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#RoundAboutTown With Henri Yire- The Corona Edition

This weekend like the last one should be spent on your couch.

And that’s not altogether bad, considering that more and more people are taking their engagements online with more home-based offerings.

Last week, we gave you a roadmap of where to find the best immersive entertainment, from the comfort of your couch.

How did it go?

We are not done though. This week we have a few more instalive gigs, DJ house parties ( pun intended) and some of that extra stuff just to make your weekend pop.

So get dressed, whip out your phones and laptops and let’s take you through the digital streets of what’s happening this weekend.

DJ OBI’S- Beach House Quarantine.

This Sunday at 10pm award winning DJ Obi takes us live to his simulated Beach House Quarantine Instalive party.

In his own words, “The VVIP section has been bought out already. Special birthday celebration going down tonight.”
LADIES!!! Get dressed, WE LIT TONIGHT.
FREE DRINK DELIVERIES WITH . Order your fav @cirocvodka flavors right now.”

So if you are down for some dope music and some interesting guests then join DJ Obi at 10pm tomorrow.

It’s free.


What do you get when two media giants collaborate to create a concert?

Pure magic!

So today by 4pm Urban 96 and Soundcity985fm is enriching your StayHome vibe with the Digitally Live concert featuring Praiz, Peruzzi, Joeboy and Tclassic at 4PM on @Soundcity985FM, DStv 327, @Urban96FM and you can also stream it on YouTube and Facebook.

Dope, right?

Janet Jackson Lists Wizkid’s “Joro” In New Playlist

Award-winning singer and actress, Janet Jackson has listed two Wizkid songs in her new Spotify playlist “Come Thru & Vibe”
International celebrities can’t seem to get enough of Wizkid and its apparent that it can’t be helped. The likes of Drake, Chris Brown, Alica Keys, Swizz Beats, Tyga and so many others have all attested to the singer’s legendary status. Janet Jackson has joined the long list of artistes to declare love for the singer.

The sister to the late king of pop, Michael Jackson created a playlist called “Come Thru & Vibe” on Spotify to show fans music she has been listening to lately and two Wizkid songs were included. Wizkid’s smash hit “Joro” and his feature on Kept & Konan’s “G-Love” made the list. Songs from Usher, Teyana Taylor, Rotimi, H.E.R, Ella Mai and Wale also made the list.

American Singer Pink has Recovered from Coronavirus

On Friday, American singer Pink shared that she tested positive for coronavirus in an Instagram post. She revealed that she showed symptoms of COVID-19 with her 3-year-old son, Jameson, and the result came back positive after a test was carried out on them two weeks ago, but thankfully she has defeated the virus.

Pink wrote:

“Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative.”

“It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities.
In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.❤️”

Scottish author Peter May wrote a book called “LOCKDOWN” in 2005 about a global pandemic

In 2005, Scottish author Peter May wrote a book about a global pandemic that forces officials to institute a lockdown. The novel was rejected by publishers at the time for being too unrealistic. On Thursday, the book was finally published.

The story, and the revival: The thriller is set in London, the epicentre of a global pandemic that forces officials to institute a lockdown.

Peter May said years ago publishers dismissed the novel as “extremely unrealistic and unreasonable”, so he put the book on the back burner and eventually forgot he even wrote it. That was until a fan on Twitter asked him to write a book set against the backdrop of the coronavirus.

“I thought about it for a minute before I realized that I’ve kind of already done it. I told my publisher about it and my editor just about fell out of his chair. He read the entire book overnight and the next morning he said, ‘This is brilliant. We need to publish this now.’”

Screenwriters Contests Scriptapalooza is the perfect screenwriting prize this quarantine.

Scriptapalooza is the perfect screenwriting prize this quarantine.This quarantine has been a blessing in disguise for up and coming screenwriters. Now you can’t blame your lack of time on writing. If you’ve been dancing a script idea around in your head, but lacked the time to get the words on paper, it’s time to put pen to paper and get to work.

