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

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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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Cynthia Erivo Earns Golden Globe Nomination for ‘Harriet’

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Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman in Harriet. She's earned a nomination for Best Original Song for 'Stand Up."

She's nominated in the "Best Performance by an Actress In a Motion Picture—Drama" alongside Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Renée Zellwegger and Saoirse Ronan.

Harriet has been a commercial success, but Erivo's casting initially drew criticism as some felt the Nigerian-Brit shouldn't have been cast in the role African-American hero. The film's writer and director, Kasi Lemmons, recently addressed the backlash, in a roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter. ""I felt that we were bearing the culture of the Harriet Tubman story beautifully," she said. "About Cynthia, you just don't get any better," she continued. "She was prepared in every way you could possibly be prepared to play this role. She was prepared physically, emotionally, spiritually to play Harriet Tubman. And she was wonderful."

Erivo was also recently nominated for a Critics Choice Award for her performance.

As for the other categories, it seems despite strong contenders from the continent including Blitz the Ambassador's The Burial of Kojo, no African films were nominated in the Best Foreign Feature category. Lupita Nyong'o who has garnered immense awards buzz for her performance in Us—even winning Best Lead Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards—is another notable exclusion.

If you're interested, check out the full list of 2020 Golden Globe nominations below.

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FILM

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • The Two Popes

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger, Judy

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

  • Christian Bale, Ford v. Ferrari
  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Dolemite Is My Name
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Knives Out
  • Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
  • Rocketman

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Ana de Armas, Knives Out
  • Awkwafina, The Farewell
  • Cate Blanchett, Where'd You Go Bernadette
  • Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
  • Emma Thompson, Late Night

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Daniel Craig, Knives Out
  • Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
  • Taron Egerton, Rocketman
  • Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
  • Annette Bening, The Report
  • Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
  • Margot Robbie, Bombshell

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino, The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci, The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite
  • Sam Mendes, 1917
  • Todd Phillips, Joker
  • Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • Beautiful Ghost, Cats
  • I'm Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman
  • Into the Unknown, Frozen 2
  • Spirit, The Lion King
  • Stand Up, Harriet

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Little Women
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Motherless Brooklyn

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • The Farewell
  • Les Miserables
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
  • Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite
  • Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
  • Steve Zaillian, The Irishman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Frozen 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Lion King
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

TV

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA

  • Big Little Lies
  • The Crown
  • Killing Eve
  • The Morning Show
  • Succession

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA

  • Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
  • Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA

  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
  • Tobias Menzies, The Crown
  • Billy Porter, Pose

BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY

  • Barry
  • Fleabag
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • The Politician

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
  • Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY

  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Ben Platt, The Politician
  • Paul Rudd, Living with Yourself
  • Ramy Youssef, Ramy

BEST TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • Catch-22
  • Chernobyl
  • Fosse/Verdon
  • The Loudest Voice
  • Unbelievable

BEST ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

  • Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
  • Joey King, The Act
  • Helen Miren, Catherine
  • Merrit Wever, Unbelievable
  • Michelle Wiliams, Fosse/Verdon

BEST ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

  • Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
  • Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
  • Jared Harris, Chernobyl
  • Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verson

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

  • Patricia Arquette, The Act
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
  • Toni Collette, Unbelievable
  • Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
  • Emily Watson, Chernobyl

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Keiran Culkin, Succession
  • Andrew Scott, Fleabag
  • Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

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JUMANJI; NEXT LEVEL – Review.

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Columbia’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a surprisingly inventive and ingenious franchise revamp. It used its IP as a starting point on which to craft an original and crowd-pleasing action comedy with fun characters played by fun actors. Considering the pressures of delivering a sequel for a film that was both an unexpected super-smash and one where there was perhaps more affinity than expected for the characters (as opposed to the core franchise), I’m doubly surprised that Jumanji: The Next Level, opening this Thursday night, may be even better. It keeps what worked about the last film and finds new (and ever-changing) ways to switch up the status quo in order to make what could have been a mere rehash feel fresh and unpredictable.

