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TA-DAH! DStv Launches Meme Creator Capturing The Best Of Its TV Shows

MEME-dia Release

Every big moment on Isono, Gomora, Mbau Reloaded and Legacy is a meme just waiting to happen…

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Watch Mbau Reloaded, Always Rise S1 on Saturdays on BET Africa (DStv 129) at 19:30 or on Catch Up

But who wants to post a poor-quality phone gif on social media?

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Watch Gamora weekdays on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 19:30 or on Catch Up

DStv is changing all that… by launching SA’s first TV meme generating website: www.amameme.co.za

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Watch Gamora weekdays on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 19:30 or on Catch Up

AmaMeme has loads of preloaded gifs from local and international DStv shows including all SA’s favourite telenovelas, reality shows and sports. And we’re constantly adding new ones.

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Watch Dinner At Somizi’s Fridays on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 19:00

It is so simple. Just visit www.amameme.co.za select a show, find your favourite gif and upload to social media or download it to your phone gallery for later use.

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Watch Papa Penny Ahee on Wednesdays on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

AmaMeme is a free platform for anyone to use! And as an added bonus, DStv subscribers can link directly from the AmaMeme site to the DStv app to watch shows.

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Watch DStv Premiership on SS PSL (DStv channel 202)

Visit www.amameme.co.za to get meme-ing.

The official bit: SA’s first dedicated TV meme generation site from DStv

DStv fans love nothing more than to post memes and gifs of their favourite local show scenes on social media. All the big ‘Haibo’, ‘Tjo’, and ‘Singashaun’ moments from telenovelas or reality shows find their way onto social media, displaying the best in South African humour and insights as they engage on the second screen.

“South Africans are meme kings and queens. However, we noticed that the quality of memes and gifs are not always the best because they are unsurprisingly taken from pointing a phone camera at a TV screen,” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, Executive Head Marketing MultiChoice South Africa.

“AmaMeme takes Mzansi’s obsession with memes and gifs up a massive notch. The platform is a central place where all the misery, mirth and mayhem from Gomora, Isono, Legacy, Idols, Mbau Loaded and so many more showsis perfectly captured in memes and gifs,” says Mkhwanazi.  

How it works

Viewers can visit www.amameme.co.za to select a show, character or emotion of their choice and upload the link to social media or their phone gallery for later use.

The site also allows DStv subscribers to click through to DStv and watch shows online. New memes uploaded daily. 

Amameme platform landing page
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9 Best New Movies On Showmax

The Invisible Man | First on Showmax | Horror

Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in this nail-biting horror-mystery, the ninth highest-grossing film globally of 2020 so far.

When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

The third stand-alone movie in Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe reboot, The Invisible Man is inspired by HG Wells’s novel of the same name, and written and directed by award-winning horror aficionado Leigh Whannell, who co-created the Saw franchise.

The cast includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor); Saturn and Black Reel award nominee Aldis Hodge (Underground, Hidden Figures); and BET and Teen Choice nominee Storm Reid (Euphoria, A Wrinkle in Time).

A 2020 People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Movie, The Invisible Man won Best Adapted Screenplay and Elisabeth Moss was named Best Actress at the Hollywood Critics Association’s 2020 Midseason Awards.

HUSTLERS | Crime

Inspired by a true story and the viral New York Magazine article it sparked, Hustlers centres on a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Golden Globe nominees Jennifer Lopez (The Cell, Out of Sight, Anaconda) and Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) lead an all-star cast that includes Golden Globe nominee Julia Stiles (Save the Last Dance, 10 Things I Hate About You), BET and Black Reel winner and Emmy nominee Keke Palmer (Scream: The TV Series), and three-time Teen Choice winner Lili Reinhart (Riverdale), with scene-stealing cameos from Grammy winners Lizzo and Cardi B.

Hustlers made Time Magazine, HuffPost, and NPR’s lists of the best films of 2019, among others, and was the 50th biggest box office hit of last year globally.

