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Geek Culture

  • South Africa (finally) gets its first locally-made Netflix Original

    Netflix has today announced that South Africa will get its first locally-produced and directed Netflix Original in the form of Queen Sono. Starring Pearl Thusi -- who has appeared on Netflix before in the movie Catching Feelings -- will star as a "kickass female spy". "Can't wait for you guys to see what we have in store for you," she added in a tweet. #QueenSono - Africa’s first @netflix original ! A thrilling story about a kickass female spy. Can’t wait for you guys to see what we have in store for you ! @NetflixSA pic.twitter.com/z0LtRTbspv— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) 10 December 2018 According...

  • YouTube Rewind 2018 is now YouTube’s second-most disliked video ever

    YouTube Rewind 2018, in its four days of existence, has shattered a remarkable but unflattering record. The video, which was published on Friday, is now the video company's second-most disliked video ever, with more than 6.8-million dislikes. It's also the most disliked non-music video in YouTube history too. Only Justin Bieber's "Baby" has more dislikes on the platform (at 9.7-million), and Rewind 2018's less than 2.9-million dislikes away from taking its crown. The video's now more hated than "Despacito" -- the most watched video in YouTube history -- Rebecca Black's "Friday", and that Call of Duty trailer from 2016. Rewind traditionally recaps platform's year-that-was,...

  • New ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is coming to Netflix in 2020

    Netflix is set to release a new Ghost in the Shell anime in 2020, the company announced in a tweet. Titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, the production will be "directed by Appleseed’s Shinji Aramaki and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s Kenji Kamiyama,” the company announced in a tweet. It will be a Netflix Original too. YES, A NEW GHOST IN THE SHELL ANIME IS COMING. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will be directed by Appleseed’s Shinji Aramaki and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s Kenji Kamiyama. On @Netflix in 2020! *desire to explore the true meaning of human consciousness intensifies*...

  • The first trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is finally here

    It's finally here. Marvel Studios has today released the first trailer for Avengers 4, along with the movie's official title: Endgame. The morbid trailer shows narrator Tony Stark adrift in space, seemingly accepting his impending death. Back on Earth, it's as if not more depressing. Natasha Romanova and Steve Rogers narrate the next minute, as the original Avengers team members grapple with the reality of Thanos's perfect 50% destruction. Hawkeye and Ant-Man star too, suggesting that the fringe heroes will both play a significant role in saving the universe. Marvel also posted the trailer on Twitter, along with the phrase "Part of the...

  • The brief timeline of Kevin Hart’s 2019 Oscars Twitter fiasco

    Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was supposed to host the 2019 Oscars, but on Friday he stepped down from the role after a slew of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. A number of tweets posted some ten years ago were shared by Guardian US journalist Benjamin Lee, and other users on the social network. Many of the tweets screenshot in the post were deleted on Thursday. I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZbYG6SI3Xm — Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) 5 December 2018 Buzzfeed reporter Adam B. Vary too trawled Hart's Twitter account more thoroughly on Wednesday -- when...

  • These were the biggest tracks and artists on Spotify in 2018

    Before we mention anything else, yes, Drake was Spotify's most popular artist globally. Now that that's out of the way, the streaming music service this week announced its biggest (non-Toronto born) artists, and music of the year. So, who placed where? Drake, for the record, snagged 8.2-million plays this year, making him the most streamed artist on the platform of all time. "God's Plan" -- the most popular track of the year on the streaming service -- brought in more than a billion streams alone. Post Malone was world number two, while XXXTENTACION, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran made it an all-male top...

  • The internet thinks YouTube Rewind 2018 is pretty terrible

    Well... it's pretty safe to suggest that YouTube Rewind 2018 is controversial. The annual video published by the Google-owned service pays homage to the year that was and the moments that made it, all created by the internet's biggest personalities. This year's theme was "everyone controls rewind" and, well, it had its highs and lows. For one, animation YouTubers Domics, JaidenAnimations and Illymation among others got their time in the spotlight. Two South African-born creators/personalities also feature in Caspar Lee and Trevor Noah. But that's where the joy seemingly ends. On the face of it, the clip opens with Will Smith being Will...

  • Twitter thought Johnny Clegg died after tribute went viral

    Legendary musician Johnny Clegg was trending on Twitter on Thursday afternoon after a tribute version of his song The Crossing was released on YouTube. His son Jesse Clegg, Andre Fenter, Jack Parow, Jimmy Nevis, Karen Zoid and a host of other South African musicians feature on the track. According to Zoid's YouTube channel, "a group of well-known musicians came together to celebrate the life and work of Clegg and recorded a special version of his song". Though the message was merely a celebration of the man and the launch of his new charity fund, South Africans were quick to assume that Clegg...

  • ‘Comedians of the World’ hits Netflix on New Years Day

    If you like stand up comedy and have no intention of going out on New Years Day, Netflix's latest announcement might tickle your funny bone. The streaming company's Comedians of the World series, which was first announced in July, finally has a launch date: 1 January 2019. The series is set to feature 47 comedians in 13 regions, including South Africa, each delivering a half-hour stand up routine. While many of the content has already been recorded at Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy show in July, other sets have also been taped in São Paulo, Mexico City, Mumbai, Berlin, and Amsterdam thoughout...

  • The new Captain Marvel trailer is out and everyone is excited

    Marvel has released the second trailer for the upcoming Captain Marvel movie and it’s got fans buzzing with excitement. The trailer, which shows us more of Brie Larson as the eponymous character in full superhero mode, was released on Tuesday morning and has already racked up over four million views on YouTube. After seeing her in action, fans have no doubt that Captain Marvel can defeat Thanos and save the Marvel universe, when she's done ending wars in her own movie of course. CAROL FREAKING DANVERS JUST DEFEATED THANOS RIGHT HERE #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/k1CxiWq822 — 𝓪𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓈 (@itsjustanx) December 4, 2018 Thanos watching the end of...

  • Sabrina’s sassier and witchier than ever in this new season teaser

    This weekend, when everyone in South Africa was busy doing other things (like waiting eight hours to see Beyonce perform for 25 minutes), Netflix released its teaser trailer for the second part of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. That's right. Seasons aren't cool anymore. "Parts" it is. If you're expecting high drama in this short, don't. The trailer runs a little over 40 seconds, and showcases the now bleach-haired full-witch (played by Kiernan Shipka) experimenting with her powers (and fashion sense), running from bats, and receiving encouragement from Satan. You know, usual teenage witch stuff. Although it's not clear how many episodes will constitite...

  • 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...