204: Getting Away with Murder opens today

I think I live in a bubble… in a very naive, happy-go-lucky bubble. I know there is crime in the city and country that I reside in and I know that there are fraudulent deals going on around and probably a lot closer to me than I think. When it comes to the dark, underground, gangster world, I’m a little puppy dog in and amongst a pack of destructive and dangerous wolves. What am I talking about? Well there’s this new documentary film out today called, 204: Getting Away With Murder and it takes a look at this very dark world. Mining magnet Brett Kebble was killed in 2005… The build up to and the circumstances around his death are depicted in this story – and the filmmakers have done so with exclusive interviews with the likes of Mikey Schultz, Nigel McGurk and Faizel “Kappie” Smith Jackie Selebi, Glenn Agliotti and Roger Kebble, to mention a few. Schultz is the self-confessed hit-man, who pulled the trigger (after several attempts) on Kebble. The way he openly talks about shooting Brett is nothing short of scary. This is someone who ended another person’s life! Yes it might’ve been at Kebble’s request, but still… The way he talks about that night is like me explaining to a friend how I went for a run this morning.  Anyway, it’s fascinating to hear about this world and how these people are all around us. Makes you watch your back a lot more, that’s for sure. I think I’m quite happy with my middle class, somewhat boring life 😉

I went through to the screening earlier this week and shortly afterwards, Director Warren Batchelor and co-producer Tony Migeul chatted to guests and media about the five long years of putting this together. Check it out below:

What’s quite weird is that Schultz has been ‘quiet’ for a while now, but just last week he made an appearance in the Pretoria High Court at the Oscar Pistorius Trial. It’s believed he was there to support a friend, who may have been called to the stand, but there was a few words exchanged between Schultz and the Pistorius family and then they left. Maybe getting people talking about him again, so that the public will go and watch the film? Possibly!!!

Want to attend an exclusive screening of Mr Selfridge?

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The last time I saw Jeremy Piven on my TV screen was in the hugely successful series, Entourage where he played the often douchey, but hilarious Ari Gold. I’d seen him in other roles prior to that I enjoyed him, but I became a fan after his Hollywood go-getter role. He was sharp, witty and just so awesome to watch. Well if you, like me, dig him then you’ll be happy to know that he’s back and this time he’s playing he role of Harry Gordon Selfridge in BBC Entertainment‘s MR SELFRIDGE. This period drama kicks off on DStv channel 120 on Sunday 13th October.

IMDb describes the show as follows, “Centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge’s, London’s department store.” I have a longer synopsis and a more detailed look at episode one and after reading that, I’m definitely going to be setting my “Series Record” option on my PVR for the season. I’m always amazed by how simple ideas become massive empires. I also really enjoy these period dramas, so I’m certain this show will be fantastic. SIDEBAR For those of you in Johannesburg, you might want to do the same because Rihanna is here that night 🙂

The folks at BBC Entertainment will be holding an exclusive screening on Wednesday evening. The event will be held at Nu Metro in Montecasino. Details:

Date: Wednesday, 09th October 2013

Venue: Nu Metro cinema in Monte Casino, Fourways

Time: 18:30

If you’re keen to come through then holler. I have five double tickets for you guys. All you need to do is answer the following question. What is the name of Jeremy Piven’s role in Mr Selfridge? *difficult huh? Leave your answer in the comment box below, along with your name. I will contact you if you’re one of the lucky five.

Please note this is only open to Johannesburg residents. You will need to make your own way to and from Montecasino.

TICKET GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart coming to SA

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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 numetro.co.za 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

Catch Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream in Nu Metro cinemas

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I was wondering when, where we would get to see this. Well here’s the answer. Beyoncé’s Life is but a dream will be shown in select Nu Metro cinemas from Friday 1 March to Thursday the 7th. Full press release below:
CATCH BEYONCÉ AT NU METRO CINEMAS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Johannesburg, 20 February 2013 – Multiple Grammy Award winner, entrepreneur and actress Beyoncé is the focus of an intimate feature-length documentary film releasing for one week only in select Nu Metro Cinemas around the country from Friday, 1 March till Thursday, 7 March 2013.
BEYONCÉ: LIFE IS BUT A DREAM, directed by the superstar, is a fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and her high voltage performances. Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage, this unique special looks beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable and unforgettable woman.

