Saturday, November 30, 2013

Award-winning 'Silent Retreat' Punctuates Prolific Year for Canadian Casting Ace Justin Turner

29 Nov 2013 15:00 Africa/Lagos

Award-winning 'Silent Retreat' punctuates prolific year for Canadian casting ace Justin Turner

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - A Film Monkey Production's horror film "Silent Retreat" received this month the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 8th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The award underscored a banner 2013 for Justin Turner, a Toronto based casting department extraordinaire who has made a sterling impression in film and television, and who worked under Casting Director Jonathan Oliveira on the project.

Directed, written and produced by Tricia Lee, "Silent Retreat" is a creature indie feature shot entirely in Canada. It follows the story of Janey, who is sent to a silent rehab retreat in the middle of the woods. Upon arriving, she discovers the men who run the retreat are brainwashing women to be quiet and submissive. If Janey breaks the rules, she'll discover what evil lurks beyond the trees.

Toronto's Chelsea Jenish plays Janey. Sofia Banzhaf, Robert Nolan, Jen Pogue, Matthew Romantini and Mark Buck round out the film's supporting roles.

"Jonathan and I really tried to find actors who were unknowns," Turner says. "It meant initially going way out of our comfort zone. This is a credit to Tricia Lee as a filmmaker as her only priority was finding the best actors. Everyone was taking a leap of faith, but it was exciting to approach casting in a grassroots way. It gave actors who don't always get the opportunity to audition for such a meaty project a chance and also exposed us to exciting new talent."

For Turner, "Silent Retreat" was the latest of a string of achievements that evidence his aptitude with micro budget indie flicks, as well as major studio pictures and broadcast network television. He's part of the profound casting team at Toronto's RDC Casting.

Turner's casting credits this year include MGM's "Carrie" starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, CBS Films' "The F Word" starring Daniel Radcliffe and Adam Driver, the Warner Bros. distributed and Guillermo del Toro directed "Pacific Rim," Universal's "Mama" starring Jessica Chastain and Syfy's "Warehouse 13" starring Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly and Saul Rubinek.

In 2012, Turner helped cast Lionsgate's "Nurse 3-D," Columbia Pictures' "Total Recall" starring Colin Farrell, Hallmark's "Christmas with Holly," USA Network's "Covert Affairs" starring Piper Perabo, Syfy's "Alphas" with David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie and Azita Ghanizada and NBC's "The Firm" starring Josh Lucas.

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Silent Retreat
​Feature Film

A creature feature. In this quiet horror film, Janey is sent to a silent retreat in the middle of the woods for rehabilitation, only to discover that the men who run it are brainwashing women to be quite and submissive, and if she breaks the rules, she'll discover what lurks beyond the trees ...

Director: Tricia Lee
Producer: Tricia Lee

Executive Producer: Chris Agoston

Line Producer: Chris Luckhardt
Writer: Corey Brown
Director of Photography: Christian Bielz
Production Designer: Jennifer Morden
Editor: Mike Reisacher
Composer: Aaron Gilhuis
SPFX: Shaun Hunter
VFX: Brodie MacNeil

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Snoop Dogg Gets Funky And Talks About His New Album On AXS TV'S SKEE LIVE

27 Nov 2013 06:40 Africa/Lagos

Snoop Dogg Gets Funky And Talks About His New Album On AXS TV'S SKEE LIVE

Plus, What Does Snoop Dogg and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Have In Common?

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SNOOP DOGG talked about the concept behind his collaboration with Dam-Funk for their new album "7 Days of Funk" and compared his own legacy to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tonight, during one of the most anticipated episodes of AXS TV'S SKEE LIVE with host DJ Skee.

Hear Snoop Dogg explain his new concept album here: http://

Check out how Snoop Dogg wants to be remembered here: http://

Next week on Tuesday, Dec. 3, hip-hop artists Hopsin and YG join SKEE LIVE for a live performance and sit-down interview with DJ Skee.



Hosted and curated by DJ SKEE, AXS TV's weekly live program provides insider access to the hottest musical artists, athletes, celebrities, and cultural tastemakers via exclusive interviews and live performances. DJ Skee has been hailed as one of the most influential figures in entertainment and pop culture by both Forbes and Billboard. The show airs live every Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT more information can be found on


Bringing music back to television, AXS TV, launched in July of 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has created a one-of-a-kind, live television environment for entertainment and other cutting-edge trends. AXS TV delivers relevant, unpredictable and irreverent programming offering an unparalleled experience to a nationwide audience by presenting unfiltered, uncensored and uncut access to entertainers and their performances. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other TV providers. It is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean. The network is spearheaded by a partnership including Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. For more information, visit the website,; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr and YouTube.



