Almost Time For the Fourth Annual Proe’toria Outdoor Festival

“I believe that food and culture are the things that bring communities together and give us the opportunity to escape from the stresses of everyday life. There is definitely no better place for a get-together with friends and family to enjoy good food and great entertainment than the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, so come and enjoy the day with us,” says Joe Foster about the fourth annual PROE’TORIA. He is one of a selected few artists that is set to perform at this great event.

On 31 August 2019 EPH Events will be celebrating spring with the biggest food and entertainment festival that the country has ever seen! “This year promises to be the best PROE’TORIA yet. As always, the festival will boast more than a hundred food and drink exhibitors, great music as well as loads of entertainment for the kids,” shares EPH Group’s Leon Pheiffer.

Not only can festivalgoers look forward to enjoying the best food, nibbles, crafts, gin, craft beer and wine in one place, but they can also expect to be entertained by some of the best artists, including waaronder Dewald Wasserfall, Roan Ash, Demi Lee Moore, Corlea, Touch of Class, Georgetown, Jemma, Deevah and Karlien van Jaarsveld, as well as various food experts – who will be sharing cooking advice – on stage.

To spice things up, the event will also boast four different stages on the day:

  • Main Stage;
  • Wine Garden (Wyntuin), featuring Emil Paul, Pierre Nel and students from 2nd Life School of Music;
  • Beer Garden (Biertuin), featuring WG Nel and Silver Creek Mountain Band; and
  • Cooking Garden (Kooktuin), featuring contestants from Kokkedoor Season 3.

Wineries and exhibitors from all over the country will be part of this event, including Dors Water, The Java House, The Pizza Wagon, Foodboyz, Hazeldean Brewing Co., Lekker Spookasem, to name but a few. Visitors will also be allowed to taste products before making their final purchase.

“Hazeldean Brewing Co. is about local craft beer, as it is also depicted on our logo. That is why we are very happy to be part of a unique Pretoria event like PROE’TORIA! Come and support local products and help us build an exceptional food, beverage and arts community in Pretoria,” the craft beer manufacturer explains about why they decided to be an exhibitor at this year’s show.

Gates will open at 09:00 and the program for the day will end at 19:00. Online tickets are now available at a reduced rate from https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/proe-toria-taste-toria. Admission for students with valid student cards is R80, pensioners will pay R100 per person and adults (under the age of twelve) that book now will only pay R150 per person. On the day tickets will be sold at the gate at R180 per adult.

If you want a more exclusive experience, are older than eighteen and want to enjoy some extra benefits, VIP tickets are also available for sale online at R550 per person!

For your safety and convenience, plastic will be king at this event with the help of Cashless King, and no cash will be accepted.

PROE’TORIA is definitely the best way to combine an outing with friends and family with the best food, drinks and entertainment in the country. So what are you waiting for, book now to avoid disappointment. You won’t regret it!

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The Politician – Debuting 27 September 2019 On Netflix

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be the President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.

The Politician is a Netflix original comedy series from Creators/Executive Producers/Writers/Directors Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. It stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Rahne Jones, Theo Germaine, David Corenswet, Bob Balaban and Benjamin Barrett. The first season consists of eight hour-long episodes and is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.

Just Mercy – In Cinemas 17 January 2020

Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “The Glass Castle,” “Captain Marvel”) star in “Just Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen.

Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle,” “Short Term 12”) directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote, based on the award-winning nonfiction bestseller by Bryan Stevenson.

A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political manoeuvrings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

The main cast also includes Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) as Herbert Richardson, a fellow prisoner who also sits on death row awaiting his fate; Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”) as Ralph Myers, whose pivotal testimony against Walter McMillian is called into question; Rafe Spall as Tommy Chapman, the DA who is fighting to uphold Walter’s conviction and sentence; O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Anthony Ray Hinton, another wrongly convicted death row inmate whose cause is taken up by Bryan; and Karan Kendrick (“The Hate U Give”) as Walter’s wife, Minnie McMillian, who stands by her husband.

The film is produced by two-time Oscar nominee Gil Netter (“Life of Pi,” “The Blind Side”), Asher Goldstein (“Short Term 12”) and Michael B. Jordan. Bryan Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll and Charles D. King served as executive producers.

