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Hoodrush, a Naija musical

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tunmi

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I have been wondering what Bimbo Akintola has been up to and where she disappeared to. I knew she was active in the fuel subsidy protest and th next I saw of her was a mention in O.C. Ukeje's interview with Bella Naija By Adeola Adeyemo:

Among these yet to be released movies, tell me about one you are really anticipating…
Hood Rush. It’s a musical. I was a little skeptical about it because musical is a hard thing to achieve here in Nigeria but when they gave me the CD to listen to the music, I was really surprised. It has myself, Bimbo Akintola, Chelsea Eze, Gabriel Afolayan. The story is about two brothers who are trying to get their music out there.
And now the synopsis and a teaser for the musical is out. The website is up, and the twitter page is @HoodRush_Movie

HOODRUSH The Movie
HOODRUSH, a musical thriller starring some of the best young talents in Nollywood will be released sometime this year. This movie, which is causing quite some excitement among industry insiders features OC Ukeje, Bimbo Akintola, Gabriel Afolayan, , Chelsea Eze, and Ijeoma Agu. The movie features original music, which by all accounts is amazing. Hoodrush is a production of Flipsyde Studios.

The Story
HOODRUSH is a musical thriller detailing the travails of two brothers closely bonded by their love for music; but deeply separated by their means for success. Shez and Tavier are two of a kind pursuing a Herculean dream of becoming music stars. But all they have is their amazing vocal talents, good looks, a crib in the ghetto and a menial job that could hardly pay for their clothing and feeding expenses.

They soon realize they need more to achieve their dreams, and participating and hoping to win a credible talent hunt show comes as their only natural option. Being at the bottom of the societal grid, ghetto life’s ugly fabric begins to wear on them and their eventual vulnerability puts them at the mercy of the high and mighty.


 

chiny11

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Movie Trailer: Hoodrush

Hi all,

Hoodrush, a musical starring some of the best young talent in Nollywood will be released sometime this year. This movie, which is causing quite some excitement among industry insiders features OC Ukeje, Bimbo Akintola, Gabriel Afolayan, Chelsea Eze, and Ijeoma Agu. The movie features original music, which by all accounts is amazing. Hoodrush is a production of Flipsyde Studios.

Synopsis:
Hoodrush is a musical thriller detailing the travails of two brothers closely bonded by their love for music; but deeply separated by their means for success. Shez and Tavier are two of a kind pursuing a Herculean dream of becoming music stars. But all they have is their amazing vocal talents, good looks, a crib in the ghetto and a menial job that could hardly pay for their clothing and feeding expenses.

They soon realize they need more to achieve their dreams, and participating and hoping to win a credible talent hunt show comes as their only natural option. Being at the bottom of the societal grid, ghetto life’s ugly fabric begins to wear on them and their eventual vulnerability puts them at the mercy of the high and mighty.

TRAILER

WEBSITE
 

blackpearl

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Published on August 16, 2012 by pmnews · No Comments

Dimeji Ajibola, the young producer and director of one of the most anticipated films of 2012, Hoodrush, has spoken of his passion and challenges about the movie whose trailer is generating attraction on the blogsphere while awaiting release at the cinemas.

Ajibola said it has been a wonderful experience coming up with such a flick and he is sure it would be a huge success whenever it hits cinemas in Nigeria and abroad.

“This is a passionate project for me as a greenhorn in the movie business. Every movie has its challenges, so Hoodrush had its own but we were able to work as a team,” Ajibola told Showbiz Trends.

The director also said that while some of the cast were auditioned, some of the movie’s lead acts were invited on the strength of their experience.

Hoodrush is a musical movie which features an impressive and vibrant cast of Bimbo Akintola, OC Ukeje, Chelsea Eze, Gabriel Afolayan, Bolanle Ninolowo, Ifeoma Agu, Lee Byoma and others.

Ajibola, an alumnus of New York Film Academy and a hand at the Universal Studios in California, is best described as a creative entrepreneur in filmmaking, virtual worlds, animation, cartoons, interactive digital media and music. His background is a blend of traditional skills and digital art.

Hoodrush will be in the cinemas from 12 October.

P.M. NEWS Nigeria
 

kolinzo

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With Gabriel Afolayan featuring in it, I expect blockbuster.

@Tunmi: Bimbo has been acting in lots of Yoruba movies. For some reason she doesn't do that many English movies anymore (or maybe she has some in the pipeline)
 

Village-Boi

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VB! VB!! VB!!!
How many times I yam caller you ?
By force I go drag un a go watch am, and na by force yu must to like am! By Order...:D
Ok, I've seen it. For those of you that are interested it is on Iroko TV.

Absolutely hated it. A waste of a loooooong 2.5hrs. Worst 'Bollywood' film EVER!!! I'm certain now that at least 90% 'New' Nollywood films are worse than old 'Alaba' films. This falls into the mega-junk bin that includes Flower Girl oops, sorry... 'Ewedu Baby'. Hissssssss!!
 
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moviewizard

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Ok, I've seen it. For those of you that are interested it is on Iroko TV.

