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Nollywood: Yemi Morafa’s “Something Wicked” opens today 

The anticipated Nigerian-psychology drama,“Something Wicked”  that won big at the 2016 Best of Nollywood Awards opens today in cinemas across Nigeria. The movie scored an impressive six wins at the Best of Nollywood Awards along with wins for movie of the year and Best Screenplay, the thriller starring Gabriel Afolayan and Omowunmi Dada also landed the duo a Best Kiss in a movie. Adesua Etomi, Beverly Naya and Ivie Okujaye also won Best Supporting Actress, Afolayan won best supporting actor, while Yemi Morafa won Best Director of the year. Produced by Isioma Osaje, Okey Uzoeshi and Morafa, the movie also stars Uzoeshi, Ireti Doyle, Keira Hewatch, Timini Egbuson, Emem Ufot and Bisola Aiyeola.

Synopsis:

Something Wicked” is the story of a widow (Hauwa), whose recently orphaned nephew Abel, moves into her home from the violence riddled Northern Nigeria, after themurder of his parents. Abel has a difficult time fitting intohis new family, whilst Hauwa struggles with the challenges of balancing a failing business and single parenthood.This family’s bond is tested when they are thrown in a life threatening situation and we see how easily misunderstandings lead to misconceptions and premonitions are sometimes the only warning we get, in this game of life and death.

Cast: Adesua Etomi, Beverly Naya, Ireti Doyle, Gabriel Afolayan, Keira Hewatch, Timini Egbuson, Emem Ufot and Bisola Aiyeola.

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Opening This Weekend: 17/02/2017

In Theatres this weekend we have Matt Damon fighting monsters in China (The Great Wall, co-starring Willem Dafoe), Ice Cube and Charlie Day in an argument (Fist Fight), and Dane DeHaan in some weird and gross science trouble (A Cure For Wellness).

The Great Wall 

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Thriller 

Director: Yimou Zhang  

Rating: PG-13 / 12+ 

Running Time: 103Mins

The Great Wall was released in China on December 15, 2016. It is scheduled to be released today February 17, 2017, in the United States by Universal Pictures.

Synopsis

In this action-fantasy epic set in 11th century China, two mercenaries from the West (Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal) are captured by a military organization that are headquartered in a fortress on the Great Wall. In time, the duo get caught up in a battle between the Chinese warriors and a supernatural menace that the Great Wall was built to repel. Directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), this collaboration with Hollywood is the most expensive Chinese film to date.

In the time of the Song dynasty during the reign of the Renzong Emperor, a few miles north of the Great Wall, a mercenary group originally consisting of twenty men searching for black powder are pursued by Khitan bandits, who have already killed some of the men. Upon escaping they seek refuge in a cave but are then attacked by an unknown monster, leaving only William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) alive, with the former having slashed off the monster’s hand. The two decide to bring the arm with them. The next day, they stumble upon the Great Wall and are taken prisoner by Chinese soldiers of a secretive military sect called the Nameless Order- a Chinese military order commissioned by the imperial court of the Song Dynasty, led by General Shao (Zhang Hanyu) and Strategist Wang (Andy Lau).

Cast: Matt Damon, Jing Tian,Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu,Willem Dafoe, and Eddie Peng.

A Cure for Wellness

Genre(s): Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Director: Gore Verbinski

Rating: R

Running Time: 146Mins

A Cure for Wellness is a 2016 psychological horror thriller film directed by Gore Verbinski and written by Justin Haythe. The film stars Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth, and follows a young executive who is sent to a mysterious rehabilitation center in the Swiss Alps. The film is scheduled to be released today February 17, 2017, by 20th Century Fox.

Premise:

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure.

CastDane DeHaan, Douglas Hamilton, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Adrian Schiller, Celia Imrie, Ashok Mandanna, Harry Groener, Ivo Nandi.

Critics ConsensusA Cure for Wellness boasts a surfeit of visual style, but it’s wasted on a derivative and predictable story whose twists, turns, and frights have all been more effectively dealt before. (via Rotten Tomatoes)

Fist Fight 

Genre(s): Comedy 

Director: Richie Keen 

Rating: R

Running Time: 91mins

Fist Fight is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Richie Keen and written by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser. The film follows the story of two teachers who plan to fight each other after one of them gets fired. The film premiered in Los Angeles on February 13, 2017 and is set to be released in the United States and Canada today, February 17th, 2017.

