Actress, Uche Ogbodo blasts troll who said she looks like a man

Renowned Nollywood actress, Uche Ogbodo has mercilessly ripped apart, a social media troll who told her that she looks like a man.

It all started when Uche took to her Instagram page and shared a video of herself which she captioned ,“Had to Check In To remind You of Self Love. Learn to Love yourself Regardless ❤️❤️❤️”.

In the video, the actress was clad in a black fitted play suit with a red skirt.

A troll then took to the comment section and said the actress looks like a man.

The troll with username, baba_e_bright wrote “You be like man😂😂😂”

Uche in response, slammed the troll, pointing out how bad his vocabulary is.

See screenshot of the conversation below;

She wrote, “well it is not moving industry ok? Simple vocabulary hard you ”

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Actress, Ruth Kadiri celebrates beautiful daughter, Reign, on her 1st birthday (Photos)

Nollywood actress, Ruth Kadiri Ezerika taken to social media to celebrate to her lookalike daughter, Reign Ezerika, on her 1st birthday.

Taking to her official Instagram page today, August 26, the actress shared photos of her daughter posing in a pink dress and a tiara with balloons of different colours surrounding her.

She expressed her uncommon love for baby Reign and revealed it was her pleasure watching her grow.

In her words… “Watching you grow up has been been many things, Joyful, impactful, full of laughter and sometimes even stressful, but above all, it’s been the most meaningful part of my life. Happy first birthday @reignezerika I love you beyond words.”

Recalling Reign’s birth, she wrote, “Few hours to my baby’s birthday! Oh, how time flies, the only other thing cuter than loving yourself is loving someone else, unconditionally… this was me few hours before I met my blessing. At this point, anything the nurse was telling me was just annoying me.😂”

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Ryan Reynolds And Netflix Teaming Up Again For Comedy Upstate

We can always rely on Ryan Reynolds to provide us with a good laugh, whether it’s in the way he mocks his wife Blake Lively, his never-ending trolling of Hugh Jackman, or in character as the ever-satirical Deadpool. 

Reynolds’ humour is always welcome, probably more so than ever with the year we’re having, and luckily for us he’s ready to bring us a fresh bout of joy in a new collaboration with Netflix.

The actor is set to create a new original feature comedy called Upstate, which he will co-write with John August, the man behind Big Fish and Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin.

The film is expected to be a star vehicle for Reynolds, a Hollywood term that we’re only slightly comfortable using in this sentence because it’s being used in relation to our favourite Canadian star.

Thanks to the title we can assume it takes place somewhere upstate, but which state, and what happens there, are questions that can only be answered with time.

As well as penning the script together, Reynolds and August will be executive producers, the former through his production company Maximum Effort, Deadline reports.

I’m ridiculously excited about this. Many #writesprints ahead. https://t.co/cTi4XYFHJQ

— John August (@johnaugust) August 25, 2020

The project will reunite the pair more than a decade since they last worked together on 2007’s The Nines, which was directed by August and starred Reynolds as three different characters; Gary, Gavin Taylor and Gabriel. After Upstate was announced, August took to Twitter to say he was ‘ridiculously excited’ about the movie.

The creation of Upstate will also reunite Reynolds with Netflix following the collaboration on last year’s action-thriller 6 Underground. 

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Jon Voight accused of smacking ‘Ray Donovan’ star’s face on set

It was a TV hit.

Actor Frank Whaley has accused Hollywood legend Jon Voight of slapping him while they worked on the crime drama “Ray Donovan” together. The allegations come after the 81-year-old Oscar winner and father of actress Angelina Jolie lent his voice to the Republican National Convention on Monday.

“F - - k Jon Voight,” Whaley, 57, tweeted Monday in a heated Twitter tirade that garnered more than 69,000 likes as of Tuesday morning. “On ‘Ray Donovan’ he slapped me across the face in the middle of a scene because he couldn’t keep up, then denied doing it.”

The “Swimming with Sharks” star added that Voight “forgot about the still photographer who was on set” and even included a pic of the “Anaconda” actor allegedly smacking Whaley across the face on set of the hit Showtime series.

On the now-canceled show, Voight portrays the menacing family patriarch Mickey Donovan, who — spoiler alert — memorably murders Whaley’s nosey FBI agent Van Miller during Season 1.

“Bottom line: Jon Voight is a major dick,” wrote Whaley. He added the hashtag “#RNCConvention2020,” referencing the staunch Trump supporter’s intro to the Republican National Convention. During Voight’s laudatory narration, the “Midnight Cowboy” actor described the president as “a man who cares, a man who loves America and all Americans.”

Needless to say, Whaley’s allegations drew mixed reactions on Twitter.

“Somebody slapped someone during the filming of a scene?” snarked conservative pundit Mindy Robinson. “Get out of here, no one’s ever seen that on TV ever.”

“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” star Dean Cain even suggested that Whaley was asking for it. “He slapped you — that’s quite clear,” he wrote. “The reason he slapped you remains a mystery . . . although I have an idea.”

However, others rallied to Whaley’s defense. “You should’ve absolutely stomped that old man’s genitals into dust for that, sir,” tweeted “The Outlaw Nation” host John Rocha. “No one has the right to do that to ya over a scene in a TV show of all things. We need to call out all these fools parading around on sets abusing actors, production staff and others.”

Reps for Voight did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

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Jamie Lynn Spears named in sister Britney’s trust

Jamie Lynn Spears is set to play a more significant role in her sister Britney Spears’ conservatorship, new court records show.

The 29-year-old former Nickelodeon star has been named the trustee of Britney’s “SJB Revocable Trust,” which was initially set to protect the pop star and her children’s finances, according to The Blast, which obtained the documents.

