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AWARDS SEASON WIDE OPEN AS ‘OSCAR BUZZ’ STARTS TO PICK UP THE PACE

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Join the buzz, show off your movie knowledge and win great prizes with Cinema Nouveau

The Golden Globes winners have been announced, the stars are readying themselves for the red carpet that is the BAFTAS and the golden statue of Oscar waits patiently in the wings. According to the experts and the critics, the awards season is still wide open, so who is going to lay their hands on those coveted statues is still anyone’s guess.

With no clear front runners in the sights just yet, it makes for a very interesting awards season – and movie lovers around the globe are enjoying making their own predictions. Back home, Cinema Nouveau has launched its “Oscar Buzz” campaign to get South Africans talking about the 2014 Academy Awards and who they think will take home one of the most sought-after awards in the annual cinema year.

Says Doug Place, Marketing Executive of Ster-Kinekor Theatres: “South Africans love the movies, and they love watching their favourite actors doing what they do best on the big screen. As the 2014 Oscar season officially kicks off today with this year’s Academy Award nominations, we are inviting everyone to join in the excitement and anticipation that is the Oscars, by creating a buzz about it all.

“We are delighted to announce that all nine of the films announced today as contenders for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, are on the Ster-Kinekor circuit. Some were released towards the end of last year, some are currently playing and others will be released over the next two months. This is a true testament to the fact that we have access to the very best commercial and art-house films, and that the only way to appreciate them fully is by watching them on one of our big screens,” comments Place.

But, in addition to getting everyone talking all things Oscars, Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau have also decided to test everyone’s movie knowledge.

“People love being tested and showing off what they know about the movies and the cast and crew that make up each film. We have taken this to the next level by creating fictitious award categories that will really test our followers’ knowledge of the movies. Playing the quiz will be fun, interactive and rewarding, if you know the answers!” Place explains.

Using that favourite Oscar phrase, ‘And the Award goes to…’, the Cinema Nouveau Oscars Quiz with a difference will launch on the Cinema Nouveau Facebook page on Friday 17 January 2014. The more questions you answer correctly, the more chances you have of winning great prizes. But, if you get stuck, you can always call on the favours – and movie knowledge – of one of your friends.

The interactive quiz is designed to be fun, will have you guessing but, it will also be the ultimate test of your movie knowledge. As an example, one of the questions is: ‘And the Award for Best Use of a Really Small Cast in a Space Drama goes to…?’. If you think you know the answer, like the Cinema Nouveau Facebook page, link to the app and start playing.

Winners will be announced on a weekly basis and prizes include an Oscar DVD box set and double movie tickets.

Oscar Nominees announced today, 16 January 2014:

The following Oscar-nominated movies have been, are currently or will be screened at Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau cinemas nationwide. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony takes place on 02 March 2014 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Nine films have been nominated for Best Picture, offering local movie-lovers a feast of the best of the best on the big screen, in the run-up to the Awards ceremony. They are:

Gravity – released in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on 18 October 2013

Captain Phillips – released in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on 15 November 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street – released in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on 10 January 2014

12 Years a Slave – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 17 January 2014

Her – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 14 February 2014

American Hustle – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 28 February 2014

Dallas Buyers Club – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 28 February 2014

Nebraska – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 14 March 2014

Philomena – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 28 March 2014

Nominated for Cinematography and Sound Mixing, Inside Llewyn Davis releases exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor theatres on Friday, 07 February 2014.

For the full list of 2014 Oscar nominees, please visit http://oscar.go.com/nominees

Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau continually strive to provide audiences with the latest top-rated movies in both the mainstream and art movie categories. With the completion of the digital conversion in all our cinemas towards the end of last year, the only way to fully appreciate the craftsmanship of these multi-nominated films is to view them as they were created to be viewed – on the big screen.

“As we start the countdown to the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, take the opportunity to enjoy watching the best of film in the comfort of one of our cinemas, and join in on the ‘Oscar Buzz’. We’d love to know who you think is taking an Oscar home this year,” concludes Place.

Follow the ‘Oscar Buzz’ with Cinema Nouveau on Facebook – Cinema Nouveau or on Twitter – @nouveaubuz. Join the conversation with #Oscarbuzz.

To book tickets for these Oscar contenders and for more information, please visit:www.cinemanouveau.co.za | mobi-site: www.sterkinekor.mobi |Ticketline: 082 16789 (VAS rates apply) | Facebook: CinemaNouveau| Follow us on Twitter: @nouveaubuzz. Download the SK App for updates and to make bookings via your mobile phone.

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Durbanite Talks Politics in the new Showmax Series: The Girl From St Agnes

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The girls from South Africa in The girl from St Agnes

If you haven’t yet watched The Girl from St Agnes from start to finish, then what have you been doing this past week?

Showmax released this 8-part murder mystery series on 30 January and it easily broke the record for the most unique viewers in 24 hours – proving its binge-worthiness and showing how ready the world is for South African English TV. I for one, have been ready for years, and so instead of being actively social last friday night, I stayed at home with my mother and we started and unintentionally finished the entire show.  

My overtaxed mother may have been falling asleep on the couch during the opening credits but soon she was resurrected by the shocking plot twists and many of what the TV ad describes as ‘admissions of guilt’. Set at an all-girls’ boarding school in the KZN midlands, schoolgirl Lexi Summerveld (Jane de Wet) falls to her death and the case is dismissed as suicide. But drama teacher Kate Bellard (Nina Milner) remains unconvinced and furthers the investigation herself, exposing secrets, lifting veils and ultimately showing that the school and all who attend are not what she (and we) once thought. Transfixing and professional, I was blown away by this show and my poor friends will vouch for how it’s all I’ve been talking about lately.

