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Cinemas Have Reduced Piracy In Nollywood – Engr Orlu

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The chairman of the Asso
ciation of Movie Producers (AMP), Rivers State chapter, Engr. Reginald Orlu, has disclosed that the nefarious activities of pirates in Nollywood is now reduced with the return of cinemas in the State and Nigeria as a nation through premier of the movies.
The movie producer who stated this during an interview with The Tide Entertainment recently, disclosed that the way things are organised in the industry today is that after shooting a film you take it to the cinemas for premier here in the country after which you still go abroad and do the same thing, before you  send the film to the market. He stressed that the good thing about this is that pirates will not see the film to pirate.
According to him, even before the movies go into the market the producers must have realised the money they spent, because in most cases through premier which is the showing of the film for the first time, they receive their money in dollars and before the film is seen in the Nigerian market, it had already entered the foreign market, so pirates find it difficult to pirate the films since it is already in the market abroad where the pirates sell their pirated copies.
Engr. Orlu explained that “Lost Number” a movie produced by Ifeanyi Dike, a member of the Association of Movie Producers, Rivers State which was premiered sometimes ago, is being premiered in London after which it will enter the London market and other foreign countries before entering the Nigerian Market, so the pirates are checkmated.
The chairman who reacted to the new trend of featuring Ghanaian actors and actresses in most Nollywood movies maintained that the Nigerian producers introduced movie in Ghana.
He noted that when he went to Ghana in 2006, there was no movie there as such and the few movie there were directed by Nigerians. He said the truth is that most of the Ghanaian actors and actresses have the zeal to act.
According to him, their coming to Nigeria is to make their Nigerian counterparts wake up and take their career seriously, because if they do not seat up, the Ghanaians may take over the profession. We taught them so their presence in Nollywood is not affecting the industry negatively, but positively.
On the recent grant of N3 billion naira to Nollywood by President Goodluck Jonathan, he said the federal government’s grant is a serious business for serious Nollywood stakeholders and not a jamboree He suggested that the money should be shared amongst the various Associations in Nollywood for distribution to their members particularly movie producers, so as to come up with good scripts as well as to improve on the standard of their movies. According to him, the conditions attached to the grant is stringent and may be difficult to meet.
It would be recalled that on Saturday March 2, 2013, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan honoured the Nigerian film makers with a dinner at the State House Marina, Lagos titled: “Nigeria Celebrates Nollywood” which was organized to celebrate 20 years of the movie industry.
At the occasion, the President who was represented by the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala promised a N3 billion intervention fund for the industry under a programme tagged: “Project Nollywood.” The fund is to promote the film industry in the country. Though the country’s film industry is older than 20 years, but the March 2 celebration marked the inception of the video and digital film making in Nigeria.
The fund is earmarked for grants for capacity building, infrastructural development and the commissioning of best scripts. It will be administered by the Ministry of Finance headed by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in alliance with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism headed by Chief Edem Duke.
A renowned film maker, Amaka Igwe, a veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, actress turned producer, Mrs Stephanie Okereke-Idahosa alongside other professionals from the finance, judiciary and education sectors are part of the committee picked by Jonathan for the project.

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Prince Charles To Feature In New James Bond Film

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The idea of a British royal appearing in a James Bond film might have sounded surreal just a decade ago until we started learning how attuned the royals are to pop culture.
When a short film was made for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, depicting James Bond (Daniel Craig) meeting with the real Queen Elizabeth, we knew what was possible.
This might have set the stage for the idea of a real Windsor appearing in a Bond film. They’ve resisted for years until rumors popped up recently about several royals maybe appearing in Bond 25.
Now the latest rumuor is Prince Charles may have a substantial acting role in the project. Should he, or would it heighten the troubles the film already has?
Other recent rumours have popped up about producers of ‘Bond 25’ also wanting Harry and William to participate as actors. If they do, it’ll most likely be cameos since they have no proven acting experience. Most Star Wars fans know they ended up being excised out of The Last Jedi, despite being unrecognisable anyway as Storm troopers.
What kind of acting would they be able to do to add legitimacy to the Bond franchise? All bets would go to Harry being the best natural actor since he’s always entertaining in front of cameras. William maybe wouldn’t base on how reserved he is in public.
It’s quite different being in a movie from speaking at royal events. The jury’s out whether they could essentially play themselves from a script without sounding stilted.
We might be surprised at Prince Charles being a technically better natural actor than his sons.

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BBNaija 2019: Joe, Enkay Evicted From House

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The ongoing TV reality show, Big Brother Naija is becoming more interesting as two new housemates were evicted last Sunday after they joined other housemates three weeks ago.
The eviction left one of the new housemates Venita, shattered and in tears. The beautiful damsel and popular actress could not hold back her tears as she helplessly watched the duo of Joe and Enkay whom she had bonded with leave the house.
Joe, who was a member of the Cruistopia Team could have escaped eviction but for Diane who exercised her veto power to save and replace a housemate, saved Sir Dee and replaced him with Joe.
During his chat with the show host Ebuka Obi -Uchendu after the eviction last Sunday, Joe explained that he was not able to showcase his talents to the viewers, hence fans did not vote for him.
On the other hand, Enkay who is also a fashion designer said that she did not take the misunderstanding she had with Cindy during the ludo game to heart as some fans seem not to like her attitude towards Cindy.
According to her, it was just a game and she was pissed at that moment that is why she declined playing with her (Cindy); insisting that what had happened did not affect her love for Cindy.
Also, there seemes to be a competition between the new and old housemates. So this week, one of the new housemates Elozonam, had the veto power, and he was asked to save and replace a housemate, he chose to save Venita and replaced her with one of the old housemates, Frodd.
Judging from Diane’s and Elozonam’s picks, it is obvious that there is some kind of competition going on in the house.
Meanwhile, the Icons Team escaped eviction this week. The likes of Omashola and Tacha were excited as they would not stand to face the fever of possible eviction as it were this Sunday.

 

Agnes Onwuegbu

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Nollywood Thriller, The Millions Premieres, August 25

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Ex international model and TV personality, Chika Lann, has released the official  poster of her film titled; ‘The Millions’ after high level anticipation from movie lovers across the country on its release date, which has been fixed for August 25th, 2019.
The film, which was shot across Nigeria, featured top Nollywood stars such as Ramsey Nouah, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ali Nuhu, Toyin Abraham, Nancy Isime and ace comedian Ayodeji Makun, popularly known as AY amongst others.
According to a statement released by its producer, Chika Lann,  the movie will hit cinemas across Nigeria on August 30th after its premiere on 25th of August(same month).
Lann became an internet sensation with her fourty Million Avant-garde hairstyle
.The producer said she found it difficult that people do not believe she could spend such amount of money on a hairstyle adding that she can invest in her hair and business at the same time.
“I believe it is my money and I will spend it how I wish. I would repeat it again that my hair is a work of art and it is worth fourty million naira,” Lann said.

 

Agnes Onwuegbu

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