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TV & Movies

  • Trailer: Tom Hardy is Venom in ferocious first look

    There's a feast of Marvel news flooding the internet this week, and we start off with pure hype. Evil, troubled hype. The official trailer for Venom just dropped. Yes, that's right. And you're going to want to sit down for this. Unveiled at Las Vegas's CinemaCon on Tuesday, Tom Hardy plays a tough journalist dealing with a new noisy neighbour. But, you know, except, the neighbour's actually inside him. Venom has long since been one of Marvel's more troubling antiheroes, and who better to play it than Hardy? Also starring in the extended trailer is Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea) and Riz...

  • Trailer: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s fun to fright ratio is just right

    Everyone thought a Jurassic Park reboot was a daft idea. Okay, not everyone, mainly just me. But the series has evolved into a remarkable money maker, and a notable highlight on the release roster. That could also ring true for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The sequel to Jurassic World still stars dinosaur whisperer Chris Pratt as he's brought in to betray the dinosaurs on behalf of evil suit-clad bean counters. Blue reprises her role as last remaining and most adorable raptor, while Bryce Dallas Howard also rejoins the cast. The trailer itself strikes a comfortable balance between frightening, funny and frivolous, with...

  • Catching Feelings is debuting globally on Netflix in May

    South African comedy Catching Feelings debuted in cinemas last month, and it did fairly well for a local film at the box office. But for those who don't enjoy cinemas, you can soon watch the flick on your own television. Netflix South Africa today announced that the flick, directed by Kagiso Lediga (Wonder Boy for President) and stars Pearl Thusi, is heading to the streaming service. It's the first SA film to feature on Netflix too. "Catching Feelings is a dark romantic comedy drama which "follows a jaded academic and his journalist wife, who have their lives turned upside down when a celebrated...

  • These are the 12 Disney shows Netflix South Africa added today

    Disney may be planning its own streaming service for 2019, but for now, Netflix still stocks some of the company's content. Today, it announced that 12 new Disney shows -- for kids and adults -- are now available to stream in South Africa. A few highlights include Phineas and Ferb's first four seasons, Gravity Falls' seasons one and two, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars' first two seasons as well. In addition, kids can annoy their parents with Sofia The First's second and third seasons, and Doc McStuffins' first three seasons. (Because, as we sit at our desks watching that clock...

  • SA’s box office: Lara Croft raids Jumanji’s tomb

    This week's SA box office report is significant. For one, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is finally out of the top ten. And secondly, Tomb Raider made its debut. The remake of the classic Angelina Jolie-starring video game adaptation swings into second place, behind the rock of Wakanda, Black Panther. The Ryan Coogler flick spends its fifth week at number one. But which other movies made an impact this weekend? (16 - 18 March) Last week's runner up Death Wish falls two places, relegated by Tomb Raider and Gnome Alone. Game Night is back up to fifth place after falling one spot last...

  • SA’s box office: Catching Feelings debuts as Black Panther breaks R70m mark

    Wakanda is still the best place to live this week, after Black Panther enjoyed another dominant weekend on top of the Southern African box office. Now breaking the R70-million mark at the box office, the flick was only threatened by Bruce Willis' new entry to the chart, Death Wish. But how did other movies fare this past weekend? (9 - 11 March 2018) Fifty Shades Freed fell one spot to third place, while Gnome Alone (third) also lost ground after Death Wish's debut. Red Sparrow remained in fifth place, but Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri -- buoyed by its Oscar wins -- was...

  • Enjoy (or don’t) A Series of Unfortunate Events’ season 2 trailer

    If you're into creepy surrealism, Neil Patrick Harris totally being himself, and crabs... lots and lots of crabs, the second season trailer of A Series of Unfortunate Events is for you. Not as weird as Count Olaf's fourth-wall breaking announcement trailer, this particular reel reminds everyone how terrible everyone in this universe is. Except Sunny, of course. She's delightful. The forthcoming airing follows the original ten episodes from the show's debut season, which tells the story of of the Baudelaire orphans and their toils with their evil uncle Olaf (the one with the good hair). Season one received notable critical acclaim, currently sitting...

