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From Wonder Woman 1984 to Wrath of Man to Promising Young Woman: the 12 best international movies to stream on Showmax this December & January

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2021 blockbusters Wrath of Man & The Marksman; 2021 Oscar winner Promising Young Woman; 2021 Critics Choice winner Palm Springs; Wonder Woman 1984;  The United States Vs. Billie Holiday; Miss Juneteenth and more

 

WRATH OF MAN | Stream from 20 December 2021

 

MTV Movie Award winner Guy Ritchie and Critics Choice Nominee Jason Statham – the action dream-team that gave us Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Revolver – are at it again in Wrath of Man.

 

Statham (best known as The Transporter, Crank, and Deckard Shaw in the Fast & Furious films) stars as H, a new security guard for a cash truck company, who faces mistrust from his crew after unleashing precision skills during a heist, leaving them questioning his identity, and his motives.

 

Wrath of Man also stars multiple Teen Choice Award nominee Josh Hartnett (Lucky Number Slevin, Black Hawk Down), multi-award winner Eddie Marsan (The World’s End, 21 Grams), BAFTA nominee Niamh Algar (Raised by Wolves, MotherFatherSon), Laz Alonso (The Boys), Teen Choice winner Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad, The Outpost) and Oscar nominee Andy Garcia (the Ocean’s films, The Godfather Part III).

 

It’s the 35th biggest film of 2021 so far, with RogerEbert.com calling it, “A star vehicle for Jason Statham at his meanest… one of Guy Ritchie’s best-directed movies,” and praising the film’s “voluptuous darkness, so sinister that you may wonder if its main character is the devil himself.”

 

 

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN | Stream from 20 January 2022

 

Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan in an Oscar-nominated performance) was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future.  But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.

 

Writer-director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) won the 2021 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay – just one of 110 awards the film has won. Promising Young Woman has a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “A boldly provocative, timely thriller, Promising Young Woman is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Emerald Fennell – and a career highlight for Carey Mulligan.”

 

Emmy winner Bo Burnham (Inside, The Big Sick), Emmy nominees Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black) and Connie Britton (The White Lotus), Critics Choice nominee Alison Brie (GLOW), Teen Choice winners Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus) and Adam Brody (The O.C.) co-star.

 

 

THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY | Stream from 6 January 2022

 

Andra Day was nominated for a 2021 Best Actress Oscar and won Black Reel, Golden Globe and Webby Awards as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, who was targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she has a tumultuous affair.

 

Two-time Oscar nominee Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) directs this adaptation of Johann Hari’s book Chasing The Scream. Black Reel winner Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Screen Actors Guild nominee Garret Hedlund (Mudbound) and  four-time Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll, Orange Is The New Black) co-star.

As Deadline puts it, “You simply cannot say enough about what Day achieves in this role, particularly being a first-time actor. She gets beneath the skin of Holiday, giving a raw and honest portrait of an artist under duress but determined in her belief that she can use that art and talent to make the world a more just place.”

 

 

 

THE MARKSMAN | Stream now, first on Showmax

 

Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (Taken) stars in The Marksman as a rancher (and former US Marine) living on the Arizona border who becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy fleeing cartel assassins.

 

Critics’ Choice nominee Katheryn Winnick (Vikings’ Lagertha), Teresa Ruiz (Narcos: Mexico), and newcomer Jacob Perez co-star.

 

Directed by triple-Oscar nominee and Clint Eastwood-collaborator Robert Lorenz (Mystic River, Letters from Iwo Jima, American Sniper), it’s the 90th biggest box office hit of 2021 so far.

 

PALM SPRINGS | Stream now, first on Showmax

 

The wonderful indie romantic comedy Palm Springs follows two strangers who meet at a wedding in Palm Springs, only to get stuck in a time loop.

