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Geek Culture

  • Yet another Star Trek spin-off series is in the works

    American broadcaster CBS has announced yet another Star Trek series in the works, this time centering around the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou, who fans met in the company's current series Star Trek Discovery. Actress Michelle Yeoh will reprise her role as the Captain for this new series, which is yet to be titled. "The series will expand on Yeoh's current role as a member of Starfleet's Section 31 division, a shadow organization within the Federation,"CBS explains on its website. Though a production and release date is yet to be announced, this is just one of many additional series based in...

  • Game of Thrones’ final season trailer doesn’t look good for the Starks

    HBO has released a new teaser trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones as well as an official release date. The trailer focusses solely on three of the four remaining Stark children as they walk through the crypts of Winterfell. Echos from their relatives follow them as they turn to face their very own statues. We assume the trailer is, in true Game of Thrones style, full of foreshadowing. It might not be a good season for the Starks, if that is the case. Fans across social media are breaking down every inch of the teaser, with the hastags #GameOfThrones and...

  • IMDb Freedive is a free movie streaming service supported by ads

    Online movie database IMDb has today announced its own free streaming service called Freedive. The platform gives users access to a selection of TV shows and Hollywood movies for free, supported by advertisements. "You can instantly stream IMDb Freedive titles from your laptop or personal computer's web browser on the IMDb Freedive page and all Amazon Fire TV devices via the IMDb Freedive channel," explains IMDb on its website. According to the company, shows and movies include titles such as Heroes, The Bachelor, The Last Samurai and Awakenings, just to name a few. "The selection of titles included with Freedive is always changing, and titles...

  • The latest Captain Marvel trailer teases young Coulson

    Although the movie is still two months away, tickets are on sale for Captain Marvel along with a new "Special Look" trailer and movie posters. https://twitter.com/captainmarvel/status/1082483707922001923 The sneak peak teases fans with more plot details, and reveals yet another familiar character comeback as a younger version of himself -- Agent Coulson. While there's still some time before Captain Marvel premiers, it seems that these small details are keeping most fans pretty excited.  https://twitter.com/caroldamnver/status/1082482438075547650 https://twitter.com/itsjustanx/status/1082488490980462593 https://twitter.com/MarvelousRealm/status/1082421057724788739 Other fans have their doubts. https://twitter.com/Mitch692/status/1082483393986732033 We are, however, all going to have to wait until 8 March to see what becomes of this eagerly anticipated addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feature image:...

  • Aquaman opens 2019 as SA’s biggest movie

    The first weekend of 2019 saw a superhero movie take the top spot of the Southern African box office. DC Comics' Aquaman spent another weekend (4 - 6 January 2019) atop the local charts according to Ster Kinekor, keeping in tune with its global success. The flick has amassed R37.3-million in the region thus far, but just below US$950-million globally, making it 46th biggest grossing movie of all time. Below DC Comics' biggest ever movie, Transformers spin-off Bumblebee places second, with Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in third position. Two remakes of timeless classics follow. Mary Poppins Returns (which is oddly enough also available...

  • 6 movies hitting South Africa’s box office in January 2019

    With a new year comes a new roster of movies set to make their big screen debuts. At the time of writing, only six movies are confirmed with launch dates in South Africa according to IMDb, but all seemingly offer something different to the discerning movie-goer. Holmes & Watson Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Kelly Macdonald. Director: Etan Cohen (Get Hard). Date: 4 January 2019. American actors dallying in British humour? What is this, 2019? Sherlock and the original good doctor must catch a criminal who plans to kill the Queen in four days, but along the way, they get pretty close to killing her...

  • 6 GIFs that sum up 2018 perfectly

    No one can deny that it has been one interesting year. From a number of crazy internet trends to the world losing icon after icon, 2018 has been a lengthy, arduous journey.  Way. To. Long.  What better way to sum it up than a healthy list of GIFs? These six say it all... In the beginning, the listeriosis outbreak had us all like: via GIPHY But who could ignore the tumultuous state global and local politics? via GIPHY We also got emotionally wrecked by Marvel Studios after the release of Avengers: Infinity War. via GIPHY And, you know. There was a Royal Wedding. (And a royal baby, no...

  • 10 Christmas and holiday playlists you can find on Spotify

    According to a few shopping malls, it's been Christmas since the beginning of October. But seriously now, we're just days away from the holiday many love. Apart from the copious amount of delicious food, and the unwrapping of gifts, another highlight of the festive period is the music. Thankfully, there's no need to keep that Boney M vinyl on repeat anymore. Now, with the likes of Spotify available in South Africa, we can now enjoy handpicked playlists until we're blue in the face. 100 Greatest Christmas Songs Ever by Topsify You may peer briefly into this list and find Michael Buble and Mariah...

  • Google brings Home Alone back to life with new ad

    Google has released an ad for its Google Assistant titled Home Alone Again, featuring the original star of the classic Christmas movie Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin returns as the adult version of Kevin McCallister, who is alone at home with only his Google Assistant for company. "The video features a modern-day Kevin, who shows us what happens when he finds that he has the house to himself, and the Google Assistant on his side," explains Google on its website. The video shows Kevin mirroring his younger self as he enjoys his alone time, while also using the Google Assistant to his advantage. "He...

  • These are the highlights from Kanye’s tweetstorm about Drake

    Kanye West has tweeted more than 120 times in the past 12 hours, as the simmering rivalry between the Chicago-born rapper and Canadian rapper Drake reignited. And yes, it's a long story. The beef itself stems from Kanye West's production involvement in Pusha T's recent album in which the latter spits acid over Drake's unannounced child with a former adult actress, and his newfound angry guy persona. In Kanye's tweetstorm, he tells Drake that he did not "tell Pusha about your son" and that he's been "trying to meet with you for 6 months". But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Kanye later...

  • Ghidorah makes Godzilla look like a gecko in new ‘King of the Monsters’ trailer

    This new flick really should've been called "Godzilla versus King Ghidorah and friends" but King of the Monsters will just have to do. Godzilla: King of the Monsters got its second and much darker trailer this week, featuring all the heavy hitters you've come to expect from an ensemble monster flick. Actually, I shouldn't call them monsters. They're titans. Gods. And they're pretty sick of the "human infection" plaguing the Earth. Mothra makes an appearance. Rodan is present too. But the real clash on screen are the two monsters mentioned on line one. Alongside the frightening and angry pixels, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger...

  • Review: Fantastic Beasts and the (cinematic) crimes of Grindelwald

    As a huge Potterhead who is well versed in everything Harry Potter, I was quite excited at the prospect of new material from J.K. Rowling in the form of Fantastic Beasts. Back then, I ignored the sensible voice at the back of my head that said “Oh no, this could go so wrong”. The first movie in this to be five-part series, which debuted in 2016, certainly satisfied the Slytherin in me. It was great to be back in the Wizarding World, which in this movie felt both familiar and brand new. The magic was still alive. But with the sequel, The Crimes...

  • See Andy Serkis play Theresa May and Gollum in this Brexit cross-over event

    Andy Serkis is a living legend. When he's not winning Oscars for becoming an emotive clump of living pixels, he's doing Theresa May impressions in the voice of Gollum and Smeagol of Lord of the Rings fame. In a video published on Sunday, the "Prime Minister" -- presumably possessed by the spirit of the disfigured and slighly evil hobbit -- receives a copy of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, a near 600-page long document that details how the UK will pull out of the EU. Serkis then begins what might be the best cross-over event in history. "We's in a nasty mess my...

  • 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,...