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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Seven Most Awaited Upcoming #Movies in #2015

Hi  Guys,

If the year 2014 disappointed you for the movie fanatic you are, 2015 will take you on an uplifting ride! 2015 is the year of mixed bags and with a variety of movies on the menu, you are spoilt for choice. Out of the many movies releasing this year, these are the top seven movies recommended as must watch ones:

1) Piku: Piku is an Indian comedy-drama movie starring Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan. The supporting roles are played by Irfan Khan, Moushami Chatterjee and Jishu Sengupta. The film is about how a cab driver gets caught in between the life of a dysfunctional father and his daughter, on his way to driving them to Calcutta. It’s directed by Shoojit Sirgar and is schedules to be released on May8, 2015. Featuring Bollywood biggies, it’s bound to get houseful on its first day. 

2) Minions: Minions made way for themselves in the heart of millions with their super cute appearance and voice. There was a charm in them which got them numerous fans! And with their movie releasing this year, the excitement can be felt in the air. Three minions will meet the world’s first female super villain on their charge of finding a new master. The super villain will be Sandra Bullocks. It’s directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin. Although they have a larger fan following in the West more, their Indian fans are no less crazy about them. 

3) Dil Dhadakne Do: Dil Dhakadne Do is again an upcoming Indian comedy-drama film and it stars Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Shefali Shah and Farhan Akhtar. It’s directed by Zoya Akhtar and is set to be released on June5, 2015. It’s the story of a dysfunctional Punjabi family on a cruise trip. Reawaken your love for life with this king sized movie!

4) Insidious 3: Insidious 3 is all set to entice horror movie fans with its stunning trailers. An upcoming American supernatural horror movie, it’s a prequel to the first two films and the third installment in the Insidious film series. It’s about a teen that has been targeted by the supernatural entity and how she is saved. It’s set for a release on June 5, 2015 internationally.

5) Jurassic World: It’s one of the most awaited movies in 2015 and especially because it will be in 3D. It is a science fiction adventure movie directed by Colin Trevorrow. It’s the story of how a man-made dinosaur terrifies people at a theme park. It’s the fourth installment to the Jurassic Park series. It will be releasing in India on 12 June, 2015.

6) Gabbar is back: Gabbar is back is a Bollywood action drama film set to release on May 1, 2015. It features Akshay Kumar in the lead role and is directed by Krish. It’s a remake of the Tamil film ‘Ramana’. Its songs are already climbing the chartbusters and with a name like Akshay Kumar in the film, it is bound to break box office records.

7) Bombay Velvet: Bombay Velvet is a Hindi crime drama film featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar. It’s about how two people struggle in making their dreams come true. It will release on May 15, 2015. It has been directed by Anurag Kashyap. He was motivated to make this movie after going through a series of a novel named ‘L.A. Quartet’.

So fasten your seat belt and get going for a mixed emotions ride with these different genres of movies!

Cheers!!!

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Product Review - @AramexSA Global Shopper - Part 1

Hi Guys,

It's been a shopaholic dream to buy all the latest gadgets from around the world and get it delivered it right at my doorsteps in not more than a week of the launch of the product. I have been waiting for the same since my childhood to get my dream gadgets and goodies right from UK and USA. It was so easy to get anything in London from amazon UK or USA but when I came to South Africa, I did missed the service of buying anything and getting it delivered here.
Aramex Global Shopper is an online shopping delivery solution which allows you to buy products from any one of the 15 countries and get it locally delivered to your location in Kenya and South Africa. This service is launched by the Aramex which is a leading global provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions since 1982. In January 1997, Aramex became the first Arab-based international company to trade its shares on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Coming back to the logic of how this service works for me and you is a number of steps that we need to follow before we can start shopping and ordering stuff for ourselves.

Step 1 - Go online and click on http://www.aramexglobalshopper.com/en/home
Step 2 - Click to Sign Up and register yourself for this service. You will receive an email to confirm the same.
Step 3 - Once you click on the link provided in the email, you will have to enter more details about your address locally (Kenya or South Africa currently) to get your product delivered to you. Save and submit.
Step 4 -Payments page will charge you USD 45 once to become a lifetime membership fees which you can pay via various online payment modes. You can also enter any coupon or deals vouchers if any. 

