Tribute To Hugh Masekela

It is with great sadness that M-Net has learned of the passing of musical legend Hugh Masekela, a leader and stalwart of the music and entertainment industry worldwide.

His legacy, contribution and influence on the music world will be long remembered and treasured.

“Hugh Masekela told the South African story in an inimitable way. Through his music, the fight for democracy reached audiences all over the world, and to us, he was the voice of hope during dark times. Hugh was recognised by the greatest musicians in the world. He played alongside jazz legends, incredible contemporary and chart-topping musicians, and is one of a few to have been at the famous Rumble in the Jungle. I havesome very precious personal memories as he was a close family friend and a major inspiration to me as a young musician,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO General Entertainment, MultiChoice.

Today, South Africa, the rest of our continent and the world remember a man who touched lives in a magical and meaningful way.

M-Net and MultiChoice will be honouring his legacy with the following specials on Mzansi Magic Music (DStv channel 321):

The Best of Hugh Masekela Special at 12pm. (this will be available on Catch up from 1800 tonight)Friends of Hugh Masekela at 1pm.Hugh Masekela Live at the Market Theatre at 2pm. (this will be available on Catch up from 1800 tonight)

These specials will be repeated over the next few days.


Steven Soderbergh’s Innovative Limited Series, Mosaic Starts On M-Net Tonight

Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh – the visionary director behind acclaimed films like Traffic, Erin Brockovich and Behind the Candelabra – brings viewers an innovative six-part limited series called Mosaic, starting tonight, Tuesday 23 January at 21:00 on M-Net channel 101.

Set against the backdrop of a mountain resort town, Mosaic follows popular children’s book author and illustrator Olivia Lake (Oscar nominee Sharon Stone), whose literary success makes her a local celebrity in the tight-knit community. When she sets her sights on a handsome young newcomer in town – an aspiring graphic artist named Joel Hurley – their flirtation leads to him accepting her offer for a place to stay and work. Passion, jealousy and deceit quickly make themselves clear with the arrival of Joel’s girlfriend, Laura, as well as a chance meeting with a charming but duplicitous stranger named Eric Neill.

In true Soderbergh style, the story ups the ante with an intricate murder-mystery: When Olivia disappears on New Year’s Day leaving behind a blood-soaked studio, the series becomes a whodunit and it’s up to detective Nate Henry and Eric’s sister Petra to unravel the mystery.

In November 2017, Mosaic was featured as the first narrative piece on PodOp’s newly unveiled interactive, mobile storytelling app. Through the Mosaic app, viewers are offered an intuitive form of engagement enabling them to choose from which point of view to follow the story and, in effect, build their own experience from the material created and curated by Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon. This serves as an exciting prelude to the six-part television version of the series and allows viewers to see how Soderbergh’s narrative compares to the ones they’ve created with the app.

Delving into the psychological underpinnings of love and murder in a small town, this mystery-crime-drama has an ensemble cast with Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct, Casino), Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound), Frederick Weller (In Plain Sight), Jennifer Ferrin (The Knick), Beau Bridges (Masters of Sex), Paul Reubens (Gotham), Devin Ratray (The Tick), James Ransone (The First), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick), Michael Cerveris (The Tick) and Maya Kazan (Boardwalk Empire).

Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Charlie’s Angels), Mosaic is executive produced by Casey Silver (Godless, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Michael Polaire (Logan Lucky, The Knick). Adrian Sack is co-executive producer.

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90th Annual Oscars : Nominations

Actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish and actor-director Andy Serkis, joined by Academy President John Bailey, announced the 90th Academy Awards® nominations today (January 23) live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater via a global live stream on,, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed and broadcast media.

Haddish and Serkis announced the nominees in 11 categories at 5:22 a.m. PT, with pre-taped category introductions by Academy members Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson and Michelle Yeoh. Haddish and Serkis announced the remaining 13 categories at 5:38 a.m. PT.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Tuesday, February 20 through Tuesday, February 27.

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”
Darkest Hour
Get Out
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water


Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:

The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:

Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist


Five Fingers For Marseilles Lights Up The Global Festival Circuit

When modern-day South African western ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’, set in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), film review site Screen Anarchy reported that, “Director Michael Matthews and screenwriter Sean Drummond know the language of the western genre well enough to give it due place: wide angle shot of a beautiful, empty landscape, which speaks to both the wildness of this end of the line place, and the people who cling to it, even if the future seems less than hopeful for change.”

Since then, the film has been receiving rave reviews at festivals around the world. After it screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, in late September, a festival review spoke of the world of the film as “a gorgeous, complex world,” calling ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ one of the most striking debuts of recent years, and naming it part of “a wave that will completely redefine the international perception of what African cinema can be.”

“’Five Fingers’ represents a new style of film production for South Africa and we are excited by the very positive reception it has had from different audiences, says Drummond. “In Toronto, it was described as one of the best westerns of the year and one of 2017’s most compelling debut features.”

The film portrays the reality of South Africa in the style of the Western, highlighting issues of issues of racism in a post-apartheid society, using the conventions of the western genre, such as the wilderness, trains, outlaws, and life endangering fights. It stars Vuyo Dabula, Kenneth Nkosi and Jerry Mofokeng.

It tells the story of Tau, a troubled young outlaw – one of the Five Fingers gang – who returns to the town he fled as a youth and is forced to confront his past (and the town’s difficult future), while also finding a chance for redemption. Filmed in Sesotho, the story takes place in Marseilles, a town in the rugged Eastern Cape.

The Five Fingers are a fictional group of young fighters that fought against police brutality in the small rural town of Marseille more than 20 years ago. When Tau returns to Marseilles seeking a quiet pastoral life, he finds that the town is once again under threat, and is need of heroes once more.

In October, the film headed to the Busan Film Festival in South Korea where it caused a buzz. Busan is the most prestigious film festival in Asia and was presided over by Oliver Stone this year.

Next stop for the film was the BFI London Film Festival, where reviewer Keith Shiri described it as “a deftly-constructed, Western-inspired drama, whose thrilling and intensely raw tone is made more breath-taking by the stunning backdrop it unfolds against.” He added: “With its excellent cast, led by a superb central performance from Vuyo Dabula, ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ is a tension-driven drama, building inexorably towards a climactic, ‘High Noon’-style showdown.”

Hollywood has also given the film a nod, with Variety saying, “the film commands attention with a deliberately paced and well-observed story that focuses on, among other things, the inescapable influence of the past and the unavoidable corruption spawned by ambition.” The magazine added that “Five Fingers for Marseilles turns out to be an impressively effective and engrossing cross-cultural hybrid that has a great deal more than novelty value going for it.”

On RottenTomatoes, it has a 100% rating.

‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ will be released in South Africa in April 2018 by Indigenous Film Distribution.

‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ was awarded Best South African Film in Development at the Durban FilmMart’s finance forum in 2013. Produced by Drummond and Matthews’ Be Phat Motel Film Company and Yaron Schwartzman and Asger Hussain of Game 7 Films, in association with Stage 5 Films and Above the Clouds, it was also made possible with the support of South Africa’s National Film & Video Foundation and the Department of Trade and Industry, with additional services from Dupa Films.


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24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018 Nominees

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson,”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
“The Big Sick”
Get Out
“Lady Bird”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Marc Maron, “GLOW”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things”
“The Walking Dead”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
Baby Driver
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Wonder Woman