How Ziggy Marley helped bring the authenticity to ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ – Entertainment News

How Ziggy Marley helped bring the authenticity to ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ – Entertainment News

BANG Showbiz – Feb 18, 2024 / 3:54 pm | Story: 473033

‘Oppenheimer’ was the big winner at the 2024 EE BAFTAs, with seven awards.

The historical saga – based on the life of American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer – was nominated for a total of 13 awards and was triumphant in seven categories at the ceremony on Sunday (02.18.24).

Christopher Nolan’s movie – starring Cillian Murphy – won Best Film, Leading Actor for Murphy, Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr, Best Director for Nolan, along with Original Score, Cinematography and Editing.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Poor Things also had a successful night, with Emma Stone picking up the Leading Actress gong and the film enjoyed wins in the Costume Design, Production Design, Make-up and Hair and Special Visual Effects categories.

‘The Zone of Interest’ won Outstanding British Film, Film Not In The English Language and Sound.

And, ‘The Holdovers’ won two awards, Supporting Actress for Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Casting.

The EE BAFTA Rising Star Award (voted for by the public) went to Mia Mckenna-Bruce, while Sophie Morton received the BAFTA Fellowship and gave an emotional speech.

The actress – who spent her childhood in foster care and residential homes – said: “This is nothing short of a miracle. When I first saw Ken Loach’s ‘Kes’ on a huge telly that was wheeled into my classroom I was forever changed.

“Seeing poverty and people like me on the screen, I recognised myself – representation matters.”

“[I would tell my younger self] You matter, don’t give up, the stories we tell, they have the power to change people’s lives.

“Film changed my life, it transformed me and it led me here today. I dedicate this award to every child in care, or who has been in care and who didn’t survive.”

The awards were hosted by David Tennant and took place at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

BAFTA President Prince William was in attendance.

2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards winners:

Best Film:

‘Oppenheimer’

Outstanding British Film:

‘The Zone of Interest’

Leading Actress:

Emma Stone – ‘Poor Things’

Leading Actor:

Cillian Murphy – ‘Oppenheimer’

Supporting Actress:

Da’Vine Joy Randolph – ‘The Holdovers’

Supporting Actor:

Robert Downey Jr – ‘Oppenheimer’

Director:

‘Oppenheimer’ – Christopher Nolan

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer:

‘Earth Mama’

Film Not in the English Language:

‘The Zone of Interest’

Documentary:

’20 Days In Mariupol’

Animated film:

‘The Boy and the Heron’

Original Screenplay:

‘Anatomy of a Fall’

Adapted Screenplay:

‘American Fiction’

EE BAFTA Rising Star Award (voted for by the public):

Mia Mckenna-Bruce

Original Score:

‘Oppenheimer’

Casting:

‘The Holdovers’

Cinematography:

‘Oppenheimer’

Costume Design:

‘Poor Things’

Editing:

‘Oppenheimer’

Production Design:

‘Poor Things’

Make-up and Hair:

‘Poor Things’

Sound:

‘The Zone of Interest’

Special Visual Effects:

‘Poor Things’

British Short Film:

‘Jellyfish and Lobster’

British Short Animation:

‘Crab Day’

Kingsley Ben-Adir stepping into the shoes of an icon; For the family and friends who mined their memories for the more intimate story; And for a director, Reinaldo Marcus Green, who had to bring it all together and make it sing.

Early signs suggest that for moviegoing audiences, it worked. “Bob Marley: One Love” has only been in theaters for a few days, but it is already making waves at the box office. On its first day alone, it made $14 million in North America, a record for a midweek Valentine’s Day debut. As of Sunday it had already made an estimated $80 million globally. Though critics have been mixed, ticket buyers responded with enthusiasm giving the $70 million film the highest marks in exit polls.

“It’s such a rewarding validation of the thing that we set out to do,” said Mike Ireland, the co-president of Paramount Motion Picture Group. “The audience is the ultimate arbiter of every movie and everything you put into the world. And to have them respond in that way? It’s just fantastic.”

The film focuses in on a specific period in Bob Marley’s life, from 1976 to 1978. During that time of political turmoil in Jamaica, the reggae legend survived an assassination attempt, produced his seminal album “Exodus” in an 18-month exile in London, was diagnosed with cancer and returned to Jamaica to reunite with his family and stage the famous “One Love” concert.

