This Weekend Compact And Extra Customers Can Binge With Premium Customers On Game Of Thrones Season 6

MultiChoice and M-Net are giving DStv Compact and Extra customers the chance this weekend to join in the binge fun on M-Net Binge on DStv channel 900. Winning HBO Series Game of Thrones season 6 will air on the channel this weekend, just a few weeks before the new season starts on Monday 17 July.

Game of Thrones Season 6 episodes 1-5 will air this weekend, Saturday 24 June from 21:30 until 01:23, followed by episodes 6-10 on Sunday 25 June from 21:30 until 01:26.

DStv Compact and Extra customers can get a preview of the global phenomenon that is Game of Thrones before the premiere of the penultimate season, to entice them to upgrade to Premium when the new season starts. Game of Thrones season 7 starts on M-Net 101 on Monday 17 July at 2017 at 03:00 (Express from the US) and 21:30 (Prime Time).

Yesterday, HBO released another breath-taking social media campaign for season 7. The social media campaign included the anticipated second trailer, followed by the Twitter Emoji Engine which read: Character Posters are here. Tweet @GameofThrones using #WinterIsHere and an emoji to unlock the 12 #GoTS7 character posters the last was Character Art.

For this weekend’s season 6 broadcast M-Net Binge channel 900 will be using the following hashtags #GoTS6 #GoTNightVigil

Get to know more about Game of Thrones, visitm-net.dstv.com/show/game-of-thrones or mnet.tv.  Follow M-Net on Twitter @MNet and Facebook www.facebook.com/MNet

Q & A Isaac Hempstead Wright and Aidan Gillen, completed in London, May 2017 for Game of Thrones season 7:

Isaac Hempstead Wright
(stars as Bran Stark)

Q: Where do we find Bran as we begin this season?

IHW: In the first episode we find Bran in a bit of a predicament. He’s lost Hodor who was basically his legs for the past six seasons. We’ve lost his direwolf, who has got a very deep connection with Bran and is practically a part of him as well as also being quite a valuable protection asset. Coldhands has also left him [Benjen Stark], who came and saved the day last time. So it’s now just him and Meera at the foot of the Wall.

Q: Is he even Bran anymore?

IHW: Not really. On top of all that he has now got this huge responsibility upon his shoulders of being the Three-eyed Raven. He’s no longer Bran Stark. He remembers what it was like to be Bran Stark, but then he remembers everything that’s ever happened in the universe ever. He’s got all this knowledge about Jon Snow and all the knowledge about the origin of the White Walkers – which may come in handy for defeating them. It all means that Bran is a really, really valuable asset for Westeros right now. He needs to make sure this information gets to the right people in time. As such, at the start of season seven Bran is on a mission to get to the right place and save the day.

Q: Crucially he is one of the few who knows what the enemy in the Great War is…

IHW: Yes, in fact Bran more than anyone, because he is now basically the arch enemy of the Night’s King. They are sworn enemies from the first day of time, the Three-eyed Raven and the Night’s King. So Bran knows better than anyone I think the terror and fear they should all be feeling with this threat looming over them.

Q: What’s it been like playing a character who began as a boy but is now barely human?

IHW: It was tricky to work out how exactly we would play him. It was clear that he needed to have this kind of emotionless, soulless, slightly mysterious aura to him, but we didn’t want it to be really dull and monotone. So it was trying to capture the fact that there was this massively interesting spark within him of basically knowing everything ever. At the same time the practical effects on the human mind that it would have were huge. Basically, David and Dan said read the ‘Watchmen’ comics: it’s like Dr Manhattan. When I was playing him instead of just focussing on the scene, I’d be listening to what the other characters were saying but at the same time trying to rush through millions of things that had happened in past scenes and thinking of a moment in an episode in season two – because that’s exactly what’s going through Bran’s head. He’s got this whirlwind of information spinning around the whole time – ‘Oh that happened, that happened, that happened’. It’s like he’s not really in any fixed time.

Aidan Gillen
(stars as Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish)

Q: Where do we find Littlefinger as we begin this season?

