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X-Men Wave Goodbye – But Is It Any Good?

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The finale of the X-Men series had its world premiere in Hollywood on Tuesday night and woke up to varying reviews.

Dark Phoenix, which stars British actor Sophie Turner in the title role, is the 12th in the film series.

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It’s Turner’s first major role since the end of Game of Thrones, where she played Sansa Stark.

The superhero film – based on the Marvel Comics X-Men characters – finds her character Jean Grey receiving transformative telepathic powers.

The culmination of the story follows the completion of another epic superhero series, The Avengers, which saw its finale, Endgame, break box office records.

But the early reviews suggest critics are lukewarm about the new film.

The Guardian gave it two stars, saying “the mutant franchise fizzles out forgettably”.

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is also among the cast

“Sophie Turner stars in Jean Grey’s 90s-set origin story that offers glimpses of intrigue before regressing into a dull CGI-fest.”

The Telegraph thought it was even worse, giving it just the one star, describing the X-Men ending as “X-Hausting, X-Cruciating, and little reason to exist”.

Better marks came from the The Daily Express who gave it four stars, saying the “spectacular finale is most mature of franchise since [previous film] Logan”.

Variety don’t do stars but did say the film “attains a note of ominous majesty, thanks to Sophie Turner’s presence as an X-Woman consumed by the awesomeness of her power”.

Finally The Independent thought Dark Phoenix was a two-star film too, and “a superficial disappointment with nothing fresh to say.”

They write that “the latest entry into the superhero canon has no emotional depth whatsoever.”

The X-Men series began in 2000 with the eponymous opener and the last film came in the form of Deadpool 2 last year.

The 11 films prior to Dark Phoenix have made around $5.8bn (£4.6bn) in box office sales and it was reported last month that the latest effort was in danger of having the worst opening weekend of the franchise.

Previouly, X-Men Origins: Wolverine had the lowest opening weekend, making a $53.1 million debut in 2009.

On the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theatre in California, Turner – who acts alongside fellow Brits James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult, as well as US star Jennifer Lawrence – explained how she prepared for the emotional climactic role.

“I think I cried,” the 23-year-old told Marvel Entertainment’s YouTube channel.

“I think I stated to work out then realised she was telekinetic, so I decided not to work out and cried a lot.

“It was great – and ate my feelings!”

Her new brother-in-law Joe Jonas clearly enjoyed it.

Earlier in the week Turner also revealed that she wishes she’d been able to keep her Las Vegas wedding to his brother and bandmate, Joe Jonas, private, but that she found it “funny” that it was livestreamed on Instagram by ‘wedding DJ’, Diplo.

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PRINCESS TYRA: “Kofi Adjorlolo Asked The Producer To Replace Me. – Yvonne Nelson.

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In the stage of needing much effort or skill to accomplish, deal with the flamboyant stage of her acting career, Ghanaian actress, model, film producer and entrepreneur, Yvonne Nelson has revealed that, veteran Ghanaian actor, Kofi Adjorlolo petitioned the director and producer to get a new cast that will be of perfect quality for Ghanaian Nigerian drama film; Princess Tyra.

According to the then Level 100 student at the Central University College, the producer for the 2007 Ghanaian-Nigerian drama, Abdul Salam Mumuni and director, Frank Rajah Arase entrusted her with the lead cast role in the movie, but contrary, her experience on set as a budding actress wasn't encouraging, and was yielding no result. This she explained, got Kofi Adjorlolo angry and requested for her replacement.

Princess Tyra is a 2007 Ghanaian Nigerian drama film directed by Frank Rajah Arase, and starring Jackie Aygemang, Van Vicker & Yvonne Nelson. The film received 12 nominations and won 2 awards at the 2008 Africa Movie Academy Awards, including the awards for Best Costume & Best Makeup. Nollywood Reinvented gave it a 4 out of 5 rating concluding that "Say what you may against the movie, you can not deny, however, that it was an interesting story".

Narrating the difficulties encountered as a sensational character in an Instagram post sighted by www.georgebritton.com, former Miss Ghana contestant, revealed that, she was invited and handed the script to the movie, by the producer, Abdul Salam to commence shooting without any thorough coaching. According to her, she had no experience to help the crew achieve a successful shoot, a day she revealed was embarrassing, and humiliating.

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She revealed that, the pressure encountered as at 2007 when she was just level 100 student interfered in her academics, explaining that, she lost concentration in class, making her assignment presentations unsatisfactory. However, she stated that, she didn't give up on her career despite the hostile or difficulties encountered. According to her, she was focused and determined, as knows success awaits her.

Yvonne Nelson urged Ghanaians to trust the process and protocols of life, because the toil will definitely pay off. She added if you are going through tough times, or under any kind of pressure, just know you’re going to look back and thank those days because most blessings come from (uncertainties,dark days, disappointments, closed doors, heartbreaks etc).

