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14 DAILY HERITAGE TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH Netflix threatens to withhold films from Cannes Festival A DRAMATIC showdown between Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival is brewing, with the future of the film industry in the crosshairs. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix has threatened not to bring any titles to the world's largest movie event after festival director Thierry Fremaux said last month that he would not screen any Netflix films in competition. The situation is said to be fluid, and a final decision would not be made until Cannes announces its official lineup on April 12. If Netflix carries through on the threat to pull its movies, the move could impact a number of high-profile filmmakers. Netflix titles have figured in the speculation about films that could screen at the festival, although it is not clear which may have been formally submitted. Among them are Paul Greengrass' Norway; Jeremy Saulnier'sHold the Dark; and Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind, the newly-completed version of a project the late director filmed in the 1970s. Netflix declined to comment on its Cannes plans, but such a move would be seen as retaliation for a new rule, first announced after last year's fest, banning any films from competition that do not have a French theatrical release. Since Netflix titles don't play French theaters and instead appear directly on the digital service, that rule effectively has barred them from the competition lineup. While Fremaux has said he would consider scheduling Netflix titles outof-competition, that option is considered less prestigious by many filmmakers, in effect reducing them to second-class status. Many in Hollywood will be watching how this plays out. While Netflix has become a huge player in the film business, investing millions in big-budget projects with A-list filmmakers, the company has drawn the ire of some for its strategy of putting films directly on its service rather than offering a theatrical window, as streaming rival Amazon has done. Cannes' new rule came in the wake of an uproar in some quarters over the fact that Netflix had two films in the Cannes competition for the first time last year — Boon Joon-Ho's Okja and Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories. Many traditionalists, especially in France, which has strict rules protecting theatrical distribution, complained about the streamer's inclusion in the fest given its online-only distribution practices. Netflix declined to comment. msn.com •This image released by Netflix shows Seo- Hyun Ahn in a scene from "Okja." (Jae Hyuk Lee/Netflix via AP) Stop re-branding highlife to dancehall and afro pop • Rex Omar to young artistes IN HIS bid to sustain the highlife brand, the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) Chairman, Rex Omar has started a campaign to make the genre has a strong Ghanaian identity. The ‘Abiba’ hit maker told Kojo Preko Dankwa on Kasapa Entertainment on Kasapa 102.5FM last Saturday that the young artistes have refused to associate themselves with the highlife brand because they perceive it to be an old-fashioned genre. According to Rex Omar dancehall and the afropop songs released by these promising artistes have Highlife contents in them so should be under the highlife genre. He disclosed that the campaign to make Highlife genre more active to compete with the Hip Pops, Reggae and others would focused more on organizing fora and meeting stakeholders to possibly brainstorm on how to make Highlife genre appealing to young artistes, presenters and DJs. “Why can’t we expand the genre of Highlife brand and put the sub-genres of Ghanaian music under Highlife. After all, we will not be the only country to first do that. When you talk about Reggae, they have root rock, ragga, dancehall, lovers rock and still call all these Reggae, so we can do same. •Rex Omar “Any form of Ghanaian music should be put under the highlife brand so that the youth and all musicians can develop and in that scenario then we’ll claim our own Highlife title and use the Highlife banner to propel our traditional music. “When you listen to their new type of songs they release every day, it’s Highlife but some of them are calling it dancehall and afro pop. Shatta has created his own type of Highlife because we’ve all ignored the Highlife music in a way. The young artistes see the Highlife genre as an old school and outmoded and they don’t want to associate with it. You can’t play Agbadza and call it Dancehall and you can’t play Highlife and call it dancehall.” English language not the parameter for success — Maame Serwaa KUMAWOOD YOUNG actress, Clara Benson, known on screens as Maame Serwaa, has finally responded to critics who troll her for speaking 'terrible English'. The award-winning actress, in an interview with Delay, said she is saddened by the way Ghanaians measure success. To the young actress, speaking good English does not put huge sums of money in one's bank account. "Ghanaians have a perception that if you can't speak English it means you are unwise or if can't speak English you can't be successful but I can cite so many people who, without school, have made it in life and have huge figures in their bank accounts". Maame Serwaa was trolled on social media a day after her press briefing contract signing with Silvanus Records for speaking very bad English. But she says she is not bothered by such things because critics and trolling come with being a star. "As a celebrity, you would have to ignore most of the things that you hear. At the press conference, the critics didn't know what I was going through that particular moment. My mother, who shaped and pushed me to where I am today and where I have reached today was no more. She was absent at my biggest contract signing event and that had already made me sad". "Maame Serwaa, can you speak good English?" pushed further by Delay, she answered, "I speak fairly good English". She added that she's doing her possible best to improve her English language by furthering her education at NAFTI. "If after my NAFTI education, I don't see any improvement, then I can say the witches in my family have a hand in that," she jokingly told Delay. Her comments support the point of view of colleague actor Kwaku Manu that Ghana is wallowing in underdevelopment because the country has failed to prize its local languages over the Queen’s. He says he believes that the English language has become a hindrance to the progress of some individuals who are talented but cannot express themselves in the Queen’s language. •Maame Serwaa

DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH Sports DAILY HERITAGE TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 15 •Hor is only 19 and is expected to improve in the coming years Hor finishes last in women's 100m final at Gold Coast ‘18 GHANA'S HOR Halutie failed to clinch a medal after finishing last of eight in the women's 100m final at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia. Hor crossed the finish line in 11.54, failing to mark her qualification time. She progressed to the final as one of the fastest losers from the semi-finals with a time of 11.46. The 19-year old, who hails from the Upper West Region, is a former student of T.I. Ahmaddiya Secondary School in Kumasi. She was Ghana's brightest hope of landing a medal after five days at the Games. Ghanaian midfielder Aziz Tetteh loses dad GHANAIAN MIDFIELDER Aziz Abdul Tetteh is in a state of mourning following the loss of his father, GHANASoccernet.com can confirm. Alhaji Yahaya Tetteh's sad end occurred at his residence at the Prisons Quarters at Cantonment, Accra, on Sunday morning. According to close family sources, Alhaji Tetteh was in good health as of Saturday but passed to glory the following day. Yahaya Tetteh is a younger sibling of former Liberty Professionals president, Alhaji Ibrahim Sly Tetteh, who passed on seven years ago after suffering cardiac arrest. The news will come as a major blow to Aziz Tetteh, who is just beginning to find his feet at his new club, Dynamo Moscow. According to Islamic traditions, he was buried on Monday morning. • Aziz Tetteh THE HIGHLY- ANTICI- PATED district championship of World Amateur Bodybuilding Association (WABBA) Ghana is slated to take place at the Commonwealth Hall at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Prospective bodybuilders are expected to engage in series of competitions that will enable them to get selected for their upcoming Regional Championships as part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Commonwealth Hall. The championship, dubbed ‘Vandals Ironman Challenge’, is in collaboration with WAABA Ghana and • Commonwealth Hall Commonwealth Hall to host WABBA district championship BY ANNETTE S. YEBOAH Ironman. Both male and female participants will compete for Mr Bodybuilding Men’s Physique, and Fitness Modelling, as well as Power lifting, which will serve as the side attraction. The newly-formed association affiliated to WABBA International based in the United Kingdom will travel across Greater Accra, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and the Western regions to annex the abundant bodybuilding talents in the country.

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