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Hong Kong moves to censor films on national security grounds

Hong Kong moves to censor films on national security grounds

Asia, China, Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC
Filmmakers will now be vetted to ensure their films do not criticize mainland China. Effective immediately, the move signals a further choking of expression by Beijing. New censorship guidelines go into effect for Hong Kong's film industry Friday as the government there seeks to assist Beijing in rooting out any anti-China sentiment. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced that censorship guidelines on the island had been expanded to cover "any act which may amount to an offense endangering national security." "When considering a film as a whole and its effect on the viewers, the censor should have regard to his duties to prevent and suppress acts or activities endangering national security, and the common responsibility of the people of Hong K...

Ben Affleck’s ex Jennifer Garner ‘gives Jennifer Lopez seal of approval’ amid Bennifer reunion claims

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, FAMILY, MOVIES, MUSIC
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have reportedly reunited (Picture: Getty) Jennifer Garner has given Jennifer Lopez her ‘seal of approval’ amid rumoured Ben Affleck reunion, it has been claimed. The Batman actor and Love Don’t Cost A Thing singer have sparked intense speculation they have reunited, 17 years after they called time on their romance. The former couple, dubbed Bennifer, have been pictured together but have yet to address the dating rumours. But while they have yet to speak out, Ben’s ex-wife Jennifer Garner – who he shares children Seraphina, Violet and Samuel with, is reportedly happy with their budding relationship. ‘JLo has Jennifer Garner’s seal of approval,’ an insider told Us Weekly. ‘JLo thinks Jennifer is a kind and wonderful person and an amazing mother....

Stacey Solomon And Joe Swash Announce Baby News In Sweetest Way

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, FAMILY, MOVIES, MUSIC
“We are growing another pickle,” the Loose Women star revealed. Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash have announced they are expecting their second child together with a sweet family photo. The Loose Women star revealed she was pregnant on Instagram saying she has “never been so grateful”. She posted a photo with her and Joe’s two-year old son, Rex, and her sons, Leighton and Zachary, from her previous relationships to announce they were expanding their family.  “We are growing another pickle,” the 31-year-old wrote. “We’ve never felt so grateful… I have no words. We didn’t think we would get the chance. https://17a659668df985a62c11507518d2bf6a.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html “We love you all to the moon and back. Lots of love From...

Spice Girls fans outraged as Victoria Beckham launches £80 T-shirts for Pride charity

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, GIRLS, MOVIES, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
The singer-turned-designer releases a new design each year and after facing criticism in 2020, she's announced that 100% of the proceeds will go to charity this time around. Victoria Beckham has been slammed by Spice Girls fans after launching a Pride T-shirt with a massive price tag of £80. The 47 year old, who recently shared an incredible Spice Girls throwback snap, took to her Instagram to share the new design with her 28.9 million followers, posting a clip of herself with her former bandmates all dressed in the printed T-shirts. The top, modelled by Victoria, Geri Halliwell, 48, Mel C, 47, Mel B, 46, and 45 year old Emma Button, features rainbow-coloured words that read: "proud and wannabe your lover," – referencing their hit 1996 debut single. In the caption, she tol...
Afro-Cuban fusion dance troupe sensation makes waves on social media!

Afro-Cuban fusion dance troupe sensation makes waves on social media!

AFRICA, Entertainment, Media, MUSIC, Social Media
Cuba, the Caribbean island which gave us the iconic Queen of Salsa and Rumba Afro-Cuban Celia Cruz is seeing the rise of dance troupe Datway -- a group of 16 dancers aged 18 to 32 whose fusion of dance styles with Africa-descended roots i.e. salsa, reggaeton and hip hop is making waves across Facebook and Instagram. Under a tin roof held up by walls covered in graffiti, the members of Datway train from Monday to Friday, shooting their videos on weekends. "Hip hop videos from other countries are always (set) in these very beautiful places," Datway founder Dariel Lopez, aka Chaiky Dari, told AFP. "We always look for places that are... well not ugly, because for us they are not ugly, but real -- those balconies in need of a touch of paint, young people and children who are not v...
Celeb Couples Are Fun, But These Hollywood Friendships Are the Definition of Meant-to-Be

Celeb Couples Are Fun, But These Hollywood Friendships Are the Definition of Meant-to-Be

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
From Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence—if these celebrity squads are ever looking for a new member, we volunteer as tribute! If this past year-plus has taught us anything it's that teachers and nurses aren't paid nearly enough and leggings can absolutely be considered pants. (Sorry, not sorry, pants purists.) Also, friends are, like, really, really, really important. Because when forced to lock it down, forgoing birthday parties and boozy brunches and book clubs and any manner of other IRL activity, we all found ways to maintain our bonds digitally. We Zoomed our faces off, made online parties, showers, even weddings a thing and leaned heavily into technology to find ways to be there for our besties even when we couldn't be there. ...
Super aggregation key to growth of Africa’s video and entertainment services

