Freshly Fried - September 7, 2018

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It's time for your weekly update from Nollywood and Hollywood!  Here's our "Fryday" fry up:

Movies to Watch Out for at the TIFF
One of the most prestigious events of the year, the Toronto International Film Festival kicked off yesterday so we decided to pick a handful of movies that have already got people talking.

The TIFF has become one of the top film festivals, often providing a launch pad for titles which then go on to be critically acclaimed globally.  "La la Land", "12 Years a Slave" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" are examples of this - all three went on to win Oscars and all three were screened at TIFF.
With 138 world premieres, there a lot of movies we could talk about - here's just a few of our faves, in no particular order!

If Beale Street Could Talk
The much anticipated follow-up from "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins is based on a 1974 novel by James Baldwin.  The story follows a young couple living in Harlem.  Tish (Kiki Layne) is pregnant when her fiance, Fonny (Stephan James) finds himself accused of a crime he didn't commit.  To prove his innocence, the couple are up against a system which seems to work against them at every turn.
"If Beale Street Could Talk" will be in select cinemas from January 18 next year.

First Man
Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong in "First Man", directed by Damien Chazelle.  The movie follows the team of Apollo 11 making history with the legendary space mission which led to Armstrong being the first man on the moon.

Claire Foy will star alongside Gosling and the movie has already garnered a lot of praise.  Gosling seems to be on a roll and having him star is of course a draw in itself.  As well as praise for the movie, there has been a little controversy and negative feedback - only time will tell if this flick proves to be Oscar-worthy.
"First Man" will be in cinemas from October 12.

The latest work by "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen is incredibly star-studded.  In one movie we have Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya and Carrie Coon - pretty impressive!

Four women form an unlikely team - the only thing they have in common is their late husbands' debt, which all stems from shady criminal dealings when they were alive.  To gain control of their lives - and their finances -  the widows decide to take matters into their own hands and finish what their husbands started.
"Widows" will be in select cinemas from November 15.

Top Names Confirmed for NollyCon
The 7th Lagos Comic Convention to be held on September 15 will this year have 'NollyCon', which will feature some of the top names in Nollywood.  There will be 6 masterclasses with the theme 'Aspire, Dream, Prosper'.

Among the movie professionals confirmed for the event are Ireti Doyle, Niyi Akinmolayan and Mildred Okwo, CJ Obasi, Stanlee Ohikhuare and Femi Ogunsanwo . The theme speaks for itself - the aim is to inspire filmmakers (aspiring and those already in the biz) and to provide them with insights and tips for making it in the film industry.

The masterclasses will cover screenwriting, fundraising, audience appeal, acting tips and advice, animation, cinematography and marketing.
Incorporated in the masterclasses will be panel discussions, workshops and a chance to meet and mingle with like-minded creative people.

Masterclasses will run from 10am to 5pm at the Landmarks Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.  So, what are you waiting for?   Check out for more information and we'd love to hear some feedback from anyone who goes - drop us a line in the comments!


"King of Boys" Announces Release Date
We got very excited a while ago when we heard that Kemi Adetiba was working on a thriller titled "King of Boys".  Seeing as her directorial debut was the wildly successful "The Wedding Party", we've been buzzing with anticipation ever since we first heard about "King of Boys" being in the works.

"King of Boys" follows Alhaja Eniola Salami, a successful business woman on her rise to the top.  Although she is seen as an upstanding member of the community, she has a dark past and is a fearsome figure who intimidates all who meet her.  
Her connections to the criminal underworld threaten to destroy everything she has worked so hard for.

"King of Boys" will be in select cinemas across Nigeria from October 21.  Enjoy the trailer and let us know what you think!  Will you be watching it on the big screen?

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