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Historic ‘Parasite’ Oscar Win May Be Game-Changer for Global Film Business

As Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean satire becomes the first non-English-language best picture, others see opportunity to “jump on the bandwagon.”
On Jan. 5, Parasite writer-director-producer Bong Joon Ho gave his acceptance speech for foreign-language film at the Golden Globes and entreated the audience, via his translator Sharon Choi: “Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” A month later, the South Korean movie obliterated conventional wisdom with four historic Oscar wins, becoming the first non-English-language film to claim best picture.

International filmmakers and distributors are now eying Bong’s triumphs with hope and hunger: hope that Parasite’s success will open the door to global cinema, giving other non-English-language movies shots at the world’s No. 1 film award; hunger for the sort of global box office returns that, with few exceptions, have been beyond the reach of films made outside Hollywood.

“It’s been a real barrier,” says Korean media mogul Miky Lee, whose CJ Entertainment backed Bong’s film and who recently invested in David Ellison’s Skydance. “Now Parasite really makes it easier. Netflix has trained everybody to watch subtitles in their living room, and now Parasite in the movie theater.”

At the European Film Market — which kicks off Feb. 19 in Berlin and specializes in challenging, foreign-language fare — the movie’s success will be tested. “You can be sure Parasite will be used for every new Asian title now,” says Dirk Schweitzer, an acquisitions exec at European distributor Splendid Films. “It’ll be, ‘This is Parasite meets …’ as people try to jump on the bandwagon.”

“Getting audiences to watch subtitles 10 years ago was a massive challenge … now it’s becoming more and more common,” adds Alex Walton, head of international film sales at Endeavor Content, noting that Parasite “has opened more doors for exhibitors, helping them believe they actually can find an audience with these films.”

In South Korea, Parasite’s Oscar wins sparked a national celebration. South Korean President Moon Jae-in joined the chorus, tweeting that Bong’s social satire “moved the minds of the world with a story that is truly Korean.” Oh Seok-geun, chairman of the government-run Korea Film Council, says the night proved that “the U.S. market is no longer a challenging or distant market for Korean movies.” Parasite’s success, he said, opens the possibility for any filmmaker, anywhere, that “if you make a great movie, many around the world will watch it.”

Lewis Kim, a producer on Bong’s earlier films including The Host and Okja, says he hopes the wins will inspire Korean directors and writers “to have a bigger dream.”

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People watch a TV screen showing images of South Korean director Bong Joon Ho at the Seoul Railway Station on February 10, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.
Audiences have certainly embraced Parasite as it unspooled globally since debuting in Korea on May 30. Made for about $11 million by Korean studios Barunson E&A and CJ Entertainment, it has grossed some $170 million worldwide, a figure certain to surge in the wake of Bong’s Oscar haul. Its domestic performance of $35 million and counting for Tom Quinn’s indie Neon (founded in 2017), which picked up the film in October 2018, makes it the most successful Korean film of all time in the U.S. (Its domestic theater count will be upped to as many as 2,000 locations for the Feb. 14-16 weekend.) “The Neon team worked their asses off to get here, all in the service of this amazing movie,” Quinn told THR on Oscar night.

Parasite has smashed records for a Korean movie in territories as varied as France ($11.9 million), Mexico ($3.9 million) and Russia ($1.5 million). In the U.K., Curzon opened the film wide on Feb. 7, timing the bow to take advantage of the Oscar bump. It worked. Parasite grossed more than $1.3 million in its first two days in the territory, a record for a non-English-language movie. “It’s a game-changer,” says Charles Cohen, whose Cohen Media Group owns Curzon and the Landmark chain in the U.S. “I think it’s a great vote of confidence for world cinema.”

In Germany, Parasite hasn’t left theaters since its October bow there, earning $3.8 million to date. “We knew it had potential, but no one expected this,” says Moritz Peters of indie distributor Koch Films, which prebought the movie two years ago based on Bong’s script alone. Koch is expanding the film’s release to capitalize on the Oscars, more than doubling the screen count (to 250-plus).

