Monday, December 24, 2012
friends is yet to be settled. Don Jazzy announced last
week that he was opening a nite club almost
immediately; the Koko Master announced that he was
going to open a nite club as well.
Many artists who came on stage last night/early this
morning to perform at the rhythm unplugged kept
hailing Don Jazzy who sat the V.I.P but when D'danj
mounted the stage during Kswitch's performance
neither him nor his brother took notice of Don Jazzy's
presence but just kept performing.
D'banj did not perform any song produced by Don Jazzy
In a new interview with Esquire, Penn, who appeared in
this fall's indie drama This Must Be the Place, rips into
today's film industry -- including his fellow actors.
"I just did this picture that I enjoyed doing. Gangster
Squad. But I do think that in general the standard of
aspiration is low," he told the magazine. "Very low. And
mostly they're just doing a bunch of monkey-f*ck-rat
movies, most actors and actresses. And I blame them
just as much as I do the business. I know everybody
wants to make some money, everybody's got a modeling
contract, everybody's selling jewelry and perfume.
blinded by it. Bob Dylan said in an interview one time --
somebody asked him, Are you really this reclusive? He
says, No, I'm not reclusive, man. I'm exclusive. Exclusivity
is like intimacy."
This Must Be the Place earned just $137,000 in the
United States, with $11,000,000 in Europe.
Penn's comments come amid complaints from stars and
directors for what they call the industry's unwillingness to
take artistic chances on serious films. Spike Lee
remarked this summer that studios are only interested in
potential billion-dollar franchise tentpoles, and Rashida
Jones, who co-wrote and produced her own indie
starring vehicle, this summer's dramedy Celeste and
Jesse Forever, took issue with an audience that only
seems to go out for such epic films.
"It's a two-way street," Jones told The Hollywood
Reporter. "Hollywood, yes, I would say there is some
feeding of some, as my character says in the movie,
'pretty garbage-y stuff,' but we're also eating the
garbage. So people have to show that there's a mature,
complex moviegoing audience that wants to see -- we
have to see, we have to demand the better stuff.
"I'm not against an action movie, I'm not against a big-
budget movie," Jones continued, "but the ones that I like
are the ones where it's obvious where they took the time
to develop characters, develop jokes, develop storylines.
Like, don't waste my time and don't insult me, is how I
For his part, Penn thinks that the industry was once
capable of producing such nuanced films, and laments
"When I was growing up and somebody like Robert De
Niro had a movie come out, it was a cultural event," he
said. "Because he had such a confidence and a single
mission that was so intimate. But when people start using
themselves as instruments of a kind of consumerist
mosh pit, they're helping that take over. I mean, you are
a soldier for it or you're a soldier against it. That's all
there is to it. And we have so little of that intimacy left,
it's no wonder that interpersonal relationships have
become text relationships. It's a texting orgy. When is
somebody gonna sit there, with their mate or their child,
and just look them in the eye and say, 'I love you?' When
is that life??"
box office ring this weekend, North American
moviegoers didn't exactly rush to open the new films
entering under Hollywood's pre-Christmas tree. Jack
Reacher, the Tom Cruise action movie, opened in the
second slot to an estimated $15.6 million, while Judd
Apatow's latest comedy This Is 40 bowed in third place
with $12 million. The Guilt Trip, the mother-son comedy
starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, lagged
behind in the sixth spot with a tepid $5.39 million.
Launching with an exclusive release in just five theaters,
Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's controversial film
about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, racked up big
numbers, collecting $410,000 for a per-theater average
While the final weekend before Christmas is traditionally
slow as movies compete with holiday preparations, the
box office is expected to pick up on Christmas Day, and
for the new films that could mean stronger-than-usual
holds which could boost their ultimate domestic grosses.