AG: When we first catch up with Littlefinger it’s almost like a direct push from when we last saw him in Season Six. Then, he was standing against the wall in the Great Hall in Winterfell, in the shadows. For his first scene in Season Seven, he is in the same room so I thought I would stand in exactly the same place, at exactly the same angle – that could be interesting. We left him wondering what he’s up to and we take up asking what he’s up to now? Obviously he’s working some of his magic on the power structure at Winterfell. It is now under the command of Jon.

You saw through Season 6 and maybe even from the end of Season 5 that Littlefinger been trying to sow some seeds of doubt with Sansa. Doubts about her brother’s validity as a leader, in fact doubts about his validity as a brother at all. How much of a brother is he really, you know, biologically? How much credit did you, Sansa, really get for saving him down at the Battle of the Bastards? Don’t you deserve a little more? That’s Littlefinger’s thing – he’ll push people. He’ll nudge people in a certain direction but then they don’t always take it. And Sansa doesn’t always take the bait because she’s getting clever.

Q: Why does he do it? Is it for power, for fun?

AG: For the fun would be a correct answer. It’s not just about the result; it’s about the thrill of manipulating on that scale. The danger of it: even though his plans are extremely well thought through they could go wrong easily at any point and that would be end of story. But if you don’t take major risks you’re not going to get major results. For him it is about the fun of it, the game of it – and you want to be seen having fun. That makes the character even more interesting to look at. If it’s just all devious and nasty, people will lose interest I think. So I’ve always tried to have a bit of fun with it and show a bit of a playful side. 

Q: Do fans boo and hiss when they meet you?

AG: I don’t get booed and hissed that much. I was greeted very cordially by a group of something like 12 students off a train in Manchester the other day. They were like, ‘Littlefinger!’ It was as if they’d met their favourite uncle just stepping off the train with sweets. I think some people are confused. They say to me, ‘Hey you know, your character confuses me because… I like you.’ And that’s what you want in a villainous role I guess. It’s important to show that this is somebody who can get away with things, precisely because people do find him trustworthy in some way or attractive. Without that it just wouldn’t work. And his plans are so well laid, they go so far back you know – there’s a certain glee watching them unfold.

 

ACT | UJ Unlearns How To Conference

#CreativeUprising, the 5th ACT | UJ Creative Conference will engage with South African Art Education in its current state and possible future.

This iteration of the conference is about unlearning and rethinking how we do things and present things. From curating a conference to how we talk about art education in South Africa, the aim of ACT | UJ Conference has been to share knowledge with the view of enabling, advancing and inspiring creative South Africa.

“There are many conferences and symposiums this year that are investigating art education. We see this as an indication that this content is pertinent to our industry and that we are in a position to add to this conversation,” shares Anastasia Pather, the conference Project Manager. “The conference is not about repetition or making bold claims. We will be recapping and reporting on previous conferences like NEPAD and ASSITEJ with the view to give our delegates a refresher on what has already been discussed so they can share that information in their networks and establish how they can progress those ideas further.”

To ensure there is no ranking of content, each engagement has been carefully curated and is equally valuable and as such the conference will have no keynote speakers. The conference organisers feel that there is no room for hierarchy when talking about modernising colonial knowledge systems with an aim for it to be appropriate and inclusive to all its users. Instead, #CreativeUprising will be presented by Ashraf Jamal, Puleng Plessie, David Andrew, Alison Kearney, Thuli Gamedze, Nike Romano, Prof Mzob Mboya, and Motsumi Makhene, among a list of art education specialists, thought provocateurs and industry leaders.

“The conference is not about the customary PowerPoint or lengthy panel discussions, it is about Art Education which comes in many shapes and forms,” Pather imparts. “Art Education happens in a classroom, in a community centre, on the street, in a book, on the stage, in a protest, on museum walls, and through people. “CreativeUprising is a creative conference about capturing the evolving and stimulating nature of Art Education. We have paired academics and educators with performance artists so their arguments have the room to jump off the screen and live on our stage and that delegates are not left with small fonts and bullet points to try and decipher,” she elucidates.

