Idris Elba Wins Big At SAG Awards

idris elbaBritish actor, Idris Elba, has won for his roles in a detective drama ‘Luther’ and for his supporting role as an African warlord in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

The film, about the Boston Globe’s investigation of paedophile Catholic priests, won for best film cast.

But many of the main awards in Los Angeles were won by actors of diverse backgrounds, with industry magazine, Variety, noting that “diversity reigns”.

The awards came amid controversy over a lack of diversity among Oscar nominees.

The female prison series, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ won the ensemble award for a comedy series, and its star Uzo Aduba for best comedy actress in a television series.

The series has earned praise for its diverse cast and willingness to address race issues. Accepting the cast award, actress Laura Prepon referred to her cast mates, saying: “This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity.”

The three main acting awards were given to films with mainly white casts, Spotlight, The Revenant and Room, all of which are among the Oscar favourites.

Other main winners of the SAG Awards include:

Brie Larson (Room) – Best film actress
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) – Best film actor
Queen Latifah (Bessie) – Outstanding performance by an actress in a TV miniseries or movie
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) – Best actor in a television drama series
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) – Best actress in a television drama series
Downton Abbey – Best television drama ensemble.

Sports Illustrated Names Serena ‘Sportsperson Of The Year’

SerenaWorld’s number one female tennis player, Serena Williams, has been named the Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.

The Group Editor, Paul Fichtenbaum, said Serena’s performances in winning 3 grand slams in 2015 made a very strong case for her before describing her as the greatest tennis player of her generation.

The 21-time grand slam champion joins an elite group to have won the award, including Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Billie Jean King, Joe Montana and Jack Nicklaus.

Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova has beaten Madison Keys in an exhibition match organised to bring professional tennis to the city of Los Angeles in the United States.

In her singles match, the five-time grand slam champion came back from a set down to beat her American rival 6-7, 6-1, 11-9, while in the men’s singles, Mardy Fish trashed former world number one Andy Roddick 7-6, 4-6, 12-10.

Buhari Congratulates Nigeria’s Special Athletes

buhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated the Nigerian team at the just concluded Special Olympics which took place in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

According to a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari praised the team of 42 athletes for their diligence and dedication, that led to the acquisition of 71 medals at the games.

“These victories are a reflection of the true spirit of Nigeria.

“Despite whatever challenges we face individually or as a people, we know that we can still overcome them and excel,” President Buhari said.

He added that the country was particularly proud of the athletes for winning a medal in every single event featured at the Games.

“Our special athletes have indeed proved themselves special.

“Nigeria’s team to the Special Olympics has given us all a reason to smile and celebrate. I look forward to celebrating with the entire team at the State House in Abuja,” President Buhari said.

The President added that at a time like this, when his government is working hard to correct past mistakes, it was encouraging to receive such good news.

 

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s ‘Mr Spock,’ Dies At 83

nimoyUS actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the science fiction TV series and movies Star Trek has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles.

His son, Adam said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday morning.

Nimoy had a long career as both an actor and director.

However, Nimoy was best known for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan character in both the TV franchise and series of films.

Known for suppressing his emotions and using strict logic to guide his actions, Spock became one of the best-known and most beloved sci-fi characters of the late 20th century.

Last year, the US actor revealed he was suffering from chronic lung disease, despite stopping smoking more than 20 years ago.

It was reported earlier this week that Nimoy had been taken to hospital on 19 February after suffering from chest pains.

He later tweeted: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”

Nimoy also signed off with “LLAP” – a reference to his character’s famous catchphrase, “Live long and prosper,” which was to be his final tweet.

George Takei, a friend of Nimoy who featured as Hiraku Sulu on Star Trek, also paid tribute to the deceased actor.

“The word extraordinary is often overused but I think it’s really appropriate for Leonard, he was extraordinarily talented man, also a very decent human being,” Mr Takei said.

Steven Gerrard To Have Scan On Hamstring Injury

FBL-ENG-PR-CHELSEA-LIVERPOOLLiverpool FC Captain, Steven Gerrard, is to have a scan on a hamstring injury as Liverpool wait to find out the extent of the problem.

The midfielder was seen limping off with an injury during a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.

Prior to this, Major League Soccer club, LA Galaxy, had confirmed that Steven Gerrard would be joining it in July on an 18-month deal.

Steven Gerrard, while expressing his excitement said “I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy.

“The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come,” Gerrard told the MLS club’s official website.

