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Lupita Nyong’o Covers Marie Claire’s March 2019 Issue.

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Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o is the cover girl for Marie Claire’s March 2019 issue. The 35-year-old actress spoke to the magazine about her new movie “Us”, the success of “Black Panther”, getting support from her feminist father and so much more.

Read excerpts below.

On starting to cry on the set of Us while working with Jordan Peele: “He [Peele] asked me, ‘What is your process as an actor? What do you need from a director? And I just started to cry. I was like, ‘I’ve never been asked that before.’ I could just tell in that question was a man who understood what it meant to be an actor…”

On what she treated herself to following the success of Black Panther: “I went on a 10-day silent retreat. It was a gift. I did it for my birthday.”

On the support from her father: “It makes a huge difference to have a father who champions you. My dad was a feminist before it was cool for men to be feminists – his father too in many ways.”

On being in a horror movie: What do horror films tell us about ourselves? How do they help us project our worst nightmares and then realize them? It’s fascinating to talk to Jordan about this stuff because he’s a complete scholar on this subject. Horror movies give us permission to be afraid in a world where you’re not often encouraged to be fearful. Fear is something that is suppressed. And it’s an emotion to be overcome. It’s never an emotion to just experience. And in horror films, we give ourselves permission to do that. We all get into a room, and we know what we’ve signed up for. We go through it together, and it’s cathartic.

For more from Lupita, visit

https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a26102917/lupita-nyongo-us-interview-2019/

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Jussie Smollett Gets Dropped By “Empire” For Season’s Final 2 Episodes.

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In the wake of Jussie Smollett‘s arrest, his character “Jamal” has now been dropped from the last two episodes of the current season of TV show Empire.

A statement jointly released Friday by the executive producers of the show, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Gazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer confirmed the decision to remove the role.

The executive producers of the show said the decision was to prevent further disruption on set.

“While these allegations are very disturbing, we’re placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,” a part of the statement read.

“We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of “Jamal” from the final two episodes of the season.”

The Empire show is presently in its fifth season.

Jussie Smollett turned himself over to the police after allegedly lying that he was attacked by two persons hurling homophobic and racial slurs.

Police are claiming the actor staged the attack due to dissatisfaction with his pay.

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Checkout ‘Ratnik’, Nollywood’s Action Film You Didn’t Know You Needed; Watch Trailer.

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Watch the dramatic teaser from Nigerian filmmaker Dimeji Ajibola.

A film 2 years in the making is yet another cinematic moment contributing to the growing diversity of subgenres in the Nollywood industry.

Ratnik is a dystopian action film from Nigerian filmmaker Dimeji Ajibola his production company Flipsyde Studios. The teaser recently dropped this month ahead of the official trailer—and from this 1-minute clip we're anticipating suspense, explosions, peculiar superhero characters and impressive vfx that we're seeing more of in Nigerian films.

As Konbini notes, we get a glimpse of a few of the star-studded cast members of Ratnik, featuring Bolanle Ninalowo, Osas Ighodaro, Meg Otanwa, Karibi Fubara, Ani Iyoho and Adunni Ade.

"From the moment I read the first scene I said to myself, 'How the hell can anyone achieve this in Nigeria?'" Ninalowo says in a recap clip about his experience shooting the film. "The shots are ridiculous, the locations are out of this world—I mean, this is Hollywood in Nollywood."

After watching this clip, what we're to expect in Ratnik will indeed be unique compared to the go-to romcom formula that's proven to be lucrative in Nollywood. But for now, we'll have to exercise a bit more patience to get a better sense of the plot of the film, as well as its release date.

Source: OkayAfrica.com

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Ghanaian Movie ‘The Burial Of Kojo’ Gets Acquired By Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, Set To Premiere On Netflix.

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Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing continues to give shine to underrepresented voices and stories by people of color and women with their latest acquisition, The Burial of Kojo from musical artist and filmmaker Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule. This marks the 22nd acquisition for ARRAY which has become an epicenter of independent film driven by inclusive storytelling. ARRAY has acquired distribution rights for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The Burial of Kojo will debut on Netflix March 31 in tandem with a national screening tour. DuVernay made the announcement online Friday.

The Burial of Kojo is an official selection of the 2019 Pan African Film Festival and the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Winner. Marking his feature debut, Bazawule tells the story of two brothers through the eyes of a gifted girl who travels beautiful lands that exist between life and death. The trailer above shows Bazwule’s stunning vision of the familial narrative through the lens of magical realism and Afrofuturism.

“Through his fantastic film, director Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule weaves African mythology and socio-political issues into a stunning tapestry punctuated by both drama and dreams,” says ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones. “We are proud to present the gorgeous Ghanaian film, The Burial of Kojo, as our 22nd ARRAY acquisition.”

This adds to ARRAY’s robust roster of films including the recently acquired MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen from Heperi Mita which spotlights the life and work of his mother Merata Mita. An activist, she became a longtime Sundance Institute advisor and was the first Indigenous woman in the world to direct a film on her own. ARRAY acquired the title last month during the Sundance Film Festival when the documentary made its debut. Prior to MERATA, ARRAY acquired Lisa France’s feature documentary debut Roll With Me, which chronicles recovering addict and paraplegic Gabriel Cordell’s momentous journey to become the first person to roll an unmodified wheelchair across America. The docu made its premiere on Dec. 1 on Netflix.

The Burial of Kojo deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY as well as Samuel Wilson of Salzano, Jackson & Lampert, LLP for the filmmaker.

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“The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” Premieres During Berlin Film Festival. Watch Trailer.

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Big ups to Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The 41-year-old actor has premiered his directorial debut film, The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, during the 2019 Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday (February 12) in Berlin, Germany.

Chiwetel attended the premiere with his co-stars Aissa Maiga and Maxwell Simba, as well as William Kamkwamba, who wrote the book that inspired the movie.

BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Author William Kamkwamba, director Chiwetel Ejiofor, and actors Aissa Maiga and Maxwell Simba pose at the photocall for the Netflix film “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 12, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Netflix)

BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Producer Gail Egan, casting director Alexa Fogel, author William Kamkwamba, director Chiwetel Ejiofor, actress Aissa Maiga, actor Maxwell Simba and producer Andrea Calderwood pose at the photocall for the Netflix film “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 12, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Netflix)

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, set to debut on Netflix in March, is a real-life story about a 13-year-old boy who, inspired by a science book, builds a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine.

Source: BellaNaija.com

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