Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A REMAKE AND A SEQUEL




After seeing a classic like Ben-Hur (1959); especially the epic chariot race scene , who would think such a movie would have a remake decades later? I certainly didn't! So it was to my great surprise on hearing about this upcoming movie- which will be released in August this year.
Ben-Hur starred Charlton Heston (The Ten Commandments, Planet Of The Apes, El Cid) as Judah Ben-Hur- a Jewish prince and merchant who was falsely accused of attempted murder  by his so-called best friend Messala (Stephen Boyd). His mother and sister are thrown into prison, he is enslaved and his property seized. Of course, Ben-Hur is more than justified to plan towards getting his revenge on Messala. This epic movie  won 11 Oscars (Charlton Heston bagged an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, his co-star Hugh Griffith who played Sheik IIderim was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and William Wyler for Best Director),  3 Golden Globe Awards and the BAFTA Awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor- which went to the actor who played Messala, Stephen Boyd. With such wins, why do a remake of this epic... it's like doing a remake of Gone With The Wind.

TRAILER OF BEN-HUR- 1959 



However, in spite of my disapproval, it's a movie I can't wait to see and review. It's coming out in August and stars Jack Huston  as Judah Ben-Hur (let's see how he's going to fill Heston's hard-to-fill shoes), veteran actor Morgan Freeman  as Sheik IIderim, Toby Kebell as the Roman Tribune and Ben-Hur's betrayer Messala and Nazanin Boniadi as Esther, Ben-Hur's love interest. 


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Then there's a memorable character coming back to the screens since her last appearance in 2004. And that is Bridget Jones; played by Zene Zellweger, who will be reprising her role in Bridget Jones' Baby. Ah... our Bridget is going to be a mother. Only, she would be in a dilemma over who the father is as she is no longer with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).  After settling their issues in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, what could be the reason... did he get too boring for you, Bridget?
Now she's with a new beau; this time an American, Jack Qwant, played by Patrick Dempsey- at least she's not going to hook up with that two faced Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) again! This is another movie  to watch out for, especially since I'm anxious to know which story Helen Fielding adapted this from. Fans of Bridget Jones (both the books and the previous movies) will remember that Bridget Jones' Diary was adapted from Pride and Prejudice and its sequel was somewhat like Persuasion, both by Jane AustenAnd it's going to be a very long wait as well... as Bridget Jones' Baby won't come out until September! Ah... who will emerge as the baby daddy???! Gemma Jones will reprise her role as Bridget's self absorbed mother, Jim Broadbent as Bridget's long suffering father and the happy addition of Emma Thompson as Bridget's doctor. 

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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Old photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. But who was the woman who left such a fortune and no will?

Two people, drawn together by chance, begin to unravel the mystery. They are simply doing their jobs when they come to the bank to inspect the contents of the box. But for both, the search turns personal—and their efforts to reconstruct an enigmatic life will lead from New York to London and Paris, to Rome and Naples, and a series of stunning revelations.


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Friday, March 11, 2016

"WE DON'T SELL NIGERIAN AUTHORS": SINMISOLA OGUNYINKA TALKS OF HER UNFAIR TREATMENT AT THE HANDS OF NIGERIAN BOOKSHOPS


Speaking with South African based writer; Sinmisola Ogunyinka, she talks about about her books and the efforts and challenges she faced trying to sell them in Nigeria. 



BLOG HOST: Let’s know you. 

SO: My name is Sinmisola Ogunyinka. I started self publishing in 2003. I have written 35 books, 17 of which have been self-published in paperback and hardback, others in eBook and kindle. I write Christian fiction so the genre itself is not popular amongst Nigerian readers. I’m fine with that. The genre will grow. 

BLOG HOST:  What other genre do you write?
 
SO:  I write a little of inspirational non-fiction but most of my books are Christian Romance and contemporary women’s fiction.

BLOG HOST: What was the name of your first book, what year was it published? 

SO: Sister Minister, 2003. 