The best part about the AGS (Aramex Global Shopper) is that it comes with a first year Moneyback guarantee in case you are not satisfied with the service, you can ask for a refund of your money. Your active AGS account will be deactivated in  that case and you longer won't be able to use the services.

Step 5 - Once registered, you get 15 personalized physical addresses in New York, London, Shanghai, Istanbul, Dubai, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Milan, Barcelona, Paris, Singapore, Ontario and Malaysia. You can use these addresses to shop from the US, UK/EU, China, Turkey, UAE, India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Singapore, Canada and Malaysia and they will deliver them to where you live at reasonable shipping rates. While ordering products from any local online shopping like amazon US, you will have to enter the US addresses as your local address along with a AGS number that will be allocated to every registered member. This number will help track as to which shipment belongs to which registered user.

Step 6 -Once your products that you ordered reaches the AGS facility, you will receive an email from them. You are now a step closer to your favourite products. You can now pay online for the shipping charges from the AGS facility to your home. To give you an idea of charges it's around R275 for around 1 kg of package for Zone 1 and R200 for Zone 2 (UAE, India and Turkey).

Step 7 - After the payment, the package will take around a week (2-6 working days) to reach your city and once you receive the package you have pay for the Custom fees or any charges pending at the time of delivery by the Aramex. 

Do check some of the unacceptable material as per the custom rules and regulations within various countries before ordering stuff from your favorite online shopping channel.

AGS Protect offers free insurance upto USD 100 and you can choose to pay for insurance for any items above USD 100 by yourself to be on the safe side. It's not compulsory to take this service. You can choose and decide based on the products you are ordering.

Check out our infographic below that explains how our service works.
I am personally trying this service out and I have reached till the step of ordering my favourite gadgets from Amazon.com in USA and the shipment will be reaching AGS facility by 30th April. I will then order the package to reach me in Johannesburg. I will write a post after I receive the package about the quality of this service once again. Till that time keep on enrolling and choosing your favorite products from your online shopping websites.

Read the concluding part of the Aramex Shopping experience here - http://www.thelifesway.com/2015/05/product-review-aramex-global-shopper.html

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Movie Review - The Duff (2015)

Hi Guys,

The Duff (2015) is an American comedy film directed by Ari Sandel. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Kody Keplinger. DUFF is full form for Designated Ugly Fat Friend which as they said is the part of every group of friends. Duff is the kind of person, people will go to be friends with the famous ones in the group. People exploit them to be with their good looking friends who are more popular. 

The Duff stars Mae Whitman who has acted very well and whom you remember from the Independence Day movie where she played the daughter of the President. The movie is all about her and Robbie Amell has also played a crucial role along with others like Skyler Samuels, Bianca A. Santos, Bella Thorne, Ken Jeong and Chris Wylde. Robbie Amell looked great in all his scenes and brings a lot of comic into his act.

The movie will remind you of the Mean Girls (2004) which starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried. The Duff is different from the earlier teenagers movie as it's more current with more adult dialogues and inclined towards being mature kind of comedy. But nevertheless the movie will keep you laughing throughout till the end and then the same old story of longing and getting together again kicks in some emotional drama. Also this is the first film Lionsgate releases after taking over CBS Films distribution network.

It's a good watch for one time if you are into teen kind of comedies. But there is nothing new that the movie offers in 102 minutes other than a great actress in the making which is Mae Whitman. Go for her! 

This movie is releasing in Ster Kinekor on 1st May 2015. Book your tickets now. More info on twitter and facebook

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Scare your friends with pranks from #Robosphere @MadmadRob

Hi Guys,

Scare or sudden attack of fright is also a necessity as important as laughter because it keeps your reflexes strong, makes you competitive, gives you adrenalin rush and also gives you courage to face fearful things in life. Rob is turning into a prankster and teaching you for the coming month all kinds of cool ways to freak your family and friends. Let me warn you to do it within the limitations so that no one gets hurt. After all, it's all about having fun while you learn some arts & crafts.
Let Rob teach you how to get your friends to absolutely lose their minds when they see this super creepy, uber cool Head In A Jar! in this cool video and many more to come in this year -

Rob is inviting a lot of celebrities from all walks of life to have fun on his channel. I am sure he must be getting a lot of requests from stars also to be on this show to learn and relive their childhood. Kiran Manral is an author and also has a parenting blog "Karmic Kids" which is very useful for parents. One of my blogposts was selected to be published on her Parle-G blog. She is on Rob's channel with her son Krish. You can subscribe to the Mad Stuff with Rob channel at - http://bit.ly/1OOr1x3

We all love pranks and when pranks are so easy where we can use ourselves to scare others are awesome to do. Remember all those Halloween costumes available in the market where you wear masks of frankenstein or someone else but now you are making your own face looks dangerous. I hope there will be many more simple pranks you can learn in the next episodes on the channel. Hit the subscribe button and get email notification once any new video gets uploaded on Youtube channel of MadStuffWithRob.

