Monday, December 31, 2012
Sony and MGM have plenty to toast about as Skyfall rings out 2012 by crossing the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales.
Directed by Sam Mendes and marking Daniel Craig's third turn as 007, the movie reached the milestone Sunday when its worldwide tally hit $1 billion, by far the best showing of any Bond pic, not accounting for inflation. Skyfall has grossed $289.6 million domestically and $710.6 million internationally, becoming the highest grossing film in Sony's history and the first to jump $1 billion.
Skyfall continued to break records in the U.K. during the weekend, grossing $1.4 million for a total take of $161.6 million and becoming the first movie to ever cross the 100 million pound mark.
The film, from Eon Productions, is the 23rd installment in the iconic British spy franchise. Skyfall also stars Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes.
Skyfall is the third movie of 2012 to cross $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales after Disney and Marvel's The Avengers ($1.51 billion) and Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion). Including Skyfall, only 14 films have grossed $1 billion or more.
"It is truly thrilling to reach this incredible milestone," said MGM chairman-CEO Gary Barber.
Added Sony vice chairman Jeff Blake: "To see a film connect with audiences is always gratifying, but the success of this film is nothing short of extraordinary. After 50 years of entertaining audiences all over the world, Skyfall is the most successful James Bond film of all time."
the top ten most searched music celebrities for the year ending 2012 are:
7. Tiwa Savage
6. Ice Prince
4. P Square
2. MI and
Three out of the list (Asa, P Square and
D'banj) had kept their acts well alive on
local and international stages, while the others had concentrated more on
holding their fans hostage back here in the
country. Tiwa Savage had re-branded herself and her music;
moving from Flytime to being a Mavin and
then Timaya who had jumped in just in time
with his controversial music video "Bum bum".
Interestingly or rather surprisingly, wonder
star WizKid didn't make the list, neither did
Marvin Crew boss Don Jazzy. Both of whom had endless issues tied to
them the entire year especially Don Jazzy who severed
business and perhaps friendship ties with
D'banj before going on to float his own music label Mavin Crew.
Did your favourite artiste make the list? hit us with your comments…
Having a vision is one thing and getting it to run on a smooth course with capable hands around it is another thing. Like most African Award schemes, it looks ONLY attractive and excellent on paper.
As I have always said anytime we talk, FRED, get a competent team, pay them well and let them run things for you properly…
Below is the full list of winners:
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Van Vicker -Joni Waka
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Nadia Buari – Rain
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE LOCAL LANGUAGE
Akwesi Boadi- Osofa Mafia
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE LOCAL LANGUAGE
Nana Ama Mac Brown – Nyankonton
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Rahim Banda – Wipe My Tears
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Anita Erskine - Single And Married
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE LOCAL LANGUAGE
Kojo Nkansah-Kweku Saman
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE LOCAL LANGUAGE
Emilia Brobbey – My Story
BEST ACTOR AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Alex Usifo – Off The Hook
BEST ACTRESS AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Patience Ozukwo – Untamed
BEST PICTURE AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Desmond Elliot & Caroline Danjuma – In The Cupboard
Single & Married – Kwame Awuah
Single & Married – Yvonne Nelson
Grooms Bride – Enoch Opoku
BEST COSTUME & WARDROBE
Ghana Police – Monica Agboli & Nicolas Nsiah
BEST ART DIRECTION
Rain – Production Design: DJ Varga Set Decoration: DJ Varga
BEST MUSIC ORIGINAL SONG
Azonto Ghost – Bisa
BEST DIRECTING ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Single And Married – Pascal Amanfo
BEST DIRECTING LOCAL LANGUAGE
Joni Waka – Van Vicker
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
B14 – Ninja
BEST WRITING ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
In The Cupboard – Kenhinde Olorunyomi And Lydia Forson
BEST MAKE UP
Groom Bride – Forreal Mensah
BEST MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE
Single And Married – Abraham Affaine
The brothers lost their mother in July and
laid her to rest in August. Also in August,
Peter Okoye announced he was expecting his second child with
girlfriend Lola Omotayo. In November, Paul
also announced his was expecting his first child with girlfriend Anita.
From then on, the twins including their elder
brother and 13-man band have toured Africa, performing in
Zimbabwe, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.
After making a quick performance at the
Calabar Carnival with Akon, Psquare and the crew traveled
Private Jet style to Abidjan for another
concert performance along with Chris Brown.
Nwachukwu the 2012 edition, Goldie
Organisers of the annual Big Brother Africa
reality TV show have announced that auditions for the 2013
edition of the show will begin in January 2013.
Managing Director of M-Africa, Biola Alabi, says the
next edition will feature housemates whose
activities will provide the audience with happiness, hope,
anxiety, friendship, love, arguments and fights. She
also added that the next edition will have a new twist
to it which will will be revealed when the show begins airing.
The last edition had the trio of Ola, Chris and singer,
Goldie as Nigeria's representatives but was won by South Africa's Keagan Peterson.
director Kunle Afolayan will commence the production for his
next movie, October 1.
