Court halts Omoni Oboli’s movie screening following copyright infringement allegations

A court injunction over copyright infringement allegations halted the screening of Nollywood actress and producer, Omoni Oboli’s film, Okafor’s Law at the IMAX Cinema in Lekki, Lagos on Friday evening.

After months of preparation and publicity, the actress was served a court injunction at 5P.M. just an hour before the premiere, because of a lawsuit filed by a third party over allegations that she infringed on a writers intellectual property.

In the injunction, which was obtained to prevent Okafor’s Law premiere and release on March 31, Omoni Oboli, Dioni Visions and Filmone Distribution are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.

The actress was clearly heartbroken as she broke the news to the audience saying “Okafor’s Law is my story, my script, my film; was written a 100% by me.”

Omoni Oboli was accused of copyright infringement for the Okafor’s Law title she gave her movie, by a Canada-based writer, Jude Idada.

Jude accused Omoni of stealing his story and idea for her new movie, Okafor’s Law, in September 2016.

Jude revealed this in an interview with an online movie website, TNS. He also stated that Oboli copied his idea for her directorial debut, “Being Mrs Elliott.”

In September 2016, TNS published a 45-minute long interview with Jude who alleged that the actress infringed on his intellectual copyright by running with his script for the film.

Idada alleged that Oboli took the work he had done regarding Okafor’s Law and developed it without giving him due credit despite the fact that the only thing she had at the time she called him into the project was the name Okafor’s Law.”

The actress/producer however maintained her silence and went on to promote and set a release date for the movie for March 31st with the premiere on Friday evening in Lagos, even after a demand letter was allegedly sent, and the matter was taken to court for the copyright infringement and trademark violation.

A star-studded movie, Okafor’s Law stars Richard Mofe Damijo, Toyin Aimakhu, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ken Erics, Ufuoma McDermott, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Yvonne Jegede, Halima Abubakar, Mary Lazarus, Uche Nnaji, Betty Irabor, Tina Mba, Gabriel Afolayan, and Funke Bucknor.

Omoni is popular for hit Nollywood movies including “Being Mrs. Elliott,” “Wives on Strike,” “The First Lady,” “The Figurine,” “Anchor Baby” among others.

Okafor’s Law premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of the City-to-City programme.

Jude is a winner of AMAA best screenplay award, ANAA prize for Drama, Goethe Institut AfrikaProjekt and the first runner up of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature.

 

Source: Premium Times

Porn company invites Anambra Beauty Queen, Chidinma Okeke to star in porn movie.

Adult film website, Xvideos has issued an invite to ex-Miss Anambra Chidinma Okeke.

 

Chidinma has been trending online for weeks after a video allegedly showed her performing a sexual act with her Personal Assistant Ada.

 

A Twitter user, @AmeborHQ  tweeted about the video which sparked interest from Xvideos. The adult website went ahead to request for further details to which @AmeborHQ, replied, “@xvideoscom miss Chidinma Okeke is a beauty queen.”

 

Xvideos took it a step further by inviting Chidinma over for casting, “@AmeborHQ who is miss Chidinma Okeke? She should join us in our next casting.”

 

The DIVA Awards last week announced that Chidinma will be awarded for her resilience despite the sex scandal.

Akon set to star in a Jeta Amata movie

Ace Nollywood Director and Producer Jeta Amata is working with Akon on the set of a new movie ‘The American King’ in Los Angeles California.

Earlier when Raham Sadau was banned from Kannywood, Akon and Jeta extended an invitation to her to join them on set of their movie but the part she is to play has not been revealed yet.

See some BTS photos from the set:

Pregnant Nigerian Woman Brutally Attacked and Robbed After Going Into Labour In London

Police today, August 24th, released an e-fit of mugger who attacked a Nigerian woman while she was in labour. The suspect punched her in the face and stole her phone as she tried to call her family.
On June 26th, Patience Chukwu, 40, had left her home in north London to take a bus to hospital and was having contractions when the man swiped her Samsung Galaxy from her hands.

