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#EK – NAIROBI HALF LIFE misses 2013 Oscar slot but we are still WINNERS

Hi everyone.

The 2013 Academy Awards nominations have just been announced and i was glued to a live streaming online hoping that our very own gem NAIROBI HALF LIFE that was submitted last year, would have squeezed its way on to the final five.

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Sadly it was not called up but that’s no reason for me or you to be dissapointed.

It makes me more than happy that we got that far with NHL and the world knows that we can and will again submit a global attention catching film.


So lets not give up.

Let’s keep matching along and just do what has to be done, to one day step on that stage and receive that elusive Oscar statue guy.


Whats more important than Oscars statue itself, us being bold enough to find that place and space amongst the greats that matters and submit our very own told story.


So the team that put it all together led by the fierce and brave director David “Tosh” Gitonga”, guided by Ginger Ink/One Fine Day Films and all the partners.

Then to you who came out to watch and those who are going to watch it and those who will watch it again…THANK YOU!


Their is another Kenyan film coming out soon – SOMETHING NECESSARY -.


Its a story that you and i will resonate with immensely. Can’t tell you more than that.

Well, was fortunate enough to once again get a small role in a Kenyan made movie and was a pleasure working with all the crew and cast that feature in it.

The talented and passionate Judy Kibinge directed it and she did a splendid job for sure.

Am anxious as you may be and cant wait for it to be released VERY SOON.

Like the face book page;

Something Necessary

Here is the official trailer;

Official trailer of SOMETHING NECESSARY

It features Susan Wanjiru, Walter Kipchumba Lagat, David Koprotich Mutai, Anne Kimani, Carolyne Chebiwott Kibet, Benjamin Nyagaka.

Produced by Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Siobhain “Ginger” Wilson, Tom Tykwer – Co-Produced by: Guy Wilson, Marie Steinmann; Rosh Khodabakhsh

Oh by the way this years Academy Awards will be hosted by the creator of FAMILY GUY Seth Macfarlane




So here are the nominations for the Oscars which will be held on the 24th of February at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewisin “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables”
Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”
Denzel Washington in “Flight”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Alan Arkin in “Argo”
Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Jessica Chastainin “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Rivain “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallisin “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Wattsin “The Impossible”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Amy Adams in “The Master”
Sally Field in “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”
Helen Huntin “The Sessions”
Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best animated feature film of the year

“Brave” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
“Frankenweenie”Tim Burton
“ParaNorman” Sam Fell and Chris Butler
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” Peter Lord
“Wreck-It Ralph” Rich Moore

Adapted screenplay

“Argo” Screenplay by Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi”Screenplay by David Magee
“Lincoln” Screenplay by Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook”Screenplay by David O. Russell

Original screenplay

“Amour” Written by Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained”Written by Quentin Tarantino
“Flight” Written by John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” Written by Mark Boal

Achievement in cinematography

“Anna Karenina”Seamus McGarvey
“Django Unchained”Robert Richardson
“Life of Pi” Claudio Miranda
“Lincoln” Janusz Kaminski
“Skyfall” Roger Deakins

Achievement in directing

“Amour” Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” Ang Lee
“Lincoln” Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook”David O. Russell

Best foreign language film of the year

“Amour” Austria
“Kon-Tiki” Norway
“No” Chile
“A Royal Affair” Denmark
“War Witch” Canada

Best documentary feature

“5 Broken Cameras”
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
“The Gatekeepers”
Nominees to be determined
“How to Survive a Plague”
Nominees to be determined
“The Invisible War”
Nominees to be determined
“Searching for Sugar Man”
Nominees to be determined

Best documentary short subject

Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
“Kings Point”
Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
“Mondays at Racine”
Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
“Open Heart”
Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Achievement in film editing

“Argo” William Goldenberg
“Life of Pi” Tim Squyres
“Lincoln” Michael Kahn
“Silver Linings Playbook”Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
“Zero Dark Thirty”Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Achievement in costume design

