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Lalla Hirayama is set to cover the Oscar’s red carpet

Lalla Hirayama to cover the Oscar’s red carpet

M-Net Movies has landed a celebratoy spot on the red carpet at the landmark 90th Academy Awards taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 4 March 2018. TV Host, actress, dancer and model, Lalla Hirayama will be the one making sure that movie fans across Africa experience all the glitz and glam.

The Academy of Motion Pictures and Science invited M-Net Movies to cover the furore and excitement of the event and popular M-Net Movies.

M-Net Channels Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard, expressed her excitement at achieving this feat, “you can imagine how broadcasters around the world are trying their luck each year to be part of this prestigious event. It’s a dream come true for M-Net Movies and Lalla and the team will be pulling out all the stops to represent our viewers and stand out from the crowd.”

Lalla already has her outfit on lock as she will be wearing a one-of-a-kind dress by famed fashion designer David Tlale.

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Inxeba The Wound’s classification rating changed to X18

Inxeba, The Wound co-writer Malusi Bengu

The Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) Appeal Tribunal has overturned the classification rating of 16LS given to the film Inxeba (The Wound) and given it a rating of X18.

Films with this changed rating cannot be shown in cinemas. The board made the announcement via a series of tweets on Wednesday morning.

This follows the film’s cast and it’s producers laying complaints with the South African Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Gender Equality after violent threats were made against them.

“Inxeba has not been pulled from cinemas yet. Action will only be taken when the Appeal Tribunal gives it’s reasoning behind the change,” – Manala Botolo said.

The wound Inxeba

“A date for when the body will give this reasoning has not been set,” added Manala.

In a tweet FPB explained what the new rating means saying: “A rating of X18 means that the material can only be distributed from designated adult premises. This means the film cannot be screened in cinemas or any other platform that is not a designated adult premise as defined by the Film and Publications Act no 96 of 1996 as amended.”

FPB also said in the series of tweets: “The Chairperson of the Appeals Tribunal in consultation with other tribunal members agreed to hear the appeal based on applications lodged by CONTRALESA Gauteng and The Men and Boy Foundation. The complaints were largely based on the perceived cultural insensitivity and distortion of the Xhosa Circumcision tradition (Ulwaluko), strong language in the film.”

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Black Twitter unimpressed with Babes Wodumo singing kikirikiki on the Black Panther soundtrack Album

Black Panther soundtrack Album Babes Wodumo

Black Twitter was a buzz upon hearing that Babes Wodumo would be featured on the international Black Panther Soundtrack album, alongside fellow household name Sjava.

It appears all for the wrong reasons though, as shortly after hearing Babes Wodumo’ song on the album, which had Mampitsha’s voice at the end, tweeps concluded that Babes Wodumo was actually a group.

The Gqom queen has been accused of not being unable to do a song without Mampintsha, who has been featured on almost every hit song she has released.

Wodumo’s fans were looking forward to hearing her without her manager Mampintsha after seeing a track listing for the album late last week.

Twitter fans were not impressed and flooded social media with questions asking how did this happen!

The album is the soundtrack album for the Marvel Studios film Black Panther, it was curated and produced by Kendrick Lamar and was released by Interscope Records on February 9, 2018.

See the tweets below:

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14 SAFTA nominations for Penguin and Paw Paw Films

SAFTA nominations for Penguin & Paw Paw Films

The award-winning film company, Penguin Films, and its sister company, Paw Paw Films, have scooped up fourteen SAFTA nominations.

The award-winning film company, Penguin Films, and its sister company, Paw Paw Films, have scooped up fourteen nominations for the 12th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs).

Acclaimed directors and creative producers Roberta Durrant and Mandilakhe Yengo are thrilled with the nominations. They would also like to congratulate the wonderful cast and crew they have worked with and wish them all the best for the awards ceremony.

