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Geek Culture

  • Netflix’s Nailed It! gets a special Holiday-themed edition this December

    Nicole Byer is back, and bringing Jacques Torres along for another mini-season of the slightly disgusting and questionable cooking show Nailed It! The "Holiday!" edition of the Netflix's popular cooking show will still see three "chefs" pitted against one another, only this time they're recreating classic holiday munchies. The show is set to debut on 7 December 2018, but for a 100 second glimpse into the tummy-ache trials that is Nailed It! have a look at the teaser trailer below. Feature image: Netflix

  • Disney to launch new Star Wars animated shorts for kids

    Disney has revealed a Star Wars-themed YouTube channel for kids set to feature the new Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures show. The show will consist of a series of short animations about the original Star Wars stories, making the historical pop culture hit accessible to potential young fans. In an announcement made on Star Wars’ official site, the company said that the show aims to “introduce the classic themes, pivotal moments, and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga to the next generation.” “Debuting on the all-new StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel on November 30, the first six shorts...

  • Roald Dahl’s works are coming to Netflix in 2019

    Netflix is teaming up with the Roald Dahl Story Company to produce animated series based on the author's works. “Netflix is extending the Roald Dahl universe of stories for global family audiences with an exclusive new slate of original animated event series,” the company revealed in a press release. Stories such as "The Twits", "The BFG", "Matilda" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" have been confirmed. While the tales will be reimagined and expanded, Netflix claims it will remain “faithful” to the originals. “Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique...

  • Netflix’s Criminal won’t leave the interrogation room

    Netflix is producing a new crime drama series called Criminal, but the 12 episode show is not the general crime show narrative we all know. “Criminal is a police procedural with a unique premise: it takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite,” the company explains on its website. This means no running with guns, and no shootouts. Just the crook, the cops, and the interrogation room. “This stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama will focus on the intense mental conflict between the police officer and the suspect in question.” The show will be set in four countries, and each country will...

  • ‘The Lion King’ trailer will give you the feels all over again

    In 1994, little known animated movie (/s) The Lion King made its debut and became my (and possibly the entire world's) favourite flick of all time. Filled with endearing characters, moving scenes, and a storyline laced with valuable life lessons, it was hard to beat in its day, and now. But next year, a reimagined CGI version of that same movie is set to make its debut, and today, Walt Disney Studios released its first trailer. Directed by Jon Favreau (who brought the world Iron Man and The Jungle Book), The Lion King tells the story of Simba who "must overcome betrayal...

  • Ariana Grande hits back at Piers Morgan for criticising Little Mix, Ellen and her mom

    Good Morning America anchor Piers Morgan has once again found himself at the centre of a Twitter war between UK pop group Little Mix, Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande and her mother. On Tuesday, Morgan targeted the girl band and criticised their choice of art for their upcoming album LM5. The cover is reminiscent of an Entertainement Weekly cover of the Dixie Chicks, who have text adorning their naked bodies. Hey @LittleMix - when are you going to admit you stole this idea from @dixiechicks? pic.twitter.com/dLRX2TMv2k — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 20, 2018 "Hey @LittleMix - when are you going to admit you stole...

  • ‘Sabrina’ star Gavin Leatherwood demonstrates how not to baste a turkey

    Thanksgiving's tomorrow, but you may not want to take genuine cooking advice from the following clip. Netflix is known for using some pretty strange methods on social media to parade its shows, but the latest promo for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is among the weirdest. Nicholas Scratch, or Gavin Leatherwood as he's known in the human realm, shows everyone how you shouldn't baste a turkey. From zero to cringe in two minutes, the warlock drizzles raw bird juice down his throat, garnishes that with whipped cream, and, the worst part of the video by far, makes the lumpiest looking mashed potatoes...

