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“Industreet” Nigerian Music Oriented TV series gets a release date

Sceneone Productions has finally given us a release date and a trailer for the newly anticipated TV series “Industreet”. 

Created and directed by Abdul Rasheed Bello popularly know as JJC Skillz. Co-written and produced by A-list Nollywood Actress Funke Akindele-Bello popular for her role in “Jenifa”

“Industreet” is a music oriented show based on the African entertainment scene inspired by JJC Skillz, The TV show focuses on the hustles on the streets and survival in the entertainment industry. “Industreet” features K-Switch, Mo-Easy, Linda EjioforDaddy Freeze of Cool FM, Lydia Forson, Tina Mba, Kunle Coker, Akah Nnani, Bondo Krazzy, Vivian Metchie, Leo Ugochukwu among others. The TV series will make its debut exclusively on Funke Akindele’s streaming platform, Sceneone TV.


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My 2017 Most Anticipated Movies

​​Though four months have passed, 2017 seems to still hold a number of great films yet to be released. Of course, January, February especially March and April have offered some powerful films to kick-start the year, mostly in the Horror/Thriller genre, and despite the fact that 2016 may have raised the bar for movies generally, it appears that 2017 may become an even bigger year for movie fans everywhere. However this list will not be limited to any specific movie genre, as various movies have grabbed the attention of many cinema goers and managed to land on everyone’s 2017 watch-list. From already released trailer and soundtracks accredited to these movies, in no particular order here are my top anticipated movies for the year: 

Thor: Ragnarok 

With his slight disappearance and appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron and a cameo in Doctor Strange, we are excited to see what the Norse God of Thunder has been up to since his departure from earth. Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as Thor,  Tom Hiddleston (Loki),  Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Jamie Alexander (Lady Sif), and the Three warriors and an all new set of cast members with Cate Blanchett as Hela (villain), Karl Urban and Jeff Goldblum. Thor Ragnarok will definitely be an exciting superhero movie to watch out for. 

Release Date: November 3rd 

Spiderman: Homecoming 

After his debut in Captain America: Civil Wars, Tom Holland was introduced to the World as the new Spiderman/Peter Parker. With Sony and MCU finally cutting a deal and Spiderman finally under the Marvel umbrella, it’s safe to say Tom Holland might just be the best version of Spiderman to date, with Robert Downey Jr taking on his role as Tony Stark (Iron Man), a mentor and benefactor to Tom Holland Spiderman character stuck between the life and hurdles of a teenager and becoming a superhero. The film’s plot looks plenty fun. Michael Keaton will be playing the villain and bad guy (Adrian Toomes/The Vulture).

Release Date: July 7th

Wonder Woman

One thing I agreed with in DC’s Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was Gal Godot’s role as Wonder Woman  as she stole every scene she appeared in, with its official solo movie and Wonder Woman making history as the first solo female superhero movie. From the first look at the trailer, Wonder Woman promises to be plenty exciting.

Release Date : June 2nd 

Justice League

So for all DC comic fans and all superhero fans, Justice League looks to be an interesting film. The movie premise is set after the BVS: Dawn of Justice with events and many of the characters set Post-BVS. We’ll finally see DC’s Justice League match its power with Marvel’s Avengers. It is safe to say (regardless of the backlash towards BVS and Suicide Squad) that Cinema goers, Movie fans and Superhero fans will definitely be checking this movie out once it is released.

Release Date: November 17th

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2

In 2014, the Guardians of the galaxy took the world by storm, it was inevitable that a sequel would be released eventually. The Galaxy’s misfits are ready to save the galaxy yet again in this upcoming sequel, with an incredible trailer released, I can’t wait to watch this particular movie (my #1 must see for the year). Oh!  and Groot!!

Release Date: May 5th

Blade Runner 2049

The first Blade Runner (1982) is one of the best science fiction films ever to be made by Ridley Scott, after almost three decades Ridley Scott and Denis Villeneuve (Director of the Arrival and Sicario) partner together in this upcoming sequel. Harrison Ford will be back as Deckard and all new cast members that include Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright. This sequel promises to be just as good as the first.

