Jussie Smollett is transforming network primetime TV with his breakout role as a gay character, Jamal Lyon, on Empire.
Since skyrocketing to notoriety with the launch of Empire earlier this year, Smollett has remained tight-lipped about his sexual orientation.
During a recent appearance on Sway in the Morning, Smollett was asked out flat out if he was gay, to which he replied, “I’m not willing to confirm or deny anything. I live my life. If someone’s looking for a box to put me in, then that’s not going to happen. But I live my life. If you really want to know about me, just watch because I don’t hide anything. I just choose not to talk about my personal life.”
Smollett is not talking about his personal life, but it seems one his Empire co-stars didn’t get that memo.
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By Eugene Okumu With Agencies –allAfrica.com
Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscars gown valued at Sh13.7 million was stolen from a Hollywood hotel.
According to the reuters.com the custom-mad Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress fitted with 6,000 natural white pearls was stolen from the actor’s London Hotel when she had stepped out.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Lieutenant William Nash said no arrests have been made as police review CCTV footage for leads on the thief.
The dress was one of the stand-outs on the red carpet at last Sunday’s Oscars. Nyong’o told Reuters she had helped with the design of the one-of-a-kind gown, influenced by the ocean.
Neither Lupita nor Calvin Klein have made any public statements concerning the theft of the dress.
Looking for an island getaway, and considering a retreat to Jamaica? Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are great, but why not try something different? Jamaica’s resort town of Port Antonio is described as picture perfect— a panorama of nature’s finest work.
On any visit, travelers to this secluded gem can explore the majestic Blue Mountains, swim in the Blue Lagoon, raft the Rio Grande, relax at Somerset Falls or discover Nonsuch Caves. A visit to Port Antonio would be incomplete without a sampling of its world famous jerk chicken or pork in its original home.
“Visitors to Port Antonio are always in for a special treat with its diverse and laidback offerings of adventure and natural beauty,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “With more travelers seeking authentic local lifestyles, Port Antonio, the birthplace of jerk cooking, is a great option for those wanting to experience the best of Jamaica’s cuisine, history and adventure.”
Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour: A remarkable way to see the island, this riding tour takes sightseers down the mountainside and along rolling hills. Ideal for singles, couples or families who wish to experience and photograph the world-famous Jamaican Blue Mountains and lush, tropical countryside – all while riding in the fresh Jamaican air.
Rio Grande Rafting: One of the more coveted outings in Port Antonio is a bamboo rafting tour down the gently winding Rio Grande. Originally used as a means of transporting banana crops from the local plantations to the bustling harbor, the rafting tours are now a popular leisure activity once championed by the likes of Hollywood icon Errol Flynn. Legend has it that Flynn enjoyed gathering his well-heeled guests for midnight rafting excursions under a canopy of stars. Experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the river and its ecosystem, including a bird sanctuary (parts natural wonder and serene escape), man the bamboo rafts. Swimming in the river is perhaps the best part of the journey.
Somerset Falls: Somerset Falls is a world class setting for guests to chill out, take a swim and refresh. Spanish settlers, who occupied the island over 400 years ago, built aqueducts and dams that are still visible today. The breathtaking waterfall is hidden in the rainforest, where the Daniels River cascades down a narrow gorge of lush ferns. Here, sun worshipers can settle in for a lovely day of sunning, relaxing and bathing in picture-perfect deep rock pools.
Port Antonio thrives on its seclusion, intimacy and luxury, offering visitors an array of inns, beachfront cottages and villas, such as:
Great Huts, starting at US$89 per night including breakfast: www.greathuts.com.
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, starting at US$236 per night including taxes: www.hotelmockingbirdhill.com.
Goblin Hill Villas, which ranges from US381 to $450 per night, for a 2 bedroom villa, including a housekeeper: www.goblinhill.com.
Trident Hotel, which ranges from US$540 to $990 per night including breakfast, depending on the season: www.geejamcollection.com.
Jamaica’s diverse history has impacted its culinary offering. The cuisine features a mix of cultural influences – Chinese, European, Indian and African – creating an eclectic and tasty combination that is uniquely Jamaican. Port Antonio is well known for its jerk pork and chicken, particularly in Boston Bay, but a number of the area’s inns and villas are known for their gourmet dining. There are a variety of restaurants which provide excellent Jamaican staples including fresh seafood. Some of the popular spots include Dickie’s Best-Kept Secret and Bryan’s Bay for local fare, Restaurant Mille Fleurs, at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill for eclectic Euro-Caribbean cuisine, Woody’s Low Bridge Place and Anna Bananas for a fun family atmosphere or Bushbar at Geejam Hotel for sophisticated Asian-influenced Jamaican cuisine.
By JAKE COYLE of AP via Huff Post Entertainment
NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith’s con-man caper “Focus” dethroned “Fifty Shades of Grey” at the box office, but the film’s modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.
According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.’ “Focus” easily topped all competitors on a weekend with little competition at North American multiplexes. In second place was the Colin Firth spy thriller “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” which made $11.8 million in its third week of release.
