Official Trailer For Critically Acclaimed Krotoa Released

This remarkable drama tells the story of a feisty, bright, young eleven-year old girl (Charis Williams), who is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck (Armand Aucamp), her uncle’s trading partner. She is brought into the first Fort, established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. There she grows into a visionary young woman, who assimilates the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for van Riebeeck, who became the first Governor of the Cape Colony. KROTOA (Crystal-Donna Roberts) ends up being rejected by her own Khoi people and destroyed by the Dutch, when she tries to find the middle way between the two cultures.

KROTOA has already won eight coveted awards, including an Award of Excellence at the International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues and Zero Discrimination; a Best of Show at the Depth of Field International Film Festival; a Platinum Award at the International Movie Awards; a Diamond Award at the Filmmakers World Festival; a Best of Show at the IndieFEST Film Awards; an Award of Excellence Special Mention: Women Filmmakers at the Accolade Global Film Competition; a World Platinum Award at the World Woman Awards and an award for Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival held in New York. The movie has also received six official selections at international film festivals around the globe and was also included in the prestigious Female Eye Festival, which focuses on female filmmakers and stories about women.

The film, written by Kaye Ann Williams and Margaret Goldsmid, was created by a dynamic team of women, with acclaimed filmmaker Roberta Durrant as director and producer. Roberta is the creator of various award-winning South African television series and sitcoms, as well as the children’s film, Felix, which won seventeen international film awards.

KROTOA is inspired by real-life historical events. The scriptwriter tried to stay true to facts and deductions made about her life, having first made a documentary about KROTOA’s life with the help of various historians and cultural advisors like Dr. Yvette Abrahams, Prof Jatti Bredenkamp, Dr. Vertrees Malherbe and Ron Martin. The narrative feature film script is inspired by historical facts and deductions made about her life. Bradley van Sitters and Dorothea Davids advised in terms of the Khoisan language, Khoekhoegowab, which is one of the languages spoken in the film along with Afrikaans. “KROTOA’s story was created by a crew of dynamic women. It was imperative that her story not only be told by creatives from the community, but also from a female perspective. This feature film is the culmination of three years of research, scripting and, most importantly, actively engaging with top historians on the subject. Because of the importance of the story the film enjoyed the support and endorsement of The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in association with M-Net and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Every effort was made to honour this heroin’s life and memory,” says Kaye Ann Williams, who created the script for the film as a result of a documentary she produced and directed on KROTOA’s life.

“In comparison to men, very few women have been acknowledged for having an impact on South African history. KROTOA (Eva) is the tragic heroin of this movie. It is not only important to tell her story because of all her great achievements, but it is also necessary to highlight that she was caught between two ways of life and constantly forced to choose between these two cultures. Identity, a sense of belonging and reconciliation are strong, universal themes in this powerful tale. Especially because the identity of someone, who is in between two cultures, is very relevant in any multicultural society,” Durrant adds.

Crystal-Donna Roberts, known for movies such as Endless River, Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom and Skeem; as well as television series like 7de Laan, Montana, Vallei van die Sluiers, Getroud met Rugby, Boland Moorde and Byl, plays KROTOA, while SAFTA acclaimed actor, Armand Aucamp – who is renowned for his work in Ballade vir ’n Enkeling and Die Boekklub – portrays the role of Jan van Riebeeck. Jacques Bessenger, Doen Lotz, Marcel van Heerden, Roeline Daneel, Brendon Daniels and Ernest St Clair also star in this critically acclaimed film. Sy word na die eerste Fort geneem, wat in 1652 deur die Oos-Indiese Kompanjie gevestig is. Hier word sy groot as ’n visionêre jong dame, wat die Nederlandse taal en kultuur so goed verstaan, dat sy ’n invloedryke tolk word vir van Riebeeck – die eerste goewerneur van die Kaapkolonie. Krotoa word egter op die ou einde deur haar eie Khoi-mense verwerp en deur die Hollanders vernietig wanneer sy probeer om ’n middeweg tussen die twee kulture te vind.

KROTOA is a striking tale about a woman, who was prepared to sacrifice everything, to give birth to the great nation we all share today. It not only has a powerful message, which anyone can relate to, but also promises to take moviegoers on an epic adventure back in time.

KROTOA was produced by the SAFTA Award-winning film company, Penguin Films, in association with kykNET. The film will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 4 August 2017, and is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.

Social Media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Krotoafilm
Twitter: @KrotoaMovie
Instagram: @krotoa_film
Hashtag: #Krotoa

Exclusive And First On Showmax: Kingdom S3, Doctor Who Spin-Off Class And More

From series that you can only find on Showmax, including Kingdom, Season 3 and BBC’s Class, to classic movies like Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, to top-notch stand-up comedy and solid-gold South African soapies, Showmax is due to deliver some scorching entertainment to subscribers in the month of June.

Take a look at all the highlights here: blog.showmax.com/2017/05/30/hot-new-content-hitting-showmax-sa-june

Kingdom S3

Catch this explosive and hard-hitting season exclusively on Showmax this June. Express from the USA, Kingdom episodes will be available on Showmax just 24 hours after they first air in the US, with new episodes added each week from 1 June. Showmax is the only place that you can watch Kingdom season 3 in South Africa. This season, we find out if there’s another Jay vs Ryan fight in the works and meet the gym’s new coach. Seasons 1 and 2 are already available on Showmax.
Planned release date: Thursday, 1 June

Class S1

This exciting Doctor Who spin-off is coming first to Showmax! School is tough. Mix that with time travel and school gets weird! Explore the universe of Dr Who from the view of six students at a truly special academy. As a Showmax subscriber, you’ll be able to watch this series before it launches anywhere else in South Africa.
Planned release date: Monday, 12 June

And a big hit for the kids… Peppa Pig!