Premise:

After high school teacher Andy Campbell accidentally gets his colleague Ron Strickland fired, Strickland challenges himto an after school fight.

Cast: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, Jillian Bell.

Critics ConsensusFist Fight boasts a surplus of comedic muscle but flails lazily, and far too few of its jokes landwith enough force toregister. (via Rotten Tomatoes)

Everybody Loves Somebody (Limited) 

Genre(s): Romantic Comedy

Director: Catalina Mastretta

Rating: PG-13

Young and beautiful Clara Barron (Karla Souza) seems to have it all- a great job, a beautiful house in Los Angeles and a Mexican family that loves to have fun. The only thing Barron hasn’t figured out is her love life. Pressured to go to a wedding in Mexico, she asks a co-worker to pose as her boyfriend for the weekend festivities. Caught off guard when her ex shows up to the ceremony, Clara must now choose between her former beau or the possibility of a new and exciting romance.

Cast: Karla Souza, José María Yazpik, Ben O’Toole, Tiaré Scanda, K.C. Clyde, Patricia Bernal, Alejandro Camacho, Ximena Romo.

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TV Series Recap: Emerald City Season 1 ep. 1 – 7 Review 

I was asked to do some reviews on various TV shows and between being sick and other activities I got to it,  I have couple of TV shows I’m interested in and some under my radar that I haven’t gotten to see yet,but I’m making effort to create time for them. I finally decided to do a review on NBC’s Emerald City, when I first saw it, 5 episodes had already been aired. I did what I call a “Generalized  and Summarized Review” on the already aired 7 episodes. Emerald City airs every Friday 10pm.

**SPOILER ALERT**

Summarized and Generalized Reviews

Emerald City Season 1 Ep. 1 – 7

Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Run time:  1hour

Emerald City is a 2017 TV series that premiered on the 6th of January, its story is created around the Oz book series- Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum, set in the fictional land of Oz where Dorothy’s embarks on a mission to get herself home where she gets taken in a tornado to Oz. Emerald City is directed by Tarem Singh.

Synopsis :

When a tornado transports Dorothy Gale from Lucas, Kansas to the faraway land of Oz, her arrival sets in motion a prophecy about a disastrous event known as the Beast forever and strikes fear all over the land especially in their ruler, the Wizard. On her quest to meet the Wizard in Emerald City to help her get back home, Dorothy encounters witches, an amnesiac soldier, a sheltered little boy and many more mysterious beings who will ultimately shape the future of Oz and Dorothy’s place in it.

Episode 1:   The Beast Forever

The series pilot introduces a baby Dorothy with a mysterious birthmark on her hand and her mom as they escape a storm that brought them to Kansas. Fast-forward 20 years later and a nurse in Lucas, Kansa city Hospital, Dorothy Gale has never spoken to her birth mother (she was raised by her uncle and aunty); on her 20th birthday Dorothy tries to go see her biological mother, Karen Chapman for the first time but there is a storm and tornado coming and on getting there sees her mom injured and a dead cop, to avoid getting taken by the tornado Dorothy hides in the police car and police dog in it which gets carried by the tornado running over the Mistress of the East and lands in the tribal village of the Munchkins whose leader is named Ojo. Dorothy is tortured in the village for killing the witch because only a witch can kill a witch, she is eventually sent on her way to meet the Wizard to help her get back to Kansas. Dorothy and the Police dog (Toto) travel to the Emerald city to meet the wizard, on her way she meets a crucified man who she helps down but discovers he suffers from amnesia, she names him Lucas after her hometown. Dorothy and Lucas are confronted and tortured by the resurrected Mistress of the East but East is fooled by Dorothy into shooting herself with the police gun in Dorothy’s backpack. The Wizard instructs his best soldier Eamonn to track what fell from the sky and kill it. 
Episode 2: Prison of the Abject