Win one of 5 Argo hampers

ArgoBen Affleck‘s film, Argo is one of the big titles in the awards season circuit at the moment. Argo is based on a true story, in which a CIA secret operation devises a plan to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel from Iran.

While Ben will miss out on an Academy Award (much to everyone’s disbelief), his film continues to make waves across the globe. I haven’t had the chance to see it yet, but I’m reading the book and I’m loving the story. Movie to follow soon though.

Some of you might have seen the film already and besides the talented actors, director, storyline and production values, you might have also seen some items in the film that you thought “Damn I could use that”. Well I have five hampers up for grabs courtesy of Nu Metro and Warner Bros., consisting of the following:

·         Canvass Bag

·         Clock Frame

·         Black Hat

·         Journal

·         Passport Holder

·         Unisex Long Sleeve Crew..

Simply leave a comment along with your contact details in the box below or on Twitter and tell me who else stars in Argo.

NOTE: THIS IS ONLY FOR SOUTH AFRICAN RESIDENTS.

This competition is now closed.

Twilight’s Ashley Green heading to SA

Twi-hards… you’ll love this! Ashley Green is heading to SA in two weeks time. As part of a global tour to promote the upcoming film, the star will be visiting our shores for the first time. Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 releases worldwide on the 16th of November! I’ve requested my interview… Feel free to help in the quest to interview the beautiful starlet 😉
Full press release below:
 
Johannesburg, October 10th, 2012:  Ashley Greene – better known to Twi-hards as Alice Cullen – will be visiting South Africa at the end of October as part of the TWILIGHT SAGA:  BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 global tour to promote the film’s upcoming release on 16 November.  She will visit the country to participate in media interviews as well as an exclusive fan event.
Nu Metro Films will be hosting this fan event at Nu Metro Montecasino on Thursday, October 25th.  The event includes a screening of the previous instalment of the saga, Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn – Part 1 followed by a Q&A session with Ashley Greene.
Sales for this hot ticket event will go on sale on Friday, 12 October 2012 at 9am and will cost R100 per person.  The cost includes access to this amazing experience, a welcome drink and snacks, plus a collectible Twilight premium and Coke and popcorn. The event will start at 6pm with the Ashley Greene Q&A following after the screening of the film.  Tickets will be available through www.numetro.co.za or via the box office at Nu Metro Montecasino.
 
As part of the global tour, Robert Pattison will visit Australia, Kristen Stewart will visit Japan, Taylor Lautner will appear in Brazil and Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed will visit Scotland and Ireland.
The astonishing conclusion to the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2, illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions. The arrival of Bella and Edward’s remarkable daughter, RENESMEE, triggers a perilous chain of events that pits the Cullens and their allies against the VOLTURI, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.
TWILIGHT SAGA:  BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 releases in cinemas everywhere on 16 November 2012.

Chronicle cast interviews

Recently I was asked to participate in a live chat with the stars from the upcoming film, Chronicle. Naturally I said yes, why not hey? I must admit I hadn’t heard too much about the film, but when I checked out the trailer online and how it had garnered over seven million views on that one clip, I thought to myself oh shit, no pressure here.

It tells the story of three teenage friends who acquire telekinetic powers after a certain incident. What is that incident? Well that’s something we’ll just have to wait to find out when the film releases on the 17th in Nu Metro theatres. It starts out really incident, with the teens poking fun and playing around with some incident bystanders, but this changes when they start to embrace their dark side. While the three are the main characters, the fourth character (in a sense) is the camera that they use to film these events (found-footage). It’s an interesting approach to film making, especially today when we all have access to smart phones, video recorders and publishing sites like Youtube, wordpress etc.

Check out the interviews with the stars in the clip above. This was done last week live from Los Angeles.