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Bob Marley Biopic in Works From Ziggy Marley

Bob Marley Biopic in Works From Ziggy Marley
Ziggy Marley is developing a biopic on his late father Bob Marley, who popularized reggae music.

The Paramount Pictures film is in the early stages of development with no director, writers, or producers attached.

Bob Marley, a native of Jamaica, began performing in 1963 with The Wailers then went solo in 1974. He died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36. With songs that contained a strong sense of spirituality, he sold more than 75 million records worldwide. His notable hits included “Stir It Up,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Buffalo Soldier,” and “Redemption Song.”

Ziggy Marley was born in 1968 to Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He headed the group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers with his siblings Sharon Marley, Cedella Marley, and Stephen Marley when he was 11 years old. Ziggy Marley won best reggae album at the Grammy Awards last year and has earned seven other Grammys, including one for best children
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Fox Animation, Universal Music Team for Film Based on Songs by Bob Marley (Exclusive)

Fox Animation, Universal Music Team for Film Based on Songs by Bob Marley (Exclusive)
Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Animation are teaming up to develop a film based on the songs of Bob Marley. Described as “an animated musical love letter to the late Marley’s legendary music and to the people of Jamaica,” the project is being written and produced by Kenya Barris (“Black-ish,” “Girls Trip”) through his Khalablo In Society company as part of his overall deal with Twentieth.

Also serving as producers are Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob and Rita Marley, head of Polygram Entertainment David Blackman and E. Brian Dobbins of Principato-Young. Fox Animation Co-Presidents, Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird announced the project, noting, “We not only have the opportunity to build new relationships for the studio, but we get to tell a story, inspired by the music of Bob Marley, one of the greatest music legends of our time.”

Added Cedella Marley: “My father has inspired art and artists around the world
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Interview: Ari Lehman on the Many Musical Styles of Jason Voorhees

[Editor’s Note: Our own Scott Drebit hosted panels last weekend at the sixth annual Calgary Horror Con. At the three-day event, Scott caught up with Ari Lehman, the first actor to ever play Jason Voorhees, to discuss his years in the ’80s New York City music scene, performing onstage in Africa, and singing and playing the keytar in his punk rock/heavy metal band First Jason.]

Congratulations on melting everyone’s faces off Friday night with your solo performance as First Jason.

Ari Lehman: Thank you! That’s why we’re there, to melt faces, to melt brains. That’s kind of you to say. I love playing First Jason’s songs on the electric keytar; it has a certain kind of sound, it’s very loud. But usually I have the emotional and musical support of my bandmates; my drummer, whose name ironically is Bass Amp, and our guitarist, Eddie Machete—they give me so much support, and it just makes me feel great having them there. So I felt that it came off well; but it was an adjustment. The audience was so receptive and it was a great experience for me, too, playing that way.

I was there with my niece, and I knew of the band, but I assumed it was just you.
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Review: The Bold Beauty - Lupita Nyong’o in Danai Gurira's 'Eclipsed'

The Theater is a magical place. It’s even more magical when Lupita Nyong’o is in it. Last night, I saw a production of "Eclipsed" at The Public Theater in New York City. Not only was the play written by Danai Gurira ("The Walking Dead"). This ensemble cast included: Zainab Jah (the Black woman who played Hamlet at the Wilma Theater), Akosua Busia (Nettie from "The Color Purple," writing credit on the screenplay "Beloved"), Pascale Armand (she is a force of nature, http://www.pascalearmand.com) and Saycon Sengbloh (played Rita Marley in "Marley," was also in "Hair," "Motown" and "Fela"). In other words, this play...
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New Bob Marley musical introduces kids to the legendary reggae artist

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New Bob Marley musical introduces kids to the legendary reggae artist
New York (AP) — A snowy, frigid New York is about to enjoy a blast of Caribbean warmth courtesy of Jamaica and its most favorite son, Bob Marley. The New Victory Theater in the heart of Times Square is putting on "Bob Marley's Three Little Birds," a new musical for kids that features the legendary reggae artist's songs. "I want Daddy to speak to children through his music," says Cedella Marley, the first-born daughter of Bob Marley and Rita Marley and who helped create the show. The story centers on Ziggy, a shy Jamaican child who hides from...
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Marley Family Settles Trademark Lawsuit With Half Brother

Marley Family Settles Trademark Lawsuit With Half Brother
After a year long legal battle involving Bob Marley’s half brother, Richard Booker, his widow, Rita Marley, and nine children, the legendary family has officially settled a trademark lawsuit, TMZ reports.

According to the suit filed on December 1, 2011, Booker and several affiliated companies were violating copyright and trademark laws using Marley’s intellectual property to promote an annual Miami music festival without authorization.

Since then, Booker and his legal team filed a counter suit claiming the iconic musician granted him permission to use his likeliness, all of which has led both parties to come to an agreement out of court.

