Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hot Spots: NICB’s Annual Report on Vehicle Theft

Hot Spots: NICB’s Annual Report on Vehicle Theft

California Still a Hotbed for Hot Cars

NICB's Hot Spots for Vehicle Theft in 2012.

Des Plaines, IL, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Spots vehicle theft report and California dominates once again.  Hot Spots is a per capita review of vehicle thefts from the nation’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSA).  NICB data is in line with preliminary FBI vehicle theft data for 2012 which appears to end an eight-year downward trend in vehicle theft.
Final numbers will be published by the FBI in the fall, but preliminary 2012 FBI figures estimate a 1.3 percent increase in 2012 thefts from the previous year.  Not surprisingly, eight of the top 10 areas are in California with the remaining two from the state of Washington.
The West region, defined by the FBI as the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming saw a 10.6 percent increase in vehicle thefts from 2011.  The other regions of the country—Midwest, Northeast and South—reported reductions of 3.1, 7.9 and 2.9 percent, respectively.

For 2012, the 10 MSAs with the highest vehicle theft rates were:

2012 Ranking
2011 Ranking
1. Modesto, Calif. 2
2. Fresno, Calif. 1
3. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif. 3
4. Stockton, Calif. 7
5. Yakima, Wash. 5
6. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, Calif. 6
7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. 20
8. Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. 9
9. Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. 4
10. Redding, Calif. 40
NICB’s Hot Spots report examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s MSAs.  MSAs are designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and often include areas much larger than the cities for which they are named.  For example, the Modesto, Calif., MSA includes all thefts within the entire county of Stanislaus, not just the city of Modesto.
As a population-based survey, an area with a much smaller population and a moderate number of thefts can—and often does—have a higher theft rate than an area with a much more significant vehicle theft problem and a larger population to absorb it.

Watch this video to see how the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department is using bait cars to reduce vehicle thefts and other property crimes.

The full Hot Spots report is available at
Although national vehicle thefts continue to decline, NICB still recommends that drivers follow our four “layers of protection” to guard against vehicle theft:

Common Sense — The common sense approach to protection is the easiest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. You should always:
  • Remove your keys from the ignition
  • Lock your doors /close your windows
  • Park in a well-lit area
Warning Device — The second layer of protection is a visible or audible device which alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected.  Popular devices include:
  • Audible alarms
  • Steering column collars
  • Steering wheel/brake pedal lock
  • Brake locks
  • Wheel locks
  • Theft deterrent decals
  • Identification markers in or on vehicle
  • VIN etching
  • Micro dot marking
Immobilizing Device — The third layer of protection is a device which prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys.  Other devices inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated. Some examples are:
  • Smart keys
  • Fuse cut-offs
  • Kill switches
  • Starter, ignition, and fuel pump disablers
  • Wireless ignition authentication
Tracking Device — The final layer of protection is a tracking device which emits a signal to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen.  Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles.  Some systems employ “telematics” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle.  If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website.  Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.
About the National Insurance Crime Bureau:  headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness.  The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations.  NICB member companies wrote $350 billion in insurance premiums in 2012, or more than 78 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance.  That includes more than 93 percent ($160 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance.  To learn more visit

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Submit Your Films for the 10th Abuja International Film Festival in Nigeria

This is an official Call for Entries for the 10th Abuja International Film Festival scheduled for the 24th-27th September 2013 at the Silverbird Cinemas Abuja, Nigeria.

The festival will screen over 60 indigenous and foreign movies in the following genres: Short, Feature, Animation, Documentary and Experimental.

All entries must have been produced within the past 24 months and you can download the entry form from our website:

The festival shall give awards in the following categories:

1. Best Feature Film

2. Best Short Film

3. Most Outstanding Male Act

4. Most Outstanding Female Act

5. Best Experimental Film

6. Best Animation Film

7. Best Documentary Film

8. Golden Jury Award

All entries should be submitted in DVD FORMAT. Deadline for submission of entries is July 31st, 2013.

