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  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast breaks online viewing records

    How do you make a movie trailer that seemingly breaks all records before it? Records that were set by Fifty Shades Darker, no less? Well, ask Disney. The company's latest live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has racked up a claimed 127.6-million online views in its first 24 hours. This number doesn't just include YouTube, but Facebook too -- notably Emma Watson's (starring as Beauty) personal fan page. In total, Facebook was responsible for over 50-million views alone. The official YouTube trailer has garnered over 12.3-million views at the time of writing. According to Disney, the Beauty and the Beast trailer...

  • Dr Strange review: the other good doctor

    Dr Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a talented neurosurgeon with an ego rivaling Tony Stark’s. From billionaire genius to a humble magician, his origin story stays true to Marvel’s formula for good movies. We're introduced to the Doc playing a game of “guess the song” while operating on a patient’s brain -- his nonchalant attitude toward the procedure is indicative of his skill as a doctor. The movie doesn’t seem to focus on his past with his parents and siblings (as most comic fans are used to) but instead follows his journey forward from a great man to a fragment...

  • Logan: brooding, seasoned Wolverine stars in first trailer

    Logan (aka Wolverine) has been through a lot in his life. Not only has he destroyed a sentinel army, returned to the past thanks to the future, and battled an evil Japanese dude who wanted his mojo, he's still ended up in a pretty rough shape after it all. Thankfully, we're getting yet another movie dedicated to his chaotic life. Logan will also likely be Hugh Jackman's final appearance as Wolverine, as he's set to relinquish the role he's made his own since 2000. But while Jackman might be leaving the X-Men universe for good, the first Logan trailer is a...

  • Assassin’s Creed’s second trailer has more stabbing, time jumps

    French gaming company Ubisoft and 20th Century Fox have finally outed the second trailer of their forthcoming Assassin's Creed movie. And it looks pretty awesome. As per the previous trailer, we track Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch through the movie's time-fractured world. Tracing the footsteps of his forefather Aguilar through modern technology, Lynch seemingly learns that some can be trusted, some can't and others can be stabbed with a pointy blade. 2016 will bring an Assassin’s Creed movie Assassin’s Creed, one of the world’s most successful gaming franchises, is set to get its own film in 2016. Read more... We're not given much of...

  • Watch The Simpsons’ latest, greatest couch gag in VR

    Fox's immortal animated show The Simpsons always had a knack for predicting future technology, so it's only fitting that as a tribute to its 600th episode, it uses some modern technology of its own. The creators of the show along with the Google Spotlight Stories team have co-developed "the first ever VR couch gag" dubbed Planet of the Couches. The short, which is a complete virtual reality environment fit with 360-degree interactive vistas and audio cues, is directed by David Silverman -- the man at the helm of nearly 200 The Simpsons episodes. And of course, the short boasts everything you should...

  • Dead Men Tell No Tales gets Jack Sparrow-less teaser trailer

    It's been five years since the release of the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The latest instalment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, was a fleeting rumour with very little being reported on it, until now. We finally get our first look at what to expect from the film franchise in early 2017 thanks to its latest teaser trailer. The new movie directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will see Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) searching for the trident of Poseidon, undoubtedly to rise in rank from Captain to God. Dead Men Tell No Tales will debut in 2017, and will be the...

  • TasteMonster uses AI to recommend movies and series you’ll like

    Often, the biggest issue with binge-watching series or movie sequels is finding content you'll actually enjoy. That's the problem local service TasteMonster is trying to solve. Developed in Cape Town by FuzzyLogic founder Rick De Villiers, TasteMonster is a "unique intuitive system for streaming sites enables users to access tailored predictions and match shows and movies in real time for you and your friends". Although the service launched back in October 2015, it has only recently come of age, with the addition of more TV shows. According to the press release, the service processes more than 25-million ratings and generates 16 000...

  • Sausage Party review: it’s not all meat logs and buns

    How crazy would it be if food could speak, I’m guessing most of us would turn vegan. Could you imagine eating Sunday lunch and the chicken started talking to you, or enjoying a peanut butter sandwich only to hear it scream as you bite into it? That, in a nutshell, is what Sausage Party is all about. The movie unashamedly backs its stance on the issue of religion’s effect on society but doesn’t manage to come across as forceful in their beliefs. The movie was directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tierman and written by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen,...

