Freshly Fried - January 18, 2019

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Written by: Karen Cryer

As always, we have the latest sizzling serving of news from the entertainment world!  here's our 'Fryday' fry up:

The Rise & Rise of Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji has become Nollywood's first billionaire thanks to the success of her 2018 hit "Lionheart".  After receiving an incredibly warm reception from critics and audiences around the world, plus being shown at the TIFF, the film has now been bought by Netflix for N1,385,100,000 ($3.8 million).

The talented actress and director posted in Instagram "Thank you everyone for accepting @lionheartthemovie into your hearts.  Worldwide.  This is how we change the narrative.  Together.  Let us continue to bridge the gap."

Nnaji is an inspiration, not only for women in Nigeria, but all those wishing to make their way in Nollywood.  Following the Netflix deal, she has signed with Universal Talent Agency, who represent the likes of DJ Khalid, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, and Angelina Jolie - so watch this space! 

Genevieve is sure to continue in her success in 2019 and we can't wait to see what's next!


Comedian Basketmouth Releasing Horror
Nigerian comedian Basketmouth (a.k.a. Bright Okpocha) announced recently that he has spent the last 6 years working on his first feature film.   But here's the twist - the film is to be a horror-thriller!  He promises it will keep you on the edge of your seat!

The creepy poster for "The Exorcism of Alu" was posted on social media last week where it was also announced that the film would be released this week on Tuesday, January 15.  Basketmouth waited so long to unveil his latest project because, "everyone I told, doubted my ability to pull it off".

Among the cast are Rekiya Yusuf, Sound SultanWinona Crawford, Jamie Whitehouse, and Tevez Houston.  Have you seen "The Exorcism of Alu"?  Drop us a review in the comments!

New Short Raises Mental Health Awareness
Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) has teamed up with director Tolulope Ajayi to produce short film, "Oga John" to increase mental health awareness.

MANI is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide support for those suffering with mental illness, as well as alleviate the stigma and shame often associated it.  

"Oga John" delivers a powerful message, ending with the statement "All we need to do is care".  It illustrates that no matter how alone we may feel, there is always someone out there who can help.  
Ade Laoye and Joseph Imoikor star and deliver a moving performance.  Take a look at "Oga John" right here and let us know what you think in the comments:

John Boyega Producing South African Thriller
There's no stopping Nigerian-British actor, John Boyega!  Not only is he currently filming for "Star Wars IX", he's also set to produce "God is Good", a crime-thriller set in South Africa.  He will also be overseeing the soundtrack for the movie, which will feature South African artists.

Set in Cape Flats in South Africa, "God is Good" follows a detective and pastor who are destined to cross paths with a gang leader after an act of violence changes the course of their lives forever.
Boyega describes the movie as "a powerful and important story that explores themes of fathers and fatherhood, toxic masculinity, race and faith in a community that has become trapped in an unending cycle of violence and racial oppression, and where sometimes it seems for men that violence is the only way of achieving power.” 

"God is Good" is still in the development stage, we'll update you with the latest as always!

John Boyega
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Eddie Murphy Coming (Back) to America!
It's official! "Coming to America" is getting a sequel and Eddie Murphy has announced he will be reprising his role as African prince Akeem.

Currently titled "Coming 2 America", the sequel will see Prince Akeem returning to America after finding out he has a son, the heir to the throne. The word on the street is that other original cast members Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and James Earl Jones will be joining Murphy.
Considering the 1998 comedy is still such a classic and that there have been rumours swirling around this project for years,  it's a thrill to hear the sequel is officially happening.

Writer of the hugely successful "Girls Trip", Kenya Barris, is currently re-working on a script written by "Coming to America" screenwriters Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.  With his talent combined with director Craig Brewer (TV series "Empire" - need we say more?!), plus the original cast, this is one project we're super excited about!

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First glimpse at "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
With the huge success of the animated "Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse", currently showing in theatres, the wall climbing web slinger seems to be the hero of the moment.

The most recent addition to Marvel's Spider-Man series is "Spider-Man: Far From Home" and the trailer just dropped, featuring Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).  Tom Holland is returning as Peter Parker, with Zendaya and Jacob Batalon once again co-starring.

Following on from "Spider-man: Homecoming", Peter Parker and his friends decide to take a trip to Europe to finally enjoy a summer holiday.  However, when Mysterio rears his nasty head, Parker finds himself donning his stealth suit to save his friends' lives.

"Spider-Man: Far From Home" is set to be in cinemas from July 5.  Check out the trailer right here:

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