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TV & Movies

  • Trippin’ With Skhumba is Showmax’s first travel-comedy Original

    South African streaming service Showmax on Wednesday announced its third Original set to debut after 2017's Tali's Wedding Diary, and January's The Girl From St Agnes. But unlike these shows, this Original will take the form of a travel show, hosted by and starring South African comedians. Trippin' With Skhumba will star Tembisa-born comedian Skhumba Hlophe as he travels with fellow comedians to their hometowns. Showmax explains that the show will cover the "places that won’t make any tourism brochures and stories that would be edited out of any authorised biographies". Starring in the first season are comedians Celeste Ntuli, Siya Seya, Salesman,...

  • Liam Neeson drops racist, rape-related bombshell in the middle of an interview

    In an interview with the Independent intended to promote his new movie Cold Pursuit, actor Liam Neeson instead dropped a racist, rape-related bombshell from his past. The 66-year-old Northern Irish star told the publication that he had once been tempted to go on a murderous rampage against black people after discovering that a friend had been raped. "She said it was a black person," Neeson claimed, which led the actor to seek out any black man for revenge. "I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I'd be approached by somebody -- I'm ashamed to say that -- and I...

  • ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ is SA’s biggest movie this week

    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was Southern Africa's biggest movie this past weekend, according to data from Ster Kinekor. The new release from Dreamworks, voiced by Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, jumped straight to the top of the chart, relegating The Upside to second place. In third spot, DC's Aquaman remains Southern Africa's biggest grosser still on the chart, raking in R51.6-million since its debut nearly two months ago. Oscar winner Rami Malek's Bohemian Rhapsody places fourth this week, while the M. Night Shyamalan-directed Glass is fifth. Notably, the next three movies are all South African-made. Matwetwe, produced by DJ Black...

  • What to watch on Showmax and Netflix this February

    They call February the month of love, but while some think of the perfect date as dining al fresco beneath a moonlit sky, others would argue that an uncapped internet connection, a large screen, and the bevy of content available on Netflix and Showmax this month is all they really need. Here's what to watch on South Africa's streaming services this month. Showmax 2 Dope Queens If you've ever wondered what your favourite podcast would be like as a live-action talk show, 2 Dope Queens is your answer. Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson tackle race, gender dynamics and sex under the veil of comedy,...

  • 6 big trailers and ads from the 2019 Super Bowl

    On Sunday, the 53rd edition of the Super Bowl took place in Atlanta, USA, and as the American sporting tradition dictates, a number of ads and trailers were released during the event's half-time break. If you want to read more about the half-time show, click here, but for the trailers and advertisements we found noteworthy, here are six of the best below. Avengers: Endgame teaser trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iFq6IcAxBc Marvel released its second teaser trailer for its eagerly anticipated flick Avengers: Endgame. The 30 second video shows the team preparing for the big battle with Thanos after he destroyed half of it during Infinity War. The movie...

  • Ben Affleck will hang up his Batman boots before the 2021 reboot

    The next Batman movie will not see Ben Affleck reprise his role as the Dark Knight, a report published on Thursday revealed. According to Deadline, the next Batman movie penned for June 2021 will not feature Affleck in his fourth starring appearance. Instead, the flick piloted by screenwriter and director Matt Reeves, will likely star a younger Bruce Wayne. https://twitter.com/BenAffleck/status/1090772636206952448 And with the news came messages of thanks for Affleck and his portrayal of Batman. "If this is your way of saying goodbye then I just want to say thank you for giving us such a beautiful performance in BVS. I had the...

  • Netflix working on its own Resident Evil series, report suggests

    Netflix is working on a Resident Evil series, according to a report by entertainment publication Deadline. The site revealed that Netflix has plans to delve deeper into the Resident Evil universe, while keeping the original plot from the movie franchise in tact. Constantin Film, the same production studio that worked on the movies, will be working with Netflix. The zombie apocalypse franchise -- which was inspired by a 1996 game -- has been around since 2002, with six movies under its belt with an upcoming reboot also planned. It's unclear whether the movies and TV series will coincide. Feature image: Memeburn

  • The original ‘Ghostbusters’ is getting a sequel 36 years later

    A sequel to the original 1984 Ghostbusters movie is officially in the works, according to a report. Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed the movie in an interview with director Jason Reitman, who happens to be the son of the original movie director, Ivan. "This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day," Reitman told the magazine. While there's not much information about the finer details just yet, a short teaser revealed that the movie is expected to premier in late 2020. Entertainment...

