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Geek Culture

  • We review Pacifica, a meditation app that’s worth your breath

    Let's face it, all of us have to deal with stress and anxiety at some point. For some, it's a serious mental health constant, while for others it can be a moment where the modern world just gets a bit too much. Medicine is not always the best option to treat these feelings, that's why I decided to try one 21st century solution -- a meditation app. Meditation apps have been around for a while, and there are a boatload. After downloading a few here and there and not really being satisfied with the first five minutes of use, I finally...

  • Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘The Punisher’ cancelled as Marvel partnership ends

    Netflix has cancelled its two remaining Marvel original series, Jessica Jones and The Punisher. "We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning," the company told Deadline. The Punisher has so far seen two seasons on the platform and will not come back for a third, while Jessica Jones will conclude in its upcoming third season. Disney-owned Marvel also confirmed the news in a statement, saying "on behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn't be more proud or more grateful to our audience". "Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue...

  • Disney drops first Frozen 2 teaser trailer

    Disney has dropped its first and very dramatic teaser trailer for Frozen 2. The teaser shows Elsa using her ice powers to take on the ocean, but the water body repeatedly gets the better of her. We also see Anna and Kristoff hurrying off to what can only be assumed is someone's aid. Two new characters are also spotted, with one using magic seeming related to Autumn. Finally, the characters look over a field of orange trees, as if Autumn has taken over in the same way Elsa's Winter powers did in the previous movie. While it seems like Autumn is definitely the...

  • ‘The Bachelor South Africa’ will premier on YouTube on Valentines Day

    The season premier of The Bachelor South Africa will be aired on M-Net's YouTube channel this Valentines Day. This means that everyone with a stable internet connection can watch as the country's first ever Bachelor, Lee Thompson, begins his "quest for love". Thompson, a 30-year-old model from Port Elizabeth, will have 24 ladies to choose from. "The season premier will be available on the M-Net YouTube Channel for 28 days after it flights, for fans who want to relive every moment, and/or who can’t watch it on the night," said YouTube's reps in a press release on Wednesday. Though the rest of the...

  • Showmax and AFDA team up to release local student films

    Showmax and South African school for film and arts AFDA, have revealed a new deal that will give local film makers the opportunity to publish their work on the video-on-demand platform. "From 18 February, 18 of the best recent short films made by AFDA students from their Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth campuses will be live on Showmax," said the streaming company in a press release. According to Showmax, platforms like YouTube and broadcast TV do not give local talent the right kind of space for their work to be noticed. "Thanks to the growing popularity of video-on-demand services, there’s...

  • Disney’s Aladdin trailer reveals blue Will Smith and Twitter doesn’t like it

    In a new special look trailer released at the Grammy Awards, Disney has given the world its first taste of Will Smith as the Genie in Aladdin. The short reveal shows a buff, blue and ever so slightly CG Genie coming out of his lamp to introduce himself to Aladdin. Will Smith Instagrammed the moment, saying "I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!" https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuUnAoh8ER/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Fans however, seemed more shocked to see the actor as an entirely different colour, than excited for the live action classic. https://twitter.com/QuinnKeaney/status/1094777851738501120 https://twitter.com/JvJoeontheRadio/status/1094776887979720704 https://twitter.com/bradmiska/status/1094778279721140227 https://twitter.com/CaillouPettis/status/1094777489610629125 Let's face it though, can anyone really compete with Robin Williams? Ever? The movie will premier in May. Feature image:...

  • Netflix’s Smart Downloads features heads to iOS

    Netflix's Smart Downloads feature is now available on iOS, the company announced on Thursday. Smart Downloads was first released to Android in July 2018. The feature allows users to download new episodes immediately after the previous one is complete. It will also delete the older episode automatically. To use the feature, users will be required to connect to WiFi. Smart Downloads are also entirely opt-in, and can be switched on or off from the app's Downloads section. Feature image: Netflix

  • 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...