“Anna Karenina”Jacqueline Durran
“Les Misérables”Paco Delgado
“Lincoln” Joanna Johnston
“Mirror Mirror”Eiko Ishioka
“Snow White and the Huntsman”Colleen Atwood

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
“Les Misérables”
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

“Anna Karenina” Dario Marianelli
“Argo” Alexandre Desplat
“Life of Pi” Mychael Danna
“Lincoln” John Williams
“Skyfall” Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Best motion picture of the year

“Amour” Nominees to be determined
“Argo” Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
“Django Unchained” Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
“Les Misérables” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
“Life of Pi”Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
“Lincoln” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
“Silver Linings Playbook”Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Zero Dark Thirty”Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers

Achievement in production design

“Anna Karenina”
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
“Les Misérables”
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
“Life of Pi”
Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best animated short film

“Adam and Dog”Minkyu Lee
“Fresh Guacamole”PES
“Head over Heels”Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
“Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare””David Silverman
“Paperman”John Kahrs

Best live action short film

“Asad” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
“Buzkashi Boys”Sam French and Ariel Nasr
“Curfew” Shawn Christensen
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
“Henry” Yan England

Achievement in sound editing

“Argo” Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
“Django Unchained”Wylie Stateman
“Life of Pi” Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
“Skyfall” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
“Zero Dark Thirty”Paul N.J. Ottosson

Achievement in sound mixing

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
“Les Misérables”
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
“Life of Pi”
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
“Life of Pi”
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson


#EK – (Behind The Scenes) – Week 2 Done, of A Distant Boat shoot…

The On Field Crew/cast Just wrapped week 2 of “The Distant Boat”.A great story soon to be on your screens.
25% through the production.
Here’s Andy Brown the director, taking you through a short sneak peek in this behind the scenes clip.
Enjoy a little behind-the-scenes from last week.


Movie Update #1 from AIM On-Field Media on Vimeo.

God Bless!

#EK – Actors, be sure what you signing up for or end up like this!

Actors sue producer of ‘vile and reprehensible’ anti-Islam movie claiming he dubbed over their voices with slurs against Muhammed… and three have hired a glamorous blonde lawyer.

By Caroline Graham, Peter Sheridan, Meghan Keneally and Daily Mail Reporter

The actors who appear in the controversial film that has sparked riots across the Islamic world claim they were duped into appearing in the ‘vile’ production – and three have hired a glamorous blonde lawyer to represent them.

Stars including Cindy Lee Garcia and Anna Gurji say the film was altered after shooting to turn it into a piece of anti-Muslim propaganda and furiously deny any involvement.

They insist their voices were dubbed in the poorly produced film, after the trailer alone provoked widespread violence that has led to many deaths.

Glamorous California attorney Grace Ayers, 29, is representing three of the cast and claims her clients were told they were making a historical action adventure film set in the desert.

Glamorous California attorney Grace Ayers, 29, is representing three of the cast and claims her clients were told they were making a historical action adventure film set in the desert.

Threatened: Cindy Lee Garcia was the first actress to speak out against the film after it caused deadly protests in the Middle East

'Betrayed': Anna Gurji said she was misled over the film's true contents

‘Betrayed’: Cindy Lee Garcia, right, was the first actor in the film to speak out against it following the deadly protests in the Middle East, while Anna Gurji, right, agrees they were misled over the film’s true contents

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles today, Ms Garcia demanded that Google and YouTube remove the Innocence of Muslims trailer from their sites.

She is suing the producer for fraud and slander, claiming he conned her into taking part in the ‘vile and reprehensible’ movie.

Grace Ayers will be representing three of the actors, who claim they were fooled into thinking they were making a totally different filmGrace Ayers will be representing three of the actors, who claim they were fooled into thinking they were making a totally different film

The grandmother said she believed she was acting in an ‘Arabian Desert adventure film’ but that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, aka Sam Bacile, had changed the movie ‘grotesquely’, by the time it was released.

She claimed the producer, who has been forced into hiding since the 14-minute trailer rose to prominence last week, made it appear that she ‘voluntarily performed in a hateful anti-Islamic production.’

