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Celebs and fans celebrate 100th episode of Battleground, Africa’s leading telenovela!

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The 100th episode of Africa’s  biggest telenovela, Battleground, aired on Friday the 15th of September on Africa Magic Showcase, and excited fans and celebrities attended a special screening of the episode at the Battleground Mansion in Lagos.

 

Stars like Olu Jacobs, Iretiola Doyle, Yeni Kuti, Ebuka Obi-Uchedu, Nancy Isime and the amazing cast of the show were just a few of the known faces in attendance, as popular television personality and Battleground actor Ozzy Agu co-hosted the on-ground event with the Head of PR and Talent for Africa Magic, Efosa Aiyevbomwan.

 

Proudly sponsored by Glo, Battleground features an ensemble cast which includes veteran and talented rising stars. Gbenga Titiloye plays the respected yet maligned patriarch, Kolade Bhadmus, while Shaffy Bello plays his wife, the classy, glamorous and scheming Adaora. Yinka Davies plays the role of Cissy, Kolade’s second wife, while the legendary Joke Silva is Mama Egba, his respected older sister.

 

The red carpet kicked off at 6pm local time, and guests were seated by 7:50pm as the live screening began. The 100th episode was a fitting milestone, as viewers were once thrilled with the General’s continuing plot against Kolade Bhadmus, and Danlami Bako’s successful coup at BBP, the company he co-owns with Kolade. A major twist in the Teni, Emeka and Michael love triangle also ensues following a passionate incident.

Battleground airs weekdays at 8pm on Africa Magic Showcase, DStv Channel 151.

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South African Tourism sponsors AY’s new movie, 10 days in Sun City

Mohammed Tanko, Ayo Makin , Jennifer Awoh, Hloni Pitzo (Regional Manager South African Tourism at the 10 days in Sun City premiere

The most anticipated movie of the year, 10 days in Sun City is finally upon us. This time AY takes us on a journey to the beautiful Sun City in South Africa with fellow cast members – Richard Mofe Damijo, Adesua Etomi, Gbenro Ajibade, Mercy Johnson Okojie, Falz, 2face Idibia, Alibaba, Alex Ekubo, Yvonne Jegede, Annie Idibia, Uti Nwachukwu, Fathia Balogun and more.

The premiere took place this weekend on Saturday 17 th June 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos. The movie is set to be released in Nigerian on Friday June 23 rd 2017.

Aside the A-list Nigerian cast, the hilarious star-studded comedy, shot in Sun City: Northern West Province of South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria also features Miguel Nunez Jr. a Hollywood actor and an equally hilarious South African cast consisting, the sensational Amanda Du Pont, comedian Thenjiwe Moseley, Celeste Ntuli and lots more.

10 days in Sun City is directed by award-winning South African-based Nigerian Director Adze Ugah, written by award-winning writer-director Kehinde Ogunlola and produced by Ayo Makun, Darlington Abuda and Kirsty Galliard.

South African tourism, has an incredible passion for innovation, culture and community, and we’re happy to help bring alive this movie alongside The Sun International who hosted the cast and crew to a variety of treatments Sun City has to offer.

One of Africa’s premier vacation destinations, Sun City in South Africa is internationally recognized for its superb resort, offering of hotels, attractions and world-class events.

From adventure sports and safari options to a world-famous golf course and a wide variety of rides and games, Sun City provided the perfect background for the cast to enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Perhaps one of the stand out scenes from the movie is the Elephant Sanctuary scene which features the stars having an interactive elephant experience. Some of the breath-taking scenes in the movie to look out for are: Hartebeespoort Dam, which is an hour away from Sun City. Locally known as Harties,

Hartebeespoort Dam is as famous for its sunset cruises as it is for the Lesedi Cultural village, a world heritage site which showcases the fascinating cultures and tradition of the people of South Africa.

The scenes in Johannesburg, which is only two hours away from Sun City, showcases the famous Sandton City and the world renowned Nelson Mandela Square. Soweto also made for a vibrant and colourful background to the movie, sitting thirty minutes south-west of Johnnesburg, scenes were captured from Hector Peterson Memorial and Vilakazi Street where both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu lived.

