PREMIERE OF THE MOVIE “MONKEY BUSINESS”
The 77th Festival de Cannes is open!
IGUAZU WATERFALLS AND THE MOVIE BLACK PANTHER
REST IN PEACE TINA TURNER
CANON/EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022 FILM INDUSTRY WORKSHOP

THE MOVIE ‘UNFORGIVEABLE’ BY OSEZUAH ANTHONY ELIMIHE

Synopsis:

A rich, spoilt, and debonair young mid-level banking manager has a woman problem, which makes him only see them from the sexual angle. He and his delectable female cousin who is a nurse find love with each other. His cousin’s fiancé, a senior police officer suffers abandonment from her on account of her intense attachment to her cousin. When he finds out why his fiancée is not always available to him whenever he wants her, the police officer will put an unthinkable mechanism in place to punish them without laying a finger on, or raising a voice against his beloved fiancée, but he did not see the possibilities that will follow as both cousins join forces to fight him in what becomes a fierce and famous legal battle in court.

OFFICIAL TRAILER

KEY CAST:

Jude Orhorha
Ijeoma Richards
Nancy Isime

Timini Egbuson
Theo Lawson

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY – OSEZUAH ANTHONY ELIMIHE

Osezuah Anthony Elimihe

Osezuah Anthony Elimihe is a Nigerian whose parents are from Edo State, Midwestern Nigeria. He is graduate of English and Literature from the prestigious University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. Post-graduation, Osezuah having chosen the motion picture business as his career path, began work with DBN TV, and later moved to the African Children Broadcasting Network, Nigeria Chapter, before landed a job at Media International Ltd where he honed his skills in writing and directing. He will later join the then Rosabel Leo Burnett as agency producer in 2022.

With few awards in his kitty like *Agency Man if the Year*, *Management Man of the Year*, and some LAIF Awards for some of his TV commercials for Coca-Cola Nigeria and UBA, he would later resign in 2010 to continue “the real reason” he came to Lagos-to produce movies. His first few attempts met with some shocks though laced with some light as his first movie *First Cause* had multiple nominations, and one of which was  in the *Movie of the Year* category in Best of Nollywood Awards, and his next MANIAC only went as far as being screened at the 2016 Eko International Film Festival.

With an additional background in Mind Management acquired from bespoke courses from the Celebrity Centre, Franklin, Hollywood, Los Angeles between 2014 and 2020, Osezuah understands what it means to organize his energy for good by editing his thoughts and feelings.

 

PICS FROM THE MOVIE PREMIERE

 

I DON’T THINK A BLACK OR FEMALE 007 WILL HAPPEN;SAYS JAMES BOND DIRECTOR

James Bond director Martin Campbell

Over the years the James bond role have been played by

Sean Connery (1962–1967, 1971, 1983)

David Niven (1967)

George Lazenby (1969)

Roger Moore (1973–1985)

Timothy Dalton (1987–1989)

Pierce Brosnan (1995–2002)

Daniel Craig (2006–2021).

James Bond director Martin Campbell has said he doesn’t think the next 007 will be Black or female.

With Daniel Craig having vacated the role of the suave spy after five films, there has been much talk about who the next Bond will be.

Daniel Craig

Fans have got plenty of ideas, with Luther star Idris Elba, Venom’s Tom Hardy, The Women King’s Lashana Lynch and Sex Education’s Gillian Anderson all coming up.

However, Campbell – who was at the helm of 1995’s Golden Eye and 2006’s Casino Royale – has said he thinks Bond bosses will stick to writer Ian Fleming’s vision of the character.

Asked if the agent could be Black or a woman, he told Express.co.uk: “Honestly, it’s not going to happen. None of (those suggestions will) because that’s the way the books are set up, that’s the way Fleming wrote them.

“And of course, there’s all this everyone screaming diversity, ‘Time to have a Black Bond’, ‘What about a female Bond?’ The answer would be no. I don’t think it’ll happen for a second.”

Campbell said while a Black actor or female could certainly slip into the tux, his feeling was “that they will want to keep the brand as is”.

Courtesy Supple Magazine

KADA CINEMA CHAIN CONFIRMS ATTENDANCE AND FULL PARTICIPATION IN LIFACC 2023.

