Park, Kingston.  The sound system was celebrating its 45th anniversary. When the ‘Gully God's’ voice e...

Five Questions with Shelly-Ann Curran

She got her footing in artiste management with the 2015 Magnum King of Dancehall Devin Di Dakta. Shelly-Ann Curran was no stranger to the music industry and her expertise was proven when she helped Devin Di Dakta transition from a talent compet...

A 'Vybz' for marketing - Lyrics, analysis make Kartel move products

Despite his many demons, Adidjah Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has selling power. In a 2011 New York Times article, Kartel's marketability was compared to Lady Gaga's, Madonna's, and Jay Z's. In 2010, the deejay released two songs abou...

The saga continues in ‘The Last Jedi’

After the end of The Force Awakens, it's safe to say the films are decidedly safe. Since its return, the franchise has remade one movie, and made another as a tangential story. So, walking into The Last Jedi, I was as underwhelmed as one can be for...

Universe-al beauty

Mark McDermoth, Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 franchise holder, has pledged that organisers of the local competition will continue to encourage women who deviate from the stereotypical pageant representation of beauty. Allure Magazine, Essence Mag...

Grief, humour, healing make superb 'Billboards'

About 15 minutes into Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, I was convinced. This film with a title that will never roll off the tongue had become one of my favourites of the year. It tells the story of Mildred Hayes, played by Frances McDormand...

'Get Up, Stand Up' against bullying - Optimist International allowed to use Bob Marley and the Wailers song free

The Bob Marley Estate has given the Optimist International Caribbean District (OICD) permission to use the Bob Marley and the Wailers hit Get Up, Stand Up free for a year as the official song of the OICD's anti-bullying human rights campaign. The...

A kiss from Kate - Winslet drops a smacker as Hollywood recognises finest

Kate Winslet was among the big winners at the Hollywood Film Awards - and celebrated by kissing Allison Janney on stage. The actress, who starred in Mountain Between Us, was presented with the Best Actress award by Shailene Woodley for her role in...

JN Group emphasises being Jamaican - Gospel singer Kevin Downswell, entity's first brand ambassador

On Friday night at the Talk of the Town Restaurant at Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, high above the damp city streets, The Jamaica National (JN) Group presented its first corporate branding campaign. One of the group's more prominent deve...

Ity business-like about MBA

The first few times Ian 'Ity' Ellis sat in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) class last year, some fellow students were scanning the room for a hidden camera, believing it was yet another prank for the Ity & Fancy Cat Show. There ...

Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween | Run for your life

While on a family vacation at a campground, Madea, Bam and Hattie decide to explore, unaware that it is haunted. When monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed, the group must fight for survival. This comedy horror is the 10th in the Made...

Way short of the mark - Feluke concert raises less than quarter of funds needed

Denver 'Feluke' Smith will be heading to Mexico for the second stage of aggressive cancer treatment as early as this weekend. Two weeks ago, friends of the ailing musician rallied around to organise a benefit concert in the hopes of making light Fel...

Music to be unleashed at St Andrew Parish Church

The St Andrew Parish Church will come alive on October 8 as some of the most talented men in classical music will display their talents at a concert in aid of the church. Dubbed 'Men perform for Christ', the event will see performances from the li...

'A Brief History of Seven Killings' series coming for Amazon

The visual adaptation of Marlon James' Man Booker prize-winning, 'A Brief History of Seven Killings', has found its director. Melina Matsoukas, chief director of the HBO series Insecure, will tackle adaptation for Amazon Studios. Matsoukas is d...

Solid Gold of the highest quality - Ernie Smith's musical half-century celebrated at Pegasus

Powered by its historic importance and great anticipation, many persons turned out for last Friday's Solid Gold, A Celebration of 50 Years of Music With Ernie Smith. They were not disappointed. From well-designed and choreographed lighting to a...

Battle of the Sexes | A battle to change the world

Battle of the Sexes is a massively entertaining account of the momentous tennis match between athletic legends Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. After a high-volume tennis career, Riggs becomes a boisterous gambler who holds a mundane executive...

