Entertainment

Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton to Present Lily Tomlin with the 53rd SAG Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

January 18, 2017

The trio will reunite Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 on TNT and TBS’s live SAG Awards® telecast

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The Actor® Statuettes Cast for 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

January 18, 2017

The Actor® statuettes — which this year’s 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® honorees will receive for outstanding performances in 2016 — have been cast in solid bronze at the American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank, California. SAG Award® nominated actor Mykelti Williamson (Fences, Forrest Gump) was there to watch the dramatic process in person...

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'Queen of Junkanoo' Christina Fernander commended by Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture

January 17, 2017

Christina Fernander, chairman of the One Family Junkanoo group, was called the 'Queen of Junkanoo' by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson during a press conference at the Ministry's offices...

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Christian Harder breaks through to WIN Pokerstars Championship Bahamas Main Event
Christian Harder breaks through to WIN Pokerstars Championship Bahamas Main Event

January 17, 2017

Christian Harder is the champion of the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event. Harder topped a field of 738 entries, winning the trophy and the top prize of $429,664 in a heads-up deal...

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Wendy's Coca Cola Winner Escapes for A Legendary Weekend with John Legend Live
Wendy's & Coca Cola Winner Escapes for A Legendary Weekend with John Legend Live

January 13, 2017

Wendy’s & Coca Cola Winner Escapes for A Legendary Weekend with John Legend Live Lucky Tiffany of Grand Bahama won the ultimate grand prize in the Wendy’s & Coca Cola Legendary New Year’s Weekend Upgrade Promotion...

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25K High Roller Starts Up, Main Event Plays Down in The Bahamas
$25K High Roller Starts Up, Main Event Plays Down in The Bahamas

January 13, 2017

The inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas is building toward its peak. Thursday's schedule features 15 different events running inside the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort, making it the series' busiest day yet...

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Bryn Kenney Takes Down First Pokerstars Shot Clock Tournament, wins 392,876
Bryn Kenney Takes Down First Pokerstars Shot Clock Tournament, wins $392,876

January 13, 2017

An extended schedule of high-buy-in events brought about the opportunity to introduce the first-ever PokerStars "Shot Clock" tournament here at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. A $25,500 single re-entry event was one of the six events tacked on to the series' schedule...

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MoneyMaker Among Star-Studded Final Table Pokerstars National Championship in The Bahamas
MoneyMaker Among Star-Studded Final Table Pokerstars National Championship in The Bahamas

January 13, 2017

he $2,200 PokerStars National Championship here in the Bahamas attracted 313 unique players. After a two-day battle, there are only eight players in contention for the title and a $131,680 first prize. The final table is featuring a star-studded field, including Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker...

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1,650,300 For Winner of Pokerstars Championship Bahamas 10oK Super High Roller
$1,650,300 For Winner of Pokerstars Championship Bahamas $10oK Super High Roller

January 13, 2017

With Day 2 under way, registration has closed in the $100,000 Super High Roller The opening event of the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas attracted 41 unique players, and another 13 re-entries were tallied to bring the total field to 54 entries. That generates a prize pool worth $5,239,080...

