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AB Moosa Awarded Prestigious Paul Harris Award

AB Moosa receiving his award from Rotary President – Morningside, Sydney Chetty
AB Moosa receiving his award from Rotary President – Morningside, Sydney Chetty

The Rotary Club – Morningside, Durban, has awarded South African businessman, AB Moosa with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Recognition award.

AB Moosa, 43, is the CEO of the Avalon Group and CineCentre Cinemas, South Africa’s oldest and largest independent cinema exhibition and film
distribution companies.

The award was presented in recognition of AB’s ongoing and long-standing support of Rotary and his commitment to its initiatives.

Rotary is a Service Organisation that provides humanitarian services to the community. These include feeding schemes and sustainable organic gardens as well as providing wheelchairs and hearing aids for those that cannot afford them. Through AB’s support, significant funding for Rotary has been raised to support these and many more other such initiatives.

After receiving the award at a fundraising event held at SunCoast CineCentre, AB Moosa said, “I am truly humbled to receive this recognition.

I come from a family legacy that has always been conscious of the need to support those who are less fortunate. For me to be able to keep the
tradition of my forbears including my late grandfather and continued by my father is both gratifying and humbling. This award for me also serves to honour the many that are involved in Rotary and other such organisations who are working towards making our country and the world a better place.”

Paul Harris, a lawyer, founded Rotary International in 1905 and previous recipients of this award include the likes of former SA President, Nelson
Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as well as Raymond Ackerman for outstanding community service.

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Festival

7th Celludroid Film Festival (30 Sept – 2 Oct, Labia Theatre)

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CELLUDROID FILM FESTIVAL
Phase 7
30 September – 2 October
LABIA THEATRE
68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, ZA
www.CELLUDROID.net

Next weekend (30 Sept – 2 Oct) the 7th CELLUDROID Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Animation film festival hurtles down at you like a meteor shower with another fine collection of movies from around the solar system!
Expect a far-out Godzilla-style monster movie (by North Korean dictator Kim Jong il, yes. you rad that right!), Ed Wood’s legendary B-movie classic, a plot to create an invisible army, a dark visitation from outer space, two exciting short film collections, and documentaries including an exploration of Nerd / Geek culture, and an in-depth look into government conspiracy, human experiments, time travel and alien contact at the notorious Montauk base.

Most of these will have their African premiere.

A segment of this year’s line-up will also run at The Bioscope in Johannesburg early November.

Drinks for the Labia Theatre bar can be taken into the cinema.
The festival is supported by the SAE Institute, Cape Town

Tickets: R45 each
On-line Booking: www.quicket.co.za/organisers/114-celludroid-film-festival or reserve seats at: 021 424 5927

2016 CELLUDROID LINE-UP:

FRI 30 SEPT
6:15pm – PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (Ed Wood’s cult classic)
8:30pm – CELLUDROID SHORT FILMS Vol. 1 (incl. ’80s homage FX short Kung Fury)
SAT 1 OCT
4:00pm – THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN (1960s B-movie)
6:15pm – MONTAUK CHRONICLES (expansive documentary on government experiments, time travel, alien encounters)
8:30pm – TRACEROUTE (nerd-culture doccie)
SUN 2 OCT
4:00pm – CELLUDROID SHORT FILMS Vol. 2 (incl. La Jatee, the classic short that served as 12 Monkeys’ inspiration)
6:15pm – PULGASARI (Godzilla-style Kaiju film by dictator Kim Jong il)
8:30pm – THE RIFT (something has returned with a fallen satellite, starring Ken Foree from the original Dawn Of The Dead)

Flamedrop’s Celludroid event will be followed over Halloween season by the 12th annual South African HorrorFest

FULL MOVIE DETAILS:
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE

Tickets: http://qkt.io/gqYRzz

The legendary Ed Wood cult classic PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is back for some seriously cheesy B-movie laughs. Still a riot after all these decades!

Everyone must see this at least once in their lifetime (if not annually!)
Features the legendary Bela Lugosi (aka Dracula), Vampira and Tor Jonson

MONTAUK CHRONICLES

Tickets: http://qkt.io/oFQIUG

A decade of countless kidnappings, secret government experiments, brainwashing, torture, time travel, mind control, and extra terrestrial contact… Three men survived to tell it all.