Jamie Lynn has reportedly requested that the court authorize Fidelity Financial Management to serve as a financial advisor and create “blocked accounts” to hold her 38-year-old sister’s assets.

According to The Blast, the “Zoey 101” star will ensure these assets and cash will be used for Britney’s two children, Sean and Jayden Federline, if the singer was to pass away.

The document states, “Upon the settlor’s death, the entire principal of the Trust …  shall be promptly distributed by the Trustee to the trustee or co-trustees of the BJS Kids & Family Trust, to be held, administered and distributed in accordance with its terms.”

The “SJB Revocable Trust” was reportedly created in 2004, four years prior to when her conservatorship started in 2008.

Britney’s trust pertains to her bank accounts and personal items such as clothes, jewelry, artwork and furniture, according to reports.  Its not clear if it also includes the value of any intellectual property, such as music rights, owned by the pop star.

Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, and her co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, signed off on Jamie Lynn’s request to be named a trustee.

In July, Jamie Lynn slammed a fan who questioned her sister’s mental health.

She wrote on Instagram, “You have no right to assume anything about my sister, and I have NO right to speak about HER health and personal matters. She is a strong, badass, unstoppable woman, and that’s the only thing that is OBVIOUS.”

Last week, a judge ruled that Britney’s conservatorship will be extended for at least another six months following the singer’s request to remove her father. Her manager Jodi Montgomery is currently her temporary conservator.

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Britney’s mom, Lynne Spears, has also requested to be involved in her daughter’s finances.

A rep for Jamie Lynn did not immediately return our request for comment.

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‘I’m Sorry’ Canceled By TruTV After Two Seasons Because Of Coronavirus

TruTV has opted not to go ahead with the previously greenlighted season of scripted comedy I’m Sorry, created by and starring Andrea Savage. The well-received series had been renewed for a 10-episode third season to air in 2020.

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“Due to circumstances created by COVID, we unfortunately cannot move forward with production on the third season of I’m Sorry,” the network said in a statement to Deadline. “We admire Andrea Savage’s irreverent voice and fresh take on parenthood and are so proud of the show she and her cast and crew created. She was a great partner for many years and we truly wish everyone well.”

I hear I’m Sorry was two weeks into filming Season 3 when all Hollywood production was shut down in mid-March. All 10 scripts for the new season have been written, and Savage and the show’s other producers were contemplating scenarios for resuming production when the call came from the network that I’m Sorry has been canceled. I hear it caught everyone off-guard.

“We are heartbroken. This has been my second baby for almost 5 years,” said Savage, a mother of one. “While I wish people would be able to see the wonderful 10 episodes we wrote this season, I am so proud of the show we created. It is exactly the show I wanted to make and am devastated it’s not continuing. I also want to thank all of our fans for supporting us so incredibly over these past few years. We couldn’t have done it without you!”

The cancellation of I’m Sorry follows a similar decision by Netflix not to proceed with previously greenlighted and fully written seasons of two YA series, The Society and I Am Not OK With This “due to circumstances created by COVID.” Those reversals also reportedly blindsided the creators like the I’m Sorry one did.

As we wrote at the time, this is something we will likely see more of as the months-long Hollywood shutdown due to the pandemic will create a logjam when trying to ease all series impacted by the shutdown back into production while navigating actors’ schedules and mitigating higher production costs due to strict COVID-19 safety protocols as well as significant financial hits from the pandemic.

The decision on I’m Sorry is likely a combination of the impact from COVID and the major changes and belt-tightening at TruTV parent WarnerMedia, which has been going through major restructuring and cost-cutting.

I’m Sorry, from Gloria Sanchez, A24 and Lonely Island, was part of TruTV’s rebrand as a comedy network with a distinct point of view. The WarnerMedia ad-supported cable networks have all been pairing down their scripted series portfolios over the past year or so amid declining lieanr TV ratings. TruTV still has At Home With Amy Sedaris and just renewed breakout Tacoma FD for a third season.

I’m Sorry, which grew its audience in Season 2 vs. Season 1 per TruTV, has been lauded for its nuanced TV mom portrayal. It follows Andrea (played by Savage), a confident comedy writer, wife and mom who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations. She is joined by her husband Mike (Tom Everett Scott), their inquisitive daughter Amelia (Olive Petrucci) and her divorced parents (Kathy Baker and Martin Mull), as well as a close circle of friends.

I’m Sorry is executive produced by Savage, Joey Slamon, A24’s Ravi Nandan, Gloria Sanchez’s Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, and Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.

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Republican convention viewership down 26% from first night of 2016

Roughly 17 million people watched the first night of the Republican National Convention on television during the primary speech hours between 10 p.m.-11 p.m. EST Monday night, according to Nielsen ratings.

Why it matters: That’s down more than 26% from the number of TV viewers for the first night of the 2016 RNC. It’s also 13% lower than the number of TV viewers who watched the first night of the Democratic National Convention last week.


The ratings drop at both the DNC and RNC is likely attributable to the fact that both conventions were mostly pre-taped, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and fewer people watch live television now.

  • About 15% fewer Americans subscribe to pay-TV now than in 2016.
  • More Americans rely on digital streaming platforms and social media to get their news and entertainment today than ever before.

By the numbers: Fox News beat all other cable and broadcast networks when it came to total viewership Monday night, with over 7 million viewers.

  • That’s more than the 5.1 million total audience members than MSNBC saw on the first night of the DNC.
  • Fox News led all three cable networks in viewership among adults ages 25–54 — a lucrative advertising demographic — followed by CNN and then MSNBC.
  • CNN brought in the second-highest number of total viewers with roughly 2 million, followed by ABC, MSNBC, NBC and CBS.

