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ESPN And Netflix Set New April 19 Premiere Date For Highly-Anticipated Documentary Series “The Last Dance”

10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ quest for a sixth NBA Championship in 1998 is produced by Mandalay Sports Media, in association with NBA Entertainment and Jump 23, to debut on Netflix Mondays starting April 20

Today it was announced that “The Last Dance,” the highly anticipated 10-part documentary series, will debut on Netflix beginning Monday, 20 April with two new episodes weekly. The series will also be available in the U.S. on ESPN.

The series, directed by Jason Hehir (“The Fab Five,” “The ’85 Bears,” “Andre the Giant”), chronicles one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, and features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years.

In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an iconic player and a celebrated team – a portrait only now being revealed, more than two decades later, in “The Last Dance.”

As the series weaves its way through the tumultuous 1997-98 season, viewers will be transported back to how it all began – from Jordan’s childhood roots, the Bulls’ dire circumstances before Jordan’s arrival and how the team was built after drafting Jordan in 1984, to the struggles that eventually led to the team’s first NBA championship. As the series takes the audience through the Bulls’ first five championships, viewers will experience the off-court challenges, struggles and triumphs that were a part of the culture-shifting phenomenon created by Jordan and the Bulls.

It’s an unlikely scenario that serves as a fascinating backdrop for the inside tale of the 1998 championship run, with extensive profiles of Jordan’s key teammates including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr, head coach Phil Jackson, and featuring dozens of current-day interviews with rivals and luminaries from basketball and beyond. All throughout, the tension and conflict that defined that final championship run are very much on display.

“Michael Jordan and the ‘90s Bulls weren’t just sports superstars, they were a global phenomenon,” said director Jason Hehir. Making ‘The Last Dance’ was an incredible opportunity to explore the extraordinary impact of one man and one team. For nearly three years, we searched far and wide to present the definitive story of an era-defining dynasty and to present these sports heroes as humans. I hope viewers enjoy watching our series as much as we enjoyed the opportunity to make it.”

The result is one of the most fascinating sports documentary series ever produced – a series of viewers won’t want to miss. The full episodic documentary will debut on Netflix outside of the U.S. and on ESPN in the U.S. as follows:

  • Monday, 20 April – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 1 and 2
  • Monday, 27 April – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 3 and 4
  • Monday, 4 May – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 5 and 6
  • Monday, 11 May – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 7 and 8
  • Monday, 18 May – 12:01 a.m. PT – “The Last Dance” Episodes 9 and 10
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The SA Action And Drama To Watch While On Lockdown

As people stay at home across the country, streaming platforms are offering a variety of top local films for every taste

From heists to drama, and action to comedy, some of the best in South African films – released in cinemas by Indigenous Film Distribution over the years are available on digital and on-demand platforms as people across South Africa brace themselves for a 21-day lockdown to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus.

“There’s something for everyone – thrillers, dramas, action,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution. “Given the current circumstances, we are pleased these films are available on digital for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.”

In‘Assignment’ Kathleen (Kat) Jacobs, a renowned conflict journalist returns home to Johannesburg after her assignment is cut short by a near fatal incident in the Congo. She discovers an incredible scoop, one which pitches her squarely against major political forces. Kat finds herself on the run. What ensues is the most dangerous cat-and-mouse chase of Kat’s life. Not only her career and reputation are on the line, but also her life and her family’s as well. ‘Assignment stars Sandi Schultz, Gert van Niekerk and David Dennis.

In Charlie Vundla’s ‘How to Steal Two Million’, Jack comes out of prison having spent five years there for a robbery gone bad. His partner Twala never got caught and Jack never talked. But Twala is as treacherous as Jack is honourable. He’s married Jack’s former fiancée. Jack wants to go legit but after being rejected for a loan he needs a new source of capital. Twala presents him with an opportunity a job with a R2 million take. The heist films stars Menzi Ngubane, Terry Pheto, and Rapulana Seiphemo.

A must-see for political history fans, Mandla Dube’s ‘Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu’, tells the story of the Mamelodi township schoolboy-hawker who, after the events of June 16th, joins the military wing of the ANC to fight against the brutal oppression of the Apartheid regime and ends up becoming an icon of South Africa’s liberation. The film stars Thabo Rametsi, Thabo Malema, and Welile Nzuza.

In ‘iNumber Number’, starring S’Dumo Mtshali, Presley Chweneyagae and Mncedisi Shabangu, Chili and Sello, undercover cops, are cheated out of a large reward by their corrupt superiors. Chili infiltrates a gang as it prepares to rob an armoured car, and instead of busting them, he convinces Sello to participate in the score.

‘Wonder Boy’ for President’ tells the story of a charismatic young man from the Eastern Cape who is coerced into running for president by two corrupt characters. It’s a political satire that delves into political dynamics and challenges that arise. Directed by John Barker, it stars Kagiso Lediga, Tony Miyambo and Ntosh Madlingozi.

Coming in April is ‘Four Corners’, directed by Ian Gabriel. Fatherless and raised by his grandmother, 13-year-old Ricardo Galam lives in the Cape Flats, a unique and volatile sub culture dominated by two Number gangs, the 26s and 28s. Ricardo’s future as a chess prodigy is threatened by his growing interest in the 26s whose local leader is grooming him as a potential member. It’s a gripping drama set against the backdrop of a gang war which has been raging for 100 years.