Gerrard who is, to date, the only footballer ever to have scored a goal in an FA Cup Final, a League Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final and a Champions League Final, told the Liverpool Echo, that he would have agreed to continue his long Liverpool career, had the club offered him a new contract.

Meanwhile, the English club has expressed hope that Gerrard would still be able to play his usually key roles in the team’s quest for a good finish in the Premier League before his impending move to the U.S.

Liverpool Assistant Manager, Colin Pascoe, said of the injury, “Unfortunately, he felt his hamstring towards the end of the game and he is having a scan this morning and we are just waiting for results to come back.

“Hopefully the scans won’t show too much but as we’ve not got the results I can’t say too much.”

Gerrard would also be hoping that the injury is a minor one as he had declared his desire to give more to his boyhood club before departure.

“I am committed to helping the LA Galaxy compete for trophies and to having an impact in Los Angeles and I will give my all for the club.

“In the meantime, I will continue to give everything for Liverpool for the remainder of this season before joining up with the Galaxy,” said Gerrard.

The former England captain had spent his entire career at Liverpool, making nearly 700 appearances and winning the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

The 34-year-old midfielder would join a growing list of high-profile former Premier League players to cross the Atlantic in the latter stages of their careers, most notably David Beckham.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool striker, Robbie Keane, will be a teammate of Gerrard at the Galaxy while former Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard had signed for New York City FC, although he is still in England on loan at Manchester City.

Uzo Aduba Wins SAGs Best Female Actor In Comedy Series

Uzo AdubaNigerian Hollywood actor, Uzoamaka Nwaneka Aduba, star of the “Orange is the New Black” series got a nod for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series’ at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

Kicking off the night with a bang, Aduba was floored when she scored the win for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren.

A gleeful Uzo gave an emotional Thank You speech as she expressed gratitude to God while receiving her awards “Oh my God, I really, truly do not know what to say. I just want to say thank you so much to the Screen Actors Guild for this incredible honor.”

Before the night was over, Uzo got on stage again when Orange Is The New Black won ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’.

 

See full list of winners here:

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE

Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Naomi Watts, St. Vincent

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES

Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards 

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES

The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Veep 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House of Cards

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Adrien Brody, Houdini
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Fury
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days of Future Past 

OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES

24: Live Another Day
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead 

 

Judge Revokes Chris Brown’s Probation, Allows Him To Remain Free

chris brownSinger Chris Brown’s probation was revoked on Thursday when a judge found he should not have left Los Angeles County to perform in San Jose without the court’s permission, but the entertainer was allowed to remain free at least until March.

The “Turn Up the Music” singer was ordered to return for a probation violation hearing on March 20, Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, said in an email.

Brown, 25, appeared in court with his girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, after performing at a club last weekend in San Jose in Northern California where police said five people were shot and wounded. Under the terms of his probation, Brown was not allowed to leave Los Angeles County.

Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos said in court that his office had mistakenly informed the singer he could go to Northern California without the judge’s permission.

But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin said Brown was responsible for following the terms of his probation and Brandlin ordered that it be revoked, but allowed the R&B singer to remain free at least until the upcoming hearing.

The singer’s probation stems from his pleading guilty in 2009 to assaulting singer Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

In 2013, Judge Brandlin revoked Brown’s probation after he was accused of punching a man trying to get a picture of the singer in Washington, D.C., but he was not taken into custody in Los Angeles at that time because of good reports on his progress.

Stephanie Okereke Linus Announces Hollywood Role

stephaineNollywood actress, Stephanie Okereke Linus is poised to break into the big league as she gets a role in a Hollywood movie.

The actress cum producer revealed that she will be playing the role of Doris- a lady from the second generation of slave trade in America whose parents came from Nigeria in the movie titled Boonville Redemption. The movie will be shot in Los Angeles.

She made the announcement on the social media platform Instagram saying “Hey fab people, yours truly will be featuring in an American western epic movie “Boonville Redemption. will keep y’all posted,” she stated.

BET Awards: Beyonce, Pharrell, Davido, Nicki Minaj Win Big

BEETThe 2014 BET Awards held on Sunday night, June 29 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

African stars and media including Tiwa Savage, Mafikozolo, Ice Prince, Stephanie Coker and Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi were at the event.

Nigerian music star, Davido won the Best International Act-Africa.

The night’s big winner was Beyonce. The pop superstar got three awards, including the 2014 FAN-demonium award, voted on by viewers. Pharrell Williams and August Alsina also had a happy night, taking home two awards apiece.

