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‘AZALI’ Starring Ama K. Abebrese, Adjetey Anang, Others Wins International Awards.



AZALI’ a movie produced by Kwesi Ghansah which features A-List acts like Peter Anang Adjetey and Ama K. Abebrese has won three awards at the just ended 2018 Africa International Film Festival Globe Awards at Lagos, Nigeria.

MawukoKuadzi revealed this to the DAILY HERITAGE in an interview the Casting Director for the project told the paper that the awards won on the night were Best Actress by Asana Alhassan, Best Screenplay and Best Feature Film.

He then expressed his sentiments towards Asana’s win, “It is very fulfilling that someone we cast who has never acted won the best Actress at such a festival. It means we did a great job”

The Chief Executive Officer of MK Casting added that she has to work harder and wished that Ghanaian producers and directors will take advantage of such a talent and that they do not have to wait for foreign films before she works.

He concluded “I hope and pray that Ghanaian producers and directors will trust the few casting directors we have here and work with them. We are part of the puzzle.”


AZALI tells the story of Amina, a 14-year-old girl living in the Northern Ghana. Her mother choses to send her to work in Burkina Faso to prevent her from getting married off to a much older man. Her choice leaves Amina in the hands of child smuggling syndicate.

She together with the other victims are rescued and sent to an orphanage for resettlement to their various homes, but by some cruel twist of fate, they decide to escape and journey their way to Accra in search of a better life. She ends up in the slums of Accra and must find ways to endure life as she struggles to find her way back home.

The film’s story clearly details what could possibly be the situation for most, if not all the “kayayoos” (head porters) we find in Accra who mostly come from the Northern parts of Ghana. They come to city centers either to escape something or just to find greener pastures to make money to support their families back home.

Amina finds herself lost in the streets of Accra, a world she wasn’t prepared for with challenges she certainly wasn’t expecting.

She does her best to adapt and adjust quickly, but each turn lands her in a much bigger cesspool of challenges and harm.

She is broken in many ways but she still manages to keep the fight in her alive as she approaches each hurdle.

Source: Livefm Ghana

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‘Avengers’ Star Chris Hemsworth May Have Misspelled His Last Name At Handprint Ceremony



Chris Hemsworth is apparently so excited for the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" that he may have momentarily forgotten how to spell his own last name.

The 35-year-old actor, who portrays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was honored during a hand print ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre Tuesday, along with his superhero co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner.

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The original six "Avengers" imprinted their hands and signed their names into wet cement. But eagle-eyed fans couldn't help but notice that Hemsworth's last name looked a bit odd.

"Chris Hemsworth absolutely forgot the 't' in his name and (tried) to add it after didn't he?" user @BaWCatGod tweeted, while @saucyloki added: "Did chris hemsworth misspell his last name or tried to squeeze all the letters in so they would fit?"

You be the judge

Hemsworth attended the "Avengers: Endgame" world premiere a night earlier with his wife Elsa Pataky. He shared a picture on Instagram, writing, "This movie’s gonna blow ya socks off."

"Avengers: Endgame" hits theaters Friday.

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Netflix Spared As Academy Keeps Oscars Rule Unchanged.



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday voted to not change its rule for a film's Oscars eligibility, sparing Netflix after months of pressure to exclude the streaming titan.

Campaigners including Steven Spielberg -- who is set to work with Apple's rival to Netflix -- have suggested that the films produced and released by streaming firms should not be eligible for the Oscars, and should instead be classified as TV content.

But despite the grumbling about the impact of streaming services on the traditional cinema industry, the Academy's board decided to continue with its current rule: a film "must have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theater, with at least three screenings per day for paid admission."

"Motion pictures released in nontheatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run remain eligible."

Ahead of the board meeting, the Academy had also received a warning from the US Justice Department that any exclusion may fall foul of anti-trust laws.

The battle between traditional cinema and streaming came sharply into focus after Netflix's impressive haul at this year's Academy Awards, including three Oscars for Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma."

