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May 17, 2010

The Most Successful Movie Franchise of All Time

The most successful movie franchise of all time is no longer James Bond, it's now the "Harry Potter" series, which recently edged out James Bond.

According to Box Office Mojo, the first six adaptations of J.K. Rowling's beloved books have earned a staggering $5.4 billion worldwide.

The 22 films considered part of the official Bond canon have earned an estimated $5 billion globally.

Still, Bond is certainly Hollywood's greatest franchise in terms of endurance and longevity. Since the first Bond adventure, "Dr. No" in 1962, it has thrived for 48 years, although the 23rd Bond picture is reportedly on hold for now.

Bond may need to stick around awhile to have any chance of overtaking Potter.

"Star Wars" movies have earned $4.2 billion, coming third.**

Introducing - Thomas Ikimi - The Nigerian Hollywood Movie Director

31 year old handsome movie director, Thomas Ikimi, may not be known in Nollywood, but in Hollywood, the Nigerian movie director has made a name for himself as the first Nigerian to direct a Hollywood movie.

His movie, Legacy, featuring Idris Elba (featured above with Thomas) will be released in Nigeria later in the year.

Legacy will be showing next at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, followed by the American Black Film Festival in Miami.

Mini Bio
Thomas Ikimi was born in Westminster, London on April 10th 1979. He is of Nigerian descent. He attended primary school in Nigeria, prep and public school in England and university in America. He holds a literature and writing degree from Columbia University, New York.

Thomas' student film, 'Limbo' (2005), after a showing at the Cannes Film Market in 2005, was subsequently invited to the Taormina International Film Festival in Sicily, Italy as an Official Selection. It was one of only 12 films chosen worldwide, and had the added honour of opening the festival. This brought attention to Thomas due to the fact 'Limbo' only cost $9000 to produce mostly on his student credit card, and it was in a fest where the $153 million Batman Begins was premiering in Italy.

Thomas was a second year student when he wrote, directed and produced the film, balancing the 2 1/2 week shoot with his mid term exams. He was nominated for best director and best picture at the Eerie Horror Festival 2004, and he won the Honorable Mention Award at the Flint International Film Festival 2005. Thomas has been working as a screenwriter in London since 2005, writing and developing screenplays for producers.

May 12, 2010

List of What Women Want from Guys

So so many things women want but i kind of like this and i would really want to know what the girl wants to offer?

You can add to the list or comment about what u think? 

Mesothelioma Cancer patient dies before collecting winnings for living another year

Jon Matthews was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a cancer linked to asbestos – in April 2006.

But the widower, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, refused to accept his doctor's prognosis that he would be dead within months and decided to bet against it.

Keen to defy the doctor's prediction that he would not see in 2007, he placed a £100 stake with odds of 50/1 with bookmaker William Hill that he would remain alive until June 1 2008. This won him £5,000.

He made a further bet of the same amount and odds that he would survive until June 1 2009, which netted him another £5,000 last year, at the age of 59.

His third and final wager of £100 at 100/1 that he would survive until June 1 this year would have netted him £10,000 if he had lived another few weeks.

But he died last Monday, missing out on his final jackpot.

Graham Sharp, who took what he called the ''unique'' bet for William Hill, said it had given Mr Matthews an incentive to fight the disease.

He said: ''I was very sad when I heard he'd died. I'd been in touch with Jon since he placed the bet and I'm just delighted that it gave him so much fun and enjoyment.

''When he first approached us about it I was in two minds and thought we'd be accused of doing something in bad taste. But it gave him an incentive to keep on battling through the disease.

''I was delighted to pay out the £5,000 twice.''

He described Mr Matthews as a very positive man who had given much of his winnings to charity but spent some of them on enjoying himself – smoking, drinking and betting on horses and dogs.

He added: ''He proved that what is often dispiriting news from a doctor doesn't necessarily mean you can't make the most of the time you've got left.''