Absolutely hated it. A waste of a loooooong 2.5hrs. Worst 'Bollywood' film EVER!!! I'm certain now that at least 90% 'New' Nollywood films are worse than old 'Alaba' films. This falls into the mega-junk bin that includes Flower Girl oops, sorry... 'Ewedu Baby'. Hissssssss!!


Didn't like it either. I just SMH throughout the movie.
 

Village-Boi

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I agree. I thought it would be nice. I had a good feeling watching the trailer then.
Same here, which means the trailer worked - (it's either good job on their part or we really are that hungry to see some good Nigeria work). The first 30 secs of film interested me but immediately one gets to realise that you'll never ever relate to the singing or even half believe it with that horrible electronic autotune sound or whatever that was coming out of their mouths.
Then they couldn't exactly figure out what story they wanted to tell... just stick to entertaining us with what you started with; so what if every five year old already knew what the end was going to be?
Oh and that so-called - "This is how we run drugs" nonsense? WTF was that? Then half way into the ridiculously long film some mouse-of-a-guy starts crying all the way thru! Oh please shut-the-hell-up! E be like say this 'Hoodrush' was just a bunch of people in the hood rushing something as the acting got worse and worse as it progressed. Just cringe inducing!

Oh and another joke - it had an AMAA nomination for... wait for it... Achievement in Soundtrack hahahaha; hang on... it even won didn't it? Forget the music... the 'sound' was actually bad.

I watched it because I was having a convo with a friend of mine and as soon as he told me how long it was I asked "How do they intend to sell it?" A greenhorn makes a film that is 145 mins long... you're not Cameron or Speilberg so why? If I were a cinema chain owner how would I be able justify taking on your film if it'll only have 4 showings a day against 'normal length' films 100-120 mins being shown 6 times a day? - na bad business sense be that. Let's not joke... this 'art' is really a business. Maybe that's why the only 'unknown' backwater festival I knew this was showing at last year had the likes of 'Osuofia In London' and 'Living In Bondage' as TOP films... oh and the screening for 'Hoodrush' was cancelled.
Well now we know... brand new film and it immediately ends up on Iroko.

It's a shame because they had some good locations, very nice amount of extras, songs were good BUT only if listening to a CD, a few good camera moves... but really, really poor as a 'whole' package.
 

moviewizard

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Same here, which means the trailer worked - (it's either good job on their part or we really are that hungry to see some good Nigeria work). The first 30 secs of film interested me but immediately one gets to realise that you'll never ever relate to the singing or even half believe it with that horrible electronic autotune sound or whatever that was coming out of their mouths.
Then they couldn't exactly figure out what story they wanted to tell... just stick to entertaining us with what you started with; so what if every five year old already knew what the end was going to be?
Oh and that so-called - "This is how we run drugs" nonsense? WTF was that? Then half way into the ridiculously long film some mouse-of-a-guy starts crying all the way thru! Oh please shut-the-hell-up! E be like say this 'Hoodrush' was just a bunch of people in the hood rushing something as the acting got worse and worse as it progressed. Just cringe inducing!

Oh and another joke - it had an AMAA nomination for... wait for it... Achievement in Soundtrack hahahaha; hang on... it even won didn't it? Forget the music... the 'sound' was actually bad.

I watched it because I was having a convo with a friend of mine and as soon as he told me how long it was I asked "How do they intend to sell it?" A greenhorn makes a film that is 145 mins long... you're not Cameron or Speilberg so why? If I were a cinema chain owner how would I be able justify taking on your film if it'll only have 4 showings a day against 'normal length' films 100-120 mins being shown 6 times a day? - na bad business sense be that. Let's not joke... this 'art' is really a business. Maybe that's why the only 'unknown' backwater festival I knew this was showing at last year had the likes of 'Osuofia In London' and 'Living In Bondage' as TOP films... oh and the screening for 'Hoodrush' was cancelled.
Well now we know... brand new film and it immediately ends up on Iroko.

It's a shame because they had some good locations, very nice amount of extras, songs were good BUT only if listening to a CD, a few good camera moves... but really, really poor as a 'whole' package.


Choi! But you spoke the truth sha. Thing is, it is really handwork making a good movie. Using high end cameras (that end up producing crapy footage) and nice locations doesn't equal a good movie. There were so many things wrong with this movie and I couldn't even imagine that it actually screened at the cinemas. Like, people went, paid money, sat through this?

Movies like this takes the cinema industry steps backwards. This is not 'Rukky sanda bad' but it is bad because it could have been a decent movie if some things were handled well. And those 'idols' (abi na African icon) scenes shot on green-screen with fake effects, nah!!!!

I don't think this is a cinema movie. I won't even buy the DVD. Stream, maybe. If the price is right.


The Meeting and Confusion Na wah remain the only good flicks I have watched from Nollywood in the last two years.
 

Village-Boi

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Thing is, it is really handwork making a good movie. Using high end cameras (that end up producing crapy footage) and nice locations doesn't equal a good movie. There were so many things wrong with this movie and I couldn't even imagine that it actually screened at the cinemas.
@ Bolded says it all... there really were so many things wrong with it. You're so right; making a good film is very, very, very hard work... even making a bad one is hard. I kinda feel sorry for filmmakers when their film turns out to be bad because it's not fun to slag off the hard work but I think the problem with many 'new' Nigerian films is, even though they do put in the physical work it sadly means nothing (or nothing much) if they have not put a good deal of 'thought' into the 'idea' and every other part of the production process.

