Jamaican born actor cops role in Paramount Pictures hit film ‘Downsizing’ | Entertainment

When Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a viable solution to overpopulation. Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) quickly opt to abandon their stressful lives to get small and move to a new downsized community. Despite the euphoric lifestyle promised in a miniaturised world, wife – Audrey becomes intimidated by the irreversible process and decides to backdown. This decision triggers a wave of life-changing adventures, as Paul maneuvers being the size of an action figure. ‘Downsizing’ is released by Paramount Pictures.…

A new type of call to worship – Concert among weeklong activities to launch church | Entertainment

Kingdom Empowerment and Deliverance Ministries International (KEDMI) is preparing to officially open its doors at 30 Dunrobin Avenue this Sunday. The 100-member church, which has been operating for two months, is headed by Pastor Jermaine Laing. “In such a short time our non-denominational church has attracted a wide audience and is still growing,” Laing told The Gleaner. Laing has shared the Gospel for many years before answering the call to become a pastor. Now, after six years in the Church he has decided to expand his ministry by establishing the…

Performing for charity is most rewarding | Entertainment

More than 20 entertainers turned up at Jamaica House on Saturday to lend their talents to a worthy cause. Led by Shaggy, through his Make a Difference Foundation, the artistes set about raising their voices in order to get money for the intensive care unit of the Bustamante Hospital of Children. The STAR spoke with some of the friends of Shaggy and asked them what is most rewarding about performing for charity. Romain Virgo: Whenever we get to do charity show it makes us as artistes feel good on the…

Corporate Ja says ‘Yeah’ to Aidonia | Entertainment

Last summer, Aidonia’s track, ‘Yeah Yeah’, was on the lips of partygoers and its success continued throughout the year and bounced into 2018 with a bang. The song has played its part in the singjay getting a nomination at the MOBO Award and another two nods at the upcoming IRAWMA Awards. The song’s success even caught the attention of Corporate Jamaica, as J Wray and Nephew re-edited the track for the spirits company’s Rumpari promotional campaign. Speaking with THE STAR yesterday, Brand PR Manager for J Wray and Nephew, Alison…

A revue to make Jamaica Sweeter | Entertainment

  On the surface, David Tulloch’s attempt at catharsis, in Jamaica Sweeter, did not go as he may have intended. The playwright’s goal was hindered by too many stereotypical characters and their non-descript settings. However, through some cleverly written lines, lighting and commendable acting from the cast of six, Tulloch’s message of hope, was able to ride the waves of dissonance. Jamaica Sweeter was seen on Saturday at the spacious Hanning Road, (New Kingston) Phoenix Theatre. It is a revue presented in songs and skits, and satirizes some of Jamaica’s characters. Jamaican actors…

Music videos boost Corporate goals through product placements | Entertainment

In recent years corporate companies have been finding new and unique ways of pushing their brands, and incorporating products into music videos of well known entertainers is one of them. The latter is known as product placement, and while it is not a new phenomenon, it has been steadily gaining momentum in recent years In an interview with The Gleaner, Telecia Lindo-Johnson, marketing manager at J Wray and Nephew Limited, explained that the growth of product placement, particularly in music videos, is as a result of persons recognising its value.…

Light, sound operators ensure plays seen, heard | Entertainment

The house lights go down and an audience waits in darkness to be enveloped in the theatre’s magic. Soon enough, the stage is lit and, to go with the sights, sounds in sync with the actors’ and actresses’ dialogue and actions. There is someone off the stage who is responsible for this co-ordination of what is seen and heard, the light and sound operator who sits in a booth where they can see and here everything. Dorraine Reid, who is currently working on Basil Dawkins’ ‘Pressure Drop’, which is playing…

Stephen Dajure delivers good set on Xmas show | Entertainment

Reggae artiste Stephen Dajure was excellently received when he performed at the recent GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza, held at Luana Sports Complex, Black River, St Elizabeth. The reggae artiste graced the stage sometime after midnight to a roaring crowd, where he performed hits such as Farm Up A Land, Almighty Jah, and the crowd favourite, I’m Not A Criminal. When asked about how he felt about the performance, he said: “I felt well received by the people; the love, energy, and vibration was overwhelming. It was the first time they…

#Bujufreecountdown | Entertainment | Jamaica Star

With just months to go before his release from prison in the United States, there is a public countdown to incarcerated dancehall-reggae artiste Buju Banton being a free man. There have been a slew of posts on the veteran entertainer’s Instagram account with a hashtag of his prison sentence’s remaining days. “356…,” one post read which was followed by, “Who Jah bless no man curse. #355” and “Fools swear they’re wise, men know they’re foolish. #351.” Buju Banton, whose given name, Mark Myrie, is currently being held at McRae Correctional…

Selector Mad Ras honoured at Pure Vibes | Entertainment

Veteran dancehall selector Mad Ras was honoured by Wanda of Oh Canada and the Canadian All Stars promotion team, during their Pure Vibes Retro Style Party, held recently at Lil Copa Club in Bull Bay, St Andrew. The Homestead, Spanish Town-raised Mad Ras has selected at more than a few venues in the eastern side of the island, in particular Bull Bay, and cemented his award by playing a top-notch set and had patrons dancing the night away. He mixed the genres, including soul, lovers rock, reggae and dancehall, and…