Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sony Pictures To Distribute "The Interview" Online Beginning Christmas Eve Through Google Play, YouTube Movies



Sony Pictures To Distribute "The Interview" Online Beginning Christmas Eve Through Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and Dedicated Website
Film To Be Widely Available On Demand Throughout The United States


The Interview

Pervasive Language, Crude and Sexual Humor, Nudity, Some Drug Use and Bloody Violence

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show 'Skylark Tonight.' When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to 'take out' Kim Jong-un.

Directors
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Writers
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Genre
Comedy
Stars
James Franco (Dave Skylark), Seth Rogen (Aaron Rapaport), Lizzy Caplan(Agent Lacey), Randall Park (President Kim), Diana Bang (Sook), Timothy Simons (Malcolm)
Language
Comedy
Runtime
112m

CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that The Interview will be available online across the United States starting today, Christmas Eve.
As of 10:00 a.m. PST, the film will be available to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and the dedicated website www.seetheinterview.com at a price of $5.99. The film can also be purchased in HD for $14.99.
"It has always been Sony's intention to have a national platform on which to release this film," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. "With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, December 17th, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. We are pleased we can now join with our partners to offer the film nation-wide today.
"We never stopped pursuing as wide a release as possible for The Interview.  It was essential for our studio to release this movie, especially given the assault upon our business and our employees by those who wanted to stop free speech. We chose the path of digital distribution first so as to reach as many people as possible on opening day, and we continue to seek other partners and platforms to further expand the release."
"I want to thank Google and Microsoft for helping make this a reality. This release represents our commitment to our filmmakers and free speech. While we couldn't have predicted the road this movie traveled to get to this moment, I'm proud our fight was not for nothing and that cyber criminals were not able to silence us.
"No doubt the issues we have confronted these last few weeks will not end with this release, but we are gratified to have stood together and confident in our future. I want to thank everyone at Sony Pictures for their dedication and perseverance through what has been an extraordinary and difficult time."
Fans can watch The Interview on several platforms including:
  • Google Play: the movie is available to buy or rent at play.google.com, and can be watched in the Play Movies & TV app on Android and iOS phones or tablets, or streamed in the living room via Chromecast, Roku or the Nexus Player.
  • YouTube: the movie is available at youtube.com/movies and can be watched on the web, in the YouTube app, or on select living room devices like Chromecast, Apple TV, PlayStation and Xbox.
  • Microsoft's Xbox Video: the movie is available to buy or rent on the Xbox Video app on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and XboxVideo.com.
  • SeetheInterview.com: In addition, The Interview is available at the dedicated website www.seetheinterview.com, which is sponsored by Sony Pictures and powered by Kernel and with payments through Stripe, a secure payment platform.
In addition to Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft and www.seetheinterview.com, The Interview is also being released in more than 300 United States theaters on December 25th.
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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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gone but Not Forgotten: "Gone with the Wind" is Still America's Favorite Movie



Gone but Not Forgotten: "Gone with the Wind" is Still America's Favorite Movie


Gone but Not Forgotten: Gone with the Wind is Still America's Favorite Movie
The force is still strong with Star Wars in the #2 spot; Titanic rises from the depths to #3


NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It may have premiered 75 years ago, but it would appear that Wind has still got legs: when asked to name their favorite movie of all time, the septuagenarian Civil War epic Gone with the Wind is Americans' top pick again (the film was also America's favorite movie in 2008).


With six movies in the can and a much-discussed trailer now making the rounds for Episode Seven, Star Wars soars into the same runner up position it held in 2008. Meanwhile, Titanic is doing anything but sinking; after not making the top 10 in 2008, the 1997 love story may not quite be king of the world this time around – but surely rounding out the top three is none too shabby. (Full results, including data tables, available here)

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,276 U.S. adults surveyed online between November 12 and 17, 2014.

The remainder of the top 10 list represents a mix of genres and ages:

  • The Godfather must have made someone an offer they couldn't refuse, as the crime classic has risen five spots to #4 this year.
  • Perhaps helped along by the continuing tales of Middle Earth hitting movie screens in recent years, The Lord of the Rings shows little change – it drops one spot from its 2008 position, coming in this year at #5.
  • Music plays a prominent role in the next three films on the list. In fact, it's right there in the title for film #6, The Sound of Music, which drops one spot from 2008.
Dirty Dancing may not be a musical in the traditional sense, but its soundtrack – which stands as one of the best-selling albums of all time – certainly may have played a role in its 7th-place finish (the film was not among the top 10 in 2008).
And of course, there's no place like... the top 10 list – even if you have slipped a couple of spots. The Wizard of Oz, what with its ruby slippers, emerald cities and yellow brick roads, is #8 among Americans' favorite films, down two spots from 2008.
  • It's a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra's tale of the difference one good person can make in the world, takes spot #9 after not making it onto the top 10 in 2008. Meanwhile, E.T. phones home from the #10 spot, also making it onto the top 10 list for the first time.
Inconceivable!

