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The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has suspended a fast-rising Nigerian actress, Queeneth Hilbert, indefinitely from film production activities following unprofessional conducts.

AGN suspends actress Queeneth Hilbert

The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has suspended a fast-rising Nigerian actress, Queeneth Hilbert, indefinitely from film production activities following unprofessional conducts.
Michael Owen, a former Premier League star, has predicted some of the FA Cup third round fixtures as Chelsea host Morecambe on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge, while Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur will tackle Marine.

Michael Owen set to feature in Strictly Come Dancing

Ex-England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen is reportedly in talks with the BBC about appearing on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Amazon has acquired the film and TV company MGM for $8.45 billion, the companies announced today. It’s a significant acquisition for the e-commerce giant, and it means it will own a library of content that’s reported to consist of around 4,000 films and 17,000 hours of TV. The acquisition is likely to help Amazon attract even more big-spending Prime subscribers as its Prime Video service competes with the likes of Netflix and Disney Plus.

Amazon buys MGM for $8.45 billion

Amazon has acquired the film and TV company MGM for $8.45 billion, the companies announced today. It’s a significant acquisition for the e-commerce giant, and it means it will own a library of content that’s reported to consist of around 4,000 films and 17,000 hours of TV.
Chloé Zhao accepts the Directing award for ‘Nomadland’ | Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images

China censored social media posts about Chloé Zhao’s Oscar win

The news of Chloé Zhao’s Oscar win for Best Director has been censored on social media and search engines in China at the direction of the country’s propaganda ministry, The Wall Street Journal reported. Zhao, who was born in Beijing, is the first Chinese woman and first woman of color to take home the Academy Award for directing. Nomadland also won Best Picture at Sunday night’s awards ceremony, and the movie’s star, Frances McDormand, won Best Actress.
Anthony Hopkins paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman in his first reaction to his success at the Academy Awards last night, where the actor picked up his second Oscar and first since his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in 1992 pic The Silence Of The Lambs.

Oscars: Nomadland, Hopkins makes history

The riveting film, which was Tunisia’s first Oscar-nominated film, tells the story of a Syrian refugee tells the story of a man who tattoos a European Schengen visa across his back as a living work of art, enabling him to cross international borders.
Frances McDormand, who won best actress, on stage as “Nomadland” picked up best picture.ABC, via Associated Press

Nomadland wins Oscar for best picture

US road movie “Nomadland” emerged as the big winner at the Oscars on Sunday with three major prizes, including a history-making award for director Chloe Zhao, as Hollywood celebrated its most glamorous night with a unique pandemic-era gala.
FILE PHOTO: Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster receive Documentary BAFTA award for "My Octopus Teacher", during the 74th British Academy Film Awards in London, Britain, April 11, 2021. BAFTA/Handout via REUTERS

Human-octopus love story up for best documentary Oscar

Pets can easily bond with humans, but when a wild octopus befriends a diver and becomes his life coach, that true story scores a best documentary nomination for this Sunday’s Oscars.
Stunningly beautiful and alluring actress, Ini Edo has revealed what she cannot step out without. She said that no matter what happens, she can’t step out of her house without applying her lipstick.

Ini Edo: I cannot step out without lipstick

Stunningly beautiful and alluring actress, Ini Edo has revealed what she cannot step out without. She said that no matter what happens, she can’t step out of her house without applying her lipstick.
British actor and Harry Potter star, Paul Ritter, has died at the age of 54.

Harry Potter star Paul Ritter passes on

His death was disclosed by his management in a statement released on Tuesday saying that he died of a brain tumour at home, surrounded by his wife and two sons.
HBO has announced the launch of The Iron Anniversary, a month-long celebration to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the series premiere of “Game of Thrones.”

HBO announces plans to celebrate 10th anniversary of ‘Game of Thrones’

HBO has announced the launch of The Iron Anniversary, a month-long celebration to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the series premiere of “Game of Thrones.”
Former Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show 2019 “Pepper Dem” season 4, Omashola Oburoh, has debuted in a new Nollywood movie ‘The Amanta Twins’.

Ex-BBNaija star Omashola Oburoh debut in new movie

Former Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show 2019 “Pepper Dem” season 4, Omashola Oburoh, has debuted in a new Nollywood movie ‘The Amanta Twins’.
Popular Nollywood actor, Toyin Abraham, says that there is no specific guideline to marriage, saying that it is not easy to move on after a divorce.

Toyin Abraham: I only began making money from Nollywood four years ago

Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham, who has been in the film industry for several years says she only started making money from it four years ago.
A Nigerian filmmaker, Charles Okpaleke, and veteran actor and film producer, Ramsey Nouah, have acquired the rights to produce a biopic based on the life and times of king Jaja of Opobo.

Ramsey Nouah to produce King Jaja of Opobo’s biopic

A Nigerian filmmaker, Charles Okpaleke, and veteran actor and film producer, Ramsey Nouah, have acquired the rights to produce a biopic based on the life and times of king Jaja of Opobo.
Movie lovers, practitioners and critics who graced the premiere of ‘Eagle Wings’ penultimate Sunday at Blue Pictures Cinema, Lagos will definitely agree that the blockbuster has set a record in the Nigerian movie industry.

Nollywood-military movie ‘Eagle Wings’ premieres in Lagos

Movie lovers, practitioners and critics who graced the premiere of ‘Eagle Wings’ penultimate Sunday at Blue Pictures Cinema, Lagos will definitely agree that the blockbuster has set a record in the Nigerian movie industry.
American actress and producer, Viola Davies, has become the most nominated black actress in the history of the Academy Awards after she received her fourth Oscar nomination on Monday.

