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“Bad Boys 4” in development despite Will Smith’s Oscar slap

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In a new interview with Deadline, Sony Chairman Tom Rothman has denied the rumor that the studio is pausing production on Bad Boys 4 in light of Will Smith’s Oscars slap.

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“No. That was inaccurate,” Rothman said. “That movie’s been in development and still is. There weren’t any brakes to pump because the car wasn’t moving. That was a very unfortunate thing that happened, and I don’t think it’s really my place to comment, except to say that I’ve known Will Smith for many years, and I know him to be a good person. That was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment, in front of the world. I believe his apology and regret is genuine, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.”

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Rothman’s comments come just a week after CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell asked Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first three films in the Bad Boys franchise, about what’s happening with the upcoming fourth installment.

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“I can’t answer that question other than to (say), people who are higher up have to make that decision,” Bruckheimer stated.

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In the two months since the slap heard around the world, a few Smith-starring projects have been put on the back burner. Back in April, the Hollywood Reporter announced that Netflix had pumped the breaks on Smith’s forthcoming feature film, Fast and Loose. In addition, Apple TV+’s Smith-starring Emancipation has been delayed until 2023 in light of the slap.

Bad Boys 4 will serve as the latest edition in the buddy cop franchise, following 1995’s Bad Boys, 2003’s Bad Boys II, and 2020’s Bad Boys For Life. To date, the franchise has made more than $700 million worldwide at the box office, with the most recent offering taking home $436 million prior to the pandemic.

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#BNMeetTheStar: Obi Maduegbuna Talks Working With Dr SID & His Character Demi in “The Order Of Things”

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Featuring an all-star ensemble comprising Obi Maduegbuna, Timini Egbuson, Temitope Olowoniyan, Binta Mogaji, Di’ja, Dorathy Bachor, and Lilian Afegbai, Dr SID‘s directorial debut “The Order Of Things” centres around Demi (played by Obi Maduegbuna), a nerd looking for love in Lagos. His brother Tunde (Timini Egbuson) has a defined age for every milestone event in his life. Now 30 and ready to marry, his mother fiercely disagrees until his socially awkward older brother Demi gets married first. Demi has always been first in everything, she adds. Demi decides to find a wife so he won’t get in Tunde’s way.

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But what calibre of women will Demi find on his marital quest? How far would he go for love?

For #BNMeetTheStars June story, I sat down (figuratively) with Obi Maduegbuna to talk about his acting career and what it was like on the set of “The Order Of Things.”

First things first, Lets talk about you. Who is Obi Maduegbuna?

Obi Maduegbuna is a classically trained actor, VO artist, and producer who hails from Anambra State.

Your acting career, how did it start?

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Ive always been interested in films from an early age. When I was a teenager, I used to write my own short stories and novellas. Whenever I watched films, I would get inspired to write. I often wondered how films were made. I would stay up late at night watching all the behind-the-scenes footage of my favourite films. Around the end of my secondary school, I decided I wanted to be a part of the film industry, and so my journey into acting began when I enrolled in Drama School. First, I did a foundation course at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and then a 3-year degree at East 15 Acting School in the United Kingdom.

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What was your process of getting into the character of Demi?

It was a very interesting process. I think the first thing was studying the script and doing a proper character analysis. I had to understand who Demi was, why he made certain decisions in his life and what made him tick. I also had to do a lot of research into the world of video games, understanding all the video game lingo, which is something I wasnt familiar with. Oh, and make me enjoy drinking orange juice.

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Your co-stars, Timini Egbuson, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Tope Olowoniyan. How was it like working with them?

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They were all great to work with for various reasons. I remember being nervous on my first day when I arrived on set. I then went over my script with Timini and there was just something about his energy and working with him that gave me confidence and thats how I carried on till the end of the shoot. Tope has great vibes. We got on very well right from when we met, except when she was always trying to tickle me on set (Yes, I can be ticklish and she found out my weakness lool).

As for Auntie Binta, It was very easy. It felt like she was my real mum. I enjoyed the stories she would tell me on set. I learned so much from working with her as a person and a thespian.

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Working with Dr SID?

Its very rare when you find a director like Dr. Sid. When I first heard he was directing the film, there was an element of doubt in me. I wont lie, I knew him as an artist first, but when I sat down with him and he shared his vision of the film with me, then I finally got him. He let me do my thing on set and always gave me good notes. He would go through scenes with me thoroughly before we shot them. He is a great director, and I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship.

