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#Oscars2020 #Winners

February 10, 2020

Oscars has just come to an end. Here is the full list of all the winners.

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Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4 – WINNER

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite – WINNER

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Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit – WINNER
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Best Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER
Parasite

Best Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women – WINNER
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Best Documentary

American Factory – WINNER
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best Documentary Short

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – WINNER
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story – WINNER
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917 – WINNER
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – WINNER
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy – WINNER

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite – WINNER

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite – WINNER

Best International Feature Film

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite – WINNER

Best Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari – WINNER
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

Best Visual Effects

Avengers Endgame
The Irishman
1917 – WINNER
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Obviously, Parasite, directed by Boon Joo-ho, has become the biggest winner in this year’s Academy Awards. The film won four awards in total, becoming the first non-English best film in Oscar history. Big congratulations!

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#TobamsColors #AfricanWaxPrint #Fashion #Womenswear

February 7, 2020

London Fashion Week is fast approaching. We think we would continue featuring new emerging designer that we admire their creative designs and hard work. At the beginning of this month, the designer brand we would like to introduce is Tobams Colors–a women’s ready-to-wear brand that blends the traditional African culture with western style.

Tobams Colors creates a cross-cultural dialogue through fashion by reinterpreting African traditions with contemporary signature designs and cuts. Based in the UK, designer Jite Newton combines her European/Nigerian roots into her high-end clothing for women and men. Precise cuts, flashy colors and an androgynous touch make our collections outstanding.

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Interview with the designer of Tobams Colors–Jite Newton:

1. When did you start your fashion label? Where is it based? Where are your products manufactured?

The brans was created and launched in 2017. We are based in London, UK. Some of Tobams Colors collection are locally handmade in small atelier in Ghana, Nigeria, Philippines, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe using eco-materials such as certified cotton and African wax print. Operates as a social enterprise that provides education and training within the local communities in Africa. Some are made in China. 

2. Where do you get the inspirations from for your designs?

African Wax Print and African culture.While originally Africa Wax Print originated from a combination of Javanese, Indian, Chinese, Arab and European artistic traditions, they speak to people in the language of colors. Breathing life into textiles and connecting them to hopes, dreams, politics and everyday life is what gives them context and makes them stand out. Intentionally creating signature prints that are reflective of everyday topics and allowing our fabrics to authentically reflect different cultures instead of cultures creating tales of how they are reflected in them.

Combining rich, beautiful and vibrant colors of Africa and Western Cultures, our main aim is to blend into all cultures using the representation of colors in our signature wax print. We wanted to bring in a mix of Western clothing with African Wax Print therefore creating quality clothing to embrace the beauty of both cultures. We believe Colors is something that binds us together around the world, we carefully select colors that are also represented in each continents.

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3. How do you find your designer/entrepreneur life in the fashion industry?

My entrepreneur life has bitter and sweet days. But in all I thank God who has brought me this far. I don’t know if I could have done it without Him. Faith has been a big part in my entrepreneurial journey as a fashion designer and business owner. 

4. Any advice you would like to give to prospective designers who want to start their own business?

My advice to young designers is, do your research properly to identify trends, needs and what makes you different. Identify best channel of sales. Scale small to test the markets. Be consistent and ensure quality is key. 

5. What kind of impact you would like this brand to bring to people around you, and the society?

Tobams Colors was founded to create a unique identity in Traditional Africa Wax (Ankara) print clothing. We wanted to fill a gap whereby there is no clear identity prints representing Africa and Premium leader in the production of a signature print for day to day wear, haute couture, etc. but also maintaining African roots combined with Western style. We have created prints with the ability to communicate, with a background and meaning to resonate with our customers’ beliefs, traditions, and desires.

Our clothing are season-less, making our customers love them all year round. Tobams Colors lifts up disadvantaged women out of poverty by nurturing their creative talent in different areas such as modelling, Fashion Labs in Africa where they carefully design and craft each garment. A portion of the proceeds from each piece goes to The Laughing Women Project which supports children and women in in 5 continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia within countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Philippines, India, South Africa, Australia, Canada and Zimbabwe to be free from poverty, abuse, oppression, and helps them create a brighter future.

Moreover, we are taking Africa and all other Continents with us in every step of the way. The colors we use are vivid. The designs speak for themselves and are communicated on both the front and the back of the fabric. But this isn’t a case of pretty colours woven together, there’s in fact a deeper meaning. Each of our colors represent an important aspect of nature. The colors are an acronym of our name.

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Designer Jite Newton

 

Images Courtesy of ‘Tobams Colors

Interview Notes Courtesy of ‘The Designer

@Croydonites 2020 programme #theatre #comedy #festival #Croydon

January 29, 2020

We’re delighted to share the programme for the 5th Croydonites Festival of New Theatre. Croydonites can’t quite believe they got here but the borough is bursting with talent and needs a platform – so here they are!