Lopez was nominated for a 2020 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for the role, which had Rolling Stone gushing, “A Best Actress Oscar nomination for Jennifer Lopez? You better believe it. As a stripper who can work a pole better than rivals half her age, Lopez is that dazzling, that deep, that electrifying. This you don’t want to miss.”

The film is written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (New Girl, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), with Lopez also producing alongside Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell, and the Oscar-winning writer of The Big Short, Adam McKay.

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN | Crime drama

Directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, A Ghost Story), The Old Man and the Gun has a 93% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus hails it as, “A well-told story brought to life by a beautifully matched cast… pure, easygoing entertainment for film fans – and a fitting farewell to a legend.”

That legend, of course, is Oscar winner Robert Redford (Ordinary People, All the President’s Men) as Forrest Tucker, whose audacious real-life escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 led to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded the authorities and enchanted the public.

Redford was nominated for a 2019 Golden Globe for what The New Yorker calls “a glorious, sly performance in a gloriously sly movie that masks its idiosyncrasy in brisk and breezy storytelling.”

“Robert Redford robs banks and steals your heart…. a virtuoso performance that feels like a valedictory. You want to salute him,” says Rolling Stone.

Redford isn’t the only Oscar winner in the cast: Sissy Spacek (Carrie, The Help, Homecoming) and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) also star, alongside four-time Emmy nominee Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Dream Girls) and Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Tom Waits.

GREEN BOOK | Drama

Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Ramy, True Detective) co-star in Green Book, winner of three Oscars and three Golden Globes last year, for Motion Picture of the Year, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Ali).

Ali plays Dr Don Shirley, a world-class pianist, who hires a bouncer from the Bronx (Mortensen) to drive him on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, where they have to rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that were safe for African-Americans in the 1960s.

Green Book won over 50 international awards, including Movie of the Year from the AFI Awards, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice awards for Ali, and Best Actor for Mortensen from The National Board of Review.

BLINDSPOTTING | Crime drama

In Blindspotting, Grammy and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) stars as convicted felon Collin Hoskins. He’s just three days from completing his probation, but his best friend Miles Turner isn’t making it easy to get there. Then Collin witnesses a white police officer gunning down a black civilian on the streets of his home turf in Oakland, California, and feels his carefully controlled reality begin to slide out from under him.

Diggs, who co-wrote the script, was nominated for 2019 Black Reel awards for Outstanding First Screenplay, as well as Outstanding Breakthrough Performance.

Blindspotting has a 94% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Entertainment Weekly calling it, “A timely meditation on what it means to be black and presumed guilty in America.”

Former US President Barack Obama listed it among his favourite films of 2018, and a spin-off series based on the film has been greenlit by Starz.

COLD PURSUIT | Action

Listed among Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Action Films of 2019, Cold Pursuit stars Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (Taken, The Commuter) as small-town snowplough driver Nels Coxman, whose life is turned upside down after the death of his son in suspicious circumstances. Nels’s quest for the truth changes him from mild-mannered model citizen to ruthless vigilante as he takes on psychotic drug lord Viking and his henchmen.

So Liam Neeson doing what he does best, then. Nominated as Best Action Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, Cold Pursuit is basically “Taken on ice… pure revenge-movie escapism,” according to Rolling Stone.

A remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance by the same director (Hans Petter Moland), Cold Pursuit also stars Oscar winner Laura Dern (Big Little Lies, Marriage Story).

GRETA | Thriller

Greta starts with an act of kindness: a young woman finds a handbag left on the subway and decides to return it to its owner, eccentric piano teacher Greta. But their friendship soon grows too close for comfort as the lonely widow becomes disturbingly obsessed with her.

Directed by Oscar winner Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), Greta stars Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Saturn Award winner Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie), along with Critics Choice winner Colm Feore (Chicago, Riddick, Thor) and Oscar nominee Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Dickensian).

Named Best Irish Film of 2019 by The Dublin Film Critics Society, Greta was nominated as Best Thriller by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and as Campy Film Of The Year for 2020 by GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK | Horror

From the dark imaginations of Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) and acclaimed director André Øvredal (Trollhunter) comes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the iconic horror book series.

