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Awards

David Rubin Returns To Produce Academy’s 2017 Governors Awards

Casting director and producer David Rubin will return to produce the 9th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President John Bailey announced today.

Honorary Awards will be presented to writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland and director Agnès Varda on Saturday, November 11, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

“David’s continuing and passionate commitment to the Governors Awards assure us that the evening will be a memorable tribute to this year’s four distinguished filmmakers,” said Bailey.

“I’m thrilled to once again be entrusted with producing this extraordinary event, which manages to be both a stirring awards ceremony and one of the year’s most buoyant celebrations,” said Rubin.

With more than 100 film and television credits, Rubin has cast such features as “Trumbo,” “Wild,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Hairspray,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Men in Black,” “Romeo + Juliet,” “The English Patient,” “Get Shorty,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”  He has received six Emmy® nominations, most recently for 2017’s “Big Little Lies,” and won an Emmy for the HBO movie “Game Change.”  In addition, Rubin spent six years developing and producing films with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella at Mirage Enterprises.  He serves on the Academy’s Board of Governors, representing the Casting Directors Branch.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar® statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

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Television

Season 3 of “Mr Robot” Is Hitting Showmax First In October

The third season of Mr. Robot premieres on Showmax first across Africa on Thursday, 12 October 2017, with fresh episodes launching weekly within 24 hours of their broadcast in the US.

Mr. Robot stars Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek as Elliot, a troubled hacker at the center of the cyberwar between the conglomerate E Corp and fsociety, a group of hacktivists led by Mr Robot, an anarchist played by Christian Slater.

MR. ROBOT — “ep 3.0 power-saver-mode.h” Episode 301 — Pictured: Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson — (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/USA Network)

Malek won the Emmy for Best Actor last year, the first actor of colour to do so in 18 years. Among many other awards, Mr. Robot also won Golden Globes for Best TV Drama and Best Supporting Actor (Slater); an Emmy for Original Music; Critics Choice Awards for Best Actor (Malek), Best Supporting Actor (Slater) and Best TV Drama; a Peabody; and a Writers Guild Association Award for New Series.  The hit show has a 96% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The cliffhanger at the end of the second season resolves itself in the form of Elliot waking up with no idea where he is. So brace yourself for another season of sitting on the edge of your couch, second-guessing your assumptions, as fsociety rallies against enemies like the FBI and the Dark Army, rival cyber terrorists.

MR. ROBOT — “ep 3.0 legacy.so” Episode 303 — Pictured: Bobby Cannavale as Irving — (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/USA Network)

Malek appears in newly released pics of him as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 71 this week, in Bryan Singer’s long-awaited biopic.

Luckily, while we wait for the release of season three and his Bohemian Rhapsody interpretation, there’s time to catch up on seasons one and two of Mr. Robot, available to binge-watch on Showmax now. Even if you’ve already seen them, you’ll want to re-watch this one to spot the clues you missed and re-interpret things based on the twists you’ve seen, because this is one show where you need to put down your phone and pay full attention…

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Festival Film

Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau Home Of Jozi Film Festival 2017

Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau Home of Jozi Film Festival 2017 (21- 24 September 2017)

Co-director of multi-award winning documentary TCHINDAS, Marc Serena, will be joining us for the South African premiere at 8pm on Saturday, 23 September 2017 at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau

The sixth annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) will open this year’s festival at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau on Thursday, 21 September 2017 with the top 10 films selected from an Africa-wide search for filmmaking talent in partnership with Discovery Channel.

The inaugural Discovery Channel “Don’t Stop Wondering” competition called for African filmmakers to submit a 2 to5 minute film that showcased and celebrated unique African stories whilst capturing Discovery’s ethos of sparking curiosity. From the submissions, only ten films were shortlisted and broadcast on Discovery Channel. The general public was then asked to vote for their favourite film via Discovery’s website.