Be smart: These figures don’t take into account the millions of people who likely watched the convention online and via streaming television.

What’s next: Fox News, a conservative-leaning cable news network, is expected to lead in total views for all four nights of the RNC, just as MSNBC, a liberal-leaning cable news network, took the top spot for total views for the entirety of the DNC.

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[PHOTOS] ‘Yellowstone’ Season 3: The Best Moments, Ranked

If you’ve yet to watch Yellowstone’s finale, you might want to put off reading this countdown for a spell, as it most definitely contains spoilers for Sunday’s climactic finale. Otherwise, go ahead and dive in, because we’re going to relive Season 3’s highlights — or, well, lowlights if your name happens to be Wade Morrow.

Included in our list are the moment that Beth dropped her guard and copped to the role that she hoped to play in Rip’s future; Jamie’s accidental discovery that, while he might always be the black sheep of the Dutton family, that wasn’t his original family; and the scene in which Jimmy learned that being hospitalized with a broken back (for starters!) might just be the best thing that ever happened to him.

Along the way, we also cover the confrontation that resulted from John learning how far back Jamie’s history of rat-bastardy-ness went, the ultra-successful chemistry test that served as Josh Holloway’s introduction to the Paramount Network series, and a kiss that was surprisingly sweet when you remember how much sexual harassment had preceded it. (Yeah, lookin’ at you, Teeter!)

Wanna go back and relive Season 3 all over again? Considering how long a wait we have in front of us before we get to Season 4, we do, too. So to check out our picks for the 12 biggest twists of these 10 tumultuous episodes, flip through the photo gallery above, then hit the comments with any developments that you would have added to the list.

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Emmerdale’s Mark Jordon and Laura Norton are expecting their first baby together

EMMERDALE star Laura Norton is pregnant with her first child.

The actress – who plays Kerry Wyatt in the ITV soap – is expecting the baby with fiancee and former co-star Mark Jordan.

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Laura, 37, announced the news to OK magazine, revealing: “I had tears in my eyes, we’re over the moon!”

The couple began dating after meeting on set in 2014 when he joined the soap to play her on-screen brother-in-law Daz Spencer.

They announced their engagement on social media on New Years Day 2019.

And although they were planning to have a baby after they got married and moved home, Mark admits they were were surprised for it to happen so soon.

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Mark said: “In my heart I knew before looking at the test.

“We both looked at the result and there was so much joy, but for a weird moment we were both deadly silent”

Mark, 55, has two older children, Joseph, 22, and Poppy, 18, from his previous marriage to Happy Valley and Benidorm star Siobhan Finneran.

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Announcing his engagement to Laura last year, Mark revealed: “Well 2018 had some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. Really got to feel the love of true friends.

“Feel blessed by the support of my children and elated to have heard the word ‘yes’ from the most beautiful woman in the world @lawrencenotrin”

However, Laura revealed she was secretly engaged to her co-star for seven months before going public.

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The actress let slip that Mark had popped the question over the summer as she replied to a congratulatory tweet.

She wrote: “I mean …. it was 7 months ago … but … you’re very cute. Thank you (sic)”

Mark later shared a picture of Laura from the day he proposed, he wrote on Instagram: “Little did she know [ring emoji]”

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Barbara Eden Celebrates Her 89th Birthday Looking Stunning And Half Her Age

Barbara Eden recently celebrated her 89th birthday with a photo posted to her Instagram account. She looks radiant as ever and absolutely ageless. Seriously, she looks half her age in this photo. Her following could not believe how stunning she looked and how she seems to not age at all.

“Barbara what is your secret??? You don’t age at All!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️” one fan writes. Another says, “The happiest to you!!!! One of my favorite actresses of my childhood 💕💕💕💕💕” A final comment simply says, “She looks great!” Ain’t that the truth?

Barbara Eden looks half her age in this photo!

The Instagram account seems to be run by a separate team and not Eden herself. The whole team wished her a happy birthday via the caption of the photo. “All of us on Team Eden wish our favorite blonde, Rider of the Wild Surf, Voyager to the Bottom of the Sea, nemesis of the Harper Valley PTA and of course, the eternal Lady in the Bottle a very happy Birthday today! We welcome everyone to take a moment and send your birthday wishes and thoughts to Ms. Barbara Eden, today, her birthday!”

Eden talks about how she landed her most famous TV role

It’s not clear how Eden celebrated her 89th birthday, but we can imagine she managed to have fun still in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. She last shared a photo back on the 4th of July, showing everyone how she was celebrating that day. Last year for her 88th birthday, she actually opened up about how she got her most famous TV role, Jeannie, over a bunch of tall brunettes.

“They were testing all the gorgeous brunettes in town,” she says of the 1965 casting call. “I mean, they were all fitness girls! Six-foot tall! Dark hair! Great bodies! And I thought, ‘Well that leaves me — the short blonde — out.” At age 34, she secured the role of Jeannie and made history with this timeless classic.

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Hou Hsiao-hsien: Golden Horse to Give Lifetime Achievement Award – Variety

Iconic Taiwan auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien will be presented with a lifetime achievement honor at the upcoming Golden Horse Awards.

The executive committee of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, organizers of the annual prize ceremony, said Monday that their decision to reward Hou was a unanimous one. They said it recognizes his “distinguished accomplishment in cinematic aesthetics and his dedication to passing on the heritage of cinematic arts.” The award will be presented at the 57th edition of the Golden Horse Film Awards, on Nov. 21.

Hou founded the Golden Horse Film Academy in 2009, aiming to cultivate a young generation of filmmakers in Taiwan.

