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The Cannes film festival was canceled and the September jamborees in Venice and Toronto are uncertain, but this week movie lovers are being offered a taste of the film festival experience from the comfort of their homes. The 10-day “We Are One: A Global Film Festival,” starting Friday on YouTube, will feature new and classic movies, talks with directors, and music and comedy curated by 21 festivals including those in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto and...

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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), regulator of Nigeria’s film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, has adopted virtual platforms as part of film censoring and classification process amidst the Coronavirus(COVID-19) lockdown. Mr Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director, NFVCB, disclosed this in an interview  with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja. According to Thomas, the virtual operation is to present opportunity to classify movies and video works produced before the COVID-19 lockdown...

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There’s an elegant, almost poetic silence to one of the most compelling scenes of “On the Record,” a powerful new documentary about sexual violence that knows just when to dial down to a hushed quiet. In the early morning darkness of Dec. 13, 2017, former music executive Drew Dixon walks to a coffee shop and buys the New York Times. On the front page is the story in which she and two others accuse the...

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Nollywood actress, Emilia Dike, is dead. She reportedly died on Wednesday in Enugu after slumping. Mr Okechukwu Oku, a movie Director, who expressed sadness over the bad news, took to his Instagram page on Thursday @okechukwuoku to announce the death of the actress. ”Why is death taking the best people???? I’m confused oooo. “Just filmed with Mama here on my 2 last projects, excited to release it and this horrible news today. ” A woman...

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Singer-songwriter Casey Donovan performed on stage in Sydney on Thursday in a free concert that treated fans to some of the first live music many had heard in months. But they had to stay in their cars to enjoy it. Drive-in concerts are emerging as a trend that allows performers to connect with fans in real life while maintaining safe social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Donovan, who shot to fame after winning Australian Idol...

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Since its first edition in Dallas, Texas, 2015, The African Film Festival (TAFF) has grown to become a veritable cultural, education, and entertainment event to showcase African independent films. This fifth Anniversary edition will be hosted entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4-day festival will kick off on Tuesday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 6th with film screenings, online workshops, and training sessions, and TAFF Awards ceremony. Kelechi Eke, TAFF founder, and Executive...

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(Reuters) – Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” who built his ground-breaking sound with a boiling blend of boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues and gospel, died on Saturday at the age of 87. Richard, a Grammy Award winner and inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame whose electrifying 1950s hits such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” and flamboyant stage presence influenced legions of performers, succumbed to cancer. “Little Richard died in...

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Some notable actors, including, Kunle Afolayan, on Saturday, took to their Instagram handles to celebrate a veteran actor, Adebayo Salami, popularly known as “Oga Bello” who clocked 67 years. They celebrated “Oga Bello” for his mentorship and fatherly guidance in the profession. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that “Oga Bello” was born May 9, 1953. He began his acting career in 1964, and produced his first movie “Ogun Ajaye” in 1985. Since then,...

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Bob Dylan is releasing his first album of new music in eight years following a spurt of creativity from the man regarded as one of the world’s most influential songwriters. Rough and Rowdy Ways” will be released on June 19, according to a brief announcement on Dylan’s official website early on Friday. It will be a double album but no further details were given. The announcement followed the release late on Thursday of a third...

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Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins will stream a concert from an empty Royal Albert Hall on Friday evening, as locked-down Britain marks the 75th anniversary of “Victory in Europe” Day. Millions of people held a two-minute silence while military jets flew over the United Kingdom’s four capitals during commemorations for the end of World War Two on the continent. Events were due to climax with an address from Queen Elizabeth and a gala of war-time songs...