This expansive documentary includes interviews, location visits and recreations digging deep into the Montauk conspiracies.
Montauk is a remote U.S. town located on the very eastern tip of Long Island, New York. High on a hill above the rocky waters of the Atlantic Ocean looms a giant rusted radar tower. It’s a ghost relic of the past that local fishermen use as a marker to help guide their ships safely to shore. The old military tower is also a landmark for what once was an active Camp Hero Air Force Base.

The base has a recorded history that dates back to the revolutionary war. During world World War II Camp Hero was used as a defense station and was equipped with giant mark seven cannons that were loaded and ready in the event of a Nazi attack. There are those who say that in the 1970’s the base was used for a much different purpose.

Montauk Chronicles is the story of three men who claim they were brainwashed and forced against their will by a clandestine organization to take part in secret experiments. Evil atrocities are said to have occurred deep beneath the surface of the Camp Hero Air Force base at Montauk.
Alfred Bielek, Stewart Swerdlow, and Preston Nichols all tell tales of experiments that were conducted on nearly one hundred thousand people over the course of about ten years. Kidnappings, murder, torture, time travel, mind control, and extra terrestrial contact are all said to have occurred at Camp Hero.

Montauk Chronicles is the very first and honest (cinematic) examination of the Camp Hero Legends. It raises many questions of our place in the universe and what the future may hold for humanity.
It’s an entertaining journey into the unknown and a study of fear, lies, paranoia and the truth.

Written, Directed, Edited & Photographed by Christopher P. Garetano

PULGASARI

Tickets : http://qkt.io/xV4Ciq

PULGASARI is a 1985 North Korean Kaiju film (in the vein of Godzilla), produced by dictator Kim Jong-il !!! Directed by Shin Sang-ok (whom the Kims had kidnapped in 1978 along with his actress wife to make propaganda movies!) You can’t make this up!

Kim was a lifelong admirer of the director, as well as Godzilla and other Kaiju films. He kidnapped the former director and his wife, famous actress Choi Eun-hee, with the specific purpose of making fantasy / propaganda for the North Korean government. (Sang-ok and Choi managed to escape from their minders while on tour in Austria).

(Kim Jong-il played filmmaker just like his son, the current dictator Kim Jong-un plays military with growing nuclear capabilities…)
Teruyoshi Nakano and Japan’s Toho studios (the creators of Godzilla), participated in creating the film’s special effects. Kenpachiro Satsuma (the stunt performer who played Godzilla from 1984 to 1995) portrayed Pulgasari, and when the Godzilla remake was released in Japan in 1998, he was quoted as saying he preferred Pulgasari to Roland Emmerich’s new version!

In feudal Korea, during the Goryeo Dynasty, a king controls the land with an iron fist, subjecting the peasantry to misery and starvation. An old blacksmith who was sent to prison creates a tiny figurine of a monster by making a doll of rice. When it comes into contact with the blood of the blacksmith’s daughter, the creature springs to life, becoming a giant metal-eating monster named Pulgasari.

The evil King becomes aware that there is a rebellion being planned in the country, which he intends to crush, but he runs into Pulgasari, who fights with the peasant army to overthrow the corrupt monarchy.

TRACEROUTE

Tickets: http://qkt.io/tHTTDW

A Personal Journey Into The Uncharted Depths Of Nerd Culture, A Realm Full Of Dangers, Creatures And More Or Less Precarious Working Conditions…
Mental Floss’ Chris Higgins writes about Traceroute: “As many nerds have noticed, there’s a glut of nerd-positive documentaries out there, but they tend to be either too self-serious, or too focused on the trappings of fandom to actually say much. Traceroute manages to be a real film, with humor and true insight (sometimes called out for us—and delightfully nullified—with a blinking ‘INSIGHT’ faux-HTML tag onscreen), primarily because it focuses on Grenzfurthner’s personal journey, and he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Let’s put that another way: The director uses himself and a handful of subjects to create his story, and that specificity—coupled with his playfulness—makes it work. At one point he licks the chrome head of a Terminator prop. Then he licks a zombie head prop. Then he licks the propmaster himself. It’s delightful.”