  • This ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ teaser is turning Marvel fans into analysts

    Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures on Wednesday dropped a new teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, setting up fans for a European based adventure. The flick's teaser sees Peter Parker on a school trip that's abruptly commandeered by the likes of Nick Fury and nemesis Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). While the teaser seems fairly straight forward, it's got Twitter buzzing about where the movie fits within the MCU's timeline since the events of Avengers: Infinity War. https://twitter.com/wearevnm/status/1085238453011447810 https://twitter.com/zkstrr/status/1085368605577863169 Tony Stark's notable absence also has many fans worried too. https://twitter.com/domo__1300/status/1085272671263383554 https://twitter.com/MarvelNewz/status/1085431635913396224 But the concern isn't holding everyone back from being excited though. https://twitter.com/ToilesHeroiques/status/1085273514775597058 https://twitter.com/itsjustanx/status/1085249934146920450 https://twitter.com/DemonHunterRick/status/1085441955948048384 *SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T YET SEEN...

  • Aquaman is now DC Comics’ biggest movie in South Africa, ever

    2016 was a dark year for DC movies. Suicide Squad was as riveting as a cold bowl of oats, and Batman v Superman is the reason why I now hate the name Martha. 2017 wasn't much better, with Justice League receiving a vaguely waggled hand by our reviewers. Later though, Wonder Woman presented an upward trend, and as December 2018 rolled around, the company's fortunes had changed. Massively. Aquaman is now South Africa's biggest DC Comics movie ever, eclipsing all but two Marvel movies -- Black Panther and Infinity War -- to now rank as the third biggest superhero movie in the...

  • Yet another Star Trek spin-off series is in the works

    American broadcaster CBS has announced yet another Star Trek series in the works, this time centering around the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou, who fans met in the company's current series Star Trek Discovery. Actress Michelle Yeoh will reprise her role as the Captain for this new series, which is yet to be titled. "The series will expand on Yeoh's current role as a member of Starfleet's Section 31 division, a shadow organization within the Federation,"CBS explains on its website. Though a production and release date is yet to be announced, this is just one of many additional series based in...

  • Game of Thrones’ final season trailer doesn’t look good for the Starks

    HBO has released a new teaser trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones as well as an official release date. The trailer focusses solely on three of the four remaining Stark children as they walk through the crypts of Winterfell. Echos from their relatives follow them as they turn to face their very own statues. We assume the trailer is, in true Game of Thrones style, full of foreshadowing. It might not be a good season for the Starks, if that is the case. Fans across social media are breaking down every inch of the teaser, with the hastags #GameOfThrones and...

  • IMDb Freedive is a free movie streaming service supported by ads

    Online movie database IMDb has today announced its own free streaming service called Freedive. The platform gives users access to a selection of TV shows and Hollywood movies for free, supported by advertisements. "You can instantly stream IMDb Freedive titles from your laptop or personal computer's web browser on the IMDb Freedive page and all Amazon Fire TV devices via the IMDb Freedive channel," explains IMDb on its website. According to the company, shows and movies include titles such as Heroes, The Bachelor, The Last Samurai and Awakenings, just to name a few. "The selection of titles included with Freedive is always changing, and titles...

  • The latest Captain Marvel trailer teases young Coulson

    Although the movie is still two months away, tickets are on sale for Captain Marvel along with a new "Special Look" trailer and movie posters. https://twitter.com/captainmarvel/status/1082483707922001923 The sneak peak teases fans with more plot details, and reveals yet another familiar character comeback as a younger version of himself -- Agent Coulson. While there's still some time before Captain Marvel premiers, it seems that these small details are keeping most fans pretty excited.  https://twitter.com/caroldamnver/status/1082482438075547650 https://twitter.com/itsjustanx/status/1082488490980462593 https://twitter.com/MarvelousRealm/status/1082421057724788739 Other fans have their doubts. https://twitter.com/Mitch692/status/1082483393986732033 We are, however, all going to have to wait until 8 March to see what becomes of this eagerly anticipated addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feature image:...

  • Aquaman opens 2019 as SA’s biggest movie

    The first weekend of 2019 saw a superhero movie take the top spot of the Southern African box office. DC Comics' Aquaman spent another weekend (4 - 6 January 2019) atop the local charts according to Ster Kinekor, keeping in tune with its global success. The flick has amassed R37.3-million in the region thus far, but just below US$950-million globally, making it 46th biggest grossing movie of all time. Below DC Comics' biggest ever movie, Transformers spin-off Bumblebee places second, with Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in third position. Two remakes of timeless classics follow. Mary Poppins Returns (which is oddly enough also available...