Ben Affleck’s speech at the SAG Awards


I just thought I should share this with the actors and actresses out there, who sometimes feel a bit lost and unloved. Here’s someone I respect and you should too, Mr. Ben Affleck. His film Argo won the Outstanding Motion Picture actor (award) at the SAG Awards and here’s what he said on stage:

“I can’t believe I’m standing in the same place where Daniel Day-Lewis just was. Maybe I’ll be a better actor just for the radiation. I am really amazed and stunned. There are so many great actors here and this is voted on by our brothers who are actors. There’s a hundred and some thousand people in SAG Aftra. Some of them never get to come to a place like this and they vote from home. First I want to thank my wife and kids who I love. And Warner Brothers who I love, not quite as much, but I do love. You know, there are so many people who are actors, who want to be actors.

I got a SAG in 1986 and I always wanted this. To me, this has nothing to do with me. This has to do with the incredible people who are in this movie. The people you see on stage. There are more than 150 actors who spoke in English and in Farsi and the one thing they had in common was they came to work every single day, whether they had a line or a look to somebody or two lines or ten lines or a bunch of things I couldn’t understand in Farsi. They were there to kill it, to make the movie better. Because that’s what actors do, all over the world, every single day. God bless you for making the movies, the television that you make, the theatre that you make. We are in your debt. Thank you. God bless you. Thank you all and thank you to all these incredible films that are nominated with us. Thank you.”

A little bit of inspiration, motivation on this Monday morning, this new week 😉 Argo is in South African cinemas now by the way. Go and watch it, despite what the Oscars say.

Chronicle cast interviews

Recently I was asked to participate in a live chat with the stars from the upcoming film, Chronicle. Naturally I said yes, why not hey? I must admit I hadn’t heard too much about the film, but when I checked out the trailer online and how it had garnered over seven million views on that one clip, I thought to myself oh shit, no pressure here.

It tells the story of three teenage friends who acquire telekinetic powers after a certain incident. What is that incident? Well that’s something we’ll just have to wait to find out when the film releases on the 17th in Nu Metro theatres. It starts out really incident, with the teens poking fun and playing around with some incident bystanders, but this changes when they start to embrace their dark side. While the three are the main characters, the fourth character (in a sense) is the camera that they use to film these events (found-footage). It’s an interesting approach to film making, especially today when we all have access to smart phones, video recorders and publishing sites like Youtube, wordpress etc.

Check out the interviews with the stars in the clip above. This was done last week live from Los Angeles.

Life Above All hit SA theatres

After enjoying a ten minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival last year and it being shortlisted for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, the emotional drama Life Above All has finally come to South Africa. It’s a very raw, truthful depiction of what so many families in our country have to go through every single day. First time actress Kgomotso Manyake and Keaobaka Makanyane join the likes of Harriet Manamela for this emotional drama.

I got to chat to these three last week at the Nu Metro press junket and you can watch some of the highlights from the interview above. Continue reading “Life Above All hit SA theatres”

2011 Oscars – Natalie Portman wins Best Actress

Academy Award-winner and nominee again Jeff Bridges announces the winner for Best Actress in a Lead Role.

And the winner is….

NATALIE PORTMAN for her role in Black Swan

“Thank you so much. Thank you to the Academy. This is insane. I’m so in awe of you. I’m so grateful to get to do the job I do. I love it so much. I’d like to thank my parents. I want to thank my team.

2011 Oscars- The Social Network, Inception win again

Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman present the awards Best Original Score to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for their work “The Social Network,”

“Wow. Is this really happening? When we finished our work on The Social we were so happy with our work. Now to be in the company of such talent is so humbling and flattering beyond words. David Fincher. Thank you so much.”

Matthew Matthew Maconahay and Scarlett Johansson present the award for Best Sound Mixing to those involved in Inception: Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick. For the award in Achievement in Sound Editing, the winners is Richard King for his work on Inception.

“I owe this a thousand percent to Chris Nolan. I just want to thank you for making great movies and for inviting me along for the ride. I want to thank my sound editing crew who I share this award with. I want to thank my wife and my son Sam too. Thank you.”