"This was a very sensitive case because the legacy of a great man and family were at stake," Booker’s lawyer, Michael I. Santucci explained to TMZ. “From what I have learned about Bob Marley, he would be very happy, especially that his family is now at peace. Both
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Blu-ray Review: Comprehensive Doc ‘Marley’ Bound to Enthrall Music Buffs

Chicago – Clocking in at a shade under two-and-a-half hours, Kevin Macdonald’s hugely informative yet leisurely paced documentary plays like the condensed version of a top-drawer TV miniseries. There’s even enough fade-outs for one to mentally insert commercial breaks. Yet for music buffs, the need to see this footage on the big screen undoubtedly justified its theatrical release.

As someone only vaguely familiar with Bob Marley, I found myself completely captivated by this picture, which tells the story of a life purely through in-depth interviews and archival footage. Though the film perhaps could’ve benefitted from more concert footage, the context in which the footage is presented is always enlightening, and at times, very moving. Marley’s messages of peace and unity resonate not only through the power of music, but through the methods in which the filmmakers explore the origins of Marley’s beliefs.

Blu-ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

In sequences
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Marley DVD Review

Director: Kevin MacDonald

Starring: Bob Marley, Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley, Cedella Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee Perry

Running Time: 145 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Around The World

A film about an icon is a risky thing, particularly if the subject is no longer with us. You run the risk of sullying their memory, or laying it on a bit thick. Kevin MacDonald’s documentary on Bob Marley’s life however, seems to have found the correct footing. It was heralded by fans and critics alike on its theatrical release. So much so it could never live up to the hype on its DVD release – could it?

Marley begins with the birth of Robert Marley – Bob to you and me – an introduction to his mother and father, a bit of back story to his parents’ relationship, and a quick progression to 1964 when The Wailers began releasing music. This is when the documentary really finds its feet,
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Princes William and Harry Fit In Polo Between Olympic Engagements

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Princes William and Harry Fit In Polo Between Olympic Engagements
Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, broke from watching sports at the Olympics to play in their own polo match yesterday. The royals played at the Cirencester Park Polo Club in a matchup held to benefit three charities close to their hearts, homeless organization Centrepoint, children's welfare group WellChild, and a Lesotho-focused philanthropy called Dolen Cymru. William and Harry wanted to participate in the polo game, but still see their favorite Olympic events. William and Harry got the polo time moved up by a half hour so they could make it back to Olympic Park and cheer on Usain Bolt in the 100-meter race. Harry and Usain struck up a friendship during the royal's visit to Jamaica earlier this year. Harry showed his support for Usain and Jamaica by wearing a green, yellow, and red scarf given to him by Bob Marley's widow, Rita Marley. View Slideshow ›
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Prince Harry Inspired To Become Reggae DJ After Meeting Bob Marley's Widow

By Zachary Swickey

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a story more reminiscent of the ’91 comedy “King Ralph,” where American John Goodman becomes King of England, UK’s The Sun is claiming that Prince Harry is now interested in becoming a music DJ – specifically of the reggae variety following a particularly moving meeting with Bob Marley’s widow on a recent trip to Jamaica.

The Sun reports that the young royal has been stockpiling a huge vinyl music collection of reggae records from “specialist online stores.” The publication also states that Harry has been receiving helpful tips and lessons on how to mix records properly from his DJ friends.

“Harry has always been interested in music, but Jamaica was a real eye opener. He started looking into reggae as soon as he got back to the UK,” the of-course-unnamed source revealed.

Marley’s widow, Rita (who was also a member of his vocal backing group,
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Prince Harry wants to be reggae DJ

Britain's Prince Harry wants to become a reggae music DJ, according to his friends. The 27-year-old royal has been inspired to get behind the decks and play music from the genre ever since he visited Jamaica in March and met Rita Marley, the widow of music legend Bob Marley, who died in May 1981. A source told The Sun newspaper: 'Harry has always been interested in music, but Jamaica was a real eye opener. He started looking into reggae as soon as he got back to the UK. 'Meeting Rita Marley was a great inspiration too. She seems to have had a big impact on him.' Harry has been increasing his music collection by purchasing reggae on vinyl from
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Prince Harry wants to be reggae DJ

Britain's Prince Harry wants to become a reggae music DJ, according to his friends. The 27-year-old royal has been inspired to get behind the decks and play music from the genre ever since he visited Jamaica in March and met Rita Marley, the widow of music legend Bob Marley, who died in May 1981. A source told The Sun newspaper: 'Harry has always been interested in music, but Jamaica was a real eye opener. He started looking into reggae as soon as he got back to the UK. 'Meeting Rita Marley was a great inspiration too. She seems to have had a big impact on him.' Harry has been increasing his music collection by purchasing reggae on vinyl from
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Movie Review: Marley – One Love, One Film

A key point in the new documentary, Marley (opening appropriately on 4/20 and also available Video On Demand), happens when the director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) visits Bob Marley’s white relatives. He let both his second cousin Peter and his half-sister Constance listen to the song, “Cornerstone” separately. The story behind the song is that Marley wrote it after trying to go to his father’s side of the family, who owned a construction company in Jamaica, for money to buy a car so that he could distribute his records and was turned away. This lyric was isolated:

“The stone that the builder refused will always be the head cornerstone.”