South Africa Now Has Largest 4DX Footprint In Africa

Nu Metro Cinemas has confirmed that it will be expanding its revolutionary chain of multi-sensory cinemas, with the launch of South Africa’s fifth 4DX cinema at Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino, Convention and Entertainment Resort at the beginning of June 2017.

4DX at Nu Metro Emperors Palace will feature an 84-seat cinema and will be opening to the public from Friday 9 June 2017. Entertainment at Emperors Palace will be taken to a whole new level: cinemagoers will no longer just watch movies, but can now significantly enhance their Nu Metro cinema outing with 4DX effects being added to target all senses (such as wind, motion, water spray, scent and lightning) in the state-of-the-art new cinema.

4DX is exclusive to Nu Metro Cinemas in South Africa. Driven by overwhelming public demand, this new 4DX cinema at Emperors Palace is the second such cinema for Johannesburg, the third for Gauteng and the fifth 4DX cinema in South Africa. South Africa has one of the highest densities of 4DX cinemas in the world, and Nu Metro is also pleased to offer moviegoers the cheapest 4DX tickets in the world.

The new 4DX cinema for the east of Johannesburg follows on the runaway success of 4DX at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront (Cape Town), The Pavilion (Durban), Hyde Park (Johannesburg) and, most recently, Menlyn Park (Pretoria).

“As one of our most popular cineplexes, Nu Metro at Emperors Palace is located within one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. 4DX will give local moviegoers, and visitors wanting to experience this very unique and exclusive cinema outing, an opportunity to view movies on a whole different level. These world-class cinemas add a new dimension to popular blockbusters, to establish a one-of-a-kind trip to the movies. 4DX transports the viewer to get as close to experiencing the action on-screen as you can get!” explains Nitesh Matai, Nu Metro Cinemas: Managing Executive.

“We are incredibly excited about the launch of 4DX at Nu Metro Emperors Palace. This is the next step in cutting-edge cinematic technology and we’re thrilled to offer this extraordinary multi-sensory cinema experience as an additional entertainment option to our visitors”, comments Dave Milne, Peermont Hotel and Resort Executive.

Nu Metro’s 4DX cinemas feature seats that move in sync with every single scene of action on-screen, driven by a sophisticated, computerised Servo motoring system in each seat (not hydraulics), allowing for realistic movement simulations – from racing a crash-car to falling through the sky or drifting on the ocean. Cinemagoers can feel the wind in their hair, they can feel sprays of water or blasts of air hitting them from specialised effect systems installed in front of them, and they can smell the scent of the scenes on-screen – from flowers to burning rubber, the ocean or a fire – and be moved around in their seat to become a part of the movie itself.

4DX presents moviegoers with an absolute cinema experience, and Nu Metro is the only cinema chain locally to screen chart-topping blockbusters in this ground-breaking format. Recent hits such as Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FAST & FURIOUS 8, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 and currently PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR’S REVENGE literally come to life with 4DX. Future blockbusters lined up for 4DX include WONDER WOMAN and THE MUMMY. Filmmakers work in close conjunction with the 4DX team of innovators to encode effects that not only makes for an exciting, visceral movie joyride, but which also represents the creative vision of the film’s director and producers.

Nu Metro is the first and only cinema group to premier the revolutionary 4DX cinema format in Africa. 4DX pushes the limits of cinema to its ultimate pinnacle. This cutting-edge technology allows a motion picture presentation to be augmented with environmental effects such as seat motion, wind, fog, lights, and scents along with the standard video and audio. The 3D visuals on-screen, along with Dolby 7.1 surround sound, are enhanced to the max with effects targeted to submerge the viewer in a fully immersive sensory experience.

4DX delivers a multi-sensory experience like nothing seen, heard, felt or even smelt before. The new 4DX cinemas involve all five senses for consumers to enjoy an entertainment destination without comparison.

The films screened in 4DX are projected in HD/2D and Digital 3D on a silver curved wall-to-wall screen. Its audio system is the upgraded Dolby CP750 with 7.1 full surround sound. The Barco projector used in the cinema also uses an enhanced lamp for brighter picture in both 2D and 3D.

For more cinema info and to book tickets, call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or go to numetro.co.za

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

Read about the first 4DX launch at V&A Waterfront.

Baywatch Exclusive Even Pre-screenings

Beaches, get ready for an exclusive event pre-screening of BAYWATCH at select Ster-Kinekor and Cine Prestige cinemas

While the days are getting shorter and the temperature gauge is dropping, things are hotting up in the cinema. Those red-costume clad babes and guys from Baywatch are set to make their big screen splash, and Ster-Kinekor is hosting some fun, beach-flavoured exclusive events to cheer them on.

The sizzling Baywatch beach parties are happening on Thursday, 01 June, from 18:30 at Ster-Kinekor’s luxurious Cine Prestige and commercial cinemas at Mall of Africa in Midrand, Sandton City in Johannesburg, Gateway in Durban and Cavendish in Cape Town. Get ready for a night of hot entertainment, exotic cocktails, and great prizes and give-aways, and this is all before the heat is turned up on the screen at 20:00.

Bookings are now open, so grab the hottest ticket in town and join Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Doddario, Kelly Rohrbach and Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra, and the rest of the Baywatch crew for a night to remember… but remember, the “Beaches ain’t ready…”!

Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Directed by Seth Gordon, this action dramedy releases at Ster-Kinekor and Cine Prestige cinemas nationally on Friday, 02 June. The running time is 116 minutes, and the classification is to be confirmed.

