Disney is making a film about an African Princess

Yes to another black Disney Princess.

So again, it’s 2018 and there’s no excuse in the world good enough to justify many firsts and anothers, when talking about black artists or stories but here we are, still reporting on such.

This time, about another addition to Disney list of princesses who is a black African princess named Sadé. It is based on an original idea by Nigerian writer, Ola Shokunbi and American writer, Lindsey Reed Palmer. Nigerian-American producer Rick Famuyiwa will produce the film.

Sadé makes the second animated film after The Princess and the Frog to have a black female lead but also the first to have an African lead.

Not much information has been revealed at this stage but what we know so far, is that just like King T’challa, Sadé will oversee her kingdom and do everything in her power to protect her people and the place she calls home. With the assist of the kingdom’s prince, combined with her newly found magical powers, she tries to save her kingdom from evil.

According to Deadline, Ugandan-American Executive VP of Production Tendo Nagenda and Manager of Creative Affairs, Zoe Kent are overseeing the project for the studio.

The cast is not known at this stage but we certainly hope to see African artists featured in a film about their continent.

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Henry Cavill is chomping at the bit to be the next James Bond

A return to 007’s most dashing roots.

GQ Australia August cover star Henry Cavill has done a pretty good job of getting himself and his latest film – Mission: Impossible – Fallout – into the limelight recently. However, after a latest interview he’s done with Yahoo! Movies, the reason he decided to do an American spy film have suddenly become rather clear.

The quintessential Brit, Cavill, who plays the villain in the action thriller that’s set to hit cinemas very soon, has his fingers crossed that starring in Mission Impossible may set him up for a leap into the greatest Spy role of all: James Bond.

“I think Bond would be a really fun role,” he said. “It’s British, it’s cool. I think now that I have my Mission: Impossible badge we can do real stunts and really amp it up as well.”

He continued: “Not to say they weren’t doing real stunts – I’m just saying it would be fun for me to actually take what I’ve learnt on this and carry it through to a movie like Bond. I’d love to play a Brit – I don’t get to play a Brit very often. So yes, I would love the opportunity and if they were to ask, I would say yes.”

Daniel Craig is, of course, still (rather unhappily) James Bond for now, however his tenure as 007 is probably going to come to an end after he wraps shooting on the 26th Bond film. A bunch of names have been thrown around as to who will succeed him in the role, with Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Tom Hiddlestone all apparently keen on taking up the mantle.

{Via GQ]

 

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A serious binge on these mental health-related movies

Reports around this time last year suggested that the rate of depression in South Africa is growing rather rapidly, particularly in men.

The month of July is known as a Psychosocial Disability Awareness Month and according to SA Federation For Mental Health, psychosocial disability is a point where a mental illness ‘becomes pervasive and interferes in a person’s functioning.’

And while platforms like The South African Depression and Anxiety Group are available, stigmas attached to mental illnesses are still existing and more often than not, result in people who suffer from any type of mental illness unlikely to seek help.

Part of the major problem is lack of education around mental illnesses. But at least the film industry continues to task itself  with bringing these topics to the forefront even though not always accurately and as in-depth as needed.

Here’s a list of GQ HQ certified film relating to mental health:

13 Reasons Why

This controversial series is told through a story of a high scholar who took her own life and left tapes documenting everybody who contributed to her depression and ultimate suicide.

To the Bone

Starring Keanu Reeves, Lilly Collins and Carrie Preston. This Netflix original follows the life of a 20-year-old who suffers from Anorexia Nervosa and how she navigates life and her journey to self-discovery.

Clinical

Vinessa Shaw is a psychiatrist who suffered a trauma of her own when a patient attacked her. She is trying to move past this ordeal but sessions with a new patient who went through similar incident, brings about horrific flashback from her own attack.

The Glass Castle  

Although it didn’t really receive pretty reviews, the film is adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir of the same name is translated on screen by Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson. Together they tell an emotionally punching story of a dysfunctional family of six, parents and four kids. The alcoholic father sufferers from paranoia albeit probably bipolar and the mother is terrifyingly passive, the kids have to find a way to live and lead successful lives through all this pain.

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Terry Pheto’s Faces film premiers this weekend

Local actress Terry Pheto leads in a new international feature that premiers this weekend.

The film, shot in London follows four storylines of individuals whose lives are changed by events in an unexpected way, ultimately causing them to spiral out of control.

One is in a stale marriage and hopes pregnancy will change things for the better, however when she learns some unnerving news. A gay couple that falls apart of the other learns the truth about the other partner’s secret relationship. friends who drift apart and a young woman with financial troubles.

Faces, directed by award-winning British-Nigerian director, Joseph a. Adesunloye, features Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor, Aki Omoshaybi, Doctors’ Suzette Llewellyn, French model turned actor, Matthieu Charneau and UK artist, Shingai Shoniwa.

Pheto says it’s always great to work with incredible actors and talented film makers from all parts of the world.

‘I don’t take it for granted what a privilege it is to grow my global footprint which such amazing story tellers. Faces is a movie that addresses universal issues that will resonate with all.’

The film will have an exclusive world premiere at the 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) this Sunday.

‘Having the Faces world premiere in my home turf is truly special.’

Watch the trailer below:

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Netflix’s first Indian-made original series is apparently a winner

Looking for a new binge? Enter Sacred Games.