The internationally-acclaimed filmmaker began his career in 1973 as a script supervisor, growing in to roles such as scriptwriter and assistant director before making his debut as a film director with the romantic comedy “Cute Girl” in 1980. Hou then went on to become a leading figure of the Taiwan New Cinema movement throughout the 1980s, with titles including “A Time to Live and a Time to Die” (1985) and “Dust in the Wind” (1986).

Hou’s 1989 masterpiece “A City of Sadness” won the Golden Lion award at Venice Film Festival, the first Taiwanese film to claim the coveted award. Set against the backdrop of the Kuomintang government taking over the island after Japan’s colonial rule in the mid-1940s, the historical drama was released just two years after Taiwan’s 38 years of martial law had come to an end. It was one of the first to shed light on dark chapter in the island’s history.

A three-time winner of the Golden Horse’s best director, Hou won the Cannes Film Festival jury prize with “The Puppetmaster” (1993), a biopic of puppet master Li Thian-lok who lived through Japan’s colonial rule of Taiwan. Hou was also named best director at Cannes in 2015 for martial arts epic “The Assassin.”

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Don Coscarelli Wants to Remake and Restore ‘The Beastmaster’ – News

Don Coscarelli’s The Beastmaster is the very definition of a cult classic. The film found its way into many a young viewers hearts during its cable TV run and was known among many young folks for its nudity. Outside of that though, The Beastmaster was just awesome. Now, the director told Entertainment Weekly that he is looking to get it remade and more importantly, he is currently looking for the films now lost, original negatives in hopes of doing a proper restoration.

“Every time some other movie gets remade Conan, whatever people start saying, ‘Hey, how come there’s not a new Beastmaster? How can that be?’ It’s like, ‘Uh, we don’t have the rights.’ Now, thank goodness, it’s coming to fruition.” Pepperman (The Beastmaster writer) told Entertainment Weekly.

“We’re going to start taking it out and talking to companies and studios about doing a remake or a reboot of the original movie, a lot of latchkey kids watched that movie over and over again. Now they’re adults, and, with luck, some of them are running studios. So, we’ll see what happens.” Coscarelli said.

In addition, to a remake Coscarelli is looking for his original negatives for The Beastmaster. He even went as far as creating a website (whereisthebeastmaster.com) in hopes of a collector happening upon it and assisting in the restoration.

“It’s basically six film cans and then outside it would have The Beastmaster and it’s called ‘Original camera negative,’ ‘OCN. We have all of this on the website and there’s a trail of where the negative went and where it went missing. There’s a chance I just went into a dumpster, never to be seen again. But there are a lot of rabid film collectors out there. A lot of times they gather up this stuff and it’s of uncertain lineage. A lot of them hang onto it because they don’t want to tell people they have it, or whatever. This would be an open license be a hero to a generation of Beastmaster fans.”

We are hopeful that Coscarelli is successful in both remaking The Beastmaster and in restoring his original film.

So, keep your eyes out The Beastmaster fans. You never know who may now posses the film’s original negatives.

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Jimmy Fallon Surprised Hugh Jackman with Part of His Wolverine Audition from 1999! – The Real Stan Lee

Hugh Jackman recently showed up as a virtual guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and naturally, part of the conversation focused on his Marvel tenure playing one of the members of the iconic X-Men team, Wolverine.  Fun fact: Jackman actually shares a Guinness World Record with fellow X-Men star Patrick Stewart for “Longest Career as a Live Action Marvel Superhero,” which was bestowed last year. See what other actors are getting close to passing their record HERE!

Ironically, Jackman wouldn’t have his Guinness World Record – or his role as Logan/Wolverine – had it not been for scheduling conflicts. Indeed, as Jackman discussed with Fallon, actor Dougray Scott was originally slated to take on the part, but conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2 got in the way.  So, when Jackman went in to read for the role as basically a “back-up plan,” he figured he didn’t really have a shot. “It was like this Hail Mary to begin with,” he explained, “which is probably the best way to do an audition.” We assume some of the nerves would be lifted in a situation like that, so it probably is a good way to go about it!

After reminiscing on some old headshots, Fallon surprised Jackman with a short clip of his Wolverine audition from 1999. Check it out below! (The audition begins around 7:44.)

He seemed relax, didn’t he? Jackman recalls that his whole audition didn’t run much longer than the short clip we were treated to; however, it seems a much longer Jackman reading exists, and you can you check that out HERE.

Speaking of clips, it’s always fun to get a sneak peek behind the scenes, especially when it comes to the Marvel universe, because so much of what goes into a Marvel movie is shrouded in secrecy. That said, we’d be remiss if we didn’t share another audition gem: Tom Hiddleston’s original Thor audition. We’ve shared this before, but it’s too good to pass up, because it’s not Hiddleston testing for Loki, but the God of Thunder himself! Relive that fateful recording HERE.

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Berlin Film Festival Switching to Gender Neutral Acting Awards in 2021

Berlin Film Festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian have announced a major change to the annual event: Beginning with the 2021 festival, the Silver Bear acting prizes will go gender neutral. A statement from the festival reads: “Instead of the awards for the Best Actor and the Best Actress, a ‘Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance’ and a ‘Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance’ shall each be awarded on a gender-neutral basis.” The Silver Bear prizes for actor and actress have been handed out since 1956. The most recent recipients are Antonio Ligabue (“Hidden Away”) and Paula Beer (“Undine”) from the 2020 festival.

“We believe that not separating the awards in the acting field according to gender comprises a signal for a more gender-sensitive awareness in the film industry,” said Berlinale directors Rissenbeek and Chatrian in a statement.

Berlinale’s announcement makes it the first major international film festival to switch up how it awards its acting prizes based on gender. Cannes still has its Best Actor and Best Actress prizes as of now, as does the Venice Film Festival with the Volpi Cup for Actor and Actress. Berlinale acting winners in the past include Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years,” Benicio del Toro for “Traffic,” Paulina García for “Gloria,” Charlize Theron for “Monster,” and more.

