Friday, December 19, 2014

Why Steven Spielberg Did Not Know Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Queen of Nollywood

Photo: Omotola Jalade Ekeinde at the Time 100 Gala with the famous icons of Hollywood Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Yes, legendary Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg knows Lupita Nyong'o of Kenya who is famous for winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her critically acclaimed role of "Patsey" in Steve McQueen's multiple award winning historical drama "12 Years a Slave" (2013), and he also knows Rachel Mwanza of Democratic Republic of the Congo who won the coveted Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012, Best Actress at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, Vancouver Film Critics Circle in 2012 and Best Actress at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards for her unforgettable role as "Komona" in the Academy Award nominated film "War Witch" (French: Rebelle) by Kim Nguyen. But Spielberg did not know Nigeria's Queen of Nollywood Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, aka Omosexy when he met her for the first time in 2013.

"She scores a zero on the Hollywood Richter scale. She has never starred in a major motion picture. Her most recent film, Last Flight to Abuja, means nothing to devotees of Netflix and LoveFilm," reported Ben Arogundade for the Telegraph of UK on August 28, 2013. And went on to add that world famous Steven Spielberg did not know her even though she was sitting next to him at the TIME 100 Gala dinner she was attending as one of the 2013 TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World.
He did not know her even though she has acted leading roles in more than 300 Nollywood movies and has her own reality TV show "The Real Me" on the AfricaMagic channel of M-Net Africa's DStv, MultiChoice's digital satellite TV service launched in 1995.
But why?
Steven Spielberg did not know Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, because she has never starred in a major motion picture by Hollywood standards.
What of her role as "Anya" in Chineze Anyaene's "Ijé-the Journey" in 2010?
That was a great role that I would even call an Oscar performance, but "Ijé" was not a major motion picture and did not even have any Hollywood theatrical release like Tony Abulu's "Doctor Bello" and Biyi Bandele's "Half of a Yellow Sun" of 2013, even though the two films were among the worst box office flops of the year. Moreover, all the hype of Nollywood being the second largest film industry in the world does not resonate in Hollywood.

Omotola is yet to star in a major motion picture and until she does, Spielberg and other leading world class directors will continue to ignore her. And she must not rest on the oars of her Nollywood glories, because the only way she can prove that she is a world class actress is to compete with the best in motion picture where Lupita Nyong'o, Rachel Mwanza , Leleti Khumalo, Wunmi Mosaku, Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo and other African actresses are making headlines and making millions of dollars. She has conquered Nollywood and now is the time to step up and move on to greater heights in her acting career until she can walk on the red carpet at the Cannes and Oscars as a competitor and not as a spectator.

Nollywood is a big business—contributing 1.2% to Nigeria’s gross domestic product and employing more than a million people, according to a report by the Economist on
Selling BlackBerry Babes. And it is about time for Nollywood movies to make box office records in Hollywood.

For those who don't know who is Steven Spielberg.
He is an American film director who is one of the most accomplished important filmmakers in the history of motion picture. He has won two Academy Awards for his "Schindler's List" (1993 / 66th Academy Awards) and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998 / 71st Academy Awards) and has received a total of 7 Academy Award nominations.
Most people in the world know him for his blockbusters "Jaws" (1975), "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), and "Jurassic Park (1993). His films have made more than US$8.5 billion worldwide with Spielberg making more than US$3 billion according to Forbes.

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

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Monday, December 01, 2014

Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu" Nominated for 19th Annual Satellite™ Awards for Motion Pictures

French-Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako's highly acclaimed film "Timbuktu" is among the international nominees for the 19th Annual Satellite Awards for Motion Pictures.
Timbuktu competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the François Chalais Prize.
The film has been selected as Mauritania's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards coming up on February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

2014 Nominations

Actress in a Motion Picture

Anne Dorval
Roadside Attractions
Felicity Jones
Focus Features
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Fox Searchlight
Julianne Moore
STILL ALICE - See more at:

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Island Thrills With the Glitz and Razzmatazz of Lagos City Life 24/7

The Island portrays the web of intrigue and machination that characterizes Nigerian high society, as seen through the loves, lives, and exploits of a group of young, attractive, high flying island dwellers in the city of Lagos. Directed by Bobby Boulders on various exotic locations across Africa, The Island features an absolutely stunning and amazingly talented ensemble cast, made up of personalities that will keep you glued to the television as they come together to portray a lifestyle where love and loyalty come with a price-tag and power is only a game of changing seasons.