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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Problems With Having An Open Mind In A Relationship

The Problems With Having An Open Mind In A Relationship

~ By Orikinla Osinachi

Most of the words of advice others give you in relationships are often clichés and they are sometimes not really useful to you, because the circumstances in our personal relationships are not the same in most cases no matter how the self-appointed expert counselors try to sound like they know the answers to your problems.

Anyone who has not been there before cannot know where you are coming from and where you are even coming from is different from where he or she is coming from, because Nigeria is not America and what happens in New York has different consequences from what happens in Lagos.

When you have a problem in your relationship, mind who you are telling the problem and surrounding yourself with gossips and busybodies will only worsen the problem.
The best thing is be cautious all the way and instead of listening to many people, listen to your conscience and only accept what will give you the two most important things in every relationship, SECURITY and HAPPINESS.

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
― Terry Pratchett, author of THE TRUTH.


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Lancelot Imasuen Makes History with Epic Movie and "ABCs of Death" Series

Nigerian Filmmaker Breaks New Grounds with Historical Epic Movie and ABCs of Death Series

Lancelot Imasuen.

Lancelot Imasuen, one of the most ambitious filmmakers in Nigeria’s Nollywood is breaking new grounds with his historical epic movie Invasion 1897 and for being the only African director among the 26 selected directors making the short horror thrillers of The ABCs of Death series.
He is one of the most prolific producers in Africa and his movies have focused on the unexplored aspects of the African experience including tribalism, witchcraft, crime, poverty, religion, and folk beliefs.

Lancelot has just concluded his own segment for the Alphabet P with “Prince Venom” in the 26 segments of the horrors of death anthology in Benin. Then he will be in London for the British locations of Invasion 1897, featuring Nigerian born Charles "Chucky" Venn who is famous for his roles as Curtis Alexander in Sky's "One's Dream Team", Tremaine Gidigbi in "Footballers' Wives" and as Ray Dixon in "EastEnders", and also starring the St. Lucian-born English actor Joseph Marcell, who has acted in over 34 films and 3 TV shows, including "The Santa Trap", "Brothers And Sisters" and "The Bill" and popularly known for his role as Geoffrey, the English butler on the NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". The top Nigerian stars in the epic include Segun Arinze Paul Obazele, Mike Omoregbe who played the lead role as Oba Ovoramwen, Charles Inojie and the late Justus Esiri.

Invasion 1897 has been endorsed by the Benin monarch, Oba Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopolo and by the Edo state government. The film production is co-financed by Senator Daisy Danjuma and South Atlantic Petroleum Limited, supported by Capt (Dr.) Hosa Okunbor, the Chairman of FEVA TV in Toronto, Canada and J2konsult in the UK are marketing the film in Europe and planning the London unit of the movie.

 Lancelot at a recent international event.

Lancelot Imasuen, High Chief Edem Duke, Minister for Culture, Tourism and National Orientation and actor Emeka Enyiocha.

Invasion 1897 (Nogbaisi Ovonramwen) is perhaps the most daring film project in the history of the Nigerian film industry, because no previous movie can be compared to it, both in scope and perspective of the historical context. The epic is based on the invasion of the Benin Kingdom by the British Empire in 1897 and looting the priceless ancient artifacts of the Benin kingdom, including the famous commemorative head and pendant of ivory mask representing Queen Idia (from court of Benin, 16th century) who was the mother of Esigie, the Oba of Benin who ruled from 1504 to 1550. The commemorative head is at the British Museum, while the pendant is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA.

The commemorative head and ivory mask pendant of Queen Mother Idia.

“It will coincide with the country’s centenary celebration and which marks 100 years Oba Ovonramen N’ogbaisi (the then sitting Oba) died in exile in Calabar, on the 14th of January, 1914, where he was banished by the British,” Lancelot said and will also “kick start our call for reparations by the return of all the looted Benin Artworks from all the museums around the world”.

Lancelot on locations of "Invasion 1897".

Lancelot Imasuen’s inclusion in the second part of The ABCs of Death has shot him to global limelight as millions of movie lovers await the next 26 segments of the horror series.

The first part of The ABCs of Death 2012 American anthology horror comedy film was produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League; a thriller of 26 different shorts, each by different directors spanning fifteen countries. The 26 chapters assigned a letter of the alphabet and the directors were free to choose a word to create a story involving death. The varieties of death range from accidents to murders. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on VOD on January 31 and in theaters March 8, 2013, with end credits featuring the music of Australian band Skyhooks' 1974 song "Horror Movie".

