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Statement From Anant Singh On The Passing Of Music Legend James Ingram

It was with deep sadness that I learnt of the passing of James Ingram.

He had an amazing velvet smooth voice and was a giant in the music industry. I am delighted to have known him, having been introduced to him by our mutual friend, Quincy Jones who is also very distraught about his passing.

We subsequently worked together when he did the song ‘One More Time’ for the end title sequence for our film, SARAFINA!.

We send his family our sympathies and love, as we celebrate his remarkable life and talent.

Anant Singh
Durban, South Africa
30 January 2019

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Television

1Magic February 2019 Highlights

FRIDAY, 01 FEBRUARY

Coupled Season 1 at 19h00

[Episode 1]

The tropical paradise of Antigua is where the fun goes down in the first season. A dozen single women wait anxiously as one man a day lands via helicopter. Each man chooses which woman he would like to be “coupled ” with, until they are all paired up and the fun begins.

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 5 “HALOS AND HORNS”]

Nomonde is not happy with the latest developments, and the Mokoenas receive devastating news.

The Brothers at 21h30

A film about friendship and deception. A group of friends meet once a week to play basketball and catch up on their lives, but their bond is tested by a startling revelation.

SATURDAY, 02 FEBRUARY

Ikhaya Season 2 at 19h30

[Episode 5]

Eddie is shocked to get news about a person confessing to Mosima’s hit-and-run. He is irate when he realises that Cebile set it up, but he goes along with it.

Yobe Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 5]

A docu-reality show giving offenders the opportunity to engage with victims of their crimes or their victim’s families. Sensitive subject matters will be tackled.

Trevor Noah: Nationwild Season 1 at 22h00

[Episode 5]

On this show Trevor Noah showcases up-and-coming South African comedians and the stories behind their success.

SUNDAY, 03 FEBRUARY

Happy Together Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 11 “A CLAIRE-FREE LIFESTYLE”]

Jake and Claire are a happily married couple, who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves. Then a young pop star drawn to their super-ordinary life unexpectedly moves in.

Neighborhood Season 1 at 20h30

[Episode 11 “WELCOME TO THE FUNDRAISER”]

The friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighbourhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighbourliness.

All American Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 11 “ALL EYEZ ON ME”]

When a rising high school football player is recruited by a football coach from a prestigious school, they soon discover that they share a deeper connection between them.

MONDAY, 04 FEBRUARY

Basketball Wives LA Season 7 at 18h00

[Episode 16]

We follow women who juggle the success and stresses of building businesses and searching for stability in the unstable arena of being the significant other to a basketball superstar.

How To Get Away With Murder Season 5 at 20h30

[Episode 11 “BE THE MARTYR”]

Annalise Keating (Oscar-nominated, Tony-winning actress Viola Davis) is a brilliant and charismatic professor of defense law, who teaches a class called How to Get Away With Murder.

TUESDAY, 05 FEBRUARY

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 7 “BURIED SECRETS”]

Zweli starts to fall apart as he tries to make sense of Lindiwe’s secrets. The search for Tumi’s body begins.

Trevor Noah: Nationwild Season 1 at 20h30

[Episode 6]

Trevor Noah showcases up-and-coming South African comedians and the stories behind their success.

God Friended Me Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 5 “UNFRIENDED”]

The God Account unfriends Miles after he’s reluctant to act on the latest friend suggestion – a young woman who’s dealing with emotional trauma following the death of her sister.

WEDNESDAY, 06 FEBRUARY

Drop The Mic Season 2 at 19h00

[Episodes 1 “SHAQUILLE O’NEAL VS. KEN JEONG/JERRY SPRINGER VS. RICKI LAKE”]

Drop the Mic features celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture to compete in rap battles.

Grown-Ish Season 2 at 19h30

[Episode 1]

Follow Zoey Johnson as she heads to college and begins her hilarious journey to adulthood.

Blindspot Season 4 at 20h30

[Episodes 4 “SOUS-VIDE”]

The Emmy nominated creator of Arrow helms this drama that centres on the discovery of a mysterious woman covered in cryptic tattoos, with no memory of who she is.

THURSDAY, 07 FEBRUARY

Happy Together Season 1 at 19h00

[Episodes 12]

Jake and Claire are a happily married couple, who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves. Then a young pop star drawn to their super-ordinary life unexpectedly moves in.