Demola Adedoyin as Femi Bowen-Cole
Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru as Yemisi Balogun
Seun O as Segun Alaba
Eku Edewor as Sade Coker
Derin ‘DJ Caise’ Philips, as Jide Ademola
Somkele Iyamah as Ada Agu
Rotimi ‘DJ Xclusive’ Alakija as Ahmed Bako
Zainab Balogun as Teni Bowen-Cole
Venita Akpofure as Fola
Jimmie as Lanre Jegede
Stephanie as Tayo Sowande
Tracy Nwapa as Nike Oregun

Directed by Bobby Boulders
Created by Tola Odunsi
Writer: Bayo Lambo.
Co-writers: Motunrayo Elias, Ada Iwugo and Demola Adedoyin.
Styling: Bolaji Animashaun ,Miss kay and Kemi Akinkugbe
Producers: Tola Odunsi, Bayo Lambo, Akins Akinkugbe and Kemi Akinkugbe Production Company: Urban Vision
Head of Communications: Ayo Rotimi
Executive Producers: Tola Odunsi, Akins Akinkugbe.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sharon Stone Happy for Nigerian Premiere of "Femme"

Sharon Stone and Emmanuel Itier won the Humanitarian Award for FEMME at the Lady filmmakers Film Festival in Beverly Hills, CA.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone (Casino, Total Recall, Basic Instinct,The Specialist) is excited about the Nigerian premiere of multiple award winning documentary film "Femme" which she co-produced and directed by Emmanuel Itier.

The premiere comes up today Friday November 21, at 2 pm at the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Sharon Stone has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Casino (1995) and Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in The Practice.

She is presently mourning the tragic loss of her 22-year-old nephew Collin, the son of her brother Michael Stone. She and Emmanuel Itier look forward to visiting Lagos very soon.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

State of Affairs - Series Premeire Clip - CIA Analyst

State of Affairs - Series Premeire Clip - CIA Analyst

Every President Has A Secret Weapon.

Katherine Heigl stars in this new NBC series as a CIA analyst in charge of the president's daily briefing.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

"A Dark Reflection" To Reveal Aviation's Darkest Secret at the American Film Market

Fact Not Fiction Films' most recent feature, "A Dark Reflection" screenings today, November 7th and tomorrow November 8th at AFM, conveys a truth regarding passenger air travel amongst the major airlines. Based on actual events, this film tells a compelling story that raises awareness regarding the air quality made available to captive airline passengers. A truth that was endorsed in the High Court of Australia in 2010 when Joanne Turner won her 18-year fight for justice, resulting in compensation for injuries due to her exposure to toxic chemicals onboard a commercial jetliner.

The filmmaker contends that airlines, and their bosses, have withheld the truth for decades that passengers have been exposed to toxic chemicals onboard aircraft. This issue is one that the filmmaker, and others, have repeatedly communicated to the airlines, "So the airlines can never claim that they didn't know", begins former British Airways captain, Director and Producer Tristan Loraine of "A Dark Reflection".
As a former British Airways captain, Tristan delivers an investigative thriller about two British journalists, who whilst investigating a hushed up in-flight safety incident, discover aviation's biggest cover-up. Spurned by real events, this independent feature ultimately pits corporate profit against the public's safety, and as a surprise to those who have researched the topic, the film was partially financed by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. - See more at:

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Fadango Flies "INTERSTELLAR" Fans To the Frontier of Space on XCOR's Lynx Spacecraft

Out-of-this-World Trip Made Possible Through a First of its Kind Partnership Between Paramount Pictures, Fandango, Motherboard and XCOR Aerospace

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today on Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, film fans buying a Fandango movie ticket to Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures' release, "INTERSTELLAR," will be entered for a chance to win the ultimate escape: a trip to the frontier of space on XCOR's Lynx Mark II spacecraft. It's a fitting sweepstakes for Nolan's grand adventure. According to a Fandango poll of more than 1,000 "INTERSTELLAR" advance ticket-buyers on its site, 81% of fans say they have always dreamed of space travel.