Mr Matthews said last year: ''I think I'm the first person in the world to bet on my own life.''

He added that the longest doctors at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex had heard of anyone surviving mesothelioma after diagnosis was 25 months.

Jon Matthews was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a cancer linked to asbestos – in April 2006.

But the widower, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, refused to accept his doctor's prognosis that he would be dead within months and decided to bet against it.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk 

Extremely disgusting Facebook Status -

Can you Imagine this, it means there are sick people moving around us. Thank God he's not on my facebook, I would just....arrrgggghhhhh

May 11, 2010

Gordon Brown Resigns - David Cameron becomes Prime Minister

Tory Leader David Cameron is the new Prime Minister of Great Britain after Gordon Brown resigned today. Cameron was born 9th Oct 1966 and is married to Samantha Cameron with three children - Ivan, Nancy and Elwen. At 43, he's definitely one of the youngest PM's in recent history.

Highest Paid Models in the World

These are the Names of the Highest Paid models in the World:

Michelle Bundchen $25 million
Heidi Klum $16 million
Kate Moss $8.5 million
Adriana Lima $8 million
Doutzen Kroes $6 million
Alessandra Ambrosio $6 million

Micheal Essien battles Father

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has hit out at claims that he has neglected his ailing father describing the allegations as 'false, vile and degrading'.

His father, James, told a local newspaper and radio station recently that the Chelsea star does not provide for him, an accusation the midfielder says is calculated to 'destroy me in the eyes of the people of Ghana and disgrace my family.'

Despite the claims of his father who is a former player with local giants Hearts of Oak, Essien insists he built a house, bought a car, provides medical care and money to his dad even though the man neglected him as a child.

“Given what I have done for my father, when I was told of the false, vile and degrading comments he made about me, I wept because people normally do not get insults for doing good,” said the Chelsea star in a press statement on Monday.

“But my father decided to pay me back in such a terrible way. Because of this I have been unfortunately forced to say what I have done for him because he has gone to the extreme to disgrace my family. I will like to state the following facts:

“1. My father currently lives in a three-bedroom house I instructed my sister to build for him with my own money.

“2. He is visited monthly and more recently twice a week by my sister Diana on my orders to regularly give him money and other essentials I send. My mother, whom he has insulted so much, also provides for him.

“3. I bought a car for him to make his transportation easier and part of the money I provide for him is used to fuel the car or repair it when it breaks down.

“4. When his illness broke out I asked for him to be taken to the Asikuma Hospital but he said he wants traditional medicine. I provided money for him to undergo traditional treatment. It came to nothing and I ordered for him to be taken to the hospital. My family I believe have also organised for a nurse to come home and look after him on regular bases.”

Despite the anger generated by his father's allegation the Black Stars midfielder says he will continue to offer support to his dad.

“I want to state here categorically that even after such distasteful comments; I will continue to support my father as I believe it is the right thing to do,” Essien said.

This is not the first time such an allegation has been made by James K. Essien as he made similar claims to the English newspaper the Sunday Mirror in January 2008.

The Press Complaints Commission ruled in favour of Essien which resulted in a grovelling apology from the newspaper.

May 7, 2010

Online Petition for Nigerian Senator - Ahmed Yerima

Building up the momentum, an online petition has been created for your signatures and more importantly for your international contacts action and signature.

Kindly visit: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/yerima
Append your signature and forward as far and wide as possible

May 6, 2010

2011 Blockbusters - Highly Anticipated Movies from Yahoo Movie Talk

Next Year's Blockbusters
It was just announced that the prequel "X-Men: First Class" will bring Marvel's mutants back to theaters. Thor and Captain America will get their own solo movies before joining "The Avengers." Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." A third "Transformers" movie is planned for the July 4th holiday. Animation can't avoid sequels either, with Pixar's "Cars" and DreamWorks' "Kung Fu Panda" getting second movies. And the last half of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will mark the boy wizard's final big-screen adventure. 

