Sunday, April 29, 2018

Video: The Testimony of Sope Aluko of "Black Panther" Blockbuster Movie


Nigerian Hollywood actress, Sope Aluko who played Shaman in the box office record breaking Hollywood blockbuster movie, Black Panther revealed how her personal faith and trust in Almighty God gave her a bigger role after she auditioned for a small role.
Then the Miami-Dade County in Florida proclaimed April 10, 2018, as Sope Aluko Day to honour her.


Sope: It was an extremely competitive movie set; everybody wanted to be part of the movie immediately the auditions were put out. Everybody was trying to clinch a role in the film and it’s just so ironic because I initially had auditioned for Spiderman a year ago and the (at) last minute, I didn’t get the role. My children and I were very disappointed so when Black Panther came along I was like, ‘well, Lord this is the kind of movie I really would love to star in’. I actually auditioned for four roles – individual roles and different roles, and I didn’t get any of them for various reasons. I was too young or maybe too old, I don’t know. And then I got a call to audition for a smaller role, and I went to the director session with the director, LA (casting,) local casting as well as the producers for Marvel. I auditioned for the role and didn’t hear anything for a few weeks. And all of a sudden, I got a call from my agent and they said: ‘Oh, you didn’t book that role, but they have created a role for you and it’s this, and it’s a bigger role.’

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/02/black-panther-sensation-got-bigger-role-anticipated/

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Domitilla, Nollywood Classic Movie


Domitilla, Nollywood Classic Movie
Directed by Zeb Ejiro.


Published on Aug 20, 2013
Domitilla and her friends Judith (Kate Henshaw) and Jenny (Sandra Achums) are street hawkers living on the fast lane. Her change encounter with a high profile politician changes her life and fortune as the politician (Enebeli Elebuwa) adopts her as his mistress. But her new found soap box quickly bursts and her world turns on its head when the politician is found dead in his hotel room after a night of frolicking with her...All evidence points in Domitilla's direction...
Category
Film & Animation
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Music
"Chi Mai (feat. Ennio Morricone Orchestra)" by Ennio Morricone (iTunes).

The First Nollywood Blockbuster Movie: "Living in Bondage"


“Living in Bondage” Part 1 (1992/93)
Directed by Chris Obi Rapu.


Published on Dec 9, 2016
Lets take you back to 1992, good old days of Nollywood, with a great movie that some watched and some didn't, here is a chance to feel the movie again as you see how most of the stars today started their way to stardom.
Living in bondage is a Nigerian drama thriller film directed by Chris Obi Rapu, written by Kenneth Nnebue & Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and stars African Movie Academy Award winner Kanayo O. Kanayo, Nollywood actors Francis Agu, Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and a host of others.
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Stay tuned as we will be giving you new uploads every Fridays. Enjoy.
Category
People & Blogs
License
Standard YouTube License
Music
"Ana Enwe Obodo Enwe" by Chief Dr. Oliver De Coque & His Expo '76 Ogene Sound Super of Africa (iTunes.

Daughters of Wakanda


Daughters of Wakanda.


Photo Credit:Black Excellence. Brooklynite718.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Top 12 International Film Festivals Recommended for Nigerian Filmmakers


Nigerian filmmakers in both Nollywood and Kannywood have not been able to break into top international film festivals to compete with other filmmakers in the world, because majority of them have not been ambitious and serious about making the official selections for the Cannes, Venice and Berlin or qualifications for the Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars. Many of them have chosen to settle for less without respect for the art and craft of filmmaking above par.

Let me illustrate what being ambitious and serious can do for a filmmaker, regardless of the nationality and socioeconomic challenges.
Iranian film director, Asghar Farhadi, whose new film, Everybody Knows is the opening film for the 71st Cannes Film Festival beginning on May 8, 2018, made his first feature, Dancing in the Dust in 2003. Within only fifteen years, he has won two Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film for "A Separation" (2012) and "The Salesman" (2017). He has also won the Golden Globe, Golden Bear, Silver Bear for Best Director and Best Picture at the Tribeca Film Festival. His film, "The Past" won the Best Actress Palme d'Or for Bérénice Bejo at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; "The Salesman" starring Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti, competed and won Best Actor for Shahab Hosseini and Best Screenplay for Farhadi at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. And he has won other highly coveted awards at major international film festivals.
He was already invited to join the highly prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.

Nigerian filmmakers can learn a lot from Farhadi and several others like him who have used their professional skills and talents to make outstanding films for the global stage.  And if they can make it, Nigerian filmmakers can make it too.
They should compete with the best in the world by making movies that will qualify for competitions at the major international film festivals in the world and the following are the top twelve international film festivals for Nigerian filmmakers.

"Everybody Knows" the Opening Film of the 71st Cannes Film Festival


"Everybody Knows" by Asghar Farhadi will open the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival on May 8, 2018.


It is a Spanish-language psychological thriller film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi and starring Javier Bardem and Hollywood diva, Penélope Cruz.

