Bill Cosby

Cosby vows no remorse, even if he sits in prison 10 years

By Associated Press PHILADELPHIA: Bill Cosby says he “will never have remorse” for the sexual encounter that sent him to prison because he considers his conviction the work of “a low-life district attorney and a corrupt judge.” Cosby’s stance could leave him to serve the high end of a three- to 10-year prison term since

Salman Rushdie

‘I don’t want to hide’ says Rushdie, 30 years after fatwa

By AFP After decades spent in the shadow of a death sentence pronounced by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Salman Rushdie is quietly defiant. “I don’t want to live hidden away,” he told AFP during a visit to Paris. The novelist’s life changed forever on February 14, 1989, when Iran’s spiritual leader ordered Rushdie’s execution after branding

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson estate: New film violates channel standards

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: The Michael Jackson estate has sent a letter to the U.K.’s Channel 4 warning that a documentary on two men who accuse the singer of molesting them as boys violates the network’s programming guidelines. The letter written by estate attorney Howard Weitzman and released Monday to The Associated Press states

Local satirical play features recent violent protests

By Paidashe Mandivengerei ZIMBABWE’S evolving political play, State-of-the-Nation, now moves to its fourth episode which derives some of its themes from last month’s violent countrywide protests which elicited a brutal army reaction leading to the death of a dozen. The play, entitled ‘Vortex’, will stage at Theatre in the Park, Harare Gardens on the 15th

Albert Finney

British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

AFP LONDON – Veteran British actor Albert Finney, who starred in films including “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Erin Brockovich”, has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman said Friday. Finney, who received four best actor Oscar nominations and won three Golden Globes, “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those

The cast of “Familiar” at The Old Globe

US: Zimbabwe Becomes ‘Familiar’ in Clash of Family and Roots

By UNITED States: Certain thematic threads run through all immigrant stories:  assimilation vs. tradition; whether or not to retain the old language, culture and customs; and the inevitable cross-generational and cross-cultural clashes. A wedding almost always throws a family into conflict. But for the Chinyaramwiras, the situation builds to a feverish pitch. This highly

Wenera secures funding to continue drama series

By Paidashe Mandivengerei LOCAL drama, Wenera has secured funding to continue producing more episodes following a crowd funding initiative that has yielded positive results while the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has also pledged to settle royalties owed to the production. This was revealed by the film producer, Eddie Ndhlovu in an interview with this week.

Comic Pastor Prosper Ngomashi

Comedy speaks for the voiceless – Comic Pastor

By Paidashe Mandivengerei POPULAR comedian, Comic Pastor, real name Prosper Ngomashi, reckons the role of his comic work is to be the voice of the voiceless in the Zimbabwean society. Now a household name, Comic Pastor emerged on the local entertainment scenes in 2015 when he cracked the nation’s ribs with ‘Shamhu’, a comic video

Michael Jackson

Critics shellshocked by disturbing new Michael Jackson documentary

Cover Media A controversial new documentary about Michael Jackson’s sexual abuse allegations has stunned critics at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Leaving Neverland, which chonicles the child molestation accusations levelled at the late King of Pop and features interviews from two of his accusers – James Safechuck and Wade Robson, premiered at the

Spike Lee

Spike Lee likes his Oscar odds with ‘BlackKkKlansman’

By Associated Press NEW YORK: Spike Lee watched the Oscar nominations Tuesday morning on television from his bed, with his wife, Tonya, his two grown children, Satchel and Jackson, and their dog, Ginger. Lee landed his first directing Academy Award nomination for “BlacKkKlansman,” his comic and furious send-up of white supremacism. The film, about a

‘Black Panther’ makes Oscar history with best picture nod

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: “Black Panther” broke through an Oscar category wall for superheroes. The Marvel blockbuster hit became the first comic book-based film to earn a best picture nomination from the Academy Awards on Tuesday. It was a major step for comic book movies, which had previously been shunned from film’s top honour.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

‘Rambo,’ ‘Total Recall’ producer Andy Vajna dies at 74

By Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary: Andy Vajna, a Hungarian-American film producer who worked on several “Rambo” movies with Sylvester Stallone, “Total Recall” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Madonna’s “Evita,” has died. He was 74. Vajna, who produced many other films, died Sunday at his Budapest home after a long illness, Hungary’s National Film Fund said. Schwarzenegger

A legion of senior citizens trying to make a name for themselves in China's massive social media scene, a world usually populated by the young

Chinese elderly jump on live streaming bandwagon

By AFP In public squares across China, it is not unusual to see retirees practicing dance, tai chi, or even singing. Wang Jinxiang is no different — except she live streams her performances to an audience of thousands online. The 62-year-old is among a legion of senior citizens trying to make a name for themselves

Scenes from new movie The Letter

Highly anticipated Guzha film ‘The Letter’ secures online deal; new platform provides Diaspora reach for filmmakers

By Showbiz Correspondent FROM the award-winning team of Daves Guzha and Joe Njagu comes their first collaborative masterpiece ‘The Letter’, a movie from Zimbabwe which is slated for release this January 2019. To compliment the new creative trajectory efforts, CMG International Media Group has been granted exclusive online distribution, a move that is set to

This image released by ABC shows Marsai Martin, left, and Tracee Ellis Ross in a scene from "black-ish".

Colourism reveals many shades of prejudice in Hollywood

By Associated Press THE breakthrough representation of minorities in Hollywood blockbusters has ignited a frequently overlooked discussion about whether prejudice isn’t just about the colour of a person’s skin, but the shade. “Colourism,” the idea that light-skinned minorities are given more privilege than their darker-skinned peers, is a centuries-old concept that many insiders say remains

‘Game of Thrones’ final season to debut on April 14

By Associated Press NEW YORK: “Game of Thrones” fans, get ready. HBO announced Sunday night that the eighth and final season will begin on April 14. In a one minute and 44 second teaser released Sunday, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) are seen in the crypts of