Next Week On The Graham Norton Show – 4 December 2018

Graham Norton meets Geraint Thomas, Nicole Kidman, Stephen Fry, Joe Lycett and Take That

Nicole Kidman reveals how she went method for Destroyer, Stephen Fry talks about Greek Myths, Joe Lycett jokes about coming out, Geraint Thomas talks cycling and Take That perform live in the studio

Geraint Thomas, Nicole Kidman, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton, Joe Lycett, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London.

On The Graham Norton Show, airing Tuesday, 4 December on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 21:00, Graham welcomes Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, actor and writer Stephen Fry, comedian Joe Lycett, Olympic and Tour de France cycling champion Geraint Thomas and pop superstars Take That.

Nicole, talking about her latest film, Destroyer, says, “It’s really a tough, gritty film, which is something I’d never done and I am always looking for new territory to explore. And, when you are cast to play the older character you don’t usually get to play the younger, but a great thing as an actor is when you get to play both. It was a gift to be able to arc out the whole story for the character.”

Asked about taking her broken, damaged character home with her, she says, “My husband was like, ‘When is this going to end?’ As an actor, you take on things and some you can shed and walk away from and others you can’t. The character had to seep out of my pores and I didn’t know how to perform that, so I just had to live it. I was a bit of a nightmare!”

Stephen, asked about his love-hate relationship with Twitter, says, “I am on it but the difference now is that I don’t engage with it very much because of the comments and the unkindness. I am very sensitive. It’s pathetic after all these years, but I am.”

Talking about Heroes, his second book of Greek Myths, and asked about the success of the first, he says, “It was a huge surprise to me and I was delighted.”

Joe, talking about coming out to his father, says, “I came out on my 21st birthday and he was just so lovely about it and said, ‘That’s fine and as long as you are happy, I really don’t mind.’  I was sort of annoyed about it because I wanted there to be a battle so I tried to escalate it by saying I was taking drugs and all he said was, ‘Don’t tell your mother!’”

Geraint joins Graham for a chat about his book, The Tour According to G

Talking about the long journey to becoming a champion, he says, “10 years ago I did my first Tour de France and came 140th out of 141.  I beat one guy!   Road cycling is all about endurance so I’m coming into my peak now.” Asked if he ever dreamed of the success he has had, he says, “I definitely thought I would never wear the yellow jersey. That first race was just about survival. You just keep going and before you know it you’re in Paris. It was insane.”

Asked about the injuries he has sustained cycling, he says, “I’ve broken lots of bones and ruptured my spleen. When I broke my pelvis I just carried on. The doctor said, ‘If you can put up with the pain, then crack on.’ I had to because I had been training all year and I was part of a team so couldn’t let them down.”

Take That performs Greatest Day live in the studio, before joining Graham for a chat about their 30th anniversary album and tour.

Chatting about their live shows and asked if they will top all the other shows they have done or whether it’s a combination of everything, Mark, giving very little away, says, “Yeah and yeah!’ Adding, “But, it will include some songs we haven’t performed for a long time.”

Asked if it’s a farewell tour, Gary says, “Let’s hope not! This feels like end of part two to us. Part one was the 90s and part two is three decades of music. Then, after this, we can get excited about what’s next.”

Howard, revealing he’s still the master of the moves, says, “I can still breakdance and do backflips. Whenever we go on tour we like to challenge ourselves and it would feel a bit strange if we didn’t come off stage and not be sweaty.” Mark interjects, “I don’t think the insurance allows for backflips anymore!”

And finally, Graham pulls the lever on more foolhardy audience members brave enough to sit in the Big Red Chair.

The Graham Norton Show, BBC Brit, Tuesday, 4 December 21:00.


Teen Film Culture Welcomes Fresh New Faces To The Big Screen With ‘Status Update’

As if high school wasn’t torturous enough for some teens, they’re now subjected to the cruelty of believing everyone’s life around them is better than theirs. And it’s all there on display in perfectly filtered pictures. But while social media makes everyone’s lives seems flawless, in truth, without the filters, none are…

STATUS UPDATE follows the usual teen film culture but the film spices up the stereotypical with comedy, fantasy, and a moral lesson.  With a combination of talented fresh faces like Ross Lynch and Olivia Holt, the movie is a commentary on the current situation on social media.  The film opens up at 33 cinemas around South African on 30 November, 2018.

Directed by Scott Speer and written by Jason Filardi, STATUS UPDATE offers a glimpse of what life would be like if your dreams came true every time you updated your status.  The film also sees Gregg Sulkin and Courtney Eaton join the cast with a handful of proven actors such as Rob Riggle, Wendi McLendon-Covery and John Michael Higgins, which makes for an exciting and hilarious ensemble.

The movie features former Disney Channel star, Ross Lynch, as the quintessential California kid Kyle, who is uprooted when his parents split, and his mom takes him and his younger sister cross-country to Connecticut.  At Kyle’s new school, he meets the usual suspects – Lonnie, the nerd who becomes Kyle’s best friend; Dani, the girl of Kyle’s dreams; and Derek, the jock and Kyle’s nemesis.  As expected, Kyle is a total fish out of water and his first day consists of one humiliating incident after another, resulting in his cell phone being smashed by bullies, led by Derek. But everything changes when he goes to the mall to get his broken phone fixed.  There he meets a strange, seemingly insightful cell phone salesman, who introduces him to YOUniverse, a mysterious app that effectively turns his phone into a 21st century Aladdin’s lamp.

