Wednesday, 13 February 2019

CULTURE VULTURE: VIP/Grandstand tickets for Buju concert sold out + Fifty Shades author back for more + Proceeds from Cargo premiere to benefit Haiti

BOOKS: Calling all Fifty Shades loyalists! Are your ready for more from author E.L. James? Her publisher, Vintage Books, has announced that James has a new book coming out on April 16. It’s called The Mister and, true to James’ oeuvre, it’s “an erotic love story” (set in London), but Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele do not appear in this one. Instead, you are introduced to Maxim (an aristocratic young Englishman) and Alessia (a girl with a past). “It’s a Cinderella story for the 21st century,” says James, whose Fifty Shades books has sold more than 100 million copies. “I hope my readers will be swept away by their thrilling and sensual tale.”

FILM: Funds from the recent Caribbean premiere of the buzzworthy film Cargo (about human trafficking and Haitian immigrants in the Bahamas fleeing to Miami) will be donated to Hollywood Unites for Haiti, a non-profit founded by Jimmy Jean-Louis, one of the film’s stars, to benefit underprivileged youth in the poverty-stricken island territory. According to Jean-Louis, it is imperative that the Caribbean produces more of these projects shining the spotlight on critical social issues affecting our people. “I just feel like the film industry really needs to be worked on,” he says. “I feel like the Caribbean has so much potential. If we come together we can achieve great things. We won’t have to wait to get movies from America; they could get movies from us, too.”

MUSIC: They’re going fast! VIP and grandstand tickets for Buju Banton’s highly anticipated National Stadium concert on March 16 are already sold out. Still available are General tickets ($12, 500) and Bleachers tickets ($4000). The upcoming concert will mark the kick-off for The Long Walk to Freedom Tour, being presented by Gargamel Music, Supreme Ventures and Boom Energy Drink. Gates open 4pm. Showtime 8pm. Tickets are on sale at select Digicel stores and via bujubanton.com. Information hotline: 876-247-BUJU or 876-LUV-BUJU.






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