For booking information on the exclusive Ster-Kinekor Baywatch event pre-screenings only on Thursday, 01 June from 18:30, visit www.sterkinekor.com or download the SK App. Follow us on Twitter at @sterkinekor and on Facebook at Ster-Kinekor, with #Baywatch. For queries, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

The Voice SA: Tender And Josh Saved

THE VOICE SA 2: Coaches save Tender and Josh!
Fans pick Craig and PJ. Who will be saved this week?

#TeamLira’s Tender Mavundla (35) from Port Shepstone and #TeamBobby’s Josh Ansley (31) from Johannesburg tonight joined #TeamKahn’s Fatman (40) and #TeamKaren’s Samantha Leonard (24) in the safe group that are already through to the next round of The Voice SA Season 2, after their coaches Bobby van Jaarsveld and Lira selected them out of the 8 extraordinary performances in tonight’s second Live Showstopper show at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairland, Johannesburg.

And after last week’s performances, The Voice SA fans voted to keep #TeamKahn’s Craig Lucas (23) from Cape Town and #TeamKaren’s PJ Pretorius (26) from Secunda in the competition, which means that sadly the show had to say goodbye to #TeamKahn’s Freddy Lalendle (23) from Durban and Zee Gqamana (23) from Grahamstown, as well as #TeamKaren’s Lindo Sithole (23) from Pietermaritzburg and Amanda Faku (23) from Port Elizabeth.

Now it’s up to the fans to vote which final two singers to keep in the show this week, using their unique voting numbers:

From #TeamLira:
Bubbles Mnomiya (23) from Durban 09
Luke Lovemore (23) from Cape Town 10
Marissa Petzer (22) from Stilfontein 11

And from: #TeamBobby:
Caroline Brussow (32) from Bloemfontein 13
John James Janse van Rensburg (19) from Carletonville 14
Marco Basson (23) from Vanderbijlpark 16

#TeamLira was up first tonight with Marissa Petzer (22) from Stilfontein rocking out the Aerosmith classic, “Pink”. “To think this girl didn’t make it through past the blind auditions last season!” Karen marveled, and Kahn thought her rendition of the song was “sassy”.

The effervescent Bubbles Mnomiya (23) from Durban went for the funk with Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like”. “You’re so versatile, you can do anything,” Bobby noted, and Kahn said she was like the lyric from her song: “strawberry and champagne on ice”! “I’m so, so proud of you!” Coach Lira beamed.

Lira’s rocker, Capetonian Luke Lovemore (23), took the pace down a notch with the Lady Gaga ballad “Million Reasons”. Karen said that Luke’s is the kind of voice she likes, “and you’re such a heartthrob as well!” she grinned as Luke’s coach, Lira, dissolved into tears. “You don’t know the amount of work that goes into this moment,” she told the audience tearfully.

Lira’s oldest talent in the competition, Tender Mavundla (35) from Port Shepstone, brought out the big guns for her performance of the Tina Turner classic, “Proud Mary”. “It was like all the different genres of music wrapped into one two-minute song,” Kahn raved. “You have such a rebel heart, that’s what I love about you,” said an impressed Karen. “It was beautiful to watch that,” said a happy Lira.

#TeamBobby’s turn on the stage was lead by Johannesburg musical theatre alum Josh Ansley (31), showing off his impressive range with the timeless anthem “Eye of the Tiger”. Kahn thinks Josh’s nostalgic quality is what makes people like him. “You are ready to take it to the next level,” Lira told him, and Karen thought his voice is world class. “Not many people can do that – not in South Africa, not in the world, what you just did,” she said. “You are one of the best entertainers I’ve ever seen in my life,” his Coach, Bobby van Jaarsveld, praised.

Matriculant John James Janse van Rensburg (19) from Carletonville brought some soul to the party with his rendition of Shawn Mendes’ pop ballad “Treat You Better”. “So, so proud of you,” Karen raved. Lira called him the South African Justin Bieber but Kahn thought he was better: “You actually sing on stage,” he joked. Bobby told him it’s time to let go of his self-doubt now. “You’re going to go far,” he said.

Next up for #TeamBobby was the blonde lawyer and rugby-wife from Bloemfontein, Caroline Brussow (32), tackling Sia’s “Elastic Heart”. “You have powerful, roaring, strong vocal capability,” said an impressed Lira. “You have an elastic voice!” Karen exclaimed, and noted that Caroline is also the nicest person in the show. “I don’t think you’re human,” Kahn marveled.

And finally Vanderbijlpark engineer Marco Basson (23) chose Ed Sheeran’s pop standard “Castle on the Hill” for his first live performance. Kahn praised Marco’s sincerity and Karen said she thought he was spectacular. “You’re my favourite nerd!” his Coach Bobby praised him.

With Tender and Josh now also safe from this week’s vote, it is up to the fans to decide which final two singers to save with their votes. Only one member of each team can remain – four singers must be sent home in next week’s Showstopper episode.

Voting for #TeamLira and #TeamBobby’s’s singers opened directly after the show at 19:00 tonight and will close on Tuesday, 30 May at 22:00. Fans can vote for their favourite singers via WeChat (free) and SMS (standard rates apply). Terms and Conditions are available on www.mnet.tv/thevoice.

Tickets for The Voice SA live shows are available from Computicket.

The Voice South Africa, sponsored by Dialdirect, is broadcast every Sunday night on M-Net channel 101 at 17:30 and every Monday night at 18:00 on M-Net City channel 115.

Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/thevoice to watch exclusive interviews with the coaches and talent, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @VoiceSA / #TheVoiceSA or on the official “Voice SA” Facebook page. You can also download The Voice SA app today for exclusive show-related games and special features.

