REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DURBAN | SHOWMAX
QuenchSA reported this week that season one of the Real Housewives of Durban is now a Showmax exclusive. The Durban version of the popular international franchise had been initially commissioned for 1Magic, but will now premiere weekly episodes on Fridays from January 29th on the streaming platform.
If you’ve seen the Johannesburg and international series in the franchise, you are au fait with the drill.
In a nutshell, the series will give us a glimpse into the opulent lives of six influential housewives in the Ethekwini upper echelons. We are expecting lots of glitter, beautiful gowns, tactful shade and the occasional champagne flute flying across the room in one of the heated dinners. The frenemy dinners always come.
The main cast features Ayanda Ncwane, Sorisha Naidoo, Kgomotso Ndungane, Nonkanyiso Conco, Annie Ludick and Nonku Williams. We’ve heard enough, bring out the girls we need to see the money filter.
BRIDGERTON | NETFLIX
Shonda Rhimes snapped, again, and we are here for it. Created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Rhimes, the American period piece is based on Julia Quinn’s novels set in Regency London’s competitive marriage market.
The period drama series follows the Bridgerton family Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton; her four sons, Anthony, Benedict, Colin and Gregory and her four daughters, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca and Hyacinth. Also featured are the Featheringtons: Portia, Lady Featherington; her husband the Baron; their three daughters, Philippa, Prudence and Penelope, and their cousin Marina Thompson.
P-VALLEY | SHOWMAX
Late last year, the STARZ American drama television series launched premiere episodes simultaneously on 1Magic for linear viewing, and on Showmax for those of us who haven’t sat in front of an actual TV set in years. With a critics score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a pretty high score on QuenchSA as of now, the series comes highly recommended.
P-Valley is an adaptation of a play called Pussy Valley, if you ever wondered about the title. The drama series follows the lives of a group of people working at a strip club called ‘The Pynk’ in the fictional city of Chucalissa, Mississippi.
The series is so good that I definitely wanted to work at the Pynk at some point (No cryin’ at the Pynk!). No skills or banging bod to be a stripper but the Pynk family is tight. So much heart and hope in a broken place.
Also two words; Uncle Clifford!
LUPIN | NETFLIX
The series chronicles the life of professional scammer Assane Diop, the only son of a Senegales immigrant who came to France looking for greener pastures for his son.
The point of departure comes with Assane’s father is framed for stealing an expensive piece of diamond jewellery from his boss, the rich and influential Hubert Pellegrini. Out of shame, he commits suicide in his prison cell, leaving behind an orphaned teenage son.
More than two decades later, inspired by a book about a crafty thief Arsène Lupin he’d received as a birthday gift from his late father, Assane plots revenge on the Pellegrini family. Using his charm and mastery in thievery and deception, he embarks on a mission to expose Hubert’s crimes.
POWERBOOK II: GHOST | SHOWMAX
The Power spinoff picks up the pieces Ghost left all over the place. Tariq and Tasha must survive.
By the time Tariq shot his father James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick to his shocking death at nightclub ‘True’, we’d started guessing that the new show would most likely focus on the rise of Tariq as the new leader in the drug underworld of New York City.
After all, much of the ‘final betrayal’ season centered on how he and her mother Tasha had to go to extreme measures to eliminate Ghost for self-preservation. After trying to throw Tariq under the bus while abandoning Tasha and Tommy as a fair trade in his rise to the office of governor, it became clear that lines were drawn.
And that’s how Ghost dug his own grave. Running his mouth with the folk in his campaign, trying to get his son to do time in prison while he ascends within political ranks, leave Tommy to bury his skeletons and draw the final curtain on his dysfunctional marriage to Tasha.
THE WORLD OF THE MARRIED | NETFLIX
Someone pitched this show to me as ‘top tier Korean mgowo’ and I haven’t been able to forget it. There’s a reason The World of The Married surfaced as one of the most-streamed Korean shows in South Africa in 2020. It’s probably the same reason the television series is now the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history.
This is a beautifully written, brilliantly portrayed and outstanding screenplay of love and tragedy. Not forgetting a mind-blowing display of how marriages can rank amongst the highest scams.