She even accuses him of dubbing over her voice to include lines that insulted the Muslim prophet Muhammed, which she insists she never said, according to TMZ.

Ms Garcia said she has been the target of numerous death threats since the film began garnering attention and, like the movie’s mastermind, has been forced into hiding with her family.

She added that she is no longer able to visit her grandchildren and has also been fired from her job because of the movie.

The lawsuit states Garcia responded to an ad for a film about ancient Egypt, adding that the pages of the script she received had no mention of the prophet Muhammed.

But she said it was altered to give it an anti-Islamic message.

‘The film is vile and reprehensible,’ wrote Ms Garcia’s attorney, M. Cris Armenta, in her complaint.

‘This lawsuit is not an attack on the First Amendment nor on the right of Americans to say what they think, but does request that the offending content be removed from the Internet,’ the complaint went on.

Ms Garcia’s attorneys plan to seek an injunction against the film tomorrow in a Los Angeles court.

She is also seeking unspecified damages from Google, YouTube and the producer.

Outraged: Cindy Lee Garcia, pictured in the 'Innocence of Muslims' trailer, is suing the film's producer and Google and YouTube Outraged: Cindy Lee Garcia, pictured in the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ trailer, is suing the film’s producer and Google and YouTube

Ms Garcia said the film has harmed her reputation and caused ‘shame, mortification, and hurt feelings’.

Google, YouTube (which is owned by Google) and Nakoula have yet to comment on the case.

The search giant has blocked users in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Egypt from viewing the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ trailer.

It has also blocked the video from being viewed in Indonesia and India because it violates laws in those countries.

The trailer was linked to protests that have since killed at least 30 people in seven countries, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Outraged: Actress Cindy Lee Garcia said that she never knew that the movie, which she thought was titled Desert Warriors, was intended to be an anti-Islam film

Garcia was the first actress to speak out against the director of the incendiary anti-Islam film that prompted global protests.

Threatened: Cindy Lee Garcia was the first actress to speak out against the film after it caused deadly protests in the Middle EastThreatened: Cindy Lee Garcia was the first actress to speak out against the film after it caused deadly protests in the Middle East

The grandmother was quick to announce that she and the other actors had no idea that the film’s producer, who they knew at Sam Bacile, wanted to use their acting to create an anti-Muslim movie.

‘I’m getting horrible death threats over the Internet, people saying they’re going to cut me up, chop me up and kill me and my family,’ Garcia said on Tuesday.

Her personal Facebook page, her professional modeling page, and the page of the Flame of Fire Outreach Church where she serves as an ordained minister have all been inundated with threats from individuals angered by the movie.

In one such threat, a man named Ahmad Nazir Bashiri said the actress is lucky that he is nowhere near her because ‘otherwise I would have cut your head no matter what your country or lawmakers would have done to me’, according to The New York Daily News.

In her first interview, when she spoke to Gawker and explained that she never saw any references to the prophet Muhammed or Islam, Ms Garcia thought that she was acting in a film called Desert Warriors.

‘It was going to be a film based on how things were 2,000 years ago. It wasn’t based on anything to do with religion, it was just on how things were run in Egypt. There wasn’t anything about Muhammed or Muslims or anything,’ she said.

Her Facebook page echoes that, as she proudly touts her participation in the film.

‘I have been doing feature films, just finished Broken Roads with Crevice Entertainment, also just wrapped up Dessert Warriors/ played a supporting role,’ she wrote.

Conman: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on the set of the film with Ms Gurji in a red wigConman: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on the set of the film with Ms Gurji in a red wig

She lists shooting as one of her hobbies, saying she is ‘very good with guns, love shooting am A Member Of Kern County Gun Club. Spend as much time as I can on the gun range’.

After a 14-minute trailer of the film was posted online, protests broke out throughout the Middle East and U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens was killed inside the Libyan embassy last week.

The next day, Garcia called the producer- who she still thought was named Sam Bacile- in a panic.

