Michael Jackson Biopic is a “go;” Antoine Fuqua to direct
The film has some big shoes to fill in terms of musical biopics. GK Films’ previous biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody (about the legendary rock band Queen) grossed over $900 million worldwide. Lionsgate has the world rights but will seek an offshore partner. It is said that Sony Studios, who produced 2009’s This Is It, may be interested.
This Day for Africa – Gospel and soul singer Sam Cooke born in Clarksdale, Mississippi
The trailblazing recording artist who helped shape the soul music died on Dec. 11, 1964, in Los Angeles, California.
This Day in History – Mata Hari, nude dancer and alleged spy, executed
There is some evidence that Mata Hari acted as a German spy, and for a time as a double agent for the French, but the Germans had written her off as an ineffective agent who produced little intelligence of value. Her military trial was riddled with bias and circumstantial evidence, and it is probable that French authorities trumped her up as “the greatest woman spy of the century” as a distraction for the huge losses the French army was suffering on the western front.
Lagos endows Nollywood with health insurance
The statement read, “I hosted veteran Nollywood filmmakers to a dinner on Monday night in appreciation of their contributions to the growth of the industry.
“Dear Sister” earns Nollywood actress stardom; “you’re worth every dime” – Etinosa eulogizes
Impressed by her acting prowess, actress Etinosa described Eguavoen’s performance in her movie as ‘one worth every dime.’
Nigerians ‘mint’ their way with skits; laughter as anti-depressant
Laughter triggered by exciting moments, such as watching skits, has been found to be a great source of relief. During laughter, endorphins which promote various types of well-being, including the temporary reduction of pain, are said to be released.