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Valley of the Boom:
How The Web Was Won

A 6-part series from National Geographic – Valley of the Boom – delivers the drama of Silicon Valley’s Internet pioneers during the dot-com boom and bust.

Silicon Valley spawned some of the world’s most influential people and recognisable brands during the 1990s and attracted geniuses and charlatans alike. It is also where the new phenomenon of the overnight tech millionaire was born. Using a blend of narrative devices and interviews with the real subjects and experts woven into scripted drama, showrunner, creator, director and executive producer Matthew Carnahan (“House of Lies”) charts the meteoric rise and cataclysmic burst of the dot-com bubble.

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From STX Entertainment, Valley of the Boom is also executive produced by Arianna Huffington and is set to premiere on National Geographic on 20 January. The series features an unconventional hybrid of scripted storytelling and documentary interviews with the key players whose stories are dramatised in the show.

The series follows the turbulent ride of three different companies whose founders were trying to change the world using the new technology of the internet. Before Google, Netscape pioneered the first commercial web browser and launched the “browser wars” with Microsoft. Before Facebook, was a rapidly expanding social networking site built by dreamers on a university campus. And before YouTube, a con artist on the run from the FBI reinvented himself in Silicon Valley to start a streaming video company called Pixelon, resulting in an entrepreneurial rise and fall almost too insane to be believed.

Valley of the Boom stars an ensemble cast led by two-time Emmy award-winning actor Bradley Whitford (“Get Out,” “The Post,” “The West Wing”), Steve Zahn (“War of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dallas Buyers Club”) and Lamorne Morris (“Game Night,” “New Girl”).


National Geographic channel – DSTV Channel 181

Sundays, 20:00 & 20:50. 20, 27 January & 3 February (6 x 60 minutes) – Double bills

Movie of the Week

Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Once again, “everything is awesome”. The Lego movie is back with The Second Part, showing how Emmet attempts to restore harmony to Bricksburg after the Duplo Invaders attack.

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The Lego Movie 2 picks up five years after the first movie ended and brings back all the beloved characters from the first film. Emmet, Lucy, Batman, and Unikitty are in for an even more action-packed adventure that will test the limits of Emmet’s master-building ability and eternal positivity. 

Their beloved Bricksburg is in ruins after a devastating attack of the Lego Duplo invaders from outer space. The very existence of play is at stake. The battle to restore harmony will take the friends to faraway, unexplored worlds in a strange galaxy… Will everything be awesome once more or will creativity fade with the passing of time? 

Find out what happens when imaginations collide in a story that is told in a Lego universe on the big screen, at Ster-Kinekor cinemas.

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Movie of the Week

Table Manners

An affluent housewife has her idyllic life thrown into turmoil when her husband is handed a heavy sentence for tax evasion. After losing her house and possessions, she finds solace in starting a food blog, with the support of her son and her best friend. Table Manners is now out on DVD.

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Table Manners reminded me that when one loses everything, finding hope is the best thing one can do. The film shows how healthy relationships and support helps one get through tough times. For Megan, the housewife and main character of the film, the path to understanding begins with realising that she is enough and all she needs is her family, food and love. Life’s 3 courses made easy.

The film also shows how one can use technology therapeutically. When Megan starts to post her meals on her blog, it provides her with a platform to showcase her passion for food. This, in combination with her support network, helps her process the events that happen around her.

SAFTA Award-winning writer Nkuli Sibeko has crafted a brilliant story about how Megan copes with hardship, and about the importance of a support network, whether it be physical or virtual. Director Leli Maki has represented this emotive story in ways that feel raw and very real. The movie is a must-see for South Africans. – Bryan Turner

Table Manners is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Home Entertainment.

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