For The ABCs of Death 2, a contest was held for the role of the 26th director. The winner was UK-based director Lee Hardcastle, who submitted the claymation short for T. The horror anthology runs with the tagline, “26 directors, 26 ways to die.” For the first 25 segments, a group of 25 directors were engaged and each was given a letter of the alphabet and then tasked with creating a short film about death inspired by that letter. The result was a string of shorts including “D is for Dogfight,” “F is for Fart,” “M is for Miscarriage,” and more twisted titles to get your head spinning.
With 26 directors and 26 ways to die, "Viewer Discretion Is Advised"!

Like Invasion 1897 on Facebook,
See the YouTube teaser trailer,
See Official Trailer of The ABCs of Death on YouTube,
Follow The ABCs of Death 2 on Twitter,

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.
© International Digital Post Network Limited. 2013. No reproduction in any format of media without the authorization and permission of the copyright owners.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wonderful Women Are Doing Wonderful Things in the World

If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.
~ Robin Williams

The world is full of wonderful women doing wonderful things every day and everywhere and one of them could be your sister, niece, cousin, aunt, girlfriend, wife, mother, grandmother and even great grandmother and they have wowed us in countless ways. But in most cases, these Amazons among us have not been celebrated.

They may not be on the "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" List of Forbes Magazine and they may not be on the covers of celebrity magazines beaming at us, but they are still doing wonderful works in their own wonderful ways at home and at work and from those sweeping the streets everyday to those making straight As in the classroom and those brainstorming in the boardroom. They are all wonderful women among us.

Those who don't celebrate you will underestimate you!
And don't let anyone underestimate you in anyway!

You are the wonderful creation of God and you have been made to wow every one. So, you must be successful and be Wonderful!
Don't settle for less.

Lest we forget, without women, there will be no men today.
Women bring men into the world!

It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children’s and grandchildren’s fates, are decided.
~ Hillary Clinton

Our wonderful women doing wonders are going to be given the respect and honour they deserve and we are going to do so every year in our awesome Women of Outstanding Wonder (WOW) Awards in Lagos, Nigeria and you are welcome to join us.

You must know wonderful women in your family, community and larger society and tell us the wonderful things they have done or are doing for humanity.

Get involved, email us at and watch out for more information on the first ever Women of Outstanding Wonder (WOW) Awards coming soon!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Prevent PMS With Yogurt

Prevent PMS with yogurt.

Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York’s Columbia University. “Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux,” explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University.

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Katy Perry's WOW Moment!

katy perry WOW gif

Katy Perry is famous not only for her chart topping songs, movies and concerts, but for her philanthropy and played a big role in Gucci’s A-list Chime For Change campaign, which urges women to come together for global issues such as justice, healthcare and just yesterday on Monday November 25, 2013, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Gucci announced that it has raised $4.4 million through its Chime for Change initiative for women and girls.

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Get Ready To Be Wowed This Christmas!


Yes. Just get ready to be wowed this Christmas as never done before in Nigeria. That is why our babe is so excited and dancing with her hands raised so high. And you are going to join our WOW party too!

As the Jackson Five song goes, Keep On Dancing!

Baby, baby listen to me
There is something you have to see
We'll show you
What you got to do
You just follow our next move

(Keep on dancing)
Let me music take your mind
(Keep on dancing)
Have a real real good time
(Keep on dancing)
Why don't you
Get up on the floor
(Keep on dancing)
Till you can't dance no more

(Keep on dancing)
Keep on dancing
Dancing, yeah
Get up on the floor

Dancing, girl, will make you happy
And happy is what you want to be
Dancing fast
Just spinning around
Dancing slow
When you get down

(Keep on dancing)
Let me music take your mind
(Keep on dancing)
And have a real real good time
(Keep on dancing)
Why don't you
Get up on the floor
(Keep on dancing)
Till you can't dance no more

(Keep on dancing)
Keep on dancing
Dancing, yeah, yeah

(Music is a feeling)
(That you just can't resist)
(When you're dancing to the music)
Dancing to the music
(Time just don't exist)

Get on up
Get on up
(Keep on dancing)
Take the worries off your mind
(Keep on dancing)
Have a good, good, good time
(Keep on dancing)
'Cause there's nothing else to do
(Keep on dancing)
It makes you feel good too

(Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance)
(Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance)

Read more: Jackson 5 - Keep On Dancing Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Rihanna in Rare Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 d'Orsay Bow-Front Pump

Rihanna wearing Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 d'Orsay Bow-Front Pump for ELLE UK in April 2013.

