Time For The M-Net Movies Bucket List Top 3 – The Silence Of The Lambs Is Number 3

It has been a long but epic journey. The M-Net Movies Bucket List pop-up channel has made its way through 97 popular and iconic Hollywood movies.

It’s time for the M-Net Movies Bucket List’s top 3 films in the countdown.

Get to learn more about these iconic films with fascinating trivia and see movie critic heavyweight Leon van Nierop’s thoughts on you’re the top 10.

#03

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

This extraordinary crime film lead by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins earned it the big 5 Oscars. A F.B.I. cadet seeks the help of manipulative killer to catch a serial killer.

Leon van Nierop: “This is a great phycological thriller one of the greatest phycological thrillers ever made. Anthony Hopkins did months of research, the one thing he noticed is that they barely blink their eyes.

Leon van Nierop: Clarice Starling was the only woman in a bunch of men, so what Jonathan Demme did here that was so great, was that he showed the film through the perspective mostly of a female protagonist. A very strong female protagonist.”

In preparation for his role, Sir Anthony Hopkins studied files of serial killers. Also, he visited prisons, and studied convicted murderers, and was present during some court hearings concerning gruesome murderers and serial killings.

Jodie Foster claims that during the first meeting between Lecter and Starling, Sir Anthony Hopkins’ mocking of her southern accent was improvised on the spot. Foster’s horrified reaction was genuine, she felt personally attacked. She later thanked Hopkins for generating such an honest reaction.

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster only share four scenes throughout the course of the film.

One of the inspirations, from whom Sir Anthony Hopkins borrowed, for his interpretation of Hannibal Lecter, was a friend of his in London who never blinked, which unnerved anyone around him.

Jodie Foster spent a great deal of time with F.B.I. Agent Mary Ann Krause prior to filming. Krause gave Foster the idea of Starling standing by her car crying. Krause told Foster that at times, the work just became so overwhelming that it was a good way to get an emotional release.

The real-life F.B.I.’s Behavioural Science Unit assisted in the making of this film.

Sir Anthony Hopkins described his voice for Hannibal Lecter as, “a combination of Truman Capote and Katharine Hepburn.”

The Wedding Bashers Grand Finale And My Kitchen Rules Semi-finals

Winning local line-up on M-Net this Sunday

This Sunday night, fans of great local content will have to clear their schedules and get settled on their couches for some winning television offerings. At 17:00, the winning couple of M-Net’s fun-filled wedding show The Wedding Bashers will finally be revealed, as well as the Viewers’ Choice couple of the season! Thereafter at 18:00, it’s the second My Kitchen Rules semi-final, which will determine which pair of home cooks will go up against best friends Charnell and Kerry in the series finale on 10 December.

The South African lovebirds who win the best overall score of The Wedding Bashers season from celebrity guests Cindy Nell, Siba Mtongana, Denise Zimba and Zavion Kotze will walk away with a phenomenal prize package to the value of over R800 000. This includes R250 000 in cash from M-Net, as well as a seven night second honeymoon courtesy of The Moorings and Air Seychelles, R100 000 of jewellery from Jack Friedman, and R100 000 of cosmetics from Essence, Caribbean Tan, Lov and Catrice cosmetics. Moreover, the winners of the Viewers’ Choice – which is determined by the public’s online ratings – will also walk away with a second honeymoon, amongst other exciting prizes.

Meanwhile in the My Kitchen Rules Kitchen headquarters, mother and daughter duo from Cradock, Lani and Louzel, will be cooking a three course meal against Bloemfontein-based husband and wife team Jamandi and Machiel. As was the case last week, the teams will not only be cooking for judges David Higgs and J’Something, but also for a panel of esteemed local celebrity chefs made up of Vanessa Marx, Lentswe Bhengu, Reuben Riffel and Karen Dudley. With a spot in the finale and R1 Million at stake, which of these two popular teams will rise above the pressure and which of them will not be able to withstand the heat of the infamous MKR kitchen?

For this penultimate episode of the season, viewers can visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges, guest judges and contestants, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

For all the conversation around the Wedding Bashers finale, join us on Twitter @MNet / #WeddingBashers or use the official M-Net Facebook page.

Vusi Khumalo Helps To Bring Story Of Zulu Queen Mkabayi Ka Jama To Life

Legendary jazz musician and drum wizard Vusi Khumalo has applied his extraordinary talent to the creation of the soundtrack for ‘She is King’, the upcoming Gersh Kgamedi movie which releases on 1 December.

The son of a baritone saxophone player, Khumalo is one of the foremost percussionists in South Africa. Best known for playing on Paul Simon’s album Graceland and the subsequent world tour, Khumalo has also toured with South African diva Miriam Makeba, with whom he performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1996, and at Nelson Mandela tribute at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1998. He has performed with South African musicians including Winston Mankunku, Bheki Mseleku, Barney Rachabane, and Allen Kwela. Internationally, he has worked with legends Chucho Valdes, Youssou N’Dour, Bob Baldwin, Donald Harrison, and the late Carl Anderson.

A musical celebration of Zulu culture, ‘She is King’ stars Khabonina Qubeka, Khanyi Mbau, Mandisa Nduna, Aubrey Poo, and the fresh-faced Gugu Zulu, to name a few. Directed by Gersh, it presents the City of Gold as the African Broadway, and tells the story of Khanyisile (Gugu Zulu), a talented young singer, dancer and actor who wants to be a star. She travels from her home in Nongoma in KwaZulu Natal to Johannesburg to audition for a role in a musical based on the life of powerful Zulu Queen Mkabayi ka Jama – Shaka’s aunt.