  • South African box office chart: Suicide Squad no longer top

    For the first time in several weeks, DC Comics' Suicide Squad (review) has been knocked out of its first place position, being replaced by Mechanic Resurrection. Suicide Squad still has the current highest ticket sales, coming in at over R31.5-million in SA alone. What other movies were making waves at the South Africa box office in this weekend (2 to 4 September 2016)? Comedy Bad Moms has gained a position from fourth to third place. Star Trek: Beyond dropped from third to fourth, which isn't bad for a film that only had one 2D screening in SA on its opening weekend. Suicide Squad still has the current...

  • Morgan gets a creepy movie trailer made by IBM Watson

    Arguably artificial intelligence has no place in creating art, which is a uniquely human experience. But it seems that both IBM and 20th Century Fox thoroughly disagrees. A new trailer for a film dubbed Morgan has been put together by the IBM Watson supercomputer, and it's riveting. Not giving away too much of the story while keeping viewers interested to see more, the Morgan trailer is one of the most uncomfortable trailers I've seen in ages. Morgan, starring Kate Mara and Anya Taylor-Joy, tells the story of a lab experiment gone wrong, and a corporate analyst's endeavour to solve the problem. Artificial...

  • Gene Wilder dies: praise swells on social media for ‘giant of comedy’

    Gene Wilder, perhaps most famous to Millennials as the face of the Condescending Wonka meme, has died age 83. Wilder, who succumbed to complications surrounding his struggle with Alzheimer's, starred in a slew of movies from 1967 through to 1991, which his most famous roles include Frankenstein in the 70s, and Willy Wonka in 1971's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. His most recent appearance on screen was in season five of Will & Grace back in 2002. 'The suspense is terrible... I hope it'll last' - Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka Soon after news of Gene Wilder's passing broke last night South...

  • John Oliver wants to make superhero movies great again with Johnny Strong

    From X-Men Apocalypse to Suicide Squad to "Sad Man vs Super Sad Man", 2016's comic book movies have left a lot to be desired. That's the cry of John Oliver and much of Memeburn's staffers at least, but what can be done to inject some life into the dreary DC and Marvel cinematic universes? Perhaps feeling a tad bored this week, John Oliver took to Last Week Tonight's YouTube channel to unveil his intricate new plan to save comic book movies from their current rot. Johnny Strong, also known as John Olivier, is an unconventional fifth-grade super hero clad in a...

  • HBO’s Westworld gets its first Hopkins-laden trailer

    Although Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight are two enormously popular TV shows, that isn't all HBO is known for. The American cable channel has been churning out some great watches recently, including Silicon Valley, and True Detective. But it's latest series, Westworld, might be its best yet. Starring the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood, the series is based on a Michael Crichton novel of the same name. Most of the characters are inhabitants of a futuristic Western-themed amusement park, but they aren't exactly people living normal lives. As you can imagine, Anthony...

  • How bad is Mattel’s Max Steel trailers? Ask YouTube

    After LEGO showed that even toy makers can make huge profits in cinema, another is now getting in on the business. After American company Mattel announced that it's working on a Max Steel flick back in 2009, we finally have a trailer of the finished product. And... we've some mixed reactions. Max Steel will look at the protagonist's origin story, from emotionally-downtrodden American boy, to a wall-punching, rage-screaming super kid thanks in part to aliens. Sounds pretty good right? Well, that's where it starts and ends really. The international trailer on YouTube was likened to a "fake fan trailer", while others are...

  • South African box office chart: Ice Age 5 faces mass extinction

    Proving that reviews aren't the be all end all, Suicide Squad is still the top pick for South African movie audiences, but Ice Age clearly isn't. What movies trailed in its wake over the past weekend (19 to 21 August 2016)? There were a lot of drops this past weekend as new titles entered the fray. Jason Bourne, the movie that tries to show Matt Damon still has a career, only dropped a single space from fourth position. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates had to move over in second position for Bad Moms, while Pete's Dragon clutched onto that third place...