LIFACC 2023 will jump-start buzz around the box office and set the stage for

cinematic, film distribution, production, and streaming innovations

KADA cinema chain confirms attendance and full participation in LIFACC 2023…to showcase the company’s distribution and cinemas business

The Managing Director of KADA, Trevor Pillay who has more than 20 years in the business of cinema…11 years with Numetro in South Africa, and 9 Years in Nigeria overseeing the affairs of KADA assured Mr. Theo Akatugba, Founder/CEO of LIFACC of his company’s participation and invites Producers and distributors to visit the KADA Stand during the three days event holding from July 20th to 22nd 2023 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

Mr. Trevor in the company of the head of the KADA  cinema division Madam Praise showed The visiting LIFACC team around the Kada Mall and Cinemas which we are being renovated to give patrons in Benin and Edo state the Kada beautiful experience always.

Meet KADA Distribution and Cinema at LIFAC

Courtesy Supple Magazine 

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES THEATRICAL STANDARDS FOR BEST PICTURE ELIGIBILITY FOR 97TH OSCAR

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved new requirements to broaden the public theatrical exhibition criteria for Oscars® eligibility in the Best Picture category starting with the 97th Academy Awards®, for films released in 2024.

Upon completion of an initial qualifying run, currently defined as a one-week theatrical release in one of the six U.S. qualifying cities, a film must meet the following additional theatrical standards for Best Picture eligibility:

  • Expanded theatrical run of seven days, consecutive or non-consecutive, in 10 of the top 50 U.S. markets, no later than 45 days after the initial release in 2024.

  • For late-in-the-year films with expansions after January 10, 2025, distributors must submit release plans to the Academy for verification.

  • Release plans for late-in-the-year films must include a planned expanded theatrical run, as described above, to be completed no later than January 24, 2025.

  • Non-U.S. territory releases can count towards two of the 10 markets.

  • Qualifying non-U.S. markets include the top 15 international theatrical markets plus the home territory for the film.

“As we do every year, we have been reviewing and assessing our theatrical eligibility requirements for the Oscars,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang.  “In support of our mission to celebrate and honor the arts and sciences of moviemaking, it is our hope that this expanded theatrical footprint will increase the visibility of films worldwide and encourage audiences to experience our artform in a theatrical setting.  Based on many conversations with industry partners, we feel that this evolution benefits film artists and movie lovers alike.”

Eligibility for achievements in the various discipline categories will not be impacted by this requirement.

For information on awards rules, visit oscars.org/rules.

SEVERTSON SCREENS USA IS LIFACC’S OFFICIAL SCREEN PARTNER

 

Severtson Screens, a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the home theater, commercial, pro AV, and cinema markets, has been unveiled as the official SCREEN partner for the 1st Lagos International Film and Cinema Convention, LIFACC 2023.

Mr. Theophilus Akatugba, the Founder of LIFACC and CEO of OVUETA, organizers of the event announced this in a statement released Friday 9th June 2023.
According to him, all the screens to be mounted during the convention, which is billed to hold from July 20th to 22nd, at the Radisson Blu, Ikeja, Lagos, will be supplied by the United States-based global leader in projection screen technology.

Dan Maxwell (VP Cinema & COO at Severtson Screens)

Also, Dan Maxwell the Vice President of the company is expected to make a special presentation at the convention. Besides, the company will display some of its latest technological breakthroughs.
Founded in 1986, Severtson Corporation is a member of the International Cinema Technology Association. The company continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality.

Severtson will be at LIFACC 2023 with a showcase of its massive production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screens. The screens range in size from massive movie theaters to comfortable home theaters, and everything in between. Meanwhile, partnering with the organizers of LIFACC 2023, will not only expand the market for the company, but also, it will allow African filmmakers and cinema owners to experience a diversity of technological breakthroughs that will help them to improve the quality of their cinema patrons’ experience.

Courtesy Supple Magazine 

SILVERBIRD GROUP PARTNERS WITH LAGOS INTERNATIONAL FILM AND CONVENTION 2023 (LIFACC)

The Silverbird Group has agreed to partner with the organizers of the forthcoming Lagos International Film and Convention 2023, to make the world-class event a huge success.

This cheery news was disclosed by the Chairman of the Group, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce on Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 when Mr Theophilus Akatugba, Founder and CEO of LIFACC paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Lagos.
According to Mr. Akatugba, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce will be delivering the Keynote address during the opening ceremony of LIFACC on the 20th of July 2023, at the Radisson Blu Ikeja, Lagos.