“We’re so proud to have been a part of this competition”, says JFF’s founder and organiser, Lisa Henry. “Discovery Channel offered African filmmakers a remarkable opportunity with this competitive category and they have been a wonderful group of people to work alongside on this.”

As an organisation, we take pride in investing in showcasing a fusion of local and international talents on our screens. The film industry has made commendable strides and will continue to do so and we want to be instrumental in achieving more successes,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

“We are thrilled that co-director Marc Serena will be joining us for this South African premiere at 8pm on Saturday, 23 September at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau,” concludes

The “Don’t Stop Wondering” award carries a cash prize of $5,000.00 [approximately R 64478.00] from Discovery Channel. The winning filmmaker will be announced on Sunday, 24 September 2017 at the Jozi Film Festival Awards with John Vlismas as the Master of Ceremonies (MC). The Awards will be held at The Sheds, 1 Fox Precinct, Johannesburg CBD.

TCHINDAS – SOUTH AFRICAN PREMIERE – 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

In this multi-award winning documentary film from Spain, directors Marc Serena and Pablo Garcia Perez de Lara travelled to Cape Verde to explore the lives of the transsexual community in the city of Mindelo in the run up to its annual carnival. The film centres on Cape Verde’s most famous transgender activist: Tchinda Andrade.

“She was the first to open the way for others to express themselves,” says Serena. “Tchinda is a natural leader.” She has been so influential that the trans community in Cape Verde are referred to as “tchindas” by locals.

“It’s very special to premiere the film in South Africa with Jozi Film Festival. It gives another perspective of the continent and we hope people from Jozi will love it”, said Marc.

FILM INDUSTRY TALKS – 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

JFF is pleased to announce a new partnership with AACA (African Academy of Cinematic Arts). From 7-week music video courses to year-long filmmaking and acting courses, this fully accredited academy strives to ready the emerging filmmaker or actor to enter the real world of the local film industry, 100% prepared for the job.

AACA, in partnership with JFF, will be running a day of film workshops on Saturday, 23 September, at their Maboneng premises (10 Van Beek Street). These workshops are free and open to any aspiring or emerging filmmakers. Maumela Mahuwa from SABC 2’s Muvhango will be speaking on her 12-year history in film and television. No booking required – just turn up! Programme of events can be found on AACA’s website: www.aaca.co.za

All JFF2017’s films will screen at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau and The Bioscope in Maboneng from 21-24 September 2017. Bookings can be made online through Ster-Kinekor (from Wednesday, 12 September 2017). Download the Ster-Kinekor App on your smart phone for updates, news and to book tickets from your mobile or call Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (668 437). Tickets are also available on The Bioscope’s websites. The full programme: www.jozifilmfestival.co.za

A wide-ranging selection of great short fiction films, documentaries, feature films and student films from both South Africa and internationally are on offer over the Heritage Day weekend. Follow Jozi Film Festival on Facebook for all the updates on the festival and more info about each film.

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Television

Here Come The Wedding Bashers

Arrive on time for your special date with the stylish Wedding Bashers!
M-Net’s brand new, original local show launches on Sunday 17 September at 17:00 

The dress should be to die for, the food should be world class, the décor divine and the entertainment a blast, but what will happen when South Africans of all backgrounds, cultures and religions open up their special days to The Wedding Bashers?

From Sunday 17 September there’s a brand new, quirky wedding show on M-Net 101 at 17:00. The Wedding Bashers will turn a microscope onto 22 unique weddings over 12 episodes, through an all-star celebrity team of experts in various fields. Enter former Miss South Africa and business woman Cindy Nell, bubbly socialite and VUZU star Denise Zimba, celebrity chef and food expert Siba Mtongana and wedding planner extraordinaire Zavion Kotze.