Nicki Minaj won for Best Female Hip Hop Star, and in her acceptance speech, she praised herself as a hip-hop star that doesn’t have someone writing for her, an apparent dig at Iggy Azalea. Drake beat out Jay Z for Best Male Hip Hop star.

12 Years a Slave was chosen as Best Movie, with the film’s stars, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, taking home acting awards. Lionel Richie was honored as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

One memorable moment of the night was Kevin Hart interrupting presenter, Kerry Washington and referring to himself as “Oliver Pope,” a reference to Washington’s Scandal character, Olivia Pope.

Full list of winners below… 

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Pharrell Williams

Best Group: Young Money

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake

Video Of The Year: Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist: August Alsina

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Best Movie: 12 Years A Slave

Sportsman Of The Year: Kevin Durant

Best International Act UK: Krept And Konan

Viewers’ Choice Award: August Alsina

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce

Best Collaboration: Beyonce And Jay Z

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Video Director Of The Year: Hype Williams

Best Gospel Artist: Tamela Mann

Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o

Youngstars Award: Keke Palmer

Sportswoman Of The Year: Serena Williams

Best International Act Africa: Davido

Centric Award: Jhene Aiko

Gospel Singer, Kefee Dies

KefeePopular gospel singer, Kefee died on Friday morning.

The singer, who was reportedly pregnant, fell into a coma while on a flight to Chicago, in the United States of America, where she was working, making videos amongst other things.

The plane was forced make an emergency landing and she was rushed into the Intensive Care Unit of an hospital in Los Angeles.

Sources close to the family confirmed to Channels Television that the ‘Kokoroko’ crooner had passed on.

An official release by Adeline Adelicious Adebayo (Kefee’s UK Manager), said:

On behalf of the family,

It is with a great sadness but grateful hearts that we announce the passing to glory due to lungs failure this morning of our God’s mouth piece, chorus leader, daughter, wife, sister, friend Kefee Branama Queen … May her beautiful, gentle and precious soul rest in perfect peace. AMEN!!!

PS: In contrast to all earlier rumours and stories in circulation, I do state that Kefee wasn’t 6 months pregnant and neither did she have pre-eclampsia.”

Fans and other celebrities have however taken to social media to pay tribute and condole with the family.

 

Singer Chris Brown Heads To Rehab After Assault Charge

R&B singer Chris Brown is entering rehab “to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior,” the singer’s representatives said on Tuesday, after Brown was arrested and charged with assault over the weekend.

Brown, 24, pleaded not guilty on Monday to misdemeanor assault after police reports said the singer and his bodyguard both punched a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, where Brown had a nightclub appearance.

“Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility. His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point,” the singer’s representatives said in a statement, a day after Brown appeared in court.

Brown is due back in court on November 20, and if convicted, faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The Grammy-winning “Look at Me Now” singer has faced a string of legal troubles and has been on probation since 2009, when he assaulted pop singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. His sentence included domestic violence counseling.

His probation was revoked over the summer after he was charged in a hit-and-run traffic accident in Los Angeles, but reinstated after the singer committed to another 1,000 hours of community service.

Lil Wayne Says He Is Fine After Health Scare

U.S. rapper Lil Wayne said on Friday he was fine and thanked fans for their concern after a reported seizure that led  TMZ.com to claim he was in a medically induced coma and near death.

“I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love,” Wayne said in a Twitter message on his official account.

The 30-year-old rapper’s spokeswoman Sarah Cunningham said in an email that “Lil Wayne is recovering,” but did not specify what he was suffering from.

She was responding to a TMZ.com report citing unnamed sources which said Wayne was in critical condition, and near death, at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

Rapper Mack Maine said in a Twitter posting earlier that Wayne was “alive and well. We watching the Syracuse (basketball) game…thanks for the prayers and concern.”

Maine said fans should not “believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe.”

TMZ said the rapper was admitted to Cedars-Sinai for seizures and released on Wednesday. But the website said he was readmitted a few hours later after his bodyguard found him unconscious on the floor of his room. It said his mother was flying to Los Angeles on Friday to be at his bedside.

Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., has suffered several unexplained seizures in the past few months, including two in January while on a plane flight.

Wayne, a native of New Orleans, began rapping at the age of nine, when he became the youngest artist to be signed by Cash Money record label.

The “Got Money” rapper has released nine studio albums over a two decade career and has become one of the biggest names in rap music.

Reuters