Hotties on the box

2014-06-30 00:00

FOLLOWING its debut on HBO, American critics raved about Ryan Murphy’s new film about the early days of Aids, The Normal Heart.

Now, barely a month later, DStv Premium viewers can watch this poignant, much talked-about TV movie on M-Net Movies Premiere.

The Normal Heart, starring Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor), Emmy winner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, will be screened on DStv channel 103 tomorrow night at 9.30 pm.

The movie tells the story of Ned Weeks (Ruffalo), a gay man in the 1980s who witnesses how a new, fatal disease called Aids is claiming the lives of many of his friends.

While the media and country at large are in denial about the epidemic, activist Ned sets out to raise awareness with the help of the medical community. Among these physicians is Dr Emma Brookner (Roberts), a wheelchair-bound survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV/Aids.

The Normal Heart, which is based on the largely autobiographical award-winning play by Larry Kramer, who also wrote the movie’s screenplay, is on M-Net Movies Premiere on July 1 at 9.30 pm; July 2 at midnight; July 3 at 3.30 am; July 11 at 10.30 pm; July 12 at 12.30 am and July 13 at 2.30 am.

THE OSCAR PISTORIUS

TRIAL CHANNEL

The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel (DStv channel 199) will resume broadcasting today, following the panel of mental health professionals’ assessment of Pistorius’s mental health.

The channel will pop up again at 8 am this morning, in anticipation of court commencing at 9.30 am.

NEW TO MTV

MTV (DStv channel 130) will be screening a captivating new docu-series, world stage concerts and a documentary on the hugely popular EDM festival Tomorrowland.

MTV World Stage is recorded “live” at the most exclusive gigs, world renowned music festivals and unique concert locations from around the world, giving music lovers a front row experience of the biggest artists on the globe.

This year’s line-up includes: DJ Hardwell, Dizzee Rascal and Kiesza at Isle of MTV in Malta; Coldplay at the VMAJs; and French Montana, Miguel and Trey Songz at MAMAs 2014.

The line-up is as follows: July 4 — Afrojack and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis; July 11 — The Killers; July 18 — MAMA 2014 Highlights; July 25 — Rock Am Ring; August 1 — Wireless; August 8 — Video Music Awards Japan (VMAJs) and Rock Am Ring Special; August 15 — Isle Of MTV Malta 2014 Highlights; August 22 — Tomorrowland Part I; and August 29 — Tomorrowland Part II.

The documentary Tomorrowland: Ten Years of Unity, Love, Madness and Magic, will air on August 29 at 11.40 pm CAT

MTV’s newest docu-series The Ride, meanwhile, will reveal the most game-changing moments that “made” the artist, culminating in the moment that changed everything.

KLONDIKE

Discovery Channel (DStv channel 121) launches its first ever scripted series, Klondike tonight at 9 pm on DStv channel 121.

From director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood), Klondike is based on the novel by Charlotte Grey, Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich, and follows the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory.

The show stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones); Chris Cooper (The Bourne Identity); Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs); Abbie Cornish (Limitless) and Sam Sheppard (Black Hawk Down).

THE AMAZING RACE

The Emmy Award-winning series The Amazing Race, premieres tonight at 8.30 pm on SABC3.

Eleven teams will race around the globe, making first time visits to exotic locations such as Indonesia, Malawi, and Denmark. Along the way, they will travel through four continents and 20 cities and cover nearly 64 000 km.

This season’s cast includes a pair of Olympic snowboarders, twin sisters, flight attendants, and two winners of Survivor, Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca.

BIG SCHOOL

Airing on BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120) from 7.55 pm tomorrow night is Big School, a feel-good sitcom where the staff need looking after more than the pupils.

Chemistry teacher Mr Church is in his 40s, unsuccessful both in love and in engaging 30 teenage kids in his madcap experiments.

Everything changes when enthusiastic French teacher Miss Postern joins the school, desperate to bring the romance and poetry of French culture to her pupils, despite having never actually been to France.

Mr Church soon falls hopelessly in love. But in between his own cringe-worthy social awkwardness, the competing attentions of would-be lothario PE teacher Mr Gunn and the degenerate nature of the rest of the staff: Ms Baron, the irreverent headmistress, Mrs Klebb the nosey drama teacher, Mr Barber the pessimistic geography teacher and wannabe rock star music teacher Mr Martin; will Mr Church ever get his femme fatale?

BIG BROTHER AFRICA

The ninth edition of Africa’s biggest reality series Big Brother Africa kicks off in September and those wanting to take part can audition at The Pyramid Venue and Conference Centre in Johannesburg today and tomorrow.

All persons over the age of 21, who are citizens of one of the participating countries and have a valid passport, can enter Big Brother Africa; the winner will receive $300 000.

The show will be screened live 24/7 on DStv channels 197 and 198.

• arts@witness.co.za

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