Flood of love for Feluke

On Sunday night, a once-abandoned boy sat in the front row in the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, Old Hope Road. He, Feluke, was witness to a collection of performing artistes dedicating their time and skill to raising funds to ge...

'Boy Blue' to 'Boops' to 'Dancehall Queen' - Audrey Reid an excellent fit role as 'Marcia'

Audrey Reid makes her entrance a few seconds into the 1997 movie, Dancehall Queen, pushing a cart laden with drinks and other items for sale over a slope towards the camera, then to her spot in the competitive bustle of informal Jamaican street...

Last laugh - 10th and final season for Ity and Fancy Cat show

The element of surprise has remained at a high for nine seasons of the popular Sunday night Ity and Fancy Cat show on TVJ, produced by Ellis International Limited. Ian 'Ity' Ellis and Alton 'Fancy Cat' Hardware had to learn to balance performing ...

5 Questions with Walshy Fire

Walshy Fire of Major Lazer has put on blazing performances and produced scorching tracks.Today, he gives The Gleaner a peep into his creative mind. 1: Is there a secret to retaining enough energy to tour as extensively and tirelessly as Major Laze...

Shaggy, Love and Hip-Hop's Tara Wallace to host IED Awards in NY

For the past four years, the Image Entertainment and Distinction (IED) Awards show has honoured and highlighted influential celebrities, philanthropists, businessmen and women who proudly serve their communities. This year's will be no differen...

Jamaica Folk Singers gives thrilling 50th

The dynamism of the Jamaican Folk Singers was on full display over the weekend. From their rich repertoire, they presented a wide cross section of songs that provided more than just entertainment. It was a canvas painted with fine vocals, controll...

Jamaica's first reality superstar? - Gabby Davis joins cast of Love & Hip Hop: Miami

A number of mainstream female personalities can to some degree, attribute success to their participation in reality-television programming. Celebrity legacy kids Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie became magazine and tabloid favourites during the exi...

Rita Marley, Cindy Breakspeare 'merely women'

Roger Steffens has a stellar roster of interviewees for his book, So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley (WW Norton & Company). Through careful selections from interviews over three decades, Steffens puts together Marley's life...

So much things to say about the man, not the myth

So much has been written about Bob Marley (maybe over 500 books), the preface of So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley says that it is hard to think what more could be written that is fresh and engaging. In addition, so many pictur...

Noise abatement backlash in JA, not so in foreign land - More calls for entertainment zones locally

Jamaican partygoers and event organisers have been very vocal with their disagreements regarding the stipulations outlined by the Noise Abatement Act and the cut-off time for parties. Several local events that have ended abruptly by police enforcin...

Jamaican Anime draws on students' skills

Night Vision Media Limited recently premiered their Jamaican anime series, Abeeku and the Maroons, inside Annex 2 of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication. The trailer opened with the idyllic sound of crickets chirping, accompanying the...

'Matey Chronicles', a comedic look at infidelity

Infidelity can be traced back to the biblical days of King David, and for many years, such relationships have remained a secret. But with the creation of the wide world web, all that can change in an instant. The web's allows for anonymity. Its ...

No talent, no problem - Pageants more about beauty than talent, says franchise holder

The tradition of local beauty pageantry, watching women parade in bikinis and bedazzled gowns, has been a staple, standard part of the deal. For many patrons, the excitement lies within the breath-baiting interview segment. For others, the highlig...

5 questions with ... Romain Virgo

What is something no one would guess about you? No one would know that I'm the loudest mouth when I'm around my friends and family. They also wouldn't guess that I also got jokes. What's your ideal weekend? An ideal weekend for me would be spending ...

21st Hapilos Digital Music Awards exceed expectations

Earlier this week, 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution hosted its first public Digital Music Awards at the Knutsford Court Hotel. The aim of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution, has been to create awareness in digital media, including online streaming, ...

Quickies

Johnny Depp sells fourth penthouse for US$1.82 million Johnny Depp has sold the fourth of his five penthouses for $1.82 million. The Pirates of the Caribbean star listed the quintet for a combined $12.78 million and he now has just one left to offlo...