Carolina, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

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2018 Cannes Film Festival's Official Selection


71st Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection


2018 Cannes Film Festival will begin on Tuesday, 8 May and ends on
Saturday, 19 May.

Competition


Opening Film:
Everybody Knows (dir: Asghar Farhadi)

At War (dir: Stéphane Brizé)
The Wild Pear Tree (dir: Nuro Bilge Ceylan)
Ayka (dir: Sergei Dvortsevoy)
Dogman (dir: Matteo Garrone)
Le Livre d’Image (dir: Jean-Luc Godard)
Knife + Heart (dir: Yann Gonzalez)
Asako I & II (dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
Sorry Angel (dir: Christophe Honoré)
Girls of the Sun (dir: Eva Husson)
Ash Is Purest White (dir: Jia Zhang-Ke)
Shoplifters (dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Capernaum (dir: Nadine Labaki)
Burning (dir: Lee Chang-Dong)
BlacKkKlansman (dir: Spike Lee)
Under the Silver Lake (dir: David Robert Mitchell)
Three Faces (dir: Jafar Panahi)
Cold War (dir: Pawel Pawlikowski)
Lazzaro Felice (dir: Alice Rohrwacher)
Yomeddine (dir: AB Shawky)
Leto (L’Été) (dir: Kirill Serebrennikov)

Closing Film
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (dir: Terry Gilliam)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Orlando Martins and Robert Adams in "Men of Two Worlds"

Orlando Martins, the first Nigerian #Hollywood star on the movie poster advertising the Danish release of 'Men of Two Worlds' (Eagle Lion), an African drama starring Orlando Martins, Robert Adams, and Phyllis Calvert, 1946.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Famous Nollywood Diva, Omoni Oboli is Now An Author!


“THE STARS ARE AGELESS 🌟⭐💫


You can now add author to my name!!!Been working on this baby for a while and she’s finally here! Thank you Lord! 40 sure looks good on me! Thanks to my publishers @narrativelscape we burnt the midnight candle on this one! Thanks to everyone that worked tirelessly to make this happen! Love you all.

Copies available for sale from tomorrow.
I can’t keep still #TheStarsAreAgeless #FindingMyLight #FindingMyLightInLifeInLoveAndOnSet #OmoniAtForty #TheFirstLady #AfricanButter #ChildOfGrace”


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Top Nigerian Filmmaker, Femi Odugbemi on The Morning Show With Biola Alabi of Arise TV


Interview of Femi Odugbemi on "THE MORNING SHOW with BIOLA ALABI" of ARISE TV, April 18, 2018.


Popular leading lady of the Nigerian entertainment industry, Biola Alabi interviewed one of the top TV/Film producers in Nigeria, Femi Odugbemi, the Executive Producer/CEO of ZURI 24 MEDIA, Provost of the Orange Academy in Lagos and Cofounder/Executive Director of the annual iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival. Odugbemi, an award winning filmmaker is known as coproducer of popular DStv soap opera "Tinsel"(TV series) and director of "Mama Put"(TV Movie), "Bariga Boy" (documentary), "Maroko"(feature film) "Gidi Blues"(Feature film) "And the Chain was Not" (Documentary) "ORIKI"(Documentary) and "Battleground"(TV Series).

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Kannywood Movies Have Nothing To Do With Nollywood - Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu


Kannywood Movies Have Nothing To Do With Nollywood
Kannywood is the Mirror of our peculiar Northern Nigerian Culture


“There was a conference organised by the University of Illinois, in America. At that conference, they suggested that there should never be a name like Nollywood or Kannywood and that any film that comes out from Africa should be called Nollywood. I raised my hand and disagreed. I told them that in the northern part of Nigeria we produce our distinct movies that have nothing to do with Nollywood.


“How can we take Indian films and become excited about them? Why can’t we do the same, take our films to India and make them excited about our cultures, in such a way that they too would be copying our films? We have good storylines, too.”

~ Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, Vice-Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/264467-film-production-why-we-target-secondary-school-leavers-noun.html

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

John Boyega's "Nigerian Test" and His N9 Billion Nollywood Movie


Fast rising Nigerian born English Hollywood star John Boyega is poised to make the most expensive Nollywood movie so far with a budget of N9 billion!
He said he grew up watching Nigerian movies and the film will be produced by UpperRoom Productions, he cofounded with a fellow British Nigerian, Mr. Femi Oguns, MBE.


John Adedayo B. Adegboyega (born 17 March 1992), known professionally as John Boyega, is an English actor known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film of the Star Wars series, and its 2017 sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role as Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block.




John Boyega and Femi Oguns are two Nigerians among the producers of the new #Hollywood blockbuster movie Pacific Rim 2: Uprising.

Boyega as "Ugwu" in the film adaptation of the celebrated award winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun directed by Biyi Bandele.