Kyle soon discovers that with just one sentence, he can get whatever he asks for – whether it’s a visit from his father, the voice to win a part in the school talent show, or the talent to threaten the hockey captain’s dominance on the ice.  But with great power comes great temptation, and Kyle begins to want more and more. In a matter of weeks, the new kid turns into the school’s most popular all-rounder – he becomes the person every guy wants to be, and every girl wants to date.

As in life – and every other wish fulfilment film – when something seems too good to be true, it often is. Kyle finds himself the victim of his own desire for acceptance and social media fame. Can he set things straight and make amends with those he hurt?

“The goal was to create a story that was relevant today but had the fun and heartfelt feeling of a John Hughes comedy, a magical, modern day fairy tale not unlike Big or 17 Again, and then bring that story to the big screen. I think the team behind STATUS UPDATE accomplished that and more,” says Filardi.

STATUS UPDATE is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd and will be shown in the following cinemas around the country:

  • Epic Mall@Reds, Pretoria
  • Epic Northridge, Bloemfontein
  • Epic Sun City, Pilansberg
  • Killarney Cine, Rosebank
  • Midlands Cine, Pietermaritzburg
  • Movies@Monte, Fourways
  • NC Game City, Gaborone
  • Suncoast Cine, Durban
  • NM Canal Walk, Cape Town
  • NM Galleria, Durban
  • NM Menlyn Park, Pretoria
  • NM V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • NM Westgate, Roodepoort
  • Ster-Kinekor Bay West, Port Elizabeth
  • Ster-Kinekor Blue Route, Cape Town
  • Ster-Kinekor Brooklyn, Pretoria
  • Ster-Kinekor Cresta, Northcliff
  • Ster-Kinekor Forest Hill, Pretoria
  • Ster-Kinekor Gateway, Umhlanga
  • Ster-Kinekor Greenstone Mall, Greenstone
  • Ster-Kinekor Irene Mall, Preotira
  • Ster-Kinekor Kolonnade, Pretoria
  • Ster-Kinekor Mall at Carnival, Benoni
  • Ster-Kinekor Maponya Mall, Soweto
  • Ster-Kinekor Matlosana Mall, Klerksdorp
  • Ster-Kinekor Riversquare, Vereeniging
  • Ster-Kinekor The Zone, Rosebank
  • Ster-Kinekor Sandton City, Sandton
  • Ster-Kinekor Secunda Mall, Secunda
  • Ster-Kinekor Somerset Mall, Cape Town
  • Ster-Kinekor Southgate, Johannesburg
  • Ster-Kinekor Tygervalley, Cape Town

Critics And Audiences Raving About Green Book – In SA Cinema 15 February 2019

The critically acclaimed and highly-anticipated GREEN BOOK is confirmed for release at South African cinemas on 15 February 2019.

Cultures clash when a working-class Italian-American from the Bronx becomes the driver for a classically trained pianist on a concert tour of the American South in GREEN BOOK.

A warm, funny and surprising look at a real-life friendship, GREEN BOOK is directed by Peter Farrelly, and stars Oscar®-nominee Viggo Mortensen and Oscar®-winner Mahershala Ali.­­

GREEN BOOK is a warm-hearted and often hilarious road movie about two very different, strong-willed men who break through barriers of race, class and education to form a deep and enduring bond – on the journey of a lifetime. Transcending initial assumptions and stereotypes, the pair’s unlikely alliance demonstrates the life-changing power of tolerance and cross-cultural understanding – two steadfast values that continue to resonate today.

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After GREEN BOOK won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, it went on to win audience awards at three additional film festivals in the U.S. (Middleburg, Mill Valley and Boston).

Apart from being a definite favourite amongst movie audiences, there are also strong indicators that it will receive significant attention during the upcoming awards season – with Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominations being suggested by various critics.


Pro’s Last Recorded Track, For Love Lives Here Movie, Released

The late Pro’s (Pro Kid) music continues to live on, after South Africa lost one of it’s most talented sons in August 2018. ‘Ntsimbi’, was one of Pro’s last recorded tracks is now out, as the country celebrates this icon through his music.

The song, which features Kid X & up and coming rapper, Khaz Money, was recorded for the soundtrack of the upcoming South African romcom, ‘Love Lives Here’, and was composed by the movie’s soundtrack curator, Tshepang “RMBO”Ramoba.

Asked why Pro was one of the artists selected for the soundtrack, movie producer Dumi Gumbi had this to say: “Pro was, and still is, the perfect artist to feature in the movie’s soundtrack because of his ability to bring people from different backgrounds together, which is something we see happen in the movie, so it was a no brainer.”

The movie, which will be released in March 2019, feature’s well known actress Thando Thabethe as it’s lead, alongside Lungile Radu, Andile Gumbi, Zola Nombona, Sihle Ndaba and Motlatsi Mafatshe. The track, which dropped exclusively on Metro FM’s Fresh Breakfast, is now available on iTunes and will be available on Deezer, Google Play, and Spotify from Monday 26 November.