Release Date: October 6th

The Dark Tower

Just like all Stephen King’s  novels turned films, which has produced some of cinema’s greatest films. The Dark Tower is the latest of one to come out, seeing Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in lead roles on their quest. This is a definite must watch for me.

Release Date: July 28th

Isoken


Isoken is a Nollywood feature film, written, produced and directed by Jade Osiberu. The movie tells the story of self discovery that explores cultural expectations, racial stereotypes and bonds that unites families in touching, dramatic and sometimes funny ways. It stars Dakore Akande, Funke Akindele-Bello, Joseph Benjamin, Damilola Adegbite, Tina Mba, Patrick Doyle.
Release date : June 16th

10 Days in Sun City 

10 Days in Sun City is a Nollywood movie written and produced by Ayo “AY” Makun. It is a story of love, passion, drama and culture with a generous dose of comedy. This time around Akpos takes us on an exciting adventure to the Sun City, South Africa. With an impressive set of cast members that include Nollywood’s A-list actors like RMD,  Adesua Etomi, Mercy Johnson, Ayo Makun, Uti Nwachukwu, Gbenro Ajibade, Alex Ekubo and Yvonne Jegede. From Hollywood, Miguel Nunez Jnr. And the sensational Amanda DuPont and Celeste Ntuli from South Africa to name a few.
Release date: June (TBD) 

The Mummy

 We all know Tom Cruise is big on Action movies, big personalities, and amazing stunts.. I personally can’t wait to see how this movie turns out,  since we know Cruise personally demanded that some scenes be shot in actual zero gravity, it’s safe to say “The Mummy” might just have us gripping our seats in theatres worldwide.

Release Date: June 9th 

Dunkirk 

Acclaimed Director of The Dark Night, Interstellar and Inception Christopher Nolan returns with his latest film “Dunkirk” set in WWII, I can’t wait to see what Christopher Nolan brings to the bring screen with this one. 

Release Date: July 21st
War for the Planet of the Apes 

Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and the apes are embroiled in a war against an army of humans. As the apes suffer heavy losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts as he resolves to avenge his kind. The war pits Caesar against the humans’  leader, a ruthless Colonel, in an encounter that will determine the fate of their species and Earth’s future.

Release date: July 14th 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men tell no tales 

Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by an old rival,Armando Salazar, who along with his Spanish Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle, and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack seeks the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar.

Release date: May 26th

 

Transformers: The Last Knight 

It will be the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film series, and a direct sequel to 2014’sTransformers: Age of Extinction. The film is being directed by Michael Bay, with Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci reprising their roles from Age of Extinction alongside Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro from the first three movies. This film marks the final picture in the franchise directed by Bay. 

    In the absence of Optimus Prime, a battle for survival has commenced between the human race and the Transformers. Cade Yeager forms an alliance with Bumblebee, an English lord, and an Oxford professor to learn why the Transformers keep coming back to Earth.

Release date: June 23rd

There you have it,  Those are my most anticipated movies for 2017. What movies do you think will garner a lot of attention this year? And what movies can you not wait to watch?! 



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Something Wicked: Premonition (2017)- Movie Review 

Genre(s): Psycho-Drama, Thriller

Director:  Yemi Warafa 

Running Time: 100mins

Cast: Iretiola Doyle,  Adesua Etomi, Beverly Naya, Okey Uzoeshi, Gabriel Afolayan, Ivie Okujaye-Egboh, Keira Hewatch, Omowunmi Dada, Bisola Aiyeola, Timini Egbuson and Emem Ufot. 

                  *** Spoiler Alert***
“Something Wicked” is centred on the family of a widow Hauwa (Iretiola Doyle)– a traditional Nigerian family of northern-Nigerian origin. The movie starts with the entire family having breakfast at the kitchen island as they all prepare to leave the house, Madam H as she is fondly called by her assistant Claudia (Adesua Etomi) tells her kids that her recently orphaned nephew Abel ( Okey Uzoeshi) showed up at their door step after midnight and narrates how he was mugged leaving him stranded. Daniel Ali (Gabriel Afoloyan) is not particularly ecstatic about Abel’s presence in the house. They all get hurried by their mom and they head to the car to leave. A neighbour known for her drunken late nights is fond of parking her car by the gate, causing obstruction and making it difficult to drive out of the car park. 