Boyega's other credits include historical drama film Detroit (2017), the science fiction film Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), four episodes of the television series 24: Live Another Day and the drama Imperial Dreams (2014). Boyega received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2016.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Miral Announces Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi Will Open 25th of July 2018 on Yas Island


Miral Announces Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi Will Open 25th of July 2018 on Yas Island


ABU DHABI, UAE, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Park tickets available now at http://www.wbworld.com

Miral, Abu Dhabi's creator of destinations, announced today that Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, an indoor theme park, will open its doors to the public on 25th of July 2018. When the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi opens this summer, it will feature six immersive lands including DC's Metropolis and Gotham City, as well as Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza. Tickets available now at http://www.wbworld.com.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8311351-miral-warner-bros-world-abu-dhabi-july/

"The launch of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is yet another milestone in the Emirate's journey to further enrich its tourism offering, and help establish it as one of the world's leading tourist destinations. The park is another great addition to Yas Island's immersive experiences and award-winning attractions," said His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral. "It gives us great pride to have partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to launch the world's largest Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park right here in Abu Dhabi. As part of our fulfillment to Abu Dhabi's ambition to drive increased visitors and enhance the UAE's appeal as an international destination, we are thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the outcome of this partnership and the massive, fun and engaging park offerings in a few months," he continued.


The 1.65 million sq ft park promises to deliver guests with captivating experiences this July, bringing together some of the world's most iconic characters and stories under one roof for the first time in the region. Featuring a total of 29 state-of-the-art rides, interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment, as well as a variety of authentically themed dining and shopping outlets, the park's incredibly immersive environments, unique thrill rides and fan-favorite characters will create a truly unparalleled experience for all who visit.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Gwen Stefani Fans Celebrate New Las Vegas Residency,


Gwen Stefani Fans Celebrate New Las Vegas Residency, Welcome Pop Icon With Elaborate Event At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster.com/gwen "Gwen Stefani - Just A Girl" shows start Wednesday, June 27, 2018



LAS VEGAS, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of adoring fans came out to the famed Las Vegas Strip in front of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino today to welcome multi-platinum recording artist Gwen Stefani to Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment President and CEO Mark Frissora and Live Nation Las Vegas President Kurt Melien greeted the global pop star and fashion icon, who will launch her residency show, "Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl" inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

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Lands' End's New Sunrise Swimsuit Collection Shines on the Horizon


Lands' End's New Sunrise Swimsuit Collection Shines on the Horizon
Latest Swimwear Collection Features Trend-Relevant Prints and Silhouettes

DODGEVILLE, Wis., April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- This season, Lands' End is introducing the Lands' End Sunrise Collection, swimsuits that are both sophisticated and fun for women that are confident, comfortable and looking for trend-relevant swim styles. The full swimwear assortment of the Lands' End Sunrise Collection is now available at LandsEnd.com.

"Each year, Lands' End offers beautiful, high-quality swimsuits at an exceptional value that interpret each season's latest swim trends," said Chieh Tsai, senior vice president of design, Lands' End. "This year we are introducing the new Lands' End Sunrise Collection which continues to build upon the company's long-standing expertise in swimwear fit, but also features the newest fashion silhouettes, color combinations and eye-catching prints representative of the latest runway trends."

The Lands' End Sunrise Collection offers this season's trends, from sophisticated to fun with plunging to high necklines, flounce ruffles, minimal silhouettes and lace up details. With many reversible fabric options, beach-goers will find bikini tops and bottoms can perform double duty in style. Here are some of the latest swimwear trends found in the collection:
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How To Use Nollywood To Develop Film Tourism in Nigeria


There are awesome opportunities for film tourism in both Nollywood and Kannywood of the fast developing Nigerian film industry.
I have already elaborated on the potentials in my article on @Indiewire.
Nollywood Can Turn Nigerian Tourism Into a Billion Dollar Industry | IndieWire
http://www.indiewire.com/2016/04/nollywood-can-turn-nigerian-tourism-into-a-billion-dollar-industry-2-287791/ and how to use Nollywood for film tourism on
A NOLLYWOOD Library Can Generate N1 Billion Annually for Lagos State
http://totnaija.blogspot.com.ng/2018/04/a-nollywood-library-can-generate-n1.html.


The Organisers of film festivals in Nigeria have not included tours of movie locations in their programmes like #Makoko and Balogun Market, the locations of "Gidi Blues" of Femi Odugbemi.
One famous Italian filmmaker said it would be exciting to see Makoko!
"Black Venice of Africa!"
No Nollywood movie has really explored the awesome location of Makoko for a thriller.

Film festivals can include tours of the movie location of Tunde Kelani's "Arugba" in Osun State and other locations I selected for the Hollywood screenwriter and author, Emma Forrest and published in the Wings inflight magazine of Arik Airline in 2016.

There should be film museums for both Nollywood and Kannywood like the Hollywood Museum and Bollywood Museum.
The Nollywood Museum should be located in Lagos and the Kannywood Museum should be located in Kano.

Let's make film tourism a top priority in the Nigerian film industry.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.

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