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As usual they will be serving up a mix of theatre, performance, film, dance and storytelling for young and old (and those in between), with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Featuring local and UK artists over an intensive 4 days 26-29 March, 2020, it’s a bit like your very own Edinburgh Fringe Festival, right here in Croydon.

Croydonites will be looking for budding film-makers, story-tellers and critical writers to get involved so make sure you are following them on social media @croydonites to hear all about it.

Thursday 26 March
7.30pm – Hannah Maxwell / I, AmDram – The Front Room
9.30pm – Richard DeDomenici & Jess Mabel Jones / Croytopia – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre

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Hannah Maxwell

Friday 27 March
6.30pm – Tayo Aluko & Friends / Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre
8.15pm – Byron Vincent / Instagramming the Apocalypse – The Front Room
10pm – Ellie Scanlan / Moon Face – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre

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Tayo Aluko & Friends / Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown

Saturday 28 March
10.30am & 12pm – Jenny Lockyer / Granny Pearl – The Front Room
4pm – Teatro Vivo / Grimm’s Collecting Agency – Fairfield Halls
6pm – Trevor Lock / Community Circle – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre
7.30pm – Shaniqua Benjamin & Well Versed Ink / Love Warrior – The Front Room
10pm – Gill Manly & Ellie Scanlan / Pressure Cooker – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre

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Trevor Lock’s Community Circle

Sunday 29 March
5pm – SLiDE / Insert Title Here & Ceilidh – Stanley Halls

On most days you can buy a pass that will get you into all the shows.

More information click here

#shoeporn #LouboutinWorld

January 28, 2020

Interview with #SeanEvans of Back to the Movies – A TOP 5 UK Film Blog

January 22, 2020

For years, we have been exhibiting movies and hosting movie festivals as Cellar Door Film Society. We love films and love to connect with influential people within the industry. This time, we are honoured to interview the founder and creator of the Top 5 UK Film blogger: Back to The Movies–Sean Evans.

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1. When did you start Back to The Movies? What was the motivation behind this business?

When I was 21, my girlfriend, at the time suggested I do something special for my 21st birthday. Something to remember it by. We had this idea of collecting video messages from celebrities to celebrate it. I was always under the impression celebrities were impossible to reach but I sent a few emails out to agents and some even directly through their personal website etc. Within days I not only had video replies from celebrities who didn’t even know me but actual correspondence with them via email. It was through this that I thought I should set up a film website and interview some of the people who were kind enough to reply. I had messages from such people as Jeremy Bulloch from Star Wars,  Thomas Nicholas from American Pie and even signed items from Russell Brand and Daniel Craig through their agents. Back to the Movies as an idea was born in 2011 but I didn’t really give it much attention until 2013. It was in 2013 where I quit my 9-5 job and worked on a horror movie called Fear Clinic doing their social media work for a crowdfunding campaign. I raised enough capital that the producers invited me over to Los Angeles to work on the movie in person literally two weeks after I went self employed. One minute I’m in Stoke on Trent the next i’m in Los Angeles in Robert Englund’s (Freddy Krueger himself) house as he’s making me a sandwich and talking to me about Hollywood. Crazy.

2. What is the most exciting thing that you have found in running this film platform so far? Which movie is your favorite?

As far as my favourite film goes, there’s no question there. Back to the Future. The whole inspiration for the websites name was Back to the Future and meeting Christopher Lloyd, Michael J Fox and Tom Wilson was on my bucket list the second the site went live. Back in 2015 I met all three and no matter what the future holds for the site, I’ll always have that first goal ticked off, done and dusted!

I think the opportunities the site has given me is above and beyond anything I could have ever anticipated. Every year I get to walk the red carpet at the BAFTA awards, I’ve been a judge at various film festivals and I’ve become friends with some of my childhood heroes. Going to film premieres is always an experience and getting to interview some of the biggest names on the planet is something I’m so honoured to be a part of even now six years later. Getting invites to theme park ride openings, being an extra on set of a movie or even just being accepted to cover certain events up and down the country is a privilege. One of my proudest achievements is being asked to feature in the Amazon book A Million Dollar Blog which was the icing on the cake. The book is an Amazon bestseller highlighting some of the most financially successful blogs in the country and I still feel I don’t deserve to be in there as I’m surrounded by such industry greats! The movie work has even expanded to the music world as Fear Clinic the Movie starred Corey Taylor from the band Slipknot, we chat frequently and we spent some time in LA together around the film’s release. Things like which blow my mind. To think I started this website in an office at my parent’s house. It’s been a whirlwind since then!