The soon-to-be-released soundtrack is sure to appeal to fans of local music. The album features songs from big stars including Brenda Fassie, Lucky Dube, Simpiwe Dana, PJ Powers, Joseph Shabalala, and Vusi Khumalo himself, as well as hot new tracks by Gugu Zulu and rapper Mandisa Nduna. A showcase for some of the best South African music, the film includes songs by international stars like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Juluka and Brenda Fassie, as well as a number of traditional Zulu musicians.

“Soundtracks are important because they help to build the tone and mood of a film,” says Gersh. “The soundtrack is integral to making the movie what it is. Bra Vusi has done an amazing job in choosing tracks that influence the atmosphere in the film and the perceptions of the viewer. He believes in identifying and developing new talent, and is known for encouraging and mentoring young musicians. As the musical director of ‘She is King’, he has put together an album of the best in new music as well as much-loved older hits.”

The first single from the film’s soundtrack, a revamped version of Brenda Fassie’s hit ‘Higher and Higher’, sung by Mandisa Nduna, dropped early in November. The second single ‘She’s a King’, by Nduna and Zulu, is available for download online.

Other notable tracks include Simphiwe Dana’s ‘Iliwa Lam’, Gugu Zulu’s ‘Scamtho’ (composed by Vusi Khumalo), and ‘Too Irie’ by Mo’faya feat. Jahzo, originally composed by Lucky Dube and remixed by K Muambadzi. The film also features some great tracks by DJ Shimza (‘Party ka Shimza’), flamboyant singer Moonchild (‘Mr Chow’) and hip-hop star Ifani.

The film was made with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), MNET and the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), and will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution. It opens nationwide on 1 December.

‘Higher and Higher’ is available online. ‘She’s a King’ can be downloaded here smarturl.it/NdunaSheAking.

Indigenous Film Distribution Website: www.indigenousfilm.co.za

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 3 December 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 3 December 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

The fight for ANC leadership

The ANC is preparing for its 54th national conference which takes place in December, where the delegates will vote in a new leader. As Jacob Zuma’s time as president of the ANC draws to an end, the scramble for the party’s top position is heating up. With South Africa’s economy on the brink of another ratings downgrade, can the ruling party elect a candidate who will set aside personal ambition for the greater good of the country? Carte Blanche tracks this developing story.

Producer: Graham Coetzer
Presenter: John Webb
Watch the trailer

Farming in the Western Cape

Farmers are facing a tough battle against the drought in the Western Cape. Factories are closed, trucks are parked and seasonal workers are sitting at home. If farmers don’t get help soon, the recovery could take years.  Carte Blanche asks: What will the impact on the economy really be if the rains don’t come, and alternative plans don’t succeed?

Producers: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg
Presenter: John Webb

Eskom on Edge

As Eskom teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, what are the executives at Megawatt Park doing? So far there have been some explosive allegations at the Parliamentary inquiry on state-owned enterprises and last week President Zuma was implicated by a former chairperson of the board. But despite reports of attempted bribery to collapse the inquiry, Advocate Vanara pressed on, leading MPs through the mists of Eskom scandals. This week former CEO Brian Molefe was in court defending his R30 million payout and Matshela Koko’s disciplinary draws to a close in the wake of ratings agencies downgrading Eskom.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Watch the trailer

50 Years of Heart Transplants

On the 3rd of December 1967, Professor Chris Barnard did the seemingly impossible – successfully performing the world’s first heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and in the process, placed the South African medical fraternity on the global map.  Since that day, thousands of people have received the gift of a new heart. Fifty years on, Carte Blanche celebrates this seminal moment in medical history.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: John Webb

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day Is At Number 4 On The M-Net Movies Bucket List Countdown

The big moment has finally arrived. It’s time for the M-Net Movie Bucket List Top 10 Countdown.

The M-Net Movies Bucket List pop-up channel (109) is well under way as the channel counts down 100 popular and iconic Hollywood movies to see before you die.

Get to learn more about these iconic films with fascinating trivia and see movie critic heavyweight Leon van Nierop’s thoughts on you’re the top 10.

#04

Terminator 2: Judgement Day at 20:00

James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger create an action sci-fi masterpiece. A cyborg is sent back in time to protect the future leader of the resistance against the machines.

Leon van Nierop: “Terminator 2 is the only science fiction film you’ll find in the top 10, it’s also one of the most superior sci-fi films. This film is a tribute to special effects to exactly how far special effects could go in cinema and those special effects had personality and had character. Arnold Schwarzenegger got paid US$ 15 million dollars for this film and he only had 700 words of dialogue.”

The name of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator is the Terminator Series 800 (shiny metal endoskeleton) model 101 (Arnold’s actual skin on that skeleton).

Production took sufficiently long, that Edward Furlong visibly aged during the shoot. He is clearly much younger in the desert, for instance, than in other scenes. His voice began to break, and had to be pitched to one level in post-production.

Until The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), this was the only sequel to win an Academy Award when the previous instalment(s) received no nomination.

In the audio commentary, James Cameron says that not only was the biker bar scene filmed across the street from where LAPD officers beat up Rodney King, but that they were filming the night of the beating.

