Sunday, 21 April 2013

SCOOP: Reggae Film Fest finds a new home + Streisand to receive special award + 'Foxy Knoxy' tells her side of the story

The newly rebranded Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival will take place at its new home of Island Village in the tourist mecca of Ocho Rios, during Independence Week of August 1-5. This year the festival is set to benefit from the input of Island Village manager Delroy Morgan, who has worked with the Sundance Film Festival for the past three years. Meantime, Hollywood actor (inset) Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall, Dead Presidents) and Guyanese-American actress Rhona Fox are among the VIP guests who've confirmed their attendance. Each night will deliver a programme of feature films, shorts, documentaries and music videos. The festival ends on August 5 with the presentation of awards and viewing of prize-winning films. To get more details, go to 

Barbra Streisand, one of our favourite people in the world, will receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award for Lifetime Achievement on Monday, April 22. In making the announcement, the society cited in particular Streisand's work on Yentl, the first movie to credit a woman as director, writer, producer and star, along with other big-screen turns behind the camera, including her work on Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces, and as leading lady in films like For Pete’s Sake and Funny Lady

Pageturner alert! Amanda Knox, the American student co-accused in the 2007 murder of her housemate in Italy, has just published a meditative memoir, Waiting To Be Heard, which illuminates her shocking and lurid ordeal, even as she seeks to set the record straight. According to online sources, there are tidbits of new information about the bizarre murder case which capture global headlines, but large portions of the book’s account of the case and trials will be familiar to readers who have followed the glut of media coverage of the story.

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