Pather continued that the conference would not dedicate resources and time to artisanal lunches and elaborate conference printouts. Resources will be employed to facilitate engaging presentations and keeping the ticket price affordable. In addition to this, the needs of the participants have been taken into account, especially in lieu of the timing. Understanding that students and educators would not be able to take two full days off, they have structured the programme to make it feasible for delegates to attend selected presentations, attend between classes or after school.

Full conference passes will be are available for R300, while those attending only selected presentations purchase the R150 pass. Student prices will be half of that and there is an option to purchase lunch at R60 per day. Alternatively, delegates are welcome to pack their own lunch. “This conference is about contributing to the betterment of Art Education and not about bells, whistles or profit,” explains Pather.

The Arts & Culture Trust is sponsoring fifty passes to attend the ACT | UJ Creative Conference, as ACT acknowledges the difficulty that some students, creative practitioners and arts educators face in being able to attend the conference. Please note that preference will be given to young female arts educators and arts education students. Recipients of sponsored registrations will be entrusted to make the most of their conference attendance in terms of gathering information, networking, learning and interchanging ideas with other delegates with the view of making a contribution to their careers, businesses and organisations and the creative sector in general.

The #CreativeUprising will focus on providing a platform for students and educators to talk about how Art Education needs to change and how to achieve it. Workshops in visual literacy, learning STEM subjects through the arts and entrepreneurial skills will be offered at the conference. “We want to stimulate conversation so that educators can collaborate with art centres and artists already changing the face of art education to refresh what we teach and how we teach,” Pather shares. Through the presentation of performance art as an educational tool, and presenting a case for Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Xhosa and sign language to be used to discuss ethical African leadership, this will be a visually stimulating, interactive and provocative offering.

“Questions need to be asked about whether art curriculums should include basic entrepreneurial skills to empower artists and graduates after school and students and educators should have equal opportunity to contribute to the discourse in order for it to hold a sustainable relevance for its future users,” says Pather.

The conference will offer a platform to collect input and offer a place for delegates to ask questions and get answers from various role players such as the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Arts & Culture. The goal is for decision makers, students, art educators and professional creatives to be in the same room to envisage a workable plan for the future.

#CreativeUprising will take place at the UJ Arts Centre on their Kingsway campus from the 27th – 28th July and is for educators looking to expand their practice, art educators from formal and non-formal institutions and centres, academics and art learners.

To buy a ticket: www.creativeconference.co.za/ticketing
View the conference programme: www.creativeconference.co.za/timetable-2
To find out more about the sponsored conference passes: www.creativeconference.co.za/opportunities-2

Please note that applications close on the 30th June 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than 10 July 2017.

The 2017 ACT | UJ Creative Conference is presented by the Arts & Culture Trust and UJ Arts & Culture in partnership with SAMRO Foundation and Drama for Life.

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 25 June 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 25 June 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

Uranium in the Karoo

The future of the Karoo hangs in the balance as plans to mine rich uranium deposits through open cast mining inch forward. Residents and organisations have been fighting it tooth and nail, saying it would pollute what little water this arid area has for farming and domestic use. But a possible new plant species has also been discovered in the proposed mining area and may just halt the entire process. Carte Blanche heads back to Beaufort West for an update on the progress of the mining application.

Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg
Presenter: John Webb

Killer Heart Gene

It’s dubbed the biggest breakthrough since the first heart transplant in South Africa.  A mystery of 20 years of intensive research has been cracked by a team of scientists at UCT medical school. They’ve identified the killer gene linked to cardiac arrest in young adults.  Carte Blanche meets the scientists behind this medical discovery.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Derek Watts

Airport Heist

Criminals are following tourists, businessmen and even locals from the OR Tambo airport, robbing them at gunpoint of cash, electronics and valuables. But these heists can only be successfully pulled off with the help of airport insiders.  So who is behind this spate of violent robberies in Johannesburg? Carte Blanche investigates a crime trend that’s gaining momentum.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
Watch the trailer

Gift Ngoepe

In South Africa, baseball is a little known sport, but for Gift Ngoepe it’s the game that has catapulted him into international stardom.  From playing on the streets of Randburg to competing in Major League Baseball in the US, Ngoepe has reached the pinnacle of professional baseball becoming the first player from Africa to reach this level in the sport. Carte Blanche visits Ngoepe behind the scenes at the home base of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Watch the trailer

Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

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Prime Circle Rock Out With The Voice SA Talent

The Voice SA: Prime Circle performs with Top 6 talent
Coach Lira joins the fray too!

The Voice SA talent received a huge surprise this week when one of South Africa’s biggest bands, Prime Circle, invited them to “party like rock stars” at a karaoke bar in their down-time. “I’ve never done karaoke before!” admitted a slightly cautious PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda, but he took to it like a duck to water after the first few notes and some encouragement from the rest of the Top 6 talent and the rock super group.

The Voice SA cameras were there to capture all the action and in this week’s show on Sunday 25 June fans will see how the singers belted out sing-along songs to relax a bit before wowing the masses again this week. Prime Circle will also join them on the spectacular The Voice SA stage during Sunday night’s spectacular show.

The Top 6 are now back in rehearsals with their coaches, while one coach in particular is also preparing to perform this week. Coach Lira, who now has no more talent left in her team after Luke Lovemore exited the series last week, will wow The Voice SA audience with her track “How Far I’ll Go” from the feature film Moana.

Once again, the talent are preparing some classic chart-topper covers in their bid to vin the votes of the South African public and secure their spots in the Top 5 of the competition. Here is what they have lined up for this week:

  • In #TeamKaren, Kimberly’s Samantha Leonard (24) will be channeling Brandi Carlile’s “The Story”, while worship leader PJ Pretorius from Secunda (26) will also be keeping things contemporary with Shappard’s hit song “Geronimo”.
  • Comedic Fatman is taking on Robbie Williams’ iconic ballad “Angels” and his fellow #TeamKahn talent Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town will be serenading audiences with Amy Winehouse’s classic “Valerie”.
  • Pop star Bobby van Jaarsveld’s Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein plans to belt out her second Sia track of the season, namely “Titanium” and musical theatre veteran Josh Ansley (31) will tackle James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go”.

With one more person leaving the competition on Sunday, voting for the Top 5 talent will open at the end of the show and will close on Tuesday, 27 June at 22:00. Tickets for The Voice SA live shows are available from Computicket.

The Voice South Africa, sponsored by Dialdirect, is broadcast every Sunday night on M-Net channel 101 at 17:30 and every Monday night at 18:00 on M-Net City channel 115.

Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/thevoice to watch exclusive interviews with the coaches and talent, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @VoiceSA / #TheVoiceSA or on the official “Voice SA” Facebook page. You can also download The Voice SA app today for exclusive show-related games and special features.

Experience An Epic Battle When Transformers: The Last Knight Hits Ster-Kinekor IMAX

Transformer’s: The Last Knight is the fifth and last instalment in the franchise, and producer and director Michael Bay plans to go out with a bang… all in true IMAX style.

Bay says of the film, “A movie like Transformers needs to be seen using the finest tools, the best sound technology, the best sound projection technology and cameras.”

The sci-fi, action movie launches in South Africa on 21 June and will show at IMAX theatres, select Cine Prestige cinemas and Ster-Kinekor sites nationwide. This is the first movie to be shot in IMAX 3D, using two IMAX cameras on top of each other to experience 3D better than ever before.

The film is a direct sequel to Transformers: Age of Extinction which was released in 2014.

Transformer’s: The Last Knight sees Optimus Prime finds his dead home planet, Cybertron, where he discovers that he was responsible for its destruction.

Seeking redemption, he finds a way to bring Cybertron back to life, but in order to do so, Optimus needs to find an artefact hidden on Earth, and so begins the war between humans and Transformers. A precious artefact was hidden 1000 years before and the fate of Earth lies in the hands of an English Lord, Sir Edmund Burton played by Oscar-winner; Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee, a young Autobot and Oxford Professor Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock).

The IMAX experience® of Transformers: The Last Knight promises to be the best yet, with its action-packed battles and fierce explosions.

With the pioneering filming technology used in the movie, Bay says the depth and resolution is beautiful and something you cannot fake, so you truly see two worlds colliding on the giant IMAX screen, adding to its projection system, which has always delivered life-like, crystal-clear images,

In addition to the unparalleled visual clarity, you can listen to the war cries of times past and present, with the powerful sound system that delivers laser-aligned sound. Travel to the time of King Arthur and his knights of Camelot as they take up arms and feel like you’re on the battlefield.

With the IMAX, customized theatre design, you will feel like you’re fighting for the survival of human-kind, spinning through the air as the 3D visual effects come alive. As war is waged, you will be torn between which side to support.

Enjoy the IMAX release of Transformers: The Last Knight – the IMAX® 3D Experience only at Ster-Kinekor’s seven IMAX theatres across the country, situated at Eastgate in Johannesburg, Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, Mall of Africa in Midrand, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and CapeGate in Cape Town.

In addition, Transformers: The Last Knight can also be enjoyed in the luxurious environment of Ster-Kinekor’s Cine Prestige 3D cinemas at select sites.

Bookings are now open. Members of the various Ster-Kinekor loyalty programmes will enjoy all the benefits and discounts offered by the different programmes from SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club, when booking tickets for this film.

This is a perfect film for action movie buffs and die-hard Transformer fans– fitting for a boys night out! The film’s running time is 151 Minutes, and the classification is PG 13LV.

For more information, and to book your tickets for official launch of Transformers: The Last Knight, visit www.sterkinekor.com and the Ster-Kinekor app.  Follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Ster-Kinekor Theatres on Facebook. For queries, call Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (668 437) or book at the box office.

Read the SAMDB review of Transformers: The Last Knight.

Watch Producer and Director Michael Bay’s behind-the-scenes 3D shoot:
www.facebook.com/IMAXUSCA/videos/vb.156037164605508/646995275509692/?type=2&theater

Binge On Game Of Thrones Season 6

Emmy®- and Golden Globe-Winning HBO Series Game of Thrones season 6 will air on M-Net Binge channel 900 on DStv, just a few weeks before the new season starts on Monday 17 July. Game of Thrones Season 6 episodes 1-5 will air this weekend, Saturday 24 June from 21:30 until 01:23, followed by episodes 6-10 on Sunday 25 June from 21:30 until 01:26.

The show’s traditional April premiere was pushed to the US summer by HBO. Production took place in Northern Ireland, while additional portions were filmed in Spain (Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo) and Iceland. Season seven directors are Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor.

Last year Game of Thrones received 23 Primetime Emmy® nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row.  The nominations received at last year’s ceremony include Outstanding Drama Series, 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), 3 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Maxvon Sydow), 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama  Series  (Miguel  Sapochnik,  Jack Bender) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).

The executive producers of Game of Thrones are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George  R.R.  Martin and Bryan Cogman; producers, Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

Game of Thrones season 7 starts on M-Net 101 on Monday 17 July at 2017 at 03:00 (Express from the US) and 21:30 (Prime Time).

For more information on Game of Thrones and M-Net Binge channel 900 on DStv go to mnet.tv Follow M-Net on Twitter @MNet (#MNet101 #MNetBinge) and Facebook www.facebook.com/MNet/

Transformers: The Last Knight (IMAX) : Review

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen – Transformers: Age of Extinction) is gone, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg – Patriots Day, Lone Survivor) is in hiding, a wanted man, along with Bumblebee (Erik Aadahl – Godzilla).

The key to saving Earth lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth, and a link back to King Arthur (Liam Garrigan), Merlin (Stanley Tucci – Beauty and the Beast, Mr. Peabody and Sherman) and the Knights of the Round Table. Yes, there is a dragon, and it’s a Transformer, Knight Dragonstorm.

Flash-forward to present times, and we meet young Izabella (Isabela Moner), survivor of the Battle of Chicago, chased by a TRF Walker whilst saving a bunch of kids. As luck would have it, Cade is nearby, and in turn saves her.

So the story moves on, and Cade is taken to grand estate of  Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins – Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, Thor: The Dark World), along with Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Guardians of the Galaxy), a professor in English literature. Here more of the story and past is revealed as we learn all about their links to the past, to the knights and the transformers.