Special Effects guru Stan Winston and his crew studied hours of nuclear test footage, in order to make Sarah Connor’s “nuclear nightmare” scene look as realistic as possible. A miniature Los Angeles was made to simulate the scene. Some of the materials used in the miniature that mimicked all the destroyed masonry were Matzos crackers and Shredded Wheat. After each take, it would take on average two days to set the model up to shoot again. In late 1991, members of several U.S. federal nuclear testing labs unofficially declared it “the most accurate depiction of a nuclear blast ever created for a fictional motion picture”. The special effects team members have also stated that no other scene that they ever worked on has elicited such strong emotions in viewers.

Robert Patrick trained in a rigorous running regime in order to be able to appear to run at high speeds without showing fatigue on film.

According to James Cameron, Linda Hamilton suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear during the elevator shootout because she had not replaced her ear plugs after removing them between takes.

This is the only Terminator film to win or be nominated for an Oscar. It won four, and was nominated for two others.

Linda Hamilton learned to pick locks for the scene in the mental hospital where she does precisely that with a paperclip.

Linda Hamilton’s twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren was used as a double in scenes involving two “Sarah Connors” (for example, when the T-1000 was imitating her), and in a scene not in the theatrical release (but on the DVD) as a mirror image of Linda.

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The Terminators seen at the beginning of the movie were fully workable animatronic models.

Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau In Partnership With Encounters Documentary Festival Brings Another Exclusive Documentary: The Fall

Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau in partnership with the Encounters Documentary Festival brings another exclusive documentary: The Fall

Zola Budd and Mary Decker reveal all

An exclusive documentary uncovering a tale of race, exploitation, broken families and dreams…AND more!

After its rapturous response at this year’s Encounters South African International Documentary Festival in June, Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau brings the acclaimed documentary: The Fall to their screens. Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau is home to exclusive and authentic content that evokes emotions and takes consumers on a journey. In a new partnership with Encounters, South Africa’s leading creative documentary festival, Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau will bring the very best of local and international documentary film to the big screen.

Keeping in line with this mandate, this striking documentary depicting the lives of world renowned athletes, Zola Budd and Mary Decker, The Fall, will be screened ONLY at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau theatres from 09 December 2017.

With exclusive signed access to Zola Budd and Mary Decker, as well as a wide cast of people who have never revealed their story before, this multi-layered epic narrative interweaves unique testimonial interview with rich significant archive, anchoring each point of the journey in its social and political context.

This is the story of a world record breaking South African bare foot runner, an American track-and-field child prodigy and the events that led to one of the most memorable moments in sporting history at the 1984 L.A. Olympics. It’s the story that we all thought we knew – but in this exclusive documentary we uncover a tale of race, exploitation, broken families and childhood dreams; of the blurred lines between politics, media and sport; and of a battle for validation.

Set within the apartheid era and during a sporting boycott of South Africa, this film exposes the calculated ‘back room’ tactics used by British Newspaper, ‘The Daily Mail’ and British Government ministers to groom a naïve seventeen year old to run for Britain at the 1984 Olympics; and the dedication, commitment and sacrifice required to compete at the highest level.

With the world captivated by the stories of the two runners and the media revelling in the hype of an Olympic ‘duel’, the world watched as both women approached the starting blocks. But no one could have ever predicted just how dramatic the concluding headline would be.

In a final twist to the film, 32 years on – and as the world revels in 2016 Olympic fever – Zola Budd and Mary Decker will be reunited back at the L.A. Coliseum. Watching the race for the first time since that day, they will finally reveal for the first time just whose fault they believe the collision was.

Watch this gripping documentary at the following Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau sites on 09, 08 and 12, 13 December 2017.

  • Cinema Nouveau Rosebank
  • Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn
  • Cinema Nouveau V & A Waterfront

For booking information visit www.sterkinekor.com or the Ster-Kinekor app. Follow us on Twitter at @sterkinekor and on Facebook at Ster-Kinekor. To secure your tickets, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).  Ster-Kinekor Club and Discovery members receive discounts among other benefits.

M-Net Movies Zone Is Ready To Bring Families Together WIth Fun-filled Film Festivals In HD

This festive season, M-Net Movies is sprucing up M-Net Movies Zone, the channel that is available to film fanatics on DStv Access, Family, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium packages. On Friday 1 December M-Net Movies Zone on DStv channel 139 will go HD! In future, entering the M-Net Movies Zone will also be the ticket to great family fun in the form of exciting movie festivals or mini-festivals built around specific themes, franchises and events.

For example, courtesy of M-Net Movies Zone, Weekends are bound to become prime family bonding time with mom, dad and the entire brood being lured into the enchantment of iconic cinema. Expect the on-screen waters to turn treacherous in December with the ominous fins – and super-sharp teeth – of Jaws. This Saturday night man-versus-beast movie extravaganza kicks off on 3 December at 18:20 with the Steven Spielberg cult classic that scooped the Academy awards in 1975. The sequel, Jaws 2, will follow on Saturday 9 December at 19:00, while Denis Quaid and company will be battling an aquatic killing machine looking for her captured offspring in Jaws 3 on Saturday 16 December at 18:20. Also be prepared for another scary return of the Great White in Jaws: The Revenge on Saturday 23 December at 18:25.

