Freshly Fried - March 15, 2019

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On Fridays we're here to serve you the most sizzling news from the entertainment world.  Check out our 'Fryday' fry up:


Beverly Naya's Doc Opening for iREP Festival
"Skin", the documentary from Beverly Naya will not only be screening at the iREP documentary film festival, it has been selected to open.

iREP is an international festival, which showcases documentary talent from all over the world with a focus on African culture and society.  This will be the 9th annual iREP and it will be held in Lagos, running March 21-24.

"Skin" explores the prejudices that all people of colour experience on a day to day basis and turns a spotlight on an issue which impacts on a far deeper level than just the surface.
"Skin", directed by Etim Effiongfeatures Eku Edewor, Diana Yekinni, Phyno and Bobrisky. You can check out the trailer right here!

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Upcoming Afolayan Crime Thriller
We're always excited here at Fried Plantains when we hear about anything involving Gabriel Afolayan - the guy can act, he can sing...he's an all-round Nollywood superstar!  So, his upcoming lead role in "Coming from Insanity", a crime thriller directed by  Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo, has got us really excited.

The story follows a 12-year-old boy genius, Kossi,  who's trafficked from Togo to Nigeria.  He starts to work for the middle-class Martins family as a houseboy.  After growing up in a life of drudgery, where his intelligence is stifled, Kossi ends up counterfeiting money earning a reputation as the best in the biz.  However, the more his counterfeit operation grows, the more visible he becomes to authorities.  Will he be brought to justice or will he get away with it all?

Starring alongside Afolayan we have Dakore Egbuson, Odunlade Adekola, Bolanle Ninalowo, Sharon Ooja, and Tina Mba - what a cast!  You don't have long to wait to see "Coming from Insanity" - it will be in select cinemas across Nigeria from April 5.

Shining a Spotlight on Women in Poverty
Filmmaker Nora Awolowo's new documentary, "Life at the Bay" shows the darker side of Tarkwa Bay.  The island is commonly thought of as a place to chill out and escape hectic Lagos life.  However, in reality this island is among the poorest in Lagos and this documentary especially highlights the struggles of women living here.

Producer Kiki Mordi, when chatting to The Native Mag, said:
"We decided to document the stories of the women who live in probably the poorest island in Lagos. If you look hard enough you’d see that they carry the burden of the island.  We spoke to a lady training her 9 kids by being a fisherwoman but we never hear these stories. So it was important that we told it. We just had to.  So these women won’t be erased."

In a time when glitz and glamour glosses over the reality of the majority of Nigerian's lives today, it's refreshing to hear these stories told.  Check out the full documentary right here:

First Full Trailer For "Aladdin"
Guy Ritchie's live-action remake of the popular Disney story, "Aladdin" hits cinemas in a few months.  It seems to be the year for live-action remakes - "Dumbo" is out at the end of this month and "The Lion King" will be in cinemas this July.
A teaser previously released, which was the first reveal of Will Smith as the genie, was met with a luke-warm response at best.  However, now the first official full trailer has been released, raising hopes once again that this may just be a hit.

In the lead we have Mena Massoud, with Naomi Scott playing Jasmine.  If you never watched the original "Aladdin", here's a quick synopsis:  A street urchin finds a magic lamp, which, when rubbed, releases a genie.  In return, Aladdin gets three wish - he wishes to be turned into a Prince to win Princess Jasmine's heart.  But, of course there's a baddie who's after the lamp too...

Let us know what you think of the full trailer for "Aladdin", which will be in cinemas from May 24.

Olivia Wilde's Directorial Debut
Actor-producer Olivia Wilde made quite an impression at the SXSW Film Festival last weekend.  Wilde screened her directorial debut "Booksmart" at the festival and it's already receiving heaps of praise.

The coming-of-age movie stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever as Molly and Amy, two straight-A, straight-laced high school besties who are about to head off to college.  After years of toeing the line and keeping that 4.0 average, the girls think that maybe it's time to let loose and get a little crazy - after all, their classmates have been enjoying themselves this whole time and still got into college!  What better way to celebrate than heading to the graduation party?  Little do they know just how wild things can get...

Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, and Skyler Gisondo also star in this hilarious and touching story about two girls on the cusp of adulthood. 
Check out the trailer for "Booksmart" right here:

Surprising New Cast Member for"Knives Out" 
Director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", Rian Johnson has added Yoda to his murder mystery "Knives Out".  Well,  not actually Yoda, but Frank Oz, who plays him.  One of the most famous puppeteers ever, who is not usually seen in front of the camera (at least not in 'human' form!), revealed at the SXSW Film Festival that he would be joining the cast.

Oz, who is more focused on directing, said at the festival, "He asked me to act in it and I said, 'Are you out of your friggin' mind?' But he wanted me in there.  The reason I do those, and I believe every director should do this, is I need to know how frightening it is in front of a camera. And if I screw up, I can learn how to help when I direct an actor. Every director should get in front of the camera and see how frightening it is and how much the actors need you."

Daniel Craig Jamie Lee CurtisToni ColletteChris Evans, and Michael Shannon are starring, with Oz playing a fairly small role.
"Knives Out" will be in cinemas this November.


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