Senator Murray- Bruce Esther Airodion & Mr Theophilus Akatugba,

Senator Bruce, who was very excited by the concept and preparation for the Maiden Edition of LIFACC, pledged his full support for the event while commending Ovueta Nigeria Limited, the organizers of LIFACC for their vision to create a platform where stakeholders can come together to interact, network and chart a new direction for the motion picture industry in Nigeria and Africa.
Speaking further, Senator Murray- Bruce stated that while the convention lasts, participants will have the rare opportunity to have first-hand knowledge of Silverbird Cinemas and Film Distribution’s new business policies as they visit its stand.

Mr Theophilus Akatugba, Founder and CEO of LIFACC

The Silverbird Group, which has a long history in the Nigerian media and entertainment sector will bring its cinema exhibition and distribution pioneering position coupled with its experience operating across Africa and the rest of the continent, as well as its studio facilities and network to bear at the convention.
Established in 1980, Ben Murray-Bruce’s Silverbird Group through its Silverbird Galleria which was founded in 2004, revolutionized the cinema culture in Nigeria. The Galleria pioneered the first five-screen Cineplex in sub-Saharan Africa.
Silverbird Cinemas also to date owns the largest cinema chain in West Africa with several locations in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo, and Ghana. More locations are still springing up in some parts of Nigeria.

Recall that before the advent of Silverbird Galleria, movie enthusiasts were left with no option other than resorting to the local content on terrestrial TV stations and PayTV platforms. Then, the movies came in the form of VCDs and later, when DVDs were introduced, producers began to move with the trend, churning out several movies in the video format. But today, with the return of the cinema culture in Nigeria, and Africa at large as pioneered by Ben Murray Bruce’s Silverbird Cinemas, several producers have seemingly found a way of evading the menace of pirates by taking their movies for public viewing.

Not only that, many cinema houses have sprung up in different nooks and crannies of society as the demand keeps growing. Some of them include cinema giants like IMAX, FilmHouse, Genesis Deluxe, Viva Cinema, Ozone Cinemas, and Octopus Cinema to mention but a few. All courtesy to Bruce’s vision.
The organizers of LIFACC are proud to announce Silverbird Group as Partner for this inaugural edition.

Courtesy Supple Magazine 

IGUAZU WATERFALLS AND THE MOVIE BLACK PANTHER

The  gorgeous Iguazu Falls, located at the Argentina-Brazil border. Coupled with the brilliance of Marvel Studios, the gigantic waterfall makes the place a worthy backdrop for such a grand superhero film

Was the waterfall in Black Panther real?

Footage for the Warrior Falls was filmed at the most spectacular waterfall system in the world: Iguazu While close-ups were captured on a soundstage at Pinewood Studios, most of the scenic visuals came from Iguazu.

Best Guided Tours to Iguazu

A boat ride or train ride or helicopter ride in Iguazu National Park are fantastic ways to explore the amazing waterfalls.

  • Full-Day Tour to Iguazu Falls

  • Iguazu Falls Tour, Boat Ride, Train, Safari Truck

  • Full Day Iguassu Falls Both Sides – Brazil and Argentina

This is one of the most popular tourist sites in South America, similar to Machu Picchu there will be thousands of tourists, but it is so spectacular it did not even bother me too much, I was in awe.

The Devils Throat (Garganta del Diablo)

The  Devil’s Throat is the largest and most impressive of the falls at Iguazu. About half the Iguazu River’s flow is forced through this 150m wide and 700m long fissure, dropping 80m with amazing power. Garganta del Diablo can be seen up close from Argentina’s and Brazil’s sides of the falls. Both are amazing and are two very different experiences.

Take the Train Ride to the Iguazu Falls

Inside the park catch the Ecological Jungle Train to the Iguazu Falls Train Station the start of the 2 main walking trails. The train is a quiet, natural gas-powered train that leaves close to the park entrance. It is a 25-minute train ride that runs along 14km of track through remote parts of the park to the station.

Getting to Iguazu Falls – Argentina

The Argentinian side of the falls can be reached by bus from the town of Puerto Iguazu. Buses run from the main bus terminal about every 20 minutes starting at 7 am. Travel time is about 40 minutes from Puerto Iguazu Bus to the Park.

IGUAZU FALLS ACCOMMODATION – ARGENTINA

On A Budget

Hostel Damaris – well-rated, budget option to visit the falls from Argentina and meet like-minded travelers.

Mid Range

Secret Garden Iguazu -excellent value for money, fantastic ratings.