Neighborhood Season 1 at 20h00

[Episodes 12 “WELCOME TO GROVER’S BIRTHDAY”]

The friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighbourhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighbourliness.

All American Season 1 at 20h30

[Episodes 12 “BACK IN THE DAY”]

When a rising high school football player is recruited by a football coach from a prestigious school, they soon discover that they share a deeper connection between them.

FRIDAY, 08 FEBRUARY

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 10 “ALIVE AND KICKING!”]

More shocking arrives just as the Dikanas celebrate the return of their matriarch.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 15 at 20h30

[Episode 4 “AUDITIONS 4”]

The judges continue to observe the talent that New York as to offer as they search for the best dancers they can find across the nation.

Fahrenheit at 21h30

Michael B. Jordan stars in this edgy drama based on the ground-breaking novel. In a disillusioned dystopian future, a young man struggles with his role as a brutal law enforcer.

SATURDAY, 09 FEBRUARY

Ikhaya Season 2 at 19h30

[Episode 6]

Cebile has managed to solve her problem with Madondo but another rears its head in the form of Eddie’s divorce papers.

Yobe Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 6]

A docu-reality show giving offenders the opportunity to engage with victims of their crimes or their victim’s families. Sensitive subject matters will be tackled.

SUNDAY, 10 FEBRUARY

Happy Together Season 1 at 20h00

[Episode 12]

Jake and Claire are a happily married couple, who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves. Then a young pop star drawn to their super-ordinary life unexpectedly moves in.

Neighborhood Season 1 at 20h30

[Episode 12 “WELCOME TO GROVER’S BIRTHDAY”]

The friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighbourhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighbourliness.

All American Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 12 “BACK IN THE DAY”]

When a rising high school football player is recruited by a football coach from a prestigious school, they soon discover that they share a deeper connection between them.

How To Get Away With Murder Season 5 at 22h00

[Episode 11 “BE THE MARTYR”]

Annalise Keating (Oscar-nominated, Tony-winning actress Viola Davis) is a brilliant and charismatic professor of defense law, who teaches a class called How to Get Away With Murder.

61st Grammy Awards 2019 (LIVE BROADCAST) at 03h00

Taking the stage on Music’s Biggest Night® will be current nominees Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves. Live from Staples Center, and hosted by Alicia Keys.

MONDAY, 11 FEBRUARY

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 11 “BOMBSHELLS AND PANIC”]

More and more truths are revealed as some fear for their lives and how that truth will affect them.

How To Get Away With Murder Season 5 at 20h30

[Episode 12]

Annalise Keating (Oscar-nominated, Tony-winning actress Viola Davis) is a brilliant and charismatic professor of defense law, who teaches a class called How to Get Away With Murder.

61st Grammy Awards 2019 (REPEAT) at 21h30

Taking the stage on Music’s Biggest Night® will be current nominees Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves. Live from Staples Center, and hosted by Alicia Keys.

TUESDAY, 12 FEBRUARY

The Real Housewives of New York Season 10 at 18h00

[Episode 1 “GOULS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN”]

The ladies of New York are back after an eventful summer. Newly divorced Luann sits down with Dorinda and starts to open up about her relationship with Tom.

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 12 “VERONICA’S DREAM”]

Tumi refuses to go acknowledge Lindiwe as her mother and Andile starts doubting his mother’s innocence.

Trevor Noah: Nationwild Season 1 at 20h30

[Episode 7]

On this show Trevor Noah showcases up-and-coming South African comedians and the stories behind their success.

God Friended Me Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 6 “A HOUSE DIVIDED”]

While Miles enrols in a marketing class to help him promote his podcast, he is sent a friend suggestion for a cab driver who is opposed to his daughter marrying outside their faith.

WEDNESDAY, 13 FEBRUARY

Grown-Ish Season 2 at 19h30

[Episode 2 “NOTHING WAS THE SAME”]

So many surprises are in store for Zoe and the gang who’ve returned for their sophomore year.

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 13 “BRING ME ITUMELENG”]

A stubborn Malefu refuses to pay Tumi a visit and Detective Tshabalala returns.

THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY

Happy Together Season 1 at 19h00

[Episode 13]

Jake and Claire are a happily married couple, who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves. Then a young pop star drawn to their super-ordinary life unexpectedly moves in.

