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Exclusive: Director also plans to shoot sequel to When Love Happens in London later this year.
Seyi Babatope is now shooting what he calls the first Nollywood family film, on location in Lagos, Nigeria.
The film, Lunchtime Heroes, is about a group of seven students who are bad at sports who have to take part in a skills challenge. Their teacher is a volunteer through the National Youth Service Corps who doesn’t fit in at the upper-class school.
“A family film has never been done before here,” Babatope told Screen on the set in Lagos. “I wanted to give African kids something to relate to, to uplift the spirit of the African child. It’s a film families can go see together.”
His cast of young unknowns has impressed him; some were scouted through local churches. “The kids are just so good.”
He added, “If an African kid can be Hannah Montana-ish we could be tapping »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
One can only wonder if an Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep is more or less automatic these days. She has the all-time record with 19 tips of the Academy's hat to date, and she has an intriguing role coming up in Jonathan Demme's "Ricki and the Flash" that will surely bring her at least into the conversation yet again. Then again, maybe it's not so automatic. Streep crushed it in Demme's own remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" a little over a decade ago, but where Angela Lansbury was able to make it to the dance for originating the role, Streep didn't make the cut. I'm sure fellow supporting actress players like Laura Linney ("Kinsey") and Sophie Okondeo ("Hotel Rwanda") were happy to have the wiggle room. Anyway, the first image from "Ricki and the Flash" has been revealed (see above), courtesy of People. In the movie, which was written by Diablo Cody ("Juno, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Roger Corman fans are familiar with at least a few of them, movie memorabilia collectors have hung posters of them on their walls for decades, and some first saw them at double bill matinees on Saturdays or summer nights at the drive-in. If you have fond memories of watching the pulpy onscreen offerings of American International Pictures from the bucket seat of a Buick or the comfortable cushions of your own couch, then you might be pleased to know that ten of the company’s titles have been acquired by Cinedigm and will be remade as individual films linked together by one massive story arc.
Girls in Prison, Viking Women and The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, The She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Reform School Girl, The Undead, War of the Colossal Beast, The Cool and The Crazy, and Day the World Ended will all be reimagined, with filming slated to start »
- Derek Anderson
Cinedigm is teaming with producers Lou Arkoff (“Inspector Gadget”), Jeff Katz (“Snakes on a Plane”) and Hal Sadoff (“Hotel Rwanda”) to shoot the 10 films with storylines and characters as part of a single story arc. The films will be shot starting in September with cast and directors to be announced soon.
Katz has written all 10 films, which are based on “Girls in Prison,” “Viking Women and The Sea Serpent,” “The Brain Eaters,” “She-Creature,” “Teenage Caveman,” “Reform School Girl,” “The Undead,” “War of the Colossal Beast,” “The Cool and the Crazy” and “The Day the World Ended.”
Cinedigm will handle the theatrical release, DVD, digital, TV and nontheatrical formats including on CONtv, Cinedigm’s upcoming digital network targeted to the Comic-Con audience.
- Dave McNary
And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.
That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]
We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.
The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.
We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.
That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »
- Jesse Ferreras
“‘War Book’ is a topical and relevant film that fits perfectly with the contemporary issues we are exploring and debating at Iffr 2015, an ideal film to open the Festival and the reason why we have also included it in our Everyday Propaganda programme. J.C. Chandor’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ is a beautiful film made by a hugely talented and ambitious auteur,” said the festival director Rutger Wolfson.
“War Book” stars Ben Chaplin (“The Thin Red Line”) and Sophie Okenedo (“Hotel Rwanda”). Penned by Jack Thorne, the film depicts the inner-workings of U.K. officials struggling to address a deadly nuclear attack on their soil.
Harper and Thorne will both attend Rotterdam to present the film. »
- Elsa Keslassy
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