Welcome to Spling Movies

Welcome to Spling Movies

Facebook  Twitter
Custom Search
Terminator: Dark Fate - The Bravest Sequel Of Them All


In our day and age, we are surrounded by movie sequels and remakes. Somehow, Hollywood seems to have lost the ability to produce high-profile movies based on original scripts (or the studios' hunger for profits may have hampered their will to try anything new) and now all we seem to see are remakes, sequels, prequels, and superhero movies (that were tried and tested at the time when they were mere comic books). More often than not, though, these remakes and sequels are unworthy of the original - while they may seem a good idea at first, they almost never manage to live up to the fans' expectations (not to mention the critics). This is why continuing the Terminator franchise seems like a bad idea - especially since we've already had several sequels made by several studios that all failed. But the people behind Terminator have done something never seen before (well, almost, because the Highlander franchise already tried it once): erase history and start with a clean slate.

Terminator: Dark Fate

The sequels that should have never been

The first movie in the Terminator franchise, together with the two "Conan" movies, turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into a household name, the new archetype of an action hero. His rendition of the killer cyborg sent from the future was so perfect that his role in the sequel, made seven years after the original, a safe bet. Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the sequel that was better than the original, an instant cult classic that won four Oscars, five Saturns, a Hugo, two BAFTAs, and pretty much every other award it could. It spawned a TV series, comic books, video games, novels, and countless other forms of media. And three sequels (so far).

The first sequel, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, was visually impeccable but was an utterly forgettable movie, adding little to the overall story arc (not to mention the fact that it was a bit forced). The second sequel, Terminator Salvation, finally took viewers into the war-torn world of the future, mixing up things a bit - for example, John Connor was not the fearless leader depicted in the previous films - but couldn't win them over thanks to its flawed storytelling. Finally, Terminator Genisys - which was, otherwise, a decent movie - rebooted the entire timeline from the first film onwards but failed to please the series fans (and the critics). It was originally planned as the start of a new trilogy - but the trilogy was silently scrapped.

The new timeline

James Cameron regained the rights to the Terminator franchise this year - and even before that, he announced that he will finally finish his original trilogy. To this end, he will "erase" all the failed sequels and start with a "clean slate" - he will continue where he left off with Terminator 2. Cameron worked on the movie as a producer, leaving the directing duties in the able hands of Tim Miller, the creative genius behind the first Deadpool movie. We'll finally have the chance to reunite with more of the faces from the original movies: aside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton will also reprise her role as Sarah Connor. There is no word on whether John Connor will even be in the film (except for a few scenes where he will appear as a child).

Cameron revealed that, while the film will be enjoyable on its own, he plans it to be the first part of a trilogy - that is, of course, if it does well enough at the box office. Otherwise, he didn't reveal too much about its story. Given Cameron's track record (he wrote the screenplay for Terminator and T2, Rambo II, Aliens, The Abyss, and Avatar, among others) we can hope that it will finally be a Terminator movie we'd be proud to watch. We'll see on November 1st this year.

 
The Labia Theatre is 70 this Year


The Labia Theatre is a landmark in Cape Town, a film institution that is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. The independent theatre, based in Orange Street recently had a face lift, maintaining its old world feel yet improving its technology, amenities and general feel. While a provocative anatomical name, it was originally an Italian Embassy ballroom, inaugurated by Italian royalty, namely Princess Labia. While seemingly singular, it's not the only piece of history looking back to this era, sharing its name with the Casa Labia in St James, Cape Town.

Labia Theatre - 70 years

While the Labia Theatre is celebrating its 70th year, it wasn't long ago that the cinema complex was under threat of closure. The pressure to go digital made it difficult to keep running without embracing the new age, forcing the cinema to appeal to the wider public through crowd-sourcing platforms like Thunderfund. The necessary funding was secured to upgrade projectors and revamp, giving fans a chance to feel invested in the future of the Labia.