While the young ones have some free time during the holidays, don’t be surprised if your home turns into an M-Net Movies Zone Kids Club. The channel has lined up 5 hours of rib-tickling, side-splitting movies 7 days a week: on weekdays between 10:00 and 15:00 and on weekends between 9:00 and 14:00.

Among these child-friendly films are Paddington, Casper, Hop, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat and many more.

Viewers can visit m-net.dstv.com/movies … for the full M-Net Movies Zone schedule.

“We trust that the rejuvenation of our M-Net Movies Zone schedule will turn the channel into a default destination, especially for our DStv Access customers, but will also provide great entertainment to all movie lovers,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. “And there’s more to come… the legendary Rocky is ready to roll with all his films in February!”

Vuzu TV Highlights – December 2017

FRIDAY 01 DECEMBER

Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Season 1 at 18h00

[Episode 1 – Actors]

Hollywood’s top directors, producers, writers and performers open up about the challenges and triumphs of their acclaimed work.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 7 – Mr. Santiago]

Jake pulls out all the stops in hopes of impressing Amy’s father, a former cop, at her family’s Thanksgiving dinner.

For Better or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 17 – You’re Under Arrest – Part 2]

Angela calls Leslie and Jennifer in the middle of the night to help her track down Marcus.

Winging It Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 12]

Janez and Siv find themselves in Reunion Island, where an active volcano, a helicopter trip and skydiving make for yet another thrilling adventure.

The Bad Girls Club Season 14 at 20h30

[Episode 1 – Back For More Casting Sneak Preview]

Gear up for a game changing, action-packed season 14 and a fresh batch of bad, along with some insane sneak peeks from this season that will leave you begging for more.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Season 11 at 22h30

[Episode 1 – Chardee Macdennis 2: Electric Boogaloo]

In the 11th season premiere, the gang agree to a truce and demonstrate Chardee MacDennis for an interested board game executive, but things quickly go off the rails.

SATURDAY 02 DECEMBER

Kicking & Screaming Season 1 at 18h00

[Episode 7 – Fear Pong]

Ten expert survivalists are partnered with a pampered group of civilians to face the toughest challenges of their lives, in this unique reality competition series.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9 at 19h00

[Episode 7 – Model Behavior]

Phaedra contacts Kandi, but spilled secrets stir up drama. Meanwhile, Sheree serves as “momager” to her son as he explores a modelling career.

Once Upon a Time Season 6 at 21h00

[Episode 22 –  The Final Battle Part 2]

In the season finale, Snow, Charming, Regina, Zelena and Hook are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land. Emmy nominated fantasy drama.

The 100 Season 4 at 22h00

[Episode 1 –  Echoes]

In the fourth season premiere, Clarke and her friends struggle with how to proceed after the fate of the world is revealed.

SUNDAY 03 DECEMBER

America’s Got Talent 12 at 19h00

[Episode 3 – Auditions 2 Part 1]

Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell return for another round of spectacular reality competition with brand new host Tyra Banks.

The Bad Girls Club Season 14 at 20h00

[Episode 1 – Back For More Casting Sneak Preview]

Gear up for a game changing, action-packed season 14 and a fresh batch of bad, along with some insane sneak peeks from this season that will leave you begging for more.

Once Upon a Time Season 6 at 22h00

[Episode 22 – The Final Battle Part 2]

In the season finale, Snow, Charming, Regina, Zelena and Hook are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land. Emmy nominated fantasy drama.

MONDAY 04 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 8 – Skyfire Cycle]

Terry meets his lifelong hero, a famous author, after the man receives death threats.

First Family of Hip Hop Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 2 – Guess Who’s Not Coming To Dinner?]

Drama continues to follow the Robinson family as patriarch Leland struggles to assert his role as boss in the face of challenges with the younger Robinson generation.

Famous in Love Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 6 – Found In Translation]

Nina and Rainer take a last-minute trip to China to rescue Locked from a new setback. Meanwhile Cassie’s financial problems seize to end.

Beyond Season 1 at 22h00

[Episode 6 – Celeste]

Determined to stop Hollow Sky, Jeff seeks out Tom and explains Holden is in danger, leading the two to form an uneasy alliance. Willa is shocked when she uncovers the origins of Arthur’s research.

TUESDAY 05 DECEMBER

For Better or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 19 – The Exam]

The guys submit to colonoscopies and prostate exams in order to keep their health coverage.

Riverdale Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 7 –In A Lonely Place]

Jughead’s father returns to the fray- and exposes some unresolved issues with Fred Andrews. Emmy-winner Greg Berlanti produces this subversive take on the popular comic books.

Reign Season 4 at 22h00

[Episode 14 – A Bride. A Box. A Body]

Mary pursues her quest for justice as she launches a counter attack on her conspirators. This period drama follows the fictionalised story of Mary, Queen of Scots.

WEDNESDAY 06 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 10 – CAPTAIN LATVIA]

Jake helps Charles search for a Christmas present for his son, but the pair end up facing off against a Latvian crime ring in the process.

For Better Or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 20 – Keisha’s Up To Something]

Keisha tells Joseph that Leslie and Chris’ marriage was annulled. Later, the gang witnesses an argument between Keisha and Richard.

Queen Sugar Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 6 – As Promised]

Follows the life of two sisters, Nova and Charley Bordelon, who move to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father.

The Originals Season 4 at 22h00

[Episode 9 – Queen Death]

When The Hollow sends a terrifying message to Vincent he must team up with Haley and Freya to stop it. Spin-off of the popular drama ‘The Vampire Diaries’.