I will try this one myself as I would love to know how I look as a dangerous dead version in a jar with hairs and blood all around. Keep learning and exploring kids as this is the time when you can as you are not bonded by any responsibilities. Enjoy your childhood!

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

@TanishqJewelry - The Modern Sindoor is for Grooms too!

Hi Guys,

Marriages are made in heaven and celebrated on earth as some rightly said but the thing that is still prevalent in India is all the festivities it brings before and after the actual event. Indian traditions make these marriages full of vibrant colors, fun and a lot of preparations. Celebrations itself requires huge efforts on both sides of the coin – Groom and the bride. Sometimes it makes you so stressed out that you think that it’s best to do a registered court marriage without all these functions and huge money to spend on guests, food and decorations etc. 

With changing equality status in India as women are equal partners in running household as well as earning money, this has brought a lot of changes in the entrepreneurial mindset of individuals. People think more about what they are going to spend on themselves rather than spending on the society. Marriage functions can be performed within whatever budget suits your lifestyle. New kids on the block always want something for themselves like exotic locations for honeymoon, expensive gifts and gadgets along with a stable & stress-free lifestyle after the marriage. 
Shopping is one of the reasons that girls envision their marriage from the time they understand this relationship. Boys on the other hand want to look cool, smart, charming and confident to go along with the girl they are marrying. If the groom and the bride are from the same city, if their parents allows they go together for shopping because it saves everyone from a lot of likes and dislikes. They can buy the stuff they want but the eternal thing that binds the relationships are the first engagement rings that a boy and a girl shares. Indian culture was more focussed on giving groom watch, neck chain, hand bracelet and many other things like that. The boy will be buying the ring for the girl and girl’s family will buy the ring for the boy. There was always a difference of design and make of these rings and after a while one of them will stop wearing it. In India married girls do Sindoor or have chooda bangles in their hands whereas boys have only ring which he may or may not wear also. 

In Western cultures, you can identify a girl or a boy with the ring so as to know if he is married or engaged already before your emotions makes you fall for him/her. Similar things are now coming to India as couples now wants to buy something unique that both have the same bands for life which they can wear together. A new concept of buying Solitaire rings, love bands and couples bands have taken the market by storm and everyone wants to have one to belong to each other. The trust we had in our local jewellery shops are long gone as we can never know what’s the products quality is? A lot of brands have established themselves via advertisements and unique products. All these products comes with Insured free shipping, Jewellery Certifications and Lifetime exchange but also have established a craze amongst the young and old generations alike. The USP of the these product is its bespoke international designs and it’s also available on EMI. The best part is that you can order your first Solitaire rings online while you sit in your office or at home or at a café with your soon to be husband or wife. There are many big brands like TATA Tanishq also available in the market with some great designs and prices. Check and compare before buying anything. The photograph attached is from Tanishq website - tanishq.co.in/ 
Check out -
Follow them on twitter - https://twitter.com/TanishqJewelry
Facebook link - https://www.facebook.com/Tanishq

I am also thinking of having love bands for myself and my wife so that I too can relate that finally I am married and no longer available for anyone other than my wife. This trend will continue with young as well as old couples celebrating their 10th, 15th or even 25th anniversary because everyone loves diamonds and jewellery and wants to fell proud to be associated with their life partners. It gives every couple immense pleasure to be together as that’s the best thing and huge celebration in this whole world. 

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Friday, 24 April 2015

@MadmadRob - RobCycling Tips for #EarthDay #Robosphere

Hi Guys,

We live on this planet Earth which provides us everything to sustain ourselves all our lives. Human have created a lot of stuff which can't be recycled which is leading to a lot of destruction for the Planet Earth and it's environment. This Earth Day let's create something unique out of our garbage bags and learn some tips from our very own Rob which he calls as RobCycling tips.