3. How do you find your entrepreneur life in the film/entertainment industry?

It’s like living a fairytale. I get many friends who constantly tell me they hate me as they’re working their 9-5 jobs, a little fed up, a little bored and i’m there snapping pictures at concerts, events, theme parks or next to a familiar face. I can’t blame them for hating me I think I’d be the same in their position but I give up my 9-5 for a reason. We only live once and I want to look back and say I made the most with the time I had and as far as making memories go I’ve made enough of them to last a lifetime and I’ve only just started.

Every week you meet a new actor or filmmaker looking to promote their project. I absolutely love the independent film community, they’re like one huge family. I much prefer the independent scene over the Hollywood scene, fewer politics and more passion in my opinion. It’s nice to see people who are out there working hard to achieve their goals, we all follow the same mindset and that’s a positive mindset that I love to surround myself with. I’ve always been very ambitious, maybe too ambitious most of the time but if you dream it you can achieve it (my cheesy motto, many apologies). 

Back to the Movies was set up to talk about movies the way you’d talk to your friends about them. Not critics, just fans. Around 99% of the time the site is run by me and me alone so that’s tough. Posting 5-6 posts a day, working around 16 hours a day late into the night is always hard. But the results pay off and when they don’t, you just keep at it. With me talking about movies like a fan and not a critic you’re naturally open to more criticism as people are used to reading film reviews a certain way. I speak to people like people, not consumers and as a result, my personality (sometimes brutally honest at times) comes through in my content. I wouldn’t say it was a negative of my work as I love hearing other peoples’ opinions, it’s just when those opinions go past debate and into trolling things become more interesting. I’m thick-skinned, I’m in this business for a reason and for anyone who knows me I don’t back down too easily. I’m all for a healthy debate and a good old-fashioned slanging match. Bring it on!

4. What is the biggest challenge you have found on this journey?

The biggest challenge for me was finding a way in with the studios. It took over 3 of the 6 years that I’ve been doing this job to get a studio interview and i’m STILL not on the full-time list yet. It was thanks to a good friend of mine who is a well-known news correspondent in San Francisco who was coming to London for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies premiere. We went to the junket the next day in a fancy hotel where he asked if I wanted to interview someone on his behalf. I chose the actor Luke Evans and just like that I had my first studio interview on camera. Now, most of these interview junkets go to the huge mainstream media but I took my interview and ran with it on my little site and it blew up!

Still, to this day I’m not on the full-time studio list but that’s no doubt because I’m Midlands based and not London based so things can get pretty expensive travel-wise especially with the frequency of junkets. But as a result of that interview, I now work closely with Universal, Warner Brothers and Lionsgate on many film releases and have featured on some of their Home Entertainment release covers. Seeing your little one-man-band website on the front cover of a movie in a high-street store is one of the craziest but incredible feelings in the world.

5. What, if anything, would you do differently if you could?

I always feel as though I have to work harder. With film being an industry that is constantly evolving and changing I just feel I need to be on top of everything. Running the site on my own makes that task a mountain. I love a challenge but I would certainly have help in the near future if the site keeps growing and evolving as it does. Would you believe that I found a grey hair the other day! That’s certainly a result of running this site for the last six years that’s for sure!

6. On your website, there are a lot of film reviews. Which category or which film review would you recommend the most?

I’m a sucker for a good horror movie. I absolutely love them. When I was over in LA I attended the Screamfest Horror Festival and my love of horror was blown into the stratosphere. There was a film showing every 90 minutes or so and for ten whole days, I don’t think I saw even 20 minutes of daylight. I was literally camped out in the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood being there for all these horror movie premieres and binge-watching everything from shorts, to documentaries to feature films. The horror community is full of some of the most incredible and passionate people I’ve ever met in my life. Just one big family who I love and adore to bits!

7. Which film are you looking to review next?

I’ve not long just posted a Bad Boys for Life review now that we’re doing some work with the guys behind 4DX and Screen-X cinema technology. Funnily enough, I’m going to see Bad Boys for Life AGAIN tonight with my two brothers Gary and Wayne and our friend Paul (told you I’d get you guys a shoutout). I’m also trying my hand at vlogging so some of my reviews and VLOGS are things I’m working on currently. This week alone I’ve joined the Circus of Horrors, reviewed a movie projector and have been shooting at an airsoft range. The next physical film I have to watch is right in front of me as I’m typing this review, it’s an upcoming western movie called Hell on the Border starring Ron Pearlman. I’ve been asked to provide quotes for consideration on the front cover of the DVD release so hopefully, I enjoy it and I’m chosen to feature on the front cover!