Independent and arthouse film lovers have come to rely on the Labia Theatre, which entertains a wide spectrum of films ranging from commercial films through to foreign films and documentaries. Very much a part of the Cape Town film community, keeping one foot in the past and one in the present, it's a special place that holds many wonderful silver screen memories.

Celebrating its 70th along with Roodeberg Wines, which also turned 70 this year, the cinema has planned a red carpet event to acknowledge this milestone. While some cinemas seem to be under constant threat in our ever evolving age of home entertainment, the Labia Theatre has survived, continuing to offer its loyal filmgoers a unique and even retro magical movie experience. Make a point of visiting the grand dame if you haven't ever, or just simply check their schedule to find something that you can add to your collection of cherished memories.

Reasonably priced movie tickets, a wide selection of confectionery items and old school charm make this not only a tourist attraction but a place with its own personality.

 
Richest Actors in South Africa

Source: Briefly News South Africa

South Africa is one of the countries on the African continent with some of the best technological advancements as well as academics. Besides this, the government has recognized that there is much potential in the entertainment scene as South Africa has some of the richest actors and actresses who are making it big locally as well as internationally, earning lots of revenue for the country. Read on to find out actors and actresses that have made it onto our list.

Our list of the richest actors in South Africa is dominated by female actors. This is because they are versatile with so many talents that aid them to gain more wealth than their male counterparts. This does not mean that there are no men in the list, as there are a number of males in the industry as well. Have you ever questioned how much some of your favourite actors earn? Read on as we have compiled a list of some of the richest actors in South Africa based on their net worth.

Top 10 richest actors in South Africa

Here are the top actors and actresses that have made fortunes from their acting careers.

1. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is a renowned fashion icon, actress and movie producer. As an actress, Charlize has starred in several award-winning movies in Hollywood such as The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Prometheus (2012), Mighty Joe Young (1998), Hancock (2008), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Fate of the Furious (2017), Atomic Blonde (2017) and The Italian Job. Moreover, she has been a recipient of various awards including the first-ever Academy award to be won by a South African actor, the Silver Bear and the Golden Globe Award.

Besides this, Charlize has also done a couple of film productions with her firm Denver and Delilah Productions, which have done various movies, some of which she has starred in like Dark Places (2015) and the Burning Plain (2008). Theron is considered the number one richest actor in South Africa with a net worth of $130 million.

2. Sharlto Copley

Sharlto Copley who is an actor, movie producer, and director comes second on our list of the highest paid actors in South Africa. He has an estimated net worth of $15 million. Sharlto has featured in many great movies and is famous for his role as Wikus van der Merwe in the Oscar award-winning District 9 science fiction movie.

3. Trevor Noah

Third on our list of richest actors is none other than the best comedian in all of Africa and arguably the entire globe, Trevor Noah. In the past, Africa was not huge in comedy but that has changed as there are various comedians making a killing from making people laugh. Trevor Noah is not only a brilliant comedian but also a writer, media critic, producer, actor and television host. Before Trevor relocated to the United States in 2011, he worked as a TV host in South Africa for nearly eight years, showing that he's a patriotic individual. Presently, Mr Noah is the Daily Show television host and it is believed that he has a net worth of $13 million.

4. Sello Maake Ka-Ncube

I am sure you all know Sello Maake Ka-Ncube who is one of the prominent South African actors as well as a voice actors. Sello has played various roles in theatre, film, and television both in South Africa and in the USA, Europe, Canada and Britain. Locally, we all love Sello’s character as Daniel Nyathi in the longest running soap opera Scandal! Moreover, Mr. Maake came to the limelight for developing the documentary movie of Africa’s Outsider, which describes the unusual chase and hunting of wild animals. Sello Maake's net worth is approximated at a whopping $13 million, making him the fifth on our list of richest actors in South Africa.

Read the end of the article at https://briefly.co.za/18821-richest-actors-south-africa.html

 
The Rise and Rise of the Box Office Blockbuster


Blockbuster superhero films aren't just saving the world, they're rescuing the traditional cineplex and movie theatre. As streaming services and the evolution of home entertainment systems rally for control of the entertainment world, comic book giants DC and Marvel are keeping movie-going audiences going to the movies!