Continuing from last week’s episode, Just as the Witch of the East dies, her sister one of the cardinal witches- West feels her death which prompts Glinda (witch of the north) and the Mistress of the West to perform a ritual to store East’s soul and spells within the sacred temple of the witches that has been sealed up for years by the Wizard, when he put a ban on Magic. The Wizards opens the ceremony to the public in order to get them terrified and get them to lose their respected view on the witches. Eamonn tracks down Dorothy with his band of soldiers, but when one of his soldiers try to murder him, the soldier is found dead by the other fellow soldiers leaving us to speculate that Eamonn killed him.  Lucas bleeds out from his injury and falls ill, leaving Dorothy to see help from the witch Mombi. Mombi has a ward named Tip who she imprisons but claims its for his own good since he’s ill. Mombi poisons Lucas after seeing his sword, which belongs only to the Wizard’s soldiers who persecute magic practitioners but Dorothy heals him with charcoal, she locks Mombi in her room and frees Tip with the help of his friend Jack, both boys fleeing into the woods while Lucas stabs Mombi as she tries to kill Dorothy before smashing her with a vase,  Jack and Tip are in the woods, Jack wakes up to a sound and sees no Tip,  tracking down the sound he heard, Jack sees Tip has transformed into a girl. 
Episode 3:  Mistress-New-Mistress

In this episode Dorothy, Lucas, and Toto travel for the Emerald City but discover the Wizard has ordered Dorothy killed. Dorothy decides to go to Mistress of the East’s castle, where Dorothy hopes to use a tornado to go back home. She poses as the Mistress of the East’s successor and is asked to use her magic gloves (inherited when the Mistress died) to stop the storm from getting out of control. Dorothy is sucked into the tornado, where she discovers and sees evidence that her birth mother Karen was once in Oz and returns with her clothes. East’s castle is destroyed by the tornado as Dorothy,  Lucas and Toto escape leading them back to their original journey to the Emerald City. Meanwhile in Emerald city, three witches publicly commit suicide with magic and the Wizard asks Anna to investigate. She realizes that the Wizard lacks magic and she’s imprisoned. Tip and Jack travel to the Land of Ev to find more medicine, to transform Tip back to a boy but a chemist explains the medicine was suppressing Tip’s true gender. Jack forcefully kisses Tip, and she angrily pushes him off a balcony to his death.
Episode 4: Science and Magic

In this episode Dorothy and Lucas encounter a girl who seems to be mute and seems to know Lucas whilst travelling through the woods. Dorothy takes her into the nearby village to find her parents discovering she isn’t deaf but has shells for earplugs in her ear, but finds Eamonn and his soldiers patrolling the village. The girl is taken away by a couple pretending to be her parents but Dorothy finds her captors have been turned to stone by the girl showing us that the girl is a witch. Eamonn confronts Dorothy, recognising Lucas’ sword, knowing his identity. Dorothy and Lucas escape with the girl after shooting Eamonn in the shoulder, Dorothy and Lucas kiss in the woods after Dorothy tells him that Science is like Magic, but next day, Lucas wakes up to a noise and he and Dorothy make a run for it but Lucas and the girl is captured found by Eamonn and Dorothy is knocked out by Ojo the village tribe leader. The Wizard and Anna find a magic portal in the village of Nimbo, but it disappears when Anna touches it. The Wizard blackmails the village elder into embracing the way of science. Tip contemplates suicide after apparently murdering Jack, but is taken to Glinda’s household where she grooms young girls given the choice to join Glinda’s nuns or the Mistress of the West’s prostitutes; Tip chooses West after she promises to teach Tip how to use magic. Jack is saved by a Scientist named Jane, and given a new mechanical body with a mechanical heart. He has trouble adjusting to his new condition, and meets the eccentric Princess Langwidere of the Land of Ev, to whom Jane sells Jack to as a servant.
Episode 5: Everybody Lies

Seeking revenge for her sister’s death, the Mistress of the West tracks down Dorothy with the help of Ojo with the promise of releasing his wife from the witches’ prison East put her in. West uses enchanted interrogation techniques to find out what happened to her sister and the information her sister wanted to tell her before she died. Dorothy begs Tip for help which she refuses,Tip eventually helps Dorothy escape West,  leading to Dorothy meeting the Wizard and finding out he is also from Kansas and he knows her. The Wizard asks help from Princess Langwidere of Ev to build a weapons arsenal to help him defeat the Beast Forever. Lucas is captive and interrogated by Eamonn. 
Episode 6: Beautiful Wickedness