Check out this video and enjoy a simple way to have fun as well as learn something unique - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl5q2Ss69Ck


Rob captures the essence of arts and crafts and reaches to the hearts of the individuals. Our heart and mind always values creativity while eyes tries to capture what they have liked the best.#Robosphere is always full of ideas which we can incorporate into our lives and save the Planet Earth for our grandchildren. 


These are some of the social media channels where you can follow MAD Rob and learn a lot. The video's uploaded on Youtube are of good hd quality and you will actually see clearly the process Rob follows to create his crafts. Keep checking all the other 33 video's to learn some of the amazing arts and crafts which will not only open your mind but also makes you a kid again to try all the new things you learned in these video's. 

Children are the future of our Planet Earth and it's their responsibility to not only aware parents but also everyone around them to re-use all the stuff which can't be recycled. I am thinking of an idea where kids in bigger classes can take session of small kids & mothers & anyone interested in arts & crafts within their apartments/societies to help learn them these things. They themselves can learn from Rob via youtube channel and then impart their knowledge to everyone else and may be add something unique of thier own while creating the same. The same projects can be shared with Rob and the best ones will be shown at the end of every episode on this youtube channel with your name and city (location).

Keep learning while you are entertained in this new medium known as YOUTUBE which has taken world by storm. Click subscribe now - http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MadStuffWithRob

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

@SilverstarZA The Wild West Country Fest - 30 Apr-3 May

Hi Guys,

Still undecided on what to do and where to go on the coming extended weekends? Check out The Wild West Country Fest taking place at Silverstar from next Thursday 30th April to 3rd May 2015 which will bring you face to face into the late 1800's of the West Rand. The tickets is priced at R100 which includes the first drink and the beer glass.

Visitors to the Wild West Country Fest will be taken back in time to the 1880’s and 1890’s where the West Rand was synonymous with mining camps and prospectors from as far afield as Cornwell, Canada, Australasia and Holland. Entertainment took place in music halls, smoky saloons and gambling dens where the cancan and honky-tonk were all a part of the day to day lifestyle.

No Wild West town would be complete without appropriate selection of wines, brandy’s, whiskeys, and mampoer not to mention the comprehensive range of alternate food offerings such as pickles, chutneys, cheeses, breads and biltong.

For the sweet tooth, the koeksisters, konfyt and canned fruits will tantalise their taste buds. For those who enjoy getting “a little hot under the collar”, the various selections of chilli brands will certainly test their limits.

There will be children’s activities on The Square such as a mini carousel and old Western movie screenings.

OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES:
Thursday 30 April 16h00 to 23h00
Friday 1 May 11h00 to 23h00 (public holiday)
Saturday 2 May 11h00 to 22h00
Sunday 3 May 11h00 to 18h00

ENTERTAINMENT: (approximate times)
Thursday, 30 April: Conrad Cronje & Band from 18h00 to 22h00 
Friday, 1 May: Madison from 18h00 to 22h00
Saturday, 2 May: Stewart Irving & Mike Pepper 12h00 to 16h30 and then The Dixie Hillbillies 18h00 to 22h00
Sunday, 3 May: Georgetown from 12h30 to 17h30

WHERE TO BOOK TICKETS:
Silverstar Box Office 
Any Computicket outlet

TICKET PRICES:
Adults - R100 (includes a beer mug or wine glass PLUS a complimentary ticket which can be redeemed for either a SAB beer, cider or wine
Pensioner – R60
Children 5 to 17 years - R50

CARDHOLDER BENEFITS:
Black - R80
Platinum - R85
Gold - R92.50

Do plan and check this exciting event happening in your city. Cheers!!!

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Be prepared for #Loadshedding #Jozi #Lumia

Hi Guys,

With scheduled loadshedding now making a comeback, Microsoft would like to help you be prepared so you know when the lights are due to go off and better plan your lives with these loadshedding apps available on the Windows Phone Store. It also helps you to buy those candles to light or better buy some of the Solar chargeable lights so as to keep you company and save you from the trouble of lighting candles and thinking about all the Carbon-dioxide it is producing.