'Annabelle: Creation' offers cheap scares

The fourth film in the 'Conjuring' universe, Annabelle: Creation, takes the horrifying tale of the haunted doll back to its roots. Though, if you expected the origin of this nightmare to be anything more than a painstaking venture, be gone all ye...

Artistes pledge to help make change - Agent Sasco among We Transform ambassadors

We want to make a change'. That's the general consensus among the entertainers and popular personalities who have been chosen as ambassadors for the Save a Child, Change a Nation initiative. The plan, which falls under the Ministry of National Secu...

Damian Marley banks on Stony Hill digital sales

Since the July 21 release of his fourth solo studio album Stony Hill, Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley, admits that his focus is less on album sales and more on sharing his music with fans through live performances and digital streams. Popular digit...

Ja welcomes Israel's first sound system

In a recent interview with The Gleaner, Yaniq Walford, organiser of Bass Odyssey presents Jamaica Sound System Festival 2017, said: "Sound systems thrived for decades because it appealed to Jamaican people, and altering it is what will kill it ......

US$1m for new look Fiction

Fiction Nightclub stood at its location in Marketplace for 10 years. Now newly conceptualised, refurbished, and fully reopened over the weekend, the nightclub has been transformed into a multifaceted entertainment spot, with the promise of 'new...

New look Fiction nightclub reopens

After being closed for two months, the doors of Fiction Nightclub were reopened last night, and the entertainment nightspot has a brand new look. The new Fiction boasts a lounge, which is called the Living Room and which owner David Annakie say...

Armed Response | Action, horror and suspense

A team of highly trained operatives find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous t...

Patrons, participants, reflect, compare Grand Gala experience

It was the perfect culminating activity. The concept was refreshing and exciting. This was due to a consistent measured number of dances, fireworks, and other forms of entertainment used to keep the energy level of the festive occasion on a high. ...

Can't get enough of Emanuella

After a successful opening of the Laugh out Loud Comedy Tour at the Lime Golf Academy on Tuesday night, the focus is now being turned to The Mannings School, giving western Jamaica its chance to see Emanuella in action. "Western Jamaica has bee...

Miss St Elizabeth is Festival Queen 2017

Miss St Elizabeth, Dainalyn Swaby, was crowned the winner of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition 2017. But it was no surprise. Before the announcement, she was declared winner of three secti...

Beautifully brutal 'Atomic Blonde'

From one-half of the directing duo that brought John Wick to life, comes yet another film about a character with a very particular set of skills. This time, the titular atomic blonde is Lorraine Broughton, played by Charlize Theron, a spy for th...

Exciting launch for DJ Nicholas' - 'The Audiologist'

Gospel minister and artiste, DJ Nicholas recently hosted an album launch for his latest effort, The Audiologist. The event was held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road in St Andrew over the weekend, and saw fans and well-wishers...

Sumfest 25 ends strong

The thousands at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay, on Saturday for Reggae Sumfest 2017's closing night were reminded how powerful and lasting reggae music is. Jah Cure, who called for the release of Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel,...

Serena Williams tweeted pregnancy wishes

Serena Williams asked for pregnancy advice on Twitter. The 35-year-old professional tennis player is currently expecting her first child with fiancÈ Alexis Ohanian, and on Wednesday, she took to Twitter and admitted to tell 8.81 million followe...

Patrons dressed to impress at Sumfest ‘All-White’ party

Musically speaking, 'Sparks' ignited, Crazy Neil went wild and at 2 a.m. Wednesday, the damage done was evidenced by the 'Smoke' that filled the atmosphere at the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest All White party at Pier One in Montego Bay. Three big DJs ...

Jamaica’s music on show at Philharmonie de Paris

Jamaica's music is quite popular in Europe, but France is the only country to have mounted an exhibition on it. "It is quite a costly exhibition, €800,000, but it was worth it because 30,000 have seen it to date and 50,000 are expected to view it ...

Promoters consider clause to cut artistes' sets

Following the unsatisfactory ending to recently staged overseas-based shows, Best of The Best and Groovin' In The Park, due to conflicting views on time schedules between artistes and event organisers, some promoters are now of the view that th...