 

The movie stars Emmy winner Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Jake, Saturday Night Live) and Critics’ Choice Award nominee Cristin Milioti (Mythic Quest, Fargo, How I Met Your Mother), who respectively won Best Actor and Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie at the 2021 Critics Choice Super Awards, where the film also won Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie. Among other honours, Palm Springs won the 2021 Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy, after breaking the records for the biggest sale of a film at Sundance and the most-viewed film in its first weekend on Hulu. It holds a 95% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with IndieWire calling it, “Sweet, funny and demented.”

 

The cast also includes Oscar winner JK Simmons (La La Land, No Activity, Spider-Man), and Golden Globe winner Peter Gallagher (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Grace and Frankie, The O.C.), as well as award-winning Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa (Antebellum, iZombie).

 

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD | Stream from 16 December

 

The Personal History of David Copperfield re-imagines Charles Dickens’s classic ode to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens of its award-winning filmmakers, Emmy winners and Oscar nominees Armando Iannucci (Veep) and Simon Blackwell (Succession).

 

Dev Patel was nominated for a 2021 Golden Globe as the iconic hero on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer in Victorian England. The multi-award-winning film co-stars 10-time Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie (House M.D), Oscar winners Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), and Emmy nominee Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones).

 

 

MISS JUNETEENTH | Stream from 3 January 2022

 

In the multi-award-winning Miss Juneteenth, a former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant.

 

The film has a 99% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “Like a pageant winner walking across the stage, Miss Juneteenthfollows a familiar path – but does so with charm and grace.”

 

Miss Juneteenth has won nine awards so far, including from SXSW, and was nominated for eight Black Reel Awards and four Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2021.

 

 

WONDER WOMAN 1984 | Stream from 3 January 2022

 

With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning in the title role, Wonder Woman 1984 fast forwards to the 1980s as the DC superhero faces two all-new foes: Max Lord (Critics Choice nominee Pedro Pascal from The Mandalorian) and The Cheetah (Oscar nominee Kristen Wiig from Bridesmaids).

 

The 13th biggest box office hit of 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 also stars Emmy nominees Natasha Rothwell (The White Lotus, Insecure), Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Chris Pine (Star Trek).

 

Richard Roeper says Wonder Woman 1984 “ups the entertainment in the heroine’s new adventure”, calling the sequel “equal parts thrilling, comedic, romantic and action-packed… Pure pop entertainment.”

 

CHARM CITY KINGS | Stream now, first on Showmax

 

Torn between the straight path and gang life, fourteen-year-old Mouse is desperate to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of dirt-bike riders who rule the streets of West Baltimore. During one eventful summer, Mouse must steer his way through two father figures, a first girlfriend, and the illegal but irresistible thrill of stunt-riding.

 

Charm City Kings’ ensemble cast won the Dramatic Special Jury Award at its Sundance Film Festival premiere in 2020, with RogerEbert.com calling it “an incredible triumph from a slew of fresh talent.”

 

Executive produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and produced by Emmy-nominated Cobra Kai exec producers Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter, Charm City Kings stars 2020 BET YoungStars Award nominee Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Grammy nominee Meek Mill, William Catlett (Black Lightning), and Black Reel winner Teyonah Parris (WandaVision, Mad Men, Dear White People).

 

 

UNHINGED | Stream now

 

In Unhinged, Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) is straight-up terrifying in his People’s Choice-nominated performance as a road-rager gone full-blown psycho.

 

South African actress Caren Pistorius co-stars as the woman who triggers his road rage, alongside Emmy nominee Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, Perpetual Grace, LTD) and child actor Gabriel Bateman (The Mosquito Coast, Andy in the 2019 film Child’s Play).

 

Unhinged was the 35th biggest box office hit of 2020, with Vanity Fair calling it “a dark and gnarly thriller” and “bracing entertainment.”

 

 

BABY DONE | Stream from 30 December

 

The charming New Zealand indie comedy drama Baby Done follows free-spirited couple Zoe (comedian Rose Matafeo from Starstruckand Funny Girls) and Tim (Matthew Lewis, better known as Harry Potter’s Neville Longbottom, all grown up and gorgeous), who unexpectedly find themselves expecting. But as Tim races towards fatherhood, Zoe attempts to rush through her dreams.