SA Power Alert (Free)
See the current electricity load status in South Africa. Worried about load shedding, see what is the latest from PowerAlert.co.za. The national power state is displayed on the front page. Use the links under areas to go to PowerAlert.co.za for a more detailed description of power in your area. 


 

Powertime (Free) With this app you can buy Prepaid Electricity tokens 24/7 anywhere in SOUTH AFRICA and check out your usage stats. Pay via credit card, EFT and PayGenius wallet. Currently only South African meters are supported by this app. More than 50 municipalities are supported for prepaid electricity purchase: Cape Town, Eskom, Knysna, Ethekwini, Stellenbosch, Drakenstein and much more! Get the list on http://www.powertime.co.za/en/blog/exclusive-interactive-tariff-map/
 
 

 
Eishkom (Free)
Keep track of Eskom's power struggle & know your schedule for different load shedding stages. 


You can’t control when the lights go off but you can rely on these Lumia apps to make things easier when it comes to preparing your life around loadshedding and monitoring electricity usage. Follow Windows Phones on twitter and facebook.

Do buy these Solar lights as I have done and will post about the ones I have got. It's really cool devices to have and will save you from all the trouble of loadshedding from many perspectives. 

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

#StarWars VI - Return of the Jedi - Facts #DisneyAfrica

Hi Guys,

Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company's activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises.

Listen up when the carbonite block in which Han Solo is encased falls to the floor in Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi (1983). What was used to create the sound of the carbonite mass hitting the ground? Ben Burtt simply recorded the sound of a big garbage dumpster outside his home.

The iconic shot of Han Solo breaking out of the carbonite block was an interesting challenge for the movie’s special effects team. The crew made a wax figure of Harrison Ford and shone a bright light behind it for part of the epic transformation.


It was a huge task to move the mammoth life-size puppet of Jabba The Hutt on the set of Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi. The special effects team had to stand behind and inside the character in order to try and make him move as realistically as possible. There’s a crewmember in the tail of Jabba, along with two crewmembers on remote controls, which were used to move the tongue and the eyes of the behemoth character.


The sand dune backgrounds for the scenes in which Jabba The Hutt’s barge heads to the Sarlacc Pit were all shot in Yuma, Arizona. When the background scenes were being shot, a sound crew was sent into the dunes – but the main thing they captured was sand in their equipment due to the high winds in the area! Instead, the sound crew headed off to a local naval air station where they recorded jets landing and taking off. These sounds became the basis for a lot of the speeder bikes seen later in the movie.

South African fans can access the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection exclusively on the South Africa iTunes Store via www.itunes.com/starwars.


Conversations: The Effects The technological advances made possible by the Star Wars franchise is celebrated in this exciting bonus feature. A number of iconic video effects artists share stories and secrets from their groundbreaking work on the original films…

The Effects
There were many “happy accidents” during the shooting of the movie. One of the most spectacular lighting effects on the Imperial Walker scenes was discovered when the team shut down the lights to head off for lunch.

Discoveries From Inside: The Sounds Of Ben Burtt
Discover the inspiration for the sounds of C-3PO, R2-D2, the Lightsaber and more in this bonus feature with iconic sound designer Ben Burtt…


The Sounds Of Ben Burtt: Fact #1
Star Wars Sound Designer Ben Burtt went to a scuba shop to research the sound of Darth Vader’s breathing. He recorded himself breathing through different scuba tanks with a tiny microphone he placed inside the valve of the breathing apparatus.


The Sounds Of Ben Burtt: Fact #2
On the campus of the University Of Southern California, Ben Burtt was a projectionist who enjoyed the magical ‘humming’ sound of the projector motor when it was turned on. Burtt recorded the motorized hum and later added the buzzing sound from the back of his television set to become the basis sound for all of the lightsabers in the Star Wars movies.
 

Legacy content includes “Classic Creatures: Return Of The Jedi”; “Revenge Of The Jedi Teaser Trailer”; Return Of The Jedi Launch Trailer; “It Began TV Spot”; “Climactic Chapter TV Spot”; plus five deleted scenes.

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Disney|Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!. Overall it's Entertainment Megahouse is what they are! 