‘I called Sam and said, ‘Why did you do this?’ and he said, ‘I’m tired of radical Islamists killing each other. Let other actors know it’s not their fault,” Garcia said.

She is furious about the changes that were made after filming, as the final product refers to Muhammed as a paedophile and child molester.

‘I had nothing to do really with anything. Now we have people dead because of a movie I was in. It makes me sick,’ she said.

The man behind it all: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff's officers in Cerritos, California

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers in Cerritos, California

Though she spoke to ‘Sam’ and he acknowledged that none of the actors knew what was going on, that is not enough for her.

‘I’m going to sue his butt off,’ she said.

‘We’re looking for a new place to live right now. My husband is really worried. All my family is in hysterics,’ she said.

She said that she called the FBI and left messages reporting the threats she has been receiving but she has yet to hear back from the agency.

In the days following the protests, the true identity and criminal background of the film’s producer Nakoula have been revealed.

Nakoula is an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian. Now living in California, he is a convicted drug dealer and conman who was last released from jail in June last year.
Ms Garcia was the first but not the only actress involved in the project who has expressed her outrage at the final version of the film.

Anna Gurji, 21, who plays Muhammed’s child bride, spoke yesterday of her fear of reprisals and how she was ‘betrayed’ by Nakoula.

‘I was playing the youngest bride of a character named George,’ she said. ‘I had no idea George would be changed to Muhammed. I’m locked up in my house. I’m terrified people in the Middle East will blame me.

‘I’m Catholic so they might think I have something against Muslims. I’m taking pills to sleep. I’ve been crying for days. I feel betrayed. My face is stuck on the movie clip. People see that awful film and they see me.’

An unnamed representative for the 80-person cast released a statement to CNN, condemning the incendiary changes made in post-production that portrayed the prophet Muhammed as a pedophile and child molester.

We are shocked by the drastic re-writes of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred.

‘We are shocked by the drastic re-writes of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred,’ the cast said in their statement.

The film sparked a violent protest at the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi during which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed last Tuesday. Protests have spread to other countries across the Muslim world.

For many Muslims, any depiction of the prophet is blasphemous. Caricatures deemed insulting in the past have provoked protests and drawn condemnations from officials, preachers, ordinary Muslims and many Christians.

U.S. officials have said authorities were not investigating the film project itself, and that even if it was inflammatory or led to violence, simply producing it cannot be considered a crime in the United States, which has strong free speech laws.

Two attorneys visited Nakoula’s home hours before he was taken in for questioning. They said they were there to consult with him.

The violent protests over the film in Libya caused mob attacks in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American officials.

Nakoula pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, to be followed by five years on supervised probation, court documents showed.

He was accused of fraudulently opening bank and credit card accounts using Social Security numbers that did not match the names on the applications, a criminal complaint showed. He was released in June 2011, and at least some production on the video was done later that summer.

But the terms of Nakoula’s prison release contain behavior stipulations that bar him from accessing the Internet or assuming aliases without the approval of his probation officer.

A senior law enforcement official in Washington has indicated the probation investigation relates to whether he broke one or both of these conditions. Violations could result in him being sent back to prison, court records show.


#EK – (Check out No. 19- Bolt) 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

The best/funniest/weirdest moments from London in nice, little, animated packages.

Jack Moore

BuzzFeed Staff

1. Liu Xiang Hops To Finish His Race And Kisses The Final Hurdle

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

China’s Liu Xiang had won gold in the 110m hurdles in Athens, but since then had fought Achilles issues. At the first hurdle in London, he crashed and fell to the ground gripping the back of his foot. He began to hop off the track and down the tunnel before stopping, and turning back. He hopped the rest of the race, stopping only to kiss the final hurdle.

Learn more here.

2. Shin A Lam Stands Defiant After Being Screwed Out Of A Chance For Gold

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

When a controversial ruling cost Korea’s Shin A Lam a chance at gold in the women’s individual épée fencing, she refused to leave the floor as that would be taken as a sign she accepted the ruling. So she filed an appeal and stayed on the piste for 45 minutes. When a judge came to tell her that her appeal had been denied, rather than go with him, she climbed back onto the platform and stood, defiant.