Parasite isn’t the first Asian film to strike global box office gold, but it’s been nearly 20 years since Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon conquered the world, winning four Oscars in 2001 (though not best picture) and earning $213 million. Zhang Yimou’s Hero, which was snubbed by the Academy but grossed $177 million worldwide, followed in 2002.

Unlike those, or Zhang’s 2004 follow-up House of Flying Daggers (one Oscar nom, $92 million global take), Parasite is not a wuxia action film, all high-wire sword-fighting and escapist period drama. Bong’s satire is set very much in the real world, and its themes of social exclusion and the gap between rich and poor could have been torn from today’s headlines.

Peters believes Bong’s film built on the critical momentum of such recent socially aware art house titles as Lee Chang-dong’s Burning and Hirokazu Koreeda’s Japanese drama Shoplifters (like Parasite, a Cannes Palme d’Or winner).

If Parasite can convince audiences to jump the subtitles barrier, it will be due, in no small part, to Netflix, the studio some viewed as a loser on Oscar night with just two wins from 24 nominations. The streaming giant, which backed Bong’s previous action-adventure drama Okja, was the first U.S. major to fully embrace international content.

Netflix has been plowing money into foreign-language films and series for years, offering to its 167 million worldwide subscribers the chance to stream Mati Diop’s Senegalese drama Atlantics, Nora Fingscheidt’s German art house hit System Crasher or Jung Ji-woo’s Korean musical rom-com Tune in for Love.

“Netflix created this new global market for non-English language content,” says Florian Gellinger, a European visual effects producer and Academy member whose credits include Avengers: Endgame and the Netflix series Dark. “There’s a demand, a global market, for non-English-language content that just wasn’t there five to 10 years ago.”

Even before Parasite’s wins, dealmakers at Sundance were feeling the film’s impact on acquisitions. “With the success of Parasite, I am hopeful distributors — both traditional and streamers — will be willing to take a chance on international films,” says ICM’s Jessica Lacy. “Steamers are increasingly looking at things on a global basis.”

As other studios begin to roll out their own global streaming platforms, Gellinger expects them to follow Netflix’s lead and add more subtitled content. “The Oscar wins for Parasite will be taken as a very welcome signal that the public will accept non-English programming,” he says.

Miyuki Takamatsu of Japanese film sales group Freestone Productions calls Parasite’s win a “revolutionary moment for film people in Asia.” But she’s not yet convinced its success can be easily replicated: “We film people have always known we are borderless and that a good film is a good film,” she says. “But to see this recognized at the Academy Awards, in front of the entire world, it’s a very powerful moment.”


Let’s think of ways to make Nigeria better – Omotola..

Nollywood star actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has reacted to the newly amended NBC Broadcast Code, which reviews fines to be paid by erring broadcasting stations from N500,000 to N5 million for breaches relating to hate speeches, inciting comments and indecency.

She said, “This is a good development for the content industry. We are all in this together and we must protect our local industry with practices that empower the stakeholders more. We must begin to think Nigeria first for our creative industry and work together to make this work.”

“This is a good development for the content industry. We are all in this together and we must protect our local industry with practices that empower the stakeholders more. We must begin to think Nigeria first for our creative industry and work together to make this work.”

Omotola made her comment via a WhatsApp group, consisting of creative industry practitioners named FILMIC.

Nollywood star actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

The platform was founded by Charles Novia, CEO of the newly established Teen Africa TV. FILMIC, since inception in June 2019, has held monthly screenings of films by producers, alongside two unique events namely: FILMIC Mini-Colloquium and FILMIC Old School Evening.

FILMIC, since inception in June 2019, has held monthly screenings of films by producers, alongside two unique events namely: FILMIC Mini-Colloquium and FILMIC Old School Evening.


Halloween ’19: Check out how Nicki Minaj And Cardi Represent The Event in styles.