South Africa continues to support increased economic cooperation between the Southern and Western African regions. This relationship is pivotal to maintaining an economically vibrant and resilient Africa that grows through partnerships between nations.

Mr Hloni Pitso regional manager for South African Tourism in West Africa, said of the partnership: South African tourism is delighted to partner with the AY on the production of 10 Days in Sun City

“We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr AY Makun on what promises to be yet another blockbuster production. AY is a passionate, determined, dedicated and hardworking individual. This time last year on one of South African Tourism's influencer hosting trips AY saw opportunities as he travelled through out South Africa. He did not hesitate to seize the opportunity when he decided that this had to be a location for his next movie. A year later, we are here in Lagos for the movie premiere to watch the much anticipated movie 10 Days in Sun City.

We saw this partnership as an opportunity not only to showcase South Africa as a holiday and business destination but also as a platform to encourage inter-Africa travel. It is important for Africans to explore their own land and discover its people. It is through travel and tourism that we can learn about each other's historical and cultural heritages.

Tourism, entertainment, arts and culture are the key sectors that have the potential to unify this continent through people to people relations for the better advancement of Africa. We are seeing this more and more lately through music collaborations, comedy and now movies. I trust we will see more of such partnerships and collaborations.  Africa united, only greater things can come. “

For more details on the variety of experiences visit southafrica.net.

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Lebanon to ban Wonder Woman film because lead actress is Israeli

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Lebanon has called for ban of the new Wonder Woman movie because its lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli, AP reports.

A security official said a formal request for a ban has not yet been received. A ban would require a recommendation from a six-member committee from the Ministry of Economy, a process that has not yet began, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporter.

The premiere of Wonder Woman is scheduled for Wednesday in at least one cinema in Beirut. Posters of the movie and digital billboards have sprouted up around the Lebanese capital.

Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling or having contacts with Israelis. The two countries have been through a number of wars, including a particularly devastating one in 2006 that battered Lebanon’s infrastructure and left hundreds dead.

A group called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon has pressed an effort against the movie. On its Facebook page, the campaign said Gadot was a soldier in the Israeli army and has expressed support for Israel’s military policies against the Gaza Strip, a coastal Palestinian territory run by the militant group Hamas.

“The state took the right decision,” Samah Idriss, a member of the boycott campaign told The Associated Press. “We now await the implementation. … Even if it is one hour before the show, they should ban it anyway”

Source: Associated Press

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Stars of The Wedding Party sequel head to Dubai for shoot

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Nollywood’s biggest-ever movie ups the stakes with gorgeous locations in one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting destinations.

The rumours that have been swirling around for months have finally been confirmed – Nigeria’s highest-grossing film, The Wedding Party, will be shooting scenes for a sequel in Dubai. Stars of the hit film begin arriving in the emirate on May 11 for a two-week schedule.

For hundreds of thousands of fans, the news is a dream come true, as they anxiously await the next adventure. And, with the recent engagement of Banky W and Adesua Etomi, who got married as Dozie and Dunni in the original film, the anticipation has reached fever pitch on social media.

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai brings us up to date with the newly-married couple who are now expecting a baby. Is reformed bachelor Dozie ready for this? Felix and Obianuju are still working on their relationship – but has he given up ‘Small Chops’ for good? Everyone’s favourite character, ‘Tin-Tin’, is up to her usual hilarious antics, while being indulged by her beloved ‘Bam-Bam’. Will crazy best man Sola succeed in getting close to the feisty Yemisi and does Nonso go all the way with Deardre, after that surprise kiss at the end of the last movie. And, of course, there is another wedding. Who will it be this time and why are they all in Dubai?

The fun and intrigue play out against the backdrop of Dubai’s most jaw-dropping locations and the characters get to sample the Nigerian visitor’s favourite pastime – shopping. Even for movie fans who have visited before, it promises to be a revelation of Dubai’s best attractions and most elegant hotels, including Atlantis, Armani, Palazzo Versace and the Ghaya Grand. The film is also supported by Diageo and its premium brands.