Pop culture magazine Boing Boing calls Traceroute “a brilliantly careening biography of a highly enigmatic species. Traceroute is radical individual empiricism, a narrative biographical puzzle and an experimental projection matrix. Despite continual stimulus satiation, it is wonderful fun: the film tickles the synapses with a perfectly mixed cocktail of collectively shared context and quirkiness.”

Patrick Lichty of net culture magazine Furtherfield calls it “magical – After watching Traceroute, I was left with a real exhilaration and a deeply reflective feeling at once. What Traceroute reveals is the tradition of alterity just beneath the surface of Western culture, and that it has a powerful effect on our mass consciousness, whether it is in plain sight or not.”

Felix Knoke of Engadget Germany writes: “For me it is the best nerd documentary I’ve seen so far. Simply for the fact that it doesn’t take itself as deadly serious as the other ones. Traceroute deserves high praise because it represents an old-school definition of nerd culture, one that is never compatible with fintech, unicorn and iGod.”

Pop culture critic Thomas Kaestle comments: “Traceroute is game, challenge, encyclopedia, and sentimental journey all in one. As a documentary it is most skillfully composed. And as a narration it is highly compatible. This film will, in passing, sweep proclaimed nerds off their feet. And it will touch the hearts of those who still need some explanation.”

Diamond in the Rough Films praises Grenzfurthner’s hosting and storytelling: “This doc works in some very unconventional ways, not the least of which is our plucky protagonist. Grenzfurthner is an absolute charmer as our host and his narration is note-perfect (the accent is so cool in that Werner Herzog kind of way). It’s really rare in a documentary about a not-that-famous person where you become almost instantly won-over and invested in their personal journey.”

Blogger and sci-fiction author Cory Doctorow states about Traceroute that “Johannes is a brilliant lunatic of surpassing and delightful weirdness.”
MicroFilmmaker Magazine writes: “The different people Grenzfurthner chatted with were genuinely interesting and the organic way he moved from place to place was intriguing. You’ll find that you’ve learned an awful lot about technology, nerdiness, and America.”

Richard Propes (The Independent Critic) writes: “It’s challenging. It’s thought-provoking. It’s remarkably honest. It’s well researched. If you’re expecting nothing more than your usual nerd doc with its cosplay cuteness and asocial gamers, you’re going to be not just disappointed but probably traumatized. Grenzfurthner is clearly full-on willing to challenge culture, stereotypes, accepted thoughts and just about everything else. There’s a healthy dose of sexuality in Traceroute, which one might expect, yet Grenzfurthner also immerses the film in politics, activism and social shifts. Refreshingly devoid of the pretentiousness so often found amongst truly intellectual films, Traceroute is simultaneously a pretty wonderful personal journey and an immensely satisfying cinematic experience.”

THE RIFT

Tickets: http://qkt.io/PF97Bv

An American military satellite crash lands in Eastern Serbia. A team of US and Serbian agents are dispatched to secure its remains, but when they locate the crash site, all is not as it seems – something else returned with it. The Rift stars the legendary Ken Foree (from the original George A. Romero zombie classic Dawn Of The Dead, and From Beyond)
Produced by Milan Todorovic, whose Zone Of The Dead and Nymph screened at previous installments of the South African HorrorFest.
Cameo appearances by Mick Garris (Masters of Horror creator & director of many Stephen King adaptations), and another SA HorrorFest alumni Olivier Beguin.

Starring Ken Foree, Katarina Cas, Monte Markham, Dragan Micanovic
Directed by Dejan Zecevic

CELLUDROID SHORT FILMS Vol. 1 & 2

Tickets: www.quicket.co.za/organisers/114-celludroid-film-festival

Another amazing array of short films from around the world converge here in two feature length volumes, including new, innovative, entertaining and unexpected short films you won’t see on any South African screen.

Also includes some local productions, a classic 1960s French featurette La Jetee, and a modern FX-laden classic, Kung Fury.

THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN

Tickets: www.quicket.co.za/organisers/114-celludroid-film-festival

A 1960 sci-fi B-flick starring Marguerite Chapman. It follows the story of an insane ex–U.S. Army major who uses an escaped criminal to steal materials to improve the invisibility machine his scientist prisoner made.
Starring Marguerite Chapman, Douglas Kennedy James Griffith
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

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M-Net Movies Announces The Contenders For The Greatest Movie Ever Made

Who will take part in the next round of The Greatest Movie Ever Made?

You’ve cried, you’ve laughed and you’ve seen some “Oscar-winning” performances in M-Net Movies’ unique The Greatest Movie Ever Made competition. Now, after a whopping 387 entries from across the continent, M-Net Movies and a panel of experts has narrowed down the entries to just 17 contestants. Spearheaded by three reputable television and film production directors from Spitfire Films, the selection process was in the hands of experts like Akin Omotoso, AK and Peter Heaney.

In this extraordinary casting competition, M-Net Movies invited aspiring actors to recreate scenes from movies on the different DStv channels in the hopes of starring opposite well-known local actors in a short M-Net Movies production and maybe win the big prize – an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood, sponsored by UIPSA.

Akin Omotoso, AK and Peter Heaney will also be the three directors of this short movie, which will hop between different genres.

Nigerian-born Akin Omotoso has garnered several top-notch film awards over the years, and his highly acclaimed crime drama 2011 film Man On Ground traveled the international film circuit winning over critics and audiences alike. His most recent production Vaya, was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.

About judging the entries for The Greatest Movie Ever Made Akin said: “The quest is always finding truth in the performance, but the talent that came forward was absolutely mind-blowing.”

“People were so creative, or interesting, or just brilliant that it made our job selecting a final cast very difficult,” fellow judge Peter Heaney agreed. “Ultimately, the truth is that casting is about the combination of people, and how a group fits together. We could have cast so many of the people who submitted entries that I hope we get to do this again!”

Heaney, who began his career in front of the camera, is a seasoned director, who recently won the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging (ATKV) MediaVeertjies Award for Best Director for the award-winning drama, Erfsondes.

AK has thrived on strong conceptual ideas with striking graphic visuals, bursting with special effects innovation and cinematic magic. The talented director has overseen over 260 commercials and picked up over 40 international awards. AK has also featured at the Global Association for Creative Advertising & Design Awards (D&AD) Awards in New York, the One Show Awards, the PromaxBDA Awards in both London and Los Angeles and the Cannes Advertising Awards.

Here are the Top 17 finalists they picked for The Greatest Movie Ever Made:

  • Andy Ella (27) from Centurion in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Angelo Johannes (37) from Cape Town in the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Daniel Molokwu ( 17) from Accra in Ghana)
  • Devon Wayne Saunders (33) from Cape Town in the Western Cape, South Africa
  • George Mnguni (22)from Vosloorus in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Jacqueline Angula (26) from Namibia
  • Jerome Galiao (32) from Randburg in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Julian Fouche (22) from Germiston in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Kelly Gossmann (24) from Randparkridge in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Kira Marie Tim (25) from Blairgowrie in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Lamar Bonhomme (27) Randparkridge in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Lauren Jenae Vankeirsbilck (25) Bryanston in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Letlotlo Mohlabeng(20) Randfontein in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Nompilo Hlongwa (25) Durban in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Percival Sibanda (22) Clearwater in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Sheena Deepnarain (29) Greenstone in Gauteng, South Africa
  • Tshegofatso Masenya (17) Limpopo in Gauteng, South Africa

The judging process was verified by auditing firm Deloitte.

For more information, updates on the competition and to view the casting videos visit www.mnet.tv/mmgreatest and on social media with the hashtag #MMGreatest.

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Workshops

Final Courses For 2016 – Act Now! ACT: Cape Town

For those wishing to pursue a career in film acting – these courses provide the perfect springboard into the industry. Work with professionals and hone your craft.

