Freshly Fried - September 14, 2018

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The freshest news from Nollywood and Hollywood is being dished up right here!  Here's our "Fryday" fry up:

Hollywood News
Halle Berry to make Directorial Debut
Not only is Halle Berry starring in and producing "Bruised", this will also be her directorial debut.  The star, who has a very long and very impressive resumé in acting, will be working with screenwriter Michelle Rosenfarb on the project.

The movie is all about an MMA fighter (played by Berry) who has fallen on hard times.  Disgraced from the fighting scene, she's ready to give up on everything - but when her six year old son (who she abandoned) comes back into her life, it's time to gain back her dignity in and out of the ring.  Think of a cross-between "Rocky" and "Million Dollar Baby".
Berry will be working with the fight choreography team used in the "John Wick" films, which are well-known for their intricate fight scenes.  Berry will be appearing in next year's "John Wick 3: Parabellum" - perhaps filming for this somehow inspired "Bruised"?

Production for "Bruised" is set to begin next March, stay tuned for more info!

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"The Nun" Scores Box Office Record in Conjuring Franchise 
There was positive buzz leading up to the release of horror flick " The Nun", but it has exceeded expectations with a whopping $53.5 million  in the opening weekend!

The fifth film in "The Conjuring" franchise, which also includes the "Annabelle" movies, "The Nun" portrays the beginnings of this horrifying figure in a habit, which haunted audiences in "The Conjuring 2".  The previous four movies have earned $1.1 billion worldwide.

This is of course perfect timing for a horror movie to be released - those countries that celebrate Halloween are gearing up for the spooky season - and it seems the critics' attitudes towards the horror genre is turning.  This is an area of the movie industry which has often been scoffed at, or seen as 'less than' other genres, but times are changing.  The fact that "Halloween" was shown at last week's Toronto International Film Festival is a case in point.

Are you up for a fright of a film?  Check out "The Nun", out now in cinemas across Nigeria!

Nollywood News
"Wings of a Dove" Releases Trailer
Omoni Oboli is to star in and direct the upcoming movie "Wings of a Dove".

Starring alongside Oboli will be "MTV Shuga Naija" star Amal Umar, Zack Orji, , Sani Danja, Yakubu Mohammed and Martha Felix.  
"Wings of a Dove" is a social commentary,  focusing on the struggles facing young girls in rural Northern Nigeria. 

The story follows two young girls who, at 13 and 14 years of age,  are married off to older men.  
The film sheds light on an experience which many girls go through and the suffering they endure as a result.
Oboli's character is a woman whose mission is to fight for freedom and justice for the young girls.

This emotional drama has its characters speaking in both English and French and was shot on location in Kanu.
The official trailer was released this week and "Wings of a Dove" is expected to be released at the end of the year.

Take a look at the trailer right here and post your reactions in the comments!

Get Ready for Upcoming A.Y Movie "Merry Men"
A.Y's latest project, "Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons" has released its first official trailer!  

We've been excited about this movie since we first heard whispers of it - and one of the reasons is the stellar cast.
Directed by Toka Mcbaror"Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons" stars A.Y., Ramsey Nouah, Falz The Bahd Guy, Jim Iyke, Ireti Doyle, Richard Mofe Damijo and Lilian Esoro.  Now those are some real Nollywood legends!

The "Merry Men" are four friends - Remi, Amaju, Ayo and Naz - who are THE eligible bachelors of Abuja.  They live extravagant lives with the fastest of cars, the most luxurious of mansions and, of course, the most beautiful women.
The women of Abuja nickname them the 'Real Yoruba Demons', as their reputation precedes them.

Luckily we don't have long to wait to see this star-studded cast in action -  "Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons" has an expected release of September 28.  For now, enjoy the trailer!

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