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FOCUS FM TO HOST THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF FACE OF SHS TALENT AND BEAUTY HUNT

Focus (94.3MHz) FM is the official organiser of this year’s edition of the face of SHS show.

This was announced by the Manager, Nana Kwadwo Jantuah after an agreement was signed between Entertainment Vibes Multimedia- erstwhile organizers of the show and Focus FM.

Focus FM, a radio station based on the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has hitherto partnered the organizers of the show as media partners.

The Face of SHS is in its third year and aims at empowering females within the second cycle schools. Face of SHS is a well structured, thought-provoking and highly competitive avenue for talent display in which the families of the young contestants are involved.

The show is also a successful medium through which the youth is educated on social issues, entertained as well as motivated to strive to discover their potentials.

This year’s show bears the theme; The role of the Second Cycle School youth in ensuring a peaceful election.

The programme, since its inception has been extremely successful and obtained unrivaled attention from students and the general public including families of contestants and has witnessed unrivaled patronage in Kumasi.

Nana Jantuah called on corporate bodies to come aboard and help make the programme more successful than its already successful antecedents.

Asked what is going to be different about this year’s show, the manager mentioned that the prizes involved this time are a thing to watch out for, adding that this year’s programme is dedicated to a peaceful election “and I think that is significant”.

-Bernard Buachi, Focus FM, KNUST

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Posted by on 6 July, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

TERTIARY STUDENTS ARRESTED FOR MOVIE PIRACY

16 students from three of the country’s tertiary institutions have been apprehended by the police for pirating several movies including Leila Djansi’s Ties that Bind.

The students, some presently assisting the police with investigations, are from the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Cape Coast (UCC).

Of the 16, five were arrested at the University of Ghana while seven were arrested from the KNUST and four from the UCC. The police found copies of the Ties that Bind on their hard drives.

Their arrest came after several weeks of investigations by the police and movie producer and director Leila Djansi whose movies were the most pirated.

According to Leila said she got a tip-off during the premiere of Ties that Bind at Legon some weeks ago that some students already had copies of the movie “so I arrested [one of the] students who revealed where he got it from,” leading to the arrest of the Legon students by the Legon Police two weeks ago.

The award-winning director added that she search twitter a lot, so at KNUST, I caught some students who tweeted ‘now watching [Ties That Bind] and I traced them and that is how I got the KNUST students.”

The Dean of students at the KNUST, Leila disclosed, “did not want the police to deal with the students, so he sent the police away and handed the students over to the campus lawyer. But we got their signed confessions with the campus lawyer.”

The director said she is taking them to court and she is seeking US$100,000 jointly from them.

 
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Posted by on 17 March, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

OSCAR AWARD WINNERS 2012

The 84th annual academy award took place at the Hollywood & Highland Center (formerly the Kodak Theatre) on Sunday. Among the high-wattage presenters for the 84th Academy Awards are Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, Michael Douglas, Penelope Cruz and Angelina Jolie. They were framed by a stage set evoking a classic movie theater and the evening’s theme was ; the enduring nature of the movie going experience. Below is the lists of winners

  1. Best Picture: “The Artist.”

Film Synopsis

As the era of silent films draws to a close, two actors find their careers and their relationship influenced by the coming of talking pictures.  While popular screen star George Valentin resists the transition to sound, young Peppy Miller embodies a modern age that is leaving Valentin behind.

2. Actor: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.”

Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin, a silent film star unwilling to make the transition to talking pictures. This is the first Academy Award nomination for Jean Dujardin.

  1. Actress: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady.”

Nominated Role

Meryl Streep portrays Margaret Thatcher, the formidable shopkeeper’s daughter who rises through the ranks of the Conservative Party to become Britain’s first female prime minister.

This is the seventeenth Academy Award nomination for Meryl Streep.  She was previously nominated for: JULIE & JULIA (2009)Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role , DOUBT (2008 Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006) Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role

4. Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”

5. Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”

6. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “A Separation,” Iran.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”

9. Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “Rango.”

