Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Question for the Nigerian Politician Alleged To Have Instigated the Murder of More than 55 People


A Question for the Nigerian Politician Alleged To Have Instigated the Murder of More than 55 People

An Open Question for Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Rivers State in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.

If you are sure that more people love you enough to vote for you, would you need guns, machetes and thugs to attack and murder supporters of your rival opponent? - See more at: http://www.nigeriansreport.com/2015/04/an-open-question-for-ezenwo-nyesom-wike.html#sthash.QS4PFVfc.dpuf.

When we ignore a massacre, we are encouraging a genocide.

When we ignore the impunity of political tyranny, we are guilty of failing to protest against man's inhumanity to man. And by our failure, we are as guilty as those aiding and abetting the crimes against humanity from Darfur to the Congo and from the Congo to the Niger Delta and from the Niger Delta to north eastern Nigeria.
A massacre is an indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of many people. And killing more than 55 people is a massacre! And that is what happened in Rivers State during the 2015 general elections in Nigeria from March to April. But, the Nigerian government is living in denial of it, because the perpetrators of this horrible massacre are members and supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the victims were members and supporters of the rival All Progressives Congress (APC).

All the horrifying and terrifying genocides in history started with a massacre.
That was how the catastrophic Armenian Genocide, Darfur Genocide and Rwanda Genocide started.
When we ignore a massacre, we have become accomplices of the perpetrators.
Do we have to wait until the massacre continues and becomes another genocide like the Rwanda Genocide that claimed 500,000–1,000,000 lives from April 7 – July 15, 1994, before our very eyes?

 It is the desperate evil greed for power that turned Hitler into a monster and caused the World War II that claimed more than 60 million lives!









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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nigeria: One year on, UN and African Experts Call for Decisive Steps To Bring Back Abducted Children

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

THE MOVIE MAKER: CHARLES O. BAUMANN: 100 Years of Hollywood


Jillian Ada Kelly Releases New Book: THE MOVIE MAKER: CHARLES O. BAUMANN
Great-granddaughter of early 1900s silent film pioneer writes how he discovered Chaplin, Sennett, and many more



GOLD COUNTRY, Calif., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Charlie Chaplin and Mack Sennett have been household names for 100 years, but few people know how they got their start in the film industry. Who were the career-makers of the early 1900s in film? They were brave pioneers like author Jillian Ada Kelly's great-grandfather Charles O. Baumann who helped forge a new industry and set the standard for how films are made to this day.

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Before there was ever a Hollywood, there were great filmmakers, producers, directors, and movie executives in New York and New Jersey, those who paved the way for the greatest industry in the world, the movie industry. In the new book THE MOVIE MAKER: CHARLES O. BAUMANN Silent Era Film Pioneer Who Discovered Chaplin, Sennett, Ince, and Many More Kelly shares her great-grandfather's journey and phenomenal success in the early film industry. She writes:

"Not only was Charles Baumann a producer, director, distributor, financier, and an executive of filmmaking, he was also a visionary and a man of many firsts in an industry of imitators. He was the first to supply movie houses with posters for advertising in 1909; the first to hire Mack Sennett, the 'King of Comedy,' as a director in 1909; the first to make multiple-reel weekly movies in 1910; the first President, and co-founder, of Universal Film Manufacturing Company (now Universal Studios, the oldest studio in the U.S.) in 1912; the first to hire Charlie Chaplin for a movie role in 1913; the first to bring together top directors Mack Sennett, Thomas H. Ince, and D. W. Griffith, with top actors, including first-time movie actor Douglas Fairbanks, to form the powerhouse Triangle Film Corporation in 1915; and the first to create a money-lending corporation, the Great Northern Finance Corporation, to fund aspiring movie producers to create excellent cinema in 1921. These are just a few, but certainly not all, of the pioneering things that Charles O. Baumann did to help mold and bring greatness to the motion picture industry."

Kelly shares her inspiration for writing this book: "My great-grandfather had such a profound impact on the early film industry, I wanted to ensure that he was not forgotten."