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 14 “VALENTINES MASSACRE”]

Lindiwe has an evil plan brewing for Tumi and Cobra steps up to keep his family together.

FRIDAY, 15 FEBRUARY

Laugh Out Loud: The Comedy Show Season 4 at 19h00

[Episode 58]

The talented sketch team will have viewers in stitches with their take on contemporary South African society, including pot shots at reality makeover shows.

She Is King at 21h30

Zulu culture is celebrated in this drama about music and self. A woman travels to the city to become a dancer for a production. She must search for her identity and battle rivalry.

SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY

Ikhaya Season 2 at 19h30

[Episode 7]

Following Zenzile’s disappearance, everything at the Mbatha house falls apart; Eddie turns to the bottle and Cebile seeks comfort in the arms of another man, MJ.

Yobe Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 7]

A docu-reality show giving offenders the opportunity to engage with victims of their crimes or their victim’s families. Sensitive subject matters will be tackled.

SUNDAY, 17 FEBRUARY

The Real Housewives of New York Season 10 Omnibus from 17h00 to 19h00

[Episodes 1 – 3]

The ladies of New York are back after an eventful summer. Newly divorced Luann sits down with Dorinda and starts to open up about her relationship with Tom.

How To Get Away With Murder Season 5 at 22h00

[Episode 12]

Annalise Keating (Oscar-nominated, Tony-winning actress Viola Davis) is a brilliant and charismatic professor of defence law, who teaches a class called How to Get Away With Murder.

MONDAY, 18 FEBRUARY

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 16 “NO JUSTICE. NO PEACE”]

Tumi’s arrest sends shock waves through Refilwe and Nomonde gains an ally.

How To Get Away With Murder Season 5 at 20h30

[Episode 13]

Annalise Keating (Oscar-nominated, Tony-winning actress Viola Davis) is a brilliant and charismatic professor of defence law, who teaches a class called How to Get Away With Murder.

Laugh Out Loud: The Comedy Show Season 4 at 21h30

[Episode 58]

The talented sketch team will have viewers in stitches with their take on contemporary South African society, including pot shots at reality makeover shows.

TUESDAY, 19 FEBRUARY

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 17 “NOT ONE OF US”]

Lindiwe slowly starts to get back at everyone who celebrated her death prematurely. Tumi is nailed to the cross by the people she counts on the most.

Trevor Noah: Nationwild Season 1 at 20h30

[Episode 8]

On this show Trevor Noah showcases up-and-coming South African comedians and the stories behind their success.

God Friended Me Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 7 “THE PRODIGAL SON”]

Miles is forced to face uncomfortable truths about his family when the God Account points him toward his Uncle Terrance.

WEDNESDAY, 20 FEBRUARY

Real Housewives of New York Season 10 at 18h00

[Episode 6 “GRIEF AND RELIEF”]

Carole reveals shocking news about her relationship with Adam. Sonja preps her townhouse for rental. At an important business dinner in Miami with Bethenny’s relief team.

Grown-Ish Season 2 at 19h30

[Episode 3 “NEW RULES”]

Aaron and Vivek think up a creative new way to throw parties.

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 18 “LOST AND CONFUSED”]

Zolani makes Tumi an interesting offer while Cobra and Dimpho are left to deal with surprising revelations about Tumi.

THURSDAY, 21 FEBRUARY

Black-Ish Season 5 at 19h00

[Episodes 1 “GAP YEAR”]

After dropping Junior off at college, Dre and Bow are beside themselves when they find him back at home announcing his decision to take a gap year.

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 19 “KEEP YOUR MONEY”]

Zolani blackmails Lindiwe into going to see Tumi and Lindani manages to convince people to contribute towards Tumi’s bail.

FRIDAY, 22 FEBRUARY

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episodes 20 “STRAY BULLETS”]

Tumi’s life hangs on a shoe string as Nomonde makes some unexpected moves to save herself.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 15 at 20h30

[Episode 6 “ACADEMY WEEK #2”]

“The Academy” continues as the dancers do their best to prove that they have what it takes to become America’s Favourite Dancer.

A Heart That Forgives at 21h30

Choices have consequences in this film that follows two brothers on two different paths. One became a pastor the other choice a darker path, but can he be redeemed.