This episode sees us looking into the story of the Wizard, an average scientist named Frank in Kansas who feels he isn’t taken seriously and given due respect by his fellow colleagues and scientists – Karen, Roberto and Jane. Frank sabotages Jane’s computer some time ago when the scientists were monitoring a tornado leading to the death of Roberto and them getting taken by the tornado and landing in Oz. Lucas is in prison in the Wizards castle and it is discovered that his memories are protected and blocked by magic, leading to the wizard enlisting the mistress of the West help to break the spell, leading to the discovery that it’s Glinda’s magic that blocks his memories and the revelation of the series of event that lead to his amnesia. Tip and Jack reunites,  but Jack isn’t feeling forgiving because Tip left him for dead, it is revealed that the Mother witch leaves because only she can make little witches, the Wizard tries to convince the Princess to use the kingdom of Ev’s resources in making bullets and guns-something more powerful than magic that can kill the Beast Forever. A search is put out for the little witch girl Sylvie. The senile King of Ev, goes his search of his dead dog but finds Toto and the witch girl who turns him to stone. The Wizard promises to send Dorothy home,  but if she can help him kill Glinda before she starts the War, Dorothy convinces the Wizard to let her take the girl to Glinda’castle. The next day, Dorothy escapes Emerald City with Lucas and the little girl.  The Wizard shoots Anna out of anger and demonstration to the Princess of Ev as she threatens to destroy the Emerald City for her father’s death, the wizard telling her it’s Glinda that’s the enemy who should feel her wrath and not him.
Episode 7: They Came First

This episode opens with Dorothy, Lucas, and Sylvie taking a pit stop on their way to a farmhouse outside of Gillikin after their escape from Emerald City, where they plan to stay the night before continuing north to Glinda’s. Sylvie’s resting in the middle of a green field when a pack of wolves starts approaching out of nowhere. Though Dorothy begins frantically screaming Sylvie’s name to warn the girl, she can’t hear thanks to those shell earplugs. Luckily, Dorothy’s panic activates the witch’s magical bracelets/gauntlets, which release a shockwave of sorts that blocks the wolves from getting to Sylvie. When they arrive at the farmhouse, Lucas checks if it’s safe. He observes Dorothy and Sylvie playing a game, seeing how close they’re becoming, Lucas warns Dorothy she’ll have to give up Sylvie at some point stating that she belong to Glinda but Dorothy doesn’t like the sound of that. She’s hesitant to reveal the deal she made with the Wizard, but when Lucas says he’ll take first watch after Sylvie’s tucked into bed, the truth comes pouring out. Dorothy admits the Wizard’s guards aren’t coming — the Wizard let them go because he wants to help her get home. Lucas is not happy about her dishonesty, but Dorothy explains: “I lied because if you’re with Glinda … If you fight for her, we’re not on the same side.” Lucas tries to convince her that he fights for only her before they kiss. Next Morning, They get into a little argument when Dorothy tries to convince Lucas to stay behind and protect Sylvie while she faces Glinda alone saying “If I can convince Glinda to not go to war with the Wizard, the Wizard can take me home,” she says. “How could you let Sylvie love you if you knew you were leaving?”Lucas asks. “How could you let me?”.  In a nod to the episode’s title, Dorothy says she has to return to Aunt Em and Uncle Henry -“They came first” -and with that, the farmhouse starts shaking, as it turns out, Sylvie overheard their argument went into a her usual magical trance at the thought of Dorothy leaving her. She eventually comes out of it when Dorothy says there might be a way all three of them can stay together asking if Sylvie would like to come to Kansas with her, Sylvie’s eyes return to normal as she nods in agreement. Lucas is on board, too, and it seems the trio is headed for a happy ending until they arrive at Glinda’s Castle. Dorothy plans to use the gauntlets against the cardinal witch if she has to. Inside the casle, Glinda appears and thanks Dorothy for returning Lucas and Sylvie to her. She then walks up to Lucas and plants a kiss right on his lips, surprised at first, his memory seemingly returns and he steps forward to kiss Glinda again while a confused Dorothy looks on. As Dorothy tries to break him from his rance with Glinda by calling his name, Lucas replies “That’s not my name”. He turns back to Glinda saying he has returned to their fight against the Wizard and asking for mercy for Dorothy, since she helped him in Nimbo. Lucas then turns to Dorothy and says “I’m sorry, Dorothy, but they came first”.

