Just like in the preparation of a meal; if all the necessary ingredients required to make a pot of soup are available but no skilled cook is present to effectively assemble and blend these ingredients, there will be no meal? So also is the process of making a movie.
The absence of a skilled director in movie making is like taking away a very important ingredient without which the movie will amount to virtually nothing.
The importance of a director cannot be over emphasized as he is the driving creative force in a film's production and acts as the crucial link between the production, technical and creative teams. Directors are responsible for creatively translating the film from a script to the images and sounds on the screen. He or she must visualize and define the style and structure of the film, then act as both a storyteller and team leader to bring this vision to reality.
One of Nigeria’s veteran director’s Teco Benson has over the years shown immerse skill, talent and expertise in his continuous delivery of films. He debuted into the Nigeria movie industry as an actor in 1994 and later went into script writing in 1995 after which he began his directing career in 1997. He has since maintained a very strong track record in the Nigerian Movie industry.
Originally a civil servant, the 42-year-old father of five prides himself as being a change agent. In 2011, Benson in collaboration with Stepping Stones directed a movie ‘The Fake prophet’ which was produced as an advocacy tool by the UK-based child rights charity.
The talented director’s wish for the Nigerian movie industry is to turn Nollywood into something better than Hollywood. Already, hundreds of people are coming from Hollywood to Nigeria to learn how to work. With his wealth of experience, Benson coordinates projects and workshops stationed in the rural and urban areas of the continent.
According to www.naijarules.com, he has been known to finish a movie in at least three months compared to some Nollywood movies that get released every two weeks.
Since 1997 after he quit his civil service career, Benson has written and directed about 50 films, which has made him a familiar figure in Nigeria. He directed his first Yoruba movie titled 'IKU DORO' in 2011.
As part of the federal government delegation via the Nigerian Film Corporation, he represented Nollywood in Ghana in 2005, as well as being a part of the five men delegation that represented Nigeria at the 32nd Cairo International Film Festival. In 2006, his movie Explosion was chosen to represent Nollywood in Israel.
Some of the movies he has directed are: High Blood Pressure, Mission to Nowhere, Silence of force, etc. He has become a force to reckon with in directing with his twist in movie production through the incorporation of modern technology that enables his movies to contest at international level. This is evident in his new block buster movie “Red Hot” starring, Bimbo Manuel, Uti Nwachukwu, Bukky Wright, Akin Lewis, among a host of others.
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Guess who just turned 100...Mohammad Amanpour, proud father of CNN star correspondent, Christiane Amanpour.
The daring war correspondent who now hosts CNN International nightly global affairs program took to twitter to express her joy and also posted photos of a birthday party and Mohammad Amanpour holding a special birthday card from Queen Elizabeth.
My dad, proud to make it to 100 for special Birthday Card from Queen Elizabeth! pic.twitter.com/waNWhDFq1R
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 20, 2014
Happy 100th, Daddy! What a century! pic.twitter.com/J4NPHADvAu— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 20, 2014
The Antique is an epic movie set in the 19th century. Written and produced by award winning Darason Richards, the Southern inspired storyline totally pulls off arresting cinematography under the directorial expertise of Darasen Richards and DJ Tee.
The Antique movie boasts of Nollywood icons; Olu Jacobs, Funsho Adeolu, Bimbo Akintola, Ricardo Agbor as well as fast rising stars - Gabriel Afolayan, Kiki Omeili, Seun Akindele (2013 GIAMA Best New Artist ) and introduces the likes of Oge Indiana, Dada Omowunmi complemented beautifully with delightful humour from ace comedian Akpororo.
The plot of the story is straight forward yet engaging. The story comes to life 40 years later as the heir to the throne in Godo Kingdom falls seriously ill and the sacred antique (the pot) which had been violently snatched away from the king (Olu Jacobs) by ancestors of another village many years ago is irrevocably demanded as it is the only cure for the dying boy.
An evil collision is formed between the king’s wife brilliantly played by Kiki Omeli and Godo Kingdom’s high priest who lie about the gods choosing Oge Indiana as the chosen one to venture into the land forbidden to mortals to get the precious antique.
At first the high priest tries to talk the queen out of it as Oge is an only child of Funsho Adeolu, nonetheless he agrees so that his secret isn’t revealed. Later on hearing the decision, her lover Gabriel Afolayan tries to elope with her immediately but she delays convincing him that they would escape before dawn.