Quickies

Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange says that entry to this year's Emancipation Jubilee will be free of cost. The announcement was made at the recent launch of the event at Jewels Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay...

Banger over smartphone - Peter Metro records humorous cell phone comparison

In the era of the smartphone, the cellular phone, which cannot go online, is dismissed as the banger. But while the Samsung Galaxy, iPhone and other high-end models are prized, in his humorous way, deejay Peter Metro has recorded high praises f...

Stephen Marley to perform at Reggae Sumfest

International superstar Stephen Marley has been added to the line-up of artistes for the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest, being held from July 16-22 in Montego Bay. The eight-time Grammy award-winning artist and producer, who also goes by the mo...

Inside the Event | 55 years for Manhattans, Jamaica

As far as marking anniversaries goes, tomorrow's Startime concert at the National Arena could hardly have been better timed. For while the US group famed for its heart-tugging songs such as Kiss and Say Goodbye, We Never Danced to a Love Song an...

Jennifer Hudson can't wait for Miley Cyrus to 'rock her stuff'

Jennifer Hudson says she can't wait for Miley Cyrus to "rock her stuff" on 'The Voice US'. The 35-year-old singer will sit beside the Malibu hitmaker on the judging panel when the upcoming season of the American talent competition airs later this...

'Despicable' attraction - Third Minions movie tops holiday weekend

Studio estimates on Sunday said that Universal Pictures and Illumination's Despicable Me 3 earned US$75.4 million over the weekend. Featuring the voices of Steve Carell and Trey Parker, Despicable Me 3 easily topped the holiday weekend charts from 4,...

Dancehall truck brings Jamaican flavour to LA Carnival

Jamaica's dancehall and reggae music were brought to the streets of the City of Angels (Los Angeles), California on June 24, when organisers of Reggae on the Road introduced a 'big truck' to the LA Cultural Festival for the first time, pumping 80 ...

Halle-wood moment made no difference - Halle Berry admits her Oscar win in 2002 'meant nothing for diversity in Hollywood

The 50-year-old actress was handed the coveted Best Actress gong for her performance in Monster's Ball - but in light of the subsequent lack of progress for minorities in the movie industry, Halle has confessed her success now feels hollow. She...

Ochi seafood fest promises to be huge

The 10th anniversary staging of the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, set for Emancipation Day, Tuesday, August 1, at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, was launched recently at the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records in Pineapple, Ocho Rios. According to organi...

J'can gospel film wins big at Caribbean film festival in Hollywood

The BarriVision-produced Christian movie 70 x Seven , copped top awards at the recently concluded CaribbeanLens Film Festival in Hollywood, California. The Gleaner caught up with writer and director Judith Falloon-Reid, who shared her joy on the vic...

More kids for Kanye

Kanye West reportedly wants "five or six" children with Kim Kardashian West. The 36 year-old reality star was warned by doctors against falling pregnant again after giving birth to the couple's two children, four year-old daughter North, and 18 mon...

Romain Virgo thrills at Appleton Signature Nights

Great vibe was in ample supply as the 'Love Doctor', Romain Virgo, proved his stardom, and then some, at Appleton Estate Signature Nights at Kaluga Kafe in Old Harbour. Virgo led patrons through his hour-long set as they rocked to the melodious...

Transformers: The Last Knight | Rethink your heroes

The Transformers leap into action once more as humans and Transformers are at war and Optimus Prime is gone. In order to save the future, the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth must be discovered. The fate of the w...

Dr David Boxer : A multifaceted curator, artist

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) is greatly saddened by the passing of the highly esteemed and treasured Dr David Boxer, former chief curator emeritus of the National Gallery of Jamaica and himself an artist whose achievements are consistently in...

‘Cars 3, just what the series needs

The famed Cars franchise races back into cinemas. After the spy-themed fever dream that was Cars 2, the series has taken a cue from other trilogies before it and returned to its underdog story roots. The focus switches back to Lightning McQueen this ...

Caribbean's Next Top Model to be filmed in Ja - FACES inaugural gala set for Kingston

Caribbean's Next Top Model (CaribeNTM) Season four will be shot in Jamaica. Host and chief judge, Trinidadian Wendy Fitzwilliam, a former Miss Universe, made the announcement at a press conference at the Spanish Court Hotel, Kingston, recently. ...

