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All posts by Julia Breakey

  • South Africa’s box office: Wonder Woman wows watchers

    When the country is given the choice between a semi-naked group of lifesavers and Diana Prince kicking ass and taking names, you'll be glad to know it chooses correctly. This weekend saw Wonder Woman's (review) debut go swimmingly, coming out on top against other newcomer Baywatch, hardly flailing in second place. But which films could barely keep themselves afloat this weekend? (2 to 4 June) King Arthur seems to be made of lead: it sunk four spots from fourth to eighth this week. The blockbuster is considered the first major bomb of the season and has failed to make back Guy Ritchie's budget. Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge sunk...

  • Last week in trailers: Murder on the Putin Express

    The last week of trailers brought us a murder mystery, a horror, a car flick, a survival drama, a period piece, a kids film, a documentary and a series of experimental films -- and, honestly, if nothing in here intrigues you, then maybe movies just aren't your thing. Have you considered that? Here's what you need to know about the trailers released in the past seven days. Murder on the Orient Express Usually I'm immediately deterred from any film Johnny Depp is in, but this remake of Murder on the Orient Express also stars Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Penelope...

  • Theresa May wants more stringent internet regulations after London attack

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for stricter internet regulations after seven people were killed in a terrorist attack in London Saturday. In a statement following the attack, May acknowledged that there was no connection between the planning of this attack with the one in Westminster Abbey in March, or Manchester last month. She follows that the UK is facing a "new trend" of copycat terrorists who merely need to watch the news to learn how to plan a successful attack. May looks specifically at the internet for quelling these kinds of copycats. "We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it...

  • Sorry Donald Trump: Pope Francis is Twitter’s most popular world leader

    In April, Burson-Marsteller released a study on how world leaders use Instagram to communicate with their constituents (or subjects, depending on who you ask). But while Instagram is an up-and-coming way to market yourself as a politician, there has always been One Platform to Rule Them All, and that platform is Twitter. It all began 5 March 2007, when Illinois Senator Barack Obama became the first world leader to join the platform in the build-up to his presidential campaign. Since then, 856 leaders have joined the text-based platform to make it the most popular among politicians and popes alike. Thinking we're only one signature away...

  • South Africa’s box office: Pirates hook SA

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales) has come in first this weekend, ousting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from its three week reign at the top. The fifth in the franchise has managed to pull in only 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, and should relish the spot while it can: Wonder Woman (review), premiering this Friday, is looking set to be a box office favourite. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (26 - 28 May) Fast and Furious 8 has been pushed down to third place, but is unperturbed as the highest life to date grosser, bringing in...

  • Joke tweet gets called out as promoting rape culture

    A tweet posted on Tuesday, intended as a cute story, has received backlash for promoting "rape culture." The tweet in question told of the Twitter user's 13-year-old brother, who had been crushing on a girl since pre-school. The user called the girl dumb, and included shots from a conversation the young friends had on Snapchat. In the chat, the brother had asked his crush if he could buy her something, and she said he couldn't because they're just friends, and "that's what more than friends do." He then pushed that they could be best friends, and she declined again saying she already had one. "Oh it's...

  • Wonder Woman movie review: it’s imperfect, but it’s enough

    Since the 1960s, the world has seen eight Batman movies, eight Superman movies, three Captain America movies, three Iron Man movies, and one Deadpool movie. This year, we will have to endure the third iteration of Spider-Man in his sixth movie in 15 years. With just these heroes alone, only in their solo films, cinema screens across the world have played white male superheroes 29 times in the span of fifty years. They have never once shown a live action female superhero in her own film -- and this places Wonder Woman under an immense amount of pressure. Wonder Woman is by...

  • #Covfefe: Twitter deciphers Trump’s unfinished tweet

    Update, 12.32pm: US President Donald Trump has deleted the tweet, and posted a response. Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017 Original article: Early this morning, US President Donald Trump set out to tweet something angry about the media to his 31-million followers -- only he didn't quite manage to finish it. Despite the constant negative press covfefe — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017 And as Twitter is wont to do, it erupted in jokes and theories about the mysterious "covfefe". What was Trump trying to say? Who was he contacting? And most...