Mo Abudu, Executive Producer for EbonyLife Films, is delighted to be in Dubai for the shoot. “Ever since Dubai Tourism partnered with us on the Grand Premiere of The Wedding Party, it’s been my dream to bring the sequel here. We weren’t sure if it was going to be possible, but the amazing success of the movie made it more likely and Dubai Tourism came through for us, along with Tour Brokers International and Wontra Travel. With a great script by Naz Onuzo, an experienced director, Niyi Akinmolayan, the original cast and the beautiful sights and sounds of Dubai, we think we may have a bigger blockbuster on our hands.”

In an all-out attempt to broaden the appeal of this much-anticipated sequel, the producers, The ELFIKE Collective, have added a number of popular Nollywood stars and personalities, including Patience Ozokwo aka Mama G, Chigul, Seyi Law and Elenu, and international cast members. With scenes shot in Lagos, London and Dubai, the film promises to be a visual feast.

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai will wrap in late May and go into post-production in time for film festival season.

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JIM IYKE EVADES ARREST IN THE UNITED STATES

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Nollywood superstar Jim Iyke in a new blockbuster movie titled ‘A Star In Heaven’ is set to shock the world with a new controversial role. Caught up in a web of immigration blackmail, intellectual theft and greed, Kayode (Jim Iyke) is a genius on the verge of creating a breakthrough software ‘StarBuck’. With his invention on the threshold of being stolen by corporate powers, with threats to unveil his illegal immigration status and with pressure from a nagging blackmailing wife (Belinda Effah) Kayode must find a spiritual balance to put his life and invention back in order..
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BATTLE GROUND premieres on Africa Magic!

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Africa Magic, pioneers of African entertainment is bringing to viewers all across Africa the all new gripping and compelling drama series BATTLEGROUND.

BATTLEGROUND tells the intriguing tale of the controversial and wealthy lives of The Badmus family.
 
Amazing performances from veteran actress Joke Silva, Shaffy Bello, Yinka Davies and many more are a definite yes!
 
#AMBattleground premieres on the 1st of May on Africa Magic Showcase DStv Ch151 at 8pm WAT and shows weekdays same time, same channel.
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Pics + Trailer: Talking Dolls premieres, takes contemporary drama to new height

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The much talked about movie, ‘’Talking Dolls’’ is now set for its premiere as all jobs have been completed. The movie rated as one of the best dramas of contemporary Africa has been described as an unpredictable kaleidoscope, thriller, and suspense, carefully built up to a climactic epic finale.

According to the producers, the movie has a ‘’a breath-taking build up that sees two colorful but opposite characters, Daniel .K. Daniel & Belinda Effah, become love birds and losing far beyond their expectations.’’

Produced by Marc Adebesin, the movie was directed by Sukie Oduwole and it features stars such as  Daniel K. Daniel, Belinda Effah, Tamara Komboye, Mofe Duncan,  Mike Olaribigbe [Mikes Comedy], Yetunde Oduwole, Kunle Oladeji, Feona Mali, Natalie Deadman, Marie Gomez-Sarkis Olukunle Fafowora, QueenMonty  and veteran actress Victoria Inyama.

‘’Talking Dolls’’ was shot in the heart of London, Kent, and Essex and is due to be released in U.K, Ghanaian and Nigerian cinemas soon.

According to the  director, Sukie Oduwole, “Talking Dolls is a story of love in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s a dark story. It’s a romantic story, it’s revenge, it’s a well played out plot, well written and carefully developed. All the actors who brought on their A-game performances. I can’t wait for the world to see the magic we created,” he said.
An ongoing conversation on the movie can be tracked on  #TalkingDollsTheMovie

Other important information on the movie can also be tracked  on Twitter: @Talking_Dolls, Instagram: @TalkingDollsMovie, Facebook: @TalkingDollsTheMovie.


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SAG Awards 2017: See Full List Of Nominees And Winners

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The 23rd annual 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards was held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The award show was attended by the best of the best in television and film, See the full list of Nominees and Winners in each category below.