 

Executive produced by Oscar winner Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows), the film has a 92% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Guardian saying, “Rose Matafeo is wonderful in [this] irresistible film about parenthood,” praising, “the film’s irresistible good naturedness: its spirit, pluck, bounce,” and adding, “Baby Done is funny; it’s sweet; it means something. Most of all it’s charming.”

 

 

ALONE| Stream now, first on Showmax

 

Jules Willcox (10,000 Days, We Are with the Band) stars in Alone as a recently widowed traveller who is pursued through the wilderness by a ruthless killer (Marc Menchaca from Ozark, Homeland).

 

The gripping survival thriller holds a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “Alone‘s minimalistic approach makes this heightened thriller a gripping and suspenseful experience,” while AV Club praises the film’s “already stripped-down cat-and-mouse scenario that becomes dirtier and more elemental as it goes along, tracing a devolutionary arc from the rules of the road to primeval combat.”

 

Also starring Anthony Heald (The Silence of the Lambs), the film’s accolades include the Best Director Award for John Hyams (Z Nation, Black Summer) at Grimmfest 2020.

 

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More Drama In The BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ Reunion On DStv & GOtv This June!

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After the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye Season premiered back in July 2021, viewers and fans across Africa have been patiently waiting to see all their favourite housemates again during the reunion show! The reunion show is where all the juicy details and hidden secrets are revealed to the fans and also, the moment the housemates voice their thoughts and opinions as well as correct false gossip.

The Shine Ya Eye Reunion Show which will be hosted by the one and only ‘table shaker master’ Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, is promised to be one of the hottest reunions to be viewed on our screens! Who will crack under pressure? Who will spill ALL the beans? And who will bring the heat back to back? Well, tune in to join the conversation with all 26 housemates; Angel, Peace, Jackie B, Tega, Arin, Maria, Liquorose, Beatrice, Princess, Saskay, JMK, Nini, Boma, Queen, Yousef, Pere, Whitemoney, Niyi, Yerins, JayPaul, Saga, Emmanuel, Kayvee, Michael, Sammie and Cross.

The Shine Ya Eye Reunion will be available to customers on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, and GOtv Supa and Max packages from Thursday, 2nd June 2022, weekdays at 7pm on AM Urban (DStv channel 153 and GOtv channel 106) and 7:30pm on AM Family (DStv channel 154 and GOtv channel 102). Sign up to DStv today via www.dstvafrica.com or get GOtv on www.gotvafrica.com.

Abeg is the headline sponsor, and the associate sponsor is Flutterwave.

To keep up with all updates on the reunion show, visit www.africamagic.tv/bigbrother. You can also follow the official Big Brother Naija social media pages for news and updates with the hashtag #BBNaijaReunion on Twitter @bbnaija, Instagram @bigbronaija and Facebook www.facebook.com/bigbrothernaija.

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Iconic South African actor, Jamie Bartlett dies

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Jamie Bartlett dies

Well-known South African actor Jamie Bartlett has died. He was 55. (more…)

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Orlando Pirates and RS Berkane square off in CAF Confederation Cup final, available to stream live on Showmax Pro in Africa