Also avoid 'Onye Ozi' - it's very lazy filmmaking and for something shot on RED looks awful - as bad as the worst of the worst of terrible student films. I've now struck Mr Obi Emelonye off the list filmmakers to ever watch again. I don't get it; for someone at his 'level' he should have a certain standard and strive to get better and better but it seems he doesn't care about insulting the audience with very shoddy post-production - they couldn't even be bothered to white balance some shots in the film which on a RED is ONE click of a button in post. Even colour correction na wahala. With all honesty the film is actually very funny and I enjoyed it but in this day and age no final product should 'look' that bad.
The Meeting and Confusion Na wah remain the only good flicks I have watched from Nollywood in the last two years.
Loved 'The Meeting', will be watching 'Confusion Na Wa' during the week.
 

moviewizard

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@ Bolded says it all... there really were so many things wrong with it. You're so right; making a good film is very, very, very hard work... even making a bad one is hard. I kinda feel sorry for filmmakers when their film turns out to be bad because it's not fun to slag off the hard work but I think the problem with many 'new' Nigerian films is, even though they do put in the physical work it sadly means nothing (or nothing much) if they have not put a good deal of 'thought' into the 'idea' and every other part of the production process.

Also avoid 'Onye Ozi' - it's very lazy filmmaking and for something shot on RED looks awful - as bad as the worst of the worst of terrible student films. I've now struck Mr Obi Emelonye off the list filmmakers to ever watch again. I don't get it; for someone at his 'level' he should have a certain standard and strive to get better and better but it seems he doesn't care about insulting the audience with very shoddy post-production - they couldn't even be bothered to white balance some shots in the film which on a RED is ONE click of a button in post. Even colour correction na wahala. With all honesty the film is actually very funny and I enjoyed it but in this day and age no final product should 'look' that bad.

Loved 'The Meeting', will be watching 'Confusion Na Wa' during the week.

The trailer for that already screamed 'avoid'. You know I used to feel that way too until I realized it is a very competitive world in film. You think the small work you have done is such big feat until you actually go out and see other young goons doing challenging stuffs, breaking boundaries and defeating odds, then you realize there is no two ways about it, you either step up or......accept your faults.

We won't go anywhere until we start holding ourselves accountable for all our flaws. Telling the harsh truths. Refusing to glory in small feats that we then tag revolutionary.
 

Gen Sani Abacha

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Ok, I've seen it. For those of you that are interested it is on Iroko TV.

Absolutely hated it. A waste of a loooooong 2.5hrs. Worst 'Bollywood' film EVER!!! I'm certain now that at least 90% 'New' Nollywood films are worse than old 'Alaba' films. This falls into the mega-junk bin that includes Flower Girl oops, sorry... 'Ewedu Baby'. Hissssssss!!
Hmmmmmmmm.......This & MW's report makes me kinda reluctant to see it.
 

Village-Boi

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The Meeting and Confusion Na wah remain the only good flicks I have watched from Nollywood in the last two years.
Just seen it. Hmmmmm, na wa o... for real this 'Confusion Na Wa' is a silly film too.

Ok a guy accidentally drops his phone... some crooks pick it up - that's the only thing 'real' in the film all the rest of it is ridiculously stupid BS.

Before you read any further answer this - What would YOU do the moment you find out your phone has been lost or stolen?

Guy doesn't have a password lock on his phone? Guy doesn't report his phone stolen? Guy doesn't get it blocked? Guy doesn't have his contacts backed up? Guy agrees to pay... wait for it... N115K for a phone that isn't even worth jack just because he has contacts on it and he has been sleeping with some 'other' woman. And the rest of the film is the extremely lazy 'coincidental events' type of writing that we're so good at... oh please, what a load of rubbish.
Then to add 'time fillers' that aren't even funny like "If you break a window it means you are homosexual". Or you walk up to any man in a 'joint' with zero proof and say "Why are you chopping my wife?" Or the daft comedic relief of 'dashing' a man 4 or 5 slaps in a row (make una see we fit do SFX)... no Nigerian man will stand there and take that shit in HIS OWN HOUSE from a stranger that is not holding a gun or knife.

Enough of this rubbishing of Nigerian women and girls as all being sluts. Is that the only way we think of them? Well maybe because we Nigerian men in 'general' are such useless dogs that we have to see our females as being the same in every film (every film must have a cheating wife or raped woman as a sub-plot)... yeah, whatever!

The start of the film will fool you with the very good scene with the 'Lion King' dialogue... and get you thinking "Yes an intellectual film at last"... Well they must have stolen that from somewhere because there is no way on earth the same writers descended into the mind-numbingly dumb stuff that makes up the rest of the film.

CAN'T A FILM BE MADE THAT HAS A COMPLETELY BELIEVABLE CHAIN OF EVENTS?? Is that too much to ask?

WTF?!! Sorry for my language people but this is becoming very annoying!
 
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