Viola Davis makes history as Oscars most nominated black actress ever

American actress and producer, Viola Davies, has become the most nominated black actress in the history of the Academy Awards after she received her fourth Oscar nomination on Monday.
After the many delays of this pandemic year, the Oscar nominations are finally here.

Oscars 2021: The complete nominations list

Competing for best picture are “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “Promising Young Woman,” “Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
Nigerian singer and actor, Olurotimi Akinosho, better known as Rotimi, says he was excited to be a part of the new movie, “Coming 2 America,” saying that the movie portrayed Africa in a good light

Rotimi: Coming 2 America paints Africa positively

Rotimi said: “Being on the project was something legendary. I felt like I was a part of something generational. As a first generation Nigerian-American, I watched the first part of the movie as early as when I was six years old. I recall that I was then living in a one-bedroom apartment in East Orange, New Jersey, United States of America, with my family.”
Nigerian filmmaker, actor, and CEO of Uzee Concept, Uzee Usman, has called on the government to help kick piracy away in the movie Industry, particularly in Kannywood.

Uzee Usman: Piracy is endangering Kannywood industry

Nigerian filmmaker, actor, and CEO of Uzee Concept, Uzee Usman, has called on the government to help kick piracy away in the movie Industry, particularly in Kannywood.
Funke Akindele-Bello’s blockbuster comedy movie ‘Omo Ghetto’ (The Saga) has become the highest-grossing Nollywood film, the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) has announced.

Funke Akindele’s ‘Omo Ghetto’ racks up N500 million at box office

Funke Akindele-Bello’s blockbuster comedy movie ‘Omo Ghetto’ (The Saga) has become the highest-grossing Nollywood film, the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) has announced.
Actors with disabilities will be included in auditions for each new film and television production at NBCUniversal, which becomes the second major media company to make such a commitment.

NBCUniversal vows auditions for actors with disabilities

Actors with disabilities will be included in auditions for each new film and television production at NBCUniversal, which becomes the second major media company to make such a commitment.
An Abuja-based research institute, Africa Polling Institute (API) has listed popular comedians Broda Shaggi, Mark Angel Comedy, Mr Macaroni, and Taaooma as Nigeria’s top skit comedians and digital content creators.

Broda Shaggi, Mr Macaroni others top list of digital content creators

An Abuja-based research institute, Africa Polling Institute (API) has listed popular comedians Broda Shaggi, Mark Angel Comedy, Mr Macaroni, and Taaooma as Nigeria’s top skit comedians and digital content creators.
Colette's Premiere with Keira Knightley, Wash Westmoreland, Aiysha Hart, Ray Panthaki. at cinema Gaumont Marignan in Paris. 10 Jan 2019 Pictured: Colette's Premiere with Keira Knightley, Wash Westmoreland, Aiysha Hart, Ray Panthaki. at cinema Gaumont Marignan in Paris. Photo credit: Eliotpress/MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA335648_007.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]

Hollywood actress: I am done filming sex scenes with male directors

Hollywood actress, Kiera Knightley, says she will not be shooting nude and sex scenes anymore if the director is male as it makes her uncomfortable.

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Athletics - IAAF Diamond League - Golden Gala - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 31, 2018 Luvo Manyonga of South Africa celebrates winning the Men's long jump REUTERS/Tony Gentile

South African long jumper gets four-year ban for anti-doping violation

Olympic long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga is set to miss the Tokyo Games after being banned for four years for a second anti-doping rule violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday.

Blasts kill two near office of party backed by Myanmar army

A Myanmar military truck exploded in one of two blasts near an office of an army-backed political party in the country’s biggest city on Friday, local media reported, and a senior rescue official said two people were killed and six wounded.
Emil Forsberg scored Sweden’s first goal of the Euro 2020 from the penalty spot as they edged out Slovakia 1-0 to boost their qualification hopes in Group E on Friday.

Euro 2020: Emil Forsberg fires Sweden to victory over Slovakia

Emil Forsberg scored Sweden’s first goal of the Euro 2020 from the penalty spot as they edged out Slovakia 1-0 to boost their qualification hopes in Group E on Friday.
Scores of the Boko Haram sect feared dead when the armed group clashed with military troops along Maiduguri- Damaturu highway on Sunday morning.

One dead, five freed as troops battle kidnappers of Kebbi students, teachers

Nigerian Army said that one of the students abducted from the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State died during gun battle between bandits who abducted them and the troops early Friday morning.
A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post.

Boko Haram gets new leader

The Boko Haram Islamic group has confirmed the death of Abubakar Shekau, it’s erstwhile leader and the emergence of a new one in a short video recently released to the media.

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The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

President Buhari presides over weekly FEC meeting

The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.
The Premier League have confirmed the punishments to be handed out to the ‘big six clubs’ involved in the supposed breakaway European Super League.

Premier League 2021/22 fixtures unveiled

Premier League champions Manchester City get their 2021/22 title defence under way at Tottenham Hotspur when the new season kicks off on the weekend of August 14.
The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

Nigerian government to set up 38 oxygen plants

The statement contained briefings from different representatives on different issues bordering on the workings of the country. This includes Boss Mustapha, the Secretary-General of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19.
Jadon Sancho is ‘confident’ of sealing a move to Manchester United this summer as the Premier League side work on a deal to sign the Borussia Dortmund winger.

Jadon Sancho ‘confident’ of sealing Manchester United transfer

Jadon Sancho is ‘confident’ of sealing a move to Manchester United this summer as the Premier League side work on a deal to sign the Borussia Dortmund winger.
Zambia's founding father and former president Kenneth Kaunda has been admitted to hospital, his office said Monday.

Zambia’s founding president treated for pneumonia

Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991. He is among the continent’s few surviving liberation heroes.