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Having lived in California this past year, I was ready to give up on launching a career in my own beautiful country. But TGFSA has truly restored my hope in South African film and media and more specifically, the hope for our female writers, producers and directors. The team that created, filmed and funded the show is an all-female collaboration which is rare, even for Hollywood. Not only are the writers, directors and producers all women, but the story focuses more on the lives and struggles of the South African female experience too. It’s the men and the schoolboys who are villainous and destructive while the girls are the victims who bear the brunt of their perverted or unfaithful husbands, abusive boyfriends, neglective fathers, or disappointing sons.

The notorious “boys will be boys” line is referenced at least twice, hinting at its persistent circulation in patriarchal South Africa. But even as each suspect (and there are many) that Kate suspects is a male, each also becomes a red herring, making the victim, the murderer and the detective an all-female game too. Perhaps what this is saying is that we women need to work together and support each other more. And perhaps we need to be more courageous, less trustful and dependent, and own our individual narratives just like S.A. men have the learned confidence to do.

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What I also really enjoyed is the political landscape that the show doesn’t choose to ignore. Lines like “you people”, “colonialists”, and allusions to farm burning, land stealing and robberies pinpoint the present South African experience and highlight the racial tension that is still very much alive today; even amongst the integrated and somewhat progressive schoolgirls at St Agnes. This exposes the backlash and the influence our parents’ generation still has on us, however the small progress we’ve made so far is also shown by the (albeit few) mixed friendships and relationships, peace treaties and apologies, as well as a well-mixed cast even if *sigh* the main characters are still mostly white.

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I guess The Girl from St Agnes should be regarded as a snapshot of present progression and should not be expected to transcend all boundaries at once – as we still have a long way to go – but rather we should choose to focus on the pride of making it this far in South African English television and in non-conservative material at that. Sure, it’s at first unsettling to hear our accent on the screen, and maybe even more so when it’s talking rape and murder and suicide (and and and). But after a while it hits that this is our reality. We are no longer watching the far-fetched American world with its foreign accent, but instead we are consuming our own unique demeanor and personally relatable experiences. As an ex-all girls’ catholic school girl myself, I feel united in my own story and no longer feel the ‘fomo’ of American High School as intensely as I used to.

I’m so excited for the future of South African TV and I hope I get the chance to join in someday, too. And you, fellow unenthused and disillusioned writer/actor/director/any form of creative… you should be too.

Written by Candice Buckle

 

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Review: Movies @ Suncoast – Deadpool 2

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If you are a lover of Durban and you hear of the word ‘Suncoast’, you would automatically be thinking: Casino and Entertainment World – well, if it was only ‘Casino’… then good job!

BUT it’s not all about the casino or the restaurants… it’s also about the movies, which brings us to the point of this post where we review Deadpool 2 at Suncoast’s Cinecentre.

FUN FACT: Cinecentre is part of the Avalon Group which is South Africa’s largest and oldest independent Cinema Exhibition and Entertainment Company – they have been a pioneer of importing Bollywood movies to South Africa for over 70 years.

DEADPOOL 2: REVIEW

DP 2’s elaborate anti-marketing campaign has been simply brilliant by bashing popular pop-culture while also making fun of itself.  Ryan Reynolds, who plays both DP and Juggernaut, has once again pulled out all the stops to
deliver an entertaining and hysterically funny anti-hero flick that will appeal to all DP 1 fans.

Storyline: This blockbuster brings together X-Force, Bill Skarsgard, Terry Crews and Brad Pitt (who’s out of sight), a team of misfit hero’s on a mission to save a troubled mutant boy (Russell “Rusty” Collins) from a time traveling cyborg (Cable), played by Josh Brolin, who lugs around a beast of a gun and other advanced weaponry. But it doesn’t end as you may think.

The movies ability to break down the fourth wall without skipping a beat is what makes this film special. This brilliant idea that DP knows he is a fictional character living in a comic book universe could even be expanded upon in future installments, and hopefully it will be. All DP’s literal back breaking and head splitting weirdness mixed with a kind of super consciousness of his own reality should keep all die hard comic book movie fans coming back time and again.

Expect some rib-tickling one-liners, plenty of trash talking and loads of action. DP 2 scores and solid 8 out of 10, so book your tickets now at CINECENTRE!

Suncost Casino and Entertainment World

Centrally located at the northern end of Durban‘s Golden Mile, Suncoast is always a hub of activity. Not only a great spot to visit if you are a local but for tourists to our beautiful city as well. Currently under construction, we found that parking was a mission and running across the lot in the rain not very pleasant, but this is our only negative about our Suncoast experience. On a good note, a little birdie says that part of the new building will be undercover parking – which we think is fantastic!

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REVIEW: Pacific Rim at Suncoast Cine Centre

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We could not wait to go back to Suncoast Casino to experience yet another blockbuster movie, only this time it was none other than Pacific Rim: Uprising!

We made our way into Suncoast, at a fast pace as we did not want to be late for the movie. The humming atmosphere at CineCentre proved that we were not the only ones excited for this experience, as families and couples were also going in to watch Pacific Rim: Uprising. We also managed to grab a quick popcorn and slushie, emphasis on ‘quick’, not to mention that divine popcorn spice we love so much!

With all that in hand, it was time to make our way into the movie, and we were just in time! Getting to our seats, to add to our excitement this movie was in 3D, so 3D glasses were required.

Being quite a tomboy growing up, I loved reading comics and graphic novels and collected them on top of that. All things Science-fiction, Fantasy, Marvel or DC, I was your girl! Of course it came to no surprise when I saw the first Pacific Rim and fell in love with it! So you can understand my great enthusiasm for this one!

My Overall on Pacific Rim: Uprising
A-MAZ-ING! The CGI blew my mind and the storyline had quite a twist!

A definite must-see at Suncoast Casino!

Check out the trailer:

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