For further enquiries you can call 234 08023217673,  234 07055773560 or 234 08023260448

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Keanu Reeves' Directorial Debut, Man of Tai Chi™ Spins Into IMAX® Theatres in China

27 Jun 2013 12:30 Africa/Lagos

Keanu Reeves' Directorial Debut, Man of Tai Chi™, Spins Into IMAX® Theatres Across China Beginning July 5

LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), in partnership with China Film Group, Wanda Group and Village Roadshow Pictures, today announced that Man of Tai Chi , Keanu Reeves' highly anticipated directorial debut and the first Mandarin-language film to be directed by a Western actor, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theatres across China beginning July 5, with the possibility of expanding to other territories.


This action-packed contemporary drama shot in Beijing and Hong Kong depicts the spiritual journey of a young martial artist as he struggles to maintain his traditional values and beliefs against the pressures of modern society. Targeted for his fighting skill, he is lured into the dark world of underground combat by menacing forces that seek to corrupt him with money, glamour and the promise of power.

"We're happy to be back in business with our longtime partner Keanu Reeves, an advocate of The IMAX Experience® and a global star who has already proven to be very popular with our audiences," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. "We look forward to working closely with Keanu and our good friends at Wanda, Village Road Show and China Film Group on this blockbuster title."

The IMAX release of Man of Tai Chi will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2013, there were 738 IMAX theatres (606 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 53 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (, Twitter ( and YouTube (

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

For additional information please contact:

IMAX Corporation - New York
Ann Sommerlath

Entertainment Media:
Principal Communications Group - Los Angeles
Melissa Zukerman/Paul Pflug
IMAX Corporation – New York
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Business Media:
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Whit Clay

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

OC Ukeje and Beverly Naya Tipped for Lead Roles in New Blockbuster Movie

OC Ukeje and Beverly Naya Tipped for Lead Roles in New Blockbuster Movie

~ By Orikinla Osinachi

Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) best actor award winner OC Ukeje, whose stellar performances in Blessing Effiom Egbe’s “Two Brides and a Baby”, Charles Novia’s “Alan Poza” and Kenneth Gyang’s multiple award winning movie “Confusion Na Wa" have wowed thousands of people is tipped to play the male lead in Naked Beauty a new blockbuster film to be shot on Bonny Island, Rivers State. And also tipped for the female lead is sexy and sultry Nollywood actress Beverly Naya who was OC Ukeje’s lover in “Alan Poza”.

Naked Beauty is co-written by accomplished Nollywood producer and director Christian Chika Onu and Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Founder of the annual Eko International Film Festival and also Founder/CEO of Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema, operators of the recently launched Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema after four years of research and recce on Bonny Island where Michael Chima chose to make his first feature that will be an unusual movie in the Nigerian film industry.

“I have already started considering Okechukwu Chukwudi Ukeje and Beverly Naya for the lead roles with Olu Jacobs and Ngozi Ezeonu as the parents of ‘Oma’ the lead actress. Naked Beauty is totally different from anything in Nigerian movies, combining fine art photography and cinematography to capture the awesome nature of the Niger Delta epitomized by the male lead ‘Tonye’ who is a nature photographer and the beauty of his muse "Oma". It is a story you will fall in love with,” said Michael Chima.

“I loved Michael Brierley's cinematography in Darrel Roodt's "Yesterday", the 2004 South African drama nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 77th Academy Awards. So, I am already considering one of the best cinematographers from France whose younger brother Robert Minangoy, a former Regional Audio-Visual Attache for West Africa has agreed to be my co-director and we are also getting a French Editor”

The film will be ready early next year, but Michael Chima who is also the Publisher/Editor of the new Nollywood Mirror magazine will not give the details of the budget and financiers, except that the film will produce the highest paid actors in Nollywood and there are already commercial distributors interested in the spin-offs from the worldwide publicity campaigns in major international languages.
More details are on the blog for the making on

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Wole Soyinka's "Ake" Movie in Progress in Western Nigeria

The film adaptation of Ake: The Years of Childhood is already in progress with the full cooperation and support of Prof. Wole Soyinka, the famous Nobel laureate and author of the autobiography.

