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TV & Movies

  • Everyone is making fun of the Han Solo movie title

    It's inevitable that if you drag something out long enough and don't deliver the goods, people are going to be left unsatisfied -- and that's just what director Ron Howard did when he revealed the title of the standalone Han Solo film. Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017 Solo: A Star Wars Film is not only a very anticlimactic title, but it was also guessed by fans months ago when they found pictures of the crew's merchandise. I guess those #SOLO crew shirts that popped up online in June WERE real, just the logo design was very...

  • SA’s box office: Blade Runner 2049, and some movie facts

    You know that relatable feeling where you have to write about something because it's a series and a thing you do every week but this week there's legitimately nothing to say and you have no idea how you're going to hit that word count so your editor will feel okay publishing your story? Same. This week at South Africa's box office nothing happened. Sure, Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle jumped one up to two as Emoji Movie dropped to three, and, sure, The Snowman opened in fourth, and maybe Victoria & Abdul hopped one up to ninth, but other than that? Nothing remotely exciting. So instead here are some "fun" facts...

  • 7 found-footage horrors to watch on Halloween

    With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to brave the terrifying landscape of “found-footage” horror films so that you, the reader, can truly learn what fear is. If you have the desire for a terror-filled All Hallows’ Eve, or just like soiling yourself in the general pants area, this piece has been specially tailored for you. This article contains vivid description of violence, pure evil, and unfathomable insanity. Please enjoy. Disclaimer: One of the entries in this article has been removed due to the unprincipled practices used in the film's production. The Blair Witch Project The Blair Witch Project tells the story of...

  • Netflix announces pricing in rand for South Africa [Update]

    Update, 18 October 2017: Netflix has since clarified the pricing in an interview with Memeburn, saying that they are indeed transitioning to local currency. "We're working on it. It should come... hopefully very shortly," the company's Yann Lafargue said. "With Kwese... we have it in rands..." But are the below prices accurate then? We posed this to the representative during a separate roundtable discussion. "I don't know, we have to check." Original article: Streaming colossus Netflix has quietly confirmed pricing in South African rand for its offering. The company traditionally offers three subscription tiers, in the form of a US$7.99 tier, US$9.99 category and...

  • Last week in trailers: Stranger Things, Star Wars & more

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi had its official trailer release last week, and no major blockbusters were willing to compete with that screen time. The result? A week of smaller trailers that may not have the budget, but may just have the heart. Here they are. Star Wars: The Last Jedi I'm adding Star Wars: The Last Jedi here for formalities, because I'm sure the majority of people who wanted to see it already have -- but, hey, one more time can't hurt. As a recap: Luke is afraid of Rey, who has no idea where she belongs. Maybe with Kylo Ren? Maybe not. The Last Jedi is out in SA on...

  • Twitter suspends Rose McGowan after speaking against Weinstein Co.

    Actress Rose McGowan, who has been using her Twitter account to speak out against Hollywood production studio The Weinstein Company, has had her account temporarily disabled. TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:19pm PDT Last week, The New York Times revealed that powerful producer Harvey Weinstein had been paying off sexual harassment accusers for decades. Rose McGowan was one of the first women to disclose that she had signed a settlement with Weinstein after an "episode in a hotel room" in 1997, and has been using...

  • [Watch] Star Wars: The Last Jedi official trailer is here

    The Star Wars franchise may be going through some trials of will and creative differences, but it's time to brush that all aside so we can revel in the sheer coolness of the what is to be The Last Jedi. It's finally here: the much-anticipated trailer for the sequel to The Force Awakens -- the blockbuster that brought in over US$2-billion for Disney's Lucasfilms. It's currently the highest-grossing Star Wars film (and the third highest-grossing film of all time) -- but all that could change come December. Be warned: Director Rian Johnson has suggested that "if you want to in clean, absolutely avoid ". I a legitimately torn....

  • SA’s box office: Blade Runner 2049 tops charts, but is it enough?

