Friday, February 21, 2014

Films Opening Around South Africa

#300jointhebattle is the official hashtag for the Gareth Cliff Worldwide Fan Event for 300: Rise Of An Empire.  Remember to use it when you come to the event. 

Fancy being part of a WORLDWIDE fan event for the premiere of the action adventure film, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE in 3D?
Ster-Kinekor, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and 5FM’s Gareth Cliff, is hosting the exclusive South African fan events at three of its 3D cinemas on Wednesday, 26 February at 20:00. The free screenings are taking place at the Ster-Kinekor IMAX® theatre at Gateway in Durban, hosted by Gareth Cliff; at Ster-Kinekor Sandton City in Johannesburg, hosted by 5FM Morning’s Damon Kalvari; and at Ster-Kinekor Cavendish in Cape Town. The fans at all three events will be treated to free Coke and popcorn on the night, and the chance to win some great 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE prizes!
In addition, Durban fans will enjoy cocktails with Gareth from 19:00, and an opportunity to capture the moment with Glam Cam photography. Thereafter, the guests will move through to the cinema at 20:00 to watch the film in IMAX® 3D, for a full-on, immersive cinematic experience that is The IMAX® Experience.
To secure your tickets to this once-off fan event, make sure you listen to Gareth Cliff on 5FM Mornings and visit his website ( or his Facebook page from Thursday 19 February to get in on the deal. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis (limited to two tickets per person).
This is one fan event you don’t want to miss out on, so start listening to 5FM now – and catch the premiere of 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE in 3D with the rest of the world!
The film releases nationally at Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 07 March 2014, in line with its global release.

Watch all ‘Best Picture’ nominees on the big screen this week to qualify your Oscar predictions

The ‘Oscar Buzz’ is heating up as the countdown to the 86th Academy Awards ceremony on 02 March starts. In a year in which almost every category is still being hotly contested, Cinema Nouveau is pre-releasing three multi-nominated titles, two of which have ‘Best Picture’ nominations after their name, to allow South African audiences the opportunity to view them on the big screen before the Oscars are announced.

Each of the three pre-release titles, August: Osage County, Nebraska and Philomena, will have one screening each at 20:00 on 24, 26 and 27 February respectively, at the four Cinema Nouveau theatres at Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban and the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Bookings are now open for these three special pre-Oscar screenings.

The talented Meryl Streep, who is no stranger to the Best Actress category, is once again nominated in this category for her role in August: Osage County, which will be pre-released at the four Cinema Nouveau theatres on Monday, 24 February at 20:00. Another big Hollywood name, Julia Roberts, shares the screen with her in this film and is up for Best Supporting Actress.

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family. Their lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name is directed by John Wells (The Company Men) and features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. This film releases nationally on Friday, 14 March.

(Official August: Osage County  trailer:

On Wednesday, 26 February at 20:00, Cinema Nouveau audiences are transported to another American state with the pre-release of Nebraska. With an impressive six Oscar nominations, for Best Picture, Best Actor – Bruce Dern, Best Supporting Actress – June Squibb, Cinematography, Best Director – Alexander Payne, and Original Screenplay, this black-and-white masterpiece explores another complex family relationship.

Director Alexander Payne (SidewaysThe Descendants) takes the helm for this black-and-white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who is convinced he has won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes. His son, played by Will Forte, begrudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach co-star. The film releases nationally on Friday, 14 March.

(Official Nebraska trailer:

With four Oscar nominations – Best Picture, Best Actress – Judi Dench, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay –Philomena plays on the Cinema Nouveau circuit at 20:00 on Thursday, 27 February. It releases nationally on Friday, 28 March.

When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what to do. All that changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena (Judi Dench), who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about Philomena’s search for her son that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate, as their basic beliefs are challenged.

(Official Philomena trailer:

With these three pre-releases, all nine contenders for the lucrative ‘Best Picture’ category can be seen on the big screen at select Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau sites during the course of next week. Audiences will need to plan their week’s viewing carefully in order to take in all nine titles – and make their predictions – before the winner of ‘Best Picture’ is announced during the early hours of Monday, 03 March (SA time) from Hollywood, LA!

The full list of nominees vying for this prestigious award are: Gravity; Captain Phillips (both titles re-released by Ster-Kinekor recently); American Hustle (28 Feb); Dallas Buyers Club (28 Feb); Her; Nebraska (14 Mar); Philomena (28 Mar); 12 Years a Slave; and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Released exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas is another Oscar contender, Inside Llewyn Davis,which has been nominated in two categories – Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. The film embodies the spirit of a great American folk tale, but finds the power of a lyrical odyssey when told by the talents of Joel and Ethan Coen. With T Bone Burnett as their musical muse, the Coens brilliantly encapsulate the saturated soul of the early sixties, as they play this cyclical ballad sparked by a bar fight and a cat on an incredible journey.

Oscar Isaac is Llewyn Davis and his finely tuned performance is inseparable from the character he plays, as he wanders down the road to redemption. Lost between undeniable talent and hopeless abjection, he sees his music as we see the film: “…it's never new and it never gets old; it's a folk song…”. Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of the young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of New York City in 1961. Llewyn Davis (masterfully played by Isaac) is at a crossroads in his life. With guitar in tow and huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician as he comes up against seemingly insurmountable obstacles… many of them of his own making.

(Official Inside Llewyn Davis trailer:

There is also still time to test your ‘Oscar Buzz’ knowledge and win some awesome weekly prizes, including DVD box sets of previous Oscar-winning films and movie tickets. Visit the Cinema Nouveau Facebook page and click on the ‘Oscar Buzz’ app to play the quiz.

For more information and to make a booking, visit the Ster-Kinekor website at or the Cinema Nouveau website at Call Ticketline on 082 16789. Follow us on Twitter @sktheatres / @nouveaubuzz, or on Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres / Cinema Nouveau. Own an iPhone, Nokia, Samsung Android or Blackberry? Download Ster-Kinekor’s app now, to get the latest news and updates on what’s showing at Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau, and to make a booking.
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