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All posts by Julia Breakey

  • Here’s where South Africans can watch the Golden Globe nominees

    The 2018 Golden Globe nominees were announced yesterday, but if you're a South African reading the list, you may be feeling a little out of the loop considering most of the listed films haven't even been released yet. So if you're dying to catch up before awards season hits next year, here's where, when, and how you can watch the nominees (legally) in SA. This list only includes Best Picture and acting nominees. Available now Dunkirk 3 Nominations: Best Picture (Drama), Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Original Score (Motion Picture) Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (review) is a war film about the evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II. It...

  • Uber settles medical record lawsuit with woman raped by driver

    Uber has capped off its terrible 2017 by settling a lawsuit with a woman who accused top executives of illegally obtaining her medical records after she was raped by a driver in New Delhi, India in 2014. The anonymous US resident sued the company for intrusion into private affairs, public disclosure of private facts, and defamation. The woman claimed that then-CEO Travis Kalanick, president of business in Asia Eric Alexander, and senior vice president of business Emil Michael all believed her rape to be a conspiracy by rival companies. Her lawyer alleged that the company sought her medical records in an attempt to...

  • Last week in trailers: Major sci-fis, good girls gone rogue, and more

    There are 16 new trailers this week, and all of them are at least somewhat interesting. So buckle up, because Christmas just came early. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Dinosaurs. Explosions. Chris Pratt. Is there anything more this Jurassic World sequel needed? (Okay, maybe an explanation as to why the island is blowing up. But that's hardly relevant.) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in South Africa 8 June 2018. Ready Player One Steven Spielberg's much-hyped Ready Player One finally has an official trailer that reveals actual plot. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline (for which Cline is currently writing a sequel), the film tells of Wade Watts, a futuristic teen who finds himself on...

  • JK Rowling criticised for supporting Johnny Depp

    Following over a year of criticism for casting Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, JK Rowling has come out with a vague and passive statement claiming the move to be "the right thing". In the statement, Rowling writes that she and director David Yates "naturally considered the possibility of recasting" when news broke of his abuse against ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp was accused by then-wife Amber Heard of physical and verbal abuse in 2016, and Heard's team has provided various evidence to her claims in the form of photos and text messages. The former couple released...

  • Here are the YouTube videos South Africa was watching in 2017

    YouTube this week announced the most watched videos of 2017 worldwide -- but there aren't exactly the videos South Africa was watching. Instead, South Africans were keeping loyal to local artists, Nigerian comedians, and beautiful women. Standard. (This list is of general trending videos, and not music videos from major labels.) 10. Simphiwe Ngema remembers late husband Dumisani Masilela Who: Eyewitness News When: 9 August Views: 1 million. 9. Quick thinking Porsche driver outwits an armed hijacker Who: Crime Intelligence & Community Awareness When: 13 May 2017 Views: 4.4 million. 8. Maths Teacher (Mark Angel Comedy) Who: MarkAngelComedy When: 16 June Views: 7 million. 7. Uzalo Mamlambo in real life Who: South African Videos When: 8 May Views: 1.6 million. 6. New Durban bhenga Dance 2017 Who: DangerFlex SA When: 26 January Views: 955 600. 5. Sipho Ngwenya feat Thinah...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #12: Our favourite TV shows of 2017

    Welcome to the last MiniMeme episode of the year! In it, Daniel Mpala and Julia Breakey talk the TV shows that made them happy in 2017. On the list? The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Big Little Lies, Netflix's Dark, and Mr Robot (because Daniel may have missed the brief a little bit). So if you're looking for fun new shows to watch, or simply to pick a fight, have a listen to the full episode below: https://soundcloud.com/burn-media/minimeme-12-rambling-about-our-favourite-tv-of-2017 Let us know if you missed your favourite show, or if it made your blood boil to hear us gush about any of ours. You can reach us in the comments...

  • Twitter explodes as same-sex marriage legalised in Australia

    Following a postal survey earlier this year that showed that 61.6% of voters approved of same-sex marriage, the Australian parliament has passed a bill legalising the unions, and Twitter is beside itself with joy. As the proceedings unfolded in parliament #MarriageEquality began trending in top spot worldwide. It's a YES! Simply and fairly, #MarriageEquality is now law! Today our country can be truly proud. We did it together! 🎉pic.twitter.com/lGZgUgSmyL — AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) December 7, 2017 Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 has passed the House of Representatives and has passed the Parliament. Just a few tears and so very proud to...