The experiences of Welcome to the Jungle turned four relative strangers (Spencer, Fridge, Bethany and Martha) into close friends, but their lives have gone on different paths. Spencer (Alex Wolff) is feeling especially adrift and yearning for the confidence and power he briefly felt as Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson). As everyone arrives home for the holiday break, Spencer is nowhere to be found, and his friends soon discover that he has willingly jumped back into the world of Jumanji. So, into the game they go, but happenstance also causes Spencer’s grandfather (Danny DeVito) and an old friend (Danny Glover) to get sucked in as well. The kids must survive Jumanji yet again as the elders attempt to come to terms with some old wounds.

Yes, The Next Level plays a similar game. Once again, young kids end up sucked into a video game and forced to survive a video game adventure within their respective adult avatars. As you’ll know if you’ve seen the previews, the “real world” folks aren’t necessarily in the same avatars this time, the mission is more complicated, and two of the human players are senior citizens with their own problems. The film gets off on the right foot right away, both by offering a new status quo (the kids are still relatively close as a result of the first film even as Spenser drifts away) and a poignant new relationship (Eddie and Milo’s issues are both refreshingly specific and movingly relatable) which grounds the fantasy elements.

There is plenty of potentially redundant farce when the game restarts, as poor Martha/Ruby Roundhouse has to explain to Milo and Eddie (now encased in the roles of Mouse and Bravestone) how the game works. But it’s a treat seeing Dwayne Johnson act like Danny DeVito and Kevin Hart has a grand time mimicking an elder Danny Glover. Fridge (Ser'Darius Blain) ends up in the body of Jack Black’s Professor Oberon, and Black pulls off a delicate balancing act with a turn that could have been “problematic.” No spoilers, but Jack Black is the MVP of this franchise, consistently underplaying outlandish characters so as to not rely on stereotypes. Where are Bethany (Madison Iseman) and Spencer? Well, no spoilers, but they show up eventually.

Since Martha (Morgan Turner) is the only human player who initially returns to Jumanji in her previous avatar, Ruby Roundhouse is, by default, the leader this time. All of the adult actors, including newbie Awkwafina, get to have fun in a way that allows them to (repeatedly, think Cloud Atlas) play against type. The marketing has been refreshingly light on spoilers beyond stating the new hook, and as such, there were several unrevealed surprises along the way. While some of the jokes and beats are recycled from the last movie, there is plenty of fresh material. The emotional beats are refreshingly effective, especially the subplot involving Eddie and Milo’s history as former co-owners of a local diner, and both the effects and the action sequences are much improved.

The “Ruby beats up dudes” moments are better choreographed, more coherently edited and less self-congratulatory. A second act beat involving bridges feels like a video game level from hell with the clever staging of a climactic Pixar chase scene. The Next Level is a more expensive picture than Welcome to the Jungle ($120 million versus $90 million), but I would argue, relatively speaking, that the extra money went to fine-tuning the production value as opposed to just offering “more” and “bigger.” The humor in this PG-13 flick is a little darker, but nothing that the kids can’t handle. The screenplay, courtesy of director Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, possess the confidence of a previous blockbuster success while relishing the challenge of justifying a return trip.

Jumanji: The Next Level is a solid line drive to center field. The actors are still fun, the twists on the last film’s formula yield enough justification for another go-around, while the character development works to make it more than just a visceral exercise. It’s handsomely staged, pleasantly colorful, competently directed and cheerfully fashioned with just enough specificity to make sure it doesn’t feel like an assembly line product. It’s not high art, but it’s a darn good sequel to a surprisingly good predecessor. It’s no new classic, but it’s another very good video game movie that isn’t based on a video game. Warts and all, this third Jumanji is at least as good as we’d hope for every franchise-friendly studio biggie in this day and age.