The once-in-a-lifetime trip, worth $100,000, is being made possible through a unique partnership between Fandango, Paramount Pictures, rocket engine and spaceflight development company, XCOR Aerospace, and Motherboard, VICE's online channel dedicated to the intersection of technology, science and culture. "INTERSTELLAR," starring Academy Award®-winning actors Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, along with Academy Award®-nominee Jessica Chastain, opens with advance screenings in IMAX® 70mm film, 70mm film and 35mm film formats on Wednesday, November 5, two days ahead of its nationwide release on November 7.

"Frontiers are not opened by the faint-hearted," said XCOR Chief Executive Officer Jeff Greason. "'INTERSTELLAR' offers those of us working to create a hopeful future for humanity in space the chance to stop and enjoy the vistas of that future for a few hours, and this flight makes it possible for one more person to take the journey with us aboard Lynx."

The "INTERSTELLAR" sweepstakes grand prize-winner will receive a seat aboard the XCOR Lynx Mark II spacecraft, reaching an altitude of 100 kilometers/62 miles. Also included in the package are 4g simulator training, and hotel accommodations and round-trip travel to the XCOR spaceport in Mojave, California. The sweepstakes entry period ends on December 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. PT, and complete sweepstakes rules, prize information, grand prize-winner options and free alternative method of entry can be found at

"We're always looking for innovative ways to add value to our Fandango movie ticket for consumers, whether it's gifts-with-purchase, bundling packages or high-end sweepstakes," said Fandango's VP Marketing Adam Rockmore. "The 'INTERSTELLAR' trip is clearly the coolest prize we've ever given to a moviegoer in the fourteen years of our company. There is certainly no bigger and better way to celebrate a movie event like 'INTERSTELLAR' than to send one of our moviegoers on a life-changing journey to space."

"INTERSTELLAR" stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow and Michael Caine. With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Directed by Christopher Nolan, written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, and produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Lynda Obst.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. 18+ (or the age of majority in the jurisdiction of their residence, whichever is older) with active e-mail account and Internet access as of 10/30/14. Sweepstakes begins at 10:00 am PT on 10/31/2014 and ends at 10:00 am PT on 12/1/14. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning dependent upon total number of eligible entries received. Limit 10 entries/pp. 1-Grand Prize of Winner's choice. Grand Prize OPTION A: One seat onboard an XCOR spacecraft, the LYNX Mark II on a date in 2017 to be determined by XCOR (ARV $100,000) and a check for $50,000.00. Total Grand Prize "A" ARV: $150,000. Grand Prize OPTION "B": one check for $75,000. Total Grand Prize "B" ARV: $75,000. See complete official rules available at for free alternate means of entry, restrictions and prize details. Sponsor: Fandango, LLC

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 25,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with more than 44 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at and on Twitter @Fandango.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About XCOR Aerospace
XCOR Aerospace® builds rocket-powered spacecraft and the engines that drive them. Based in Mojave, California, XCOR builds Lynx, a piloted, two-seat, fully reusable liquid rocket-powered spacecraft that takes off and lands horizontally. The Lynx family of vehicles serves three primary missions: private spaceflight and research and scientific missions in the Lynx Mark I and Lynx Mark II, and micro satellite launch on the Lynx Mark III. Lynx production models (designated Lynx Mark II) are designed to be robust, multi-mission (private spaceflight or research/scientific) commercial vehicles capable of flying to 100+ km in altitude, up to four times per day. Lynx production models are available to customers in the free world on a wet-lease basis for their own manned space flight programs. Learn more at For Lynx flight bookings, go to

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CONTACT: Harry Medved, Fandango,, 310-954-0461; or Dana Henry Benson, Fandango,, 310-954-0278 X300

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