It’s been officially announced that singer Alicia Keys is expecting her first child, and will marry her lover producer Swizz Beatz in the summer.
Congratulations to them both. I wish them both the best of luck.
I recently attended the press screening for the highly anticipated new British film 18.104.22.168, starring Noel Clarke, Emma Roberts, Adam Deacon, Tasmin Egerton, Shanika Warren-Markland and Ophelia Lovibond.
22.214.171.124 follows the lives of four best friends who become involved in a major diamond heist.
A much put upon and harassed Joanne (Emma Roberts) works shifts in a 24 hour supermarket. A job she clearly despises and you get the impression that she doesn’t have much of a social life.
Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland) is a strong, outspoken, independent, no nonsense lesbian, who when she’s not arguing with her creepy half-brother and stepfather, and making love to her girlfriend, runs around wearing the shortest skirts (which just about covers her suggestive “Eat Me” panties) and the highest heals.
Cassandra (Tasmin Egerton) is a dim yet talented pianist who flies out to New York City to audition for a place at a prestigious music college, and to finally meet her online boyfriend.
Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond) is a troubled young woman from a dysfunctional background, hiding a painful secret.
Noel Clarke who wrote and co-directed the film plays Tee, a moody and dangerous supermarket manager, who is also somehow involved in the diamond heist.
The film kicks off after the girls leave a coffee shop and a group of young men led by leader Dillon (Adam Deacon) run in to them after stealing a bag of precious stones. Some fall to the ground and during the chaos Shannon loses an important letter.
This entire incident is the catalyst that triggers off a chain of events that then takes us on a rollercoaster ride through the lives of each girl.
The 126.96.36.199 hype machine has been working over time for months now.
So does it live up to all the hype?
Noel Clarke has written a relatively decent screenplay. It’s just a shame that not much thought and effort went in to ensuring its affective execution on the big screen.
However, 188.8.131.52 will definitely be a hit amongst a particular demographic. Your 18-21 year old market.
The film is fast paced, over the top, has a young/attractive cast, “urban” music, street slang, some nudity, sex, stars Adam Deacon, and rapper Bashy pops up now and again.
Yes! They will love it.
But for me what let this film down the most was the poor acting. I really have to question the decision to cast actresses (two in particular), who obviously could do with gaining a lot more acting experience first (bar Emma Roberts), before being given leading roles in a major motion picture.
It also lacked realism. I for one had a hard time believing that the four lead characters were all the best of friends, because there was absolutely no chemistry there, and none of them were particularly likeable.
And don’t even get me started on former Eastenders star Michelle Ryan, whose portrayal as ruthless diamond thief Kelly ventured in to pantomime villain territory.
The scenes shot in New York City where Cassandra (Tasmin Egerton) finds herself in a spot of bother after spending a romantic night with a man she met on the Internet, just made me cringe. Those scenes were hilariously bad, Egerton just looked out of her depth, and not even a random cameo appearance featuring rapper/actress Eve could save the day.
Back in London overly aggressive Kerrys, sullen Shannon (who desperately needs to find her missing letter) and a frustrated Joanne each face their own personal dramas that are all neatly woven in to one, and eventually take us on a journey towards a lacklustre and rather cheesy climax involving the stolen diamonds.
184.108.40.206 could have been a great film. However poor acting, lazy dialogue and shoddy direction (in parts) prevented this from happening.
But there are those out there who will love 220.127.116.11, and I believe it will still do reasonably well at the box office.
If you prefer style over substance and enjoy visual titillation then 18.104.22.168 is definitely the film for you.
22.214.171.124 will be released nationwide on the 2nd June.