TV & The Movies

A few days ago paparazzi got into a little dispute with Hollywood actor and Comedian Russell Brand, but this dispute looks like it may not be so little now.

After Russell Brand snatched an iPhone from a photographer for taking photographs of the actor , Brand allegedly threw it and it broke the window of a nearby law firm.   Today has claimed that New Orleans police have a misdemeanor warrant for criminal damage to property was issued against Brand following his run in. It is thought Brand was in the middle of filming in Nawlins, on Monday when the incident happened, and it was all caught on camera. This is the momet the incident is said to have happened.according to People connected to Russell Brand, contacted the law firm and said the actor would be  willing to pay for the damage to the window.

Brand tweeted the other day:

“Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone  irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”

It is thought that the New Orleans Police are now searching for Russel Brand.

New Movie Payback Season will be released in cinemas across the country this week, starring a selection of British actors,  Bafta award-winning actor Adam Deacon, Nichola Burley, Leo Gregory, David Ajala, Anna Popplewell and Arnold Oceng amongst them.

Arnold Oceng and Adam Deacon, are reunited with this project after working together before on other projects including the much acclaimed movies Kidulthood, and Adulthood.

Arnold Oceng

Arnold Oceng has been named as ‘one to watch’ for 2012 by Young Voices magazine, his career is going from strength to strength, both in acting and as his music alter ego ‘Snakeyman‘.  We caught up with Arnold for a chat.  He tells us whats it’s like reuniting with his former co-star, about his big plans for the future, and what it means to him to be considered a role model, to young british film lovers.

Hi Arnold, we are looking forward to the release of your new movie Payback Season, (Released Friday March-9th 2012) can you tell our readers a little bit, what the film is about?

Payback season is about one person’s success and how his background comes back to haunt him.

It looks like it was a fun movie to do, what was it like on set with Adam Deacon, David Ajala, and co?

Well as I’m sure your aware, me and Adam have been on many sets together so that was kinda natural. But yeh to be on set with David and Ike for the first time was cool. There’s a lot of waiting round, so a lot of the time was spent doing what boys do… Ideal job eh!

Last year you were nominated for the Screen Nation Awards ‘young rising star’, how does it feel to have your talents recognised and appreciated?

Very nice actually, as a young black actor in the UK,  there aren’t that many platforms for your talent to be recognised, so it’s also appreciated! Since then I’ve been in quite a few things, so hopefully it won’t be the last time and then I can go even further and represent UK talent.

You had an amazing 2011 with some great roles, in films like Top Boy and Demons never Die, how did those films, develop you as an actor?

WOW, that’s a good question! Demons was more of a cameo for me as I knew the producers very well, but to be involved directly with Idris Elba through the project definitely opened my eyes. Playing ‘money man Fem’ in Top Boy was wicked, again it was a whole new team to be a part of and the whole nation got to see me play a new type of character. That accent still gets commented on now!

At Sataloma News we are always searching for good role models for the youth in the uk, we think you are one of those role models, how does it feel knowing that young Britain is looking up to you?

Just humbling really, as an actor you just try to be the best you can on-screen. But that’s just my job. To be recognised as a role model isn’t something I take for granted! I’m glad you feel young Britain is looking up to me as we all know there is a lot of bad things going on that they could be focussing on.

What advice would you give the kids today, who are looking to chase their dreams, just like you have?

To get involved, with all the social networks and government-funded projects that are around us which has been the catalyst for so much creativity and achievement. You can truly be what you want to be if you just get involved, get the ball rolling man!

What kind of acting roles are you looking to do in the future?

Just ones I haven’t done before really, Ive achieved a lot for my age, so if I can diversify now,  hopefully I won’t become too typecast in the future.  If I had to say one though, I’d say ones with authority,  a policeman, doctor or a fireman that sort of character.

You have a music alter ego, Snakeyman, what is happening right now with the music ?

Lots man, My new track ‘Soldiers’ comes out on March 26th and features Ghetts on the remix. After that, next single out in June followed by an EP.

Whats next for Arnold Oceng?

3 films this year and more music. Right now I’m focused on the 3 M’s.    Money, Music and Movies!!


trailer courtesy of Official Payback Season Trailer


Singer Jessie J is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars to arise from uk soil,  and it look like nothing is going to stop her becoming a global sensation.