“I took out my phone to call my sister and tell her I was on the way to the hospital when the boy came up to me. He stood in front of me and I thought he was about to ask for directions. He was standing there staring at me and then he snatched the phone from me. As he grabbed it, I grabbed him by the hood. I was trying to recover the phone. He just hit me. He went to hit me in the stomach, so I bent double and the blow hit me in the face.”
The attacker got on his BMX to flee but Ms Chukwu grabbed him. “He was dragging me and I was screaming,” she said.

“Then he hit me for a third time and I went blind for a short time. So I let go and he was gone.

“It was horrifying. I sat there afterwards shaking and shivering”
Ms Chukwu was initially treated on the street by police after the assault, which took place on a Sunday at about 10am in Leadale Road, Stamford Hill. She was taken to Homerton hospital, where medics took her into theatre for a Caesarean section after being unable to detect her child’s heartbeat.
Her son, Kamsi Kishi, was born hours later with complications. He suffers from seizures, which police today said are a result of the attack.
Ms Chukwu was not able to visit her child, now eight weeks old, until the next morning and could not take him home for a week while doctors kept him under observation.
Police have now released an e-fit of the suspect. Investigating officer Detective Inspector Paul Ridley admitted:
“The e-fit is our last line of enquiry. We’ve exhausted everything else. We’re appealing for information from friends, relatives and even criminal associates. Given the nature of the act, I’m sure a lot of criminals would have been shocked. We have a woman on the brink of giving birth subjected to an attack like that in broad daylight just for her mobile phone.”
The suspect is described as a thin black man aged between 18 and 21 with short dark hair. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a green hooded jumper. Ms Chukwu, who also has a four-year-old daughter, Kika, said:
“I didn’t expect that a heavily pregnant woman in labour would be robbed. My belly would have been huge. As he was robbing me I was begging him, ‘Please, I’m in labour, please’.
“That boy is wicked and I want  them to catch him before he attacks someone else.”
Ms Chukwu also thanked members of the Jewish neighbourhood watch group Shomrim who rushed to her aid following the ordeal. Pinchas Paksher, who was first on the scene to help the woman shortly after the attack, said:
“The thief was heartless, targeting the most vulnerable in society, the victim was on the phone seeking help to arrange transport to hospital when her phone was snatched. I urge anyone with information to call police or Crimestopper”

 

Obasanjo’s Book, ‘My Watch’ To Be Adapted Into Hollywood Movie

Former Nigerian president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s book, titled ‘My Watch’ has been adapted into a movie which will be directed by award winning director Jeta Amata alongside other Hollywood partners. ‘My Watch’ which chronicles Obasanjo’s life and presidency, was launched in 2014 and caused quite a stir during the period for the commentary on past leaders, as well as then serving president Goodluck Jonathan.

 

The movie will be featuring Nollywood and Hollywood actors, and will be shot in locations both within and outside the country. Jeta Amata, together with American actress Vanessa Martini and Nollywood actor Enyinna Nwigwe met with the former president yesterday where the deal was finalized.

Kevin Hart And Ice Cube’s ‘Ride Along 2’ Unseats ‘Star Wars’ At The Box Office

The box office power of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” wore off this week as Universal Pictures’ “Ride Along 2” unseated the latest chapter in the space saga from the top spot it’s held for four weeks. The sequel to the 2014 buddy cop comedy hit starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube grossed an estimated $34 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend.
This sets up the film to retain the first place spot through the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend to meet, if not exceed, its $40 million to $45 million in expected ticket sales through Monday.

“I think it starts with the filmmakers and the cast,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “In sequels, audiences always play off of how much people like the characters the first time. As we’re trending to be No. 1 for the four-day holiday, our audience is wide and diverse.”

Genevieve Nnaji Stuns In Own Movie Photo Shoot For Allure Magazine

Gracefully depicting her ageless image, Genevieve Nnaji and her “Road To Yesterday” co-star Oris Erhuero, did a photo shoot to promote the movie.