THURSDAY 07 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 11 – Fugitive, The, Pt. 1]

Several convicts escape from a prison van, sending the entire squad on a manhunt throughout Brooklyn.

For Better Than Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 21 – The Unknown Caller]

A fuming Leslie receives phone calls from an unknown person.

The Bachelorette Season 13 at 21h00

[Episode 4]

The contentious cocktail party continues, as a frustrated Eric implores the rest of bachelors to stop talking about him to Rachel.

FRIDAY  08 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 At 19h00

[Episode 12 – The Fugitive PT. 2]

Jake and Amy place a bet on who can capture the most inmates. Later, Jake enlists a surprising ally to catch the last fugitive.

For Better Or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 22 – The Automatic Teller Machine Part 1]

Keisha gets trapped inside an ATM room at a bank, where she seduces a man.

Winging It Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 13]

Driving through the historic streets of Cuba, traveling twosome Janez and Siv are enraptured by the lively and esoteric city of Havana this week.

The Bad Girls Club Season 14 at 20h30

[Episode 4 – Double Trouble]

Battle lines are drawn when Lauren becomes fed up with Jela and the twins; meanwhile Jasmine’s insecurities come to light, leaving both cliques wondering whose side she’s really on.

SATURDAY 09 DECEMBER

Kicking & Screaming Season 1 At 18h00

[Episode 8 – Survival Of The Fittest]

Ten expert survivalists are partnered with a pampered group of civilians to face the toughest challenges of their lives, in this unique reality competition series.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9 at 19h00

[Episode 9 – Char-Lotta Drama]

Kenya is enlisted to host Peter’s club opening in Charlotte, but Cynthia isn’t invited to join the celebration.

The 100 Season 4 at 21h00

[Episode 3 –  The Four Horsemen]

As tensions rise in Arkadia and Polis, Jaha leads Clarke and Bellamy down a road toward possible salvation.

SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER

America’s Got Talent 12 at 19h00

[Episode 5 – Auditions 3 Part 1]

Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell return for another round of spectacular reality competition with brand new host Tyra Banks.

The Bad Girls Club Season 14 at 20h00

[Episode 3 – Double Trouble]

Battle lines are drawn when Lauren becomes fed up with Jela and the twins; meanwhile Jasmine’s insecurities come to light, leaving both cliques wondering whose side she’s really on.

The 100 Season 4 at 22h00

[Episode 3 – The Four Horsemen]

As tensions rise in Arkadia and Polis, Jaha leads Clarke and Bellamy down a road toward possible salvation.

MONDAY 11 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 13 – The Audit]

The team is confident they’ll be evaluated fairly until the auditor turns out to be Amy’s ex, leading the whole squad to band together to try to save the precinct.

First Family of Hip Hop Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 3 – Step Up Or Shut Up]

A sit-down between Shanell aka Lady Luck and LeA quickly explodes into a she-said-she-said screaming match.

Famous in Love Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 7 – Secrets & Pies]

Issues in Paige and Cassie’s friendship are revealed and Jake learns the reality of what it means to sell a script in Hollywood.

Beyond Season 1 at 22h00

[Episode 7 – The Hour Of The Wolf]

Holden and Charlie take a road trip so Holden can work on controlling his abilities all the while growing a lot closer.

TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER

For Better or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 24 – A Woman Scorned]

The women reflect on their relationships and the men give romantic advice to Richard.

Riverdale Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 8 – The Outsiders]

Archie and friends help out his dad as construction begins, but after one of them is attacked, the gang end up in Southside Serpent territory. Loosely based on the popular comic book characters.

Reign Season 4 at 22h00

[Episode 9 – La Grande Ilusion]

Alice Cooper prepares to get revenge on the Blossoms once and for all, with the help of her two daughters. Subversive teen drama, from the producer of ‘Supergirl’.

WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 15 – The Last Ride]

Jake and Charles go to extremes to apprehend a local bike thief in what could be their last case as partners.

For Better Or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 25 – Sleep Talking]

Angela hears Marcus talk about another woman in his sleep and concludes that he’s having an affair.

Queen Sugar Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 7 – In No Uncertain Terms]

Follows the life of two sisters, Nova and Charley Bordelon, who move to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father.

The Originals Season 4 at 22h00

[Episode 10 – Phantomesque]

After devastating events Klaus requests that his estranged siblings Rebekah and Kol return home to stand by their family. Fantasy drama following the first family of vampires.

THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 16 – Moo Moo]

Sergeant Jeffords is stopped by a fellow police officer while off-duty in his own neighborhood.

For Better Than Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 26 – Stalked Part 1]

Joseph lets Leslie stay at his house until her stalker is found.

The Bachelorette Season 13 at 21h00

[Episode 5]SA

Kenny and Lee continue their compelling confrontation during the spelling-bee group date after-party, but Rachel sends a message by what man she rewards the coveted group date rose.

FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 17 – Cop-Con]

The precinct packs up and heads to the Tri-State Police Officers’ annual Cop-Con, which is usually the Nine-Nine’s excuse for a big annual party.

For Better Or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 27 – Stalked Part 2]

Joseph saves Leslie from her stalker.

Winging It Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 14]

There are a few risqué and rustic surprises in store for Siv and Janez this week. Our nomadic duo finds themselves swept up in the Paris of Eastern Europe, Prague.