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For the 2019 Halloween, Nicki Minaj was dressed as Harley Quinn, a fictional character in comic books published by DC Comics, while her fellow rapper Cardi B came through as Poison Ivy, who is also a fictional character in DC Comics.

Read… Halloween’19: BBNaija Kim Oprah Showcase her style. (CHECK…)

Both of the rappers looked extremely stunning in their respective costumes, but who had the best look?


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Although, I am celibate,I take good care of my hubby on bed – Tonto dikeh reveals. (More..)

Tonto Dikeh has questioned ladies about how well they treat their men and if they treat them “like a king”.

The actress asked the question on Instagram and went on to disclose how well she treats her man.


She added: “Ladies yall need to treat a good man like a king.”

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Activist Charly Boy To Perform On 2019 ‘Felabrationo Fiesta. (More..)

Maverick entertainer and activist, Charles Oputa, popularly known as ‘Charly Boy’, is set to perform at the 2019 annual Felabration fiesta, a week-long celebration of the life and times Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event is holding from Oct. 14 to 20, at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, with both local and international artistes slated to perform.

In a video shared on his social media page on Tuesday, Charly Boy said he was set to perform alongside other artistes at the grand-finale of the fiesta.

According to the 68-year-old showbiz maestro, who released his debut highlife album over three decades ago and recently returned to the stage, hi performance was in the spirit of immortalising Fela’s ideas.

The former president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) said he will present his latest songs at the show.

He said: “Make a date with me, alongside other great Nigerian artistes on Sunday Oct. 20, as we all gather together to give honour to whom honour is due, the legendary baba Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

“Come listen to my new tunes as we all gather if we can find a cure to our mumu.”

Charly Boy had earlier told NAN that he has decided to use music as a tool to inspire ordinary Nigerians, especially youths, to realise that power truly belong to them.

He explained that he was leading an advocacy and enlightenment campaign on the “Social Contract’’ to Nigerians across all backgrounds.

“Music has been my age-long passion, and this time I am using it to awake the consciousness of all Nigerians, no matter where they are, towards building the country they desire.”

NAN also reports that Felabration was founded by Fela Anikulapo’s daughter, Yeni Kuti, as an annual festival to honour and celebrate the ideals that the late founder of Afrobeats music and socio-political activist lived for.

This year’s edition, tagged “From Lagos with Love”, opened on Monday at Neca Hall with a talk show on the topic, ‘Teacher don’t teach me nonsense’.

The panel included Ugandan singer and politician, Bobi Wine, Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie, Prof. Wole Soyinka, and British rapper, Akala.

The first day also had electrifying performances from promising Nigerian singers, including Fuji singer, Remi Aluko, singer Dotman, Trod, Picazo Rhap and Yomi Blaize.

Fast rising versatile singer Zinoleesky, popularly called the ‘show killer’, also performed on the opening day. (NAN)

Old Ned Nwoko, Regina Daniels’ Hubby Got His Moroccan Wife Receive Award In His Absence.

Regina Daniel’s hubby Ned Nwoko who is currently on ‘baecation’ in Dubai was recognised this week at the Democracy Heroes Award in Abuja as “Democracy People’s Choice of the Year”.

Ned was unable to pick up the award himself but he was represented by his Moroccan wife, Mrs. Laila Ned Nwoko who appreciated the honourary recognition of her husband at the Award and noted that the award will strenghten her husbands’ interest in national development.

We’ve gotten our marriage license – Nicki Minaj reveals her marriage preparation with Kenneth.

Nicki Minaj has revealed she and her fiancé Kenneth Petty might get married next week.

The Queen rapper, 36, who was first linked to convicted sex offender Kenneth, 41, back in November before she later confirmed their engagement, told E! News that they could get married ‘in the next seven days’

“We’ve gotten our marriage license, but there’s a particular pastor who I want to officiate, and so she was just made available as of today.”