2011 Oscars- Alice in Wonderland, Inception win

Tom Hanks presents the first award of the night for the Achievement in Art Direction. The Oscar goes to Alice In Wonderland.

“Why didn’t I lose those twenty pounds. First of all to all the other nominees, all of you guys deserve to be up here.”

The Academy Award for Best Cinematography goes to Inception.

2011 Oscars

The 83rd Academy Awards are live. James Franco and Anne Hathaway have officially kicked off their hosting duties. This makes them the youngest actors to host the coveted awards, which goes out to about a billion people. No pressure now. 24 awards will be handed out tonight too. Let’s see if The King’s Speech will come out on top as everyone is expecting.

The show kicks off with the hosts ‘in Paris’ on the set of Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alec Baldwin. It then shoots off to The Social Network, The Figher, True Grit and The King’s Speech. Loving Anne Hathaway’s speech “I have good news from the future. Microphones get smaller.” Hilarious.

Oh my gosh you’re all real. Hello and welcome to the annual Academy Awards. “Thank you James. You look very appealing to a younger demographic as well”. Anne’s mom and James’ grandmother are there to support the duo. Granny says “I just saw Marky Marc”. Bless.

Believe the hype, Black Swan is the business

Last night I was invited to a screening of the highly acclaimed film, Black Swan. The event was held at the Nu Metro Hyde Park cinemas, in association with Fox Studios and the South African Ballet Theatre. What a fitting occasion for the Ballet Theatre Company. Not only has a film like this put ballet back in the spotlight again, but also they announced at the event that after a very difficult period, financially, the National Lottery would be funding them for the year. Plus they were celebrating their tenth birthday at the event. There were a couple of ballet dancers doing the rounds at the event, posing for pics and doing a few short numbers. This pictures was taken on my Blackberry Bold.

I’ve watched Natalie Portman clean up so far at all the major award shows, ahead of the Oscars later this month, but I didn’t want to set my expectations too high so I went in with an open mind. Wow! That is where I will start. This movie is fantastic. First of all, in addition to Portman, who plays the role of Nina Sayers, the other cast members are also really strong. The list includes Mila Kunis (Lily), Vincent Cassel (Thomas Leroy), Barbara Hershey (Erica Sayers). Winona Ryder has a small role in the movie too. The film tells the story of Nina Sayers, who after many years of trying finally gets her big break. She’s cast in the lead role of the ballet company’s new production, “Swan Lake”. Leroy, the director of the production, thinks she is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan, but he is worried about how she will portray the Black Swan. While she has the ability to do so, she battles to relax and let go. While Nina might be battling to become the Black Swan in the production, a supportive, but needy mother; several encounters with free-spirited, Black Swan personified Lily; their growing rivalry and Leroy’s persistence and advances, all see Nina ‘morphing’ mentally into the Black Swan.


It’s a dark story, but director Darren Aronofsky is on point. Continue reading “Believe the hype, Black Swan is the business”

SAG Awards 2011- full list of winners

AP Photo/ Mark J. Terrill)

The King’s Speech, The Fighter, Boardwalk Empire and Natalie Portman got a whole lot of love at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards and this is surely an indication of where next month’s Academy Awards are going. Colin Firth must be the male favourite, while Natalie Portman is expected to take the big honours in the Best Male/ Female Lead categories respectively. Let’s wait and see, but in the mean time, check out the full list of winners below:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“The King’s Speech”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth – “The King’s Speech”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman – “Black Swan”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale – “The Fighter”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo – “The Fighter”

Primetime Television

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“Modern Family”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Betty White – “Hot In Cleveland”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Al Pacino – “You Don’t Know Jack”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Claire Danes – “Temple Grandin”

SAG Honors for Stunt Ensembles

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture


Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
“True Blood”

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

As we build up to the big release of Justin Bieber’s film biopic Never Say Never next month, more videos are circulating on the web. Here’s another short clip where Justin’s manager shares his experience of working with the Biebs.