The Warner Bros./IMAX deal also includes other impressive movies that don't have release dates yet. They include "Gravity," a sci-fi drama with Robert Downey Jr., "Dark Shadows," with Johnny Depp as a vampire, "Fury Road," the revamp of the "Mad Max" series, and a new take on "Superman" that Christopher Nolan is also producing. But before any of that, Nolan's next film as a director, "Inception" with Leonardo DiCaprio, will unspool on IMAX and regular screens this July 16.

And if the Mayans were right about the world ending in December of 2012, let's hope it won't be until after the release of "The Hobbit." The prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" is set to roll out on IMAX screens that month. The apocalypse will be much easier to take if we get to see that movie first.

Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yaradua is dead

It's no longer news that Nigerian president, Umaru Musa Yaradua is dead, The shocking news came to Nigerians in the early morning of today Thursday May 6 2010. Nigerians observed a public holiday to mourn the passing president

Meanwhile, Reports from Vanguard News online;

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that Late President Umaru Muasa Yar’Adua has left a vacuum with his integrity, commitment to due process and the rule of law and his deep sense of patriotism to the nation, saying he will miss him the most.

The President made this during his sworn in ceremony as the substantive president of the country following Wednesday’s death of ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

In a speech after his swearing in, President Jonathan said, he was shocked by the news of the death of his boss and friend, with whom they were elected in 2007 to govern the country.

‘My dear brothers and sisters, it is with deep sense of loss and profound sorrow that I received the news of the passing on of His Excellency, President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Our President passed away peacefully in the Presidential villa in Abuja yesterday evening, the 5th day of May 2010. While we submit to the will of God as a people of faith, this sad event has placed our nation in deep mourning’.

The president condole with the former first lady, Hajiya Turai and the entire Yar’Adua family, saying, “On behalf of the good people of our great Country Nigeria, I stand by our First Lady, Her Excellency Hajia Turai Yar’ Adua, the Children, our Mother, Hajia Habiba Musa Yar Adua, and the entire Yar’ Adua family and offer our heartfelt condolences on the demise of our amiable leader.

May 5, 2010

Nonso Diobi Survives car Accident

The actor and Glo ambassador was involved in a serious car crash that left his Pathfinder truck badly damaged. The incident happened on Wednesday April 14th 2010 along Lekki/Epe Expressway, Lagos.

"Yes I was with Slizzy E, a musician and my crew in my car when it happened. But we all came out without a scratch. God saved us" He confirmed to Encomium Weekly

His truck is said to be badly damaged. He's back to his old cars.

Source: LindaIkeji.blogspot.com

Drogba and Ronaldo on the cover of Vanity Fair

 Vanity Fair set out to capture some of football's biggest stars,this cover features Didier Drogba and Christaino Ronaldo.
Also, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, and Brazil’s Kaká.

May 3, 2010

Time Magazine's 2010 - 100 Most Influential People, Lagy Gaga, Didier Drogba, Obama makes List


Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
J.T. Wang
Admiral Mike Mullen
Barack Obama
Ron Bloom
Yukio Hatoyama
Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Nancy Pelosi
Sarah Palin
Salam Fayyad
Jon Kyl
Glenn Beck
Annise Parker
Tidjane Thiam
Jenny Beth Martin
Christine Lagarde
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
General Stanley McChrystal
Manmohan Singh
Bo Xilai
Mark Carney
Sister Carol Keehan
Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan
Robin Li
Scott Brown


Bill Clinton
Kim Yu-Na
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Ben Stiller
Temple Grandin
P. Namperumalsamy
Nay Phone Latt
Chen Shu-chu
Phil Mickelson
Didier Drogba
Graça Machel
Reem Al Numery
Sachin Tendulkar
Tristan Lecomte
Liya Kebede
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Zahra Rahnavard
Jet Li
Serena Williams
Chief Master Sergeant Tony Travis
Karls Paul-Noel
Rahul Singh
Valentin Abe
Malalai Jo
Will Allen