Book is available in paperback and as an eBook at: http://www.JillianAdaKelly.com

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

“American Sniper” is the Highest-Grossing Film of 2014





“American Sniper” is the Highest-Grossing Film of 2014
March 8, 2015

The Clint Eastwood-directed drama, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller,
has also crossed $500 million worldwide and counting


Burbank, CA –Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “American Sniper” has surpassed two more major milestones, emerging as the top-grossing domestic release of 2014. The film has also surpassed half a billion dollars worldwide, and still climbing. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, and Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

To date, the film has grossed an estimated $337.2 million at the domestic box office, and still counting, making it the highest-grossing film in director Clint Eastwood’s long and illustrious career. Among its many other records, “American Sniper” is also the number one war movie of all time and the top-grossing film in the career of Bradley Cooper, who earned his third consecutive Oscar nomination, for his portrayal of the film’s title character, Chris Kyle.

In addition to its domestic success, “American Sniper” is drawing large numbers of moviegoers overseas, where it is currently in release in 57 markets. The film, to date, has earned an estimated $163 million at the international box office, for an extraordinary worldwide total of $500.2 million and rising.

In making the announcement, Fellman said, “From its record-breaking Christmas opening, ‘American Sniper’ has been a box office phenomenon. The film’s A+ CinemaScore in every category has translated into enthusiastic word-of-mouth that continues to generate both first-time and repeat business. We could not be happier for Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and everyone on the incredible filmmaking team on this remarkable achievement.”

Kroll stated, “‘American Sniper’ has become a cultural touchstone that people want to share, discuss and remember. We are thrilled that the movie is still filling theatres, not only in the United States but around the globe, as filmgoers everywhere experience the power of the story of Chris and Taya Kyle.”

“We are all so proud of ‘American Sniper,’” Silverman added. “Its box office success is not only a testament to the talents of Clint, Bradley and all those involved in the film, but also a measure of our appreciation for the sacrifices of all veterans and their families. Congratulations to our partners at Village Roadshow and Ratpac-Dune and everyone behind ‘American Sniper’ on reaching another momentous benchmark.”

Kwan Vandenberg noted, “Clint Eastwood has delivered a powerful story on the personal cost of conflict, and the response we’re seeing internationally alike reflects the universal reach of this compelling drama. Along with our partners at Village Roadshow, we couldn’t be more thrilled with these spectacular results.”

Eastwood directed “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Jim DeFelice and Scott McEwen. Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller star in the film, produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production, “American Sniper.” The film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. “American Sniper” has been rated R for strong and disturbing war violence and language throughout, including some sexual references. americansnipermovie.com


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Ritual Initiation of a Nigerian President by Cultists


The Ritual Initiation of a Nigerian President by Cultists.







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Monday, February 23, 2015

Selma Wins Best Original Song Oscar for "Glory"


Ava DuVernay's "Selma" starring British Nigerian actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr; won the Best Original Song Oscar with Glory composed by Lonnie Lynn (Common) and John Stephens (John Legend) and it is a great consolation after all the controversy over the omissions of DuVernay in the nominations for Best Director and Oyelowo in the nominations for Best Actor.

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was held on February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA.


The following list of all the nominees and winners is from The Guardian of UK. TALK OF THE TOWN is bringing you "All The Best Looks From The 2015 Academy Awards"

Academy Honorary Awards
Jean-Claude Carrière
Hayao Miyazaki
Maureen O'Hara

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Harry Belafonte

Best actor

WINNER: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game
Bradley Cooper for American Sniper
Michael Keaton for Birdman

Best supporting actor

WINNER: JK Simmons for WhiplashRobert Duvall for The Judge
Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
Edward Norton for Birdman
Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

Best actress

WINNER: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon for Wild

Best supporting actress

WINNER: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Laura Dern for Wild
Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game
Emma Stone for Birdman
Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

Best picture

WINNER: Birdman
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best director

WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

Achievement in costume design

WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B Sheppard
Mr Turner – Jacqueline Durran

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon, Mark CoulierFoxcatcher – Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard
Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White

Best foreign-language film

WINNER: Ida – Paweł PawlikowskiTangerines – Zaza Urushadze
Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev
Wild Tales – Damián Szifrón
Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako

Best live-action short film

WINNER: The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby, James Lucas
Aya – Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp – Wei Hu, Julien Féret
Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi, Stefan Eichenberger

Best documentary short subject

WINNER: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry
Joanna – Aneta Kopacz
Our Curse – Tomasz Sliwinski, Maciej Slesicki
The Reaper – Gabriel Serra
White Earth – Christian Jensen

