‘Disappointment’ as Netflix halts ‘Tunga’ film by Zim-born Godwin Jabangwe

By UK Correspondent & Agencies GLOBAL streaming giant Netflix is shutting down two film projects that were in pre-production, one of them the musical ‘Tunga’ by US-based Zimbabwean creator Godwin Jabangwe. Sources close to the project told Friday that the team was disappointed over the announcement as “many people had lost their jobs”. The

UK: Munya Chawawa to make his ‘Have I Got News For You’ debut

By LONDON: Munya Chawawa is to make his debut on Have I Got News For You next month. The comic will be on the panel of the last episode of the current, 65th, series, which airs on BBC One on Friday June 16. The British-Zimbabwean comedian first rose to prominence via the satirical videos he makes

Hollywood writers, slamming ‘gig economy,’ to go on strike

By Associated Press NEW YORK: Television and movie writers declared late Monday that they will launch a strike for the first time in 15 years, as Hollywood girded for a walkout with potentially widespread ramifications in a fight over fair pay in the streaming era. The Writers Guild of America said that its 11,500 unionized screenwriters

Q&A: Why ‘Dear Mama’ director took on Tupac despite attack

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: Filmmaker Allen Hughes thought participating in any Tupac Shakur project was a farfetched idea especially after surviving a brutal altercation involving him and the rap legend three decades ago. For years, Hughes firmly held a grudge even after a public apology from Shakur — who along with nearly a dozen

Jeremy Renner attends premiere, months after snowplow crush

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: Jeremy Renner attended the premiere for his new series Tuesday, capping a remarkable recovery less than four months after the “Avengers” star was nearly killed in a snowplow accident. Renner was surrounded by family and supporters at the “Rennervations” premiere in Los Angeles, where he posed for photos and did interviews, at

STUDY: Biggest Hollywood films still go mostly to white men

By Associated Press NEW YORK: As Hollywood emerged from the pandemic, its biggest film productions dipped in diversity after years of incremental progress, according to a new study by UCLA researchers. Opportunities were notably greater for women and people of colour on streaming platforms than in theatrically released films. The annual UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report,

UK: Zim-born Regé-Jean Page says playing Diablo and JRPGs made him an actor

By In the weeks before filming Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Wizards of the Coast copywriter Sarra Scherb gathered stars Regé-Jean Page, Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Sophia Lillis, and Justice Smith and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein around a table for a special D&D one-shot about a party being chased across a bottomless

HONEY TV welcomes Chef Bernadette Mutangara on My Zim Plate

By Zimbabwe is on the menu in HONEY TV’s beloved “My Plate” food series, featuring singer and foodie Bernadette Mutangara as the host of brand-new My Zim Plate. The latest instalment of the series that has introduced viewers to show hosts Winifred Nwania from My Naija Plate, Chep Chikoni from My Kenyan Plate and

INTERVIEW: Zim-born Matthew Dix head of documentary at Canada-based Wallop Film

Wallop Film’s head of documentary on growing up in Zimbabwe, the cross-pollination of documentary work in the commercial space, and why this is an area the agency is pursuing, writes LBB’s Josh Neufeldt By Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, Matthew Dix has over 10 years in the film industry, and has worked at

‘John Wick’ stars honour late co-star Lance Reddick

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne were among the “John Wick: Chapter 4” stars honoring Lance Reddick, their co-star who died unexpectedly last week, at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. “We lost our brother, and in a really sort of very shocking way. I think we’re all still in shock. “Life is,” the

Bruce Willis’s wife speaks of her grief at his dementia on his 68th birthday

By Helen Bushby I BBC Emma Heming Willis, the wife of actor Bruce Willis, has spoken about the “grief and sadness” she feels over her husband’s dementia, as they celebrated his 68th birthday. “I have started the morning by crying, as you can see by my swollen eyes,” she said in an Instagram video. “It’s important

Zim-born star teams up with Morgan Freeman on new Muhammad Ali TV series

By A scripted eight-part series about boxing icon Muhammad Ali, titled Excellence: 8 Fights is currently in the works, reported Deadline. English-Zimbabwean actor Regé-Jean Page and American artist Morgan Freeman are both confirmed to be on board as executive producers. The series will be based on Jonathan Eig’s biography, Ali: A Life and written by Oscar-winning

Year after the slap, Chris Rock punches back in new special

By Associated Press A year after Will Smith smacked him on the Academy Awards stage, Chris Rock finally gave his rebuttal in a forceful stand-up special, streamed live on Netflix, in which the comedian bragged that he “took that hit like Pacquiao.” The 58-year-old comedian on Saturday night performed his first stand-up special since last

Zim writer and director gets ‘brilliant’ drama series on Australian public broadcaster

By C21Media Australian public broadcaster SBS has partnered with international distributor Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor content) on grity crime drama series Swift Street. The eight-part series, from Magpie Pictures, was written and created by Zimbabwe-born writer and director Tig Terera. Swift Street will be his television drama debut following a career in music videos, TV

Africa’s largest film festival offers hope in Burkina Faso

By Associated Press OUAGADOUGOU: Most film festivals can be counted on to provide entertainment, laced with some introspection. The weeklong FESPACO that opens Saturday in violence-torn Burkina Faso’s capital goes beyond that to also offer hope, and a symbol of endurance: In years of political strife and Islamic extremist attacks, which killed thousands and displaced

Alec Baldwin pleads not guilty in shooting, can still work

By Associated Press Actor Alec Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a cinematographer on the set of a Western movie and waived his first formal court appearance, in court documents filed Thursday. Baldwin and a weapons supervisor were charged last month with felony involuntary manslaughter in