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The Labia Theatre Celebrates 70 Years to the Day with 'Rocketman'

Labia Theatre 70thThe Labia Theatre celebrated its 70th anniversary on Sunday night, exactly 70 years later, with the first international screening of Rocketman. The biographical musical based on the life and times of Elton John first screened at the Cannes Film Festival, gracing the Labia's silver screen just three days after its French debut. A mystery to attendees until the opening credits, it's only scheduled to open in the United Kingdom tomorrow on 22 May and in South Africa on 7 June. While the anniversary celebrations saw friends and family gathering to hear speeches and enjoy canapés, refreshments and the cake-cutting ceremony, the festivities will continue later this year with a festival of Labia highlights.

Originally opened as a theatre for live stage performances on 19 May 1949, it only had one screen when current owners Ludi and Ann Kraus took over on 1 September 1989, almost three decades ago. Kraus has a long history with cinema, having had his first film encounter at the age of nine in his father's movie house in Windhoek. From a career in law to owning a cinema, Ludi hasn't looked back, offering loyal moviegoers cinema magic at affordable prices. Screening art house movies, documentaries foreign films and extreme sports, the Labia is the last surviving independent movie theatre in Cape Town after the transition from reel-to-reel projectors to digital.

Over the years, the cinema has had many upgrades moving from one to four screens but has retained much of the charm and nostalgia with an old-fashioned ticket booth and retro design. While moving from film to digital was a costly exercise, it's enabled the Labia to compete with the commercial cinema circuit screening films as soon as they are released. Showing a marked improvement in terms of quality and accessibility, it's helped widen their audience, attracting younger viewers looking for retro places in favour of mainstream cinemas.

Labia Theatre 70th

Ludi curates the selection of films, being sure to focus on quality, merit and commercial value. A loyal fan base, the film community showed their love when a crowdfunding campaign was initiated to upgrade the equipment, which ensured they were able to continue showing films after upgrading their four cinemas to digital. Kraus says, "we hope that we still provide a little bit of magic by allowing our patrons to make an evening out visiting the Labia", with reference to the evolution and future of film. Together with Roodeberg Wine, which also celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, the cinema seems to be going from strength-to-strength.

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.

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