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, theglobe.com 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
Bird-Box: Psych horror gets 45m views
Malorie (Sandra Bullock) is a single mom trying to save her children’s lives after a mysterious force invades the Earth, which causes people to kill themselves if they merely look at the phenomenon. As survivors navigating the post-apocalyptic world, everyone must wear blindfolds to stay alive.
Just one week after the release of Bird Box, the psychological horror film has been streamed 45-million times in a single week, according to Netflix. It said in a tweet that this was the “best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film”.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil villain, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.
The animated film is currently on circuit at major movie theatres.