On Showmax, women fight back in ‘Dora’s Peace’, a story about a Hillbrow prostitute who shields a gifted young boy from the violent clutches of organised crime. In the process she discovers aspects of her own lost humanity with Kabonina Qubeka.

If you’re into westerns with an African twist, ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ looks at how lives change forever when Tau, a young lion, kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town. It stars Vuyo Dabula, Zethu Dlomo and Hamilton Dhlamini.

In ‘Inxeba’ (The Wound), Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. The controversial film stars Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai and Niza Jay.

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Why Lockdown Remains Mzansi’s Epic Drama

Never in his wildest dreams did producer and Actor Mandla Ngcongwane imagine that when he named his hugely successful drama Lockdown, it would one day come to this

South Africa is currently under lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, and as part of television viewing, Lockdown season 5 will be aired on Mzansi Magic on Monday 6 April 2020 at 20:00.

As a tonic for the strain of the lockdown, viewers of Africa’s best storyteller will see new episodes that first premiered on the Showmax streaming platform earlier in the year.

The drama was an instant hit with viewers in the past four seasons while it flighted on Mzansi Magic and now it makes a triumphant return to DStv channel 161 where it earned several awards – including the SAFTAs Best TV Drama; Best Actress in a Lead Role in a TV drama for Dawn Thandeka King for her role as MaZet; and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a TV drama for Lorcia Khumalo (Cooper) for her role as Tyson.

Lockdown is set in the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility.

It is a story of survival behind the walls and bars of a prison ruled by the iron fisted and corrupt Governor Deborah Banda, played by veteran actress Pamela Nomvete.

Other stars are Linda Sebezo, Zola Nombona, Lauren Jenae, Patricia Boyer and Nomsa Buthelezi.

“I’m dumbstruck by the turn of events,” Mandla states. “I see the hashtag trending, the memes and the jokes. South Africans are comedic by nature, but everyone is scared about what’s next. There is a lot of fear, but life goes on. I take it one day at a time.”

With many more eyes at home and glued to their small screens, Mandla says viewers will get to see how much work they put in the fifth season of the drama.

“The beauty is the art of storytelling and filmmaking. How we shoot the scenes, the look, the camera work, and the authenticity.

“There are cliffhangers in every episode to leave you shocked, crying and entertained,” Mandla says.

He adds: “We have been happy to retain our lead Pamela Nomvete, whom is in a vulnerable position in this season.

“She is pregnant and some man must take the fall, and so her devious scheming and planning will unfold.

“Also, one of our big leads falls in love. A love story is what has been lacking on Lockdown so watch out for that very interesting relationship.

Mandla points out that the secret to the success of Lockdown is how different its world is to real life. “You don’t see life in prison every day. It’s a lockdown, and the irony is that Mzansi is in a lockdown. The status quo changes, the feelings are unsure and people are confined to a certain space which is like their prison. So every Monday when viewers watch Lockdown it will be like they are in prison. This situation is unlike any other.”

For riveting television, do not miss Lockdown on Mzansi Magic, Channel 161 from 6 April at 20:00.

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Madam And Mercy Bring Glitz, Glamour And “Inches” To Mzansi Magic In Their Own New Reality Show

South Africans caught a glimpse of flashy mother-daughter duo, Madam and Mercy’s zest for life and over-the-top lifestyle in Season 1 of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and were hooked!

Now they’re back on Mzansi Magic with their very own reality show: Madam and Mercy.

The 13-episode reality format follows the larger than life personalities of the marvelous matriarch Evodia Mogase (Madam) alongside her daughter Mercy and their uncompromising love for the finer things. Viewers are invited into a more intimate account of their lives where no expense is spared as they embark on luxury travels and shop for stunning designer fashion, beautiful homes and gorgeous fast cars.

Madam and Mercy also shows that trials and tribulations happen – even to the most glamorous. In the series, Madam and Mercy flick their pricey weaves to face and overcome life’s challenges – navigating through family tensions and finding balance when tradition often clashes with the their vibrant, outspoken and controversial natures.

“This new reality show is simply quality entertainment and will be filled to the brim with Madam’s wit and signature quotables as well as Mercy’s outrageous style. We have no doubt that our audience will also enjoy deeper insights into Madam and Mercy’s dynamic and unique mother-daughter bond,” says Nomsa Philiso: Director for Local Entertainment Channels.

The first season of Madam and Mercy also features those closest to the duo’s heart, including Madam’s baby girl, Princess as well as her other half, Peter. Mercy’s celebrity friends also provide lavish support through her experiences as a young entrepreneur.

Catch Madam and Mercy “twinning” on Mzansi Magic DStv Channel 161 from Wednesday, 8 April 2020 at 20:00.

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Netflix Extraction Key Art Debuts

Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a fearless black market mercenary, embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.

Synopsis:

Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary with nothing left to lose when his skills are solicited to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible, forever altering the lives of Rake and the boy. An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller directed by Sam Hargrave, EXTRACTION is an AGBO Films and TGIM Films, Inc. production, produced by Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Gitter, and Peter Schwerin.

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Directed by: Sam Hargrave
Screenplay by: Joe Russo
Produced by: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Gitter, Peter Schwerin
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Rudraksh Jaisawl, Randeep Hooda, Golshifteh Farahani, Pankaj Tripathi, Priyanshu Painyuli, and David Harbour
Filmed On-Location: India, Thailand