  • Netflix could make ‘Keeping Up With The Obamas’ a reality

    Former US President Barack Obama is reportedly in talks with Netflix over a show production deal which could see one of the most influential figures on social media make his production bow on streaming media. According to the New York Times exclusive, "Netflix would pay Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service." No one's quite sure what format these show(s) will take yet -- whether it'll be something akin to Keeping Up With The Obamas, or simply a documentary series about the Obama Administration and his Obama family during this...

  • SA’s box office: Gnomes, games and sparrows finally kill Jumanji

    This week's Southern African weekend box office report saw three distinct trends. There were the movers, the new entries, and the top two. Notably, Jumanji wasn't among the latter. Instead, the Dwayne Johnson flick which made over R61-million at the box office throughout its prosperous life is finally dying. It drops three places this week from third to sixth. Joining it is Tad, The Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (*breathe*), Oscar-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Raaiselkind. All three drop three spots to make room for this week's new entries. Those new entries are led by Gnome Alone...

  • Black Mirror is getting a fifth season

    Netflix original Black Mirror has been renewed for a fifth season, confirmed this week through a cryptic tweet -- the only applicable way, it seems. "The future will be brighter than ever," the post reads, compelte with a video of scenes from 12 previous episodes displayed on 12 different screens reminiscent of the Architect scene from The Matrix. The future will be brighter than ever. pic.twitter.com/slVeg3VPd7 — Black Mirror (@blackmirror) March 5, 2018 Odd? Yes. Typically Black Mirror? Absolutely. Me trying to figure out what this might be implying pic.twitter.com/FHHatDLjTl — Noah Clement (@Rocky_BalNoah) March 5, 2018 But what does it mean? Perhaps season five would tie...

  • The Shape of Water bested by Get Out, Dunkirk on Google Search

    The internet and the big arts academies of the world don't always agree. We've seen this with the Grammys this year, and now the Oscars may have just joined in. Judging by Google Trends data taken from across the world for the past 12 months, the internet's most popular films don't have as much "fish porn" as this year's Best Picture winner. (Also, don't worry, that link is SFW.) "The most popular among all Best Picture Oscar nominees in the US this year was, without a doubt, Get Out," Google explains. "In much of the world, however, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk proved to...

  • These are your 2018 Oscar winners in 15 tweet-sized snippets

    If you stayed up all night to catch the 90th edition of the Oscars, congratulations, you deserve that coffee. If not (like me), then don't fret. Someone, somewhere wrote all the winners down for people like you (us). So who won what exactly? We take a look at the 2018 Oscar winners, and arrange them in convenient tweet-sized snippets for use on social media. Enjoy! Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk picked up both Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing on the night. The Best Visual Effects nod was given to Blade Runner 2049, beating Guardians Vol. 2, The Last Jedi, War for the...

  • Meet Triggerfish: Cape Town’s Oscar-nominated animation studio

    Thirty-five minutes outside Cape Town's CBD lies an unobtrusive farmhouse nestled beneath the Constantiaberg. A decade ago, it housed old-fashioned horse-drawn carriages and 19th century farming equipment. Now, the white walls and thatched roofs are home to Triggerfish, one of South Africa's leading animation studios. Triggerfish was founded in 1996 with a focus on stop-motion commercials. But demand died down, and so too did business. By 2005, Triggerfish lay dormant. Mike Buckland, the studio's head of production, joined in 2007 to help refocus the studio on computer-generated imagery (CGI). An unobtrusive farmhouse is home to the team that may win South...

  • Why is South Africa not watching South African movies?

    You hear it all the time (at least in the hipster parts of Cape Town): support local. Wear locally-made clothes, buy fruit and veg from your local vendors. Whether these efforts are helping is unclear, but one area it isn't? Local film. Hollywood struggled last year with its worst summer season in over a decade. But it's not just US films that are failing to reach an audience -- South African ones are too. Last year, the 24 South African films released in cinemas accumulated R44.5-million altogether. To put that into perspective, Despicable Me 3 made R46-million by itself. Fast and...

  • SA’s box office: this week was boring so I made stuff up

    The box office this week was really boring. Barely anything changed. The top four is exactly the same as last week, and the bottom six moved just enough to make you go "huh" and then walk away. "This week is very boring," I told my editor, Andy, when I realised. "Make something up," he said. So here's the box office charts I just made up. (23 - 25 February) Black Panther is still at the top, Fifty Shades is still in second, Jumanji is still in third. You get it Black Panther is in top spot for the three hundredth week in a row. The...