M-Net, M-Net Binge, M-Net City Schedule Update For May 2017

M-Net:

New Information:
  • Dirty Dancing– this special event will air tonight at 19:30 and 20:30 and on 2 June at the same time.
  • MacGyver season 1- takes break, new episodes resume on 9 June at 20:30.
Reminder:
  • Veep season 6- starts Monday 29 May at 21:30.
  • Twin Peaks season 1 – will be coming your way in two back-to-back episodes at 21:30 and 22:30 on Tuesday 30 May.
  • Broadchurch season 3- takes break on Tuesday 30 May at 22:30. New episodes resume on Tuesday 6 June at 22:30.
  • The Leftovers season 3- new timeslot – moves from 22:30 to 23:00 from Monday 5 June.
  • The Magicians season 2- new timeslot – moves from 23:30 to 00:00 from Monday 5 June.
  • American God’s season 1- starts on Monday 29 May at 22:00

M-Net Saturday Night 21:30 movies:

  • Saturday 27 May 2017: Sniper: Ghost Shooter

M-Net City:

  • Frequency season 1 starts on Thursday 18 May at 18:00
  • Longmire season 5 starts on Monday 22 May at 19:30
  • The Blacklist: Redemption starts on Tuesday 23 May at 21:00 – series will air Mondays and Tuesdays*
  • Bull season 1 starts on Wednesday 31 May at 21:00

Saturday Movies

Saturday 27 May 2017

21:30 Sniper: Ghost Shooter 16VL

Explosive action thriller. Two elite snipers are caught in the midst of a deadly political war, while fighting extremists in the Middle East.

Sunday Night Blockbusters

Sunday 28 May 2017

20:05 How To Be Single 16SL Comedy Drama

Exploring the ever-evolving definition of love, this ensemble romcom follows a group of lonely hearts in New York City, struggling to find relationships, sex and something in between.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

New, Returning & Series Finales

Friday 26 May 2017

19:30 Dirty Dancing 01 0001 “Part 1” *Event Series Starts*

Based on the classic 1987 film, the cult dance-infused romance between a wealthy young woman and a working-class young man is reimagined in this timeless special, starring Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes.

21:30 The Arrangement 01 0001 “The Arrangement Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

Christine Evangelista (The Walking Dead) and Josh Henderson (Dallas) star in this slick thriller. A young actress with a troubled past is offered a marriage contract with Hollywood’s biggest star.

Saturday 27 May 2017

18:30 Timeless 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

In the series premiere of this adventurous time-travel drama, history professor Lucy Preston is recruited to help stop a fugitive from changing the present- by using a time machine to catch him.

19:30 Pure Genius 01 0013 “Lift me Up”

In the series finale, the Bunker Hill staff attempt multiple surgeries on a patient- by putting him in a state of suspended animation. Cutting-edge medical drama.

Monday 29 May 2017

19:30 This Is Us 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

In the premiere of this provocative, slice-of-life dramedy, husband Jack insists that his wife, Rebecca (Golden Globe-nominee Mandy Moore) upholds a particular birthday tradition. An ensemble cast stars.

20:30 The Good Fight 01 0001”Inauguration”

This spin-off of the acclaimed legal drama ‘The Good Wife’ picks up one year after the latter’s finale. In the premiere, a financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell.

21:30 Veep 06 0001 *Season 6 Starts*

The multiple Emmy Award-winning political satire returns one year later, where Selina (Golden Globe-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus) attempts to secure her legacy.

22:00 American Gods 01 0001 *Season 1 Starts*

Based on author Neil Gaiman’s novel, this critically acclaimed epic fantasy follows an ex-convict who becomes the bodyguard of a powerful old deity, looking to reclaim his lost glory.

Tuesday 30 May 2017

19:30 Hawaii Five-0 07 0001 “Makaukau ‘Oe E Pa’ani (Ready To Play?)” *Season 7 Starts*

The Golden Globe-nominated cop drama returns for a seventh season. In the premiere episode, McGarrett and the team hunt for a vigilant, when the bodies of two serial killers are discovered.

20:30 Shades Of Blue 02 0001 “Unforgiven” *Season 2 Starts*

In the season two premiere of this popular crime drama, Harlee (Golden Globe-nominee Jennifer Lopez) must take drastic measures to cover up the murder of her ex, Miguel.

21:30 and 22:30 Twin Peaks 01 0003 and 0004 *Season 1 continues- note double episode*

Wednesday 31 May 2017

19:30 Man With A Plan 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts

In the series premiere of this lovable comedy, family man Adam (Golden Globe-winner Matt LeBlanc) is forced to take care of his three precocious kids, when his wife decides to go back to work.

22:30 and 23:30 Bates Motel 05 0010 “The Cord” *Season 5 Ends- double episode*

The Emmy-nominated horror series comes to a chilling end in the fifth season. A prequel to ‘Psycho’, this thriller follows the unravelling of infamous Norman Bates.

M-Net Binge channel 900 is a special new weekends-only series pop-up channel. This pop-up channel gives DStv Premium customers the opportunity to record an entire season of some of their favourite international series, thus creating their own box sets to watch at their leisure. M-Net Binge airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 21:30.