Beenie Man for Satdeh Night Live ... Hosted by the original Dancehall Queen Carlene

They were the power couple of dancehall in the '90s, now courtesy of Satdeh Night Live, Carlene, the original Dancehall Queen, and Beenie Man will share centre stage once more, on Saturday, June 24, at House of Dancehall, Cargil Avenue. On this...

Meeting Protoje leads to full-time consulting, tours

Reid said he became acquainted with Protoje through a fellow visual artist and Edna Manley graduate, Matthew McCarthy. "[McCarthy] used to do visual work for Protoje, before he moved into painting and murals," he said. McCarthy, who was branching ou...

Entertainment Listings

This and every Friday, NK Deli and Salsa Society of Jamaica present Pre-Game Fridays, 2-4-1 Happy Hour, at New Kingston Conference Centre (upstairs New Kingston Business Centre). Free salsa classes at 6 p.m. Latin dancing continues until 10 p.m. M...

A power-packed concert by powerful women and men

The 17th annual Powerful Women and Men Perform for Charity Concert, which was staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday, left the large audience satisfied. There were smiles on many faces as it ended and the comments on the show mad...

A Relaxing Jazz Cruise 2017

Patrons who turned out for Jazz Cruise 2017 all had a grand time aboard the Caribbean Queen. Loaded with its cargo of revellers, the cruise slowly made its way out of the Kingston Harbour to Freddie McGregor's Big Ship Sailing. And as it navigate...

Estelle is also a voice actress: Garnet from CN's 'Steven Universe'

Based on her music output, it may seem Estelle has been out of the recording studio for awhile. However, the singer has spent many hours behind the microphone, using her voice as the vocal talent for Garnet, one of the main characters of Cartoon N...

Win tickets to Wha Sweet Nanny Goat

To win two tickets to the gala showing of the play Wah Sweet Nanny Goat this evening at the Phoenix Theatre, New Kgn, tell us: What is the tagline for the play? Call 932-6271 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. today to have a chance of winning. ...

Gospel concert at JC had everyone dancing

Quite a few members of the audience started dancing in their seats near the beginning of Sunday's concert at Jamaica College (JC) in the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium; but when it ended three and a half hours later, nearly everybody was dancing o...

Selectors go old school at BRT All-White

Taking their brand on the road, BRT Weekend promoters again entered new territory, bringing their California staging of the six-party weekend event to Palm Springs, a city in the Sonoran Desert of southern California for the first time. The promot...

Editorial | They aren't Mr Montague's police

We appreciate that Robert Montague would wish not only to lift the morale of the constabulary, but personally identify with its members. He, after all, is the minister of national security and, therefore, has portfolio responsibility for the po...

Five good choices this weekend

WET FETE Get soaked at Wet Rush Reloaded tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Olympia Crown Hotel, 53 Molynes Road. Adm: $1,000 pre-sold, $2,000 at the gate.   EXPO Take the little ones to the Children's Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair at the Hope...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales | Winds of ill-fortune

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. Ja...

Roots, rock, reggae, revival in Negril

The Reggae Revival Concert and Beach Party was the highlight event of the one-week Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival, which ends tomorrow. As the name suggests, the concert was heralded by some of Jamaica's contemporary reggae artistes affiliated with...

Cameal Davis Tests Band Waters

Having entertained a variety of overseas audiences visiting the island, the Cuttin' Edge band is projecting that its future might reflect much of its current pastime. Based at Jewels, Paradise Cove in St Ann, the melodic group of six has been blaz...

Packed street festival for Jack Ruby

One of the more telling signs of just how much Friday's second Jack Ruby Festival: The Black Experience was a street festival was a green suitcase with wheels pulled through a section of the large crowd on James Avenue, Ocho Rios, St Ann. The l...

Der Rosenkavalier at Carib 5 tomorrow

Renee Fleming will sing her final performances of one of her signature roles as the Marschallin in the Met's new production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, and Robert Carsen directs the new production (the company's first new staging of the pie...