A new study that analysed four years' worth of films found that female-led movies have consistently outperformed those in which men get top billing. The studyanalysed the 350 top-grossing films worldwide released between January 2014 and December 2017. Researchers found that in films with small, medium and large budgets, all averaged better global grosses when a woman was listed as the lead star. Conducted by the talent agency Creative Artists Agency and the tech company shift7, the study found that films that passed the Bechdel test do better, too. The Bechdel test, an invention of the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, rates whether a movie features two female characters having a conversation about something other than a man. Researchers found every $1 billion film at the box office — including films like "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," ''Jurassic World" and "Beauty and the Beast" — passed the Bechdel test. Among films that cost more than $100 million to make, the ones that passed the Bechdel test grossed on average $618 million worldwide, while those that didn't averaged $413 million. "Women comprise half the box office, yet there has been an assumption in the industry that female-led films led were generally less successful," CAA agent Christy Haubegger, who participated in the research, said in a statement. "We found that the data does not support that assumption." For budget data and determining lead actor, researchers depended on data from the Nielsen's box-office data collection company Gracenote. Gracenote's Studio System defines a "female lead" as a woman who is listed first in official press materials. Of the 350 films studied, 105 qualified as female-led and 245 registered as male-led. The greatest gap was in larger budgeted films. In movies with a budget greater than $100 million, there were 75 male-led films and 19 female-led films. The study was conceived through a group that formed through the gender equality initiative Time's Up, including Amy Pascal, former chairman of Sony Pictures.Earlier researchby academics has chronicledsimilar rates of inequalityin top-grossing Hollywood releases, andthe financial benefits of inclusion. "This analysis affirms data showing that diversity has a positive impact on a company's bottom line," said Lisa Borders, Time's Up president and chief executive. "As studios consider their fiduciary responsibilities to their investors, these findings offer a clear approach to delivering the best results."

Bazodee is heading to India. The Machel Montano love story featuring Bollywood star Kabir Bedi will be screened as part of the Chennai International Film Festival on December 14. In making the announcement on Instagram, the soca king said this is the first time films from Trinidad and Tobago will be screened at the Festival. "So I’m glad our movie will be included in this inaugural group. Many thanks to the High Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in New Delhi, India &@discoverfilmttfor showcasing and promoting Bazodee," he wrote. The movie will be screed at the Devi Bala Theatre in Chennai. Bazodee premiered globally in 2016 and has since been screened in the US, Barbados, Jamaica, Montreal, Canada and London, UK. The movie won the Audience Award and Best Music Award at the Latin Asian Film Festival, which took place in London. Bazodee stars Montano, British Asian actress Natalie Perera, Trinidadian/British actor Valmike Rampersad and Indian/Russian star Staz Nair.


A still from a Sex Island promotional video reportedly shows the resort where the event will be held. The Sun is reporting that the resort is located on Isla Margarita.

Earlier today Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith appealed to members of the public to come forward with any information regarding the location of the now widely reportedorgy party, Sex Island. But, law enforcement can breathe easy as after a week of speculation that the drug-fuelled sex partywould be hosted at a private island off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago, the true location of the event has been revealed. [related node_id='dc357678-2134-4542-9d5d-a3726eca1657'] Sex Island, is in fact, a five-star hotel resort with a private beach on the northern coast of Margarita. According to an article from The Sun, the sexy getaway takes place at the Isla Margarita, a popular tourist resort island off the north-eastern coast of Venezuela. Isla Margarita has nearly half a million inhabitants and is home to the capital city of Venezuela’s Nueva Esparta state, La Asuncion, where prostitution is legal. According to the article, the luxury hotel shown in Sex Island’s promotional photos and videos is the Hesperia, part of Spanish hotel chain NH Group which has 348 hotels in 28 countries. The five-star hotel is equipped with a golf course, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, and a private beach. The four-day event, begins on Friday and ends next Monday.

Support continues to roll in for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), withXtra Foods Supermarket being the latest organisation to endorse law enforcement. The supermarket chain's endorsement follows the recentlaunch of its ‘I Support Our Service’ (ISOS) campaign earlier this month. The initiative which encourages citizens and corporate entities to bolster the TTPS is receiving great support, with several organisations stepping up and endorsing the TTPS. On Thursday, at the Police Administration Building, marketing representatives of the supermarket chain presented $25,000 in grocery vouchers to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA), to be distributed among officers adversely affected by the flash floods in October. During the handover, President of the TTPSSWA, ASP (Ag.) Michael Seales, expressed his gratitude for Xtra Foods’ generosity and goodwill. He believes that the ISOS campaign will be invaluable to the psyche and performance of officers in the Service. Marketing Manager of Xtra Foods Supermarket, Daniel Austin also voiced his sentiments, stating that the supermarket chain recognises the hard work and efforts of the service men and women of the TTPS. He added that he looks forward to a healthy and ongoing relationship, as they partner with the TTPS.