  • Netflix’s iOS app update adds a gaggle of Android features

    Streaming platform Netflix has updated its iOS app to include a few simple features that are already standard with the Android version. Apple users will now have access to the 10 second forward/rewind feature, as well as the “Next Episode” button. “Enjoy bigger controls like play/pause, with labels to quickly select Episodes or turn on Audio & Subtitles,” the company also adds in a media update. The Netflix update requires devices running iOS 11.0 or newer. Feature image: Netflix

  • Spotify Premium drops to R5.99pm over the festive period

    Just in time for Black Friday and the Festive Season, streaming music platform Spotify has announced that new users signing up to its service can subscribe to the Premium tier for R5.99. Users who take advantage of the offer any time during this period -- ending 31 December 2018 -- will be charged R5.99 for three months. The service will jump to its regular price of R59.99 thereafter. Notably, the offer is only valid for those who haven't yet tried the Premium tier. Feature image: Spotify

  • Netflix South Africa’s ‘Ultra’ package now available to some

    Netflix South Africa has launched a fourth tier to its current list of streaming packages in the form of an "Ultra" option. The option, which seems exactly the same as Netflix’s R169 Premium option but with added support for better audio quality, will be available for R239. According to an interview with MyBroadband, Netflix has noted that the additional tier is merely a test. “Not everyone will see the test, and we may not ever offer the specific price points or features beyond this test,” the streaming told the publication. Though the test is only now coming to South Africa, the Ultra package...

  • Game of Thrones teases fans with season 8 trailer

    Late on Tuesday, Game of Thrones' social media accounts posted a short teaser video, announcing the highly anticipated release date for the show's eighth season. The video depicts a mash-up of game changing scenes of previous seasons, allowing fans the chance to "revisit every scheme, scar, and sacrifice from the first seven seasons", according to the show's website. Though no specific date was given, the end of the trailer confirms that the series conclusion will come in April 2019. After actors shared their feelings about the end of Game of Thrones via an Entertainment Weekly cover special a few weeks ago, many...

  • Stan Lee, comic book legend and cameo master, has died

    Stan Lee, the co-creator of many famous Marvel superheroes and former Editor-In-Chief of the comic book brand, died on Monday at the age of 95. “With a heavy heart, we share our deepest condolences with his daughter and brother, and we honour and remember the creator, voice and champion of Marvel,” said Marvel in an official joint statement with Disney. The company paid tribute to Lee, acknowledging his contribution to the Marvel brand and the entertainment industry. Actors and fans alike also took to social media to express their sorrow over Lee’s death, remembering him for his legendary creations and the famous...

  • Disney+ streaming service will launch in 2019

    Disney has announced the official name of its upcoming streaming service along with a few shows that are set to be aired on the platform. “The Walt Disney Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be called Disney+,” revealed the company online. Though Disney+ will work much like streaming services such as Netflix, it seems that its content will be exclusively Disney, with live action shows based on the Star Wars and Marvel worlds also being revealed in the announcement. The Star Wars show will be the second live action series adaptation of the famous story, based on “the adventures of Rebel spy...

  • Netflix announces long list of upcoming family content

    Netflix has announced plans to produce a number of new animated shows to grow its content for kids and families. “Nearly 60% of Netflix members on a global basis enjoy kids and family content every month,” said the company in a press release. It's for this reason that Netflix aims to cater even further to its family orientated audience with more content, which will come in the form of both animated movies and series. “The programming is designed to meet the tastes of every member of the family,” the company noted further, mentioning its understanding of how unique family units are. 13 new...

  • South Africans just can’t stop listening to Drake on Spotify

    Summer's slowly slinking over the horizon, and the tunes will soon be bumping along beaches into the early hours of the morning. But tunes from which artist exactly? According to Spotify South Africa, likely Drake. The Canadian is reportedly the most popular rapper on the company's international summer chart, featuring four tracks in the top ten. Three of his tracks -- "In My Feelings", "Nice For What", and "God's Plan", are among the most played tracks on Spotify in South Africa since it launched in March. Post Malone is the second most popular artist in South Africa, followed by XXXTENTACION, Ed Sheeran and...