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Who are some of the actors that youve worked with that have had a profound influence on you?

There are so many. I remember working with Chioma Omeruah some years ago, and we were doing improv for a scene. Just watching her work was amazing. Oh, comedy is not easy like that. There is a technique to it. I learned so much working with her.

Demi is such an interesting character. Im sure there are a couple of things you like about him

I like Demi. He doesnt like wahala. He just keeps to himself and plays his video games and drinks his orange juice. I think despite his awkwardness, deep down he means well and I can relate to him.

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Youve been featured in various films and series. What has been your favourite role? And Why?

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Besides working on “The Order of Things,” Ive had the most fun working on “Money, Men, & Marriage,” produced by Temidayo Makinjola. That was a great set to be in, and everyone was lovely. I think that was the first time I had worked on a set, shooting scenes featuring my character back to back. I learned a lot on that set. I also enjoyed working on “Otiti”, which is an independent film I shot last year thats currently showing at the Brazil African Film Festival directed by Ema Edosio. She is another director that I would love to work with in a heartbeat. She challenges me and scares me in a good way to bring out my best on set.

Lets project into the future. Where will the next 5 years find you?

By God’s grace, I will still be alive and well, following my dreams and acting in great projects both in Nigeria and overseas. I want to go into producing and featuring in projects that I have created. I have things Im currently working on at the moment that I would love to see come together.

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Any fun facts about you that people dont know about?

Well, Im a cinephile. I love films and know a lot of random information about them. Thats all I got.



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Is Conflict the Main Entertainment in Reality TV Shows?

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Conflict is a key ingredient in storytelling. That is because even life itself cannot be interesting if people, things, and animals do not collide. I mean, even nature sometimes fights humans. It’s the way the world is set up.

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I believe that we expect friction and discord all the time, both in the real and social media world. Sometimes, when things are too glossy and devoid of hurdles, we begin to question if it isn’t a fluke or if there’s no ulterior motive somewhere. Life itself is gbas-gbos; humans want to question things and be challenged. We want to be sure but still experience uncertainty once in a while. We all wish that our lives would be smooth and obstacle-free, still, we expect a little hitch here and there, something to remind us that we are humans after all, and that life isn’t perfect. Tell, where’s the fun if you can predict everything, including the future?

In storytelling or scriptwriting, conflict is a major literary element that creates challenges and adds uncertainty to the plot, and we can say that it has transcended into reality TV. In the nonfictional world, humans are naturally wired to expect conflict – no matter how little. So you expect that when people come together, either under the same roof or for a common goal or course, they must, at some point, disagree and quarrel.

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But what happens when you watch a movie and it seems that all there is to it are conflict, conflict management, conflict mismanagement and gbas-gbos? Or where the protagonist is always in trouble or fighting with something or someone? Or imagine a life that is solely filled with conflict, say challenges upon challenges, stress, fight, wahala left and right. You know how tiring that can be, shey? Remember that your neighbour who is always fighting? How you roll your eyes when you hear him/her holding another person’s shirt and screaming at the top of their voice? You know that feeling of ‘nawa o, again?’ Thatis how I feel when I watch some reality TV and reunion shows. Nasoso gbas-gbos, gbos-gbas, exchanging hurtful and vile words and grabbing hairs. And, honestly, I find it tiring.

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Don’t get me wrong, reality TV shows are great and they offer the main thing they are created for: entertainment. No one is also expecting a lack of conflict in a reality TV show (the word “reality” is not only for show). We expect that people would fight, quarrel, disagree, love each other, form friendships and all. But isn’t there a problem when these conflicts consistently take the centre of the stage? When they seem to be the entertainment of the show. When you can no longer talk about the show without mentioning how this person removed that person’s wig or that person tried to flog this person with a belt. When it is the conflict or the gist of it that propels you to watch the show.

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Conflict is needed to keep the viewers engaged, create an emotional response, and ultimately, push the show forward. On many occasions, when no one is disagreeing at the top of their voices, or pretending to want to tear each other’s skins apart, people would tag the show as “boring”. But as we watch these shows, we need to question our own values as people and ask ourselves why conflict excites us so. Why is it that which draws us to these shows? Why is conflict the main reason we think a show is ‘real’? Why do we assume the participants who choose peace over conflicts are being pretentious and “forming holy holy”? Is it that we believe reality TV shows have nothing more to offer us, or that no form of entertainment trumps conflict? When it comes to watching reality TV shows, what really does it for you?

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