Saturday 27 May 2017

06:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

21:30 Night Of, The 01 0001 16VSL

22:52 Night Of, The 01 0002 16VL

23:56 Night Of, The 01 0003 18S

00:59 Night Of, The 01 0004 16VSNL

02:30 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

Sunday 28 May 2017

21:30 Night Of, The 01 0005 16VNL

22:34 Night Of, The 01 0006 16VSL

23:35 Night Of, The 01 0007 18VL

00:35 Night Of, The 01 0008 16VL

02:30 Channel Opens Saturday At 21:30 FAM

M-Net City May Line-up

Thursday 25 May 2017

20:00 The Night Shift 03 0013 “Burned” *Season 3 Ends*

Fast-paced drama about a group of dedicated medics. Scott and Jordan must fight for their lives in the midst of a raging wildfire, in the season finale.

Wednesday 31 May 2017

20:00 Lethal Weapon 01 0018 “Commencement” *Season 1 Ends*

In the season finale of this crime drama, Riggs makes a shocking discovery about Miranda’s death, which leads him back to the cartel in a frantic search for answers. Based on the hit movie franchise.

21:00 Bull 01 0001 “The Necklace” *Season 1 Starts*

M-Net Makes Mondays Bigger Than Ever With Back-to-back New Shows

Monday 29 May is a big day on the M-Net 101 calendar. That’s when the television channel known for its best of the best programming, and 18:00 to midnight prime time without repeats, will boost its schedule with four new acclaimed shows, three of which are hot new items from Hollywood.

This is Us, the refreshingly honest Golden Globe-nominated drama which tugged at American heartstrings this year and was toted the best new show of 2017 by many critics, makes its M-Net 101 debut on Monday, 29 May at 19:30. Then, at 20:30 Christine Baranski steps into the shoes of the formidably intelligent Diane Lockhart in the spin-off of The Good Wife, The Good Fight. Thereafter, the comedy Veep is back for another season of sharp political satire, at 21:30. Then, after making sure the kids are safely in bed, viewers who aren’t afraid can tune into the edgy, provocative, risqué American Gods, for a double bill of much-talked about drama. Note that this series has an age restriction of 18VSNL.

More info about the new slate of Monday night programmes:

This is Us

From the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love, the premiere episode introduces us to four different people who all share a birthday. As their stories unfold and their paths cross and intertwine in curious ways, we come to see that a birthday isn’t the only thing they have in common. It’s emotional, human and compelling. The series stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones.

The Good Fight

The spin-off of the award-winning The Good Wife promises the same high-level courtroom drama that turned its predecessor into an audience favourite. The new series picks up after a financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell and wipes out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s savings. When the two legal ladies are forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join forces with Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms where they find some familiar faces and old problems. The Good Fight Stars Christine Baranski , Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Erica Tazel, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Paul Guilfoyle and Bernadette Peters

Veep

The sixth season of the acclaimed comedy Veep continues to take a sharp, satirical look at the insular world of politics by following the day-to-day existence of former VP and onetime President, Selina Meyer. One year after the events of season 5, the new season sees Selina attempting to secure her legacy, after she finds herself out of public office for the first time in years. In a true parody of American politics, things couldn’t be more difficult for her as she tries to find her place in the world. Veep’s ensemble cast includes Tony Hale; Anna Chlumsky; Matt Walsh; Reid Scott; Timothy C. Simons; Sufe Bradshaw; Kevin Dunn; Gary Cole and Sam Richardson as new staff member Richard. Additional guests include Sarah Sutherland, Clea DuVall, Margaret Colin, Amy Brenneman, Paul Scheer and Stephen Fry.

American Gods

Loosely based on the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel, the double-bill of American Gods is definitely not suited for sensitive viewers. American Gods has been tagged with a high age restriction (R18VSNL) as it contains mature, graphic subject matter of a sexual, violent and religiously themed nature.

The surreal drama in the vein of some of our other fantasy favourites follows an ex-con named Shadow Moon, whose long-term spell in prison comes to an end after his wife dies. Now an aimless wanderer, Shadow has an encounter with a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday and soon finds himself being hired as his bodyguard. It’s a gig that takes him into a hidden world of old gods and new gods, of curious magic and grand plans with dark consequences.

Ian McShane takes the lead role of Mr. Wednesday, a crafty and endlessly charismatic con man, full of perverse wisdom. Executive producers of the show Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Kings) first met when they both worked on Heroes. Fuller and Green promise that viewers who have read Neil Gaiman’s book will be in for a big surprise. American Gods stars: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Pablo Schreiber and Ian McShane.

More about parental control for the decoder:

Activating parental control on your decoder has never been easier. For SD PVR parental control go to selfservice.dstv.com/devices/decoders/sd-pvr/faqs and Explora parental control go to campaigns.dstv.com/explorabeta/pdfs/DStv%20Explora%20Quick%20Guide.pdf page 25.

Viewers can stream or watch the above shows on the following Catch Up platforms:

This is US: PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA.

The Good Fight: PC, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA.

Veep: PC, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA.

American Gods: PC, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA.

For more information on these shows, visit mnet.tv. Follow M-Net on Twitter @MNet and Facebook www.facebook.com/MNet

J’Something To Judge “My Kitchen Rules SA”

J’Something appointed as judge on M-Net’s new reality cooking show
Music star, restaurateur and celebrity chef to dig in and dish out critique and praise in My Kitchen Rules SA

Platinum award-winning singer and songwriter, restaurateur and acclaimed food enthusiast J’Something will be one of the two judges on M-Net’s sizzling new cooking reality show My Kitchen Rules SA! Based on the popular Australian format, which had M-Net 101 audiences glued to their screens in the channel’s daily reality slot recently, My Kitchen Rules South Africa will showcase a diverse range of local foodie pairs who will have to cook and entertain up a storm in order to go all the way to the final and win some fabulous prizes.