SATURDAY, 23 FEBRUARY

Ikhaya Season 2 at 19h30

[Episode 8]

While Zenzile finds herself getting lost in the oddness of her spiritual group, Joseph helps Eddie get rid of his mistake.

The $ 100 000 Pyramid Season 2 at 20h30

[Episode 24 “BILLY GARDELL VS KATE FLANNERY’]

Celebrity guests compete against each other with hopes of making it to the winners’ circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 15 at 21h00

[Episode 6 “ACADEMY WEEK #2”]

“The Academy” continues as the dancers do their best to prove that they have what it takes to become America’s Favourite Dancer.

SUNDAY, 24 FEBRUARY

Real Housewives Of New York Season 10 Omnibus from 17h00 – 19h00

[Episodes 5 – 7]

Back in New York City, Tinsley gets a surprise delivery to her home. Over tea, Carole and Luann talk through the miscommunications that have been plaguing their friendship.

Black-Ish Season 5 at 20h00

[Episode 1 “GAP YEAR”]

After dropping Junior off at college, Dre and Bow are beside themselves when they find him back at home announcing his decision to take a gap year.

Laugh Out Loud: The Comedy Show Season 4 at 21h00

[Episode 52]

The talented sketch team will have viewers in stitches with their take on contemporary South African society, including pot shots at reality makeover shows.

MONDAY, 25 FEBRUARY

The River 2 at 20h00

[Episodes 21 “JULIA VS LINDIWE”]

The walls are closing in on Lindiwe just as Tumi reunites with her family.

How To Get Away With Murder Season 5 at 20h30

[Episode 14]

Annalise Keating (Oscar-nominated,Tony-winning actress Viola Davis) is a brilliant and charismatic professor of defense law, who teaches a class called How to Get Away With Murder.

Laugh Out Loud: The Comedy Show Season 4 at 21h30

[Episode 58]

The talented sketch team will have viewers in stitches with their take on contemporary South African society, including pot shots at reality makeover shows.

TUESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 22 “HOUSE OF CARDS”]

Lindiwe is falling apart as her family’s doubts about her deepen.

Trevor Noah: Nationwild Season 1 at 20h30

[Episode 9]

On this show Trevor Noah showcases up-and-coming South African comedians and the stories behind their success.

God Friended Me Season 1 at 21h00

[Episode 8 “MATTHEW 621”]

The God Account sends Miles the profile of a lawyer who died six months ago, leading him, Cara and Rakesh to dig into the man’s past to figure out who exactly they’re supposed to help.

WEDNESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY

Grown-Ish Season 2 at 19h30

[Episode 4 “IN MY FEELINGS”]

The team debates what really makes a person a genius.

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 23 “WHITE MONOPOLY CAPITAL”]

Cobra gets a second chance at Khanyisa Diamonds and a blast from the past could give Lindiwe her freedom.

THURSDAY, 28 FEBRUARY

Real Housewives Of New York Season 10 at 18h00

[Episodes 11 “FAUX WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL”]

Tinsley tries on wedding dresses with her mother, Dale. While Luann is ending her stint in rehab, the women tough it out during a prison style workout.

Black-Ish Season 5 at 19h00

[Episode 2 “DON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR”]

Dre develops a newfound joy of calling the cops over petty neighbourhood issues but begins to question the example he is setting for Jack.

The River Season 2 at 20h00

[Episode 24 “THIRD FORCE”]

Lindiwe’s conspiracy theory leaves everybody shocked. Cobra oversteps at work and at home, making everyone resent his new position.

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Awards

Outstanding Film And Television Performances Honored At The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Art Photo Credit: © 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC

The Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented its coveted Actor® statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and television performances of 2018 at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, hosted by Megan Mullally, held Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium Expo Hall.

Honored with individual awards were Mahershala Ali, Emily Blunt, Rami Malek and Glenn Close for performances in motion pictures, and Patricia Arquette, Jason Bateman, Rachel Brosnahan, Darren Criss, Sandra Oh and Tony Shalhoub for performances in television. The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor® for a motion picture cast performance went to Black Panther, while the Actors® for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went to This Is Us and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Harry Shum Jr. and Sydney Sweeney revealed the honorees for outstanding action performances during the official live pre-show PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly TNT Red Carpet Live: 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The stunt ensemble from Black Panther was honored for film and the stunt ensemble from GLOW was honored for television.

