Oscars: With Brett and Eddie out, what now?

On Wednesday it was announced that Eddie Murphy was dropping out as host of the Oscars in February 2012, just one day after producer Brett Ratner stepped down from his role as the producer of the Oscars telecast,  amid a storm of criticism over his use of an anti-gay slur.          

SABC calls for new programming proposals

The newly created Television Division of the SABC is launching its eighth request for proposals book, which includes 12 briefs for drama, five briefs for entertainment, three briefs for children, 10 briefs for factual, five briefs for religion and seven education briefs. As a very large consumer of local content in South Africa, it is…

Safe House: Who’s movie is it?

Safe House, shot and set in Cape Town, stars oscar winner Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. But who’s movie is it? The Guardian’s online Film columnist grabs some screenshots and offers a tongue-in-cheek preview.

Ridley Scott to direct ‘Bladerunner’ sequel

Ridley Scott has confirmed that he will direct a sequel to Bladerunner, the 1982 iconographic sci-fi film, ending much speculation that it would be directed by someone else. The film will not star Harrison Ford, the lead in the original picture, but will depart on a brand new story.

New Aardman short Pythagasaurus unveiled!

Aardman, the celebrated animation company responsible for Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Flushed Away, have unveiled their latest short film Pythagasaurus!  It’s set in the prehistoric Dawn Of Man, with the dim but resourceful lead characters Ig and Uk.

Meryl Streep’s ‘Iron Lady’ opens in US on 30 December

Meryl Streep’s much-anticipated performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady will debut on US sceens on 30 December. Films eligible for the Oscars, scheduled for 26 February 2012, must have been released by 30 December 2011.