In addition to the gender neutral acting categories, the Berlinale directors have also confirmed the 2021 Berlin Film Festival will take place as a physical edition and not a virtual one. A hybrid physical-virtual plan is being drafted for the European Film Market (EFM).

“Festivals and markets are places of encounter and communication,” Rissenbeek and Chatrian said. “This applies to the public as well as to the industry. We see an important and unique feature of festivals in their lively relationship with the audience. In times of the corona pandemic, it has become even clearer that we still require analogue experience spaces in the cultural realm. We are pleased that festivals with physically present audiences are slowly taking place again around the world, and we wish our colleagues much success.”

The International Jury of the Competition will award the following eight prizes in 2021:

Golden Bear for Best Film (awarded to the film’s producers)
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Silver Bear for Best Director
Silver Bear Jury Prize
Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance
Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance
Silver Bear for Best Screenplay
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution

The 71st Berlin Film Festival will take place February 11-21, 2021.

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Europe beware: Bayern’s brilliant young squad can create a Champions League dynasty | Goal.com

It is official: Bayern Munich are the best team in Europe.

The Bavarians won their sixth European Cup thanks to a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final in Lisbon, ending a barren run of seven years without their name on the most-coveted club trophy.

Kingsley Coman was preferred to Ivan Perisic in Hansi Flick’s starting XI and the youthful option made the difference as the France winger scored the only goal of the game, heading home against his former club .

At 24, Coman is a relative veteran compared to the player behind him on the left flank for Bayern, with Alphonso Davies becoming a European champion at the age of just 19.

But that just hammers home the point that this is a very different Bayern team to the one who last won the Champions League in 2013.

Few faces remain from that victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium, though the older members of the squad have shown no signs of slowing down, even in the mini-tournament format of this season’s knockout stages in Portugal.

Robert Lewandowski was on the losing side in that 2013 final. but finally got his hands on the trophy with Bayern on the weekend he turned 32 having ended the season as the top scorer in every tournament he played in – including an astonishing 15 goals in 11 games in Europe.

Thomas Muller, meanwhile, broke the Bundesliga assists record in 2019-20, and despite having played over 500 games for the Bavarians is still just 30.

Manuel Neuer is the oldest member of the squad, but against PSG he brought back memories of his prime performances for Bayern in 2013 and Germany in 2014, showing exactly why national team boss Joachim Low still prefers him to younger upstart Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The only other starter in Lisbon on the wrong side of 30 was Jerome Boateng, who went off injured to be replaced by 24-year-old defensive colossus Niklas Sule, In truth, Sule would likely have been first-choice beside David Alaba at centre-back had injury not blighted his season.

Alaba has just one year remaining on his contract in Munich, but the club are optimistic he will sign a new deal having held talks with his agent in the past week. The same cannot be said, however, of midfielder Thiago Alcantara, w ho turned down a contract offer from the new European champions and looks set to leave the club as Liverpool continue to be linked with his signature.

The Spain midfielder was his usual brilliant best against PSG, and it potentially being his final appearance for the club is the only downside to the evening. Otherwise, everything looks pretty rosey for the Bavarians.

Thiago’s usual partner in central midfield under Flick this season has been Joshua Kimmich, but with Benjamin Pavard injured he was pushed back to his former role at right-back, and it was from there he provided the assist for Coman’s goal

At just 25, Kimmich is emblematic of this new-look Bayern side.

The heir to Philipp Lahm, he is seen as a future captain of the club and even Jose Mourinho believes he has the ability to play at the highest level in every position on the pitch.

“I see him as a top right-back, left-back, centre-back, No.6, No.8, No.10… he has the qualities to be anything,” Mourinho told DAZN .

“I think he looks to me, very intelligent related to football, very intelligent, understands the moments of the games and understands the difference between positions and understands what he has to do here and what he has to do there. I think he’s phenomenal, an absolutely phenomenal player.

“For Bayern to win the Champions League is much more important than for somebody to win an individual award, but I see this kid with Lewandowski, Neuer, I see this kid with these guys in an elite group capable of winning individual awards.”

Bayern Munich’s Champions League success was not down to the brilliance of one particular player or a moment of magic from an individual world-class talent. Instead, it was built on teamwork and the belief inspired by Flick.

This was exemplified in their dismantling of Barcelona, where six players got on the scoresheet and each assist came from a different player in their memorable 8-2 victory in the quarter-finals.

Serge Gnabry, 25, was the hero against Lyon in the semi-finals,  and Bayern’s bosses have found him the perfect partner for next season in 24-year-old Leroy Sane.

They have also strengthened at the back by signing Alexander Nubel from Schalke to be Neuer’s successor in goal and convincing France wonderkid Tanguy Kouassi to leave PSG to play either in central defence or defensive midfield, with Javi Martinez set to leave the club.

Michael Cuisance, 21, was signed last summer from Borussia Monchengladbach and showed signs towards the end of the season that he can make an impact in midfield, while 26-year-old Corentin Tolisso is expected to stay in Munich should Thiago leave.

Similarly, 21-year-old Adrian Fein will be given a chance to fight for a place in the middle of the park after impressing on loan at Hamburg, giving Flick plenty of options and depth at almost every position.

The only thing outstanding from Flick’s desire for two players in every position is a backup for Pavard at right-back, but with the season finished and Europe conquered, the treble winners can now focus their attention on bringing in someone suitable.

Most of Bayern Munich’s players are entering their prime, meaning that this team could get even better. They won every single game in the Champions League this season, becoming the undisputed best team in Europe.