*NEW* Meisner Technique – Level 2
10 October – 16 November
Mon & Wed
5:30pm – 8:30pm
R4950
Coach: Nicol Ritchie
Entry requirements: Meisner Technique – Level 1/Foundation in Meisner Technique

Acting for Film – Level 1
Intro to Acting
03 Oct – 9 November
Mon & Wed
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Coach: Tamryn Speirs
Entry requirements: None

Acting for Film – Level 2
Finding Emotional Truth
04 Oct – 10 Nov
Tues & Thurs
5:30pm-8:30pm
Coach: Nicol Ritchie
Entry requirements: Acting for Film – Level 1/Equivalent

Acting for Film – Level 3
Camera Technique
04 October – 10 November
Tues & Thurs
5:30pm – 8:30pm
R6495
Coach: Grant Swanby
Entry requirements: Acting for Film – Level 2/Equivalent

Auditioning for Camera
Saturday, 15 October
10am – 4pm
R1150
Coach: Christa Schamberger & Digby Young
Entry requirements: This course is open to actors who have completed a foundation in acting and are about to launch into professional auditions and professional actors with industry experience.

Book now to avoid disappointment. Spaces in courses limited.
2016 Course Calendar attached listing all course info.
For further info visit www.actcapetown.co.za.

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Awards

Medalists Unveiled At The 2016 Student Academy Awards®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored 17 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 43rd Student Academy Awards® ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Joel Edgerton, Lucy Liu, Daisy Ridley and Parker Sawyers.

The 2016 Student Academy Award® winners are:

Alternative
Gold: “All These Voices,” David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute
Silver: “Cloud Kumo,” Yvonne Ng, City College of New York
Bronze: “The Swan Girl,” Johnny Coffeen, Maharishi University of Management

Animation
Gold: “Once upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, USC
Silver: “The Wishgranter,” Echo Wu, Ringling College of Art and Design
Bronze: “Die Flucht,” Carter Boyce, DePaul University

Documentary
Gold: “4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki, University of California, Berkeley
Silver: “Fairy Tales,” Rongfei Guo, New York University
Bronze: “From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City,” Elise Conklin, Michigan State University

Narrative
Gold: “Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University
Silver: “It’s Just a Gun,” Brian Robau, Chapman University
Bronze: “Rocket,” Brenna Malloy, Chapman University

Foreign Narrative
Gold: “Invention of Trust,” Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film Munich (Germany)
Silver: “Where the Woods End,” Felix Ahrens, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)
Bronze: “Tenants,” Klara Kochanska, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz (Poland)

Foreign Animation
Gold: “Ayny – My Second Eye,” Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany)

Foreign Documentary
Gold: “The Most Beautiful Woman,” Maya Sarfaty, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

New this year, the Foreign Film category was expanded to include separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries. All categories had three potential placements except for the Foreign Animation and Foreign Documentary categories, in which only Gold Medal awards were given.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 51 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared nine awards. They include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.

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The Vibrant, Colourful World Of Bollywood Comes To BoxOffice For All DStv Customers

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DStv customers can look forward to the enchanting music, dazzling costumes and eye-catching dance sequences as Bollywood comes to MultiChoice’s video-on-demand movie rental service, BoxOffice on 12 October 2016.

The latest Bollywood movies will be available at the touch of the GREEN button as BoxOffice delivers this scintillating entertainment in the comfort of your home. Bollywood A-Listers such as Rajnikanth, Sharukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra (among others) will captivate the whole family with nail-biting drama, heart-wrenching romance, vicious betrayal and gut-busting comedy.

When Bollywood on BoxOffice launches on 12 October 2016, the catalogue will boast the latest films in Hindi and Tamil. In future, classic Bollywood movies will be added to the catalogue, and offered at a reduced price.

BoxOffice for all DStv customers

All DStv customers have further reason to celebrate, as all customers will now have access to BoxOffice. Previously this service was only available to DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers. Now all DStv customers with an active HD PVR or DStv Explora will be able to rent the hottest movies – at just R35 each – whenever they want them.