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(RED) Brings Together The World's Biggest DJs + Pop Artists To Release DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 On iTunes Out Now

(RED) Brings Together The World's Biggest DJs + Pop Artists To Release DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 On iTunes Out Now -
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Megan Fox, Lucy Hale and Chris Paul Support the Avon Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Program

Avon Foundation Launches Campaign to Help People #SeeTheSigns of Domestic Violence During 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Megan Fox, Lucy Hale and Chris Paul support the Avon Foundation as it helps people #SeeTheSigns of abuse through a powerful global social media campaign

Actress Megan Fox in New York City where she helped Avon launch the #SeeTheSigns of Domestic Violence global social media campaign.

/ PRNewswire / — Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, actress Megan Fox, the face of Avon Instinct fragrances, supported the Avon Foundation for Women  in its launch of #SeeTheSigns, a global social media campaign that will educate the public on recognizing the signs of domestic violence. Part of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, #SeeTheSigns will run throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international human rights-based movement against gender violence and will educate bystanders and victims on the signs of domestic violence and how to safely intervene or seek help.

#SeeTheSigns will educate women and men about the important role they play in recognizing the signs of abuse among their friends and family and how they can help break the cycle by starting conversations about the issue. Tied together with the hashtag #SeeTheSigns, the campaign features powerful graphics and "signs" of domestic violence intended to help people recognize the often subtle signs of abuse.

Lucy Hale, mark. Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for m.powerment by mark., and Chris Paul, basketball star and the face of Avon men's fragrance, Untouchable, also will join Avon during the 16 Days of Activism to help people #SeeTheSigns by sharing the signs on social media.
According to a recent Avon Foundation-funded study "NO MORE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Survey of Attitudes and Experiences of Teens and Young Adults," although 60% of Americans ages 15-and-older know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault and 80% believe it is a problem in our society, limited public discussions are taking place about the issues. Seventy-three percent of Americans have not talked about the issues with their children and more than half have never discussed it with their friends; two-thirds say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would be easier for them to help someone and 75% say they would step in to help a stranger.

"The lack of conversation about domestic violence keeps the epidemic hidden," said Megan Fox, actress and the face of Avon Instinct fragrances. "With #SeetheSigns, the Avon Foundation hopes to create a global movement to encourage and motivate people to share and educate others about the signs of abuse so we can break this epidemic of violence."

The Avon Foundation will post the signs daily on Facebook and Twitter beginning Nov. 25. Each sign will link to an Avon Foundation webpage where users can find information on the signs of domestic abuse from Avon Foundation funded agencies such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Safe Horizon. Throughout the campaign, the Avon Foundation will encourage people to spread the word and help others to #SeeTheSigns by sharing the "signs" with their social networks. The campaign culminates on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day.
The Avon Foundation anticipates #SeeTheSigns will generate discussions and result in an increase in calls to domestic violence service agencies across the country, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the only national, toll-free hotline for domestic violence victims. The Hotline frequently receives more calls than it can handle with the staff it is able to fund. To support the increase in calls, the Avon Foundation is launching a #GivingTuesday campaign on Dec. 3 that will match donations made directly to the Hotline from Dec. 1 – Dec. 31 up to $200,000. The Hotline estimates the Avon Foundation grant will enable them to staff an additional 12,477 hours of advocate time to answer calls and online chats, translating into an estimated 23,695 people served.


Avon Foundation for Women
The Avon Foundation for Women, the world's largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Through 2013, Avon global philanthropy, led by the Avon Foundation, has donated more than $957 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses on funding breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. By 2013, the Foundation will have donated more than $38 million in the United States through Speak Out to support domestic violence programs, services and education. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and raising awareness through events and with educational information disseminated by more than 6 million global Avon Representatives. Visit for more information.

Avon Foundation for Women Contacts:
Karyn Margolis

Kristen Clonan

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exclamation: wow; exclamation: wowee
expressing astonishment or admiration.
"‘Wow!’ he cried enthusiastically"
noun: wow; plural noun: wows
a sensational success.
"your play's a wow"
verb: wow; 3rd person present: wows; past tense: wowed; past participle: wowed; gerund or present participle: wowing
impress and excite (someone) greatly.
"they wowed audiences on their recent British tour"

Our women have wowed us in various ways and there is no man who has not been wowed by a woman.
They have wowed us by their beauty, their ingenuity and their sexuality.

Is it her cooking that makes you say WOW?
Is it her fashion style that makes you say WOW?
Is it her brilliance or intelligence that makes you say WOW?
And Her outstanding success from the classroom to the boardroom can make you say WOW!

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