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www.facebook.com/StarWarsAfrica  
www.disney.co.za 

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Movie Review - Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) #AvengersJozi #DisneyAfrica

Hi Guys,

The Avengers are back in the circle once again to save the world they love the most. The movie has really great action and story building throughout the 141 minutes. You will never feel bored and will always be glued to your seats till the end of the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it as some of the secrets were reveled and new ones were created in this part. I really loved the action sequence the movie opens up with and slowly it led to the introduction of something called Ultron made by our very own Iron Man and Hulk along with J.A.R.V.I.S. This is another MARVEL in the great gems from the house of Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures.

I think the movie is going to break records created by Fast and Furious 7 in South Africa as #AvengersJozi has a great fight sequence between Iron Man and Hulk shot right in the center of Central Business District, Johannesburg. Even my office at 45 Commissioner Street was clearly visible along with the Johannesburg City Library/ Johannesburg City Hall Complex and nearby areas along with the signboard clearly visible for Harrison Street. Jo'burg people will really love watching their beloved city from the skies and a lot of action happening on the ground. This is one of those moments we all cherish to remember the spots we have seen in person to appear on big screen with our favorite MARVEL comics characters. The characters also travels to Seoul, South Korea and shows quite a bit of the city during the course of the movie.
Avengers: Age of Ultron to me appears to be a combination of The Avengers meeting Transformers and X-Men coming together to save the world from human extinction. The characters are shown fighting with machines as it happens in Transformers and people have unique powers that so much happens in X-Men. The new characters that were introduced and how they became Avengers eventually is what you need to know from watching the same in the theater near you. The movie has some romantic moments and emotions thrown in too as well as some of the fun part where everyone tried to pick Thor's Hammer Mjolnir.

The movie is written and directed by Joss Whedon. The action sequences are really nice and new Avengers characters have been introduced in the movie. The movie features a long list of actors which includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The movie is releasing on 24 April 2015 in Ster Kinekor and you can watch the premier shows as well as preview shows also on 23 April 2015. The movie is best to be watched in 3D to enjoy the most and it's a value for money and time. I totally fell in love with this part and will watch it again with my family and friends. The movie is totally entertaining and go watch it on big screen for it's sheer viewing pleasure and to watch the powers of all The Avengers in action.


The movie builds the logic for the start of the next part of the series to be released in the years to come called Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2. Movie is releasing in Ster Kinekor on 24th Apr 2015. Book your tickets now. More info on twitter and facebook

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#EuroFilmFestSA - A Woman’s World 8-17 May 2015 @nouveaubuzz

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Following the success of the first European Film Festival (EUFF) staged last year, it returns to Cinema Nouveau in May and this year celebrates the role of women in film. The festival’s theme of A Woman’s World is explored in a selection of films that feature female directors, strong female characters or women-related stories. This year’s EUFF features 12 internationally-acclaimed films representing the best of European cinema, with 11 of these being screened for the first time in South Africa.


The EUFF is hosted by Cinema Nouveau, co-ordinated by the French Institute of South Africa, and organised in partnership with the European Union and 12 other European cultural agencies or embassies in South Africa: the British Council, the Camões Institute, the Goethe-Institut, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Embassy of Belgium and Wallonie-Bruxelles International, and the Embassies of Austria, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.


All the featured films are the recipients of numerous awards and accolades in their own countries and at international film festivals and competitions, including the Oscars, with the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film for 2015, Ida, as part of the exciting line-up. These are the latest productions from some of the most exciting and talented film directors and actors in Europe at the moment, and a true reflection of Europe’s diverse and creative cinematography.

The 12 internationally-acclaimed films lined up for EUFF 2015 – A Woman’s World - include:

Ida: Pawel Pawlikowski’s film is the first Polish feature to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (2015) amidst rave reviews from around the world

Two Days, One Night: the latest project taken on by the multi-award winning Dardenne brothers features French actress Marion Cotillard, nominated for the 2015 Best Actress Oscar

A Second Chance: directed by Academy Award-winning Susanne Bier, the film features Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones); San Sebastian Festival 2014

3 Hearts: a French romantic drama starring film legend Catherine Deneuve; Venice International Film Festival 2014 

Amour Fou: an Austrian tragi-comedy, inspired by the life and death of the historic poet Heinrich von Kleist (Christian Friedel); Cannes Film Festival 2014

Concrete Night: Finnish female director Pirjo Honkasalo’s film is a dream-like odyssey through beautiful Helsinki over the course of one night; Toronto International Film Festival 2014