Cretton co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Lanham (“The Glass Castle”), based on Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Published in 2014 by Spiegel & Grau, the book has spent more than 150 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List, and counting. It was also named one of the year’s best books by a number of top publications, including TIME Magazine. For the book, Stevenson also won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, an NAACP Image Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.

Pavarotti, The Film, To Be Released In Cinemas 27 September 2019

Tribute documentary to feature rare footage, peak performances and dozens of new interviews, by by Academy Award® winning Ron Howard

“Some can sing opera. Luciano Pavarotti was an opera.” – Bono

Gravel Road Distribution Group is proud to announce that it is releasing the tribute documentary film, PAVAROTTI, in South African cinemas nationwide on 27 September 2019. CBS Films, Polygram Entertainment and Brian Grazer present an Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures production of a Ron Howard film, PAVAROTTI.

The award-winning filmmaking team behind the hit documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years turns to another musical phenomenon with PAVAROTTI, an in-depth, no holds barred look at the life, career and lasting legacy of the musical icon. Dubbed “The People’s Tenor,” Pavarotti was the rare combination of personality, genius and celebrity and he used his prodigious gifts to spread the gospel of opera as entertainment – and something to be enjoyed by all music lovers. Through the sheer force of his talent, Pavarotti commanded the great stages of the world, and captured the hearts of audiences everywhere. Featuring rare interviews with his family and colleagues, never-before-seen footage, and state of the art Dolby Atmos sound, this look at a remarkable man and musical giant is directed by Academy Award® winner Ron Howard.

He had one of the most epic voices and expressive hearts in human history, but in Ron Howard’s documentary, the remarkable Luciano Pavarotti is seen as he’s never been seen before: in a ravishingly intimate close-up that delves behind the glory of his music and the heat of his charisma to uncover his private human struggles, humor and hopes. Echoing the universal themes that have kept opera relevant in the 21st Century—love, passion, joy, family, loss, risk, beauty—the film weaves a story of a man discovering, wrestling with and ultimately learning to harness the monumental enormity of his gifts.

The golden-hued voice of Pavarotti speaks for itself. But Howard sets out here to uncover the man, finding an unceasingly fascinating human being formed from contrasts—mixing child-like lightness with a deep soul, a strong loyalty to his peasant upbringing and that enigmatic X-factor that drives some to the skirt the edges of human possibility.

Going beyond performances, Howard and his team combed the archives for dozens of interviews Pavarotti did for television talk shows and news magazines looking for highlights. Then, he and his team conducted a comprehensive 53 new interviews in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, London, Modena and Verona from April 2017 to June 2018. This series of conversations brought in the perspectives not only of wives, family members, students and fellow performers from both opera and rock, but also the managers, promoters and marketeers who helped to etch the unusual trajectory of his career and take opera to places it had never gone before.

Each one was a revelation, opening up new avenues into Pavarotti’s most hidden doubts, trials and desire to reconcile his outsized ambitions with ordinary love and life.

“I found the family’s interviews especially remarkable,” says Howard. “They’re emotional interviews that were not easy for them to do, but I am grateful because I think they convey so much of the humanity of his story. That’s what makes this something more than just a look at what a great performer he was. They tell the story of a vast journey of highs and lows that they all undertook together.”

Then came the most astonishing discoveries of the film: highly personal footage of Pavarotti that had never seen the light of day before. This footage from home movies preserved by family and friends at times took the filmmakers’ breath away with its unvarnished glimpses at the man behind the curtain. Much of the rare footage came directly from the personal collection of Nicoletta Mantovani, Pavarotti’s wife at his death, the mother of their daughter Alice and head of the Pavarotti Museum in Modena. Mantovani offered her generous help to the production right from the beginning. “I felt it was important to tell his story to the world because Luciano was one of the best artists ever, but he also had a great heart. I thought it was important to share that,” says Mantovani.

