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TV & Movies

  • 6 movies hitting South Africa’s box office in January 2019

    With a new year comes a new roster of movies set to make their big screen debuts. At the time of writing, only six movies are confirmed with launch dates in South Africa according to IMDb, but all seemingly offer something different to the discerning movie-goer. Holmes & Watson Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Kelly Macdonald. Director: Etan Cohen (Get Hard). Date: 4 January 2019. American actors dallying in British humour? What is this, 2019? Sherlock and the original good doctor must catch a criminal who plans to kill the Queen in four days, but along the way, they get pretty close to killing her...

  • Google brings Home Alone back to life with new ad

    Google has released an ad for its Google Assistant titled Home Alone Again, featuring the original star of the classic Christmas movie Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin returns as the adult version of Kevin McCallister, who is alone at home with only his Google Assistant for company. "The video features a modern-day Kevin, who shows us what happens when he finds that he has the house to himself, and the Google Assistant on his side," explains Google on its website. The video shows Kevin mirroring his younger self as he enjoys his alone time, while also using the Google Assistant to his advantage. "He...

  • Ghidorah makes Godzilla look like a gecko in new ‘King of the Monsters’ trailer

    This new flick really should've been called "Godzilla versus King Ghidorah and friends" but King of the Monsters will just have to do. Godzilla: King of the Monsters got its second and much darker trailer this week, featuring all the heavy hitters you've come to expect from an ensemble monster flick. Actually, I shouldn't call them monsters. They're titans. Gods. And they're pretty sick of the "human infection" plaguing the Earth. Mothra makes an appearance. Rodan is present too. But the real clash on screen are the two monsters mentioned on line one. Alongside the frightening and angry pixels, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger...

  • Review: Fantastic Beasts and the (cinematic) crimes of Grindelwald

    As a huge Potterhead who is well versed in everything Harry Potter, I was quite excited at the prospect of new material from J.K. Rowling in the form of Fantastic Beasts. Back then, I ignored the sensible voice at the back of my head that said “Oh no, this could go so wrong”. The first movie in this to be five-part series, which debuted in 2016, certainly satisfied the Slytherin in me. It was great to be back in the Wizarding World, which in this movie felt both familiar and brand new. The magic was still alive. But with the sequel, The Crimes...

  • South Africa (finally) gets its first locally-made Netflix Original

    Netflix has today announced that South Africa will get its first locally-produced and directed Netflix Original in the form of Queen Sono. Starring Pearl Thusi -- who has appeared on Netflix before in the movie Catching Feelings -- will star as a "kickass female spy". "Can't wait for you guys to see what we have in store for you," she added in a tweet. #QueenSono - Africa’s first @netflix original ! A thrilling story about a kickass female spy. Can’t wait for you guys to see what we have in store for you ! @NetflixSA pic.twitter.com/z0LtRTbspv— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) 10 December 2018 According...

  • New ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is coming to Netflix in 2020

    Netflix is set to release a new Ghost in the Shell anime in 2020, the company announced in a tweet. Titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, the production will be "directed by Appleseed’s Shinji Aramaki and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s Kenji Kamiyama,” the company announced in a tweet. It will be a Netflix Original too. YES, A NEW GHOST IN THE SHELL ANIME IS COMING. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will be directed by Appleseed’s Shinji Aramaki and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s Kenji Kamiyama. On @Netflix in 2020! *desire to explore the true meaning of human consciousness intensifies*...

  • The first trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is finally here

    It's finally here. Marvel Studios has today released the first trailer for Avengers 4, along with the movie's official title: Endgame. The morbid trailer shows narrator Tony Stark adrift in space, seemingly accepting his impending death. Back on Earth, it's as if not more depressing. Natasha Romanova and Steve Rogers narrate the next minute, as the original Avengers team members grapple with the reality of Thanos's perfect 50% destruction. Hawkeye and Ant-Man star too, suggesting that the fringe heroes will both play a significant role in saving the universe. Marvel also posted the trailer on Twitter, along with the phrase "Part of the...