Lady Gaga
Conan O'Brien
Kathryn Bigelow
Oprah Winfrey
Valery Gergiev
Robert Pattinson
Ashton Kutcher
Suzanne Collins
Taylor Swift
Neil Patrick Harris
Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof
Lea Michele
Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
Simon Cowell
Neill Blomkamp
Elton John
Marc Jacobs
David Chang
Chetan Bhagat
Sandra Bullock
Ricky Gervais
Han Han
James Cameron


Zaha Hadid
Elizabeth Warren
Douglas Schwartzentruber and Larry Kwak
Michael Pollan
Atul Gawande
Jaron Lanier
Victor Pinchuk
Lee Kuan Yew
Deborah Gist
Kathleen Merrigan
Steve Jobs
Tim White
Lisa Jackson
Elon Musk
Edna Foa
Jaime Lerner
Paul Volcker
Amy Smith
Matt Berg
Amartya Sen
Michael Sherraden
Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy
Tim Westergren
David Boies and Theodore Olson
Sonia Sotomayor

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Ruggedman to tour 20 states in nigeria and uk

RUGGEDMAN is set to release two singles, She N Ma Swagga, which features Ice Prince, and Sanwo featuring Vino, in less than two weeks. She N Ma Swagga is already an internet hit just 24 hours after it's release.

For the album launch, Ruggedman plans to tour 20 states in Nigeria, and Manchester, London, Dublin, Babrigan on the outskirts of Dublin, and Sierra Leone.

On his relationship with NB Plc, after successfully handling the just concluded Ster Quest, he said it was great because every time he was called to work for the company, he delivers. His excellent performance last year earned him the opportunity to handle the Quest again this year.

Caught wearing a suit for the first time in a while, he said he was being himself. The suit is just me being a host. I don't want people to think it's a rap show just because a rapper is hosting it. Star Quest has different themes like Jazz, Naija Beat, Rap Battle and I dress accordingly to portray each theme.

The first time I came on set without my head warmer, a senior brand manager asked if it was my idea or I was being paid to do it. I told him it was my idea.

Ruggedman did duets with 2face Idibia, P.Square, Gino, Ice Prince, Da Grin, YQ, Kash Eleven, MI, Ojb Jezreel, Vino, Zainab, Lil Jojo, E Jay.

Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry break up

Halle Berry has broken up with hot Canadian model Gabriel Aubry

A source told radioonline.com
"Gabriel just felt it wasn't working anymore. When they were first together the 9-year age difference between them didn't phase him, she was the most beautiful woman he had ever dated and he was totally in love. But as time went on, he started feeling it more and more. Also, Gabriel started noticing other women, and being attracted to other [women], and he felt it just wasn't right to stay with Halle in those circumstances. Gabriel is a really nice, decent guy and he would never cheat on her, but I suspect that he had become attracted to someone and that he felt he needed to break it off with Halle before anything developed any further."

Mariah Carey and Nick Canon getting married again

Getting married again, Mariah Carey and husband of two years, Nick Cannon celebrated their second anniversary by renewing their vows at their Beverly Hills home with close friends and family. This will be like their third wedding

I wonder if they will keep doing this every year.

May 2, 2010

Mariah Carey is Fat

When she started dating her husband Nick in March 2008, she was slim and toned but recently, Mariah Carey seems to be adding a lot of pounds. Celebrity blogs have tagged her as being fat and needs to lose some weight.

On the other hand, some people find her new look sexy, I think she's still sexy

Mariah Carey before

Mariah Carey on Stage (recent)

Mariah Carey spotted (Recent video shooting scene)

Mariah Carey in a sexy bathing suit

 Is Mariah Carey still sexy?

ok ok ok, I think she could watch the weight now or Nick may......