Of course, you need a platform to share your amazing piece once it’s finished. How about one of the top screenwriting competitions in the market today? Scriptapalooza gets your script in the faces of the right people, while also giving you the tools to improve as a writer.

The international screenwriting competition is still going strong after 20 plus years of competition, and is finishing up its application period for the 2020 competition. There is no time to waste: Scriptapalooza’s deadline is April 13th, so here’s a brief list of why this is the competition for you.

Prizes galore to help you build your screenwriting career
If you make it to be one of the 30 finalists, you’ll get a free copy of the Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Writer’s Dreamkit from Writer Brothers. In addition, you get a 6 month membership for the International Screenwriters’ Association Connect program.

Of course, if you’re a semifinalist, you’ll also get access to Scriptapalooza’s producer network for a full year. Making it to the finals, you can expect a variety of prizes to show up on your doorstep. On top of all this, first place also gets $10,000.

But even if you don’t make it that far, the winner for each genre (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Science Fiction, Thriller/Horror, and Historical) also gets $500 on top of any other prizes they win. You got a lot of opportunities to win big.

Short scripts get something good too.Those who prefer the short form style of writing won’t get cut off either. Top three short film writers will receive access to the producer network, top two get registration for intellectual property rights for their work, and first place gets a $2000. Not too shabby for short film writers.

Keep in mind, the top 15 quarter finalists also get recognition and promotion of their work through Scriptapalooza as well. So it doesn’t hurt to try and get yourself some attention, whether you’re writing a full length feature or short film.

Easy to enter
If you’re ready to enter the competition that discovered the writers of movies like Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, Queen Sized, and Enchanted Christmas, then you have to act quickly. The final deadline for Scriptapalooza is April 13th.
Enter online now through Scriptapalooza’s website, so you can score your chance at fame, fortune, and the Hollywood dream.

DJ Cuppy, Mr Eazi, Swanky Jerry, Others Featured in this Year’s Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 List

Forbes Africa has announced it’s annual “30 Under 30” list, featuring 30 young entrepreneurs, leaders and changemakers across Africa. These amazing ladies and gentlemen are challenging conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation.

Amidst challenging times and global uncertainty, the Forbes 30 Under 30 Africa class of 2020 features bright and innovative leaders who are ready and equipped to adapt to whatever the future may hold, with 30 honorees selected from the style, entertainment, sports, finance, media, advert and marketing, healthcare, and science industry.

Among those featured on this year’s list are nine of our very own Nigerian trailblazers. They include DJ Cuppy, Eazi, Patoranking, Tracy Batta, Olajumoke Oduwole, Swanky Jerry, Davies Okeowo, Maryam Gwadabe, Asisat Oshoala.

DJ Cuppy: Founder and Director, Red Velvet Music Group
Industry: Entertainment

Many had high expectations for Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola to follow in her family’s oil business and become an oil trader. Her life was a set stage from the day she was born. Dancing to the tune, she pursued a degree in economics and management.

“I was convinced my plan was to make lots of money and be the next Femi Otedola!” she tells Forbes Africa. But the young Nigerian longed to pursue the arts.

As a teen, she performed at local parties, events and in front of crowds filled with youthful energy. It was one gig here and another there, honing her skills until she became the reputed DJ she is now.

In 2015, she had the opportunity to perform for her country and President Muhammadu Buhari at his inauguration. Since then, she had both her hands-on-deck performing all over the world from Senegal and Ghana to the UK, playing in front of more country presidents.

In 2015, she founded The Cuppy Foundation, an NGO aimed at uplifting women, children, and people living with disabilities and tackling issues such as education, malnourishment, and poverty. DJ Cuppy also holds a master’s degree in Music Business from New York University.

She has won a number of awards including Best Female DJ at the Beatz Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. This year, she has been nominated for a Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Award.

Mr Eazi, 28, Nigeria

Musician and Founder, emPawa Africa Industry: Entertainment

Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and raised in Lagos, Oluwatosin Ajibade would sit at the breakfast table with his dad, listening to old records his father used to play. This was the key moment that inspired Ajibade to become ‘Mr Eazi’, one of Africa’s notable music stars.