In the 1970s, they won the European Cup three years in a row. With this team and this head coach, could they do it again?

Do not rule it out.

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‘Messi is very welcome at PSG!’ – Tuchel would love unlikely signing of ‘Mr. Barcelona’ | Goal.com

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has declared Lionel Messi is “very welcome” to join the club should the Barcelona star decide to pursue a move away from Camp Nou. 

The Argentine legend has once again been linked with a possible Barca exit after seeing his side end the season without a trophy and lose 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. 

Tuchel himself failed to guide his side past Bayern on Sunday as the Bundesliga giants claimed their sixth Champions League title with a 1-0 win over PSG

The Ligue 1 champions are one of few clubs in the world that could potentially afford a move for Messi and Tuchel conceded he certainly wouldn’t say no to having the 33-year-old to join his side. 

“He [Messi] is very welcome! We lost lots of players for this campaign only and we lose now Thiago Silva and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. We need to use the transfer window now to make the squad bigger,” Tuchel told BT Sport

“The campaign will be very demanding without any breaks. We need to build a strong, strong squad.

“We decided not to talk about transfers in this period here. We will sit together in the next days. We have many things to do to keep the level of the squad.

“What coach says no to Messi? I think Messi finishes his career in Barcelona. He is Mr. Barcelona.”

Despite a few chances to strike against Bayern, PSG were unable to triumph in their first Champions League final and Tuchel called on his men to rebound quickly next season. 

“It is necessary if we want to keep the same level, we have to step up again. You have to go on. This level is necessary,” Tuchel said.

“We showed again we can compete with the best teams in Europe with this mentality and attitude, in combination with our talent.

“We are a strong, strong side. We can be proud of that. We cannot worry too much because it is okay and we will go on.”

While once again falling short on Europe’s biggest stage, PSG ended their season with a domestic treble and lost just three games in a shortened Ligue 1 campaign. 

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Neymar left in tears after PSG suffer Champions League final heartbreak | Goal.com

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was left in tears after his side suffered a 1-0 Champions League final loss to Bayern Munich in Lisbon.

The Ligue 1 champions succumbed to their German opponents due to a Kingsley Coman header shortly before the hour mark, and the 28-year-old was unable to inspire a comeback as Bayern kept the French outfit at arm’s length.

Neymar, who was consoled in the dugout by sporting director Leonardo at full-time, had one of the outstanding opportunities in the opening period of the game but was denied by an inspired Manuel Neuer, who also stopped a tame effort from Kylian Mbappe before the break.

It leaves the Brazil international star sitting on a single Champions League success, that claimed when he was a member of the Barcelona squad that defeated Juventus 3-1 in 2015. On that occasion, he rounded the scoring off.

He left the Catalans in 2017 to make a world-record move to PSG and has been seeking to justify that controversial decision since then by writing himself into the history of the Parc des Princes side by winning European football’s biggest prize as well as claiming individual honours for himself.

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A divisive character throughout his career, he has been winning plaudits in recent months for a more mature and focused approach to the game, which critics believe is bringing the best out of his game for the team.

Previous tilts at the European Cup have ended in disappointment for the former Santos youth, who suffered foot injuries, which prevented him from featuring in vital matches against Real Madrid and Manchester United.

This was Les Parisiens’ best ever run in the competition, overcoming Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta and RB Leipzig in the knockout stages before failing at the final hurdle.

It marks the end of a long season for Neymar, who played 26 times over the course of an injury-hit campaign and scored 19 goals while creating 12 more.

Thoughts will have to quickly turn back towards their Ligue 1 title defence, with the French top flight having started over the weekend.

PSG’s first domestic match of the 2020-21 season will come next Saturday, when they travel to newly-promoted Lens, while a derby with Marseille follows after the September international break.

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ThunderCats: Hulu Is Now Streaming the Original and Rebooted Series

The classic ThunderCats series andits 2011 reboot are now available to stream on Hulu.

ThunderCats remains a beloved staple of ’80s animation, particularly its iconic intro sequence. The show aired 130 episodes between 1985 to 1989 which, by nature of broadcast syndication, amounted to two seasons of television, both available online. The reboot series, while initially aiming for a 52 episode run, only produced a single 26-episode season before being canceled in 2013, yet it retains a sizeable fanbase for its narrative and modernized changes to the source material.

The original Thundercats follows a race of cat-humanoids who flee their dying homeworld Thundera to another planet called Third Earth. Consisting of Lion-O, Tygra, Cheetara, Panthro, WilyKit, WilyKat and Snarf, the group must regularly defend the legendary Sword of Omens — specifically the Eye of Thundera stone that powers it — from the Mutants of Plun-Darr and the evil demon-priest Mumm-Ra, a being of pure evil. Much of this responsibility falls to Lion-O as “Lord of the Thundercats,” who must learn to take on a leadership role while bearing the mind of a 12-year old, as the suspension capsule holding him during the trip to Third Earth failed to slow down his physical growth.

In the reboot, Lion-O and the Cats are already living on Third Earth, and sit atop the planet’s animal hierarchy. They must defend against the Lizards and Mumm-Ra, who leave the Cats’ kingdom in ruins and Lion-O and Tygra’s father King Claudus dead. With leadership duties and the Sword of Omens passed down to him, Lion-O and his allies must locate the ancient Book of Omens for information on how to defeat Mumm-Ra, all while seeking alliances with the planet’s other animal communities.

Created by the late Ted “Tobin” Wolf and produced by Rankin/Bass Animation Entertainment and Leisure Concepts, ThunderCats aired its first run between Sept. 9, 1985 and Sept. 29, 1989. The series has since received two reboots on Cartoon Network. The first was a more anime-styled version that aired between 2011 and 2012, while the second and current reboot is the more comedic ThunderCats Roar.

