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Geek Culture

  • DStv Compact users can get two months of Showmax for free

    DStv has announced that it will offer Compact and Compact Plus customers Showmax for free for two months. In a press release published on Thursday, the company revealed that the offer will last from 7 February to 7 April. "A two-month no-cost test-drive has now been made available to DStv Compact and Compact Plus customers," the company noted. Usually, Showmax costs R99 per month. The deal is seemingly aimed at giving users a chance to test if the streaming service is to their liking. "Once the two month period is over, Compact and Compact Plus customers will be charged the discounted rate of R49...

  • Trippin’ With Skhumba is Showmax’s first travel-comedy Original

    South African streaming service Showmax on Wednesday announced its third Original set to debut after 2017's Tali's Wedding Diary, and January's The Girl From St Agnes. But unlike these shows, this Original will take the form of a travel show, hosted by and starring South African comedians. Trippin' With Skhumba will star Tembisa-born comedian Skhumba Hlophe as he travels with fellow comedians to their hometowns. Showmax explains that the show will cover the "places that won’t make any tourism brochures and stories that would be edited out of any authorised biographies". Starring in the first season are comedians Celeste Ntuli, Siya Seya, Salesman,...

  • Liam Neeson drops racist, rape-related bombshell in the middle of an interview

    In an interview with the Independent intended to promote his new movie Cold Pursuit, actor Liam Neeson instead dropped a racist, rape-related bombshell from his past. The 66-year-old Northern Irish star told the publication that he had once been tempted to go on a murderous rampage against black people after discovering that a friend had been raped. "She said it was a black person," Neeson claimed, which led the actor to seek out any black man for revenge. "I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I'd be approached by somebody -- I'm ashamed to say that -- and I...

  • ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ is SA’s biggest movie this week

    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was Southern Africa's biggest movie this past weekend, according to data from Ster Kinekor. The new release from Dreamworks, voiced by Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, jumped straight to the top of the chart, relegating The Upside to second place. In third spot, DC's Aquaman remains Southern Africa's biggest grosser still on the chart, raking in R51.6-million since its debut nearly two months ago. Oscar winner Rami Malek's Bohemian Rhapsody places fourth this week, while the M. Night Shyamalan-directed Glass is fifth. Notably, the next three movies are all South African-made. Matwetwe, produced by DJ Black...

  • What to watch on Showmax and Netflix this February

    They call February the month of love, but while some think of the perfect date as dining al fresco beneath a moonlit sky, others would argue that an uncapped internet connection, a large screen, and the bevy of content available on Netflix and Showmax this month is all they really need. Here's what to watch on South Africa's streaming services this month. Showmax 2 Dope Queens If you've ever wondered what your favourite podcast would be like as a live-action talk show, 2 Dope Queens is your answer. Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson tackle race, gender dynamics and sex under the veil of comedy,...

  • US rapper 21 Savage is actually British and the internet is loving it

    On Sunday, Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was arrested by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after it was discovered that the musician was actually born in the UK. The 26-year-old has posed as a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia, a city in the US, but, according to reports, the star has allegedly overstayed his expired visa by about 14 years. The news took the internet by storm, and a multitude of memes were born in the rapper's honour. He spent much of Super Bowl Sunday and early Monday as a trending Twitter topic. https://twitter.com/SeorPablo2/status/1092191498077171712 https://twitter.com/itsnotmasonh/status/1092285701159235585 https://twitter.com/Dumbledoofus/status/1092170971899936770 https://twitter.com/PitEntertain/status/1092212200079544322 Some fans decided that the name "Sir...

  • 6 big trailers and ads from the 2019 Super Bowl

    On Sunday, the 53rd edition of the Super Bowl took place in Atlanta, USA, and as the American sporting tradition dictates, a number of ads and trailers were released during the event's half-time break. If you want to read more about the half-time show, click here, but for the trailers and advertisements we found noteworthy, here are six of the best below. Avengers: Endgame teaser trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iFq6IcAxBc Marvel released its second teaser trailer for its eagerly anticipated flick Avengers: Endgame. The 30 second video shows the team preparing for the big battle with Thanos after he destroyed half of it during Infinity War. The movie...

  • Super Bowl LIII, Maroon 5, Spongebob and the wrath of Bikini Bottom

    It doesn't take much for people to get riled up online, but when there's promise of homage to be paid at a Superbowl half-time performance that doesn't quite happen, you're damn sure pitchforks will be raised. This was the case on Sunday when Maroon 5 took to the stage to perform at the sport's 53rd showpiece on Sunday. https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1092233512382414848 For months, fans of Spongebob Squarepants created a petition to have "Sweet Victory" -- an iconic song performed by the cast of the show during a "Bubble Bowl" -- played at the 2019 half-time performance. The gesture was a hat-tip to Squarepants creator Stephen...