The Bad Girls Club Season 14 at 21h30

[Episode 6 – Return To Sender]

All of the girls begin to bond, but rivalries quickly resurface when a new bad girl enters the house. Kat realizes that she needs to figure out what she wants out of the Bad Girls Club.

K Michelle: My Life Season 3 at 22h30

[Episode 1 – Between A Tour And A Hard Place]

In the third season premiere, K. Michelle takes a break from her multi-city tour for the grand opening of her new restaurant Puff and Petals.

SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER

Masterchef Junior USA Season 5 At 18h00

[Episode 1 – Quest For An Apron Pt. 1]

Young culinary champions compete for the ultimate title of MasterChef, in the junior version of this popular reality competition series.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9 at 19h00

[Episode 11 – Thelma And Louise Take Flint]

Phaedra and Kenya travel to Flint, Mich., for a summer camp and rekindle their friendship in the process.

The 100 Season 4 at 21h00

[Episode 6 –  We Will Rise]

Clarke and Roan (series star Zach McGowan) must work together in hostile territory in order to deliver an invaluable asset to Abby and her team.

SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER

America’s Got Talent 12 At 19h00

[Episode 7 – Auditions 4 Part 1]

Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell return for another round of spectacular reality competition with brand new host Tyra Banks.

The Bad Girls Club Season 14 at 20h00

[Episode 5 – Flirting With Kat-Tastrophe]

Cracks form in the twins’ relationship with Jela, Jasmine’s birthday celebration leads to a breakdown and Kat discovers that she’s on the girls’ hit list.

The 100 Season 4 At 22h00

[Episode 6 – We Will Rise]

Clarke and Roan (series star Zach McGowan) must work together in hostile territory in order to deliver an invaluable asset to Abby and her team.

MONDAY 18 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 18 – Chasing Amy]

The precinct packs up and heads to the Tri-State Police Officers’ annual Cop-Con, which is usually the Nine-Nine’s excuse for a big annual party.

First Family of Hip Hop Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 4 – Who’s Got Game?]

Darnell splurges on an extravagant gift to prove his love to Eseni, now that the fighting over his artist Naomi is behind them.

Famous in Love Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 8 – Crazy Scripted Love]

Paige and Cassie’s fight is impacting Paige’s performance, and when Jake is too busy to help, Rainer offers his own advice. Later, Jake’s career takes an unexpected turn.

Beyond Season 1 at 22h00

[Episode 8 – Last Action Hero]

Jeff races to save Holden after Yellow Jacket and Hollow Sky have stepped up their plans to bring in Holden. Seeking refuge from the relentless pursuit, Jeff runs across a quirky woman.

TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER

For Better or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 29 – Reunited]

Leslie and Joseph begin the hard work of repairing their relationship.

Riverdale Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 10 – The Lost Weekend]

Archie plans a romantic surprise, but things get out of control when Betty intervenes to throw Jughead a surprise birthday party. Emmy-winner Greg Berlanti produces this subversive teen drama.

Reign Season 4 at 23h00

[Episode 16 – All It Cost Her…]

In the series finale of this period drama, Mary makes a decision that will change the course of history- forever shaping the fate of her nation, her crown, and her newborn son.

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 20 – The Slaughterhouse]

Terry, Rosa and Boyle remodel the breakroom and Amy teaches Gina how to change her own car tire.

For Better Or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 30 – A Stalker For Hire]

Jennifer and the guys theorize that Joseph hired a fake stalker just to frighten Leslie.

The Originals Season 4 at 22h00

[Episode 11 – A Spirit Here That Won’t Be Broken]

When it’s discovered that The Hollow is using a magical totem to fuel her power Freya enlists Rebekah and Klaus’ help to locate and destroy it. From the creators of ‘The Vampire Diaries’.

THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 21 – The Bank Job]

As Jake and Rosa continue their search for a bank-robbing operation with Lieutenant Hawkins, they realize there’s more to her team than meets the eye.

For Better Than Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 31– Being Responsible]

The day is here and Jennifer is faces with a hard task, getting tested for HIV.

The Bachelorette Season 13 at 21h00

[Episode 6]

As the two-on-one date between Kenny and Lee amps up, Kenny, the fierce professional wrestler, meets Lee head on about the accusations he made to a stunned Rachel.

FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 22– Crime & Punishment]

As Jake and Rosa continue their search for a bank-robbing operation with Lieutenant Hawkins (guest star Gina Gershon), they realize there’s more to her team than meets the eye.

For Better Or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 32 – Joseph Gets Tested]

Leslie learns about Joseph’s behavior during their break, and suggests he gets tested for STDs.

Winging It Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 15]

There’s more than chocolate and beer in store for Siv and Janez when they visit Brussels in this episode. It’s home to the world’s deepest pool, and, of course, the daring duo are diving in.

The Bad Girls Club Season 1 at 20h30

[Episode 6 – The Keys To Happiness]

Dealing with low self-esteem, Jasmine drowns her sorrows in male attention, and Life Coach Laura tries to give the girls some perspective.

K Michelle: My Life Season 3 at 22h30

[Episode 6 – Wigged Out]

When a wig-snatching confrontation with Melisia puts her friendship with K on pause, P. London steps in to resolve the issue.

SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER

MasterChef Junior USA Season 5 At 18h00

[Episode 2 – Quest For An Apron Pt. 2]

Young culinary champions compete for the ultimate title of MasterChef, in the junior version of this popular reality competition series.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9 at 19h00

[Episode 13 – If These Woods Could Talk]

The ladies finally reach the woods of Georgia for a fabulous weekend of “glamping,” but are shocked to learn that they’ll be spending their first night sleeping in tents.

The 100 Season 4 at 21h00

[Episode 9 –  DNR]

Jasper and Bellamy go on a quest. Meanwhile, Clarke struggles to keep the peace after word of Jaha’s discovery spreads.

SUNDAY 24 DECEMBER

America’s Got Talent 12 At 19h00

[Episode 9 – Auditions 5 Part 1]

Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell return for another round of spectacular reality competition with brand new host Tyra Banks.

The Bad Girls Club Season 14 at 20h00

[Episode 7 – The Keys To Happiness]

Dealing with low self-esteem, Jasmine drowns her sorrows in male attention, and Life Coach Laura tries to give the girls some perspective.

The 100 Season 4 At 22h00

[Episode 9 – DNR]

Jasper and Bellamy go on a quest. Meanwhile, Clarke struggles to keep the peace after word of Jaha’s discovery spreads.

MONDAY 25 DECEMBER

The Middle Season 8 At 19h00

[Episode 1 – The Core Group]

In the season premiere of this Emmy-nominated family comedy, Frankie and Mike are excited to meet April, the apparent love of Axl’s life. Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars.

First Family of Hip Hop Season 1 At 20h00

[Episode 5 – Hostile Takeover]

Rhondo rallies the rest of the Robinson men to confront Big Lee with their concerns about how he’s running Sugarhill Records.

Famous in Love Season 1 At 21h00

[Episode 9 – Fifty Shades Of Red]

Paige deals with Jake’s impending move to Austin, and a revelation about Cassie fractures their friendship.

TUESDAY 26 DECEMBER

For Better or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 34 – Todd And Jennifer]

Todd wakes up in Jennifer’s bed after a night of hard partying.

Superhuman Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 9 – Genius Knows No Boundaries]

Ordinary people with extraordinary abilities show off their skills in a never-before-seen competition that will test the limits of belief.

Riverdale Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 12 – Anatomy Of A Murder]

Shocked to learn of the arrest, Archie and Veronica realise they need to tell their parents about what they’ve uncovered. Subversive teen drama, from the producer of ‘Supergirl’.

WEDNESDAY 27 DECEMBER

The Middle Season 8 at 19h00

[Episode 3 – Halloween Vii: The Heckoning]

Frankie is taken aback when she discovers that if she and Mike got divorced, the kids would all choose to live with Mike. Emmy-nominee Patricia Heaton stars in this family comedy.

For Better Or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 35 – Moving Day]

Angela and Jennifer’s help, Leslie decorates Joseph’s house.

The Originals Season 4 at 22h00

[Episode 12 – Voodo Child]

When The Hollow targets the most vulnerable Mikaelson, Klaus is forced to rely on Vincent to defeat their enemy for good. Fantasy drama following the tale of the first vampire family.

THURSDAY 28 DECEMBER

The Middle Season 8 at 19h00

[Episode 4 – True Grit]

Brick tries his best to fit in with his fellow high schoolers, but becomes frustrated when his best friend gets noticed instead. This Emmy-nominated comedy follows the Heck family.

For Better Than Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 36 – The Proposal]

Joseph feels he is ready to make a big decision, question is will Leslie agree?

The BACHELORETTE Season 13 at 21h00

[Episode 7]

A single bachelorette dates multiple men over several weeks, narrowing them down to hopefully find her true love.

FRIDAY 29 DECEMBER

The Middle Season 8 At 19h00

[Episode 5– Roadkill]

Frankie and Mike forget Brick’s birthday again and now that he’s fifteen the parents realise that it’s time to teach him how to drive. Emmy-nominee Patricia Heaton stars in this family comedy.

For Better Or Worse Season 3 at 19h30

[Episode 37 – The Taming Of Todd]

Marcus sets Todd up on a blind date.

Winging It Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 16]

Traveling twosome Siv and Janez are in Riga, the capital of Latvia and a lesser known European city. It’s also the setting for one of the duo’s most awkward encounters yet.

The Bad Girls Club Season 1 at 20h30

[Episode 9 – Twerking For Change]

New girl Alicia moves into the house without causing drama, but it isn’t long before the girls cause it for her. Missing her boyfriend, Beatrice sets her sights on Kat.

High Maintenance Season 1 at 22h30

[Episode 5 – Selfie]

The escapades of a Brooklyn pot dealer and his colourful clients are amusingly captured in this eccentric comedy. Anja, a twenty-something aspiring writer, convinces The Guy to sit down for an interview.

SATURDAY 30 DECEMBER

MasterChef Junior USA Season 5 At 18h00

[Episode 3 – Just Like Gordon]

Young culinary champions compete for the ultimate title of MasterChef, in the junior version of this popular reality competition series.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 9 at 19h00

[Episode 15 – Lei It All On The Table]

Whirl around five privileged ladies from Atlanta. The Southern belles include a single socialite, an aspiring country singer and the wife of a professional basketball player.

The 100 Season 4 at 21h00

[Episode 12 –  The Chosen]

While Jaha and Kane disagree over how to handle their grim reality, Clarke leads a group to save a friend.