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture 

Nominees

  • Captain Fantastic
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Manchester By The Sea
  • Moonlight

Winner – Hidden Figures

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

Nominees

  • Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge
  • Casey Affleck in Manchester By The Sea
  • Ryan Gosling in La La Land
  • Denzel Washington in Fences
  • Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic

Winner – Denzel Washington in Fences

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

Nominees

  • Emma Stone in La La Land
  • Amy Adams in Arrival
  • Emily Blunt in The Girl On The Train
  • Natalie Portman in Jackie
  • Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins

Winner – Emma Stone in La La Land

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role

Nominees

  • Dev Patel in Lion
  • Lucas Hedges in Manchester By The Sea
  • Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jeff Bridges in Hell Or High Water
  • Mahershala Ali in Moonlight

Winner – Mahershala Ali in Moonlight

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role

Nominees

  • Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams in Manchester By The Sea
  • Naomi Harris in Moonlight
  • Viola Davis in Fences
  • Nicole Kidman in Moonlight

Winner – Viola Davis in Fences

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Drama Series

Nominees

  • The Crown
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld

Winner – Stranger Things

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

Nominees

  • Rami Malek in Mr Robot
  • Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards
  • John Lithgow in The Crown
  • Sterling K. Brown in This Is Us
  • Peter Dinklage in Game Of Thrones

Winner – John Lithgow in The Crown

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Comedy Series

Nominees

  • Modern Family
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Black-ish
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • Veep

Winner – Orange Is The New Black

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

Nominees

  • Claire Foy in The Crown
  • Thandie Newton in Westworld
  • Winona Ryder in Stranger Things
  • Robin Wright in House Of Cards
  • Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things

Winner – Claire Foy in The Crown

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

Nominees

  • Anthony Anderson in Black-ish
  • Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent
  • William H. Macy in Shameless
  • Ty Burrell in Modern Family
  • Tituss Burgess in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Winner – William H. Macy in Shameless

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

Nominees

  • Jane Fonda in Grace And Frankie
  • Uzo Aduba in Orange Is The New Black
  • Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep
  • Lily Tomlin in Grace And Frankie

Winner – Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Limited Series

Nominees

  • Sterling K. Brown in The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • John Turturro in The Night Of
  • Courtney B. Vance in The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Bryan Cranston in All The Way
  • Riz Ahmed in The Night Of

Winner – Bryan Cranston in All The Way

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Limited Series

Nominees

  • Kerry Washington in Confirmation
  • Audra McDonald in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill
  • Sarah Paulson in The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Bryce Dallas Howard in Black Mirror
  • Felicity Huffman in American Crime

Winner – Sarah Paulson in The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

SAG Awards

 

  • Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Cast In A Comedy Or Drama Series

Nominees

  • Game Of Thrones
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • Marvel’s Luke Cage
  • The Walking Dead
  • Westworld

Winner – Game Of Thrones

  • Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Cast In A Motion Picture

Nominees

  • Jason Bourne
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Doctor Strange
  • Nocturnal Animals

Winner – Hacksaw Ridge

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Comedian Ush Bebe talks about Public Perception Of Entertainers

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Most people have difficulty separating entertainers and celebrities from their acts. Actors, comedians, and musicians usually suffer from such perceptions by the public. While some of these celebrities actually do retain their professional person in their people relationships, comedian and radio presenter Justice Emonaerere Nuagbe, aka Ush Bebe has come out to say that that shouldn’t be the norm. According to him, professional entertainers shouldn’t be judged by their trade.

Hear him: “I’m an actor, so if I come and do stuff and you want to classify me by what I’ve just done, then you have a problem. You need to know me personally. So, if you know them personally and classify them as wayward, then congratulations, but if you don’t know them and you’re doing it, then (re-enacting Falz) ‘well done sir, well done ma’”, it’s your P. But (seriously when it’s someone’s else’s job, you need to give them a bit of space…try to understand them and know them more before you judge them.”

He said even though it’s easy to consider people like bankers and doctors as serious people, that he could only pass a jugdgement on their personality when he knows them outside their work.We cannot agree more with him on this one. The message is clear, not only for your perception of celebrities, but for everyone else: don’t judge a book by its cover. Well said Ush Bebe

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