Much respect goes out to the incredible, Bonang Matheba. She is by far the biggest celebrity in South Africa. She’s done it all, radio, TV, web, print. Brands continue to use her to grow their respective brands and in turn, the Bonang brand continues to grow bigger, better and brighter. It’s incredible to watch such a young, talented woman score all these major deals and accolades and the latest one she can add to her name is with beauty house Revlon. Matheba was named as the South African ambassador yesterday, joining the likes of Halle Berry, Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde.
In case you missed it, reality star Kim Kardashian and her rapper boyfriend Kanye West are having a girl (I thought we all knew already, but hey). Check out this short video from E! News to hear more and to see and read more go to E!Online now
On Saturday I’ll be heading through to the Jameson First Shot red carpet premiere. This is the second premiere of its kind and I reckon it’s going to be lots of fun again. Last year, the campaign gave aspiring and upcoming filmmakers the opportunity to be mentored by Hollywood A-lister Kevin Spacey, his business partner Dana Brunetti thanks to the team at Jameson. It was sound a resounding success that the decided to do it once again and this year the team has enlisted the help of another Hollywood giant, Willem Dafoe.
South African filmmaker Hanneke Schutte was chosen as the winner this year. She flew over to the US, where she made her film, SAVING NORMAN (previously PING PONG WITH MR YONG) and we’ll be getting to see that film on Saturday evening. I’ll be on the red carpet taking pics and video. So follow me on Twitter: @JasonVonBerg, on Instagram or check back here for more interviews.
It promises to be a festive evening once again and big up to the team at Jameson for getting involved in such a lekker campaign.
The countdown to film’s big night is on and to celebrate this year’s Academy Awards, the digital team are creating a bit of hype in a different way. The first-ever Oscar Roadtrip kicks off next Monday in New York City. The roadtrip will give Oscar fans the opportunity to hold an actual statuette before it arrives in Hollywood on the 24th of February.
The roadtrip will be covered by Oscar Roadtrip reporters, Ben Gleib and Angie Greenup. They’ll be posting a whole bunch of blog posts, videos, photos, tweets and so much more. You can follow the journey via:
Speaking about the roadtrip, managing director of digital media and marketing for the Academy, Josh Spector said, “We created the Oscar Roadtrip to bring the magic and fun of the Oscar ceremony to movie fans across the country. The Oscar Roadtrip makes it possible to share the once-in-a-lifetime thrill that only comes from holding an Oscar statuette.”
I’m in SA, so I won’t be able to see or hold the Oscar just yet, but if you’re in the US take note of the following dates:
Sounds like a lot of fun and hey Josh, next year I’m happy to participate. Being a multimedia journalist and all, I could rock it. #JustSaying
Awards season is just about ready to go. The Golden Globes kick things off this Sunday/ Monday (depending on where you are in the world). Also, the Oscar nominations will be revealed this coming Thursday at 5am local time. The announcement will be made by Gangster Squad star, Emma Stone and actor Seth MacFarlane. I’ll bring you more on that on Thursday.
As far as the Globes go, I’m going to attempt to stay up, as I’ve done before to catch it live, but for you normal beings, you can catch the repeat on M-Net on Monday evening at 20:30.
“She is the proud mom of a healthy baby boy named Jackson“.
No news on where the little guy was born or any other details, but as soon as there’s more news, I’ll holler. In the mean time I wish the 36-year-old star all the best and congratulations to her. Great news!
Christian Bale is up to present the Best Supporting Actress nomination. Four of the five nominees are first-timers. Congrats to them all, but there can only be one winner and that is…
Octavia Spencer wins for her role in The Help:
Shivering, the star got a standing ovation “Thank you Academy for putting me with the hottest guy in the room. I have to thank my families. The State of Alabama. My LA family. My husband. Tate. Thank you Steven Spielberg for changing my life. I love you guys, thank you I’m sorry.”
Academy Award winner and legend Morgan Freeman opened the show introducing a montage of this year’s Best Pictures. This is a way to also introduce host Billy Crystal, who places himself in some of the scenes with this year’s nominees. It’s a light way to kick things off.
This is the 9th time Crystal is playing host for the Oscars. He said, “We’re at the beautiful Chapter 11 theatre…” This in the wake of Kodak going under recently. After his song and dance parody, he introduces Tom Hanks. He is presenting the Oscar for Achievement in Cinematography, which goes to Robert Richardson for Hugo:
“I want to thank you. Martin you’re a genius as usual. To all the past, present and future filmmakers this is for you.”
The Oscar for Best Art Direction goes to Dante Ferretti and his wife for their role in Hugo too.