“I’m a movie guy,” multi-Grammy winner Ziggy Marley said. “My selfish goal was to have a movie that had entertainment and action. I said to them, ‘I don’t want a boring movie.’ And this period of time was the most active and entertaining.”

The story and script were derived from stories from Ziggy Marley and the legend’s widow, Rita Marley, played in the film by Lashana Lynch, and others who knew him well. They shot on location in the U.K. and Jamaica, where they worked with locals in front of and behind the camera, where many had personal or at least second-hand ties to Bob Marley.

For Green, one of the biggest challenges of a film like “One Love” was getting the patois language right and making it feel real without watering it down. They were, he said, essentially making a foreign language movie but without subtitles. It’s just one of the crucial ways that their largely Jamaican cast and crew added texture and legitimacy to everything.

“We cast, I would say, 98% Jamaicans,” Green said. “We have real musicians as well. It creates that authentic feeling. It doesn’t feel like you’re watching actors trying to play music. You have real music by real musicians.”

The studio and production companies leaned heavily on the local government and film commission for help filming in Trench Town and re-creating Bob Marley’s home exactly as it was.

“You have to get the people of Jamaica’s blessings first for something like this, you know?” Ziggy Marley said. “We couldn’t do it without Jamaica.”

And all hope they helped to contribute to Jamaica’s filmmaking infrastructure. It’s hardly a surprise that the film now holds the record for Jamaica’s biggest opening day ever, surpassing “Black Panther.”

On everyone’s mind was getting Bob Marley right — starting with the music that most audiences will come in knowing and expecting certain things from, and trickling down to the private and internal life of a larger-than-life figure. Ben-Adir learned to sing and play guitar, which he did during filming under Ziggy Marley’s guidance — who wanted an artistic interpretation and not an exact copy. The final film blends Ben-Adir’s voice with archival recordings.

“Kingsley did a good job,” Ziggy Marley said. “He did the work. He really studied.”

Sometimes when families and estates are involved in the biopic process, the life can get watered down and sanitized. But Ziggy Marley and his family went in clear-eyed about wanting to show a real person, flaws and all. And who better to steer the process and the large-scale re-creations of famous concerts than someone who also is an acclaimed musician in his own right?

Ziggy Marley hopes that the film makes “people feel like they are part of the family, part of the crew, part of the band,” he said. “You are inside now. You’re not a fan on the outside.”

But mostly, he said, it’s about the message.

“We’re shedding a light on the idea of unity for humanity, of one love for people,” he said. “That is what we are most proud of, that we are serving a purpose.”

BANG Showbiz – Feb 16, 2024 / 6:37 pm | Story: 472868

Kristen Stewart was hospitalized with an anxiety attack after lying on her bathroom floor for hours unable to unclench her fists.

The 33-year-old actress has revealed she began suffering mental health issues after shooting to international stardom in the ‘Twilight’ movies and her anxiety got so bad she needed hospital treatment.

She told Rolling Stone magazine: “[At the hospital] they were like, ‘She’s dehydrated.’ I was like, ‘I’m not dehydrated. I’m … flipping out.’?They gave me an IV and a mild sedative, and I started calming down and my hands started opening up, because you … atrophy”.

Kristen added she also suffered with insomnia and vomiting when her anxiety flared up, adding: “I was always like, ‘Who knows? I could spontaneously combust in a puddle of puke right now”.

She concluded: “I loved to be sad … Oh, my God. I made a complete art project out of it: my whole life.”

Kristen’s trouble sleeping continued for years until she met her fiancee Dylan Meyer, who helped get her into a healthy routine after they moved in together.

The actress explained: “When she moved into this house, I had no curtains, three forks, and I never drank coffee, and I was like: ‘I don’t sleep.’ She’s like: ‘In the morning, you drink coffee and you work, and you’re alive, and you’re awake, and then at night you close the curtains.’

“In retrospect, it was so obvious.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Kristen discussed the couple’s relationship revealing they are planning to marry soon but they have decided against having a big ceremony because they are both so busy with work.

Kristen also insisted they plan to start a family in the future, admitting she “really wants that to happen” but although she has no fears about being pregnant, but just the thought of giving birth petrifies her.

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Also among the streaming offerings worth your time as selected by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists: “Young Sheldon” returning for its seventh and final season, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. exploring the power of gospel in a two-part PBS documentary and Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones pirate-themed video game.

