Freshly Fried - April 5, 2019

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Welcome back to Freshly Fried, where we update you on all the latest news from the entertainment world.  
Here's our 'Fryday' fry up:
Trailer Released for "Lagos: Sex, Lies and Traffic"
Imoh Umoren, the director who brought you "Lemon Green", "Oghenekome", "Club", "Children of Mud" and "The Happyness Limited" has a new movie coming out and, judging by the trailer he just released, this one's going to keep you on the edge of your seat!

The story follows a politician who is well on his way to success.  After having an affair, his mistress becomes pregnant - which is sure to destroy his political career - so him and his wife decide the only way to get out of the situation is to make her disappear.  Scandal, murder, deceit and dastardly plotting - we're hooked already!

Considering Umoren's movie resume, we're really excited to see what this creative director has to offer us next.
Check out the trailer for "Lagos: Sex, Lies and Traffic" and let us know what you think in the comments!

Beverly Naya Premieres "Skin"
A few weeks ago we told you the exciting news that Beverly Naya's documentary, "Skin" was opening at the iREP documentary film festival.  Recently, the talented actress/producer held a premiere for the movie, with fellow Nollywood stars walking the red carpet in style to support and congratulate Naya.

Among those who attended were film industry giants Peace HydeOmotola Jalade Ekeinde and Mo Abudu.  Directed by Daniel Etim Effiong, "Skin" features Naya interviewing people from a broad range of backgrounds - from school children to celebrities - about perceptions of beauty when it comes to the color of your skin.
Naya also hones in on her own experiences, returning to her home town in the documentary to explore how her family and childhood shaped her into the woman she is today.

Take a look at the stunning trailer for "Skin" right here:

Raising Autism Awareness Through Film
GTBank has released a short film to help raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The short, titled "A Mother Knows Best" is a story about a young boy with autism and how it affects not only his own life, but also the the lives of those around him.

Although Autism affects 1 in 160 people around the world, the disorder is little understood in Nigeria and those living with it are often ostracised by society and even their own family.  To help shed light on the issue, GTBank started the Orange Ribbon Initiative 10 years ago to advocate for children with ASD, to provide support for their families and to educate people to reduce the stigma surrounding the disorder.

Take a look at the moving short film "A Mother Knows Best" right here:

The Multi-Talented Lupita Nyong'o
Just when you think you couldn't love Lupita Nyong'o more, she goes and writes a children's book!  The academy award-winning actress (now also author) has appeared in hit after hit - "12 Years a Slave", "The Jungle Book", "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", "Black Panther" and, most recently,  "Us" - to name but a few.

This week, Nyong'o revealed the beautiful cover for her children's book, Sulwe (which means 'star' in Luo, her native language) this week on Instagram, writing "I wrote Sulwe to encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within."

Here's the plot:
"Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything."

The inspiring Sulwe will be available in bookshops from October 1.

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Upcoming Jim Jarmusch Zombie Movie
Jim Jarmusch is known for directing unique and creative movies ("Dead Man", "Broken Flowers", "Coffee and Cigarettes"), so we we are of course really excited to hear about his next project.

This time, Jarmusch is focusing on zombies with the comedy "The Dead Don't Die".  In the sleepy town of Centreville, zombies have awoken and seem dead-set (pun intended) to overrun the community.  These walking dead are obsessed with whatever they gravitated towards when alive - tennis, jogging and...chardonnay!  It's up to a trio of cops - played by ChloĆ« Sevigny, Bill Murray and Adam Driver - to put an end to the nonsense.  

Now, let's talk about the cast which reads like a who's who in Hollywood!  Starring alongside Sevigny, Murray and Driver we have Tilda SwintonSteve Buscemi, Danny Glover and Selena Gomez.  Even Tom Waits and Iggy Pop feature!

"The Dead Don't Die" is set to be in cinemas this June.  What do you think of the trailer -  is this going to be another Jarmusch hit?

Teaser for "Joker" Released
Director Todd Phillips has kept his cards close to his chest regarding "Joker", his origin movie about Batman's nemesis.  This week, we finally got to see the first poster, plus the first official teaser trailer and it looks super dark!

It seems this movie will be focusing far more on the gritty reality of where the Joker originated, rather than on the bombastic action typical of superhero / super-villain movies.
The story follows Alex Fleck, a man who seems destined to be down on his luck forever.  The failed stand-up comedian just can't catch a break and is slowly driven crazy, eventually becoming the notorious Clown Prince of Crime.

Joaquin Phoenix will star as the psychopathic clown, with Zazie Beetz, Robert De NiroBryan CallenFrances Conroy and Brett Cullen co-starring.  "Joker" will be in cinemas this October.

Check out the teaser right here - what do you think of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker?

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