She told me she’s available within the next week, so we could be married in the next seven days.’

When asked if she had picked out a bridal gown for her wedding day, she said: ‘That’s too much. I can’t. There’s no way. That will take too long to plan. I’m not good with that. I’m a procrastinator, so it would come in, like, two years from now.’

Adding that she and Kenneth are ‘so sexually attracted to one another’ Nicki admitted that getting married before starting a family was important to her.

“We’re very close as friends, ’cause we’ve known each other since we were kids, but also, we’re so sexually attracted to each other. We always wanna do it,”

While Nicki’s fans are worried that the “Barbie Tingz” rapper is rushing a little too quickly, she dismissed their concerns saying: “People can say all they want, Nicki added, “The only person that can tell me what to do is my man, and that’s only because he got some good D, but if he stops having good D, then not even he can tell me what to do.”

Nicki Minaj looks sensational as she steps out with her man, then announces Adele collaboration is coming soon.

Nicki Minaj stepped out with her man Kenneth Petty to the star-studded bash for her Fendi collaboration. She then went on to make an announcement that has excited her fans.

The rapper, who recently announced she is retiring to start her family, was at the launch celebration for her new fashion line, Fendi Prints On, in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. She was accompanied by Kenneth Petty who also wore pieces from Nicki’s collab with Fendi.

ET’s Keltie Knight caught up with Nicki and she revealed that she and Adele are teaming up.

When asked if she’ll be working with the 15-time Grammy award winner, Nicki replied: “Yes and yes, yes and yes, wooo hoo!”

She added: “But Adele made me swear to secrecy that I’m not allowed to tell anyone that I’m working with her. And that we already shot a video. And it’s an epic song! Ahh!”

Adele has been an outspoken fan of Minaj for some time.

Also, at the Fendi Prints On event, Nicki gave out free $1000 pieces from her collaboration to fans.


— _????Dricki Minaj™_ (@diante_minaj) October 16, 2019

Nollywood Actress Kemi Afolabi Fights Lady Over An Actor Despite Being Married. (Details).

Nollywood actress Kemi Afolabi is reportedly enmeshed in a ‘love fight’ with a lady identified as Gloria Johnson over her colleague Dauda Sulaimon a.k.a Gida.

Kemi Afolabi who took their fight to Instagram, alleged that Gloria Johnson threatened her several times and she had to report to relevant authorities. The actress also shared the number used to issue the death threat.

She wrote;

“Her name is gloria johnson. She threatened me severally. Took it up with the right authority
Will be back with more vital nformation.”

However reacting to Kemi’s allegation, Nollywood actress Amarachi Igwe accused her “married” colleague of fighting with her friend, Gloria over actor Gida. She further revealed that Kemi Afolabi who picked up Gida’s call issued the first threat, warning Gloria to stay away from the actor.

She wrote;

Kemi you’re claiming to be innocent, why are u so useless ? A married woman for that matter, posting cos of someone you’re far older,,,, I bet u don’t want to see the other side of me ,what will you gain from all of this, calling my gf out on social media, I bet they don’t know you’re doing all this cos of gida …. you better grow up, she called her friend which is gida…

the next u picked and started telling her that she should stay away from your man, and she asked you to stop the nonsense and grow up,,,, why are you so shameless? I pitied the man that made you a mother,,,, you’re a shame to womanhood,,,,,, blocking me won’t stop me from calling you out same way u are calling my friend out, old fool

Nollywood star, Mercy Johnson Son’s Birthday. (Check Surprises).

Mercy Johnson’s son Henry Okojie is five today and the mother celebrated him by gushing about him on Instagram.

She shared photos and a video of Henry posing with his birthday cakes and wrote:

And I have a 5yr old Son…..i cant contain myself……..Thank you lord…..Happy birthday to my child, my heartbeat and the owner of mummy’s smile……
He woke up himself to check out his cakes.

Henry is also seen posing with his siblings and parents as he admired his cakes.

