SPOTLIGHT | Will Smith in 'King Richard'; 'New Material'; huge prizes; and the Ghostbusters are back

It's a big week in cinemas, with even more exciting local fare on the way, and we have several cool prizes up for grabs

18 November 2021 - 17:11

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In this week’s episode, we discuss two big films releasing on the big screen, and we take a look at all the glitz and glamour at the House of Gucci premiere in London. Also, the cast members of the upcoming local film New Material tell us why this comedy is not to be missed.

In King Richard, in cinemas from Friday November 19, award-winning actor Will Smith delivers one of his best performances in a decade. This inspiring biopic film tells the true story of the unconventional training methods employed by the father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams. 

The film is a moving portrayal of the love and commitment of a father for his children – a tale of triumph over adversity – and Smith’s portrayal of the patriarch is nothing short of excellent, already creating buzz around him for another Academy Award. 

If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters: Afterlife is also in cinemas this week. Jason Reitman takes over the director’s mantle from his father Ivan Reitman, who started this franchise way back in 1984. The cast of this instalment includes Paul Rudd (just voted the sexiest man alive by People magazine), Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace. Book now for a fun family day at the cinema.

We also check in with the fashion and glamour of the London premiere of House of Gucci, where Lada Gaga, Jared Leto and many other cast members did not disappoint, and Riaad Moosa, Schalk Bezuidenhout and Carishma Basday tell us why their forthcoming comedy, New Material, is not to be missed in cinemas from November 26.

For full interviews, breaking news, trailers, clips and competition details, visit our Spotlight Facebook page. See you at the movies!

Presenter Collette Prince is dressed by Kalea Collective.


Win movie tickets to a premiere

There are FOUR sets of prizes to win this week – the season of giving is in full swing!

1. Win one of four 30-minute tennis lessons from Advantage Tennis plus a Wilson tennis hamper (a few cans of balls, grips, keyrings and a small backpack).

Question: Which actor plays the lead role of Richard Williams in the film King Richard?

2. Win a male or female Nike Court apparel hamper, each to the value of R15,000 (male hamper is medium-sized, footwear UK size 9; female hamper is small, footwear UK size 7). You can also follow Nike on Instagram.

Question: Which actress plays the role of Nike Court-sponsored tennis star Serena Williams in the film King Richard?

3. Win two tickets to the Johannesburg premiere of House of Gucci on November 25 )(open to Johannesburg-based readers only).

Question: What is the release date of House of Gucci at cinemas in SA?

4. Win a Ghostbusters: Afterlife merchandise hamper, comprising a retro Ecto-1 plate keyring; a double wall bottle; an Ecto-1 wall-mount licence plate; a Stay Puft squishy; a tote bag; a Ghost Trap stationery set; and a light-up notebook.

Question: Name one of the original Ghostbusters from the 1984 film.

To enter, visit Spotlight SA on Facebook for all the details


Terms and conditions apply.

Winners will be drawn randomly and notified by SMS after the competition has closed.  Entrants’ personal details will not be retained for marketing purposes. Winners have to provide proof of age (ID/driver’s licence) and cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. By entering participants agree to have their names published on TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and Spotlight SA on Facebook. Employees of Arena Holdings and their family members are not eligible to enter.


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