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The Wedding Party 2 – The Party Just Got Bigger (Watch Trailer)

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The Party Just Got Bigger, The Drama Just Got Crazier – Fans Relish New Trailer, Poster For The Wedding Party 2

The Party Just Got Bigger, The Drama Just Got Crazier – Fans Relish New Trailer, Poster For The Wedding Party 2

The ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, released an official trailer and new poster for The Wedding Party 2 on November 1st. While it is no secret that the cast is returning for another wedding – this time in Dubai – this continuation of the original Nollywood smash hit promises to be doubly funny and colourful, with spectacular views of one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations.

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Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Films, is excited about the official trailer and new poster release. “We are thrilled to be able to give eager fans a bigger taste of what they can expect from the movie in December. Without question, the wait will be worth it,” she said.

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According to Chinaza Onuzo, Co-founder, Inkblot Productions, “The trailer is a fun way to reveal some of The Wedding Party 2 story. Audiences will enjoy its narrative, possibly even more than the original film. It was a pleasure developing the plot and bringing it to life.”

Moses Babatope, COO, FilmOne Distribution, is excited about what these new media assets mean for the international release of the film. “The exotic locations, hilarious storyline and diverse cast will connect with movie fans across Africa, Europe and North America. We think everyone will fall in love with the big, crazy and colourful Nigerian wedding.”

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The newly revealed visuals leave no doubt that like The Wedding Party, the sequel remains a quality feature with high-production values that concurrently entertains and flies the flag for Nollywood.

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai will have its Lagos premiere on December 10, with cinema release on December 15 in Nigeria. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com

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Why Black Panther Featured THAT Chibok Girls Scene

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Marvel’s Black Panther has been a massive hit in cinemas since it premiered and an even bigger hit with people of color all over the world.

The movie was also of significance to Nigerians as in an early scene, the writers and producers decided to go away from the comic book story and instead we got T’Challa and Okoye sabotaging a group of terrorists (presumed to be members of the Boko Haram sect) in the now famous Sambisa Forest and releasing some kidnapped girls (Chibok Girls).

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During an interview on The Raro Lae ShowBlack Panther executive producer, Nate Moore discussed the scene:

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“The notion that Wakanda exists, has all these resources, and is in Africa — a continent that is plagued by conflict of different kinds — we knew we wanted to tell a story of whether or not they’d feel a sense of responsibility.

And [missing Chibok girls] is a conflict that is unfortunately still ongoing. We wanted them to come face to face with a real thing.

We would have been cheapening what Wakanda meant if we didn’t tackle that, because this is a real thing that people should be aware of if they are not. We didn’t want to exploit it, we wanted to shine a light on it.”

You can listen to the interview here

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“Potato Potahto” is an anomaly; a comedy about divorce

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In “Potato Potahto,” Shirley Frimpong-Manso puts a hilarious twist on divorce; a serious topic often accompanied by stigmatization shrouded in religion and culture.

 

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Divorce is a tricky topic in Africa, often accompanied by a never-ending stigma and shrouded in religion and culture.

Couples who divorce are often made to feel a sense of shame and failure; their plight even become a subject of public conversations and ridicule.

An African parent is likely to panic once their child mentions ‘divorce,’ forcing couples to avert divorce for as long as they can. There’s also the bad blood that tends to follow an ugly divorce.

A scene from the "Potato Potahto" movie.A scene from the “Potato Potahto” movie.

 For her latest film “Potato Potahto,” Frimpong-Manso, who proved she knows how to make a comedy movie with the 2015 movie “The Contract,” decides to treat this familiar but serious topic differently: she lunges for a humorous angle.

A feel-good dramedy, “Potato Potahto” tells the story of a couple, Tony and Lulu, who for personal reasons, decide to still live in their matrimonial home even after they split up.

They split the compound and house into two to avoid running into each other. Things take a different turn after Tony brings in an attractive female house help. To get back at him, his ex-wife Lulu hires a hunky young man to help her out.

Thus begins an overlong but often delightful journey during which the couple try to figure out their feelings for each other.

Potato Potahto reviewplayJoselyn Dumas as Lulu in “Potato Potahto”

Viewers get to see how different they are as individuals, the impact of their personalities on their relationship, and how deeply they love each other still.

Lulu is a perfectionist, who is most likely to get the audience riled up with her antics – she calls out her husband for “little” things such as kissing her without brushing, splattering water on the bathroom mirror, or forgetting to change the bulbs.

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Tony is the easy-going husband, who speaks a different love language from his wife. He will probably have the understanding of the viewers.

These two, despite how much they care about each other,  differ in the ways which they want to love and be loved.

