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TV & Movies

  • Stroomop shines on SA box office debut, The Meg dominates

    This week's Southern Africa box office chart is dominated by large bodies of water, a large prehistoric shark and Jason Statham. No surprises there, really. After South African audiences got tired of seeing The Rock jump across skyscrapers as if they were three-feet tall, The Meg has debuted in first place on the local chart. That's keep up with the international trend at present too. The film also stars Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing and a megalodon lurking in the deepest trench in the Earth's ocean. While critics have bashed the film, it has already opened to just shy of US$150-million internationally. !function(e,t,n,s){var...

  • As Patrick Stewart returns to Star Trek, we look back at the franchise’s highlights

    Last week, Sir Patrick Stewart announced his return to Star Trek at the 2018 Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. “Jean-Luc Piccard is back”, Stewart told an excited audience, getting somewhat emotional about their reaction. Stewart played Captain Piccard in Star Trek: The Next Generation back in the 1980s. The show went on to be a huge success, inspiring many popular memes in the 21st century. Since the announcement of an expanding Star Trek universe and the return of one of its much loved characters, Google search trends showed a 150% increase in Star Trek related searches online. If you’re one of...

  • Undecided? Here’s how to find something to watch on Netflix

    If you ever visit Netflix and feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content, don't worry, we do too. In fact, just the other day, I took the best part of half an hour to find something to watch. After finishing The Good Place, I was saving the best of Brooklyn Nine-Nine for my sad nights, and didn't feel happy enough to watch BoJack Horseman. So what did I do? I just opened YouTube instead. But for those who have more will power than I do, how can you find something to watch without forcing yourself to find something else to...

  • Neill Blomkamp to direct new ‘RoboCop’ sequel

    If you loved District 9 and Elysium, and also happen to be a fan of 1980s cyborg policemen, you're going to love today's news. South African born director Neill Blomkamp will be directing a new RoboCop film, according to an MGM Studios' tweet. "Very excited about this," tweeted Blomkamp, confirming the news on his own Twitter account late Wednesday. Very excited about this https://t.co/0R38DzSXp5— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) July 11, 2018 Terminator co-writer Justin Rhodes and original RoboCop creators Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are also working on the project. Speaking to Deadline in an exclusive, Blomkamp seems into it too, and is concentrated on...

  • SuperSport channels will be open to all on DStv for limited period

    DStv has today announced that all subscribers -- regardless of their selected package -- will receive the "full complement" of SuperSport channels to view from 13 July for no additional charge. The company announced Wednesday its plans to introduce "SuperSport open time" and open access to the 13 channels for a limited period. This includes SS1 through to SS12, as well as the 24-hour news channel Blitz. "Sport has a beautiful way of uniting friends and families, and sometimes even strangers. This is our way of thanking our customers for their support," said Multichoice CEO Calvo Mawela. During this period, users can also stream...

  • Avengers: Infinity War is now SA’s second highest grossing film

    Avengers: Infinity War is now the second highest grossing film in South Africa's history. According to Disney South Africa, the flick made R73-million locally, with more than 870 000 attendances at cinemas across the country. Notably, the film has also done extremely well in West and East, Disney South Africa states. "Avengers: Infinity War has also raked in a total of Kes 66.9m in East Africa, making it the 2nd highest grossing film of all time behind Black Panther," the company writes in a press release. "Similarly, in West Africa, the film hit N450m at the box office, making it the 2nd highest...

  • The Incredibles 2 kicks Jurassic World from SA Box Office top spot

    Superhero movies are all the rage in 2018, but the flick topping this week's SA box office doesn't have any Chris Pratt, Ryan Reynolds or Avengers stars in it. Instead, they're all adorable pixels from Pixar, voiced by the likes of Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson. In its debut week, The Incredibles 2 has wrestled top spot away from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, who itself dislodged third place Deadpool 2 two weeks back. Critics' reception of the Pixar sequel some 14 years in the making is positive too, with a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes at present (still 3% shy from the...

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ends Deadpool 2’s SA box office reign

    Say goodbye to Marvel's dominance of SA's box office charts in 2018, and usher in our new dinosaur overlords. Displacing Deadpool 2 from this past weekend's top spot (8 - 10 June) is the Chris Pratt-starring Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Although receiving a lukewarm response from critics, at least according to its prequel, the film has since made more than US$151-million globally. Ryan Reynolds is still fending off Breaking In from second spot, with Sherlock Gnomes climbing one spot to fourth place. Avengers: Infinity War is still the SA box office's biggest grosser, albeit in fifth. It has since made more than...