Tom Hanks presented Alan Alda with the 55th Life Achievement Award, following a filmed salute to one of the world’s most respected and beloved actors. A filmed “In Memoriam” tribute honored the SAG-AFTRA members lost during 2018. In keeping with the SAG Awards tradition of highlighting the work of SAG-AFTRA members, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris introduced a montage that saluted the memorable 25-year history of the SAG Awards.

In a poetic gesture, the final award of the evening was presented by Jodie Foster, who was the first ever to receive an Actor® for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Tom Hanks was the first ever to receive an Actor® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. Both actors were on the inaugural SAG Awards and returned as presenters for the show’s Silver Anniversary.

PEOPLE hosted the official Post-Awards Gala for the 23rd year. This exclusive event, which was held immediately following the SAG Awards on a specially extended section of the Shrine’s auditorium stage honors the charitable efforts of actors in their communities. In addition, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), will make a $125,000 grant to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund.

Nominees chosen by their respective SAG Awards film and television nominating committees were announced on Dec. 12, 2018. Two nominating panels — one for television and one for film — each composed of 2,500 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s nominees. Final voting information was sent to the 120,785 SAG-AFTRA members in good standing across the country. Balloting closed at noon on Friday, Jan. 25. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official election teller, sealed the results until they were announced live during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about.

The 25th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® RECIPIENTS

The Theatrical Motion Picture Recipients are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury – “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
GLENN CLOSE / Joan Castleman – “THE WIFE” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
MAHERSHALA ALI / Dr. Donald Shirley – “GREEN BOOK” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
EMILY BLUNT / Evelyn Abbott – “A QUIET PLACE” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
ANGELA BASSETT / Ramonda
CHADWICK BOSEMAN / T’Challa/Black Panther
STERLING K. BROWN / N’Jobu
WINSTON DUKE / M’Baku
MARTIN FREEMAN / Everett K. Ross
DANAI GURIRA / Okoye
MICHAEL B. JORDAN / Erik Killmonger
DANIEL KALUUYA / W’Kabi
LUPITA NYONG’O / Nakia
ANDY SERKIS / Ulysses Klaue
FOREST WHITAKER / Zuri
LETITIA WRIGHT / Shuri

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

The Television Recipients are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
DARREN CRISS / Andrew Cunanan – “THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE:
AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (FX Networks)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Tilly Mitchell – “ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA” (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
SANDRA OH / Eve Polastri – “KILLING EVE” (BBC America)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THIS IS US(NBC)
ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson
NILES FITCH / Teenage Randall
MACKENZIE HANCSICSAK / Young Kate
JUSTIN HARTLEY / Kevin Pearson
FAITHE HERMAN / Annie Pearson
JON HUERTAS / Miguel Rivas
MELANIE LIBURD / Zoe
CHRISSY METZ / Kate Pearson
MANDY MOORE / Rebecca Pearson
LYRIC ROSS / Déjà
CHRIS SULLIVAN / Toby Damon
MILO VENTIMIGLIA / Jack Pearson
SUSAN KELECHI WATSON / Beth Pearson
HANNAH ZEILE / Teenage Kate

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
CAROLINE AARON / Shirley Maisel
ALEX BORSTEIN / Susie Myerson
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel
MARIN HINKLE / Rose Weissman
ZACHARY LEVI / Benjamin
KEVIN POLLAK / Moishe Maisel
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman
BRIAN TARANTINA / Jackie
MICHAEL ZEGEN / Joel Maisel

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
GLOW (Netflix)

The 55th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award
ALAN ALDA

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Awards

BBC Brit To Live Broadcast The Brit Awards 2019

The Brit Awards 2019 will take place on Wednesday, 20 February at 22:00 live from The O2 Arena, London, broadcast exclusively on BBC Brit, (DStv 120). The ceremony will once again be hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.

Nominations for The Brit Awards 2019 include:

Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa lead Brit’s 2019 nominations with four each
Calvin Harris, Little Mix, Rita Ora, Florence + The Machine, Drake, Ariana Grande, Camilla Cabello and Eminem have all been nominated for awards.

Live music on the night will include performances from Calvin Harris, Rag’n’Bone Man, Sam Smith and Little Mix.