NEW MOVIES TO STREAM

 

— If you were holding out for “Oppenheimer” on streaming, now’s your chance to catch up before the Oscars (March 10), where it’s up for 13 awards including best picture, best director for Christopher Nolan and best actor for Cillian Murphy. The film arrives on Peacock on Friday. Nolan and Emma Thomas, his producer and wife, are passionate advocates of the big screen experience, but they also know that most people will watch their films in the home — sometimes even as their first time. It’s how both discovered some of their favorites as well, they’ve said. In an interview with The Associated Press, Thomas added, “The nice thing about Chris’ films is because they are so very rich and reward multiple viewings, I think that they’re perfectly pitched for home viewings.”

— Jennifer Lopez has a new movie coming to Prime Video on Friday. She co-wrote “This is Me…Now: A Love Story,” a movie musical about finding love which she called “the most personal thing I’ve ever done.” It is a star-studded endeavor, with appearances from her husband, Ben Affleck, Keke Palmer, Sofia Vergara, Post Malone and more, and ties in with her first studio album in a decade (see below).

Also coming to Prime Video is Emma Seligman’s “gay high school fight club” comedy “Bottoms,” starring Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri as a few misfits who start a fight club to flirt with the hot cheerleaders (Kaia Gerber and Havana Rose Liu). In his review, AP Film Writer Jake Coyle wrote that, “The rites and rituals of the raunchy high-school comedy can be as prescribed as a class syllabus. But what makes Emma Seligman’s “Bottoms” such an anarchic thrill is how much it couldn’t care less.”

— And finally, Taika Waititi’s “Next Goal Wins” arrived on Hulu. It’s based on the real story of the American Samoa men’s soccer team quest to qualify for the FIFA World Cup after an historic loss (31-nill) against Australia. Michael Fassbender plays the coach who tries to help. In his AP review, Mark Kennedy wrote that “’Next Goal Wins’ is most winning in the way it handles the team’s star player, Jaiyah Saelua, who became the first nonbinary player to compete in a men’s FIFA qualifier. Played with real tenderness and joy by nonbinary actor Kaimana, the way the team and coach relate to Saelua is genuine and touching.”

AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr

NEW MUSIC TO STREAM

— Get ready for a second dose of J.Lo. She’s dropped the Amazon original film “This is Me… Now: A Love Story” (see above) as well as her “This Is Me… Now” album. The 13-track set’s song titles include “To Be Yours,” “Mad in Love,” “Greatest Love Story Never Told” and “Dear Ben Pt. II,” a seeming sequel to a track on her 2002 album “This Is Me … Then.” The video for one new pop single, “Can’t Get Enough,” has as much JLo strutting as all of Paris Fashion Week. Lopez’s last album, “A.K.A.,” came out in 2014 and reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200. ( Read AP’s music review.)

— Blackberry Smoke — a Georgia-based band that has been together for 24 years and seven studio albums — makes a strong return with “Be Right Here,” blending blues, Southern rock and Americana. The album contains the arena country “Hammer and the Nail,” the rocking “Little Bit Crazy” and the driving, bluesy “Dig a Hole.” The band goes more acoustic with the wistful “Azalea,” about a loved one making a wrong decision, with the lyrics “Coming back don’t mean you’re leaving here was wrong/Sorry ain’t the same as moving on.”

AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy

NEW SHOWS TO STREAM

— In a new docuseries for PBS, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. examines how sermon and song have long been a source of strength and wisdom in America, particularly among Black Americans. “Gospel,” a four-part series told over two nights has interviews with Dionne Warwick, U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and more. “Gospel” airs on PBS and is available on its app.

— Ben Mendelsohn and Juliette Binoche play Christian Dior and Coco Chanel in a new historical drama “The New Look” for Apple TV+. The 10-episode series is set against the backdrop of Paris reemerging from Nazi occupation in WWII. Dior’s designs helped to lift an oppressed France and its culture with a stylish, modern glow up. As Dior rose to prominence, a rivalry developed between other established designers, including Chanel. “The New Look” also stars Maisie Williams, John Malkovich, Emily Mortimer and Glenn Close. The first three episodes of “The New Look” dropped Wednesday.