11. Art Direction: “Hugo.”

12. Cinematography: “Hugo.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Hugo.”

14. Sound Editing: “Hugo.”

15. Original Score: “The Artist.”

16. Original Song: “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets.”

17. Costume Design: “The Artist.”

18. Documentary Feature: “Undefeated.”

19. Documentary Short: “Saving Face.”

20. Film Editing: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

21. Makeup: “The Iron Lady.”

22. Animated Short Film: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “The Shore.”

24. Visual Effects: “Hugo.”

Other awards

Oscar winners previously presented this season:

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Oprah Winfrey.

Honorary Award: James Earl Jones.

Honorary Award: Dick Smith.

Gordon E. Sawyer Award: Douglas Trumbull.

Award of Merit: ARRI cameras.

Brian Dzidefo Dzansi (www.watsuptek.com)

 
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Posted by on 27 February, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

RED CARPETS, LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION… THE OSCAR AWARDS

  • The Oscars is an award conferred by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers
  • The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of the 1927/1928 film season.
  • The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh.
  • As of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony held in 2011, a total of 2,809 Oscars have been given for 1,853 awards. A total of 302 actors have won Oscars in competitive acting categories or been awarded Honorary or Juvenile Awards.
  •  Oscar statuette is made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, it is 13.5 in (34 cm) tall, weighs 8.5 lb (3.85 kg) and depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes.
  • The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.
  •  Mexican film director and actor Emilio “El Indio” Fernández. pose nude to create what today is known as the “Oscar”.
  • During World War II, the statuettes were made of plaster
  • Winners are voted for by the 5,783 members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as of 2012.
  • A film must open in the previous calendar year, from midnight at the start of January 1 to midnight at the end of December 31, in Los Angeles County, California, to qualify for nomination (except for the Best Foreign Language Film).
  • From the 70th Academy Awards, winners of the best picture awards were; Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, American Beauty, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Chicago, The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King, Million Dollar Baby, Crash, The Departed, No Country for Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech
  • Kodak lost naming rights to the traditional venue of the Oscars, the Kodak theatre due to its bankruptcy

 FUUNY SIDE OF THE OSCARS

  • JACK PALANCE stepped up to receive his Supporting Oscar in 1991 (for “City Slickers), the then-73-year-old actor celebrated by performing several one-armed press-ups onstage…
  • In 1973 ROBERT OPAL briefly interrupted the awards ceremony by streaking naked across the stage while live on national television.
  • Actress GREER GARSON holds the record for delivering the longest acceptance speech…. (for “Mrs Miniver in 1942). the recommended time was 45 seconds per speech but Ms.Garson (known in the industry at the time as “the Queen of Hollywood”) spoke for all of seven minutes!