Each week, these four Wedding Bashers will make their way to nuptial celebrations across the country where they will join in the festivities and then discreetly rate the Big Day.  As the show’s resident fashion expert, Cindy has been tasked to share her thoughts about the wedding gown, garments and accessories while Siba will dish out remarks on the culinary experience. Zavion will evaluate everything  that brings ‘fabulosity’ to the event, or not – from the overall décor to the theme, flower arrangements and visual impact. To impress Denise, there should be proof that the guests had an amazing time, with on-point entertainment of course.

While The Wedding Bashers may disagree about the finer details concerning the fashion and beauty, food, décor and entertainment, their final overall score for the wedding will be vital, because at the end of the series the newlyweds at the top of the list will win a wonderful wedding gift from the show: prizes to the value of over R500 000.

On top of the celebrity squad’s feedback, viewers can have their say too by rating the weddings on www.mnet.tv/weddingbashers. Be sure to watch the first episode to see how your opinion will count – and maybe win you some great weekly prizes too!

“The Wedding Bashers is unlike any wedding show you know,” says Lani Lombard, M-Net’s Head of Publicity. “It’s great fun seeing the Bashers in action and speaking their minds, but we will also will also get to experience a diverse range of weddings and will sometimes be challenged to rethink our perceptions of what a perfect wedding day should look like. The competition element also adds an exciting spin to this proudly South African format.”

The 22 weddings featured in the show vary in budget, opulence and theme and whether its set on a beach, in a vineyard, an industrial chic area or a five-star train, the Wedding Bashers’ comments and criticism will always be outweighed by an important golden thread: the love that inspired the occasion.

The Wedding Bashers is produced by [sic] Entertainment and will be broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 17:00. Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/weddingbashers to watch exclusive interviews with the bashers and bridal couples, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #WeddingBashers or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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dvd / blu-ray Review

King Arthur (DVD) : Review

Film

Growing up in a rough neighbourhood, due to losing his birthright as part of royal lineage, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam – Crimson PeakPacific Rim) has life hard. On one hand, he learns many valuable skills and life lesson, yet on the other he is relegated to the back alleys of the city, with the company of those who are seen as outcasts.

This now look at the legend of old is an average one, and would likely have a low rewatch value for most viewers for this reason. Most likely to have its fans, the film doesn’t hold too much on subsequent viewings with a straight forward story, and little in the line of intricate plot details that one might miss on any initial viewing.

Read the full SAMDB review of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Disc

Overall, the disc is of an average technical quality. There is some video colour bleed, but not much. Audio is good. Unfortunately, the main feature itself is just average, and there is just one extra feature.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a decent average bitrate, however there are areas where colour bleed is visible. Most notably in scenes with finer detail, or during the opening titles where the viewer would need to read on-screen text that sets the scene for the film.

There are no compression artefacts visible on-screen though, and the colour bleed isn’t so bad as to detract from the film.

Viewers with the relevant hardware or software could scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, and encoded at a high average bitrate. Dialogue is clear via the centre channel. There is fair use of the surround channels, serving to expand the on-screen world, and further draw the viewer into the story.

Navigation

Navigation is a simple template, found on many DVDs, but is by far better than the cryptic symbols that viewers are too often forced to guess at. There are large buttons, with text labels. A static menu background, with no accompanying music.

While the navigation on most DVDs from Next Entertainment is something seriously lacking in logic and design, this disc chooses to start the film immediately once you put the disc into a player.

There are menu options for play, which will start the main feature.

Scene selections takes you to two sub-menus, each with six static, large, colour thumbnails, for a total of twelve chapters. While these are numbered, they are not labelled, so an amount of guesswork would be needed to navigate to a specific part in the story.

Languages leads to a sub-menu with a text list of audio languages, and subtitle choices.

And the bonus feature button leads to a sub-menu listing the only extra feature on the disc.

Bonus Features

Arthur With Swagger – A short featurette combining some interviews with the cast and crew, talking about Charlie Hunnam, and some footage showing the mischief that goes on between takes, and before shooting starts.

While not imparting much knowledge for aspiring filmmakers, the video does show the camaraderie that took place on set, amidst the sometimes harsh shooting conditions.