Sharing more photos of her son, Mercy wrote:

A mother, is her son’s first god,she must teach him the most important lesson of all….How to Love…..HBD Henry…..Mummy loves so much that I fear I may eat you up
Keep him safe , healthy and happy for us lord…..Amen

Don Jazzy Sober: Poor Nigerians Are Being Overtaxed.

Nigerian musician and producer, Don Jazzy, has lamented moves by the government to increase taxes.

The Nigerian Government on September 11, 2019, approved an increase in Value Added Tax applicable on supply of goods and services in Nigeria from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent.

The new rate, which has been met with public outcry, is expected to take effect in 2020.

In a post on Twitter, Don Jazzy said, “How does the government plan to bring many Nigerians out of poverty when the masses, neck-deep in poverty are being overtaxed.

“The income and living standards of citizens of other countries that pay much taxes can’t be compared to that of Nigerians.”

How does the govt plan to bring many Nigerians out of poverty when the struggling masses, neck-deep in poverty, are being overtaxed. The income & living standards of citizens of other countries that pay much taxes can’t be compared to that of Nigerians. 🤦ðŸ�½â€�♂ï¸�🤦ðŸ�½â€�♂ï¸� #POSCharges

— ITS DONJAZZY AGAIN😉 (@DONJAZZY) October 13, 2019

Is simi truly pregnant?, Check out her performing pictures in an event. (Photos and reactions).

Fans are convinced Simi is pregnant with her first child. But she has an explanation, even though people aren’t buying it.

The singer, who is married to Adekunle Gold, was seen performing at the German Embassy in Nigeria with a visible bump. She later took to Instagram to explain away her bump, writing:

When you suck belle, but belle don’t suck you back; can two work together except they agree?

Even if it’s a lie, if a lady tells you she got raped, then she got raped. – YBNL Princess, Temmie Ovwasa.

YBNL’s signee, Temmie Ovwasa has stirred up a controversy with her tweets as she reacted to the report of Nigerian ladies who admitted that they lied after the man they accused of rape dragged them to court.

Temmie Ovwasa a.k.a YBNL Princess said in her tweet that even if a rape allegation turned out to be untrue, if a lady said she was raped she was raped. She further stated that if the lady involved retracted her statement publicly, she still believes she was raped.

There are some names I had promised not to mention again, but if you find those names here, be patience – Wole Soyinka.

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says there are some names of
prominent citizens in Nigeria that he will never mention again.

Soyinka stated this at the Freedom Park in Lagos during a pre-launch
event of his latest book, ‘Beyond Aesthetics’ and the launch of
‘Beautiful: The Exposition’, an art collection.

The rights activist and playwright is considered a nemesis of former
President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Both men had in the past engaged in scathing references to each other
in their books.

Concerning names mentioned in the yet-to-be-released book, “So, please
don’t come at me and say why don’t you leave this man alone? It’s
nothing to do with me.

“It’s just a reality and this is also an opportunity to explain to
people that there is nothing really personal about some of these
heavy-duty antagonists you see or read about.

“No, no, it is not. It’s taking power on and power turns ugly which
is 99 percent of the time.

“There are names in this country I have promised myself I will never
mention again. So, I will not mention any names. But if you find any
such name here, please have patience.

“Don’t just say what on earth is he giving them? Believe me, it’s
unrelated. Aesthetics, allusion for beauty…”

Kim Kardashian Clapped, Check Out What Kanye West Said To Her.

Kanye West has opened up to his wife about how showing her body off is affecting him. But Kim Kardashian clapped back.

On Sunday night’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim Kardashian is seen arguing with Kanye about her “sexy” image. The incident, which just aired last night, was recorded in May when Kim and Kanye were expecting the arrival of their fourth child via a surrogate.

It was the eve of the 2019 Met Gala and Kanye was giving Kim his opinion about the figure-hugging Thierry Mugler corset dress she planned to wear to the event the following day. Kanye told Kim that showing her body off was affecting his soul and his spirit as a married man and father.

