Surf’s Up In September For The Premiere Of The Biggest Disney Channel Original Movie For 2013

Teen Beach Movie to premier on Disney Channel (DStv Channel 303) on Friday 20 September at 17:00

Teen Beach Movie

 Summer arrives early this year with the premier of the biggest Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) for 2013.

Following in the worldwide High School Musical craze, this highly anticipated musical premiers on Disney Channel (DStv Channel 303) on Friday 20 September, at 17:00

Maia Mitchell, Ross Lynch, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton - Teen Beach Movie
Maia Mitchell, Ross Lynch, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton – Teen Beach Movie

This modern take on retro beach party movies stars Ross Lynch (of Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” and Hollywood Records’ R5) and Maia Mitchell (ABC Family’s upcoming “The Fosters”) as Brady and McKenzie, surfers who take the last wave of summer, one that mysteriously takes them into a classic beach party movie, Wet Side Story.

There, it’s surfers versus bikers for control of the beach hangout…and everyone spontaneously breaks into song and dance. Brady and McKenzie must try to return to present day, but their lives may be changed forever when they inadvertently change the movie’s romantic storyline — and the movie’s handsome surf guy, Tanner, is falling for McKenzie while biker girl Lela is swooning for Brady.

Teen Beach Movie also stars Grace Phipps (ABC Family’s “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”) as Lela, Garrett Clayton as Tanner, John Deluca as Butchy, Chrissie Fit (“General Hospital”) as Cheechee, with Tony Award-nominated Kevin Chamberlin (“Jessie,” Broadway’s “The Addams Family”) as Dr. Fusion and Steve Valentine (“Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie,” Disney XD’s “I’m In The Band”) as Les Camembe.

The film was written by Vince Marcello & Mark Landry (“Zombie Prom”) and Robert Horn (“Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure”). The movie is directed by DGA-nominated Jeffrey Hornaday (Disney Channel’s “Geek Charming,” choreographer of “A Chorus Line,” “Flashdance”) who also choreographed with Chris Scott (“Lemonade Mouth,” “Step Up 4,” “So You Think You Can Dance”). David Buelow (“Bring It On: Fight to the Finish”) serves as executive producer with Robert F. Phillips (“Teen Spirit,” “Valkyrie”) as producer. “Teen Beach Movie” is a production of Rainforest Productions, LLC.

Teen Beach Movie

10 Teen Beach Movie Facts

Pssst! Want to know 10 sizzling secrets about Disney Channel’s fab new film, Teen Beach Movie? You got it! We catch up with the star of the movie, Ross Lynch, to bring you the ultimate lowdown on the mega musical…



Ross Lynch reveals: “I had the time of my life shooting Teen Beach Movie. We shot the action in Puerto Rico, which is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It was awesome! We spent weeks filming on the beach, where we all had the best time in the world.”



“There were iguanas everywhere in Puerto Rico. They were huge! We’d be filming a scene and you’d spot one in the background. Or you’d head back to your trailer and there would be one sitting on the steps leading up to your door. The iguanas were up to six feet long, including their tail, but they weren’t scary. They just looked amazing!”



“The sea was so warm in Puerto Rico. Whenever the crew had to set up a different shot, we’d jump into the water and have a cool swim. Sometimes it took them a really long time to reset the cameras, so it was the perfect time to dip into the sea for a break. It was bliss!”



“It was really tough to dance on the sand for some of the musical numbers. The sand would get everywhere and it’s not very nice. It’s a lot harder to dance around on a beach compared to an indoor set. It’s much more tiring, but it’s still a lot of fun, too.”



“I never ever get sunburnt, but I did in Puerto Rico during the first week of filming. The one time I go to a tropical island and I suffer as soon as I get there! I was pretty red, but thankfully I didn’t look like a lobster or anything. After the first week, I never got sunburnt again. I learned my lesson: wear sun lotion!”



“We recorded all of the movie’s music in California before heading off to Puerto Rico for the film shoot. We had such a great time working on the music! The soundtrack is really well produced and there are loads of cool songs. What’s my favourite? Probably a track called Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’. It’s a really great song!”



Teen Beach Movie is about a girl and a guy called Mac and Brady. I play the role of Brady and an actress called Maia Mitchell plays Mac. Maia is Australian, but her American accent in the movie is awesome! It was really funny to hear her slip back to her natural Australian accent when we weren’t working – but you’d never know she was Australian when you see the finished film.”



“After we finished work for the day, we’d usually head to the beach with our guitars. We’d jam and have a party on the beach, which was really cool. Everyone in the cast is really musical, so it would be the perfect way to end the day.”



“The food in Puerto Rico was amazing. During the movie shoot, my favourite on-set snack was a yellow pudding. I’ve got no idea what it was called, but it was delicious. Whenever you ate one, they’d put another one out – so it was never ending; and I couldn’t stop eating them. How would I describe the dish? Well, it was like a banana pudding wrapped in dough. I guess it’s something like a Danish pastry, but from Puerto Rico. Seriously, it was the best.”



“My feet didn’t have the best time in Puerto Rico. There was a lot of dancing, so they were used a lot – but I also had a couple of mishaps. At one point, I trod on a sea urchin, which was really painful. Oh, and I also lost a toenail! My feet were basically messed up, but it was all worth it. The movie looks amazing. Plus, they feel perfectly fine now!”


Teen Beach Movie on SAMDB

Film Review

Elysium: Review

2154, and the Earth is in ruins brought on by over-population, pollution and disease. The wealthy have escaped this scourge, and live on a utopian space station, Elysium with strict anti-immigration laws to preserve their lifestyle.

Matt Damon (left) and Sharlto Copley in Columbia Pictures' ELYSIUM.
Matt Damon (left) and Sharlto Copley

Factory-worker and ex-con Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) receives a high dose of radiation in an industrial accident, and now has only days in which to get from the third world ruins of Los Angeles to Elysium in which to receive the medical treatment that will save his life. This he hopes to attain by kidnapping rich businessman John Carlyle (William Fichtner).

Max’s journey pits him against Elysium’s Secretary of Homeland Security Delacourt Rhodes (Jodie Foster) and her violent secret police forces, led by Agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley).

Matt Damon’s performance has the audience routing for him right from the start, and things get interesting when Sharlto Copley appears on the scene.

Matt Damon and Brandon Auret.
Matt Damon and Brandon Auret.

The filmmakers have given plenty of nods back to their South African roots (keep a look for the South African flag), and Kruger’s dialogue provides a bit of comic relief, balancing his evil demeanour. Kruger’s team feel like the ‘naughty boys’, set free and left to their own devices. Fellow South African Brandon Auret plays Drake.

The fight sequences on Earth are realistic, and keep to Neill Blomkamp’s signature of future weapons and vehicles fighting in urban ruins.

Elysium, a view to our possible future, with a plot that will keep you guessing.

Elysium star Sharlto Copley with Tanit Phoenix at the Elysium Sydney premier (image courtesy Tanit Phoenix)
Elysium star Sharlto Copley with Tanit Phoenix at the Elysium Sydney premier (image courtesy Tanit Phoenix)

View some space station concepts from NASA.


Disney Infinity, Available Now

Disney Infinity Logo

The wait is finally over! South African gaming fans of all ages will finally get to welcome Disney Interactive’s launch of Disney Infinity across the country today, 23 August 2013. The release is being celebrated the world over, with the White Cliffs of Dover* and London being lit up this week as Buzz, The Lone Ranger, Sulley and other iconic Disney and Pixar characters took part in the Disney Infinity Digital Parade.

Disney’s largest and most ambitious gaming initiative to date, Disney Infinity will be made available for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 system, WiiU™ system, Wii system and Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. The starter pack features the game software, the Infinity Base, three character figures and Play Sets inspired by the worlds of The IncrediblesMonsters University andPirates of the Caribbean, one Power Disc pack, a trading card with a web code and countless hours of creative play in the groundbreaking Toy Box mode.

At 80 metres high and 500 metres wide, the digital projection on the White Cliffs of Dover became the biggest projection ever in the UK. Images (c) Disney 2013
At 80 metres high and 500 metres wide, the digital projection on the White Cliffs of Dover became the biggest projection ever in the UK.
Images (c) Disney 2013

Disney Infinity allows players the creative freedom to bring to life original adventures that are only limited by their own imaginations,” said John Pleasants, co-president, Disney Interactive. “We are excited to see how our Guests will combine Disney and Pixar characters to create all new stories that they can share with friends and family across gaming systems.”

In a way that only Disney can, each Disney Infinity character figure will come to life and play together in a virtual “Toy Box,” where they can build and customize their own unique virtual worlds using their favorite characters, vehicles, settings and more. The game also includes  story-driven experiences, called “Play Sets,” which allow players to solve challenging puzzles, battle enemies and explore iconic locations from famous Disney properties.

Disney Infinity Starter PackDisney Infinity is available now on Xbox 360, PlayStation  3, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The Disney Infinity starter pack carries a suggested retail price of R799.99 and all versions are rated “E10+” by the ESRB. The Lone Ranger andCars Play Sets are available separately for a suggested retail price of R349.99.

join the Disney Infinity
Google+ community


The Write Journey Weekend Workshop In Cape Town & Johannesburg

The Write Journey Weekend Workshop for screenwriters
Cape Town AUG 31 & Sept 1           Johannesburg SEPT 7 and 8
Master the art of plotting your story
Define and develop your premise, concept, theme and characters
Take ownership of the writing process.

It has never been a better time to be a screenwriter in South Africa and if you’re a storyteller with a vivid imagination whose ideas are larger than life, The Write Journey weekend workshop for screenwriters is guaranteed to turn words into big screen action in Cape Town on August 31 and September 1, and in Johannesburg on September 7 and 8 from 10am until 6pm on both days.

The Write Journey looks at mastering the art of plotting your story, defining and developing your premise, concept, theme and characters and taking ownership of the writing process.

Hosted by The Writing Studio in Cape Town, and Annie Malan Promotions in Johannesburg, the motivational and inspirational workshop explores the art of visual narrative and the fundamentals of successful storytelling.

Within ONE WEEKEND budding screenwriters will understand the principles of writing for a visual medium and what it takes to be screenwriter in South Africa.

The workshop is ideal for ANYONE with an idea for a story. If there is something or someone you want to write about this is your opportunity to turn thoughts into words.  Ideas are transformed into concepts that will be reworked into visual narrative filled with action, description and vibrant characters.

This outcome-based workshop examines the principles of writing for film or television and explores the writing process, developing characters and mastering the art of structure.

It is a basic workshop that explores the art of storytelling and the craft of writing a universal story that reflects the uniqueness, history and culture of South Africa and Africa.

It’s about writers connecting with the process of writing productively in their comfort zones and producing South African stories the world wants to experience.

The duality of the interactive workshop nurtures creativity: it allows the writer to write instinctively and take an introspective journey into story; it also stimulates writers to write stories connected to their unique cultures, communities, history and experience that reflect the universal human condition.

The workshop is ideal for novelists, journalist and writers who would like to master the art of adapting stories into a visual medium.

Following the workshop, the writers will be guided through the process of developing their screenplays through The Write Agency, and get their drafts shaped for the international film, television and publishing markets.

The workshop is presented by Daniel Dercksen, a local writer, playwright, movie journalist and Education, Training and Development Practitioner. As a freelance journalist for more than 30 years, and published playwright, Dercksen is a qualified ETD Practitioner (Education, Training and Development) – accredited by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) – working in accordance with the principles of the Department of Education and focusing on outcomes-based education, training and development.

Following in the tradition of 19 years of workshop throughout South Africa, including masterclasses at the Sithengi Film and TV Market’s Talent Campus, the 2012 International Kunjanimation Animation Festival, community workshops at the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu as part of their annual Kwa Mashu Film Festival. On August 24 Daniel will present a talk on screenwriting and selling yourself as a writer for 48HFP Producer South Africa at the 48HFP Emerging Filmmakers conference at the SABC.

Graduates of previous workshops include award-winning playwrights Neil Coppen (winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, 2011, as well as the Naledi Award for Best South African Play, Abnormal Loads, 2013), filmmakers John Barker (Spud 3: Learning to Fly, Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million), and Henk Pretorius (Bakgat, Fanie Fourie Se Lobola), novelists Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, Spinning Girl), Gary Hirson (The Magic That is Ours and Calm in Storm), and Consuelo Roland (Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award and received an Honorary mention for the Olive Schreiner Prize for her novel The Good Cemetery Guide).

The weekend workshop for screenwriters in Cape Town on August 31 and September 1 takes place at The Writing Studio in Cape Town, and on September 7 and 8 the weekend workshop takes place at Annie Malan Promotions at Willowview, Burnside Isle, 410 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park. Both workshops take place from 10am until 6pm.

To register and for the full agenda, visit or email

Film Review

Pain & Gain: Review

From renowned director Michael Bay, comes a rather intriguing comedic, crime, dramatic thriller. With the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie and Tony Shalhoub, not to mention, Ed Harris.

The story follows a trio of bodybuilders in Florida who get caught up in an extortion ring, and a kidnapping scheme. It’s at this point, the thrills and comedic situations make their appearance. This is not a ‘laugh a minute’ comedy, but instead, from the situations the trio set up, and think they can succeed in. The film is based on the true story of Daniel Lugo, a Miami bodybuider who wanted to live the American dream, and wanted all the money others had worked for.

The characters are brilliantly cast, the story endearing, and the story solid. You want to route for them, and deep down you feel sorry for them, but yet, you don’t want them to have an easy ride.

Pain & Gain is a great film in which to relax, and enjoy a piece of a great story telling.


Sexual Perversity In Chicago By David Mamet

Sexual Perversity In ChicagoDavid Mamet’s notorious one-act dark comedy filled with profanity and regional jargon that reflects the working-class language of 1970s Chicago. A young couple, illustrator Deborah (Melissa Haiden) and office manager Danny (Alistair Moulton Black), fall in love but their relationship soon suffers horribly through their suspicion-sowing “best friends”, sexist-ranting macho, Bernie (Pierre Malherbe), and cynical elementary school teacher, Joan (Marlisa Doubell). Heading up the team is Fleur du Cap Life-Time Achievement Award-Winning director, Professor Chris Weare.

This was Mamet’s first hit play that put him on the map as a playwright in 1974 – and shocked Chicago in the process! By today’s standards, the play is rather tame, but certainly addresses timeless issues such as the misunderstandings that can complicate sexual relationships and the way some people wreck others’ happiness in the name of saving it.

This masterpiece, with undercurrents of loneliness, hope, and tragedy, forms part of the national curriculum for Drama and Literature in many states of America and is studied world-wide.

Hot on the heels from the Edinburgh Festival, where he directed two shows, Professor Chris Weare returns to South Africa to tour ‘Vigil’ and direct ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’ for the Sugar-daddy Theatre Company.

Newly established in 2010, Sugar-daddy is a boutique theatre company based in Cape Town, which seeks to make independent theatre possible by way of sponsorship and profit-share.

Sugar-daddy was awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ Fleur Du Cap earlier this year for their 2012 production ‘I am Hamlet’.

Venue:  Intimate Theatre, 37 Orange Street, Cape Town
Dates: 21st September – 5th October 2013, 8pm (excluding Sundays, Mondays, and Public holidays)
Price: R80 (Students/Pensioners/SAGA Members R70)
Strictly no under 18s
Tickets available through Computicket
Stand-by tickets available at the door on the night (full price only)
Special Offers: ‘Early Bird’ tickets, R50, available through Computicket
‘Half Price Tuesday’, R40, on Tuesday, 1st October.

Melissa Haiden, Alistair Moulton Black, Pierre Malherbe, Marlisa Doubell

Chris Weare


Khumba To Compete With World’s Best At Toronto International Film Festival Kids Programme

Khumba The Movie

Cape Town-based Triggerfish partners Anthony Silverston and Stuart Forrest will soon be heading to the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where the company’s second animated feature film Khumba will compete with some of the best international children’s films in the TIFF Kids programme.  This will also be the film’s North American premiere following its world premiere in France where Khumba was selected in competition at Annecy and its African launch at 2013 Durban International Film Festival last month.

Khumba follows the adventures of a young zebra born with only half his stripes. When his superstitious herd blame him for the sudden drought affecting the land, Khumba teams up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes. On his daring quest across the Great Karoo desert, Khumba meets a host of quirky characters and comes face-to-face with a tyrannical leopard in an epic battle to earn his stripes.

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 to 15, 2013 and continues to shine a spotlight on international children’s films.  The festival line-up consists of five family-friendly titles from around the world representing a diverse range of cultural perspectives.  The themes explored include courage, camaraderie, love and acceptance and are aimed at both young and young at heart festival goers.

The 5 films selected for TIFF Kids are: Amazonia (Thierry Ragobert, France/Brazil, North American Premiere), Antboy (Ask Hasselbalch, Denmark, World Premiere), Khumba (Anthony Silverston, South Africa, North American Premiere), The World of Goopi and Bagha(Shilpa Ranade, India, World Premiere), Zip and Zap and The Marble GangI (Oskar Santos, Spain, World Premiere).

Khumba has already been sold to over 40 territories by LA-based sales agent Cinema Management Group with a few deals on major territories yet to be finalised at Toronto. The film releases in South Africa in both English and Afrikaans on October 25th and will then roll out through the rest of the world.

Triggerfish’s first animated film “Adventures in Zambezia” has released successfully across the world and opened widely in France this week as “Droles d’Oseaux”. Last week “Adventures in Zambezia” won the Best Children’s Feature at Anima Mundi in Rio, Brazil.

Khumba will be released in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.

Official Site:


The Heat: Review

The first female buddy cop movie since Feds, The Heat takes you on a ride, with a double feature of action and friendship. There are some of the tried and tested plot out-comes, but there are a few twists to keep you guessing.

Sandra Bullock brings a dose of her lovable, girl-next-door personality to the role as FBI agent Ashburn, while Melissa McCarthy brings a bit of rawness to her character in the foul-mouthed, brash detective Mullins. There is tangible chemistry on-screen between the two stars, and it’s this that forgives the naivety of Ashburn, or the crass of Mullins.

The Heat has it share of action, and a huge helping of laughs. Thankfully these are not silly, slapstick, but the film brings an intelligent story to the viewer.

The Heat, a fun afternoon when you’re looking for a laugh, and a good story.


Celebrity Acting Coach Michelle Danner Will Teach Golden Box In Cape Town

Celebrity Acting Coach to the Stars Michelle Danner is Traveling to South Africa to Teach! She will be holding 2 Master Acting Intensives Golden Box and the Junior Workshop at The Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town on September 20 – 22. Aspiring local actors can sign up for the class at or contact The Waterfront Theatre.

Students will learn:
How an actor can increase their booking ratio by taking the Golden Box intensive. Michelle Danner’s technique encompasses the following: Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov & the Stanislavsky Technique.
“Learn how to create vivid, fleshed out, and interesting characters through an intense and emotional workshop with lectures and technique exercises.”

Michelle Danner works with many A-List actors privately and on set including Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Penelope Cruz, Isla Fisher, Salma Hayek, Brian McKnight, James Franco, Christian Slater, Zooey Deschanel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Henry Cavill and among many others.

In addition to coaching actors, Michelle has directed and acted in over 30 plays and musicals in Los Angeles and New York, and she has directed two films. Hello Herman, starring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), opened on June 7, 2013 in nationwide with simultaneous availability on VOD in 100 million homes.


If any participants would like to study in Los Angeles, The Michelle Danner Acting Studio at Edgemar Center for the Arts offers sponsorship to international students who aspire to begin, improve, or polish their acting skills set, and expand their acting resumes. Through the M1 Visa Program International, actors are able to study & work in beautiful Santa Monica CA and take individual acting classes and a 6- or 12-month well-rounded actor training.

Michelle Danner Cape Town

For additional information about Michelle or Edgemar Center for the Arts, visit and


Universal Pictures International Breaks Record For Biggest Year Ever At International Box Office

Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that with yesterday’s film grosses, the studio has earned more than $1.8 billion at the international box office making it UPI’s biggest year in history.  UPI’s success has been propelled by hits such as Les Misérables, ($293 million) Fast & Furious 6($544.4 million) and Despicable Me 2 ($410 million) and also by the solid performance of films like Mama ($75.9 million) and Oblivion ($197.1 million).  Currently, UPI has the second and third highest grossing films both internationally and worldwide with Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2.  UPI’s previous record was set in 2012 when the studio grossed $1.794 billion for the year. The studio has 14 films yet to be released by UPI in 2013 including three wide releases and 11 others in select territories.

2013 international highlights include:

  • Universal Pictures films dominated the worldwide box office on six weekends in 2013 including Oblivion’s No. 1 opening, Fast 6 which was No. 1 twice and Despicable Me 2 which was No. 1 worldwide for three weeks.
  • Fast & Furious 6 opened No. 1 in 65 territories and was Universal’s biggest opening of all-time in 41 of those markets.  The film also provided the studio with its highest opening weekend ever at the international box office. Fast 6 is the second highest-grossing film of 2013 and Universal’s second highest-grossing film of all-time behindJurassic Park.
  • Despicable Me 2 is the highest-grossing animated film of the year. It opened No. 1 in 41 territories and is Universal’s highest grossing film of all time in 15 of those territories.
  • Les Misérables is the second highest-grossing musical overseas and worldwide behind Universal’s Mamma Mia!  
  • Oblivion opened in the No. 1 spot in 49 territories and was Tom Cruise’s biggest opening of all-time in Russia and Indonesia.
  • Mama, a film driven by Universal Pictures International Production group (UPIP) had tremendous success in Latin territories including holding the No. 1 spot in Spain for an impressive three-week period.
  • UPI has also had success with its locally-produced productions, including Argentina’s Foosball which has grossed $11.2 million and held the No. 1 position for three weeks in that territory.

Read more about Universal Studios.