Beloved Sisters: German Romanticism at its most expressively romantic, a cinematic tour de force from director Dominik Graf; Berlin International Film Festival 2014

Human Capital: Valeria Golina and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, two of Italy’s leading actresses, in a film that San twists love, class and ambition; Tribeca Film Festival 2014

Frailer: with great humour and sincerity, Dutch female director Mijke de Jong draws an intimate portrait to capture the way we face death; Toronto International Film Festival 2014

Blood of my Blood: from Portugal, this film focuses on unconditional love – and the lengths two women are prepared to go to protect those they love; San Sebastian Festival 2011

Blancanieves: from Spanish director, Pablo Berger, Snow White is recast as a talented bullfighter in an eerie and erotic silent film treat; Toronto International Film Festival 2012

My Brother the Devil: a masterful debut from female director Sally El Hosaini, one of the brightest new talents of the UK cinema; Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Lola Gallant, brand manager of Cinema Nouveau, is delighted that the EUFF festival has returned to Cinema Nouveau. “We pride ourselves on providing a platform to screen the best foreign language fare, and the 12 films lined up for the EUFF 2015 in May are must-see content". 

The festival offers a ten-day screening programme that takes place concurrently at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Cape Town (V&A Waterfront), Johannesburg (Rosebank Mall), Pretoria (Brooklyn Mall) and Durban (Gateway) from 8 – 17 May 2015. 

Bookings are now open. Special festival ticket rates will apply, including the benefits and discounts for members of SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club, to make these foreign language films accessible to a wide cinema audience. All the details regarding the festival schedule and bookings can be found on the Cinema Nouveau website (www.cinemanouveau.co.za). Download the Ster-Kinekor App on your smart phone for updates, news and to book from your mobile. For more info, call Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (668 437).

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#StarWars V - The Empire Strikes Back - Facts #DisneyAfrica

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In the Star Wars fan world, there’s a lot of controversy about the color of the coat Han Solo wears on the planet Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Many fans think the coat is blue, but it’s actually brown. You can see it in the bonus extras of Star Wars: The Digital Collection. It's kind of same conversation that took the twitter by storm some days back with a girl's dress color.
 
If Anthony Daniels fell over in his C-3PO costume, he couldn’t get up on his own. The costume wasn’t very flexible at all. In fact, the actor couldn’t sit down whilst wearing it. Whenever you see C-3PO sitting in The Empire Strikes Back, either you don’t see below the waist or Anthony would sit down on set without the costume and they would build it up around him.
 
Which everyday kitchen item was used to create the sound of C-3PO moving in the early movies? According to Ben Burtt, it was a couple of ice-cube trays being bashed around.

Harrison Ellenshaw – Matte Painting Supervisor for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back – is no stranger to Disney. Harrison is the son of Peter Ellenshaw, who was a matte painter for Disney for many, many years. Peter worked on iconic movies including Mary Poppins, Bedknobs And Broomsticks and Swiss Family Robinson – and he was named a Disney Legend in 1993. Harrison can be seen talking about the use of matte paintings in the Star Wars saga in the bonus extras for the new digital release, Star Wars: The Digital Collection.

South African fans can access the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection exclusively on the South Africa iTunes Store via www.itunes.com/starwars.
Conversations: The Lost Interviews
Listen to never-before-heard interviews with the cast and crew of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in this exclusive bonus feature. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and others reveal the thrills and challenges of their early days on set…

The Lost Interviews: Fact #1
Carrie Fisher was petrified about her iconic swing stunt with Mark Hamill in Star Wars. Stunt actors were not used for the scene, which was tackled by the two actors. Hamill wore a girdle to carry their weight for the swing, but Fisher didn’t.

The Lost Interviews: Fact #2
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher’s iconic swing to safety was shot in one take on the set of the movie. Fisher wanted to do it again, but Lucas decided against it. Boxes were placed underneath the actors to break their fall if anything went wrong!

The Lost Interviews: Fact #3
At one point, C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels wasn’t interested in meeting George Lucas to discuss working on Star Wars. The actor wasn’t interested in playing a robot in a sci-fi movie until he read the script!

Discoveries From Inside: Matte Paintings Unveiled
Esteemed artist and painter Harrison Ellenshaw discusses the nearly lost art of matte painting; an element crucial to the look of Star Wars and so many other classic films…

Matte Paintings Unveiled: Fact #1
Harrison Ellenshaw was the supervising matte painter on A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. How many people were in his extremely technical department? Just one.