With four films making it onto the top 10 list for the first time, that means four former inhabitants of that list relinquished their top-10 status this year:
  • Casablanca may have seen the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but that wasn't enough to help it maintain its #3 spot from 2008.
  • The Notebook, meanwhile, seems to have been written out of the #7 position it held the last time around.
  • Forrest Gump fell off the top 10 list after coming in 8th in 2008; perhaps he can comfort himself with a nice box of chocolates.
  • And in an inconceivable turn of events, The Princess Bride drops off the top 10 after a 9th-place tie in 2008. "As you wish," indeed!
Favorite films vary among different groups of Americans

Favorite movies show some variation among different groups, with that variation growing when expanding the view to Americans' top three.
  • As most might expect, gender plays a role. Men are most likely to list Star Wars as their favorite film, followed by The Godfather and Titanic. Women, meanwhile, name Gone with the Wind, Titanic and Dirty Dancing as their top three.
  • Among Millennials, Titanic is the top film followed by Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Gen Xers put Star Wars first, with Titanic and The Godfather rounding out the top three. Gone with the Wind is the top pick among Baby Boomers and Matures alike, though their selections diverge from there; Star Wars and Titanic round out the top three for Baby Boomers, while for Matures it's The Sound of Music and The Godfather.
  • In our divisive political times it may come as little surprise that Republicans and Democrats can't even agree on a favorite film. While Gone with the Wind comes in as the top pick among Republicans (followed by Star Wars and The Godfather) and Independents (with Titanic and Star Wars rounding out the top three), Democrats put Star Wars ahead of all others (followed by Gone with the Wind and Titanic).
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British Nigerian Actors Shine as Martin Luther King,Jr and Wife in Big Hollywood Film


"Selma" official trailer.

Photo: David Oyelowo (as Martin Luther King Jr.) and Carmen Ejogo (as Coretta Scott King), photographed on the set of "Selma" at the Georgia State Capitol building, in Atlanta. Credit: Vanity Fair

David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo is Martin Luther King, Jr. and Carmen Ejogo is his wife Coretta Scott King in Ava DuVernay 's highly acclaimed American historical drama "Selma" based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel,Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Selma garnered four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director and Best Actor for Oyelowo and he has already won the 2014 African-American Film Critics Association's Breakthrough Performance Award for Best Actor, http://variety.com/exec/david-oyelowo/.
"Selma" will open at the cinemas in the United States on Christmas Day 2014 and will open worldwide from January 9, 2015.
Paramount Pictures will distribute Selma in the United States and Canada.
Oyelowo has been praised for his huge role as MLK.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nell-minow/playing-mlk-actor-david-o_b_6341630.html

Oyelowo is popular both on British TV and American films "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011), "Middle of Nowhere" (2012), "Lincoln" (2012), "The Paperboy" (2012) and "The Butler" (2013).
He is an impressive filmography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Oyelowo

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo first played Coretta Scott King in the "Boycott" (2001). She was in the "The Avengers" (1998), "Pride and Glory" (2008) and other major films in the UK and US.
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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.

INTERNATIONAL PRESS ACADEMY
2014 Nominations
19th ANNUAL SATELLITE™ AWARDS
MOTION PICTURES

Actress in a Motion Picture

Anne Dorval
MOMMY
Roadside Attractions
Felicity Jones
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Focus Features
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
BELLE
Fox Searchlight
Julianne Moore
STILL ALICE - See more at: http://www.nigeriansreport.com/2014/12/international-press-academy-announces.html#sthash.2KsqjjVd.dpuf.








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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.


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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CONTACT: Harry Medved, Fandango, hmedved@fandango.com, 310-954-0461; or Dana Henry Benson, Fandango, dbenson@fandango.com, 310-954-0278 X300
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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

BOOKS 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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Thursday, September 11, 2014

iPost Nigeria: Share Your Videos and Make Money from the Daily Views


Great opportunities come with great possibilities.
~ Orikinla Osinachi.

This people-friendly news and entertainment mobile video app iPost Nigeria is like YouTube, Mobli and Keek rolled into one. And projected to have the fastest ROI for tech startups in Africa’s biggest and largest Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) market with over 125 million users of mobile phones and tablets.

iPost Nigeria Mobile Video social media platform is for all users of mobile phones and tablets in Nigeria and the rest of the world to record and do live streaming of news and information on incidents and events from wherever they are located in Nigeria and other parts of the world. It is more interactive than any other mobile video app in Africa, because iPost Nigeria Mobile Video app allows users to instantly record, upload and share both short and long videos of events and incidents as they happen 24/7 on all video formats and they can monetize their videos and earn regular revenue from the daily views of videos.. It will be an android friendly app that is more advanced than others.

iPost Nigeria is now crowd funding on Indiegogo








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Friday, September 05, 2014

Nobody Wants To Be "Left Behind"



Left Behind is an apocalyptic Action-Thriller movie starring Nicolas Cage based on the New York Times bestselling novel that brings biblical prophecy to life in modern times.


The most important event in the history of mankind is happening right now. In the blink of an eye, the biblical Rapture strikes the world. Millions of people disappear without a trace. All that remains are their clothes and belongings, and in an instant, terror and chaos spread around the world. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Planes fall from the sky. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. There is no one to help or provide answers. In a moment, the entire planet is plunged into darkness.

Left Behind - Starring Nicolas Cage. In theaters on October 3, 2014.
More details: http://leftbehindmovie.com.

DUCK DYNASTY'S WILLIE ROBERTSON LETS THE FULL FORCE OF THE RAPTURE BE KNOWN IN PROMOTING HIS UPCOMING FEATURE FILM LEFT BEHIND.
(PRNewsFoto/Stoney Lake Entertainment)

Source
Stoney Lake Entertainment
Media Contact
Lesley Burbridge, Rogers & Cowan, 310.854.8170, lburbridge@rogersandcowan.com; Tracy Cole, Rogers & Cowan, 310.871.8349, tcole@rogersandcowan.com






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