AMVCA 2017 Full list of Award Winners

“Oloibiri” beat “A Trip to Jamaica,” “76,” “93 Days” and “The CEO” to win the 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award best movie West Africa.

The fifth edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) held on March 4, 2017.

The event which held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, was hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Minenhle ‘Minnie’ Dlamini.

From “76” to “Oloibiri,” Rita Dominic and Sambasa Nzeribe, check out full list of winners;

 

1. Trailblazer Award: Somkele Idhalama

2. Best Make Up Artiste (Movies/TV series): Oloibiri – Hakeem Onilogbo Ajibola, Perekeme Odon

3. Best Costume Designer: 76 – Pat Egwurube

4. Best Art Director: 76 – Pat Nebo

5. Best Sound Editor (Movies/TV series): Vaya

6. Best Picture Editor (Movie/TV series): Oloibiri – Nnodim Chigozie, Paula Peterson

7. Best Lighthing Designer (Movies/TV series): 93 Days – Elliot Sewape

8. Best Cinematographer: Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Lance Gewer

9. Best Documentary: Alison

10. Best Short Film or Online Video: Cat Face

11. Best Actress in an M-Net original comedy series: Deborah Anugwa – Hustle

12. Best Actor in an M-Net comedy series: Samuel Ajibola – “The Johnsons”

13. Best Actress in an M-Net original drama series: Meg Otanwa – “Hush”

14. Best Actor in an M-Net original drama series: David Jones David – “Hotel Majestic”

15. Best M-Net original comedy series: The Johnsons

16. Best M-Net original drama series: Tinsel

17. Best Indigenous Language TV series/movies (Swahili): Zilizala

18. Best Indigenous Language TV series/movies (Hausa): Yaki Da Zuciya

19. Best Indigenous Language TV series/movies (Yoruba): Somwhere in The Dark – Abiodun Jimoh, Jumoke Odetola

20. Best Indigenous Language TV series/movies (Igbo): Amoye-Bu-Onye

21. Best Soundtrack/ Original Score: The Encounter – Michael ‘The Truth’ Ogunlade

22. Best TV series: Jenifa’s Diary

23. Best Writer: Vaya

24. Best Supporting Actress: Ebele Okaro – Four One Love

25. Best Supporting Actor In A Drama (Movie/TV series): Rotimi Salami – Just Not Married

26. Best Actor in a Comedy: Imeh Umoh Bishop – The Boss is Mine

27. Best Movie East Africa: Kati Kati

28. Best Movie West Africa: Oloibiri

29. Best Movie South Africa: All About Love

30. Best Actress in a Drama (Movies/TV Series): Rita Dominic – 76

31. Best Actor in a Drama: Sambasa Nzeribe – Slow Country

32. Best Overall Movie: 76

33. Best Director: 76 – Izu Ojukwu

34. Life Achievement Award: Chika Okpala

 

Credit: Pulseng, African Magic, Mnet Africa.

The Evolution of Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine

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With Logan already out in the cinemas there is no better time to talk about the man who’s made Wolverine possible on the big screen all these years.
Hugh Jackman is one of the best things to ever happen to the world of cinematic viewing experience; for 17 years he has been the face of one of the most popular comic-book movie franchise, but just like everything that has a beginning the end has come for his reign as Logan (The Wolverine).

We are going to briefly go through Logan’s role in all the movies of the Xmen franchise, and quietly analyse his (Hugh Jackman’s) contribution towards making the installments of the franchise memorable for fans and also profitable for 20th Century Fox (the studio behind the Xmen movies).

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1. Xmen (2000)

It won’t be wrong to say Logan was the bedrock of this movie; his relationship with Rogue was the main stay of the very first entry into the franchise. This movie helped establish Hugh Jackman the Australian by birth a somewhat good choice to play Logan the Canadian by character.

2. Xmen: United (2003)

This movie confirmed Director Bryan Singer’s decision to cast Hugh Jackman. Hugh owned the role of this movie, and as usual the plot needed him to make it work because this movie focused more on how Logan became the Wolverine through experimentation by William Stryker.

