Month: March 2013

UK NEWS: WILL SMITH VISITS BRIXTON

Will Smith took in the sights and sounds of Brixton today, accompanied by local Labour MPs Tessa Jowell and “Britain’s answer to Barack Obama” Chuka Umunna. Via The Independent Will Smith made a surprise appearance in Brixton today with local Tessa Jowell and Chuka Umunna. It emerged the Fresh Prince of Bell Air star wanted to stay true to his character’s roots and see the “real London”. Tessa Jowell, MP for neighbouring Dulwich and West Norwood, tweeted earlier to say: “Will Smith wanted to see ‘London’s Harlem’! So proud to show []

15 YEAR OLD NEWCOMER MCKELL DAVID SET TO PLAY TITLE ROLE IN NEW BRITISH FEATURE FILM ‘MONTANA’

15 year old actor Mckell David will play the title role in the up and coming British feature film Montana. The film also stars Ashley Walters, Adam Deacon, Richie Campbell and Lars Mikkelsen. Via Variety Mikkelsen plays a Serbian hitman who comes to London on a mission against a local gangster, and teams up by chance with a young drugs courier (Mckell David) who wants revenge against the same crime lord. The assassin ends up mentoring his protegé in the dark arts of professional killing. Mo Ali is []

SHORT FILM: THE TAKEOVER

The Takeover is the story of best friends Ashley, a Caucasian fashion designer, and Tisha, an African American comic book artist, who debate the difficulty of dating in Los Angeles; each arguing that the other has it easier. After help from their favorite barista, Yoshi, and his exotic espresso, the ladies swap bodies and experience the dating scene in each other’s shoes for 24 hours. I thought the Takeover was pretty good and it made me laugh out loud in parts. But it []

DOCUMENTARY: TRUE STORY NOLLYWOOD (TRAILER)

True Story Nollywood is a documentary about the stories written and told by the world’s third largest film industry. According to the website Shadow and Act the documentary premiered last month at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. I don’t know if there are plans to premier the film here in London.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: SIMONE BRESI-ANDO (FOUNDER OF BRESI-ANDO CONSULTS AND I’MPOSSIBLE)

“Define success on your terms. There is no other joy but achieving goals you created for yourself that have not been tampered with by external or societal pressures or structures. Fix your own mask first before helping others, broken souls can only give so much. Give wisely and wholly.” [Stylist Magazine – Top tips to mark International Women’s Day] On March 8th The I’mPossible Conversation will be part of the South Bank Centre’s Women Of The World Festival in London on International Women’s []

BRITISH ACTRESS LENORA CRICHLOW SET TO STAR IN NEW US PILOT SHOW

Shadow and Act reports that British actress Lenora Crichlow has been cast in a new US pilot show which will air on ABC. The star of BBC Three’s critically-acclaimed supernatural drama series Being Human  currently in its final season) has booked a role in the untitled Cullen Brothers comedy which centers on “Terry Gannon (Maggie Lawson), a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player.” Crichlow will play a character named Gigi, []

UK NEWS: FILM DISTRIBUTOR REVOLVER ENTERTAINMENT SHUTS DOWN

Screen Daily reports that film distributor Revolver Entertainment has closed its doors until further notice. The company responsible for bringing us British “URBAN” film classics such as Shank, SKET, Payback Season, Kidulthood, Anuvahood and Ill Manors has also apparently told its remaining staff not to return as the company would not be paying them. According to senior staff formerly at Revolver, there are also other company-specific financial reasons for the company’s demise, not just the general DVD downturn. One internal email between executives from late last year seen by Screen describes the company’s []