Thursday, 19 June 2014

INSIDE SCOOP: 5 Things We're Talking About Right Now

ONE IN A MILLION: A film adaptation of the 2001 Christopher John Farley-penned biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman is in the works, slated to emerge as a a Lifetime biopic. Director Bradley Walsh and screenwriter Michael Elliott have teamed up with produces at the female-friendly television network to bring the late singer-actress' story to small screen audiences. The coveted lead role rests on the pert shoulders of 17-year-old singing sensation and Disney starlet Zendaya Coleman, who performed at the YVAs in Jamaica in February. Coleman, a pretty young thing, has the look, the voices and the respectable acting chops to nail the part. 

TECH SUPPORT: "I'll be looking at how new technologies are allowing evolution in broadcasting as we know it," says Phase 3 Productions' Dr. Marcia Forbes, who is set to deliver an address at the upcoming Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) conference being held in Paramaribo, Suriname under the theme "The Digital Era and Content Creation." "Television, in particular, has morphed into something other than what we know it as today," Forbes says. "Online radio and podcasts are the reality now. More and more people are gravitating towards the, and it's interesting to watch the transition." The CBU conference is the annual meeting of broadcasters from across the region, representing the disciplines of radio, television and online formats. 

ART AND LIFE: Having demonstrated utter mastery of music and fashion, T.O.K has made the foray into new territory: reality TV. The dancehall supergroup, ever thinking of the fans, are granting you full access to some of their most personal moments and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at life on the road, with an aptly titled series, Taking Over, airing on CVM TV in July. Stay tuned.

JOYFUL NOISE: He's been in the gospel game for years, but we haven't heard much from Hezekiah Walker in quite a while. Alas, the legendary gospel crooner and Grammy Award winner will reacquaint his Caribbean devotees with his fiery brand of praise music when he headlines this summer's Fun In The Son festival in Kingston on July 12. The Glory Music/Best Dressed Chicken event, famous for drawing a mammoth throng, will also feature appearances by top local gospel acts and honorary Jamaican Andrew Palau. 

PROJECT RUNWAY: Marking the genesis of a significant venture aimed at boosting the cash-strapped fashion industry, the Caribbean Fashionweek Foundation is making clear its intention of walking the walk in actively supporting designer development and funding in Jamaica and the wider region. All proceeds from the star-studded June 13 CFW Gala, a key social and networking event attended by a slew of high-ranking figures and other industry reps, was pumped into the initiative. That's what you call style and substance. 

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