  • [Watch] Top 10 YouTube videos of 2017

    YouTube has released its two top 10 lists -- one for general content and one for music videos -- so without further ado, here are the most watched videos of 2017. Top 10 Trending Videos 10. Children interrupt BBC News interview Who: BBC News; When: 10 March; Views: 25 million. 9. In a Heartbeat Who: Beth David and Esteban Bravo; When: 31 July; Views: 32 million. 8. history of the entire world, i guess Who: Bill Wurtz; When: 10 May; Views: 35.1 million. 7. A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump's inauguration Who: Bad Lip Reading; When: 25 January; Views: 35.1 million. 6. Lady Gaga's Sugar Super Halftime Show Who: NFL; When: 5 February; Views: 37.1 million. 5. Ed Sheeran's Carpool Karaoke Who: The Late Late Show with James Corden; When: 6 June; Views: 39.9 million. 4. Darci Lynne's America's Got Talent audition Who:...

  • South Africa’s box office: SA ❤️ JL

    Did you hear? South Africans and Justice League just spent their third weekend in a row together at the box office. It's adorable. I'm pretty sure they're going to make it Facebook official, like, next week. I've already planned my comment: "Finally!!!" It's a little cliché, but it lets people know that I knew before them, and that South Africa, Justice League and I are really close. And that's all that matters. I really think this relationship is going to last. I heard something about how this new kid -- Star Wars or whatever -- is moving here on the 15th and it may stir up some drama, but I gotta...

  • Google Search updates features to keep you on the platform

    Google Search is updating a few features to provide users with even more relevant information, and well, to keep them on the platform. Each of the updates revolves around related searches, and offering them in new ways so that users keep on a-clicking. Google Search's new updates aim to offer more related content to the user Of the updates, the most novel is that now, when users search for multiple terms related to a topic, Google will identify the topic and offer related searches. For example, if a user searches "Neymar" followed by "Lionel Messi", Google Search will recognise they're searching for current soccer players, and will...

  • 7 questions Netflix’s Dark still needs to answer

    Spoilers ahead for Dark season one. Netflix's German sci-fi Dark takes a while to make sense -- and then as soon as you start thinking you have it down, the show throws out even more questions to befuddle you yet again. While some of these questions were answered throughout the course of Dark's first season, others were left hanging in the air, with some throwaway lines offering more suspense than entire seasons of Desperate Housewives (okay, that's an exaggeration). So while we wait for word on a second season, here are some of the questions Dark has left unanswered. Who is Noah? This is...

  • Instagram to warn against hashtags promoting animal cruelty

    Starting today, Instagram will notify users when they search for hashtags that could promote animal cruelty or environmental harm. Instagram already removes posts that depict animal abuse or the sale of endangered animals, but there are some tags -- like #ElephantRides -- that have the potential to normalise cruel behaviour without expressly violating its terms of service. Now, when a user searches a tag like that, the app will pop open a content advisory screen that alerts them of the potential harm imposed by the content. The screen reads: Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram....

  • YouTube finally addresses Elsagate child videos, adpocalypse

    YouTube has finally addressed its child content and monetisation problems after years of reportedly ignoring its creators and their concerns. In a post to YouTube's creator blog, CEO Susan Wojcicki admitted that the company has a problem, and that it needed to be "more accurate" with the content it financially endorses. The announcement comes years after creators say they sounded the alarm for what is now dubbed "Elsagate", a scandal that involves disturbing videos targeted at children. YouTube has seemingly only responded after a New York Times article led advertisers to divest from the company. CEO Susan Wocjicki says that YouTube needs to be 'more accurate' regarding content it financially endorses "Some bad actors are exploiting our openness...

  • Melanie Martinez accused of rape

    Singer Melanie Martinez was trending at number one worldwide this morning (5 December 2017) after longtime friend Timothy Heller accused the former Voice contestant of rape. In a series of notes posted to Twitter, Heller wrote about how Martinez -- her best friend at the time -- had begged her for sex two nights in a row and eventually bargained with her until Heller felt powerless to stop the interaction. When I wrote this story about my assault, I initially wasn’t going to make the abuser. But I think it’s important for you all to know this is about Melanie Martinez pic.twitter.com/4PQ5oNI2s9 — Timothy Heller (@timethyheller)...

  • Accused sexual predator Bryan Singer fired from Queen biopic [Update]

    Update: Bryan Singer has been fired from Bohemian Rhapsody. In a statement, the director said that Twentieth Century Fox had refused him leave to deal with health issues. Singer's mother is ill. "I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen," Singer wrote, "but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first." There has been no news as to the future of the production. Original article: The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been put on hold due to the "unexpected unavailability of...