Matte Paintings Unveiled: Fact #2
Take a closer look at some of the iconic scenes from Star Wars movies. You might think that huge sets were built and hundreds of extras were used – but sometimes, the sets and even the stormtroopers were merely part of a meticulously prepared matte painting.

Legacy content includes “A Conversation With The Masters” (2010); “Dennis Muren: How Walkers Walk”; “George Lucas On Editing The Empire Strikes Back 1979”; and “George Lucas On The Force: 2010”; plus six deleted scenes.


This movie is the second part in the original trilogy and was directed by Irvin Kershner. 
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Monday, 20 April 2015

#StarWars IV - A New Hope - Facts #DisneyAfrica

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Star Wars IV - A New Hope was the first movie in the original trilogy and was released in 1977 by 20th Century Fox. One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20th Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.

Despite being a big-budget blockbuster, the creative team often built props as economically as possible. For example, the pod that C-3PO and R2-D2 use to escape in Star Wars: A New Hope was created from two paint buckets. It was only used in two shots in the movie.

Ben Burtt is a Lucasfilm icon who created the many sounds of Star Wars. To research the sound of the Star Destroyer at the start of Episode IV, he had a fairly unsuccessful recording expedition to White Sands Missile Range. The sound designer was invited to record a number of military and scientific rockets taking off – but the result was crackly and poppy rather than the deep, rumbling and booming rocket engine. The sounds couldn’t be used as he’d hoped.

Look closely at the asteroids in A New Hope. The creative team was criticized that their asteroid designs resembled potatoes – but if you look in the far distance during Millennium Falcon chase scenes of A New Hope, real potatoes were actually used!

Archivists at Lucasfilm recently discovered the original lightsaber prop from Star Wars: Episode IV. You can see the discovery in all its glory in the bonus extras from the new digital release, Star Wars: The Digital Collection. What else will you discover with the new extras? Between 1975 and 1978, Charles Lippincott interviewed the cast and crew of Star Wars: A New Hope. These tapes remained lost for 40 years… Until now! You can hear excerpts from the tapes in the exclusive extras for the new digital release.

South African fans can access the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection exclusively on the South Africa iTunes Store via www.itunes.com/starwars.

Conversations: Creating A Universe
In this documentary, longtime collaborators Roger Christian and Joe Johnston discuss the impact that George Lucas had on their lives and share memories of building the Millennium Falcon, as well as other iconic elements of the Star Wars universe…

Creating A Universe: Fact #1
A full-size model of the original Millennium Falcon design was built for the film shoot of Episode IV, but then Space: 1999 aired on television and George Lucas discovered the designs for the two main spaceships in both projects were too close. The Millennium Falcon’s original design was canned – and the designers went back to the drawing board.

Creating A Universe: Fact #2
By the time the hamburger-shaped Millennium Falcon was ready to be built on set, budget was tight. This resulted in only half of the full-size circular Millennium Falcon being built.

Discoveries From Inside: Weapons & The First Lightsaber
The hallowed Archives at Skywalker Ranch are opened up to showcase classic props created for the Star Wars Empire in this bonus feature…

Weapons & The First Lightsaber: Fact #1
Han Solo’s iconic blaster was created using a Mauser C96 pistol with a silencer attached. A set decorator for Star Wars Episode IV named Roger Christian came up with the look of the perfect prop pistol.

Weapons & The First Lightsaber: Fact #2
Did you know that many of the stormtroopers in the early movies shot their pistols left-handed because of the design and the way that the empty shells expel from the barrel? The design of the stormtroopers’ blasters used in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back was based on a Sterling submachine gun.

Weapons & The First Lightsaber: Fact #3
Roger Christian discovered the inspiration behind the iconic lightsaber in the most unlikely of places. Inside a random box at the studio, Christian found a number of Graflex handles, which were from flashguns of vintage cameras from the 1940s. They became the iconic basis of the lightsaber handle in the movies.

Legacy content includes “Anatomy Of A Dewback”; Star Wars Launch Trailer; plus eight deleted scenes.

Keep enjoying the series along with these fun facts! I am loving the series myself a lot just like a small kid who is watching the series for the first time.
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