Achievement in sound mixing

WINNER: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley
American Sniper – John T Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin
Birdman – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Thomas Varga
Interstellar – Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten
Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, David Lee

Achievement in sound editing

WINNER: American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Birdman – Aaron Glascock, Martín Hernández
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge, Jason Canovas
Interstellar – Richard King
Unbroken – Becky Sullivan, Andrew DeCristofaro

Achievement in visual effects 

WINNER: Interstellar – Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R Fisher 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Daniel Sudick

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist
Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

Best animated short film

WINNER: Feast – Patrick Osborne, Kristina ReedThe Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs, Chris Hees
The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo, Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi
Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove
A Single Life – Joris Oprins

Best animated feature film

WINNER: Big Hero 6The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best production design

WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game: Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar: Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Into the Woods: Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock
Mr Turner: Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

Achievement in cinematography

WINNER: Birdman: Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Robert D Yeoman
Ida: Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr Turner: Dick Pope
Unbroken: Roger Deakins

Achievement in film editing

WINNER: Whiplash – Tom Cross
Boyhood – Sandra Adair
The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
American Sniper – Joel Cox, Gary Roach

Best documentary feature

WINNER: Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester
The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier
Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara

Best original song

WINNER: Glory from Selma – Lonnie Lynn (Common), John Stephens (John Legend)
The Lego Movie – Shawn Patterson (Everything Is Awesome)
Beyond the Lights – Diane Warren (Grateful)
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond (I’m Not Gonna Miss You)
Begin Again – Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois (Lost Stars)

Best original score

WINNER: Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Jóhann Jóhannsson– The Theory of Everything
Gary Yershon – Mr Turner

Original screenplay

WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
E Max Frye, Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler

Adapted screenplay

WINNER: Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Jason Hall – American Sniper
Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash







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Friday, February 13, 2015

Regal Announces Free Ticket Offer for "Black or White" Movie



Regal Announces Free Ticket Offer for "Black or White"
Two for One Ticket Offer Exclusively at Regal for One Week


KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, is offering a special two for the price of one ticket offer for "Black or White" from Relativity. This valuable discount is available when purchasing tickets at the box office for shows Friday, February 13 through Thursday, February 19.

"Black or White features a remarkable cast led by Oscar winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer," stated Ted Cooper, Senior Vice President and Head Film Buyer for Regal Entertainment Group. "Through our partnership with Relativity, Regal is proud to offer this amazing opportunity to receive a free ticket with each one sold to this magnificent film."

"Black or White" is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

"Along with providing the very best moviegoing experience, Regal rewards our moviegoers with amazing opportunities including this two for one ticket offer for Black or White," stated Ken Thewes, Chief Marketing Officer at Regal Entertainment Group. "Through this exclusive offer, Regal wants to encourage even more people to see the dynamic performances in this amazing film."

Regal fans are encouraged to like Regal Cinemas' Facebook page and download the Regal Movies app. Moviegoers can program their favorite theatre and purchase tickets all from their mobile device. The Regal app also gives patrons the ability to upload their Regal Crown Club card straight to their phone for easy access while on-the-go. Through the industry-leading Regal Crown Club, 11-million patrons each year accumulate credits at the box office and concession stand to earn rewards including free popcorn, soft drinks and movies. Free membership is available at the box office or online at REGmovies.com/Crown-Club.

About Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States and, as of January 1, 2015, operates 7,367 screens in 574 theatres throughout 42 states along with the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Saipan. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable moviegoing experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.

About Relativity
Relativity (relativitymedia.com) is a next-generation global media company engaged in multiple aspects of content production and distribution, including movies, television, fashion, sports, digital and music. More than just a collection of entertainment-related businesses, Relativity is a content engine with the ability to leverage each of these business units, independently and together, to create content across all mediums, giving consumers what they want, when they want it.

Relativity Studios, the company's largest division, has produced, distributed or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures, generating more than $17 billion in worldwide box-office revenue and earning 60 Oscar nominations. Relativity's films include Oculus, Safe Haven, Act of Valor, Immortals, Limitless, and The Fighter. Upcoming releases include Desert Dancer and Masterminds.

Media Contact:

Richard Grover
Director of Marketing & Communications
Regal Entertainment Group
Richard.Grover@REGmovies.com

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