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The celebrated Scottish director Kevin Macdonald is known for his magisterially mounted, adult-inclined works of fiction that are shaded in politics and personal hardships. His movies have leaned toward Oscar glory (Forest Whitaker won Best Actor for his terrifying turn in The Last King of Scotland), while other films have displayed his particular talent for singling out narrative greatness in true-life stories (Marley most recently, and Life in a Day and Touching The Void before it).
His latest film, How I Live Now, which was released last year, is being released on DVD on February 10th – and to celebrate that fact, he dedicated some of his precious time to give HeyUGuys the lowdown on why young actors are better than old ones, his fondness for pulling the rug from beneath the viewer, and what the future holds for him (submarines, apparently). Beware: minor spoilers ahead.
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- Gary Green
Today would have been Bob Marley's 69th birthday. So Rob Ford (the mayor of Toronto who admitted to smoking crack during "one of [his] drunken stupors" and still holds office. Really!) decreed it Bob Marley Day. (Apparently the city of Toronto has been honoring Bob Marley Day for years now, but it's Rob Ford we're talking about here, so what do you expect?) "Now Therefore, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2014 as "Bob Marley Day" in the City of Toronto," he wrote in his declaration. He continues to say Marley's music "broke music barriers" and calls Marley himself "one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the »
Today in history, February 6, 1945, Nesta Robert Marley was born in Jamaica. 67 years later, in 2012, Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald's acclaimed long-in-development feature documentary Marley, labeling as the definitive documentary on the life of Bob Marley, opened in theaters in the USA, after a world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival that year, as one of five films selected for the Berlinale Special sidebar. Made with the unprecedented support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, archival photos, and incredible performances and interviews with his family, friends, and band mates – »
- Monique A. Williams
Rob Ford wants to be jammin’ with you, Toronto! Canada’s most controversial mayor has declared Feb. 6 Bob Marley Day, in honor of the late reggae legend’s birthday.
Jamaican singer Bob Marley died in 1981 at age 36. He would have been 69 today, and in honor of the late legend’s birthday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has called for a citywide celebration!
Rob Ford: It’s Bob Marley Day — Toronto Mayor Celebrates His BDay, Mon
It’s no surprise that Rob Ford is a Bob Marley fan — at least not to anyone who’s witnessed the mayor’s sweet dance moves! In a video posted in December, 2013, Mayor Ford was shown dancing to the Bob Marley song One Love during a council session.
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"Whereas each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace," read the proclamation. “His early career began with friends, the legendary Wailers, "Bob Marley and the Wailers." His music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world.”
“Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen,” the proclamation continued. “He used music to tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite. Today, his music continues to be »
Barry Levinson’s upcoming independent comedy Rock the Kasbah has just got a whole lot more interesting. And given that Bill Murray came on board late last year to lead the project, that’s saying something.
Ahead of launching the film’s international sales at the European Film Market in Berlin next month, it’s been announced that Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Shia Labeouf have joined the cast, which also co-stars Bruce Willis alongside Murray.
Story follows a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the Uso tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, whom he sneaks back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, “The Afghan Star,” Afghanistan’s equivalent of “American Idol.”
- Kenji Lloyd
The music industry's biggest night was filled with skin, surprises and tons of high notes. But unlike other awards shows, most of the trophies are passed out before the actual ceremony. In fact, Cyndi Lauper announced a few early winners in a pre-telecast event in Los Angeles. So who took home Grammy awards before the show aired? Michael Bublé took home his fourth Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Grammy, while Ziggy Marley and Steven Colbert also earned top honors. The Comedy Central TV host won for Best Spoken Word Album, while Marley was awarded for Best Reggae Album. Adele also earned a Grammy earlier in the night, but was not on hand to accept the coveted »
7 items from 2014
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