Super aggregation key to growth of Africa’s video and entertainment services

Entertainment, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, MOVIES, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
The future of global content consumption lies in what the industry terms ‘super aggregation,’ the idea that with the increasingly competitive subscription service market – including Video-on-Demand (VoD), music, e-books, sports, e-learning, gaming, fitness, e commerce and more – consumers will want, or eventually need to, consolidate their accessibility and payments through a single ‘perfect bundle’ from a service provider, writes Amdocs Media’s (www.Amdocs.com) VP for Africa, Gary Finch. With their large client bases and local insights, operators and OTT Brands in Africa are well-placed to become super aggregators or expand their existing offerings to create a more comprehensive, unified media experience. By offering attractive and seamless ‘super bundling’ options, operators will...
Ben Affleck puffs on a cigarette after visit from on-again flame Jennifer Lopez in LA… as the rekindled pair make ‘summer plans’ together

Ben Affleck puffs on a cigarette after visit from on-again flame Jennifer Lopez in LA… as the rekindled pair make ‘summer plans’ together

Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
Ben Affleck was seen puffing away on a cigarette in the driver's seat of his car, as he left on-again flame Jennifer Lopez's residence in Los Angeles, California. The two-time Oscar winner, 48, sported a full-grown beard and tousled hair as he glanced down whilst driving, the nearly finished cigarette hanging from his lips. Earlier in the day, the 51-year-old superstar was seen swinging by Affleck's Brentwood abode, as per photos obtained by Page Six. The sightings come as the starry lovebirds, who first broke things off way back in early 2004, are said to be making plans for a fun-filled summer together. A source recently revealed to Peoplethat the pair are 'are discussing summer plans,' adding that they 'want to spend as much time together as possible' despite the fact t...
Kim Kardashian reveals the reason she is divorcing Kanye West

Kim Kardashian reveals the reason she is divorcing Kanye West

Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
Kim Kardashian opens up about her emotional divorce from Kanye. The latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians aired last night and Kim Kardashian spilled the beans on her divorce from Kanye West. This is the first time Kim has opened up about the high profile divorce, and in very Kim K fashion, it got emotional. Kim snapped at her family over cookies that had been gifted to her, but Khloe knew the anger was coming from a different place entirely. Khloe said: "Kim has been struggling privately behind [the] camera about her relationship, and it’s tough because Kim is clearly redirecting so much of her frustration and sadness and anger and sometimes you just take things out on something that has nothing to do with what you’re going through." Khloe spoke to her sist...
DBN Gogo, Boity, Black Motion ready to take over Jozi this Africa Month

DBN Gogo, Boity, Black Motion ready to take over Jozi this Africa Month

Entertainment, MUSIC, South Africa, TEENAGERS, Youth
This Africa Month, Trace Africa, DStv channel 326, is hosting the mother of all street parties featuring Mzansi’s finest including Boity, DBN Gogo, Black Motion, Prince Kaybee and Lemon and Herb. The event is set to place at the Altitude Beach in Fourways on Saturday, May 22. Other artists who will take part in the Trace Take Over Party Metro FM’s Lerato Kganyago alongside DJ Speedsta, DJ Nel, DJ Fae Fae, 2PM DJs and Mdoovar. Black Motion The channel also announced their plans to launch a new “differentiated, memorable and unexpected” music experience for their audiences, with an injection of more locally produced songs. Commenting on the event and the new direction the channel is undertaking, Trace managing director Valentine Gaudin-Muteba, said: “TRACE Africa has been...

Does Bob Marley still inspire African artists?

Entertainment, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
THE MARLEY FAMILY AND UME PRESENT 'MARLEY SESSIONS' FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY EARTHGANG, JACOB COLLIER, JULIAN MARLEY, MYSTIC MARLEY SHEKU MASON, AND SKIP MARLEY 'MARLEY SESSIONS' KICK OFF APRIL 30 WITH INAUGURAL PERFORMANCE BY BOB MARLEY'S GRANDSON, SKIP MARLEY BOB MARLEY 'LEGACY' SERIES NOMINATED FOR A WEBBY AWARD Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly are just two of the many African artists that have been inspired by late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley’s music. Does Bob Marley still inspire African artists? It seems a strange question to ask if you’ve been listening to the hits that are played over and over again on the TV station Trace Africa. Reggae music is hardly ever played on the radio, as it seems that people now prefer to listen to other genres such as hip-hop, Afrobeats, ...

James Bond: 5 Key Things To Know About 007’s Franchise After Amazon’s MGM Purchase

Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
Amazon, a company of deep pockets and great ambitions, has just bought MGM Studios for a cool $8.45 billion. It feels pretty huge to be reporting this acquisition, but it’s not the silver bullet some might hope for. In fact, one of the frequent topics of discussion is how things might work for the James Bond franchise in the post-acquisition age. It’s a subject worth parsing out, as almost 60 years have passed the 007 franchise first associated with that studio as its default home base. Without further ado, here are six key things to know about the James Bond property after Amazon’s big MGM purchase. EON Productions Is The Heart Of Power In The 007 Series First and foremost, it's worth noting MGM doesn’t own the rights to the James Bond series outright. Traditionally the stu...