Kanye said: “The corset, underwear, all of that vibe, I just feel like I just went through this transition where, from being a rapper, like, looking at all these girls, and looking at my wife, like, oh, my girl needs to be just like the other girls, showing her body off, showing this, showing that. And I didn’t realize that that was affecting, like, my soul and my spirit as someone that’s married and loved, and the father of, like, now what about to be four kids. A corset is like a form of underwear. It’s hot. It’s like, it’s hot for who, though?”

But Kim, who had been planning her custom Met Gala look for months, refused to listen, instead, she clapped back at Kanye.

She told him: “You knew last night I was having really bad anxiety, and I don’t need any more negative energy for you to now say that you’re not into me wearing a tight dress.”

And Kanye responded: “You are my wife and it affects me when pictures are too sexy.”

But Kim replied: “You built me up to be, like, this sexy person and confident and all this stuff. And just because you’re on a journey, and you’re on your transformation doesn’t mean that I’m in the same spot with you.”

The conversation became awkward for the people in the room with them and Kanye soon stood up and stomped out of the room.

Twitter users took Kim’s side on this and said Kanye has promoted Kim as a sex figure but now wants her to change overnight because he has accepted religion.

Watch Insta video below

Watch Kanye West Speak To Kim Kardasian.

Lots of hospitals in Nigeria are sinners, and shutting down should be their punishment – AY, Mabel Makun Frustrates Words out of her mouth. (Check tweet).

Interior designer and comedian AY Makun’s wife, Mabel, has shared her unpleasant experience at a hospital in Lekki.

Mabel shared this in reaction to the viral video of a mother shouting at a doctor in Igando who allegedly refused to treat her sick child because they had a misunderstanding.

She wrote;

Too bad. Had same expereience with a well known Hospital in Lekki. They said I must make payment before treatment and immediately i did. I got an alert, they gave me a receipt at the reception for treatment, I got upstairs for treatment and was refused treatment because they said my payment was only reflecting downstairs but not their system upstairs. Guess what? I was in mad pain in my chest. I had to leave for another hospital. A lot of hospitals in Nigeria needs to be shut down, most doctors in Nigeria do not value human lives.

“Cause his dick fat” Hilarious Response Cardi B Gives Follower Who Asked Why Offset’s Name Is Being Tattooed On Her Thighs.

Cardi B showed off a tattoo she got of husband Offset’s name on her thigh. A follower didn’t approve and Cardi B responded after the follower questioned her decision.

Cardi tweeted a video of her and Offset rapping. In the video, Cardi was scantily clad, thereby exposing her tattoos. One of them is an ink of Offset’s name.

Ride the Dick

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) October 14, 2019

“why cardi tattoo this nigga name on her lmao,” @adelleLondon replied to the video.

And Cardi replied: “Cause his dick fat.”

I will never compare myself with God, But the more hatred shown, the more I RISE. – Cardi B.

Cardi B seems to be having a sober reflection and she’s taken to Twitter to express how she feels about God.

The rapper who just turned 27, said she never thinks she’s too big for God, neither does she “take his name for vain “. She went on to explain why this is so and called out those who say she brings up God to justify what she does.

She tweeted: “I will never think I’m to big for God .God knows my feelings,God knows my sensitivity,God knows my emotions,God knows my intentions .If I’m ever wrong I ask God forgiveness because what I might thing is right is wrong but I as forgiveness to the LORD Not to YOU!

“Hate when people say i bring up God to justify what I do. No. I bring up God because he the one that knows how I really feel .He the one that hears my prayers the one who knows what makes me happy , mad , hurt ,sad. He know My intentions and I don’t take his name for vain.”

She added: “People out here talking bout other people karma and how they heart works while constantly pushing hatred propaganda, how that works, mhhhmm how your heart work ?but the more people trey to destroy me the MORE I RISE! Facts!”

See the screenshots below.