In an exclusive chat with us, Afolayan disclosed that
the movie will be produced by his Golden
effects production and directed by him. He also mentioned
that the budget for the movie has been estimated at $2 million.
Cast will include actors from here and the
UK, including Sadiq Garba.
The movie, written by Tunde Babalola, is a
psychological thriller detailing the activities
of a northern police detective, Dan Waziri who was posted
to the western region to unravel the mystery behind a
series of female murders in the community.
He soon discovers that the prime suspect is
Aderopo,the prince of the community.
Waziri, however does
not have plenty of time as he is expected to bring the
Prince to book before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1.
on Thursday, December 22, 2012 was postponed due to
'logistical and multiple visa issue', organizers have said.
The event was to hold in Miami.
'We are sorry for any inconvenience but this decision
had to be made due to logistical and multiple visa
issues and in view of this week's national mourning.
Fans have been a great support to the artists and
have voted online in huge numbers', event producers
John Martinotti and Marcol International said
In a statement a few days before the event was to hold.
In the same week of the awards was when the Newtown, Connecticut shootings took place.
Nigerian pop singer D'banj was nominated a
record four times – in the World's Best Artiste', 'Best African
Artiste', 'Best Song' and 'Best Video'. He was also
announced to perform at the awards ceremony.
This is not the first time the WMA is failing to hold. The
event which traditionally holds in Monte
Carlo, Monaco, was cancelled in 2009 and 2011 due to different reasons.
about 1pm Nigerian time today in a private hospital in
the United States of America, has stirred interest in
Nollywood, with Mercy's colleagues and fans sending
congratulatory messages to the actress on the social media.
National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN,
Ibinabo Fiberesima, believes that God decided to console
the industry with the baby. "We lost some key members
this year, but see how God has rewarded us? I'm
extremely happy about this."
Mercy's publicist, Samuel Olatunji of Bigsam Media said
that the actress and her baby will take time to relax in
America before coming back to Nigeria.
"Yes, she was delivered of a baby girl, and both of them
are in a good condition. But they will relax for some
weeks before returning to Nigeria," he said.
The photo of the baby and her proud mum has been
posted on Mercy Johnson's online celebrity magazine,
www.mercyjohnson.com. The site has over 68, 000
followers on Facebook. The post already attracted over
800 comments, few minutes after the arrival of the baby
Mercy, who has been in America for over a month now,
got married to Prince Odianose Okogie in 2011 under
She was alleged to have snatched the Benin Prince, who
was married with two kids from his London-based wife.
has officially confirmed that Kim Kardashian is pregnant.
The American rapper, made the announcement to
thousands of fans, who gathered to watch him perform in
Atlantic City, on December 30.
West asked the audience to "stop the music and make
noise for my baby mama,", referring to 32-year-old Kim,
who was part of the concert goers.
And the congratulatory tweets have already begun for
the future parents.
As expected, the Kardashians were over the moon, as
another family member is now on the way.
"Im a happy girl !!!!!!!!! Wowza! Oh BABY BABY BABY,"
Kris Jenner tweeted.
Khloé Kardashian Odom wrote: "Keeping secrets is hard
with so many family members! Especially when you are
so freaking excited!!!!! LOVE is everything!!!!"
Kourtney Kardashian, who has two kids herself, took to
the social network to say, "Been wanting to shout from
the rooftops with joy and now I can! Another angel to
welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with excitement!"
"Congrats to Kim and Kanye. Happy for both of them…"
Russell Simmons tweeted.
along side Psquare, MayD, Jmartins. His performance
was dope until a group of lawless boys started fighting
somewhere in the middle of the UJ Esuene stadium.
Akon noticed it and asked that they stop the fight or he
would go through the crowd to where the fight was
taking place. The boys were obviously engulfed in their
thirst to shed blood that they didn't even listen.
So, before you know it, Akon just jumps in the
mammoth crowd.His body guards were shocked and
tried to jump in after him but they couldn't. Akon kept
screaming"Lift me up..ama go out there,take me
there"(na boat hin dey?)..Anyway, the crowd was too
busy trying to rip off his belt...and the left leg of his
shoe ....by the time his bodyguards got to him and
brought him back on stage, his belt buckle was gone too.
Akon didn't give up . He kept insisting that they let him
go over there and so, he went back stage and unknown
to us, he had a balloon
He first stood on stage and before you know it, Akon
jumped in the crowd, shielded by that balloon. It was the
most amazing sight I've ever seen as the crowd kept
throwing him around the stadium like a volleyball.
His body guards were running helter-skelter, trying to
get into the crowd to steer him safely back on stage,but
he kept going further to the excitement and shock of
spectators. Calabar crowd rocks as they steered him
safely back towards the stage and when he got back on
stage and came out of the balloon. The crowd erupted in cheers.
KORA Awards 2012 which took place yesterday in
Abidjan. The prestigious award is usually dubbed as "Africa's Grammys"
Davido emerged as the Best Male Newcomer at the 2012
KORA Awards that held last night, and 2010 Project
Fame West Africa Winner, Chidinma also scooped the
award for the 2012 Female West African Act.