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Travis Bowe plays that funk

January 12, 2017

What do "Moonlight", the winner of the Best Motion Picture (Drama) Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globes, and Bahamian Travis (Travie) Bowe have in common? Bowe is featured on a song from the soundtrack of the award-winning Barry Jenkins film. Hollywood's 2017 awards season got underway last week.
Bowe is featured on the movie's soundtrack in the song "Play That Funk" by Prez P. The song was written by Hemsley F. Turenne Jr. and Travis Bowe, and performed by Prez P and Bowe.
"Play That Funk" was not recorded specifically for the film. Prez P and Bowe had pre-recorded the single and released the visual approximately seven months before "Moonlight's" production team reached out to them to pick it up for the film. And the rest, as they say, is history. The song was included on the soundtrack of the film that is set in a rough neighborhood and chronicles one man's lifetime.
"It still hasn't hit me yet," said Bowe of the accomplishment. "A lot of people have been messaging me, congratulating me... I'm grateful for the opportunity, but for me, I guess, I'm never satisfied with certain things. I want more for myself, so I'm never satisfied. Even though this is a big accomplishment, and I'm so grateful, I just want more. So I'm not stuck on this, but I'm happy for it," said the rapper, who resides in Toronto, Canada.
Recording "Play That Funk" provided Bowe with a number of firsts. It was his first time in Miami with Prez P; his first time in studio with Prez P; and the song was recorded on the first beat they played.
"We were just vibing out, and he came up with the hook, and we were like 'Let's do it'. I wrote my verse in the studio, I recorded it that same night, and when it was done we really liked it. And so we decided to make it a single for his upcoming album," said Bowe.
According to Bowe, the inspiration for the song's title, "Play That Funk", which is also the name of the album, was the song's beat.
"That was pretty much it once he [Prez P] had laid the hook down. We wrote our verses separated and came together and it just became 'Play That Funk'."
And now the film featuring "Play That Funk" has received another nomination. As awards season ramps up, "Moonlight's" director, Barry Jenkins, has also received a Directors Guild of America (DGA) nomination, along with Damien Chazelle ("La La Land"), Garth Davis ("Lion"), Kenneth Lonergan ("Manchester by the Sea") and Denis Villeneuve ("Arrival") for the Top Feature Film Award. The winners will be announced at the 69th Annual DGA Awards on February 4.
Bowe, in his 20s, got his start rapping on home soil after his sister gave him a CD by a Bahamian rapper.
"When I heard how good he was, I decided I could do it too. So from that day on I started rapping."
Then a high school student, he said a number of his schoolmates (Romero Stubbs and Jared Albury) were rapping at the time, while his friend Rashad McPhee produced. He said they pushed him to continue rapping, and that's what he has done. But he admits that realizing his dream has not been easy. As he pursues his music dreams, he continues to work a 9 to 5 job.
As for where he sees himself in the next five years, Bowe said it's a question he often asks himself, and owns up to sometimes getting stuck. But he says he wants to be known for the things he loves to do, and what he loves to do is make music.
"I want to be known for being a rapper. I want to definitely be known for rap coming from The Bahamas. I used to say that I want to fight for the crown in The Bahamas. I'm a Bahamian, and at the end of the day, what's better than that -- being known as the best from where you are and to make an impact internationally? At the end of the day that's what I want to be known for, whether it's creating music or producing, or writing songs, because I like to write songs too, so whatever at the end of the day that brings me, then that's what I'm down for."
Bowe says he is gearing up to drop an EP (elongated play), which is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, titled "Here We Go". He said it's going to be his first project in a year and he's excited.
"I'm also dropping a few other things that I'm going to start rolling out in a matter of days," he said.

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Seven vie for Little Miss Regency title

January 12, 2017

Elizabeth Johnson, Egypt Adderley, Grace Young, Kailyn Moree, Marlia Percentie, Rashonte Pratt and Sade Francis are the seven girls who are vying for the title of Little Miss Regency Bahamas, and the opportunity to represent The Bahamas at the Little Miss Regency Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada in July.
Before advancing to the international pageant, one of the girls will have to win the local pageant that is being held under the theme "Flowers and fairy tales", on Sunday, January 29 at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m.
The participants will compete in sportswear, fashion and evening gown and will be interviewed by a panel of judges.
The preliminary competition will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 6 p.m.
The new pageant, which is a branch of the Miss Bahamas Teenager Organization, targets girls between the ages of seven and 10.
Pageant president Anishka Lockhart says the pageant's mission seeks to promote the nation's finest little girls and young ladies through its annual program.
To compete at the international competition, the winner must be at least eight, and no older than 10, at the date of the Little Miss Regency International competition.
At the national level, the pageant contestants are expected to have undertaken months of intensive training, grooming, coaching and preparation that will conclude with the coronation of a young ambassador who will represent the country at the international pageant and at promotional events.
The delegates, who become a part of Miss Teen Regency International, Miss Regency International, Ms. Regency International, Mrs. Regency International, Little Miss Regency International and Jr. Miss Regency International, are said to gain valuable confidence, poise and grace in an increasingly competitive world. The competitions don't just focus on beauty, but also allow each woman and girl the opportunity to grow and advance her personal and career goals, while acting as role models in their community.
A relatively new pageant, Dingle Productions president Terri Dingle and CEO Jay Dingle spent much of 2013 and 2014 promoting the pageant. They appointed the first Mrs. Regency International title and Miss Teen Regency International title in 2015.
Tickets for the national pageant are $15 and $25 at the door.