8. Do you have any advice to give to anyone who also would like to start their journey on film review?

Perseverance. That’s the key. When I started you can’t even imagine how many people told me “You’ll never get many views” or “So many people do that you won’t achieve anything from it” or “why should people care what you have to say”. Just bear in mind that many of these comments come from a place of jealousy or insecurity as they don’t have the confidence to go out and achieve something independently for themselves. Stick to your motivations, your goals and speak passionately about the things you love. 

When Back to the Movies started I was on 100 views a week. That was so disheartening but it didn’t stop me. I kept going, I kept building and just didn’t give up. Fast forward six years later and I’m still not giving up and still not happy with the views I’m getting now. The goalposts may change but you have to keep believing and working hard. If you follow a passion and write about things you love it’ll never feel like work anyway.

Build your site, make connections and don’t focus on the money straight away. Content is key, deliver your message in your voice and when it takes off (which if you work hard it will) then focus on making it financially viable.

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(Sean Evans, Owner and Creator of Back to The Movies)

Website – https://www.backtothemovies.com

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B2TM Twitter – Back To The Movies (@Bck2TheMovies) on Twitter

B2TM FB – https://www.facebook.com/BackToTheMoviesPage/

B2TM YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsxiOJiGR_KogPs5W6ldp5g?view_as=subscriber

 

Images & Content Courtesy of Sean Evans

Interview Notes Courtesy of ‘The Designer

#HUMING #ChineseArtist #FemaleEmpowerment

January 22, 2020

Hu Ming is a world-renowned Chinese artist. She has chosen women in the military as the subject for many of her works. Her women are sexy and powerful at the same time.

Hu Ming was born in China in 1955. Her parents served in the army. She won acclaim for her paintings all through her school years. However, as the Cultural Revolution unfolded (1966–1976), she spent time in the military and found she was only allowed to paint propaganda posters and heroic portraits of Mao Zedong. This caused Hu Ming to change direction. So in 1970 she joined the People’s Liberation Army and was assigned to work in a library. Although warned not to read the books she was cataloguing, she was fascinated with Michelangeloand ultimately was severely reprimanded for reading his books. Her time spent in the military is the explanation of her interest in the subject for her paintings.

Hu Ming is a pioneer in her field being diverse in combining both modern and classical styles. There is a blend of exotic, strange, humorous and above all mysterious in her art. She merges a conscious sense of post-modernism and element of sub-culturalism.

The females depicted by Hu Ming are all sturdy and beautiful Chinese women. What she wants to bring out are the new generation of Chinese women who are brave, sexy and being on par with men like Super Women.

Let’s take a look at her artworks.

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#Amadeus #HandmadeJewellery

January 14, 2020

As always, we give our genuine support to artists and fashion designers because fashion has been an area we constantly concentrate on and work to make an impact. Today, we would like to introduce Amadeus–A London based hand-made, eclectic and ethical jewellery brand. 

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As a brand, Amadeus takes great care to ensure that all of pieces are produced with a focus on sustainability and ethical practice. Hand producing all our pieces in our London studio gives us complete control over the entire process, from sourcing and production to setting and finishing.

We also had the honour to interview the designer of this beautiful jewellery brand–Nathalie Simond.

1. When did you start your jewellery label? Where is it based? Where are your products manufactured?

Amadeus was launched almost 2 years ago but I spent over a year prior to that researching ways to make my jewelry brand as sustainable as possible. Everything is handmade in our London studio and I personally travel the world to source my own precious materials.

2. Where do you get the inspirations from for your designs?

I get inspired by the gemstones and pearls that I find and create jewelry pieces using recycled Fairtrade silver and gold. I have had a passion for jewelry since I was a child and went on to study fashion which helps me through my creative process.

3. How do you find your designer/entrepreneur life in the fashion industry?

Being a designer now days is full of ups and downs with an ever-changing economy and retail industry. Some parts are very demanding, but I think it’s part of the journey. You really need to keep up with what is going on around you and having a network of fellow designers around me has been very helpful.

4. What is the biggest challenge you have found on this journey?

Throughout this journey, my biggest challenge has been to find ways to ensure my business is as sustainable as possible. Hand producing all our pieces in our studio gives us complete control over the entire process, from production to setting and finishing. For sourcing, we have invested in pearl farms and mines to make them eco-friendly. Working directly with those communities we cut all the middle agents to ensure the money goes back into the local communities. In the last year those specific areas now have schools and internet access.

5. Any advice you would like to give to prospective designers who want to start their own business?

I very much enjoy what I do and for prospective jewelry designers wanting to start they own business I would suggest they need to be very passionate about their product, really do your research before you launch and be as sustainable as you can!

Here is the working studio of Amadeus:

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Images Courtesy of ‘Amadeus

Interview Notes Courtesy of ‘The Designer

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