The second season of the popular telenovela, Ring of Lies, has been nominated in five categories, including:

  • Best Achievement in Original Music or Score/ Telenovela: Composer: Ngane Sikobi
  • Best Achievement in Post Production/ Telenovela: Post Production Team – Stash Couvaras, Maryke Kruger, Talya Jay Kahan, Ambonga Mfundisi and Tanya von Abo
  • Best Achievement in Cinematography/ Telenovela: DOPs – Ntobeko Dlamini and Marc Brower;
  • Best Actor/ Telenovela: Mpho Sebeng
  • Best Telenovela by Public Vote

The critically acclaimed local box office hit, Krotoa, secured three nominations in the following three categories:

  • Best Actress/ Feature Film: Crystal-Donna Roberts
  • Best Supporting Actress/ Feature Film: Roeline Daneel
  • Best Achievement in Costume Design/ Feature Film – Wardrobe HOD: Emma Moss

Three of their popular drama series, Isikizi 2, Z’Bondiwe 3 and Sara se Geheim 1, scooped up another five nominations.

Isikizi 2:

  • Best Achievement in Original Music or Score/ TV Drama
  • Composer – Murray Anderson  and Singer – Phila Madlingozi
  • Best Supporting Actress/ TV Drama: Tina Jaxa

Z’Bondiwe 3:

  • Best Actress/ TV Drama: Zola Nombona
  • Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling/ TV Drama
  • Hair & Make-Up HOD – Ellaine Ngubeni

Sara se Geheim 1:

  • Best Supporting Actress/ TV Drama: Quanita Adams

Former Best Children’s Programme SAFTA-winner (2017), Disney Cookabout, produced by Penguin Films and Disney UK, has been nominated again in the same category. It has also been nominated for an International Kids Emmy Award.

The official SAFTA Awards Ceremony will be held at Sun City and will take place over three days, from 22 to 24 March 2018.

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Inxeba, The Wound co-writer Malusi Bengu speaks out

Inxeba, The Wound co-writer Malusi Bengu

Malusi Bengu, co-writer of the award-winning film, Inxeba, The Wound, says it doesn’t break any secrets about the cultural practice of initiation. Malusi says the sacred seal on initiation was broken by the deaths of young initiates, making headlines.

The movie faces a wave of criticism from protesters and the CRL Rights Commission.

Inxeba, The Wound, has won awards both locally and internationally. It tells the story of a young, gay man who goes to the Eastern Cape to become a traditional surgeon for initiates.

The co-writer is adamant it doesn’t reveal any secrets about the practice.

Inxeba, The Wound co-writer

Malusi Bengu, Co-Writer on Inxeba, The Wound said “Inxeba is not about the secrecy of Xhosa initiation. Mandela already wrote more in his book Long Walk to Freedom and no one has cared to divulge and no one reacted in this manner. Inxeba is also not about having sex, that would be impossible and foolish from us to react with that assumption because you are there for four weeks and your private parts aren’t functional.”

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Nu Metro Cinema cancels ‘Inxeba’ screenings in Eastern Cape after threats

Inxeba, The Wound Nu Metro Cinema

According to eNCA, there is still no word about when the movie Inxeba The Wound will show at some Eastern Cape cinemas such as Nu Metro.

Nu Metro cinema says it had to remove the controversial movie to protect its customers and staff after a small group of people threatened to disrupt and intimidate moviegoers if they screen it.

Nu Metro’s Nitesh Matai said: “We chose to remove the movie from our screens on Friday morning following threats of intimidation and violence against our staff and our patrons and threats of destruction of property in the cinema complex itself.”

Watch Inxeba trailer below:

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Babes Wodumo, Sjava & Saudi feature on Black Panther soundtrack

Babes Wodumo, Sjava & Saudi Black Panther soundtrack

South Africa’s Gqom’ queen Babes Wodumo along with hip-hop artists Sjava, Saudi and Yugen Blakrok have all been featured on the Black Panther superhero movie soundtrack.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis and South African acting legends, John Kani and Connie Chiume.