Little Mix

UK pop sensations Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa lead the charge for this year’s 2019 Brit Awards with an incredible four nominations each. Anne-Marie is up for British Female, British Single, British Artist Video of the Year, and the prestigious Mastercard British Album of the Year for debut album Speak Your Mind, which went to No. 3 in the UK charts on release last spring. Following her two Brit wins in 2018, Dua Lipa also receives four nominations, with two in both British Single and British Artist Video categories, for her own track ‘IDGAF’ and the No. 1 Calvin Harris collaboration ‘One Kiss’.

Calvin Harris

Indie solo artist George Ezra and one of the UK’s biggest breakthroughs of last year Jorja Smith, are both up for three nominations. Up for two awards are: Calvin Harris, The 1975, Little Mix, Tom Walker, Jess Glynne, Rita Ora, Clean Bandit, Florence plus The Machine and Rudimental.

Grime artist Giggs received his first ever Brit nomination for British Male, but has stiff competition from George Ezra, Sam Smith, Aphex Twin and Craig David.

Sam Smith

A host of brand new names feature in this year’s international categories: Kamasi Washington, Travis Scottand Shawn Mendesare all up for International Male against 2017 winner Drakeand four time Brit winner Eminem, whilst International Female sees Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Christine & The Queens and 2014 nominee Janelle Monáe all shortlisted.

Beyoncé has been nominated eight times (and won once), and JAY Z has received four nominations (and one win); 2019 sees their debut nomination for The Carters off the back of their Top Five album Everything is Love, and disco legends Nile Rodgers & Chicare at last nominated for their first Brit award for International Group.

This year’s nominations lists also include many previous BRITs Critics’ Choice nominees and winners: Jorja Smith (winner 2018), Mabel (nominated 2018), Anne-Marie (nominated 2017), Dua Lipa (nominated 2017), Years & Years (nominated 2015), Sam Smith (winner 2014) and Florence plus The Machine (winner 2009).

Joel Churcher, Vice President and General Manager for BBC Studios in Africa said, “We are very excited to once again be broadcasting live the Brit Awards for our audiences here in Africa. The Brit Awards are a global moment in the music industry and champion the very best in both British and international music. BBC Brit, as the home of the best in big, bold entertainment, showcases that there really is no better a destination for watching hit global content fresh as it happens.”

www.brits.co.uk

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Theatre

Langarm – Double Date Deal – The Fugard

Double date deal – 4 premium priced tickets for R195 each

Take advantage of our double date special for David Kramer’s Langarm and pay only R195 per ticket when you buy 4 premium tickets for Wednesday and Thursday performances in February! (This special excludes 14 February 2019). Ts & Cs apply.

This special is only available through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or by emailing boxoffice@thefugard.com.

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Film

Matwetwe Smokes Its Homegrown Competition

Diprente and UIP South Africa announced that local film, Matwetwe, has made an impressive R980 762 within its first three days at the local box office. The movie which was produced by Tamsin Anderson and is Diprente’s third production following Blitz Patrollie and Catching Feelings, has delivered an amazing R57.7k screen average over 17 exhibitor sites and will look at increasing its national footprint within the coming weeks.

Black Coffee, South African multi award winning record producer and DJ, who also acted as executive producer on the film, had the following to say: “Matwetwe was the best performing SA film this weekend and we are all over the moon. YOU all made this happen and because of the demand many more screens are being added on Friday. YOU all spoke and they listened.”

Celebrated stand-up comedian, actor and writer, Kagiso Lediga, who also wrote, directed and produced Matwetwe, shared his views on the amazing opening results: “It goes to show that the market is hungry for this kind of content. We are very pleased.”

Matwetwe was the No. 4 film at the South African box office for the weekend 25 – 27 January 2019.

About Matwetwe

MATWETWE (WIZARD) is a coming of age adventure following Lefa and Papi, best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives. Over the course of an action packed New Year’s Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a king pin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious escapade.

About Diprente

Founded in 2009, Diprente is an independent production house making original narrative content for the world from Johannesburg, South Africa. It has garnered awards and audience acclaim across the full range of its productions, including television, film, short form, animated and kids’ content.

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The Girl From St Agnes – Ep 1 & 2 Review

Having wrapped filming toward the end of November 2018, Showmax’s first original drama, The Girl From St Agnes will premier on Showmax 31 January 2019. Bringing a veritable eight part whodunnit series with a South African flair to the streaming platform.

