The Island Thrills With the Glitz and Razzmatazz

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.


Cast:
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.

See more details on http://www.totnaija.blogspot.com/2014/11/nigerian-premiere-of-sharon-stones.html.








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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: http://www.nigeriansreport.com/#sthash.cjCHpY45.dpuf








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Sunday, November 02, 2014

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



LIFTING OFF TODAY, FANDANGO'S "INTERSTELLAR" TICKET-BUYERS CAN ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP 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 http://www.fandango.com/sweepstakesrules/interstellar.

"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 http://www.fandango.com/sweepstakesrules/interstellar 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 www.facebook.com/fandango 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 www.xcor.com. For Lynx flight bookings, go to http://xcor.com/flytospace.

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

The GEJ Till 2019 Posters on Nairaland and the Rest of Us


Who are these posters always ending their posts and comments with "GEJ till 2019" on Nairaland, Nigeria's largest and most visited online public opinion forum?
Are they the internet trolls of the ruling party PDP or just genuine fans and supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan?

Realistically, would they be posting "GEJ till 2019" if they have lost people to the catastrophic war in the north east of Nigeria?
If they lost people during the tragic immigration recruitment exercise in March and till date nobody has been prosecuted for the preventable deaths of 18 innocent Nigerians who would not have died if the government appointed competent people to head the Nigeria Immigration Service.
If their sisters are among the missing Chibok school girls the government is using to play bloody politics for the 2015 presidential election so that they will be released in praise of the President when some of their unfortunate parents have died from heartbreak?
If they are among the millions of students who stool like dogs on campuses, because they cannot use the horrible toilets in their hostels since the revenue allocations for government colleges and universities have been misappropriated and then used by corrupt politicians and their partners in crime to build their own private schools?
If they truly know how many billions of dollars have been wasted on the NYSC scheme and will continue to be wasted, because the government contractors don't want the scheme to be scrapped and the scam continues? And not for any patriotic pursuit.
If they know that the oil thieves in the oil producing states are not spirits or ghosts of the Niger Delta, but well known to the government in power from Bayelsa to Abuja. And yet the rate of oil theft is worsening even after the so called Amnesty truce and largess for the Niger Delta militants who care less about the welfare of their poor people in littoral states.
I spent over four years in the Niger Delta, so I know them well. These militants don't know what is equity and justice, because of their greed.

If they know that Nigeria is the only country in the world where the poor masses pay for everything they use, including for the social amenities and even pay electricity bills when they don't have regular power supply for months and they are the most harassed to pay taxes? While many multinational companies and big local companies have not paid taxes for years and those with private jets also evade the required tax and the same crooks and rogues are often receiving national awards from the President, dining and wining with him as long as they support him.

If they know that the irregular power supply is connected to the generator mafia in connivance with the importers and suppliers of the fuel needed daily to power the millions of generators all over Nigeria and the toxic fumes cause the preventable deaths of many Nigerians.

If they really know that the spurious claims of the Transformation Agenda goons and spin doctors of Nigeria are only meant to milk the Milch cow of President Goodluck Jonathan and not for any genuine love for him.
And whenever they don't receive any largess from him, they call him names and curse him behind his back.
President Goodluck Jonathan should pray the following prayer everyday:
Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
~ Psalm 144:11King James Version (KJV).

If they know how the same biggest beneficiaries of the government of President Goodluck Jonathan who donated the over N100 million for his presidential nomination form have been enslaving their low income workers and some are in fact owing salaries, cheating and suffering their poor workers in connivance with some Asian and Arab contractors in Nigeria who are their best business partners.

If they know that more journalists and notable leaders have been murdered since the ruling party came to power in 1999 than the military regimes in Nigeria since the end of the Nigerian civil war to date.
And why the 234Next Newspaper of Dele Olojede, the first African-born winner of the Pulitzer Prize was forced to shut down by the gang in the cabinet of government for exposing their corrupt practices and then they later started their own newspaper with a faulty foundation of the union of corruption.
But will the evil and wicked go unpunished as long as there is God?
And what pleases God is not your holy pilgrimages to Jerusalem or Mecca and not how many times you bow before pastors, prophets or imams for prayers, but how much you obey Him. Because God Himself said obedience is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15.) And while they boast to fast, they still persist in their greed and lust, fooling themselves, because they cannot fool God. See "Fasting that Pleases God" ( Isaiah 58 New King James Version).
I am quoting from the Holy Scriptures, because our political leaders like to make a public show of their religion outdoors, but they later dine and wine with cultists indoors and sleep with strange women they have in their cabinet and outside their cabinet. Their extra marital "First Ladies".

The impunity of a corrupt civilian government is as bad as the tyranny of the worst military dictatorship.

The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.
~ Prof. Wole Soyinka, first black Nobel Laureate in Literature.