According to the producers, the film adaptation of "Ake" has taken them over 25 years since the period of the TV series. And the production will last for six months on locations in Abeokuta and Ibadan with a budget of N350m million Naira (2.5 million US Dollars).
The world premiere is expected in early 2014.

Prof. Soyinka himself on Friday May 31, 2013, met with the main cast and crew including the director Yemi Akintokun, Dapo Adeniyi, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Akin Lewis, Tina Mba, Ben Tomoloju, Yinka Davies, Tony Umole, Yeni Kuti, Jimi Solanke, Jahman Anikulapo and Beautiful Nubia.

It is a privilege to be directing the autobiography of someone I consider as one of the most enigmatic beings in recent history.
There is no better means of demystifying Kongi than to enact his childhood years on the screen, and no better team would have done the interpretation than the gathering of the tribe, a world class cast and crew assembled by a producer and egbon who has been musing on Ake for 25 years!
Ake shows the world all the factors and elements that made W.S who he is, especially his idiosyncrasies and his passions.
The question is not why telling the world about Soyinka again, the question is WHY not tell the world about the traditional values that helped to create the literary giant.
See you at the film theatre.
Grace and Wisdom!

~ Yemi Akintokun Review of the book.

When he was 4 years old, spurred by insatiable curiosity and the beat of a marching drum, Wole Soyinka slipped silently through the gate of his parents' yard and followed a police band to a distant village. This was his first journey beyond Aké, Nigeria, and reading his account is akin to witnessing a child's epiphany:

The parsonage wall had vanished forever but it no longer mattered. Those token bits and pieces of Aké which had entered our home on occasions, or which gave off hints of their nature in those Sunday encounters at church, were beginning to emerge in their proper shapes and sizes.

He returned, perched upon the handlebars of a policeman's bicycle, "markedly different from whatever I was before the march." The reader's horizons feel similarly expanded after finishing this astonishing book.

Nobel laureate Soyinka is a prolific playwright, poet, novelist, and critic, but seems to have found his purest voice as an autobiographer. Aké: The Years of Childhood is a memoir of stunning beauty, humor, and perception--a lyrical account of one boy's attempt to grasp the often irrational and hypocritical world of adults that equally repels and seduces him. Soyinka elevates brief anecdotes into history lessons, conversations into morality plays, memories into awakenings. Various cultures, religions, and languages mingled freely in the Aké of his youth, fostering endless contradictions and personalized hybrids, particularly when it comes to religion. Christian teachings, the wisdom of the ogboni, or ruling elders, and the power of ancestral spirits--who alternately terrify and inspire him--all carried equal metaphysical weight. Surrounded by such a collage, he notes that "God had a habit of either not answering one's prayers at all, or answering them in a way that was not straightforward."

In writing from a child's perspective, Soyinka expresses youthful idealism and unfiltered honesty while escaping the adult snares of cynicism and intolerance. His stinging indictment of colonialism takes on added power owing to the elegance of his attack. He also spears Nigeria's increasing Westernization, its movement toward modernity and materialism, as he describes his beloved village markets deteriorating from a "procession of magicians" to rows of "fantasy stores lit by neon and batteries of coloured bulbs" where the "blare of motor-horns compete with a high-decibel outpouring of rock and funk and punk and other thunk-thunk from lands of instant-culture heroes."

The book closes with an 11-year-old Soyinka preparing to enroll in a government college, declaring it "time to commence the mental shifts for admittance to yet another irrational world of adults and their discipline.

Aké is an eloquent testament to the wisdom of youth.
--Shawn Carkonen.

A classic of African autobiography, indeed a classic of chilhood memoirs wherever and whenever produced.
-- The New York Times Book Review.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Win $8,000 in Shell V-Power : MOFILM African Adventure Competition

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

Brad Pitt's Must See Blockbuster Zombie Movie "World War Z" is Ready!

Director: Marc Foster
Writer: Max Brooks (Book)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz

Release: June 21, 2013 at RealD 3D and IMAX 3D select theaters.