It will be up to J’Something and his fellow judge to navigate some choppy waters as 12 pairs of passionate South Africans put their reputations and their dining rooms on the line to wow with them with their flair for food. In a contest of sheer nerve, grit, determination and a whole lot of confidence, the teams of home cooks will have to serve up the hottest dishes in their homes on one pressure cooker night. Drama and tension will boil up; laughter and tears may erupt; and the timer will tick without mercy. With a big cash prize on offer, the knives are truly out. The judges as well as the final contestants will ultimately determine who stays and who gets the chop throughout the series.

“We are honoured that J’Something agreed to step into the role of judge on My Kitchen Rules SA,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “He embodies a home cook who was so passionate about food that he turned it into a career for himself. Not only will he be able to relate to the pairs of contestants on the show, but given his vast experience in front of the cameras as well as in countless kitchens around South Africa, he will be right at home at the dinner tables of My Kitchen Rules SA.”

J’Something (Joao Da Fonseca), who started his creative career as the lead singer of local house super group “Mi Casa”, recently showed off his love for food as the host of his own popular cooking show Something’s Cooking on M-Net’s sister channel Mzansi Magic. J’Something has also previously partnered with notable brands to execute campaigns captivating large audiences and is a regular feature at big culinary events such as The Good Food & Wine Show, headlining the event this year in three provinces with the likes of Michelin Star chefs Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen and Marco Pierre White, also featuring Reza Mahammad, Jenny Morris and Sarah Graham.

“After being approached to appear on a variety of different television shows as a host, I have finally found a series that speaks to my heart and who I am: a show about home cooks,” says J’Something. “That’s ultimately who I am too; a home cook! I am looking for South Africans who take home cooking and give it a big helping of finesse. People who are passionate about food and people that can simply put love on a plate.”

My Kitchen Rules SA, which will be broadcast on M-Net later this year, promises to serve up all kinds of drama and delectable dishes in some serious pressure-cooker settings around South Africa. J’Something will be joined by another formidable name in the South African culinary world, whose identity will be revealed in the next few weeks. Open auditions for My Kitchen Rules South Africa will take place between 08:00 and 17:00 at the following venues:

Johannesburg – 27 May and 28 May
International Hotel School
4 Kikuyo road, Sunninghill, Sandton

Cape Town – 3 June and 4 June
International Hotel School
2nd Floor, 106 Adderley street, Cape Town

Durban – 3 June and 4 June
International Hotel School
124 Jan Hofmeyr road, Westville, Durban

South Africans auditioning for the show in these cities will have to prepare a cold dish of their choice to bring with them to their audition. For more information about this, as well as how to get a fast track at auditions and more Frequently Asked Questions, go to www.mnet.tv/mkr

My Kitchen Rules SA is produced for M-Net by Endemol Shine Africa.

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Saturday Movies

Saturday 03 June 2017

21:30 Regression 16VSNL Crime Drama

Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson delve into the dark world of cults in this crime drama. A detective unearths a satanic cult while investigating the rape case of a young woman.

Saturday 10 June 2017

21:30 Cell 16VSL Horror Science Fiction

Based on Stephen King’s apocalyptic novel of the same name, this world-ending horror sees a mysterious pulse turn cell phone users into vicious predators.

Saturday 17 June 2017

21:30 Equals 13VS Drama Romance

Love is a dangerous thing in this dystopian sci-fi romance starring Kristen Stewart. In an emotionless utopia, a mysterious disease causes two people to regain their feelings.

Saturday 24 June 2017

21:30 The Keeping Room 16VS Drama Western

Set during the American Civil War, this brooding western drama sees three women forced to defend themselves against two rogue soldiers, who are on a mission of pillage and violence.

Sunday Night Blockbusters

Sunday 04 June 2017

20:05 Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice 13VL Action Science Fiction

The Man Of Steel and the Dark Knight face-off in an epic battle, in this much-anticipated superhero epic from director Zack Snyder.

Sunday 11 June 2017

20:05 Jason Bourne 16V Action Thriller

Oscar-winner Matt Damon reprises his role as the CIA’s most dangerous former operative on a mission to uncover the truths about his past, in this explosive action-thriller.

Sunday 18 June 2017

20:05 Now You See Me 2 PG13VL Action Comedy

In this sequel to the hit 2013 crime drama about a group of masterful illusionists, the four horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited into yet another seemingly impossible heist.

Sunday 25 June 2017

20:05 The Mechanic Resurrection 16vl Action Crime

Jason Statham is joined by Jessica Alba in this action-infused sequel. A master assassin must scale the globe to complete three impossible assassinations.

New, Returning & Series Finales

Thursday 01 June 2017

18:00 The Odd Couple 03 0001 “London Calling” *Season 3 Starts*

In the season premiere of this revamped comedy, Oscar (Golden Globe-nominee Matthew Perry) is forced to deal with a lovesick Felix. From the Emmy-winning producer of ‘Frasier’.

23:25 Aquarius 02 0001 “Helter Skelter” *Season 2 Starts*

In the season two premiere of this chilling drama starring Golden Globe-winner David Duchovny, Hodiak and Shafe search for Charmain, who was kidnapped.

Friday 02 June 2017

19:30 Dirty Dancing 01 0002 “Part 2” *Event Series Ends*

Based on the classic 1987 film, the cult dance-infused romance between a wealthy young woman and a working-class young man is reimagined in this timeless special, starring Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes.

Saturday 03 June 2017

19:30 NCIS 14 0001 “Rogue” *Season 14 Starts*

In the season premiere, the NCIS team investigates a deadly car explosion in D.C. that connects to NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres. Emmy-nominated crime drama.

Monday 05 June 2017

23:00 The Leftovers 03 0008 *Season 3 Ends*

The Emmy-winning producer of ‘Lost’ created this acclaimed supernatural drama, now in it’s final season. A group of people cope with the mysterious, inexplicable disappearance of 2% of the world’s population.