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The incomparable force that is Meryl Streep is humorous and entertaining in 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

January 12, 2017

Florence Foster Jenkins (U.S. rated PG-13)
Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Genre: Comedy-drama, biography
Dwight's Rating: 3 Stars

Contrary to the views of some ridiculous individuals, Meryl Streep is probably the greatest actor alive today.
She is, without a doubt, one of the greatest actors in history, and definitely one of the most honored, with more Oscar nominations than anyone ever, and more Golden Globe nominations and wins than anyone.
Just this past weekend at the Golden Globe (GG) Awards, Streep was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award, recognizing her "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" -- this in the same year she received her 30th GG competitive acting nomination.
That nomination was for Best Actress (Motion Picture Musical or Comedy) for "Florence Foster Jenkins", the comedy-drama that first opened in the United States on August 12, 2016. The film never played at multiplexes here in The Bahamas ("Sausage Party" did make it here on that date, however), but it did play at the Island House Cinema in September.
"Florence Foster Jenkins" was actually nominated in four GG categories, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), and acting nods for Hugh Grant (Best Actor) and Simon Helberg (from TV's "The Big Bang Theory").
So, ahead of the Globes, and in the absence of anything new worth seeing in local theaters, I decided to sample "Florence Foster Jenkins", which is available now on-demand and on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Don't be mistaken; there were indeed new releases over the weekend. But inexplicably, the much-anticipated new film, "Hidden Figures" (which, after a limited release last month, went into wide-release in the U.S. last week Friday), did not open here.
Instead we were treated to trash like "Underworld: Blood Wars" -- the fifth installment in the ridiculous movie franchise that, like its featured vampires, appears unwilling to die. Hopefully its fourth place U.S. box office finish behind movies that all debuted on or before Christmas Day will jam the final stake through the heart of this series. Thankfully, "Hidden Figures" -- number one in the U.S. this past weekend -- is finally opening here today.
But back to "Florence Foster Jenkins" -- the film tells the inspirational true story of a New York heiress, Florence, who obsessively pursues her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she hears in her head is divine, but to the rest of the world it is hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Grant), manages to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decides to give her first public concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, St. Clair realized he has perhaps bitten off more than he can chew.
The movie is humorous and entertaining, and it's fascinating learning about this real-life individual who created a sensation during the 1920s and '30s, and has been widely regarded as "the world's worst opera singer". Its strengths, however, lie in the performances. Helberg is a scene-stealer, and Grant has never been better --undoubtedly a redefining moment for his uneven career.
But, as is usually the case with any film featuring Streep, she is an incomparable force. With her stellar body of work, it would be hard to say this is her greatest performance ever. But it is definitely another fine example of how she -- more than almost any actor alive today -- is able to transform herself completely, and totally become her characters, seemingly never playing the same one twice.
Streep has been called on to sing in quite a number of her films before, and she has a pleasant voice. It's hard enough to sing well and act well in movie. But as Florence, she's asked to act well and not sing so well.
The brilliance of this performance is how she manages to balance the character's singing inability. It would have been far too easy to sing horribly. Instead, Streep "almost" hits the right notes -- taking her voice just there, then going slightly off course, getting back on track, and then - yikes - where'd that note come from? This amazing control displays pure genius. This master-class performance makes "Florence Foster Jenkins" a must-see. Is there nothing Meryl Streep can't do?
To those who feel this amazing gift to mankind is "overrated" we all pray that someone, somewhere, someday will think enough of you to use that term to describe you!

o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.