3. Xmen: Last Stand (2006)

Considered the weakest link of the original trilogy, this was still a good watch, and it needed Hugh Jackman as Logan to work. His complicated relationship with Jean Grey is what saw the story come to an end.

4. Xmen Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Considered the worst film of the franchise (which I concur) this movie was supposed to be the launch pad of Fox’s idea to take the most popular of the Xmen into an anthology world of their own spin-offs. The movie flopped in the eyes of critics and viewers, it was so bad that it delayed Ryan Reynold’s launch of Deadpool for almost a decade.

5. Xmen: First Class (2011)

This was the salvation Fox hoped for. And it worked. The Xmen franchise was soft rebooted, and most of the core characters recast with younger versions of themselves, but none could be gotten to replace to indispensable Hugh Jackman. Hugh Jackman had a small appearance as Logan, which is memorable for the reply phrase, ‘F*uck off!’

6. The Wolverine (2013)

Another solo movie outing, only this time it was done right. Logan was the sole center of this entertaining movie.

7. Xmen: Days of Future Past (2014)

This movie is one of the best of the franchise, it brought casts of the original trilogy and newer casts together in a compelling story, and as usual, Logan was the one to hold the story together. Logan’s regenerative factor was used as the basis to send his consciousness back years in time to help avert a dangerous future.

8. Deadpool (2016)

The only appearance Logan made here was when Deadpool made a caricature drawing of the man with an adamantium claw. Ha Ha!!

9. Xmen: Apocalypse (2016)

Truthfully, Logan didn’t have much to do here, but the producers just had to provide both fan service and set up future movies, so they had to fit him in.

10. Logan (2017)

The last and latest movie of Hugh Jackman as Logan. This movie will be an emotional roller-coaster, and will prove just how much he will be missed. It is up to Fox to decide how the character will be continued, or how the series will progress without him.

 

No doubt Hugh Jackman will be missed in this role, whoever is taking over has a huge hole to fill. The news going round from Logan’s early preview is that the movie is very much worth the hype. This is Hugh Jackman’s swansong, best to go when the ovation is at the loudest.

 

Logan is out in cinemas already, and will be reviewed in RR as soon as possible.

The Flash debuts a new speedster

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The Flash S03 E14 unveiled a new speedster, the one of Earth 19.

Here’s the first look at the speedster comic book lovers will recognize as The Accelerated man.

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Who is Accelerated Man?

He is the Flash of Earth 19, the earth that houses Gypsy (the female with Cisco like powers). As a speedster he is expected to have powers associated with speedsters (speed, accelerated healing, connection to the speed force, etc.) We don’t know about this character yet being that he had just about 5 awesome seconds of  screen time. I really like the characterization of his speed, if you re-watch the clip off the episode take time to notice how he fled after being addressed by Gypsy… it was awesome!

Accelerated man is the 9th speedster to be introduced into The Flash TV series, I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more of him very soon.

 

TV Shows of March 2017

Two series premiere this March,

What would life be like if there were no long episode serial shows to either binge-watch or follow religiously every week?

Iron Fist and The Originals come to our screen this month.

1. Iron Fist (Mar. 17)

Network: Netflix

Season: 1

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The last long awaited Defender is ready to join his siblings in their shared Marvel TV Netflix corner of the MCU. Danny Rand, the heir to Rand Enterprise returns after years away learning martial arts to take over his father’s company and safe his city. Much more of the plot will be learnt after binge-watching after its release.

 

2. The Originals (Mar. 17)

Network: The CW

Season: 4

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After a long wait, and shift from the usual premiere date of October alongside its parent series, The Originals is making a comeback to our screens. Last we left the city of New Orleans our miscreant Original Vampires were seemingly defeated at the hands of an all powerful Marcel, the invisible Klaus had been rolled over and subdued with Papa Tunde’s blade, while the rest of the Originals (Elijah, Freya, and Rebekah) were induced in a magical coma inside Klaus’ head pending when Hayley finds a way for all of them to be together in the real world again. Judging from the promo trailers, Hayley has been busy and we can’t wait to see exactly what she’s been up to. I caught glimpse of her morphing into a full wolf… awesome! Click here to watch the season 4 promo trailer if you haven’t.