SUNDAY 31 DECEMBER

America’s Got Talent 12 At 19h00

[Episode 11 – Auditions 6 Part 1]

Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell return for another round of spectacular reality competition with brand new host Tyra Banks.

The Bad Girls Club Season 14 at 20h00

[Episode 9 – Twerking For Change]

New girl Alicia moves into the house without causing drama, but it isn’t long before the girls cause it for her. Missing her boyfriend, Beatrice sets her sights on Kat.

The 100 Season 4 At 22h00

[Episode 12 – The Chosen]

While Jaha and Kane disagree over how to handle their grim reality, Clarke leads a group to save a friend.

Cartoon Network Drawing Competition Winners Announced

Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios to Unwrap Local Animated Shorts Ahead of the Festive Season

 

Television screens across Cartoon Network Africa’s radar will never be the same again. On Monday, 11th December, the number one kids channel in South Africa will reveal the first ever, wholly produced in Africa, animated shorts. In the weeks to follow, local audiences will be able to take delight in three more locally produced animated shorts to be broadcast every Monday until January 1st, 2018.

The television premiere of the four Cartoon Network Imagination Studios’ locally produced animated shorts comes hot off the heels of the recent FupiToons Film Festival hosted in conjunction with African Animation Network (AAN) and Ster-Kinekor. Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios, a drawing contest run in April 2017, was created to inspire, motivate and celebrate the wild imaginations of children between the ages of six and 12-years-old, allowing them to conceptualise and create their very own Cartoon Network friendly character duo, similar to the ones found on Cartoon Network. The groundbreaking shorts are a first in Cartoon Network’s aim to collaborate with local African talent to bring to life authentically African stories and characters.

The four winning drawings have come to life through the infusion of style, motion and sound from local animation experts and will hit the screen just in time for the festive season. Dida Bafor from Nigeria (eight), Katlego Khambule (10), Maia Janse (11) and nine-year-old Zoё-Jane Mans from South Africa, all had an exciting peek into the world of animation and a rare opportunity to add their personal touch to Cartoon Network Africa’s animated duos.

“I am so happy knowing that my drawing has been turned into a cartoon on Cartoon Network,” says eight-year-old Dida Bafor from Nigeria whose tale Adventures of the Talking Pizza – The Great Escape, is a story of siblings John and Lizzy who happen to be pizza slices.

“Seeing my creation coming to life is a dream come true!” says Katlego Khambule creator of The Doodling Duo – Attack of the Slug Monster a short animated film about a giant slug monster that moves into Dash and Diana’s city.

Llama Drama creator 11-year-old Maia Janse says, “This year was actually the third time that I have won the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios competition, but the first time that I have won the actual animation of my drawings – I am very proud and excited!”

If you’ve ever wondered whether banana peels are really that slippery, watch Robo and Tekna journey to the source code to find the truth and settle their bet before Dad finds out in Smarter Phones- Appside Town. “I am so happy and in awe of the way that my creation has been taken to a whole other level,” explains Zoë–Jane Mans.

Creative Director at Mind’s Eye Creative, Ryan van Eyk got to see the excited looks on the children’s faces. “The really cool thing about this initiative is getting kids involved in understanding animation production and the whole process of animating their drawings locally has shown them that their imaginations can come to life”, he says.

“We’re excited about showing the winning four animated shorts across Africa on Cartoon Network. We have been extremely impressed by the creativity and collaborative efforts from all our partners in making this possible. It has been amazing to walk this journey with the Imagination Studios winners and see their imaginative entries coming alive right before their eyes,” says Jaime Ondarza, Senior Vice President for Turner Southern Europe & Africa.

Don’t miss the winners’ animated duos on Cartoon Network across Africa from 11th December 2017.

Turner’s Cartoon Network is a universally appealing boy focused, girl inclusive channel driven by its exciting slate of surprising comedy and adventure. The programming line-up explores the relatable themes of humour, friendship, imagination, action and adventure. Cartoon Network targets boys and girls aged 6-12 and aims to champion kids being themselves through its rich mix of entertaining and globally successful content. The programming slate includes leading comedy animations The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Clarence, Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa and action-adventure shows, The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10 and Teen Titans Go!

Since launching as a pan-European channel in 1993, Cartoon Network has localised services across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where it is available in 19 languages in over 142 million households in 70 countries. Cartoon Network can also be experienced through its award-winning website, as well as via games, video on demand, mobile and an array of licensing and merchandising. Cartoon Network is a brand owned by Turner, a Time Warner company.

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King Kong Returns : The Fugard

Returns from 12 December
Now booking to 18 February

After an initial sold out 6 week season at the Fugard, King Kong returns by overwhelming public demand for the end of year holiday season. For those Capetonians who missed out, or who want to return with friends and family, the good news is that the Fugard Theatre has announced a return run for the holiday season from 12 December and bookings are now open through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 and Webtickets.

The musical portrays the life and times of heavyweight boxer, Ezekiel Dlamini and is set to the scintillating music of Todd Matshikiza with legendary songs such as “Back of the Moon”, “King Kong” and “Sad Times, Bad Times”. The 1959 production of South Africa’s first black musical was set in Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the late-fifties and was seen by 200 000 South Africans before transferring to London’s West End. Whilst remaining true to the original production, a world-class creative team and an all South African cast have revitalised King Kong for the 21st century, giving it new life.

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