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Modern technology

January 12, 2017

There's no doubt about it, we do live today in an amazing world at the beginning of the 21st Century where technology plays a very important part in just about everyone's life. Yes indeed, modern technology allows us to work quicker and more efficiently. For example, when I go to the recording studio to record these daily radio programs, I no longer have to take a large folder with all of my scripts in it, I simply have my iPad Pro with me as I'm recording and I just scroll down each script on the screen and I also have all of the light I need to record them with ease. Yes indeed, it's a breeze to record today as I don't have to worry about rustling papers that would be picked up by the mic -- which in turn would necessitate me doing them over.
Then when my trusted technical producer has edited the programs he simply emails them to me as attachments, as audio files. I then listen to these programs on my computer and once I find them all to be okay, I simply forward them to various radio stations around the world who air the series. Yes indeed, modern technology can make life a whole lot easier for millions of people daily as they communicate instantly with others around the globe on their ever-present smartphone or tablet.
Of course, like anything in life where there are pluses there are also minuses. One of the drawbacks to all of this modern technology is in my estimation, that it has made us all rather impersonal at times as we sit in a doctor's waiting room for example without uttering a word to anyone as we're all too busy on our phones. Yes indeed, there are pluses and minuses to everything, including modern technology.

o Think about it!
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Greet the SAG Awards' Actor® and His Special Friends in Person at The Grove in on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

January 12, 2017

Iconic statue takes a detour to meet his fans en route to the
23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

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Pie and The PrizePool; Pokerstarts Championship Bahamas Main Event Winner Set to Earn $480K

January 11, 2017

Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event is under way, registration is now closed, and the numbers have been finalized...

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Maimone Leads With 125 Remaining Championship Bahamas Main Event
Maimone Leads With 125 Remaining Championship Bahamas Main Event

January 11, 2017

Tuesday was Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event. From the starting field of 738 entries, the 361 remaining players returned to action at noon, playing for shares of the $3.4 million prize pool. A total of six levels were put in the books, and play concluded with 125 players remaining...

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Jason Koon Wins Pokerstars Championship Bahamas 100,000 Superstar High Roller
Jason Koon Wins Pokerstars Championship Bahamas $100,000 Superstar High Roller

January 11, 2017

The PokerStars Championship has crowned its first-ever Super High Roller Champion. Jason "jakoon1985" Koon took down the inaugural $100,000 event, besting the field of 41 players (+13 re-entries) to claim the trophy and the top prize of $1,650,300...

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Nicola Basile Wins Pokerstars National Championship In The Bahamas
Nicola Basile Wins Pokerstars National Championship In The Bahamas

January 09, 2017

Nicola Basile is the winner of the PokerStars National Championship at the first-ever PokerStars Championship Bahamas. The $2,200 buy-in event began on Saturday at the Atlantis Resort, drawing 421 entries to create a prizepool in excess of $800,000. There were 313 unique players in the field, and Basile outlasted them all to claim the trophy and the top prize of $131,680.

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Government unveils Majority Rule Day activities

January 09, 2017

THE government has released the list of activities which are open to the public for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Majority Rule Day on Tuesday...

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84-Year-Old Morris Dadoun Thrives on Day 1A of Pokerstars Championship Bahamas Main Event

January 09, 2017

While many of the world's top sharks entered the 229-strong Day 1a of the $5,000 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event, it was 84-year-old Morris Dadoun who made for today's storyline. The oldest player in the field was responsible for the very first elimination of the day, vaulting to the lead in the first level...

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