Tuesday 06 June 2017

22:30 Broadchurch 03 0007 *Season 3 Returns from Break*

Important pieces of evidence come to light against all the key suspects in the case, as Ellie and Hardy feel the vice tightening. This acclaimed drama follows the investigation of a brutal assault.

Wednesday 07 June 2017

21:30 Bull 01 0023 “Benevolent Deception” *Season 1 Ends*

Inspired by the early career of Dr Phil, this crime drama follows the brilliant, brash, and charming founder of a trial consulting firm, who use unique techniques to develop defence strategies.

22:30 Bates Motel 05 0010 “The Cord” *Season 5 Ends*

The Emmy-nominated horror series comes to a chilling end in the fifth season. A prequel to ‘Psycho’, this thriller follows the unravelling of infamous Norman Bates.

Friday 09 June 2017

19:30 World Of Dance 01 0001 “The Qualifiers 1” *Season 1 Starts*

Jennifer Lopez serves as a judge and producer on this reality competition series that gives elite dancers the opportunity to compete for a life-altering grand prize.

20:30 Macgyver (Cbs) 01 0018 “Flashlight” *Season 1 Returns from Break*

Mac and the team travel to Hawaii, where they team up with Chin and Kono from the ‘Hawaii Five-0’ task force to rescue a group of government scientists. The producer of ‘24’ backs this action-packed drama.

Tuesday 13 June 2017

22:30 Broadchurch 03 0008 *Season 3 Ends*

In the tense series finale of this BAFTA Award-winning drama, Hardy and Ellie uncover the truth behind the assault of Trish Winterman.

Wednesday 14 June 2017

21:30 Animal Kingdom 02 0001 “Eat What You Kill” *Series Starts*

Golden Globe-nominee Ellen Barkin stars in this intense drama from the producer of ‘Southland’. A family of criminals support their seemingly carefree lifestyle through criminal activities.

22:30 House Of Cards 05 0001 “Chapter 53” *Season 5 Starts*

Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey returns as power-hungry politician Frank Underwood, for another season of critically acclaimed dark political drama that spirals into all-out war.

Thursday 15 June 2017

19:30 NCIS Los Angeles 08 0015 “Payback” *Note: Double episode*

Emotions run high for the team when one agent is held in an unknown location and tortured, while another is betrayed by someone least expected. Emmy-nominated crime drama.

Friday 16 June 2017

23:30 Silicon Valley 04 0001 #29 “Success Failure” *Season 4 Starts*

The Emmy-winning tech comedy premieres in the wake of Pied Piper’s click farm scandal, where the guys struggle to find funding for their video-chat app. Following the triumphs of a group of underdog developers.

Tuesday 20 June 2017

22:30 The Fall 03 0001 *Season 3 Starts*

In the chilling season premiere of this unsettling crime thriller, serial killer Paul Spector is rushed to Belfast General Hospital where staff attempt to save his life. Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson star.

23:30 Wentworth 04 0012 “Seeing Red” *Season 4 Ends*

In the season finale, Bea becomes intent on delivering her own justice in the name of everyone who has suffered at the hands of Ferguson. Critically acclaimed, this drama unfolds in a women’s prison.

Thursday 22 June 2017

21:30 Fargo 03 0010 *Season 3 Ends*

Golden Globe-nominee Ewan McGregor joins the cast of this season’s critically acclaimed crime thriller. Peppered with dark humour, this anthology follows a dangerous and characteristically odd sibling rivalry.

Saturday 24 June 2017

17:00 Little Big Shots 02 0013 “The Grande Finale” *Season 2 Ends*

Produced by Ellen DeGeneres and hosted by Steve Harvey, this feel-good series showcases the amazing talent, outstanding performances and quirkiest quirks of America’s little ones.

23:05 Modus 01 0001 *Season 1 Starts*

In the series premiere of this chilling Swedish thriller, a criminal psychologist finds herself and her autistic daughter drawn into an unsettling investigation surrounding a series of brutal killings.

Monday 26 June 2017

00:00 The Magicians 02 0013 “We Have Brought You Little Cakes” *Season 2 Ends*

In the season finale of this fantasy drama the Magicians must battle a god to save the world, with the Fairy threat growing and magic dying. From the writer of ‘Supernatural’.

Tuesday 27 June 2017

23:30 Chance 01 0001 “The Summer Of Love” *Season 1 Starts*

In the series premiere of this compelling psychological thriller, neuroscientist Eldon Chance (Golden Globe-winner Hugh Laurie) decides to help to an enigmatic woman with an abusive ex-husband.

Thursday 29 June 2017

21:30 The Blacklist 04 0016 “Dembe Zuma” *Season 4 Returns*

After weeks of hunting Dembe, Red and the task force finally get a lead on his whereabouts. Golden Globe-nominee James Spader is the FBI’s most wanted criminal, in this fast-paced thriller.

