Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Mr Zeffirelli directed movie stars including Elizabeth Taylor and opera greats such as Maria Callas Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96. The Florence native directed stars including Elizabeth Taylor in the 1967 film Taming of the Shrew and Dame Judi Dench on stage in Romeo and Juliet. Italian media said Zeffirelli died after a long illness which had grown worse in recent months. The two-time Oscar nominee also served in the Italian senate for two terms as a member of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party. He is…

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Associates to launch Ras Kimono Development Foundation this month in Asaba

The late Nigerian reggae star, Ras Kimono The Associates and family of the late reggae artiste, Oseloke Onwubuya a.k.a Ras Kimono have fixed June 15 for the launch of the Ras Kimono Development Foundation in Asaba, Delta State. This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Godfrey Osakwe, the Associates’ Communication Consultant made available to newsmen on Saturday in Asaba. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that Kimono died at age 60 on June 10, 2018 after 35 years on stage and was buried in his home town, Onicha-Olona…

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Yul Edochie survives ‘terrible’ car crash

Actor Yul Edochie Popular Nollywood Actor, Yul Edochie, has miraculously survived a major road accident on a recent trip to the East. He made this known through his Instagram account@yuledochie on Wednesday. He wrote: “All I can say is thank you Lord, thank you Jesus, thank you Jehovah, God is real and God is alive. Thank you blessed mother Mary “I left Lagos yesterday heading to the east, just before I got to Ore doing 100-120km, my car lost control and started veering off to the right. “I tried to…

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Tonto Dikeh organises Walk Tour for elimination of drug abuse, human trafficking

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh is organising a 2.8km walk tour in Abuja for the elimination of drug abuse and human trafficking. Dike made this known via her Instagram account@tontolet on Saturday. The walk which will take place at 1 pm is scheduled to  take off from Aguiyi Ironsi Street to the SENSITIZATION ground @ THE JUNK YARD, RIVER PLATE NIG Garden, Abuja. She wrote: “It will be a glorious event! Come and let’s SPEAK OUR MINDS & salvage our great country/continent from this epidemic scourge!!! SPEAK…

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May 29: Simi, Harrysong, Okey Bakasi for Inauguration Day Concert in Abuja

Simi leads other entertainers to May 29 inauguration As Nigerians prepare for inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term of office on May 29, arrangement had been concluded to bring some of Nigeria’s best entertainers to Abuja for an “Inauguration Day Concert”. The show, which will hold on May 29 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, is being put together by Abuja based promotion outfit, “Montage Africa”. Expected to be on stage are top music and comedy stars which include: music sensations, Simi, Harrysong, Mr Real, Skiibii, Okey Bakasi, MC Tagwaye, Gandoki,…

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Film based on Christchurch mosque shooting in the works

Hello, Brother – named after a victim’s last words – was announced at Cannes film festival by Egyptian director Moez Masoud Worshippers return to Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the mass shooting. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP A film about the Christchurch mosque shootings, in which 51 people died, is to be directed by Egyptian film-maker and academic Moez Masoud. According to Variety the film’s title will be Hello, Brother, the words spoken by 71-year-old victim Hati Mohammed Daoud Nabi, who opened the door to the gunman of Al Noor mosque, where…

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Obituary: Doris Day, America’s archetypal girl next door

Late Doris Day Doris Day was the fresh-faced, all-American girl who became one of the world’s most bankable film stars. Her glittering singing career included timeless classics like Whip Crack Away, Qué Será Será and Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps. On screen, the wholesome, girl-next-door never failed to find love. Off screen, she could not have had less luck: she married four times. One of them beat her and another one robbed her. Later in life, she suffered the agony of watching her beloved only child die of an untreatable tumour. She…

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Alvin Sargent, Spider-Man screenwriter, dies at 92

Alvin Sargent, the American screenwriter who won two Oscars and penned scripts for the Spider-Man film trilogy, has died at the age of 92. Sargent died of natural causes at his home in Seattle on Thursday. He won Oscars for Julia, a 1977 Holocaust drama based on the personal writings of Lillian Hellman, and Ordinary People, a 1980 film about a family facing bereavement. However, he will be equally remembered for his later work on Spider-Man. Sargent wrote the screenplays for Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and Spider-Man 3 in 2007.…

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Kano-based praise singer Rabiu Baba is dead

A famous religious singer based in Kano, Sheriff Rabiu Baba, is dead. Baba, who died on Thursday in his Kano residence after a protracted illness, left behind a wife and many children. The famous musician who was in his early fifties became famous in the late eighties and early nineties. His songs were mostly praise songs for the Prophet Muhammad Peace be Upon him and songs which shaped people’s attitudes towards religious inclinations. Many residents were shocked to receive the news of his death and extended prayers for the repose…

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Lady Gaga, Zendaya, Cardi B, others stun at MET Gala

Kim Kardashian at the Gala Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Zendaya and Kim Kardashian had iconic red carpet fashion moments at the Met Gala on Monday night. The Met Gala, an annual benefit event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is considered one of the world’s biggest fashion events. It is known for its exclusive guest list, expensive tickets and -most of all- its extravagant outfits, based on a different theme each year. This year, the theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ – to…

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