World War Z is one of the most awaited thrillers of 2013, because the famous Hollywood icon Brad Pitt is the star actor and producer of this blockbuster. It has been given 80% by Tomatometer critics on Rotten Tomatoes with 99% of the audience convinced to see it. I have been looking forward to the film shot in Glasgow in 2011 and mentioned it in my report on Eunice Olumide: Nigeria's Super Star on the Runway and Silver Screen, but I am not sure if Eunice's role of an office worker in the movie made the final cut. From the gripping trailer, this is a classic Brad Pitt thriller that will certainly be a box office hit.

World War Z is the film adaptation of a 2006 apocalyptic horror novel of the same title by Max Brooks.

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

I also recommend you get World War Z: The Art of the Film, the official illustrated companion to the movie featuring a wealth of stunning production art, design sketches and storyboards, alongside the full shooting script. It would definitely be a collector's item.

Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster have answers worth sharing on Moviefone.

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The Hollywood Museum Presents Marilyn Monroe: The Hollywood Legend

5 Jun 2013 13:40 Africa/Lagos

Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit - Hollywood Legend

The Hollywood Museum Honors Marilyn's Life and Legacy with the Nation's Largest Exhibit of Authentic Memorabilia, Commemorating the 51st Anniversary of Her Passing

HOLLYWOOD, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- " Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit - Hollywood Legend," back by popular demand at The Hollywood Museum, celebrates the fabled actress' life with the nation's largest exhibit of authentic memorabilia (including new acquisitions) presenting an intimate look at her life and legacy. If alive, Marilyn would be 87 years old and her legendary image still lives on as superstar and ultimate icon of glamour and beauty. August marks the 51st Anniversary of her passing. The Hollywood Museum, in the Historic Max Factor Building, is located at 1660 N. Highland Ave. in the heart of Hollywood.
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The scope of the exhibition encompasses Marilyn's costumes, jewelry, furs and accessories from her films; publicity gowns and personal wardrobe; her 1961 Fleetwood Cadillac limousine; original Marilyn Monroe artwork, photographs and documents from her private files; and many of Marilyn's personally owned artifacts.

"Fans of all ages flock to Hollywood from around the world each year to honor Marilyn's life and memory," says Museum Founder and President Donelle Dadigan. "The Hollywood Museum is proud to host this definitive and meaningful Marilyn retrospective which includes never-before-seen items."  
"This Museum is considered the perfect home for this exhibit since it is actually here where the legendary Max Factor originally designed Marilyn's on-screen hair and coloring," says Dadigan. "When you walk into the 'FOR BLONDES ONLY ROOM,' you feel Marilyn Monroe's presence."

"Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit" displays the million-dollar dress Marilyn wore on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio, one of the highlights of The Hollywood Museum's permanent collection. In addition to THM's permanent collection, items from the Scott Fortner Marilyn Monroe Collection and the Greg Schreiner Marilyn Monroe Collection are featured in this exclusive exhibit, including film costumes from The Prince and The Showgirl, There's No Business Like Show Business, and clothing and furs from Marilyn's personal wardrobe, including the brilliant green Pucci jersey top.

Highlighting the exhibit are exclusive photos by world-renowned photographer George Barris, who shot Marilyn's the last photo sitting while collaborating on a book at the time of her death 50 years ago. Barris Photography:
This exhibit also includes original works of art by famed celebrity artists LUDVIC, original photographs, including the legendary "red velvet" nude photographs shot by Tom Kelly, and a vast photograph collection of her childhood, family and early modeling career when she was still Norma Jeane Baker; and much more.

Additional Marilyn commemorative events planned:
  • Saturday, August 3, 1-3 PM - Meet & Greet with collectors Greg Schreiner, Scott Fortner and THM President Donelle Dadigan at The Hollywood Museum
  • Sunday, August 4, 1-3PM - George Barris Book and Photo Signing at The Hollywood Museum
  • Monday, August 5, TBD - "Marilyn Remembered" Annual Memorial Service, co-sponsored by The Hollywood Museum, at Westwood Mortuary
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