Starting with the first episode, we are introduced to Lexi (Jane de Wet), drama teacher Kate (Nina Milner), school head Chris (Graham Hopkins), Shane (Tyrone Keogh), and a whole host of other diverse characters attending the prestigious St Agnes school for girls. The episode kicks off with a very South African feel to it, yet soon takes on the tense and dark feel of any murder mystery as things start looking just a little bit too simple for the seemingly open and shut case. We are introduced to several school and community personalities, and it’s not long before one feels that all is not right.

Moving to the second episode, the mood and feel of the show becomes a lot more tense. There is an urgency to uncover the truth. While the show does throw some clues and herrings, at this early stage it would be neigh impossible to start guessing. Anyone could have a secret, anyone could be guilty. Who can be trusted?

The show really does grip the viewer. The production value, talented cast, and engrossing story are sure to have the viewer wanting more. It is probably a good thing that all the episodes will be available for a binge session at the end of the month, lest we are forced to wait like the good old days, where an episode a week was all the story fulfilment allowed, and a quick chat at the water dispenser the next day would tide us over until we could once again be whisked away to this world of intrigue.

Based on the first two episodes, The Girl of St Agnes most certainly looks as if it will shape up to be a guessing game for viewers, providing a good many hours of entertainment, and with a binge session, robbing more than few of us of our sleep.

Look for The Girl from St Agnes, coming soon to Showmax.

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“Our first Original – last year’s light-hearted comedy Tali’s Wedding Diary – had the most successful launch day of any series on Showmax ever,” says Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Showmax. “This is a complete change of direction: The Girl From St Agnes is a dark murder mystery that will keep you guessing and taps into the current conversations in South Africa about #metoo and teen sexuality.”

At St Agnes, a prestigious all-girls boarding school in the Midlands, a popular and beautiful student is found dead at the base of the old mill. Fearful of the scandal it might cause, the school is quick to declare the death of Lexi Summerveld a tragic accident.

But drama teacher Kate Ballard doesn’t believe it. On the night of her death, an upset Lexi had been trying to contact her, and Kate had ignored her. Now wracked with guilt, Kate attempts to piece together the terrible truth.

The more she investigates, the more Kate realises that she didn’t know Lexi or the school at all. Behind the imposing walls of St Agnes, Lexi’s killer won’t be the only person exposed…

Newcomer Jane De Wet was handpicked to play Lexi by legendary South African casting director Moonyeenn Lee (Tsotsi), who’s been nominated for two Emmy Awards in the last three years, for The Looming Tower and Roots.

Kate is played by Nina Milner, who modelled for Vogue Germany and at Paris Fashion Week last year and most recently starred in Troy: Fall Of A City as Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons.

Jane and Nina are joined by an impressive supporting cast that includes internationally recognised South African talent like Robert Hobbs (District 9), Tyrone Keogh (24 Hours To Live), Tessa Jubber (Wallander), Karl Thaning (Dredd) and Shamilla Miller (Troy: Fall Of A City) opposite local favourites like Celeste Khumalo (The Queen), Richard Lukunku (Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word), Zakeeya Patel (Isidingo), Graham Hopkins (The Lab) and three-time South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) winner Jerry Mofokeng (Heist, Tsotsi), not to mention hot new talent like Paige Bonnin and Tristan de Beer.

The Girl From St Agnes is being produced by Quizzical Pictures, winners of the SAFTA for Best Drama for six of the last eight years, as well as a Peabody. Producer Harriet Gavshon, Quizzical Pictures’ managing director, is drawing on her own private school experiences, which sparked the original idea for the show. This is the first time Harriet has produced a series, rather than just executive producing, since 2009’s Hopeville, which won Best Drama and Miniseries at Rose d’Or, was nominated for an International Emmy, and was a finalist at Monte Carlo.

Catharine Cooke, who won this year’s Best Director In a TV Drama SAFTA for iNumber Number, co-directed the shoot with Cindy Lee, a commercials director helming her first drama series, having previously worked as the social media director on the Emmy-winning Black Mirror. Double SAFTA winner Gillian Breslin (Umlilo; 4Play: Sex Tips For Girls) is head writer. This makes Girl From St Agnes a rare TV series commissioned, produced, written and directed by women.

