This week, we're serving up hot, sizzling freshly fried Hollywood and Nollywood news, just for you!
Dwayne Johnson to Receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star!
Dwayne Johnson will receive the honour of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his immense box office success and his philanthropy. The former pro wrestler-turned-star of the big screen has consistently performed in box-office hits - he is a major player in the Fast & Furious franchise, and is starring alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle". He even has his own production company, which produced "Baywatch" and the TV series " Ballers", both of which he stars in. Furthermore, he started The Rock Foundation, which works with children in hospitals. A genuinely good guy, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is universally adored by fans from all backgrounds and ages. Congratulations Dwayne, you deserve it!
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New Tarantino Movie To Be Released in 2019
The incredibly talented Quentin Tarantino is set to release his next movie on August 9, 2019! A significant date, being that the movie is to be set around the time of the Charles Manson murders - this is the 50th anniversary of the infamous LaBianca murders and one day ahead of the actress Sharon Tate's murder. Although initially rumoured to be solely focused on Charles Manson and his cult, it will instead focus on that time in history - the year 1969.
Margot Robbie is said to be the top pick to play Sharon Tate and Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt are being considered by the director to star.
But that's not all! Tarantino is also said to be in talks about directing a new Star Trek movie! If it goes ahead, this would be a total change for the director, who is best known for ultra-violent, yet artistic work. We're super excited about both ventures!
Wonder Woman Director Shortlisted for TIME's Person of the Year!
Patty Jenkins has made the shortlist for TIME's 2017 Person of the Year! "Wonder Woman", which was released earlier this year was a smash success, raking in $100 million on its opening weekend and grossing a staggering $821.7 million globally. In fact, Jenkins is the first woman to direct a movie which made over $100 million in its opening weekend! But it was much more than a successful movie at the box office. "Wonder Woman" has been hugely influential this year, and Patty Jenkins' presentation of a strong, female role model was inspiring to many fans.
TIME's Person of the Year is chosen based on how influential they have been in the news and Jenkins is among 10 other candidates, including San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and President Donald Trump.
If you were a fan of "Wonder Women", get ready, because filming of "Wonder Woman 2" is set to start next year, and released in 2019!
Nollywood Veteran Saint Obi releasing 5 New Movies!
After several years' hiatus, Saint Obi is back with a bang! Known in the industry as Nollywood's Mr. Quality, Saint Obi intends to release "After the Vow", "Mrs. Brown", "Big Shot", "Invaders" and "My Yesterday" next year. His own company, Agwhyte International is behind the movies and one of the factors that pushed him to do this was the creation of jobs. He aims to showcase young talent and encourage creativity among youth. Although a star of over 100 movies himself, Saint Obi is not appearing in any of these new hits, instead wanting to highlight emerging new talent in Nollywood. A whopping N200m has been spent on this exciting new project, which will be the first of its kind in Nollywood.
We can't wait to see what else Mr. Quality has up his sleeve!
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Awul Abdulfatai Rahmat's "Descent" to be Released this Month
The release date for the exciting new thriller, Descent, has been announced - December 22! Featuring both Hollywood and Nollywood talents, "Descent" follows the story of two underworld kingpins who are intent on protecting their families, no matter the cost. Starring Zack Orji, Matt Stern, Tayo Faniran and Chibizor Nwakwo, this movie is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Bimbo Akintola Ambassador for CYIAC
Multi-talented Nollywood actress and director, Bimbo Akintola, is now Ambassador for Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC). The role of the group is to prevent corruption among young people and adults by promoting creativity and entrepreneurship in Nigeria and across Africa. As well as being an ambassador, Bimbo will also be helping to launch the new educational TV series "CCB" (CYIAC Corruption Busters). She is well-known for her work with charities and her philanthropy - every year she hosts, organises and finances a Christmas party for children with special needs. Judging by her track record, we're sure she is the perfect pick for the job!