  • Wreck-It Ralph 2 is Disney’s most ambitious crossover event of the year

    Stand back planet Earth, because Disney's about to release its own Emoji Movie. This is at least according to commenters on Wreck-It Ralph 2's second trailer. Officially known as Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the flick will see our eponymous large-handed but lovable brute and princess Vanellope von Schweetz venture beyond the confines of their arcade. Here they'll run into Twitter, Facebook, and a wad of other Disney intellectual properties on a mission to find a replacement part for the broken Sugar Rush arcade machine. Commentary on social hierarchies, self-memes and intelligent meta-jokes are all sneaked in thanks to Rich...

  • Deadpool 2 spends third week above Avengers: Infinity War in SA movie chart

    It looks like Marvel has a new hit movie series on its hands. If indications of the first Deadpool's success wasn't enough, the sequel has now topped the Southern African movie charts for the third weekend running. According to Ster-Kinekor data, Deadpool 2 hasn't yet usurped Avengers: Infinity War's local earnings just yet, even if it has made some US$600-million globally. The showpiece of the MCU has racked up just under R70-million locally since its debut on the chart nearly two months ago. It however remains Southern Africa's second most popular movie. Deadpool 2 movie review: cleaning up the timeline If you thought...

  • Deadpool 2 movie review: cleaning up the timeline

    If you thought 2016's Deadpool was a tad too short and lacked a stocky cast list, you'll smile wryly at its sequel. Deadpool 2 has seen some of the more annoying marketing antics in the lead up to a movie for quite some time, but thankfully the film lives up to its predecessor's hilarious hype. Ryan Reynolds reprises the role he was made for, bringing to life a character usually maligned for crass, sexual humour with deft moments of sweeping emotion. He remains a smart cracking wise ass loaded with pop culture quips and a love for Barbra Striesand, sure,...

  • Avengers bids Black Panther farewell from SA’s weekend movie chart

    After spending more than three months perched on its upper slopes, Black Panther has finally said its goodbyes to Southern Africa's movie charts. The film, after grossing more than R106-million at the box office, finally tumbled off the chart from last week's seventh spot. But don't fret Marvel fans; Avengers: Infinity War is spending its third weekend (11-13 May 2018) at the top of the charts. It has already grossed more than R60-million. Not only tasked with defending those infinity stones, the flick also guards the top spot from fart-joke laden animated comedy Sherlock Gnomes debuting in second place. It, in...

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine is cancelled, and I don’t feel so good

    This is proof that everything you'll ever love will die, at least when it's in the hands of Fox. The company on Thursday cancelled hit cop comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, after just five seasons. Not noice. Not smort. In fact, most of the internet is pretty upset too. Fans of the show took to Twitter lamenting the decision, and celebrating the show's values. WE ARE NOT GIVING UP!!!! #saveb99 — Elephant Lover 🐘🐘🐘 (@JillMorrison4) May 10, 2018 YOU'RE TELLING ME THEY CANCELLED ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS THAT HAD AN AMAZING DIVERSE CAST AMD INCLUDED SO MANY ACTUAL TOPICS GOT CANCELLED BUT TBBT STILL...

  • 13 Reasons Why gets updated help material, a second season trailer

    13 Reasons Why replaces cassette disks for polaroids in its latest season two trailer. Set to debut on 18 May, the sophomore trailer picks up where the first season left off... Just when you thought you've had a dark enough taste of adolescent grief. Lasting for around two minutes, the trailer features an ambulance, guns, graffiti of "rapist" on Bryce's locker, and a picture discovered by Clay that reads: "Hannah wasn't the only one". There's also seven additional cast members set to join the series. You can spot a few in the trailer below. To accompany the season trailer, Netflix has also promised...

  • We saw Avengers: Infinity War and here’s what we can tell you

    Avengers: Infinity War is out, and you're giddy. We get it. You should be. You also probably have questions, tons of questions. But thankfully, we have the answers to most of them. Trust us, we're still trying to wrap our heads around this one. Without turning Disney's latest money grabber into a spoiler-spoiled Apple launch, we answer the things you're too shy to ask or just have to know before hitting the cinemas come Friday. Everyone, please remain quiet as Thanos enters stage left. Who is Thanos? If you hadn't heard or felt those footsteps, Thanos is a supreme being with a concrete mission:...