10 More Presenters Announced For 90th Oscars®

Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced 10 more presenters for the 90th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, March 4, on the ABC Television Network.

The additional presenters include Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya.

“Together, these artists represent some of the most beloved movies of our generation,” said De Luca and Todd. “It’s an honor to welcome them to the 90th Oscars stage.”

Gadot recently starred in “Wonder Woman” (2017) and “Justice League” (2017). Her credits also include “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016), “Criminal” (2016), “Keeping Up with the Joneses” (2016), “Triple 9” (2016), “Furious 7” (2015), “Furious 6” (2013), “Fast Five” (2011) and “Fast & Furious” (2009). Gadot will next appear in “Wonder Woman 2.”

Hamill recently starred in the Oscar®-nominated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017). Additionally, he starred in the Oscar-winning films “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Star Wars” (1977) as well as the Oscar-nominated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). His recent film credits also include “Brigsby Bear” (2017) and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014). Hamill will next appear in “Con Man.”

Hammer starred in the Oscar-nominated film “Call Me by Your Name” (2017). He also starred in the Oscar-winning “The Social Network” (2010). Hammer’s credits also include the Oscar-nominated films “Nocturnal Animals” (2016) and “The Lone Ranger” (2013). He will next appear in “Hotel Mumbai,” “On the Basis of Sex” and “Sorry to Bother You.”

Isaac recently starred in the Oscar-nominated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017). Additionally, he starred in the Oscar-winning “Ex Machina” (2014) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) and “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013). Recent credits also include “Suburbicon” (2017) and “The Promise” (2016). He will next appear in “Annihilation” and “Life Itself.”

An actor, playwright and composer, Miranda received an Oscar-nomination for his Original Song “How Far I’ll Go” from the film “Moana” (2016). He is best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals “Hamilton” and “In the Heights.” For this work, he has been recognized with Tony Awards®, Grammy Awards® and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (“Hamilton”). He will next appear in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Rodriguez lent her voice to the Oscar-nominated Animated Feature Film “Ferdinand” (2017) as well as “The Star” (2017). Her film credits also include “Deepwater Horizon” (2016). Rodriguez will next appear in “Annihilation” and “Miss Bala.”

Saint won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “On the Waterfront” (1954), her feature film debut. Saint’s extensive body of work includes the Oscar-winning films “Grand Prix” (1966) and “Exodus” (1960) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Superman Returns” (2006), “The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming” (1966), “North by Northwest” (1959), “Raintree County” (1957) and “A Hatful of Rain” (1957). Her film credits also include “Winter’s Tale” (2014), “Because of Winn-Dixie” (2005), “Don’t Come Knocking” (2005) and “All Fall Down” (1962).

Studi most recently starred in “Hostiles” (2017). His starring credits also include the Oscar-winning films “Avatar” (2009), “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992) and “Dances with Wolves” (1990). Additionally, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated films “The New World” (2005) and “Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993). He will next appear in “A Dog’s Way Home.”

Tran starred in the Oscar-nominated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017). Her feature film credits also include “XOXO” (2016). She made her feature film debut in “Untouchable” (2011).

Actress and singer Zendaya starred in the Oscar-nominated film “The Greatest Showman” (2017). Her film credits also include “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017). She will next lend her voice to the animated feature films “Duck Duck Goose” and “Smallfoot.”

90th Oscars® First Slate Of Presenters Announced

Previously announced presenters are:

  • Mahershala Ali
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Viola Davis
  • Laura Dern
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Greta Gerwig
  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Tom Holland
  • Kumail Nanjiani
  • Margot Robbie
  • Emma Stone
  • Daniela Vega

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on Oscar.com.

Read the full list of nominees for the 90th Oscars.

Black Panther Reigns In 4DX

Nu Metro’s “BLACK PANTHER in 4DX” Experience 

Nu Metro joined cinemas across the continent this past week, as Marvel Studios celebrated BLACK PANTHER’s record-breaking box office success in Africa. This new superhero blockbuster started showing in Nu Metro’s cinemas this past Friday, including their multi-sensory 4DX theatres – exclusive to select Nu Metro cineplexes nationwide.

Most shows for BLACK PANTHER in 4DX have been reaching sold-out status since the film released over the weekend – further affirming its position as South Africa’s highest-grossing movie at the moment.

The experience of watching Marvel’s new superhero blockbuster in 4DX includes realistic simulations of the dynamic car chase-, flying action- and other adrenalin-fuelled scenes in the movie. One of the most popular 4DX seat motions – the feeling of joining a ‘car chase’ onscreen – is applied with spectacular effect for BLACK PANTHER, resulting in one of the best multi-sensory experiences in 4DX history.

One key difference from a general car chase-simulation is that 4DX deploys innovative new technology, following a more natural pattern that would occur in an actual situation – giving the viewers the sense of driving the car themselves.

Other 4DX effects give viewers the feeling that they are flying in a real spacecraft. Black Panther’s combat skills based on various martial arts and animal imitation – as well as his bulletproof suit, claws that can cut all metal, multi-function lenses, special boots and stealth cape – are all conveyed in 4DX through various environmental effects to make moviegoers a part of the Black Panther-action in Wakanda.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER is the first ever solo outing on the big screen for this revered superhero, after the character was first introduced in Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. It is based on the popular comic book; and stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role; along with Michael B. Jordan, Africa’s acclaimed acting export Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis, as well as various local and Pan-African acting talent.

Iconic South African actor John Kani returns to star as King T’Chaka in BLACK PANTHER (after he also made a brief appearance in CIVIL WAR), the king of the fictional nation of Wakanda and the father of T’Challa. isiXhosa and other African languages can be heard throughout this new release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Andy Serkis sporting an Afrikaans accent for his role.

Other South African actors joining the international cast are Atandwa Kani (John Kani’s son), who takes on the role of a younger T’Chaka in flashbacks throughout the film; as well as Connie Chiume. She plays the role of a Mining Tribe Elder and got the role after auditioning for it right here in SA, beating out all the men who auditioned (as she was the only woman vying for the part).

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

BLACK PANTHER is now showing at all Nu Metro cineplexes nationwide – including 4DX, Xtreme, VIP and 3D cinema formats.

Read the SAMDB review of Black Panther.

Read more about 4DX cinema.

What is 4DX?

4DX features full-length movies in live action – a ground-breaking cinematic experience that stimulates the senses using high-tech motion seats and special environmental effects including wind, fog, lightning, water, scents and lots more. These effects are synced perfectly with the action on-screen to create the most exhilarating, unmatched cinema outing – only at Nu Metro.

With 4DX at Nu Metro, cinemagoers can feel the wind in their hair, they can feel sprays of water or blasts of air during sudden, unexpected action scenes; and they can smell the scent of the scenes on-screen – and be taken on a movie adventure like no other.

Movies are now no longer bound by their visual and aural limits. 4DX is the next step in the movie-going evolution, taking audiences on a journey into the full feature film. Find 4DX at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront (Cape Town), The Pavilion (Durban), Menlyn Park (Pretoria), Hyde Park Corner (Johannesburg), Emperors Palace (Johannesburg) and Cornubia Mall (Umhlanga/Mount Edgecombe).

For more cinema info, showtimes and to book tickets at Nu Metro (including 4DX) – call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or go to numetro.co.za

*Premium pricing applies to 4DX; loyalty discounts are not applicable.

Econet Media’s Kwesé And iflix Deepen Partnership

Kwesé and iflix partner to strengthen SVOD service in sub-Saharan Africa

iflix (www.iflix.com), the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, and Econet Media’s pan-African media company, Kwesé (www.Kwese.com), are thrilled to announce an expansion of their ground-breaking partnership in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kwesé has acquired a significant stake in iflix Africa, which will now form part of Kwesé’s diverse broadcast offering, as the core vehicle to deliver seamless mobile experiences to millions of viewers in Africa. Having set up operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, iflix offers users the region’s most extensive collection of highly acclaimed local African and international series and movies, including first-to-market exclusive programming. This, in partnership with Kwesé’s broadcast operations and footprint, will create an exceptional mobile offering for consumers on the continent.

Both companies have committed extensive resources with local and international expertise in mobile entertainment to serve Africa’s diverse markets. Econet Group Founder and Executive Chairman, Strive Masiyiwa remarked: “We are thrilled to deepen our operating partnership with iflix to lead the transformation of media in Africa. Our companies share a mutual passion for innovation, along with a deep understanding of the culture and evolution of digital businesses. Mobility in content consumption has grown exponentially in Africa and by partnering with iflix Africa we are ensuring that we are not only taking part in the evolution, but are leading the movement.”

The partnership between iflix and Kwesé ensures the delivery of relevant and compelling content on the best possible platforms. iflix Group Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Britt said: “The strengthening of our relationship with Econet Group is a huge milestone for iflix. Following the initial phase of building our business in Africa, we have seen tremendous growth across our operating markets, far exceeding our expectations. Econet’s deep experience and success in media and telecoms, will be a huge advantage and enable us to continue to grow rapidly.”

The deal cements Kwesé’s commitment to deliver premium content through unrivalled TV programming, leading sports, up-to-the-minute news and the latest in entertainment. This coupled with iflix’s vast collection of international and African SVOD content, will offer users an unparalleled viewing experience, tailored to meet the needs of Africa’s diverse markets.

Kwesé is currently available in 13 countries with its ground-breaking pay-as-you-watch Pay-TV service, and has built the largest pan-African free-to-air broadcast network showcasing Kwesé Free Sport in over 25 countries. The operating partnership will see iflix drive Kwesé’s go-to-market mobile delivery in each of its territories.

Now available to over one billion consumers across 24 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix has established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming. Offering consumers, a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

Kill ’em All (DVD) : Review


Philip (Jean-Claude Van Damme, The Muscles from Brussels himself) arrives at a local hospital, after some sort of big shootout, with a bunch of dudes, who are meant to look mean and skilled. They are meant to look this, but fail in this regard. More on that later.

A bunch of foreign guys show up, hunting him. There is more shooting, and Philip’s nurse, Suzanne (Autumn Reeser – Sully), is now the sole surviving witness.

From here, the story jumps between the FBI interrogation of Suzanne by agents Mark Holman (Peter Stormare – John Wick: Chapter 2, 22 Jump Street) and Linda Sanders (Maria Conchita Alonso), in present day, and the recent events at the hospital. This is one of the most appalling interrogation scenes ever. It is as if the filmmakers tried to check all the boxes on the cliché list. One wonders of the cast realised how terrible some of their dialogue was.

The synopsis on the DVD packaging alludes at some international incident. It even tells one that you’ll be guessing right until the last bullet is fired. Well, if you last that long. There is not much action in this action movie. The fights are pathetically weak, the dialogue is awkwardly cliché’d and forced. What is seems like, is that this is just an excuse for Jean-Claude van Damme and son Kris Van Damme to work together. Son Kris certainly does not have the fight flair his father had when at the height of his career in the more memorable martial arts films of his, such as Hard Target and Universal Soldier.

As far as plot goes, well, there are some bad guys that try look and talk mean, and there is a guy and a girl who we are meant to focus on.

Kill ‘me all is painful. So at least something was able to land a punch right. Even for fans of B grade action films, who could care less about story, cinematography, or character development, this one is bound to be disappointing. Daddy Van Damme is past his sell by date, and son Kris is a mere shadow if what his father used to be. Don’t bother with this one. At all.


Overall, the disc for Kill ’em All, is of a good technical quality, even if the sound design does not push for much discrete surround, but this does not make up for a lack of any bonus material, or a terrible main feature.

Kill ’em All is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on-screen. There is also no visible colour bleed. Detail is maintained in the few darker scenes.

The main feature has a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, so there is some letterboxing.

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software could scale up to a larger, or higher resolution screen, should they wish.


Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate, and delivered in a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Dialogue is clear via the centre channel, with the weight of the soundtrack carried via the front channels.

There is not very good use made of the surround channels, making this feel more like a Pro Logic than a Digital soundtrack. Surprising for an action film, where the use of the discreet channels is usually welcomed.


Navigation is basic, with a static main menu, and accompanying background music. There are text links to play the main feature, languages, and scene selections.

The languages sub-menu provides a list of audio languages to choose from, as well as having English subtitles on or off. Further sub-menus provide for subtitles for hearing impaired, as well as many more languages.

The scene selections sub-menus each contain four large, still, colour thumbnails, for a total of sixteen chapters.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features on the disc, at all. Not even the trailers that often autoplay at the beginning of other discs.


The DVD packaging is pretty standard, with a plastic jewel cast. The front has a poster, naming Jean-Claude Van Damme as the star, as well as the film’s title.

The back of the case has a brief synopsis, some stills from the film showing character headshots, and the usual technical labels one would expect on a DVD.

The River : March Episode Summaries

The River Episode Summaries (24 – 45)

March 2018

Episode 24: Thursday, 1 March 2018

Lindiwe wants Tumi dead.  Tumi reveals to Malefu and Dimpho that Thato’s death wasn’t an accident.  Tumi tells someone else that Lindiwe killed her father.

Episode 25: Friday, 2 March 2018

Tumi gives Zweli an ultimatum.  The Mokoena’s wait with baited breath to see if anything will happen to Lindiwe.

Episode 26: Monday, 5 March 2018

Tumi breathlessly delivers Lindiwe’s fate. Zolani is no match for disgruntled miners.

Zweli and Zolani go head to head.

Episode 27: Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Andile figures out exactly how Thato was murdered. Lindani receives a surprising response when he confesses his feeling to Tumi.

Episode 28: Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Lindiwe finds out who’s trying to kill her. Lindani has had enough of Refilwe. Tumi’s love for Lindani saves him.

Episode 29: Thursday, 8 March 2018

Lindiwe tells Zolani about her deepest, darkest secret. Andile finds the missing letter, and is shocked by the contents.

Episode 30: Friday, 9 March 2018

The Mokoenas learn about the person who killed Thato. Zweli and Lindiwe marriage is on the rocks. Tumi and Lindani pave a way into each other’s hearts.

Episode 31: Monday, 12 March 2018

Tumi suffers at Lindiwe’s fierce hand. A woman from Zolani’s past makes a grand entrance.

Episode 32: Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Zolani wants Veronica gone. Cobra spends his mother’s money on an old friend.

Episode 33: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Will Zolani follow through in chasing his own mother out

the house? Veronica falls down the stairs. Will Cobra cave in and return to crime?

Episode 34: Thursday, 15 March 2018

Cobra finds himself wooed back into the world of crime. Zolani is worried when his mother doesn’t come back home like she was supposed to.

Episode 35: Friday, 16 March 2018

The Mokoenas are convinced their bad spell is over with their new blessing. Veronica’s true colours are revealed. Cobra is faced with a life changing temptation.

Episode 36: Monday, 19 March 2018

Veronica begs for forgiveness. Khabzela warns Cobra to stay away from Percy. Lindiwe asks Flora to do some snooping.

Episode 37: Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Malefu finds a dangerous criminal standing in her lounge, Khabzela and Veronica, are forced to hide together. Percy plots a life-threatening scheme.

Episode 38: Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Lindiwe is thrilled to discover proof that Veronica is lying. Cobra and Percy advance their criminal plan with Malefu’s help.

Episode 39: Thursday, 22 March 2018

Cobra’s new business has him locked up in a store room. Lindiwe is forced to grovel to Veronica. Veronica has her eye on a new toy-boy.

Episode 40: Friday, 23 March 2018

Cobra and Percy almost meet their maker. Khabzela saves lives. Veronica ruins Lindiwe again.

Episode 41: Monday, 26 March 2018

Zolani learns that a woman he loves is in trouble. Cobra and Percy re-unite with a deadly friend. Veronica plays her final trump card.

Episode 42: Tuesday, 27 March 2018

How will Lindiwe stop Veronica pulling her strings? Cobra has no choice but to let Goliath in on the Heist.

Episode 43: Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Cobra and Percy give the performance of their life. Goliath insists its full steam ahead. Veronica has another fit, could this be the end?

Episode 44: Thursday, 29 March 2018

Veronica’s condition is worse than what anyone expected. Cobra’s loyalty to his family is challenged.

Episode 45:  Friday, 30 March 2018

Things go horribly wrong with the heist, and Cobra endangers somebody he cares about.

Lindiwe is beside herself as Zweli decides to walk into the line of fire.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (DVD) : Review


The suave spies, in their bespoke suits are back. When their headquarters are destroyed, and once more the world held hostage, the Kingsman seek the help of an allied spy organisation in the US, the Statesman. These two elite secret organisations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Onward Eggsy (Taron Egerton – Sing, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Merlin (Mark Strong – The Brothers GrimsbyThe Imitation Game), fearless in their pursuit of justice. The Kingsman and the Statesmen, lead by Champ (Jeff Daniels – Hell or High WaterR.I.P.D), must now band together to defeat a common enemy, and formidable enemy. With the Statesman codenames following various liquor names, in line with their location of their secret base, one can detect a hint of rivalry.

The second film in this Kingsman series is an action packed ride of fun, with some over the top locations, fights, and story. Rewatch value is pretty high on this one, so it is sure to make a great addition to any home movie collection, especially if one owns the first Kingsman movie.

Read the full SAMDB review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle.


Overall Kingsman: The Golden Circle, on DVD, is a good disc technically. Bonus features are sparse, but this does leave room for a higher bitrate for the film, which is an enjoyable one.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is available now, to purchase on disc, in South


Video is encoded at a high average bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on-screen, nor any visible colour bleed. Detail is maintained in the several darker scenes.

Bitrate on the menu system is lower, leaving more room on the disc for the main feature, but is still good, with compression artefacts visible. The same goes for the bonus feature video.

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software can scale up to a larger, or higher resolution screen, should they wish.


Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, with dialogue clear via the centre speaker. The weight of the soundtrack is carried by the front channels in slower scenes, with the surround channels used to great effect in the many action sequences, expanding the on-screen action, and further drawing the viewer into the story.


Navigation is simple, and easy to follow. The disc takes the viewer directly to the main menu, through a transition. The main menu has a motion background of a few clips from the main feature, with accompanying music.

There are text buttons to play the main feature, set up, scenes, and extras.

The set up sub-menu allows one to select the desired audio language, and select a sub-menu for subtitle selection.

The scenes sub-menus each contains four large, colour, still thumbnails, for a total of twenty eight chapters. While these are numbered, they are not labelled, nor is there a chapter listing in the DVD packaging, meaning that some guesswork would be involved in trying to navigate to a particular part of the film.

The extras sub-menu has text links for the two included bonus features.

Bonus Features

Black Cab Chaos: Anatomy of a Killer Chase – A featurette showing how the taxi cab chase, fight and shootout was created, using a mixture of computer generated footage, filmed footage, and green screen work.

A very interesting video, just over ten minutes long, that is sure to fascinate fans, and be of interest to the budding filmmaker.

Kingsman Archives – A collection of concept art, and stills of the cast, sets, and props, presented in the form of a slideshow. One can navigate manually, or allows for automatic advancement. Navigation of these is explained on-screen.


Packaging for the DVD is standard, with a plastic jewel case. The front has a poster, with the film title.

The back of the case has a short synopsis, a single still image from the film, bonus feature listing, and the usual technical labels.

King Kong – Final Two Weeks – The Fugard

Don’t miss your opportunity to catch this “knockout” and “impeccably performed” musical during its final season on home soil.

King Kong portrays the life and times of heavyweight boxer, Ezekiel Dlamini and is set to the scintillating music of Todd Matshikiza with legendary songs such as “Back of the Moon”, “King Kong” and “Sad Times, Bad Times”. The 1959 production of South Africa’s first black musical was set in Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the late-fifties and was seen by 200 000 South Africans before transferring to London’s West End. Whilst remaining true to the original production, a world-class creative team and an all South African cast have revitalised King Kong for the 21st century, giving it new life.

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Oscar Nominated, Hand-Painted Animated Film Loving Vincent Releases This Friday

‘Loving Vincent’, the world’s first fully hand-painted feature film, nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Animated Feature, releases in South Africa on Friday 23 February.

The ambitious film, an account of a young man’s journey to Vincent van Gogh’s hometown, is told entirely through intricately crafted oil paintings in the artist’s unique style. It will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.

“Oscar voters had 26 new features to consider for a best animated feature nomination.” says Mayenzeke Baza of AAA Entertainment, sales agent for ‘Loving Vincent’ in Africa. “As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death. The feature brings his brilliance to life through a truly fascinating and visually beautiful experience.” added Pascal Schmitz, head of acquisitions for AAA Entertainment.

Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, ‘Loving Vincent’ was produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films and UK’s Trademark Films. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional artists who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. Vincent himself said in his last letter: ‘We cannot speak other than by our paintings’. The film takes him at his word and lets the paintings tell the real story of his life and art.

‘Loving Vincent’ was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters alive through the medium of paint.

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, 4 March, when the winners will be announced.

“We are delighted to be bring a ground-breaking film of this calibre to South African audiences.” added says Helen Kuun, of Indigenous Film Distribution whom will be releasing the film in South Africa.

M-Net, M-Net Binge, M-Net City Schedule Update 20 February 2018

M-Net (channel 101), M-Net Binge (channel 900) and M-Net City (channel 115) highlights for February 2018

M-Net Schedule Updates

  • From Sunday February 18, our Sunday Night Blockbusters will start at 20:30, to accommodate the live voting results of M-Net’s new local reality series Dancing with the Stars SA.
  • The World Cinema movie Los Globos has been replaced by the Danish crime thriller Darkland, on Sunday 25 February at 22:55.
  • Kevin Can Wait season 2 will now start in March, as additional episodes of 9JKL season 1 have been added to the schedule. This means that that season one of 9JKL will have a total of 16 episodes.

M-Net City Schedule Updates

New Information:
  • The sci-fi fantasy series Beyond season 2 has been replaced by Stitchers season 3 on Friday 23 February at 19:00, due to it’s high age restriction. A new timeslot for Beyond will be communicated at a later stage.

Saturday Movies

Saturday 24 February

21:00 The Marine 5: Battleground 18 Action

In this action-packed thriller sequel, a former US Marine finds himself caught up in protecting a person of interest from a ruthless biker gang.

Sunday Night Blockbusters

(Note: From Sunday 18 February our Sunday Night Movies will start at 20:30)

Sunday 25 February

20:30 Rough Night 16VSL Comedy

An ensemble cast of starlets embark on quite a weekend away in this wild comedy. Things go terribly wrong for a bachelorette party of girlfriends who hire a male stripper.

World Cinema Movies

(Note: Additional repeat has been added. See it again on Tuesdays at 01:00)

Sunday 25 February

22:55 Darkland

A gritty quest for justice ensues in this dark Danish crime thriller. After his brother dies in a gang-related assault, a man decides to take on the criminal underworld.

New, Returning & Series Finales

Tuesday 20 February

19:00 Chicago Fire 06 0001 “It Wasn’t Enough” *Season 6 Starts*

In the intense season premiere, Chief Boden makes a risky last minute decision to save the squad, who are trapped inside a burning building. Sixth season of the fast-paced crime drama.

20:00 Chicago PD 05 0001 “Reform” *Season 5 Starts*

In the season premiere of this fast-paced instalment to the ‘Chicago’ series, the team attempts to bust a gun deal that quickly turns dicey when innocent civilians get involved. From Emmy-winner Dick Wolf.

Wednesday 21 February

21:00 Homeland 07 0001 “Enemy Of The State” *Season 7 Starts*

Emmy-winner Claire Danes returns for another season of Golden Globe-winning espionage in this acclaimed thriller exploring contemporary themes of American politics.

Friday 23 February

22:00 Nightcap 01 0010 “Guest In A Snake” *Season 1 Ends*

Staci interviews for an Executive Producer position at Wendy Williams and seriously considers leaving Nightcap, in the season finale of this workplace comedy.

22:30 Graves 01 0010 “Not Giants, But Windmills” *Season 1 Ends*

In the season finale of this Golden Globe nominated comedy, Graves and Isaiah try to quell rumours about Margaret’s relationship with Jonathan Dalton, as she prepares to announce her candidacy.

Saturday 24 February

16:30 Speechless 02 0001 “W-E–Were B-A–Back!” *Season 2 Starts*

In the season premiere of this irreverent family comedy, Maya, Jimmy and Dylan resolve to change their lives while JJ enjoys summer camp. From the producer of ‘Friends’.

17:30 Great News 02 0013 *Season 3 Ends*

The Emmy-winning writer of ’30 Rock’ penned this smart workplace comedy. An ambitious news producer’s work life is turned upside down when her overly involved mother decides to intern at her show.

20:00 Riverdale 02 0001 “Chapter Fourteen: “A Kiss Before Dying” *Season 2 Starts*

The season premiere of the subversive teen drama opens with Fred’s life hanging in the balance, following the shooting at Pop’s diner. Loosely based on the popular comic book characters.

Sunday 25 February

22:15 Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 05 0001 *Season 5 Starts*

Late night satirist John Oliver delivers his unique take on the week’s news, politics and current events with characteristic, unwavering humour.

Monday 26 February

00:00 The Late Late Show With James Corden 04 0059 *Season 4 returns from production break*

Late night satirist John Oliver delivers his unique take on the week’s news, politics and current events with characteristic, unwavering humour.

Tuesday 27 February

21:00 Mosaic 01 0006 *Season 1 Ends*

Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh produces and directs this innovative drama where the audience determines the plot.

Saturday 24 February

21:30 The Bold Type 01 0001 “Pilot” 16SL

22:19 The Bold Type 01 0002 “O Hell No” 16SL

23:05 The Bold Type 01 0003 “The Woman Behind The Clothes” 16SL

23:51 The Bold Type 01 0004 “If You Can’t Do It With Feeling”  16S

00:37 The Bold Type 01 0005 “No Feminism In The Champagne Room” 16

Sunday 25 February

21:30 The Bold Type 01 0006 “The Breast Issue” 16

22:16 The Bold Type 01 0007 “Three Girls In A Tub” 16S

23:02 The Bold Type 01 0008 “The End Of The Beginning” 16

23:48 The Bold Type 01 0009 “Before Tequila Sunrise” 16S

00:32 The Bold Type 01 0010 “Carry The Weight” 16

M-Net City Movies

Friday 23 February

21:00 Sicario 16VNL Action

The secret war on drugs takes centre stage in this action fueled crime drama. An FBI agent (Emily Blunt) works with a task team that crosses the moral line to fight the cartels.

New, Returning & Series Finales

Friday 23 February

19:00 Stitchers 03 0001 “Out Of The Shadows”

Kirsten Clark’s life hangs in the balance as the Stitchers team works to bounce her back into the real world in the season premiere. Intrigue and mystery weave their way through sci-fi drama.

Monday 26 February

18:00 Hawaii Five-0 07 0025 “Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka ‘Aina I Ka Pono” *Season 7 Ends*

Five-0 attempts their most dangerous mission yet: rescuing young girls trapped in a sex trafficking ring. Golden Globe-nominated drama.

19:00 Chicago Justice 01 0013 “Tycoon” *Season 1 Ends*

After a crane collapses and kills the son-in-law of wealthy real estate developer, Nagel, Antonio and Chief Boden discover that the collapse wasn’t an accident. A legal spin-off of the ‘Chicago’ series.

20:00 Criminal Minds 13 0001 “Wheels Up” *Season 13 Starts*Aired on M-Net*

In the season premiere of this acclaimed crime drama, Agent Matt Simmons joins the BAU team in a race to take down Mr Scratch. Follows an elite team of Special Agents.

21:00 Shades Of Blue 02 0013 “Broken Dolls” *Season 2 Ends*

In the dramatic season finale Wozniak (Golden Globe-nominee Ray Liotta) faces the ally who betrayed him and makes his most difficult choice yet. A web of corruption unfolds in this popular crime drama.

22:00  The Last Kingdom 02 0001 *Season 2 Starts*Aired on M-Net*

The second season premiere of this 9th century drama sees Uhtred the fearless and instinctive warrior, begin his voyage north to avenge Earl Ragnar’s death. Based on the best-selling novels.

Tuesday 27 February

18:00 NCIS: New Orleans 03 0001 “Aftershocks” *Season 3 Starts*

The NCIS team partners with several federal agencies to track a sniper, who targets crowded events in the city, in the season premiere of this acclaimed cop drama.

DEAL 2018 Trade Show In Dubai Set To Propel The African Leisure And Amusement Industries

Upcoming retail clusters and high demand for family entertainment concepts will drive the industry to the next level

DEAL 2018 (www.DEALMiddleEastShow.com) is the largest show in the amusement industry that is held closer to the African region. The show aims to provide an effective platform for the stakeholders within the African leisure, entertainment and amusement sector, as per International Expo Consults, the organisers of the show. Recent developments in the countries within the African continent have created the necessary demand for the leisure amusement industry operators.

“The amusement industry stakeholders including mall owners, retail operators, consultants and developers in Africa will immensely benefit by visiting the show in April this year. Each year we see a large representation of African trade visitors who visit our show to understand the on-ground industry developments. They strike deals with operators from across the globe that are present at our show. DEAL has been shaping the industry for close to two and a half decades and has made significant inroads and shaped several markets globally,” said Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.

Africa’s population is set to grow to 2.3 billion by 2050. In contrast to the rest of the world, however, its booming population is getting younger. African millennials are changing their consumer spending patterns, from markets to malls, where they can eat, socialize and get entertained at Family Entertainment Centers (FECs) apart from shopping. Also, there have been key amusement parks in Egypt, Nigeria, Tunisia and South Africa which have attracted people around the African region and the concept is fast catching up within the other countries.

FECs are mini theme-parks and are a collection of more than one attraction including rides, soft-play equipment such as the plastic maze of tubes, slides and ball pits, kid’s play areas, video arcades, redemption and carnival games. African gaming enthusiasts, can get a hands-on experience with the world of Virtual Reality (VR), the next big thing in electronic entertainment which is all set to become an integral part of FECs. With the help of VR technology, users can experience a new reality which only seemed possible in the motion pictures and video games.

“The future looks promising for the African amusement and leisure sector which has reported a steady growth on the revenue front. Africa has been growing in terms of tourism and infrastructure as well. Africa will see newer malls in the next couple of years and will be home to several global brands. The retail industry is taking shape on one hand, and so is the family entertainment industry and they are complementing each other,” added Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.

Themeparks and malls are set to be a crowd puller to raise the revenues to contribute to the GDP of African countries. Tourism in this region has seen a boost that is simultaneous to the economic growth being experienced across many parts of the continent. Reports predict that direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP will increase by 4.8% per annum, to USD121.3bn which is approximately 3.2% of GDP by 2026.

DEAL has led the amusement and entertainment space during this period and the testimony to this is the fact that exhibitors at DEAL 2017 have signed multi-million dollar contracts in just 3 days. Foraying into the 24th edition, DEAL 2018 expects to witness an even larger gathering of key players and visitors in the amusement industry from Middle East, US, Mediterranean, Asian, and especially African countries.

DEAL, since its inception in 1995 has developed into an unparalleled platform that gathers exhibitors, buyers, and professionals from the international amusement and entertainment industry. DEAL is the region’s most anticipated and leading attraction for global and local stakeholders in the amusement and entertainment industries. The show is slated to be held from 9th-11th April 2018 at Halls 1, and Za’abeel Halls 1,2 and 3 at the iconic Dubai World Trade Centre.