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  • 5 films on Netflix to watch alone this Valentine’s Day

    It's the season of love, and for some that means flowers and chocolates and romantic declarations. For others it means avoiding the shops at all costs. If you're sitting in the latter, then you're probably planning on staying home alone Wednesday night to avoid the amorous couples flaunting their togetherness. Question love, loneliness, and life on Netflix this Valentine's Day There's no shame in staying in, and to make your night even simpler I've compiled a list of films on Netflix South Africa you may want to check out to keep your mind off Valentine's day. Here they are. Unfaithful Unfaithful is a film for those looking...

  • Last week in trailers: Solo, Venom, Deadpool & more

    Need a gift for your significant other this Valentine's Day? Why not show them one of these week-old trailers? They'll say: "Why did you show me this week-old trailer?" and you'll say: "Some stranger who's never celebrated Valentine's Day told me to." And you'll both laugh and love will be real. You're welcome. Solo: A Star Wars Story Ready to feel underwhelmed? Solo: A Star Wars Story, which went through quite a rough production, finally has a first look and it's okay. The first teaser already has visible signs of tonal discord -- it doesn't quite seem to know how seriously it wants to...

  • Netflix’s Queer Eye is soothing for the soul

    After an exhausting week filled with long days and short showers, I fell into my couch, ready to glue my eyes to any TV show mindless enough to put my brain on standby. Netflix quickly proffered its latest tribute: Queer Eye, the rebooted makeover show about a group of five gay men eager to turn other men's lives around. In it, I found much more than easy entertainment. Queer Eye is filled with love and good intentions. It's so soothing, in fact, it feels like a rejuvenating face mask for the soul -- in that it probably won't do as much it...

  • A list of Quincy Jones’ recent name drops

    Music industry legend Quincy Jones has been making waves this week following the release of two interviews that showcase his extraordinary life. From partying with Frank Sinatra to frequent dinners with Elon Musk -- Jones has lived a life many wouldn't believe possible. So, without further ado, here are some of the most famous people Jones name dropped in his interviews with GQ and Vulture, just in case you wanted to reevaluate your relatively bland life. Frank Sinatra: close friends; drinking buddies; tried to set him up with Marilyn Monroe ("Marilyn Monroe had a chest that looked like pears, man"); when he...

  • The Disaster Artist is a feature-length trailer for so-bad-it’s-good film The Room

    In 2003, Tommy Wiseau released a film now widely understood as the worst film ever made. The Room, which Wiseau wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, is a story about the perfect man, Johnny (a businessman clad in ill-fitting suits) whose "future wife" (never "fiancee"), Lisa, grows tired of him and starts hooking up with his reluctant-yet-consenting best friend, Mark. The Room is a myriad of confusing characters, unexplained entrances and exits, repetitive phrasing, and all-round bonkers storytelling. Nothing about it makes sense -- not the message, not the plot, and certainly not the story of how it got made....

  • SA’s box office: Inxeba (The Wound) opens in sixth despite protests

    The South African film on everyone's lips, Inxeba (The Wound), has opened in an impressive sixth spot on the box office charts despite being subject to several protests across the country this week. Some cinemas showing the film, which tells the story of forbidden love between initiates in an isiXhosa initiation, cancelled screenings after receiving death threats. Protesters found the depiction of initiation rituals on screen to be insensitive to the private nature of the rite. South African film Inxeba (The Wound) was the subject of several protests for depicting the isiXhosa initiation rite Despite the film's controversial nature, though, Inxeba has performed well as a South...

  • YouTuber boxing match brings in 1.6m viewers

    A boxing match between YouTuber rivals KSI and Joe Weller, livestreamed Saturday night, was at its peak watched by 1.6-million viewers. Two days later, the recording has over 15.4-million views. In August last year, KSI challenged Weller to a fight after the latter beat another YouTuber, Theo Baker. I can confirm negotiations for the boxing match between myself vs KSI are underway. #WellerKSI 🥊 — Joe Weller (@joe_weller_) August 14, 2017 The two had shared friendly banter and collaborated on YouTube prior to the declaration, but their relationship soured -- or they realised there was more money to be made in animosity. In the...