“What links Girl From St Agnes, Tali’s Wedding Diary and the other Showmax Originals in the pipeline is our aim to work with the best South African talent and be the home for brave, quirky and at times edgy local stories you wouldn’t find anywhere else,” says Candice. “Creating new characters that audiences come to love and follow is an incredibly rewarding experience and we want to establish a platform for more ‘Tali’s’ across varied genres.”

Binge all eight episodes first and only on Showmax from 31 January 2019.

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Auditions – The Meisner Studio Joburg

The Meisner Studio Joburg seeks professional actors to audition for a multi-media theatre production coming up in April and May 2019.

The chosen cast will be required to engage in the process of the Meisner technique as part of the rehearsal phase leading up to performance.

The rehearsal process includes an Intensive Meisner workshop in which the actor will further develop their acting skill under the premise of the Meisner technique which is “Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances”

We are looking for the following characters:

Dianne– Age 30 to 40. She is single, independent, cynical and secretive. She has an 8 year old daughter and she is very protective (Caucasian).

Julie– 20 to 30. Young. Love-struck naive millennial who has just discovered her sexuality (Caucasian).

Mandi– 30 to 40. She is creative, artistic with a slight contradictory sophistication. She has the propensity to have a “cup half full attitude” (any ethnicity).

Fiona– 40 to 50. She is charming, academic, she is a psychologist who has a fascination for the human condition, yet she is emotionally disengaged (any ethnicity).

Frank– 40 to 50. He is charming, a man with an insatiable appetite for woman yet appears to be an exclusive romantic (any ethnicity).

Charlie– 40 to 50. He is an investigator. He is over worked but passionate about what he does. He is a single dad who has great dreams for his family (any ethnicity).

Contact details: Penny info@meisnerstudiojoburg.co.za

Audition dates: – 1st ,2nd February

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Awards Film

Eight Oscar® Nominations For Videovision Acquisition ‘Vice’

The Videovision Entertainment acquisition, VICE written and directed by Adam McKay and starring Christian Bale has garnered eight Academy Award® nominations in the categories Best Picture; Actor in a Leading Role (Christian Bale), Actress in a Supporting Role (Amy Adams), Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell), Directing (Adam McKay), Original Screenplay (Adam McKay), Editing (Hank Corwin) and Makeup and Hairstyle (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe & Patricia DeHaney).

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Vice

The Academy Award® nominations come on the back of the Golden Globe win for Christian Bale in the Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) category, and six BAFTA Nominations for Best Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Best Original Screenplay (Adam McKay), Best Editing (Hank Corwin) and Best Make Up & Hair (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe & Patricia DeHaney).

VICE is the story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful US Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it. VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Sanjeev Singh, Videovision Entertainment’s Head of Acquisition and Distribution commented, “We are thrilled with the eight Oscar nominations received by VICE. It is one of the best satires with fantastic performances from Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush to Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, as well as the exceptional writing and direction from Oscar winner, Adam McKay. VICE has already won twenty one international awards and we hope that its winning streak continues at the BAFTA’s on 10 February and at the Oscar Ceremony on 24 February.”

VICE will be released in South Africa on 1 February 2019 through United International Pictures (SA).

Read the SAMDB review of Vice.

See the complete list of nominees for the 91st Oscars.

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Vice : Review

The life story of American politician Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the man in the United States who never gave much away in an answer, who quietly wielded such power in Washington, and who was to become Vice President to George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Poltergeist). He reshaped the country, perhaps the world, and his legacy is felt still to this day.

The film follows Cheney’s life events from college days, to his marriage to wife Lynne (Amy Adams – Justice League, Arrival). Him working with Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell – Despicable Me 3, Minions). This is a no holds barred look at the man, going on the best information available to the filmmakers, as they so colourfully state at the beginning of the film.

From the dramatic perspective, the film is a hard hitting story, made ever more intense due to the reality and nature of the events portrayed. It is, however, tempered with some humour, although sometimes this is a tad dark.

A talented cast, and a well presented story, laid out succinctly and in such a way that is sure to shock even those most dead the political rhetoric. Certainly a film to see, although for most a single viewing is likely to be enough, as one is bombarded with the topic on a daily basis, over many years, in the mainstream media. Deserving of award nominations, Vice is certainly a film that will keep people talking well after the credits roll, and the upcoming awards season passes.

Vice opens 1 February 2019 in South African cinemas.