An argument bursts outside the house as Daniel Ali is about driving his siblings Becca (Beverly Naya), Esther Mai (Ivie Okujaye-Egboh) and his mom to school and work, one of the neighbours Clarissa (Bisola Aiyeola) has a knack for always getting drunk, coming home late and parking wrongly- causing obstruction. They eventually leave and Madam H gets to work, thinking how she can get a 20 million naira investor. She brainstorms with Claudia on her they can convince Alhaji- a potential 20 million naira investor who turns them down when expectations of his own are not met leaving a devastated and frustrated Madam H. she call her sister Safiya who introduced her to inform her of the disappointing meeting with Alhaji, she leaves work and drives for home as she cries in the car. 

Back at the house, Abel (who has been mute since his arrival and keeps to himself) cleans up the kitchen as Esther Mai comes back from school to meet a glass of juice with her name on a sticker note attached to the glass, as she drinks it she draws a smiley on the sticker to show her appreciation to Abel. Becca is at the campus with her friends as her boyfriend passes totally ignoring her which leads to a later confrontation and argument between them.

Daniel Ali (Gabriel Afolayan) on the other hand is in a “silent” relationship (where they touch, kiss but don’t speak- get it?!) with his somewhat gothic looking girlfriend Vivian (Omowunmi Dada). Abel and Esther are beginning to form a bond as they spend time together playing chess, Esther asking if she can assist him in the kitchen, communicating through sign language- Esther is dumb and Abel is mute (Perfect!). while playing chess Abel witnesses an argument between Becca and her cheating boyfriend Oscar (Timini Egbuson). Daniel knows about the argument and teases Becca to have a “silent relationship” like he does.

At Madam H’s office, Claudia uses her saved up money for new car to buy Bags of rice, Madam H is ecstatic, telling Claudia she loves her and she’s an heaven sent. Claudia teases her about putting her virginity for sale on the internet (virginity that she doesn’t have oo), although she’s serious about it. 

Next morning, another- usual altercation with Clarissa occurs but this time it’s with Madam H, who puts her in her place, heading for work late while having to go pick up her assistant Claudia who has found an alternative solution to their problem. .

In quick succession of at the second half of the movie, different series of events play out, Clarissa is missing after her last altercation with Hauwa, an investigator Ahmed spits his way through his investigations and questioning, Becca is beaten by her boyfriend causing a furious Daniel  to take up the matter and try to kill Oscar, warning him to stay clear of his sister. Esther’s school teacher joins the missing person’s list, Hauwa is being questioned causing speculations that she might have something to do with the incidents – this is where the plots gets obviously predictable. Claudia- who is smitten by Abel tries everything to make him she her which leads to her last resort of seduction one evening, this is where the plot and storyline totally changes from the semi-boring, slow paced drama to the thriller aspect of the film. A Pscho-Killer is made out of Abel as Claudia snopes on his hidden secrets which leads the film to a series of unfortunate events-a killing rampage of everyone in the house while Hauwa is still at work as she gets a warning call from her sister. Hauwa eventually makes it home but meets all her children dead as Abel chases her to do same to her,  just as he strangles her on the kitchen floor and leaves, we hear a doorbell ring,  and Hauwa is thrown back to life- only this time from a nightmare (Hence,  the movie subtitle: Premonition). Waking up from a dream like that to answer the doorbell that late at night, to find her nephew Abel by the door- that’s where the real scare starts.

Overall Thoughts: 

Iretiola Doyle does a great job in portraying a career driven single mother of 3 who makes out time for the family with genuine concerns about how everyone’s day went. Her dialogue with the film’s other characters were effortless even with the integration of the native Hausa language.

The very free spirited and witty Claudia played by Adesua Etomi is one of my favorite character in the entire movie,  she was fun to watch,  never weird and those sexual innuendos from her were acted to the T. She did a good job of playing the sexy, cocky but yet a caring good friend and assistant to Hauwa. She was the life of this movie. 