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The annual CAF Confederation Cup comes to an epic close on Friday, 20 May 2022 at Uyo in Nigeria as South Africa’s Orlando Pirates go head to head with Morocco’s RS Berkane.
All the footballing action will be available to stream live on Showmax Pro in Africa from 20:00 (WAT); 21:00 (CAT); 22:00 (EAT), courtesy of SuperSport.
Pirates will be playing in their fourth CAF final despite a shock home defeat to Al Ahli Tripoli in their second semi-final leg as they advanced 2-1 on aggregate to secure their place in the final. Their opponents, RS Berkane, defeated Congolese giants TP Mazembe 4-2 over two legs. RS Berkane, the 2019/2020 CAF Confederations Cup champions, will be playing in their third final after coming up short in 2018/19 when they finished as runners up.
The Soweto giants have not enjoyed a good domestic season as they currently sit in a disappointing seventh place in the DStv Premiership. League form normally goes out the window when it comes to cup competitions and this was the case for Ezimnyama Ngenkani as they topped their group, which consisted of Al-Ittihad Tripoli, JS Saoura and Royal Leopards with four wins, one draw and one defeat in their six games.
The Orange Boys currently share the same domestic position as their opponents as they sit seventh in the Botola Pro 1, further demonstrating that league form does not translate to cup performances. Like Pirates, RS Berkane also topped their group, which had Simba S.C, ASEC Mimosas and Union Sportive Gendarmerie Nationale on the way to the knockout stages, managing three wins, a draw and two losses. This sets up a perfectly balanced final that both sets of supporters and neutrals will be glued to until the final whistle.
The winner of the CAF Confederation Cup will take home a whopping $1.25 million in prize money and will also take part in the CAF Super Cup, where they will play against the winner of the CAF Champions League which will see Al Ahly will battle it out in the final against Wydad Casablanca on Monday, 30 May 2022 – which will also be live on Showmax Pro. All the CAF action will be streaming live for all Showmax Pro subscribers in Africa, courtesy of SuperSport.
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Mellow & Sleazy talk about working separately on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Mellow & Sleazy, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

 

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with LootLove at a special time this Saturday, May 21st at 10a Lagos/London / 11a Johannesburg/Paris / 2a LA / 5a NYC on Apple Music.

Cover Star Interview

South African amapiano production duo Mellow & Sleazy join LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about their latest track, “Chipi ke Chipi.” They also discuss showcasing emerging talent on their new album, ‘Midnight In Sunnyside,’ playing with experimental sounds, and how they developed their unique creative process. 

 

The Big 5

LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Lojay & Sarz feat. Chris Brown, Wanitwa Mos, Master KG & Lowsheen feat. Nkosazana Daugther, Omah Lay, Lil Kesh feat. Joeboy, and Nanette. 

 

Africa Rising 

Nigerian Afropop singer-songwriter Ninety—Apple Music’s latest Up Next: Nigeria artist—is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “Hold My Side,” and “Somebody.” Listen HERE.

 

Loot Loves

Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she spotlights South African singer-songwriter Manana and his track, “In The Morning,” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Soul playlist. Listen HERE, and catch all of LootLove’s picks on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist HERE.

 

Tune in and listen to the full episode at a special time this Saturday, May 21st at 10a Lagos/London / 11a Johannesburg/Paris / 2a LA / 5a NYC on Apple Music 1.

 

Mellow & Sleazy on working separately

 

We’re almost never in the studio at the same time. He usually makes his own beats separately and I make my own beats separately, then we just exchange the projects and finish off each other’s projects. We just give each other space – he does his own thing, I do my own thing then once we’re done we’ll share what we have done, he’ll edit whatever I’ve done and I’ll edit whatever he did, then it becomes a full song.

Mellow & Sleazy on experimental sounds

 

So basically we’ve only tried experimenting with two genres, Bacardi and… I forgot the name of the sound but it’s from Angola so we’ve tried experimenting with those two sounds and a bit of soulfulness, because most of the people know us for being hardcore producers that make like loud music all the time, so we tried making it soulful but keeping that element at the same time. The whole EP is Bacardi, basically.

Mellow & Sleazy on exciting talent showcased on their new EP

 

The underground talent that we have on our EP… the first one is M.J, he’s a rapper and singer. He’s been on a lot of hits actually, he’s one of the vocalists that we always work with because he’s very versatile. He can do what five vocalists can do in the studio, so that’s why we’re always working with him. Another one is Matute Boy. Bacardi usually needs someone to rap fast, and with the lingo… and who else? Azi! Azi is a singer, we’ve just started working with him now, he’s very very new but he’s too much. I’ve never heard a voice like that so yeah, we’ll see where that takes us.

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Disney+ now streaming in South Africa

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Disney+, the streaming service from The Walt Disney Company (https://TheWaltDisneyCompany.com), launches today in South Africa. Standard pricing at launch is confirmed at R119 per month, or R1190 for an annual subscription, with sign-up information available at DisneyPlus.com.