The Wizard continues in his Paranoia to destroy everything magic and any plot of Glinda’s that pose as a threat to him, the Mistress of the West mourns the death of a young witch after agreeing to the help the Wizard’s men catch young witches with the promise that the wizard will keep them safe. The young witch is captured and put in some kind of fire and ice hole (clearly the wizard didn’t keep his word) and the young witch’s power is used to kill the Wizard’s council- burning them alive, by the time West arrives to save her, she is too weak to survive and West puts her out of her misery leaving a devastated West. On their trip back to the land of Ev, Princess Langwidere leaves Jack in the screaming forest to die before swooping him to save him, demonstrating once again that he is her property. 

General Review:

The thing with this particular adaptation of the Wizard of Oz is Dorothy is a Latina and it has a diverse cast (the mistress of the east is black) which is good. A slightly different take and twist on Dorothy’s journey instead of the original, she doesn’t have a dog but eventually adopts the police dog (Toto). So, seven episodes have already been aired and I personally feel like the story around Dorothy herself (as the main character) isn’t strong, she’s supposed to be on a mission to find a way to get back home to Kansas but we see her take on quite some unnecessary road trips (like when she went to go look for the parents of the girl witch that popped up for nowhere) but the suspense around a good number of the series’ other characters is what makes the show interesting and quite intriguing-e.g (episode 6 reveal on the story behind the Wizard). The Wizard has seemingly suffered poor characterization with unclear motivation, his paranoia, power hungry mania and self-righteous madness leaves me wondering how long he’s going to last as one of the series character. Can he be sustained?

The best characters of the lot doing well so far is West, then probably Tip. The story around the Mistress of the West is clear and not confusing as some other characters are, West is one of the clearly articulated character the show has- a drug addict who runs a brothel and prays at the altar of opium because she hates magic and being a witch. Tip on the other hand is very inquisitive, strong headed and has a stuff side to her and a fire that shows whenever she’s seen.

Emerald City feels like an ordinary TV show with a blend of ‘Once Upon A Time’ meets ‘Game Of Thrones’, but a poor rendition of both with some memorable and creative visuals, the story surrounding the primary cast members are weak but the show thrives on the stories around the gifted supporting cast members. What the show has going for them are the visual qualities that make Emerald City intriguing, but doesn’t make up for the bad narrative that drags out with no one to actually root for or care about. The show is quite ambitious in its scope but clumsy toward how their suspense plays out. I for one feel the writing sucks. The bottom line problem with this show is the narrative/writing doesn’t work, it needs to be built up more. Good and creative visuals is basically all this series has going for them.

Overall rating: 6.5/10

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BAFTA 2017: Rundown, Nominees and Winners

The biggest film awards outside of the U.S. took place tonight at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with Stephen Fry hosting again and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in attendance to add a little royalty to Hollywood. 

La La Land, which garnered the highest number of nominations with 11 nominations, bagged Five wins, including Best Film, Best Actress and Best Director. Casey Affleck won Best Actor for Manchester By the Sea and Ken Loach scooped the Best British Film Award for I, Daniel Blake. 

See the full list of winners below:

Best Film

Arrival

I, Daniel Blake

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

WINNER: La La Land 

Best British Film in 2017

American Honey

Denial

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I, Daniel Blake

Notes on Blindness

Under the Shadow

WINNER: I, Daniel Blake 

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea 

Best Actress

Amy Adams, Arrival

Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight 

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

WINNER: Dev Patel, Lion

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences

Best Film Not in the English Language

Dheepan

Julieta

Mustang

Son of Saul

Toni Erdmann

WINNER: Son Of Saul 

Best Documentary

13th

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

The Eagle Huntress

Notes on Blindness

Weiner

WINNER: 13th 

Best Animated Film

Finding Dory

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

Zootopia

WINNER: Kubo And The Two Strings 

Best Cinematography

Greig Fraser, Lion

Seamus McGarvey, Nocturnal Animals

Giles Nuttgens, Hell or High Water

Linus Sandgren, La La Land

Bradford Young, Arrival

WINNER: Linus Sandgren,  La La Land

Best Original Screenplay

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

WINNER: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Luke Davies, Lion

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Eric Heisserer, Arrival

Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder, Hidden Figures

Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight, Hacksaw Ridge

WINNER: Luke Davies, Lion

Best Editing

Tom Cross, La La Land

John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge

Jennifer Lame, Manchester by the Sea

Joan Sobel, Nocturnal Animals

Joe Walker, Arrival

WINNER: John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge 

Best Production Design

John Bush and Charles Wood, Doctor Strange

Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh, Hail, Caesar!

Sandy Reynolds-Wasco and David Wasco, La La Land

Shane Valentino and Meg Everist, Nocturnal Animals

WINNER: Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Costume Design

Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins

Madeline Fontaine, Jackie

Joanna Johnston, Allied

Mary Zophres, La La Land

WINNER: Madeline Fontaine, Jackie

Best Makeup and Hair

J. Roy Helland and Daniel Phillips, Florence Foster Jenkins

Donald Mowat and Yolanda Toussieng, Nocturnal Animals

Nominees TBD, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Shane Thomas, Hacksaw Ridge

Jeremy Woodhead, Doctor Strange 

WINNER: J. Roy Helland and Daniel Phillips, FLORENCE Foster Jenkins

Best Sound

Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Sylvain Bellemare, Arrival

Mike Prestwood Smith, Dror Mohar, Wylie Stateman and David Wyman, Deepwater Horizon

Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson and Ian Tapp,Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell and Andy Wright, Hacksaw Ridge

Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow and Andy Nelson, La La Land

WINNER: Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Sylvain Bellemare, Arrival

Best Special Visual Effects

Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould and Jonathan Fawkner, Doctor Strange

Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz and David Watkins, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll and Nigel Sumner,Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones and Adam Valdez, The Jungle Book

Louis Morin, Arrival

WINNER: Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones and Adam Valdez, The Jungle Book

Best British Short Animation

The Alan Dimension

A Love Story

Tough

WINNER: A Love Story 

Best British Short Film

Consumed

Home

Mouth of Hell

The Party

Standby

WINNER: Home 

The EE Rising Star Award

Laia Costa

Tom Holland

Ruth Negga

Lucas Hedges

Anya Taylor-Joy

WINNER: Tom Holland 

Best Original Music

Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arrival

Abel Korzeniowski, Nocturnal Animals

Mica Levi, JackieDustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, Lion

WINNER: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land 

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer in 2017

The Girl With All the Gifts, Mike Carey (writer) and Camille Gatin (producer)

The Hard Stop, George Amponsah (writer/director/producer) and Dionne Walker (writer/producer)

Notes on Blindness, Peter Middleton (writer/director/producer), James Spinney (writer/director) and Jo-Jo Ellison (producer)

The Pass, John Donnelly (writer) and Ben A. Williams (director)

Under the Shadow, Babak Anvari (writer/director), and Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill and Lucan Toh (producers)

WINNERUnder the Shadow, Babak Anvari (writer/director), and Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill and Lucan Toh (producers)

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Opening this Weekend: 10/02/2017

Hey guys,  I’m sorry I’ve been away for a week, got ill but  I’m much better now.. 

Movies coming to theatres worldwide this weekend:

John Wick: Chapter 2

Genre(s):Action,Thriller,Crime

Director: Chad Stahelski 

Rating: R

A hitman John Wick is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. Opening in Cinemas this weekend. John wick is Keanu Reeves best yet since the Matrix!!.. Must see guys!  


Fifty Shades Darker

Genre(s): Drama, Romance 

Director: James Foley 

Rating: R

After the world wide phenomenal novel by E. L. James.. Fifty Shades of Grey took the world by storm as one of the biggest hits in 2015, The steamy series is back with a sequel Fifty Shades Darker sees Christian (Jamie Dornan) battles his demons and his past and Anastasia  gets confronted with Christian’s Past and the envy of his exes. Opening today in cinemas worldwide. 