She shared the lovely photos on her Instagram handle and tagged Allure Magazine, a publication of Vanguard.

See her IG posts below:

Winners For The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

 BEST PICTURE

Boyhood – WINNER

Birdman 

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Nightcrawler

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Unbroken

Whiplash

BEST ACTOR

Michael Keaton – Birdman- WINNER

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

David Oyelowo – Selma

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS

Julianne Moore – Still Alice – WINNER

Jennifer Aniston – Cake

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash – WINNER

Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice

Robert Duvall – The Judge

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood – WINNER

Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood – WINNER

Ansel Elgort – The Fault in Our Stars

Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar

Jaeden Lieberher – St. Vincent

Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Quvenzhane Wallis – Annie

Noah Wiseman – The Babadook

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Guardians of the Galaxy – WINNER

American Sniper

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Edge of Tomorrow

Fury

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper – WINNER

Tom Cruise – Edge of Tomorrow

Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Brad Pitt – Fury

Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow – WINNER

Scarlett Johansson – Lucy

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy

Shailene Woodley – Divergent

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

Interstellar – WINNER

The Babadook

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Snowpiercer

Under the Skin

BEST SONG

Glory – Common/John Legend – Selma – WINNER

Big Eyes – Lana Del Rey – Big Eyes

Everything Is Awesome – Jo Li and the Lonely Island – The Lego Movie 

Lost Stars – Keira Knightley – Begin Again

Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

BEST SCORE

Antonio Sanchez – Birdman – WINNER

Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game

Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl 

Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Force Majeure – WINNER

Ida

Leviathan

Two Days, One Night

Wild Tales

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – WINNER

Edge of Tomorrow

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

 BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Birdman – WINNER

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Into the Woods

Selma

BEST DIRECTOR

Richard Linklater – Boyhood – WINNER

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay – Selma

David Fincher – Gone Girl

Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Angelina Jolie – Unbroken

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo

Boyhood – Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn – WINNER

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

Unbroken – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson

Wild – Nick Hornby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPY

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki – WINNER

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman

Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema

Mr. Turner – Dick Pope

Unbroken – Roger Deakins

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Lego Movie – WINNER

Big Hero 6

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2 

BEST COMEDY

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER

Birdman 

St. Vincent

Top Five

22 Jump Street

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Michael Keaton – Birdman – WINNER

Jon Favreau – Chef

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Bill Murray – St. Vincent

Chris Rock – Top Five

Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Jenny Slate – Obvious Child

Rose Byrne – Neighbors

Rosario Dawson – Top Five

Melissa McCarthy – St. Vincent

Kristen Wiig – The Skeleton Twins

BEST ART DIRECTION

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator – WINNER

Birdman – Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator

Inherent Vice – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator

Interstellar – Nathan Crowley/Production Designer, Gary Fettis/Set Decorator

Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator

Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil/Production Designer, Beatrice Brentnerova/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING

Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione – WINNER

Boyhood – Sandra Adair

Gone Girl – Kirk Baxter

Interstellar – Lee Smith

Whiplash – Tom Cross

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero – WINNER

Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges

Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood

Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

Guardians of the Galaxy – WINNER

Foxcatcher

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Into the Woods

Maleficent

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Life Itself – WINNER

Citizenfour

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Last Days in Vietnam 

The Overnighters

Wendy Laughs at Criticisms Against Aaliyah Movie…

Ace American television show hostess, Wendy William, has laughed over and slammed many celebrities on her show. Her hot topic segments on the  Aaliyah biopic gave her yet another good laugh regardless of the backlashes she recieved.

This came after many celebrities and Aaliyah fans expressed utter dissatisfaction concerning the movie produced by Wendy and this was her reaction;

“I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend! Errbody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you, whether you love or hate, you watched. It was the second-highest rated movie on all of cable this year so far. Not just Lifetime. All of cable.”

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