‘BoxOffice is the most convenient way for our customers to access the latest blockbusters and we’re thrilled that all our customers can now experience this service. No doubt, the addition of Bollywood movies will bring extra excitement to our customers’ summer,’ said Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

DStv customers with an Explora will now be able to choose from a selection of 30 BoxOffice movies.

And convenience is what it’s all about. In less time than it takes to make your popcorn, you’ll be ready to immerse yourself in a world of magic, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

Pay for BoxOffice with WeChat

Renting your movie on BoxOffice will be even easier in the next month or so as WeChat wallet becomes available on BoxOffice. This option will give customers more flexibility when it comes to choosing a payment method that suits them. WeChat will also give DStv customers R35 back into their WeChat wallets for up to 5 movies as part of our Crazy Deals campaign.
For more information on any of these exciting announcements, please go to the DStv website at DStv.com.

Bollywood on BoxOffice Movie Highlights

Madaari

madariMadaari (English: Puppeteer) is a 2016 Indian social-thriller film directed by Nishikant Kamat. It is produced by Shailesh Singh, Madan Paliwal, Sutapa Sikdar, and Shailja Kejriwal. The film stars Irrfan Khan, Vishesh Bansal, Jimmy Shergill, Tushar Dalvi and Nitesh Pandey and was released on 22 July 2016.

A 10-year-old child, Rohan, is kidnapped from his hostel. Rohan is the only son of the Home Minister. The army and the CBI storm into action. CBI officer Nachiket Verma (Jimmy Shergill) heads the case and gets to restrain order from all the other security agencies to make sure that the kidnappers don’t panic and kill Rohan. Initially the case is thought of mistaken identity wherein the kidnapper might have tried to kidnap the friend of Rohan, Cheeku who was also drugged while kidnapping.

For a long time, there is silence from the kidnapper and everyone is left guessing as who it might be and at the same time the investigation is kept extremely secret, so as to keep the kidnaper(s) from killing Rohan.

Kabali

kabaliKabali is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language gangster-drama film written and directed by Pa. Ranjith and produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu. The film revolves around the gang war between Kabaleeswaran (played by Rajinikanth) and Tony Lee (portrayed by Winston Chao). Radhika Apte, Dhansika, Dinesh Ravi,Kalaiyarasan, and John Vijay also star in pivotal roles.

Principal photography for the film began on 21 August 2015 in Chennai. While filming mostly occurred in Malaysia, smaller scenes were shot in Bangkok and Hong Kong.

The film was released in Tamil along with dubbed versions in Telugu and Hindi on 22 July 2016, while the film was released in Malay a week later. Kabali was released on 3200 screens in India, of which 2200 were in South India. Upon release, the film had the largest opening weekend for any Indian film worldwide and became the second highest grossing Tamil film ever.

Dilwale

dilwaleDilwale (Translation: The Big Hearted) is a 2015 Indian romantic action comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty, and produced by Gauri Khan and Rohit Shetty under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Productions respectively.

The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, and Kriti Sanon in lead roles, with Johnny Lever andVarun Sharma in supporting roles.

Dilwale has grossed over ₹372 crore (US$55 million) worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film starring Shah Rukh Khan after Chennai Express, also directed by Shetty. However, Khan expressed disappointment with the box office collections and the film’s performance, especially in India.

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Before I Wake (DVD): Review

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Before I Wake brings us the story of Mark (Thomas Jane) and Jessie (Kate Bosworth), a young couple who adopt an orphaned boy, Cody (Jacob Tremblay – Room). It is not long after Cody joins the little family, that strange things start to happen. When Cody has a dream, or nightmare, these manifest physically to Mark and Jessie.

The cast bring in a performance level of note, with yet another exceptional role for Jacob Tremblay.

Before I wake starts off building tension, misdirecting the viewer with a few cheap jump-scares, but also letting the viewers mind wander, leaving a lot to the imagination. However, as we reach the third at of the story, things begin to feel a little rushed. There are a few twists to the tale, which one is likely to predict just prior to its revelation in the film. It feels a bit like the ending betrays the tension and mystery of the rest of the film, and unfortunately makes the entire thing weaker as a result.