Treat Yourself

Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel 5 star luxury, beautiful hotel situated in a jungle forest, close to nature, but with all modern comforts

Courtesy  Stingy Nomads

HELENA-ALEXIS SEYMOUR TAKES CONTROL

Los Angeles, CA – Award winning Canadian born actress Helena -Alexis Seymour hit the ground running and has not looked back.  Her lead role as Jessica Wu in the Chronicles of Jessica Wu, earned the artist a Best Actress Award at the Vegas Movie Awards 2020, Best Actress Award at the Toronto Film Channel Awards 2021 and landed her on the 2019 Primetime Emmy Ballot. The award-winning series in its third season, is out on TUBI TV.  The series follows a young girl on the Autism spectrum who masters martial arts and becomes a Hero in her city by taking down the most ruthless villains in Los Angeles.  Helena-Alexis Seymour believes in the characters she takes on and her portrayal of Jessica Wu is an example of the passion, vulnerability, and commitment the actress brings to her work.  She makes the crime fighting Wu shine on screen.  Seymour also stars as Detective Shelly McCain alongside Eric Roberts in the recently released film ’Exceptional Beings.’   Two Supernatural beings begin to question their Godhood when they meet an ordinary woman who doesn’t conform to their thousands of years of knowledge of humanity.  On, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Comcast, Dish Network, iTunes, Google Play & Sling TV.

Helena- Alexis Seymour possess the natural ability to slide into whatever character she’s given and make it her own.  From the Hallmark Movie Feeling Butterflies; xXx: Return of Xander Cage; Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); Beauty and the Beast and more, the actress engages viewers immediately.  Respected for her work ethic, directors and producers know they get the real deal with Seymour.  The Canadian actress constantly strives for new heights in her career. From the age of fifteen playing Vanessa Williams in the VH1. ‘Diva’s Christmas Carol’ to the present, Helena-Alexis Seymour’s star is rising and is a commanding force in the entertainment industry.  “Take control.  The journey is constant.”

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The 76th Festival de Cannes winners’ list

After 11 days of an exceptional edition, the Jury of the 76th Festival de Cannes, chaired by Swedish director Ruben Östlund, surrounded by Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, French actor Denis Ménochet, British-Zambian screenwriter & director Rungano Nyoni, American actress & director Brie Larson, American actor & director Paul Dano, Afghan author Atiq Rahimi, Argentinian director & screenwriter Damián Szifron and French director Julia Ducournau, presented its winners’ list among the 21 films presented in Competition this year

Justine Triet, Palma d’Oro al festival di Cannes

Feature Films

Palme d’or

ANATOMIE D’UNE CHUTE (ANATOMY OF A FALL)
Justine TRIET

 

Grand Prix

THE ZONE OF INTEREST
Jonathan GLAZER

 

Best Director

TRAN ANH Hùng
for LA PASSION DE DODIN BOUFFANT (THE POT-AU-FEU)

 

Jury Prize

KUOLLEET LEHDET (FALLEN LEAVES)
Aki KAURISMÄKI 

 

Best Screenplay

SAKAMOTO Yuji
for KAIBUTSU (MONSTER) directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu

 

Best Performance by an Actress

Merve DIZDAR
in KURU OTLAR USTUNE (ABOUT DRY GRASSES) directed by Nuri Bilge CEYLAN    
                                                                           

Best Performance by an Actor

Kōji YAKUSHO
in PERFECT DAYS directed by Wim WENDERS

 

Short films
 
Palme d’or
27
Flóra Anna BUDA

 

Special Mention
FÁR (INTRUSION)
Gunnur MARTINSDÓTTIR SCHLÜTER

Un Certain Regard Winners List 2023

Focused on arthouse, artistically daring films, the 2023 Un Certain Regard selection has included 20 feature films – 8 of which are first features also competing for the Caméra d’or. This year, the opening film was Thomas Cailley’s Le Règne animal. Chaired by American actor John C. Reilly, the Jury included French director and screenwriter Alice Winocour, German actress Paula Beer, French-Cambodian director and producer Davy Chou and Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne. Un Certain Regard 2023 ends on a high note with the screening of Alex Lutz’s film Une nuit.

Un Certain Regard Prize

HOW TO HAVE SEX
directed by Molly Manning Walker 1st film

 

New Voice Prize

AUGURE (OMEN)
directed by Baloji 1st film

 

Ensemble Prize

CROWRÃ (THE BURITI FLOWER)
directed by João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora

 

Freedom Prize

GOODBYE JULIA
directed by Mohamed Kordofani 1st film

 

Directing Prize

Asmae El Moudir
in KADIB ABYAD (THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES)

 

Jury’s Prize

LES MEUTES (HOUNDS)
directed by Kamal Lazraq 1st film