  • Beyonce, Jay Z will give you free concert tickets ‘for life’ if you go vegan

    In an Instagram post on Thursday, Beyonce revealed that she and husband Jay Z are offering life-time concert tickets to those who them in going vegan for The Greenprint Project. "What is your Greenprint? Click the link in my bio for a chance to win tickets to any JAY and/or my shows for life," she wrote in the post. https://www.instagram.com/p/BtSNVwqAmXv/ If you follow the link in the star's bio, you'll be faced with the attractive, green landscape that is the Greenprint website. The site provides stats on how a plant based meal for yourself can help you save the world in various ways. "It...

  • Ben Affleck will hang up his Batman boots before the 2021 reboot

    The next Batman movie will not see Ben Affleck reprise his role as the Dark Knight, a report published on Thursday revealed. According to Deadline, the next Batman movie penned for June 2021 will not feature Affleck in his fourth starring appearance. Instead, the flick piloted by screenwriter and director Matt Reeves, will likely star a younger Bruce Wayne. https://twitter.com/BenAffleck/status/1090772636206952448 And with the news came messages of thanks for Affleck and his portrayal of Batman. "If this is your way of saying goodbye then I just want to say thank you for giving us such a beautiful performance in BVS. I had the...

  • Uber Lite should be the only Uber app you need

    There are many lite versions of popular apps today, all aiming to make our lives easier when we're struggling with data costs, low storage and terrible internet service providers. Now Uber has brought a lite version of its app to South Africa. I recently came across the Uber Lite via an email from the company, saying that it would help me "even with limited connectivity, mobile data or battery life". With my smartphone struggling with storage issues, the app being just 5MB, and data being considerably expensive, I decided to give it a try. It was almost (almost) better than the...

  • Netflix working on its own Resident Evil series, report suggests

    Netflix is working on a Resident Evil series, according to a report by entertainment publication Deadline. The site revealed that Netflix has plans to delve deeper into the Resident Evil universe, while keeping the original plot from the movie franchise in tact. Constantin Film, the same production studio that worked on the movies, will be working with Netflix. The zombie apocalypse franchise -- which was inspired by a 1996 game -- has been around since 2002, with six movies under its belt with an upcoming reboot also planned. It's unclear whether the movies and TV series will coincide. Feature image: Memeburn

  • Netflix lets users ‘share’ what they’re watching on Instagram Stories

    A new update to Netflix lets users share what they're watching to Instagram Stories, according to a report by TechCrunch. The update, which is available for iOS users only, can be accessed via the Netflix app's "share" button, where you will find the Instagram Stories option. Other options including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line and Twitter are also listed. "We’re always on the lookout for ways to make it easier for members to share the Netflix titles they’re obsessing about and help them discover something new to watch," the company told the publication. Netflix has previously drawn inspiration from Instagram Stories for its...

  • ‘Leave Chris Brown alone’ rings across Twitter after Paris arrest

    Recording artist Chris Brown has been detained in Paris on the suspicion of rape, according to French officials. The 29-year-old singer, as well as two other men, on Monday were detained after a 24-year-old woman filed a rape complaint in the French capital. Within an hour since the news broke on Tuesday, the star's name began to trend on Twitter. The social network wasn't kind and was quick to point out Brown's history, and likened him to another recording artist currently in the press. https://twitter.com/jcsepjj/status/1087672950210351105 https://twitter.com/impishkerfuffle/status/1087685087901220867 https://twitter.com/East_from_Eden/status/1087669487325904896 https://twitter.com/EnosseMakinta/status/1087698482213933058 https://twitter.com/MissGinaDarling/status/1087691771872571392 https://twitter.com/barneyhw11/status/1087670425184886784 Though the singer has a well known history of violence, some are still on his side. "Leave Chris Brown alone"...

  • Spotify is testing an artist block feature

    Spotify will soon allow you to block certain artists on playlists. According to a report by Thurrott, the company is testing a feature that will let users block or avoid artists from gracing your playlists or albums on your Spotify app. The feature does not appear on web versions of Spotify at present, the report adds, and also won't block songs that feature your selected artists. It's not clear when the feature will roll out globally. Feature image: Memeburn