“Pavarotti grew up in a culture where opera was popular entertainment and it spoke to everyone,” explains director and film maker Ron Howard. “He always wanted to return opera to those roots in the modern world. His humility is one of the most beautiful and paradoxical things about Luciano. He was extremely proud of his achievements and he understood he had this incredible power, but it was accompanied by a sense of being humbled by the music and the opportunity it gave him to reach people from every walk of life.”

PAVAROTTI, the film will open in cinemas nationwide on 23 September 2019. Check cinema listings for details for bookings.

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Acclaimed Lesbian Film Rafiki Releases At Local Cinemas on 30 August 2019

Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu’s film, ‘Rafiki’, opens in South Africa on 30 August 2019.

Based on Ugandan Monica Arac de Nyeko’s 2007 Caine Prize winning short story ‘Jambula Tree’, ‘Rafiki’ (‘friend’) tells the story of a tender love that blossoms between two friends, Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva). They support one another to pursue their wildest dreams in their conservative society, and amid family and political pressures. As both young women make do with the hand life has dealt them, they discover passion in their shared struggle. It’s a colourful story that pulsates with the rhythm of first love.

Like the best lesbian films, ‘Rafiki’ pays homage to the traditions of queer cinema in all of its glory, featuring strong women with agency in their own lives, as well as high entertainment value, and bold visuals. Think Park Chan-wook’s erotic Korean thriller ‘The Handmaiden’ (2016), Dee Rees’s film about first love and the coming-out of a young black lesbian, ‘Pariah’ (2011), and Spike Lee’s ‘She Hate Me’ (2004) with Kerry Washington and Dania Ramirez.

“We’ve seen the integration of lesbians in all types of mainstream media such as film, prime-time television shows and Internet based web series,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the film in South Africa. “There’s been a welcome evolution in the representation of lesbians on screen. Consider Charlize Theron as the degenerate Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s ‘Monster’, versus her ball-busting feminist icon Lorraine Broughton in 2017’s ‘Atomic Blonde’. ‘Rafiki’ is part of that new wave of lesbian cinema featuring powerful characters who make their own choices.”

The film had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival as part of the official selection. It has screened at over 150 film festivals worldwide and has won more than 20 awards. It’s an important and brave film, coming from a country that recently upheld a law banning gay sex, keeping same sex relations punishable by up to 14 years in jail, and drawing strong criticism from the celebrities and activists around the world.

‘Rafiki’ was banned from cinemas in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) for promoting same-sex relationships. Being banned from screening in its home country meant that it could not be submitted for Oscar consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category, as the Academy requires that all submissions be screened for at least seven days in their countries of origin. Writer-director Kahiu with a group of artists started a lawsuit against the government claiming damages; the high court agreed to temporarily lifting the ban for seven days to allow Kahiu to meet the requirements for submission. ‘Rafiki’ made $33 000 in gross earnings, in that week of release, making it the second highest grossing Kenyan film of all time. More than 6 500 people flocked to cinemas in Kenya and hundreds were turned away with theatres reaching full capacity. The film has been released in cinemas across Europe, North America, Brazil and upcoming in Japan.

Kahiu and the group of artists continue to sue the government to have the film permanently unbanned.

The film is produced by South African Steven Markovitz, who has been producing fiction and documentaries for more than 20 years in countries throughout Africa. His fiction work has screened at Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto, Venice and Sundance.

Hip-hop Artist Stars In Local Wedding Show

‘2 Weddings & a Superstar’ coming in September 2019

Hip-hop artist AKA stars in the local show

South Africa’s highest-selling contemporary hip hop artist, AKA will wow unsuspecting couples at their wedding receptions in Lifetime’s newest local special 2 Weddings & a Superstar.

In 2 Weddings & a Superstar, which airs on Monday, 9 September at 20:05, AKA will surprise and then serenade two bridal couples on the most important day of their lives in this once-off special produced by Okuhle Media. Each couple is completely unaware that their perfect wedding day will see one of the country’s biggest stars take the stage in a surprise twist that will thrill the guests at their wedding reception!

AKA says he is honoured to play a part in the couples’ life stories, “I have made some music and drawn some inspiration in terms of the style in some of the songs that I’ve made, that are kind of tailor-made for weddings. So, it’s a cool experience for me to be able to enhance somebody’s big day in this way. Hopefully for our couples, their weddings are going to be something they will remember in a really positive light for the rest of their lives.”

