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The Joburg Film Festival Launch – PICS

The hottest action from the Joburg Film Festival in pictures.

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The crème de la crème of the South African film industry made a glamorous stop at the launch of the  Joburg Film Festival.

The glitzy affair, which drew a bevy of the best actors and actresses, writers, directors, producers and everything in between, took place at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

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Kay Sibiya and Judie Sbahle Kama at the Joburg Film Festival launch at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

QuenchSA was on the ground to check out the scene and attend to the proceedings ahead of the prestigious festival’s sixty day run.

The shindig was packed with high profile figures, and many favourite celebrities who came out in numbers to kick off the celebrations.

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The Republic actress, Florence Masebe, was all smiles at the event.

South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha, who hosted the launch, sauntered in a stunning AmaXhosa creation. The dress, which had a plunging neckline, showcased the brand’s unique prints.

After dancers danced to African drums on the purple carpet, Mbatha stylishly delivered her intro, which infused praise poetry celebrating her heritage as a daughter of Africa.

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Triple threat, but make it fashion! ‘The Dream – A Lebo Mathosa Story’ actress, Keabetswe ‘KB’ Motsilenyane served some drama on the purple.

The Joburg Film Festival, brought to you in association with Multichoice, kicked things off on November 19th with the South African premiere of locally produced horror film 8. 

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Chris Jaftha looked debonair at the event.

Having won best foreign feature at the Idyllwild Film Festival in California in March and a Silver Remi at the Worldfest in Houston in April for their first film, The Recce, Man Makes a Picture delivered you their second offering, 8.

The film tells the spine chilling story of an old man who’s fate is bound in collecting souls for eternity. But after trading the soul of his daughter, he seeks atonement.

The critically acclaimed picture stars award-winning actor Tsamano Sebe (Of Good Report), Igne Beckmann (Escape Room), Garth Breytenbach (Troy: Fall of a City) and upcoming star, Keita Luna.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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