RECORDS

  • WALT DISNEY holds the record for the highest number of individual Oscars awarded… In his lifetime he received 20 Oscars, but he was posthumously awarded a further 6, making a total of 26. Of all the statuettes awarded him, the most famous “set” were an Oscar and seven miniature statuettes in 1938 for the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.
  • KATHERINE HEPBURN achieved and still holds the record of four Oscars for Best Female Acting in a Leading and/or Supporting role. Nominated 12 times (and all for Leading Roles only) during a span of 48 years, her four Oscars were awarded for 1933 (“Morning Glory”), 1967 (“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”), 1968 (“The Lion In Winter”) and 1981 (“On Golden Pond”).
  • WALTER BRENNAN and JACK NICHOLSON have achieved a record 3 Oscars for Best Acting in Leading and/or supporting roles.
  • First animated film to be nominated for Best Picture is Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • First African to win an acting award is charlize theron  (from south Africa) who won Best Actress for Monster (2003).
  • SIDNEY POITIER is the first black man to win the Best Actor Oscar had  for “The Lilies In The Field” in 1963
  • Three films share the record for the highest number of awards received:
    •  the 1952 epic BEN-HUR set the record by achieving 11 out of a possible 15 Oscar categories (nominated in 14 of them).
    • Since then James Cameron’s TITANIC (1997) and Peter Jackson’s LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003) have each won 11 out of a possible 17 Oscars (nominated in 12 and 11 categories respectively)
  • In 2002 at the 74th Award show saw Afro-Americans win both top honours, Best Actress for the first time, and Best Actor. first HALLE BERRY (for her 2001 performance in “Monsters Ball”) and then DENZIL WASHINGTON (for his portrayal of a bad cop in “Training Day”).
  • The 1939 film Beau Geste is the only movie that features as many as four Academy Award winners for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Susan Hayward, Broderick Crawford) prior to any of the actors receiving the Best Actor Award.
  • PETER FINCH and HEATH LEDGER are the only persons to have won an Acting Award posthumously – and both were Australians.
  • The 1968 Oscar awards ceremony was notable for producing the only tie in votes for Best Actress, resulting in 3 female acting Oscar awards being presented. The tie for Best Actress occurred between KATHERINE HEPBURN (for “The Lion In Winter”) and BARBARA STREISAND (for “Funny Girl”).
  • Rapper EMINEM’s  “Lose Yourself” is the only hip-hop song( uncompromising lyric) to win best song writer Oscars in 2002
  • TATUM O’NEAL,is the youngest person to win a competitive Academy Award who was 10 years old when she achieved Best Supporting Actress for 1973’s “Paper Moon” (in which she starred alongside her father Ryan O’Neal)
  • GEORGE BURNS is the oldest male Oscar winner in a competitive category when he won the 1975 award for “The Sunshine Boys” at age 80, until at the 1989 awards 80-year old JESSICA TANDY won Best Actress for “Driving Miss Daisy”.
  • TITANIC is the most nominated film (14 out of 17 possible) – alongside Joseph L. Mankiewitz’s ALL ABOUT EVE (winner of Best Film in 1950), nominated in 14 out of 15 possible at the time but going home with only six

Brian Dzidefo Dzansi (www.watsuptek.com)

 
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Posted by on 26 February, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

THE BEST VOCALIST OF OUR GENERATION- WHITNEY HOUSTON

“She had everything, beauty, and a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us.”

HUMBLE BEGINNING

Whitney Houston was born in what was then a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, the third and youngest child of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr.  and gospel singer Cissy Houston (née Drinkard) Her mother, along with cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin were all notable figures in the gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, and soul genres.

Houston was raised a Baptist, but was also exposed to the Pentecostal church. After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle class area in East Orange, New Jersey when she was four.

STELLAR CAREER

Over the course of a 30-year career in which she established herself as one of the most-admired and influential singers of her time, Houston won six Grammys, 30 Billboard awards and 22 American Music Awards. She released seven studio albums and sold some 170 million CDs, singles and videos. The soundtrack for a hit movie in which she starred, “The Bodyguard,” was among the best-selling soundtracks in movie history.

Her 1985 debut, “Whitney Houston,” became the best-selling debut album by a female act at that time, and spawned several hits including “How Will I Know.” Her second studio CD, 1987’s “Whitney,” became the first album by a female artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

She crossed over from music success to TV and movies, appearing in “The Bodyguard” (1992), as well as “Waiting to Exhale” (1995) and “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996).

MARRIAGAE

Throughout the 1980s, Houston was romantically linked to American football star Randall Cunningham and actor Eddie Murphy, whom she dated. She then met R&B singer Bobby Brown at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards. After a three year courtship, the two were married on July 18; 1992.Nearly a year later, Houston gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, her first and only child, his fourth. Brown would go on to have several run-ins with the law, including some jail time

PERSONAL TURMOIL

Though Houston was seen as a “good girl” with a perfect image in the ’80s and early ’90s, by the late ’90s, her behavior changed. She was often hours late for interviews, photo shoots and rehearsals, and canceling concerts and talk-show appearances. With the missed performances and weight loss, rumors about Houston using drugs with her husband circulated. On January 11, 2000, airport security guards discovered marijuana in both Houston’s and husband Bobby Brown’s luggage at a Hawaii airport, but the two boarded the plane and departed before authorities could arrive

The pair also starred in a reality TV series, “Being Bobby Brown,” which painted an often unflattering portrait of the couple.