He began his music career while attending college in Ghana, where his side hustles included promoting concerts and running a concierge service shuttling wealthy kids to parties.

“I began my career with a small cash gift from friends, which enabled me to pay for my first professional-quality video for Skintight,” he tells Forbes Africa.

His success has also seen him performing on global stages in the UK and the US including being one of only two African artists to play the world’s most prestigious music festival, Coachella in 2019.

Mr Eazi’s ascent to global stardom has seen him clock over 280 million YouTube views and more than 4.1 million Spotify streams per month, making him one of the most streamed African artists worldwide. After founding emPawa in 2018, he has been on a global campaign to mentor and fund African artists.

emPawa also had a notable hand in Beyonce’s Grammy-nominated The Lion King: The Gift album, helping the pop megastar’s US-based team assemble leading African talent for this landmark project.

“It’s something I wish someone had created when I first started making music. Sometimes, all it takes is that one person to believe in you,” he says.


Patoranking, 29, Nigeria


Industry: Entertainment

A quick Google search for the best dancehall artists in Africa and Patoranking’s name is sure to pop up. His beats are a unique blend of dancehall, reggae and Afrobeats combined, recognizable both on the continent and the global music scene.

In 2016 and 2017, he was a judge on the internationally-acclaimed reality singing competition, The Voice Nigeria. He was also awarded MTV Africa’s Song of the Year for his hit song “My Woman, My Everything” in 2016.

Internationally, he was featured on Major Lazer’s Particula hit song alongside Nasty C, Jidenna and Ice Prince in 2018. In the same year, he traveled with American singer and songwriter Lauryn Hill for The Miseducation for Lauryn Hill album’s 20th-anniversary tour across North America as a special guest.

To date, Patoranking has been nominated for over 40 awards including Male Artist of the Year and Best Dancehall Artist, taking home more than 20 awards for these categories.

Tracy Batta, 29, Nigeria

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Smoothie Express

Industry: Food and Beverage

Tracy Batta was determined to live her life like a healthy fruit basket in 2014. She would blend fruits together into a smoothie detox and would package some to carry to work. However, the process was often tedious and time-consuming, let alone a bit messy.

So she decided to start a smoothie delivery company for professionals like herself. With her business partner Omowunmi Akande, she raised $10,000 from their savings, built a website, bought a motorcycle for deliveries and set out to start the Smoothie Express.

But it wasn’t a smooth start to the business. They rented out a spare room from a guest house which turned out to be a bad deal.

“We agreed to pay [the owner] 50% of our profit every month. This deal later became crippling for the business as we had to pay out almost a million naira in some months,” Batta tells Forbes Africa. This forced them to find other means.

In 2016, they moved into their own kitchen and the business began to grow as the two researched and carefully-curated their own recipes. The next year, they opened their first brick-and-mortar store in the heart of Victoria Island and were now able to service walk-in clients.

“People usually do not trust that women are able to handle businesses for a long period as it is believed that we would get married someday, start having babies and ‘abandon’ the business. This however never stopped us as we worked hard to make our business cash-flow positive.”

The company now has grown to launch three modern stores with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. They currently employ a team of 35 while the produce comes from over 15 farms across the country. Last year, they received a loan from a women empowerment program sponsored by Access Bank. She plans to grow Smoothie Express to become an international brand with locations across Africa by 2025.

Olajumoke Oduwole, 29, Nigeria

Founder and CEO and Senior Web Developer, KJK Communication Limited

Industry: Tech/software development

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Ginni Rometty, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, are but a few of the names Olajumoke Oduwole looks up to. Very soon, she plans to become a part of this coveted list of technopreneurs.

She founded KJK in 2014 as a one-woman business, able to write 16 programming languages.

The business was founded out of the realization that not many small businesses had access to skilled programmers and tech experts.

“This meant small businesses have a disadvantage from the start. This observation piqued my interest in serving this underserved population,” she says.