While many of the films concepts are not new, there is a lot of entertainment value in the film, especially for those with a penchant for horror or the supernatural. Eschewing blood and gore, for a more psychological path, Before I Wake play with the mind and lets the imagination run wild. Then, once the are sure you are about to be scared, the scene does an about face, and one is left with more clues pointing to what may have lead to the dreams and nightmares Cody is experiencing.

A tense horror, that sadly rushes the ending, Before I Wake is a chilling romp into another world, governed by the mind of a young boy.

Disc

Overall, the disc, though devoid of any additional content, is of a pretty good quality.

Before I Wake is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on screen, and viewers with the relevant hardware or software can scale the image up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they desire.

Colours are vibrant, with no bleed. Blacks are detailed, but not as deep as one would think in some of the very dark scenes.

Audio

Audio is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Dialogue is clear, with distinct panning of sounds and effects between the various channels.

The film makes a fair amount of use for the surround channels, making the viewer more a part of the action, and enhancing the on-screen action.

Navigation

Navigation is simple, and easy to use. There are only options to play the main feature, and to go to individual scenes via a sub-menu. The menu has a static background, with music.

Bonus Features

There are unfortunately no bonus features, other than trailers for The Keeping Room, Sing Street and Genius. These can be skipped and fast-forwarded. They play at the beginning of the disc, but there is no way to access them again without restarting the disc.

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Cape Town Performing Arts Showcase Sees Four Scholarship Winners

 

Last night, the Baxter Theatre Centre’s Masambe Theatre in Cape Town came alive when 12 talented young performing artists gave their all on stage, in hopes of winning an Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Scholarship.

Front left to right: Winners, Tshegofatso Mabutla, Omphile Kgogome, Awonke Mtgana and Thembelihle Ngubo. Back left to right: judges, Mandla Mbothwe, Caroline Calburn and Ntomoboxolo Makutshi
Front left to right: Winners, Tshegofatso Mabutla, Omphile Kgogome, Awonke Mtgana and Thembelihle Ngubo.
Back left to right: judges, Mandla Mbothwe, Caroline Calburn and Ntomoboxolo Makutshi

Funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), the 2016 Scholarships Programme will change the lives of these dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre students who clinched Scholarships worth R320,000 in total.

The Cape Town showcase saw these first and second year university students, perform in one of three categories; acting, dance and singing. In the first year acting category, the versatile Thembelihle Ngubo (Pietermaritzburg) was awarded a Scholarship, while Omphile Kgogome (Rustenburg) took home top honours for her incredible opera abilities. Each winner will receive R50,000 towards their studies.

The second year students, who will each receive R35,000 towards their degree or diploma, are multi-talented actress Tshegofatso Mabutla (Western Cape) and electric dancer Awonke Mtgana (KwaZulu-Natal).

The judges last night, Artscape’s Creative manager, Mandla Mbothwe; Director of The Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Caroline Calburn; and actress, Ntomoboxolo Makhutshi had some very difficult decisions to make, as every single one of the finalists performed with determination, charisma and style.

The ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs says of last night’s victors; “We congratulate and welcome these fine young performers to the ACT family. We implore them to not only take their own development seriously and strive for excellence but that they would pay it forward for the greater good of the industry when they have the opportunity to do so.”

Mrs Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the NLC says they are honoured to assist these young artists reach their full potential. “Grants of this nature are in line with Governments commitment to provide opportunities for the youth of South Africa,” Mampane says.

ACT has been supporting arts students through their Scholarship Programme since 2009. But 2016 is an exciting year for the Programme as there are more Scholarships on offer to Grade 12 scholars and first and second year university students than ever before.

This Cape Town showcase was the first of a number of final rounds in the ACT Scholarships Programme. The singing, dancing and musical theatre finalists based in Johannesburg and its surrounds, will go head-to-head next week at the Con Cowan Theatre on the UJ Campus. The winners of this leg, will also be announced on the night.

Then, on 10 October, six triple threat matric students will sing, dance and act before an audience and a panel of judges in hopes of laying claim to a Scholarship that will entitle to them to begin their performing arts studies at an accredited South African tertiary institution of their choice.