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Nadia Buari, Yvonne Nelson, Others Nominated For GMA 2019.

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Organizers of the 2019 Ghana Movie Awards have released nominations for the award ceremony scheduled for December 20 at the National Theatre in Accra. Among movies which made the list are Sin City, Gold Coast Lounge, Getting Married, Away Bus, Business As Usual Adoma, A.B.A.D and 40 Looks Good On You

The above mentioned movies are all competing for Best Motion Picture of the year award. Also top actresses Nadia Buari, Yvonne Nelson, Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson and Christabel Ekeh are among those battling for the Best Actress in a lead role category.

Fingers are also crossed for actors James Gardiner (Business As Usual), Mikki Osei Berko (Away Bus), Quasi Blay (Adoma), Kofi Adjorlolo (A.B.A.D), and Alphonse Menyo (Gold Coast Lounge) who have been nominated for Actor in lead category.

There is also a fierce competition for the Discovery of the year award. Nominees in that category include Raquel Ammah (Gold Coast Lounge), Cina Soul (Gold Coast Lounge), Ophelia Doefia ( Save The Street) Florence Adjei in Adoma, Rosy Meurer ( Sin City) and Quasi Blay (Adoma).

The Ghana Movies Awards is annnual award scheme that celebrates outstanding achievement in Ghana movie industry since 2010. This year's event is expected to be spectacular and an improvement over previous events.

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Jackie Appiah, John Dumelo, Christabel Ekeh, Others Starred In ‘2 Days After Friday’

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It has become a tradition for Venus Film Production to serve movie lovers each year with festive movies, for families, lovebirds and more to have a good time at the cinemas.

The production company has announced a new movie titled 2 Days After Friday, scheduled to hit cinemas on December 24, 2019. It will be shown mostly at Silverbird Cinemas at Accra Mall and Westhills Mall in Accra, and also Watch and Dine Cinemas in Kumasi, simultaneously at 7pm and 9pm prompt.

In a statement released by the company regarding the movie, it states it a romantic comedy that exposes the hiding truth in relationships, marriages and friendship. All of these truths were revealed within a long weekend vacation, the events that unfold during their time on the vacation will push you to the edge of your seat immediately.

Here’s the full synopsis below:

James Ansah plans a reunion with his childhood friends after returning from his long stay abroad. The reunion was for two at a resort, little did James know that a lot of drama would unfold during the reunion getaway.

Sly, one of James oldest best friend is married to Irene, she is very beautiful, he refuses to allow her to work due to the fear of losing her to another man but would the reunion bring him a lot of perspective on his wife working.

Tony is a gym instructor who is dating Linda an actress, his speciality is with training women and Linda has issues with it but truly has even watched any of his girlfriend’s movie, but what happens when he discovers what kind of job his girlfriend is in.

Ricky is an actor and a colleague of Linda, but he is dating Ivy, with his past experience of failed relationships he is not ready to outdoor his girlfriend to the world, what happens when they both realize their relationship was just on a beneficial basis.

Raymond is a very smooth con-man who is dating a pretty thieve, he tries to hide what he really does from his friends as he was known to be the smartest one amongst them, Benita, his girlfriend doesn’t help for his image, so what would he do.

Meanwhile, James seeks for his date for the reunion, on his return he meets an interesting taxis driver by name Annie who is a graduate, she transformed herself to a beautiful lady worthy of a date for James. During the reunion would James find love or would his friends discover who they are.

Venus Film Production recruited well-known faces, including Jackie Appiah, John Dumelo, Christabel Ekeh, who perfectly blended with emerging actors such as Mary Lazarus, Jessica Larynor, Haille Sumney, Anthony Woode, Kweku Elliot, Mofe Duncan and Quasi Blay Jr.

Tickets are available at Silverbird Cinemas at Accra Mall and Westhills Mall and Watch and Dine Mall, Kumasi.

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