After quitting her previous job, she ventured into this unchartered territory in May 2014 from her bedroom with savings of $300. It was a small space but had lofty dreams. After a year, the business grew and she was able to open an office and employ two more people.

Today, the team includes 18 full-time employees and works with 37 contract programmers on a project basis. The business has since built apps such as the tru-DATA app owned by TrippleGee & Co. Plc. a security company which resulted in a contract worth $2 million.

The tru-DATA product is being used to combat counterfeiting and proliferation of fake products, impacting the community and people’s lives. This feat strengthened our belief in our purpose, instilled a sense of pride, and gave us the vision of being the IBM of Africa. In the next five to 10 years, I plan to build products that will provide a tangible solution to problems faced by growing businesses in Nigeria and Africa, she says.

Swanky Jerry, 28, Nigeria

Founder, Chief Creative Officer, Swanky Signatures

Industry: Fashion

Red carpets, glamor, lights, and cameras; this is the life of Jeremiah Ogbodo Ike, known as Swanky Jerry. Featuring gold shoes and a white and black agbada (a four-piece male attire) resembling the Versace print, Ogbodo’s dress code is as fitting as his nickname.

Swanky Jerry is a Nigerian celebrity fashion stylist who has dressed the likes of Pearl Thusi, Davido, Nyanda, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, AKA, Sarkodie, and African presidents and first ladies. It was at the first-ever Global Citizen Festival in South Africa late 2018 when FORBES AFRICA first met with him accompanying D’Banj, who he styled, and who performed before the thousands present that day.

Swanky Jerry’s styling can be seen through the subtle blend of couture and African Ankara fabrics. His love for fashion started at a young age as he and his family traveled a lot from city to city.

We would usually have to wear the clothes of the locals of each city we visited, to blend in, and I absolutely loved it! Growing up within this lifestyle, I became more inspired by my surroundings and began to invest in Nigerian fashion magazines and people-watching at big events due to the elaborate fashion being paraded.

It was a bittersweet journey for me because although I had experienced one of the biggest losses in my life, the death of my father had practically pushed me into the amazing place I am today. I found happiness and peace in creating and was virtually driven to turn my passion into a career in order to make money and fend for myself. And this was during a very difficult time as fashion styling, especially for me, wasn’t very popular or respected in Nigeria. However, I took the risk and I’m very grateful for where it has led me to today, he tells Forbes Africa.

After the death of his father, Ogbode socialized a lot as a coping mechanism. It was not long before he became known as that stylish guy.

He then launched his fashion and lifestyle brand, Swanky Signatures Styling, in 2012, and it has since grown to become one of the most popular and influential brands in the industry. Creative director, celebrity stylist, wardrobe stylist, designer, social influencer and consultant are just a few titles under his stylish belt.

He is also passionate about giving back and lending his hand to different charities and drawing attention to movements such as ‘Break the Silence’ and #WalkForLove. He has also been featured internationally by CNN.

Davies Okeowo, 29, Nigeria

Co-founder and CEO, Enterprise Hill and Competence Africa

Industry: Business Development

While in his second year as an undergraduate studying accounting, Davies Okeowo watched an episode of the Donald Trump-produced business reality show, The Apprentice, and it was in that moment he decided that he wanted to become an entrepreneur.

He set to turn his dream into a reality; however, his first business after university failed dismally. “I made no sales in a full year and burned all my savings,” he says.

Luckily, Okeowo had a mentor who guided him and taught him to build a structure for a sustainable business to the point that he started helping other entrepreneurs and this birthed Enterprise Hill. With a computer and internet connection, he founded the business in 2015 as an accounting and business development firm in a bid to strengthen medium and small business enterprises across Nigeria.

I have come to the understanding that the depth of the business structure and human capital problem isn’t just a problem in my sphere of influence, it is a problem across the African continent; which my undertakings are devoted to solving. I strongly believe that Africa’s development is largely predicated on the quality of her people and as such, I set up Competence Africa to help ensure that Africa’s youth possess high-level commercial competencies, he tells Forbes Africa.

