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Eyimofe makes Guardian UK’s best films from Africa, Asia, Latin America list



Eyimofe, the multiple award-winning Nigerian feature film, has been picked along with nine others on a shortlist of top films from Africa, Asia and Latin America by The Guardian of the UK.

The top British media organisation commissioned its writers to pick their favourite recent world cinema releases and Eyimofe and four other films from Africa ended up on the exclusive 10-film list.

Selected alongside Eyimofe, were Faya Dayi (Ethiopia), The Gravedigger’s Wife (Djibouti), The Rumba Kings (DR Congo), and Feathers (Egypt).

Others are The Great Indian Kitchen (India), Manco Cápac (Peru), I am Belmaya (Nepal), Antara: Songs of Afternoon (Bangladesh), and Suspensión (Colombia).

Emmanuel Akinwotu, the West Africa correspondent of The Guardian (UK), described Eyimofe (This is My Desire in Yoruba) as “a beautifully subtle and moving film that follows two unrelated people, Mofe and Rosa, who are both full of dreams of leaving overwhelming economic struggles in Nigeria for a fresh start in Europe.”

He added: “Just as striking as their layered, individual stories, which each form half of the film, is the backdrop of Lagos and how it is depicted by debut film-makers, twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri. Shot entirely in 16mm, the film offers a sensitive and pensive illustration of a city that is often cast as teeming and frenetic, full of vibrancy and the extremes of wealth and poverty. Yet in Eyimofe, the reality of working-class life is shown with nuance, hope and hopelessness.

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Celebrity Big Brother Season 3 cast revealed: Meet the new famous houseguests



Celebrity Big Brother is almost here — and CBS is introducing the lineup of famous houseguests!

On Wednesday night, the network announced the new cast for season 3 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition.

The stars preparing to compete in the house include former NBA star Lamar Odom, TV personality Teddi Mellencamp, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler and style guru Carson Kressley.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, Olympian ice-skater Mirai Nagasu, singer/influencer Todrick Hall, *NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick, Diff’rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges, Saturday Night Live alumnus Chris Kattan and UFC fighter Miesha “Cupcake” Tate are also slated to compete for the Big Brother crown, which premieres on Feb. 2.

Host Julie Chen Moonves teased the cast reveal earlier on Wednesday in a video posted to CBS’ Twitter account.

“@CBSBigBrother fans you’ve been patient. We hear you, we see you and we want to reward you with some clues on who the #BBCeleb Houseguests will be,” the tweet read. “Listen along and make your guesses. The reveal will be here sooner than you think.”

In the clip, Chen Moonves, 52, hinted that the celebrities include “a former American basketball player who has been famously linked to a family of reality tv stars” and a star who “gained fame in the 90s being part of one of the most famous and influential music groups in the world.”

Other celebs included a “famous housewife,” someone who is known for “cracking jokes, specifically on SNL,” an “Olympic bronze medalist,” “the daughter of a famous rock star,” “a pageant queen, model and actress,” a sitcom actor and an athlete who is in the “top 15 for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight rankings.”

Season 3 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition comes after the show’s nearly three-year hiatus.

The show previously aired in 2018 and 2019. Tony-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur won season 1 and four-time Grammy nominee Tamar Braxton won season 2.

Previous celebrity competitors include TV personalities Kandi Burruss, Omarosa Manigault Newman and Ross Mathews; Olympians Lolo Jones and Ryan Lochte; actors Shannon Elizabeth and Joey Lawrence; comedian Tom Green; and former White House director of communications Anthony Scaramucci.

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Fathia Balogun joins Sola Sobowale others for Kunle Afolayan’s new film



Nollywood actress, Fathia Balogun Williams has joined Sola Sobowale and others for Kunle Afolayan’s new film.

The actress recently joined other members of the cast of the film including Bimbo Ademoye, Sodiq Adebayo, and Kunle Remmy.

While details of the film’s synopsis are yet to be revealed, it was gathered that Afolayan, the director and executive producer of the film is working with American-born cinematographer, Jonathan Kovel, and Jemila Musa Akinwale.

The upcoming production is currently being filmed at Kunle Afolayan owned film village in Igbojaye/Komu area of Oyo state.

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Actor playing Harry Potter on Broadway fired after complaint about conduct



The actor who plays Harry Potter in Broadway’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has been fired after a female costar made a complaint about his conduct, according to the show’s producers.

The complaint about James Snyder was made in November of last year, according to a Sunday statement from the play’s producers.

“Immediately upon receiving this complaint the producers commissioned an independent investigation by a third party, and Mr. Snyder was suspended pending the investigation’s completion,” the statement said.

When the investigation concluded, “the producers decided Mr. Snyder should not return to the production and terminated his contract,” the statement said.

The woman who made the complaint, the nature of which was not clear, has decided to take a leave of absence, the producers said.

“We are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive workplace, which is why we have robust workplace policies and procedures in place for all those involved in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the statement said. “This includes strict prohibitions against harassment in any form, as well as channels through which any employee can report conduct that they believe is inappropriate.”

The play, which picks up 19 years from where J.K. Rowling’s last novel left off, portrays Potter and his friends as adults, married and with kids. It won the Tony Award for best new play in 2018.

Snyder did not respond to a request for comment by email. His agency also has not responded.

The actor began playing Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in 2019.

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