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#BBNaija: Lady shares photo of Nengi’s alleged boyfriend

Twitter user, Chemmzyk recently shared a photo of a man who she claimed is the boyfriend to Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate, Nengi.

Sharing the photo, she wondered why the Ozone (Ozo,Nengi) ship won’t sink when Nengi has a boyfriend like that outside the house.

This is coming after Nengi revealed during her diary session with Biggie that she has a boyfriend outside the house who broke up with her because she never disclosed to him that she was going into the Big Brother house until when she was about going in.

She said she hopes they reconcile when she leaves the house and if to, she might consider Ozo’s proposal as he is a great guy as well.

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#BBNaija: Kiddwaya wanted a relationship with me but I wasn’t interested – Wathoni

Big Brother Naija housemate, Wathoni has revealed that she rejected being into a relationship with billionaire son, Kiddwaya.

According to Wathoni, Kiddwaya wanted to be in a relationship with her, but she wasn’t ready to get entangled with anyone in the house.

Wathoni mentioned that Kiddwaya gave her “greenlight” during their little conversations, but she always dodged because she wasn’t ready for a relationship.

She revealed this to Praise, Prince and Lucy, during their conversation about the housemate(s) they are falling for in Big Brother’s house.

This is coming barely one week after she clashed with Erica over the billionaire son.

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‘Aubameyang staying is very important to me’ – Willian demands Arsenal keep hold of star striker | Goal.com

Willian has stressed that Arsenal have to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and that the striker’s continued presence at Emirates Stadium is “very important” to him.

Aubameyang has enhanced his reputation as one of Europe’s most prolific frontmen since swapping Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal in January 2018.

The Gabon international has scored an impressive 70 goals in 109 appearances for the Gunners, 29 of which were recorded during the 2019-20 campaign.

His latest double helped Mikel Arteta’s men beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final, but he refused to be drawn on speculation over his future after the final whistle at Wembley.

Aubameyang only has one year left to run on his current contract, and has been linked with a potential move to either Barcelona or Manchester United in recent months.

Goal has reported that Arsenal have reached an agreement with the centre-forward over an extension, but a final announcement over his future is unlikely to be forthcoming until the club’s pre-season camp gets underway on August 22.

Willian, who moved to the Emirates on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea earlier this month, has talked up how integral Aubameyang is to the Gunners’ hopes of competing for more major honours while expressing his hope that his new team-mate remains in north London beyond 2021.

The Brazilian midfielder told The Sun: “I joined Arsenal because we can challenge for titles but Pierre will be a big part of the plan. He has to stay — it is very important to me.

“This is a guy who gets 25-30 goals a season and we have to keep a player like that. He’s one of the best players in our team and somebody I want to be making chances for.”

Arteta expressed his belief that Aubameyang can become an Arsenal legend if he decides to commit to fresh terms with the club after the FA Cup final, telling reporters: “We always had incredible strikers at this football club and Auba deserves to be named and compared with the big names.

“By winning trophies he will be closer to that and the longer he stays there as well. Hopefully we can have him for more time.”

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Georgia State QB Mikele Colasurdo diagnosed with heart condition linked to COVID-19

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Georgia State quarterback Mikele Colasurdo has been diagnosed with a heart condition as a result of contracting the coronavirus and won’t be able to play football this season, he announced Thursday.

The freshman and former three-star prospect from South Carolina arrived on campus in the spring.

In a post on Twitter, Colasurdo thanked coach Shawn Elliott and the training staff for “providing a safe environment for us to train and practice.”

“Ultimately it was the procedures and tests set forth by GSU that allowed the doctors to find this condition in my heart and help keep me safe,” Colasurdo wrote.

Georgia State said it could not comment on the health of individual student-athletes because of privacy laws, but the university did say that the school’s medical staff “regularly reviews the latest information and recommendations about SARS-CoV-2 infection in athletes, including information about cardiac concerns.”

“We believe these protocols are what will keep us safe this season,” the statement said.

Earlier this month, Debbie Rucker, the mother of Indiana offensive lineman Brady Feeney wrote a Facebook post about her son dealing with heart issues after testing positive for COVID-19.

Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle linked to the coronavirus, has been a concern of Power 5 conferences as they gauge the viability of playing a fall football season during the pandemic.

ESPN reported on Aug. 10 that myocarditis was found in at least five Big Ten athletes and in several other athletes in other conferences.

On Aug. 11, the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced that they would be postponing all fall sports with the intention of playing football in the spring.

The ACC, Big 12 and SEC have all announced that they plan to play football this fall, starting in September.

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Lionel Messi sensationally tells Barcelona he ‘doesn’t see future with club’ after crunch talks with new boss Koeman

LIONEL MESSI has reportedly told new boss Ronald Koeman that he does NOT see his future at Barcelona.

Catalan radio RAC1 claims Messi dropped the bombshell during crunch talks with Koeman just one day after the Dutchman’s arrival.

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Messi apparently ended his summer holiday early for the heart-to-heart on Thursday.

And the legendary forward added that he sees himself more “out of the club than in it.”

Messi has long been thought to be unhappy at Barcelona following turmoil on and off the pitch.

Their meek surrender of LaLiga to Real Madrid, coupled with a humiliating Champions League exit against Bayern Munich, saw both boss Quique Setien and director of football Eric Abidal axed.

Messi has just one year left on his Catalan contract.

And even though Barca president Josep Bartomeu said on Tuesday that he will be staying put, Messi is thought to be giving serious consideration to leaving.

Manchester City are reportedly interested as Pep Guardiola ponders a stunning Premier League reunion.