BLOG HOST:  Tell your story, including the bookshops that turned you down and their reasons.
SO: I started self publishing in 2003. I don’t remember all the bookshops that turned me down because almost all the ones I went to did. But I do remember the very painful ones and the big names. Sister Minister was the one Edysil Book shop refused to even take a complimentary copy. Edysil Bookshop in Palm Groove told me they don’t sell Nigerian authors. Some of the bookshops took my books and never returned my money. Ipfy Konnections; Ikeja, Booksellers; Ibadan and Debonairs, Yaba. Also, Laterna Books asked me to submit a book for review about ten years ago and told me they’d get back after three months and never did. I went back several times but they kept posting me for another year or so. At least tell me you don’t want my book.

BLOG HOST: What year was this?  

SO: This was between 2003 and 2005/2006. These bookshops contributed to discouraging me in the early days of my writing. I can’t forget them, especially because they are big shops and names in bookselling. There have been many others who cheated or turned me down. So many.  Nowadays I sell my paperback on Jumia and Konga. At least they send me reports and remit. Then of course, I sell on Amazon’s kindle, Okadabooks, Smashwords, iBooks etc. I’m everywhere online. 

BLOG HOST: Are you at least making a profit, selling your books online? 
 
SO:  Sales are slow but I don’t get turned off for being a writer. At least I get to sell my books one by one, after trying the bookshops that failed me. 

BLOG HOST: Some writers wait ages before they get published.

SO:  I don’t even mind the wait but at least let me know what I’m waiting for. And please pay me for my work... that’s just so unfair! It’s not easy to write. You spend two years working on a book; someone picks it up and finishes reading it in a day! It’s no small task. What I do is pick up everything the traditional publishers do for my book and do it myself. My daughter did a colouring book for preschool kids. I sold about 500 copies myself, school to school. It was well packaged, editing was spot on, everything was done well. No excuses. The schools bought them. 

BLOG HOST: That’s really good. How old is she?
 
SO: She was 7 at the time. She’s 16 now. She now writes historicals and some contemporary fiction but we haven’t published any yet. My fault there. Too busy working for money (Laughs) 

BLOG HOST: Tell me a bit more about yourself. Do you have a day job? 
 
SO: My husband is a church planter and I chose writing as a career to enable me work and move with him when he had to. So I am a writer. I got trained by Jerry B. Jenkins through his Christian Writers’ Guild between 2010 and 2014. I got a B.Sc. in Economics from O.A.U (Obafemi Awolowo University) Ife, and I’ve worked on and off in accounting, office administration, real estate and human resources. Currently, I write full time. I work day and night writing (laughs)
I do editing for people, I ghost-write as well. I write movie scripts and this year I decided to start self-publishing services. I have ghost written three books so far. Edited tons of books for people. I teach writing too. I am currently working on several projects;
1.    Pitching two of my works to international traditional publishers.
2.    Converting my book- THE DAYS AFTER THAT NIGHT- into a screenplay.
3.    Writing with a writer/producer from Zimbabwe. 

My plate is quite full at the moment. I write best at night, where everywhere is quiet. During the day, I do Facebook and Twitter and Whatsapp (Laughs) 

BLOG HOST: What are the titles of some of your works? 

SO:   I have 4 series; Issues of Life Series- 5 books. Wisdom Series- 6 books. True Dream Series (Classic romance novellas for women) - 14 books. Revelation series- 1 book. Then I have contemporary women’s feature novellas:
-          The Days After That Night(2014)
-          Frail Flesh ( 2012)
-          Pepper (2009)
-          Scent of Water (2007)
-          To Where The Wind Blew (2004)
-          TISHA (2015)
 You can get them really cheap and in naira at okadabooks.com
 
BLOG HOST: When did you move to South Africa? Do bookshops sell some of your works there? 

SO:  I came to SA in 2014. I haven’t tried any of their bookshops here. I’m paranoid really. 

BLOG HOST:  What made writing your calling?

SO: I knew from the age of 10 I could write. I have a host of baby stories I wrote through secondary school. But marriage and family made me turn writing from a hobby to a career. 

BLOG HOST: Finally, what’s your favourite book? 

SO: I read a lot of romance and have come across many great ones. I don’t have a favourite book. I just love well written books. That said, I enjoyed the works of Francine Rivers, Frank Peretti, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard. 


 
Sinmisola Ogunyinka’s latest book ÌKA is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. Her previous works are available for sale at okadabooks.com, Smashwords and iBooks.