The LEGO Batman Movie

Genre(s): Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Family

Director: Chris McKay 

Rating: PG

The Lego Batman Movie is a 2017 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film produced by Warner Animation Group and DC Entertainment. It is aspin-off from the 2014 film The Lego Movie, focusing on theDC Comics character Batman. It stars the voices of Will Arnett as Batman, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Michael Cera as Robin, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl and Ralph Fiennes. Batman goes on a personal journey to find himself and learn the importance of teamwork and friendship in the hopes of saving Gotham City from a hostile takeover set by The Joker. **Critics Consensus:The Lego Batman Moviecontinues its block-buster franchise’s winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny — and beautifully animated — family-friendly mayhem via Rotten Tomatoes 


A United Kingdom 

Genre(s):Biography, Drama, Romance

Director: Amma Asante

Rating: PG-13

Officially released in November 2016 in the UK, it is to be released in the US this weekend. A United Kingdom is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history. 

**Review: Bolstered by real events and true emotion, A United Kingdom opts for genuine, hard-won feeling, and the film studiously backs off from cheesy moments or over-the-top revelations. Maybe any biopic risks naïveté in suggesting the agony of postwar Africa can be soothed by a love story about a handsome prince. But this movie has candour, heartfelt self-belief, and an unfashionable conviction that love conquers all – though not immediately.

Nollywood

Hire A Man

Genre(s): Comedy, Romance 

Director: Desmond Elliot 

Rating: 

It was earlier scheduled to premiere on February 24th but moved up to this weekend. Hire A Man is directed by Desmond Elliot and produced by Chineyelove Eze, the movie will now premiere in cinemas nationwide on February 10, 2017. “Hire a Man”  stars Zynnell Zuhas Tishe Lawson,=Enyinna Nwigwe as Jeff, IK Ogbonna, Nancy Isime, Bayray Mc Nwizu as Sonia and Daniel Lloyd.

The movie tells the story of a young lady who hires a man to pose as her fiancé at a family event, after her younger sister’s engagement. Would you hire a fiancé to attend a family event? 

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Back to Nollywood: Rita Dominic is “The Guest”

Viewing Schedule across Nigeria 

​“The Guest” is a Nigerian Thriller film produced by thespian Rita Dominic

The Guest’’ is the story of a passionless but dedicated and faithfully married couple, who take in an old friend; an affair soon begins between the husband and the friend.When his adulterous partner started to kill off members of their household who stood in the way of her getting what she wanted, the couple realised that their family was worth fighting for.

The movie which portrayed love, friendship and family also featured, Femi Jacobs, Chika Chukwu and Somkele Idalamah.

Rita portrays a seductress and a murderer everything but the perfect guest. The Guest opened in Cinemas across Nigeria yesterday, Feb 3. 

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Opening This Week: 03/02/2017

Movies Opening in Theatres this weekend:

The Space Between Us 

An American romantic science fiction film directed by Peter Chelsom (Serendipity, Shall We Dance?). 

Set in the near future, the Space Between Us follows the story of two teenagers from different worlds (Earth and Mars). An Astronaut stationed on Mars discovers she is pregnant, dying in childbirth her son Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), the first human born on Mars is raised in an experimental colony on Mars. He eventually begins an online romance/friendship with a girl from Earth named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). When he turns sixteen, he is given a chance to go to Earth and meets her but it is soon discovered that his organs cannot survive earth’s atmosphere, now on the run with Earth’s gravity threatening his very existence, he and Tulsa attempt to see more of Earth before it’s too late. Opening today in cinemas.

Rings

Rings is an American supernatural psychological horror film directed by F. Javier Guiterrez. This is a new chapter in the Ring Horror Franchise, set 13 years after the events of the first chapters of the horror franchise, a young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before. Opening in Cinemas today. 

The Comedian

An American comedy drama directed by Taylor Hackford. The story surrounds Jackie (Robert DeNiro) is a comic icon, attempting to reinvent himself despite his audience only wanting to know him as a television character he played earlier in his career. After accosting an audience member, Jackie is sentenced to community service where he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann). Opening today in Cinemas. 
My two cents?? I think Robert DeNiro will be more of a Dirty Grandpa than an iconic comedian. But I’ll just have to wait and see. 