The carefully selected couples are die-hard AKA fans, their love for SUPERMEGA is undisputed and his appearance at their perfectly planned weddings is an epic surprise to end off the best day of their lives.

The heartfelt Lifetime wedding special will kick off the channel’s very first Wedding Week which starts on Monday 9 September. Head of Programming at A+E Networks Africa, Fatime Kaba says, “Wedding Week is a celebration of the romance, the excitement, and the drama that is synonymous with weddings and wedding planning. From AKA crashing weddings to a long list of brand new and exclusive wedding-themed reality shows and movies, viewers will get to experience all the highs and lows associated with tying the knot, as only Lifetime can deliver.”

Wedding Week highlights include new and exclusive seasons of hit shows Four Weddings (11 September at 20:05pm) and Bridezilla (12 September at 20:05pm) and the highly anticipated premiere of Marrying Millions (13 September at 21:00) from the producers of 90-Day Fiancé. Viewers can also expect new Lifetime Original wedding movies (weekdays from 14:35 and weekends from 19:20) and wall to wall wedding content all day Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t miss Wedding Week this September; it’s filled with big stars, beautiful brides, and crazy drama, only on Lifetime Africa channel 131.

Afrikaans Telenovela Extended For Another Season

It’s confirmed! Arendsvlei extended for another season

Beatrice Abrahams and the learners of Hoërskool Arendsvlei will bring more drama to the small screen in kykNET & kie’s very first Afrikaans telenovela, Arendsvlei, that was recently extended for another season.

Will Arendsvlei’s favourite villain, Wendy Newman get away with murder, or will she finally be caught for killing David Abrahams?

Wendy was still walking freely in the first season, while the Arendsvlei community was left shattered after Beatrice ended up in jail for allegedly murdering her husband, David.

The first season explored happiness, sadness, vindictiveness and plans only Wendy could think of.

But have Arendsvlei viewers seen it all?

In this season, Janice’s brother, Steve Mortlock is released from prison and he turns the Arendsvlei world upside down. David’s long-lost son, Nathan, will also make an appearance, all the while Chantel’s father unexpectedly knocks on their door.

Viewers can also expect another murder, engagements, cheating and witness how Wendy goes to new extremes to ruin the Arendsvlei community.

Jolene Martin (Beatrice), Melanie Du Bois (Rolene), Rehane Abrahams (Wendy), Crystal Donna Roberts (Janice), Sherman Pharo (Thys), Ann Juries (Claudia), Jody Abrahams (Lionel), Celeste Matthews (Gertie), Craig Adriaanse (Wesley), Gerwen Simon (Valdonia) and Roberto Kyle (LeeRoy) are just a few of the actors making a return.

And a few household names will also join the Arendsvlei family. Danny Ross will play the role of David’s son, Maurice Carpede will play Chantel’s father and one of South Africa’s gems, Shaleen Surtie-Richards will portray the role of Lionel’s mother.

Penguin Films are the producers again and is very excited about the second season.

Creative producer, Roberta Durrant, says it’s always a pleasure to work on Arendsvlei.

“With each school calendar year, you get to introduce new characters and storylines. But it’s also challenging to keep the stories exciting and to not become stagnant. It’s a wonderful thing that we can bring new characters in and still keep our core family.”

Head writer and co-producer, Theltom Masimila, says: “In the first season of Arendsvlei, we only explored one chapter in each character’s book. In season two, our first group of matriculants graduates from school and heads off to university. We also introduce the class of 2020 and some of our beloved characters are left with more skeletons in the cupboard than we could ever imagine.

Arendsvlei airs every Monday to Wednesday on kykNET & kie, DStv channel 145 at 8pm.

Visit kykNET.tv for more information.