Learn more here.

3. McKayla Maroney’s Jaw Dropping Vault

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

4. No Really, The Judge’s Jaw Dropped

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

5. Nick “I Look Like Zack Morris Or Every Single ’80s Movie Villain” Delpopolo

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

Delpopolo was later disqualified for testing positive for marijuana.

6. Bad(Ass)Minton

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

7. Fast And Furious Table Tennis!

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

8. Disappointed But Impressed Korean Archery Coach Is Disappointed But Impressed

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

9. Valentina Vezzali’s Awesome Fencing Celebration

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

10. Handball Death From Above (Or Definitive Proof That Handball Is Awesome)

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

11. The Weirdest Spanish Basketball Fan That Ever Existed

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

Is that a sausage in his mouth?

12. Infinite Olympic Trampolining!

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

13. The Most Important Moment Of The Opening Ceremony: That Guy Who Invented The Internet

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

14. The Second Most Important Moment Of The Opening Ceremony: James Bond And Corgis

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

15. The Only Important Part Of The Closing Ceremony: Posh Being Posh

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

16. When The US Men’s Basketball Team Wins, Coach K Is Happy

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

17. Rockstar Usain Bolt: Cause

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

18. Rockstar Usain Bolt: Effect

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

19. Prankster Usain Bolt

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

20. Hope Solo’s Monster Gold Medal Save

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

21. American Claressa Shields Knows How To Celebrate

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

22. Nic Batum Hates Juan Carlos Navarro’s Balls

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

23. The Brutal World Of Race Walking

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

24. Kobe And LeBron: BFFs

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

25. Let Me Show You The Dance Of My People: The Independent Olympic Athletes

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

26. The Surprisingly Awesome World Of Rhythmic Gymnastics

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

27. No Seriously, This Is Crazy

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

28. This Gymnastics Coach Doesn’t Know How To Make A Heart With Her Hands

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

29. Gabby Douglas Kicked Ass

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

30. Aly Raisman’s Gold Medal Floor Routine

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

31. This Is Michael Phelps’ Last Medal Ceremony So Hold His Hand

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

32. One Last Gold

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

33. Michael Phelps: Olympic Hero

The 33 Best GIFs Of The London Olympics

Hearing the National Anthem from the podium one last time.

#EK – The man in the Predator suit

The Late Kevin Peter Hall (May 9, 1955 – April 10, 1991) was an American actor known for his roles in Misfits of Science, Prophecy, Without Warning, and Harry and the Hendersons. He was also best known as the title character in the first two films in the Predator franchise.

#EK – (Yes and he’s back) When John Mayer came out of the shadow

July 17, 2012
Dhara Vora

For over a year now, musician John Mayer has been battling with granuloma in his throat and has yet managed to release a successful album, Born And Raised. Mayer gets talking about his album and experiencing happiness akin to that of releasing his very first album

Singer/ musician John Mayer


You’ve had a tough year. How have you managed to cope with your physical and emotional stress and come up with an album? Is that why your recent album took some time to come out?
I was frustrated for a few days. I would lie in bed all day, listening to Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’ or Times They Are a-Changin’; I would find happiness in finding such great music. I was in a weird phase, because I used to get excited and upset with myself because I heard someone do something that I would love to have come out of me. I had really started wondering if I could find the excitement that usually accompanies someone’s first record. Somewhere inside me, there was something that I had found, similar to discovering music back in High school. Now, I had this kind of fresh download, not just musically but also lifestyle wise — I wanted to give it all back to music again. So, I went into Electric Lady Studios and it became a safe place.

How are you doing these days?
I am up and running and living my life with the flow. I am waiting for surprises that will be thrown up on me.