~By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ang Lee To Direct "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"


Ang Lee To Direct "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"
Three-Time Oscar® Winner Commits to TriStar and Film4 Collaboration as Next Film Spring Start Planned

CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions and Film4 announced today that the three-time Oscar®-winner Ang Lee has chosen an adaptation of Ben Fountain's acclaimed novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk as his next film, his first since winning the Academy Award® for directing the groundbreaking Life of Pi.

The film will be produced by Lee, Ink Factory's Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell and by Film4, who originally optioned the book. Simon Beaufoy wrote the script. TriStar has been developing the project with Film4 and Ink Factory since opening its doors at the end of last year. Tessa Ross, who oversaw Film and Drama for Film4 until recently being named to run the UK's National Theatre, was instrumental on behalf of that studio.

Making the movie for TriStar returns Lee to the Sony Pictures umbrella, where he enjoyed great success with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sense and Sensibility.

The film tells the funny and heartbreaking story of 19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn and his squad, who survive an Iraq battle that is captured by embedded news cameras, causing them to become celebrated as heroes. They are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour that culminates at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas, before they are returned to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the game, with flashes away to other events.

Rothman, who has a long history with Lee, orchestrated the deal to bring on the director. The longtime colleagues' most recent venture was the "unfilmable" Life of Pi. Defying all odds, that film grossed $600 million at the worldwide box office.

Said Lee, "I am very excited to be going back to work and to be collaborating with my old friend Tom Rothman. The most important thing to me is storytelling and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a story that immediately gripped me. I look forward to starting the creative process with this extraordinary team of collaborators."

Commenting on the announcement, Rothman said, "Ang Lee is constitutionally incapable of repeating himself. His very DNA requires him to always find new challenges. 'More of the same' may be the film fashion these days, but thankfully not for this exceptional artist. Ang Lee's Billy Lynn will be a true original, and TriStar is in the business of investing in originality, here combined with innovation. Big movies come from such combinations, as witness Life of Pi. We are grateful to Ink Factory, Simon Beaufoy and Ben Fountain for trusting TriStar with Billy's story. Having worked with my friend Tessa on Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, and many other films, I am also grateful to Film4 and sad (but only for us) that she got such a great new gig."

Tessa Ross added, "All of us at Film4 are bowled over that Ang Lee, one of the outstanding filmmakers of his generation, shares our passion for this wonderful material. It's a thrilling collaboration to look forward to and we're very excited to work with our partners at TriStar and this great team to make what promises to be a truly memorable piece of cinema."

Stephen Cornwell, on behalf of The Ink Factory, said, "From the moment we first read Ben Fountain's amazing novel, we believed it would be the foundation for a seminal movie. Film4 and TriStar have been wonderful development partners. Simon Beaufoy did a terrific job and Ang's vision for the film is groundbreaking and extraordinary."

BEN FOUNTAIN'S novel received rave reviews upon its publication in 2012. The New York Times called it: "[an] inspired, blistering war novel…Though it covers only a few hours, the book is a gripping, eloquent provocation. Class, privilege, power, politics, sex, commerce and the life-or-death dynamics of battle all figure in Billy Lynn's surreal game day experience." It won the National Book Critics Circle Award (fiction) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (fiction) and was also a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction. Previously, Fountain won a PEN/Hemingway award for his book Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories.

ANG LEE was honored with the Academy Award® for Best Director for his work on Brokeback Mountain and again on Life of Pi; in addition, he took home the Oscar® as the director of the Best Foreign Language Film winner Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. His many other indelible films include The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, Ride with the Devil, Hulk, Lust, Caution and Taking Woodstock.

THE INK FACTORY (inkfactoryfilms.com) was founded in 2010 by Stephen and Simon Cornwell. Most recently the company produced the John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and is currently in post-production on Our Kind of Traitor, starring Ewan McGregor, also adapted from the le Carre novel. The company is currently developing numerous projects based on the works of le Carre and other major authors.

SIMON BEAUFOY won the Academy Award® for his screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire, which also won the Oscar® for Best Picture for Fox Searchlight, then under Mr. Rothman. Beaufoy was also Oscar® nominated for his work as a writer of The Full Monty and 127 Hours, also for Rothman. His other recent credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the upcoming film Everest.

At TRISTAR, Ang Lee joins a fast growing roster of A-list talent currently making films for the rejuvenated studio, including go movies Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep, The Walk, from Robert Zemeckis, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Money Monster, starring George Clooney, in addition to projects with Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and others.

FILM4 is Channel 4 Television's feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh's In Bruges and Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady; in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh's Another Year, Chris Morris' Four Lions, Shane Meadows' This is England, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers and Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant.

Lee is represented by CAA, Ira Schreck, and Joe Dapello. The film is set to start production in the spring.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

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