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Jagveld Goes On Tour

The highly anticipated new Afrikaans action/thriller JAGVELD (Afrikaans, with English subtitles) – written by the renowned master of the thriller genre, Deon Meyer – will come to life on the big screen at South African cinemas from 17 March 2017.

This exciting local cinema release hits the screen with impact – delivering suspenseful elements of the genre with the support of atmospheric cinematography, eerily quiet locations in the Karoo and a top-notch local cast in standout roles (which are a distinct departure from the characters they have played onscreen up to now).

JAGVELD takes the thriller genre to new heights, establishing a unique new entry in the South African movie scene.

 

 

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Winners List For The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were screened live yesterday, Monday, 30 January at 03:00 and via delayed broadcast at 21:40 on M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104, honour the film and television industry’s best. Showbiz’s most talented and most acclaimed performers turned out in their numbers, for what proved to be an evening of passion and surprise.

Some memorable highlights included Oscar-nominee Lily Tomlin’s acceptance speech, after she was honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award. In a true Hollywood-esque twist, this year’s acclaimed La La Land picked up just one coveted SAG, while top credits went to director Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures. Denzel Washington, who stars in the acclaimed drama Fences, also scooped up a statuette, having held a longstanding record as one of the most nominated actors for these awards.

Some critically acclaimed M-Net, M-Net Edge and M-Net Movies titles were recipients of the coveted statue (highlighted in yellow). If you missed both broadcasts yesterday note that you can catch the show again on Sunday, 5 February Movies All Stars channel 111 at 14:30.

And the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Winners are:

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Denzel Washington / Troy Maxson – Fences

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Emma Stone / Mia – La La Land Coming to M-Net Movie channels soon

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali / Juan – Moonlight

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis / Rose Maxson – Fences

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Hidden Figures

Television Programs

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Bryan Cranston / President Lyndon B. Johnson – All The Way

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Sarah Paulson / Marcia Clark – The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

John Lithgow / Winston Churchill – The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Claire Foy / Queen Elizabeth II – The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

William H. Macy / Frank Gallagher –Shameless- Season 8 coming to M-Net Edge soon

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis – Dreyfus / President Selina Meyer- Veep – Season 5 concluded on 6 January on M-Net Edge. Season 6 TBC

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Orange is the New Black – Season 5 coming to M-Net Edge soon

Stunt Ensembles

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Hacksaw Ridge

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

Game of Thrones – Season 7 coming to M-Net channels soon

Life Achievement Award

53rd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award

Lily Tomlin

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Film Review

xXx: Return Of Xander Cage : Review

Following a previous incident, Xander Cage (Vin Diesel – Guardians of the Galaxy, Furious 7, Riddick) is left for dead. However, agency many Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Legend of Tarzan, Avengers: Age of Ultron) is secretly recruiting more Triple X members. Following a new threat to the globe, Xander is brought back to chase down a device that can control satellites, and kill countless innocents.

Chasing after Xiang (Donnie Yen – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Serena Unger (Deepika Padukone), Cage teams with Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter) and friends to put a stop to this menace, save the day, and look cool in the process. Extreme sports, stunts and fights are all on the menu for this over the top action storyline.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is simply a film to go watch when you want to escape. There’s shooting, there are over the top stunts, far too many set-ups for one line cliche dialogue, and total mindless shooting and explosions. If that’s what you’re going for, that’s what you get; nothing more, nothing less. But, who doesn’t need some escapism at some point? There are enough guys and girls to ogle. And enough of a variety of said guys and gals to satisfy most peoples visual taste.

As for plot, it’s very thin. Basically just a set up to allow for all the actions sequences. No twists, no huge setup, the film jumps straight in, and gets on with business.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage makes no bones about what it is, an action film, with action scenes, for action fans. The film opens 3 February 2017 in South African cinemas.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage DVD review, by SAMDB

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Meg Rickards’ Critically Acclaimed Feature Tess Hits The Cinema Circuit On 24 February 2017

After garnering awards and critical acclaim at film festivals in South Africa and abroad, director Meg Rickards’ (1994: The Bloody Miracle, Land of Thirst) feature film Tess will open at local cinemas on 24 February 2017.

Produced by Paul Egan and Kim Williams of Boondogle Films, Tess is based on Tracey Farren’s award-winning novel Whiplash and is a searing portrait of a young street worker desperately trying to still the demons of her past. Sassy twenty-year-old Tess sells her body on the streets of Cape Town. She survives by popping pain killers and through her wry humour. Though she tries to escape her past, it continues to torment her and she is forced to fight back, conquering her demons and searching for the truth.

“The fact that Tess is a sex worker is almost incidental”, says Rickards. “She’s a young woman undergoing a tumultuous journey: facing the truth of her childhood, coming to terms with it and moving forward with her inner dignity intact”.

Tess stars Christia Visser (Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling, Hollywood in My Huis), Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim (Reloaded), Brendon Daniels (iNumber Number, Four Corners) and Dann Jacques Mouton (Noem My Skollie). Lee-Ann van Rooi, Quanita Adams, Amanda Lane, Warrick Grier, Oscar Peterson, Mark Elderkin and Greg Kriek round out the cast.

The film had its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2016 before going on to screen at the kykNET Silwerskermfees and at the BRICS International Film in New Delhi . (Also the Brussels and Gothenburg International Film Festivals) Tess was hailed by critics and audiences alike and has already garnered a number of awards including: Best South African Feature Film, Best Editing and Best Actress for Christia Visser at DIFF and then Best Actress, Best Editing and Best Cinematography at kykNET Silwerskerm.

Tess was funded by KykNET, the National Film and Video Foundation, the DTI and Thundafund.

Times Media Films distributes.

 

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2017 SAG Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 2017 SAG Awards:

FILM

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • Captain Fantastic
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Amy Adams, Arrival
  • Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel, Lion

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • The Crown
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Blackish
  • Modern Family
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • John Lithgow, The Crown
  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things Claire Foy, The Crown Thandie Newton,
  • Westworld Winona Ryder, Stranger Things Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson, Blackish
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
  • Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

  • Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
  • Sterling K. Brown, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Bryan Cranston, All the Way
  • John Turturro, The Night Of
  • Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

  • Bryce Dallas Howard, Black Mirror
  • Felicity Huffman, American Crime
  • Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
  • Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble Game of Thrones

  • Daredevil
  • Luke Cage
  • The Walking Dead
  • Westworld