For more information, please visit www.act.org.za/programmes/scholarships.html.

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Awards

Cinemark Wins ‘Most Award’ As Best Media Owner In Cinema Category

Cinemark walked away with the MOST Award in the Cinema category at this year’s 8th annual MOST Awards celebration, making it two wins in two consecutive years.

The MOST Awards recognise the ‘best of the best’ media agency and media owner sales teams, as voted by their peers in the industry. The awards recognise knowledge of own brands and the broader media landscape, knowledge of client brands and the market landscape, service delivery, innovation, authority and involvement. This year’s event was held at the Wanderer’s Club in Illovo, Johannesburg, on 13 September.

“Having scooped the award for Best Media Owner in the Cinema and Television category in 2015, Cinemark was once again successful in lifting the 2016 MOST Award for Best Media Owner in the Cinema category. This is an amazing achievement and testimony to the hard work and dedication of the sales team in a challenging economic environment. We would like to thank the industry for recognizing our winning sales team with this award,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief Marketing and Sales Office of Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

“The team has displayed determination and innovation in its approach to putting clients’ brands on the big screen. Their success reinforces cinema as a captive media platform that delivers superlative audience attention and influences consumer behavior towards advertised brands. The medium offers fewer distractions – in fact, research shows that adverts are regarded as part of the overall cinema entertainment package.”

The team has focused its efforts on offering solutions that achieve a client’s particular business objective or sales target. “Our unique approach to offer clients different ways of buying cinema results from our understanding of their specific requirements. We are able to create highly targeted campaigns in cinema that guarantee audience numbers to provide business solutions,” comments Leslie Adams, General Manager: Sales of Ster-Kinekor Theatre, who accepted the MOST Award together with the Cinemark sales team.

“Having been recognised by the industry as the best media owner in the cinema category, we would like to challenge marketers and advertisers to put our winning team’s industry knowledge and service delivery to the test. Let us create a bespoke cinema campaign for one of your brands or products to achieve a specific business goal, and we think you will be amazed at the results,” says Adams.

 

Issued by Ogilvy Public Relations on behalf of Ster-Kinekor Theatres / Cinemark
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Television

Mzansi Footballers Makes Its Homebrewed Debut

Mzansi Footballers

With all the on-pitch drama unfolding almost every week during soccer’s busy season, it’s safe to say that Mzansi soccer fans are in serious need of a chill pill to balance the scales.

Say hello to Mzansi Magic’s all-new, all-local lifestyle reality show: Mzansi Footballers. This show follows in the footsteps of the popular globe-trotting Goal Diggerz that gave viewers a peek into the lives of African football stars around the world.

Just in time to combat any blues that soccer lovers might be feeling as the club culling continues, this show will invite viewers to kick back and chill with their favourite stars during their downtime.

Presented by everybody’s favourite “guy’s guy” Lungile Radu, Mzansi Footballers will take us into the lives of hotshot dribblers such as Benni McCarthy, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Thuso Phala and Keagan Dolly, among others.

M-Net’s Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Nkateko Mabaso, lauded Mzansi Footballers as one of the best aspirational lifestyle reality shows to hit our screens.

“Mzansi Footballers has a fresh new look, format and take. It’s not just about the glamorous side of football – how the players live and play, but also about the hard times they’ve gone through and relentless work they’ve put in to get to where they are. Their skills, work ethic and never-say-die attitudes are attributes that have seen them rise into the giants of the game that they are; and they continue to work hard at their “hustle” while enjoying the fruits of their labour,” said Mabaso.

Have you ever wondered who is a secret master chef? Who likes fashion and accessories more than they let on? And which soccer star is a down-low mall rat or club hopper? Well, let Lungile take you into the homes and lives of these athletic greats – and see what comes tumbling out!

“This show is about celebrating Mzansi excellence and being inspired – and having a superb time while at it,” added Mabaso.

Make a date with Mzansi Magic and Lungile because you won’t want to miss this fresh football-meets-lifestyle show.

Mzansi Footballers premieres on the 12th of October, Wednesday at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161)

More updates will be available on mzansimagic.dstv.com/south/home

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