ENTERTAINMENT

Netflix’s ‘Mudbound’ scores four Oscar nominations

Amazon and Netflix both got some good news in this morning’s Oscar nominations. Mudbound, a Netflix original that tells the story of two families (one black, one white) farming on the Mississippi Delta, got four nominations — including best supporting actress (Mary J. Blige), best adapted screenplay (Dee Rees and Virgil Williams) and best original song (“Mighty River”). In addition, Mudbound‘s Rachel Morrison has become the first woman nominated for best cinematography. Netflix also did well in the best documentary feature category, with nominations for both Icarus and Strong Island. Meanwhile, Emily V. Gordon and Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani  were nominated for their screenplay for The Big Sick, which was distributed by Amazon Studios. The studio’s Manchester by the Sea won in the sam...

Royal Hibiscus Hotel movie heralds Valentine

…love is in the air Valentine is a sea-son of love and romantic celebrations. Over the years, the period usually witnesses bouquet of rose flowers from lovers, family and business associates. Every individual has something to identify with the season but one most important thing is the exchange of love-imbued materials. Kenneth Okolie and Zainab Balogun As cupid is poised to pierce through Venus with the proverbial bow as a sign of affection, a new romantic flick has also positioned itself to invade and attract movie goers with a sensational love-induced film called Royal Hibiscus Hotel.Coming under the auspices of EbonyLive Films, makers of the highly celebrated The Wedding Party 1 & 2, Royal Hibiscus Hotel, another block-buster with intent to tell more of African...

Celebrity Housemates reality TV show begins with glitzy welcome party

The excitement on the faces of our celebrities is palpable as they braze up for an exhilarating time at the maiden edition of the celebrity housemates reality TV show. The welcome party for the housemates was held on the 12th of January, at the Palazzo Dumont Hotel, graced by top industry personalities such as popular comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka, who hosted the welcome party and thrilled the guests, Fred Amata, amongst other invited guests. Also in attendance were the 12 contestants, along with their loyal fans, friends and family, who came to show support and cheer their favourite celebrity on to victory. The event was an opportunity for the soon to be housemates to share their intentions for contesting and how they wish to fight the issue of corruption in the society, ...

2Face, Harrysong, Basket Mouth, I Go Dye, others thrill at I Go Save ‘Unusual’ show

Nigerian ace comedian,  Otaghware Otas Onodjayeke, known by his stage name  I Go Save on January 6, 2018 threw the biggest comedy concert in Benin Edo State Nigeria, to usher in the New Year. The event themed, ‘I Go Save Unusual ‘is considered one of the biggest entertainments gathering in Nigeria since the New Year. 2face  The sold out show had his colleagues in the comedy and music industry thrilling fun seekers who came out in their numbers to have unlimited fun. From 2Face Idibia, to Harrysong, Basket Mouth, Akpororo, Bovi, Buchi, Maleke, Ogus Baba, et al, everyone did put up brilliant performances to the admiration of the audience. For I Go Save, it was another record-breaking night, after successfully hosting the biggest comedy concert in Southern Nigeria. Hausa ...

How Calabar Carnival fetes the world last December

Since the Cross River Carnival Commission introduced the International Carnival Day, it has been lapped by wave after wave of big performances by foreign artistes. Performers from across the globe thrilled the audience at the full capacity Margaret Ekpo International Stadium, with each unique performance exciting the boisterous crowd in different ways. There were cultural dances from Ukraine, Mexico and Ethiopia, acrobats from Senegal, Croatia and Kenya, as well as flag twirlers from Italy. Calabar Carnival The Croats were wonderful in their costumes, but more importantly, showed a knowledge of circuit performance and stilt dancing. France was also represented by a colourful dance troupe while Lithuania stole the show at a point, with two fire performers wowing the aud...

Wizkid’s music appeals to me more than Davido’s – Felix Duke

After dominating the Nigerian music scene for decades, veteran reggae-dancehall musician, Felix Duke, is still much around and is not prepared to throw in the towel anytime soon. The ‘Mr Goody Goody’ crooner who ruled the music space while traversing the globe with his music during his hey days bragged to Showtime in an exclusive chat that though the music industry has metamorphosed from what it used to be, he is still hotter than most of the new school generation of artistes. Wizkid and Davido “I’m hotter than fire anytime; I have a new single I’m promoting at the moment and there is another one cooking, I featured Timaya on it”, he boasted. He explained why the fire and stardom of some old school artistes have fizzled out. “You know everything in life has got it’s ti...

Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Oritsefemi’s wedding too loud for my liking – Ketchup

During the week, reggae-dancehall exponent and ‘Show me your rozay’ crooner, Onyido Nkemjika, popularly known as Ketchup, sparked off rumours that he was getting married secretly with a video he posted on social media. In an exclusive chat with the ‘Olingo’ singer, Showtime realised that the video was not about him getting married secretly but just a video he posted while preparing for his friend’s wedding which takes place this weekend. “People have been calling to wish me a happy married life because they believe I’m secretly getting married. The video I posted was just about me preparing for a friend’s wedding taking place on Saturday (today)”, he said. However, he affirmed that whenever he would be getting married, it would not be shrouded in secrecy like Dbanj’s n...

Original Content podcast: Amazon visits the paranoid worlds of Philip K. Dick

Amazon has already taken on Philip K. Dick with The Man In The High Castle (which is based on his award-winning alternate history novel of the same name). Now it’s using his short stories as the basis for an anthology series called Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, TechCrunch’s Jordan Crook, Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha talk about their initial impressions of the series. The adaptations are only tenuously related to the stories, and like most anthology shows, the quality varies dramatically from episode to episode. But some of the segments are quite good, and even when they’re not, it’s fun to see stars like Bryan Cranston, Janelle Monae and Anna Paquin bringing Dick’s paranoid and mind-bending ideas to life. We also cover the no...

Height Securities’ Miller Sees 65% Chance of a Gov’t Shutdown

18:00 Libby Cantrill Pacific Investment Mgmt Co, Exec VP/Head:Public Policy 18:10 Scott Perry (US)House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressman (R) 18:30 Donald S Beyer Jr “Don” (US)House of Representatives, Virginia Congressman (D) 18:40 Alan K Simpson Self, Former Wyoming Senator (R) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-01-19/height-securities-miller-sees-65-chance-of-gov-t-shutdown-video

YouTube partners with Kevin Durant to expand original sports programming

YouTube announced today that it’s enlisted the help of basketball star Kevin Durant in a bid to expand original sports content. The Golden State Warriors small forward and business partner Rich Kleiman have signed on to develop programming centered around Durant and fellow professional athletes under the umbrella of their Thirty Five Media video business. Durant’s interest in investing turned to tech when he moved to the Bay Area to play for The Warriors in 2016. As Durant and Kleiman put it during an appearance onstage at Disrupt last September, “We’d never have been introduced to a drone startup in Oklahoma City.” According to Kleiman, Durant began to take YouTube more seriously after meeting Neal Mohan at a Ben Horowitz-hosted party in honor of the basketball all-star’s 28th birthday. Y...

I respect Tiwa Savage, Omawumi, Yemi Alade and co — Niniola

By Rotimi Agbana Currently one of the biggest acts in the Nigerian music industry, Ekiti State born Niniola Apata, better known by her stage name, ‘Niniola’, broke into limelight shortly after emerging 3rd runner-up in the 6th edition of MTN Project Fame. Renowned for her electrifying display of stage energy, musical dexterity and stage craft, she has been able to create a world of her own in the Nigerian music industry through hard, resilience and consistency. In this interview, she speaks of how she developed interest in music, career success so far and more. Excerpts.  Niniola You were nominated for major awards in 2016 and 2017 but won in only very few category, how do you feel about this? Well, a nomination itself is a win; nominations and actual winning is a big ...

Amazon Studios greenlights second season of The Tick

Amazon Studios has today announced that it has greenlit The Tick Season 2. The series is yet another rendition of the animated version that ran in the 90s, as well as Fox’s live action version that starred Patrick Warburton. It follows superhero, the Tick, and his sidekick Arthur through half-hour long adventures. The shows original creator, Ben Edlund, is returning for Amazon’s second season, as is Peter Serafinowicz (who played The Tick) and Griffin Newman (Arthur). The second season will air with 10 episodes, and it will premiere on 2019 on Amazon Prime Video. Here’s how Amazon describes The Tick: In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, Arthur (Newman), an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers, comes to suspect his city is owned by a global super-villain,...