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It’s no secret that Barcelona are keen on Lautaro Martinez and could be tempted to do a deal following Messi’s reported revelation.

Barca fans now face an anxious wait to see if their club’s recent internal and external woes really will result in the loss of arguably world football’s best-ever player.

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The Exorcist Reboot Is Coming in 2021

Get ready horror fans as The Exorcist is making a comeback. Morgan Creek Entertainment is said to be bringing a reboot of the iconic franchise to theaters in 2021. For the moment, details remain scarce but this means we will be seeing our first new movie in the series since 2005. Whether or not it is a worthy successor to the original 1973 cinematic classic remains to be seen.

According to a new report, The Exorcist reboot is one of the projects currently being worked on by Morgan Creek. Unfortunately, few details were revealed other than that the movie is intended as a theatrical release, with an expected arrival sometime next year. There is no word on who may be eyed to direct, nor is it clear who will star. It also wasn’t explained if this will be a full-on reboot, or if it will be connected to previous installments in the series. The news was buried and only briefly mentioned in a report detailing a new series adaptation of Dead Ringers starring Rachel Weisz that the studio is also working on.

The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin based on William Peter Blatty’s story, was originally released in 1973. It went on to become one of the most financially successful movies ever, grossing $428 million at the box office, working against a budget of just $12 million. It also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound Mixing at the Oscars, in addition to being nominated for Best Picture. That was a truly remarkable feat for a horror movie at the time.

The first movie focuses on a young girl named Regan (Linda Blair) who begins acting odd, to put it mildly. Her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help and finds no answers. A local priest (Jason Miller) thinks the girl may be possessed by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, with the church sending an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

A sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic, was released in 1977. It did not do well financially and was not regarded well critically either. 1990’s The Exorcist III, however, has found a great deal of love over the years. Exorcist: The Beginning followed in 2004, with 2005’s Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist serving as the most recent entry. Both movies were met with a negative response upon arrival. More recently, Fox produced The Exorcist as a TV series. The show ran for two seasons between 2016 and 2017.

Reboots and remakes continue to dominate Hollywood. While none of the sequels have come close to matching the original, a franchise like The Exorcist has a lot of name recognition and, executed correctly, could be a way to attract a lot of attention. With a release planned for next year, we should be learning more in the coming months. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via Deadline.

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Radhika Apte Is Married To A World Famous Musician Benedict Taylor

The Indian film industry, and not just the ‘Hindi film industry’, is a place of so many love stories, flings, affairs and marriages. Invariably, nothing escapes the tabloids and paparazzi. Despite the social media and shutterbug scrutiny, few stories go unheard. And this time, we bring to you one such story; of an actress, whose name, perhaps 5 years ago was unheard. And today, all the leading producers and directors want to work with her.

Little biography and initial years in the film industry

Radhika Apte was born on 7th September 1985 in Pune and took a classical training in Kathak. It was during her training that a casting director happened to be there, who approached her for a role in the Hindi movie Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! in 2005, starring along with Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao.

This film gave her a mild start in the movies, and then she went on to sign a few films in regional cinema like Bengali and Marathi. Her roles in these movies were applauded by the critics.

Breakthrough and a short fling with Tusshar Kapoor

In 2011, Radhika was signed by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms for two films- I Am and Shor in the City. Both these films are marked as her breakthrough roles which established her as a promising actress, not only among the critics but masses.

However, during the filming of Shor in the City, rumours of her alleged affair with the film’s co-actor Tusshar Kapoor started doing rounds. There were reports to an extent that dictated Tusshar being completely crazy for her. Sources from the sets said that the two would spend a lot of time together on the sets.

In fact, his sister Ekta Kapoor was on Koffee with Karan, and when Karan asked her about Tusshar’s love life and Radhika, she said, “Who is Radhika Apte?” This left Tusshar totally in shock! But, the love in the air soon fizzled out. Radhika went to London to learn contemporary dance styles, and all the possible further comments and rumours just shut.

London and future husband Benedict Taylor

So, while Radhika was in London learning her contemporary dance, a renowned contemporary musician, by the name of Benedict Taylor happened to be there (who later gave music for the 2017 Hindi film Newton).

With similar interests, they hit off instantly. In fact, rumour has it that the two started a live-in relationship after a few months of meeting. But soon, their bond strengthened and in a year, they got so serious about her that they eventually got married in September 2012. It was a court marriage.

A month later, in October 2012, there was a film festival in Pune, and Benedict was spotted with Radhika for the first time. Initially, there were rumours that she had found her new boyfriend, for she hadn’t by then go on record to confess about her marriage with Benedict. But, thanks to Sarang Sathaye, a stage actor and her very close friend, who spilt the beans and broke the news of her marriage to the media.

He said, “Yes, they had a registered marriage a month ago. It was a quiet, private function. They were living together for a long time and they got married to sort their visas and other documentation. The official ceremony will take place in March.”

A few months later, in March 2013, Radhika and Benedict were pronounced husband and wife, as per the Indian Civil Law. The marriage was then followed by a reception party amidst close friends and family. Isn’t this amazing? It’s been five years, and yet not many people know that she is married. In fact, in a recent interview, she was quoted as saying, “I don’t have a boyfriend because I am married.”

Life post-marriage

When you’ve two stars whose work go on to big global canvases, naturally, there is a busy life. In spite of Benedict being a world-famous musician who is very busy in his music, and Radhika being way too busy in her films, the two manage to take out time for each other. Benedict mostly lives in London and Radhika in India. But the two often meet and have managed to balance their personal and professional lives.

Isn’t this a sweet, adorable and a very understanding relationship? The star couple is sure to give relationship goals to many other lovebirds. Let us know in the comments section as to what do you feel about them.

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