After two weeks atop the box office, “Fifty Shades of Grey” continued its steep slide, landing in fourth with an estimated $10.9 million for Universal Pictures. “Fifty Shades,” which has made $486.2 million globally, fell just behind Paramount’s “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” which earned $11.2 million in its fourth week.
The weekend’s only other new wide release, Relativity’s horror film “The Lazarus Effect,” opened in fifth place with $10.6 million.
But the weekend was largely seen, fairly or not, as a referendum on Smith’s star power. “Focus,” written and directed by the “Crazy, Stupid, Love” duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, is Smith’s first film since 2013’s “After Earth,” the sci-fi flop in which he co-starred with his son, Jaden.
Smith has been frank about the sting of that film’s box-office performance. “I can’t allow the box-office success, or lack thereof, to determine my self-image,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
But “Focus,” made for about $50 million and co-starring Margot Robbie of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” was never intended to be a summer-sized blockbuster. It had been predicted to make around $21 million.
“This is a mid-budgeted film with a result that matches,” said Jeff Goldstein, head of distribution for Warner Bros., who added that winter storms accounted for a drop of $1-2 million. “There’s no question we got hammered because of inclement weather in the South and the Midwest.”
The R-rated “Focus,” overwhelmingly appealed to adults, with 88 percent of its audience older than 25 — not a good sign for Smith’s appeal to a new generation of moviegoers who weren’t around for his triumphs in “Independence Day.”
Nevertheless, there aren’t many stars who could do better with a drama in late February. And “Focus” should play well internationally, where Smith’s popularity remains strong.
“This still goes on his balance sheet as a number one debut,” said Paul Degarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office data firm Rentrak. “He can still draw an audience, particularly with a film that’s R-rated and not aimed at the young crowd.”
Some of last Sunday’s Oscar winners saw slight bumps at the box office.
Best-picture winner “Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” added some 800 screens to bring in $2 million over the weekend, pushing its total past $40 million. “Still Alice,” for which Julianne Moore won best actress, added 553 screens and earned $2.7 million. It’s now made $12 million for Sony Pictures Classics.
“American Sniper,” far and away the biggest box-office hit of the best-picture nominees, was also easily the top post-Oscars draw. It added another $7.7 million, to bring its cumulative domestic gross to $331.1 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “Focus,” $19.1 million.
2. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” $11.8 million.
3. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” $11.2 million.
4. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” $10.9 million.
5. “The Lazarus Effect,” $10.6 million.
6. “McFarland, USA,” $7.8 million.
7. “American Sniper,” $7.7 million.
8. “The DUFF,” $7.2 million.
9. “Still Alice,” $2.7 million.
10. “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” $2.4 million.
Beyonce, backed by an all-black male choir, sings “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” as a tribute to African-American men. During the tribute, black men talked about their lives. The video presented here was made during a rehearsal for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards show, which aired on CBS February 8th.
Captured in various cities throughout the United States, the filmmaker explores the subject of the consistently rising number of single parent households in the African American community. What has caused this dilemma? Why are families no longer being headed by a mother and father? _IF IT AIN’T BROKE_ seeks to identify the reason.
The film can now be streamed or purchased on Vimeo On Demand. It was written and directed by Texas Southern University graduate Keenan Morgan, and is produced by Keberland Media in association with The International NETXCHANGE Group.
“Everyone should see this film,” Morgan says. “The film is connects with audiences through humor and introspection.”
Local screenings of _IF IT AIN’T BROKE_ are currently being scheduled in various cities and the filmmaker welcomes those interested in booking new dates. A screening schedule will be released as more dates are confirmed. Q&A with the filmmaker will follow each screening.
For booking inquiries or general information, send questions to [email protected]
To view the film, visit the following link: www.vimeo.com/ondemand/iiab
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer stars in Insurgent, the follow-up in Lionsgate’s Divergent franchise.
Spencer plays the role of Johanna, the leader of Amity, which is the faction in society that is dedicated to peace and trust. She appears alongside Naomi Watts, Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet.
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Giuliana Rancic made an emotional on-air apology Tuesday night to Zendaya Coleman after harsh remarks she made about the 18-year-old singer’s hair went viral.
Monday night on E!’s Fashion Police, Rancic commented on Zendaya’s choice to wear her hair in dreadlocks while attending the Oscars, saying, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil or maybe weed.”
The response from black Twitter was fast and furious, slamming Rancic for what many deemed as racist commentary.
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The celebrated 90’s sitcom A Different World is headed to Netflix.
The on-demand internet media company announced yesterday its list of new releases for March 2015, and A Different World made the cut.
The series was created by Bill Cosby as a spin-off of The Cosby Show and aired on NBC for six seasons, beginning in 1987.
In November, 2014, Netflix postponed plans to launch Bill Cosby’s stand up special, Bill Cosby 77, which was originally slated to debut on the day after Thanksgiving.
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