In 2017, he founded Competence Africa, a social enterprise now focused on the employability of young Nigerians. Since inception, over 148 students have graduated from their competence development program and impacted over 2,000 businesses. Returning full circle, the young man whose dream was inspired by a business reality show, became the winner of one, as he won the second season of The Next Titan, a Nigerian entrepreneurial reality show.

I have a long-term commitment to the African development cause and my theory of change is to invest in the development of young African talent, contribute to the development of strong entrepreneurial ecosystems across the continent, and advocate for developmental policies in a bid to make Africa a first world continent,” he says.

Davies is also a speaker, trainer and has facilitated training sessions for organizations such as The British Council and the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Sports, to name a few.

Maryam Gwadabe, 29, Nigeria

Founder and CEO, Blue Sapphire Hub

Industry: ICT

Dressed in a veil and abaya, an attire known to the Hausa tribe of Nigeria, Maryam Gwadabe is not your typical Information Technology guru.

Gwadabe is a tech expert passionate about teaching and supporting young people, a gift she discovered when attending a program at a vocational center and she noticed that some of her classmates struggled with their programming skills. On graduating, she tutored and mentored some of her friends and close relatives.

With a capital investment of NGN150,000 ($405), she then bought some training material, developed a curriculum and started facilitating basic and advanced ICT skills from her living room. But many thought Gwadabe was crazy and what she was doing would fail.

After a year, in 2014, her students exceeded her expectations and her packed living room testified that she was doing something right. With support from her proud father who saw this growth, she set up a hub in 2015, known today as the Blue Sapphire Hub in the heart of Kano State in northern Nigeria.

The company provides ICT, entrepreneurship and incubation programs and consultancy and product development services to many young men and women, especially those like her. Gwadabe employs a staff of 15 and since inception, has trained over 5,000 youth and women, and supported over 20 tech-driven and non-tech driven startups with business development support.

What is more fulfilling than this; impacting the lives of women and seeing the returns? I have been advocating for bridging the digital gender divide for the past five years and now a lot of women are into tech in Nigeria, because of the impact of my work, she says.

Each year, she hosts different forums such as ‘Hour of Code’, an event for children to learn coding, ‘ICT solutions for her’ and the ‘System Trix seminar’ that teaches the latest tech tips, tricks and trends. Next year, she is opening another hub in the capital city and plans to reach other African countries such as Niger, Chad, the Gambia, and Cameroon.


ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Asisat Oshoala the new Arsenal Ladies signing at London Colney on March 10, 2016 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Asisat Oshoala, 25, Nigeria


Industry: Sports

In a 2017 photograph taken at the CAF Awards ceremony in Accra, Ghana, Asisat Oshoala, stands proudly as the only woman in the photo among some of the football greats: Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, and countrymate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

She may not be one of the boys but she is surely in their league. But growing football was the last thing for a young Nigerian woman to even think about pursuing. As a result, Oshoala’s parents were not happy when she dropped out of school to pursue a career in the game.

But years later, it paid off as she has built a successful career and become a titan of Nigerian football. On the pitch, with speed, technique, and balance, Oshoala is definitely a keeper. Recently, she won the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Women’s Player of the Year for the fourth time.

She plays for both the Nigerian national team and internationally, for the Spanish side FC Barcelona Femení in the Primera División as a forward. Barcelona was to face Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, which has now been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Check out the complete of 30 under 30 here.

“Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards” New Teaser Stars Nancy Isime, Mawuli Gavor & Swanky JKA

A brand new Nollywood movie, “Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards” is coming to the cinemas June 12, 2020, and judging from this teaser, fans all over are in for an exciting show.

“Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards” is produced by Mimidoo (Achineku) Bartels, and directed by Kayode Kasum whose directorial credits include “This Lady Called Life“, “Love Is Yellow” “Sugar Rush” and many more.

“Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards”, is the story of Kambili Maduka, an irresponsible, spoiled, spendthrift 28-year-old woman who’s turning 29 in a few weeks. The only thing on her mind is how to get married before she turns 30. However, after getting suspended from work due to her incessant lateness, she goes on a date with her boyfriend and he breaks up with her as he thinks she is not ‘wife material’ due to her lifestyle, dashing her hopes of getting married before 30. She decides that what she needs to do is prove to her boyfriend that she can be everything he wants her to be which is- responsible, driven, focused and wife material with the help of her best friends.