  • Last week in trailers: Mission: Impossible, Avengers TV spot, and more

    Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday -- and while that means nothing to 99.9% of South Africans, what it does mean is that the entertainment industry blessed us all with the most expensive TV spots and trailers they could promote. So grab yourself some popcorn and a beverage, because this was a week jam packed with trailers. Are you ready? Let's go. Mission: Impossible - Fallout Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, the action guy who has made it out of not one, not two, but five impossible missions. How much more impossible can it get? Apparently as impossible as losing plutonium and racing against the clock to...

  • And the SAFTA nominees are…

    The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) has announced its (very, very) long list of nominees, so buckle up, because here they are. Unsurprisingly taking the lead in the feature film category is Inxeba (The Wound), with eight nominations including Best Feature. The film was South Africa's submission to this year's Academy Awards but failed to pick up a nomination. Inxeba (The Wound) rallied eight nominations, the most in the film category Behind Inxeba is Kalushi, with seven nominations. In a weird twist, VAYA -- which scored six nods -- was not nominated for Best Feature, while Beyond the River -- nominated for only four -- was. Things...

  • YouTube CEO offers vague plans for 2018

    After a tumultuous 2017, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has published a blog post highlighting the company's five priorities for 2018 -- but the post is littered with vague promises that don't tie the company down to tangible policy changes. The first priority, Wojcicki writes, is "transparency and communication". YouTube was met with criticism last year for its silence over issues like unexplained demonetisation and "Elsagate", which saw apparent kids videos depict violent imagery like suicides and self-harm. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has offered up vague promises for 2018 To fix it? YouTube will be doing much of the same. Wojcicki says that, along with blog...

  • South African talent litters Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack

    Last night, Kendrick Lamar dropped the track list for the curated Black Panther soundtrack he produced and South Africans couldn't be more excited. Black Panther The Album 2/9 pic.twitter.com/MqhsEcj6iF — Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 31, 2018 Local acts Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Yugen Blakrok, and Saudi are all featured on the 14-track album that includes major international acts like The Weeknd, Khalid, SZA, Future, and Lamar himself. Early last month, Lamar dropped the first single from the album, an upbeat collaboration by him and up-and-coming R&B artist SZA. But the South Africans eager to hear tracks like "X", "Opps", "Seasons", and "Redemption" -- all of which feature homegrown...

  • Facebook lost daily active users in its most valuable markets

    Facebook rounded out a difficult 2017 by losing daily active users (DAUs) for the first time ever in the US and Canada, the company's most valuable markets. The number of DAUs in the region stood at 185 million in the third quarter and dropped just over 0.5% to 184 million by the fourth. Facebook lost daily active users in valuable markets, but the Zuck says it's all part of the plan It's unclear why the company took the hit. It may have to do with the way Russian actors targeted the platform to manipulate the 2016 US election, or Facebook may just have reached...

  • MultiChoice drops ANN7 amid Icasa investigation

    MultiChoice announced today that it will not be renewing the contract of the 24-hour news channel ANN7. The contract expires in August. CEO Calvo Mawela said at a press briefing that "mistakes were made with regards to lobbying process and failure to do due diligence". MultiChoice says it will not review ANN7's contract amid investigations into alleged corruption The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is currently investigating MultiChoice after the DA lodged a complaint against it in November last year. Icasa will be looking into payments made by the company to ANN7 and the SABC, allegedly in exchange for political influence over digital...

  • Facebook bans cryptocurrency ads

    Facebook has said it will ban ads related to financial products and services like cryptocurrency, binary options and initial coin offerings. The move is a bid to "improve the integrity and security of ads", as it believes that many companies promoting cryptocurrrency are scams and not operating "in good faith". Facebook has issued a ban on cryptocurrency ads for fear of scams With its technical jargon and complicated premise, cryptocurrency is a natural medium for scammers to lure in the uninformed. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) -- which offer buyers the chance to get in on a new cryptocurrency before launch -- provide a barely-regulated avenue...

  • SA’s box office: Maze Runner fells Jumanji

    The final film in the Maze Runner trilogy has ousted Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle from its four-week reign at the top. The Dylan O'Brien-led The Death Cure has proved a hit in Southern Africa -- which is good, because the film was produced in Cape Town and we'd all be very angry if audiences didn't show it some respect. We may not have water, but we have fake zombies fighting in Civic Centre, and we're glad you recognise the feat. Cape Town-shot Maze Runner: The Death Cure opened in first place this week If Cape Town killed, how did other films fare this weekend? (26 - 28 January) Jumanji is hardly shedding...