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TV & Movies

  • Disney wants to undercut Netflix’s price ahead of 2019’s streaming war

    If you feel that Netflix charges users a bit too much for its streaming content, don't worry, Disney's CEO thinks so too. Quoted by MarketWatch, Disney CEO Robert Iger said that the company's streaming service, set to debut in 2019, will be available at a "substantially" lower price point than its soon-to-be rival. "I can say that our plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below where Netflix is," he told the publication. "That is in part reflective of the fact that we'll have substantially less volume." Netflix's base price in the US is currently US$7.99. Announced in August 2017 after purchasing...

  • mother! movie review: antagonising, violent, nauseating

    Stepping into the cinema for Darren Aronofsky's mother!, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I had heard that audiences hated it. I had heard about the intense violence, and I had even postulated to myself on what these heinous acts might be. I was giddy to finally learn -- after months of avoiding spoilers -- what made this film so spectacularly unwatchable. I was an idiot. mother! is a violent and nauseating film that regards its own viewers as sheep who need to experience trauma to understand their own evil. It begs them to empathise, then rips that...

  • Sexual assault accused Bryan Singer deletes Twitter, online articles removed

    The Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer -- who also helmed most of the X-Men films -- has, in three lawsuits, been accused of sexual assault since 1997. Two of these suits included sexual misconduct against minors. Now, as the Harvey Weinstein scandal opens the floodgates of sexual assault accusations in Hollywood, Singer has deleted his Twitter account, and articles about his alleged misconduct have disappeared online. When the Weinstein story broke, Singer's name was flung around as many wondered if he, too, would feel the wrath of of victims stepping forward. This discussion was brought on by a disappointment with the way Singer's suits had ended. The first, in 1997,...

  • A list of Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct accusers so far

    Amid mass claims of sexual misconduct actor Kevin Spacey has been "suspended" from House of Cards (he's essentially fired), and his film All the Money in the World is reportedly being held from awards circuits. According to reps, Spacey is undergoing "evaluation and treatment" -- but for what, exactly? These are the accusations levelled against the Oscar winner so far. Anthony Rapp Claim: Climbed on him as a minor Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp was the first to speak out about Spacey's unwanted sexual advances. Rapp told Buzzfeed News that in 1986, when he was 14 and Spacey 26, the older actor picked him up, dropped him on a bed,...

  • Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard and the web’s insistence on sexualising kids

    If you were on the internet during Harry Potter's prime, you may know that, among the children developing crushes on Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, were adults eagerly and openly counting down to when the young stars would reach the legal age of consent. The same can be said for Hillary Duff, the Olsen twins, Lindsay Lohan. And today, over a decade after those stars aged into consenting human beings, the Stranger Things kids are enduring more of the same. On 30 October, 27-year-old model Ali Michael posted to her Instagram story that 14-year-old actor Finn Wolfhard should contact her in...

  • Last week in trailers: Star Wars and furries and voyeurs, oh my!

    Here's what you missed on Glee. Star Wars: The Last Jedi There's not too much new in the latest international Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, but there is one moment of nostalgia you may want to indulge now or avoid until you're in the cinema. Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits SA theatres 15 December. Downsizing Here's another trailer you may want to avoid for fear of spoilers. A major plot point that was hinted at in the first trailer of Downsizing is now explicitly shown in the second, and the YouTube comment section isn't pleased. Starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, and Hong Chau, Downsizing is about a future...

  • 4 things to watch on Netflix in South Africa this November

    Summer is upon us, but that doesn't mean we should neglect that which kept us warm in the winter. So if the novelty of beach days wears off and you feel yourself losing steam, here's all the new Netflix content you can catch up on while you gear up for more. 3 November: Alias Grace After the massive success of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, Netflix is releasing its own Margaret Atwood series Alias Grace. The story follows the domestic servant Grace Marks who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the murders of their employeer and his housekeeper in 1843. Marks was sentenced...

  • SA’s box office: Thor RagnaROCKS

    Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok has hammered itself home into top spot this weekend, which is Loki a great opener for Marvel. Actually it's pretty high-key, but I wanted to make a Hela good pun. Bet you never Thor that one coming. Okay, I'm done. Let's see how other films did this weekend. (27 -29 October) Last week's number one, Geostorm, held strong in second place despite its terrible US run. Though the disaster film may have been panned by its own people, international markets like China, Russia, and Mexico helped it make back its production budget. In third place is newcomer The Jungle Bunch, an animated film about personified...

