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Here Are The Five Nigerian Movies Selected To Compete At Nollywood Week Paris Festival

Five Nigerian Nollywood movies have been selected to compete for the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2017 edition of the Nollywood Week Paris Film Festival.

The five selected movies are ‘They Wedding Party’, 76′, and ‘Green White Green’. Others include ‘Gidi Blues’ and ‘Dinner’.

The Wedding Party (Comedy, Romances) directed by Kemi Adetiba, shows how Chaos prevails when a family prepares for a lavish wedding.

76′ directed by Izu Ojukwu, is a thrilling drama told from two points of view: that of a pregnant woman, and that of an accused soldier.

Inspired by the cataclysmic Nigerian events of 40 years ago, this epic political thriller portrays the point of views of a respected army captain and his expectant wife when his coerced participation in a botched coup attempt makes national headlines.

Gidi Blues directed by Femi Odugbemi is a story of two young people (Akin and Nkem), When the two meet by chance, their story changed forever.

Green White Green directed by Abba Makama, the plot is based on Three young artist friends embark on a roller coaster ride of self-discovery after they decide to make a movie before heading off to college.

 

Dinner is a movie directed by Jay Franklyn Jituboh which tells how Secrets were exposed during a friendly dinner.

The list of they selected movies for the awards was published on the Nollywood Week website.

According to the website, the week starts on May 11 to 14 May 2017.

The prestigious ‘People’s Choice Award’ is sponsored by Angénieux, a leading manufacturers of high quality optic cinema lenses for the broadcast and film industries.

“Angénieux will gracefully put its optics at the disposal of the winner of the People’s Choice Award, giving them a chance to combine their creativity with French technical know-how during their next shoot.”

Nollywood Week is a yearly film festival that showcases the best of the Nigerian film industry with the aim of finding a larger audience and more sustainable distribution system for these quality films.

The festival was first organized in 2013 by Okada Media, an association based in Paris, France headed by Serge Noukoué and Nadira Shakur.

It showcases the best of the Nigerian film industry with the aim of finding a larger audience and more sustainable distribution system for quality films.

The festival offers festival-goers a chance to discover a dozen movies selected by a jury of professionals.

Nigerian filmmakers are encouraged to submit short films, feature films, animations and Nigerian television series for consideration.

Musical performances as well as seminars and workshops dedicated to the African cinema industry have been lined up to enrich the annual event.

The Festival ends with the traditional presentation of the Nollywood Week People’s Choice Award, which rewards some of the best talents of African cinema.

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Watch (Video): Super Eagles New Team Members Initiation Ahead Of Friendlies

Ahead of their two international friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London, Super Eagles, had their first training session on Tuesday at The Hive training ground of Barnet FC.

The Super Eagles’ Hotel Crowne Plaza Ealing in London has been very much alive since Monday following the arrival of 17 of the 25 players invited for two top –drawer friendlies on Thursday and next Monday.

Three –time African champions Nigeria take on 2002 FIFA World Cup quarter finalists Senegal at The Hive, home ground of Barnet Football Club on Thursday, 23rd March by 8pm, and will be up against 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final victims Burkina Faso at the same venue and time on Monday, 27th March.

In a mini ceremony, the new National team members were initiated the Super Eagles team spirit. They took part in a dance ritual performance to welcome them into the team.

John Ogu tweeted some of the videos in which Tyrone Ebuehi, Noah Bazee, Isaac Success and Kayode Olarenwaju gave us their best dance steps.
Watch their moves and vote for the best dancer.

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Winners And Losers At The 2017 Oscars

The 2017 Oscars (89th Academy Awards) witnessed memorable moments and awkward moments that saw the biggest award of the night, Best Picture, handed to the wrong movie and enjoyed the honour briefly before it was realized it was a mistake.

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2016, and took place on February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, at 5:30 p.m. PST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories.

The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd and directed by Glenn Weiss.Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted the ceremony for the first time.

In related events, the Academy held its 8th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 12, 2016.

On February 11, 2017, in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards were presented by hosts John Cho and Leslie Mann.

Moonlight won three awards, including Best Picture, and La La Land won the most awards of the ceremony, with six, after receiving a record-tying 14 nominations. La La Land was incorrectly announced as the Best Picture, before Moonlight was announced as the actual winner.

Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea won two awards each. Winners with one award include Arrival, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fences, The Jungle Book, O.J.: Made in America, Piper, The Salesman, Sing, Suicide Squad, The White Helmets, and Zootopia.

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list of Nominees and Winners below:

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
WINNER
CASEY AFFLECK
Manchester by the Sea
NOMINEES
ANDREW GARFIELD
Hacksaw Ridge
RYAN GOSLING
La La Land
VIGGO MORTENSEN
Captain Fantastic
DENZEL WASHINGTON
Fences

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
WINNER
MAHERSHALA ALI
Moonlight
NOMINEES
JEFF BRIDGES
Hell or High Water
LUCAS HEDGES
Manchester by the Sea
DEV PATEL
Lion
MICHAEL SHANNON
Nocturnal Animals

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
WINNER
EMMA STONE
La La Land
NOMINEES
ISABELLE HUPPERT
Elle
RUTH NEGGA
Loving
NATALIE PORTMAN
Jackie
MERYL STREEP
Florence Foster Jenkins

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
WINNER
VIOLA DAVIS
Fences
NOMINEES
NAOMIE HARRIS
Moonlight
NICOLE KIDMAN
Lion
OCTAVIA SPENCER
Hidden Figures
MICHELLE WILLIAMS
Manchester by the Sea

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
WINNER
ZOOTOPIA
Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer
NOMINEES
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
MOANA
John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
Claude Barras and Max Karli
THE RED TURTLE
Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki

CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER
LA LA LAND
Linus Sandgren
NOMINEES
ARRIVAL
Bradford Young
LION
Greig Fraser
MOONLIGHT
James Laxton
SILENCE
Rodrigo Prieto

COSTUME DESIGN
WINNER
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Colleen Atwood
NOMINEES
ALLIED
Joanna Johnston
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Consolata Boyle
JACKIE
Madeline Fontaine
LA LA LAND
Mary Zophres
DIRECTING
WINNER
LA LA LAND
Damien Chazelle
NOMINEES
ARRIVAL
Denis Villeneuve
HACKSAW RIDGE
Mel Gibson
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Kenneth Lonergan
MOONLIGHT
Barry Jenkins

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
WINNER
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
NOMINEES
FIRE AT SEA
Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
LIFE, ANIMATED
Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
13TH
Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
WINNER
THE WHITE HELMETS
Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
NOMINEES
EXTREMIS
Dan Krauss
4.1 MILES
Daphne Matziaraki
JOE’S VIOLIN
Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
WATANI: MY HOMELAND
Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis

FILM EDITING
WINNER
HACKSAW RIDGE
John Gilbert
NOMINEES
ARRIVAL
Joe Walker
HELL OR HIGH WATER
Jake Roberts
LA LA LAND
Tom Cross
MOONLIGHT
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER
THE SALESMAN
Iran
NOMINEES
LAND OF MINE
Denmark
A MAN CALLED OVE
Sweden
TANNA
Australia
TONI ERDMANN
Germany

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
WINNER
SUICIDE SQUAD
Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson
NOMINEES
A MAN CALLED OVE
Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
STAR TREK BEYOND
Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
WINNER
LA LA LAND
Justin Hurwitz
NOMINEES
JACKIE
Mica Levi
LION
Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
MOONLIGHT
Nicholas Britell
PASSENGERS
Thomas Newman

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
WINNER
CITY OF STARS
from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
NOMINEES
AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)
from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING
from Trolls; Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
THE EMPTY CHAIR
from Jim: The James Foley Story; Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
HOW FAR I’LL GO
from Moana; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

BEST PICTURE
WINNER
MOONLIGHT
Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
NOMINEES
ARRIVAL
Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
FENCES
Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
HACKSAW RIDGE
Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
HELL OR HIGH WATER
Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
HIDDEN FIGURES
Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
LA LA LAND
Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
LION
Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers

PRODUCTION DESIGN
WINNER
LA LA LAND
Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
NOMINEES
ARRIVAL
Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
HAIL, CAESAR!
Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
PASSENGERS
Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
WINNER
PIPER
Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
NOMINEES
BLIND VAYSHA
Theodore Ushev
BORROWED TIME
Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES
Robert Valley and Cara Speller
PEARL
Patrick Osborne

