Entertainment news: South African student shortlisted for Oscar

AFDA student Nathan Rice's film Homeless.

AFDA student Nathan Rice's film Homeless.

From a South African student being shortlisted for an Oscar to Pearl Thusi being suspended from Metro FM, we round up the news that had us talking.

South African student Nathan Rice has been shortlisted for the Student Academy of Motion Picture Awards in the best short foreign student film category. His film Homeless tells a story of a young man and his younger brother who are forcefully removed from their shack home and go on a journey to find their long lost mother’s home. Rice, who is a third-year student at the AFDA (the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) Durban campus, received rave reviews from the audience and critics’ at the AFDA graduation festival in November 2015 at Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau and Suncoast Cinecentre
Homeless will also be entered as AFDA’s nomination for the International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT) prize, that honours outstanding achievements by students.

Kanye West releases the tracklisting for Swish

Kanye West, who doesn’t tweet much, created a fuss with the release of his upcoming album’s playlist. The scrawled list was captioned with typical West aplomb in the tweet , “So happy to be finished with the greatest album of all time,” which was retweeted about a 100 000 times.

The ten-track Swish will include the jam No More Parties In LA, featuring Kendrick Lamar, and other previewed songs such as Fade (featuring Post Malone and Ty Dollar $ign) and Real Friends

Okmalumkoolkat is banged up abroad


Okmalumkoolkat performs in Soweto (Clarissa Sosin, M&G)

South African musician, dancer and all-round dapper guy Okmalumkoolkat will spend the next three weeks in a Tasmanian jail after being found guilty of sexual assault.

The artist, whose real name is Smiso Zwane, was sentenced on Thursday to six months (five months suspended) for the assault, about which he was reportedly “remorseful and embarrassed”.

The rapper, who was on the island to perform at the Mofo festival, was apparently drunk when he entered the room of a fellow musician at about 5.30am and proceeded to neck and fondle her before she awoke and led him out of her room. This scuppered the rest of Okmalumkoolkat’s Australian tour and could slow down his international travelling.

A storm brewed over the #FreeMalumkoolkat hashtag started by overzealous fans:

A lot of tweeps were not feeling it though.

#freemalumkoolkat yamasimba . just cause he’s a celeb le condon’a nonsense

— kagiso (@kayg_k) January 23, 2016

Metro FM suspends Thusi and Phat Joe


Pearl Thusi. (Gallo) 

The animosity between TV and radio presenters Pearl Thusi and Bonang Matheba has escalated, costing Thusi her job on radio. Thusi, who co-hosts a weekend show on Metro FM with Phat Joe (Majota Kambule), was suspended from the SABC radio station on January 21 after listeners complained  about constant “bashing” of Matheba and rapper AKA,  Sunday World reported. SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago was quoted by the paper as saying there were issues the SABC needed to resolve with Thusi and Phat Joe.

Last week, Thusi and Matheba, who also presents a show on Metro FM, fired shots at each other on social media. It all started when someone on Twitter asked Matheba why she doesn’t respond to Thusi’s snide comments. 

Matheba’s response: “Thats like an old pair of leather shoes that I don’t even know when or where I bought. SOO tired. Time 4 new ones.”

Thusi hit back with a snappy wisecrack and posted photos of herself wearing leather boots while reading  The Married Man’s Guide to Adultery .

Last year Zinhle Jiyane accused AKA of having an affair with Matheba when she (Jiyane) was pregnant with their daughter Kairo.

Nick Cannon offers his best wishes to Mariah Carey and her fiancé  


Mariah Carey. (Reuters)

US singer Mariah Carey couldn’t help showing off her engagement ring when the paparazzi spotted the 35-carat diamond and platinum bling on her finger. It’s allegedly valued at  £8 million. Last week Carey said yes when her billionaire Australian boyfriend James Packer proposed.  It seems there are no hard feelings from her ex-husband and father of her two children, Nick Cannon, who “wishes” the couple “all the best”. Cannon and Carey ended their marriage in 2015 after seven years of marriage.

“#AllLove Congrats to @MariahCarey and James! May God Bless Your Future Union… #GreatPeople #GreatCouple,” he wrote on Instagram.


Nick Cannon’s Instagram. 

Carey met Packer at a film premiere in the ski resort of Aspen two years ago, the  Daily Mail reported.

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