Hobbit, as it entered its second weekend, easily claimed
the top position. The Warner's release, which is playing in
a combination of 4,100 2D, 3D and Imax locations,
grossed $36.7 million, dropping 57 percent from its
opening weekend as it cumulative domestic gross rose to
$149.9 million. Internationally, the movie took in $91
million, bringing its collective worldwide purse to $433.9
Reacher, based on Lee Child's popular book series,
appealed to older males as it carved out a position at the
box office, earning an A- Cinemascore. The PG-13 rated
Paramount release, written and directed by Christopher
McQuarrie, and produced by the studio and Skydance
Productions at a cost of $60 million, opened in 3,352
theaters in line with such other Cruise entries as 2002's
Collateral (which bowed to $15.1 million and went on to
gross $40 million domestically) and 2008's Valkyrie
(which opened on a Christmas Day, grossing $21.02
million in first weekend, with an eventual take of $83.1
million.) "I think the movie found a sweet spot," said
Megan Colligan, Paramount president of domestic
marketing and distribution. "It's has the action-hero
quality that older men love and has a great opportunity
to bring in teenage boys as the audience expands."
By contrast, 40, which stars Paul Rudd and Leslie
Mann, was playing to older females. Universal compared
the performance of the R-rated domestic comedy, which
earned $12 million in 2,913 locations, to such pre-
Christmas December bows as 2000's Family Man and
Miss Congeniality, which both opened to $10 million. "I
knew if we could get $10 million, and we did better than
that, then the box office for the movie would just get
better and better after Christmas Day," Nikki Rocco,
Universal distribution president, said.
Trip, a PG-13 comedy directed by Anne Fletcher, has a
tougher road ahead of it. The movie did open on
Wednesday, which siphoned some business away from
its $5.4 million weekend as it played in 2,431 locations,
and its cumulative gross now stands at $7.4 million.
Pixar's 2001 hit Monsters, Inc. returned to theaters this
weekend in a new 3D version. The Disney rerelease
picked up $5 million and ranked seventh. Its five-day
total is $6.5 million.
Paramount also used the weekend to introduce Cirque
Du Soleil: Worlds Away, a 3D feature directed by
Andrew Adamson and exec produced by James
Cameron that presents performances from various
Cirque stage shows. While the PG film bowed in 840
theaters, at each it played just two shows per day at
noon and 7 p.m. for what the studio characterized as a
paid preview. On Christmas Day, it will begin full
screening schedules at the participating theaters. This
weekend, it took in an initial $2.1 million and ranked
Rounding out the top ten: DreamWorks Animation's Rise
of the Guardians, with the benefit of its holiday-themed
storyline, hung on in fourth place, attracting an additional
$5.9 million to bring its domestic total to $79.7 million;
DreamWorks' Lincoln was fifth with $5.6 million and a
new tally of $116.8 million; MGM and Sony's Skyfall
ranked eighth with $4.7 million, bringing its domestic
gross to $280 million as its worldwide tally climbed to
$974.1 million; Fox's Life of Pi was ninth with $3.8 million
and a domestic haul of $76.2 million; and Summit's
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was tenth with $2.6
million and $281.6 million domestically.
Overall, the weekend's collective box office, at about an
estimated $107 million, was soft, with a number of the
films competing for adult moviegoers who probably
won't show up in bigger numbers until Christmas Day and
Among exclusive releases, though, there was lots of
activity, with Zero selling out many showings at the five
theaters where it is playing in New York and Los Angeles.
"It's a fantastic result for an extraordinary movie," said
Rory Bruer, Sony president of worldwide distribution.
Having opened on Wednesday, Dec. 19, the film has now
grossed $639,000. It will expand to limited release in 11
markets on Jan. 4, followed by a wide expansion on Jan.
Sony Pictures Classics also found lots of takers for
Michael Haneke's French-language drama Amour,
which also bowed Dec. 19. Over the weekend, it grossed
$70,662 in three theaters for a per-theater average of
$23,554 and a total gross-to-date of $100,213.
The Impossible, Juan Antonio Bayona's feature about a
family separated by the 2004 tsunami that stars Naomi
Watts and Ewan McGregor, was launched by Summit
in 15 theaters. It took in $138,750 for a per-theater
average of $9,250.
Paramount Vantage raised the curtain on David Chase's
Not Fade Away, a look back at a '60s garage band, in
three theaters, where it collected $19,000 for a per-
theater average of $6,333.
a 140 Million naira house in Lekki Phase 1 area of
Lagos state Nigeria has moved in.