It seems kind of odd when you think about it that India, with its billion-plus population and thriving film and tv industry, has never produced a show for Netflix. However, the streaming service have finally broken the subcontinent by bringing to life Vikram Chandra’s best-selling crime-thriller novel, Sacred Games. And if initial reviews are to be believed, it’s well worth a watch.

Sacred Games tells the story of Sartaj Singh (played by Saif Ali Khan), a police officer based in Mumbai tasked with capturing criminal kingpin Ganesh Gaitonde (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Saif Ali Khan is already a major Bollywood star, and judging by the fact that the show already has over 8,000 reviews on IMDB, we’re assuming that Sacred Games has generated pretty significant traction in its home country.

Reviews from around the world have been outstanding as well, likening it to other gangster epics like Narvcos. ‘Sacred Games doesn’t feel generic,’ says a review by The New York Times. ‘Energetic and entertaining, if not entirely satisfying (four of eight episodes were available for review), it toggles between stylized melodrama and loose-limbed satire — hewing, perhaps a little too closely, to the structure of Mr. Chandra’s sprawling novel.’

‘There are clear flaws to Sacred Games (the story cliches, some avoidable poor decisions that characters make, etc.),’ wrote The Hollywood Reporter ,’but there’s also something riveting about India’s bleaker, darker heart being exposed as opposed to some upbeat, colorful explosion of dance scenes.

The eight-part first series of the show is available on Netflix now.

 

[Via GQ]

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Nicolas Cage to voice character in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Actor, Nicolas Cage is reportedly set to voice a character in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

The animated movie already boasts a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Liev Schreiber, Hailee Steinfeld, Shameik Moore and Mahershala Ali, and according to Discussing Film, Cage will soon be added to that list.The 54-year-old actor is poised to lend his voice to the character of Spider-Man Noir in the new movie.

The report has not yet been officially confirmed, however the rumour has been given further credence by virtue of the fact that the character’s name appears in a leaked listing of upcoming Funko collectable products.

Despite being one of the best-known stars in Hollywood, Cage announced earlier this year that he will only continue acting for ‘three or four more years’.

The actor – who has starred in movies such as ‘Ghost Rider’ and ‘National Treasure’ – revealed he won’t be appearing on screens for much longer, as he wants to make a permanent move behind the camera.

Whilst in Puerto Rico discussing his film Primal, Cage told reporters: ‘In terms of producing and directing, yes, I’m getting back in production. My company, Saturn Films, is involved in all the movies I’m doing now.’

‘Directing is something I’d look forward to down the road, because right now I’m primarily a film performer. I’m going to continue doing that for three or four more years and then I’d like to focus more on directing.’

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Black Panther cleaned out at the MTV Movie and TV Awards  

The MTV movie and television awards that took place last night could have been easily been renamed to Black Panther Awards. Okay, we’re reaching but the film won the most awards for the night and that’s all that counts. 

Host with the most and GQ favourite, Tiffany Haddish captained the awards ship with candour and comical impact that she is known for.

Kick-starting the show with her own version of Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’, referencing her much-loved scene on Girls Trip.

She even challenged King T’Challa for the throne and threw in some very interesting commentary as her back-up reasons for challenging the King of Wakanda, better than M’Baku’s.

Watch the challenge below:

On the actual awards, Haddish took away ‘Best Comedic Performance’ for her role on Girls Trip. Meanwhile, Black Panther walked away with the ‘Best Movie’ award beating out Avengers: Infinity War, Girls Trip, IT and Wonder Woman. Chadwick Boseman scooped ‘Best Performance In A Movie’ against Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort, Lady Bird’s Saoirse Ronan, Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Daisy Ridley and Call Me by Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet.

Boseman also grabbed the ‘Best Hero’ award. This superhero’s villain, Michael B Jordan was honoured with ‘Best Villain’ award against the mother of dragons, Emilia Clarke of Game Of Thrones, Gal Gadot of Wonder Woman, Grunt Gustin of The Flash and Daisy Ridley of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Stranger Things also collected a few deserving trophies, from the ‘Best Show’ to ‘Best Performance in A Show’, ‘Best Frightened Scene’ and ‘Best Musical Moment’.

See the full list of winners below:

Best Movie
Black Panther

Best Show
Stranger Things

Best Performance In A Movie
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther

Best Performance In A Show
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Best Hero
Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa – Black Panther

Best Villain
Michael B. Jordan’s N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonge -– Black Panther

Best Kiss
Nick Robinson’s Simon and Keiynan Lonsdale’s Bram –  Love, Simon

Most Frightened Performance
Noah Schnapp’s Will Byers – Stranger Things

Best On-Screen Team
Finn Wolfhard’s Richie, Sophia Lillis’Beverly, Jaeden Lieberher’s Bill, Jack Dylan Grazer’s Eddie, Wyatt Oleff’s Stanley, Jeremy Ray Taylor’s Ben, Chosen Jacobs’s Mike, IT

Best Comedic Performance
Tiffany Haddish –  Girls Trip

Scene Stealer
Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom – Riverdale

Best Fight
Gal Gadot ‘s Wonder Woman vs. German Soldiers – Wonder Woman

 

Best Music Documentary
Gaga: Five Foot Two

Best Reality Series
Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Best Musical Moment
Stranger Things – ‘Every Breath You Take’

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