Movies of March 2017

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It’s a new month, and that means new movies, TV series, and so much camera actions.

In usual RR’s tradition, this is a clip off the bud of the larger anticipated movie calendar of the year 2017. Click here for the full list.

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1. First off the month of March, is Logan (Mar. 3) *

The highly anticipated Logan is reportedly Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the man with the adamantium claw, meaning it will be an emotional movie, especially during its last ten minutes (usually for farewell and speeches). Critics who have already viewed this movie have certified it fresh and fit for public consumption and enjoyment.

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2. Next is the movie that’ll serve as a reboot to the strength of an ape, Kong: Skull Island (Mar 10) *

This fantasy movie has promised to be very entertaining thanks to its many trailers we’ve viewed.

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3. Beauty and the Beast (Mar. 17) *

In 1991, Disney ruled the box-office world with the release of an animation with this titled; now they are set to do it again, this time by bringing the household characters to life.

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4. Power Rangers (Mar. 20) *

Go go, Power Rangers! This is one phrase a lot of us grew up hearing almost everyday; the Power Rangers are returning, and this time with the awesomeness that a 2017 movie can offer, awesome graphics of morphing, flights, and slashes.

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5. Ghost in the Shell (Mar. 31)

The Scarlet Johnson led movie is set to be released. Promo pictures and snippets I’ve seen raised my interest in this movie a little.

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(*) movies are movies I really anticipate.

TV Review: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. S04 E15

Instead of one simple story, AoS this season decided to go with a story spread over three pods (portions). It started with the introduction of the Ghostrider and the Darkholme, then the Life Model Decoys (LMDs), and now into the final pod, the Framework. This strategy has worked very well as AoS is at its strongest in terms of storytelling since its premiere in 2013; I like particularly how well the story-line has been progressive in terms of direction.

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The episode picked up almost the same place it left last week, Jemma and Fitz realize all their friends just returned from the battle at The Superiors submarine have been replaced by LMDs; as expected, they panic, and have to keep up the front to avoid exposing the only card they have – that they are in the know. AoS brought out thorough acting, one of the best of  Iain De Caestecker (Fitz) and Elizabeth Hendridge (Jemma Simmons), who were extremely wonderful in their interaction in this episode, and here’s why.

Between Fitz and Jemma, one’s a Life Model Decoy (LMD).

It took me a while to figure out whom. I know this praise should go to the Writers and Director who beautifully shielded this information within the whole accusation thing, but these actors brought the action to life, and it was very believable. Whoever has been following Fitz and Jemma’s love story since season 1 understands perfectly how much these duo love themselves.

Jemima and Daisy had to work together to evade the LMDs to get to safe grounds with a few other agents they were able to convince about what was really going on.

LMD-May was also brought back into commission this episode. Her programming had made her more human-like, softer than the real May, but I came to love her in this episode as well. LMD-May sacrificed herself to destroy LMD-Coulson so that Daisy and her team could escape from LMD-Fitz and LMD-Mace. Once in safe grounds, Daisy and Jemima with the help of Agent YoYo plugged themselves into Aida’s framework, yo go save their friends.

Talking about Aida, she killed her creator, Dr. Radcliffe, because her topmost priority to protect the Framework supersedes the need to protect his life, as he’s the greatest threat to the Framework. She plugged his dying body into the framework to preserve his consciousness.

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Inside the Framework we got a glimpse the many changes to the world we’ve grown accustomed to; Daisy is in a relationship with Grant Ward, May is at the Treskelion headed by Hydra, Jemma is supposedly dead, Fitz is a rich mogul, amongst other changes we don’t yet know about. With this new world AoS has built, it has the ability to tell any story with practically any character, living or dead, even with characters from the larger MCU.

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AoS returns in six weeks time, with an all  new action-packed episode, and answers to all our burning questions.

Let me know what you think in the comment box.