This rom-com stars Nancy Isime, Swanky JKA, Elvina Ibru, Vanessa Akpofure, Uzor Arukwe, Koye Kekere-Ekun, Sharon Ooja, Mawuli Gavor and Toyin Abraham.

Source Bellanaija

South African Jazz Artist Nduduzo Makhathini Releases Highly-Anticipated Blue Note Records Debut.

South African pianist, composer, and healer Nduduzo Makhathini has released his Blue Note Records debut Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds. The 11-track album is characterized by Makhathini’s trademark piano keys, hissing percussions that collide with expressive vocals. As is always the case with Makhathini’s work, spirituality is a huge part of the album deals with humans’ connection to the ancestors and the spiritual realm.

“I create this idea of a letter as a metaphor that there are constant letters that are sent to and from the ancestry dimensions, and we could engage those letters as some forms of technology,” said the musician during a press junket at the Universal Music Group Joburg headquarter two months before the release of the album. “So that’s more at a philosophical level. At a musical level, the album is really covered in quite a lot of ground in terms of the musics that exists within my culture. I was brought up in a semi-rural space. I used to herd cattle. You get bored while watching the cattle, and you start whistling. And so most of this music also tries to look at childhood and how that develops a kind of lens at which we understand life anyway, and how, in embracing childhood, we’re able to understand ourselves better.”
The album features the American alto saxophonist Logan Richardson with a South African band including tenor saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane, trumpeter Ndabo Zulu, bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell Le Pere, drummer Ayanda Sikade, percussionist Gontse Makhene, and vocals by Msaki as well as Nduduzo’s wife Omagugu Makhathini, and background vocals by their children Nailah, Thingo, and Moyo.

Makhathini who, in the last six years, has released eight albums under his label Gundu Entertainment, which he co-founded with his wife Omagugu. Ikhambi, his SAMA-winning 2018 album was released under Universal.

Through the label, Makhathini got to sign with the iconic jazz label Blue Note Records through which he released debut Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds.

Stream the album below on Apple Music and Spotify. Revisit our interview with Nduduzo Makhathini here.

Source: Okay Africa

‘Jungle Cruise’ Movie Release Date Now 2021

Jungle Cruise Movie Release Date Pushed to 2021
Walt Disney Studios has finally delivered some clarity on when and how its fans can expect to see its upcoming projects, including Jungle Cruise.

Based on the iconic Disneyland attraction, the live-action adventure flick stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt in a pseudo-remake of the classic Humphrey Bogart movie, The African Queen. Initial trailers showed fans strong continuity to the attraction and all the signs of a fun Disney adventure.

It was originally scheduled to premiere on July 24, 2020, but now Walt Disney Studios has just confirmed Jungle Cruise won’t premiere until July 30, 2021.

According to an official press release from the studio, Jungle Cruise was moved so Disney could give its release date to the highly-anticipated, and already-delayed, Mulan live-action remake. It will be the climax of a summer movie season that begins with the release of Cruella starring Emma Stone (May 28, 2021) and includes a new untitled Pixar film (June 18, 2021). Marvel‘s latest film, Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson, was also pushed back, but it will still hit theaters this year (November 6, 2020).

Beyond the release of a few trailers, and some pieces speculating on the condition the timeless ride will take once it is released, Jungle Cruise has received relatively little press. And this is a good thing.

Considering that most movie news outside of the press tour focuses on delays, one is left to assume that the production and post-production of the Jungle Cruise movie were going smoothly right up until almost all studio activity was brought to a halt due to the current pandemic situation. The lack of press also unintentionally alludes to the frivolously mysterious nature of Jungle Cruise.

On, the official synopsis advertises an unforgettable adventure into the Amazon that will spark a few screams, a lot of laughs, and one visual spectacle:

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