I Am not Your Negro 

I Am Not Your Negro is an American documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, released in 2016. Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember This House”and narrated by Actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Opening in cinemas today.

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The Exclusive First Look at the The Star-studded all female cast of “Ocean’s 8” 

The first look at the cast of the popularly talked about Ocean’s 8 is here. Warner Bros. Picture and Village Roadshow Picture released a it’s first photo of the all female star studded cast as they take striking poses for their fans in an empty subway car. 

The Premise of the movie surrounds Debbie Ocean ( Sandra Bullock) estranged sister to Danny Ocean (George Clooney)  from the Ocean’s Trilogy (Ocean’s 11,12 & 13). Debbie Ocean tries to pull a heist job of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (Cate Blanchett), Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), Nine Ball (Rihanna), Tammy (Sarah Paulson), Amita (Mindy Kaling), and Constance (Awkwafina). 

Damian Lewis plays the main villain, Debbie’s ex-lover and the target of the gang’s robbery.

Matt Damon, James Corden, Richard Armitage, Anna Wintour, Alexander Wang, Zac Posen, Derek Blasberg, Lauren Santo Domingo, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Hailey Baldwin and Zayn Malik will make cameo appearances in the film. Warner Bros announced Ocean’s 8 release for June 8, 2018.

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SAG AWARDS: Nominations, Predictions and Winners

Last Night the 23rd annual SAG awards was held, I earlier made predictions on Who would win and what Film and TV Shows would,  I was glad to see most of my predictions turned out winners,  well it was only normal because the Actors were great in their roles and the series are fantastic, Here’s a rundown of my earlier predictions with the list of  last night’s winners. 

A full list of the nominees, my predictions and last night’s winners are below.

FILM

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Captain Fantastic

Fences

Hidden Figures

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Prediction:

Could win: Hidden Figures 

Would win: Manchester by the Sea 

WINNER: Hidden Figures 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Prediction:

Could win: Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Would win: Casey Affleck 

WINNER: Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Amy Adams, Arrival

Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

 Prediction:

Could win:Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins 

Would Win: Emma Stone,  La La Land 

WINNER: Emma Stone, La  La Land 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Prediction:

Could win: Dev Patel, Lion

Would win: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight 

WINNERMahershala Ali, Moonlight 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomi Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Prediction:

Could win: Naomi Harris, Moonlight 

Would win: Viola Davis, Fences

WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble

Captain America: Civil War

Doctor Strange

Hacksaw Ridge

Jason Bourne

Nocturnal Animals

Prediction:

Could win: Captain America: Civil Wars 

Would win: Hacksaw Ridge 

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge 

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

The Crown

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

Westworld

Prediction:

Could win: Game of Thrones 

Would win: The Crown 

WINNER: Stranger Things 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Black-ish

Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black

Veep

Prediction:

Could win: Veep

Would win: Black-ish

WINNER: Orange is the New Black 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

John Lithgow, The Crown

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Prediction:

Could win: Rami Male,  Mr. Robot 

Would win: John Lithgow, The Crown

WINNERJohn Lithgow, The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

Claire Foy, The Crown

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Prediction:

Could win: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things 

Would win: Claire Foy, The Crown 

WINNERClaire Foy, The Crown 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Prediction:

Could win: Ty Burgess, Modern Family 

Would win: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent 

WINNERWilliam H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus,Veep

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Prediction:

Could win: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Would win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

WINNERJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Sterling K. Brown, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

John Turturro, The Night Of

Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Prediction:

Could win: Riz  Ahmed, The Night of 

Would win: Courtney B. Vance,  The People Vs. O.J. Simpson 

WINNERBryan Cranston, All the Way

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

Bryce Dallas Howard, Black Mirror

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Prediction:

Could win: Kerry Washington, Confirmation 

Would win: Sarah Paulson, The People Vs. O.J. Simpson 

WINNERSarah Paulson, The People Vs. O.J. Simpson 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble

Game of Thrones

Daredevil

Luke Cage

The Walking Dead

Westworld

Prediction:

Could win: Westworld 

Would win: Game of Thrones 

WINNER: Game of Thrones 

Lifetime Achievement Award: 

Lily Tomlin 

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