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Will Smith Joins Joyna Lucas On The Remix Of The Track ‘Will.’

American rapper, Joyner Lucas featured his icon Will Smith in the remix of his hit song “Will”, a song dedicated to Will Smith’s creative journey.

Earlier this year, Joyner Lucas paid a tribute to his favorite celebrity Will Smith with the track titled “Will”. The video found Lucas paying tribute to some of Will’s most iconic movie and TV roles, which made him feel humbled and honored. To show his appreciation, Will Smith decided to make the young rapper’s dream come true by hopping on the remix and rapping up a storm.

Prior to the release of the remix, Will Smith sat down for a chat with Lucas on his YouTube channel. It was their first time talking to one another, and Will’s son Jaden also tagged along for the conversation. Lucas explained that Will Smith was his “idol” growing up, especially because he grew up watching all his movies and listening to his music in the ’90s.

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South Africa’s ‘Moffie’ Rated by UK Newspaper as One of ‘Best Films of 2020 So Far.’

A UK newspaper has rated South Africa’s ‘Moffie’ as one of the best films so far this year.
Following the movie’s successful digital launch in South Africa, Moffie was released for streaming on Curzon Home Cinema in the UK at the end of last month… where is was met with an overwhelming positive critical response and was named the Most Watched Film on the Curzon platform in its opening weekend.

The film received 5-star reviews in The Times (5 stars), The Irish Times (5 stars), and major praise in The Guardian (4 stars), The Telegraph (4 stars), Empire Magazine (4 stars) and the Financial Times.

It is The Guardian which has named Moffie on its list of ‘The Best Films of 2020 So Far’. Other films on the prestigious list of 30 notable movies include 1917, Parasite, The Personal History of David Copperfield, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood and The Assistant.

Directed by Oliver Hermanus, Moffie is about two male soldiers in the SA army who are forced to hide their relationship in the brutal macho world of those times.

The Guardian describes the film as “a fiercely engaged, complex drama of sexual identity and suppressed yearning in apartheid-era South Africa – a film with a humid intensity.” The newspaper also says Hermanus is SA’s “most significant auteur in several generations”.

Other reviews in the UK called the film “a breath-taking piece of cinema” and “horribly evocative”.

The film also blew up on social media when journalist Owen Jones described it as “one of the most stunning and harrowing films” that he has ever seen and actor Josh O’Connor (best known for his role as Prince Charles in The Crown) tweeted: “This film is beautiful. I can’t tell you how much I love it.”

In response to this rapturous praise Hermanus says: “Our UK release of Moffie has been nothing short of amazing. Our film has been widely and enthusiastically celebrated by the UK press and it makes me, and I’m sure, everyone else who worked on Moffie, incredibly proud.

“We are putting South African cinema and cinema-makers firmly on the global stage. It has been truly overwhelming.”

The film – which was nominated for three British Independent Film Awards – was due to have its theatrical release in the UK on 24 April, but due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the film was released digitally on their Home Cinema service first and will have its theatrical release as soon as cinemas reopen.

Since premiering at the Venice International Film Festival last September, the film has been lauded globally and has created a number of international opportunities for the South African cast and crew involved in the film.

Both Hermanus and the film’s lead actor, Kai Luke Brümmer (starring as Nicholas van der Swart) were snapped up for international representation, and Hermanus has been in talks with a number of US and UK producers about upcoming projects.

Moffie has been available for streaming in South Africa since 31 March and was made available for streaming in Namibia on 28 April due to public demand. The film is set for release in other global markets in the course of 2020.

MOFFIE is available for streaming in South Africa and Namibia:

‘Matrix 4’ Cast Adds Eight Weeks to Production Schedule in Wake of Shutdown.

Warner Bros. appears hopeful that production on “Matrix 4” will restart by early July.

Multiple sources tell Variety that the cast of Lana Wachowski’s fourth installment of the sci-fi franchise has signed eight-week extensions to keep the actors on hold until at least July 6.

Filming began in February in San Francisco before moving to Berlin in mid-March. However, cameras never got rolling in Europe because production was halted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Original “Matrix” stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reprising their roles in the fourth film. Rounding out the cast are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Brian J. Smith, Toby Onwumere and Jonathan Groff.

The film is currently scheduled for a 2021 release. Warner Bros. has not announced an exact date nor if it will be impacted by the postponed production.

Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell wrote the script with Wachowski, who will also produce with Grant Hill. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow will produce and globally distribute the film.

Variety exclusively reported in August that a new “Matrix” movie was in the works.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich in a statement announcing the project. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”

The first three films — “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” — have earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. Lana and her sister, Lilly, wrote and directed the trio, which starred Reeves and Moss as Neo and Trinity, respectively.

John Boyega Blasts Sky News Over Article Calling Traditional African Style ‘Coronavirus Haircut’

The Star Wars actor tweeted: “You lot lost your damn mind putting this on the internet.”

John Boyega has hit out at Sky News over an article on their website seemingly comparing a traditional African hairstyle to coronavirus.

On Saturday morning, the Star Wars actor took issue with the news outlet over a piece published by them on Monday, with the headline: “Spiky coronavirus haircut growing in popularity in Africa – here’s why.”

The article in question refers to a technique which uses threaded yarn to style hair, claiming it has had a resurgence in popularity in Kenya due to “financial struggles linked to the coronavirus restrictions… along with raising awareness that Covid-19 is real”.

John was made aware of the article at the weekend, and responded to a Sky News tweet with the message: “You lot lost your damn mind putting this on the internet. Which hairstyle did you just call spiky coronavirus haircut? Are you guys okay?”

He continued: “The media need to make sure they do research before wiring articles like this. Ya fackin dummies.”

John also quote-tweeted a post from Ghanian actress Lydia Forson, who wrote:

“1. Africa is a continent NOT a country.

  1. This is not a haircut it’s African threading.
  2. You knew full well what the lady meant, but pushed this headline and angle for your racist satisfaction. 4. You’re encouraging the demonisation of black hairstyles.”

“Honestly!!!” John added.

The Sky News article in question features a quote from a mother in Kenya, who told the news outlet that she chose the hairstyle for her daughter because “money is scarce” as a result of the pandemic, saying: “The hairstyle also helps in communicating with the public about the virus.”

John Boyega is best known for his role as Finn in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, also appearing in films like Pacific Rim: Uprising and the dystopian drama The Circle.

Source: Huffington Post

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