With over 1000 films, more than 1500 series and a slate of 200 exclusive Originals from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and general entertainment from Star, Disney+ offers fans the greatest stories, all in one place.

Previously announced, subscribers will have access to Star Wars’ “The Book of Boba Fett”, both seasons of “The Mandalorian” and, from 27 May, the highly anticipated “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. In addition, Disney+ will be the home of the entire Skywalker saga, with Star WarsEpisodes 1 through 9 streaming on the service.

Confirmed from launch, superhero fans will have access to over 60 Marvel Studios’ films including Academy Award®-nominated “Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings”, “Eternals”, “Avengers: Endgame” and “Captain Marvel”, and over 80 Marvel Studios’ series including “Moon Knight”, “Loki” and “WandaVision”.

Subscribers will also be able to enjoy over 100 titles from Disney and Pixar, including the entire “Toy Story” franchise, the Academy Award®-winning “Soul” and the Academy Award®-nominated “Luca”. From Walt Disney Animation Studios, stream the Academy Award®-winning “Encanto” which tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, and fan favorites “Frozen” and “Frozen 2”. Disney fans can also stream the Academy Award®-winning “Cruella” starring Emma Stone as the legendary “Cruella de Vil” and Disney’s “Jungle Cruise.”

National Geographic documentaries including “The Rescue” and “Free Solo”, from Academy Award®-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, will sit alongside popular National Geographic series such as “The World According To Jeff Goldblum” and “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted”.

In general entertainment, subscribers will also be able to watch titles including the hit original comedy series “Only Murders in the Building,” limited series “Pam and Tommy”, “The Kardashians”, “Queens”, and mystery thriller “Death on the Nile”, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, as well as “The Simpsons” and back seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy”, “9-1-1″, and “Black-ish”.

With unprecedented access to Disney’s vault, beloved classics such as “Cinderella”, “Tangled”, “The Princess and the Frog”, and “The Little Mermaid”, will be available to stream alongside recent blockbusters like “Raya and the Last Dragon”. There will also be hundreds of Disney Channel series, shorts, and specials available to stream, including “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” and “Phineas and Ferb”.

Users will have access to features like high-quality viewing, up to four concurrent streams, 4k video quality for select titles and the ability to set up to seven different profiles, including the ability for parents to create pin-protected profiles, ensuring kids access age-appropriate content.

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Don’t Sleep On Fame! Big Brother Naija Returns For Seventh Season

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Africa’s biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, is returning for a seventh season!

Announcing its return, MultiChoice has called for entries through online auditions which open on Sunday, 15 May and will close on Monday, 30 May 2022.

 

Interested participants are expected to record a two-minute video of themselves stating why they should be picked to be a BBNaija season seven housemate. Following this, they are to log on to www.africamagic.tv/BBAudition to fill out the online registration form and upload their videos. The online audition is free and open to interested male and female participants, who are of Nigerian nationality with a valid identity document. They must also be 21 years of age by July 1, 2022.

“We are set to make history once again with the seventh season of a show that is widely regarded as Africa’s biggest entertainment showcase and a major socio-economic driver in Nigeria. This season promises to top previous seasons in terms of production values, entertainment content and economic impact”, said John Ugbe, Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria.

On why the company is staging a seventh season, Ugbe said: “The BBNaija reality show remains one of our core investments in bringing quality TV entertainment to millions of our subscribers across the continent on our DStv and GOtv platforms and beyond through our online streaming service, Showmax. We are ramping up efforts to deliver another BBNaija experience to our customers, partner brands and fans of the show”.

Also making a return this season, is Abeg as headline sponsor with a new associate sponsor, Flutterwave.

For more information, please visit www.africamagic.tv/bigbrothernaija and follow the Big Brother Naija social media fan pages on Twitter @bbnaija, Instagram @bigbronaija and Facebook www.facebook.com/bigbrothernaija.

 

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