Chris Attoh and OC Ukeje in "Potato Potahto"Chris Attoh and OC Ukeje in “Potato Potahto”

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To bring the “Potato Potahto” story to life  Joselyn Dumas plays Lulu, OC Ukeje plays Tony, Joke Silva plays Mrs Wilson, Chris Attoh plays Gabby, Nikky Samonas as MirianKemi Lala Akindoju as Frances and Blossom Chukwujekwu plays Fred.

The most surprising casting choice is Chris Attoh as Lulu’s hired help who poses a threat to the couple’s hope of reconciliation.

Attoh is fun in a half-witted mode; a role different from anything he has ever been in.

Dumas is utterly convincing as the somewhat annoying “perfectionist.” Also, her screen presence, aided by a striking physical beauty and charming wardrobe, makes her character endearing.

Ukeje is believable as the meek husband willing to fight for his wife. Akindoju is great as Frances, the supporting friend and colleague of Lulu.

The banter between Ukeje and Chukwujekwu as best friends makes them a convincingly good fit. Despite this, as Fred, the latter doesn’t have a direct emotional impact on the audience.

However, the events in his private life affect Lulu and Tony, offering the couple an opportunity to share a reflective and intimate moment. As also in “Love or Something like That,” Dumas and Ukeje  create enough chemistry to carry their sex scene through.

playLulu and Tony in “Potato Potahto”

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Some charming moments come courtesy of the relationship between Mrs Wilson  and her son-in-law,  Tony, steering away from the overused stereotype of a grumpy mother-in-law.

As Mrs Wilson, Silva handles the role with good humour and grace. While Silva and Dumas bubble along in an enjoyable way that makes the mother-daughter relationship credible,  it’s her moments with Ukeje that deliver the subtle comic tease.

Joke Silva as Mrs Wilson alongside OC Ukeje as Tony in "Potato Potahto"playJoke Silva as Mrs Wilson alongside OC Ukeje as Tony in “Potato Potahto”

The choice of songs in “Potato Potahto” offers viewers an experience outside the film, using a number of unfamiliar but pleasant songs such as OC Ukeje’s debut track.

With “Potato Potahto,” director and screenwriter Frimpong Manso shows a keen understanding of the little things that are capable of separating two people in love.

She zooms in on how couples approach relationships/marriage from different perspectives whilst having the same intention – thus the movie title “Potato Potahto.”

“Potato Potahto” is a tad long with an unhurried pace that might be a huge problem for viewers with a short attention span.

Nevertheless, thanks to an alluring cinematography and production design, “Potato Potahto” remains glossy and classy to watch, transporting the audience to the beautiful scenery of Accra.

For a movie with a modest emphasis on dialogue, each image successfully carries with it the amplified emotional state of the characters, letting viewers in on their thoughts and impulses.

And when “Potato Potahto” becomes leaden and the laughs are missing, the charismatic cast and music offset its flaws.

Avoiding a number of slapstick dialogue and cliches, Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s “Potato Potahto” ends on a sweet and hopeful note.

The movie opens in cinemas on November 24, 2017.

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TN Movie Review: Kunle Afolayan’s “The Tribunal’ will blow you into a million pieces

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We are starting up a new column on your favorite blog, TriotiNaija to give a cinema guide on which movies to watch and not watch! This will always come on every Thursday as we prepare for a fun-filled Weekend, YaY!!! We hope you enjoy it!

Today’s review is done by CinemaMoviePointer.com

Synopsis: Jimi Disu is a washed-up lawyer now in his fifties, who co-founded a leading law firm in Lagos many years ago is approached by a young, enthusiastic, law school graduate to help defend her friend who has been unfairly fired because he is an albino. Throwing Jimi Disu back into the ring to battle his old law firm.

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Starring:  Funsho Adeolu, Bimbo Manuel, Nobert Young, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Ade Laoye, Carol King, Damilola Ogunsi.

Verdict: Exceptional! Powerful! Fantastic! Nollywood brings its A-Game to reckon. ‘The Tribunal’ is a conceited chest-beating exhibition of acting prowess- A true Nollywood marvel. Beware. The acting, the passion, and the fervour; will blow you into a million pieces. They will have to mop you off the floor.

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With near perfect execution ‘The Tribunal is exceedingly satisfying. It pleases its audience from start to finish. Not a dull moment to be had. And so, looking around, one will be hard-pressed to find a single dissatisfied face in the audience.

Rather, what you see is an audience captivated in a symphony of absorption, paying rapt attention in beautiful silence. One can almost feel the intensity. And taste the anticipation. And then, without warning, thunderous laughter and machine-gun clapping sporadically fill the hall. Yet, ‘The Tribunal’ is no comedy.

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It tells a very serious story with simplicity and forcefulness all at once. ‘The Tribunal’ is a solid drama. A definite “must-see”, with boastful precision, Kunle Afolayan manages to turn simple legal proceedings into tempestuous Mortal Kombat; a fight to the death.

Absolutely recommended. Bravo!

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