Freshly Fried - October 26, 2018

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It's time for your Friday serving of the latest entertainment news!  Here's our "Fryday" fry up:

Nollywood News
Niyi Akinmolayan Working on First Animated Feature
Not content with directing the biggest ever Nigerian movie in history, the director Niyi Akinmolayan is determined to bring Nigerian animation into cinemas.  With the staggering success of "The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai" and the highly anticipated "Chief Daddy" set for release in December, Akinmolayan is riding high.

Akinmolayan's Anthill Studios has already produced several animated shorts ("Plaything","The Sim") but this will be his first animated feature.  The movie, titled "Frogeck" stars a little green alien who mistakenly lands in an Ibadan orphanage, run by a terrible tyrant.  After becoming close to the kids, they join forces to overthrow the orphanage owner.  

Nurdin Momodu is directing and we can expect to see "Frogeck" in cinemas December 2019.  These are exciting times in Nigerian cinema - to see Nigerian animation gaining a platform is refreshing and it looks like Niyi Akinmolayan is paving the way!

image: Anthill Studios

"King of Boys" Hits Cinemas!
Finally!  After waiting with much excitement and anticipation, "King of Boys" is in a cinema near you!
The premiere, held last Sunday at the Lekki Filmhouse Cinema, saw Sola Sobowale, Toyin Abraham, Ireti Doyle, Adesua Etomi, Mo Abudu and many others grace the black carpet in style.

The director, Kemi Adetiba, saw success with "The Wedding Party", but with "King of Boys" she has gone in a new direction to show her "versatility as a director and a storyteller".

"King of Boys" follows the life of a successful business woman, philanthropist and pillar of the community.  However, her past is far from perfect and her ambitions of entering the political world risk revealing things she'd rather keep hidden.

Have you seen "King of Boys" yet? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Big Wins for Nollywood at the AMAAs
This year's AMAAs, held last week in Kigali, was a star-studded affair celebrating film from all over Africa.
As we wrote last week, Nse Ikpe Etim and Arthur Nkusi co-hosted and the night kicked off with a bang with a stunning Rwandan dance troupe.

Among the Nigerian winners were: Richard Mofe DamijoBest Actor in a Leading Role for "Crossroads"; Dakore EgbusonBest Actress in a Leading Role for "Isoken"; Gideon Okeke Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Crossroads"; Joke SilvaBest Actress in a Supporting Role for "Potato Potahto"; "Isoken" - The Ayiam Osigwe Foundation Award for Best Nigerian Film"Banana Island Ghost"Best Comedy; "Tatu" - Achievement in Soundtrack and Achievement in Production Design.

South African movie "Five Fingers for Marseilleswon Best Film.
A huge CONGRATS to all the winners!

Hollywood News
"Joker" Adds to Cast
Next year's DC movie focusing on Batman's arch-nemesis already has an impressive cast.  Playing the lead in "Joker" will be Joaquin Phoenix with Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Brett Cullen co-starring.

Now, it has been revealed that Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred will be played by Douglas Hodge and the young Bruce Wayne will be played by Dante Pereira-Olson.  Last year's "You Were Never Really Here" actually starred both Phoenix and Pereira-Olsen.
 Hodge is primarily a theatre actor, who has also appeared in several television series, as well as this year's "Beirut" and "Red Sparrow".

Todd Phillips ("Wardogs", "The Hangover" trilogy, "Due Date", "Starsky & Hutch", "Old School") is directing.  The plot is being tightly held under wraps - all we know is that it is all about the Joker.  We do know, however, that it is set to be in cinemas October 2019 and here's a little teaser just for you!

"Halloween" Makes Big at The Box office
The latest installment in the Halloween franchise came in just under to "Venom" for October releases.  With $77.5 million in it's opening weekend, "Halloween" raked in the most of all the movies in the series.  Not only that, it's also the most successful opener for Blumhouse Productions.  

The fact that this comes 40 years after the first "Halloween" movie shows Mike Myers is still as terrifying as ever!  Add the fact that nostalgia seems to be a draw for movie and television audiences these days - "It", "Stranger Things", "T2: Trainspotting", "Mad Max: Fury Road", the upcoming "Space Jam" reboot to name but a few - and the popularity of this year's "Halloween" makes total sense.

Oh, plus Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Lauri Strode - how can you go wrong!  Critics and fans alike have been raving about the movie since it's release so we predict there'll be a few more in this spooky series.

Special Look at "Mary Poppins Returns"
The nostalgia continues, but this time it's a little less scary and much more family-friendly!  "Mary Poppins Returns" will be released in a couple of months, with Emily Blunt starring.

Adults who grew up with the first "Mary Poppins" (released in 1964) are curious to see what this reboot will bring to the table. The pressure's on - fans are protective of the original and a few people are asking if there's any sense in remaking such a classic.

Well, only time will tell on that front, but Disney just released a special look at "Mary Poppins Returns" - take a look for yourself right here:

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