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind but the small town of Mill Valley seems far removed from the unrest in the cities. For generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large there. In their mansion on the edge of town, Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time – stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home…

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark won Best Horror/Thriller Film at the National Film and Television Awards in the USA.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral | Comedy

The tenth and final instalment of the box office phenomenon Madea film series builds on the winning formula Tyler Perry fans love, with a joyous family reunion that turns into a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might reveal some unsavoury family secrets.

Emmy winner and BET Ultimate Icon Tyler Perry once again stars in several roles (including Madea of course), along with franchise stalwarts Patrice Lovely and Cassi Davis. Also look out for the legendary Mike Tyson himself.

Despite seven Razzies, and a 12% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie opened at #1 in the US, and was #34 at the SA box office last year. Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 13+, summing up Madea’s swan song as a “winning but dirty slapstick comedy”.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Also look out for Viola Davis’s Oscar-winning performance opposite Denzel Washington in the 1950s drama Fences; Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning period drama Silence, based on Shusaku Endo’s classic novel; and two double Venice winners, Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale and George Clooney’s Suburbicon. Check out everything on Showmax this month here.

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The Walking Dead’s Extended 10th Season Of Six New Episodes Premieres 1 March 2021 On Fox

Robert Patrick, Hilarie Burton Morgan and
Okea Eme-Akwari Among New Cast

FOX has announced that The Walking Dead’s extended 10th season of six new episodes will premiere on 1 March at 03:00 CAT, simulcast with the U.S., and then again at 20:45 CAT that night (Monday 1 March) on FOX (Dstv 125, Startsat 132).

Leading up to this, this festive season, FOX will be celebrating a decade of the popular show with a marathon of every single episode. From 2 December 2020 at 21:30, every weeknight, viewers can enjoy double bills of the post apocalypse horror series starting from the very beginning of the first season.

New guest stars to be featured in the extended third season episodes include Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Perry Mason, Scorpion) as “Mays,” Hilarie Burton Morgan (One Tree Hill, White Collar, Friday Night In with the Morgans) as “Lucille” along with new co-star Okea Eme-Akwari (Greenland, Cobra Kai) as “Elijah,” among others.

Last on The Walking Dead, we witnessed the fall of Alpha (Samantha Morton) and the end of the Whisperers War. The Kingdom had fallen, Hilltop was virtually destroyed and Alexandria abandoned to prepare for final battle. The survivors were trapped and separated from one another. Yet, when faced with almost certain death, they rallied together to fight, killing Beta (Ryan Hurst) and eliminating the threat of the horde.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

In these six new episodes, we’ll see our survivors trying to pick themselves up by their bootstraps following the destruction the Whisperers left in their wake. The years of struggle weigh upon them as past traumas surface, exposing their more vulnerable sides. As they question the state of humanity, the state of their collective community, and the states of their minds, will they find the inner strength to persevere with their lives, friendships, and group intact?

“The Walking Dead has captured the imagination of horror viewers since its inception ten years ago, and continues to deliver nail-biting storylines, grit and action in every single episode, leaving viewers wanting for more. We are thrilled to be celebrating the show with fans across the continent this festive season, as we gear up for brand new content from the franchise in the new year.” said Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead is produced by AMC Studios and executive produced by Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, Showrunner Angela Kang, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Joseph Incaprera and Denise Huth.

Ryan Hurst as Beta – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Synopsis For The Walking Dead New Episodes

EPISODE 1017 – “Home Sweet Home”

Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has returned with a story she is not ready to share, even when her past catches up to her. Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan,) safety is at stake again. Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie fight an unseen and unknown threat.

Director: David Boyd
Writers:  Kevin Deiboldt & Corey Reed

EPISODE 1018 – “Find Me”

An adventure for Daryl and Carol (Melissa McBride) turns sideways when they come across an old cabin. It takes Daryl back to the years when he left the group after Rick disappeared as he relives a time that only the apocalypse could manifest.