    Blade Runner 2049 has crashed into the top of South African box office charts this weekend, but it doesn't seem enough for the blockbuster. Despite raking in rave reviews -- Rolling Stone called it an "instant classic" -- the film has not pulled in the opening weekend it expected. Many predicted the long-awaited sequel would make around US$45-million in the US, but after a disappointing opening weekend, Blade Runner 2049 only managed US$31.5-million. Its production budget sits around US$150-million. But what about the rest of the chart this weekend? (6 - 8 October) The Emoji Movie has defied gravity (and Pennywise the Clown) to jump up from third spot to second, forcing last week's number...

  • Last week in trailers: Justice League, Pacific Rim & more

    There's a massive list of major films that were promoted last week: from super-hyped franchises and serious Oscar contenders to trashy movies that know exactly what they are. Here's the list. Justice League Justice League is still pretending that Superman is dead despite the fact that everyone saw the dust rise off his coffin in Batman v Superman. There are some theories as to why they're upholding the ruse, and my favourite is that Superman is the villain of this film. Scandalous, I know. Also revealed in the trailer is a super hunky Aquaman, a bantering The Flash, and a life-saving Cyborg -- all gearing up to save the...

  • 5 things I’d like to see in the Bob’s Burgers movie

    The beloved cartoon Bob's Burgers is getting a movie in 2020 and it should prove as ridiculous as the eight-season-long show. It's too early to get an idea of the film's plot yet, but creator Loren Bouchard said: "We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show." He's right, but it got me thinking: what are the itches I want scratched with this movie? So I made a list. A musical number There is nothing more quintessential Bob's Burgers than a well-written, poorly-performed musical number...

  • Lifetime Oscar Pistorius movie ‘horrifies’ Steenkamp family and South Africa

    A trailer for the upcoming Lifetime film Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer has been released, and it seems neither the Steenkamps nor the Pistorius family were aware of its existence. The film will ostensibly tell of the events leading up to the fateful shooting on Valentine's Day 2013, when Paralympic athlete Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. It will also cover the subsequent trials -- though whether the film ends at the first conviction of manslaughter or the second of murder remains yet to be seen. The Steenkamp family has issued a statement that they are "horrified" the filmmakers said it would tell the side...

  • SA’s box office: Kingsman 2 crowned no.1

    The much-anticipated Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle has unsurprisingly opened in top spot this weekend, pushing The Emoji Movie down from its one-week stint at number one. The "proper spy movie" has received lukewarm reviews -- levelling at exactly 50% on Rotten Tomatoes -- but the refreshing, fun-loving nostalgia of the first film has been enough to tide this sequel over. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (29 September - 1 October) Last week's champion The Emoji Movie couldn't hold on to the novelty of being a new kids movie for long and, in the battle against uber-hyped It, it stumbled. The animation fell two spots down to...

  • Last week in trailers: Natalie Portman, Owen Wilson, and is that John Travolta?

    If you were expecting an Avengers: Infinity War trailer this week, then you clearly don't follow TrailerTrack on Twitter, which was doing its utmost to let people know that Marvel was never going to let that happen. The account was right, and so I cannot offer you any Iron Man or Captain America goodness this week. But I can give you this list in the hopes that you give it the chance it deserves. Annihilation Annihilation is the latest work from the creator of Ex Machina (2015), and it seems like another eerie take on science fiction and horror. The film is based on Jeff VanderMeer's eponymous novel about a mysterious organisation...

  • 4 reasons people are wary of JJ Abrams’ Your Name remake

    There are spoilers for Your Name in this article (though they are hinted at in the trailer). Proceed with caution. It was announced yesterday that JJ Abrams -- known for the likes of Lost, Star Trek, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- will be turning Your Name, the highest-grossing anime ever, into a live action film. The critically-acclaimed anime tells the story of two teenagers from separate parts of Japan who find they have the ability swap bodies -- and it is not only emotionally captivating, but visually spectacular to boot. There's no question to why Abrams -- with his fascination with complex narratives and an excessive amount of lens flares...

  • 5 Netflix exclusives coming to South Africa this October

    It's almost October, which means longer days, hayfever, and an existential dread at how quickly time passes. But it also means spooky scary series on Netflix, so, hey, at least there's that to look forward to. Here's just five of the exclusives heading our way this month. 6 October: The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson Kicking off the month on the first Friday is The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson -- a documentary about the legendary trans woman oft credited for igniting the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Johnson was an outspoken activist for many major LGBT+ issues before she was found dead in the Hudson River after...