Daniel Ali character was magnificent, Gabriel Afolayan took on a role you’d normally not see him in and personalized it, a rough, non-chalant side to this personality usually inconsiderate and carefree, stirring trouble. Gabriel did a nice job of bringing Daniel to life.my second favourite character.

Esther Mai was a little too dorky for me, Ivie Okujaye portrays Esther a girl who can’t speak and the last child of Hauwa. She tries in her sign language but a lot of times are hands were all over the place,  making me think- Abeg she should calm down small. Her sometimes portrayal of excitement messes the sign language and leaves me feeling confused but she still tried but for me, she over did it. 

Rebecca “Becca” portrayed by Beverly Naya was the one of the subtle character, with even her own drama – arguments and altercations between her on/off boyfriend and herself.. Her character’s presence in the movie was rather calm, same story circling around her, same drama,  nothing interesting.

Clarissa the drunken-late-nights-blockade-neighbor. Just merely looking at her face wI’ll make you laugh or roll your eyes, her cameo scenes were a delight to watch. She was portrayed by Bisola Aiyeola. 

Abel, the mute and weird looking creep in the house. Abel’s character played by Okey Uzoeshi, who did a good job of acting as a creep in the house.  He was weird to watch by the time you get used to seeing him in the movie,  it becomes clear that something is obviously off about this character. 

If you’re like me who questions and replays the previous scenes in your head while sitting through a movie, you soon come to realize the predictability of the movie. 

Overall, “Something Wicked: Premonition” is quite a simple movie to watch. The film was slow paced at the beginning begging the question where do all these characters’ story lead to? As a psychodrama and thriller,  it does a poor job of scaring us and giving us what would make us grip our seats.. There was less scare, more humour and eye rolling than required for a psychodramatic thriller even though the humour was welcomed. The series of events at the end of the movies begs the question what is wrong with Abel?”  which is easily an answerable one but then again did Abel actually do those things? is the question the end credits set out to answers which is excused by the twist,  making you think of the possibility of more- this I didn’t see coming (a sequel perhaps) but the long slow paced-no-sign-of-a-thriller-streak plot which goes on up until the end was made less torturing with Claudia’s sometimes exaggerated sense of humour and sexual innuendos.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10 

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Nollywood Awards: AMVCA’17

On the 14th of December, 2016 The list of nominees for 2017 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) was released at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos. The announcement ceremony was broadcast live on all African Magic channels.

’76, historical film, was nominated in fourteen categories for the 2017 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) which is scheduled to hold in March 2017.

See the full list here:

Best Supporting Actress
Ivie Okujaye – Something Wicked

Somkele Idhalama – 93 Days

Adunni Ade – It’s Her Day

Ebele Okaro – Ebele Okaro

Kehinde Bankole – 8 Bars and a Clef

Khanyi Mbau – Happiness is a Four Letter Word

Namundi Mbusi – Vaya

Best Supporting Actor Movie/TV series

Gideon Okeke – 93 Days

Warren Vasemole – Vaya

Kofi Adjorlolo – Ghana Must Go

Mpho Sebeng – The Jakes Are Missing

Rotimi Salami – Just Not Married

Nkem Owoh – Ghana Must Go

Best Art Director

76 – Pat Nebo

93 Days – Bola Bello

Oloibiri – Chima Adighije

Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Gary Smith

Ghana Must Go – Godwin Ashong

Best Soundtrack

Oloibiri – Rex Ricketts

93 Days – George Kallis, Tunde Jegede and Banky W

No Good Turn – Brymo

The Encounter – Michael ‘The Truth’ Ogunlade

76 – Hyacinth Ogbu, Daps Agwom, Ukachi Nnachi

Best Cinematographer

Mrs Right Guy – Adze Ugah

93 Days – Yinka Edward

Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Lance Gewer

Oloibiri – Curtis Graham

76 – Yinka Edward

Best Actress in a Drama

Bimbo Akintola – 93 Days

Ivie Okujaye – Slow Country

Rita Dominic – 76

Adesua Etomi – The Arbitration

Zimkhita Nyoka – Vaya

Meg Ottamwa – Derailed

Hannah Ojo – Love is A Prank

Best Actor in  a Drama

RMD – Oloibiri

Ramsey Nouah – 76

Sambasa Nzeribe – Slow Country

Gregory Ojefua – The Encounter

Olu Jacobs – Oloibiri

Femi Jacobs –  Femi Jacobs

Best Actress in a Comedy

Tina Mba – Meet the In-Laws

Uche Jombo – Wives on Strike

Dineo Moeketsi – Mrs Right Guy

Chioma Akpotha – Wives on Strike

Funke Akindele – Jenifa’s Diary

Funke Akindele – A Trip to Jamaica

Omoni Oboli – Wives on Strike

Best Writer

76 – Emmanuel Okomaiyi

The CEO – Tunde Babalola

A Trip to Jamaica – AY Makun

Oloibiri – Samantha Iwowo

Ghana Must Go – Tunde Babalolo

Vaya – Akin Omotoso

Best Actor in a Comedy

Imeh Umoh Bishop – The Boss is Mine

Ayo Makun – A Trip to Jamaica

Bovi Ugboma – It’s Her Day

Blossom Chukwujekwu – Ghana Must Go

Mike Ezuruonye – Brother Jekwu

Okey Uzoeshi – The Life of a Nigerian Couple

Amechi Munagor – Meet the In-Laws

Best Movie West Africa

93 Days

76

Oloibiri

A Trip to Jamaica

The CEO

Best Movie South Africa

Mrs Right Guy

Happiness is a Four Letter Word

Vaya

The Jakes are Missing

All About Love

Best Movie East Africa

Aisha

Kati Kati

Epidemic

Homecoming

Best Overall Movie

Mrs Right Guy

Happiness is a Four Letter Word

Aisha

93 Days

76

Naomba Niseme

Best Short Film or Online Video

Ireti

Loot

Meet the Parents

Cat Face

Light Diaries: Spin Around

Best Documentary

Roots Gambia

Makoko: Futures Afloat

Alison

Amaka’s Kin: The Women of Nollywood

Petra’s Nebatean Heritage

Best Picture Director

Oloibiri

Vaya

76 – Emeka Ojukwu

Happiness is a Four Letter Word 

93 Days 

Best Costume Design

76

Oloibiri

Ghana Must Go

Casino

King Invincible

Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Swahili)

Siri Ya Mtungi

Mganga Bomba

Fihi

Zilizala

Urembo

Best TV series

Jenifa’s Diary

Sokhulu and Partners season 3

Duplicity

Beneath the Lies

Beyond Your Sight: The Police Story

Voting officially closes tonight.
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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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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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Nollywood: AY at it again!! 

Nigerian award winning actor and stand-up comedian Ayodeji Richard Makun popularly known as AY is at it again!! Apparently something is cooking in AY’s Kitchen as he and his production team are in works for a new movie “10 Days in Sun City”.
 All we know is production has commenced, the movie stars Adesua  Etomi, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Amanda DuPont, Annie Idibia, 2 face Idibia, Celeste Ntuli, Alibaba, Alex Elubo and a lot of other nollywood celebrities.

Last year, AY produced and acted along side Funke Akindele-Bello (Jenifa) in a “Trip to Jamaica” where we see a lot of shenanigans from them both as they make a visit to Jamaica and things get out of control, this movie grossed about N168 Million in Box Office within the first 3 months and let’s not forget AY’s consistency in integrating and blending the roles of every character and their cultures..

30 Days in Atlanta (2014) , AY’s first movie, co starring Ramsey Noauh,  Juliet Ibrahim,  Majid Michel saw AY and his cousin played by Ramsey Noah win an all expense paid trip to Atlanta where AY as usual get into trouble and falls in love, 30 days in ATL grossed N137 Million in Box Office and broke a record for Nollywood in the Guinness Book of Record, with its successor A Trip to Jamaica breaking that same record in 2016, I can only imagine what 10 Days in Sun City holds in store for us. 

AY’s movies are known to be Overindulgent, humorous and plain silly at times but hey, that’s why it’s AY and that’s why we love them!

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