With that context, Peter had a newfound understanding of a song he had heard countless times. For Constance it was very different experience because she too came from a mixed descent and understood his struggles growing up.
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Film Review: ‘Marley’ Highlights the Movement, Forgets the Man

Chicago – The enigma and idolization of Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley is an ongoing, quasi-religious advocation. His influence on reggae music and its variations, plus his general representation of the Rastafari movement has lived beyond his short time on earth. The life and times are encapsulated in the new documentary “Marley.”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

As an explanation of the Bob Marley phenomenon, the film works best as a introduction to the music and movement of his particular style, but falls short in regard to getting to know Bob Marley the man. In a sense, the popular reggae and Rastasfari movement might be his greatest gift to the universe, but as a human being there are few glimpses into who he is. As soon as there is a part of the film where that might happen, there is a quick cut to a perspective interview or a larger concert scene.

Bob Marley was born
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Marley Movie Review

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Marley Movie Review
Title: Marley Director: Kevin Macdonald Starring: Bob Marley (archive footage), Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley Some musicians are valued for their impeccable singing and songwriting abilities, while others are honored for defining and reflecting the social injustices of the world. Bob Marley is one of the select talented musicians who are admired for both his music skills and his determination to stand up for those struggling to survive. While the singer-songwriter’s relentless efforts to change politics is still apparent in culture, almost 31 years after his death, little is known about his personal life. His upbringing and personal relationships are well-balanced with the powerful messages he brought around the world in [ Read More ]
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Marley – review

Bob Marley emerges as an almost Napoleonic figure in Kevin Macdonald's passionate but partisan documentary

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, and – just as importantly – executive-produced by Ziggy Marley and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, this is a long and very enjoyable hagiography of Bob Marley: a languorously drawn-out act of homage to the adored Rastafarian star and musical hero.

It is a fundamentally respectful film. If any interviewee were to mention the possibility that Marley had nicked the Banana Splits TV theme tune for Buffalo Soldiers, then that interviewee would undoubtedly be taken out and savagely beaten, with the cameras rolling. As it happens, the subject doesn't come up. Macdonald's overwhelming warmth and passion suffuses the picture, and the testimony he gets from Marley's friends, family and fellow band members has pungency and insight. Macdonald gives a vivid picture of the man who rose from dirt-poor beginnings in
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Review: Reverence Outweighs Insight In Kevin Macdonald's 2 1/2 Hour 'Marley' Documentary

A long film detailing a tragically short life, on paper, Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley documentary "Marley" has more than enough of a pedigree to justify its 2 1/2 hour running time. After all, it's a biopic of one of the most influential and evergreen musical pioneers of all time being brought to us by the respected documentarian behind the thrilling "Touching the Void" and the Oscar-winning "One Day In September." But the truth is that film's exhaustive approach at some point becomes simply exhausting, with its sporadic moments of true inspiration, almost all directly connected with the music or Bob's early life, serving mostly to remind of how by-the-numbers the rest of the movie is. It purports to bring us the man behind the myth, but 150 minutes later, the flesh-and-blood Marley remains frustratingly out of reach, and the myth is still reverently intact.

Of course Marley, of all musicians, deserves this reverence.
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Director Kevin Macdonald Discusses ‘Marley’ Documentary

Director Kevin Macdonald Discusses ‘Marley’ Documentary
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After six years and three different directors, “Marley,” a documentary about the life of reggae legend Bob Marley, is finally going to be released on April 20th, a date that is known in certain circles as a holiday celebrating the consumption of marijuana.

Based on the Facebook comments on the Marley page maintained by his family, many fans will be marking the occasion while watching the film in the comfort of their own homes. That’s
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Chicago Passes to Definitive Bob Marley Documentary ‘Marley’

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new Bob Marley documentary “Marley,” which is the definitive life story of the beloved king of reggae! The film opens on April 20, 2012 from Magnolia Pictures.

Marley,” which was made with the support of the Marley family, features Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Lee Perry, Chris Blackwell, Cindy Breakspeare, Neville Garrick, Bunny Wailer, The Wailers, Lee Jaffe, Carlton Fraser, Judy Mowatt and Junior Marvin from Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”).

To win your free passes to the advance Chicago screening of “Marley” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, get interactive with our unique Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! This advance screening is on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete below,
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SXSW '12 Review: Reverence Outweighs Insight In Kevin Macdonald's 2 1/2 Hour 'Marley' Documentary

The is a reprint of our review from the Berlin Film Festival.

A long film detailing a tragically short life, on paper, Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley documentary "Marley" has more than enough of a pedigree to justify its 2 1/2 hour running time. After all, it's a biopic of one of the most influential and evergreen musical pioneers of all time, being brought to us by the respected documentarian behind the thrilling "Touching the Void" and the Oscar-winning "One Day In September." But the truth is that film's exhaustive approach at some point becomes simply exhausting, with its sporadic moments of true inspiration, almost all directly connected with the music or Bob's early life, serving mostly to remind of how by-the-numbers the rest of the movie is. It purports to bring us the man behind the myth, but 150 minutes later, the flesh-and-blood Marley remains frustratingly out of reach, and the myth is still reverently intact.
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