Yvonne Nelson (born November 12, 1985) is a Ghanaian actress, model, film producer and entrepreneur. She has starred in several movies, including House of Gold (2013), Any Other Monday, In April, and Swings. Nelson, a former Miss Ghana contestant, bust onto the movie scene with big-screen roles in Princess Tyra and Playboy.

She delved into movie production in 2011. Her first production was the movie, The Price, which was released that year. She also produced Single and Married in 2012 and House of Gold in 2013. The latter won Best Picture at the Ghana Movie Awards and Best Ghanaian Movie at the 2013 City People Entertainment Awards.

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“Desperate Actresses Give Sex To Get The Lead Role. – Vicky Zugah

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Actress Vicky Zugah has revealed that most up and coming actresses, who are very desperate to get to the top, easily give in to sexual advances from movie producers and directors.

The actress noted that the phenomenon of sex for roles is a growing canker in the movie industry and producers are using that to take advantage of young actresses.

Speaking in an interview with Naa Ashorkor on Showbiz A-Z on Joy FM Saturday, Vicky noted the issue is on the rise and it is absolutely strange if a director does not ask an actress for sex for a role.

“Sex for roles in the movie industry is very real. I won’t lie about. It’s happened, it’s happening and it will happen again tomorrow and it’s normal,” she said. 

The ‘My Darling Princess’ actress explained that, “If you are a woman and you are in the industry and no one is asking you out like a producer, a director or someone who is in charge isn’t asking you for sex then there is something wrong with you, this is what I think because men are attracted to what they see. If you are a fine girl, they will definitely ask you for something.”

She revealed that “Some [up and coming actresses] who are very desperate, they like to get to the top in a minute so they give it out to get what they want so it’s very real.”

With over a decade’s experience in the movie industry, Vicky Zugah disclosed that several directors and producers have demanded sex from her before they give her a role.

Asked if she has ever given in to any of the advances, she responded in the negative and said in “most cases I lose the role.”

The mother of two, however, admitted that she has had sexual relation with a director but not for a role. “He did a lot of jobs without me” because they are some roles that did not fit her.

“You don’t have to necessarily put people in a movie just because you are sleeping with them or you are dating them it’s not right. This one of the reasons the industry is not progressing,” Vicky lamented.

She strongly noted that most big movies feature actresses who have slept with directors or producers and therefore do not deserve their roles.

“You see some people playing a certain kind of role that they don’t fit in,” she stated.

The actress, who also revealed that some directors and producers demand cash for roles, advised up and coming actress that, “if you want to get to the top, work hard.”

She was emphatic that sleeping with directors does not guarantee that they will be cast for a role.

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LION KING; THE GIFT: “They Messed The Music Up. – Elton John Criticizes Movie Soundtracks.

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In a new interview with British GQElton John shared some choice words about this year’s remake of The Lion King, which starred Beyoncé, Donald Glover, and more. “The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up,” he said. After providing songs for the 1994 film, John added, “Music was so much a part of the original and the music in the current film didn’t have the same impact. The magic and joy were lost.”

John continued, “The soundtrack hasn’t had nearly the same impact in the charts that it had 25 years ago, when it was the bestselling album of the year,” he said. “The new soundtrack fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success.”

In addition to the new film’s standard soundtrack—which featured John’s previous compositions like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” as well as his new original “Never Too Late”—a companion album, The Lion King: The Gift, was released. It was curated by Beyoncé and featured Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Tierra Whack, Childish Gambino, and more.

Read the full interview via British GQ.

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Eddie Murphy Poses With All 10 Of His Kids For The First Time.

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A good looking bunch! Eddie Murphy’s, daughter, Bria, sent Instagram into a frenzy when she shared a Christmas photo of the 57-year-old comedian posing with all 10 of his children. It marked the family’s first public photo together. 

In the portrait, the Beverly Hills Cop actor held Izzy, 2, while Butcher cradled their sleeping 3-week-old son, Charlie. The parents were surrounded by their moms and Murphy’s children from previous relationships: Eric, 29, Christian, 28, Angel, 11, Bella, 16, Zola, 19, Shayne, and Miles, 26.

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Earlier this month, Us Weekly exclusively revealed that Los Angeles-based Murphy is caring for Angel while her mother, Mel B, recovers from emergency for two broken ribs in England. “Angel is very well cared for,” a source told Us at the time. “Eddie and Angel have been spending a lot of time together in recent months.”

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The Spice Girls singer and Murphy dated for nine months in 2006. When the Brit became pregnant with Angel, Murphy demanded a DNA paternity test, which confirmed he was the father. But the exes have come a long way since then.

“He’s such a loving, caring, respectful person,” the America’s Got Talent judge gushed on Steve Harvey’s syndicated talk show in December. “It took a while to get there because we broke up not in the happiest circumstances.” 

Murphy and Butcher starred in Big Momma’s House 2 in 2006, but they did not start dating until six years later. The Coming to America actor’s rep confirmed to Us in September 2018 that the pair were engaged.

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