The Korean series follows the life of Ji Sun-woo (the woman’s wardrobe is a topic!), an established medical doctor with what appears to be a perfect life. She has a handsome husband Lee Tae-oh, with whom she has a teenage son Lee Joon-young.
Then the betrayal from her husband and close friend comes, and it goes downhill from there. You will have to watch the unravelling of some intense drama yourself.
BLING EMPIRE | NETFLIX
Take Kwa Mam’Khize, Rich Kids and Real Housewives of Johannesburg and add the most mesmerising aspects of the wealth flaunted on those shows. Take your time. Now, multiply those visuals of high life living and you get Bling Empire. Netflix’s new reality shows follows the lives of people with an insane amount of wealth. Old money; someone was saying there that “My husband could be the emperor of China and our son the Prince”.
Bling Empire follows a wealthy group of Asian and Asian American friends who live in Los Angeles. These are collectors of haute couture, lovers of private jets with personal shoppers. It’s a multi-billion network of friends with a flair for expensive shopping sprees, fabulous parties, and overspending for the fun of it. Lofty.
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Money Heist Season 5 Release Date Revealed!
Money Heist Season 5 sees a robbery turn into all-out-war!
The final instalment of Money Heist A.K.A La Casa de Papel is upon us and fans can be pardoned for being a ball of emotions. Coming to grips with the fact that season 5 will be the last chapter, getting closure alone will be a lot to deal with without getting into the drama in the show.
Netflix revealed the release date of part 5 of the drama series, predicted to break its previous record of being the most-watched non-English title on the streaming service. Last season drummed up a whopping 65 million views and it is estimated to reach nine figures on its last hurdle.
When is the release date of Money Heist season 5 on Netflix?
Season 5 of Money Heist will be release it two volumes, volume 1 of part 5 scheduled to drop in September 3 on Netflix. Volume 2 will premier three month later on December 3. Each part will comprise of five episodes. The release date was confirmed on Netflix’s official twitter account.
La Casa de Papel / Money Heist is finally coming back!
Part 5: Volume 1 premieres September 3
Part 5: Volume 2 premieres December 3 pic.twitter.com/kHQfVhw84F
— Netflix (@netflix) May 24, 2021
What Happened on Money Heist Season 4 Finale?
We left things off with the gang trapped inside Madrid’s Bank of Spain. The heat turns up for The Professor in the finale after being apprehended by Sierra. While the last couple of seasons have proven how resourceful Salva is at getting himself out of a sticky situation, it will be interesting to see how he manoeuvres out of this one.
The mastermind of the heist has already managed to pull off a miracle and rescue Lisbon, but is at wits end when Sierra discovers his secret hideout. Did someone say deja vu?
The rest of the gang, aptly named after popular cities from around the world, also find themselves in a furnace of fury as the military is called in and a war ensues.
We can’t forget the about Nairobi’s sacrifice, and all of the fallen soldiers that have coloured the crime drama with their charismatic personalities. It remains to be seen if there will be any other casualties going forward…but as the saying goes, its all fair in love and war!
Check out the teaser to get a glimpse of what to expect on Money Heist season 5.
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How Cape Town Made Bruce Lee’s dream come True with Warrior
And there are already plans for a season 3.
Cape Town doubles for a lawless 1870s San Francisco in the kick-ass martial arts action series Warrior, which now has two seasons available to binge on Showmax.
Warrior is based on a concept that Bruce Lee pitched to Hollywood in 1971. His pitch was unsuccessful – the studio execs didn’t think they could sell an Asian leading man! – and the legendary martial arts icon died two years later, his vision unfulfilled.
Bruce’s daughter, Shannon Lee, finally brought it to life in 2019, executive producing Warrior alongside the likes of The Fast and The Furious director Justin Lin and series creator Jonathan Tropper, who brought us the Emmy-winning action drama Banshee.
Set during the Californian Tong Wars of the 1800s, the story centres on Chinese immigrant and martial arts prodigy Ah Sahm, who comes to San Francisco to search for his sister, only to find himself sold to one of the most powerful tongs (gangs) in Chinatown.
