Freshly Fried - January 4, 2019

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Welcome back to Freshly Fried, where the new year is already serving up delectable delights from Nollywood and Hollywood:

Nollywood News
The Highest Grossing 2018 Nollywood Hits
A new year always means a little reminiscing about the previous one and when in comes to Nollywood, 2018 is definitely one to remember!
After a fairly slow start, 2018 kicked it up a notch and delivered some real heavy hitters.  Here are the 5 highest grossing movies of the year:

5. "Moms at War"
The witty, dramatic tale of two moms battling it out for neighbourhood supremacy raked in a respectable N65,000,000.

4. "The Ghost and The Tout
Toyin Abraham gave an impressive performance as a young woman whose life is thrown into disarray after a traumatic incident - so impressive that the movie earned N80,000,000 at the box office.

3. "King of Boys"
Sola Sobowale put in a performance of a lifetime in this thrilling drama about how even the most powerful woman can run the risk of losing it all.  The stellar performance paid off with N217,712,153.

2. "Chief Daddy"
This EbonyLife comedy about a family warring over inheritance killed it in cinemas.  Packed to the brim with Nollywood's finest, "Chief Daddy" bagged N225,711,944.

1. "Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons"
This movie had it all - action! Comdey! Ireti Doyle! AY!  Mix them all together, and what do you have?  Box office gold!  "Merry Men" made a whopping N230,000,000!

Kemi Adetiba Dubbed 2019 'Game Changer'
The famous Nigerian economist, Bismarck Rewane has noted Kemi Adetiba as someone who will be a 'Game Changer' this year.
The talented Adetiba directed 2 of the most successful movies in Nollywood history - "The Wedding Party" and "King of Boys" - as well having her hand in directing multiple music videos.

Rewane compiled a list of 15 people who he predicted would influence Nigeria economically and socially this year.  Adetiba, WizkidViola DavisVice President Yemi Osinbajo, Aliko Dangote, Peter Obi, Oby Ezekweili, and Seni Sulyman of Andela feature on the list of 2019 'Game Changers' as well. 

We're excited to see what the new year will bring - and we certainly agree that Kemi Adetiba is sure to wow us again!

Would you add anyone to the list?  Let us know who and why in the comments!

image: TheCable Lifestyle

Hollywood News
Films to Kick the New Year Off in Style
Here we are at the beginning of 2019 - what's to come?  What will change, what will remain the same?  One thing we're sure of - there will be plenty to keep us entertained this year in the cinemas!  
Whether it's comedy, drama, action, romance - or a combination! - we've got you covered in January.  Check out what to check out in the first month of 2019 right here:

January 4 - Today!
"Green Book" - The true story of the unlikely friendship between an Italian-American bouncer and an African-American classical pianist in 1960 America's South.
"Holmes and Watson" - Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team up as the world's most famous detectives with a comedic twist.

January 11
"The Upside" - based on the French movie "Les Intouchables." The story centers around a wealthy quadriplegic who forms a bond with the man with a criminal past who's been hired to help him.

January 18
"Glass" -  M. Night Shyamalan is back with this eerie movie combining favourite characters from his previous movies.  Bruce Willis is back as James Dunn to track down Kevin Wendell Crumb - James McAvoy's character from "Split" with 24 different personalities.

January 25
"The Kid Who Would Be King" - A fantastical adventure of a group of kids who band together to overthrow a medieval menace.

BAFTA's Rising Star Award Nominees
The BAFTAs (The British Academy Film Awards) are just around the corner and the nominees have been announced for the Rising Star Award.
Letitia Wright, who played Shuri in "Black Panther" and Lakeith Stanfield ("Get Out", "Sorry to Bother You") are among those who have been nominated for the award, which recognises up-and-coming talent.  What makes this award interesting is it is the only BAFTA decided by public vote.  Last year, Daniel Kaluuya - the star of the hit horror "Get Out" - was the winner.

As well as Wright and Stanfield, Barry Keoghan ("Dunkirk", “The Killing of a Sacred Deer"), Cynthia Erivo (“Widows”, “Bad Times at the El Royale") and Jessie Buckley ("Beast") have been nominated for the Rising Star Award.

The rest of the nominees will be announced next Wednesday and the BAFTAs will be held on February 10 - as usual we'll keep you posted!


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