SHE GOT FIRED

Houston was scheduled to perform at the Academy Awards but was fired from the event by musical director and longtime friend. Her publicist cited throat problems as the reason for the cancellation

After years of controversy and turmoil, Houston separated from Bobby Brown in September 2006, filing for divorce the next month. On February 1, 2007, Houston asked the court to fast track their divorce. The divorce was finalized on April 24, 2007, with Houston granted custody of the couple’s daughter.

Houston appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s season premiere on September 2009. The interview was billed as “the most anticipated music interview of the decade. The interview was so candid that Whitney admitted using drugs with former husband Bobby Brown, who “laced marijuana with rock cocaine. By 1996, she told Oprah, “[doing drugs] was an everyday thing… I wasn’t happy by that point in time. I was losing myself

The last 10 years of Houston’s life were dominated by drug use, rumors of relapses and trips to rehab.

She launched a comeback tour in 2009, and in April 2010 she called media reports she was using drugs again “ridiculous.” In May 2011, Houston enrolled in a drug and alcohol rehab program.

Despite her personal troubles, Houston commanded great affection among her music industry colleagues, and emotional tributes flooded the media in the hours after news broke of her death.

Rapper Nicki Minaj summed it up with a tweet “Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.”

HER NOTABLE QUOTES

“I was aware of people staring at me. No one moved. They seemed almost in trance. I just stared at the clock in the center of the church. When I finished, everyone clapped and started crying”

“I’ve got a good man. He takes care of me. I don’t have to be scared of anything because I know he will kick every ass… disrespect him and you’ve got a problem.”

Dzansi Brian Dzidefo

(www.watsuptek.com)

 
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Posted by on 12 February, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

Obuor win MUSIA presidency

obourHip life artist, Obour known in real life as Bice Osei Kuffour has won the high office as the president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).

As the youngest in the race for the MUSIGA presidency, the 2004 Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year winner has beaten veteran musicians like Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Nana Tuffour and Willie Roy to make history as the youngest MUSIGA president ever in Ghana.

Obour who started showing his interest and readiness in becoming the next president of MUSIGA to change the plight of musicians in the country and also to continue from where current president Diana Hopeson has seen his dream become a reality.

Obour picked the motto ‘AJUMAPA’ to wit Goodwork, an acronym for: Administration, Jobs, Unity, Music business, Ageing, Policies and Achievements. Congratulations to Obuor.

 
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Posted by on 18 August, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

BISHOP OBINIM GRANTED GH50,000 BAIL

bishop_obinimThe head of God’s Way International Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim and two others who allegedly vandalized the premises of Hot FM, an Accra-based radio station, on have been granted bail to the tune of 50,000 Ghana cedis each with two sureties by an Accra circuit.

Obinim, 33, Kingsley Baah, 25, and Kofi Akwetey, 35, all pastors, were alleged to have caused harm to two broadcast journalists of Hot FM.

They were charged with conspiracy, causing harm and damage, the accused persons pleaded not guilty.

The court ordered that the sureties should be people of substance.

Obinim’s followers jubilated when the court granted bail to the accused persons.

Some were seen kneeling on the ground raising their hands to thank God for the bail while others hugged themselves.

They are to reappear in court on August 30.

Accra regional crime officer, Superintendent Emmanuel Frank Adufati told Citi News that the counsel for Bishop Obinim pleaded with court to grant his client bail to pursue an out of court settlement with HOT FM over the incident.

By: Citifmonline.com

 
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Posted by on 10 August, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT