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Comedy Central Open Week For DStv Compact – September 2015

To celebrate the upcoming debut of Trevor Noah as host of legendary ‘fake news’ programme The Daily Show, DStv and Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) are opening the channel to DStv Compact customers for the first week of broadcast (28 September – 2 October).

The news comes as Noah limbers up to step into the shoes of beloved Daily Show creator, Jon Stewart, who left the show in August after 16 years.

The hotly anticipated Noah debut will be the first time in history that an African has hosted a US late-night TV franchise.

Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “Every comedy fan in the country is eager to witness how Trevor is going to handle the biggest gig of his life, and also to see him fly the flag for South Africa. This is such an important milestone for African comedy and we are expecting record viewing figures for the premiere and first week of broadcast.”

Aletta Alberts, General Manager of Content for MultiChoice commented: “The launch of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is such a proud and historic moment for all South Africans. We’re delighted to share Trevor’s international success with our DStv Compact customers.”

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will air Tuesdays to Fridays on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) at 21:00 CAT from Tuesday 29 September, just 24 hours after the live US premiere. Comedy Central will be running, full catch-up episodes of The Daily Show online at www.comedycentralafrica.com (from 30 September). Noah’s smiling face is currently gracing the front page of the September issue of the DStv Magazine.

Among the select audience witnessing Noah’s debut will be South African Lalenthra Naidoo, who beat more than 20.000 applicants to win a Comedy Central all expenses paid trip to attend the debut taping of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Lucky Lalenthra and her best friend will be attending the show in New York on 28 September.

Find out more by logging onto www.comedycentralafrica.com,or follow Comedy Central on Twitter@ComedyCentralAF, Instagram at ComedyCentralAF, and like Comedy Central on Facebook at www.facebook.com/comedycentralafrica.  To join the conversation about The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, please use the hashtag #TDSTrevorNoah.

McDonald’s is the official South African sponsor of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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Descendants To Premier Friday 18 September 17:00 On Disney Channel (DStv 303)

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Disney’s Descendants is a contemporary live-action adventure comedy that introduces the teenage progeny of Disney’s iconic characters – most notably its evil villains.

Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson star as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains, in Disney’s “Descendants,” a live-action movie that – with a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales – fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations. Made for kids, tweens and families, the movie premieres FRIDAY, September 18 (17:00, CAT) on Disney Channel (DStv Channel 303). The notable cast also includes Mitchell Hope, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Maz Jobrani, Kathy Najimy and the Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth.

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Maya The Bee Buzzes Onto The Big Screen In South Africa – In English, Afrikaans And isiZulu

Beloved animated character Maya the Bee and friends will be making their big screen debut in South Africa in 3 languages, in 3D – and on 18 September, just before Heritage Day! The inhabitants of the hive get local voices in Afrikaans and isiZulu, with the international cast providing English voices.

A host of talented local actors have lent their voices to the film, and were delighted to be able to give a local spin to characters generations of South Africans grew up with, thanks to television broadcasts of the original animated series. Christine Voorendyk voices Maya in Afrikaans, while Sylvia Kgoadi does the same, in Zulu. The rest of the cast features a host of talented local actors, including: Leandie du Randt & Jessie Palmer (Juffrou Cassandra / Miss Cassandra); Elma Potgieter & Gcina Mkhize (Royal Advisor); Franci Swanepoel (Spies); Karen Wessels & Bonginkosi Buthelezi (Willie); Magda van Biljon & Cindy Dlatu (The Queen); Lochner de Kock & Philip Mathebula (Kriewel / Crawley); Richard van der Westhuizen & Moses Zimu (Flip) and Francois Stemmet & Hamilton Dlamini (Henk / Hank). The English-language cast includes Coco Jack Gillies (Maya); Richard Roxburgh (Flip); Kodi Smit-McPhee (Willy) and Miriam Margolyes (The Queen).

Maya the Bee was created over 100 years ago and brought to life in print and on the small screen in a popular animated series. The big-screen adventure, follows Maya, a young bee who leaves the hive and embarks on a new adventure to discover the beauty and mysteries of nature. Freshly-hatched Maya is a little whirlwind who won’t follow the rules of the hive. One of these rules is not to trust the hornets that live beyond the meadow. When the Royal Jelly is stolen, the hornets are suspected and Maya is thought to be their accomplice. No one believes that she is the innocent victim and no one will stand by her, except for her good-natured best friend, Willy. After a long and eventful journey to the hornets’ hive, Maya and Willy soon discover the true culprit and set about bringing him to book.

The local dubbing was overseen by Presto Post, with dubbing direction by Aubrey Madlala (Zulu) & Rina Nienaber (Afrikaans).

Maya The Bee is distributed by Black Sheep Films and will be available in 2D and 3D at cinemas across South Africa on 18 September 2015, available in all three languages on DStv’s ‘Box Office’ on 4 December and will be broadcast on M-Net Movies Family (English), Mzansi Magic (isiZulu) and kykNET (Afrikaans) early in 2016.

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Sam Smith To Sing Title Song To “Spectre”

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Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment today confirmed that Sam Smith has recorded “Writing’s On The Wall,” the theme song to SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure. SPECTRE will be released in the UK on October 26 and in the US on November 6 and in South Africa on 27 November 2015. The song, released by Capitol Records, will debut and be available to purchase and stream on September 25.

Multi-platinum selling artist Sam Smith has co-written the title song, “Writing’s On The Wall,” with fellow GRAMMY® Award winner Jimmy Napes. It is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965. Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour launched at No. 1 in the UK and bowed in at No. 2 in the US, and has since earned five No.1 UK singles, four GRAMMY® Awards, three Brit Awards, six MOBO Awards, Q and AMA Awards.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of SPECTRE, said, “Sam and Jimmy have written the most inspirational song for Spectre and with Sam’s extraordinary vocal performance, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time.”

Smith said: “This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”

The 23 previous James Bond theme songs make up some of the most memorable movie music of all time. The previous Bond theme song, “Skyfall,” was performed by Adele, and was honored with the Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Spectre

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.

SPECTRE is set for release in the UK on October 26, 2015, and in the US on November 6, 2015 and in South Africa on November 27, 2015.

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The Transporter Refuelled: Review

The Transporter Refuelled. Yet another remake, another reboot, and this one started out with an empty tank.

A former special-ops mercenary (Frank Martin, played by Ed Skrein) is unwillingly roped into a games of high stakes by a female client. Tricked into the job, and now with his father held hostage, he needs to out wit these woman, the authorities, and survive the men of a sinister Russian kingpin.

Transporter Refuelled is painful from the start, with the accents and dialogue feeling as if dubbed from a 1960s Chinese martial arts movie. The amazing driving and chases one would hope for are more of what looks like an advert for the product placement of the Audi in the film. Fights feel weak and lacking. Add to all of this the story and direction, and you are better of taking your bicycle for a ride.

This is certainly that movie goers should give a miss to. Pull into the pit lane, go see something else, and keep the fun memories of the original film starring Jason Statham.