Morgan Freeman on Nelson Mandela

In a statement released to the media earlier, Academy Award-winner, Morgan Freeman said, “Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”

Pictures: Olympus Has Fallen interviews

Aaron Eckhart, Jason Von Berg

All in all a good day. Both Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler were great. Very intelligent, funny, friendly and forthcoming when I interviewed them earlier. This is as part of their promotional tour for Olympus Has Fallen, which releases in South Africa this Friday. More from the interviews later this week.

Gerard Butler, Jason Von Berg

Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart coming to SA

Hollywood actors, Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart are heading out to South Africa next month. The stars will be out here to promote their new film, Olympus Has Fallen. Now if you’re a fan of either one of them and you live in South Africa, you’ll get the opportunity to hang out with them an an exclusive fan event courtesy of the good folks at Nu Metro.
The event is taking place at Montecasino on the 9th. R100 will secure you a ticket to see the film as well as to participate in a Q&A session with Gerard and Aaron.
The two will also be participating in a press junket and a premiere of the movie in Mzansi. Naturally my request has gone in and if all goes according to plan, I’ll be sitting down with them to discuss the film. More on that in the next few weeks, but for now check out the full press release below
Johannesburg, March 18th, 2013:  Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, who will be visiting South Africa in April as part of a global tour to promote their new film, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, will now also participate in an exclusive Fan Event at Nu Metro Montecasino.
The event will take place on Tuesday, April 9th and will include a screening of their latest film; OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, followed by a Q&A session with Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart.
Tickets for this “hot-ticket event” will cost R100 per person and will include a Coke and Popcorn. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 22 March 2013 and will be available through or at the box office at Nu Metro Montecasino. 
The event begins at 18:30 for 19:00 and the Q&A with Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart will take place immediately after the film.   
OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN releases at Nu Metro Cinemas on April 12th, 2013.
About the Film
When the White House (Secret Service code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team scrambles to respond, it is forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the president and avert an even bigger disaster.
The film stars Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, as well as Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett

The Dark Knight Rises poster revealed

It has been a couple of year’s since we’ve seen Batman looking out over Gotham City, but that is all about to change. On the 27th of July, The Dark Knight Rises and it’s bound to blow your mind. This is the final installment in director Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy. The official movie poster was revealed this week and I think it looks awesome. Definitely one for the diary.

In this film you’ll get to see the likes of Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman and many many more.

I’ll bring you more on this release in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

The Oscars 2012 – Billy’s opening, Hugo wins

Academy Award winner and legend Morgan Freeman opened the show introducing a montage of this year’s Best Pictures. This is a way to also introduce host Billy Crystal, who places himself in some of the scenes with this year’s nominees. It’s a light way to kick things off.

This is the 9th time Crystal is playing host for the Oscars. He said, “We’re at the beautiful Chapter 11 theatre…” This in the wake of Kodak going under recently. After his song and dance parody, he introduces Tom Hanks. He is presenting the Oscar for Achievement in Cinematography, which goes to Robert Richardson for Hugo:

“I want to thank you. Martin you’re a genius as usual. To all the past, present and future filmmakers this is for you.”

The Oscar for Best Art Direction goes to Dante Ferretti and his wife for their role in Hugo too.

“This is for Martin and for Italy”


2012 Golden Globes: Morgan Freeman wins the Cecil B. DeMille award

The incredible Morgan Freeman was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille at the 69th Annual Golden Globes. The award was presented by Dame Helen Mirren and the legend that is Sidney Poitier. While Sidney was more serious in his words, the Dame was lighter in her presentation saying out of the fifty films he has been in, she has only been in one. He then came up to accept his award and in true graceful Morgan style, he kept it light, to the point and cool.

“Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all. Thank you Helen. I can’t really tell you how it feels to be up here being up here by someone I love very much. Working with you was fun but I learn one thing watching you handle that gun makes me really I never want to piss you off.

And Sidney. Mr. Poitier. Getting the Cecil B. DeMille Award from someone like you, let it be known that this will also bebe known as the Sidney Poitier Award. It’s been said if you do what you will love you will never work a day in your life.” #TrueStory

Just take a look at some of the films he has been in, in his fifty years in the business:

Driving Miss Daisy,


Million Dollar Baby

Lean on Me

The Shawshank Redemption


Street Smart


Bruce Almight

March of the Penguins

The Electric Company

Deep Impact

The Bucket List



Watch Coldplay performing on Letterman

One of the world’s most celebrated, most loved bands is hitting South African shores in a few hours (if they’re not already in Mzansi). The band will be rocking out in Cape Town tomorrow night and this will be followed by a gig at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. The #coldplay fever is hitting South Africa and HARD!!! I can’t wait for this gig, it’s going to be something special I feel.

Hold thumbs that my interview with Chris Martin and the rest of the guys is granted. It’ll be a personal interview highlight for me, right up there with Morgan Freeman and Annie Lennox vibe. I’ll keep you posted. One of my new favourite tracks from Coldplay is the track Paradise, which was released a day after my birthday. It’s off their forthcoming album Mylo Xyloto, which drops on the 24th of this month. You can watch them performing that track on the Letterman show in the video above. Their whole set is actually up online, so be sure to check it out. It’s great. Coldplay, bring it baby!!

Watch my interviews The Hangover Part II stars

As promised, here are my interviews with the stars from The Hangover Part II. Besides interviewing the likes of Morgan Freeman, Annie Lennox and Keri Hilson, this is yet another career highlight for me! Loved the opportunity, the experience thanks to Nu Metro and Warner Bros. and I hope I’ll get the opportunity to do many more of these. Hold thumbs, like it and spread the word 😉

Celebrate Mandela Day and Sean Paul this Sunday

The 18th of July is a day we celebrate in South Africa. The reason? It’s former president, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. He will be 92 years old. Now while he spent 67 years fighting for human rights, equality among everyone and making a difference in the world; Madiba and his team have called for us to spare just 67 minutes for those less fortunate than ourselves. You can read newspapers to the elderly or you can go and help nurses and social workers feed a few of our younger members of society. I haven’t decided on what I will be doing on Sunday, but I will share my experience with you when I’m done.

So that is what Sunday will hold for many, but it also sees the launch of the new Big Brother season on DStv. To help kick off the launch of the show, dancehall star, Sean Paul will perform three of his songs. I saw Sean Paul performing in 2007 at the X-Games in Aspen and he was but awesome. So Africa, you’re in for a treat. What a great way to kick off the new, All-Stars season of the hit show. I’m wondering who will be there, vying for the $200 000 prize money? Perhaps Lerato from South Africa? How about the very controversial Tatiana? Let’s see this weekend, when the show gets going. You can follow Big Brother on Twitter @BigBroAfrica and online at

The Best Of The Von Vodcast 2009

It’s been a busy year on The Von Vodcast and host Jason Von Berg has traveled far and wide to get up close with some of the biggest names in entertainment. See what Annie Lennox thinks about The Von Vodcast, check out the one on one with Invictus star, Morgan Freeman; What does actor Jamie Bartlett eat for lunch and see an exclusive performance by multiple SAMA winner Lira in this and more in The Best Of The Von Vodcast for 2009.