Season 2 has a 100% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes and was up for Best Action Series and Best Actor at the 2021 Critics Choice Super Awards, as well as for a 2021 Visual Effects Society Award. Inverse hailed Warrior as “the most underrated action series of the century” while Vox proclaimed, “Warrior feels like if Peaky Blinders starred Bruce Lee and was set in 1870s Chinatown. It’s great.”
Andrew Koji (Fast & Furious 6) leads the ensemble cast as Ah Sahm, the role Bruce Lee envisioned for himself. Olivia Cheng (The Stand, Deadly Class), Jason Tobin (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and the upcoming Fast & Furious 9), Dianne Doan (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Good Trouble, Vikings) and Hoon Lee (Banshee, Bosch, Mulan) also star, along with South Africa’s own Langley Kirkwood (Inconceivable, The Mauritanian), whose role as the Machiavellian deputy mayor, Buckley, was highlighted as one of the show’s standout characters by The Ringer.
The South African cast also includes SAFTA nominees Robert Hobbs (The Girl From St Agnes, District 9) and Jacques Bessenger (Dwaalster, Krotoa, Kanarie), Fleur du Cap winners Nicholas Pauling (Troy: Fall of a City, The Dark Tower) and Emily Child (Tali’s Baby Diary, The Pervert Laura), and familiar faces like David Butler (Serenity, Black Sails, Wild at Heart) and Kenneth Fok (Rogue, Five Fingers for Marseilles).
Shot at Cape Town Film Studios with Moonlighting, both seasons of Warrior relied on South Africa’s world-class crews, like two-time Emmy-nominated costume designer Diana Cilliers (Roots, The Girl, District 9), who worked with Moira Anne Meyer (The Hurt Locker); SAFTA-nominated makeup supervisor Marli Kruger (The Watch); and special effects supervisor Mickey Kirsten (Tenet, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Unknown). The new season was filmed entirely by three South African cinematographers: Emmy nominee Michael Snyman (The Night Manager, Gettysburg), Trevor Brown (The Watch, Strike Back) and SAFTA winner Giulio Biccari (Noughts + Crosses, Da Vinci’s Demons).
HBO’s corporate reshuffle last year – and the news that subsidiary network Cinemax will no longer produce original content – had fans worried for Warrior’s future, with good reason in the current climate. Happily, last month HBO Max renewed the hit show for a third season. Lee welcomed the news, saying, “I just know that my father is grinning right now to see this show he dreamed of so long ago continuing to beat the odds.”
And it’s especially good news for South Africa’s pandemic-ravaged film industry, because Tropper has hinted they’ll be coming back to shoot here. “Our Chinatown backlot is still standing in Cape Town,” Tropper said in a recent interview with Inverse. “It will need significant refurbishment, but it’s there.”
And the best news yet? Tropper says Warrior has plans for stories beyond Season 3, saying it would be “way too much work to pull this all back together for one season.”
Warrior is streaming on Showmax
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Stranger Things S4 in the Works – What we Know So Far
Production resumed in January 2021.
The fact that my ‘Stranger Things’ sweater from the third season of the show’s promotional merch is starting to look worn out is a tell tale sign we’ve waited long enough for our fave Hawkins, Indiana boys to come back.
Still, it’s hard to believe a whole two years has gone by since season 3 of the popular teen drama series premiered on Netflix. The coronavirus has really disrupted the flow of things, and production delays have meant some of our favourite shows will take longer than usual to film.
Fans of ‘Stranger Things’ can, however, rest assured that the show is definitely on its way back with a fourth season. And while the wait has already been long enough, it’s unlikely that the cast will come back as middle aged parents because decades have gone by.
In fact, the new season is currently being filmed as we speak. According to i-d, the cast resumed production as of January this year. The news were confirmed by Caleb McLaughlin, who stars on the show as Lucas Sinclair.
They are shooting the show under some strict coronavirus protocols, however, which has changed how things are typically done. Amongst many of these, revealed McLaughlin in an interview with Flaunt Magazine, is how the limit on gatherings means episodes are being filmed in an irregular sequence.
“If there’s a scene with extras, we can’t film with everyone right now”, he said. “We have to only film scenes where there are fewer people, so we have to start from a later episode. We won’t start at episode one, we will start at episode five.”
That said, there are no dates confirmed around the return of the show.
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