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
WINNER
SING
Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy
NOMINEES
ENNEMIS INTÉRIEURS
Sélim Azzazi
LA FEMME ET LE TGV
Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
SILENT NIGHTS
Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
TIMECODE
Juanjo Giménez
SOUND EDITING
WINNER
ARRIVAL
Sylvain Bellemare
NOMINEES
DEEPWATER HORIZON
Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
HACKSAW RIDGE
Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
LA LA LAND
Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
SULLY
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

SOUND MIXING
WINNER
HACKSAW RIDGE
Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
NOMINEES
ARRIVAL
Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
LA LA LAND
Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI
Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

VISUAL EFFECTS
WINNER
THE JUNGLE BOOK
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
NOMINEES
DEEPWATER HORIZON
Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
DOCTOR STRANGE
Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
WINNER
MOONLIGHT
Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
NOMINEES
ARRIVAL
Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
FENCES
Screenplay by August Wilson
HIDDEN FIGURES
Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
LION
Screenplay by Luke Davies

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
WINNER
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Written by Kenneth Lonergan
NOMINEES
HELL OR HIGH WATER
Written by Taylor Sheridan
LA LA LAND
Written by Damien Chazelle
THE LOBSTER
Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
20TH CENTURY WOMEN
Written by Mike Mills

(Credit: NTA)

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‘When The Purple Rain Stops Falling’ My Tribute To The Prince

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“Purple Rain” was one movie I liked watching over and over again because the guitar is one musical instrument that fascinates me, and not to forget, Morris Day dance steps on stage in his first performance in the movie.

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Prince was a great artist and one of my favorite musician, his performances on stage were electrifying (sometimes it seems he was too crazy) but I guess it was all part of the act.

His death on April 21 2016 brought sadness and also reminded me of his great songs and works. It prompted me to look back of some of his endeavours that were all time.

I had to do some background check of his life to really know who he was and the impact of his career as an artist in the music scene.

Prince Rogers Nelson (popularly known as Prince) was born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis United States. He was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor.

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Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He is widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop.

He developed interest in music in his early childhood, Prince wrote his first song when he was seven years old.

After recording songs with his cousin’s band 94 East, 19-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album For You in 1978, under the guidance of manager Owen Husney.

His 1979 album Prince went platinum due to the success of the singles “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover”.

His next three records, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982), continued his success, showcasing Prince’s trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance, and rock music.

In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. A prolific songwriter, Prince in the 1980s wrote songs for and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms.

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Morris Day, scene from the Movie ‘Purple Rain’ (Photo: Internet)

After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the double album Sign o’ the Times (1987) as a solo artist.

He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. He changed his stage name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol , also known as the “Love Symbol”.

He then began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros; he released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998.

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In 2000, he began referring to himself as “Prince” again. He released 15 albums after that; his final album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was first released exclusively on the Tidal streaming service on December 11, 2015.

On April 21, 2016, his life came to an end, Prince died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, after two weeks reports of his illness.

Prince achievements, tagged him as one of the best selling artists of all time. He sold over 100 million copies of record worldwide.

He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, in the first year of his eligibility.

Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Prior before his death, Prince postponed two performances from his Piano & A Microphone Tour, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 7, 2016; the venue released a statement saying he was “battling the flu”.

He rescheduled the show for April 14, even though he still was not feeling well. While flying back to Minneapolis early the next morning, his private jet made an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, so that he could seek medical treatment.

Representatives stated that he suffered from “bad dehydration” and had been fighting influenza for several weeks.

Prince was seen in public the following evening, when he shopped at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis on Record Store Day, and made a brief appearance at a dance party at his Paisley Park recording studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, stating that he was feeling fine.

On April 19, 2016, he attended a performance by singer Lizz Wright at the Dakota Jazz Club.

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Tributes at Prince’s Home, Paisley Park Home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. (Photo: AP)

On April 21, 2016, at 9:43 a.m., the Carver County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 phone call from an unidentified male, requesting an ambulance be sent to Prince’s home and reporting, at first, that Prince was unconscious, and, later in the same call, that he was dead.

Authorities found Prince unresponsive, in an elevator at Paisley Park, which also served as his Minnesota home. Prince did not respond to CPR administered by emergency responders and he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.

And The Purple Rain Stopped Falling, he was aged  57.