Director: David Boyd
Writer: Nicole Mirante-Matthews

EPISODE 1019 – “One More”

Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) search for food and supplies to bring back to Alexandria. Small tragedies lead to bigger tragedies as faith is broken and optimism is fragmented when they are put to the ultimate test.

Director: Laura Belsey
Writers: Erik Mountain & Jim Barnes

EPISODE 1020 – “Splinter”

Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Ezekiel (Khary Payton), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and Princess (Paola Lázaro) are captured and separated. Princess struggles with memories of her traumatic past and tries to escape one way or another with the help of Ezekiel.

Director: Laura Belsey
Writers: Julia Ruchman & Vivian Tse

EPISODE 1021 – “Diverged”

Daryl and Carol come to a fork in the road and head their separate ways. Each going into their own type of survival mode, the easiest of challenges become much harder. Will their individual journeys be the tipping point needed to mend their friendship or is the distance between them permanent?

Director: David Boyd
Writer: Heather Bellson 

EPISODE 1022 – “Here’s Negan”

Carol takes Negan on a journey, hoping to minimize the increasing tension.  Negan reflects on the events that led him to this point and comes to a conclusion about his future. 

Director: Laura Belsey
Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick 

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead is produced by AMC Studios and executive produced by Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, Showrunner Angela Kang, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Joseph Incaprera and Denise Huth.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead is produced by AMC Studios and executive produced by Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, Showrunner Angela Kang, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Joseph Incaprera and Denise Huth.

How to tune in:

DSTV: 1265
Starsat: 132 on DTH, 71 on DTT (215 on DTT in Uganda)

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K.O. Premieres Visuals For “Luck Star”

Wednesday 18 November, award winning rapper, K.O, drops the visuals for his summer single, ‘Lucky Star’ on all digital platforms. He premiered the video at midnight and had a watch party with fans who were chatting to K.O when the video went live. Known for always delivering visually, the Ted Magerman and Dale Fortune directed video does not disappoint.

The video sees K.O being shown around the city by his lovely companion from a lovely view overlooking the city to jet skis, they end the night with a brass band performing the hit single.

Fans will also enjoy a welcomed surprise appearance by former Teargas member, Maezeedoesit.

“Coming out of the current worldwide pandemic, we all need to do the best we can to reach for the stars by living our lives to the fullest since it is now more clear than ever that tomorrow is not promised. Pushing the envelope in every aspect of one’s life/hustle. The opening line of the hook “siyaphezulu” which simply translates as “we are going up” is an umbrella tag line that literally speaks to exactly that. This is the perfect theme song for self-starters out there whose inner voice serve as their biggest motivation and number cheerleader hence the play on sports and combat in the lyrics,” said the rapper.

Stream the single here

About K.O

Growing up in Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, K.O (real name Ntokozo Mdluli) dreamt about becoming a world renowned MC, looking up to West Coast greats like Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg from an early age, in the hopes of forging a similar path that spearheaded his culture.

It was only when K.O met future Teargas members Ntukza and Ma-E at Vaal University of Technology, that the Soweto-born rapper made the decision to pursue music as a full time career. Without a blueprint for success, Teargas blazed their own trail and laid the foundation for the next generation of SA hip hop to thrive.

Their four critically-acclaimed, award-winning and commercially-successful albums K’shubile K’bovu (2006), Wafa Wafa (2008), Dark Or Blue (2009), and Num8er Num8er (2012), ensured their status as SA hip hop royalty and established K.O as a charismatic, breakout star.

Alongside Teargas member Ma-E, K.O formed entertainment and lifestyle company Cashtime Life in 2013, releasing his scene-changing SAMA-winning debut album Skhanda Republic (2014) soon after. But it was the album’s second single “Caracara” that completely changed the game, capturing a mood and signalling the birth of The Skhanda sound. Mixing kwaito and hip hop, The Shkanda sound defined an era that many consider to be the peak of SA hip hop.

