SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA, 13 July 2015—Universal Pictures and UIP South Africa today announced that Minions recorded the biggest opening weekend for any animated feature released on local soil by blabbering their way to an impressive R12 337 889. The previous record of R10 769 592, which was logged by Despicable Me 2 in 2013, was in itself part-minion.
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Minaj created the 16 minute “The Pinkprint Movie” concept herself, with Francesco Carrozzini directing the “I Lied” segment and Taylor Cohen directing the other two chapters. The short film is divided into three chapters – “The Crying Game,” “I Lied” and “Grand Piano” and each song is off Nicki Minaj’s new album called The Pinkprint.
Here is my opinion on matters.
Our understanding of how things actually work in our courts is almost zero, as most of the people commenting, their reference point is what we have seen on American and British movies and television shows.
One of the arguments presented to the court for permission to broadcast live from the court, was that it could help South Africans understand how our justice system actually works.
“I put it to you ” If our national broadcaster really wanted to help educate South African society about our judicial system, then maybe they should implement the Hollywood module of developing and commissioning the production of more local court room themed comedies, movies and television series.
The only locally produced court room drama movie that I can think of, is Gavin Hood’s “Reasonable Man.” This tells the story of a city lawyer (played by Gavin Hood) who comes across the case of a herd boy from a rural Zululand, who killed a one year old baby in the mistaken belief that he was killing “Tokoloshe” (evil spirit). He takes the case and enters a world of African witchcraft and mysticism to discover the truth about the killing. Gavin Hood also directed this movie.
I strongly recommend that you get your hands on a copy of this amazing movie. Unfortunately it did not make much money, but I am sure that it helped Gavin Hood’s CV, which today includes “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
“Rest in Peace Department” is published by Dark Horse Entertainment, whose motion and television production arm produced other movies like HellBoy, The Mask and Sin City amongst others. This may sound impressive, but Hollywood reviewers have slated this action comedy movie, based on a comic book.
I am a bit nervous to write that I liked this movie.
This locally produced South African comedy is set in Johannesburg, where Axolile “Axe” Gumede, played by Thapelo Mokoena, is a young property agent who is drowning in debt and living beyond his means. He is desperate to close his current big deal, which could get him promoted. He has to deal with loan sharks chasing him and an ambitious colleague, Pule (Shoki Mokgapa) who also wants to impress their boss, Mike (Jamie Bartlett) for the same promotion.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom had its first international screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, 7 September 2013. The stars of the film Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Riaad Moosa, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz and Lindiwe Matshikiza surprised throngs of fans when they stopped to pose for pictures with them before taking to the red carpet. The screening ended on a high note with an unprecedented eight minute standing ovation from a visibly moved audience.