Just when they are about setting out, she is caught and has to embark on the journey into the forbidden land ( Irava). Meanwhile, Gabriel tries to fight for his love and is seriously whipped and imprisoned in the king’s palace. This was a where the movie took a dip, as effects by the makeup artiste could have utilized the opportunity to impress the audience with visible stripes which could have reflected his pain and anguish, however they took the easy way out and didn’t show his back at all during the beatings.
However as the story continues, he catches the eye of the queen with his guts who then suggests he cleans the palace as punishment instead, with the hidden agenda of seduction but when he refuses her advances, she implicates him with rape charges and he is imprisoned.
Alongside this development, Oge together with assigned bodyguards go through series of tests. Here, we see lapses in different scenes as her expressions tend to appear amateur, particularly during the farewell chat with her best friend- Omowunmi Dada, who stole the spotlight from her in their brief conversation with her magnetic acting.
In the end, Oge succeeds in bringing home the Antique and the heir’s health is restored.
Similarly, truth prevails in Gabriel’s world as the queen is caught red handed cheating and tries to claim rape charges once again, it becomes obvious it was all a lie so Gabriel is released and the queen is imprisoned in his stead then he reunites with his love.
At last peace and normalcy returns to Godo Kingdom and the story crowns it up by projecting the importance of preserving our culture.
With amazing sound effects and spectacular acting from Nollywood icons as well as commendable performances from the likes of Kiki Omeili, Akpororo and Dada Omowunmi, ‘The Antique’ is definitely a good watch.
Douglas Jack Agu otherwise known as Runtown has shown huge potentials in the music industry in 2014. He is also getting a lot of media attention as well. The Enugu-State born pop artiste registered himself into the consciousness of music lovers with his smash hit single “Gallardo” featuring Davido. This Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer with a diverse music style mix of hiphop, rnb and rap has successfully become one of the best new acts that the Nigerian music lovers can’t get enough of.
Although, he released his first single titled “Runtown”, produced by Soge in 2007 but took a break afterwards. He later re-emerged in 2010 with a single titled “Party Like its 1980”. The song instantly went viral - with every club, Dj and radio station playing the hottest track in town. “Party Like its 1980” was a breakthrough song in its right but not for Runtown as fans couldn’t attach a face to the song.
In the bid of trying to make himself popular, he decided to do a remix of the song with Davido but plans changed along the line and they recorded another hit which turned out to be the life changer for Runtown. In an interview with ThisDay he said “we ended up changing our minds and we did a new song ‘Gallardo’ and that was how my career took a new turn with the song. So much so that when I go to shows these days and I perform my old songs, people tend to connect with it.”
Influenced by artistes like Bob Marley, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Drake and Sean Kingston; he has worked with some of Nigeria’s recording artistes like J Martins, Timaya and Phyno who has also contributed to his success.
Like every growing act, Runtown had his fair share of challenges. In his words, “It’s been very hard. I remember when I did the song “Party Like It’s 1980”, it was very hard to raise funds to shoot the video and when I eventually shot the video, it was a very low budget video. So, financing your career as a musician is very difficult if you don’t have help.”
In addition to his songs rocking enjoying massive air play, Runtown’s originality has earned him a number of nominations including Blue print awards 2013, NEA2014 – to mention a few.
Runtown’s penchant for making delivering quality music has earned him a rightful place in the industry – a place that is steadily on the rise. He is set to drop his debut album “Mr Runtown” in 2015.
The movie premier of the Antique held on the 19th of October at the Eko Hotel and Suites and it was all glitz and glamour as lots of celebs stormed the red carpet, looking fabulous.
The star studded affair witnessed lots of celebrities like; legendary film maker Tunde Kelani, Bukky Wright, Saheed Balogun, Funsho Adeolu, Ricardo Agbor, Sammy Okposo, Nikky Laoye, Halima Abubakar, Ufoma Ejenobor, Gabriel Afolayan and others, gracing the event.
Expectedly, the red carpet knew no bore as it was hosted by eccentric Denrele Edun, who as usual brought his A-game on the carpet.
The Antique movie, written and produced by award winning Darason Richards who also along-side DJ Tee, is an epic movie set in the 19th century, tells the story of the ‘Godo Kingdom’, whose heir to the throne falls seriously ill and is almost dying but the only solution to the heir to the throne’s health is if an innocent virgin journeys to a land forbidden to mortals and successfully brings back the stolen antique.
However the story revolves around the question, will she make it back alive?