Born and Raised has several different (there’s Soul, a lot of Country) and new sounds. What were your inspirations for this album?
I wasn’t writing for Born and Raised with the anticipation that it was going to be adored by just Australia but world over. It was about going back to the process of having a great idea that you could play on the piano or a guitar, and those are just really hard to write. The process, if you don’t hit it, is terrible. The process of… when you’re in a studio and you got other people listening to you, you can’t help but have a performance mentality. I think, many times, people want to have a loop going, and a drum machine going, so that people get satisfied around you. What I would do is go behind the microphone and say hey, could you turn me down in there? So, I was the only person hearing it. But what wasn’t there was discouragement about other people worrying that other people would like to be somewhere else. And then, I’d text and say turn me up and I’d have the chorus to “Shadow Days,” and then, I would work from there. But, this is not about will anyone like this? I feel like it’s an old record in a sense that it’s what you get if you only focus on writing a record. And again, I don’t think I’ll ever do it differently. If you write without worrying about what it is you got, you really can plum some depths.

You have included some of personal memoirs (your childhood and love life too) with your song writing for this album. What led to that?
This time I had made my music because it made me contented. I heard the tunes repeatedly. I didn’t pay attention to the groove or the sound of it, just made sure that they were pure at the core of the composition of lyric and melody. Born and Raised was the song that showed me that if you’re honest, if you’re a little braver than you want to be, it can pay off.

Till date, who has been the most interesting person you have collaborated with? Any plans to work with an Indian artist or come to India?
I loved working with everybody associated with this record. It’s always a pleasure to play for fans. I have heard that music scene is huge in India, would love to perform for the music soiree here.

Born and Raised, John Mayer, Sony Music, `499. Available at leading music stores.

Behind the Scenes at a McDonald’s Photo Shoot

Yeah have also wondered before why the food on the advertising looked different from what is in the restaurant…

By Dane Carlsson.

While it normally takes about a minute or so to make the average McDonald’s burger, the process they go through on the shoot takes several hours. But they do use the exact same ingredients!

Mrs. Doubtfire – Recut as a Creepy Horror Movie

by Chad

It’s amazing what a person can do with a bit of creativity, some editing software, and the desire to take a wholesome, family friendly film and transforms it into something twisted and amazing. Remember Mrs. Doubtfire? Yeah, this is so much better.

Created by the very talented Peter Javidpour, Mrs. Doubtfire Recut highlights an amazing horror flick buried deep within the celluloid of the original film. If you found the original movie as mind numbingly boring as I did, do yourself a favor and watch this trailer. It’s rare that an internet video had me actually laughing out loud.

Mrs. Doubtfire (Recut)

What really nailed it for me was just how serious the film becomes with a little bit of creative scene changes and foreboding music. It’s a stark and completely hilarious contrast to the original, which most of you have undoubtedly seen, either in full, or in part while someone’s kids were watching it. Where the original was hopeful and heartwarming, this one paints Daniel Hillard as a sick and twisted monster, sneaking into his former home for all manner of nefarious reasons. Creepy!

Given how many re-makes we’ve seen over the last few years, why don’t studios instead try re-making films under a different genre than the original? Not in the horrific manner of parody like, say… Disaster Movie or Dance Flick, but something actually, you know… awesome. They could bring something new to the table, or at least re-purpose the films for a different audience. I would love to see Ferriss Club brought to the big screen as a feature length film, as an example.

If you’re looking for more of Peter Javidpour’s work, unfortunately you’re (mostly) shit out of luck. He hasn’t done much since he first created Mrs. Doubtfire (Recut) about a year ago, however, it seems he’s recently fired up a new blog. Perhaps we can all pester him to come up with some new video recuts.

Short screen flicks…


In 2011 i was fortunate to take part in the One Day Film workshop and its one of the greatest experiences i have had as i explore matters acting and TV production.

It was a once in a life time experience and besides meeting, working and being taught by the America legendary actress Alfre Woodard, i got met and sat class with very great and talented actors from all over Africa.

Here are the two short films we did in my group and i officially let them out to be seen here on Word press.

Enjoy, you can leave your comments below and share with your friends.




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