  • Cannes Film Festival 2017: here are the big winners at the main awards

    The 2017 Cannes Film Festival has come to a close, and all the artsiest of the artsy have celebrated their wins, regretted their losses and bagged some film concepts that started on Tumblr. So if you've not been keeping up with the little town in France, here's who won big in the festival's main competition. The Palme d'Or: The Square, Ruben Östlund Swedish film The Square won the coveted Palme d'Or in a surprise upset. The satirical drama was up against Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here and Netflix's controversial entries Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories, among others. Directed by Ruben Östlund, The Square is about Christian, a man who converts the Stockholm...

  • South Africa readies the golf puns as Tiger Woods’ mugshot hits Twitter

    Tiger Woods was arrested for a DUI last night just outside his home in Florida, and he's disappointed his fan base yet again. The golfer, who has been recovering from a back injury, has said that it was a mix of prescription medication he wasn't used to. But the combination of an unseemly mugshot and his former trespasses has left people upset over on South African Twitter. Life is crazy, growing up Tiger Woods was one of our heroes. Years later its looking like he was never the number 1 golfer in the world — ` (@Fresh_Maan) May 30, 2017 Tiger Woods rich forever...

  • Update: Solms Delta feels Twitter’s wrath after ‘racial profiling’ incident

    Update, 31 May: Solms Delta has released an official statement about the event, refuting allegations of racism. The estate claims that the staff involved were black, and therefore could not have racially profiled. Users on Twitter and Facebook were not appeased by the statement. Honestly not interested in the statement. Have you called & apologized to the victim yet? pic.twitter.com/ujzhlyFWWE — Brett Robson (@brettrobson) May 30, 2017 1. you still think she's guilty hence you're not apologising 2. no footage was supplied when the police asked for it 3. You are #racist — ⚜️ ⚜️ (@ColourM3lush) May 30, 2017 Original article: Nodumo Dee Mhlongo has sparked outrage on...

  • Ex-model gets community service after Snapchat invasion of privacy suit

    Former Playboy model Danielle Mathers has been sentenced to 30 days of community service and three years of probation after posting a picture of an unaware 70-year-old woman showering to her Snapchat account, The New York Times reports. Mathers used the image taken at the gym to mock the woman, captioning it "If I can't unsee this, then you can't either." Shortly thereafter, she posted a selfie with her hand over her mouth. Mathers, who was Playmate of the Year in 2015, was met with a wave of criticism online, and many deemed her post as body shaming. Still wondering if @DaniMathers thinks she's...

  • Last week in trailers: Winter is (almost) here

    While South Africa may be preparing for a cold, dry winter, Hollywood is gearing up for a summer of blockbusters, and, hey, at least that's something to look forward to. Last week saw the final trailers of three stupidly big budget films, and one stupidly big budget HBO show. It's time to guess if the money was worth it. Game of Thrones The official trailer for the penultimate season of Game of Thrones is here, promising a whole bunch of monotonous lines about power and plenty of action. The trailer teases Daenerys's arrival to Westeros, Davos giving advice no one will heed, and, most importantly,...

  • Dubai the Beloved Country: South Africa responds to #GuptaEmails on Twitter

    Yesterday, The Sunday Times and City Press revealed a series of emails between the Gupta family, some of their trusted lieutenants and President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane that show just how tight the Guptas' grip on South Africa is. Some of the emails show how the Guptas were sent CVs of potential ministers before their appointments, paid for government officials' luxury trips to Dubai, and advised the ANC Youth League on how to respond to media questions. They also revealed President Zuma's desire to make Dubai his "second home," and how he drafted letters to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the prime minister of...

  • 4 Netflix exclusives coming to South Africa in June

    This is it: month six. There's no going back now. We're halfway through the year, and we may as well celebrate with some good old Netflix and chill (Is that still a thing? I'm getting old.) Either way, the streaming site has a slow June, with only eight original films and shows being released globally in the month (presumably to do with its US summer schedule.) Here's the best of what's coming to Netflix South Africa this month. 2 June: Flaked Will Arnett's Flaked is back for a season two that sees Chip's unwelcome return to Venice. "Flaked is a dry human comedy about a slice of life...