Township slang for the VW Caravelle minibus, “Caracara” is K.O’s ode to the legendary vehicle and its prominent feature in SA township lifestyle circa 1990. Just like its namesake, “Caracara” ushered in a new era of cool, changing the landscape of SA urban youth music. It also became the first song to top all 5 EMA charts – SA Local Music Top 40 Playlist, SA Local Music Top 40 RAMS, SA Television Top 40 Playlist, SA Top 100 Playlist and SA Top 100 RAMS, at the same time. It was also the first SA hip hop song to reach 1 million views on YouTube.

Picking up the SAMA for Best Collaboration and Record Of The Year (a first for a hip hop song) in 2015, “Caracara” became the biggest song in SA that year and over time, the most significant SA hip hop song ever released.

As a consummate risk-taker, K.O. continued to push the envelope sonically on his socially conscious second album, SR2 (2017), and R&B, pop and amapiano-tinged third album, PTY unLTD (2019), with the evolution of his sound at the core of every release, ultimately influencing the culture and impacting the game.

Now, with his newly launched imprint and clothing line, Skhanda Wold, K.O has emerged enlightened and invigorated, ready to take on the airwaves and stages with his future music and entrepreneurial endeavours, proof that the streets will always find a way.

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Four New Screen Dance Works To Premiere On 3 December – STAND/JOMBA

STAND Foundation JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience’s Choreographic Mentorship Project

The first 2020 project to be supported by the newly launched Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation is a partnership with the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts. Four new screen dance works that have been created during this project will premiere online on Thursday, 3 December at 7pm.

The initiative known as the STAND Foundation JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience’s Choreographic Mentorship Project, has combined four young choreographers who have already tested their choreographic languages on the JOMBA! platform, with four experienced mentors over a ten-week period, and they are now almost ready to show their new digital dance pieces.

The four young choreographers are Sabelo Cele, Pavishen Paideya, Kaldi Makutike, and Phumlani Mndebele and they have been mentored by Alfred Hinkel, Gregory Maqoma, Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Musa Hlatshwayo, all of whom are celebrated choreographers with numerous awards and decades of experience between them.

Sabelo Cele’s dance film is titled “Isabelo” and offers a provocative ceremony that begins to unhinge the relationship of sexuality to traditional African philosophy. Challenging the heteronormative and the legacies of Christianity in Africa, Cele’s film is sure to provoke a lot of discussion.

Pavishen Paideya also returns to his cultural traditions in his work “Rupa”. “Rupa” is inspired by ancient Indian sculpture and the Indian customs around the shape and movement of the body. Paideya has a unique ability to celebrate his Diaspora Indian heritage but also to jolt it a little and offer the slightly unexpected.

Kaldi Makutike’s “Thoughts In My Head” is a deeply personal journey into this choreographer’s own mind and the work has come about through the prompting of the mind’s wondering and the conversations we have in our heads. This is a beautiful and painful look at mental illness and depression and the power of dance – and dance making – to be transformative.

Phumlani Mndebele’s dance film, “Descent Into Death” is inspired by Howard Storm’s novel “My Descent into Death” which captures his near death experience and his experiences in a realm unknown to the living. Mndebele’s dance film is an engagement with light, with darkness and all in between.

Lliane Loots, Artistic Director of the CCA’s JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience says that she has been “overwhelmed by the hard work and dedication of both the four selected choreographers and their amazing mentors, and by the serious and important screen dance work being made”. She goes on to say, “we are really pushing a new growing screen dance genre in South African dance and it feels very significant to be helping artists to make work at this time”.

Gregory Maqoma, Chairperson of STAND says, “We are really excited by this collaboration with JOMBA! as it reflects STAND’s commitment to engaging in partnerships with serious players in the dance and theatre world, and our shared vision to build and support a new generation of outstanding dance and theatre-makers”.

The four new screen dance offerings will premiere as a 40 minute package for FREE on Thursday the 3rd December at 7pm via the JOMBA! YouTube Channel, and then will be made available for individual viewing on the JOMBA! website until the 18th December.