There are a lot of characters, and a deep history, to keep track of, so one should keep one’s wits about them, as it gets yet more strange as Cybertron arrives, at the will of Quintessa (Gemma Chan – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).

Michael Bay (13 Hours, Pain & Gain) redeems himself in this instalment of the franchise based on the children’s toy. But is it enough? This time round, it certainly feels better than Transformers: Age of Extinction. Certainly enhanced by the superior image quality presented in IMAX but the effects are still lead to one momentarily losing sight of who is good and who is bad in a fight, with all the twisting, turning and twirling of a fight between two huge machines.

Transformers: The Last Knight is fine for some escapism, if you don’t mind all the noise, sparkly effects, and a story that seems to be trying hard to keep the franchise alive for “just one more movie”. It’s not terrible, but it’s not great either. It’s a bunch of fighting machines, and a slightly over-the-top story. If you really want to see machines fight, see Power Rangers. It’s a lot funnier.

Transformers: The Last Knight opens 23 June 2017 in South African cinemas.

Warner Bros. Pictures And Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse Kicks Into Gear As The Next Godzilla Feature Gets Underway

Michael Dougherty helms the film in which stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi take on the King of the Monsters… and more!

Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.  When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields.  The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.

Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi ”).

Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia.  A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.

Explore The Life Of Tupac Shakur At Ster-Kinekor Cinemas This June

For many rap and hip hop fans, the release of the highly-anticipated biopic drama of Tupac Shakur, All Eyez On Me, is reason to celebrate.

The movie chronicles the life and legacy of the prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist, Tupac, including his rise to notoriety, superstar status, his imprisonment and controversial time at Death Row Records.

Be the first to see the movie – a pre-screening will be held on 28 June at 20:00 for die-hard Tupac fan at the Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationwide.  The movie officially launches in South Africa on 30 June at selected Ster-Kinekor sites.

Tupac, was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegs 0n 7 September 1996. He died from his injuries six days later in hospital at the age of 25 and his killers were never caught.

Producer LT Hutton said the movie shows all sides of Shakur, not just what the cameras wanted you to see.

“We needed to know how Tupac became Tupac, who Tupac was, who he wanted to be and who he had to be to survive the world he was introduced to.”

All Eyez On Me will be screened at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Gauteng: Sandton, The Zone in Rosebank, Cresta, Maponya Mall, Eastgate, Southgate, Sterland, Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, Mall of Africa in Midrand, North West: Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal: Musgrave, Gateway in Durban and Western Cape: N1 City and Parow in Cape Town.

The action-packed scenes and the sight of emotional pain, can only fully be appreciated on the silver screen. Titled after Tupac’s 1996 fourth studio album of the same name, All Eyez On Me, the movie stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac. The actor has an uncanny resemblance to the late rapper; you couldn’t tell the difference between the two.

The movie also stars Kat Graham (Actress Jada Pinkett, a friend of Tupac from the Baltimore School for the Arts), Jamal Woolard (The Notorious B.I.G), Danai Gurira (Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur) and Jarrett Ellis (rapper, Snoop Dogg).

Brace yourself for an emotional, rollercoaster, where you feel the struggle in Tupac’s lyrics, hear the voice behind the music, see the man behind the headlines and understand the man behind the legend.

Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon, whose legacy lives on.

Bookings are now open. For booking information visit www.sterkinekor.com and the Ster-Kinerkor App. Follow us on Twitter at @sterkinekor and on Facebook at Ster-Kinekor. To secure your tickets, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

Members of the various Ster-Kinekor loyalty programmes will enjoy all the benefits and discounts offered by the different programmes from SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club, when booking tickets for this movie.

The movie releases at all Ster-Kinekor sites countrywide on 30 June. This is a perfect movie for rap music lovers, perfect for getting ‘Pac’ fans together to celebrate the life of a legend. The movie’s running time is 140 minutes, and the classification is True Story, Biography, Drama and Music.

For more information, and to book your tickets for the pre-release screenings and the official launch of All Eyez On Me, visit www.sterkinekor.com.  Follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Ster-Kinekor Theatres on Facebook. For queries, call Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (668 437) or book at the box office.

Nul Is Nie Niks Nie Cast Prove Young Actors Can Deliver Great Performances

‘Nul is Nie Niks Nie’, a heart-warming and darkly amusing new film about life, death and everything in between, tells the story of three friends living in a sleepy town – Martin ‘Hoender’ (Jaden van der Merwe), Drikus (Pieter Louw), and Chris (Daniah de Villiers) – who set out to make Drikus’ dying wish come true – to make a zombie movie.

What makes the movie stand out from the slate of local films in recent years is that it revolves around performances by children.

“The story is brought to life through the brilliant performances of a charming and talented young cast,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. “As risky as it can be to hang your film on the performances of teenagers, this film proves that it can pay off handsomely if you cast the right children. Those who have seen ‘Nul is Nie Niks Nie’ have nothing but praise for the fresh, nuanced portrayals of three troubled youngsters living in an isolated town where nothing much changes.”

The discovery of this young talent seems all the more impressive for having seemingly come from nowhere. “We auditioned more than 400 kids to find our three leads,” says director Morné du Toit. “It was a demanding process, because the actors you cast in a film about young teenagers have to have a level of maturity to cope with the emotional demands of the story, which is at times comical and at times extremely poignant.

“What’s more, from  a director’s point of view, I was also tasked with capturing a different kind of magic; with children, there is a sense of temporality, of catching them at a specific moment in their lives, and of reflecting that with integrity and insight.”

Jaden van der Merwe (Hoender) was the first to be cast and he set the bar, according to Du Toit. “When we saw how he interacted with Pieter Louw (Drikus) and Daniah de Villiers (Chris), we knew we had nailed the casting. All three brought so much depth to the characters they portray,” he adds.

“In many ways, the young characters in this story have a lot to teach the adults who are able to undergo transformation thanks to what they learn from a trio of young misfits. The roles are reversed as the kids become the teachers and mentors”.

Casting the right young talent has paid off in several memorable films. Among the most successful child performances of the 21st century is Keisha Castle-Hughes in ‘Whale Rider’ (2003). At the age of 11, she played the daughter in a long line of sons who fights to fulfil her destiny as the leader of her ancient Maori tribe, despite the patriarchal nature of the clan’s traditions. The richness of the emotion she brought to this exceptional story earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress.

Another fine example is ‘Stand by Me’ (1986), which tells the story of four boys, inseparable friends all, who set out in search of a dead body that one of the boys overhears his brother talking about. The foursome comprised the intellectual Gordie (Wil Wheaton), born leader Chris (River Phoenix), emotionally disturbed Teddy (Corey Feldman), and chubby hanger-on Vern (Jerry O’Connell), all of them affected by the pressures of the adult world round them.

‘Lord of the Flies’ (1990), starring Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly and James Badge Dale, an updated take on William Golding’s classic novel, depicts what happens when a group of American military schoolboys become marooned on a remote island after a plane crash. While initially cooperative, after the discovery of a ‘beast’, the boys split into two warring camps.

An enduring favourite is ‘The Man in the Moon’ (1991), a coming of age drama which was also a young Reese Witherspoon’s film debut.

Locally, the 1976 feel-good cult film ‘e’Lollipop’, told the story of a friendship between two young boys – one black, the other white – in the racially divided South Africa of the 1970s.

“What is charming about ‘Nul is Nie Niks Nie’ is the sense of watching real children who have a natural ability, proving that that age and experience don’t necessarily dictate talent,” says Kuun. “It’s exciting to see kids in memorable roles which show that they have acting chops on par with well-known names.”

Also appearing in ‘Nul is Nie Niks Nie’ are Morné Visser, Marisa Drummond, Antoinette Louw, June van Merch, Kim Syster, Bradley Olivier, and Francois Jacobs.

The film is produced by Redhead Productions and Faith in Motion Productions, in association with kykNET Films, the ATKV, and the DTI. It is being distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution, and will be released in cinemas nationwide on 7 July.