World Richest Athletes 2010

1. Tiger Woods 
(Sport: Pro Golf / Annual Income: $100 million)

Still in his early thirties, Tiger Woods made nearly $23 million on the golf course and brought in a whopping $105 million in endorsements giving him a total of $127,902,706 and the No. 1 ranking for the fifth straight year as richest athlete.

He might lost that title this year, rumored after his adultery scandal was spread some sponsors are breaked up with him. Woods has earned almost $900 million in prize money, endorsements and appearance fees during his 13-year professional golf career and next year is poised to become the first athlete to earn $1 billion during a career. Woods racked up more than twice the earnings of any other athlete over the past 12 months despite being sidelined for eight months after knee surgery thanks to lucrative endorsement deals with Accenture, Gillette and Nike as well as a thriving golf course design business.

No. 2 Kobe Bryant
$45 million

Bryant secured his place among the NBA’s all-time greats when he won his fourth NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in June. The Black Mamba’s popularity is at its zenith as his No. 24 jersey is the top seller in the U.S., Europe and China. Bryant pads his $21 million Lakers salary through endorsement deals with Nike, Upper Deck, Activision and VitaminWater.

NO 3: Micheal Jordan
$45 million

MJ retired as a player for the third and presumably final time six years ago, but he is still the most famous athlete in the United States. The Jordan Brand is approaching $1 billion in sales for Nike which turned Jordan into a marketing phenomenon. Jordan is on the short list of potential buyers for the Charlotte Bobcats where he is head of basketball operations and a minority owner

No. 4 Kimi Raikkonen
$45 million

Formula One’s highest-paid driver finished a disappointing third in the World Championship standings last year after winning the title in 2007. This year has been even worse for the Iceman who sits in 10th place in the current standings. Ferrari resigned Raikkonen in September to a one-year contract extension keeping the Finn behind the wheel for Ferrari through 2010.

No. 5 David Beckham
$42 million

Becks is far from the best player on the pitch, but he is still the most famous which is why companies like Adidas, Giorgio Armani and Motorola pay him millions for his endorsement. Beckham spent five months on loan this year playing for AC Milan before his planned return to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy in July when the MLS season is half over.

NO 6 LeBron James
$40 Million
The NBA’s MVP led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the league’s best record and had a playoff performance for the ages this year, but his team was bounced from the playoffs by the Orlando Magic in the Conference Finals. His free agency next summer has teams maneuvering to get under the salary cap in hopes of signing King James. The Cavs can offer the biggest contract under NBA salary rules, but James might go in search of a bigger market.

NO 7 Manny Pacquiao
(Boxing / $40 million)
A little surprise that the biggest earning in boxing sport doesn't come from the Heavyweight division, and not from U.S boxer too. But Manny Pacquiao is now the best pound per pound boxer, and become the most wanted target by any challenger in the world.

No. 8 Phil Mickelson
$40 million

Playing second fiddle to Tiger Woods has proven very lucrative for the world’s second-ranked player. His most lucrative deal is with Callaway, which signed Mickelson to a five-year extension this year. Other sponsors include Barclay’s, Exxon, KPMG and Rolex. Mickelson has won $54 million in prize money during his career, third all-time behind Woods and Vijay Singh

NO 9  Lionel Messi 
(Soccer / $39 million)
This 2009 FIFA World Player only playing for one team for his entire career, Barcelona. He is still 22-year-old, and we'll see if he can win the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Argentina, how much raise will he get?

NO 10. Alex Rodriguez
(MLB / $39 million)
Baseball's greatest player earned an incredible $29 million on the field this year while bringing in a relatively modest $6 million in endorsements, with a total income of $39 million.

May 1, 2010

Students at war with Terry G.

There have been plenty rumours surrounding Terry G these past weeks. Was he really arrested, beaten up and detained by the Police? Was he involved in a car crash two days after his colleauge Dagrin passed?

NET investigations can now reveal that the rave singer-producer was actually arrested and detained, after failing to honour a performance engagement in the University of Benin, January.