Jessie J exploded on to the music scene in November 2010 with her debut single Do It Like A Dude, which reached number 2 in the charts, and since then the hits have kept coming, Her second single ‘Price Tag’ hit the number one spot, and stayed in the uk charts for 51 weeks, it was a top ten hit in at least 20 countries around the world,  the tracks ‘Who Are You’Nobody’s Perfect’ and ‘Who’s Laughing Now’, kept Jessie J in the top ten throughout 2011 and her latest hit ‘Domino’ is currently at the number one spot.  ‘Domino was also released in the US earlier this yea, making her a household name across the globe. So how did the young shy girl from Chadwell Heath, London start her rise to the top?

Jessie J, real name Jessica Ellen Cornish,  the youngest of three sisters,  grew up in London attending Mayfield High school, she went on to enrol at Colin’s Performing Arts School, and at aged 11 she was cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of Whistle down the wind.  Jessie J has admitted that the academic side of school was never her strong point, and was always into writing songs, drawing and doing makeup.  At aged 16 she stated attending Brit School in London, along side singers Leona Lewis and Adele, and at 17 she was pat of a girl group named Soul Deep. at 18 years old Jessie J had a set back when she suffered a minor stroke, although she fully recovered from her health scare, Jessie says ” it makes you realise you can’t guarantee life everyday” continuing, she says “it made me appreciate life….i learned to express myself artistically”.

Jessie started her career as a song writer and has written songs for artists such as Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus, and was signed to a record label fo a long time before she released her first single, Her singing career has taken flight with full , and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon. The Debut album from Jessie j titled ‘Who Ae You,was released in February 2011 and charted at number 2 in the UK Album Chart, that same month she won the BRIT Award, Critics Choice Award, and at the end of last year it was announced that Jessie is one of the coaches and mentors on the tv show TV Show The Voice, which she is currently filming. These are some pretty amazing achievements for a woman who isn’t quite twenty-four years old, she definately makes Britain poud.


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BEST DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius,  The Artist Alexander Payne,  The Descendants Martin Scorsese,  Hugo Woody Allen,  Midnight in Paris Terrence Malick,  The Tree of Life
BEST ACTOR Demian Bichir, A Better Life George Clooney, The Descendants Jean Dujardin, The Artist Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt, Moneyball
BEST ACTRESS Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs Viola Davis, The Help Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Jonah Hill, Moneyball Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Nick Nolte, Warrior Christopher Plummer, Beginners
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Berenice Bejo, The Artist Jessica Chastain, The Help Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs Octavia Spencer, The Help
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY The Artist – Bridesmaids – Margin Call – Midnight in Paris  – A Separation
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY The Descendants – Hugo – The Ides of  March -Moneyball – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE A Cat in Paris – Chico & Rita – Kung Fu Panda 2 – Puss in Boots – Rango
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM A Separation – Footnote – In Darkness – Bullhead – Monsieur Lahzar
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Pina – Hell and Back Again-  If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Paradise Lost 3 – Undefeated
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY The Artist-  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Hugo – The Tree of Life – War Horse
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE The Adventures of Tintin-  The Artist – Hugo – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – War Horse
BEST ORIGINAL SONG “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets “Real in Rio” from Rio
BEST EDITING The Artist – The Descendants – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Hugo – Moneyball
BEST ART DIRECTION The Artist – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Hugo – Midnight in Paris-  War Horse
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Ricky Gervais has said, that after hosting the Golden Globe awards three yeas in a row, he never wants to do it again.

Ricky Gervais has posted a blog on his website, revealing that he never wants to host the prestigious Golden Globe awards ever again.  Admitting that he had enjoyed his three years hosting the awards Ricky says ”

“Phew! Thank **** that’s over,” , …… “I had a blast actually. It was by far my favourite of the three hosting stints.”  but he goes on, making it clear that he has no intention to return to the Golden Globe stage as the host   “I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though,” he wrote. “It’s like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realize you didn’t die and it was quite an amazing thing to do.”

Last year the fifty year old british comedian Gervais was criticised for his dark harsh jokes at the expense of the A-List audience, and this year, he was criticised again for not being controversial enough. we are yet to hear who will be invited to host next yea, but what we can say is Gervais‘s hosting yeas will never be forgotten.