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Geek Culture

  • What’s hot and spooky on Netflix and Showmax this October?

    We know. Finding something to watch on streaming services is a nightmare (and even more so as an undead ghoul). The likes of Netflix and Showmax give users a wealth of choices, but picking the ripest apple (or deepest grave) is always a case of turning over the entire basket. But fear not, because we’re taking a look at the new content coming to South Africa’s streaming platforms in October: Halloween edition. Starting with… What’s on Netflix in October? Big Mouth S2 Available from 3 October 2018. If you thought the first season of Big Mouth was horrifically awkward, we challenge you to watch this...

  • This ‘Kingsman’ star is playing Elton John in 2019’s Rocketman

    Taron Egerton, the lead character in the Kingsman franchise, will be playing Sir Elton John in Rocketman -- an upcoming musical about the icon’s life. Paramount Pictures posted the first official photo of Egerton in character on its Twitter account saying, “an epic musical fantasy. An uncensored human story”. An epic musical fantasy. An uncensored human story. @TaronEgerton stars as Sir Elton John in @RocketmanMovie, in theatres Summer 2019. #Rocketman pic.twitter.com/m9QyDXQyTp — Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) September 28, 2018 Does Egerton suit the role? Can he sing? Guess we’ll have to wait until mid-2019 to find out, but Twitter endorsed the decision. Taron looks almost...

  • Watch a kayaker get slapped in the face by an octopus-wielding seal

    They say practically every animal is designed to kill things -- including humans -- in Australasia. A recent viral Instagram post proves this theory. In a video captured off the coast of New Zealand, a kayaker was slapped in the face by a hungry seal attempting to kill a desperate octopus. Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. "Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right," wrote Kyle Mulinder on his Instagram post. "After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew...

  • DStv Mobile will be killed on 31 October

    DStv Mobile will be killed on 31 October 2018. In an announcement on satellite TV provider's website, it claimed that running the service is no longer feasible. DStv Mobile -- used for receiving DStv packages on mobile devices like the Walka -- has been around for eight years and runs on a digital video broadcasting format that the company believes is obsolete. “Even better service can be offered to our customers on DStv Now via the internet and WiFi,” it admitted. To compensate those who use the mobile service, DStv has already stopped billing customers for September, insurance included. “This applies to customers...

  • Captain Marvel rediscovers her past in the movie’s first trailer

    When was the last time you saw non-pirate Nick Fury? Is Captain Marvel auditioning for the next Spider-Man movie? How on Earth is Captain Marvel going to fit into the larger cinematic universe? All this and more was answered in Marvel's first Captain Marvel trailer, which debuted on Tuesday. The trailer, which provides little backstory and lots of hype, largely explores the notion that Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) thinks she had a life on Earth. The trailer's framed around this idea, with Danvers seemingly exploring her own origin story in the upcoming flick. This, for all intents and purposes, would be...

  • Video: Hey Cape Town, it’s officially snowing on Table Mountain right now

    Well, here's something you don't see often, let alone in September. On Wednesday morning, the Table Mountain Cableway on Instagram reported that snow had begun falling at the Upper Station near the mountain's summit. A video was also included for non-believers, and those experiencing immense FOMO. "Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing," the company wrote in the post, published around 11am Wednesday. View this post on Instagram Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing 😎 A post shared by...

  • Watch: Typhoon Mangkhut wreaks havoc in Hong Kong

    Last week, at least seven cyclonic storms were active in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. While all the news focused on Hurricane Florence which clattered into the US east coast, fiercest storm was making landfall just south of Hong Kong. When Super Typhoon Mangkhut finally struck China, it lashed Hong Kong with 180km/h wind and driving rain. Can't quite wrap your head around that number? That's more than enough power to rip a crane from a building in Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong. Scaffolding collapse at a building site in Kowloon pic.twitter.com/O69ILlXOJr — 高地柏啲 (香港) (@HighlandPaddyHK) September 16, 2018 This video was viewed over 1.4-million...

  • Cape Town’s the real star of Apple’s Watch Series 4 ad

    Apple may have been trying to showcase its new Apple Watch Series 4, but its one filming location in particular glimpsed within its new ad that piqued our interest. With "Hokey Pokey" playing in the background, the ad tracks the daily movement of people across the world, all doing what they seemingly love. However, if you look at little closer, you may spot a Table Mountain or two. A large portion of the advertisement was filmed in Cape Town. Bo-Kaap, the CBD, the Atlanic Seaboard, Hout Bay, and Camps Bay beach are all visible in the heavily-cut 60 second clip. "Apple Watch has...

