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.”

David Beckham’s retirement announcement

He is one of the most well known and well respected football players in the world. More than that, he is one of the most famous athletes in the world… It’s been a pleasure watching what David Beckham has done for the game of soccer, but yesterday the 38-year-old announced his retirement from the game. A great innings, an incredible career and we look forward to what he will be doing going forward.

Thanks for the memories David! Salute.

 

Music Video: Watch Survival by Muse

We’ve got just 22 days until the Summer Olympic Games kicks off in London. It’s going to be amazeballs, no doubt about that. So Muse have created the official Olympic anthem called Survival. The track was released last week and now the video hit the Net. Check it out above.

Ek Joke Net coming soon

Tomorrow night I’m going to check out a new candid camera movie. It’s called Ek Joke Net and it releases countrywide on the 24th of this month. A lot of people are asking why should we watch yet another movie like this when Leon Schuster seems to be doing a good job at it already? Well I think it’s refreshing to have new filmmakers venturing into this space and in light of Leon’s ongoing success at the box office, it’s hard not to understand why they’d be venturing into this genre. Watch the trailer above. It’s hilarious. I’ll have a full report after the screening tomorrow night.

Elma Smit wins Lady Rugga

SuperSport‘s search to find a female presenter who will join the boys in covering the Rucks and Mauls, talk about the penalty conversions, the scrums and the line-outs at this year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand is done. A big congratulations goes out to Elma Smit who walked off with the title last night. She beat out thousands of other hopefuls to be crowned SuperSports Lady Rugga.  Judges Darren Scott, Naas Botha, Ashley Hayden and Elana Afrika decided Elma was the ultimate Lady Rugga. Elma is no stranger to the industry. She is a presenter on music channel MK for a show called Studio 1. She also presented for this year’s Varsity Cup and she’s a 5FM DJ. In general, fans on the Facebook page said they were chuffed with her win:

  • Congratulations Elma. You were absolutely fantastic and a deserved winner. We are rooting for you all the way and can’t wait for your first broadcast. From the biggest SHARK supporter thi

  • A HUUUUUUUUGE Congratulations to an amazing, most beautiful girl you’ll ever meet – Elma. SA will be well represented by you girl. Truly well deserved!
  • Baie geluk elma jy gaan ons girls se name hoog hou in die rugby, ek baie bly vir jou en geniet elke oomblike van dit!

I think Elma’s years of experience in this industry will be a huge advantage for her when she travels to World Cup in September. It’ll be hard work in that she not only has to deal with the fast-paced international press, the game itself along with all the players, coaches etc; the presenters on the channel who have been there for years and have their own knowledgeable opinions. We can get into the raw talent versus industry experience debate if we want. It’s an interesting debate we could chat about for a long time. Whatever your opinions are, Elma was the chosen one. Well done to her regardless.

Hollywood star Terrence Howard encourages Jozi youth

American actor Terrence Howard took time out of his schedule at the weekend to watch a soccer match and enjoy lunch with some of the youth of Johannesburg. The star, who will play a young version of Nelson Mandela in the biopic Winnie also shared some words of encouragement with the children. I was there and I caught all the action on camera. Watch the video.