Saturday 3 June 2017

06:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

21:30 Vikings 04a 0001 16V Action Drama Acclaimed

22:14 Vikings 04a 0002 16V Action

22:58 Vikings 04a 0003 16VS Action

23:42 Vikings 04a 0004 16VS Action

00:26 Vikings 04a 0005 16VS Action

01:30 Next Show Starts At 21:30

Sunday 4 June 2017

06:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

21:30 Vikings 04a 0006 16VN Action Drama

22:15 Vikings 04a 0007 16VS Action Drama

22:59 Vikings 04a 0008 16VS Action Drama

23:43 Vikings 04a 0009 16VS Action Drama

00:27 Vikings 04a 0010 16V Action Drama

01:30 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

Saturday 10 June 2017

06:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

21:30 Vikings 04b 0011 16VS

22:14 Vikings 04b 0012 16V

22:58 Vikings 04b 0013 16VS

23:42 Vikings 04b 0014 16V

00:26 Vikings 04b 0015 16V

01:30 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

Sunday 11 June 2017

06:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

21:30 Vikings 04b 0016 16V

22:13 Vikings 04b 0017 16V

22:56 Vikings 04b 0018 16VS

23:41 Vikings 04b 0019 16VS

00:25 Vikings 04b 0020 16VS

01:30 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

Saturday 17 June 2017

06:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

21:30 Outlander 02 0001 18VL

22:28 Outlander 02 0002 18VSN

23:26 Outlander 02 0003 18VSN

00:22 Outlander 02 0004 18VSN

01:18 Outlander 02 0005 18VL

02:08 Outlander 02 0006 18V

02:59 Outlander 02 0007 R18VSL

04:30 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

Sunday 18 June 2017

06:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

21:30 Outlander 02 0008 18V

22:29 Outlander 02 0009 18VL

23:24 Outlander 02 0010 18V

00:22 Outlander 02 0011 18V

01:16 Outlander 02 0012 18V

02:15 Outlander 02 0013 18VSL

04:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

Saturday 24 June 2017

06:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

21:30 Game Of Thrones 06 0001 18VNL

22:19 Game Of Thrones 06 0002 18VL

23:12 Game Of Thrones 06 0003 18VL

00:04 Game Of Thrones 06 0004 18VSNL

01:02 Game Of Thrones 06 0005 18VNL

02:15 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

Sunday 25 June 2017

06:00 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

21:30 Game Of Thrones 06 0006 18VL

22:21 Game Of Thrones 06 0007 18VNL

23:11 Game Of Thrones 06 0008 18VL

00:08 Game Of Thrones 06 0009 R18VL

01:06 Game Of Thrones 06 0010 18VNL

02:15 Next Show Starts At 21:30 FAM

New, Returning & Series Finales

Friday 02 June 2017

22:00 11.22.63 01 0001 “The Rabbit Hole” *Season 1 Starts*

Academy Award nominee James Franco stars in this sci-fi thriller from J.J. Abrams. In part one of the series premiere, high school teacher Jake Epping encounters a secret time portal that leads back to 1960.

Wednesday 07 June 2017

20:00 Taken (’16) 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

In the series premiere of this explosive drama, a young Bryan Mills embarks on a revenge mission, after suffering a personal tragedy. Based on the blockbuster action films, this crime drama serves as an origin story.

22:00 Mad Dogs 01 #100 *Season 1 Starts*

When a group of 40-something friends gather in Belize to meet an old friend, a series of wild events expose secrets, deception and murder, in the series premiere of this dark, comic thriller.

Wednesday 14 June 2017

21:00 Bull 01 0001 “The Necklace” *Season 1 Starts*

Inspired by the early career of Dr Phil, this crime drama follows a trial consulting firm, who combine psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to create a winning strategy, in the series premiere.

Monday 19 June 2017

20:30 Arrow 04 0023 “Schism” *Season 4 Ends*

In the season four finale, Oliver teams up with a surprising force in an attempt to stop Damien Darhk and his magic once and for all.

Tuesday 20 June 2017

19:00 Pure Genius 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

In the series premiere of this medical drama, a Silicon Valley tech titan enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past to run his ultramodern hospital. From the Emmy-winning producer of ‘Friday Night Lights’.

Thursday 22 June 2017

19:00 Rizzoli & Isles 07 0001 “Two Shots: Move Forward” *Season 7 Starts*

Angie Harmon (Law & Order) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) star as a feisty crime-fighting duo. In the aftermath of a shooting the team go on the hunt for justice, in the season premiere.

Monday 26 June 2017

19:30 Chicago Med 02 0001 “Soul Care” *Season 2 Starts*

This medical spin-off from Emmy-winner Dick Wolf (Law & Order) follows a group of courageous doctors and nurses in Chicago. In the season premiere, Dr Rhodes starts his fellowship in cardiothoracics.

Life Story Of India’s “God Of Cricket” Set To Captivate Cinema Audiences This Week

55 days of training. One pair of trousers. This is Sachin…

This is the real-life tale of a small boy with big dreams, and his journey to become the ‘God of Cricket’ and the most celebrated sportsperson in his country, India, and around the world. He made his test debut in the national team at just 16 years of age, and his unmatched career as cricketer and captain was as a result of determination, hard work and passion.

In this biopic, Sachin Tendulkar stars as himself, alongside other Indian cricketing greats including Mahendra Singh (M.S.) Dhoni and Virender Sehwag, with Mayuresh Pem as Nitin Tendulkar and Mayur More as Ajit Tendulkar.

Small in stature but regarded as the ‘God of Cricket’ by cricket fans, Sachin is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, and is the leading run-scorer and century-maker in both the Test and One Day International formats of the game. He is considered to be the most complete batsman of his time, and is arguably the most popular cricketing icon the world has seen.

Directed by James Erskine, Sachin: A Billion Dreams will be screened at Ster-Kinekor The Zone in Johannesburg, Forest Hill in Centurion, Gateway in Durban and at Cavendish in Cape Town, from Friday, 26 May.

Created by Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman,the official Sachin anthem song achieved more than 2-million views in just 20hrs.

For more information on Sachin: A Billion Dreams, releasing at Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 26 May, and to book tickets, visit www.sterkinekor.com or download the SK App on your smartphone. You can also book at the box office. For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @sterkinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).