The biggest box office hits over the last few decades have all been action-packed, high fantasy visual extravaganzas. James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic headline, but the top grossing films of all-time now include Marvel's Avengers series with Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War. There's little doubt that the latest installment, Avengers: Endgame will also find its way into the top ranking.

Other major entrants are the new Jurassic World, Fast and Furious and Star Wars series, making the list packed with movies made in the last decade. The resurrection of 3D technology and escalating currencies probably have something to do with this, but the numbers don't lie.

While we've entered an age where CGI is becoming capable of representing the unimaginable, the prevalence of CGI-heavy films demonstrates the ongoing demand for escapist cinema. Back in the day when digital visual effects hadn't been birthed, George Lucas realised he was writing the middle story for Star Wars and declared that the special effects weren't capable of representing the first Star Wars movies he envisioned, which is why they were delayed. "I never thought I’d do the Star Wars prequels, because there was no real way I could get Yoda to fight. There was no way I could go over Coruscant, this giant city-planet. But once you had digital, there was no end to what you could do."

Years on with the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, the franchise is firing on full thrusters, necessitating a staggering of the latest films in order to give fans a chance to anticipate new sequels and spin-offs. The rate at which these blockbusters are being churned out is so fast and furious (sorry) that it's becoming overwhelming to keep up with each of the varied and beloved series. Thankfully, studios like Amblin, Disney and Marvel (now Disney too) are keeping their standards high, making it easier for filmgoers to hand over their cash. The turnaround time of film shoots is also shrinking, making efficiency and planning critical in effecting big budget productions with more pressure overlapping into post-production wizardry.

It's quite amazing how screenplays that should take up to ten years to write are now being crafted, rewritten and set in stone much sooner. Writing teams help get the product finished quicker, franchise requirements probably also limit the bounds of imagination, making the process more methodical and even mechanical. Leaning on the CGI, it's probably not as important to grab the audience with compelling drama, when you've got eye-popping visuals to fall back on.

As we know from Roland Emmerich films, the writing is still very important, but then again... the large ensemble pieces aren't allowed to go too deep with characters. Spawning superhero, sci-fi, animation, street racing and space-opera blockbusters left, right and centre, the audience is so distracted from what's hot off the press that they're already looking forward to the next big release before they've even bought their tickets.

The rise of the blockbuster is great for the film business, generating great returns at the box office and roping in existing fan franchises. To some extent, it's also good for the post-production side of visual effects, enabling business for multiple agencies, who have to produce more on tighter budgets to be more competitive. The downside is that when special effects take centre stage, the acting and writing tends to become secondary. Harnessing the collective star power of some of this generation's best, means they're not quite as important... not becoming the drawcards of yesteryear. This makes them cheaper, compelled to bend to the current financial climate and ultimately dispensable.

While it may seem like a good idea for stars to have an ego-check decades after the star system, the problem is that this middling syndrome shifts the focus from performance to style. It's not as important for actors to exude what makes them who they are, but rather that they get in line and just make sure they remember theirs. While a seemingly small adjustment, making visual effects more important sends a message in an industry already on the cusp of moving over to digital stars. The problem is that by gravitating in this direction, substance, personality and human interest are becoming afterthoughts rather than a focus.

Truly timeless films deal with the human condition and what makes us tick. While it's critical that we revive flagging cinemas and create polished and profitable cinematic products, it's also important that we don't lose our souls in the process. Disney have been buying up major media companies, possibly in an effort to remain relevant and stay in control of the entertainment world in the age of Netflix.

While streaming services like Netflix are servicing the low budget film market, keeping many stars in business with their own production division, there's a whole new battle over rights to content old and new. With Disney+ on the verge of mixing up the game once again, we've just got to hope that we won't lose the healthy middleground in the process.

 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 1 of 287