Netflix’s New Releases Coming in June 2021

Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC, NETFLIX, TEENAGERS, Youth
Take a look at the movies and TV shows that will hit the streaming service next month. Kevin Hart’s Fatherhood and new episodes of the TV series Lupin and Too Hot to Handle are among the highly anticipated titles set to hit Netflix next month. Originally set to be released by Sony, Fatherhood stars Hart as a man who loses his wife shortly after childbirth and has to raise their newborn baby on his own. The streamer is presenting the film with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions. The movie, based on the book Two Kisses for Maddy, was directed by Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy, In Good Company, Little Fockers) from a script he co-wrote with Dana Stevens. Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, Melody Hurd and Paul Reiser also star in Fat...

The 15 best new Hollywood movies in cinemas this summer, from A Quiet Place Part II to Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
Sound-sensitive aliens are back on the rampage in A Quiet Place Part II, and Lin-Manuel Miranda brings his musical In the Heights to the big screen Black Widow is a stand-alone adventure for Scarlett Johansson’s first female Avenger, while Hugh Jackman stars in new sci-fi drama Reminiscence The summer of 2020 is sure to go down as one of the most bizarre in movie-going history, in large part because hardly anyone went to the movies. The global pandemic saw cinemas closed for much of the year, forcing Hollywood studios to pull their biggest titles from the schedule. With the exception of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, followed by Disney’s Souland the superhero movie Wonder Woman 1984at Christmas, 2020 was pretty much devoid of big-budget tentpole releases. A year on and most of those ...
BET 2021: Burna Boy battles Wizkid, others for Best International Act

BET 2021: Burna Boy battles Wizkid, others for Best International Act

AWARDS, Entertainment, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
Would Nigeria’s superstar, Burna Boy, win the Best International Act at the 2021 Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards for the third time in a row, when the show holds next month? Or would it be Wizkid, who now sits as the most nominated African artiste with six nominations and three wins? It is a tough call to make between the two Grammy-winning stars, and even a tougher one with the array of artistes contesting the same award. With the BET awards debuting this category in 2010, many Africans have been selected based on their achievements for the particular year in review and not just old glory. With his massive global acclaim trailing his 2019 and 2020 studio albums, Burna Boy clinched the last two awards. Now, with the buffet of albums and activities unrolled by artiste...
Phyno set to release his fourth studio album

Phyno set to release his fourth studio album

Entertainment, MUSIC, Nigeria, TEENAGERS, Youth
Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter, Phyno has announced the release of his new studio Album dated to be released soon and he got his fans excited over the news. The album will be a follow-up to Headies-nominated Deal with it,which was released in 2019. On May 25, 2021, Award-winning Nigerian superstar, Phyno announced that he is set to release his fourth studio album. On his Twitter page, he wrote that, “Album 4 ezzz cuming!!!” with two pictures. Since the turn of the year, Phyno has been on a run with songs like DJ Kaywise‘s ‘Highway’ and Masterkraft‘s ‘Egbon.’
The Untold Truth Of Martha And Snoop

The Untold Truth Of Martha And Snoop

Entertainment, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, USA, Youth
For some time, there hasn't been a show on TV that has come as close to being as oddly perfect as Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party. On any given episode you might see Martha Stewart try on bling or Snoop crack a few weed jokes while making Cornish game hens. It was equal parts weird, educational, and hilarious. A gangsta rapper pairing up with a grandmother and businesswoman might have seemed like a recipe destined for failure, but the opposite couldn't be more true. The show, with its rotating list of celebrity guests like Lil Yachty and Rick Ross, proved to be a ratings blockbuster and a hit with critics, even getting an Emmy nomination. Though the show ended after two seasons, there's nothing wrong with a lil' nostalgia. Here's what you need to know about the very enter...
Chris Martin makes crude quip about Sir Elton John and his husband at iHeartRadio Music Awards

Chris Martin makes crude quip about Sir Elton John and his husband at iHeartRadio Music Awards

AWARDS, Entertainment, MUSIC, SONGS, TEENAGERS, USA, USA, Youth
Icon award winner Elton John attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Chris Martin had Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish in fits of laughter as he made a crude joke about them at the iHeartRadio Music Awards 2021. The star-studded ceremony returned to Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre on Thursday night (27.05.21), and the 44-year-old Coldplay frontman turned comedian as he jokingly pretended not to know a thing about the music legend, before he made an explicit quip about him and his husband David Furnish. The 'High Power' hitmaker began his speech: "I don't really know anything about Elton John, and I'm just gonna read what iHeart wrote for me. So, fingers crossed. "He and his collaborat...