The movie follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the
isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

American hip-hop musician and recent Grammy award winner, Kendrick Lamar, tweeted an image of the movie’s album, which has a total of 14 tracks, with himself featuring in five.

Babes Wodumo is featured in Redemption, alongside R&B/Pop singer Zacari.

Babes Wodumo, Sjava & Saudi

Sjava is featured alongside two other artists in the track titled Seasons, Saudi joins fellow hip-hop artists 2 Chains and Schoolboy Q in X and Yugen Blakrok is in Opps, with Vince Staples.

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Connie Chiume, Atandwa Kani and John Kani at Black Panther World Premier

Atandwa Kani and John Kani Black Panther

The South African flag was flying high at the world premiere of Black Panther movie on Monday night. Connie Chiume, Atandwa Kani and John Kani joined the rest of the Black Panther cast members on the red carpet in Los Angeles.

John reprises his role as King T’Chaka, Atandwa will play the younger version of him and Connie will play a mining elder.

About the movie: 

The film follows T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the heir to the throne of Wakanda (a fictional African country), after his father is killed whilst representing the nation at the UN. Black Panther picks up from where Captain America: Civil War left off. And it carries on the movie’s sterling momentum.

Black Panther is certainly political, and stands up to the ills of society that have betrayed most of Africa. It deals with these issues head on, whilst taking us on an adventure that almost belies the human imagination.

See the images below:

Atandwa Kani Black Panther
Atandwa Kani


Connie Chiume Blank Panther
Connie Chiume


John Kani Black Panther
John Kani

In a red carpet interview with Variety the theatre legend told the publication how Black Panther represents Africans in a different light.

“I knew we would introduce a different African. The African that is a global figure, the African that cares and contributes to world peace.”

Black Panther premiers in South Africa on 16 February 2018

Watch the video below:

Image Courtesy: Channel24

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Black Panther premieres in South Africa on Friday, 16th February 2018

Black Panther movie with John Kani

Before Avengers: Infinity War reaches cinemas, there’s one other major Marvel blockbuster ready to astound South African audiences and is Black Panther movie. The Black Panther is not even out yet, but has already broken pre-booking records.

The movie features veteran actor Dr. John Kani. According to reports, isiXhosa language has been adopted as the official language of Wakanda.

Kani, who plays King T’Chaka explained, “the director and I were challenged with coming up with ideal things to say to my son, in-line with the plot of the film. It had to be in the native language of ‘Wakanda’. I chose to say something isiXhosa in which the director and everyone on set loved; we need that, the director said.”

“In the movie I’m the original Black Panther and I’m tasked with nominating my successor,” he told Move Magazine. “I reunite with my son after not seeing him after some time.”

“Marvel studios adopted isiXhosa as the official language of “Wakanda.” Even when I filmed Civil War, I was the language expert and my American counterparts would say; give me something with a click, they were referring to isiXhosa. My son and I filmed in Atlanta together, I left and he stayed to continue filming. He took over as the language consultant,” he shares.

While Ava DuVernay may have passed on Black Panther, Marvel eventually found an astounding filmmaker to steer the project: Ryan Coogler. The 31-year-old first made headway after directing the Michael B. Jordan-starring Fruitvale Station, which itself was soon followed by Creed.

Black Panther premieres in South Africa on Friday, 16th February 2018 at cinemas nationwide.

Watch the trailer below:

Source: Independent


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Nakhane Touré wins the Best Actor award in a Foreign Film

Nakhane Touré wins the Best Actor award

South African musician and actor Nakhane Touré has received international recognition for his role in the movie Inxeba (The Wound).

Touré who recently signed to international management company Paradigm Talent Agency, took to Twitter telling his fans that he had walked away with the award for Best Actor In A Foreign Film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

“Here is the acceptance speech I sent to the festival,” Nakhane wrote, attaching the short clip to his post.

Take a look at Nakhane’s acceptance speech for his award below:

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