As the poster and receipt above show, Terry was contracted to perform at a January 29, 2010 gig organised by the University’s Student Union Government.

But, after receiving an initial payment of N500, 000, the act and his crew reportedly failed to show up in Benin.

After repeatedly trying to get a refund from the singer’s management (including a sum of N68, 000 being cost of air tickets already purchased), Emike Cyril, the SUG Welfare Director tells NET they were left with no choice but to call in the Police.

Terry G was reportedly arrested and detained at the Oduduwa Police Division in GRA, Ikeja on Tuesday April 13, 2010. Sources say he was made to sign an undertaken promising to pay up the balance (including the full cost of the said show, totalling N1, 174, 000) by April 20.

Police PRO Frank Mba confirms to NET that the Police were called in to resolve the matter between Terry G and the UNIBEN SUG. ‘Since has was gentleman enough to accept his fault and agree to be responsible for the damages, we decided to let him go without locking him in a cell, after signing the undertaken.’ Mba told NET.

’He told us to get a bottle of Hennessey into every room booked for him and his four crew members and lied to us that he was on his way to the airport at 12:30pm and that he missed his flight. When we re-booked another flight with Arik, he still didn’t get on. We made several calls to his cell phone number to confirm his status at 4:30pm, but he wasn’t picking until the NANS president, Comrade Jude Imagwe called him with his phone and gave him an ultimatum to pay up for all the expenses in 48hours’ Emiko told NET in an interview last week.

Terry G was not available for comments, despite repeated visits by our reporter to his home and studio; and several phone calls to his mobile phones. But his PA, one Uche, claims ‘the matter has been resolved’.

According to Cyril Emiko, below are the conditions the National Association of Nigerian Students are asking Terry G and his managers to meet, in order to drop the case against him
He must pay the N1, 174, 000.00 for the whole expenses involved.
He will come to perform in UNIBEN without being paid a dime or transported by the Student Union Government.
He must go on national TV and apologize to the UNIBEN’s SUG and NANS.

Terry’s PA and Emiko confirmed to NET, last week, that the money transfer has been made (at First Bank, Fagba branch in Lagos). ‘But all other conditions still stand’ Emiko insists. ’he said he is sending some people in for a meeting to review the conditions. He doesn’t want to come to perform in UNIBEN, but if he does not, he will be hearing from our lawyer.’

Funke Kuti arrested by EFCC

Funke, estranged wife of Afrobeat star, Femi Kuti, was on Thursday afternoon, arrested in Lagos, by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N50 million fraud.

Commission’s spokesperson, Mr. Femi Baba-femi, confirmed the arrest.

Funke, daughter of Senator Brimoh Yusuf, was reportedly arrested at about 1 pm in Lagos and as of press time on Thursday being moved to Abuja for interrogation.

It was gathered that her arrest was a fallout of her alleged refusal to honour a letter from the anti-corruption commission, inviting her for interrogation over an alleged N50 million fraud committed in National Sports Lottery and Mobile Telecommunications Network.

Funke, who reportedly served as Group Head, Corporate Social Responsibility and Reputation Management of the outfit, was said to have earlier been invited to the commission’s office in Abuja to explain the circumstances surrounding the inability to provide the N50 million won by one Alhaji Tunde Ayinde Balogun, in a lottery programme handled by the outfit, but she spurned the invitation.

According to a highly-placed source in the commission, “One Alhaji Tunde Ayinde Balogun petitioned us that he won a N50 million lottery when the outfit did a promo. Investigation showed that he actually won and he was acknowledged as a winner. When it was time for him to collect his money, they {Funke’s outfit} started posting him. At a point they said he did not participate and refused to pay him. However the records of participation obtained from MTN revealed the man’s name as one of those who participated in the promo.

“So we wrote a letter to her, inviting her to Abuja for interview, trying to give her an opportunity to explain her own side of the story, but she refused to honour our invitation and that was what led to her arrest today.
Source: Nigerian Tribune