Kardashians Are Back For A New Season In September

Kim Kardashian and the gang set to take over your screens when Season 17 of KUWTK starts in September

E!’s mega-hit series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, returns for its seventeenth season on Sunday, 15 September at 20:00 on E! (DStv channel 124). In the aftermath of a devastating betrayal that left her and her family shaken, this season Khloé sets out on a quest for healing as she navigates unfamiliar co-parenting territory and faces some setbacks along the way. As Kim awaits the arrival of her fourth baby, she receives an unnerving medical diagnosis that could change her life forever. Meanwhile, Kourtney reaches a milestone birthday. In what’s becoming an annual family tradition, Kendall, Kylie, Kim and Kris head to New York for their most campy, and glamorous, Met Ball yet. In true Kardashian/Jenner style, Kylie throws a lavish birthday celebration for Khloé that she won’t soon forget. Tensions rise as Scott receives some unsolicited parenting advice from Kris’s boyfriend Corey, resulting in a family divide. Just when it seems no one in the family can see eye-to-eye, Kris plans a bonding trip to Wyoming for a cattle drive to bring the family closer together. In a series first, Kim and Khloé break the fourth wall amid concerns that certain family members are not pulling their weight when it comes to sharing their lives for the cameras, threatening to take drastic action. In the face of adversity, the Kardashians set out to prove that headlines only tell part of the story and that this family can overcome any obstacles thrown their way.

Additionally, new series Flip It Like Disick, following Scott Disick as he revamps high end real estate, continues beforehand at 19:05pm on E! (DStv channel 124).

Subscribe to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians YouTube channel to stay up to date with the latest recaps, epic moments, and bonus clips.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim/Murray Productions. Ryan Seacrest serves as the Executive Producer at Ryan Seacrest Productions. Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West and Khloé Kardashian serve as Executive Producers. Gil Goldschein, Farnaz Farjam-Chazan and Amanda Weinstein serve as Executive Producers at Bunim/Murray.

Flip It Like Disick is produced by STXtelevision with Tower 2 Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions, with Ryan Holcomb, Jason Goldberg, Lori Gordon, Scott Disick and Kris Jenner serving as executive producers. Follow along across social using hashtag #FlipItLikeDisick on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

ITV Choice Highlights – 19 To 25 August 2019

Poldark
Tuesday, 20 August at 20:00
ITV CHOICE (DStv 123)

Demelza and the children join Ross in London, but his dogged pursuit of Ned’s vindication finds them caught in a dangerous web. An ennobled George pursues the fruits of his new alliance, but his lingering grief has unexpected consequences. As Ned confronts the man responsible for his downfall, Demelza fears they are entangled with forces beyond their control, and Dwight’s expertise on insanity unwittingly place him and his friends on shaky ground.

15 Days
Wednesday, 21 August at 19:05
ITV CHOICE (DStv 123)

Reversing the traditional investigative narrative, 15 Days is an intensely human drama and original crime thriller that’s not so much a ‘whodunnit’ but more a ‘who’s going to do it?’. In the opening scenes, a young man is shot dead by a member of his close family. Immediately the story roles back to two weeks prior, and we meet four siblings and their families, including the soon-to-be murder victim, as they arrive at an isolated farmhouse. They are there to scatter their mother’s ashes, but this emotional gathering holds a nasty surprise when her will is read. Over the next 15 days, the family is torn apart by frustrated expectations and adulterous passions, as well as a growing unease about what really happened when their father died in a drowning ‘accident’ five years earlier. Dark and devastating secrets return to haunt them all as, one by one, each character becomes a potential suspect, leaving viewers to analyse the clues and reach their own conclusions. Only when this absorbing story reaches what was its beginning do we finally find out the truth…

Netflix ZA: Eddie Murphy Is Back With…

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME starring Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’ Vine Joy Randolph and Wesley Snipes!!

“DOLEMITE IS MY NAME AND FUC&% UP MUTHAFU$AS IS MY GAME!”

Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.

Comics and rappers have praised Moore as a pioneering influence over the past few decades, and Dolemite Is My Name is a hilarious celebration of a singular talent who made his own legend. From director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Empire); Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. O.J. Simpson); and the producing team of Oscar and Golden Globe nominee John Davis (Ferdinand, Joy), Golden Globe nominee John Fox (Joy) and Murphy; the film features an all-star supporting cast — including Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip ‘TI’ Harris, Luenell, Tasha Smith — plus costumes designed by Academy Award winner Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther).

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