  • People are already trolling Apple over the iPhone’s new names

    Apple may as well have launched an iPhone XD, because the internet's heaping the hilarious hot takes on the company's new smartphone names. Leaked earlier today through its own website, Cupertino's three new phones will be called the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. Fans aren't warming to them. It’s official, iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR. I’ll get use to it, but those are awful names. — Michael Kukielka (@DetroitBORG) September 12, 2018 "XS MAX, I keep seeing 'EXCESS MAX.' It sounds a new Pepsi Beverage," wrote one Twitter user. "XrR sounds like a new model from Mazda." XS MAX, I...

  • Donald Trump’s fist pump before 9/11 memorial has gone viral

    A picture of US President Donald Trump fist-pumping supporters on his way to a 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania has gone viral. Although a full length video of the President acknowledging supporters doesn't seem out of character for the exuberant 72-year-old, a still of the moment, captured by AP photographer Evan Vucci, is far less flattering. President Donald Trump does double fist pump on way to a 9/11 event in Shanksville. #September11th pic.twitter.com/5ydGQ34LEv — Circa (@Circa) September 11, 2018 On Tuesday, as America observed the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Trump, his wife Melania and security detail were pictured at an airfield apron. The...

  • 11 songs from Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ hit Billboard Hot 100 chart

    Practically every track bar two interludes on Eminem's Kamikaze have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Released at the end of August to everyone's surprise, Kamikaze has also claimed the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, giving Em his ninth in that regard. Notably though, the album has sold more than 400 000 equivalent album units to date, while two tracks feature in the top 10 of the Hot 100. These are, unsurprisingly, "Lucky You" and "The Ringer" -- two tracks Eminem uses to call out a slew of other rappers, journalists and the US presidency. Of course. Eminem...

  • Cardi B hurls shoes at Nicki Minaj during New York Fashion Week party

    Nicki Minaj and Cardi B reportedly traded blows at a party during New York Fashion Week. The rappers, who have enjoyed an ongoing mutual dislike, were involved in a heated exchange on Friday night. "Cardi and Nicki both showed up at the Harper's Bazaar's bash. Nicki was with her crew at a table, when Cardi 'aggressively approached the table' ... this according to eyewitnesses," TMZ reported. "We're told Cardi said, 'Let me tell you something' ... as she lunged toward Nicki, but security stopped her inches from contact." If that wasn't enough, Cardi B also reportedly hurled her shoes at Nicki Minaj. Footage of...

  • Hozier releases new music after four-year break

    Hozier, who brought us "Take Me To Church", is back with another EP, his first in four years in fact. Released on Thursday, Nina Cried Power is a four song EP of signature folk, soul, rock, rhythm and blues. Fans waited eagerly for the release and were not disappointed, with many calling it a spiritual experience. everybody say thank u hozier — julia (@tngjulia) September 6, 2018 holy shit, @hozier, dude, this new EP is unreal. chills, pure and simple. everyone go and listen to Nina Cried Power immediately! — 🌸 happy beeps 🌸 (@RobHand) September 6, 2018 @Hozier has walked out of the woods and...

  • Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel stars on Entertainment Weekly cover

    Entertainment Weekly has exclusively revealed the first images of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in the upcoming eponymous flick. Many expected a teaser trailer after the actress's cryptic tweet published yesterday. “Hey @EW I’m bored. Wanna break the Internet tomorrow?" she slyly wrote. Hey @EW I’m bored. Wanna break the Internet tomorrow? — Brie Larson (@brielarson) September 5, 2018 Instead of a trailer though, EW’s latest cover features Captain Marvel along with several images and a feature-story on the character. After Marvel ripped the hearts and souls out of everyone with Avengers: Infinity War, fans have been eager to know more about the superhero that...

  • What’s on Netflix and Showmax this September?

    We know. Finding something to watch on streaming services is a nightmare. The likes of Netflix and Showmax give users a wealth of choices, but picking the ripest apple is always a case of turning over the entire basket. But fear not, because we're taking a look at the new content coming to South Africa's streaming platforms in September. Starting with... What's on Netflix in September? Bojack Horseman: S5 Available from 14 September 2018. If the fourth season of animation's most depressing series didn't hit you in the feels, the fifth one promises tears and more. In season five, Bojack and Princess Carolyn team up...