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Some flicks for the winter.

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This July, TNT Africa will launch its first TNT Original production from the brand-new movies slate produced by WarnerMedia’s Particular Crowd (Turner Latin America’s original movie banner), never been seen before in Africa.

Presenting a wide range of mainstream entertainment genres, featuring renowned international casts, the TNT Original slate offers a brand-new, original movie premiere the first Saturday of every month from the 4th of July.

The first film to debut is none other than Escape from Pretoria, based on the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber). The young, white South Africans were branded ‘terrorists’ working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC.

Incarcerated in Pretoria Central Prison’s maximum-security wing in 1978, they decide to send the apartheid regime a clear message and escape! With breathtaking ingenuity, meticulous surveillance, and wooden keys crafted for 10 steel doors, they make a bid for freedom… Beyond a thrilling will-they-won’t-they-escape, this is the story of an oppressed majority’s struggle and two ordinary men who stood up to be counted in the pursuit of equality for all.

Other action-packed titles include Buffaloed, directed by Tanya Wexler; Human Capital, a thriller starring Liev Screiber and directed by Marc Meyers; and Guns Akimbo with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead and follows a mild-mannered man relying on his newly acquired, forcefully attached handgun to save his ex-girlfriend from kidnappers.

This first premiere, Escape from Pretoria, will resonate with the local audience while acting as a hook to introduce the new editorial strategy of TNT Original Movies. The race-against-time thriller, with an international cast, is exciting and captivating.

Tim Jenkin, South African writer, former anti-apartheid activist, and political prisoner, commented, “I was worried the movie would take off in a certain direction, but it didn’t, and the movie turned out to be very electrifying and pretty close to the absolute truth!”

With the new TNT Original Movie slate, viewers can look forward to exclusive, theatrical experiences in their own living rooms from the comfort of their couch, during which the current climate, staying at home is the new routine.

Escape from Pretoria premieres on Saturday, 4 July, at 20:00 CAT on TNT Africa, DStv channel 137 and GOtv channel 16.

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‘WONDER WOMAN 1984’ in SA Cinemas December 16th

It’s Wonder Woman vs. Max Lord and The Cheetah.

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Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big-screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning in the title role, “Wonder Woman 1984” is Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the DC Super Hero’s first outing, 2017’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office.  The film also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta.

Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Stephen Jones are producing the film.  Rebecca Steel Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Marianne Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Wesley Coller are the executive producers.

Patty Jenkins directed from a screenplay she wrote with Geoff Johns & David Callaham, story by Jenkins & Johns, based on characters from DC.  Joining the director behind the scenes are several members of her “Wonder Woman” team, including director of photography Matthew Jensen, Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”).  Oscar-nominated editor Richard Pearson (“United 93”) is cutting the film.  The music is by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“Dunkirk,” “The Lion King”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents an Atlas Entertainment/Stone Quarry Production, a Patty Jenkins Film, “Wonder Woman 1984.”  Set to open in cinemas beginning 16 December 2020, it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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‘Coming 2 America’ will now Premiere on Amazon Prime

Nomzamo Mbatha’s big Hollywood debut is COMING.

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Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to Coming 2 America from Paramount Pictures. This long-awaited sequel to the iconic comedy Coming to America will launch worldwide in over 240 countries and territories on Prime Video on March 5th 2021.

It won’t be long before we see our very Nomzamo Mbatha make her big Hollywood blockbuster debut on the highly buzzed sequel.

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

Original cast favorites from Coming to America return including King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones), Queen Lisa (Shari Headley), Cleo McDowell (John Amos), Maurice (Louie Anderson) and the motley barbershop crew. Joining this star-studded ensemble are Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor, making Coming 2 America the most anticipated comedy film of the year.

Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this new adventure.

We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”

“What could be better than a return to Zamunda? We are so excited for Amazon Studios to bring Eddie Murphy and Coming 2 America to a worldwide audience where they can laugh again with characters they have loved for 30 years, and meet new ones that they will love for years to come,” said producer Kevin Misher.

Coming 2 America is directed by Craig Brewer, from Paramount Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures, and produced by Eddie Murphy Productions and Misher Films. The screenplay is written by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield, with story by Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield and Justin Kanew, based on characters created by Eddie Murphy. The producers are Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy, executive producers are Brian Oliver, Bradley Fischer, Valerii An, Kenya Barris, Charisse Hewitt-Webster, Michele Imperato Stabile and Andy Berman.

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‘The Mauritanian’ – Trailer, Plot, Dates & More

A tough pursuit for justice.

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Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim and amongst others Zachary Levi star in ‘The Mauritanian’, a British-American legal drama directed by Kevin Macdonald. The movie, which began shooting on location in Cape Town on December 2, 2019, will be arriving at Ster Kinekor cinemas on February 26th, 2021.

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ABOUT THE MAURITANIAN 

Captured by the U.S. Government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defence attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Together they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice.

Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy. Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir, this is the explosive true story of a fight for survival against all odds.

FUN FACT: The film, previously known as Prisoner 760, was shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa.

Genre: Drama

Cast: Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani with Shailene Woodley and Benedict Cumberbatch

Based Upon the Book:    “Guantanamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Writers: M.B. Traven and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani

Director: Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland)

Producers: Adam Ackland, Leah Clarke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lloyd Le vin, Beatriz Levin, Mark Holder, Christine Holder, Branwen Prestwood Smith, Michael Bronner

Release Date:                    SOUTH AFRICA – 26 February 2021

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