— Before Sheldon Cooper met Leonard, Penny or Amy he was a child prodigy growing up in east Texas. Iain Armitage plays the coming-of-age version of the character in the CBS comedy “Young Sheldon.” Emmy winner Jim Parsons who played Sheldon on “Big Bang” for 12 seasons, narrates. “Young Sheldon” returned for its seventh and final season on Thursday.

— Amy Schumer’s Hulu dramedy “Life & Beth” charmed viewers when it debuted in 2022 and the series returns for a second season (released in its entirety) on Friday. Schumer writes, directs and stars as Beth opposite Michael Cera, who plays John, a farmer. The two fell in love in season one despite their differences and personal baggage. Now, the couple is planning to marry. Schumer has said the story is semi-autobiographical, inspired by her real-life marriage to chef Chris Fischer.

Alicia Rancilio

NEW VIDEO GAMES TO PLAY

— Batten down the hatches: Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones is finally ready to launch after more than a decade of development and delays. You are the captain of a pirate vessel in the Indian Ocean in the 18th century. You have a decent ship to start with, but if you want to make it really deadly you need to start collecting booty. That means pillaging merchant ships, battling rival scalawags, dodging the authorities and even surviving the occasional sea monster on your way to becoming the Pirate Kingpin. You can team up with friends or fight against them in epic naval warfare — something Ubisoft has shown a flair for in some of its Assassin’s Creed games. Set sail Friday on PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S or PC.

— Focus Entertainment’s Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden travels to the New World in the 17th century. The protagonists are a couple of paranormal investigators, Red and Antea, who are trying to clear the tormented wraiths out of a haunted settlement. They can help the lost souls ascend or banish them to eternal misery, and those choices have consequences down the line. It all gets more complicated when Antea gets killed — but fortunately she can use her supernatural powers to help Red finish the job. Banishers comes from the French studio Don’t Nod, best known for story-heavy cult favorites like Vampyr and Life Is Strange. You can take possession now on PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S or PC.

Lou Kesten

 

BANG Showbiz – Feb 16, 2024 / 7:19 am | Story: 472723

Brian Wilson’s family have applied for the Beach Boys star to be placed under a conservatorship.

The 81-year-old musician’s loved ones are concerned for the welfare of the ‘Good Vibrations’ hitmaker after his wife, Melinda Wilson, died aged 77 last month, because he suffers from what court documents described as a “major neurocognitive disorder” (such as dementia) and want to have family representatives formally appointed to make decisions on his behalf.

Brian’s family told People magazine in a statement: “Following the passing of Brian’s beloved wife Melinda, after careful consideration and consultation among Brian, his seven children, Gloria Ramos and Brian’s doctors (and consistent with family processes put in place by Brian and Melinda), we are confirming that longtime Wilson family representatives LeeAnn Hard and Jean Sievers will serve as Brian’s co-conservators of the person.

“This decision was made to ensure that there will be no extreme changes to the household and Brian and the children living at home will be taken care of and remain in the home where they are cared for by Gloria Ramos and the wonderful team at the house who have been in place for many years helping take care of the family.”

They added the ‘I Get Around’ singer can still “enjoy all of his family and friends and continue to work on current projects as well as participate in any activities he chooses.”

Court documents obtained by People noted Brian is “unable to properly provide for his or her personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter” and he had previously relied on Melinda to attend to his “daily living needs”.

They also stated the singer – who had adopted children Dakota, Daria, Delanie, Dylan and Dash with Melinda, as well as Carnie and Wendy from his first marriage – had an “Advance Health Care Directive” naming Melinda the “agent” for his health care but there was no successor listed in the event she was unable to carry out the duty, so they asked a court to appoint a conservator.

LeeAnn and Jean were proposed because they “have had a close relationship with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson for many years, and Mr. Wilson trusts them”, with the former also Brian’s “agent under his power of attorney.”

As co-conservators, the pair plan to “ensure that all of Mr. Wilson’s daily living needs are [satisfied] and he has the best possible care while remaining in his home.”

The petition stressed the ‘Surfin’ USA’ hitmaker wouldn’t be able to attend any court hearing.

His doctor wrote: “He is easily distracted, often even when aware of surroundings, and its purpose.

“Often makes spontaneous irrelevant or incoherent utterances. Has very short attention span and while unintentionally disruptive, is frequently unable to maintain decorum appropriate to the situation.

The medica also noted his famous patient is taking medication to slow “progression of illness.”

A court hearing is scheduled for 26 April.

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