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Record for Star Wars pre-ticket sales in SA

Bookings for one of the most widely anticipated releases of 2015 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – have broken records at the Ster-Kinekor box office.

Bookings opened on Monday, 19 October, and a record number of 2 299 tickets were snapped up on the first day. This is the highest number of tickets sold on the first day of bookings’ opening in Ster-Kinekor’s recorded history. Of this total, 1 387 were tickets booked to watch the film in IMAX 3D at Ster-Kinekor’s five IMAX theatres. The previous record for the first day of booking was held by Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this year, with 1 489 bookings.

In the first four days of bookings, from Monday till Thursday this week, this figure had increased to a total of 8 678 pre-ticket sales. Of these, a whopping 5 508 tickets are IMAX 3D tickets, with a further 2 652 tickets secured to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D at Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide.

The seventh title in the Star Wars global phenomenon releases at Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationally on Wednesday, 16 December – a public holiday in South Africa, and two days before its official global release.

For a full-on, immersive cinematic experience, the film will be released in IMAX 3D at Ster-Kinekor’s five IMAX theatres: Gateway in Durban, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Cape Gate in Cape Town, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and Cradlestone Mall, west of Johannesburg.

The film is also expected to release at Ster-Kinekor’s sixth IMAX theatre in Eastgate. It is currently under construction as part of the new Ster-Kinekor cinema complex scheduled to open at the shopping mall, east of Johannesburg, in early December.

If you are looking to watch this amazing blockbuster in complete luxury, then book your seats now at one of the seven Ster-Kinekor Cine Prestige sites around the country – The Zone, Sandton and Cradlestone Mall in Johannesburg; The Grove Mall in Pretoria; Gateway in Durban; Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, and Cavendish in Cape Town – and make it a movie experience to savour!

With an exclusive VIP Lounge area, high-class catering to order and huge, red leather chairs that are fully-reclinable, all you have to do is lie back, relax and enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the lap of luxury!

There is already a rush on tickets, so make sure you book yours today… and may the Force be with you!

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Timberlake to headline iTunes London festival

Apple has announced that Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes Festival in London.

Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features more than 60 acts performing at the legendary venue.

Performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as well as by music fans with iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

Music fans from across the world, including the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets using the iTunes Festival app and the iTunes Store as well as select media partners including Channel 4, Global Radio and Metro.

Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Crowded House played the first iTunes Festival at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007. Since then over 370 artists have performed in front of more than 370,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on television. Other performers have included Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Jack White and Oasis. Performances are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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New PS games ready for download

Sony has announced its June line-up for PlayStation Plus subscribers, including Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and two new catalogue releases, Demon’s Souls and ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.

Immerse yourself in the ancient world of Amalur and its 10,000 years of magical history in the action-packed tale Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, created by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. Take destiny into your own hands as you combat your way through this vast and vibrant world as envisioned by the visionary creator of Spawn and much-admired artist, Todd McFarlane.

In Demon’s Souls you are summoned by a mysterious maiden as the last hope for humanity to take on a mighty demon horde that has taken over the kingdom of Boletaria, after a terrible curse was mistakenly unleashed by King Allant the XII whilst in search of greater powers. Prepare for a battle that has so far defeated all other realm champions as you set out on this epic journey to save the Kingdom from a fate worse than death.

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection brings two exciting worlds to PS Plus ready for fans to explore. Adopt the role of ICO, a young boy who finds himself imprisoned by the people of his village inside the walls of a menacing castle before joining forces with a young girl named Yorda as she attempts to escape in ICO. Take on the role of a young man named Wander in Shadow of the Colossus as you journey through an enchanted land, battling 16 enormous beasts known as the Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono, whose soul is trapped in this haunting world.

For gamer’s on-the-go, grab your PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and transport yourself to lush forests in the cartoon-quality action title Rayman Origins. Alternatively, weave through airborne mazes as you avoid falling coconuts in Coconut Dodge HD, both available on PS Plus from 5th June.

PS Plus provides subscribers with access to top-rated games on PS3 and PS Vita, extending the service to two platforms for a single price for a one-year subscription. Additionally, 90 day subscriptions are also available giving user’s access to the same fantastic titles and great PlayStation Store discounts.

PS Plus subscribers receive an array of exclusive features, including 2GB cloud storage (1G for PS3 & 1G for PS Vita) for game saves. Automatic updates and beta access, as well as a huge collection of exclusive dynamic themes and PlayStation Network avatars, makes PS Plus the place to be in 2013.

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