According to sources, Davido moved into his new Lekki
duplex house together with his record label colleague
and his cousin (B-Red & Sina Rambo) on Friday the 21st
of December 2012.
We learnt the house was tastefully furnished to befit his
A big congrats to Davido.
Iyanya are set to reunite again for a Christmas date
night after their break up in Lagos, Nigeria.
each other at Oniru beach last month.
The ex-lovers who are doing their best to stay away
from each other are set to meet again on the 25th of
December in Ghana at the Ghana Movie Awards event
that is scheduled to take place at Accra International
Conference Centre located on Castle Road in Accra,
Iyanya and Yvonne Nelson are VIP guests.
Actress Tonto Dikeh won't find this funny at all.
on the escalator of Murtala Muhammed International
Airport, Lagos Nigeria has took to her Twitter page to
express her frustration.
Omotola Jalade who claims she fell face down at the
airport said she hopes no one has the picture of her fall.
She blamed her fall on Nigeria's aviation minister Stella
Oduah and the government of Nigeria for the lack of
adequate maintenance of the popular international
Heya! Omosexy sorry ooooo.
Anybody has the picture?
Zamani heads out on a mini-tour soon. The rapper will
make Ghana his first stop where he will perform with
Sarkodie at the Dome on Christmas day, December 25th
and then head to Zimbabwe December 29th for another
show-stopper. IcePrince Zamani who has enjoyed
astounding success since the release of his smash single,
'Oleku', followed it with the release of his debut album
'E.L.I.' in 2011 which was received with critical acclaim.
The Minna born rapper further confirmed his status as a
force to be reckoned with when he dropped two hot
singles 'Aboki' and 'More' and followed them up with
videos that are enjoying massive air rotation.
Miss Orjiakor, who is popular for her posting semi-nude pictures of herself on Twitter and Instagram, borrowed a popular cliche, insisting that a book must not be judged by its cover and she is the only actress, who has not slept with a fellow actor.
Her updates on Twitter were:
"To my faithful fans don't be deceived by d ultimate ashi saga. Am basically d only actress that have not slept with an actor… Ask around
"Sex is sweet. I can't denied that… But how can I be ultimate ashii. When I ve not had sex for loong. Hmm don't judge a book by its cover.
"Be true to ur self. Dream it, believe it, u will achieve it. Start today u will be amazed at what u will achieve in 5yrs, bad press kills."
He's single and searching:
"The truth is that in my business it is very hard to
find somebody, because of what is going on now
and how fast your life is. Everyone is asking, even
my parents are asking where is the girl; but
hopefully, I will find the right person soon.
"It is not something I am afraid of, it's not
something I am running away from, it will definitely
"I am single and available!"
Fabiyi was on Saturday, December 15,
2012 presented with a cheque for more than N3.06
Million as copyright royalties by Copyright Society of
COSON says the payment is 'Obey's share' out of the
recent N100 Million Naira royalty distribution.
Obey who personally received the payment, said it is
sad that 'Nigerian artistes could receive royalties for
their music used in some other countries but not one
kobo for their music used in their own country'.
COSON chairman Tony Okoroji who presented the
cheque, told journalists that ordinarily, the cheque
would have been sent to Evangelist Obey quietly as is
the case with hundreds of others but that the Obey
chose to make it public so that Nigerians know that
the society's royalty scheme is indeed true.
Among the different music industry personalities
present during the presentation were Banky W,
Azeezat Allen, Efe Omorogbe, Obi Asika
and Audu Maikori. Others included Segun Demuren
and John Ewelukwa Udegbunam (President, Music
Label Owners & Recording Industry Association of
watched on CNN, it's pleasantly surprising that
international acts continue to rush here.
They say it's for the love – seeing they have millions of
fans here. But ww know it's for the money too.
With Nigerian show promoters offering hundreds of
millions, it's hard for even an artiste like Chris Brown
to turn down the offer.
We can almost read Chris' mind in the photo above,
'F**k it, I need that money, I'll get six heavy
bodyguards and hope everything goes according to
Chris Brown performed at a concert held at the Expo
Hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos last night
December 22, 2012.