Curiosity together with its welcoming humour would no doubt make watchers of ‘The Antique’ smile in the end. Also we must say that amongst new discoveries, Omowumi Dada, who played the part of the lead character’s best friend, stands out and is one talent to watch out for.
‘The Antique’ which underlies the importance of preserving our culture, features multiple award winning icons like; Olu Jacobs, Bimbo Akintola, Ricardo Agbor, Funsho Adeolu as well as Kiki Omeili, Gabriel Afolayan, Akpororo (comedian) and introduces Oge Indiana (protagonist) and many others.
Happenings Magazine got talking with one of the major cast of the movie, Ricardo Agbor and in response to what inspired him to feature in the movie, he mentions the script, which he says was the winning point, adding that he was happy with the new talents discovered.
If the Avengers are the New York Yankees of the Marvel universe — a collection of slick all-stars for whom victory is more or less a given — then the Guardians of the Galaxy are the Bad News Bears. They're a motley crew of bickering, bumbling mercenaries driven by self-interest. They may band together in the end, but it's rarely peaceful or pretty. The de facto leader of this assembly of intergalactic antiheroes is Peter Quill, a cocky Terrian (i.e., earthling) who was hoovered up into space by a colossal spaceship when he was 8 and now introduces himself as ''Star-Lord'' to the derisive laughter of his snarling alien foes. Twenty-six years later, he's grown into a swashbuckling fortune hunter with a maroon leather duster, a vintage Walkman loaded with classic rock, and a roguish sweet tooth for extraterrestrial hotties. Played with wily mischief by Chris Pratt, he's like Han Solo's more excitable, less responsible nephew. Joining Quill in Marvel's fizzy franchise kickoff are the green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the mumbly mound of muscles Drax the Destroyer (wrestler Dave Bautista, whose physique is its own special effect), a rascally, foul-mouthed raccoon named Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and a walking tree creature called Groot, whose only words are ''I am Groot'' (delivered through the gruff, grunting tonsils of Vin Diesel).
Directed with an effortlessly light touch by James Gunn, a low-budget maestro of genre films such as 2006's Slither and 2010's Super, Guardians of the Galaxy represents a risky proposition for Marvel on several levels: a director who's never grappled with a project of this scale before, a menagerie of comic-book characters who are hardly household names (even to fanboys), and a tongue-in-cheek B-movie vibe that's more Starcrash than Star Wars. But give Marvel props, even with all of its mega-success; the studio's still willing to take chances. Here, that risk pays off big-time. The film's a giddily subversive space opera that runs on self-aware smart-assery.
The plot is hardly worth spelling out in too much detail. I'm not sure I could do it justice anyway. It's the usual overstuffed action-adventure boilerplate about trying to retrieve a mystical MacGuffin — a multilayered orb with the glowing power to destroy worlds — from a sinister baddie (Lee Pace's blue-hued Ronan the Accuser). Actually, if Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman had just called the orb a tesseract, you'd basically be rewatching The Avengers. And there's such a mishmash of seemingly interchangeable alien names (Morag, Thanos, Yondu, etc.), it's tempting to tune out, assume it will all make sense in the end, and wait for the next bit of anarchic insult comedy from Pratt & Co.
Unlike the sober Norse seriousness of Thor or the rah-rah retro-squareness of Captain America, Quill and his posse of merry pranksters are such a delirious blast of laughing gas that Guardians feels more like an unofficial sequel to 1984's cult hit The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension than a Marvel product. (I mean that as a compliment.) A large share of the credit goes to Pratt. On TV's Parks and Recreation and in such big-screen features as Her and Delivery Man, he's always provided a dependable jolt of joy-buzzer surprise in supporting roles. Now he's graduated to leading man — the straw that stirs the drink — and he's such a natural, you can't help but wonder why it took so long. The other standout is Cooper, who gives the motormouthed Rocket an outer-borough wiseguy honk and a hair-trigger temper. He's like an R-rated Daffy Duck with a machine gun.
Together, they're a gang of exiles from the planet of misfit toys. Or, as Gamora generously calls them, ''the biggest idiots in the galaxy.'' Will they learn to overcome their selfishness and embrace responsibility for the first time in their lives? Of course they will. The genius of Gunn's superhero send-up is its cheeky, anything-goes absurdity. I've been pretty mixed on Marvel movies over the years — some have dazzled me, others have left me depressed. But Guardians is the first one that feels excitingly unpredictable. A-
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