  • ‘House of Cards’ cancelled after Kevin Spacey sexual misconduct allegations

    Netflix's House of Cards will end with next year's sixth season after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances on him when he was 14 and Spacey 26. The political thriller had been naturally nearing its end, and Deadline reports that Netflix and producers Media Rights Capital were already in talks to cancel it "a while ago". "In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported," the companies wrote in a joint statement. "As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is...

  • Last week in trailers: Say goodbye to Daniel Day-Lewis, your sanity

    Stranger Things came out last Friday, so I'll forgive you for missing out on any other pop culture phenomena as you got caught up before the web unwittingly spoiled you. But if you're finally coming out of your cave (and are doing just fine) after a weekend holed up in Hawkins, Indiana then here's what you missed in the world of Hollywood trailers. Spoiler alert: there's a whole lot of psychological thrillers that will never pass the Bechdel Test. Phantom Thread Just when you though Gary Oldman's performance in The Darkest Hour was a shoe-in for Best Actor at the Oscars, Daniel Day-Lewis shows up in his last-ever...

  • Kevin Spacey responds to sexual misconduct allegations, comes out

    Actor Anthony Rapp (Rent, Star Trek: Discovery) has accused Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, House of Cards) of making sexual advances on him when he was 14 years old in 1986 -- and the Academy Award winner has responded by denying memory of the incident, and coming out as attracted to men. Rapp told BuzzFeed News that, after a party, Spacey -- then 26 -- drunkenly picked him up, escorted him to bed, and lay on top of him. Rapp was able to escape his grasp and flee the scene. He said he has since come forward after being empowered by the women speaking out against Hollywood...

  • Thor: Ragnarok review: Not Like Other Superhero Movies

    As films set in the DC Universe take themselves ever more seriously, Marvel is taking risks in the other direction. DC's Batman v Superman tried to convince us that the word "Martha" was a dramatic plot point; Spider-Man: Homecoming spent a lot of its time joking about how silly its teen protagonists are. Wonder Woman, while lightest in tone for DC, maintained the dark atmosphere that's so far characterised this Justice League; Thor: Ragnarok has no trouble stealing laughs for a high-pitched Australian rock monster. In one of the opening scenes of Ragnarok, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) stumbles in on a play about...

  • Uber’s Sexual Harassment: The Movie is on its way

    In February this year, Uber was rocked with a sexual harassment scandal that resulted in the eventual resignation of founder Travis Kalanick as CEO -- and soon we'll see it play out in theatres. Susan J Fowler, the ex-Uber engineer who detailed her tumultuous tenure at the company in a blog post, is teaming up with production company Good Universe (The Disaster Artist, Bad Neighbours) and Hidden Figures screenwriter Allison Schroeder to bring the story to screen, Deadline reports. The film was pitched with the title Disruptors, and Deadline describes it as a mix between of Erin Brockovich and The Social Network. Sexual harassment is currently a major talking point in Hollywood, as producers and directors...

  • SA’s box office: Geostorm tops charts, because we love chaos

    In South Africa right now, Durban is trying to rebuild after a deadly storm. Joburg was just hit with hail, floods, and fires. Cape Town is entering summer with very little water in its dams -- perfect for the fires that have already begun to rear their ugly heads. So what does the country do when the chaotic climate mocks us for our unpreparedness? Do we look for escapism in a comedy, a spy movie, or a teen thriller? Hell no: we bolt into the cinemas to watch the ultimate worst case scenario, because we take life by the chin. This weekend at the box...

  • Last week in trailers: Black Panther, Jean-Claude Van Damme & more

    You may have missed it, but last week happened. There was a Monday, in which many were upset about the state of their lives, a Wednesday, in which we all tolerated overuse of the word "hump", and even a Friday, in which I got tipsy off some Moscow mules and ate too much Indian food. There were also some trailers. Here they are. Black Panther The official Black Panther trailer is here, and what a blessing for our eyeballs. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, and Andy Serkis, Marvel's latest solo endeavour looks to be one of the coolest in its cinematic universe. Catch it in...