Other rivals to Netflix include streaming service Hulu -- which has followed Netflix into original shows including "The Handmaid's Tale" -- and Amazon, which is also producing high-profile content including "Manchester by the Sea".

Many who support the exclusion of streaming content from the Oscars have suggested that streaming at home or on devices does not capture the true experience of cinema, a criticism that appeared to have been acknowledged by the Academy after Tuesday's board meeting.

"We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions," Academy President John Bailey said in a statement.

"Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration.We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues."

Despite the hostility, Netflix has attempted to find space and allies within the Hollywood establishment.It joined the Motion Picture Association of America in January.

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Beyoncé’s Netflix Deal Reportedly Worth A Whooping $60m



HomecomingBeyoncé‘s behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling her 2018 Coachella performance is not the only deal the pop star has with Netflix, Variety is reporting.

She’s working on two more projects with the streaming giant, with all of them worth $60m.

Homecoming’s deal was about $20m, Variety said, adding that Netflix and Beyoncé’s reps did not comment on the issue.

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4 Management Tips Learned From “Game of Thrones”.



HBO’s Game of Thrones is back for its highly anticipated Season 8. From Winterfell to Dorne, the characters are busy building their armies, plotting their revenge, and, unbeknownst to some, waiting for the impending horde of White Walkers to arrive on their doorsteps.
Though there are many different types of leaders in Westeros and Essos, each of them can teach us an important lesson in management.

1. Good Managers Need Good Processes.

At a basic level, management can be defined as coordinated action in pursuit of performance. Managers at all levels and functions must design, direct, and shape various organizational processes in order to move the organization towards its goals.

Petyr Baelish (popularly known as Littlefinger) knows this better than perhaps anyone in the Seven Kingdoms. Whether he’s accruing political blackmail as Master of Coin in King’s Landing, arranging strategic marriage proposals, or plotting his way to become Lorde Protector of the Vale, each action he takes is part of a calculated process to move him further along on his quest for power. Though he may have to adjust his strategy along the way, he understands that his success will ultimately rely on a series of carefully coordinated actions with multiple players involved.

2. Each Decision You Make Has Consequences

Decision-making is another managerial process that involves social, political, emotional, and organizational factors, as well as analytics, reason, and fact-based analysis. Good managers must recognize the pros and cons of each option and take into account all of these factors when evaluating which path will result in the best outcome.

Daenerys Targaryen is no stranger to consequences. Liberating an entire region of slaves, wiping out all of the Dothraki Khals in existence, and planning a coup in King’s Landing does not come without repercussions.
Along her journey from exile to Queen of Meereen, she learns that decision making is a delicate balance that requires not only finding the greatest good for all parties involved, but also planning for the future.

3. Learn from Your Mistakes

In order to improve and innovate, managers must continuously reflect and learn from past experiences, both good and bad. By acquiring, interpreting, and applying information from these experiences in the right ways, good managers can improve their processes and implementation skills to drive the organization forward.

And as I’m sure any of the remaining members of House Stark would attest, you must learn from your mistakes (or your father’s, mother’s, and older brother’s mistakes) in order to survive. Perhaps the quickest learner of them all is Arya Stark. 
From reluctant lady-in-training to seasoned assassin, she’s made a huge leap since the start of the series, one that has forced her to grow and leave many aspects of her old life behind in the process.

4. Flexibility is Key

Another important skill in a manager’s toolkit is the ability to remain flexible. Recognizing the need for organizational change stems from multiple sources, both internal and external.
A good manager must identify common dysfunctional habits, understand methods for overcoming such behaviors, and identify factors to help create a receptive environment for change.

Never one to be outwitted, Tyrion Lannister is the master of changing course. At countless points throughout the show, he manages to turn his less than desirable situations into positive ones.
An inexperienced warrior forced to lead the defense at the Battle of Blackwater, he manages to destroy a large part of the enemy’s fleet with minimal causalities of his own men through the creative use of wildfire. Captured by Jorah Mormont on his way to Meereen, Tyrion is delivered to Daenerys as a “gift” to be executed. However, he manages to not only stay alive, but to become a key advisor to Daenerys.

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