  • The brief timeline of Kevin Hart’s 2019 Oscars Twitter fiasco

    Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was supposed to host the 2019 Oscars, but on Friday he stepped down from the role after a slew of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. A number of tweets posted some ten years ago were shared by Guardian US journalist Benjamin Lee, and other users on the social network. Many of the tweets screenshot in the post were deleted on Thursday. I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZbYG6SI3Xm — Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) 5 December 2018 Buzzfeed reporter Adam B. Vary too trawled Hart's Twitter account more thoroughly on Wednesday -- when...

  • ‘Comedians of the World’ hits Netflix on New Years Day

    If you like stand up comedy and have no intention of going out on New Years Day, Netflix's latest announcement might tickle your funny bone. The streaming company's Comedians of the World series, which was first announced in July, finally has a launch date: 1 January 2019. The series is set to feature 47 comedians in 13 regions, including South Africa, each delivering a half-hour stand up routine. While many of the content has already been recorded at Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy show in July, other sets have also been taped in São Paulo, Mexico City, Mumbai, Berlin, and Amsterdam thoughout...

  • The new Captain Marvel trailer is out and everyone is excited

    Marvel has released the second trailer for the upcoming Captain Marvel movie and it’s got fans buzzing with excitement. The trailer, which shows us more of Brie Larson as the eponymous character in full superhero mode, was released on Tuesday morning and has already racked up over four million views on YouTube. After seeing her in action, fans have no doubt that Captain Marvel can defeat Thanos and save the Marvel universe, when she's done ending wars in her own movie of course. CAROL FREAKING DANVERS JUST DEFEATED THANOS RIGHT HERE #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/k1CxiWq822 — 𝓪𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓈 (@itsjustanx) December 4, 2018 Thanos watching the end of...

  • Roald Dahl’s works are coming to Netflix in 2019

    Netflix is teaming up with the Roald Dahl Story Company to produce animated series based on the author's works. “Netflix is extending the Roald Dahl universe of stories for global family audiences with an exclusive new slate of original animated event series,” the company revealed in a press release. Stories such as "The Twits", "The BFG", "Matilda" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" have been confirmed. While the tales will be reimagined and expanded, Netflix claims it will remain “faithful” to the originals. “Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique...

  • Netflix’s Criminal won’t leave the interrogation room

    Netflix is producing a new crime drama series called Criminal, but the 12 episode show is not the general crime show narrative we all know. “Criminal is a police procedural with a unique premise: it takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite,” the company explains on its website. This means no running with guns, and no shootouts. Just the crook, the cops, and the interrogation room. “This stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama will focus on the intense mental conflict between the police officer and the suspect in question.” The show will be set in four countries, and each country will...

  • ‘The Lion King’ trailer will give you the feels all over again

    In 1994, little known animated movie (/s) The Lion King made its debut and became my (and possibly the entire world's) favourite flick of all time. Filled with endearing characters, moving scenes, and a storyline laced with valuable life lessons, it was hard to beat in its day, and now. But next year, a reimagined CGI version of that same movie is set to make its debut, and today, Walt Disney Studios released its first trailer. Directed by Jon Favreau (who brought the world Iron Man and The Jungle Book), The Lion King tells the story of Simba who "must overcome betrayal...

  • Netflix South Africa’s ‘Ultra’ package now available to some

    Netflix South Africa has launched a fourth tier to its current list of streaming packages in the form of an "Ultra" option. The option, which seems exactly the same as Netflix’s R169 Premium option but with added support for better audio quality, will be available for R239. According to an interview with MyBroadband, Netflix has noted that the additional tier is merely a test. “Not everyone will see the test, and we may not ever offer the specific price points or features beyond this test,” the streaming told the publication. Though the test is only now coming to South Africa, the Ultra package...

  • Game of Thrones teases fans with season 8 trailer

    Late on Tuesday, Game of Thrones' social media accounts posted a short teaser video, announcing the highly anticipated release date for the show's eighth season. The video depicts a mash-up of game changing scenes of previous seasons, allowing fans the chance to "revisit every scheme, scar, and sacrifice from the first seven seasons", according to the show's website. Though no specific date was given, the end of the trailer confirms that the series conclusion will come in April 2019. After actors shared their feelings about the end of Game of Thrones via an Entertainment Weekly cover special a few weeks ago, many...